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Hey All,

So, it seems like the heat wave in Southern California is finally breaking, my cold is (hopefully) on its last legs and there is loads of TV to watch tonight. In the meantime, here are the news items for today:

CONDOLENCES

Legendary actor Tony Curtis (father of Jamie Lee Curtis) passed away Wednesday night at the age of 85. Condolences are extended to his family, friends and fans. (E! Entertainment Online)

TELEVISION

Miranda Cosgrove (Nickelodeon’s iCarly) will guest star as a troubled pop star in need of representation after she’s arrested on a DUI charge on an upcoming episode of The Good Wife. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

Parminder Nagra (ER) will guest star in an episode of the ABC legal drama The Whole Truth. She will appear in the 8th episode of the new series as Pilar Shirazeem, who comes to her best pal’s defense when she is charged with killing her husband. (William Keck at TV Guide)

Kyle MacLachlan is set to appear in at least two episodes of the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother, as the ex-husband of Zoey (Jennifer Morrison). Morrison’s first episode airs October 18, while MacLachlan is set to debut in early November. (Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)

Shelley Conn (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) has been cast as the female lead in FOX’s upcoming prehistoric/futuristic adventure series Terra Nova, which will get a sneak peek in May before launching in Fall 2011. Conn will star opposite Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang and will play Elizabeth Shannon, the wife of O’Mara’s character, who travels back 85 million years. (Deadline and Televisionary)

First footage from the Doctor Who Christmas Special (and more on BBC America)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Bryan Fuller (the man behind Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies) is working on a modern-day reboot of the classic series The Munsters. So far, NBC has only ordered only a pilot, but since the potential series is being described as “Modern Family meets True Blood,” it could have a shot at succeeding. (Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)

FOX is considering ordering Lawyers for Less, which is to be a workplace comedic drama about two best friends – a white-shoe lawyer coming back from disbarment for mixing business and pleasure and an enterprising black lawyer who takes him in as partner – who run a small storefront law firm specializing in ambulance chasing and defending the defenseless. (Deadline and Televisionary)

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES NEWS

Fionnula Flanagan (Lost and Brotherhood) will star in the Hallmark Channel movie Three Wise Woman on December 14 at 8 PM. The movie is a new twist on ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Flanagan stars as Beth, who has a rare opportunity to accompany her guardian angel, Tom (Hugh O’Connor), to visit her past and find out exactly how a single choice can change a life. (The Futon Critic)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Michael Shannon, Benicio Del Toro and James Franco are attached to star in the box office movie Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, which is based on the true story of Richard “The Ice Man” Kuklinski, a man who for more than 40 years led a double life as both a professional assassin and a doting husband and father in suburban New Jersey. Mickey Rourke was linked to the project earlier this month. (Production Weekly and Dark Horizons)

Sam Raimi (Director of Spider-Man) is in talks to set up an alien invasion movie titled Earth Defense Force, which is being described as a cross between Top Gun, Independence Day and The Last Starfighter. It is based on a reading of Andrew Marlowe’s script, opening with the U.S. and Chinese militaries coming under attack from aliens, who swiftly depart, only to destroy many of the world’s landmarks and military installations before vanishing. It seems they came to test Earth’s defensive capabilities, and we failed miserably. (Vulture and The Wrap)

Legendary actor Christopher Plummer has joined the cast of the American version of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He will play the wealthy industrialist who hires a disgraced journalist (Daniel Craig) to solve a 40-year unsolved murder. The case uncovers a web of familial corruption. (Heat Vision and First Showing)

BOX OFFICE TRAILERS/POSTERS

Three Dark, Gritty ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows’ Banners

Watch: Second Trailer for ‘Burlesque’ with Christina Aguilera

Q&A SECTION (with Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)

Question: Let’s assume Chord Overstreet’s Sam is not a love interest for Glee’s Kurt, and Darren Criss is. Well, who will Sam be paired with? —Jeff

Ausiello: I’m hearing single mom Quinn. But if you’ve got a better idea, the comments section below has your name written all over it, Jeff.

Question: Is Mike Chang going to get a solo on Glee? I’m swooning over his dancing (and now his abs!), but a solo would just be the icing on the cake. —Kraig

Ausiello: He’ll get the next best thing to a solo in episode 4: a duet with Tina!

