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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

The CW is moving their new thriller series Cult to Friday nights at 9 PM starting on March 8. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Joanna Cassidy (Body of Proof) will appear as the mom of Seeley Booth on Bones. (William Keck at TV Guide)

Actress Susan Misner (Person of Interest) will play a new love interest for Deacon (Charles Esten) on Nashville. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

Actress Melinda McGraw (Mad Men) will play the wife of ruthless oil tycoon Hollis Doyle on Scandal. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Chris Cooper is set to play Norman Osborn in the upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2. (The Deadline Team)

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

Hot Trailer: ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2′

Q&A SECTION (with Team Watch with Kristin at E! Online and Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Question: Last night’s episode of Arrow was insane! In desperate need of spoilers now! – Declan

Team Watch with Kristin: Meet episode 20’s big bad: Edward Rasmus, a wealthy investment broker/fraud who has a network of criminal associates at his disposal and thinks he’s untouchable in Starling City. Ha! Rasmus, who has silver-streaked hair (Hmmm…), defrauds investors and rides off with their money, something we’re sure Oliver isn’t too impressed by.

Question: I’ll take Beauty and the Beast scoop if you’ve got it! – Davis

Team Watch with Kristin: In the show’s 18th episode of the season, which is ominously titled “Moving On,” we’ll meet Kirk, a new medical examiner who is handsome, but edgy and aggressive (Think Henry Rollins). Fans can expect the newbie to stick around for a little bit.

Question: Are there any more hot Deacon and Rayna kisses coming up on Nashville? – Jenna

Team Watch with Kristin: If we do get any hot makeout sessions between those two, better enjoy it while you can. Because near the end of the season, those two won’t exactly be on smooching terms. In fact, when tragedy hits Rayna’s personal life, Deacon can only manage an awkward phone call to make sure she’s OK. Not exactly the timeline Deacon-Rayna shippers want, eh?

Question: What does the Season 3 finale of Pretty Little Liars hold for us? – Fernando

Mitovich: Just as I was hand-crafting this week’s column, ‘Nando, this official synopsis for the March 19 season ender, titled “A dAngerous gAme,” arrived from ABC Family: “Spencer is back home and presenting a good front, but Aria, Hanna and Emily are not so sure their friend is fully back after seeing how fragile she was just a day or so before. Unfortunately the girls don’t have much time to ponder Spencer’s health as shocking revelations are brought to the forefront. With so much happening and new information being uncovered, will the Liars be ready for what is waiting for them?”

Question: James Brolin was so good as Castle’s father. Will Martha and Kate hear the entire story? – Cynthia

Mitovich: We will have to assume they both were utterly regaled by the overseas espionage tale, because as Nathan Fillion told us at the show’s 100th episode party, there’s “nothing in the episodes that we’ve filmed” since the two-parter that calls back to the paternal reveal. As for how the long-awaited father/son meeting played out, Fillion said he was “very satisfied,” explaining, “To find out that his dad has had a hand in his life ever since he was kid, that his dad has been there in the wings, I think, for Castle, is a good feeling. He can’t have any feelings of, ‘I was abandoned.’ He knows now his dad has been a shadow.”

Question: Was Castle‘s second kidnapping really shot in Paris? Or on a sound stage? – Leslie

Mitovich: Molly Quinn confirmed that she, director Rob Bowman and her TV dad’s stuntman got to travel to France for a quickie shoot – yet nonetheless fielded tons of teasing/envy, especially from Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever. Says the actress, “I kept telling them, ‘I feel bad. I wish we could all go. But really, I’m going to go there, I’m going to be jet-lagged. I’m going to work three days and then I come back, I’ll be jet-legged again and then I have to get back to work!’”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

It was a full night of programming on the major networks last night.

