Here are the news items for today:
Actress Toni Trucks (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2) will have a seres regular role in the TNT legal dramedy Franklin & Bash when it returns for its fourth season later this year. She will play Anita Herrera, the new recruit attorney for the Franklin & Bash offices, a tough, smart and attractive Georgetown lawyer with a great sense of humor who can hold her own with the big boys. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Jocko Sims (Crash) has been promoted to full-time status on the upcoming TNT drama The Last Ship that will revolve around the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic who must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Sims plays Dalton Burk, a charismatic, fit and tough Navy lieutenant in charge of Tac Group One. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) will have a major role in the NBC drama Hannibal, playing Mason Verger, an unstable wealthy patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) who begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the deadly serial killer. Hannibal will be back on NBC starting on February 28. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)
NBC has ordered two more episodes of the mid-season drama Chicago P.D., bringing the total to 15 episodes. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Damian Lewis (Homeland) is expected to play the role of King Henry VIII in the BBC Two and Masterpiece adaptation of the Hilary Mantel’s prize-winning historical fiction novel Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. (Nancy Tartaglione at Deadline)
Actor Matt McGorry (Orange Is The New Black) has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder from Shonda Rhimes that will center on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot. McGorry will play one of the students. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Mike Colter (The Good Wife and Ringer) has joined the cast of the TNT action-drama pilot Agent X that will star Sharon Stone as America’s first female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee and her secret weapon, Agent X (Jeff Hephner). Colter will play Speaker Of The House Miles Lathem, who is privy to Natalie’s secret responsibilities and charged with oversight of them. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS
French actress Carole Bouquet (the Bond franchise film For Your Eyes Only) and Christina Cole (Hex and What a Girl Wants) have joined the cast of the NBC four-hour mini-series Rosemary’s Baby that is an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. The mini will center on Rosemary Woodhouse (Zoe Saldana), a young wife and would-be mother who, with her husband Guy (Patrick J. Adams), who move into a Paris apartment that has a dark past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child. Bouquet will play Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary while Cole will play Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend. Jason Isaacs also co-stars. (The Deadline Team)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actor Chadwick Boseman (42 and Lincoln Heights) will appear in the box office film Gods Of Egypt that already includes Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Brenton Thwaites as part of the cast. The film is based on Egyptian mythology. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)
Actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have joined the cast of the much-buzzed-about Man of Steel sequel Superman vs. Batman. Eisenberg will assume the role of Lex Luthor while Irons will play Alfred, Batman’s loyal butler. (Adam B. Vary at Buzz Feed)
Q&A SECTION (with Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
Question: Could you please get some scoop on what’s coming up for “Captain Swan” in Once Upon a Time Season 3B? –Kim
Mitovich: As already hinted, Hook will have a tough time getting back in Emma’s good graces, especially given how their first NYC “reunion” went. “She will be very wary” of this stranger, co-creator Eddy Kitsis previews. “I mean, if someone knocked on your door wearing leather and guyliner and tried to kiss you…? He’s lucky he didn’t get a baseball bat to the head!” Adds Adam Horowitz: “Emma’s a tough cookie when she has her memories. So without them, it’s not going to an easy road for him.”
Question: This Once Upon a Time hiatus feels like forever! Got any scoop to help make the remaining month-plus wait more bearable? –Stefanie
Mitovich: If you’re in your mid-30s to early 40s and look like a young Richard Schiff, call your agent now. A flashback in Episode 18 — the same hour that brings back Rose McGowan’s Young Cora, hmm — will introduce us to Prince Leopold aka the man who will one day be Snow White’s father. The younger Leo is described as grounded, humble and not afraid to open his heart, coveting more from marriage than just a political arrangement. Interestingly, I hear that Rena Sofer will not reprise her role as Eva for this episode.
Question: What can you hint about the upcoming episodes of Scandal? –Lindsey
Mitovich: I got Darby Stanchfield to elaborate for me – a bit – on the scenes she recently filmed with a cast member she’d never worked with before. “It has to do with the other world, the White House world,” she said of the first-time pairing. “It’s a role that Abby’s not used to being in, but sometimes Olivia Pope is busy and short-staffed. so Abby’s got to step in. It made for some really nice scenes.”
Question: After this week’s almost-revelation on Teen Wolf, is there any romance (with boys or girls — how radical!) on the horizon for Stiles? –Emony
Mitovich: The answer is an emphatic yes. While last week’s scene pointed to a moment of questioning for Stiles, there will be one person in particular in Episode 20, titled “Echo House,” to whom Stiles finds a mutual attraction… and more.
Question: I’ll take anything you’ve got on Graceland, please. –Jess
Mitovich: For Season 2, the USA Network drama is casting the recurring roles of Kelly, an alcoholic who meets Briggs at AA (but has no idea of his link to her own tragic past), and Vera Walker, Mike’s new FBI supervisor… and perhaps more. You’ll also meet Zagurski, the Fed now laying claim to Mike’s Graceland room – unless, that is, Mike can convince his new boss to let him return to the house and hunt down a very big fish.
Question: I would love some scoop on my favorite show, Beauty and the Beast! –Larissa
Mitovich: Believe me when I say that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to archaelogist Sam (guest star Tom Everett Scott), whom we meet this Monday.
Question: What is going on with NCIS‘ Jimmy Palmer? It seems that the show has toned down his involvement this season. –Sherry
Mitovich: Show boss Gary Glasberg reminds, “We’ve had this [storyline] runner that we started, about his personal life and his wanting to adopt. That’ll continue through the season,” ultimately leading to “an emotional bit of closure.”
Question: The latest episode of the Tomorrow People was my favorite yet, mostly because it featured Astrid and John. Anything else coming up for them? –Mahika
Mitovich: I have no fresh scoop on John and Astrid. But Luke Mitchell did tell us that an upcoming episode will reveal how John met Cara.
Question: I am really into Reign on The CW. Any scoop? –Niki
Mitovich: The next handful of episodes will gradually remove the proverbial bag from the mysterious Clarissa’s face. “We’ll learn how it is that she’s rooted to this castle, who it is that she’s kind of related to, and we’ll learn a back story that even she doesn’t know — and that back-story will anger her,” says EP Laurie McCarthy. As for her protection of Mary, McCarthy says, “It’s a little bit like having the Mafia as your best friend. Her moral compass is not quite set at the right angle and when she perceives a slight, she reacts pretty violently.”
Question: I do have a major question about Revenge: Will we have a new flash-forward in Episode 14? –Michael
Mitovich: Though showrunner Sunil Nayar had (long ago) told us he was considering possibly dropping a new “WTF Just Happened?” flash-forward teaser at midseason, it would appear he elected not to. Instead, I am told, the midseason premiere (airing March 9 at 10/9c) picks up right where the finale left off.
That’s it. Enjoy!