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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor James Patrick Stewart (Naomi’s dad on 90210) will appear in the sixth episode of Supernatural as a new “bad guy” named Richard Roman. It is said he will be working with the Crowley (Mark Sheppard). Supernatural is back with new episodes starting on September 23. (Sandra Gonzalez at Entertainment Weekly)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

ABC has nabbed a high-concept light drama from No Ordinary Family co-creator/executive producer Jon Feldman that is described as Moonlighting meets Early Edition. The project centers on a charming ex-con who realizes that he’s receiving video links to the news reports of the beautiful, ambitious TV crime reporter who once upon a time put him away. The only catch: he’s getting her news stories before she actually films them, giving this unlikely duo 24 hours to prevent the crimes from taking place. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Samuel L. Jackson has sold a legal show to CBS, which will be written by Rob Bragin (Greek). The as-yet titled project centers on a father and a son, but those are the only details available at this time. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Starz is looking at a new project from David S. Goyer (the man behind the retooled Batman franchise) that would focus on Leonardo Da Vinci, which would cover the early years of the famous Renaissance Man. The title of the project is Da Vinci’s Demons. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Greg Berlanti (the man behind Everwood and Eli Stone – among others) has sold a cop drama called Golden Boy to CBS. The project centers on an ambitious twenty-something police officer who quickly rises to detective –perhaps too quickly– after breaking a major drug ring and becoming a hero. (Lacey Rose and Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

NBC has bought a TV series adaptation of the 1984 film Romancing the Stone. Mark Friedman (creator of the TV series The Forgotten) will write the adaptation that will follow a successful but unfulfilled woman who teams with a risk-taking adventurer to take on weekly missions while on a larger quest to find her missing brother. There has been chatter over the past few years about FOX mounting a remake of the film that would possibly star Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler in the lead roles. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

ME: Again, I mentioned the possible film remake a short while ago in one of my earlier updates and mentioned that I’ve had an idea about remaking this film since late last year. I REALLY need to get my idea written down and posted so I can say, at the very least, I had the casting and this idea, even if it doesn’t get me anywhere except to say, “Hey, I thought of this great idea for the remake”…. {sigh!}

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

Actors Kevin Zegers (Gossip Girl), Chris Noth (The Good Wife) and legendary actor Derek Jacobi as well as actress Neve Campbell (Party of Five) are in various stages of negotiations to join the 12-part British miniseries Titanic: Blood & Steel. The 4-hour mini-series was picked up by ABC, but doesn’t have a US distribution yet. The mini chronicles the building of the Titanic, beginning in Edwardian Belfast in the early 1900s and depicting how the greatest leviathan of all time was hand-made in a city on the edge of revolution. Zegers will play Mark Muir, the metallurgist on the world’s greatest ship-building project who discovers potentially fatal flaws in the quality of metal being used to build the Titanic while Noth is expected to play financier J.P. Morgan. Jacobi would play Lord William Pirrie, chairman of the company that built the ill-fated liner and Campbell is a reporter covering the liner’s maiden voyage. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Young actor Callan McAuliffe (Flipped) is joining the cast of the film adaptation of Great Gatsby, playing a young Jay Gatsby, which will be played by Leonardo DiCaprio as the older version of the titular character. Meanwhile, actress-model Gemma Ward (the mermaid queen in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) has a role in the film, but it is unknown at this time who she will play. The cast also includes Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. (The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly and First Showing)

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

First Spoilery Trailer for ‘The Double’ with Richard Gere, Topher Grace

NOTE: Please DO NOT watch this trailer if you don’t want to be spoiled by the BIG twist in the story.

Q&A SECTION (with Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams from TV Guide and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Question: I loved Leverage’s midseason finale, especially Nate’s final scene with Sterling. Will he back during the winter episodes? — Mel

ADAM: Although Sterling will give Nate the info he requested in that final scene, don’t look for Mark Sheppard to return until at least Season 5. However, the show is going to bring back Jeri Ryan, Wil Wheaton, Richard Chamberlain and one other familiar face who will surprise you more than Sterling. Executive producer Dean Devlin offers only one hint: “Just remember that, as we designed the season, we had no idea there would be a fifth season,” he says. “So, the way that our season finale culminates really brings full circle the entire series from the beginning.”

Question: Please tell me E.J. Barrett’s NCIS return will be short-lived. I need Tiva! — Hanna

ADAM: Let’s let Michael Weatherly offer his take. “There’s a new wrinkle in [Tony and E.J.’s] relationship, and I would say it is somewhat troubling,” he says. “I think Tony questions a lot of things about her, and I don’t think there’s any going back to their initial blinky-blinky, lovey-dovey plot.” But before your little ‘shipper heart explodes, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee loads of Tony-Ziva goodness. “Tony ultimately has to lean on himself. He has to figure some of his own stuff out,” Weatherly says. “That might make him more able down the road to approach a relationship with Ziva.”