Question: Any truth to the rumor that Glee‘s post-Super Bowl tribute episode will be a sequel to Britney/Brittany? —Taylor

Ausiello: If by “any truth” you mean “no truth whatsoever,” yes. Otherwise, not so much.

BREAKING GLEE NEWS: Sources confirm to me exclusively that Charice will reappear in episode 7!

Question: I was hoping that you can give me some Bones scoop. —Ina B

Ausiello: An upcoming episode will be told entirely from Brennan’s point of view. “It’s a very stylized episode where Brennan is investigating a murder of someone who appears to be her,” explains exec producer Stephen Nathan. “It’s sort of Brennan examining her own life while examining the victim. We’ve never done anything this internal. It’s probably the most psychologically oriented episode we’ve ever done.”

Question: Which episode of Bones is Emily Deschanel directing this season? —Frankie

Ausiello: Episode No. 14. And so far, that’s all I know.

Question: Hawaii Five-O scoop? —Johanna

Ausiello: Newly unemployed Lone Star star James Wolk should call his agent, because the CBS reboot is casting the perfect part for him: a possibly two-faced old buddy of McGarrett’s who’s visiting the islands as a bodyguard for a controversial Third World leader.

Question: Got any NCIS: LA scoop? — Justin

Ausiello: The show is on the lookout for a sixtysomething with a slight German accent to play the recurring role of a retiree who, though blind, still sees the fun in manipulating people. And since the character is named Burgess, I’m thinking the show is a fan of the Penguin.

Question: On a scale from 1 to 10, how crazy will the final scene in Smallville‘s 200th episode drive Clois fans? Any chance you can give us a little more on it? — Geff C.

Ausiello: Nine. Can’t say more except that it’ll take your breath away.

Question: Do you have any updates on the possibility of Michael Rosenbaum returning to Smallville? — Denny

Ausiello: I hear episode 10 may be titled “Luthor,” so draw your own conclusions. Actually, let me help you: I’m guessing that ties in with his pa Lionel’s return. But I could be wrong!

Question: Do you have any scoop on why/how Robert Wagner is coming back to NCIS? —Lyss

Ausiello: Tony Sr. gets caught up in a case that requires him to go on a date with (wait for it)
Ziva!

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Based on same recent search categories that readers have been inputting here at Rueben’s Ramblings, I wanted to send out a quick message about topics for which I do NOT cover as well as reiterate the topics for which I do provide coverage.

1. I am not a fan of TV comedies (such as Modern Family, Cougar Town, et al) and will not be reporting on them. While these shows may be deserving of coverage, I do not watch them and am not the right person for which to comment on them.

2. I do not get involved in anything related to politics, current events or anything you see on any news program (cable channel or network TV). I prefer to remain oblivious to all of those topics nor will I talk about those topics here.

3. Reality TV is not a subject of interest to me at all! I believe that form of “entertainment” to be wasteful of programming space and does not deserve one moment to be wasted on it.

4. I do not focus on celebrity rumor and/or scandal or anything pertaining to the personal lives of anyone involved in the entertainment industry. To me, it is simply none of our business.

5. I am not a sports fan – never have been, never will be – and I will not provide any kind of coverage, articles, ratings numbers (et al) on sports programs.

Now, what I will provide to readers – to the best of my ability – are news items and articles about network and cable dramas, made-for-TV movies, box office movies, popular music, TV and/or movie related events, general TV news (such as development deals, award presentations and charity events), DVD releases, web series (such as Dr. Horrible, Riese and The Guild) and, hopefully very soon, book reviews and/or book recommendations.

If you like any of the items shown immediately above, then you’ve come to the right place and I hope you will stop by as often as you can.

Thanks! And, enjoy!

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It is week two of the fall TV season and the following are the overall viewership ratings for the dramas that aired last night (Wednesday):

8 PM Shows:

Undercovers (NBC) – 7.1 million

9 PM Shows:

Criminal Mind (CBS) – 14.5 million
Hellcats (The CW) – 2.3 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) – 9.3 million

10 PM Shows:

The Defenders (CBS) – 10.4 million
The Whole Truth (ABC) – 4.7 million
Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) – 10.5 million

What shows did you watch last night? Please share.

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The following is a list of new and/or returning shows for the major networks and some of the cable channels as well as made-for-TV movies that you can expect to see on TV in October:

October 1 – The cable channel GMC will debut its new movie The Way Home at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Dean Cain and Lori Beth Edgeman (Army Wives) star in this fact based movie about a family ripped apart by the disappearance of their little boy.

