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Archive for July, 2017

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Here are the news items for the past week:

CASTING NEWS

Actress Britt Robertson (Girlboss, Life Unexpected and Tomorrowland) has taken over the lead role in the new, upcoming Shonda Rhimes drama For the People from Britne Oldford (Ravenswood and Hunters). Robertson will play Sandra, a sensible, fiercely intelligent and independent new public defender who was driven to the law because of an injustice perpetrated on her family when she was a child. (TV Fanatic)

It looks like True Detective will be getting a season 3, starring actor Mahershala Ali (Luke Cage and The 4400). (Entertainment Weekly)

Actress Maria Bello is coming back to the small screen, joining the cast of NCIS for its upcoming 15th season. She will play an NCIS agent who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army and served two tours in Afghanistan. After joining NCIS, she built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist. Unlike the other agents, she can second-guess and challenge Gibbs (series star Mark Harmon), so there will be friction but also mutual respect. She is a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Actress Rachelle Lefevre (Under the Dome) and Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue) will both appear in the fourth season finale of The Night Shift. Lefevre will play Major Natasha Anthony, a new military doctor coming into the San Antonio Memorial Hospital while Peregrym will play Reagan, a female Ranger who comes in as a paramedic and clashes with Drew (series regular Brendan Fehr). (The Hollywood Reporter and The Futon Critic)

Actor Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life) has landed a role in Star Trek: Discovery, playing Dr. Hugh Culber, medical officer of the Starship Discovery. (CBS TV and The Futon Critic)

Actor Desmond Harrington (Dexter) has landed a series regular role in the upcoming 6th season of Elementary. He will play Michael, a fellow addict in recovery, who once found the inspiration to stay sober in Sherlock’s words at N.A. meetings in the past. He now offers to return the favor and be an ongoing support to Sherlock. (Deadline)

Actress Breeda Wool (UnREAL) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Midnight, Texas. She will play Bowie, a regal, formidable angel warrior (described as a cross between Tilda Swinton and Game of Thrones’ Brienne of Tarth). (TV Line)

Actress Jessica Camacho (The Flash and Sleepy Hollow) has joined the cast of NBC’s Taken for the show’s upcoming 2nd season, which won’t air until mid-season due to massive cast changes and alterations to the show by its new showrunner. (TV Line)

RENEWALS

Lifetime has renewed UnREAL for a fourth season and Mary Kills People for a second season. (Variety)

Animal Kingdom was renewed for a third season by TNT. (Variety)

The Hallmark Channel has official renewed The Good Witch for a fourth season. (Deadline)

Hulu has given its streaming series Harlots a second season renewal. (Deadline)

PROGRAMMING UPDATES

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and actor Chris Pine (who played Steve Trevor) are re-teaming on the new TNT drama series One Day She’ll Darken that was given a straight-to-series, 6-episode order. The drama, inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, will tell the story of Hodel, who was given away by her teenage birth mother to a black restroom attendant in a Nevada casino in 1949. As Hodel begins to investigate the secrets to her past, she follows a sinister trail that swirls ever closer to an infamous Hollywood gynecologist, Dr. George Hodel, a man involved in the darkest Hollywood debauchery, the spider in the web around the legendary “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short in Los Angeles in 1947. Pine will play Jay Singletary, a former Marine-turned-hack reporter and paparazzo. Jay was disgraced over his story about Hodel years prior, but now he sees a glimmer of redemption. Jay sees an opportunity, but is also caught in a moral quandary. A release date is unknown at this time due to Pine and Jenkins current projects, however. (Variety)

Starz has given a series order to the drama thriller The Rook from author Stephenie Meyer (the Twilight franchise). The series will follow a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering amnesia and surrounded by bodies, all wearing latex gloves. As she attempts to uncover her past and her role as head of Britain’s supernatural secret service, she discovers she has peculiar abilities, all while being pursued by paranormal adversaries. (Variety)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Here is a list of the programming options to expect on TV this coming week:

On August 1, the Discovery Channel scripted anthology series Manhunt: Unabomber will air a two-hour episode at 9 PM. The series depicts the true story of the FBI’s famed hunt for the Unabomber, the deadliest serial bomber in history, starring Sam Worthington as FBI agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald and Paul Bettany as Ted Kaczynski.

