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Hey All,

How is your week starting out? Hope all is well. Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

AMC is officially moving ahead with a 5th season of the award-winning series Mad Men (even though a deal with the show’s creator and executive producer, Matt Weiner, hasn’t been ironed out yet). The drawback to the show’s renewal, though, especially for fans – it won’t be back until early 2012. (Deadline)

Actors Alan Alda (M*A*S*H and The West Wing) and Hugh Dancy (King Arthur and Ella Enchanted) will be appearing in the 2nd season of The Big C when the show returns with new episode this summer. Alda will play an oncologist that Cathy (Laura Linney) sees [SPOILER ALERT] after receiving a failed treatment for her melanoma. Dancy’s role has yet to be specified. The show will be back on June 27 at 10:30 PM. (Deadline and TV Overmind)

Actor John Rothman (Ghostbusters) and actress Cristine Rose (Heroes) will appear as Cooper Freedman’s (Paul Adelstein) parents in the May 5 episode of Private Practice. Meanwhile Tess Harper (Silkwood) will appear as Charlotte King’s (Kadee Strickland) mom in the same episode. (William Keck at TV Guide)

Justified has been picked up for a 3rd season by FX. (Twitter)

Actor Jay Mohr (Gary Unmarried) will have a guest appearance in the 10th and final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, playing a famous and incredibly successful Charlie Sheen-type bad boy – a “rock star” fashion designer whose every creation turns to gold. The show will be back on the USA Network on May 1 at 9 PM. (Nellie Andreeva at TV Line)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actors James Spader and Ryan Phillippe and actress Carla Gugino have joined the dramatic box office thriller called By Virtue Fall, which stars Eric Bana in the story of two ATF agents who find themselves on opposite sides of the friendship divide after one sells out the other. There are no details on the roles for any of them, though. (24 Frames and Dark Horizons)

Q&A SECTION (with the Spoiler Chat at E! Entertainment Online and Sandra Gonzalez at Entertainment Weekly)

Question from Quentin: Breakout Kings is amazing! Tell me I’m not the only one feeling the heat between Lloyd and Julianne!

Spoiler Chat: You are definitely not the only one. And you’re in luck, because Brooke Nevin tells us there will be more Lloyd (Jimmi Simpson) and Julianne sparks coming up. “The writers are definitely going to let this one play out,” she says. “I don’t know that anything is necessarily resolved by the first season but certainly if you caught on to some sort of chemistry between Julianne and Lloyd you wouldn’t be far off. That is really something that’s meant to be there.”

Question from Cheryl in Hudson, N.Y.: Emily isn’t really moving to Texas on Pretty Little Liars, is she?

Spoiler Chat: First Caleb hops a bus for Arizona, now Emily’s family’s relocating to the Lone Star State…are the folks in Rosewood that desperate for fresh salsa? Anyway, while Caleb is road tripping back home with Lucas, Mrs. Fields proves she’s serious about getting out of (going to?) Dodge by putting the house on the market and getting a realtor. Suggestion for Emily: Melissa might be looking for a roommate in the guesthouse. Just sayin’.

Question from ElderPoptart: Any post finale #PLL scoop would be amazing! Please and thank you!

Spoiler Chat: When Pretty Little Liars returns for its second season June 14 (Cannot. Wait.), someone else besides A will be privy to the girls’ secrets: a posh therapist. Because no one believes their allegations about Ian and what happened to him in the church, their parents send their Little Liars (who happen to be telling the truth this time) to group counseling. Too bad their Jenna isn’t the one having her head examined instead.

Question from Simone Snow: I’m begging for some Mikita scoop!

Spoiler Chat: Nikita show runner Craig Silverstein tells us, “It’s a little hard for them. Michael and Nikita will make it work for a second—and then there is the next second.” We then asked Craig what a world with a semi-functional Mikita relationship would look like and he teased (squee), “God willing, that world is called season two.” Whoo! Meanwhile, Craig tells us, “When we come back on April 7, we will see why he wasn’t able to make it work with Nikita, when they were both working at Division, and we will get another reveal about his past that kind of ripples through and changes his presence.”

Question: Anything on the return of Leverage? I’m so excited for it to come back! — Lori

Sandra Gonzalez: The show is in the planning stages of a super trippy episode that will find Parker in a journey through time. Part of the episode takes place in present day and the rest takes place in flashbacks to the 1930s-40s as a client relays his complex and heartbreaking tale to Parker. I. Can’t. Wait.

