Here are the news items for today:
Actor Barry Sloane, who is playing Aiden Mathis, the man from Emily’s past, on Revenge is being promoted to series regular. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Larenz Tate (Rescue Me) and Nia Long (Third Watch) are joining the cast of the Showtime dramedy House of Lies in recurring roles. Tate will play Marty’s (Don Cheadle) younger, less ambitious activist brother, while Long will play a fellow consultant and former classmate of Marty’s who proves to be a formidable foe. The series return for a new season starting on January 13. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
Actor Rick Worthy (Supernatural and Battlestar Galactica) has been cast as Bonnie’s dad (Kat Graham) on The Vampire Diaries. (Natalie Abrams and Robyn Ross at TV Guide)
Actor David Conrad (The Ghost Whisperer) has landed the male lead in the Lifetime pilot The Secret Lives Of Wives inspired by the book by Iris Krasnow that explores the unvarnished truth behind the marriages of four different women: Michelle (Kim Raver), Reed (Salli Richardson), Keaton (Amber Clayton) and Jessie (Lauren Bittner). Conrad will play Michelle’s husband Wil, an erudite, handsome English lit professor who Michelle nursed through a serious illness 15 year earlier. Still head-over-heels in love, the two are about to renew their wedding vows, making it all the more shocking when Michelle learns that Wil has been leading a double life. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
The CW has bought a drama project from writers/executive producers Laurie McCarthy (CSI: Miami) and Stephanie SenGupta (Outlaw) called Reign that will be a fantastical reimagining of the teenage Mary Queen of Scots, who as the age of 6 days old succeeded her father, King James V of Scotland, to the throne. This project is described as Game Of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette if Marie Antoinette had a girl posse and was coming of age as a warrior queen. It’s about the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
The drama project called The Return of Daniel Shepherd – from writer David Hubbard – has landed at HBO. This project tells the story of a family thrown into disarray when their son returns home after 13 years missing. When his abductors turn up murdered, he is the prime suspect. That further shrouds the mystery surrounding this family: the boy’s father, a former FBI operative-turned-college criminology teacher; his mother, a stay-at-home-mom-turned-congresswoman; and his fraternal twin brother. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actress-producer Charlize Theron has sold the sweeping drama called The Clan to ABC. It is set in the Highlands of medieval Scotland, where the great clans battle one another and the Viking invaders. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
A modern Sense and Sensibility has been sold to CBS by writer Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire). The untitled drama project is being described as a modern reworking of classic story set in the world of medicine, where three devoted sisters have their lives turned upside down when the father who abandoned them during their childhood returns, seeking more than forgiveness. Additionally, she has sold the crime drama called Paradise Falls to FOX. The project revolves around a down-on-his-luck documentary filmmaker sent by a crime reality show to cover a trial of a heinous crime that has engulfed the town of Paradise Falls, Pa. As he looks into the facts, he uncovers corruption and deceit at every turn and realizes the case is merely a smoke screen for the town’s twisted ambition for fame and profit. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
It looks like FOX is developing another drama with a brilliant but self-destructive professional as the lead, but this time it will be a lawyer instead of a doctor. The network has ordered the pilot called RAKE, based on the hit Australian series, about a criminal defense lawyer named Cleaver Greene. Actor Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets) is attached to star and to executive produce. (Lynette Rice at Entertainment Weekly)
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Q&A SECTION (with Team Watch with Kristin at E! Online, Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant at TV Guide and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)
Question: I loved the Pretty Little Liars Halloween special! What’s next for my favorite couple Emily and Paige when the show comes back? – Lauren
Team Watch with Kristin: When PLL returns in January (boo, so far away!); the girls will be in a pretty solid place as Emily will have to take care of Paige. “Paige sort of deals with some PTSD from being trapped in a closet and you see Emily having to care for her and lift her up,” Lindsey Shaw tells us. “You definitely see them enter a new chapter. And then Paige comes back more feisty than ever!”
Question: Since we didn’t get a new episode of Castle this week, can I get some scoop instead? — Jackie
ADAM: Been waiting to see what would happen when Martha Rodgers and Jim Beckett get in a room together? You’ll get your chance during November sweeps! Unfortunately, the family affair happens on the same night Castle and Beckett are stranded without their phones while protecting a witness from the mob. “There’s some tension because they’ve had the ‘meet the folks’ dinner and it hasn’t gone particularly well,” creator Andrew W. Marlowe tells us. So, what’s the problem? “It’s about who Martha is versus who Jim is,” Marlowe says. “It’s a bit of oil and water.”