Question: Will Fringe go back to the future this season? —Barry

NATALIE: Yes, but it won’t be the same future we saw in the finale. “The future that we saw in 2026 will now not have happened, because by altering the past, inevitably you set in motion a new chain of events that lead to a different future,” executive producer Jeff Pinkner tells us. But the time-jumping series won’t just be looking forward. “There will definitely be [flashback] episodes, but the past would be different as well because Peter wasn’t a part of it, but he would be in the future.” As confused as we are?

Question: I just would like to know if we’re gonna meet Blaine’s parents on Glee. —Dalanda

Ausiello: No clue. I can, however, tell you that Mike Chang’s mom and dad aren’t the only set of never-before-seen parents we’ll meet in Episode 3.

Question: Do you have any scoop on Glee‘s Will and Emma? —Sara

Ausiello: The first part of the season is really about them adjusting to being in a relationship, and Emma making progress working through her considerable issues.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Tackling the Past

The NBC movie Game Time: Tackling the Past, sponsored by Proctor and Gamble, will debut at 9 PM on September 3.

The movie follows pro football star Jake Walker (Ryan McPartlin from Chuck) who is living the dream or so he thinks. The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. But then he learns his father Frank (Beau Bridges) has suffered a major heart attack and he needs to return to his small hometown in North Carolina after 15 years away. His life will be changed by several other circumstances, making it necessary for him to decide if he’ll go back to the NFL or stay in his hometown. The cast also includes Catherine Hicks (7th Heaven) and Josh Braaten (The Ex List).

You can view a trailer for this made-for-TV movie here.

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Here is how the Tuesday night dramas (repeats they all were except for one) fared in the overall ratings from last night:

8 PM Show:
NCIS (CBS) [repeat] – 8.9 million
Glee (FOX) [repeat] – 2.6 million
90210 (The CW) [repeat] – 749,000 viewers

9 PM Show:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [repeat] – 8.6 million

10 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [repeat] – 7.3 million
Combat Hospital (ABC) [NEW] – 3.4 million

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 TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

7 PM:
The Hour on BBC America (NEW)
Flipped movie on HBO Family

8 PM:
True Blood on HBO Signature (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
Hidalgo movie on CMT
Home Alone movie on Encore
Hope Floats movie on Oxygen
Big movie on WE TV

8:15 PM:
Law & Order: UK on BBC America

9 PM:
Royal Pains on USA Network (FINALE)
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
True Blood on HBO (Reair)
Inception movie on HBO Signature

9:15 PM:
Law & Order: UK on BBC America

9:45 PM:
Blue Crush movie on Encore

10 PM:
Necessary Roughness on USA Network (NEW)
Damages on DirecTV (NEW)
Torchwood: Miracle Day on Starz (Reair)
Hope Floats movie on Oxygen

10:15 PM:
The Hour on BBC America (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Broadway actor Will Chase has joined the upcoming NBC mid-season drama Smash. He will have the recurring role of Steven, who has history with Debra Messing’s musical lyricist character. Chase has appeared in the Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, Rent and High Fidelity. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

The BBC series Luther has been renewed for a 3rd season in the UK. The 2nd season will begin airing on BBC America as of September 28. (IndieWire)

Broadway actor Raul Esparza will appear on the new CBS medical series A Gifted Man. The show is about a neurosurgeon (Patrick Wilson) whose dead wife (Jennifer Ehle), the former head of a free clinic, starts appearing to him. Esparza will play Ehle’s boyfriend, who is on the board of the clinic. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Jaleel White (Family Matters) will appear in the season premiere of House on October 3 on FOX. SPOILER ALERT: House will actually jump one year after the events of the May finale with White appearing as a fellow inmate of Dr. House. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Swedish actress Helena Mattsson, who has guest starred on The Mentalist, Detroit 1-8-7 and Desperate Housewives, will have a recurring role on Nikita as Cassandra, a sophisticated political figure who created some emotional entanglements for Michael (Shane West) during one of his past Division missions. When Michael finds out that his actions have now put Cassandra in danger, he must rescue her at the risk of opening old wounds. The show will return on September 23 at 8 PM on The CW. (Joyce Eng at TV Guide)

In addition to Fred Willard starring in the 100th episode of The Closer, which is set to air on December 5, True Blood actress Lauren Bowles and FlashForward actress Christine Wood will both appear as well. Bowles will play the niece and business partner of Willard’s Santa Jack, who is involved in an unfortunate ziplining accident at their successful Christmas Village attraction. Woods will play Casey Watson, Buzz’s sister visiting from Seattle. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Alexander Nifong (known as the guy who Blaine sang to at the Gap in an episode of the FOX musicomedy Glee) will appear in Pretty Little Liars when it returns with new episodes next year. He will play Sam, a blind student at the school where Jenna did her rehabilitation in Philadelphia. It is said Sam will play a significant role in the show. Also, an old friend from Aria’s past will also be appearing for a stint on the series. Shane Coffey (The Secret Life of an American Teenager) will appear as Holden later in the season. (Philiana Ng at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Kevin McNally (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) will guest star in Supernatural. He will play Frank Devereaux, a mad computer genius; an old “friend” of Bobby’s who helps the Winchester boys out of a jam. (Zap2It)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

