Here are the news items for today:
Actor Oliver Hudson and Will Chase have been promoted to series regulars on Nashville for the shows third season that is if the show gets a third season. That decision has not been made yet by ABC. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actress Claire Holt has left The Originals as a series regular, but she is expected to recur in the future. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
Actor Nicholas Bishop (Body of Proof) has joined the cast of Covert Affairs as a series regular, playing Ryan McQuaid, a charming Navy SEAL turned billionaire private military contractor. After McQuaid and Annie (series lead Piper Perabo) first meet in the field as uneasy allies, but their relationship will intensify, as will Annie’s fears that this enigmatic guy may have a secret agenda. Season 5 of Covert Affairs will air on the USA Network this summer. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
The History Channel has given a greenlight to its next mini-series. The 8-hour Texas Rising (which is the working title) will premiere in 2015 and will detail the Texas Revolution against Mexico and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. Bill Paxton will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas; and he will be joined by Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Thomas Jane, Olivier Martinez, Chad Michael Murray, Michael Rapaport and Max Thieriot. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Scott Cohen (Necessary Roughness and Gilmore Girls) has joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot Coercion that will revolve around the O’Connor family and their extremely intelligent son, Alex (Gavin Stenhouse), a decorated American war hero and newly minted CIA analyst who is a true patriot and loves his country and family. Unbeknownst to him, though, his father (Cohen), his mother (Hope Davis) and his sister (Margarita Levieva) are part of a dormant Russian sleeper cell that has just been reactivated. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Elyes Gabel (Game of Thrones and Body of Proof) has joined the cast of the CBS drama pilot Scorpion that will center on Walter (Gabel), an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Robert Patrick will co-star. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actress Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time) has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot iZombie where she will play the lead role of Olivia “Liv” Moore, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job at the coroner’s office to satisfy her insatiable hunger for brains. With each brain she consumes, she inherits that corpse’s memories; in an attempt to silence the voices in her head, she works with authorities to solve homicide cases. (Andy Swift at TV Line)
Actress Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill) has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot The Messengers, that is about a group of strangers responsible for preventing the apocalypse after a mysterious object lands on earth. She will play a NASA scientist named Vera. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actress Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will play the role of Tiger Lily in the upcoming box office adaptation Pan that will be set during World War II, following an orphan named Peter who is kidnapped by pirates and brought to Neverland, where he discovers he’s destined to save the land from the pirate Blackbeard. The cast already includes Garrett Hedlund and Hugh Jackman. (Justin Kroll at Variety)
Q&A SECTION (with Michael Ausiello at TV Line, TV Scoop Team at E! Online and Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)
Question: Anything on Suits? —Jeremy
Ausiello: This Thursday’s episode is a big one for Jessica (Gina Torres), who is “forced to re-engage with the woman who her husband left her for,” previews executive producer Aaron Korsh. While their interaction starts off “in a combative way,” the two women “end up coming to an understanding.” Meanwhile, “Jessica is put in a position to either have to perjure herself or not perjure herself, and that decision is juxtaposed with the conclusion of the Mike/Louis journey, dealing with Mike’s secret. They overlap with each other in an interesting way.”
Question: Do you have any spoilers on Pretty Little Liars? —Allyson
Ausiello: How about some scoop on your namesake, Allyson? Not only will Ali play a major part in next Tuesday’s season finale, but you can expect to see a lot more of her going forward. Though she’ll remain her usual secretive self — and we wouldn’t have her any other way — she’ll have less need to lurk in the shadows.
Question: I’m in need of Reign spoilers… mostly Frary! I was so happy that she picked Francis, but now what is going to happen? Will they be happy at least for a while? —Bets
Ausiello: I’ve got some good news for you, Bets: Frary will remain intact for the foreseeable future, as Bash is going to find himself preoccupied with other — far darker — problems. But that doesn’t mean Francis’ fling with Lola won’t come back to bite him. As you’ll see in Thursday’s episode, Lola is still very much hung up on Mary’s new husband. The question is: Will she act on her feelings?
Question: I’m a big Arrow fan and was wondering if you could find something out for me. Doesn’t Slade Wilson have a son named Joe? Will we get to find out what happened to him? —Heather
Ausiello: Though Joe has only been alluded to on occasion on the CW series, Manu Bennett mentions that relationship when discussing why Slade took Shado’s death so hard. “You have to remember, Slade Wilson has also got an ex-partnership and a son out in the world there somewhere. And the son’s potentially got siblings in some scenario that hasn’t yet evolved into the storyline,” he says. “People have to think about more than the layers of what is being shown in each episode. They have to find clues in the DC Comics history, to maybe even piece together more of what Slade is festering upon.”
Question: Anything on Revenge? – Barbara
TV Scoop Team: Is Emily’s cover about to be blown?! Fans will be meeting the clever and dangerous NYPD Homicide Detective Brian Hosko later this season and he is definitely onto her. And yes, you read that right: homicide is hitting the Hamptons again!
Question: Desperate for any Pretty Little Liars scoop! – Fiona
TV Scoop Team: What do a paramedic and two surgeons have in common? All three are featured in the season five premiere of Pretty Little Liars (that airs on June 10), which will find one of our beloved characters in serious danger.
Question: The Fosters continues to be the most underrated show on TV, so help spread the word by giving out some scoop! – Helen
TV Scoop Team: Wish granted. When Stef and Elena away, the kids will play. Well, more like Callie will play as she decides to throw a big party when the couple goes out of town for a relaxing weekend. As all teen movies and shows have taught us, this will not end well.
Question: Reign spoilers, please! – Dani
TV Scoop Team: to see the return of playboy Bash after Mary chose Francis over him, with Torrance Coombs teasing, “We’re going to see a little bit more of that side of him.” And in addition to Rowan, who fans will meet in Thursday’s episode, Coombs says there’s a “definite possibility” that Bash may find a lady at Court. “There’s a lot of character in the castle. There’s a lot of very attractive women, so we’ll just have to see.”
Question: Anything on Teen Wolf? – Michael
TV Scoop Team: You’ll be meeting in season four and now we’re spilling another new face you’ll be seeing: Dr. Geyer, the hospital’s new administrator who happens to be charming and intelligent, as well as handsome. Hm…new love interest for Mama McCall?!
Question: So, is Quinn joining B613 full-time on Scandal? — Tim
Natalie: Perhaps. Even though Olivia asked Jake not to hire Quinn, Scott Foley says Quinn made a compelling argument regarding her potential value to the shady Black Ops Division. “We will see Jake think about reconsidering,” he says. “[Quinn] made a lot of sense to Jake and he knows, especially because his relationship with Olivia is questionable right now, that Quinn could be a valuable asset knowing what she does about OPA.”
Question: How about some Hook scoop on Once Upon a Time for once! — Irina
Natalie: Sure thing. Hook’s missing year includes a battle with the infamous Blackbeard (Charles Mesure), who may have his eye on the Jolly Roger. “He and Captain Hook do not have a lot of love for each other,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “The only thing two pirates would fight over even more than a woman would be a ship.” Ruh-roh! We’ll also see an entire episode devoted to the mysterious message Hook received about retrieving Emma. I still say it’s this.
Question: Thanks for all the scoop on The Blacklist lately. Would it be wrong to ask for more? —John
Natalie: Not at all. In fact, I just scored some exclusive casting information about the March 31 episode. The Wire alum Isiah Whitlock Jr. will play a terminally ill patient who is approached by the latest criminal on The Blacklist with an offer that’s impossible to refuse. What’s one last suicide mission when you’re already dying?
That’s it. Enjoy!