Here are the news items for today:
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)
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!