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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

FOX has cancelled the freshman drama Almost Human. (Alex Stedman at Variety)

Actor Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho) has joined the ABC period drama The Astronaut Wives Club that will follow a group of women who support their star-bound husbands during the 1960s space race. Mitchell will play Wisconsin farm boy and WWII flyer Deke Slayton, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts. When a medical condition prevents him from going into space, he becomes a powerful voice in the space program. The cast of this 2015 series JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time), Odette Annable (House) and Desmond Harrington (Dexter) [among others]. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Syfy has announced their new slate of programming, which includes:

Killjoys, a 10-episode adventure drama series (from Michelle Lovretta, the creator of Lost Girl) that follows a fun-loving, hard-living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war.

Clone, an adaptation of the graphic novel, will follow a retired soldier drawn into a vast conspiracy after he finds his home burglarized by his own clone;

Ronin, another adaptation of the DC Comics series of the same name, which will be done as a mini-series;

Letter 44, based on the Oni Press comic series, that involves a newly minted POTUS’ discovery of a NASA-supervised alien construction project in outer space;

Pax Romana, a mini-series based on the graphic novel by Jonathan Hickman, is about a Special Forces team that travels back in time to Ancient Rome on the eve of World War III to “fix” the future by altering the past.

The Magicians, based on the popular fantasy novels by Lev Grossman, will be a drama series that follows a group of 20-somethings in New York who study magic and discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is real and poses a grave danger to Earth; and,

Ascension – This six-hour event series will star Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) as Viondra Denniger. The series will follow what happened in 1963 when the U.S. government launched a covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line, The Wrap, The Hollywood Reporter, Nellie Andreeva at Deadline and James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

TV TRAILER

First Trailer: The New CBS Summer Drama Extant

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Andy Garcia has joined the cast of the upcoming box office film Max Steel, the live-action film based on the Mattel toy line that will center on teenager Max McGrath and his alien companion Steel, who combine special turbo-energy powers to become the superhero Max Steel. Garcia will play Dr. Miles Edwards, a brilliant and mysterious scientist. (The Deadline Team)

Actor Rob Lowe has joined the cast of the upcoming live-action/animation hybrid feature film called Monster Trucks that already includes Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan, Lucas Till, Holt McCallany, Thomas Lennon, and Barry Pepper in its cast. Plot details about the film, though, are being kept under wraps. (Jen Yamato at Deadline)

Actor Ioan Gruffudd (Ringer and The Fantastic Four franchise) will join actor Dwayne Johnson and actress Carla Gugino in the box office film San Andreas that will star Johnson as a former Special Ops firefighter scouring a post-quake California for his ex-wife and daughter. Gruffudd will play Daniel Reddick, a wealthy real estate developer who’s engaged to Johnson’s ex-wife (Gugino). (Jen Yamato at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Question: What’s up with Chloe’s look on 24: Live Another Day? — Jessica

Natalie: Isn’t that what all computer hackers look like? In all seriousness, it’s not just Chloe’s work with a WikiLeaks-like organization called Red Sect that causes the personal transformation. “She’s also suffered a personal tragedy,” Mary Lynn Rajskub teases. “She’s in a lot of pain and [is] angry, and that’s reflected in her look.” But Chloe has also undergone an emotional makeover. In other words, she might not be so eager to be Jack Bauer’s right-hand girl. “When she realizes what he wants from her, she’s very angry,” Rajskub says. “They don’t see eye-to-eye. She’s questioning him more than she has, and for the first time, she has words with him.”

Question: I need some Blacklist scoop! — Mark

Natalie: As the promos tease, Berlin is not a place, but the person who has been targeting Red all along. The good news: Red will finally learn Berlin’s identity when he literally falls from the sky. The bad news: Berlin also has a connection to Tom, who unfortunately has orders to kill Liz. We know Tom and Liz’s marriage was all a sham, but will he actually be able to pull the trigger?

