Here are the news items for today and yesterday:
Last week it was announced the Shameless actor Justin Chatwin has joined the cast of the BBC America series Orphan Black and now it is known that he will play Jason Kellerman, a savvy drug-dealer in the guise of a charismatic businessman. Also joining the cast are James Frain (Intruders and True Blood) and Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl) with Frain playing Ferdinand, a well-educated, “cleaner” who is both charming and intimidating while Solo will play Shay, a soulful and compassionate holistic healer with a great sense of humor destined to become a new friend to Cosima. (The Futon Critic)
Actress Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time) has joined the cast of the upcoming AMC martial arts drama Badlands that will be very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West that tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. (Andy Swift and Vlada Gelman at TV Line)
Actress Blair Brown (Fringe) will guest star in a February episode of Person of Interest as Emma, an elegant and warm former public school teacher, who was forced into early retirement, but a jury summons brings Reese and Finch into her life. (Andy Swift and Vlada Gelman at TV Line)
Actor Nonso Anozie (Dracula and Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS summer drama Zoo that is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans across the planet. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist (James Wolk from The Crazy Ones) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic’s mystery before there’s no place left for people to hide. Anozie will play Abraham, a Botswanan safari tour guide with a deep understanding of wildlife — and an even deeper empathy for the struggles of humanity. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Magic City, Grey’s Anatomy and Supernatural) will appear as legendary baseball player Joe DiMaggio in the upcoming Lifetime four-hour mini-series Marilyn based on the legendary bombshell. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
Actress Daisy Betts (Last Resort and Chicago Fire) has joined the cast of the six-hour Syfy mini-series Childhood’s End based on the Arthur C. Clarke classic that is set to air next year. The mini follows the peaceful alien 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. Betts will play Ellie, a Tribeca Arts graduate engaged to marry Ricky (Mike Vogel from Under the Dome). (The Deadline Team)
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Q&A SECTION (with TV Scoop Team at E! Online, Michael Ausiello at TV Line and Adam Bryant at TV Guide)
Question: I’ll take any scoop you’ve got on Downton Abbey! – Alyssa
TV Scoop Team: Times, they are a-changin’! “Downton is in probably the biggest period of change ever—the new kind of world and the ways of the world are very much going to be entrenched in Downton and it’s about how it feels with that,” star Allan Leech told us. “You know for the younger generation it’s much easier, but for the older generations and the staff and the servants it’s a very different world…So it’s about people trying to find their feet, how to maneuver and how to navigate this crazy new world…And you see a lot more of the London life…there are so many unanswered questions that get answered this year.”
Question: Anything on Supernatural? – Chris
TV Scoop Team: Our favorite sheriff is coming back! That’s right, prepare yourself for another dose of Sheriff Jody Mills. “I get to work with another woman this time!” Kim Rhodes told us. “I’m teamed up with Sheriff Donna and the two girl sheriffs are solving the case. Well, they may not solve the case but they show up! They follow the boys and mayhem ensues. It’s a lot lighter than any of the episodes I’ve gotten to do before. It’s Supernatural meets Fargo.”
Question: In desperate need of Teen Wolf spoilers over here! – Anonymous
TV Scoop Team: Tyler Posey, take it away: “It’s going to be badass. Like, it’s another thing we haven’t done before,” he teased of the upcoming season, which has yet to begin filming. “I’m really excited. It’s cool because I know nothing about the season, I only know one part of it. But it’s so badass that I would watch the entire season just for this one part.”
Question: Please tell me…is Leo alive on Chasing Life?!? – Mona
TV Scoop Team: For those fans who have been on pins and needles waiting to find out just what the midseason finale cliffhanger was—Did Leo get the life-saving/risky brain surgery? Did he die before he could make the choice? What did that mysterious voicemail say?!?—that loose thread will be answered in the first 30 seconds of the special Christmas episode airing Dec. 9. And that answer will make the next hour incredibly emotional and deeply important for both April and Leo.
