Here are the news items for today:
Actor Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me) has joined the cast of Smash for the show’s second season, playing a new love interest for Julia (Debra Messing). The show is not expected to return to NBC until mid-season. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)
FX has picked up the drama pilot The Americans for a 13-episode debut season. The series will star Keri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters) in this period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington DC shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Syfy has put a drama called Clandestine into development. The project comes from actor-writer Todd Stashwick (Heroes) and artist Dennis Calero. It is being described as a swash-buckling space drama/adventure that revolves around mercenaries who masquerade as part of an Intergalactic fleet. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES NEWS
BBC Two, one of the major networks in the U.K. has hired writer-actor Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) to write a historical drama telefilm about the creation of the classic TV series Doctor Who in the 1960’s. With the shows impending 50th anniversary, this telefilm is well-timed. (Airlock Alpha and Dark Horizons)
Q&A SECTION (from TV Line)
Question: I need some Zoe and Wade scoop! What’s coming up for my favorite Hart of Dixie couple? – Erin
Answer: You may want to look away, Zoe and Wade fans, ’cause we don’t have good news for you as it looks like Zoe will be going on a date with a smart and handsome guy named Zach, who happens to be the cousin of her new friend Ruby (played by Girlfriends actress Golden Brooks). In case you weren’t sold on the smart and handsome part, Zach is on town to check in on the environmental clean-up. What a catch! However, we’re hearing Zoe might be a tad distracted on their date. (Could that distraction just happen to have washboard abs?)
Question: What’s this I hear about Nolan getting a new love interest on Revenge?! – Matt
Answer: Yes, our favorite billionaire genius is getting a love interest (a female one, by the way!), and if Gabriel Mann had his way, Nolan would have more than one. “The more, the merrier! I mean at this point, Nolan has established nothing is off limits, so I hope for a panning shot that comes from the end of the bed and strangely there are eight set of feet in there!” As for non-romance scoop when it comes to Nolan? Well, prepare to see a different side of him. “You’re going to see a little bit of a transformed, bigger, badder Nolan of sorts,” Mann teases.
Question: Got any Nikita scoop? – Adam
Answer: In episode four, which is forebodingly titled “Consequences,” we’ll meet a former Division agent who is working for Amanda and Percy. She’s cool, intimidating and an incredibly dangerous agent that Nikita should not cross paths with. But of course, she probably will, and something tells us that this new foe will be around for a lot longer than we’d like.
Question: Got anything on Grimm? – Harold
Answer: The Portland police are getting an intern! Grimm fans will meet the eager Rick in episode eight and can expect him to stick around for several episodes. Now go fetch Nick and the rest of the precinct some coffee!
That’s it. Enjoy!