"We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of People's Choice Awards 2012," Mark Burnett, executive producer, said in a statement. "She's been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade, first with '8 Simple Rules' and now with 'The Big Bang Theory,' Thursday's #1 show. I'm looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January."
In other casting news ...
Eric Winter will star opposite Tricia Helfer in TNT's 'Scent of the Missing.' Winter will play Jake, a member of the K-9 search and rescue squad Helfer's Susannah works with. [Deadline]
Lou Diamond Phillips will guest star on 'Southland.' Phillips will appear in the Season 4 premiere as Danny Ferguson, a cynical and intimidating beat cop. Look for him to clash with Ben and Sammy. [TV Guide]
'True Blood' actors Kevin Alejandro and Grant Bowler are heading to 'GCB.' Alejandro will play Danny, a local butcher who has his eyes on Marisol Nichols' character, Heather. Bowler will appear in two episodes as Mason Massey, a thoroughbred horse breeder who interacts with Miriam Schor's character, Cricket. [EW]
'White Collar' star Marsha Thomason is heading to Brooklyn. Thomason will appear on two episodes of '2 Broke Girls' as Cashandra, a romantic rival for Max (Kat Dennings). [TVLine]