Here are the news items for today and yesterday:
Actress Rachael Taylor (Crisis, 666 Park Avenue and Charlie’s Angels) will appear in the Netflix original superhero series Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones that will star Krysten Ritter in the lead role. Taylor will play Jessica’s best friend Trish Walker, a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child television star who is best known to her fans as “Patsy” Walker. She is based on the Marvel Comics character who appeared under the superhero identity of Hellcat. The online series will debut on Netflix this year. (Elizabeth Wagmeister at Variety)
Actor Michael Hogan (Battlestar Galactica) has joined the FX anthology series Fargo, appearing as Otto Gerhardt, a wheelchair-bound criminal kingpin. (The Wrap and Vlada Gelman at TV Line)
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Magic City, Supernatural and Grey’s Anatomy) has joined the cast of the CBS summer drama Extant that stars Halle Berry as Molly Woods, an astronaut who unknowingly puts the human race on a path to destruction and discovers that she and a mysterious stranger may be the only hope for survival. Morgan will play JD Richter, a cop of the future and bounty hunter. Extant will back this summer. (Elizabeth Wagmeister at Variety)
Actress Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) will be the female lead opposite Gary Sinise in the proposed Criminal Minds spin-off on CBS that will air as an episode of the original series, following FBI agents helping American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. Sinise will play the boss, Jack Garrett while Gunn will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and talented linguist. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)
HBO has given a greenlight to the 6-hour mini-series Lewis And Clark that will star Casey Affleck as Meriwether Lewis and Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark. The mini-series, of course, tells the story of America’s first contact with the land and native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River. (Denise Petski at Deadline)
BOX OFFICE NEWS
Actress Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) has joined the box office film Money Monster that will be directed by Jodie Foster and will star George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Unbroken star Jack O’Connell. Clooney is set to star as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program —Money Monster — and life are taken hostage by an outraged gunman (O’Connell). As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show (Roberts), uncover the truth behind a tangle of big-money lies. Balfe will play the head of PR for the company whose stock bottomed, causing the life’s savings of O’Connell’s character to be wiped out. (Borys Kit at The Hollywood Reporter)
Q&A SECTION (with Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
Question: Please spill some details on whether Nashville‘s Rayna and Deacon will be getting back together anytime soon? –LooLoo
Mitovich: Our resident Nashville native-by-association, Kim Roots, tells me that Wednesday’s midseason premiere “will simultaneously delight and frustrate Deyna fans. The big winners: People who don’t like Luke Wheeler. He has a really rough time after Rayna gives him the heave-ho, and he acts out his anger on a huge scale. Finally, Deacon consults a specialist about his illness, and it’s even worse than we thought.”
Question: Do you have any scoop on the upcoming Supergirl TV Show? –SuperSurfSurf
Mitovich: Kara Danvers née Zor-El will have her work cut out for her from the get-go, seeing as her adversary in the series pilot will be the DC Comics baddie Lumberjack. To that end, the CBS freshman is seeking a hulk akin to “Rory McCann, the 6-foot-6 actor from Game of Thrones” (pictured above) to play this “big, burly monster of a man, who has battled Kara’s cousin” — that’d be you-know-who — “in the past” and shows up to ascertain her level of power, on behalf of an unseen superior.
Question: Isn’t it time for the birth of Palmer’s baby on NCIS? –Ann
Mitovich: Showrunner Gary Glasberg says you “absolutely” should prepare to meet Baby Palmer this season. But first, we gotta have a baby shower, to be held in this Tuesday’s episode… in the big orange room. At the festivities, Glasberg says, “Jimmy Palmer is a classic nervous dad, very conscientious about keeping his mother-to-be Breena healthy, so he’s making everybody a little crazy!”
Question: Anything on ABC’s Forever? –Nicole
Mitovich: And how! The immortal Henry dies via his own hand in an upcoming episode, and “It’ll be a pity for you, if you’re a fan of the show, to know why it happens,” star Ioan Gruffudd says. To protect all of you Foreverists from spoilers, the actor offers only this light tease: “It happens in the past. It’s clever, lovely and sweet. And it sheds really good light on the person that’s with Henry when that happens.”
Question: Can you offer any news on Grey’s Anatomy or Suits? —Jonny
Mitovich: Option No. 2 it is! When asked if there will be any love for Harvey in upcoming episodes, exec producer Aaron Korsh reveals, “There are absolutely romantic allusions in the air… There is some delving into some questions of his romantic future in the last six [episodes]. I think it’s going to be satisfying to some, saddening to others, and not enough for even others.” Hmm, could he be talking about Donna/Harvey ‘shippers with that last description? “I’ll leave it there,” the EP hedges.
Question: I absolutely love Ruzek and Burgess on Chicago PD. How is their relationship looking in future episodes? –Staci
Mitovich: Remember, this is TV, so it could all change in a few weeks. But for now, the couple is “good,” executive producer Matt Olmstead says. “We always do these kind of relay races with romances in terms of we’re addressing one [story thread] and then it’s time to pick the other one back up again.” Where Ruzek and Burgess go from here is up in the air, with five more episodes to break before the end of the season. “We’re certainly in the room trying to figure out the best [approach], playing them as a real couple.”
Question: Those new Jane the Virgin photos have me on edge. Is there medical drama ahead for Jane’s baby? –Dee
Mitovich: Gina Rodriguez confirms, “There is going to be an episode where Jane has some complications with the pregnancy.” That twist will also reveal the baby’s gender, but the star says, “We focus more on the complication than ‘boy versus girl.’” On a lighter note, Jaime Camil says that in Episode 13, “Something very funky happens to Rafael” – though we’re not sure Rogelio’s portrayer isn’t biased. “I’m Team Michael, definitely,” he admits. “I cannot tell you why.”
Question: Any spoilers about Castle‘s Ryan-centric episode? Will we see the toddler and Jenny? –Fred
Mitovich: This much I know: In Episode 18, you will meet Ryan’s sister Gwen, as well as her husband Frank, who happens to be a burly security specialist.
Question: Any new love interests on the horizon for Castle‘s Esposito now that he and Lanie have called it quits? –Teri
Mitovich: “Quits” is a funny word, because to hear Tamala Jones tell it, “Oh, it’s still going on. I grabbed his butt at the end of the [break-up] scene, and you don’t do that if it’s over over. We are still messing around, but we are not getting married.”
Question: Can you give us anything on Supernatural‘s Sam? —Maria
Mitovich: “We probably will not see flashbacks” from the Winchesters’ time apart, executive producer Jeremy Carver admits. But there’s still a big Sammy story brewing. “What starts as a desire to help Dean [sends] Sam on very much his own journey by season’s end. But the starting off point is most definitely, ‘How am I going to help my brother?’”
Question: Will Supernatural‘s Word of God tablet storyline be revisited this season? –Tom
Mitovich: When we delivered your Q to showrunner Jeremy Carver, he had an intriguingly cryptic reply: “There are a couple tablets out there… I can’t say right now. Good question.”
Question: I need some info on The Flash. Somehow I haven’t clicked yet with Iris and Barry. Can we hope for a Caitlin/Barry romance?! –French
Mitovich: You may be in luck. Not only does the next episode feature Grant Gustin showing off his musical chops, but “Barry and Caitlin go on an inadvertent date, which is one of my favorite scenes of the whole year,” showrunner Andrew Kreisberg raves. “They’re hilarious together.” As for Iris, Barry’s heartfelt confession of love is “definitely weighing on her,” the EP affirms, “and it’s going to weigh on Eddie and Caitlin and Linda a little bit.”
That’s it. Enjoy!
PS: Have a terrific weekend!!
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