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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars and Flashpoint) has joined the Canadian medical drama called Remedy. He will play Dr. Allan Conner, a passionate father and doctor who is acting chief of staff at the fictional Broadview Hospital. (Etan Vlessing at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down) and actress Eva Green (Casino Royale) have joined the cast of the hotly-anticipated Showtime drama Penny Dreadful that is expected to air in 2014. Hartnett will play Ethan Chandler, a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London, while Green will play Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. This new series is being described as a frightening psychological thriller. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) has landed the lead role in the upcoming 13-episode limited series on ABC called The Black Box that centers on Elizabeth Black (Reilly), a world-renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all, but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness. And that is not the only secret she’s kept locked away from her family and her new fiancé. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Marc Blucas (Buffy and Necessary Roughness) will guest star in an episode of Blue Bloods as Russell, a movie star who joins Danny (series regular Donnie Wahlberg) for a ride along to research a new role. (Chris Harnick at Huffington Post)

Actor Jim Murray (UK’s original Primeval) has joined the cast of Defiance for its second season where he will play Niles Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance. Appointed by the Earth Republic, Pottinger is shrewd, polished and charming, but his civilized veneer hides a ruthless pragmatist who traffics in information and secrets, and mercilessly punishes those who defy him. His latest object of desire is ex-mayor Amanda Rosewater (series regular Julie Benz). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor David Conrad (Ghost Whisperer) has landed a super secret role on this fall’s most anticipated new drama: ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actor Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement) will have a recurring role on Nashville when it returns for its second season this fall on ABC. He will play a love interest of Rayna’s (series lead Connie Britton). (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Actress Ruth Wilson (Luther) has landed the lead role in the Showtime pilot called The Affair. She will play the role of Alison, a young married woman, working in a pancake house, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. This pilot is being described as an intense and intimate exploration of two marriages and an affair that disrupts them – with all of the complex consequences that result. (TV By the Numbers)

Lifetime has given a greenlight to a new pilot called Unreal based on the Sarah Gertrude Shapiro award-winning independent short film called Sequin Raze. Marti Noxon (Buffy) and Shapiro wrote the pilot that goes behind-the-scenes of a hit competition dating show to follow the experiences of a young staffer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with (and among) the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage the program’s producers demand. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

NBC has bought a sci-fi drama pilot from Todd Holland (Go On). The untitled project is described as an action drama about immortal humans who have existed among us for the past 3,000 years. The drama revolves around Jack, an enforcer/bounty hunter — and I-M himself. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

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

Question: So, how will NCIS actually write Ziva’s exit from the show? — Samantha

ADAM: Given that Ziva was one of three agents who resigned to protect Gibbs, it actually won’t be that far-fetched. The season will open with a two-parter that features Colin Hanks returning to threaten Gibbs, prompting a team reunion. “Ziva is out in the ether and Tony has to go off and find her,” executive producer Gary Glasbgerg says. “The second episode is really all about Tony and Ziva, and, I hope, delivers all the things the Tiva fans are going to want.” Adds Michael Weatherly: “The will they/won’t they is answered. Tony’s going to be forced to face this Sword of Damocles that’s been hanging over him since Season 3.” That’s Greek for “they’re totally gonna do it,” right?

Question: Who are the two villains coming to Arrow this season? —Casey

NATALIE: With Isabel Rochev, Sebastian Blood and Bronze Tiger being introduced — and Deadshot and Slade Wilson returning — the possibilities are endless! “Our two Big Bads of the year, we know what their endgame and master plan is,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “[They’ll both] feel like they’re acting from a righteous place. They will cross paths, and there’s a Venn diagram in terms of their goals and in the diagram, there is overlap.” Who do you put your money on?

Question: What can you tell me about the new season of Homeland? — Justin

ADAM: Don’t expect the crazy roller coaster you got at the beginning of Season 2. Instead, Season 3 is a measured exploration of the aftereffects of the Langley attack on Carrie, Saul and the Brody family. It’s fair to say that they’ll all be unnerved — in different ways. Saul will have to choose between Carrie and the CIA, which is heartbreaking, and Dana will take drastic action that will reveal a new side of her character — literally and figuratively.

