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Hey All,

Happy Tuesday! There isn’t too much news today, but I hope you find at least some of it interesting:


Joan Cusack has joined the cast of the Showtime one-hour drama series Shameless, appearing in all 12 episodes of the new series. She will play the role of Sheila, an agoraphobic Chicago housewife with a sexually active teenage daughter who strikes up a special friendship with William H. Macy’s character, Frank Gallagher. The series is based on the long-running hit UK series and the cast includes Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera), Justin Chatwin (War of the Worlds) and Steve Howey (Reba) [among others]. (The Futon Critic)

Kevin Sorbo will make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-O. (Twitter)

Eddie Izzard (The Riches) is joining the third season of the Showtime comedy United States of Tara in a major recurring role, playing Tara’s (Toni Collette) brilliant psychology professor who starts as a DID skeptic, but becomes fascinated with Tara as a subject, leading him to explore the condition further. The third season is expected to premiere in 2011. (Deadline Hollywood Daily)

Gregory Harrison will guest star on CSI: NY in the fifth episode of the new season, as Roland Carson, New York City’s top criminal defense attorney. When a violent heist takes place at Carson’s Manhattan penthouse, the high-priced lawyer must field questions from Mac and his team. The show returns on September 24. (Matt Webb Mitovich at Fancast)


Soon, the cast of Glee will learn which parts they’ll be playing in their Halloween episode send-up of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. “It’s the most closely guarded secret on set at the moment,” says Naya Rivera (Santana). If it were up to the actors, here’s who they’d play:

Lea Michele (Rachel): “I’m so excited to do it. If Rachel ends up doing the Susan Sarandon role that would be really cool!”

Cory Monteith (Finn): “I might be in some Brad briefs, let’s put it that way. But I don’t know for sure.”

Jane Lynch (Sue): “I would love to be the Narrator.”

Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina): “There’s Magenta. She could be fun.”

Chris Colfer (Kurt): “I pray that I’m Riff Raff because he’s the best one. He sings ‘Time Warp.’ From the time we shot the pilot I’ve been stressing to Ryan Murphy how much I want to sing ‘Time Warp.'”

But the real question is this: Which character would you like to see suit up in lace stockings as the sweet transvestite Frank-N-Furter, originally played by Tim Curry? Matthew Morrison, I’m thinking there’s some stockings with your name on ’em! (William Keck at TV Guide)

Q&A SECTION (with Matt Webb Mitovich at Fancast):

Question: Do you have any new information on Henry Ian Cusick’s ‘Law & Order: SVU‘ character, and what’s in store for him and Benson (played by Mariska Hargitay)? – Dee93

Matt: The ‘Lost’ alum was hesitant to spill too much on his ‘SVU’ stint when I saw him at the Emmys, but he did say that graphic artist Erik and Benson “first meet in a train station, there’s sort of a flirtation, and it goes on from there.” Though Cusick is around for just two episodes – the September 22 season opener and the one after that – he promises, “It’s going to be an interesting role.”

Question: I cannot wait for ‘Glee’s return – any scoop to share? – Alicia

Matt: Heather Morris – who looked positively golden at the Emmys – told me that in the Britney Spears/Brittany-centric episode airing September 29, “People will see more of what I do as an artist, which is dancing.” (If you’ve ever seen Heather back up Beyoncé, you know girl’s got mad moves.) Morris also said that while we will learn Brittany’s last name, her increasingly fleshed-out Cheerio won’t also gain a brain. “No, that’s confirmed – I will not be smarter!” she happily reported.

Question: Do you have any scoop on ‘Nikita‘? Especially on Melinda Clarke’s character? – Angela

Matt: Shortly after the CW action-drama debuts on September 9, it will be revealed that the ‘O.C.’ alum’s character, Amanda, is nicknamed “The Inquisitor” because of her very thorough interrogation skills. Meaning, if you’re a hostile being detained by the top-secret Division and you won’t talk, expect a visit from Amanda… and don’t be surprised if she comes wearing (eek) a latex glove.

Question: With the ‘Caprica‘ actors’ contracts expiring, executive producer David Eick said we’d hear a decision on Season 2 by August 15. It’s now almost September. Is the show canceled? – Pete

Matt: That deadline came and went, yes, but a source very close to Syfy’s ‘Caprica’ told me during Emmys weekend that NBC Universal worked out an “extension” that bought them until November to make a call on a pick-up. So hold out hope, Pete.

Question: At Comic-Con, John Schneider said the ‘Smallville‘ Season 10 premiere (airing Sept. 24) features “the best-written scene I’ve ever done on [the show].” Any details? – Kipper

Matt: “I agree with him,” exec producer Brian Petersen said of Schneider’s rave. “He has a great scene with Tom Welling – kind of a reunion thing.” EP Kelly Souders added that Pa Kent’s improbable “return” is designed to kick off the final season with a bit of “the warmth, the mentor and sort of moral compass that Jonathan always was in Clark’s life – and that Clark has kind of been missing. He brings that aspect of ‘Smallville’ back.” Yes, this item is brought to you by Kleenex.

Question: EW’s Michael Ausiello says that ‘Smallville’s Erica Durance is playing DC’s Isis. So, is she playing the comic/TV character or not? – history1776 via Twitter

Matt: Mere moments after I hit play on Oz’s video, I quadruple-confirmed what I had heard and posted in last week’s Big Tease. And I had it right: According to exec producer Kelly Souders, ED is doing double duty as an Egyptian goddess named Isis, but she is not the DC Comics character.

Question: Thank you so much for sharing the news about David Tennant and the ‘Fright Night’ remake during your Emmy tweets. Did he say anything about the status of NBC’s ‘Rex Is Not Your Lawyer’? – Dawn

Matt: I did ask about ‘Rex’ – which last I heard was being eyed by USA Network after NBC opted not to order the series – and Tennant confirmed what we sorta knew: It’s truly and sincerely dead. Shame, too – in addition to the former Doctor Who, ‘Rex’ also starred ‘Mad Men’ schoolteach Abigail Spencer.

Question: I read that the ‘Covert Affairs‘ season finale is in mid-September. How long will I have to live without it? And to cope during its absence, what show(s) should I add to my Tivo season pass list? – Alicia

Matt: Sad but true, ‘Covert Affairs’ double-episode season finale airs September 14 – and the spy drama won’t be back until summer 2011. In the meantime, I would suggest that you DVR/watch On Demand the new shows ‘Nikita‘ (Thursdays, The CW) and ‘Undercovers‘ (Wednesdays, NBC), both of which offer a similar mix of espionage, intrigue and romance.

Question: I was excited to hear that Gale Harold will play Marti’s law professor on ‘Hellcats‘! Do you have any scoop on his character, or any idea how many episodes he’ll be in? – Tariel22

Matt: I scooped back in July, Gale’s law professor is someone Marti (played by Aly Michalka) will look up to – but not necessarily hook up with. At least not right away, seeing as The CW series will quickly handspring the blonde bombshell into a triangle with BFF Dan (‘Harper’s Island’s Matt Barr) and fellow cheerleader Luis (’One Tree Hill’s Robbie Jones). At this time, Harold’s episode count is TBD.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons site and Entertainment Weekly, here are many of the movies you can expect to see the movie theatres starting next year:

The American
Opens September 1, 2010

After a botched job that kills his lover, an assassin vows to quit after his next assignment in a small but picturesque Italian town. As his guard lowers, a dangerous threat closes in while the woman who hired him may not be all she seems. Stars George Clooney, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving.

Going the Distance
Opens September 3, 2010 (moved from August 27, 2010)

The story centers of a man and woman in a long-distance relationship who ultimately come to the realization that they would be happier dating someone closer to home. The film stars Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Christina Applegate and Ron Livingston.

