Here are the news items for today:
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)
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!