Here are the news items for today:
Actor Percy Daggs III (Veronica Mars) will guest star in an episode of the upcoming CW series iZombie that is executive produced by Rob Thomas (the man behind Veronica Mars). The series follows Olivia “Liv” Moore (actress Rose McIver from Once Upon a Time), a medical resident whose life is changed forever when she attends a party that turns into a zombie feeding frenzy. Daggs will play Sean Taylor, a wealthy genius who lives in Seattle. When he gets a job offer in Silicon Valley, he plans to move his wife Penny and 6-year-old stepdaughter Anna there, but then finds himself in a tough custody battle with Anna’s father, Everett. But the problem is seemingly solved when Everett is killed. Veronica Mars fans already know that VM alum Ryann Hansen will also appear in the show as well. iZombie will premiere midseason. (Liz Raftery at TV Guide)
Actress Lyndsy Fonseca (How I Met Your Mother and Nikita) is joining the cast of the upcoming ABC mid-season drama Agent Carter that follows the heroine (series lead Hayley Atwell) in 1946 as she works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve while secretly taking on secret missions with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Fonseca will play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy. Agent Carter will debut on ABC in January. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)
Actor Peter Jacobson (House) has joined the cast of the USA Network drama pilot Colony that is about life in Los Angeles after a mysterious “foreign” occupation. Jacobson will play the recurring role of Alan Snyder, the savvy proxy governor of occupied Los Angeles who is under growing pressure to crush the resistance movement. Colony is already set to star Josh Holloway (Lost), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
ABC is teaming with Jenny Bicks (The Big C) to adapt the Karen Russell best-selling book St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves that centers on mysterious and attractive twins Claudette and Felix, 16, who, when they show up at the elite St. Lucy’s boarding school, change the school and the tiny town of Green Hills, Maine, in ways no one could have imagined. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
ABC is looking to adapt the British drama Silk as its next legal drama. The chronicles the journey of unorthodox and uncompromising attorney Martha Costello. What she lacks in polish she makes up for in her unstoppable blue-collar determination. Martha is constantly in battle not only for her own clients, but also for her own survival at the world’s top law firm, the secretive and elitist Crown & Royce. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
CBS is working with NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner Shane Brennan on a new as yet untitled drama that centers on four agents who go undercover as the perfect family for an operation that has them rooting out dangerous criminals in the suburbs while becoming an unlikely family at the same time. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actress Nathalie Emmanuel (Daenerys’ hand maiden Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. She will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. (The Hollywood Reporter and Dark Horizons)
Q&A SECTION (with Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
Question: I saw on Twitter that you got the White Collar final season premiere. Anything you could share? — Katie H.
Mitovich: I can share that the final-season storyline, as laid out in the first episode (airing Nov. 6), is pretty damn nifty – a specific, final gambit with enormous stakes all involved, including on the personal front. The highly unexpected return of Ross McCall’s Keller only adds to the mercuric, unpredictable nature of this ambitious con. Also: Great fun in Episode 2, where Peter and Neal must pose as father and son; damn if Tim DeKay doesn’t sell it. (That said, someone should have reminded me that plowing through the first two episodes would mean I’m already one-third through the farewell run!)
Question: Anything about Elizabeth Burke on White Collar? –Wahiba
Mitovich: She is still very much D.C.-bound as the season opens, with her and Peter dedicated to managing the medium-distance relationship. Until something rather unanticipated happens.
Question: Anything about Castle Episode 10? We know that is Christmas-related and is written by Chad and Dara Creasey, but do you have other news? –Nancy
Mitovich: A source tells me that in that episode, against the backdrop of the most wonderful time of the year, Esposito and Lanie will “navigate a defining moment in their relationship.” I hear goosebumps forming out there!
Question: Will The Flash‘s Iris Allen hail from the 31st Century like she does in the comic books? –Michael
Mitovich: I am unable to speak to that specifically, but series lead Grant Gustin confirmed during our visit to the set, “Time travel will be a part of the show” — and seemingly at Barry’s own, inadvertent doing. “The first time it happens, I think it’s an accident, and that’s going to be fun to play with,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.”
Question: Do you have anything that is coming up for The Flash? – Andy
Mitovich: If you fear that Dr. Wells learned nothing from the Ghostbusters, you would be correct. “There will be more characters [going] into the metahuman prison” located within S.T.A.R. Labs, Gustin says, “and there’s a possibility things could go wrong with that.” Sigh, no one listens to William Atherton.
Question: Do you have any scoop on either The Vampire Diaries or Haven? –lilslim
Mitovich: Haven it is! If this photo that I shared with you recently didn’t already tip you off, let me spell it out for you: Laura Mennell’s CDC scientist (debuting on Halloween) will have a bit of a romance with Dwight. But any sparks might be doused should Dwight discover a secret the doc is hiding…. (Reminder: Haven now airs Fridays at 7/6c.)
Question: How will The Flash play into the Arrow plot and vice versa? —Lindsay
Mitovich: If you’re talking about the Episodes 8, two-night crossover, Stephen Amell shared that one of the biggest moments for the Arrow actually occurs during the Flash hour. The nature of that scene, however, remains a well-guarded secret. “I can’t tell you anything about it other than it relates to Central City — and when I saw it in the Flash script, it ended up being actually quite gratifying,” he shared. “[Director of photography] Glen Winter said it was his favorite thing I’ve been involved in so far on the show.”
Question: Once Upon a Time‘s Regina and Robin are said to be soul mates, and as we know soul mates tend to have a deep connection. Will that connection be explored? –Ana
Mitovich: First, Regina needs to recover from the thief’s declaration of love, which despite the smile she met it with is perhaps the last thing she needed to hear. “It complicates everything,” Lana Parrilla notes. “It’s easy if he says, ‘I’m an honorable man. I have to stay with my wife.’ As hard as that is to hear, it’s also what she admires about him. But when he says, ‘I love you and I know I should be doing the right thing but my heart lies elsewhere,’ even though Mary Margaret and Henry say, ‘This is something to celebrate,’ Regina doesn’t see it that way. She finds it harder to walk away from him knowing what he feels about her.”
Question: Loved, loved this week’s Supernatural, can you tell me what’s next? –Mae
Mitovich: The next episode, “Paper Moon,” brings back Kate the werewolf for a specific, thematic reason, says writer Adam Glass. “Her experience, as great Monster of the Week episodes always do, reflects basically where the boys are at emotionally right now. So it will be them looking at themselves in the mirror through Kate and what’s happening in her experience.” Explaining the decision to revisit the lady lycanthrope, Glass says that when viewers last saw Kate, in Season 8’s “Bitten,” “It was like The Incredible Hulk, which was pretty cool, as she’s walking off. And I think everybody in the writers room was like, ‘What happened to Kate? What is her next move?’ So the idea of bringing her back is just tremendous.”
Question: Any new spoilers for Beauty and the Beast Episode 6? –Stephanie
Mitovich: For that episode, titled “Chasing Ghosts,” the CW series is seeking Asian actresses in their 40s/50s to play Cat’s two aunts. Lily is the no-nonsense one out to get the 411 on her niece’s rugged roommate Vincent, while Claire is the more sensitive “family peacekeeper.”
That’s it. Enjoy!