Here are the news items for today:
Actress Laura Innes (ER) will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of Warehouse 13 in September, playing the estranged mom of Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore). (The Futon Critic)
Actor Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect) has landed a recurring role on Covert Affairs, playing Seth Newman, a former field operative-turned-lawyer who will work for the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General and who has a history with Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Derek Webster (Harry’s Law) has joined the cast of this fall’s new NBC drama Revolution on a recurring basis. He will play Nicholas, a strong rebel leader who faces off against Miles (Billy Burke). The series will debut on NBC on September 17 at 10 PM. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)
Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland’s most popular writers who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, has passed away after a brief illness. She was 72 years old. (Entertainment Weekly)
Lifetime has ordered the scripted pilot HR (the current working title) for 2013. The pilot will follow what happens after a head injury alters the outlook on life of the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company, who throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Her newly liberated managerial style and untraditional female point-of-view in a predominately male company is a welcome relief to some, while others see it as a threat to their power and position within the corporate structure — testing the workplace relationships inside and out of this seemingly traditional office. This pilot joins the recently announced pilot orders for Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives of Wives (also the working title) and Witches of East End. (The Futon Critic)
Noah Hawley (who created the short-lived dramas The Unusuals and My Generation) is back at ABC for a new hour-long project that will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci. The only details on the project are that it will be a high-script drama revolving around a mysterious game. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life”) has joined the buddy cop comedy called The Heat that will star Sandra Bullock as an uptight FBI agent who joins with Melissa McCarthy, who plays a tough Boston cop to take down a drug lord, but first have to overcome their mutual distrust and learn to work together. Bichir will play an FBI agent. (Dark Horizons)
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Q&A SECTION (with Watch with Kristin at E! Online and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)
Question: Desperate for Homeland scoop! – Rory
Watch with Kristin: We share your feelings of desperation, so bless Morena Baccarin, who was kind enough to give us some season-two info to tide us over until Homeland returns. “It starts off in a very different place,” she says. “Jessica has been excited by Brody’s political career and she’s finding a little bit of her own ambition in that and finding a purpose. Also, the life of the family is torn apart a little bit by his inability to be upfront with her about what’s really going on with him.”
Question: Do you have any more news on Castle? —Kaitlyn
Ausiello: In the category of “fun” episodes on tap for Season 5, series boss Andrew Marlowe is hoping to have the team investigate a murder at a sci-fi convention — “That should be fun, given Nathan [Fillion]’s background and how much of a rock star he is at Comic-Con” — and maybe do a riff on The Office. “We’re thinking about an episode that’s shot documentary-style, where we get one-on-one confessionals with the camera and get to know what people really think about certain things.”
Question: Any Supernatural scoop about the Dean-Castiel dynamic? —Joyce
Ausiello: “That is something that we explore heavily throughout the season through some pretty extensive flashbacks into purgatory,” reveals new show runner Jeremy Carver. “People are always referring to purgatory as hell, and purgatory is not hell. Purgatory is a really brutal, free-wheeling place, but it has different effects on different people. It will have a different effect on Cas and Dean as you already started to see [in the Season 7 finale]. But I will say what you think you saw might not be exactly what you saw.”
Question: What’s this I’m hearing about a big Vampire Diaries death? Any hints about the victim?—Clay
Ausiello: Stop asking yourself who dies and start asking yourself who does the killing. That’s what people will be talking about the following morning.
Question: I’ll take any Vampire Diaries spoiler you’ve got. I’m not picky. —Daniel
Ausiello: A flashback in this season’s fourth episode unearths a “big secret that will change the course of the season for everybody,” teases EP Julie Plec.
Question: NCIS spoilers, please! —Missy
Ausiello: I’ve got some info on three guest-star roles that’ll show up the CBS procedural during the upcoming season. The eccentric Dr. Blackwell is a big-deal space geologist who weighs in on some mysterious material the feds bring him, and Ellie is an upper-middle-class lady who blames herself for her father’s death a decade ago and is shocked when new information tells a different story. But wait, I saved the best for last: The show’s looking for a 50-ish male to play an aging one-hit wonder from the late 1970s who blew his earnings in the ’80s and has been skirting creditors ever since – and if it works out, an actual rock star from that era will get the part.
That’s it. Enjoy!