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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2013

Now that it has hit midnight, I want to wish all of you a very Happy New Year.

I hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations and will have a great time today and throughout the first week of the New Year.

Enjoy!

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Here is a list of the programming options to expect on TV this week:

Emily Owens, M.D. will also be back with new episodes on January 1 on The CW at 9 PM.

New episodes of Parenthood will be back on NBC on January 1 at 10 PM.

A recap special Nashville: The Whole Story will air on ABC on January 2 at 10 PM.

New episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago Fire will be back on NBC on January 2 at 9 and 10 PM respectively.

Person of Interest and Elementary will be back with new episodes on CBS at 9:01 and 10:01 PM respectively on January 3.

On January 4, Merlin will air its season premiere on Syfy at 10 PM.

CSI: NY and Blue Bloods will be back with new episodes on CBS on January 4 at 9 and 10 PM respectively.

The made-for-TV movie Cold Spring will debut on Lifetime Movie Network on January 4 at 8 PM.

Also on January 4, the two-hour movie for the failed pilot Over/Under will air on the USA Network at 10 PM

Once Upon a Time and Revenge will both be back with new episodes on ABC on January 6 at 8 and 9 PM respectively.

On January 6, the PBS special Secrets of Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed) will debut at 8 PM.

Downton Abbey will be back for an 8-part season three starting at 9 PM on PBS on January 6.

The Lifetime movie An Amish Murder will on January 6 debut at 9 PM.

Mark your calendars!

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What a complicated and unbelievable year 2012 has been for fans of television, movies, music and books. While we have all had good and bad times throughout the year, we can all rejoice in the great entertainment these medium have provided.

Have a wonderful New Year!

PS: Thank you all so very much for visiting my site. I hope you will continue to visit as often as you can.

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TV

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:

7:30 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax

8 PM:
Doctor Who on BBC America (Reair)
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Enchanted movie on NBC
Despicable Me (animated) movie on Disney
Mistletoe Over Manhattan movie on Hallmark
Pretty Woman movie on Lifetime

8:20 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax

8:30 PM:
Avatar movie on Fox Movie Channel

9 PM:
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)

9:10 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax

10 PM:
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve Special on CBS (SPECIAL)
New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly Special on NBC (SPECIAL)
Strike Back on Cinemax
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)
The Big C on Showtime2
Major Crimes on TNT (Reair)
Help for the Holidays movie on Hallmark (Reair)
Columbiana movie on Starz

10:30 PM:
The Big C on Showtime2

Enjoy!

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Much like the Faces of 2012, there are always entertainers of note to be on the look-out for in the new year. With the help of some online research, here are my predictions for the faces of 2013 (in no particular order):

Meagan Good

1. Meagan Good – Meagan will star in the new NBC drama Deception, which is set to debut on January 7, and appeared in this year’s Think Like a Man box office movie. She has also appeared in episodes of Californication and such films as Biker Boyz, Deliver Us From Eva, Brick, Stomp the Yard and Jumping the Broom.

Chadwick Boseman

2. Chadwick Boseman – Chadwick will star as legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson alongside Harrison Ford in the upcoming box office film 42, but he has also appeared in the TV shows Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown. He also had guest roles in shows like Castle, The Glades, Justified and Fringe.

Yulia Snigir

3. Yulia Snigir – Yulia is a newcomer from Russia who is set to play one of the villains in the upcoming box office film A Good Day to Die Hard alongside Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney (more on him below). Prior to her acting career, Yulia was a model and was crowned a chess master at the age of 15.

John Magaro

4. John Magaro – John will star in the film Not Fade Away, which is the directorial debut of David Chase (the man behind The Sopranos). He has also appeared in the box office films The Brave One, The Box and My Soul to Take as well as a guest role in an episode of Person of Interest. He will also appear in an upcoming film with Tom Hanks called Captain Phillips.

Alice Englert

5. Alice Englert – Newcomer Alice will star as the female lead in the book to film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures (one of the wanna-be Twilight follow-ups) and has also starred in the indie film Ginger & Rosa with Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Annette Benning.

Tom Riley

6. Tom Riley – Tom will star as Leonardo Da Vinci in the new Starz drama Da Vinci’s Demons that is set to debut next year. He also appeared in the TV movie Lost in Austen and episodes of Inspector Lewis and Agatha Christie’s Poirot.

Tatiana Maslany

7. Tatiana Maslany – Tatiana will star in the new BBC America drama Orphan Black, which will premiere next spring. She has also appeared in the TV series Instant Star, Flashpoint, Heartland, Alphas and Being Erica as well as the made-for-TV movies World Without End and The Nativity.

Alden Ehrenreich

8. Alden Ehrenreich – Newcomer Alden will have the male lead role alongside Alice Englert (see her information above) in the book to film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures and he also has a role in the as-yet untitled new Woody Allen film He also appeared in an episode of Supernatural and CSI and the horror flick Twixt.

Sarayu Rao

9. Sarayu Rao – Sarayu will star in the new TNT drama Monday Mornings from David E. Kelly that will debut on February 4. She has appeared in episodes of TV shows like Bones, Life, Hawthorne, Sons of Tucson, Harry’s Law, In Plain Sight and NCIS: Los Angeles as well as a small role in the box office film Lions for Lambs.