Here is how the Wednesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Arrow (The CW) [NEW] – 3.3 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [NEW] – 10.6 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW] – 5.6 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 2.2 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI (CBS) [NEW] – 9.3 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 6.5 million
Nashville (ABC) [NEW] – 5.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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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:

6 PM:
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie on ABC Family

6:15 PM:
The Iron Lady movie on Showtime

7 PM:
The Adjustment Bureau movie on HBO

8 PM:
Zero Hour on ABC (NEW)
The Vampire Diaries on The CW (Reair)
White Collar on My Network TV
NCIS on USA Network

8:30 PM:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie on ABC Family

9 PM:
Parade’s End mini-series on HBO (NEW)
Beauty And the Beast on The CW (Reair)
Scandal on ABC (Reair)
White Collar on My Network TV
NCIS on USA Network
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows movie on More Max

9:01 PM:
Person of Interest on CBS (Reair)

10 PM:
NCIS on USA Network
Titanic movie on Cinemax
Joyful Noise movie on HBO Signature

10:01 PM:
Elementary on CBS (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

After hitting a dry spell on news yesterday (there wasn’t anything to report on – SIGH!?!), here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Jill Flint (Royal Pains) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Elementary, playing Alysa Darvin, a beguiling young woman who catches the eye of Detective Bell (Jon Michael Hill) when he helps Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) investigate a heist in the middle of a blizzard. Her episode is slated to air on April 4. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actress Kathy Bates has signed on for the third season of American Horror Story in whatever incarnation the series takes that time around. (Tim Stack at Entertainment Weekly and TV Line)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Navid Negahban (Abu Nazir on Homeland) will appear in the upcoming independent drama film called Words and Pictures. He will play the headmaster at a New England prep school where a charismatic English teacher (Clive Owen) and a guarded art teacher (Juliette Binoche) form an unlikely bond, one later complicated by romance. (The Hollywood Reporter and Dark Horizons)

Q&A SECTION (with Team Watch with Kristin from E! Online, Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant from TV Guide and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Question: You are now my official “go-to” for Revenge spoilers. What do you have for me? – Alicia

Team Watch with Kristin: Prepare for our Revenge ladies to go back to being bad! Madeleine Stowe tells us that not only is Victoria going back to being a “naughty troublemaker,” but Emily will also “really flip over to the dark side” for the rest of the season. But it won’t be all fun and games for our Queen of the Hamptons. “Victoria is incredibly haunted by something from her past that’s going to be a very large component in the story,” she reveals to us. Plus, those of you who are so over the Initiative situation will be happy to hear that as far as Stowe knows, they are shooting the last of that storyline right now.

Question: I need Once Upon a Time scoop, STAT! — Mallory

NATALIE: Let’s see if I can turn this into a fairy tale: Once upon a time, a noble and moral character made a drastic decision that would forever mar his or her future, something so dastardly and irreversible that you would think that this character was actually evil rather than pure of heart. Any guess as to who will make the biggest mistake of his or her life?

Question: What’s going to happen now that Monroe has power on Revolution? — John

NATALIE: If Miles, Rachel and the kids are able to escape Monroe’s helicopters — spoiler alert: they do — the group will be on a quest to turn the power back on for everyone, which is why they enlist the help of other territories, like the Georgia Federation (headed up by Leslie Hope). “Now that the stakes have changed, Rachel feels that it’s the only thing that can be done,” Elizabeth Mitchell says. “But whether or not that can be done, it’s really hard.”

Question: Loved meeting Rick’s dad on Castle, but it just left me with more questions! When will we see him again? — Sam

ADAM: That’s exactly how creator Andrew W. Marlowe wanted you — and Castle himself — to feel. “We wanted to not give him as big a bite at the relationship as he would want,” he says. “Castle is going to crave that connection and crave knowing that guy more. That will give us some storytelling options as we go into Season 6 if the TV gods are kind enough to grant that to us.” And while Marlowe didn’t rule out another Spy Daddy appearance this season, you can expect his father’s presence to be felt in other ways. “We’re interested to see how this influences Castle’s writing,” Marlowe teases. “There’ll be a new Derrick Storm novel coming out this year, and it will be very much influenced by the events he just went through.”

Question: I’ve just finished watching the first season of Once Upon a Time and I love it, especially the relationship between Emma and August/Pinocchio. Do you know if he is coming back in Season 2? —Gaia

Ausiello: Yes, as previously reported, Eion Bailey will resurface later this season as August — as will Jamie Dornan as Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman! — but Emma will only reunite with one the fellas. “I don’t have scenes with Jamie, unfortunately,” Jennifer Morrison shares with us, “but I do have scenes with Eion.” Bonus Scoop: Though Matt Mitovich teased in the new Spoiler Alert! that there would be one death in this Sunday’s episode, technically there are two — one in each realm.