Question: How will they rescue Henry on Once Upon a Time? —Jennie

NATALIE: Snow White and Prince Charming will find themselves trying to set a good and noble example for their daughter Emma when they head to Neverland, lest she turn to other means to get Henry back. “If the Queen’s got a better way to get Henry that may break the law, so be it. It’s prison rules,” says executive producer Adam Horowitz. That will be difficult for Snow, who is still struggling with her blackened heart. “This year, it’s about finding the hope,” he adds. “It’s the hope that Snow White always brought to us. She’s the light. I think she’s going to see a lot of darkness and realize that the best thing she can do is return the light to not just her, but to get daughter and her husband.”

Question: Any scoop on Matt and Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals? I heart them together! —Maggie

NATALIE: While we won’t rule out the opportunity for crossover episodes, Claire Holt seems pretty sure that the two are done for now. “In the last episode, Matt told her, ‘I have to keep my life vampire-free,’ so she knew going into it that they would have a little fun, travel the world together and now she’s ready to move on and take down more men in New Orleans,” Holt says.

Question: How will Casey continue to deal with Hallie’s death when Chicago Fire returns? — Tony

ADAM: “He goes away on a sabbatical; he takes a little time out,” Jesse Spencer tells us. “But he’s going to come back with a new lease on life.” Although there won’t be a new love interest in Casey’s life, he will open himself up to new people in a slightly surprising way. “He becomes a family man,” Spencer says. “He’s able to give something back to some kids. It’s going to be an emotionally healing experience. The kids are going to help him, and it’ll be a complicated, but nice, recovery.”

Question: Any news on a replacement for Ziva on NCIS? —Cathy

Ausiello: Yep, and pretty big news at that. As exec producer Gary Glasberg revealed to Matt Mitovich Monday night, it’s going to be “a little while” before a full-time agent is brought in to fill the void left by Cote de Pablo. But in the meantime, the show — taking a page from Bones‘ squintern playbook — will “rotate some fun people” through the agency’s doors. “The first two episodes are all about Ziva’s departure,” Glasberg notes. “And then in the third episode we introduce, for instance, a woman in her 50s who is a few days away from retirement and just needs to fill the desk time. She, in theory, knew Gibbs all the way back to the days of Mike Franks. So we’re going to bring in people like that and have some fun with different characters. And then, hopefully, when people are comfortable enough, one will walk in and be The One.”

Question: I need some fall Nashville scoop. – Titan

Ausiello: Well, when you ask in such a polite fashion, how can I say no? A new thirtysomething character, Trey, is going to be hot, rich, charming, confident, self-deprecating and European — which narrows his romantic pool to Juliette, Scarlett, Zoey, Will or anyone with a pulse.

Question: Consider this a request for some general, non-specific Vampire Diaries information. —Missy

Ausiello: The show is doing the time warp again. Exec producer Caroline Dries tells us that Episode 3 will be a flashback episode. “It is a decade we haven’t seen before,” she shares. “It’s going to be very good.”

Question: Any scoop on Grimm? – Larry

Ausiello: Gypsies are known for their nomadic nature, but Queen Estefania is staying put… at least for now. Executive producers James Kouf and David Greenwalt tell TVLine that Emmy winner Shohreh Aghdashloo will appear in at least a few episodes of the NBC drama’s upcoming third season.

Question: Can you give as any news on when or how Deeks’ mother will appear on NCIS: LA? –EcoSarahFans

Ausiello: At some point during the upcoming Season 5, Eric Christian Olsen assures, “You’re going to meet his mom and get into his past” — which as any fan knows wasn’t idyllic. “We already know a little about the dysfunctional and catastrophic relationship with his father, but we’re going to find out a lot more about what makes this guy tick and how it affects, obviously, the relationship with Kensi and his inability to make that work.”

Question: I would love some scoop on Beauty and the Beast. The show ended with a ton of cliffhangers and the fans are holding their breath, waiting for some clues. –Donna

Ausiello: Not only will Sendhil Ramamurthy be back for Season 2, but “Gabe has a great arc. It’s awesome,” raves exec producer Sherri Scooper. As fellow EP Jennifer Levin elaborates, “We saw that he was shot to pieces [in the finale], so if he’s back, that would affect his point of view on life. He could be ‘born again.’”

Question: Any Castle tidbits you can give us? —Stephanie

Ausiello: The show is about to stage a kinda-sorta Saved By the Bell reunion. In an upcoming episode titled “Need to Know,” the cast of an early-’90s sitcom called 2 Cool For School is reassembling for a new movie when — egad! — its version of Screech is offed!

