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Here are the news items for this week:

TELEVISION

Actors Patrick Duffy (Dallas) and Tony Plana (Ugly Betty) will guest star in upcoming episodes of The Fosters. Duffy will play Robert Quinn Sr., the domineering and abrasive father of Robert Quinn (Kerr Smith) while Plana will play Victor, a newly discovered relative to the Adams Foster family. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Peyton List (The Tomorrow People) and actor Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow) will both appear in upcoming episodes of The Flash. List will play Lisa, the younger sister of Leonard Snart (Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller) [aka Captain Cold] while Gonzalez will play Dante, the older brother of Cisco (series regular Carlos Valdes). (Carissa Pavlica at TV Fanatic and Vlada Gelman at TV Line)

The Missing has been given a second season order by Starz. (Variety)

Actress Gina Torres (Suits) will have a recurring role on Revenge, playing socialite Natalie Walsh; but no other details have been revealed about the character. (Johnathon Dornbush at Entertainment Weekly)

ABC Family has picked up Recovery Road as a new series on the network. The drama, based on the novel by Blake Nelson, focuses on a teenage girl dealing with addiction. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor David James Elliott (JAG) will guest star in an episode of Scorpion, playing Bruce Jones, a former Secret Service agent. This could potentially be a recurring role. (Andy Swift at TV Line and The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Manu Bennett (Arrow) has landed a series regular role on the upcoming MTV drama Shannara. The series will take place in a world set thousands of years after the destruction of civilization as we know it, focusing on the Shannara family, who are able to tap into ancient magic and whose adventures help reshape the world’s future. Bennett will play Allanon, a druid who is the last of his kind in the world of Shannara. (Aaron Couch at The Hollywood Reporter)

Veteran actress Cicely Tyson will guest star in an upcoming episode of How to Get Away With Murder, but details about who she will be playing are being kept under wraps. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

TV TEASER

MINI-SERIES NEWS

Actor Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) and actress Daisy Betts (Chicago Fire) have joined the cast of the upcoming Syfy 6-hour mini-series Childhood’s End that follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture which may ultimately threaten the very survival of mankind. McMahon will play Rupert Boyce, an enigmatic American entrepreneur while Betts will play Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to marry Ricky Stormgren (to be played by Mike Vogel from Under the Dome), the most influential human in the world. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Giacomo Gianniotti (Reign) has joined the cast of the Lifetime 4-hour mini-series Marilyn based on the life of the Hollywood starlet and sex symbol. He will play Jimmy Dougherty, a Los Angeles detective who was once married to Marilyn. (The Deadline Team)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Here are the top 10 box office movies from the past weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. Exodus: Gods and Kings – 24.5 million
2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – 13.2 million
3. Penguins of Madagascar – 7.3 million
4. Top Five – 7.2 million
5. Big Hero 6 – 6.1 million
6. Interstellar – 5.5 million
7. Horrible Bosses 2 – 4.6 million
8. Dumb and Dumber To – 2.7 million
9. The Theory of Everything – 2.5 million
10. Wild – 1.5 million

Q&A SECTION (with Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Question: I missed seeing DiNozzo Sr. during NCIS’ holiday episodes. Will he be back at all this season? –Diane

Mitovich: You have great timing, because when I asked showrunner Gary Glasberg about it the other day, he and the writers happened to be in the process of breaking the episode that brings Tony’s dad back for another encore, with an eye on a possible March airdate. “We’re actually planning to see Mr. Robert Wagner a couple of times this season,” he added.

Question: Will Laura Allen’s NCIS: New Orleans character become a “love interest” for Agent Pride, now that she is widowed and he is divorced? I thought they had great chemistry and would love to see it develop. –Loretta

Mitovich: Let’s allow the widow to weep just a bit, yes? Exec producer Gary Glasberg allowed that such a match-up is “very feasible” though not on the drawing board, yet. “We’re in the process of figuring out our Back 9 right now,” he said, “but we’ve been so pleased with everybody we’ve had on the guest cast.”

Question: Caity Lotz is back on Arrow in Episode 13, “Canaries.” Any idea of what can we expect? –Catarina

Mitovich: Showrunner Marc Guggenheim sums it up as “a really cool episode” in which Lotz appears as (of course) Sara and Peter Stormare (Prison Break) reprises his role as the villain Vertigo, which is a purposeful season-premiere callback. “It’s an episode where a lot of things that we’ve been doing and setting up during the season really sort of come together,” Guggenheim says of the intent to bring things “full circle.” He adds, “It’s not a ‘climactic’ kind of episode, but there’s a feeling of a big payoff by the end of it.”

Question: Will Michael Rowe be returning as Arrow‘s Deadshot this season? –Joanne

Mitovich: When I spoke to Marc Guggenheim two weeks ago, there was no word yet on a possible encore for the Suicide Squad’s sharpshooter.

Question: Any scoop on Nashville? —Suzanne

Mitovich: Will’s about to find out that being gay and a popular country music artist don’t have to be mutually exclusive. The ABC soap is casting the recurring role of Kevin Shay, an openly gay singer-songwriter who is one of the most successful in all of Nashville. Kevin is described as handsome, tough — a “man’s man.” Which we think is code for “Will’s new man.”