Question: Any scoop on the upcoming Klaus sex scene on The Vampire Diaries? —Holly

Ausiello: Teases exec producer Julie Plec of the anticipated coitus session in Episode 16 (airing March 14): “I will say that Joseph Morgan has some tattoos that I didn’t know he had until shooting this scene.” (BTW, Plec wouldn’t say if his partner in fornication was someone we’ve met before).

Question: Any scoop on Elijah’s Vampire Diaries return? —Jessica

Ausiello: Plec confirms that viewers will get “a little Elijah flavor” before the planted Originals spin-off airs in April. “It’ll be fun to have him back in our Mystic Falls universe,” she adds. “We finally get a sense of what he’s been doing during his whole absence from our world.”

Question: Can you give us any Vampire Diaries scoop on Silas? —Holly

Ausiello: Plec will eventually put a face to the name, telling TVLine, “We do plan at some point to meet the real Silas.”

Question: Suits fanatic here. Is it too early to beg for details about next season? —Anelej

Ausiello: Folks, you really need to stop asking me if it’s too early for scoop. As the Ask Ausiello mission statement clearly states, it’s never too early. Case in point: I already know that Season 3 will continue the Rachel-wants-to-become-a-lawyer plot, despite her recent rejection from Harvard. “I don’t think her quest to become a lawyer is dead,” shares EP Aaron Korsh. “[But] she’s going to have to deal with what she wants to do [in Season 3]. She acted with hubris [and] didn’t apply to a backup school. There are other schools she can apply to. She’s got to decide what she wants to do moving forward.”

Question: In the last new Nashville, Glenn quit working for Juliette. Does that mean she’s going to have a new (and maybe young and hot) manager sometime soon? –Dana

Ausiello: Her new manager is certainly young and decidedly hot… and that’s because Juliette’s new manager is herself! Despite the country star’s new sense of direction, “She’s not better off without him, that’s for sure,” says creator Callie Khouri. “She’s certainly not the best person to be managing her own career. So we’re going to watch that for a while.”

Question: I’d like to know how much longer Fitz is going to go down this dark path on Scandal before we get to see him happier again. —Carly

Ausiello: Well, first he has to stop surrounding himself with such lowlifes. Case in point: An upcoming episode will involve a Supreme Court nominee (played by Tim Halligan, Commander in Chief) whose skeleton-packed closet threatens to tarnish Fitz’s recommendation and image.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

There was plenty of programming choices on TV last night via the major networks.

Here is how all of the Tuesday dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [NEW] – 20.5 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [NEW] – 1.4 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 16.8 million
Cult (The CW) [NEW] – 880,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Golden Boy (CBS) [DEBUT] – 10.5 million
Body of Proof (ABC) [NEW – Part 2 of Season Premiere] – 6.3 million
Smash (NBC) [NEW] – 3 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Red Widow

On March 3, the new ABC drama Red Widow will have a two-hour series premiere at 9 PM.

The series focuses on one woman’s journey into the world of organized crime after the death of her husband and how far she will go to keep her family safe.

The cast includes Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black), Goran Visnjic (ER), Jaime Ray Newman (Eureka), Clifton Collins, Jr. (The Event), Lee Tergesen (Desperate Housewives), Rade Serbedzija (The Saint), Suleka Mathew (HawthoRNe) and Sterling Beaumon (Lost) (among others).

Here is a trailer for Red Widow.

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Vikings

The History Channel will also debut their new mini-series Vikings, consisting of 9 one-hour episodes, on March 3 at 10 PM.

The mini-series will follow historical figure Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel from Tarzan and The Beast) as he rises up the ranks to become King of the Viking tribes.

The cast includes box office star Gabriel Byrne, Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee), Gustaf Skarsgard (brother of Alexander Skarsgard) and Katheryn Winnick (Bones).

Here is a trailer for Vikings.

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