Vintage stars return for 'Heartbreakers'

- Investigation Discovery is going to camp this summer. Campy TV, that is.

Departing from its usual true-crime reality fare, the network is unrolling "Heartbreakers," which brings back stars from the past in scripted melodramas that happen to be based on true life.

The trio of one-hour episodes is meant to be reminiscent of the prime-time soaps of the 1980s and '90s. The real-life stories resonate with passion, greed and betrayal, the network said recently in announcing the series at the summer TV critics' tour.

The premiere episode, titled "Shot Through the Heart" and airing Aug. 13, stars Jack Wagner ("Melrose Place") as a priest on the prowl, Jamie Luner ("All My Children") as a troubled housewife and Rob Estes ("Melrose Place") as her jealous husband.

As in the subsequent "Heartbreakers" episodes, the star-studded action is framed with documentary-like interviews with the actual people being depicted.

Other stars include Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club"), Kevin Sorbo ("Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"), Nicole Eggert ("Baywatch"), Christopher Knight ("The Brady Bunch") and Tracey Gold ("Growing Pains").

Judd Hirsch returns to TV in new ABC drama

- Judd Hirsch is going from the ridiculous to the sublime in his newest TV roles.

The 79-year-old actor best known for "Taxi" appears in "Sharknado 2: The Second One," about sharks unleashed on New York City airing July 30 on Syfy.

"They told me I was going to be eaten by a shark," he said. "I said, `I'm in.' "

Hirsch's regular gig will be co-starring on the ABC series "Forever" that begins with a sneak preview on Sept. 22. He plays the best friend and confidant of Dr. Henry Morgan, the medical examiner in New York City who has immortality. Only Hirsch's character, Abe, knows his friend's secret.

"Every once in a while, the intelligence of a show just grabs me," Hirsch said recently at the summer TV critics' tour. "To be able to develop a character, that's a gift in television. To be associated with an experience that is unusual, a life that never seems to end, it's always something to think about."

The TV role is Hirsch's first regular one since his five-year run on "Numb3rs" four years ago.

Fonda, Kardashian voice Fox animated episodes

- Jane Fonda, Sarah Silverman and Nick Offerman are among the guest voices on "The Simpsons" this fall, while Kim Kardashian lends her voice in the final episode of "American Dad."

Fox said Sunday that Kardashian plays an alien in the woods who has a fling with Roger when the series wraps up its run on Sept. 21. Jane Krakowski is heard in the one-hour season premiere on Sept. 14, with a second episode immediately following.

"The Simpsons" returns for its 26th season on Sept. 28. Fonda plays Mr. Burns' girlfriend, while Willem Dafoe voices the part of Bart's bullying teacher Mr. Lassen. Offerman and Silverman are heard in other episodes. Judd Apatow writes a special episode set to air later in the season.

"Family Guy" comes back with a one-hour premiere on Sept. 28 that features a get-together between the Griffins and the Simpsons.

Emmy-nominated "Bob's Burgers" returns for a fifth season on Oct. 5. Rachel Dratch, Kevin Kline, Zach Galifianakis, Bill Hader, Aziz Ansari, Carl Reiner, Molly Shannon, Megan Mullally and Offerman, her real-life husband, are among the guest voices.

Associated Press