There is quite a bit of news to share again, covering TV, movies and more. Check it out below:
Larry King is leaving CNN this fall after 25 years as the host of Larry King Live. (Los Angeles Times and Televisionary)
SPOILER ALERT! Doctor Who show runner/head writer Steven Moffat has teased details about next season of the sci-fi drama, which stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan. The secret behind just what that voice meant by “silence will fall” will be explored in the new season of Doctor Who, which will air in 2011 (after a Christmas Special, confirmed last weekend by BBC). “What is that, who is that, who are the silence, what’s coming? The whole point of the silence is next series,” Moffat told Doctor Who Confidential “Also, River Song… who is she really? That’s what we’re going to find out next year.” (Digital Spy and Televisionary)
Claire Forlani and Peter Mooney have joined the upcoming medieval drama Camelot from Starz. Forlani will play Queen Igraine, the mother of Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower), while Mooney will play Kay, Arthur’s brother. The rest of the cast includes Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, and Tamsin Egerton. Camelot is slated to launch in early 2011. (Deadline Hollywood Daily and Televisionary)
Drama-heavy FX is getting serious about comedy. The cable channel has successfully wooed Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) to headline its in-the-works U.S. remake of the hit Australian sitcom Wilfred. The project revolves around a guy (Wood), a girl, and a mixed-breed dog named Wilfred. This marks Wood’s first major foray into television. Production on the Wilfred pilot will begin later this summer. (Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)
Starz has decided not to renew critical favorite Party Down after just two short seasons. Starz executive vice president of programming Stephan Shelanski, who also announced the end of freshman series Gravity today, stated: “After careful consideration, we’ve decided not to continue on with subsequent seasons of Party Down and Gravity. We’re grateful to everyone involved in the shows, and are proud to have had them on the channel. Starz remains committed to aggressively expanding our original programming lineup.” (Kristin at E! Entertainment Online)
FALL TV SCHEDULE
THE CW NETWORK ANNOUNCES FALL PREMIERE DATES
FIRST LOOKS AT FALL TV
Pilot View: Fox’s new drama, ‘Lone Star’
Pilot View: CBS’ new drama ‘Blue Bloods’
Pilot View: CBS’ new drama, ‘Hawaii Five-O’
Pilot View: CBS’ new drama ‘The Defenders’
Tater Tops Awards: Couple Showdown
MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES (provided by The Futon Critic)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9 PM ET/PT, 8C)
Noah McManus (Jesse Metcalfe) is leaving his job with the Boston mayor’s office for a dream gig in Washington, D.C. But in a single day, he finds out his new boss in Washington is a corrupt Senator who can no longer employ him and that his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Devastated, Noah travels to a quaint Cape Cod town. When he falls into the middle of a heated local election and finds love with the local bookshop owner (Natalie Lisinska), he unexpectedly finds himself at home.
‘GROWING THE BIG ONE’
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 (9 PM ET/PT, 8C)
Radio DJ Emma Silver (Shannen Doherty) is leading a chic life in Seattle when she finds her beloved grandfather has died. Traveling to Valleyville to take care of the details, Emma is stunned to learn her grandfather has left her his farm, along with a sizable amount of debt. To keep the bank from foreclosing, Emma decides to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and enter Valleyville’s annual pumpkin growing contest with his prized seeds. She reluctantly teams up with her neighbor Seth (Kavan Smith) in hopes the prize money can save her farm and his business from going under. As Emma works to adapt to farming, grow the biggest pumpkin and win the prize money, she may actually find the greatest prize is one she can’t put a price on.
‘SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR’
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (9 PM ET/PT, 8C)
Claudia (Daphne Zuniga) is an ambitious attorney striving to become partner at her law firm. But when Claudia has a run in with Gina (Faye Dunaway), a stranger who introduces herself as a Transpersonal Psychologist, Gina steps in providing Claudia an opportunity to see how the other half lives. Bumping her head, Claudia wakes up in an alternate reality as a wife and mother of two. She unexpectedly finds great joy in having a family and, after being pulled back into the real world, is far less fulfilled as a single woman living only for her career. Realizing how much she is sacrificing, she sets a new direction in life to make room for love and family.
‘THE GOOD WITCH’S GIFT’
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (9 PM ET/PT, 8C)
Catherine Bell continues her role as the enchanting Cassie Nightingale in “The Good Witch’s Gift,” the third in the series from Hallmark Channel’s highly-rated original movies, “The Good Witch” and “The good Witch’s Garden.” Cassie Nightingale has settled comfortably in Middleton with a successful boutique and is now engaged to Sheriff Russell (Chris Potter). But with only two short weeks till Christmas, the Sheriff is desperate to find the perfect gift. With no wedding date set, the Sheriff wants to give Cassie a family for Christmas this year and suggests they get married on Christmas Eve. But, as usual, things don’t always happen as planned and Cassie must use a bit of magic to give her new family that special Christmas.