Resident Evil: Afterlife
Opens September 10, 2010

Alice (Milla Jovovich) continues her journey to find survivors of the virus infection that has ravaged the world. Her battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, and she gets unexpected help from an old friend. Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller, Sienna Guillory and Boris Kodjoe co-star.

The Romantics
Opens September 10, 2010

Seven close friends reunite for the wedding of two of their friends, but problems arise because the bride and maid of honor have had a long rivalry over the groom. The cast includes Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Candice Bergen, Elijah WoodAdam Brody and Dianna Agron.

Never Let Me Go
Opens September 15, 2010

Based on the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro, this movie stars Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield. As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. But, as they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.

Alpha and Omega
Opens September 17, 2010

This animated film is about two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack’s social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything. The voices featured in the movie include Hayden Panettiere, Justin Long, Christina Ricci, the late Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover and Chris Carmack.

Opens September 17, 2010

This movie is about a group of people trapped in an elevator, who realize that the devil is among them. Written by M. Night Shyamalan and Brian Nelson stars Geoffrey Arend (Trust Me), Logan Marshall-Green (Dark Blue), Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), Jacob Vargas (Moonlight), Chris Messina (Julie & Julia), Jenny O’Hara (The King of Queens), Matt Craven (Disturbia and Timeline) and Bokeem Woodbine (Saving Grace).

Easy A
Opens September 17, 2010

This movie is about a quick-witted teen (Emma Stone) is branded with a bad reputation after lying about losing her virginity. The cast includes Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl), Amanda Bynes, Dan Byrd (Cougar Town), Stanely Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church and Cam Gigandet (Twilight).

The Roommate
Opens September 17, 2010

College freshman Sara is randomly assigned to live in a dorm with another girl named Rebecca who outwardly seems sweet and normal, but she soon finds her safety and the lives of those closest to her jeopardized as Rebecca’s strange and increasingly murderous true personality emerges. The film stars Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet, Matt Lanter and Danneel Harris.

The Town
Opens September 17, 2010

After briefly being taken hostage, a female bank manager lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming and rather charming man… not realizing he is the same man who led the gang of thieves that terrorized her days earlier. The cast includes Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Chris Cooper.

Opens September 17, 2010

A mixed-martial-arts saga about two estranged brothers on a collision course to fight in a tournament for the heavyweight championship. The cast includes Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Morrison.

Opens September 24, 2010

Ryan Reynolds stars as Paul, a U.S. truck driver in Iraq who finds himself trapped inside a coffin with only a cell phone and lighter. The film co-stars Samantha Mathis, Erik Palladino and Stephen Tobolowsky.

Guardians of Ga’Hoole 3D
Opens September 24, 2010

The story follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. Featured voices include Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Helen Mirren, Hugo Weaving, Abbie Cornish and Ryan Kwanten.

You Again
Opens September 24, 2010

Marni is a successful PR woman who heads home for her older brother’s wedding and discovers that he’s marrying her high school arch nemesis. Then the bride’s jet-setting aunt bursts in and Marni’s mother comes face to face with her own high school rival – the claws come out. The cast includes Kristen Bell, Odetta Yustman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Betty White and Kristin Chenoweth.

Waiting for Superman
Opens September 24, 2010

This documentary is about our nation’s troubled public education system, following five families from New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. on their quest to get their kids into better schools.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Opens September 24, 2010

In June 2008, the global economy sits on the brink of disaster. A young Wall Street trader partners with his future father-in-law, disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko, to find out who was responsible for the death of his mentor. The movie stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella and Carey Mulligan.

Movies coming out in October will be posted at the end of September.


Lee Ann

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Fall TV Calendar

With summer at an end and the fall television season getting ready to start, there is a plethora of programming to watch over the next month, leading into the holiday season. Keeping track of all that fall network programming, including season finales for a number of the summer cable shows, as well as holiday movies, will be nearly impossible.

Hopefully the following calendar will help you with your programming choices over the next several months:


September 5 – The summer season finale of Leverage will air on TNT at 9 PM

September 6 – The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its summer season finale on ABC Family Channel at 8 PM

September 7 – The summer finale of White Collar will air on USA Network at 9 PM

September 7 – Sons of Anarchy is back on FX at 10 PM

September 8 – The new CW series Hellcats will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: This new series revolves around Marti (Aly Michalka from the Disney series Phil of the Future), a pre-law college student from the wrong side of the tracks who, due to cutbacks and her mother’s carelessness, loses her scholarship. In order to stay in school, she joins the college’s competitive cheerleading team. The cast includes Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) and Matt Barr (Harper’s Island). Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue), Sharon Leal (Dreamgirls), D.B. Woodside (24 and Buffy) and Jeff Hephner (The O.C.) will have recurring roles.

September 8 – The new series Terriers will premiere on FX at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: This FX series stars Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) as an ex-cop who partners with his best friend (Michael Raymond-James from True Blood) in an unlicensed private investigation business set in Ocean Beach, a community in San Diego. The cast includes Laura Allen (The 4400 and Dirt) and Rockmund Dunbar (Prison Break).

September 8 – Psych will have its summer finale at 10 PM

September 9 – The Vampire Diaries will be back for another season on the CW at 8 PM

September 9 – The new CW series Nikita will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: Nikita centers on a fictional secret branch of the CIA, known as Division, which trains young assassins who are usually young people with a troubled background, often in prison and on death row. After identifying promising candidates, Division fakes their death and offers them a new life. The new recruits must learn to shut off their emotions to become efficient killers. The series stars Maggie Q (Mission Impossible III), Lyndsy Fonseca (Desperate Housewives), Shane West (ER), Aaron Stanford (X-Men movies), Melinda Clarke (The O.C.) and Xander Berkeley (24).

September 9 – Rookie Blue will air its 2-hour summer season finale on ABC at 9 PM

September 10 – The summer season finale of Eureka will air on Syfy at 10 PM

September 11 – The Syfy movie Mandrake will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A group of researchers in search of a mystical Spanish dagger are attacked by a cursed and sentient tree root, which dispatches the researchers one by one and will not be stopped until the dagger is returned to its rightful resting place. The movie stars Betsy Russell (the Saw movie franchise) and Benito Martinez (Saving Grace and The Shield).

September 11 – The Hallmark Channel movie Fairfield Road will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Noah McManus (Jesse Metcalfe from Desperate Housewives) is leaving his job with the Boston mayor’s office for a dream gig in Washington, D.C.; but in a single day, he finds out his new boss in Washington is a corrupt Senator who can no longer employ him and that his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Devastated, Noah travels to a quaint Cape Cod town. When he falls into the middle of a heated local election and finds love with the local bookshop owner (Natalie Lisinska), he unexpectedly finds himself at home.

September 12 – True Blood will air its summer season finale on HBO at 8 PM

September 13 – The summer season finale of Lie to Me will air on FOX at 8 PM

September 13 – The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles will air both of their summer season finales on TNT at 9 PM and 10 PM respectively

September 13 – The CW series 90210 and Gossip Girl will return for their seasons at 8 and 9 PM respectively

September 14 – The summer season finale of Covert Affairs will air on USA Network with a double episode airing (check local listings for times)

September 14 – One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected will be back at 8 and 9 PM respectively on the CW

September 14 – Parenthood will return to NBC for a new season at 10 PM

September 15 – Dark Blue will air its summer season finale on TNT at 10 PM

September 15 – Outlaw will have a special premiere on NBC at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: This Jimmy Smits led drama is about a Supreme Court Justice who resigns from the bench to start his own law firm as a way to more directly promote the ends of justice. The series also stars Carly Pope (Popular, 24 and Dirt) and Jesse Bradford (The West Wing and Flags of Our Fathers); Melora Hardin (The Office) will also have a recurring role.

