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If Only This Was Where I Was Actually Going (WINK!)

If Only This Was Where I Was Actually Going (WINK!)

Hey All,

So, for the first time in five long years, I am taking a vacation – one that doesn’t involve press coverage like when I attend Wonder Con or Comic Con – but one for pleasure and leisure.

I will be leaving tomorrow morning for Pittsburgh, which is the closest city to my tiny little hometown of Apollo, Pennsylvania, which is nestled “in the hicks” about 40 miles northeast of the city.

While there I will be spending time with the remaining members of my immediate family, few though they may be, as well as visiting with my dearest best friends, who I have been friends with since grade school [and let me just say that was a LONG time ago – wink!] and staying with two of my favorite people in all of the world: my wonderful (albeit adopted) aunt and uncle.

That being said, due to the location where I will be for the week and the limited access I will have to the internet (and to actually take a much needed and hugely deserved break from everything!) I won’t be posting very much during my vacation, but I do have a lot of articles set to post to keep the folks who stop by Rueben’s Ramblings as informed as they can.

Have a great week and I will be back to my normal posting routine starting on Monday, September 9!

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Every summer (or any TV season for that matter) TV viewers are always surprised by interesting or intriguing characters in new or returning shows in the form of the new “bad guy/girl”, the “love interest” or the great “new assistant or sidekick”.

This summer hasn’t been any different with lots of great characters to enjoy watching week after week, but there have been some very specific characters that I feel deserved a little extra attention before the fall TV season starts, overloading us with even more characters to welcome back or welcome to our TV screens.

Those characters are as follows (they appear in no particular order):

Ryan Hurst

Ryan Hurst

Edgar Roy (Ryan Hurst) on King Maxwell – The new TNT series, of course, mainly focuses on private investigator Sean King (series lead Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (series lead Rebecca Romijn), but it has been their assistant Edgar Roy who has made watching the show extra fun. While Edgar is an autistic savant with an incredible skill for numerical patterns and sequences, he is also a high-tech pro with amazing hacking skills and a dedicated friend to Michelle and especially Sean. Edgar has been a surprisingly fun character to get to know.

Haley Webb

Haley Webb

Jennifer Blake (Haley Webb) on Teen Wolf – The MTV thriller has focused heavily on the werewolves of Beacon Hill, but the packs had a new foe to deal with this year in the form of the Darach, who turned out to be mild-mannered English teacher Jennifer Blake – who was also the love interest of Alpha Derek (series regular Tyler Hoechlin). I don’t know about anyone else who watched the show this season, but I so DID NOT see this reveal coming until it was literally upon us and while I really ended up disliking Jennifer for all she did to all her victims – as well as breaking Derek’s heart – she was, if nothing else, captivating to watch; and I have to admit I was a little sad to see her perish at the hands of Derek’s uncle Peter (recurring star Ian Bohen).

Magda Apanowicz

Magda Apanowicz

Emily (Magda Apanowicz) on Continuum – This Syfy series – that is actually a Canadian import – has been focused on Kiera Cameron (series lead Rachel Nichols), the inadvertent time-traveling cop from 2077, who winds up in present day Vancouver, chasing after members of a terrorist cell set out to change the future. But, this season it has been Emily (aka Mia Hartwell), who has caught my attention. She may have started out as nothing more than a spy for Escher (recurring star Hugh Dillion), striking up a relationship with his son Alec; but it was her killer “kick-butt” moves and the real love she developed for Alec (the creator of the cybernetic implants used by Kiera in her role as a cop in her time) that endeared her to viewers. Much like Jennifer in Teen Wolf, it was sad to see Emily needlessly killed in the penultimate episode.

Rebecca Wisocky

Rebecca Wisocky

Evelyn Powell (Rebecca Wisocky) on Devious Maids – To be honest, I was completely unsure whether I would like this Latino-laced soap opera after giving up on its Americanized “twin” (so to speak) [Desperate Housewives] half-way through that show’s 8 season run; but I was won over by the most unlikely of characters: Evelyn Powell. Yes, she is apeshit crazy, she is an elitist and a gossipmonger, but I’ve actually meet women much like Evelyn during my short-time working amongst the haughty Beverly Hills society. I can vouch they exist, but I’ll take Evelyn over any of the real Beverly Hills women any day. Can anyone who watches the show imagine it without Evelyn? No? I rest my case.

Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel

Dale ‘Barbie’ Barbara (Mike Vogel) on Under the Dome – Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Barbie gets trapped inside Chester’s Mill just as a mysterious dome settles over the town. He is in a bit of a quandary, having killed the husband of local newspaper editor Julia Shumway (series regular Rachelle LeFevre), who he is now romancing [awkward, right?!]. His former military skills help when he is asked by the local law to help keep the peace, but what will happen when all his deep, dark secrets are revealed?

Seycelle Gabriel

Seycelle Gabriel

Lourdes Delgado (Seycelle Gabriel) on Falling Skies – The former college medical student, who became a full-fledged doctor since the 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment has been residing in Charleston, the new capital of the United States after the deadly alien invasion that decimated the country two years previous. But all is not right when it is eventually revealed that Lourdes has been the mysterious mole within Charleston, being infected with eye worms somehow set upon her by the Espheni. She not only killed Arthur Manchester (recurring actor Terry O’Quinn), but also killed President Hathaway (recurring guest Stephen Collins) and nearly destroyed Charleston to boot. While being held prisoner, she is seemingly cured by a now six-year old Alexis, the daughter of Tom Mason (series lead Noah Wyle) and Anne Glass (series lead Moon Bloodgood).

Jaime Murray

Jaime Murray

Stahma Tarr (Jaime Murray) on Defiance – Looks can be deceiving and that statement is never more true than when looking at Castithan (one of eight alien races that now live among humans in a futuristic Earth) Stahma Tarr. Her husband may be seen as an ambitious businessman, but he is nothing more than a mentally-unstable brute and his wife isn’t much better. Cunning and arrogant, Stahma is the real power behind her elitist family, whose hands are far from clean. She not only had an affair with town madam Kenya Rosewater (series regular Mia Kirshner), but also was behind Kenya’s disappearance and she knows where all the bodies are buried from her husband’s dirty politics.

Some of the Orphan Black Clones

Some of the Orphan Black Clones

All the clones (Tatiana Maslany) on Orphan Black: What can be said about all of the clones in Orphan Black let alone the one actress who plays them all? AMAZING, right?! But, each one is three-dimensional and complex, starting with Sarah Manning, the con artist, thief and mother of Kira; the late Beth Childs, the mentally-unstable cop who committed suicide right in front of Sarah; Alison Hendrix, the uptight suburban soccer mom; Cosima Niehaus, the lesbian college student with the scientific knowledge to hopefully figure out the origin of the clones; the late Helena, the Ukrainian assassin who was actually the bio-twin of Sarah; Rachel Duncan (aka the “proclone”) who works for the very people who created the clones and the late Katja Obinger, Danielle Fournier and Janika Zingler.

Those are the most surprising characters from summer TV that caught my attention. Which ones made you stop and take notice? Please share your thoughts below.

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The new fall TV season is going to be back in just a little over two weeks and with that much-anticipated arrival comes a lot of new faces gracing the small screen as well as a welcome back to a handful of returning faces.

The following list is comprised of the more than a dozen new faces who will star in some of the most-buzzed-about new shows that are set to air this fall (they appear in alphabetical order by TV show):

Jessica DeGouw

Jessica DeGouw

Jessica DeGouw (Dracula on NBC) – This new NBC thriller will focus on the mysterious Dracula (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) who arrives in 19th century London as an American entrepreneur, who becomes infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife, Ilona. Jessica will play Mina Murray, the very woman in question. TV viewers will recognize this Australian actress from her role as Helena Bertinelli aka The Huntress on The CW hit series Arrow.

Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Hentsridge and Chloe Bennet

Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Hentsridge and Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Hentsridge (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC) – Based on the legendary Marvel Universe security division, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will debut on ABC on September 24. The new team will include black ops specialist Agent Grant Ward (Dalton), weapons technology specialist Agent Leo Fitz (De Caestecker), life sciences specialist Agent Jemma Simmons (Henstridge) and computer hacker Skye (Bennet), working alongside Agent Phil Coulson (actor Clark Gregg) to figure out newly emerging superhumans in the world. Chloe previously appeared in Nashville; Brett appeared in the made-for-TV movie Killing Lincoln; British actor Iain appeared in the UK series The Fades and Elizabeth is a British relative newcomer.

