Here are the news items for all of last week:
Hannibal has been cancelled after three seasons on the air on NBC. This current season that is airing will be its last. (Variety)
Actor Noah Centineo (Disney’s How to Build a Better Boy) will take over the role of Jesus Adams Foster on the ABC Family drama The Fosters from actor Jake T. Austin, who decided to exit the show. (Robyn Ross at TV Guide)
Actress Aisha Tyler (Archer) will have a recurring role in Criminal Minds filling the hole left by the Jennifer Love Hewitt, who left the show. Tyler will play Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist who is determined by Hotch. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)
Actress Molly Bernard has been promoted to series regular on the second season of the TV Land comedy Younger. (Denise Petski at Deadline)
The new USA Network drama Mr. Robot, which just debuted this past Wednesday, received a second season order from the network ahead of its series premiere. (Variety)
Actor James Frain (Orphan Black and True Blood) has landed a recurring role on Gotham, which will return this fall for its second season. He will play Theo Galavan, the brother to Tabitha Galavan, known as Tigress, who will be played by actress Jessica Lucas (Cult and Melrose Place). Frain is a new arrival to the city, but apparently he’s hiding a centuries old vendetta behind his altruism, and he and Tabitha plan to take chaos to a new level in order to make Gotham bleed, creating new villains while destroying others. Tigress is the lead enforcer for her brother. (Carissa Pavlica at TV Fanatic and Denise Petski at Deadline)
Actress Charisma Carpenter (Buffy, Angel and Veronica Mars) has landed the role of mom to the character to be played by actress-singer Ariana Grande in the much-talked about FOX thriller Scream Queens from Glee creator Ryan Murphy. (Carissa Pavlica at TV Fanatic)
NBC has given a second season order to the new drama Aquarius. (Variety)
Actor Sinqua Walls (Teen Wolf and Power) will be returning to Once Upon a Time as Lancelot in a recurring capacity. (Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)
Actor Mark Valley (Boston Legal) will have a recurring role on Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, playing Dr. Harris, a popular television personality who responded to Abby’s (series lead Lisa Edelstein) tweet and wants to meet. (Denise Petski at Deadline)
Actress Tyra Ferrell (Boyz ‘N The Hood) has landed a recurring role on the FOX hit series Empire where she will play a lawyer who comes in contact with the Lyon family. (Denise Petski at Deadline)
MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE NEWS
Actress Amber Riley (Glee) will star in the holiday movie My One Christmas Wish that will air on the UP Channel. The movie is inspired by the true story of Jackie Turner, a straight-A college student who turns to Craigslist to post a want ad to find a family with whom she can celebrate Christmas. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)
Q&A SECTION (with Matt Mitovich at TV Line and Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)
Question: Any scoop about Castle Season 8? –Fred
Mitovich: There’s no good way to say this, Fred, so let’s just rip the Band-Aid off and let the Internet take it from there: As Season 8 gets underway, Rick will be spending a lot of time with Hayley.
Question: Any fresh scoop on Defiance? –Craig
Mitovich: If you, like me, think the show has been a bit conspicuous about displaying the forehead wounds where Nolan and Irisa had been connected to that pod for several months, it’s for good reason. Grant Bowler told me that towards the end of the season, that onetime “connection” will come back into play and “lead to the best episodes Steph[anie Leonidas] and I think we’ve ever done. It’s really, really cool.”
Question: Your Orphan Black post mortem was a little light on my soul seestra Alison. Anything to share for Season 4? –Jeannie
Mitovich: Remember how Helena went all killer crazy and murdered those drug lords? That bloody massacre may come back to haunt Alison’s happily ever after with Donnie. “The Hendrixes are still bonded, but there’s a few things that happened at the end of the season that could have some impact going forward,” executive producer Graeme Manson teases.
Question: Is it October yet? Dying for some Arrow scoop! –Catarina
Mitovich: I can’t let good Arrow fans up and die, now, can I? In the second episode of Season 4, the CW hit will introduce the heavily recurring character of a twentysomething African American male who is a technological savant on par with Ms. Smoak. Maybe during Felicity and Oliver’s romantic retreat, Thea/Diggle/Laurel had to recruit a new computer whiz via Craigslist…?
UPDATE: Or better, as readers have suggested, he’s Felicity’s H.I.V.E. counterpart/adversary?
Question: Any scoop on Beauty and the Beast, please? –Anna
Mitovich: Nearly wed Heather’s romantic loss will be her engaged sister’s gain. As Jay Ryan explained to me, “Because Heather has had so much experience at actually organizing weddings, though she has yet to walk down the aisle herself, she is a great help once Vincent and Catherine get caught up in the hunt [for the supernatural beings]. They don’t have time to be a normal couple and plan what the cake topper’s going to look like, so Heather comes to the rescue on that side – which is a huge relief!”
Question: Give me scoop on Falling Skies! – Wrier
Mitovich: That “beautiful”… whatever… that Tom saw at the very end of Season 4, upon waking up from his detoured trip to the moon? I can confirm that some commenters on my finale recap guessed correctly its identity. This… whatever… promptly suggests a rallying cry to Tom, one that will rub some of his comrades in the 2nd Mass the wrong way after he (somehow!) gets back to Earth.
Question: I’m so happy that Aaron Tveit is alive on Graceland! Any scoop? — Dean
Natalie: What happened during his near-death experience is going to play a big role this season. “What he believes he saw in the six minutes when he was clinically dead have changed him completely,” executive producer Jeff Eastin says. “The season hinges on what Mike believes he saw when he was on the other side. The resolution will be something hopefully nobody will expect.”
Question: Any Sara Lance scoop for Arrow or Legends of Tomorrow? — Justin
Natalie: Personally, I’m curious as to whether Sara is going to be pissed at Thea for, you know, killing her. “I would imagine it would be a hard image to shake, Thea’s face as she shoots three arrows into Sara’s chest,” Caity Lotz says. “Though when/if Sara learns that it was actually Malcolm Merlyn’s doing, I think she’d definitely have some feelings of revenge brewing in her stone cold assassin blood.”
Question: Anything on the new season of Falling Skies? — Brad
Natalie: Try not to eat while watching episode 2. When the 2nd Mass gets desperate for food and supplies, someone has the bright idea to cook up a skitter. The results are quite disgusting.
That’s it. Enjoy!
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