NOTE: This new series will then move to its regular timeslot on September 17.

September 18 – The summer season finale of Being Human will to air on BBC America at 9 PM

September 19 – The final episode of The Gates will air on ABC at 10 PM

September 19 – Broadway Empire will debut on Showtime at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: This new show is about the birth of corruption in Atlantic City adapted from the novel by Nelson Johnson. The series stars Steve Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Dabney Coleman.

September 20 – Chuck will return on NBC at 8 PM followed by the debuts of the new NBC series The Event and Chase at 9 and 10 PM

Show Synopsis (The Event): While investigating the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, a man unravels the biggest cover-up in U.S. history; a cover-up which shapes the very core of mankind as a whole, whose implications are life-changing. The large cast includes Jason Ritter, Sarah Roemer, Blair Underwood, Laura Innes, Zeljko Ivanek, Ian Anthony Dale, Scott Patterson, Clifton Collins, Jr., Bill Smitrovich, Lisa Vidal and Taylor Cole.

Show Synopsis (Chase): Chase revolves around Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish from the short-lived series Past Life), who is a U.S. Marshal deputy, and her high-priority fugitive-apprehension team that trace down dangerous criminals in South Texas. The series also stars Cole Hauser (K-Ville), Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) and Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives).

September 20 – House will be back with a new season on FOX at 8 PM followed by the premiere of the new show Lone Star at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: Robert Allen (newcomer James Wolk) is a Texas con-man who leads a double life: As “Bob”, he is married to Cat (Adrianne Palicki from Friday Night Lights) while working for his oil-tycoon father-in-law (Jon Voight). Four hundred miles away, he is “Robert” in a second life with girlfriend Lindsey (newcomer Eloise Mumford). As he schemes to take control of the oil business, he must fight to keep his web of lies from falling apart, while being torn between the love of two women. The cast also includes Bryce Johnson (Popular and Pretty Little Liars), Mark Deklin (Riverworld) and David Keith.

September 20 – The new CBS series Hawaii Five-O will debut at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: This is a contemporary version of the classic series about a new elite federalized task force that is formed with a mission to tackle crime in Hawaii. The team consists of Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin from Moonlight and Three Rivers), a decorated US Navy lieutenant commander turned cop; Detective Danny Williams (Scott Caan from the Oceans 11, 12 and 13 movies), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop; Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim from Lost), an ex-Honolulu Police detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol and Kono (Grace Park from Battlestar Galactica), Chin’s cousin, who is fresh out of the academy.

September 20 – Castle is back on ABC for another season at 10 PM

September 21 – Warehouse 13 will air its summer season finale on Syfy at 9 PM

September 21 – The anticipated summer season finale of Unnatural History may air on Cartoon Network at 8 PM (please check local listings for confirmation)

September 21 – Glee will be back for another season on FOX at 8 PM

September 21 – The season premieres of NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles will air at 8 and 9 PM respectively

September 21 – ABC will debut its new drama Detroit 1-8-7 at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The series stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Detective Louis Fitch, a respected while deeply misunderstood man fighting crime of the streets of Detroit. The cast includes James McDaniel (NYPD Blue), Aisha Hinds (Invasion and True Blood), D.J. Cotrona (The O.C.) and Erin Cummings (Spartacus: Blood and Sand).

September 22 – Criminal Minds will air its season premiere at 9 PM on CBS followed by the debut of the new drama The Defenders at 10 PM

Show Synopsis (The Defenders): Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell star as two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot. Their law firm includes Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollet from Friday Night Lights) an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Zoe Waters (Tanya Fischer from Life On Mars), who is a spunky and sweet ingénue who is eager to please her bosses.

September 22 – The new show Undercovers will debut on NBC at 8 PM followed by the return of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 9 PM followed by the series premiere of Law & Order: Los Angeles at 10 PM

Show Synopsis (Undercovers): Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe from Soul Food) and his wife, Samantha (relative newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles; but secretly, they are two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. They are called back into service and that is when things start to get really interesting. The series also stars Mekia Cox (90210), Gerald McRaney (Jericho and Deadwood) and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation).

Show Synopsis (Law & Order: Los Angeles): Yet another installment of the franchise series, this time focused in Los Angeles, the home of the rich and famous and the completely unscrupulous. From Beverly Hills to the seedy side of Hollywood, LAPD’s elite Robbery Homicide Division is on the case. The cast includes Skeet Ulrich (Jericho), Corey Stoll (Salt), Terrance Howard (Iron Man), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Wanda De Jesus (CSI: Miami) and Regina Hall (Law Abiding Citizen).

September 22 – The Whole Truth will debut on ABC at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: The series will chronicle the building of a case from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. The series stars Rob Morrow (Numb3rs) as a defense attorney who regularly spars with the prosecutor (played by Maura Tierney from ER), with whom he shares a history. The cast includes Eamonn Walker (Kings), Sean Wing (Beautiful People), Anthony Ruivivar (Third Watch) and Christine Adams (Pushing Daisies).

September 23 – Bones and Fringe will return to FOX at 8 and 9 PM respectively

September 23 – ABC will debut its new show My Generation at 8 PM followed by the returns of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice at 9 and 10 PM respectively

Show Synopsis (My Generation): Ten years ago a film crew followed the lives of 9 high school students – the Overachiever, the Beauty Queen, the Nerd, the Punk, the Jock, the Brain, the Rich Kid and the Rebel – in Austin, Texas just before their graduation. In the present, they are revisited to see how their hopes and dreams from that time have panned out. The series is set in present-day with flashbacks to the past. The cast includes Jaime King (Pearl Harbor and The Spirit), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood), Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars), Keir O’Donnell (Sons of Anarchy), Kelli Garner (Lars and the Real Girl and Going the Distance), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night Lights), newcomers Anne Son and Sebastian Sozzi.

September 23 – CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Mentalist will return on CBS at 9 and 10 PM respectively

September 24 – Medium and CSI: NY will air on CBS at 8 and 9 PM respectively followed by the premiere of the new show Blue Bloods at 10 PM

Show Synopsis (Blue Bloods): This drama is about a multi-generational family of cops dedicated to New York City law enforcement. Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck) is the Police Commissioner and the head of the Reagan family; he runs his department as diplomatically a he runs his family. The cast includes Bridget Moynahan (Six Degrees and I Robot), Donnie Wahlberg (Boomtown and Band of Brothers), Will Estes (American Dreams and Reunion), Andrea Roth (Rescue Me), legendary actor Len Cariou and newcomer Dylan Moore.

September 24 – FOX will air its fall season premiere of The Good Guys at 9 PM

September 24 – Smallville and Supernatural will be back for their final seasons on the CW at 8 and 9 PM respectively

September 25 – The Syfy movie Sharktopus will debut at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: A research scientist (Eric Roberts) and his brilliant daughter develop a secret military weapon – a hybrid shark/octopus that can be controlled by electrical implants; but when the controls break down, the monster goes on a killing rampage at the resort beaches of Mexico.

September 26 – Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters will return for new seasons on ABC at 9 and 10 PM respectively

September 26 – The Showtime series Dexter will be back at 9 PM

September 28 – The new ABC series No Ordinary Family will debut at 8 PM

Show Synopsis: The Powell family goes from ordinary to extraordinary after a family vacation goes awry with the plane the family is flying in crashes into the Amazon River. When they return home, each of them soon discovers they now possess a unique and distinct superpower. The cast includes Michael Chiklis (The Shield), Julie Benz (Dexter), Romany Malco (Weeds), Autumn Reeser (The O.C.), Kay Panabaker (Summerland and Fame), Jimmy Bennett (Evan Almighty and Hostage) and Stephen Collins (7th Heaven).