The series premiere of the new USA Network series The Sinner will debut on August 2 at 10 PM. The 8-episode series follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” — but the “why” — as an investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive.

Also on August 2, the series finale of the DirecTV series Kingdom will air at 8 PM; while the season finale of The Tunnel: Sabotage will air on PBS on August 3 at 9 PM.0

The Hallmark Channel original movie Love at the Shore will debut on August 5 at 9 PM, starring Amanda Righetti (Colony and The Mentalist) and Peter Porte (Baby Daddy and The Young and the Restless).

And, it will be a busy night on August 6 when the season premiere of the fifth season of Ray Donovan will air on Showtime at 9 PM while Chesapeake Shores will return to the Hallmark Channel for the start of its second season at 9 PM. Also that night Twin Peaks: The Return will move to its new time slot of 8 PM on Showtime; and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries movie Garage Sale Mystery: The Beach Murders will debut that night at 9 PM, starring Lori Loughlin (When Calls the Heart).

Mark your calendars!

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A “failed” summer drama came to a very quiet close on Saturday night over on ABC. Here is how that lone drama fared in the overall ratings on Saturday night:

10 PM Show:
Still Star-Crossed (ABC) [NEW – Finale] – 929,000 viewers

What did you watch on TV Saturday 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:
Bridge of Spies movie on Showtime

5:50 PM:
Iron Man movie on EPIX

6 PM:
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie on TNT

7 PM:
Underground on WGN America (Reair)
Three Bedrooms, One Corpse: Aurora Teagarden Mystery movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
NCIS on USA Network

7:05 PM:
Outlander on Starz (Reair)

8 PM:
Shadowhunters on Freeform (NEW)
Supergirl on The CW (Reair)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie on HBO

8:30 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)

9 PM:
Hooten & the Lady on The CW (NEW – New Night)
Will on TNT (NEW)
Footloose (original) movie on Encore

9:01 PM:
Stitchers on Freeform (NEW)

9:45 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Encore of Premiere)

10 PM:
Midnight, Texas on NBC (NEW)
Will on TNT (Encore)
Hacksaw Ridge movie on HBO2

10:02 PM:
Shadowhunters on Freeform (Encore)

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:
The Italian Job movie on BBC America
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Freeform

6 PM:
The Shawshank Redemption movie on SundanceTV

6:15 PM:
Finding Nemo (animated) movie on Disney

6:30 PM:
Message in a Bottle movie on CMT

7 PM:
A Dash of Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
White Collar on ION

8 PM:
Heartland on UP Channel (NEW – Check Your Local Listings)
Teen Wolf on MTV (Season Premiere)
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
White Collar on ION

9 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (NEW)
Grantchester mini-series on PBS (NEW – Finale)
Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel (Reair)
The Italian Job movie on BBC America
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on Freeform
White Collar on ION

10 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
White Collar on ION

Enjoy!

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On August 2, the series premiere of the new USA Network series The Sinner will debut at 10 PM.

The 8-episode series follows a young mother (Jessica Biel) who, overcome by an inexplicable fit of rage, commits a startling act of violence and to her horror has no idea why. The event launches an inverted and utterly surprising crime thriller whose driving force is not the “who” or the “what” — but the “why” — as an investigator (Bill Pullman) finds himself obsessed with uncovering the woman’s buried motive.

Here is a trailer for The Sinner:

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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 PM:
The Notebook movie on E!
Crazy, Stupid, Love movie on MTV

5:30 PM:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie on Freeform

6:30 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
Fast and Furious movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Love at First Glance movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
NCIS on USA Network

8 PM:
Doubt on CBS (NEW)
Descendants 2 movie on Disney (Encore)
Berlin Station on EPIX (Reair)
The Blind Side movie on CMT
Titanic movie on E!
The Patriot movie on WGN America
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
TURN: Washington’s Spies on AMC (NEW)
Destination Wedding movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore)
Berlin Station on EPIX (Reair)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on Freeform
NCIS on USA Network

10 PM:
Still Star-Crossed on ABC (NEW – Finale)
Orphan Black on BBC America (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)
The Tunnel: Sabotage on PBS (Reair)
Jack Reacher movie on EPIX
NCIS on USA Network

10:02 PM:
TURN: Washington’s Spies on AMC (Encore)

10:20 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)

Enjoy!

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