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Hey All,

Happy Tuesday, folks. Quite a bit of news to share with all of you so let’s get started, shall we?:

TELEVISION

Actress Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) has landed a leading role in a new pilot for TNT called Bird Dog. The central premise of the series focuses on police officer Gail McGrath (Dushku), who trailed her father into the world of law enforcement – the only mutual interest she shared with her estranged old man. With time, McGrath would leave the big
city she once called home in order to settle out West. A piece of home, however, soon finds McGrath as her father turns up at her house to announce that he is her new partner. (Screen Rant)

Dan Aykroyd has signed on to appear in two episodes of The Defenders, playing a judge needing help. The episodes are slated to air early next year. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

The new ABC Dana Delany drama Body of Proof has finally been given a premiere date: Tuesday, March 29 at 10 PM, following the end of the 18-episode run of the new series Detroit 1-8-7. The series follows Dr. Megan Hunt (Delany), a brilliant neurosurgeon whose world is turned upside down when an accident puts an end to her time in the operating room. In her new career as a Medical Examiner, she is determined to solve the puzzle of who or what has killed the victims. Along the way, Megan finds that their lives and the lessons they hold can be applied to her own personal journey of redemption and forgiveness. The series also stars Jeri Ryan, John Carroll Lynch, Nicholas Bishop, Sonja Sohn, Geoffrey Arend and Windell D. Middlebrooks. (The Futon Critic)

FX has announced a debut date for its new original series Lights Out: Tuesday January 11 at 10 PM. The series stars Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami) as Patrick ‘Lights’ Leary, an aging former heavyweight boxing champion who struggles to find his identity and support his wife and three daughters after retiring from the ring. The financial downturn coupled with a series of failed investments leave him at a perilous crossroads, battling the urge to return to boxing or reluctantly accepting a job as a brutal and intimidating debt collector. Catherine McCormack, Pablo Schreiber and Stacy Keach co-star. FX has ordered 13 episodes of Lights Out. (The Futon Critic)

ARTICLES ABOUT TV

Sources: Vampire Diaries “Companion” Series Is in the Works

‘The Vampire Diaries’: Six teasers from executive producer Julie Plec

‘Greek’ exclusive First Look: The new season goes ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

J.J. Abrams has found his new TV leading lady: Sarah Jones will join the ranks of Jennifer Garner, Keri Russell, Evangeline Lily, Anna Torv and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the FOX pilot Alcatraz, which revolves around the reappearance of a group of Alcatraz prisoners and guards, who mysteriously went missing 30 years ago, and the team of FBI agents picked to solve the mystery. Jones will play Rebecca Madsen, a smart, thoughtful and a little obsessive police officer. Jones has appeared in Sons of Anarchy and Justified as well as guest starring stints on Ugly Betty, Big Love, and House. The project is in contention for a slot on the 2011-2012 Fall TV Schedule for FOX. (Deadline and TV Overmind)

WEB SERIES

Warner Premiere and Dolphin Entertainment announced casting for their forthcoming multi-platform teen action series called Aim High that will star Jackson Rathbone (the Twilight franchise) as teenage government operative Nick Green. He will be joined by Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights), who stars as Nick’s charming love interest Amanda Miles. MCG is one of the producers. The web series will also stars Rebecca Mader (Lost) as Nick’s sultry science teacher Ms. Walker, Johnny Pemberton (Megadrive) as the well-connected best friend Marcus, Clancy Brown (Highlander) as Russian mercenary Boris the Bear, Jonathan McDaniel (That’s So Raven) as Amanda’s jealous boyfriend and swim team captain Derek Long, and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) as the protective Vice Principal Ockenhocker. Aim High is the story of a young man leading a double life, juggling his studies by day and serving as a government agent by night. The series chronicles the life of Nick Green, a junior who’s just starting a new school year as one of the country’s 64 highly trained teenage operatives. When he’s not handling international spies, Nick is dreaming of Amanda Miles, the most popular girl in school who’s cool, intelligent and very alluring. Amanda mercilessly flirts with Nick, but before he can enjoy her advances he has to avoid Derek her overly protective boyfriend who threatens him for even looking at her. (Coming Soon)

