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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Alexa Vega (Spy Kids and Machete Kills) will guest star in an upcoming episode of The Tomorrow People as a new ULTRA agent named Hillary Cole, who will become a rival to Stephen (series lead Robbie Amell), which could be a problem, because the company plans to strip the powers of whichever agent doesn’t come out ahead during training. (Trent Moore at Blastr and Zap2It)

Actress Alexandra Chando (The Lying Game) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Castle, playing a Lindsay Lohan/Miley Cyrus type who has had a big public meltdown. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Actor Matt Passmore (The Glades) has landed the lead role in an untitled USA Network drama project that centers on Neil Truman (Passmore), an investment banker who attempts to satisfy his married mid-life crisis by quitting his job and redefining himself and his relationships. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

The CW is working on a possible drama project based on the comic series The Avenger (not to be confused with the Marvel Universe The Avengers). This story focuses on Alice Benson, a young woman who, in the wake of her parents’ murder, discovers she possesses a superpower as a result of genetic bio-hacking which allows her to transform her appearance at will. Alice will use her face-altering talents to investigate the mystery of her parents’ deaths and uncover the origins of her strange ability. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

ABC is developing a drama project based on the Alexandra Robbins non-fiction book “The Secrets Of The Tomb: Skull And Bones, The Ivy League And The Hidden Paths Of Power” that would follow two timelines: a young woman at Yale, 10 years ago, who is tapped as a member of an ultra-prestigious secret society, and the same woman in present day as a respected FBI agent in the midst of the biggest case of her life, which she discovers is linked to her past in the secret society. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Nico Tortorella (The Following) will co-star opposite actress Victoria Justice (Victorious) in the MTV cyber thriller pilot called Eye Candy that is about Lindy (Justice), a reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. She is targeted by a dangerous cyber stalker and teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch him. Tortorella will play Tommy, the cyber-crime unit’s formidable and flirtatious head whose fascination with Lindy may be more than professional. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

A&E is working on a drama project with Jerry Bruckheimer Television that is being called Harvest. The project will center on a mild-mannered cemetery caretaker who finds his small-town life in jeopardy when his estranged criminal father forces him into the body-trade business. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor-Director Ed Burns (who is a regular on the new upcoming TNT drama Mob City) is working with the cabler on another period crime drama project called Public Morals. The project is set in 1967 in New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that comes from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them. It centers on cop Terry Muldoon (Burns), who knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, and he is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the dark underbelly of the vice world. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

The CW is working on another hour-long project called Badlands that is being billed as a supernatural Western about a ruthless family cursed by vengeful ghost. While ABC is working on a project called Entrapment that will tell the story of a star prosecutor accused of murder and the journey she takes when she turns to her former adversary, a streetwise defense attorney, for help with her defense. These two projects come from producer David Wilcox (Fringe). (Lacey Rose at The Hollywood Reporter)

ONLINE SERIES NEWS

Amazon Studios has officially given a green light to the two new drama pilots Bosch and The After. Bosch is based on the best-selling book series by Michael Connelly that tells the story of a relentless LAPD homicide detective (Titus Welliver from Lost and The Good Wife), who pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy. But Bosch is also standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Actress Annie Wersching (24) and Amy Price-Francis (King) co-star. The After comes from Chris Carter (the creator of The X-Files) that features eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Among the cast is Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue and Drop Dead Diva), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes and The Lying Game) and Aldis Hodge (Leverage). Viewers will be able to watch the pilots for free on Amazon Instant Video. (Robyn Ross at TV Guide)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) will star as Quicksilver (aka Pietro Maximoff) in the upcoming box office film Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will be directed by Joss Whedon and is expected in the box office in May 2015. (The Deadline Team)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

We are at the mid-week point for this the sixth week of Fall TV.

