Here are the news items for today:
Child actor-turned mom and DIY author Soleil Moon Frye (of Punky Brewster fame) will make a guest appearance on the ABC summer series Mistresses, playing a version of herself: a potential celebrity client for Joss’s (series regular Jess Macallan) new party planning business that she started with Harry (Brett Tucker). Mistresses will air on ABC sometime this summer. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)
Actor Max Brown (Beauty And the Beast, The Tudors and MI-5) had landed the lead role in the upcoming 13-episode FOX action-adventure series Hieroglyph that follows Ambrose (Brown), a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Aidan Turner (UK’s Being Human and The Hobbit Trilogy) will star in the BBC One 8-part adaptation Poldark, which is based on the Winston Graham acclaimed saga set in 18th-century Cornwall, Britain. It’s 1783 and Ross Poldark (Turner) returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape. Production will take place in April with the airing set for 2015. It has not been announced if BBC America will air this production in the US, though. (Debs Hunt at Inside Media Track)
Actor Riley Smith (90210 and Beauty And the Beast) will have a major recurring role in True Blood for its seventh and finale season, playing Keith, a sexy rock’n’roll vampire with a romantic side. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (Grimm and The House of Sand and Fog) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Bones, playing the mother of Arastoo (Cam’s boyfriend). (Michael O’Connell at The Hollywood Reporter)
Actress Danielle Savre (Heroes) and actor Stephen Martines (The Vampire Diaries and The Closer) have joined the cast of The CW spin-off pilot Supernatural: Tribes. The potential series revolves around the various mafia-esque monster families that unknowingly to humans “run” the underbelly of Chicago and are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural. Savre will play Margo, the acting head of the leading shape shifter family, an ex-punk rocker-turned-corporate professional who feels threatened only by the return of her prodigal brother David (Nathaniel Buzolic from The Vampire Diaries) into the family. Martines will play Detective Freddie Costa, a world-weary Chicago cop who serves as a mentor to Ennis (Lucien Laviscount from Episodes and Skins) but also is secretly on the payroll of one of the powerful monster families. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Kyle Schmid (Copper) has landed the lead role opposite Meagan Good (Deception) in the NBC drama pilot called Babylon Fields that is about a town’s residents who come back from the dead. Schmid will play Thomas Wunch who works for the CDC as a scientist and is Janine’s (Good) first love. (The Deadline Team)
Actress Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls and Scandal) has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot How To Get Away With Murder, which centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Viola Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Weil will play one of the professor’s two associates. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Irish actor Stephen Hagan (BBC’s Injustice) has joined the cast of The CW drama pilot Identity that centers on Mia (Ahna O’Reilly from The Help), a young New Yorker who learns she needs an organ transplant to survive and her only living relative is a newfound half-brother, Davis (Matt Barr from Hellcats and Hatfields and McCoys), the charming, privileged only son of a wealthy and powerful Charleston family. She connects with them only to find they’re the target of a CIA investigation for involvement in domestic terrorism, and the agency wants her as their newest informant. Hagan will play Jasper, Davis’ handsome, mysterious, and magnetic best friend who has chemistry with Mia from the moment the meet. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Brian F. O’Byrne (FlashForward) has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot Exposed that revolves around a dogged investigative reporter who is open to making questionable alliances in pursuit of stories. Details on what role he will play have not been announced yet. (Cynthia Littleton at Variety)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actor Matthew Morrison (Glee) has landed the lead role in the upcoming musical theatre project called Finding Neverland, which is based on the 2004 film of the same name that starred Johnny Depp that focuses on the growing bond between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family who inspired him to create Peter Pan. Morrison will play Barrie. (The Deadline Team)
Actor Patrick Wilson (The Watchmen and A Gifted Man) has joined the cast of the upcoming box office film Ant-Man that will star Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena. Specific details on what role Wilson will play have not been released yet. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)
Q&A SECTION (with TV Scoop Team)
Question: Tell me more about this shocking Once Upon a Time twist!! Dying to know who else is related. – Monica T.
TV Scoop Team: We will find out that two main characters are related, and because they are related, that means that two other characters are also related. Your brain hurt yet? Ours too. Still, we think this twist is one of the best OUAT has ever had.
Question: We need to start getting some answers on Red’s connection to Liz on The Blacklist! – Frank
TV Scoop Team: Come on, we all know patience is a virtue. “That’s the central relationship in the show, so the whole entire series is going to be about unraveling that mystery and there are different stages of that unraveling,” Megan Boone tells E! News of Liz and Red’s connection while accepting the Rising Star Award at Savannah College of Art and Design’s aTVfest in Atlanta. “It’s not a question that can be answered in one simple yes or no.” But she previews that we will get some answers by season’s end, as well as “a lot” of Tom and Liz stuff in the next string of episodes
Question: Anything on Teen Wolf’s finale? This season has been pretty epic so far! – Thomas
TV Scoop Team: Only the show’s best (and most gorgeous) scene yet. “There’s a fight scene that occurs in the snow. We were all really worried about how it would play, and it looks amazing, and we’re really happy about it,” Jeff Davis previews of the season finale sequence, which you can get a taste of here. “It involves a lot of our leads, so it’s pretty epic. There’s an epic fight scene in the snow that’s a lot of swords clashing.” Bonus scoop: a fan favorite might just be missing by season’s end.
That’s it. Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!!