AWARD WINNERS

Here is a list of winners from the 2010 Gotham Awards courtesy of E! Entertainment Online:

Best Feature: Winter’s Bone
Ensemble Performance: Winter’s Bone
Breakthrough Actor: Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
Breatkthrough Director: Kevin Asch, Holy Rollers
Documentary: The Oath
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You: Littlerock
Festival Genius Award: Waiting for Superman

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Tom Hanks has joined the cast of the forthcoming movie Triple Frontier, which is the next movie to be done by Oscar Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow, which is an ensemble picture set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge, making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime. (Coming Soon)

Q&A SECTION (with Kristin at E! Entertainment Online)

Question from Ben: Any idea what we’ll see NBC’s new shows Friends with Benefits or Love Bites? They weren’t on the January lineup.

Kristin: Fret not, tubers. Both shows will see the light of day. There just wasn’t enough room on NBC’s winter docket to include all of their new goodies, but Friends with Benefits and Love Bites are both in production with tons of episodes already in the can. So we’ll just have to wait a teensy bit longer to see our favorites Becki Newton, Ryan Hansen and Greg Grunberg back on the small screen. Fact: It’s totally worth it.

Question from Portia: Any chance that Terriers will get a second season?

Kristin: A second round of Terriers is pretty unlikely—the ratings are terrible but we’re whole-heartedly pulling for it. The Terriers season finale, which airs Wednesday, introduces a great new villain—a fellow we have long loved around WWK HQ and whom we generally call “the world’s hottest albino.” (Hint: He was on Desperate Housewives.) We’re crossing our fingers that Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James and aforementioned gorgeous albino make it back for season two.

Question from Sandra: Glee, please! Is there any hope for Will and Emma?

Kristin: And how! It’s too early to talk about it yet, but I can tell you that at least one squee-worthy moment is in the works for an upcoming episode. Anyone else missing Finn and Rachel and Will and Emma the past few episodes?

Question from @redsoxnation80 via Twitter: something…anything…PRETTY LITTLE LIARS!!

Kristin: This looong Pretty Little Liars hiatus is like being tortured by “A”, right? We’ve got some clues about the return episode (“Moments Later,” airing Jan. 3) to tide you over (or torment you more): Someone receives a surprise kiss, another girl reveals a huge secret…and “A” visits Hanna in the hospital. Gah! No wonder star Ashley Benson told us, “I think Hanna is going to have a breakdown” when we visited the PLL set last month.

Question from Lily: Any hope of a Julie-Matt reunion before the end of Friday Night Lights?

Kristin: We can’t promise anything, but we have a good feeling…Our boy Matt does get a mention in Wednesday’s episode of FNL—it seems Julie’s not completely over him yet. Sadly, Julie’s devotion to good boy Saracen doesn’t keep her from canoodling with a teacher’s assistant at her school, and finding out in the most embarrassing way possible that that’s not a good idea. (Sidenote: Because we wholeheartedly love FNL we won’t mention how every show out there seems to be doing the student/teacher fling thing lately. You’re welcome, Jason Katims.)

Question from Marlnie: How about something good on The Vampire Diaries?

Kristin: This Thursday’s episode (yes, it is back this week!) is not one to be missed. (Dear Kevin and Julie and the powers that be, thank you for not succumbing to the almighty sophomore slump like some other series we know.) The episode is Tyler and Caroline-centric…they are hitting a cave. So romantic! And there is also a full moon coming, which Michael Trevino (Tyler) promises will be a “scary ordeal.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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We are now into the 11th week of Fall TV and here is how the Monday night dramas performed last night in the overall viewers ratings war:

8 PM Shows:
Chuck (NBC) – 6.2 million
90210 (The CW) – 2.1 million
House (FOX) [repeat] – 5.1 million

9 PM Shows:
The Event (NBC) [fall finale] – 5.8 million
Lie To Me (FOX) – 6.3 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) – 2 million

10 PM Show:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [repeat] – 7.7 million
Chase (NBC) – 6.1 million

NOTE: Castle did not air a new or repeat episode on ABC again this week.