September 28 – The Good Wife will return for its new season on CBS at 10 PM

September 28 – The Syfy series Stargate Universe will be back at 9 PM


October 1 – FOX will air the season premiere of Human Target at 8 PM

October 3 – Law & Order: UK will debut on BBC America at 10:30 PM

SHOW SYNOPSIS: Much like it’s US counterparts, the series focuses on detectives and the lawyers who investigate and prosecute crimes; but this time it’s set in London and stars Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Bradley Walsh (The Old Curiosity Shop), Ben Daniels (The State Within) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who).

October 3 – The season premiere of CSI: Miami will air on CBS at 10 PM

October 3 – The Glades will potentially air its summer season finale on A&E at 10 PM (please check local listings for confirmation)

October 5 – The last half of season one of Caprica will be back on Syfy starting at 10 PM

October 8 – The summer season finale of Haven will air on Syfy at 10 PM

October 8 – The new Teen Nick series Gigantic premieres (check local listings for time)

Show Synopsis: Grace Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter) stars as the daughter of two A-list actors making her way along with her younger brother through Hollywood’s “It” cricles while trying to stay grounded.

October 9 – The Syfy movie Monsterwolf will premiere at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: On the outskirts of a small Louisiana town, a drilling crew sets blast charges to tap an oil deposit – releasing the Kachinawaya, a Native American animal spirit meant to protect Indian lands from invaders. The movie stars Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) and Jason London (Wildfire).

October 9 – The Hallmark Channel movie After the Fall will debut at 8 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) stars as a driven equestrian who suffers a near fatal injury during a horse show. Her protective single father (Greg Evigan) decides to enter her into an intense physical therapy program as part of a research study. There she meets a rough around the edges punk rock patient (Fiona Dourif) and her new next-door neighbor, an ex-cowboy (Rick Malambri) who encourages her to get back on her horse.

October 15 – Sanctuary will actually be back on Syfy at 10 PM tonight instead of on September 28 (and back in its old timeslot)

October 17 – The summer season finale of Rubicon should air on AMC at 9 PM (please check local listings for confirmation)

October 17 – The summer season finale of Mad Men on AMC should be aired at 10 PM (please check local listings for confirmation)

October 17 – The BBC America series Luther debuts at 10 PM

Show Synopsis: Idris Elba (The Wire and The Losers) stars as John Luther, a brilliant detective tormented by the darker side of humanity, shining a light into the hearts and minds of psychopaths and killers and the shadowy spaces of his own soul. The cast includes Ruth Wilson (The Prisoner and Jane Eyre) and Indira Varma (Rome).

October 19 – Tower Prep is the second non-animated series on the Cartoon Network that will debut at 9 PM

Show Synopsis: This action thriller tells the story of a rebellious teen, Ian (Drew Van Acker from the online series The Lake), who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped at a mysterious prep school focused on tapping into the “unique potential” of its students. Ian forms a secret group with fellow students, including CJ (Elise Gatien from Smallville), Gabe (Ryan Pinkston from Quintuplets) and Suki (newcomer Dyana Liu).

October 23 – The movie Growing the Big One will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Radio DJ Emma Silver (Shannen Doherty from Charmed) is leading a chic life in Seattle when she finds her beloved grandfather has died. Traveling to Valleyville to take care of the details, Emma is stunned to learn her grandfather has left her his farm, along with a sizable amount of debt. To keep the bank from foreclosing, Emma decides to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps and enter Valleyville’s annual pumpkin growing contest with his prized seeds. She reluctantly teams up with her neighbor Seth (Kavan Smith from Stargate Atlantis and Eureka) in hopes the prize money can save her farm and his business from going under. As Emma works to adapt to farming, grow the biggest pumpkin and win the prize money, she may actually find the greatest prize is one she can’t put a price on.

October 24 – BBC America present another adaptation of the classic novel Brideshead Revisited at 3 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Matthew Goode (Watchmen) plays Charles Ryder, an impressionable middle-class art student who becomes fascinated with the posh lifestyle of his Oxford schoolmate, Sebastian Flyte (Ben Whishaw). Charles spends the summer with Sebastian’s well-off family at their majestic estate, Brideshead Castle, where he falls in love with Sebastian’s sister, Julia. Over the course of two World Wars, Charles is immersed in the self-indulgent world of the Flyte family, and all the forbidden love and heartbreaking loss of innocence that involvement brings.

October 24 – Sherlock will air as part of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery lineup (check your local listings for time)

MINI-SERIES SYNOPSIS: Set in contemporary London – and based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic – Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes partnered with his new roommate, Afghanistan war vet James Watson (Martin Freeman) to solve all manner of complicated crimes.

NOTE: Sherlock will also air on October 31 and November 7 on PBS (check your local listings for time)

October 25 – In Treatment will be back with new episodes on HBO (check local listings for time)

October 27 – The final season of Friday Night Lights will air exclusively on DirecTV (don’t worry it will air on NBC at a later time) at 9 PM

October 30 – The made-for-TV movie Red will air on Syfy at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: The movie stars Felicia Day (Buffy, The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog), Kavan Smith (Stargate Atlantis) and Stephen McHattie (The Jesse Stone movies) and focuses on a descendant of Little Red Riding Hood who brings her fiancé home to meet her family and tell him about the family business – they are werewolf hunters.

October 31 – The new AMC series The Walking Dead will debut at 10 PM with a 90-minute airing

Show Synopsis: The series tells the story of life following a zombie apocalypse and the survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln from Love Actually). Jon Bernthal (Eastwick and The Pacific) plays a former member of the police department, Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break) is Rick’s wife Lori, Laurie Holden (The Shield and The X-Files) is one of two surviving sisters of the disaster and newcomer Steven Yeun as an expert scavenger.

October 31 – Being Human all-day marathon on BBC America of season 1 and 2 episodes (check your local listings for start and end times)


Fall – The new ABC series Body of Proof will debut at 9 PM sometime this fall (check local listings for details)

Show Synopsis: The series stars Dana Delaney (China Beach and Desperate Housewives) as a brilliant neurosurgeon at the top her game; but when her world is turned upside down, she resumes her career as a medical examiner determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed her victims. The show also stars Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager and Shark), Geoffrey Arend (Trust Me and Garden State ), John Carroll Lynch (The Drew Carey Show and Shutter Island), Windell Middlebrooks (Scrubs and The Suite Life on Deck), Nicholas Bishop (Past Life and Home and Away) and Sonja Sohn (The Wire).


November – The Disney movie Avalon High will air this month (check your local listings for airtime and date)

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Based on the novel by Meg Cabot, the movie follows Allie Pennington (Britt Robertson from Life Unexpected), who is a new student at Avalon High. She is shocked to learn that her classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his Court. She begins to see parallels between her classmates and the past as she is researching a term paper on King Arthur’s legacy. The cast includes Gregg Sulkin (As the Bell Rings), Devon Graye (Dexter), Molly Quinn (Castle), Christopher Tavarez (Big Momma’s House 2), Steve Valentine (Crossing Jordan) and newcomer Joey Pollari.