NOTE: Check your local listings for this cable channel. The movie will be reaired on October 2 at 8 PM and October 3 at 1PM

October 3 – The season premiere of CSI: Miami will air on CBS at 10 PM

October 3 – The Glades will air its summer season finale on A&E at 10 PM

October 3 – Law & Order: UK will debut on BBC America at 10:30 PM

Show Synopsis: Much like it’s US counterparts, the series focuses on detectives and the lawyers who investigate and prosecute crimes; but this time it’s set in London and stars Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Bradley Walsh (The Old Curiosity Shop), Ben Daniels (The State Within) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who).

October 4 – New episodes of Lie To Me will start airing tonight at 9 PM on FOX, replacing the recently canceled Lone Star (original premiere date moved up nearly a month)

October 5 – The last half of season one of Caprica will be back on Syfy starting at 10 PM

October 8 – The summer season finale of Haven will air on Syfy at 10 PM

October 8 – The new Teen Nick series Gigantic premieres (check local listings for time)

Show Synopsis: Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter) stars as the daughter of two A-list actors making her way along with her younger brother through Hollywood’s “It” cricles while trying to stay grounded.

October 9 – The Syfy movie Monsterwolf will premiere at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: On the outskirts of a small Louisiana town, a drilling crew sets blast charges to tap an oil deposit – releasing the Kachinawaya, a Native American animal spirit meant to protect Indian lands from invaders. The movie stars Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) and Jason London (Wildfire).

October 9 – The Hallmark Movie Channel movie After the Fall will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) stars as a driven equestrian who suffers a near fatal injury during a horse show. Her protective single father (Greg Evigan) decides to enter her into an intense physical therapy program as part of a research study. There she meets a rough around the edges punk rock patient (Fiona Dourif) and her new next-door neighbor, an ex-cowboy (Rick Malambri) who encourages her to get back on her horse.

October 15 – Sanctuary will actually be back on Syfy at 10 PM tonight instead of on September 28 (and back in its old timeslot)

October 16 – Tower Prep is the second non-animated series on the Cartoon Network that will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: This action thriller tells the story of a rebellious teen, Ian (Drew Van Acker from the online series The Lake), who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped at a mysterious prep school focused on tapping into the “unique potential” of its students. Ian forms a secret group with fellow students, including CJ (Elise Gatien from Smallville), Gabe (Ryan Pinkston from Quintuplets) and Suki (newcomer Dyana Liu).

NOTE: Check your local listings for airtime and date, as this series may not air until October 19.

October 17 – The summer season finale of Rubicon will air on AMC at 9 PM followed by the finale of Mad Men at 10 PM

October 17 – The BBC America series Luther debuts at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: Idris Elba (The Wire and The Losers) stars as John Luther, a brilliant detective tormented by the darker side of humanity, shining a light into the hearts and minds of psychopaths and killers and the shadowy spaces of his own soul. The cast includes Ruth Wilson (The Prisoner and Jane Eyre) and Indira Varma (Rome).

October 23 – The movie Growing the Big One will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Radio DJ Emma Silver (Shannen Doherty from Charmed) 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 from Stargate Atlantis and Eureka) 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.

October 23 – The Nickelodeon movie The Boy Who Cried Werewolf will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Victoria Justice (Victorious) stars as Jordan Sands, a shy and unpopular teen who, through an accident, is transformed into a werewolf during a visit to Wolfsberg, Romania where her family has inherited an ancient castle. Brooke Shields (Lipstick Jungle) and Brooke D’Orsay (Royal Pains and Drop Dead Diva) co-star.

October 24 – BBC America present another adaptation of the classic novel Brideshead Revisited at 3 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Matthew Goode (Watchmen) plays Charles Ryder, an impressionable middle-class art student who becomes fascinated with the posh lifestyle of his Oxford schoolmate, Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw). Charles spends the summer with Sebastian’s well-off family at their majestic estate, Brideshead Castle, where he falls in love with Sebastian’s sister, Julia. Over the course of two World Wars, Charles is immersed in the self-indulgent world of the Flyte family, and all the forbidden love and heartbreaking loss of innocence that involvement brings.

October 24 – Sherlock will air as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery lineup (check your local listings for time)

MINI-SERIES SYNOPSIS: Set in contemporary London – and based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic – Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes partnered with his new roommate, Afghanistan war vet James Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve all manner of complicated crimes.

