Here are the news items for today:
Music impresario T Bone Burnett will not be returning as the executive music producer on the second season of Nashville. He will, however, be replaced by his number two man Buddy Miller. (Liz Raftery at TV Guide)
Actor Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Rizzoli & Isles. He will play Roger Thorson, a mock trial adviser whose colleague dies suddenly during a competition. Rizzoli & Isles will air its season premiere on TNT on June 25. (Sandra Gonzalez at Entertainment Weekly)
Actresses Loretta Devine (The Client List) and Peggy Lipton (the original The Mod Squad) will both guest star in an upcoming episode of Psych when the series returns for its 8th season on the USA Network. Devine will play Melba Birdson, a former back-up singer for 1960s sensation Myles Valour Jr. Lassie (series regular Timothy Omundson) tracks her down in a desperate attempt to gain information on a cold case from 1967 and finds her still performing after all these years. Meanwhile, Lipton will portray Scarlet Jones, reliving her days as the main squeeze of notorious mob boss Rodney Caruso. As Lassie begins to dig around a cold case involving the late Archie Baxter, he turns to Scarlett for information on Archie’s supper club, where Myles’ songs were regular fixtures and the line between cops and criminals were blurred. (Philiana Ng at The Hollywood Reporter)
Actress Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings franchise) will star opposite Justin Theorux in the HBO drama pilot called The Leftovers from Damon Lindelof. The project, based on the Tom Perrotta book, takes place after the Rapture happens, but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut and a world that will never be the same. Tyler will play Meg, a young woman on the verge of getting married, but needing an escape. As a result, she becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) has joined the cast of the Cinemax drama pilot called Quarry. She will play Joni, wife of Quarry (Logan Marshall Green), who is one of the few who stands by her husband after he returns from the Vietnam War. The character now earns a living as a cold, remorseless hitman. (The Wrap and Dark Horizons)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actress Patricia Clarkson (Easy A) is set to join the cast of the film adaptation of the James Dasher young adult sci-fi novel The Maze Runner that will star Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) as a young man who awakens in a giant hedge labyrinth with no memory. He soon comes upon other boys his own age who start their own makeshift society. Clarkson will play the enigmatic Chancellor Ava Paige, the woman who is testing children in this dystopian world to find the strongest warriors. (Entertainment Weekly and Dark Horizons)
Actress Anna Kendrick (the Twilight Franchise and Pitch Perfect) will star alongside Jeremy Jordan (Smash) in the box office film called The Last 5 Years, that will be told through emotionally powerful and comic songs from their individual perspectives. The musical is a deconstruction of the love affair and marriage of Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress, and Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist. (The Deadline Team)
Actor Max Greenfield (New Girl) will be back playing Deputy Leo in the much-anticipated fan-supported Veronica Mars movie. (Vlada Gelman at TV Line and Gold Derby)
BOX OFFICE TRAILER
Q&A SECTION (with Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant at TV Guide)
Question: Thanks for the Once Upon a Time scoop! Got anything on those left behind in Storybrooke or Neal? — Monica
NATALIE: How about both? “Fear not, the characters left behind in Storybrooke are not forgotten and what’s happening to them is important,” executive producer Adam Horowitz promises. “Hopefully all the story lines will coalesce in a way the audience will enjoy.” Among them is the fate of Neal, who landed back in fairy-tale land. Unfortunately, though, “Emma is on that ship believing Neal is dead and then there’s Neal, who just said, ‘I love you,’” executive producer Edward Kitsis laments. Anyone else thinking Emma may find solace in Hook’s, um, arms?
Question: Really excited for Under the Dome. Any chance you can give us a little tease? — Laura
NATALIE: If you’ve read anything about CBS’ new summer drama, then you’ll know that Secret Circle alum Britt Robertson is playing Angie, who isn’t long for the world in the Stephen King novel on which the series is based. But in a nice twist from the book, she’ll be sticking around for quite a while — she’ll just be in a somewhat familiar position that could make some Under the Dome viewers feel claustrophobic. Ruh-roh.
Question: I loved Michael and Fi’s flashback on Burn Notice last week! Will there be more? — Britney
ADAM: Yes! But not with Fi. In an upcoming episode, Michael will endure some actual (not emotional) torture, during which he’ll flash-back to his childhood, in a particular unusual manner. “The adult Michael is actually in those flashbacks with the child Michael, so he’s seeing himself as a little boy,” Jeffrey Donovan tells us. “He’s hallucinating and it’s crazy!”
Question: More Longmire scoop, please! — Dylan
NATALIE: With Walt and Branch’s campaign posters plastered all over town, you would think it would be difficult for Branch to go undercover, right? Well, yeah, you’re right. That won’t work out too well for him when they’re investigating a murder at a rodeo — but really, things aren’t working out for Branch on many fronts, especially when it comes to Cady.
Question: Can you please tell me what’s in the file Henry gave Annie on Covert Affairs? — Lisa
ADAM: Of course not! But we can tell you that it’s about not one, but two people you know very well, one of whom will make a drastic move by the end of the episode after another secret gets out. Gulp!
That’s it. Enjoy!