Question: I’m excited for Michael Huisman to be on Orphan Black. Do you know what he’ll be doing? — Clark

Natalie: He plays a rough outdoorsman named Cal whose spotty history with Sarah will be revealed when he’s forced to help Sarah, Felix and Kira while they’re on the run. Needless to say, Cal’s none too happy to have Sarah back in his life — especially when she drops some life-changing news on him.

Question: Anything Arrow, but preferably about Roy. — Rosaline, via Twitter

Natalie: Unfortunately, Roy will remain in a venom-induced coma for several episodes as Team Arrow attempts to track down the cure. “The cure is not only the means to salvage Roy, but it’s also the means to stop Slade,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. Although Roy will be awake by the finale, the team will grapple with whether or not to reveal that Roy killed someone during his Mirakuru rage — a decision that I hear will come back to haunt them in Season 3.

Question: Any Covert Affairs scoop? — Carl

Natalie: There’s a new figure in Arthur and Joan’s lives — and we’re not talking about baby MacKenzie! Arthur will get a gig working for Ryan McQuaid (new regular Nicholas Bishop), a Navy SEAL-turned-private contractor billionaire, and his right-hand woman Caitlyn Cooper (Perrey Reeves from Entourage) will be quite, uh, welcoming toward Arthur. I mean, who wouldn’t invite your new colleague to discuss mission strategies over wine?

That’s it. Enjoy!

PS: I will be on a mini-vacation starting tomorrow and the entertainment updates for the next few days will be grouped either on Friday or Monday.

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TV RatingsIt was a very busy night of programming on the major networks last night.

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

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [NEW] – 17 million
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) [NEW] – 5.5 million
Glee (FOX) [NEW] – 2.4 million
The Originals (The CW) [NEW] – 1.7 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 14.8 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW – Introduction of Potential Supernatural: Bloodlines Spin-Off] – 2.1 million

10 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [NEW] – 11.2 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 7.2 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:

8 PM:
Arrow on The CW (NEW)
Revolution on NBC (NEW)
Scandal on BET
NCIS on USA Network
Lemonade Mouth movie on Disney

9 PM:
The 100 on The CW (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO Signature (Reair)
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)
Burn Notice on ION
Scandal on BET
NCIS on USA Network

10 PM:
Nashville on ABC (NEW – Return)
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
Burn Notice on ION
Scandal on BET
NCIS on USA Network
Notting Hill movie on TMC

10:01 PM:
Chicago P.D. on NBC (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

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

TELEVISION

Sundance TV has renewed The Red Road for a second season. It will return with six episodes sometime in 2015. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

A&E has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order for an adaptation of the acclaimed French drama The Returned with Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel and Lost) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood) as writers/executive producers. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

NOTE: Quite frankly, we don’t need an adaptation of this series. The original will be far better and network TV already has a less-than-stellar version of this story in the form of Resurrection that will be ending on ABC next weekend. Just my opinion.

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS

FOX has announced they will broadcast the first-ever three-hour LIVE production of Grease in 2015. Casting has to be made, but the made-for-TV movie musical will feature a young ensemble cast. (The Futon Critic)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Casting for the new Star Wars film has been announced with actors John Boyega (Attack the Block and 24: Live Another Day), Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time); relative newcomer Daisy Ridley, actor Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings franchise) as well as veteran Max von Sydow joining original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. The movie is set to open worldwide on December 18, 2015. (StarWars.com)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

It was a mostly full night of programming on the major networks last night.

Here is how all of the Monday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Star-Crossed (The CW) [NEW] – 870,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
The Following (FOX) [Finale] – 4.8 million
The Tomorrow People (The CW) [NEW] – 900,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 10.9 million
Castle (ABC) [NEW] – 10.1 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:
Spider-Man 2 movie on FX
Easy A movie on FXX

7:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on ABC Family

8 PM:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC (NEW)
NCIS on CBS (NEW)
The Originals on The CW (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)
National Treasure movie on Encore

9 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (NEW)
Supernatural on The CW (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)

