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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actress Frances Fisher (Resurrection) will appear in the final season of The Killing, which has landed over at Netflix. Fisher will play the estranged mom of Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos). (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actress Diane Farr (Numb3rs and Rescue Me) will guest star in an upcoming episode of the USA Network long-running drama Royal Pains, playing Annie, a private investigator who is stricken by mysterious symptoms during an investigation. She fears her illness will prevent her from solving the most important case of her career. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

Actor Sebastian Roche (The Vampire Diaries) will appear in several episodes of Scandal, but no official details have been released on who he will be playing in the ABC drama. (Andy Swift at TV Line)

TV TRAILER

Halt and Catch Fire First Trailer: Lee Pace Wages Tech War in New AMC Drama

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Actor Ryan Devlin (Cougar Town Veronica Mars Season 3) has landed a recurring role on The CW drama pilot Jane the Virgin, which is based on the successful Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. The pilot centers on Jane (Gina Rodriguez), a hardworking religious girl who, due to a series of outrageous events, is accidentally artificially inseminated. Devlin will play Andre, the brother of Jane’s boyfriend, a trouble-maker holding on to some secrets. (The Deadline Team)

ONLINE SERIES NEWS

Amazon Studios has given a second season order to its comedy series Alpha House and has also given the greenlight to four new shows, including the following:

The After, which comes from Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files. The online series will follow 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 are Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Adrian Pasdar (Heroes), Jamie Kennedy (The Ghost Whisperer) and Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue).

Bosch, which is based on the Michael Connelly bestselling book series about a relentless LAPD homicide detective, starring Titus Welliver (Lost and The Good Wife) and Annie Wersching (24 and Revolution). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

The animated film Frozen has now surpassed Toy Story 3 as the number 1 animated film ever with an unbelievable 1.072 billion dollars worldwide. (Nancy Tartaglione at Deadline)

Warner Bros. is launching a trilogy of films based on the Harry Potter spin-off book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Even the fictional book featured in one of the franchise films is only 54-pages long, the plan is to make three films set initially in New York seven decades before the start of Harry Potter’s story, following magizoologist Newt Scamander. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

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

1. Noah – 44 million
2. Divergent – 26.5 million
3. Muppets Most Wanted – 11.4 million
4. Mr. Peabody & Sherman – 9.5 million
5. God’s Not Dead – 9.1 million
6. The Grant Budapest Hotel – 8.8 million
7. Sabotage – 5.3 million
8. Need for Speed – 4.3 million
9. 300: Rise of An Empire – 4.3 million
10. Non-Stop – 4.1 million

Q&A SECTION (with Leanne Aguilera at E! Online)

Question: So excited that Kate is coming back to Teen Wolf! But what is she?! – Danielle

Leanne: Jeff Davis, take it away! “She’s…well, I guess I should let it stay secret. I won’t tell you! [Laughs.] But she’s specific and there’s a reason for it.” He adds, “We are really excited about Kate. We’re excited about making her a really powerful villain, about her relationships with both Argent and Derek, and now what she does now that both she and Peter are resurrected.”

Question: Anything on The Blacklist? It’s on fire lately, but I need even more answers about Tom! – Gregory

Leanne: Patience, grasshopper! “There are definitely answers coming at the end of the season, it’s not just going to be questions forever,” Ryan Eggold promises, adding that Tom is “at the point of no return. There’s no going back.” Oh, and prepare to see him improvise a lot when Liz unexpectedly brings his “brother” to town for a surprise visit for their vow renewal ceremony.

Question: I was so excited to hear that you guys are big Orphan Black fans, too! Got any news on my favorite clone Allison?