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Trying to figure out what to watch tonight? Be it new episodes of the fall season, reairs of cable series, a movie or a special, here are some suggestions:

6 PM
Happy Feet (animated) movie on ABC Family
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie on Starz

6:20 PM
Crazy Heart movie on Cinemax

7:15 PM
Leap Year movie on HBO Signature

7:30 PM
Eagle Eye movie on FX

8 PM
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special on CBS
How the Grinch Stole Christmas special on ABC
Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on NBC
Glee on FOX
All I Want for Christmas movie on Hallmark

9 PM
No Ordinary Family on ABC
Life Unexpected on The CW
Tower Prep on Cartoon Network
Stargate Universe on Syfy (md-season finale)
The Proposal movie on Starz

10:05 PM
Fried Green Tomatoes movie on Encore

Enjoy!

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December Box Office Movies

The following movies are expected to be released at the box office in December, but please keep in mind release dates can easily change so watch the listings at your local theatre:

Black Swan
Opens December 3, 2010

A veteran ballerina finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer, with the stakes increasing as the dancers approach a big performance. However it’s unclear if the rival is a ghost or the ballerina herself is delusional. Stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder.

Kids in America
Opens December 3, 2010

The movie follows an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night. The film stars Topher Grace, Michelle Trachtenberg, Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Punch and Michael Biehn.

The Warrior’s Way
Opens December 3, 2010

Kate Bosworth stars in this fantasy-action film about a warrior-assassin (Jang Dong Gun) who is forced to hide in small town in the American badlands after refusing a mission. The movie also stars Geoffrey Rush and Danny Huston.

Frankie & Alice
Opens December 10, 2010

Halle Berry stars in a drama about an emotionally damaged stripped named Frankie who is afflicted with multiple personalities; among them are Alice, a white racist and Genius a small child.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Opens December 10, 2010

Edmund, Lucy and their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb find themselves on a fantastic Narnian ship captained by King Caspian and headed for the very edges of the world in a journey where they’ll encounter slave traders, dragons and merefolk. Stars include Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter and Gary Sweet.

The Fighter
Opens December 10, 2010

Mark Wahlberg stars as “Irish” Mike Ward, a Massachusetts –based welterweight who came out of retirement for a mid-90’s comeback. The rest of the cast includes Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo.

The Tempest
Opens December 10, 2010

In this adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, Helen Mirren stars as the sorceress Prospera who is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year old daughter on a ship, ending up on an island, leading to a power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera. The film co-stars Felicity Jones, Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Chris Cooper, Alan Cumming, Djimon Hounsou, David Strathairn and Ben Whishaw.

The Tourist
Opens December 10, 2010

The movie revolves around Frank (Johnny Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Angelina Jolie) is the “extraordinary” woman who deliberately crosses his path. Paul Bettany, Rufus Sewell and Timothy Dalton co-star.

How Do You Know
Opens December 17, 2010

This film follows two people who meet on a blind date on the worst days of their lives. Reese Witherspoon is a professional softball player who has been cut by the U.S. National team and Paul Rudd is a businessman just accused of shady financial dealings thanks to bad bookkeeping by his father (Jack Nicholson). The movie also stars Owen Wilson.

Rabbit Hole
Opens December 17, 2010

The movie is about a couple (Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) who are consumed by a black hole after the sudden death of their young son. The film co-stars Sandra OhJon Tenney and Dianne Wiest.

Tron: Legacy
Opens December 17, 2010

The son of Kevin Flynn looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs his father has been living in for 25 years. The pair embark on a perilous journey across a cyber universe that has become far more advanced and exceedingly dangerous. The film stars Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner and James Frain.