10 PM:
Chicago Fire on NBC (NEW)
Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz (Reair)

10:01 PM:
Person of Interest on CBS (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor Columbus Short, whose character Harrison Wright has been on the show since season 1, will not be returning for Scandal‘s upcoming fourth season. The series has not officially been renewed yet, but it is pretty much a given that it will be. (Sandra Gonzalez at Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Jake Weber (Medium) has joined the cast of the AMC western drama Hell on Wheels where he will play Harlan Fell, the chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad. AMC renewed the series for a fourth season this past November and it will return this summer for an expanded 13-episode season. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

TV SERIES TRAILER

Hot TV Trailer: HBO’s The Leftovers

MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS

FOX is jumping into the TV musical arena with the announcement they will put on a three-hour live presentation of Grease sometime in 2015. (Whitney Friedlander at Variety)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Jude Law will join actor Colin Firth and actress Nicole Kidman in the upcoming box office film called Genius that will recount the relationship between literary icon Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth) that changed both men forever. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

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

1. The Other Woman – 24.7 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 16 million
3. Heaven Is for Real – 13.8 million
4. Rio 2 – 13.6 million
5. Brick Mansions – 9.6 million
6. Transcendence – 4.1 million
7. The Quite Ones = 4 million
8. Bears – 3.606 million
9. Divergent – 3.600 million
10. A Haunted House 2 – 3.2 million

Q&A SECTION (with TV Scoop Team at E! Online)

Question: Give us some scoop on Supernatural (please)? – Brandon T.

TV Scoop Team: Prepare for a Supernatural first and a major cliffhanger in the finale. “We leave our guys in a situation they’ve never faced before, which after nine seasons, it kind of narrows it down a little bit,” supervising producer Andrew Dabb teases. “I think once they see the last frame of the last episode, I think people are going to be incredibly excited for Season 10.”

Question: Got any Pretty Little Liars secrets you can spill? – Benzoholic345

TV Scoop Team: Ah, you caught us, we always carry pretty little spoilers in our fanny pack. (Hey, don’t judge—they’re still cool!)As you know, creator Marlene King already spilled that a PLL movie is the goal, but just when will that happen? ABC Family has already renewed the dark drama for a fifth season, but could that be the end of our Rosewood residents on the small screen? “I don’t think the end of season five is the end of our story,” King says. “We know what that ending is already and it definitely sets us up for some more stories to tell in season six, but of course we have to rely on ABC Family for that, but I think they’ll think so too.” Are you excited for more potential PLL seasons?!

Question: I’m obsessed with Under the Dome, please tell me that I’m not alone? – Joseph

TV Scoop Team: Heck no! We found ourselves trapped by all the soapy-goodness last summer and we’ve got some brand new scoop on what’s ahead. Prepare to meet Hunter, he’s a confident teen who is particularly savvy when it comes to all things technology. He’ll definitely be helping out our dome detainees in season two to warn you—don’t get on his bad side!

Question: I’m stoked that Awkward is back, but I’m just waiting for Jenna to screw up her life again. Got any info on what’s ahead? – Sydney

TV Scoop Team: Jenna may be a ticking time bomb of bad choices, but Natalie sure isn’t! Who is Natalie, you ask? She’s a sexy single mom in her late twenties who helps give one P.V. senior his sexy mojo back at a New Year’s Eve party. (But we’re not spilling who!) We’ll be seeing a lot from Natalie in future episodes, so you better start learning to like her now…

Question: My mind is still blown from Saturday’s episode of Orphan Black. Helena is a…what?! – Emma

TV Scoop Team: Spoiler Alert: She’s a mirror twin! Her internal organs are the exact opposite of Sarah’s—pretty wild right? We chatted with Orphan Black’s genius creators to get the scoop on this twist. Graeme Mason explains, “Somewhere along in my research I discovered what a mirror twin was, and I told John and we both just flipped and said ‘That’s it!'” Executive producer John Fawcett adds, “It’s perfect because Sarah and Helena are kind of a yin/yang thing, and that worked exactly for our concept. And we loved it as a reveal for season two. We had never ever had any plans to dispatch of Helena.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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