Leanne: You have no idea how deep our Clone Club devotion goes. In fact, in case you haven’t heard, it’s Orphan Black week on E! Online! We’re rolling out a new and exclusive video each and every day this week to get you all as pumped as we are for season two. (And in case you missed it check out our first two videos here and here!) Alison is going to be having a hilariously hard time in her suburban sanctuary when the BBC America hit returns. So what is her emotional outlet? The local community center play, of course! We love you, Allison, but after witnessing your opening night, maybe you should just stick to scrapbooking…

Question: I need that Emison scoop from your Pretty Little Liars interviews! – EmisonLoverr

Leanne: We hate to potentially burst your bubble, but it looks like there could be another fish swimming in Emily’s pond of pretty ladies. In season five, fans will be introduced to Sydney, a newbie on the Rosewood High swim team who is both friendly and easy on the eyes. Could Emily be abandoning both Alison and Paige for a newer model?! We caught up with Shay Mitchell for a little relationship update: “For the Paige and Emily fans, I would say to hold tight. Nothing’s ever said and done. And I will say to the Emison fans, you never know what could happen again. So stay tuned.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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While the major networks, for the most part, are still running their annual pilot season throughout the first few months of the year that could all be changing in the very near future. In the meantime, though, let’s take a look at what each of the major networks have in the works for this coming fall’s TV season.

First, here are the dramas that ABC has under consideration and my opinions on which dramas may or may not get picked up:

Agatha: A former convict turned big city criminologist is brought in to help local police crack a case involving a perplexing disappearance. The chief detective she’s been hired to help is her father – and they haven’t talked in fifteen years.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Tom Donaghy (Without a Trace), Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy)

CAST: Bojana Novakovic (Rake), Erik Palladino (NCIS: Los Angeles), Aaron Ashmore (Veronica Mars, Smallville and Warehouse 13), Clancy Brown (Sleepy Hollow), Meta Golding (The Tomorrow People), Daniel Henney (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Revolution), Jee Young Han (the web series City of Dreams) and Christian Keyes (Beauty And the Beast)

American Crime: Set in California’s Central Valley, the pilot centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the victims, the accused and their families.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: John Ridley (The Wanda Sykes Show, Third Watch)

CAST: Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses), Benito Martinez (The Shield and Supernatural), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), Elvis Nolasco (Oldboy), Caitlin Gerard (The Social Network), Richard Cabral (Southland) and newcomer Johnny Ortiz

Clementine: A habitual criminal digs into the mystery of her origins after she becomes the target of a group of zealots who fear she possesses latent supernatural abilities that she will one day harness for either profound good or monstrous evil.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate), Ilene Staple and Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy)

CAST: David Strathairn (Alphas), Australian newcomer Sarah Snook, Edwin Hodge (The Purge), Kevin Alejandro (Arrow), Kathleen Munroe (Alphas, Stargate Universe and Resurrection), Mykelti Williamson (Justified) and Nick Gehlfuss (Shameless)

Exposed: Adapted from Liza Marklund’s best-selling novels, it centers on an investigative journalist who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, including making questionable alliances.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Charles Randolph (Love & Other Drugs), Peter Traugott (Samantha Who?) and Rachel Kaplan (Do No Harm)

CAST: Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (A Good Day to Die Hard), Brian F. O’Byrne (FlashForward), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia franchise), Sandrine Holt (House of Cards and Hostages), Pedro Pascal (Graceland and The Good Wife) and Peter De Jersey (Broadchurch)

Forever: Dr. Henry Morgan is New York City’s star medical examiner, but what no one knows is Henry studies the dead for a reason: He is immortal. With the help of detective Jo Martinez, the show peels back the layers of Henry’s colorful and long life through their cases.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Matthew Miller (Chuck), Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars)

CAST: Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four and Ringer), Alana de la Garza (Law & Order), Joel David Moore (Bones), Barbara Eve Harris (CSI), Donnie Keshawarz (Damages and The Sopranos) and Judd Hirsch (Taxi)

How to Get Away With Murder: A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that will rock the entire university and change the course of their lives.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Nowalk (all from Grey’s Anatomy)

CAST: Viola Davis (The Help), Tom Verica (The Nine), Lisa Weil (Gilmore Girls and Scandal), Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries), Billy Brown (Hostages), Charlie Weber (90210), Aja Naomi King (Emily Owens, M.D.), Matt McGorry (Orange Is The New Black), Jack Falahee (Twisted), Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter franchise) and Karla Souza (Instructions Not Included)

Sea of Fire: When three teenage girls star in a pornographic film, it tears their families apart and leads to a disappearance, a murder and host of other secrets boiling under the surface in a small town. This pilot is based on the Dutch series Vuurzee.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Jenna Bans (Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy), Alon Aranya (Betrayal and Hostages), David Hoberman (Monk), Todd Lieberman (The Fighter) and Laurie Zaks (Castle)