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Just Us Guys

For the first time in all of the years I have been attending the San Diego Comic-Con (that would be 12 years in case you were wondering), I attended the independent film festival, which has been a juried event contained within the annual fete since 2005.

The four-day festival screens some of the very best in genre-related short and long films as part of Comic-Con. The festival’s categories include action/adventure, animation, comics-related, documentary (pop culture related), horror/suspense, humor, and science fiction/fantasy. The winners of each category are decided by a panel of judges made up of film and popular arts industry luminaries; this year that included actress Kathy Najimy, Entertainment Weekly columnist (and former LA Times writer) Geoff Boucher and filmmaker Alex DeMille.

Trophies and prizes are given to the films deemed by the judges to be the best in each category, and an overall “Judges’ Choice Award”, which is presented to the one film considered the best film in the festival.

I attended a portion of the festival in support of my friend Chris Lilly’s online series “Just Us Guys” that was selected to be part of the top 50 films selected from among the 300 plus films that were submitted for the festival. That is quite a feat, in and of itself,

After the initial screening of “Just Us Guys” during the festival, Chris took to the stage along with his film editor Clinton Steeds (That’s So Raven and Cory in the House) and writing consultant Mark Litton (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) to participate in a moderator Q&A.

Just Us Guys panelists at San Diego Comic-Con - photo by Marcilene St. John

Just Us Guys panelists at San Diego Comic-Con – photo by Marcilene St. John

Chris was first asked what the genesis of “Just Us Guys” was with his reveal being that he wrote a horror script similar to that of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer back in 2009; and then he ended up writing a pilot that was Gilmore Girls but with guys inspired, which is what eventually became “Just Us Guys”.

When talking about what viewers of the online series can expect next, Chris shared that he is working on how to tell the full 13 ten-minute episodes for season two of “Just Us Guys” that will be more comedic and more father-son-based. And, he also shared that Elsie (played by Phylicia Goings) – who is the dynamic new comic book store employee – is actually being prepped as a spin-off series.

Mark and Chris then shared how they came to know each other, and it was through the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which was the show that changed Chris’s life, making him want to work in the industry. In fact, Chris named his production company – 82893 Productions – after the date that changed his life.

When the awards ceremony was presented on the last day of the convention, “Just Us Guys” was – unfortunately – not among the winners of the categories listed above, but when asked how he felt about the results, Chris was positive, sharing that he was already a winner by having his online series selected as part of the festival, getting great exposure and having the opportunity to network with everyone who participated in the Independent Film Festival.

To learn more about 82893 Productions as well as “Just Us Guys”, make sure to visit their official website here, check them out on Facebook here, follow them at Twitter @justusguystv and @82893Prods and check them out on You Tube here.

ADDED: You can also follow Elsie The Series on Twitter @ElsieTV and on Facebook here.

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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:

7 PM:
Shrek Forever (animated) movie on Fox Movie Channel

7:50 PM:
Ocean’s Twelve movie on Cinemax

7:30 PM:
Iron Man 2 movie on FX

8 PM:
Arrow on The CW (Reair)
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
Finding Nemo (animated) movie on Encore
I Want to Marry Ryan Banks movie on Hallmark
Dirty Dancing movie on Lifetime

9 PM:
Royal Pains on USA Network (NEW)

10 PM:
The Bridge on FX (NEW)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
Castle on TNT
The Help movie on TMC

10:01 PM:
Necessary Roughness on USA Network (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Grimm) will take over the role of First Lady from actress Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy) on the new CBS fall drama Hostages, which stars actress Toni Collette as Dr. Ellen Sanders, a top-shelf surgeon who in 24 hours is due to cut open the President of the United States (actor James Naughton), but first she and her family are taken hostage by rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle (series lead Dylan McDermott) and his savvy, sleek team of cohorts. Hostages will premiere on September 23. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actor Tim Daly (Private Practice will guest star in an episode of Hawaii Five-0, playing a Texas Ranger. This role could potentially be recurring. Hawaii Five-0 returns to CBS on September 27. (Vlada Gelman at TV Line)

