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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal) is joining the cast of the new NBC drama Chicago Fire for “roughly” six episodes, playing Renee Royce, a successful business woman and love interest for Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney). (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actor Leland Orser (Sons of Anarchy and Taken) is joining the cast of the new NBC drama Revolution. He will play a John Sanborn, a tense scientist who loves to build weapons. This is possibly going to be a recurring role. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Jason Beghe (Californication) will have a guest role in the new ABC drama Last Resort, playing Wes Porter, an old mentor to Navy SEAL James King (Daniel Lissing). (Philiana Ng at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings and Smallville) will appear in three episodes of the soon-to-air new USA Network drama Graceland (from Jeff Eastin, the series creator of White Collar). She will play Paige, an undercover DEA agent who sets up at Graceland, a live-in home base for a tag team of law enforcement workers. The series is set to debut next summer. (Sandra Gonzalez at Entertainment Weekly)

Actress Felicia Day (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog) is going to be back as Charlie Bradbury in an upcoming episode of Supernatural. (Vlada Gelman at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

ABC is developing a new drama called Black Friday from box feature film writer Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and executive producer Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air). The project is a thriller that follows a guy who unexpectedly finds himself in the center of a perilous event where he is responsible for the safety of others. The show will follow him as he works to uncover the conspiracy responsible for the event while also following the personal lives of those surrounding him. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

ABC is also developing another drama called Coup from Chris Black, who is a co-executive producer on Mad Men. This is a serialized thriller about a young American man whose wife is taken hostage in an overseas coup, who must join forces with a dangerous mercenary to get her back. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actresses Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) will star in the upcoming box office film called The Keeping Room that is a period piece that follows two Southern sisters (Wilde and Steinfeld) and an African American slave (Beharie) left alone in the dying days of the Civil War. The trio are soon forced to defend their home from the onslaught of a band of soldiers who have broken off from the fast approaching Union Army. (Dark Horizons)

Q&A SECTION (with Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant at TV Guide)

Question: What’s this about Snow and Charming finding a way to communicate between worlds on Once Upon a Time? — Emily

NATALIE: It’s true. The star-crossed lovers will find a way, but like everything in these worlds, it comes with a price. “They find a direct line of communication that requires a great risk,” Ginnifer Goodwin says. “There’s something very tragic about the fact that the risk that’s taken is potentially a great sacrifice that is made in order to get Emma and Snow White home. There’s something really beautiful about the selflessness that is necessary to communicate.”

Question: Last week’s Last Resort was intense! Give me some more spoilers! — Steve

ADAM: As one might expect, shooting the Secretary of Defense isn’t going to be good for Admiral Shepard. “His actions make it harder for Kylie to interact with him,” executive producer Shawn Ryan says. “I mean, he’s dragged away by Marines, and he just shot the Secretary of Defense. It will certainly have consequences.” As for Capt. Chaplin & Co., they may not need the admiral as an ally to sustain their new civilization. Remember those minerals Sophie was testing for? “If they do exist, do they represent a means of surviving for Marcus and the crew?” Ryan teases. “How does it change the way the outside world views them?”

Question: An obvious Arrow question here: How does no one realize that Oliver is Arrow?! — John

NATALIE: Stephen Amell feels your frustrations, but don’t worry: It won’t be long before that very question is addressed! “It’s like, ‘Hey, he’s shown up to Starling City right at the same time that the vigilante has. How long do they expect us to suspend disbelief?’ I think that we do a good job of presenting questions and that’s an obvious one and it’s not going to take us too long to figure that out,” he says.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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As the country climbs out of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, network TV still rolled on. Here is how the major network dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [NEW] – 18.3 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [NEW] – 1.4 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW – Part 1 of 2] – 16 million
Emily Owens, M.D. (The CW) [NEW] – 1.1 million

10 PM Show:
Vegas (CBS) [NEW] – 10.7 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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The new movie Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade will debut on November 4 on the Hallmark Channel at 8 PM.

As Chicago gears up for its annual Thanksgiving Day parade, Emily Jones (Autumn Reeser from Last Resort), an eager parade coordinator is shocked when Henry Williams (Antonio Cupo from Bomb Girls), a wealthy new development consultant, is brought in to analyze the parade’s finances. Faced with the challenge of teaching him that the parade means so much more to her than dollar signs, she suddenly finds herself reluctantly falling for him.

This made-for-TV film co-stars Ben Cotton (Alcatraz).