Question: What can you tell me about the new agent coming to Fringe? I heard she’s going to be played by Emily Meade from Boardwalk. — Ryan

Sandra Gonzalez: Right you are. The agent is scheduled to make her debut in the season finale, and executive producer Joel H. Wyman tells me her character will have a deeper meaning than a simple rookie agent. “We try and expand our storytelling week to week to a way that we are able to tell, I guess, deeper stories about our main characters. So many of the guest stars that come on are there to do one main thing and that’s to reflect back on our main characters and to learn more about them and sort of uncover more aspects of their personality and deepen them for the viewer. That character will definitely be there to do that,” Wyman tells EW. As for rumors that the new agent will be recurring, the EP says that’s more of a safety net. “We always protect ourselves by saying that because you never know. When we used Seth Gable, for instance, he turned out to be so great. And it’s just those little discoveries that you’re like ‘Wow, you never know.’ We always like to just know that we’re covered, should it go great.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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It was one of the those nights were the repeats far outweighed the new episodes; but here is how each of the Monday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
House (FOX) [repeat] – 4.8 million
90210 (The CW) [repeat] – 756,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
The Event (NBC) [NEW] – 4.4 million
The Chicago Code (FOX) [repeat] – 4 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) [repeat] – 537,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Castle (ABC) [NEW] – 12.8 million
Harry’s Law (NBC) [NEW] – 8.2 million
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [repeat] – 5.8 million

What did you watch 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:

8 PM:
NCIS on CBS
Glee on FOX (reair)
Rock Star movie on CMT
Just Wright movie on HBO
Never Been Kissed movie on Lifetime Movie Network
An Officer and a Gentleman movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
The Blind Side movie on HBO Signature
Dear John movie on Starz

10 PM:
Body of Proof on ABC (Debut)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie on Cinemax
Mildred Pierce mini-series on HBO (reair)
Bed of Roses movie on Lifetime Movie Network

Enjoy!

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Did you attend any of the 2011 PaleyFest events? If so, you may have seen or heard about the PaleyFest-inspired posters that were made for a number of this year’s panels.

You can see the posters and find out how to order a copy for your own collection here.

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Hey All,

Happy Monday! There is a lot of news to share with all of you so let’s get right into it all:

TELEVISION

Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo will appear in the season finale of House; but there is no confirmation on the role she will be playing as yet. It is believed she will play House’s new mother-in-law. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Film star Tom Hanks announced via his Twitter account that he will be making an appearance on 30 Rock – his first prime time appearance in more than two decades. There are details on his role as yet, though. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Jeff Hephner (The O.C. and Hellcats) will star opposite Kelsey Grammer on the Starz eight-episode drama series Boss, which centers on Kane (Grammer), the Mayor of Chicago who is diagnosed with a degenerative mental condition that only he and his doctor know about. Hephner will play the state’s Treasurer, an impeccably handsome and ambitious Chicago native who is clearly about to become a major player on the Chicago political scene. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Michael Gladis (Mad Men) will make a guest appearance in an upcoming of Leverage, playing Reed Rockwall, a public relations expert in crisis management who ruthlessly protects his clients, often going after and destroying their enemies. When one of Rockwall’s victims turns to Nate (Timothy Hutton) for help, however, it will be the team that pulls out all the stops to bring Rockwall down. Leverage will return for its 4th season on Sunday, June 26 at 9 PM. (Adam Bryant at TV Guide)

Actor Tony Goldwyn (Ghost, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) will appear in an episode of Drop Dead Diva as a corrupt District Attorney who just so happens to have a romantic past with Jane. He will appear in the 6th episode of the show when it returns with new episode this June. (Meg Masters at TV Line)

Actress Aubrey Dollar (Dawson’s Creek and Women’s Murder Club) will play a sweet-faced nurse who takes a shine to Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) in an upcoming episode of The Good Wife. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE TRAILER

First Look at Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Actor Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) will be back on NBC, but this time in a comedy pilot. He will have the male lead opposite actress Sarah Paulson (Cupid) in the as-yet untitled Kari Lizer workplace comedy that revolves around Mary Leahy (Paulson), a relationship-challenged woman who, with the help of her co-workers, guides people through unexpected career transitions. Pasdar will play Brad, a super confident guy who has drunk sex with Mary in a bar bathroom. After seeing how charming he is, Mary and her partner ask him to join their company. (Nellie Andreeva at TV Line)

Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stargate Universe), Bailey Chase (Saving Grace) and Cassidy Freeman (Smallville) have all joined the A&E drama pilot Longmire that is the small screen take on Craig Johnson’s literary hero Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Sackhoff and Chase will play Walt’s deputies, Victoria “Vic” Moretti, a former homicide detective from Philadelphia; and Branch Connally, who plans to run against him in the next election. While Phillips is set as Henry, Walt’s best friend who tries to loosen him up; and Freeman as Cady, Walt’s lawyer daughter. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Billy Brown (Lights Out) has joined the cast of the NBC drama pilot Reconstruction, which is a period drama about Jason Edding (Martin Henderson), a Civil War veteran who crosses the country and settles into a complicated town where he is welcomed as its savior – whether he likes it or not. Brown will play Sam who befriends Jason. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Gale Harold (Hellcats) is now part of the cast of the CW drama pilot Secret Circle, which is about Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson), a California teen who moves to her mom’s hometown of New Salem, Maine and discovers that she comes from a family of witches. He will play Thomas Meade, Diane’s (Shelley Hennig) father, who along with Vice Principal Dawn Chamberlain (Natasha Henstridge) take a unique interest in Cassie. (The Futon Critic)