‘THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS’
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (9 PM ET/PT, 8C)
Angela Fox (Jennifer Beals) and her husband (Rick Roberts) are too busy with their jobs to pay attention to the Christmas season, let alone their two kids, Hannah and Toby. The night before Christmas Eve, they are startled when Santa Claus crash-lands onto their roof, dropping his sleigh and reindeer in the backyard. Santa hits his head in the fall and can’t remember anything about Christmas, including himself. With Santa’s journey around the world in jeopardy of being cancelled, Toby, who still believes in the magic of Christmas, begs this family to get in the holiday spirit to help jog Santa’s memory. As the fate of the holiday rests in their hands, the Foxes must work together to get Santa, and their family, back on track.
DEBBIE MACOMBER’S MRS. MIRACLE 2′
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (9 PM ET/PT, 8C)
Based on the book by acclaimed author Debbie Macomber, Doris Roberts reprises her role this Christmas as the enchanting Mrs. Miracle. When a group of troubled New Yorkers are each down on their luck, it is Mrs. Miracle (Doris Roberts) who arrives in town to single-handedly restore the true meaning of the holiday season.
INTERVIEW (from Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)
Emily VanCamp confirms ‘Brothers & Sisters’ exit: ‘Rebecca has run her course’
Dominic Cooper (Mamma Mia) will star as Howard Stark in the Captain America: The First Avenger movie opposite Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Stanley Tucci. In the film, Cooper will portray the younger version of Howard Stark, the character which John Slattery portrayed in Iron Man 2. (Movie Web)
Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) will star in the movie Rise of the Apes as the lead ape Caesar the, “chimp who leads the simian revolt.” The cast already includes James Franco, John Lithgow and Freida Pinto. (Movie Web)
Elias Koteas has been cast in the movie Winnie, the Winnie Mandela biopic. He will play De Vries, an overzealous officer in the apartheid police state who rises in power and becomes intent on stopping Winnie and the black anti-apartheid activists from gaining power. (Dark Horizons and The Hollywood Reporter)
Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, and Richard Griffiths have joined the Martin Scorsese 3D adventure film Hugo Cabret, which is based on the Brian Selznick novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret. The story follows an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. He is soon caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. The film is set to open December 9th 2011. (Dark Horizons)
Angela Bassett has joined the ensemble comedy movie Jumping the Broom. The movie is set around a weekend wedding in Martha’s Vineyard and follows the class struggle between two quite different African-American families. Bassett will play a Washington heiress and the mother of Paula Patton’s wealthy family matriarch character. Also joining them are Romeo Miller as Patton’s Yale student cousin and Laz Alonso as Patton’s love interest. Loretta Devine also stars. (The Hollywood Reporter and Dark Horizons)
Peter Sarsgaard (Knight & Day, An Education) is set to star in a biopic of bluegrass musician Bill Monroe. The story will follow the life of Bill Monroe from his childhood on a farm in Kentucky as the youngest of eight children. Similar in tone and style to Johnny Cash’s story in Walk the Line, Monroe didn’t lead the simplest of lives with both of his parents dying before he was 17 years old, but he managed to have a career spanning 60 years which got him inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (The Wrap and First Showing)
Q&A SECTION (with the TV gurus from TV Guide)
Question: Will Bailey’s boyfriend Ben be back next season on Grey’s Anatomy? — Sheena
ADAM: Jason George’s role on Off the Map, Shonda Rhimes’ midseason show, doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Bailey’s romance, according to Chandra Wilson. Whatever happens, she says the relationship is important for Bailey’s growth. “How many of us go through long-term relationships that end and then you have to sit there and figure out what to do now?” Wilson says. “That’s her journey. … It was about that discovery and how it will change her personality.”
Question: Any scoop on the new season of Glee? — Amy
MICKEY: Jayma Mays tells us how she heard that John Stamos had been cast to play a dentist/Emma’s love interest. “I got a text message from a friend and all it said was: ‘Uncle Jesse?'” she recalls with a laugh. The season finale set up a pretty clear love triangle among Mr. Schu, Emma and Dr. Teeth, but what if it’s actually a square? The cutie-pie clean freak may be getting competition on all fronts from Jessalyn Gilsig’s dastardly Terri.
Question: What have you heard about next season of NCIS: Los Angeles? — Trent
ADAM: The team is getting some extra help: Look for them to sign on a tomboy-ish intelligence analyst who often speaks before she thinks. But she’s also unflappable in a crisis.
Question: Will Debbie Pelt be as crazy on HBO’s True Blood as she was in the books? — Tommy
MICKEY: I’m hearing yes, but not initially. Brit Morgan’s debut will be somewhat restrained, and her character’s quick temper and jealous streak will unveil themselves gradually. But once they do, watch out. “I’m going on a rampage against Sookie,” Morgan tells us. “I’m not too happy with her.”
Question: Anything cool coming up on The Good Guys? — Kyle
ADAM: How about a Homer Simpson cameo? Dan Castellaneta, who voices the Simpson patriarch, will play a bank robber with whom Bradley Whitford’s Detective Stark has some history. The episode has an Ocean’s Eleven vibe; the heists are never what they seem.
Question: I can’t wait for the new season of White Collar — where will it pick up? — Whitney
MICKEY: We’ll see that plane explode once more, but then there will be a time jump that allows Neal to move on fairly quickly from Kate’s death — yes, I said death. Plus: Diana (Lost’s Marsha Thomason) is back!
That’s it. Enjoy!
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