Here are the news items for today and yesterday:
WE TV has cancelled their first original scripted series The Divide. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actor Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) will have a recurring role on the NBC medical drama The Night Shift, which will be back for its second season sometime next year. He will play Dr. Joey Chavez, the newly hired night call trauma surgeon at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. He is an Air Force vet that served in Iraq whose personal experiences have led him to investigate his cases with an Eastern medicine perspective. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
Actress Kelly Reilly (Black Box and the Sherlock Holmes movies) and actor Michael Irby (Almost Human and The Unit) have landed series regular roles on the HBO drama True Detective for its second season. Meanwhile, actresses Abigail Spencer (Suits) and Leven Rambin (The Tomorrow People and The Hunger Games) will have recurring roles in the series that will star Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch. The story revolves around three police officers and a career criminal who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. (Sydney Bucksbaum at E! Online)
AMC will air the John le Carre small screen adaptation of The Night Manager as a 6- to 8-part mini-series that will star Hugh Laurie (House) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor/Avengers films). Hiddleston will play former British soldier Jonathan Pine, now a hotel night auditor, who is pitted against Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), a black market dealer. (Esther Zuckerman at Entertainment Weekly)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
The small screen drama Magic City (from Mitch Glazer) is heading for the big screen with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston returning and being joined by Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Kelly Lynch. (Dave McNary at Variety)
Q&A SECTION (with Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)
Question: Can you offer up any scoop on Scandal? — Jen
Natalie: Plenty of familiar faces will make an appearance in the mid-season finale, but one guest star will shock all. I can’t divulge the identity of said person, I can say you will be surprised by his or her return.
Question: I’ll admit that I’m happy that Tom Keen is still alive on The Blacklist, but why the heck would Liz keep him alive? — Tanya
Natalie: I’ll let Megan Boone take this one: “She decided to keep Tom alive because it was in a misguided effort to reclaim her dignity and her power,” she says. “She was so mislead by him. Ultimately, she was made a fool. There will be suggestions in upcoming episodes that she may still have feelings for him, but these are not simple acts of trying to rekindle a romance. She held him prisoner for months and denies him medical care and proper nutrients and everything. This is something much more complicated. It has much more to do with ego than heart.”
Question: Any details on the upcoming Castle wedding? — Tara
Natalie: When Castle finds himself in an alternate universe where Beckett doesn’t know him, it makes him realize what’s truly important. But don’t worry: They tie the knot in real life, not the alternate universe. So rest assured that this is actually happening. “[The ceremony] isn’t going to be like their last wedding,” executive producer David Amann says. “It comes together in a slightly more hasty fashion. But that being said, it’s incredibly romantic and moving, and I think the fans are really going to feel like it’s the culmination of 6-plus seasons of this relationship.”
Question: Can you tell us ANYTHING about Supernatural’s 200th episode, other than it being “musical-ish”? — Danielle
Natalie: As most of you know by now, the 200th is all about the fans, who will be putting on a show of the Carver Edlund books during the episode. “Meta-fans are kind of saluting Sam and Dean, which allows them to kind of salute back,” Jared Padalecki explains. Adds Jensen Ackles: “It’s walking into a theater and seeing your life in pictures before you, but it’s from the perspective of the fans of the series.” Perhaps the most intriguing tease is this Ackles claim: “[Jared] and I are the only men in the whole episode, save one person.” Please let it be Chuck. Please let it be Chuck.
Question: The Snow Queen was Emma’s foster mom on Once Upon a Time?! — Michelle
Natalie: Crazy, right? The show will delve further into their relationship in the past soon. “She’s been looking for [Emma],” Elizabeth Mitchell teases, cautioning that an incident will drive an obvious wedge between the two—hence Emma not remembering her former foster mom. In the present, “we will absolutely get into how she landed [in Storybrooke],” Mitchell promises.
Question: What’s next for Clarke on The 100? — Brynn
Natalie: After discovering Anya (Dichen Lachman) was being held prisoner by the Mountain Men—they’re using Grounder blood to cure their ailments—Clarke will suspect they were “saved” for similar reasons. “It’s all about getting the hell out of there,” Eliza Taylor tells me. “Clarke will do almost anything to do that. The episode is her and Anya begrudgingly having to team up to get to safety. They work together terribly. Now that she’s escaping, what she’s thinking about is how to get the other 47 kids out of there.” That won’t be easy, since Anya has other plans if and when they do get out.
That’s it. Enjoy!