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

8 PM Shows:
Revolution (NBC) [NEW] – 4.9 million
Arrow (The CW) [NEW] – 2.3 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [NEW] – 10.6 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [NEW – 2 Hours] – 4.2 million
The Tomorrow People (The CW) [NEW] – 1.7 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI (CBS) [NEW] – 9.6 million
Nashville (ABC) [NEW] – 5.2 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Almost HumanThe new FOX drama Almost Human will debut [CORRECTION] on November 17 after football with its timeslot debut set for Monday, November 18 at 8 PM.

The year is 2048. John Kennex (box office star Karl Urban from Star Trek) is a cop who survived one of the most catastrophic attacks ever made against the police department. After waking up from a 17-month coma, he can’t remember much — except that his partner was killed, he lost one of his legs and he is now outfitted with a highly sophisticated synthetic appendage. Suffering from depression, mental atrophy, trauma-onset OCD, PTSD and the psychological rejection of his synthetic body part, John returns to work at the behest of longtime ally Captain Sandra Maldonado (Lili Taylor from The Conjuring).

By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot; and despite his passionate aversion to androids, John is paired up with a battle-ready MX-43. But he abruptly terminates his partnership after the robot discovers incriminating information about him so technician Rudy Lom (Mackenzie Crook from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) introduces John to Dorian (Michael Ealy from Common Law), a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses.

The cast also includes Minka Kelly (from Friday Night Lights) and Michael Irby (from The Unit).

Here is a trailer for Almost Human.

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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:

6:45 PM:
Oz the Great and Powerful movie on Starz

7:20 PM:
Mean Girls movie on Showtime

8 PM:
The Vampire Diaries on The CW (NEW)
Monsters vs. Aliens (animated) movie on Fox Movie Channel
The Good Witch’s Destiny movie on Hallmark (Reair)
The Cold Light of Day movie on Showtime 2

9 PM:
Reign on The CW (NEW)
White Collar on USA Network (NEW)
Strike Back: Origins on Cinemax (Reair)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie on Showtime

9:50 PM:
The Vow movie on Encore

10 PM:
Scandal on ABC (NEW)
Monsters vs. Aliens (animated) movie on Fox Movie Channel

10:01 PM:
Elementary on CBS (NEW)
Covert Affairs on USA Network (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor Morris Chestnut (the remake of V and the upcoming box office film The Best Man Holiday) has joined the cast of the upcoming TNT spy drama called Legends that follows deep-cover operative Martin Odum (Sean Bean), who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is. Chestnut will play Antonio “Tony” Cimarro, a quick-witted FBI deep cover operative. The 10-episode drama will debut sometime in 2014. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Scarlett Byrne (who played Pansy Parkinson in the final three Harry Potter movies) has joined the cast of the TNT alien drama Falling Skies as a series regular. She will play a mysterious young woman with special powers and an unusual connection to the alien invaders, who is said to be key to the story next season. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Jordana Spiro (My Boys and The Mob Doctor) will appear in The Good Wife in the potentially recurring role of Jenna, a tough, funny and smart police detective who’s not opposed to mixing business with pleasure. (Michael Slezak at TV Line)

Actors William Sadler (Homeland and Roswell) and Justin Kirk (Weeds) will both guest star in an upcoming episode of The Blacklist with Sadler playing Sam, a man from Liz’s past who is gravely ill and reaches out to her while Kirk will play Nathaniel Wolff, the founder of a movement of anti-capitalists and the next criminal on the Blacklist. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

The CW is developing a drama series around the young adult book series The Perfectionists by author Sara Shepard (the woman who wrote the book series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, both of which are/were on ABC Family). The Perfectionists is a murder mystery drama. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