Yogi Bear
Opens: December 17, 2010

Jellystone Park has been losing business, so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. With Yogi and Boo Boo threatened to be tossed out of the only home they know, they join forces with their old nemesis Ranger Smith to find a way to save Jellystone Park. The cast includes Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Andy Daly.

Country Strong
Opens (in Los Angeles) December 22, 2010

Gwyneth Paltrow stars as fictional Nashville superstar Kelly Carter, who is a washed-up country singer; her rehab sponsor is Beau Williams (Garrett Hedlund) a struggling singer who ends up on Kelly’s comeback tour along with an aspiring pop-country princess (Leighton Meester from Gossip Girl). Country singer sans actor Tim McGraw also stars.

NOTE:  The movie opens nationwide on January 7, 2011.

Gulliver’s Travels
Opens December 22, 2010

Lemuel Gulliver, a free-spirited travel writer is on an assignment to the Bermuda Triangle and suddenly finds himself a giant among men when he washes ashore on the hidden island of Liliput, home to a population of industrious, yet tiny, people. The film stars Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate.

Somewhere
Opens December 22, 2010

The story of Johnny Marco, a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, Johnny is forced to look at the questions we all must confront. The cast includes Stephen Dorff, Benicio Del Toro, Elle Fanning and Chris Pontius.

True Grit
Opens December 25, 2010

In this new adaptation of the western classic, Jeff Bridges stars as Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn, who is hired by a 14-year girl (newcomer Hailee Steinfield) to find the man who shot and killed her father. Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper co-star.

The Debt
Opens December 29 2010

In 1965, three young Israeli Mossad agents on a secret mission capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal. Now, thirty years later, a man claiming to be the Nazi has surfaced in Ukraine and one of the former agents must go back undercover to seek out the truth. The cast includes Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson and Marton Csokas.

The Way Back
Opens December 29, 2010

Colin Farrell, Jim Burgess and Mark Strong play prisoners in a Soviet gulag in the 1940s who must journey across thousands of mils of Siberian nothingness to reach freedom. The film co-stars Saoirse Ronan.

Blue Valentine
Opens December 31, 2010

This movie is about a young couple (Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) who fall madly in love – and then terribly out of love – over the course of six years. The movie co-stars Mike Vogel (Miami Medical and Cloverfield) and Ben Shenkman (Damages and Angels in America).

Enjoy!

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Here are the movies and series that you can look forward to seeing on TV in December:

December 2 – The Hallmark Channel movie The Santa Suit debuts at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The movie is about a greedy elitist and Hunter Toys CEO Derek Hunter (Kevin Sorbo), who looks down on the whole of humanity until he is suddenly transformed from Fortune 500 phenom to Santa Claus to learn that when people are stripped of worldly splendor, and have nothing except their humanity to define them, they tend to make more heartfelt and purposeful choices.

December 3 – The NBC movie A Walk In My Shoes, a part of the Walmart and Proctor & Gamble “Family Movie Night”, will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Nancy Travis stars as Trish Fahey, a stressed-out high school teacher who can’t understand her students’ lack of effort and why their parents don’t seem to care. This is especially true of a basketball star who is underperforming in her class. All of this changes when Trish wrecks her car and wakes up to find herself living in the shoes of Justin’s mom, a woman she has personally judged and criticized. Philip Winchester (Crusoe) and Jackson Pace also star.

December 4 – The Hallmark Channel movie Farewell Mr. Kringle will air at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Christine Taylor (Zoolander) stars as cynical scrooge and jaded journalist Ann Wahl who is forced by her editor Zoe (Vivica A. Fox) to travel to a Christmas-themed town to meet a man whose passion for Christmas traditions has transformed a town. The film also stars Christopher Wiehl (Jericho) and W. Morgan Sheppard (Love’s Abiding Joy).

December 5 – The Lifetime Movie Network movie On Strike for Christmas will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Every year Joy works like crazy in the weeks leading up to the holidays to make everything perfect for her family. This is her family’s last Christmas together before her son heads off to college and she wants to make it the best ever. After her attempts to involve her husband and boys fail, and feeling completely unsupported and taken for granted, Joy goes on strike. The movie stars Daphne Zuniga, David Sutcliffe and Julia Duffy.