Here is a trailer for Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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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:
The Secrets of Crickley Hall on BBC America (Encore)

7 PM:
The Italian Job (movie) on Showtime 2

7:20 PM:
50 First Dates (movie) on HBO Signature

8 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
World Without End mini-series on Reelz Channel (NEW)
Hunted on Cinemax (Reair)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
Supernatural on The CW (NEW)
Leverage on ION
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
The Girl movie on HBO Signature (Reair)

10 PM:
Nashville on ABC (NEW)
Leverage on ION
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
Unknown movie on HBO 2

Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

CONVENTION NEWS

The home of Comic-Con will remain San Diego until 2016, extending their contract with the Convention Center in San Diego one additional year beyond the new contract. Next year’s event will be held from July 18 to 21. (Dominic Patten at Deadline)

TELEVISION

Actor Mike Colter (Ringer) will join the cast of the mid-season FOX thriller The Following. He will have the recurring role of FBI bureaucrat Nick Donovan. The series is set to debut on January 21. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

The ABC political drama Scandal has been given a full season order. (E! Online)

The mid-season NBC mystery soap known as Notorious then was known as Infamous has, once again, undergone a name change. It will now be known as Deception. The series follows a female detective (Meagan Good) who returns undercover to the wealthy and troubled Lawson family she grew up in, as the maid’s daughter, to solve the murder of the notorious heiress Vivian Lawson who was once her closest friend. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Former 90210 show runner Rebecca Sinclair is coming back to The CW with two new hour-long dramas. First is the untitled drama which centers on a self-obsessed young pop star – the black sheep of her religious family – who isn’t interested in saving anything but her own career, until a fan claims to have been miraculously healed by her touch and word spreads that she has divine powers. The second is called The Lost Girls based on the travel memoir of the same name by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett and Amanda Pressner. The TV project will centers on four very different 20-something American women, each at a point of crisis, who decide to escape their lives and their country by going abroad. While in Cambodia, the wanderers bond, happy to find friends who are equally lost; but when one of the women vanishes under mysterious circumstances, the remaining three pledge to find her, embarking on the real journey, a quest that leads them off the beaten path, around the globe and on the road to finding themselves. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Brooke Nevin (Breakout Kings and The 4400) has booked a series regular role in the TNT drama pilot called Trooper that centers on KJ (Mira Sorvino), a recently divorced female state trooper who is as unconventional at work as she is at home raising her three kids. Nevin will play Dakota – KJ’s sister who herself is putting the pieces of her life back together. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Omid Abtahi (Argo and Last Resort) has been cast in the A&E drama pilot Those Who Kill, an adaptation of a Danish crime series. The project revolves around police detective Catherine Jensen (Chloe Sevigny) and a forensic profiler who possess a deep understanding of the serial killers they hunt. Abtahi will play Jerry Molbeck, a brilliant and dutiful homicide detective who is happy to do research for Catherine as she gets closer to finding a serial killer. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Frank Grillo (The Gates and Warrior) has been confirmed to play the character of Crossbones in the upcoming sequel to Captain America. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

Q&A SECTION (with Team Watch with Kristin at E! Online)

Question: Who knew Captain Hook was so sexy?! Is there any scoop on what’s next for OUAT’s newest bad boy? – Jentrom15Flicka

Team Watch with Kristin: What’s next is a journey with Emma Swan that Captain Hook himself, aka Colin O’Donoghue, thinks fans will enjoy very much. “They have a very interesting dynamic between the two of them because Emma is obviously a strong character, strong-willed, and Hook is Captain Hook, you know?” he teases. “So they have an interesting kind of back and forth. That’s all I’m going to say at the minute!”

Question: Can we please get some scoop on Kensi and Deeks on NCIS: LA? Or any scoop you have on that show! Love it! – Barbara

Team Watch with Kristin: We talked to LL Cool J about what’s coming up this season, and he seemed borderline giddy (or as close as that man can get to “giddy”) about NCIS: LA exploring Hanna’s life and introducing more family and friends, which of course means they’ll most likely be in danger. When we pressed him for more, he only said that the show is about to get “interesting.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Part of the country was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy last night and that horrible storm played havoc with the major networks’ programming as well with only two dramas airing new episodes.

10 PM Shows:
Castle (ABC) [NEW] – 12 million
Revolution (NBC) [NEW] – 8.4 million

What did you watch last night (if you had power, that is)? Please share.

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On November 3 the original Hallmark Channel movie Christmas Song will debut at 8 PM.

New York City high school music teachers Diana and Ken aim to compete in the largest, televised Christmas Carol competition (after their schools are forced to merge due to budget cuts) that will determine the fate of the school’s music program and the teachers’ jobs. This creates a battle of the sexes and music styles with the teachers and students doing anything to win, but (of course) an unexpected romance develops and the true spirit of Christmas could change the competition.

The film stars Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle) and Gabriel Hogan (Heartland).

Here is a trailer for Christmas Song.

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