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Here are the news items for last week:

TELEVISION

Actor Eric Close will not be returning as a series regular on Nashville when it returns this fall for its third season. (Kimberly Roots and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actress Penny Johnson Jerald will not be returning for the 8th season of Castle, possibly laying groundwork for Beckett to take over since she “aced her captain’s exam” in the show’s season finale. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Colin Donnell (Arrow) has joined the cast of this fall’s new drama Chicago Med, but it hasn’t been released who he will be playing though. (Kate Stanhope at The Hollywood Reporter)

Actor John Pyper-Ferguson (The Last Ship) will have a major recurring role in Suits, playing Jack, a partner at the law firm and new head of the firm’s Compensation Committee, who will have to work with the on-going power struggle between Harvey and Louis. (Denise Petski at Deadline)

Actress Nazneen Contractor (Covert Affairs) will have a recurring role in the upcoming NBC series Heroes Reborn. She will play Farah, a mysterious character who is militant, tough and stoic. Also, actor Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black) has joined the cast of the show, but his role has not been revealed yet. (Denise Petski at Deadline and Tim Surette at TV Guide)

Actors Nicholas D’Agosto and Chris Chalk and actress Morena Baccarin have been promoted to series regulars on Gotham when it returns for its second season this fall. (Denise Petski at Deadline and Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Jon Cor (Being Human and Being Erica) will have a recurring role in the ABC Family series Shadowhunters, which is an adaptation of The Mortal Instruments book series. He will play Hodge Starkweather, a weapons trainer at the Shadowhunters New York Institute and a former Circle member. (Denise Petski at Deadline)

Actress Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) has landed a role in the upcoming FOX live production of Grease that will star Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. Palmer will play Pink Lady Marty Maraschino. (Denise Petski at Deadline)

Actress Charlene McKenna (A.D. The Bible Continues and Ripper Street) has landed a series regular role on the upcoming Lifetime drama Clan of the Cave Bear (based on the book by Jean M. Auel) that takes place more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared the Earth with the first early modern humans. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

ONLINE SERIES NEWS

Actress Ally Walker (Profiler and The Protector) will appear in season four of the western-themed drama Longmire, which will air its 4th season on Netflix. There are no details on who she will play, though. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Deadbeat, the Hulu drama, has been given a 13-episode third season order. (The Hollywood Reporter)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor William Fichtner (Prison Break) has joined the cast of the box office film Independence Day 2 where he will play a top general. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Actress Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) will star in the biopic about Tammi Terrell, the 1960s Motown singer who teamed with Marvin Gaye for a number of hit singles, but who died of a brain tumor at age 24. (Erik Pedersen at Deadline)

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

1. Tomorrowland – 33 million
2. Pitch Perfect 2 – 30.8 million
3. Mad Max: Fury Road – 24.6 million
4. Poltergeist – 22.6 million
5. Avengers: Age of Ultron – 21.7 million
6. Hot Pursuit – 3.6 million
7. Far From the Madding Crowd – 2.28million
8. Furious 7 – 2.72 million
9. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – 1.9 million
10. Home – 1.8 million

BOX OFFICE TRAILERS

Q&A SECTION (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Question: I want some DC Comics TV scoop, please! Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow. – Keith

Mitovich: What I’ve got is… Fox’s Gotham casting for Season 2 a “male DC Villain” described as “intelligent, cultured and highly articulate,” “extremely attractive, both seductive and threatening,” as well as a female DC Villain in her mid- to late 20s — “a sexy knock-out.” So get speculating! Turning to DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the cast was hard-pressed to elaborate on the midseason CW drama, seeing as no one had seen a script for the pilot yet. (They only filmed a trailer for this month’s Upfronts.) That said, Brandon Routh allowed that I made “a pretty good guess” that Ray/The Atom’s exploded body has been reconstituted using miniaturization-capable nanites; Ciara Renee said that the origin of her winged hero, Kendra Saunders, will be “melding some [Hawkgirl origin stories] together”; and Franz Drameh was super-mum on what powers high school jock Jay Jackson (MIA from the trailer) might bring to the table” – though the actor himself “was in the London Youth Circus for a little while.”

Question: Any scoop on what’s coming up for Defiance’s Tarr family this season? –Katie H.

Mitovich: Holy Rayetso, a tremendous amount of things happen in the two-hour season premiere (airing June 12). As you’ll recall, Datak and Stahma were searching for Alak and Christie, who had been spirited away by nutty Pilar – but what the Castithans instead find is tons of trouble in the form of Oz alum Lee Tergesen’s General Rahm Tak aka “The Beast,” a Johnny Cash-quoting marauder who has insidious plans for Defiance. Elsewhere in the epic opener, which picks up seven months later: Nolan and Irisa are rescued by a most unlikely savior; the new, purple-skinned Omec race rival only Rahm Tak as the show’s most frightful adversary yet (let’s just say they could use a good dentist); Doc Yewll remains highly quotable; and there are no fewer than two shocking deaths.