Actress Margo Harshman (The Big Bang Theory) will appear on NCIS, playing the potentially recurring role of McGee’s (series regular Sean Murray) new girlfriend Delilah, who is a smart and eccentric computer specialist in the cyber division at the Department of Defense. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

ABC Family has renewed Switched at Birth for a third season while ordering additional episodes of new summer shows The Fosters and Twisted. (Rebecca Iannucci at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

It looks like The CW is thinking about developing a new project based on the DC character Flash that would be run by Arrow team/co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

The CW announced during Comic Con that they are considering doing a spin-off to Supernatural and now it would seem they are moving forward with a backdoor pilot that will air during the long-running show’s upcoming ninth season. Not many details are known about this potential new series, but it will not be nomadic like Supernatural, but rather focus on clashing hunter and monster cultures in Chicago. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

Here is how the Monday night summer shows on the major networks fared in the overall ratings on last night:

10 PM Shows:
Under the Dome (CBS) [NEW] – 11.1 million
Mistresses (ABC) [NEW] – 4.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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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:

6:35 PM:
Open Range movie on Starz

7 PM:
Casablanca (classic) movie on TCM

8 PM:
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (NEW)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Haves and Have Nots on OWN (Reair)
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (Reair)
Footloose movie on CMT

9 PM:
Twisted on ABC Family (NEW)
The Haves and Have Nots on OWN (NEW)
Rizzoli & Isles on TNT (NEW)
Covert Affairs on USA Network (NEW)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
The Patriot movie on Starz

10 PM:
Perception on TNT (NEW)
Body of Proof on ABC (Reair)
Person of Interest on CBS (Reair)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
The Haves and Have Nots on OWN (Reair)

10:01 PM:
Suits on USA Network (Season Premiere)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

The cable network AMC has ordered the scripted dramas Halt &Catch Fire and Turn to series with plans to put them both to air in 2014. Halt & Catch Fire is set in the early 1980’s, focusing on the personal computing boom as seen through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnerships are challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie. The series will star Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) [among others]. Turn is based on the book “Washington’s Spies” by Alexander Rose that is set in the summer of 1778, telling the story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. The cast includes Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) and JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger) [among others]. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Jurnee Smollett (Friday Night Lights and True Blood) will have a recurring role on Parenthood this fall, playing a smart and feisty woman named Heather whom Kristina (series regular Monica Potter) hires as her campaign manager when she decides to run for office. Parenthood is back on NBC starting on September 26. (TV Line and TV Guide)

CBS has given a second season order to the summer series Under the Dome. The second season will consist of 13 episodes. (AJ Marechal at Variety)

Actor James LeGros (Ally McBeal) will have the recurring role of Father Paul in the third season of Revenge this fall. Emily (series lead Emily VanCamp) will seek him out (and it should also be noted that Father Paul has some kind of tie to the Grayson family). (Kristin Dos Santos at E!)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

In addition to working on a limited series (aka a mini-series) sequel (of sorts) to The Bible called A.D.: After the Bible, NBC is in the early development stages on several other long-form projects including a behind-the-scenes look at Hillary Rodham Clinton (that will star Diane Lane in the lead role), an updated retelling of “Rosemary’s Baby”, which will a four-hour re-telling of the best-selling novel, a remake of “Stephen King’s Tommyknockers” and “Plymouth”, which is, of course, based on the epic story of the Mayflower’s landing in America. (The Futon Critic)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Here are the top 10 box office movies for this past weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. The Wolverine – $55 million
2. The Conjuring – $22.1 million
3. Despicable Me 2 – $16 million
4. Turbo – $13.3 million
5. Grown Ups 2 – $11.5 million
6. Red 2 – $9.4 million
7. Pacific Rim – $7.5 million
8. The Heat – $6.9 million
9. R.I.P.D. – $5.9 million
10. Fruitvale Station – $4.7 million

Actor Vin Diesel will star in the upcoming box office film called World’s Most Wanted, an action adventure for which there are no other details on storyline. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Actress Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) and Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) [among others] have joined the cast of the new take on Dracula that will be part historical, part mythological spin on the Bram Stoker creation. Luke Evans will play the lead role, a Transylvanian prince who risks eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play the Eastern European folk figure Baba Yaga, a beautiful young woman turned into a savage witch. There are no details on Cox’s role. Dominic Cooper and Sarah Gadon will also star. (Heat Vision and Dark Horizons)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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