NOTE: Sherlock will also air on October 31 and November 7 on PBS (check your local listings for time)

October 25 – In Treatment will be back with new episodes on HBO (check local listings for time)

NEWLY ADDED:
October 26 – The digital series Riese: Kingdom Falling will start airing on syfy.com/riese

WEB SERIES SYNOPSIS: Airing every Tuesday and Thursday, this 10-part series will be narrated by Amanda Tapping and is about Eleysia, a dying kingdom where resources are dwindling and compassion is fading. Distrust and anxiety have clouded people’s minds, causing a regression into primitive ways of thinking. People have grown restless, almost feral. Rituals and mythology have resurged, and the darker side of mankind has begun to reveal itself. Riese, a wanderer, travels across the decaying lands of Eleysia with her wolf, Fenrir. Marked as a heretic by religious group The Sect and the new Empress, Amara , Riese must evade their assassins and discover their true intentions for Eleysia. The cast includes Christine Chatelain (Sanctuary and The Bone Collector), Sharon Taylor (Stargate Universe) Ben Cotton (Harper’s Island), Allison Mack (Smallville), Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary and Caprica), Patrick Gilmore (Stargate Universe), Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica and Smallville) and Emilie Ullerup (Sanctuary).

October 27 – The final season of Friday Night Lights will air exclusively on DirecTV (don’t worry it will air on NBC at a later time) at 9 PM

October 30 – The made-for-TV movie Red will air on Syfy at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The movie stars Felicia Day (Buffy, The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog), Kavan Smith (Stargate Atlantis) and Stephen McHattie (The Jesse Stone movies) and focuses on a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood who brings her fiancé home to meet her family and tell him about the family business – they are werewolf hunters.

October 31 – The new AMC series The Walking Dead will debut at 10 PM with a 90-minute airing

Show Synopsis: The series tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse and the survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln from Love Actually). Jon Bernthal (Eastwick and The Pacific) plays a former member of the police department, Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) is Rick’s wife Lori, Laurie Holden (The Shield and The X-Files) is one of two surviving sisters of the disaster and newcomer Steven Yeun as an expert scavenger.

October 31 – Being Human all-day marathon on BBC America of season 1 and 2 episodes (check your local listings for start and end times)

Happy Viewing!

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Hey All,

Happy over the hump day folks! How is your week progressing so far? Getting excited for the weekend? I bet you all are. In the meantime, here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Human Target is being moved yet again. The premiere will now air on November 17 at 8 PM. This move changes the show from Friday nights to Wednesday nights AND bumps the show back over a month from being aired (it was to be back on October 1). (The Futon Critic)

As announced yesterday afternoon, Fox has pulled the plug on Lone Star after two low-rated episodes. Reruns of Lie to Me will fill the show’s Monday-9 pm time slot beginning next week. (Spoiler TV)

Rachel Nichols (Alias) has been cast in a multiple-episode arc on Criminal Minds, where she will play FBI cadet Ashley Seager. She is slated to appear in three episodes. (Deadline and Televisionary)

Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly) will appear in a five-episode arc on the upcoming midseason NBC superhero drama The Cape. (Deadline and Televisionary)

Catherine Dent (The Shield) will appear in at least two episodes of NCIS. She will play Whitney Sharp, a former NCIS agent who shares a past with Ducky. Both of these episodes will air during November sweeps. (Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIES

The Hallmark Channel movie The Santa Incident will debut on December 7 at 8 PM. The movie stars Ione Skye (Private Practice and Say Anything) and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) [among others] in a movie about Homeland Security’s Asymmetrical Threats Division has unknowingly targeted Santa Claus for piloting an unidentified aircraft and flouting national sovereignty. Before fully identifying the target, their agent Ross fires a heat-seeking missile into Father Christmas’ dash wings. His reindeer rocked, his jingle bells jangled, Santa crashes to Earth, where he is rescued by a couple of kids and nursed back to health by their mom Joanna (Skye). Erickson (Germann) and Cunningham, a pair of bumbling secret agents have also homed in on Santa’s position, and they are determined to make Kris Kringle pay for their looking bad in a prior botched anti-alien interdiction. (The Futon Critic)