NOTE: This movie will also air on December 9 at 8 PM and December 24 at 10 PM

December 5 – The new holiday movie Christmas with a Capital C will air on the cable channel GMC at 7 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Christmas will never be Christmas again if Lawyer Mitch Bright has his way. The Townsfolk of Trapper Falls, Alaska face their toughest challenge as the battle of removing the nativity from the town square tears at the traditional and spiritual fabric of this joyous season. This is more than just a legality or separation of church and state; it is a knife that cuts through the heart of peace and good will towards all men. This film stars Ted McGinley, Nancy Stafford and Daniel Baldwin.

NOTE: This movie will reair at 9 and 11 PM that night.

December 6 – The Closer is back with 5 episodes at 9 PM followed by new episodes of Men of a Certain Age on TNT at 10 PM

December 7 – Eureka and Warehouse 13 airs holiday themed episodes on Syfy at 9 and 10 PM respectively

Story Synopsis: On Eureka, Global Dynamics staffer Dr. Noah Drummer (Chris Parnell) nearly absconds with a volatile experiment; the halls get seriously decked when Drummer’s unstable hydrogen crystal starts to grow at a frightening rate. Meanwhile on Warehouse 13, Myka and Pete are called upon to hunt down a malevolent Santa Claus who terrorizes guest star Paul Blackthorne while Artie and his estranged father (Judd Hirsch) reunite after 30 years.

NEWLY ADDED:

December 8 – AMC begins a landmark marathon of all three seasons of Breaking Bad, airing two back-to-back episodes every Wednesday night, starting tonight and running through March 2011

December 9 – The Hallmark Channel movie The Santa Incident will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The movie stars Ione Skye (Private Practice and Say Anything) and Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) in a story about Homeland Security’s Asymmetrical Threats Division, which has unknowingly targeted Santa Claus for piloting an unidentified aircraft and flouting national sovereignty. A heat-seeking missile is set upon Santa Claus; and once his reindeer are rocked and he crashes to Earth, he rescued by a couple of kids and nursed back to health by their mom Joanna (Skye). But a couple of bumbling secret agents (including Germann) 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.

December 10 – The season (sans series) finale of The Good Guys will air on FOX at 9 PM

December 11 – The movie An Old Fashioned Christmas will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Jacqueline Bisset reprises her role of Isabella Crawford in this sequel to the movie An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving. This sequel continues the narrative of Isabella (Bisset) and Tilly (Catherine Steadman of The Tudors) traveling the globe so the wealthy grandmother can teach her talented writer/granddaughter the nuances of character development and refined living.

December 11 – The Syfy movie Ice Quake will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The melting Alaskan permafrost creates underground rivers of volatile liquid methane, causing a succession of violent and destructive earthquakes. One family, separated by the disastrous events, must find each other during Christmas and together stop the deadly rivers before a catastrophic explosion threatens the entire planet. The movie stars Brendan Fehr (Roswell and Bones) and Victor Garber (Alias and Eli Stone).

December 12 – Leverage will be back on TNT at 9 PM

December 12 – The ABC Family Channel movie Christmas Cupid will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Actress-singer Christina Milian stars as Sloane Spencer, a high powered Hollywood publicist who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client Caitlin (Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars). This is a modern take, of course, on the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” co-starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill).

NOTE: This movie will reair at 10 PM that night as well as at 7 PM on December 13.