Jeremy Jordan

10. Jeremy Jordan – Jeremy will appear as one of the new guys on the NBC musical-drama Smash when it returns on February 5. His background is primarily in theatre, appearing in the Broadway plays Rock of Ages, West Side Story, Newsies and Bonnie & Clyde.

Eleanor Tomlinson

11. Eleanor Tomlinson – Eleanor will star alongside Nicholas Hoult in the upcoming fairytale film Jack the Giant Slayer as the kidnapped princess and she will star in the upcoming BBC One mini-series The White Queen. She also had roles in the box office films The Illusionist and Alice in Wonderland.

Jai Courtney

12. Jai Courtney – Jai will star in two big box office films next year, including A Good Day to Die Hard, as the estranged son of Bruce Willis and I, Frankenstein with Yvonne Strahovski and Aaron Eckhart. He also had a role in the TV series Spartacus: Vengeance and appears in this month’s Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise at the box office.

Adelaide Clemons

13. Adelaide Clemons – Adelaide will star in next year’s The Great Gatsby alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire and appeared in this year’s Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. She also appeared in an episode of Lie to Me and had small roles in the box office film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the made-for-TV movie The Pacific.

Mads Mikkelsen

14. Mads Mikkelsen – Mads will star as Hannibal Lecter in the new NBC thriller Hannibal next year, but is a well-known actor in Europe. He has starred in the box office films King Arthur, Casino Royale, Clash of the Titans and The Three Musketeers.

Jemima West

15. Jemima West – Jemima will star in the much-buzzed-about book to film adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that will be released next year and she had a small role in the TV series The Borgias. She has also appeared in various French TV shows and mini-series.

Theo James

16. Theo James – Theo will be the lead in the new CBS police drama Golden Boy that will debut in February. His other credits include a memorable role in the first season of Downton Abbey (he was Mr. Pamuk who had the one-night stand with Lady Mary that took his life) and he starred in the U.K. series Bedlam. His movie roles include The Inbetweeners Movie, the Woody Allen flick You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Underworld: Awakening, starring alongside Kate Beckinsale.

Are there any actors or actresses who you think are the faces to watch in 2013? Please share.

TOMORROW: Let’s Close Out 2012

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TV

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:

5:30 PM:
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement movie on ABC Family

6 PM:
Hitched for the Holidays movie on Hallmark

6:45 PM:
Real Steel movie on Showtime

7 PM:
Dolphin Tale movie on HBO Family
The Rock movie on Showtime2

7:30 PM:
Call the Midwife Holiday Special on PBS (NEW)

7:45 PM:
X-Men: First Class movie on Cinemax

8 PM:
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Lion King (animated) movie on ABC Family
The Green Mile movie on AMC
Batman Begins movie on Fox Movie Channel
Holiday Engagement movie on Hallmark
Field of Dreams movie on HBO Family

9 PM:
Downton Abbey on PBS

10 PM:
The Lion King (animated) movie on ABC Family
A Christmas Wish movie on Hallmark

Enjoy!

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The following list highlights the actors and actresses on television and on the big screen who really caught viewers’ attention throughout this year. They appear in no particular order:

Jenna-Louise Coleman

1. Jenna-Louise Coleman – Jenna is the new companion of Doctor Who on the legendary, long-running sci-fi series, appearing earlier this year in one of the final episodes featuring Amy and Rory, the Doctor most recent companions and who appeared in the Christmas Day episode. Jenna-Louise had roles in the U.K. series Emmerdale, Waterloo Road, Dancing on the Edge and Room at the Top as well as the made-for-TV movie Titanic and the box office film Captain America: The First Avenger.

Douglas Booth

2. Douglas Booth – Douglas appeared in the box office film (that ended up going straight to video) entitled LOL that starred Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore as well as roles in the mini-series The Pillars of the Earth and Great Expectations. He will appear in next year’s film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet alongside Hailee Steinfeld and the 2014 film Noah that will star Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.

Gina Carano

3. Gina Carano – Mixed martial arts expert Gina starred in the box office movie Haywire that came out in January of this year, starring opposite Michael Fassbender, Antonio Bandares, Michael Douglas and Ewan McGregor [among others] and she will be seen in next year’s The Fast and the Furious 6, starring many of the original franchise actors as well as next year’s In the Blood alongside Cam Gigandet and Danny Trejo. She is also one of the first actresses to be cast in the proposed female-based version of The Expendables that is being planned for 2015.

Josh Hutcherson

4. Josh Hutcherson – Josh is no stranger to box office films, but this year he appeared in the book to film adaptation of The Hunger Games as well as the three-years in the making reboot of Red Dawn. Among his other movie roles are Journey to the Center of the Earth and the film’s sequel. He will appear in the third Journey to the Center of the Earth movie set for next year as well as the second film adaptation of The Hunger Games trilogy also set for next year. Among his other film roles are Zathura, Bridge to Terabithia, Firehouse Dog and the critically-acclaimed The Kids are All Right.