DVD RELEASE

Life Unexpected

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men and Angel) will star as the father of Amanda Seyfried’s character in the sci-fi box office movie formerly known as I’m.mortal. The story is set in a society where people engineered to stop ageing at 25-years-old and time has become the currency of the realm. The wealthy are practically immortal while the majority of the populous struggles to bank what extra time they can. Justin Timberlake plays a ghetto rebel wrongly accused of murder who is forced to go into hiding with a beautiful and rich hostage (Seyfried). They soon begin a steamy romance. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

Tobey Maguire is set to both produce and star in Good People, which is based on the book by Marcus Sakey, which follows a Chicago couple who come across $400,000 and do whatever they can to try and keep it. (Production Weekly and Dark Horizons)

Jared Harris (Mad Men) [and son of the late Richard Harris] will appear as Professor Moriarty in the sequel to Sherlock Holmes. (Latino Review and First Showing)

Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) has joined the cast of the romantic comedy BFF and Baby starring alongside Krysten Ritter and Kate Bosworth. The story is about two best friends who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after one of them (Ritter) gets pregnant and has a baby. Ritter wrote the script. (Variety and First Showing)

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

‘I Am Number Four’


Must Watch: Second Full Trailer for Universal’s Sci-Fi Skyline

Q&A SECTION (with the TV Gurus from TV Guide)

Question: What’s this I hear about Brennan solving her own murder on Bones? — Maggie

ADAM: Well, Brennan obviously isn’t the corpse, but her resemblance to the victim is uncanny. Executive producer Stephen Nathan says the experience will be educational for Bones. “Brennan gets to look at herself objectively, which is something she’s never really been able to do,” he says. “She sees herself in a new light, and that obviously will change her character to a certain extent.”

Question: So many answers on The Event this week! I can’t help but think they’re pulling a fast one on us. Have any scoop? — Martin

MICKEY: Go with your gut. We’ll soon find out that at least one of the most fundamental parts of The Event’s narrative is a big fat lie. Further, Sophia won’t tolerate any leaks, even if people have to die to protect her secrets.

Question: What else can you tell me about Katee Sackhoff’s role on CSI? — Andrew

ADAM: She’s a tough, stubborn woman, and that initially puts her at odds with George Eads’ Nick Stokes. But she slowly wins him over. “She plays her character with a lot of bravado, which is something I think Nick really likes to be around,” Eads tells us. Do we see sparks? “For Nick to have a relationship with anyone on the show, the genesis of it has to be mutual respect,” Eads says, noting that the length of Sackhoff’s arc has yet to be finalized. For his part, Eads is ready for something serious: “I would like to see her again.”

Question: Poor Artie! Will he find another love on Glee? —Amalia

MICKEY: I wouldn’t call it love exactly, but on an upcoming episode, Artie will make a connection with a Cheerio that will make him feel special for a short while.

Question: Help! I can’t tell if the werewolves are the good guys or the bad guys on The Vampire Diaries. — Cory

MICKEY: I can’t either, but perhaps a new addition to the cast will clarify everyone else’s relative goodness. He’s a man of few words who allows his piercing eyes to do the talking for him. I’m hearing him compared to the Haitian on Heroes, which means those peepers are probably good for more than just lookin’.

Question: I really enjoyed the Brothers & Sisters premiere. Is this really the last season? — Katie

ADAM: Despite a reduced episode order and some significant cast exits, executive producer David Marshall Grant isn’t planning on going anywhere. “I’ve approached the show as if it’s going to go on and on. I take my cue from the studio and the network, and they’ve given me no indication — not even a hint or a heads-up — that [cancellation is] a possibility,” he says. “If and when I hear different, I will adjust and make sure that we take these Walkers off the air in the style that they deserve. But I have heard nothing to suggest that I should be planning for that.”

Question: I know it’s a ways off, but can you give me any V scoop? — Kara

MICKEY: A major female character will lose her head in an early episode — which is to say, she’ll be beheaded. I only mention the violent act because it will be as revealing as it is fatal.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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It is week two of the fall TV season and the following are the overall viewership ratings for the dramas that aired last night:

8 PM Shows:

NCIS (CBS) – 18.8 million
Glee (FOX) – 13.3 million
No Ordinary Family (ABC) – 10.5 million
One Tree Hill (The CW) – 1.8 million

9 PM Shows:

NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) – 16.5 million
Life Unexpected (The CW) – 1.5 million

10 PM Shows:

The Good Wife (CBS) – 12.9 million
Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC) – 9.2 million
Parenthood (NBC) – 4.9 million

What shows did you watch last night? Please share.

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