December 12 and 13 – The Lifetime movie event Marry Me will debut at 9 PM both nights

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Lucy Liu (Ally McBeal and Charlie’s Angels) stars as Rae Ann Carter, a single aspiring artist-turned-social worker who always wanted a fairytale romance – to fall madly in love and live happily ever after. But when her two-year relationship falls apart, Rae unexpectedly falls for a new man, Luke (Steve Pasquale from Rescue Me), who asks her to marry her after a few short dates. Just as everything seems to fall into place for Rae, her ex-boyfriend Adam (Bobby Cannavale from Third Watch) suddenly re-emerges into her life with a proposal of his own. Things get even further complicated when a third man (Enrique Murciano from Without a Trace), smitten by Rae, enters the picture and asks for her hand in marriage, as well. With three men after her heart, who will be Rae’s Prince Charming? The movie also co-stars Annie Potts (Designing Women), Vanessa Marano (Dexter), Elizabeth Bogush (The Big Bang Theory) and Danielle Nicolet (CSI).

December 13 to 17 – The CW will reair episodes of The Vampire Diaries throughout the entire week, two episodes each night at 8 and 9 PM

December 14 – The Hallmark Channel movie Three Wise Women will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Fionnula Flanagan (Lost and Brotherhood) stars in this 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.

December 15 – The holiday episode of Psych will air on the USA Network at 10 PM

NEWLY ADDED:

December 16 – Back-to-back season finale episodes of Burn Notice will air at 9 and 10 PM on USA Network

December 16 – The Hallmark Channel movie Gift of the Magi debuts at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The movie stars Marla Sokoloff (The Practice) as Della Young and Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as her husband Jim, who are financially strapped newlyweds about to spend their first Christmas together. Challenged to buy secret gifts for each other, both end up selling their most prized possessions.

December 18 – The Hallmark Channel movie Battle of the Bulbs will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and Matt Frewer (Eureka) will star as former best friends who are dueling neighbors whose Christmas decorating rivalry gets a bit out of hand.

December 19 – The 2-hour season finale of Leverage will air at 9 PM (check local listings for airtime)

December 24 – A marathon of Doctor Who episodes will begin tonight at 12 midnight on BBC America (leading up to the movie referenced below on December 25)

December 25 – The 2-hour Doctor Who Christmas special called A Christmas Carol will air on BBC America at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Newlyweds Amy Pond and Rory Williams are trapped on a crashing space liner, and the only way The Doctor can rescue them is to save the soul of a lonely old miser (Michael Gambon from Harry Potter franchise). The movie will also feature opera diva Katherine Jenkins.

NEWLY ADDED:

December 27 to December 30 – Every episode from the third season of True Blood will be aired in back-to-back episodes over these 4 days on HBO (check local listings for airtimes)

December 31 – A 24-hour marathon of episodes of House will air on the USA Network today, starting at 6 AM

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Hey All,

Did everyone survive the long holiday weekend? Hope so and I hope you all had a great holiday and enjoyed the weekend. But now, it’s back to reality and here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

It looks like Jane Badler isn’t the only original star from the original V series appearing on the new reboot. Marc Singer, who played freedom fighter Mike Donovan in the original, will play a new character named Lars Tremont, who is a member of a super top secret organization comprised of high-ranking military and government leaders from around the globe, who have long suspected that the Visitors — despite what they tell us — are very much not here in peace. Jane Badler will make her debut in the January 4 season premiere, while Marc will pop up in episode 10, which is also the second season finale. Badler and Singer will not share any screen time together, though. (William Keck at TV Guide)

Michael Weatherly will pull double duty later this season on NCIS, as he makes his directorial debut. He expects to go behind the camera for an episode filming in January, but no other details about the episode are immediately available. (Adam Bryant at TV Guide)

James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts of the 2011 Academy Awards? Yes, according to Deadline (and every outlet on the map since the broke the news this morning) have signed on to host the Oscars. (Deadline and Fancast)

Kristoffer Polaha has signed a talent holding deal with CBS, which pretty much puts the final nail into the coffin that was Life Unexpected. See here for more details. (The TV Addict and Deadline)

It was only a matter of time until this happened. Actress-singer AJ Michalka (who recently starred in the movie Secretariat as Diane Lane’s daughter) will make her debut on her sister Aly’s CW series Hellcats. She will guest star as a girl who works at a record store near Lancer University. AJ is expected to appear in several episodes but which episodes those will be have not yet been confirmed. (Zap2It)

ARTICLES/VIDEOS ABOUT TV

Primeval to Return

‘Being Erica’: SoapNet’s Season 3 Promos Are Here!