Peter Gadiot and Sophie Lowe

Peter Gadiot and Sophie Lowe

Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on ABC) – This is, of course, the spin-off series to the ABC fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time that will focus on Alice in Wonderland. Brit Sophie will play Alice while Brit Peter will be the genie named Cyrus who Alice meets and falls in love with while in Wonderland. Sophie appeared in the Australian series The Slap while Peter is a relative newcomer.

Toby Regbo, Adelaide Kane and Torrance Coombs

Toby Regbo, Adelaide Kane and Torrance Coombs

Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo and Torrance Coombs (Reign on The CW) – This period piece from The CW will focus on the teen years of Mary Queen of Scots and her betrothal to Prince Francis. Adelaide will play the lead role of Mary while Toby will play Prince Francis and Torrance will play Sebastian, the illegitimate son of Francis’ father the King of France. Adelaide has a recurring role on Teen Wolf; Toby appeared in the made-for-TV movie Treasure Island and Torrance has appeared in The Tudors and the Canadian series The Heartland.

Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie

Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie

Tom Mison and Nicole Behaire (Sleepy Hollow on FOX) – This FOX drama will be a new take on the Ichabod Crane story with the Headless Horseman being one of the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse and Crane being connected to him through a spell cast on him on the battlefield of the American Revolution. Tom will play the lead role while Nicole plays a member of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department. Tom appeared in the films Lost in Austen and the mini-series Parade’s End and Nicole appeared in the box office films 42 and Shame.

Megan Boone

Megan Boone

Megan Boone (The Blacklist on NBC) – The NBC drama will focus on Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, who surrenders in person at FBI headquarters, claiming that he will only speak with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen. Megan will play the lead role of Elizabeth Keen. She has appeared in the short-lived series Law & Order: LA.

Charles Michael Davis

Charles Michael Davis

Charles Michael Davis (The Originals on The CW) – This is a spin-off to The Vampire Diaries that will focus on the original family of vampires – the Mikaelson siblings – who return to New Orleans, the city that they help build where brother Klaus wants to take back his “throne” from his vampire protégé Marcel, who will be played by Charles. Charles has previously appeared in Switched at Birth and Grey’s Anatomy.

Robbie Amell and Luke Mitchell

Robbie Amell and Luke Mitchell

Robbie Amell and Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People on The CW) – This series is a remake of the 1970’s UK series of the same name that focuses on a group of young people who possess powers as the result of human evolution. Robbie (cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell) will play lead character Stephen Jameson and Luke plays John Young, both who have both of extraordinary powers like telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. Robbie has previously been seen in Revenge and Alcatraz while Luke is best known for his role in the Australian soap Home and Away.

In addition to the new faces for the fall, there are some established actors who will be returning to TV. They appear in alphabetical order below:

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood

Blair Underwood (Ironside on NBC) – This NBC series is loosely based on the classic 1960’s series of the same name focusing on Robert T. Ironside (Underwood), a wheelchair-bound police detective, who along with his hand-picked team, solve the most difficult cases. While Blair appeared in the short-lived dramas The Event and Dirty Sexy Money over the last few TV seasons, he is best known for his long-running role on L.A. Law.

Megan Follows

Megan Follows

Megan Follows (Reign on The CW) – As mentioned above, Reign will focus on the life of teen-aged Mary Queen of Scots with Megan appearing as the reigning Queen of France, Catherine de Medici. Megan has been acting since was a child and is probably best known for her role of Anne Shirley in the Anne of Green Gables movies and more recently was seen in the mini-series World Without End.

Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend (Betrayal on ABC) – This ABC soap will focus on Sara, a photographer who begins an affair with Jack (Townsend), a lawyer for a powerful family in a story that revolves around a murder trial, pitting Jack and Sara’s husband against each other in court. Stuart starred in the Canadian TV series XIII as well as the short-lived series Night Stalker, but is probably best known for this movie roles in Queen of the Damned and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Toni Collette

Toni Collette

Toni Collette (Hostages on CBS) – This new CBS drama will focus on the family of a doctor who will be doing surgery on the President of the United States who are taken hostage by a rogue FBI agent. Toni will play the lead role of the doctor. TV viewers will, of course, recognize the Australian actress for her role in the United States of Tara, but she is also known for her roles in The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine and Muriel’s Wedding.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Dracula on NBC) – As mentioned above, this new NBC thriller focuses on the legendary vampire, who arrives in 19th century London as an American entrepreneur, becoming infatuated with a woman who appears to be a reincarnation of his dead wife, Ilona. Jonathan will play the title role. He, of course, appeared in the period piece The Tudors, but he is also known for his roles in the indie box office hit Bend It Like Beckham, Mission Impossible III and the recently released The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

James Spader

James Spader

James Spader (The Blacklist on NBC) – As mentioned above, this new NBC drama will focus on Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, who surrenders in person at FBI headquarters, claiming that he will only speak with rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen. Spader, who will play lead character Reddington, appeared in The Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal, but is probably best known for his role in the classic film Stargate as well as the recently released Lincoln epic.

Karl Urban

Karl Urban

Karl Urban (Almost Human on FOX) – This new FOX futuristic drama follows the life of John Kennex, an LADP officer with a dislike for robots who ends up being teamed up with one with emotional feelings. Karl has appeared in box office films like Dredd, Star Trek, The Chronicles of Riddick and The Lord of the Rings, but he also appeared in episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.

So, there you have it: the new faces to look out for as the fall TV season starts as well as the returning stars to welcome back on the small screen.

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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:
Mrs. Doubtfire movie on CMT
Miss Congeniality movie on WE TV

7:30 PM
Pretty Woman movie on ABC Family
The Help movie on Showtime

8 PM:
Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove on Hallmark (NEW)
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited Special on BBC America
The Bourne Identity movie on A&E
The A-Team movie on FX

8:10 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)

8:30 PM:
Miss Congeniality movie on WE TV

9 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
The Makeover movie on Hallmark

9:05 PM:
The White Queen on Starz (NEW)

10:05 PM
The White Queen on Starz (Encore)
The Prince & Me movie on Flix

Enjoy!

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Hey All

Here are the news items for today, few though they are:

TELEVISION

There is good and bad news coming from the cable network A&E: they are renewing Longmire for a third season, but they are canceling The Glades after four season and a whopper of a cliffhanger episode. (John Covney, Executive Producer of the show via Twitter and Philiana Ng at The Hollywood Reporter)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Former Chuck alums (behind the scenes) Matt Miller and Zev Borow are developing a cop/family drama pilot for FOX called Bad Guys that will center on Lea Morris, a NYPD detective and a single mom raising a teenage son, and her dad Nalin Morris, a recently paroled ex-con who wants a second chance with his daughter and a first with his grandson. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Cinemax is developing another drama project called Blanco that will center on an uptown gangster who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a terrific holiday weekend.

PS: I’ll be on vacation next week so there won’t be any updates until September 9.

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TV Ratings

Here is how the two Thursday night dramas on the major networks fared in the overall ratings last night:

9 PM Show:
Motive (ABC) [2-Hour Finale] – 6.4 million

10 PM Show:
Rookie Blue (ABC) [NEW] – 6 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:

6:30 PM:
Walk the Line movie on Oxygen
The Help movie on Showtime 2

8 PM:
Mrs. Doubtfire movie on CMT
The Patriot movie on Encore
Puppy Love movie on Hallmark
Moulin Rouge movie on Sundance
Shrek (animated) movie on TBS
Red movie on TNT
Sixteen Candles movie on VH1

8:45 PM:
Pitch Perfect movie on HBO Family

9 PM:
The Following on FOX (Reair)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Legally Blonde movie on ABC Family

9:50 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)

10 PM:
Cracked on Reelz Channel (2-Hour DEBUT)
Continuum on Syfy (Season Finale)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Shrek the Third (animated) movie on TBS

10:40 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)

Enjoy!

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