Question: Jane the Virgin scoop please? – Lisa
TV Scoop Team: Now that Jane and Rafael are officially dating (and how romantic was their first all-nighter together?!), they’re going to live happily ever after, right? Wrong! “I’m surprised at how quickly they put Jane and Rafael together!” Justin Baldoni told us. “I was a little worried about it, but it’s okay. They’re going to have to break them up at some point and bring Michael back into play but I think it’s a really solid preview of what Jane and Rafael’s relationship would look like.”
Question: I adore Red Band Society so much. What’s coming up? – Lucy
TV Scoop Team: So. Much. Romance. Drama. Look for major complications in Leo and Emma’s relationship, mostly due to her eating disorder, as well as a major step in Kara and Hunter’s burgeoning romance. But the biggest relationship shift happens between Dr. McAndrew and…either Erin or Brittany. Or could it be both? Let’s just say one of them gives him the black eye he’s sporting by episode’s end.
Question: The wait for a new episode of The Blacklist may just be the death of me. Give me something to look forward to please! – Thomas
TV Scoop Team: Prepare for flashbacks! Of a young Liz! In episode 10!
Question: Do you have any new scoop on Arrow? Or Flash? Or both? —Siva
Ausiello: I’ll take what’s behind Door No. 3! Here are five random/juicy tidbits on The CW’s super-powered pair:
Arrow: More S.T.A.R. Labs inventions are coming.
The Flash: Barry will come clean to Iris about something in the very near future.
Arrow: There will be a wedding this season.
The Flash: Grant Gustin will break out into song in an upcoming episode.
Arrow: Episodes 10-12 will play like a trilogy (and as stories have revealed that trilogy will be focused on Laurel and her transformation into Black Canary)
Question: Any new intel on NCIS? —Marsha
Ausiello: As you might imagine, finally meeting Gibbs’ second ex-wife (played by Jeri Ryan) will be quite a thing, for those on both ends of the television tubes. “The fans are in store for some goodies,” Emily Wickersham, who plays Bishop, told Matt Mitovich. “We just finished shooting that episode, and it’s a big deal for the team. And it’ll be the same for the fans, a huge deal. It’ll be an exciting one, for sure.” (Titled “Check,” the episode is tentatively scheduled to air Jan. 6.)
Question: Do you know if the rumors are true that Rossif Sutherland will appear in Haven as a character called The Sandman? —Lilslim
Ausiello: I can confirm that the actor (aka Nostradamus on Reign) will join the Syfy drama in a recurring role, kicking off in 2015. Not sure about the Sandman part, but it’s a holiday week and I’ve got stuff to do so, sure, he’s playing The Sandman.
Question: On Once Upon a Time, will we find out why Will Scarlett/the Knave left Wonderland? —JJ
Ausiello: “Yes, we should be learning more about his post-Wonderland life as the season progresses,” Once co-creator Adam Horowitz answers. “We will also be exploring more of his past with Robin Hood.”
Question: Anything on Jane the Virgin? —Christopher
Ausiello: Remember how Jane was suing Rafael’s sister? That hasn’t been tossed aside just because she’s now maybe-dating the hotel owner. “That’s going to be coming up,” leading lady Gina Rodriguez assures us, adding that Jane’s not in it for the money. “It actually has to do with something greater, and it’s a social issue…. So it’s going to be a really cool take on immigration.” Meanwhile, the actress notes that her alter ego still doesn’t know that her new beau could lose his business because of the suit. “Jane sees how beautiful Rafael’s heart is when she finds out he put that on the line,” Rodriguez previews. “He never told her. And it has to do with a few other characters, and things that have happened in their lives reflect the reason why Rafael keeps it from me. It’s so interconnected.”
Question: Sleepy Hollow scoop? Pretty please!? —Alyssa
Ausiello: The Fox series is casting Calvin, a Navy SEAL-turned-photojournalist who’ll be another possible love interest for Abbie. (Hawley haters, commence celebration.) Calvin’s a hometown boy who believes he has a moral obligation to report the truth, no matter what.