CONDOLENCES

Legendary actor Leslie Nielsen passed away Sunday afternoon due to complications from pneumonia. He was 84 years old. (E! Entertainment Online)

ME: Condolences are extended to his family, friends and fans. Moment of silence, please…

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS

Luke Perry and Jason Priestley (from the original Beverly Hills 90210) will reunite for the Hallmark Movie Channel film Goodnight For Justice, which is slated to debut on January 29 at 8 PM. Perry is Executive Producer and lead star of the film whose character Judge John Goodnight, a Circuit Judge, renders justice with a perfect persuasion of eloquence and deadly aim. Priestley directs the film. Here is a more broad description of the film:

In a stagecoach, a young boy creates an eidetic memory of his childhood, each sight and sound of all the days of his life recalled with stunning accuracy: Waiting outside a General Store; a candy barrel filled with peppermints; his mother and father, defeated, but still proud, hold hands as they talk about giving up the hardscrabble land they tried to call home and the excitement of new beginnings back East; an eloquent Circuit Judge, Aldous Shaw, and his elegantly-dressed wife offer solace to the Goodnight family; the judge’s six-gun and rich leather holster gleam in the sun; the slow hum of good conversation mixed with hoofbeats; out of nowhere, noise, confusion, a brilliant flash; six masked outlaws surround the coach; gunfire explodes without cessation; horses flail; Judge Shaw is felled by a pearl-handled knife; carriage overturns with deadly force; bullets fly; all are lost, except the boy and the Judge’s wife who will become his surrogate mother. The boy who hid in weeds to save his own life is now a man who walks with grandeur and purpose. He is, a Circuit Judge, hell-bent on justice. (The Futon Critic)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Here are the top 10 movies for the past holiday weekend according to Exhibitor Relations:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, $50.3 million
2. Tangled, $49.1 million
3. Megamind, $12.9 million
4. Burlesque, $11.8 million
5. Unstoppable, $11.75 million
6. Love and Other Drugs, $9.9 million
7. Faster, $8.7 million
8. Due Date, $7.3 million
9. The Next Three Days, $4.8 million
10. Morning Glory, $4 million

Q&A SECTION (with Matt Roush at TV Guide)

Question: Please tell me that Luther’s six-episode arc on BBC America was a success and that we will be treated to a subsequent series. I can’t believe they will leave us hanging, after that wonderful season finale. Of course, this cliffhanger seems to leave the door open for more. What will happen to Luther? Will they try to pin the latest shooting (Ian Reed) on him? Will the brilliant but disturbed Alice Morgan character continue to help Luther or disappear to leave him with no alibi? Too bad Indira Varma’s character of Zoe was killed off. (A necessity as she is also now starring on Human Target?) Such interesting, eccentric characters with enough twists to keep the audience interested. The only show other than HBO’s offerings (and Mad Men) that is truly worthy on Sunday night. Six episodes are not enough! — Pam

Matt Roush: Have there ever been better last words than Luther declaring “Now what?!?” as that intense finale came crashing down around him? Sensational stuff. The good news is that the story of Luther will continue next year with two two-hour movies. Now we just have to wait for BBC America to schedule it. Perhaps easier said than done, given how far the channel has moved away from crime-drama programming — which is a pity, given how good the British are at making them (though they tend to fall short of the ratings BBCA gets with sci-fi/fantasy and reality).

That’s it. Enjoy!

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As usual, at this time of year, there was a lot of football on TV yesterday. There was also the pre-requisite news programs, reality and animation on FOX. What was left to watch were repeats and a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Here is how those fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Shows:
Desperate Housewives (ABC) [repeat] – 4.3 million
November Christmas (CBS) [Hallmark Hall of Fame movie] – 13 million

10 PM Show:
Brothers & Sisters (ABC) [repeat] – 3.3 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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