Question: Hilarie Burton hinted that she may be playing a bad guy on Extant. Do you have any more info about what we can expect? –Annie

Mitovich: The Tree Hill alum’s Season 2 arc kicks off with Episode 2, where she’ll be playing Anna Schaefer, a government operative charged with overseeing the militarization of the Humanichs program. Anna causes great moral discomfort for Julie (played by Grace Gummer) and Charlie (Tyler Hilton) as she pushes the boundaries of what is ethically sound for the robotic soldiers they are creating — so, yeah, “bad guy.”

Question: Do you know how Scott Michael Foster’s new show (ABC’s Oil) getting picked up is going to affect his role as Leo on Chasing Life? –Steph

Mitovich: ABC Family’s Chasing Life has been in production for a couple of months already, so just as EP Patrick Sean Smith recently told us, “Leo will still have a strong presence in the second season,” premiering August 17.

Question: What’s happening with TNT’s Lumen? –Lisa

Mitovich: The pilot for the family fantasy drama, starring Parenthood‘s Sam Jaeger and filmed in New Zealand, “looks spectacular,” Turner president Kevin Reilly told me earlier this month. “It’s very, very big,” he added, “and really original” — if a bit “soft for our network right now.” Even so, Reilly believes it could appeal to the same crowd as another fantastical TNT series: “I think that people who watch The Librarians would enjoy Lumen…. It’s fun escapism.”

That’s it. 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 the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on ABC Family
Men in Black 3 movie on FX
Sherlock Holmes movie on TBS

5:45 PM:
Legends of the Fall movie on Encore

5:55 PM:
Guardians of the Galaxy movie on Starz

6 PM:
Miss Congeniality movie on CMT

7 PM:
Cloudy with a Chance of Love movie on Hallmark Channel

8 PM:
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe movie on Lifetime (DEBUT – Part 2 of 2)
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
Texas Rising mini-series on History Channel (Reair)
Psych on Esquire
Pearl Harbor movie on Encore
Marvel’s The Avengers movie on FX
Red movie on TBS

9 PM:
A.D. The Bible Continues on NBC (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
Psych on Esquire
Bessie movie on HBO2 (Reair)

10 PM:
American Odyssey on NBC (NEW)
Texas Rising mini-series on History Channel (Reair)
Psych on Esquire

Enjoy!

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TV Ratings

It was a really quiet night of programming on the major networks where new episodes are concerned. There were plenty of repeats and specials though.

Here is how the lone Friday night drama, that aired a new episode, fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Show:
The Messengers (The CW) [NEW] – 860,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV 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:

5:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie on ABC Family

6 PM:
The Bodyguard movie on CMT

7 PM:
The Rise of the Guardians (animated) movie on FX

8 PM:
When Calls the Heart on Hallmark (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (Reair)
The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe movie on Lifetime (DEBUT – Part 1 of 2)
Person of Interest on CBS (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Legally Blonde movie on E!

8:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on ABC Family
You’ve Got Mail movie on POP (formerly TV Guide Network)

9 PM:
Orphan Black on BBC America (NEW)
Outlander on Starz (NEW – Season Finale)
All of My Heart movie on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Miss Congeniality movie on CMT
The Rise of the Guardians (animated) movie on FX
Top Gun movie on Sundance TV
Selena movie on VH1

10 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Encore – Season Finale)
NCIS on USA Network
Legally Blonde movie on E!

11 PM:
Tatau on BBC America (NEW)

Enjoy!

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Based on information provided by the Box Office Mojo and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in June:

Beyond the Mask
Opens: June 5

A British East India Trading Company assassin seeks to redeem his past by thwarting a plot against a young nation’s hope for freedom. This faith-based period piece will star Andrew Cheney (Seasons of Gray), John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings franchise) and Kara Kilmer (Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire).

Love & Mercy
Opens: June 5

In the 1960s, young songwriter and recording savant Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) finds himself in the midst of extraordinary success after scoring numerous hit records with the Beach Boys. Following a panic attack, he resigns from concert touring and ventures into the studio intent on creating “the greatest album ever made”, Pet Sounds. Meanwhile, his grip on reality slowly loosens once his recent psychedelic experiences give rise to scattered voices in his head. Later, in the 1980s, a now-middle-aged Wilson (John Cusack) is shown to be a broken, confused man under the pharmacological and legal thrall of therapist Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti). After meeting Cadillac saleswoman Melinda Ledbetter (Elizabeth Banks), she is determined to save Wilson from Landy’s manipulation. The film also stars Jake Abel (Supernatural and Percy Jackson film franchise), Kenny Wormald (Footloose), Brett Davern (Awkward) and Graham Rogers (Revolution) [among others].

Spy
Opens: June 5

Melissa McCarthy stars as Susan Cooper, an unassuming, desk-bound CIA analyst, who is an unsung hero behind the agency’s most dangerous missions. She is also in love with her partner Bradley Fine (Jude Law), but when he falls off the grid and top agent Rick Ford (Jason Statham) is compromised, Cooper volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of deadly arms dealer Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne). The cast includes Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife), Bobby Cannavale (Nurse Jackie), Allison Janney (Mom and The West Wing), Morena Baccarin (Homeland and Firefly) and Will Yun Lee (Strike Back and Hawaii Five-0).