November 6 – The Hallmark Channel movie Something To Be Thankful For will premiere at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Claudia (Daphne Zuniga from Melrose Place and Beautiful People) is an ambitious attorney striving to become partner at her law firm. But when Claudia has a run in with Gina (Faye Dunaway), a stranger who introduces herself as a Transpersonal Psychologist, Gina steps in providing Claudia an opportunity to see how the other half lives. Bumping her head, Claudia wakes up in an alternate reality as a wife and mother of two. She unexpectedly finds great joy in having a family and, after being pulled back into the real world, is far less fulfilled as a single woman living only for her career. Realizing how much she is sacrificing, she sets a new direction in life to make room for love and family.

November 10 – Lie To Me will be back for a new season at 8 PM

November 10 – Psych will return with the remainder of its current season at 10 PM

November 11 – Burn Notice will also be back with the rest of the episodes from its current season at 9 PM

November 13 – The Good Witch’s Gift will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Catherine Bell (Army Wives) stars as Cassie Nightingale, who has settled comfortably into Middleton with a successful boutique and is now engaged to Sheriff Russell (Chris Potter); but with only two short weeks till Christmas, the Sheriff is desperate to find the perfect gift. With no wedding date set, the Sheriff wants to give Cassie a family for Christmas this year and suggests they get married on Christmas Eve. But, as usual, things don’t always happen as planned and Cassie must use a bit of magic to give her new family that special Christmas.

November 20 – The Hallmark Channel movie The Night Before the Night Before Christmas will air at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Angela Fox (Jennifer Beals) and her husband (Rick Roberts) are too busy with their jobs to pay attention to the Christmas season, let alone their two kids, Hannah and Toby. The night before Christmas Eve, they are startled when Santa Claus crash-lands onto their roof, dropping his sleigh and reindeer in the backyard. Santa hits his head in the fall and can’t remember anything about Christmas, including himself. With Santa’s journey around the world in jeopardy of being cancelled, Toby, who still believes in the magic of Christmas, begs his family to get in the holiday spirit to help jog Santa’s memory. As the fate of the holiday rests in their hands, the Foxes must work together to get Santa, and their family, back on track.

November 27 – Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle 2 will debut on the Hallmark Channel at 9 PM

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: Based on the book by acclaimed author Debbie Macomber, Doris Roberts reprises her role this Christmas as the enchanting Mrs. Miracle. When a group of troubled New Yorkers are each down on their luck, it is Mrs. Miracle (Doris Roberts) who arrives in town to single-handedly restore the true meaning of the holiday season.


December – Special holiday episodes of Warehouse 13 and Eureka will air on Syfy in December. For Warehouse 13, Myka and Pete are called upon to hunt down a malevolent Santa Claus who terrorizes guest star Paul Blackthorne while Artie and his estranged father (Judd Hirsch) reunite after 30 years. Meanwhile, on Eureka, Global Dynamics staffer Dr. Noah Drummer (Chris Parnell) nearly absconds with a volatile experiment; the halls get seriously decked when Drummer’s unstable hydrogen crystal starts to grow at a frightening rate.

December 6 – Men of a Certain Age will return to TNT for another season at 10 PM


TBD – V will return to ABC at some point either late in the fall or perhaps mid-season.

TBD – The new drama Off the Map will debut later this year or perhaps mid-season on ABC and chronicles the lives of doctors at a medical clinic in the South American jungle. The series stars Martin Henderson (The Ring and Smokin’ Aces), Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), Mamie Gummer (Stop-Loss and John Adams), Valerie Cruz (True Blood and The Dresden Files), Jason George (Eli Stone), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) and Rachelle Lafevre (Twilight Saga)

TBD – The new NBC drama The Cape will either air later this fall or during mid-season. The series covers the life of Officer Vince Faraday, a good cop trying to clean up a corrupt city; but when he is framed for murder and left for dead, he finds himself separated from his wife and son and forced into hiding. Now, inspired by his son’s favorite comic book hero, he takes the law into his own hands and goes after the powerful kingpin who framed him. The series stars David Lyons (Eat Pray Love and ER), James Frain (The Tudors and True Blood), Jennifer Ferrin (Life on Mars), Ryan Wynott (FlashForward), Summer Glau (Firefly and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Keith David (Lottery Ticket and Coraline) and Dorian Missick (Six Degrees).

TBD – The new NBC drama Love Bites is expected to air at some point during this season, but was temporarily put on hold by the network due to the pregnancy of its lead actress Becki Newton (Ugly Betty). When the series does air, it is to be about love and all the crazy things it makes us do. The cast is to also include Greg Grunberg (Heroes and Alias) and Constance Zimmer (Entourage and Boston Legal)

TBD – The Syfy movie Fossil will air at some point in the fall. The movie is directed by Colin Ferguson (Eureka) and is about a novelty store owner who accidentally brings life to three dinosaur fossils, the dinosaurs wreak havoc on the small town and local university. With the help of townspeople, the Sheriff fights off the beasts. The movie stars Raoul Trujillo (True Blood) and Steven Brand (The Scorpion King).

TBD – The Lost Future movie will air on Syfy at some point this fall. The movie stars Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) and is set in an exotic and dangerous world in which an isolated tribe battle for survival in a landscape overrun by terrible beasts carrying a mysterious and deadly illness.

TBD – Harry’s Law is another new show to debut on NBC later this fall or during mid-season. The series follows Harriet “Harry” Korn (Kathy Bates from Misery and About Schmidt), a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer, Matthew Conlon (Ben Chaplin from The Truth About Cats and Dogs), a recently fired high school teacher and Malcolm (Aml Ameen from the UK series The Bill), a young man trying to figure out life; three of the most unlikely people starting a law practice in the most unlikely place: a rundown shoe store. The cast also includes Brittany Snow (American Dreams).

TBD – The BBC America series Outcasts will air in the latter part of this year and will explore survival, sex, politics and the drive for power in a new post-Earth era. The cast includes Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty), Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans), Hermione Norris (MI-5) and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica).

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Hey All,

Welcome to the end of summer folks! Well, at least as close to the end of summer as we can get, right?

And, how about those Emmy Awards last night? Granted, I don’t watch the televised ceremony anyway (it’s simply too yawn-inducing), but I was paying close attention as the winners were announced online. Did any of your favorites win? I know a few of mine did.

You can see the list of Emmy winners here.

In the meantime, here are the news items for today:


Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Franchise) may have a potentially recurring role on the new fall ABC series No Ordinary Family. He will play Trent Stafford, a high school classmate of Kay Panabaker’s telepathic Daphne. No Ordinary Family debuts September 28. (Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)

Debra Monk (NYPD Blue and Grey’s Anatomy) has signed on to Brothers & Sisters as a rival for Sally Field. She will debut in episode five of the new season as Alexandra Kirby. When Nora is offered a job as the host of an Ask Mom radio program, she’ll face some stiff competition from the more experienced and flashy Alexandra. (William Keck at TV Guide)

The BBC and “Doctor Who” show runner Steven Moffat have confirmed today that the upcoming 13-episode sixth season of the series will be split into two blocks to air several months apart. The split is the result of a request from Moffat to write a new story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the season. Said twist will serve as a mid-season cliffhanger to be resolved in the second half of the season. (Dark Horizons)

Lois Smith (True Blood) will guest star on Desperate Housewives in the 5th episode of the new season, as Allison Scavo, who moves in to Lynette and Tom’s home to help son Tom (Doug Savant) get over a unique case of male postpartum depression. (William Keck at TV Guide)


Looks like Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper are teaming up for an as-yet untitled buddy cop action comedy. They are to play two San Francisco cops and friends, whose fathers were once partners on the police force. Things get interesting when they have to bring their fathers out of retirement to help crack a new case. (RiskyBiz and First Showing)

The top 10 box office movies for this past weekend, according to details from Fancast are as follows:

1. The Lost Exorcism – $21.3m
2. Takers – $21m
3. The Expendables – $9.5m
4. Eat Pray Love – $7m
5. The Other Guys – $6.6m
6. Vampires Suck – $5.3m
7. Inception – $5.1m
8. Nanny McPhee Returns – $4.7m
9. The Switch – $4.6m
10. Piranha 3D – $4.3m

Q&A SECTION (with Matt Roush from TV Guide)

Question: I absolutely love The Closer! It’s one of my favorite shows and I am always so eager to watch that I usually don’t even wait for my DVR to get ahead enough to allow me to skip commercials. This season started off with a bang and I’ve loved it, but I’m a little concerned. What will happen if Brenda does become chief? On one hand, as a woman, I think it would be great for the character to be a female Chief of Police in Los Angeles. On the other hand, I am afraid for what that would mean for her position as a “closer.” If she gets some distance from the cases, how can she possibly get all of those confessions that have the audience on the edge of their seats? Plus, I have not enjoyed the rather jerk-like qualities this whole process has brought out in Pope. I know he’s got his heart set on being chief, but it seems a little uncharacteristic for him to be such a jerk now when he has not gone completely into that territory before. Please tell me that whatever is in the works is going to maintain the same quality of scripts and keep Brenda right in the middle of the action! Do you have any insight into the rest of the season or what impact this whole development would have for the future of the show? — Beth

Matt Roush: Now that’s a true sign of devotion, watching a show in real time, not DVR time. I’m very fond of The Closer as well. It’s easily my household’s favorite summer procedural. And we’re watching it just as you are, with no foreknowledge of how this hunt for the new chief is going to turn out. (See my recent discussion of this being a spoiler-free zone for why that’s the case.) Your concerns make sense to me, in that too much tinkering with a successful formula doesn’t always make much sense and can do more harm than good in the long run. (See recent seasons of House.) Still, I can’t imagine a scenario in which Brenda is removed from the day-to-day detection of cases, and if she were promoted to such a position, I would bet it would be short-lived. But this current arc has been mostly good for the show this season, I think, adding some tension — between Brenda and Pope, between Brenda and the long-suffering Fritz — and distinguishing it from years past. (Not always easy for a long-running crime drama.) Showing chinks in Pope’s armor, and then watching him deflate last week when he learned he wasn’t even on the short list, gives the invaluable J.K. Simmons something to play, which is always a good thing. Whatever happens as this season winds down, I’m thinking you shouldn’t worry that they’ll muck up the show you love too drastically.

On another Closer note: Even if you’re not a regular viewer, this week’s episode is a standout, as Brenda contends with a military overseer (Gary Cole, excellent as usual) after off-duty soldiers are gunned down in what looks like a gang-related murder. Strong stuff.

Question: TV Guide Magazine used to run a “best show you’re not watching feature,” but perhaps there should be subcategories? I would like to put in a vote for Eureka as “the most charming show people aren’t watching.” I’ve always enjoyed Eureka, but I feel as if it has been rejuvenated this year with the alternative time-line reboot. While always light, I’ve felt some urgency in terms of the multiple ongoing romantic stories this year. Henry’s rendition of “She Blinded Me With Science” for Grace made me smile more than any romantic gesture on TV for some time. What have you thought of it recently? I see it has been renewed, but what is the timeline for seeing the back end of these episodes or the new season? While USA is always good about telling the audience the minute a finale ends when the new episodes will be, SyFy barely advertises Eureka — I always have to hunt for the start date. Why do they do that? — Rebecca

Matt Roush: Cable schedules, especially when they split seasons in two, are often confusing, and Syfy can be especially mystifying. It would be nice if Syfy would announce the return date for a show like Eureka around the time of its summer finale, but maybe they want to keep their options open in case they need this asset to return to the schedule sooner or later than they think. The good news is that Eureka is still going strong, and I agree this has been its most enjoyable and freshest season in quite a while. The show that seems to me to have been hurt the most by Syfy’s stop-and-start scheduling is Caprica, which was just beginning to build some momentum when it ended its season back in March. The second half of its season won’t air until January, and that’s a potentially fatal amount of time to be dark. Especially for a show that dark.

Question: I have a question about BBC America [BBCA] as a whole. Now don’t take this as meaning I’m in a show for the nudity and profanity. However, I find the censoring they do enormously annoying. BBCA does this frequently. They blur George’s rumpus-roast in Being Human and eliminate words, and since I’m deaf and need the closed captions, occasionally use symbols. An example would be in the late-great Torchwood they used @ in certain words. In Being Human’s case they seem to have neither rhyme nor reason. They let a euphemism for fecal matter fly while censoring the “frak” symbolized word. I remember seeing far worse on Saving Grace and Nip/Tuck. I know they don’t censor on-demand, however, nor do they closed-caption the on-demand. I find the censoring does distract my attention from the story; my mind jumps to the “aw, come on” mode. I still watch, and love, some, but well, aw come on. Other times I can’t even make it through the initial episodes (Inbetweeners and Skins jump to mind). Mind you, I do buy the DVD later and watch and enjoy some of the shows. Why the [censor] do they [censor] do this [censor]? Pun intended, but you get the idea. — Scott

Matt Roush: This and the next question both find fault and express surprise that ad-supported cable (whether on the basic tier or, in the case of BBCA, digital) still operates with standards-and-practices prudence. While the decency rules are much looser on cable than for broadcast, and certain networks (FX in particular, and AMC more and more) are pushing the envelope as far as they can, there are still concessions made to placate advertisers and to agree not go quite as far as on the pay (no commercials) services. I agree it’s a much different experience watching the uncut Inbetweeners and Skins than watching them on BBCA, where the bleeps are so constant it feels like they’re written in Morse code. Call me old-fashioned, but I can still be shocked by what they get away with on over-the-air TV across the pond. But with Being Human, I tend to get the gist of what they’re saying and (often graphically) doing. I can live with the bleeps as long as they keep importing the good stuff.

Question: Was The Glades made for another broadcast company and then somehow found its way on to A&E? I ask because I notice it having dialogue removed, and that seems strange for a show it ordered. I also notice this on its many reruns, almost as if it seems more concerned with language than the broadcast networks. Insights? — Dennis

Matt Roush: I’ve watched a handful of Glades episodes and never noticed this “problem,” but I got a handful of comments about this, so it must have been noticeable on some of the episodes I’ve missed. The Glades was produced for A&E, so that’s not the issue, but the way I figure it, having seen the same thing happen with other basic-cable entities (I’m thinking here of Breaking Bad and AMC), when the language gets too rough, the network steps in and as opposed to cutting the scene entirely, it just omits the offending word, leaving it to our imagination. Gives the producers creative license to film the scene the way they want (which can be preserved on DVD), but then is altered to adhere to what can sometimes seem an arbitrary and inconsistent set of standards.

Question: Have really enjoyed Army Wives from the beginning. Will there be a season 5? The spin-off cop show is just not the same for me. Already lots of those kind of shows on now. — Virginia

Matt Roush: As of last week, according to my sources, Lifetime hadn’t officially renewed Army Wives. And the spin-off is still being considered a pilot in development, with no solid green light. Which doesn’t mean we won’t see both next year — but I’m with you about the show spinning off into yet another crime drama. Do we really need it?

That’s it. Enjoy!