The Stephen King novel Bag of Bones will be made into a mini-series on A&E. The cast now includes Jason Priestley from Beverly Hills 90210 fame (and recently did a short stint on Syfy’s Haven). The telefilm is about a writer (Pierce Brosnan) trying to recover from the death of his wife while staying at their lakeside retreat in Maine. Priestley will play the writer’s literary agent. The four-hour event will air later this year. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Actors Tom Berenger and Powers Boothe as well as actress Mare Winningham have joined the cast of the History Channel’s upcoming mini-series called The Hatfields and McCoys, which is, obviously, based on America’s most infamous family feud. The mini centers on “Devil” Anse Hatfield (Kevin Costner) and Randall McCoy (Bill Paxton), who were close friends and comrades during the Civil War. But when they returned to their neighboring homes it was to increasing tensions, misunderstandings and resentments that soon exploded into all-out warfare between the families. Berenger will play Jim Vance, Anse Hatfield’s “Uncle Jim”, who was the firebrand warlord of the Hatfield family. Boothe will play Wall Hatfield, Anse’s level-headed, fair-minded older brother who was the local justice of the peace and judge. Winningham will play Sally McCoy, wife of Randall McCoy and matriarch of the Kentucky-side family, who loses four sons, a daughter, and her own sanity in the feud. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

ABC bought a drama pitch called Hangtown from Battlestar Galactica developer/executive producer Ron Moore and Caprica writer Matt Roberts. The western, with a procedural overlay, is set in the early 1900s in a frontier town that’s begun rapidly expanding with the coming of the railroad. It centers on three characters: the Marshal, a Matt Dillon/Clint Eastwood type who prefers to solve crimes by his instinct; a young doctor from the East Coast who is interested in using the new field of forensics to solve crimes; and a young woman writer who is trying to sell dime novels to the publishing houses in New York about crime in the Wild West. Every week the instincts of the Marshal, the science of the doctor, and the young woman’s drive to tell a rousing good yarn to her editors combine to solve crimes in a wide-open, lawless town. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

FOX has landed the TV adaptation of the Backstrom books by renowned Swedish criminologist and novelist Leif G.W. Persson. The project is based on the central character in the books, homicide detective Evert Backstrom, an equal-opportunity misanthrope who is always miserable, and only a good murder case can cheer him up. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

TNT has picked up the drama pilot Bishop to Pawn, a script from Person of Interest writer Greg Plageman. The drama project revolves around a private investigator who runs his business out of his Los Angeles pawn shop. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

Showtime has teamed with Stephen King, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks TV to develop a series based on King’s supernatural thriller Under the Dome, which revolves around the battles that erupt among the locals at a Maine vacation spot when an invisible force field suddenly surrounds the town. (Cynthia Littleton at Variety)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Tate Donovan and actress Taylor Schilling have joined the cast of the upcoming Iranian hostage thriller called Argo. Schilling will play wife to Ben Affleck’s CIA Agent while Donovan is an embassy consulate. (Empire Online and Dark Horizons)

Reportedly, actress Anne Hathaway is up for the role of Fantine in the film adaptation of the epic musical Les Miserables based on the urgings of actor Hugh Jackman who has the lead role in the film. Other actresses being considered for the role include Amy Adams and Rebecca Hall. (Broadway World and Dark Horizons)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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We are still on repeats at the major networks for the most part, but that will resolved soon enough. In the meantime, here are the ratings for the Monday night dramas that aired last night:

8 PM Show:
Gossip Girl (The CW) [repeat] – 821,000 viewers

9 PM Show:
One Tree Hill (The CW) [repeat] – 594,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [repeat] – 5.3 million
Castle (ABC) [repeat] – 4.1 million

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 TV season, reairs of cable series or a movie, here are some suggestions:

6:30 PM:
Backdraft movie on HBO Signature

6:45 PM:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers movie on TCM

6:50 PM:
Burlesque movie on Starz

7 PM:
Ocean’s Eleven movie on HBO2

7:45 PM:
The A-Team movie on Cinemax

8 PM:
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (FINALE)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)
Glee on FOX (Reair)
Top Gun movie on AMC
Chasing Liberty movie on Lifetime Movie Network

8:30 PM:
Kiss Me Kate (classic) movie on TCM

9 PM:
The Lying Game on ABC Family (Reair)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
Tangled (animated) movie on Starz

9:30 PM:
The Big C on Showtime (Reair)

10 PM:
Combat Hospital on ABC (NEW)
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (Reair of Finale)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)

10:30 PM:
The Big C on Showtime (Reair)

Enjoy!

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