Testament of Youth
Opens: June 5

In 114, Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander from Ex Machina and Seventh Son) overcomes the restraints on women of the time to become a student at Somerville College, Oxford. When World War I breaks out, her brother Edward (Taron Egerton from Kingsman: The Secret Service), her fiancé Roland Leighton (Kit Harington from Game of Thrones), and their friends Victor (Colin Morgan from Merlin), and Geoffrey (Jonathan Bailey from Broadchurch), are sent to serve at the front lines. She follows their sacrifice, leaving college to join the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse tending the wounded and dying (both British and German) in London, Malta and France. The cast also features Dominic West (The Hour), Emily Watson (Gosford Park), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Miranda Richardson (The Phantom of the Opera).

Jurassic World
Opens: June 12

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar, an island located off Central America’s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica, now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. This new park is owned by the Masrani Global Corporation. Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a member of the park’s on-site staff, conducts behavioral research on a group of Velociraptors, known as Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo. At the corporation’s request, the park’s geneticists create a hybrid dinosaur known as Indominus Rex to boost visitor attendance. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the park’s operations manager. Her nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson from Melissa & Joey) and Gray (Ty Simpkins from Iron Man 3), are visiting the island when the hybrid escapes and are subsequently caught up in the creature’s deadly rampage. Now, it is up to Owen and Jurassic World’s security team to contain the hybrid dinosaur before she can cause more damage. The film also stars Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), B.D. Wong (Law & Order: SVU), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Brian Tee (The Wolverine and Grimm), Judy Greer (Archer and 13 Going on 30) and Katie McGrath (Merlin and A Princess for Christmas).

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Opens: June 12

Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann from Project X and Beautiful Creatures), an awkward Pittsburgh high school student befriends a classmate, Rachel (Olivia Cooke from Bates Motel), who has leukemia. Greg and his best friend Earl (newcomer Ronald Cyler II) make low-budget films in their spare time, and together, decide to make a film for Rachel. The cast includes Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Connie Britton (Nashville and Friday Night Lights) and Molly Shannon (Never Been Kissed).

Infinitely Polar Bear
Opens: June 19

A manic-depressive mess of a father (Mark Ruffalo) tries to win back his wife (Zoe Saldana) by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don’t make the overwhelming task any easier.

Inside Out
Opens: June 19

This animated film follows Riley Anderson, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley and everyone else are guided by their emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The personified emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters, when Sadness accidentally causes herself and Joy to get lost, within the rest of Riley’s Mind. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the remaining emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school, while Joy and Sadness trek through the rest of Riley’s Mind in the process slowly discovering the bright side of life. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Phyllis Smith (The Office), SNL alum Bill Hader, comedian Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Diane Lane (Man of Steel) and Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) [among others].

Manglehorn
Opens: June 19

AJ Manglehorn (Al Pacino) seems to be an ordinary guy, but he’s an ex-con who gave up the woman of his dreams for a big ‘job’. He now obsesses daily over the choices he made. The film also stars Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) and Chris Messina (The Mindy Project).

Batkid Begins
Opens: June 26

This documentary focuses on “Batkid”, 5-year old Miles Scott, a cancer survivor who was granted his wish to Batkid for one day, in one city; and how the world came together to make his wish come true. Thousands of volunteers, city officials, businesses and supporters rallied to turn San Francisco, California into “Gotham City” – the fictional home city of Batman – on November 15, 2013 for one of the largest and most elaborate Make-A-Wish projects ever staged.

Big Game
Opens: June 26

When Air Force One is shot down by terrorists leaving the President of the United States Alan Moore (Samuel L. Jackson) stranded in the wilderness of Finland, there is only one person around who can save him: a 13-year old boy called Oskari (newcomer Onni Tommila). The cast also includes Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives and American Crime), Victor Garber (The Flash and Alias), Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter franchise) and Ray Stevenson (Divergent).

Max
Opens: June 26

Military working dog Max, a Belgian Malinois, returns from service in Afghanistan, traumatized by his handler’s (Robbie Amell from The DUFF and The Flash) death. He’s adopted by the fallen Marine’s family and they help each other heal from their loss. The cast includes Lauren Graham (Parenthood and Gilmore Girls), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars and Bones), Jay Hernandez (Gang Related and Nashville), Joseph Julian Soria (Army Wives) and newcomer Josh Wiggins.

Movies coming out in July will be posted at the end of June.

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TV Ratings

With the 2014-2015 TV season essential over, the primetime line-up was pretty light, but there were at least a few new episodes to watch

Here is how the Thursday night dramas, that aired new episodes, fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Bones (FOX) [NEW – Penultimate Episode] – 5.4 million

9 PM Shows:
Aquarius (NBC) [2-Hour DEBUT] – 5.7 million
Wayward Pines (FOX) [NEW] – 4 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

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Stitchers

The new ABC Family drama Stitchers will debut on June 2 at 9 PM.

The series follows Kirsten (relative newcomer Emma Ishta), a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be ‘stitched’ into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave.

The cast includes Kyle Harris (The Carrie Diaries), Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Eureka) and Allison Scagliotti (Warehouse 13).

Here is a trailer for Stitchers:

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