CAST: Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Jack Davneport (Smash), Christina Chang (Nashville), Jeffrey Nordling (Body of Proof and Killer Women), Amanda Detmer (Necessary Roughness), Michael Trucco (Killer Women and Battlestar Galactica), Kevin G. Schmidt (“The Young and the Restless and Unnatural History), Lilli Birdsell (Geek Charming), Isabelle Cornish (Home and Away), Zoe Soul (Prisoners), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara) and Morgan Taylor Campbell (Spooksville)

The Visitors: Based on a Ray Bradbury short story, the pilot chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Dawn Olmstead (Prison Break), Soo Hugh (Under the Dome), Darryl Frank (Falling Skies and The Americans), Justin Falvey (Las Vegas and Smash) and Steven Spielberg

CAST: Barry Sloane (Revenge), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Brianna Brown (Devious Maids), Derek Webster (Revolution), Catalina Denis (The Assets) and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf (Being Human)

Untitled Richard LaGravenese Project: Set in New York City, it revolves around the love and rivalry between two equally matched, powerful socialites who play out their obsessive attraction and seduction of each other through their manipulation of others.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King), Erwin Stoff (The Matrix) and Wren Arthur (A Prairie Home Companion)

CAST: Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour, Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek), Melissa George (Alias, Hunted, Grey’s Anatomy), Britne Oldford (Ravenswood), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Smash) and Oded Fehr (The Mummy franchise and Covert Affairs)

Warriors: The series will follow the best and brightest of active duty military doctors and nurses as they practice trailblazing medicine on critically wounded warriors returning home from Afghanistan, on military families and veterans, as well as administering to Washington’s government elite.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Chris Keyser (Party of Five), David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman (The Fighter) and Laurie Zaks (Castle)

CAST: Eloise Mumford (The River and Lone Star); Courtney B. Vance (FlashForward), Morena Baccarin (Homeland and Firefly), Greg Grunberg (Felicity, Alias and Heroes), Abbie Cobb (Suburgatory), Justina Machado (The Fosters), Australian actor Don Hany (Underbelly), Steve Kazee (Tony winner for Broadway’s Once) and newcomer Hampton Fluker

MOST LIKELY TO BE PICKED-UP: How To Get Away With Murder (simply because of Viola Davis alone)

COULD MAYBE GET AN ORDER: Clementine

LONG SHOT (but it sure would be cool to see it): The Visitors

RIP-OFF OF THE SEASON: Forever (does anyone remember New Amsterdam? No?! Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones played an immortal man too and that show didn’t last long at all)

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: Untitled Richard LaGravenese Project

ABC has also already given an order for three direct-to-series dramas that include the following:

Secrets & Lies – This 10-episode drama will focus on a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. He has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation, and his sanity are all at stake.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Barbie Kligman (Private Practice and The Vampire Diaries) and Aaron Kaplan (Terra Nova)

CAST: Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions), Juliette Lewis (The Firm), KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Clifton Collins (Red Widow), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) and Australian actress Indiana Evans (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening)

Joanna Garcia

The Astronaut Wives Club – This is a 10-episode series that will debut on July 24, telling the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.

UPDATE: The Astronaut Wives Club has been pushed back with production now set to start this fall and the series not debuting until mid-season of the 2014-2015 TV season.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl), Josh Schwartz (Chuck) and Michael London (Sideways and The Illusionist)

CAST: JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time), Azure Parsons (True Detective) and Zoe Boyle (Breathless)

The Club – The 13-episode series will be an upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club.

THOSE BEHIND THE SHOW: Susannah Grant (A Gifted Man), Sarah Timberman (Unforgettable and A Gifted Man) and Carl Beverly (Elementary and Justified)

CAST: Callie Hernandez (Sin City 2), Betsy Brandt (The Michael J. Fox Show), Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers) and newcomer Chris Conroy

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TV Ratings

It was a full night of programming on the major networks last night with all of the Sunday dramas airing new episodes.