CONDOLENCES

Geraldine A. Ferraro, who was the first female vice presidential candidate on a national ticket, died on Saturday, according to CNN. She was 75. Ferraro died at Massachusetts General Hospital of complications from multiple myeloma, a blood cancer she’s had for 12 years. (TV Guide)

ME: Rest in Peace, Ms. Ferraro. Condolences are extended to her family and friends.

MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE….

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actress Amy Adams has been tapped to play Lois Lane alongside Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in the planned reboot of the Superman franchise. (Twitter)

Actor Armie Hammer (The Social Network) is set to play the coveted role of the handsome prince in the upcoming feature film Snow that includes Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen. The Snow White role for this particular film has yet to be cast. [NOTE: There are 3 Snow White films in the planning stages at 3 different film studios]. (Brandi Fowler at E! Entertainment Online)

Canadian actress Sarah Gadon (Being Erica and The Border) has snagged the role of estranged wife Elise Shifrin alongside Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga franchise), who has the lead role in the film Cosmopolis, which is based on the Don DeLillo novel. (Indiewire)

Here is the list of the top 10 films at the box office over the weekend from Exhibitor Relations.

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, $24.4 million
2. Sucker Punch, $19 million
3. Limitless, $15.2 million
4. Lincoln Lawyer, $11 million
5. Rango, $9.8 million
6. Battle: Los Angeles, $7.6 million
7. Paul, $7.5 million
8. Red Riding Hood, $4.4 million
9. The Adjustment Bureau, $4.2 million
10. Mars Needs Moms, $2.2 million

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

Watch: First Trailer for Paul W.S. Anderson’s ‘The Three Musketeers’

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Doctor Who

Are you as anxious for the season premiere of Doctor Who as I am? Well, the accompanying picture from the season premiere will have to do until April 23 when the first new episode of the season will air.

The episode, a two-parter, was written by Steven Moffat and takes place in 1960s America, featuring then-president of the United States Richard Nixon. It is the first Doctor Who episode in the history of Who to have actually been filmed in the U.S.

Enjoy!!

And, don’t forget Doctor Who will premiere on April 23 in both the U.S. and the U.K. Mark your calendar!!

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Like every Sunday, the primetime landscape was full of reality, animation, sports and news with a couple repeats of the dramas thrown in to boot. Here is how the few dramas that aired last night fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Show:
Desperate Housewives (ABC) [repeat] – 4.1 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI: Miami (CBS) [NEW – approx. number due to overlap] – 11.5 million
Brothers & Sisters (ABC) [repeat] – 2.7 million

What did you watch 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:

7 PM:
Spider-Man 2 movie on HBO Family
Crazy Heart movie on HBO2
Bridget Jones’s Diary movie on Lifetime

8 PM:
Being Human on Syfy (reair)
NCIS on USA Network

9 PM:
The Chicago Code on FOX
Being Human on Syfy
Robin Hood movie on HBO
Mildred Pierce mini-series on HBO2

10 PM:
Stargate Universe on Syfy
The Closer on TNT (reair)
Courage Under Fire movie on FOX Movie Channel

10:01 PM:
Castle on ABC

Enjoy!

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I don’t want to be spoilerish for those who may not have seen tonight’s episode of Army Wives on Lifetime yet or for those who will be viewing it at a later time, but I had to stop to take a moment to say what a moving and emotion-packed episode it was.

I think most of us – unless we have a member of the family or close friend in the military – forget the sacrifices our men and women who serve our country in all the branches of the armed forces make for us each and every day; but tonight’s episode of Army Wives clearly brought to light just how difficult it can be.

They handled the death of a very special character in the show so well I was moved to tears throughout the entire episode. Yes, it is just a TV show you may say, but the loss of any soldier is impactful to that soldier’s family, their friends and community. The depiction in this episode felt genuine and was nothing short of moving.

While I don’t have any family members or friends who serve in the military, I know what it feels like to lose someone very dear and special.  The folks at Army Wives should be commended for making such a realistic episode about the tragedies of war and none of us should ever forget the sacrifices all those in the armed forces make to keep us safe no matter where they serve.

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Saturdays are usually reserved for movies and repeats; much was the norm last night. Here is how the dramas that aired last night fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Harry’s Law (NBC) [repeat] – 4.1 million

9 PM Show:
Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) [repeat] – 3.7 million

10 PM Shows:
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [repeat] – 5.2 million
No Ordinary Family (ABC) [special day and time] – 3.5 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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