Question: Got any NCIS scoop about Ziva? — Kristen
ADAM: In addition to a couple of “aw” moments with Tony during November sweeps — including Ziva reminiscing with her partner about her dead sister Talia — executive producer Gary Glasberg promises a “huge Ziva story” right after the holiday break in January. Although the precise details of the arc are still being hammered out, Glasberg confirms that “it’s going to rock Vance’s world” and it will feature the return of Michael Nouri as Ziva’s father, Eli David. “What goes down affects everybody and propels us into [the season's next chapter],” Glasberg says. “I think it all sticks to the idea of knocking people down and picking them back up again, emotionally and psychologically.”
Question: Is Phoebe Tonkin going to get between my favorite Vampire Diaries couple, Tyler and Caroline? — Jonah
NATALIE: Tonkin’s character Haley has much more on her mind than hooking up with her old friend Tyler. “Haley isn’t there to do anything bad or mess up anyone’s relationship,” Tonkin tells us. “Haley’s a tomboy; she just likes hanging out with the guys!” So what is she coming to town for then? Adds Tonkin, “She’s trying to find out some things about her past and there are people in Mystic Falls holding onto that information that she wants.” Considering she’s a fellow werewolf, those people better watch out!
Question: I’m loving Nashville so far, but I have to know: Is Deacon going to choose Juliette over Rayna? — Amy
ADAM: I’ll just say this: Deacon makes his choice clear in the next episode — but he may have waited too long for anyone to truly benefit. In truth, both Rayna and Juliette will be distracted by family issues: Juliette is forced into closer quarters than she’d like with her junkie mother and Rayna will finally learn exactly why her father looks down on her career as country music’s queen. (Hint: Rayna’s mother probably inspired a few broken-hearted love songs in her day.)
Question: Can I get some scoop about what might be my new favorite show, Arrow? —Katy
Ausiello: This week, of course, marks the debut of DC Comics baddie Deadshot. But it’s Episode 4 (airing Halloween night) that promises to be the show’s first game-changer when, well, let’s just say that someone spies Oliver slipping into his “costume.” And that lookie-loo might not be the only person who gets wise to Arrow’s true identity that episode!
Question: What does Nikita‘s horrible ratings mean for Season 4? —Jarrod
Ausiello: Relax. Breathe. Chill. Let’s get a little deeper into Season 3 before we start worrying about a fourth season, k? Besides, there’s something more pressing you should be freaking out about. Like, what exec producer Craig Silverstein meant when he told my colleague Megan Masters that “no one on the show is safe,” adding, “There’s going to be some direct changes and threats to people in the core group and how you define the core group.”
Question: Any Alex-related Nikita teases you can share? —Jill
Ausiello: Hope you’re patient, because “The bigger Alex stuff is planned for a bit further down the line,” shares Silverstein. “One thing I can tell you is that she starts to flirt with a darker path starting around Episode 4.”
Question: Um, holy Switched at Birth finale bombshell! Any Season 2 scoop? —Lisa
Ausiello: Series creator Lizzy Weiss tells TVLine that the Angelo’s alleged baby mama “will be a huge part of Season 2 in terms of everyone’s responses to her, and what it means for each character to have this potential half-sibling out there.” Bonus Scoop: Next January’s season premiere will also feature a new character, Teo, played by Stephen Lunsford, who is part of “a big new story for Bay that will shake up her world. There will be a new friendship for [her].”
Question: This Psych-O needs to know. — when is Season 7 starting? —Samantha
Ausiello: Someone (read: Samantha!) didn’t get the memo: Shawn and Gus are back on the case Wednesday, Feb. 27. And I can confirm exclusively that Full House and 90210 vet Lori Loughlin has just signed on to guest star as a gifted plastic surgeon who rekindles a past relationship with a major character whose identity will not be revealed here. Guesses? Hit the comments!
Question: Pretty please could we get some Grimm scoop? —Stacie
Ausiello: The beautiful and oh-so-beastly Adalind (Claire Coffee) resurfaces in the Nov. 16 episode and promptly makes life miserable for Nick, Juliette, Renard and Hank. Bonus Scoop: A surprising spice shop patron will leave Monroe in a state of shock and awkwardness.
Question: After Sunday’s beyond intense and fantastic episode of Homeland, I marvel at the fact that we’re only four episodes into the season. Is Episode 5 another game-changer? —Jorge
Ausiello: You. Have. No. Idea. Brace yourself for another rollercoaster ride. There’s a 15-minute, uninterrupted scene between Claire Danes and Damian Lewis that packs in more plot development than whole seasons of other shows. Bonus Scoop: Dana’s romance with the VP’s son is going to take a literal and figurative turn for the worse.
That’s it. Enjoy!