Today in TV news, two returning shows acquire major new additions for their upcoming seasons. Read on to find out about Brandon Routh in Chuck and Summer Glau in Dollhouse.

Over last few months, there’s been talk about Summer Glau playing a part in the next season of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Although, Whedon shot down a lot of folks’ hope by saying these reports were exaggerated, it now turns out that Summer is in fact joining season 2 of the show that barely survived to get its second season.

All sci-fi fans will know Summer from her role as the troubled girl from Firefly and the bad-ass fembot in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. This time around, she’ll be playing a different sort of character.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the character she will play is Bennett, an employee of the Dollhouse who happens to share a past with the protagonist, Eliza Dushku’s Echo. This is not surprising as it was speculated she would play a character different from what we’re using to seeing her play. That meant, more talking, less action for a change.

So, it looks like they’re trying to gain some more geek cred going forward. With Summer Glau joining the cast and Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber guest starring, that should draw in some new interest.

Switching gears to the show Chuck, they have a pretty big casting announcement as well. Brandon Routh, the star of Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, has just been announced as a recurring character for the upcoming season of Chuck.

According to Michael Ausiello at EW, Routh will play the character of Shaw, a new spy to head Operation Bartowski. Making his first appearance in the fourth episode, he’s set to play a mentoring role for Chuck but at the same time, competes for the affections of Sarah.

What do you think of the major additions to Dollhouse and Chuck?

Dollhouse hits the airwaves again on September 28th but Chuck fans have to wait a while as it doesn’t return till next March.

Source: EW