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The 62nd Annual Primetime Emmys were presented live tonight at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Thanks to Variety, the following list are the winners in the major categories:

Mad Men (AMC)

Bryan Cranston – Breaking Bad

Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer

Aaron Paul – Breaking Bad

Archie Panjabi – The Good Wife

Modern Family (ABC)

Jim Parsons – Big Bang Theory

Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie

Eric Stonestreet – Modern Family”

Jane Lynch – Glee

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd – Modern Family (Pilot)

Ryan Murphy – Glee – Director’s Cut (Pilot)

Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy – Mad Men – Shut the Door

Steve Shill – Dexter – The Getaway

Julia Ormond, Temple Grandin

David Strathairn – Temple Grandin

Adam Mazer, You Don’t Know Jack

Claire Danes – Temple Grandin

Mick Jackson – Temple Grandin

Al Pacino – You Don’t Know Jack

The Pacific

Temple Grandin (HBO)


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Fall Music Preview

If you’re a fan of music like I am, then the following fall music preview – provided courtesy of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly – will be very handy when deciding what to purchase in the coming weeks and months or saving as Christmas gifts.

While the list that follows doesn’t cover all the bands and singers contained in the recent EW article, I did make an effort to cover a number of musical genres. The list will be simple, featuring the date of release, the album title (where available) and the artist. Enjoy!


September 7 – Kaleidoscope Heart by Sara Bareilles

September 14 – The Guitar Song by Jamey Johnson
September 14 – A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park
September 14 – Flamingo by Brandon Flowers (lead singer of The Killers)
September 14 – Hurley by Weezer
September 14 – Passion, Pain & Pleasure by Trey Songz

September 21 – Hands All Over by Maroon 5
September 21 – Wake Up! by John Legend & the Roots
September 21 – Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time by Santana
September 21 – You Get What You Give by Zac Brown Band

September 28 – Hemingway’s Whiskey by Kenny Chesney
September 28 – Clapton by Eric Clapton


October – Basic Instinct by Ciara

October 5 – The Other Side of Down by David Archeleta
October 5 – Bullets in the Gun by Toby Keith
October 5 – Doo-Woops & Hooligans by Bruno Mars
October 5 – Tiger Suit by KT Tunstall

October 9 – Come Around Sundown by Kings of Leon

October 12 – Charleston, SC 1966 by Darius Rucker

October 19 – The Incredible Machine by Sugarland

October 19 – Fly Me To The Moon by Rod Stewart

October 25 – Speak Now by Taylor Swift


November 2 – National Ransom by Elvis Costello
November 2 – As yet untitled album by Kelly Rowland

November 9 – Strip Me by Natasha Bedingfield

November 16 – As yet untitled album by Josh Groban
November 16 – Nothing Like This by Rascal Flatts
November 16 – 5.0 by Nelly
November 16 – Born Free by Kid Rock

November 23 – Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj


Artists like Kayne West, My Chemical Romance, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna and American Idol winner and runner-up Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox will have as yet untitled albums coming out this winter.

Of course, there is also a LONG list of artists who are planning new albums this year so be on the look-out for albums from the likes of Anita Baker, Bush, Phil Collins, Selena Gomez, Good Charlotte, Julianne Hough, Ice Cube, Reba McEntire, Liza Minnelli, Olivia Newton-John, Seal, Pete Yorn and Neil Young (and more).

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Hey All,

Today’s update is shorter than usual, but there were still some good news items to share with all of you. Hope you find something that you like:


Devon Sawa (Final Destination) will play the role of Owen in the new CW series Nikita. He will be Nikita’s (Maggie Q) nemesis starting with the 5th episode, which is expected to air on October 7. Owen is described as a highly trained Division agent who is equal to Nikita in skill. (Kristin at E! Entertainment Online)

Timothy Dalton (License to Kill) will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on Chuck, playing a mysterious stranger who has a history with Chuck’s mom, who will be played by Linda Hamilton (Terminator and Beauty & the Beast). (The Futon Critic)

Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) will guest star on Grey’s Anatomy as a patient named Eleanor who blacks out, but her black outs may not be all they seem, as Eleanor claims she blacked out right around the time she raced into a Laundromat and caught her naughty husband folding another woman’s panties. (William Keck at TV Guide)

Allison Miller (the short-lived NBC drama Kings) has joined the FOX drama Terra Nova, which stars Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars). The time-traveling drama revolves around humans from 2149 who travel back 85 million years to pre-historic Earth to try to save the planet from destruction. Miller will play Skye, a Terra Nova resident who bonds with O’Mara’s character’s son. Terra Nova was originally scheduled to premiere mid-season, but was pushed back to fall 2011. Fox will preview the pilot in May before launching the first season in the fall. (Variety and Joyce Eng at TV Guide)

Tia Carrere will return to Warehouse 13 on August 31, reprising her role as Katie Logan, a Secret Service agent who has a history with Pete (Eddie McClintock). She returns because a close colleague is murdered in a plot of revenge against Artie (Saul Rubinek). (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)


ABC has ordered the as-yet untitled new pilot, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (the people behind The O.C., Gossip Girl and Chuck), about a group of twenty-something roommates who juggle their personal and professional lives in Washington. The young politicos find that the ideals that brought them to D.C. don’t always match with the realities of living in the nation’s capital. (Variety)

NOTE: The TV Addict made a comment about the above new pilot for which I have to whole heartedly agree. Here is his statement: “Good News: ABC has green-lit an OC-esque drama centering around a group of twenty-somethings in Washington D.C. Bad News: We’re still smarting over the CW’s hair-brained decision not to pick up the Brian Austin Green (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars and Moonlight), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) OC-esque drama centering around a group of twenty-somethings in Washington D.C that was The Body Politic.”


Army Wives


Malcolm McDowell, Marilu Henner and Zak Orth have joined the cast of the vampire romance drama Vamps, which is a contemporary story following two beautiful young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who enjoy the New York City nightlife until romance jeopardizes their immortality. McDowell plays Vlad the Impaler, now living in NYC as the velvet jogging suit-wearing Vlad Tepish. Henner will play a dying woman who gets the chance to resurrect her once-sexy self while Orth will appear as a nerdy friend to the two female characters. Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Johnston, Richard Lewis, Wallace Shawn and Justin Kirk also star. (Dark Horizons)

Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) is in negotiations to star opposite Maria Bello (The History of Violence) in the indie thriller Carjacked. The story follows a single mother and her child who are carjacked by a thief who has no intention of letting them go. (The Wrap)

That’s it. Enjoy! Have a great weekend!

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Dr. Horrible (c) Mutant Enemy

The 3rd Annual Halloween Charity Screening of Dr Horrible & The Guild will be held on October 30. You can find out all the details here.

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If you are a fan of The Vampire Diaries, you are going to love these new ads for the upcoming season, which will get started on the CW on September 9 at 8 PM.

Check these out!!

And, while we’re at it, here are the new cast photos that are just as terrific!!

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Hey All,

Counting down the hours until its Friday; but for now it’s countdown mode until I attend a Writers Guild event tonight with a good friend. The WGA is honoring writers who are nominated for Emmy Awards, which will be presented this Sunday.

In the meantime, here are the news items for today:


Christine Lahti will be back on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, reappearing as overbearing ADA Sonya Paxton sent by the DA’s office to ride herd on the SVU team. (Ileane Rudolph at TV Guide)

Katee Sackhoff will be returning to The Big Bang Theory this fall, where she will reprise her role as “Katee Sackhoff,” the conscience of Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg), in an episode that will also guest star Melissa Rauch’s Bernadette. Sackhoff is slated to appear in the September 23rd episode. (Maureen Ryan at AOL TV and Televisionary)


‘Chuck’ Exclusive: Meet Casey’s A-Team!

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Erin Karpluk talks Season 3 of Being Erica!

NOTE: The premiere date for Being Erica is for CANADA. For those of us in the States, we’ll have to wait to see when SoapNet decides to give it an airdate and time.