Here is how the Sunday night shows fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 6.5 million

9 PM Shows:
The Good Wife (CBS) [NEW – Delayed] – 10.4 million
Resurrection (ABC) [NEW] – 8.2 million
Believe (NBC) [NEW] – 4.8 million

10 PM Shows:
The Mentalist (CBS) [NEW – Delayed] – 9.5 million
Revenge (ABC) [NEW] – 5.2 million
Crisis (NBC) [NEW] – 4.3 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Here is a list of the programming options to expect on TV this week:

On April 4, Continuum will return for its third season on Syfy at 10 PM while the resurrected CBS drama Unforgettable will be back on CBS at 8 PM.

The Hallmark Channel movie Lucky in Love will debut at 7 PM on April 5. For Mira Simon (Jessica Szohr from Gossip Girl) it feels like a prank when all of her dreams start coming true on April Fool’s Day. An April Fool, however, she is not: after three of her own tricks materialize, Mira finds herself promoted to the perfect job, dating the perfect man and living in the perfect home. Her huge promotion even allows her to work directly with her professional hero, CEO Erin Billings (Deidre Hall) and her friend, Jonah (Benjamin Hollingsworth from Signed Sealed Delivered), on a massive social media website relaunch. Even though it’s the life she’s always dreamed of, Mira starts to realize that actually living this dream is much harder than she imagined.

On April 6, the new AMC period piece Turn will air its 90-minute series debut at 9 PM. Set in the summer of 1778, this new series tells the story of New York farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell from Billy Elliot), 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.

Also on April 6, Game of Thrones will be back for a new season on HBO at 9 PM.

Mark your calendars!

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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:
X-Men: First Class movie on FX
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie on HBO Family

7:15 PM:
50 First Dates movie on Starz

7:25 PM:
Taken 2 movie on HBO

8 PM:
Star-Crossed on The CW (NEW)
Bones on FOX (NEW)
Bitten on Syfy (NEW)
Castle on TNT
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on ABC Family
Geek Charming movie on Disney
Wanted movie on FXX

9 PM:
The Tomorrow People on The CW (NEW)
Being Human on Syfy (NEW)
Dallas on TNT (NEW)
Iron Man 3 movie on Starz

10 PM:
Intelligence on CBS (NEW – Finale)
Lost Girl on Syfy (NEW)
Shooter movie on AMC

10:01 PM:
The Blacklist on NBC (NEW)
Dallas on TNT (Encore)
Castle on ABC (Reair)

Enjoy!

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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:

5:30 PM:
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on ABC Family

6 PM:
Just Desserts movie on Hallmark
Montana Sky movie on Lifetime

7 PM:
Leverage on ION
NCIS on USA Network
The Red Road mini-series on Sundance (Reair)
Ice Age 3 (animated) movie on Fox Movie Channel
Ice Age 4 (animated) movie on HBO Family

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
Call the Midwife mini-series on PBS (Season Premiere)
The Red Road mini-series on Sundance (Reair)
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)
Leverage on ION
NCIS on USA Network
Despicable Me (animated) movie on Disney
A Crush on You movie on Hallmark
National Treasure: Book of Secrets movie on TNT

8:42 PM:
Captain America: The First Avenger movie on FX

9 PM:
Resurrection on ABC (NEW)
Believe on NBC (NEW)
Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime (NEW)
Mr. Selfridge movie on PBS (Two-Hour Season Premiere)
The Red Road mini-series on Sundance (Reair)
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)
Leverage on ION
NCIS on USA Network
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, Part 2 movie on ABC Family
42 movie on HBO Family
Silver Linings Playbook movie on TMC

9:45 PM:
Born on the 4th of July movie on Flix

10 PM:
Crisis on NBC (NEW)
When Calls the Heart on Hallmark (Reair)
Leverage on ION
NCIS on USA Network
The Dark Knight Rises movie on Cinemax
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie on Starz

10:01 PM:
Revenge on ABC (NEW)

Enjoy!

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The final part of the second week of Paley Fest 2014 ran its course over the last four days with the following panels taking to the stage at the Dolby Theatre in the heart of Hollywood:

The Mindy Project – March 25
Community – March 26
Veep – March 27
American Horror Story: Coven – March 28

Here is a look at the above panels in picture form thanks to the photography of Dominick Dusseault.

ENJOY!

The Mindy Project

Community

Veep

American Horror Story: Coven

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