BONUS SCOOP: The show also will soon bring on founding father Thomas Jefferson, who is described as charismatic and intelligent.
Question: On Chasing Life, how long will Leo be around? —Nancy
Ausiello: At least through the Dec. 9 Christmas special, during which you’ll witness a big bonding moment between him and fellow cancer patient April. (It’s one of the hour’s most touching scenes.) We also find out what’s on his bucket list.
Question: Please tell us there’s hope for Brandon and Callie on The Fosters. Season 2A was tough on their fans. —Lauren
Ausiello: The holiday episode, airing Dec.8, will actually pick up right at their finale kiss and then immediately flash back to reveal “what happened in the time between Season 1 and Season 2, and what happened for them to get where they are,” Maia Mitchell previews. “Obviously, Callie and Brandon just kissed at this crazy rich-people party, so they have to figure out how to make amends and go forward from that.”
Question: Scandal scoop, please! I can’t believe Olivia is gone again! — Beth
Adam: You and me both! Even though Liv obviously didn’t leave by choice this time, don’t be surprised by the profundity of Fitz’s desperation as he debates whether to go to war with West Angola to save her. “It will potentially destroy Fitz again,” Tony Goldwyn tells us. “How much more can a man take? This will really test him. The stakes are unbelievably high and I can say that it will be scary.”
Question: Any scoop on the Sleepy Hollow finale? —Debra
Adam: The Sword of Methuselah isn’t as awesome as Abbie and Ichabod had been lead to believe. “It turns out that although this sword has the ability to kill demons, it essentially extracts your life force, your soul,” co-executive producer Albert Kim reveals. “So, you have to sacrifice your own life in order to use it. It sets up a really great conflict and decision as to who is going to sacrifice themselves to prevent Moloch from achieving his apocalypse.”
Question: What’s next for Bishop and Gibbs after that heart-to-heart a couple weeks ago on NCIS? — Trisha
Adam: Bishop’s training wheels are about to come off, which means no more Mr. Nice Gibbs. “There’s a [candor] and honesty between Bishop and Gibbs,” executive producer Gary Glasberg says. “Gibbs isn’t going to be afraid to tell her what he’s thinking or handle her the way that Gibbs handles everybody.” Emily Wickersham welcomes the change. “You see more windows into who she is,” she says. “She usually is right all the time. But as this season goes on, you slowly see more and more faults, which to me makes her more and more human.”
Question: I noticed Nashville mentioned Sadie’s ex-husband last week. Will we ever meet him? — Linda
Adam: You bet! And when it comes to collecting the money that Sadie’s ex believes he is owed, not even a restraining order will stop him. In fact, expect him to set up camp across the street from the studio where Sadie is trying to lay down some new tracks with Avery. Fortunately, Sadie will channel her anger into making some beautiful music.
Question: What can you tell me about the White Collar series finale? — Katie
Adam: Although the specifics are being tightly guarded, we can tell you that the show doesn’t tie everything up in a pretty little bow. “In typical White Collar fashion, it does end on a big cliff-hanger that is shocking and challenging and open to interpretation,” Matt Bomer teases. So show boss Jeff Eastin might want to leave the country to get away from angry fans, right? Not necessarily. “I think it will create huge passion,” Eastin says. “I’m hoping people aren’t ready to stone the building. I think it will be satisfying and people will ultimately enjoy it.”
Question: Any scoop on Red Band Society? I love that show! — Sherry
Adam: Love (lust?) is in the air on Wednesday’s episode: Hunter and Kara need some alone time; Leo plans a romantic (though ultimately disastrous) first date for Emma; and Dash’s “I don’t want to die a virgin” tactics from the pilot come this close to working when a famous pop star (guest star Bella Thorne) is admitted to the hospital.
That’s it. Enjoy!
PS: With Thanksgiving and Black Friday upon us, I will be taking a break from news reporting for the long holiday weekend. “See” you on Monday!