The new Syfy pilot Three Inches has announced more casting news. The show that already boasts James Marsters (Smallville, Caprica and Buffy), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Naoko Mori (Torchwood) and Stephanie Jacobsen (Melrose Place and Battlestar Galactica: Razor) as part of the cast now also includes Noah Reid (Strange Days at Blake Holsey High). Antony Del Rio (The Super Hero Squad Show), Kyle Schmid (Blood Ties) and Brandon Jay McLaren (TRON: Legacy, Harper’s Island). The pilot will be 90-minutes long and will feature Alona Tal (Veronica Mars), Craig Eldridge (Covert Affairs) and Julian Richings (Supernatural) as guest stars in the pilot episode. The series is about professional daydreamer and underachiever, Walter Spackman (Reid) who is struck by lightning, and develops a unique “super” power — the ability to move any object using just his mind… but only a distance of three inches. He’s soon recruited by a covert team of superheroes each gifted with their own extraordinarily ordinary abilities. Together, the unlikely band of heroes proves that “super” is simply a state of mind.

The rest of the casting breaks down as follows:

Jace Alexander (Rescue Me, Prison Break) is directing the pilot, written by Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks), who also serves as executive producer. Fox Television Studios is producing with Executive Producer Robert Cooper, through his company Landscape Entertainment. J.J. Jamieson heads up television for Landscape Entertainment.

James Marsters will star as Troy Hamilton, a former government agent who takes Walter in to his own team of “super” heroes who fight evil wherever they find it. He is a father figure to Walter.

Andrea Martin will play Belinda Spackman, Walter’s mother, a brutally honest, comically cynical force of nature that loves her son more than words can say and will do anything to protect him.

Stephanie Jacobsen plays Watts, a beautiful “super” hero who has the ability to shape the emotions of anyone she meets at close range.

Antony Del Rio will portray The Human Smell, an adventurous, often irritating teenager who is able to emit a pungent gas through his pores that disables anyone nearby.

Naoko Mori plays Annika, a woman who can duplicate and broadcast any sound she hears.

Kyle Schmid will play Brandon, the “super” hero team leader with all the cockiness and strength of a true action hero, minus the superpowers. He is the opposite of Walter and sees most of the team as freaks.

Brandon Jay McLaren plays Macklin Sportello, Walter’s best friend, a big talker with not a lot to back it up. His relationship is tested when Walter begins to change, but he’s the friend that will always be there for him.

Alona Tal will guest star in the pilot as Lily Theroux, the kind, pretty girl next door and Walter’s long time crush who loves him but “not in that way.”

Craig Eldridge will guest as Todd, part of Troy’s team of “super” heroes who can see two minutes into the future at the cost of a massive disabling headache.

Julian Richings will also appear as a guest star playing Ethan, a man with the ability to communicate with and control the insect kingdom.

NOTE: Thanks to The Futon Critic for providing these details.


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Channing Tatum will star in and co-produce the ensemble drama movie Ten Year, which follows a group of friends reunited a decade after their graduation. Jenna Dewan (Tatum’s wife), Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine and Scott Porter are among those being sought for other roles in the film, but no deals are yet locked. (The Hollywood Reporter and Dark Horizons)

Jeremy Renner has been cat opposite Tom Cruise in the upcoming Mission: Impossible IV. Paramount has stated the following: “[We] have struggled to find the right co-star to play an operative opposite Cruise, and one factor was selecting an actor who could potentially carry the series down the line, should Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character not continue.” A scheduled release date for Mission: Impossible IV is December 2011. (First Showing)

Q&A SECTION (with Michael Ausiello at Entertainment Weekly)

Question: Any Glee scoop? —Ines

Ausiello: I’m hearing a major character (a series regular!) will find himself/herself in a literal life-and-death situation in this season’s third episode. In possibly related news (I say possibly because I honest-to-goodness don’t know), Chris Colfer’s Emmy-nominated TV dad Mike O’Malley tells us that episode 3 will be “another emotional, emotional episode” for father and son. The actor goes on to hint that the show will revisit the complicated dynamic between Burt and Kurt’s crush, Finn. “The last time I was on the show, [Burt] threw Finn out of the house. There [may] be some resolution there. One of the things I think is really important in life and for human beings is to forgive and be able to rise up from our mistakes. I’m hoping that Finn and Burt are able to cross that chasm.”

Question: Got anything on Brothers & Sisters? —Tim

Ausiello: Producers are looking for a “celebrity name” to play Gilles Marini’s gorgeous (natch) sixtysomething TV mom, who comes to town and makes quite an impression on the Walker family.

NOTE: I would suggest Raquel Welch or Ann-Margret since they would be gorgeous “older” women who could play his mom. Or if they want to go for slightly older than sixtysomething – there is always Sophia Loren.

Question: Are you going to make a list of the new shows we should watch, and the ones that we should miss? I have no idea how to set my DVR! —Amanda

Ausiello: Help has arrived…

Watch: Lone Star (Fox), Undercovers (NBC), The Event (NBC), No Ordinary Family (ABC), Raising Hope (Fox), Mike & Molly (CBS), Better With You (ABC), Hawaii 5-0 (CBS), and Nikita (The CW).

Miss: $#*! My Dad Says (CBS) and Hellcats (The CW).

If a new show you’re curious about isn’t listed above, it means either I’m on the fence (e.g., CBS’ The Defenders) or I haven’t watched the pilot yet (e.g., Outlaw).

NOTE: I cannot believe that I actually agree with Ausiello on the “to watch” shows – except for the comedies, none of which I will watch since I don’t comedies anyway. And, good for him for saying “miss” to Hellcats, as I didn’t really care for it either.

Question: Got any Castle scoop for us? —Jennifer

Ausiello: There’s a somewhat significant death in the second episode. I’m also hearing something about Castle revealing his REAL name.

Question: Anything on Chloe’s return yet on Smallville? —Maria26

Ausiello: Allison Mack will appear in the premiere and then return “in the middle of the season in a very impactful way in Clark’s life,” reveals Peterson. “It’s a great wrap-up to her character, and it also dovetails into the Chloe/Oliver relationship.”

Question: I have loved this season of Burn Notice so far, and I’m totally digging the addition of Coby Bell. But last week’s episode has me wondering: Now that (SPOILER ALERT!) Jesse knows that Michael burned him, what will become of Mr. Bell? —Kristina

Ausiello: He’ll be back for the second half of the season, don’t you worry. In the meantime, Jesse makes a choice in this week’s finale that will affect Michael in a major way. In possibly related news, the cliff-hanger finds Michael in the most perilous situation we’ve ever seen him in. And this dude’s been in some seriously perilous situations.

Question: The last two Ask Ausiellos haven’t had any scoop on the best series at this moment: The Good Wife! —Ingmar

Ausiello: Good thing we spoke to Alan Cumming over the weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys or else it would’ve been three in a row. Look for Eli to get “more heavily involved in Peter’s campaign,” he teases about his character’s story line this fall. “He gets meaner and ruthlesser.” Regarding his recent upgrade to series regular, Cumming says the biggest difference is “I get paid more. And I sort of have an idea of where my character is going now. [Before] I had no idea what was going to happen. The next week I could’ve been a murderer.”

Question: What are the chances Chuck will get a back-nine order? I’m freaking out over here! —Eric

Ausiello: I assumed exec producers Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz would be too. But they’re not. As Schwartz points out, “We never started a season with more than 13 episodes. Like last year, we will hope for the best, plan for the worst, and be ready to have an incredible final episode 13 if need be with a contingency plan to keep the season going.” Adds Fedak: “Episode 13 no matter what will be epic.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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