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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

ABC Family has picked up Pretty Little Liars for a third season. That season will include 24 new episodes and is expected to air next summer. The remainder of its current second season will be back on January 2. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Lifetime has picked up 10 more episodes of Army Wives. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) will guest star in a late January episode of Supernatural, playing Lydia, a character who is wry, independent, and as fun-loving as Dean. She will also supposedly get to have a “sizzling one-night stand” with Dean. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Recently it was announced that NBC has picked up a pilot by Bryan Fuller (the man behind Pushing Daisies) that will reimage the classic 60’s series The Munsters. Now news has broken that Bryan Singer (director of X-Men and Superman Returns will be directing the pilot. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actress Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) has been chosen by J.J. Abrams to join the ensemble cast of the second installment of the new Star Trek franchise. While details are scare on what part she will be playing, it is believed to be a new character to the legendary canon. Most of the cast from the previous installment is returning, including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. (Justin Kroll at Variety)

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

Question: When will the curse be broken on Once Upon a Time? — James

NATALIE: Well, first of all, it’s not going to be like — poof! — and all of the sudden everyone knows they are beloved fairy tale characters. In fact, they’re definitely not going to find out all at the same time. But one person will, and soon. But this knowledge might end up being more of a curse than a blessing. “Even if you do know who you are, that doesn’t mean everything immediately comes back to you and you get your happy ending,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. Adds executive producer Edward Kitsis: “In a lot of ways, it might just make it worse.”

Question: I can’t stand thinking of Jason Dohring as a rapist on Ringer. Please tell me that it didn’t really happen! — Jessica

NATALIE: It didn’t really happen… or did it? You’ll find out for sure after the New Year, but let’s just say things aren’t exactly what they seem between Juliet and her teacher. In fact, there’s actually a third party involved.

Question: So glad Leverage is back. What can you tell me about the new episodes? — Todd

ADAM: Look for Hardison to take more of a leadership role. “We’ve addressed Hardison’s interest in running his own team,” Aldis Hodge tells us. “[He’s] taking a shot at it and… it’s a very interesting turn for him because he’s never had that kind of responsibility.” Don’t worry, Hardison’s not leaving the team. In fact, the experience may serve as an attitude adjustment. “I think he’s still learning,” Hodge says. “I think he’s ready in ways that he still doesn’t understand, but he still has a few tactics that he needs to get comfortable with.”

Question: What do you know about the new season of Pretty Little Liars. — Meg

NATALIE: Remember when Pretty Little Liars star Ian Harding told us that Ezra was going to have a “tumultuous” interaction with a certain someone’s parents that involved a stunt coordinator? That violent confrontation takes place in the premiere. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be quite surprised by who throws the first punch.

Question: Any scoop on Rookie Blue for the upcoming Season 3? —Elizabeth

Ausiello: Blue is introducing a new Rookie. The show is casting the role of Leslie, a smart detective in her 30s who has the gravitas to run a division. She’ll appear in three episodes of Season 3 and will likely recur during Season 4 (assuming there is a Season 4).

That’s it. Enjoy!

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In this ongoing article series, I will be highlighting fellow bloggers who are working hard to provide news, reviews and coverage on entertainment and television.

This month’s spotlight is on Jessica Rae (aka ThisJessicaRae on Twitter), who began writing online in 2001 and five years later she began writing for Style and TV Blogs. Currently she writes for three online services:

She is the head writer at Small Screen Scoop where she provides TV reviews, interviews, music guides and comprehensive episode guides;

She is the head writer at She’s Smart where she provides product reviews and giveaways (for style, beauty, home); and,

She is part of the writing staff for RingOBlog where she provides jewelry guides for ring shopping.

Jessica loves to talk about TV with people on Twitter and as a site commenter; in fact, she shares that some of her strongest friendships have been created out of a shared love of TV shows and that television has always been one of her favorite things.

Among her favorite TV shows are Chuck, Community, Glee, Doctor Who and The Good Wife. And her all-time favorite shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Felicity and Alias. She shared that a weekend of marathoning TV shows on DVD is basically her idea of bliss.

Jessica is proud of being named one of the The Wrap’s Top 25 TV Superfans to Watch and she is a judge for The Taste Awards.

You can see her work at the following sites: ShesSmart.com; SmallScreenScoop.com and RingOBlog.com

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Neverland

The Syfy 4-hour mini-series Neverland will debut at 9 PM (both nights) on December 4 and 5.

The mini-series takes on Peter Pan in this original prequel to the classic J. M Barrie story, sweeping in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean and the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination. The film stars Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins (Hook) as Smee, Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as Peter Pan.

Here is the trailer for Neverland.

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Here is how all of the Tuesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
Glee (FOX) [NEW] – 7.8 million
90210 (The CW) [NEW] – 1.6 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [Reair] – 13.4 million
Ringer (The CW) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 1.6 million

10 PM Shows:
Body of Proof (ABC) [NEW] – 9.4 million
Parenthood (NBC) [NEW] – 5.7 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Christmas Mail

On December 4 the holiday movie Christmas Mail will debut on ION at 11 PM.

A Post Office boss becomes suspicious of his new official “Santa Writer,” Kristi, prompting him to enlist reluctant Postman Matt to spy on her. Before long, Matt and Kristi fall for each other, only to realize all is not what it seems this Christmas season. Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Lochlyn Munro and Piper Harris star.

Here is a trailer for Christmas Mail.

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A Golden Christmas

On December 4 the ION made-for-TV movie A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail will air at 9 PM.

When golden retriever owner, Lisa, takes her dog Jake and her neighbors’ dogs for a walk one day, she interrupts a wedding proposal involving none other than her ex, David. Now, with David’s wedding approaching, Lisa and he must decide whether to leave their love in the past, or to give it another chance. With a little help of three lovable pups, it’s sure to be a Christmas to remember. The cast includes Julie Gonzalo, Bruce Davison, Kelly Stables and Alley Mills.

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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 PM:
Ratatouille (animated) movie on ABC Family

7 PM:
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie on HBO Family
The Saint movie on More Max

7:54 PM:
Tron: Legacy movie on Starz

8 PM:
Christmas in Rockefeller on NBC (Special)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
The Tudors on BBC America (Reair)
Scrooged movie on AMC
Fried Green Tomatoes movie on CMT
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie on Encore
You’ve Got Mail movie on WE TV

9 PM:
Ricochet movie on TNT (DEBUT)
NCIS on USA Network
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
The Tudors on BBC America (Reair)

10 PM:
Whitechapel on BBC America (Finale)
Psych on USA Network (NEW)
Revenge on ABC (Reair)
Scrooged movie on AMC
Under the Tuscan Sun movie on Oxygen

Enjoy!

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