ABC Family is in the early stages of potential developing the box office film The Hand That Rocks the Cradle for the small screen in the form of an hour-long drama that would tell the story of a young, attractive nanny who terrorizes a suburban family from the inside. (Lacey Rose and Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter franchise) and executive producer Mark Gordon are teaming up for a private eye drama at ABC that will be an hour-long character driven-drama about a former LAPD homicide detective whose disabling injury gives him a powerful new ability to solve difficult cases. (Lacey Rose at The Hollywood Reporter)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter himself) will appear in the upcoming box office film called Gold that is based on the Pat Butcher book “The Perfect Distance” that covers the rivalry of Olympic athletes Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Games. Radcliffe will appear as Coe. (Nancy Tartaglione at Deadline)

Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects and Jack Reacher) will write and direct a live-action adaptation of the space-set 1970’s anime TV series Star Blazers that focus on what happens when Earth’s atmosphere has been obliterated by a distant alien race and the survivors have one year before radiation will reach their underground refuge and wipe out the human race. The survivors get a shot of hope in the form of alien technology that can deliver a small crew across the universe and back with the means to stave off extinction. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with TV Scoop Team at E! Online and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Question: Revenge is SO good this season! What’s coming up for my favorite Hamptonites?! – Cory

TV Scoop Team: Want to learn more about Aiden? You’re in luck! A gorgeous, sexy and strong woman from his past named Niko will be introduced later this season as a nurse at a hospital. Why are they reunited at a hospital? A major shooting will be going down!

Question: In desperate need of Supernatural spoilers! – Emily

TV Scoop Team: In an episode fittingly titled “First Born,” fans will meet a retired demon named Cain, who was known as the Father of Murder who used to train the Knights of Hell. So what made him quit the game? Love! But Cain may be sticking around for a bit, so we’re thinking he could return to his old ways…

Question: The Blacklist is my favorite new show of the season! I need to know who has been spying on Tom and Liz ASAP! – Denise

TV Scoop Team: Prepare for answers, just not right away! “That will unquestionably come into play, who they are and why they’re watching and the sort of Big Brother element to it,” Ryan Eggold teases of Tom and Liz’s Peeping Toms. But when will we learn exactly what’s going on?! “At some point over the next six episodes we will get into that. They will definitely answer who these guys are and why they’re watching.”

Question: Any news on what comes next for Once Upon a Time‘s Neal, now that he is in Neverland? –Stephanie

Ausiello: Though it appears that Hook will soon share with the others the news of Neal’s presence on the island, SwanThief fans might be wise to worry about the pirate losing his latest (figurative!) grab of booty. As Colin O’Donoghue notes, “Hook spent 300 years looking for revenge because he lost one woman. Who knows what would happen to him if it happened again?” For the short-term, though, the sea captain won’t be making waves. “He is desperately trying his best to be a team player, to try and help save Henry. Because he now sees there’s more to life than that side of things,” the actor previews. That said, O’Donoghue warns, “It’s very easy to go back to old habits.”

Question: Got any good scoop on Witches of East End? —Ray

Ausiello: An upcoming episode will flash back 100 years to “reveal who Ingrid was then and why she is who is she is today,” previews Rachel Boston of her character’s previous lives, adding. “Because of the choices you make in another life, you’re still retaining that wisdom and information as you go into this life.”

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TV Ratings

Yet another full night of programming has come and gone on the major networks last night.

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

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [NEW] – 19 million
The Originals (The CW) [NEW] – 2 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 14.8 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 2.2 milion

10 PM Show:
Person of Interest (CBS) [NEW] 11.9 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:

7 PM:
Sleepy Hollow movie on Fox Movie Channel

8 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
Revolution on NBC (NEW)
Strike Back: Origins on Cinemax (Reair)
Castle on TNT

9 PM:
The Tomorrow People on The CW (NEW)
Full Circle on DirecTV (NEW)
Banshee on More Max (Reair)
Scandal on BET
Castle on TNT
NCIS: Los Angeles on USA Network

9:30 PM:
Full Circle on DirecTV (NEW)

10 PM:
Nashville on ABC (NEW)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Scandal on BET
Castle on TNT
NCIS: Los Angeles on USA Network

10:30 PM:
Dancing on the Edge mini on Starz (Reair)

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