Question: Really would love some Gotham spoilers on Leslie Thompkins and Jim Gordon, for when the show returns (on Jan. 5). Have any to share? –Mickey

Mitovich: Hmm, already I’ve had both EP Danny Cannon and new recurring player Morena Baccarin preview Leslie’s arrival/impact on Jim’s life. So instead I will share with you the latest casting calls – including John Grayson and Mary Lloyd, teenage circus performers who will figure into Episode 16 and hint at the origin of a certain Boy Wonder. Episode 17, meanwhile, will introduce two recurring characters: Dr. Dulmacher (aka another Dollmaker), this time conceived as a mad European scientist, and Reggie Payne, an old army buddy of Alfred’s who has gone a bit to seed.

Question: Are the fairies that got sucked into the hat on Once Upon a Time really gone, or is the show going to delve more into the hat’s powers through the rest of the season? –Kip

Mitovich: I for some reason assumed that Blue & Co. had been quietly released during all the winter finale drama, but I was, well, wrong. “They’re still stuck in the hat,” series co-creator Adam Horowitz assured me. “And that issue is dealt with early on in [Season] 4B,” premiering March 1.

Question: Any chance you talked with David Amann about the future of Castle? He has to know whether or not they should start wrapping up the storylines, doesn’t he? –Mandy

Mitovich: I did my best to nudge Amann on that issue — namely, the need to sign both Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic for any possible Season 8 (and beyond) – but the truth is that such matters are hammered out by other Powers That Be. “It’s kind of not up to me or [series creator] Andrew [Marlowe] – it’s really between the studio and [the actors],” he deferred. “We don’t have any control over that process, but internally we hope this all gets resolved sooner rather than later, so we can move forward.”

Question: I seem to recall reading on TVLine that Billy Burke was going to be making an appearance on Major Crimes. Would you happen to have any scoop on that? –Estee

Mitovich: Yes, Burke will appear in the final two episodes of the season (airing Jan. 12 and 19) when Phillip Stroh resurfaces with a possible ace up his sleeve. Now representing himself in court, “Stroh has a right, as the defendant and as his own counselor, to interview the state’s witnesses — and part of the deal that he is forcing them to make includes an interview with Rusty Beck” aka the lad he’s tried to snuff on multiple occasions, show boss James Duff previews. Seeing the two Closer characters at long last face off on Major Crimes “is pretty awesome,” Duff says. “You have two amazing actors there in the room.”

Question: Do you have anything on what’s next on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? -Dee

Mitovich: As suggested by this piece of casting, Season 2B “absolutely” will delve into the mysterious Melinda May’s backstory, EP Maurissa Tancharoen assured me. “The long-awaited Cavalry story will be revealed.”

Question: When will there be word on whether or not Covert Affairs has been renewed? –Tara

Mitovich: No word yet — on the eve of the season finale — but to hear one of the leads tell it, you better cross all your fingers and toes. “Where we end up at the end of this season, I hope it’s not the end,” Christopher Gorham shared with TVLine. “We don’t end the season on a cliffhanger in the traditional sense, so it could be the end. But it’s not the end that I think the audience would be happy with. And it’s certainly not how we would want to wrap up these characters’ stories.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

TV Ratings

It was a quiet night on TV in terms of new episodes on the major networks, with only one fall finale and some holiday specials and repeats.

Here is how the lone Wednesday night drama that aired a new episode fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Show:
The 100 (The CW) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 1.4 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

8 PM:
Miracle on 34th Street (classic) movie on AMC
Best Christmas Party Ever movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)

9 PM:
White Collar on USA Network (NEW – Series Finale)
Men in Black movie on Starz

10 PM:
Elementary on CBS (NEW)
How to Get Away With Murder on ABC (Reair)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Christmas in Conway movie on Hallmark Channel

10:01 PM:
Covert Affairs on USA Network (NEW – Season Finale)

Enjoy!

TV Ratings

More fall finales aired during primetime last night as we get one day closer to Christmas.

Here is how those dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
NCIS (CBS) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 17.2 million

9 PM Show:
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 14 million

10 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 8.8 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

7 PM:
Ascension on Syfy (Reair – Part 2 of 3)

7:30 PM:
Captain America: The First Avenger movie on FX

8 PM:
Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York on NBC (Special)
White Christmas (classic) movie on ABC Family
The Christmas Parade movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
Point of No Return movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
The 100 on The CW (NEW – Fall Finale)
Ascension on Syfy (DEBUT – Part 3 of 3)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
The Missing on Starz (Reair)
The Chronicles of Riddick movie on BBC America

10 PM:
Holiday Engagement movie on Hallmark Channel

Enjoy!

TV Ratings

As we edge closer to the holidays, more shows are coming to a close for their winter breaks.

Here is how the Monday night dramas that aired new episodes last night fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [NEW – Season Premiere] – 1.2 million

9 PM Shows:
Scorpion (CBS) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 9.9 million
Jane the Virgin (The CW) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 1.3 million

10 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 9.5 million
State of Affairs (NBC) [NEW] – 6.5 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

Back to Christmas

The new holiday ION movie Back to Christmas will debut on December 20 at 9 PM.

Saddened about spending another Christmas alone, Ali meets Ginny, a quirky and spunky woman, at a diner on Christmas Eve. Ali tells Ginny that she was to be married on New Year’s Eve last year, but over the course of the holidays she and her fiancé unexpectedly split. When Ali explains that she would do everything differently if she could go back in time, Ginny tells her that “sometimes people do get second chances.” The following morning, Ali wakes up to find herself transported back to that Christmas before her planned wedding. While she sets out to avoid the mistakes of her past, she learns that changing the course of history is no easy task.

The cast includes Kelly Overton and Michael Muhney.

Click “Watch Preview” for Back to Christmas here.

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