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Archive for January, 2012

Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Susan Sarandon has booked a multi-episode arc on season 3 of the Showtime dramedy The Big C, which stars Laura Linney as Cathy, a woman diagnosed with cancer who is determined to make the most out of her life. Sarandon will play Joy, a cancer survivor who is using her unique experience to inspire and motivate others. Season 3 of The Big C will premiere on April 8. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Tyler Blackburn, who plays Caleb on Pretty Little Liars, will find himself much busier when the show returns this summer for its third season. He has been bumped up to series regular as of season 3. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

HBO has given their new horse-racing series Luck a second season after one official episode airing. The series premiere pulled in 1.8 million viewers this past Sunday (in addition to the 1.1 million viewers who tuned in for the sneak preview back in November). The show stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Jason Gedrick (among others). (Variety)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

ABC has greenlit a pilot drama called Scruples to be based on the 1978 best-selling book by Judith Krantz that centers on a rich and powerful clothing designer in a world of sex, revenge and scandal. Krantz’s son Tony and actress Natalie Portman will produce. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Showrunner extraordinaire John Wells (ER, Third Watch and Southland) is back with NBC with a new potential drama called Bad Girls, which is based on the long-running UK hit series of the same name. The pilot follows the ins-and-outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends—who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

The CW has the green light to three more drama pilots. First, there is the J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn pilot called Shelter; the Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain pilot called The Selection and the Bert Royal pilot called Joey Dakota. Shelter is set at a historic New England summer resort where the new and returning staff attend to the practical, emotional and often comical needs of the guests while navigating friendships, rivalries and romances of their own. The Selection is based on the forthcoming series of books by Kiera Cass that is being described as an epic romance set 300 years in the future, centering on a poor young woman who is chosen by lottery to participate in a competition to become the next queen of a war-torn nation at a crossroads. Meanwhile, Joey Dakota is a “romantic time-travel musical” based on the successful Israeli half-hour series Danny Hollywood that centers on a documentary filmmaker who travels back in time to the 1990s, where she meets and falls in love with the rock-star subject of her film. When she unexpectedly returns to present day, she must find her way back to the past to reunite with her love and prevent his untimely death. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

20th Century Fox has closed deals with director Matthew Vaughn and the cast of X-Men: First Class to return for a forthcoming sequel. (Heat Vision and Dark Horizons)

Actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) is set to play singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie in the upcoming film called The Drummer that follows the last six years of the life of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson (Aaron Eckhart). Wilson and McVie had a passionate relationship, becoming each other’s muses and confidants. Farmiga will use her classical piano training in the production and will sing in a number of duets with Eckhart. (Screen Daily and Dark Horizons)

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

Watch: Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis in ‘The Cold Light of Day’ Trailer

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Secrets of Eden

On February 4 the Lifetime movie Secrets of Eden will debut at 8 PM.

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian, the film centers on Stephen Drew (John Stamos), an adored small-town minister, and the brutal and sadistic murder-suicide of Alice and George Hayward, the town’s most beloved parishioners. Dark secrets begin to surface, causing many to realize they may not have been the perfect family everyone thought they were. Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad and The Practice) and Sonya Salomaa (Durham County) co-stars.

Here is a trailer for Secrets of Eden.

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Here is how the Monday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
House (FOX) [NEW] – 8.6 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) [NEW] – 1.4 million

9 PM Shows:
Alcatraz (FOX) [NEW] – 8.3 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [NEW] – 1.5 million

10 PM Shows:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [Reair] – 7.3 million
Castle (ABC) [Reair] – 6.7 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:

7:10 PM:
The Tourist movie on Starz

7:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Cinemax

8 PM:
Switched at Birth on ABC Family (NEW)
Glee on FOX (NEW)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
(500) Days of Summer movie on E!
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie on Encore
Avatar movie on HBO