Mackenzie Foy

5. Mackenzie Foy – Mackenzie landed the role of one of the most-talked about fictional characters in the young adult genre: Renesmee Carlie Cullen, the daughter of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan in the final Twilight saga movie. She appeared in episodes of Hawaii Five-0, FlashForward and R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour. She has three upcoming projects including the film Plastic Jesus with Hilarie Burton, The Conjuring with Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and Wish You Well with Josh Lucas and Ellen Burstyn.

Suraj Sharma

6. Suraj Sharma – Suraj is a complete newcomer to acting, but he landed one of the most-buzzed-about roles: that of the lead character in the book to film adaptation of the best-selling novel Life of Pi as directed by Ang Lee. You can bet that he will be much in demand now that the film is out.

Zoe Kazan

7. Zoe Kazan – Zoe wrote and starred in the indie film Ruby Sparks earlier this year that received critical acclaim and she has four projects in the works, including In Your Eyes with Nikki Reed and Jennifer Gray, Some Girl(s) with Kristen Bell and Jennifer Morrison, The F Word with Daniel Radcliffe and Amanda Crew and The Pretty One with Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston. Previously she starred in episodes of Bored to Death and Medium as well as roles in the box office films I Hate Valentine’s Day, It’s Complicated and the indie films Me & Orson Welles and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.

Stephen Amell

8. Stephen Amell – Stephen is the hot lead on The CW series Arrow that has taken the 2012-2013 TV season by storm. Among his other TV credits are roles in Queer as Folk, the short-lived Beautiful People, The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Hung, Private Practice and Heartland. He also appeared in the made-for-TV movies The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice and Justice for Natalee Holloway.

Lara Pulver

9. Lara Pulver — Lara turned heads in her role of Irene Adler in the mini-series Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia. Prior to that Lara appeared in episodes of Robin Hood, MI-5 and True Blood. She will also be seen next year in the new TV series Da Vinci’s Demons.

Jay Ryan

10. Jay Ryan – New Zealand born Jay is the star of the new remake of Beauty And the Beast on The CW alongside Kristin Kreuk; but he got his start in TV shows like Hercules and Xena followed later by the Australian soap opera Neighbours. He also appeared in episodes of Sea Patrol, Offspring and Legend of the Seeker. His first big break here in the states came from his small recurring role in the short-lived TV series Terra Nova.

Sutton Foster

11. Sutton Foster – Sutton made a big splash on TV this year in the ABC Family series Bunheads, but she is best known for her work in theatre, appearing in the Broadway play Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes (both of which she won a Tony) and Little Women and Shrek the Musical [among others]. She also appeared in episodes of Flight of the Conchords, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Royal Pains.

Tom Weston-Jones

12. Tom Weston-Jones – Tom got noticed by American viewers thanks to his role in the new BBC America period piece TV series Copper as well as his role in the mini-series World Without End. His other TV credit is the long-running spy series MI-5 (also known as Spooks in the U.K.).

Jessica Pare

13. Jessica Pare – Jessica turned heads as Megan Calvet Draper on the critically acclaimed and award-winning AMC drama Mad Men. Prior to that she had guest roles in episodes of the short-lived series Jack & Bobby and Life and she appeared in the box office films Wicker Park and Hot Tub Time Machine.

Dean Geyer

14. Dean Geyer – Dean is making heads turn as Brody Weston, the new hottie from NYADA that took Rachel’s heart on Glee. Much like the aforementioned Jay Ryan, Dean appeared in the Australian soap opera Neighbours (yes, he’s Aussie) and had a recurring role in the short-lived TV series Terra Nova. He also competed in the 2006 Australian Idol and holds a black belt in karate.

Quvenzhane Wallis

15. Quvenzhané (pronounced Qui-ven-ZHEN-ay) Wallis – Quvenzhané is the young actress catching attention for her riveting debut performance in the independent film Beasts of the Southern Wild that has been receiving rave reviews all year. This impressive youngster will next be seen in next year’s planned box office film Twelve Years a Slave that will star Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Paul Giamatti [among others].

Daniel Lissing

16. Daniel Lissing – Daniel is one of the cast members of the soon-to-be-defunct ABC drama Last Resort where he appears as Navy Seal James King. This Aussie appeared in the down under TV shows Home and Away, Out of the Blue, Packed to the Rafters and Crownies. He will soon appear in the film John Doe alongside Jamie Bamber.

Kara Hayward

17. Kara Hayward – Kara made her acting debut in the much-buzzed-about indie film Moonrise Kingdom, starring alongside the likes of Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton. Her next project will be the teen drama film The Sisterhood of Night that will co-star Georgie Henley (from The Chronicles of Narnia franchise).

Skylar Astin

18. Skylar Astin – Skylar starred in this year’s musical-comedy Pitch Perfect alongside Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson and was one of the voices in the top-rated animated film Wreck-It Ralph. He appeared in the box office film Taking Woodstock as well as episodes of Girls and House. He has two projects coming up: 21 and Over with Miles Teller and Justin Chon and Cavemen with Camilla Belle and Chad Michael Murray.

Who are some of the new faces from this year who caught your attention either on television or in film? Please share.

TOMORROW: New Faces of 2013

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