9 PM:
Jane By Design on ABC Family (NEW)
Ringer on The CW (RETURN)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)

10 PM:
Body of Proof on ABC (Check local listings for NEW or Encore)
Justified on FX (NEW)
White Collar on USA Network (NEW)
Switched at Birth on ABC Family (Encore)
Flashpoint on ION (Reair)
Unforgettable on CBS (Reair)

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Hey All,

Congrats to all of the winners of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that were presented last night, including Jean DuJardin, Christopher Plummer, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, The Help, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Steve Buscemi, Jessica Lange, Boardwalk Empire, Alec Baldwin, Betty White, Modern Family, Paul Giamatti, Kate Winslet, Game of Thrones and Mary Tyler Moore

TELEVISION

Actress Shiri Appleby (Roswell and Life Unexpected) will appear in a multi-episode arc of the TNT series Franklin & Bash this summer. She will play the smart and sassy associate of an Infeld-Daniels senior partner, who comes to town to investigate possible misconduct on the part of the titular attorneys; but she’ll quickly realize she’s in over her head when romantic feelings begin to develop between herself and Jared (Breckin Meyer). (Megan Masters at TV Line)

Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine will join the cast of Downton Abbey for its third season that will premiere on ITV in the U.K. this fall and will air on PBS’ Masterpiece Classic early next year. She will play a new character, Martha Levinson, the mother of American-born Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern). (The Daily Beast)

Actress Annette O’Toole (Smallville) and actor John Ashton (Beverly Hills Cop) will appear as Elaine and Franklin Sherman, the mother and father of Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) on the new FOX drama The Finder. Real-life brother George will play Walter’s older brother, Langston, who turns up at the Ends of the Earth Bar at the behest of their father, who is dying of emphysema. Franklin’s dying wish is to say goodbye to Elaine, who has been missing for years after she and her new husband joined a cult and disappeared. (Adam Bryant at TV Guide)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

ABC has ordered a pilot for a potential series called Americana, which is a soap set around a legendary fashion designer and his family and business. (Variety and The Futon Critic)

The new FOX drama pilot Guilty about a brilliant, morally questionable defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud and stripped of his legal license, uses his unorthodox methods to solve the cases he’s been banned from handling and to exact revenge on the men who set him up will be executive produced and directed by McG. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

Another FOX drama called Hieroglyph being billed as an adventure soap has been given an order for a pilot; but no other details about the project are available. (Deadline and The Futon Critic)

ABC is on the move with another pilot – another soap opera – called Nashville that follows one star at her peak and one on the rise. (Variety and The Futon Critic)

The USA Network has greenlit a six-hour mini-series from Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters) called Political Animals that will focus on Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State as she struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

BOX OFFICE NEWS
Here are the top 10 box office movies for this past weekend from BoxOffice.com:

1. The Grey, $20 million
2. Underworld Awakening, $12.5 million
3. One for the Money, $11.8 million
4. Red Tails, $10.4 million
5. Man on a Ledge, $8.3 million
6. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, $7.1 million
7. The Descendants, $6.6 million
8. Contraband, $6.5 million
9. Beauty and the Beast 3D, $5.3 million
10. Haywire, $4 million

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Here is how the Sunday night programming, including a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and three dramas fared in the overall ratings last nigh:

8 PM Shows:
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 10.8 million

9 PM Shows:
The Good Wife (CBS) [NEW} – 10.9 million
Smile As Big As the Moon (ABC) [Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie] – 6.9 million

10 PM Show:
CSI: Miami (CBS) [NEW] – 10.5 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:

8 PM:
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (NEW)
Being Human on Syfy (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
Alcatraz on FOX (NEW)
The Lying Game on ABC Family (NEW)
Being Human on Syfy (NEW)
Hart of Dixie on The CW (NEW)

9:10 PM
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse movie on Showtime2

10 PM:
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (Encore)
Lost Girl on Syfy (NEW)
The Closer on TNT (Reair)
Robin Hood movie on HBO Signature

10:01 PM:
Castle on ABC (Reair)

Enjoy!

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