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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:
Bad Boys movie on AMC

5:45 PM:
The Ghost Wrtier movie on Showtime

5:50 PM:
Good Will Hunting movie on Encore

6 PM:
Elevator Girl movie on Hallmark

6:05 PM:
Sister Act movie on Flix

7 PM:
Grease movie on ABC Family
Just Wright movie on HBO
Marley & Me movie on HBO Family

8 PM:
The Tudors on Showtime2 (reair)
Courage Under Fire movie on Encore
Some Kind of Wonderful movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
Army Wives on Lifetime
The Tudors on Showtime 2 (reair)
Mildred Pierce mini-series on HBO (Debut)
Amelia movie on HBO Signature
The 39 Steps movie on PBS
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian movie on Syfy

9:30 PM:
Hairspray movie on AMC

10 PM:
Breakout Kings on A&E
The Bourne Identity movie on Encore

10:01 PM:
Brothers & Sisters on ABC (reair)

Enjoy!

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If you live in or near Anaheim or will be in the area in a little over a month from now, you might want to consider going to the Wizard World Convention that will be held at Anaheim Convention Center from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1.

What is Wizard World you ask? Well, Wizard World is “a producer of pop culture and multimedia conventions across North America that markets movies, TV shows, video games, technology, toys, social networking/gaming platforms, comic books and graphic novels. It has the rights to the names, marks, domains, customer lists and production rights for a portfolio of pop culture and multimedia conventions.”

You can learn more about the Anaheim convention here.

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It was a pretty quiet viewing night last night for those who don’t get involved in March Madness or watch news programs. Here is how the few Friday night dramas that aired last night fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Smallville (The CW) [repeat] – 1.5 million

9 PM Shows:
Fringe (FOX) [NEW] – 3.9 million
Supernatural (The CW) [repeat] – 1.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Reminder: Don’t forget that Wonder Con is next weekend!!

If you haven’t already gotten your tickets, or if you are going to be in San Francisco next weekend and want something fun to do, you might want to consider attending Wonder Con.

You can go here for details on this annual convention.

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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:

6:30 PM:
Rock Star movie on CMT

7 PM:
Ice Age (animated) movie on HBO Family
Marley & Me movie on HBO Signature
The Green Mile movie on Oxygen

8 PM:
Harry’s Law on NBC (reair)
Being Human on BBC America (reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Back to the Future Part III movie on ABC Family
The Princess Diaries movie on E!
Rain Man movie on OWN
An Officer and a Gentleman movie on TV Guide Network
Just Wright movie on HBO

9 PM:
Being Human on BBC America
NCIS on USA Network
Sherlock Holmes movie on More Max
Pretty in Pink movie on VH1

9:50 PM:
Twister movie on Encore

10 PM:
No Ordinary Family on ABC (Special Time and Day)
Breakout Kings on A&E (reair)
NCIS on USA Network

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you have some plans activities planned for this weekend. In the meantime, let’s get right into the news for today:

TELEVISION

The big news all over Twitter last night was that FOX renewed Fringe for another season. Congrats to the cast and crew and hurrah for all the fans out there. (Twitter)

Actors Chi McBride (Human Target) and Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) will guest star in the season finale of How I Met Your Mother. McBride will play a construction foreman, named Rod, who isn’t exactly pleased with Ted (Josh Radnor) — which is a problem, consider it’s Ted who’s designed the new building. Foley will appear as a potential new boss for Marshall (Jason Segel). (Mikey O’Connell at Zap2It)

The new ABC drama The Hot Zone has been given its series premiere date: Tuesday, June 21 at 10 PM. The series is set in 2006 at the only military hospital providing advanced surgical care in all of Southern Afghanistan, and charts the frantic lives of the hospital’s resident doctors and nurses from Canada, America, the U.K. and other allied countries. The series stars Elias Koteas (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Michelle Borth (Hawaii Five-0 and The Forgotten) and Luke Mably (The Gates) [among others]. (The Futon Critic)

Meanwhile, the Canadian drama Rookie Blue, which was a hit for ABC last summer, will be back with its 2nd season starting Thursday, June 16 at 10 PM. The show takes a look inside the professional and personal lives of five rookie cops as they navigate their first years on the job. The show stars Missy Peregrym, Gregory Smith, Charlotte Sullivan, Enuka Okuma, Travis Milne, Ben Bass and Eric Johnson. (The Futon Critic)

Two familiar faces will be seen in the 2nd season of Covert Affairs when it returns to the USA Network on June 7. Actor Ben Lawson (the short-lived ABC drama The Deep End) will have a recurring role as Dr. Scott Weiss, a charming and handsome Doctors Without Borders-type physician who Annie (Piper Perabo) meets when she takes her niece, Chloe, to the emergency room. Actress Rena Sofer (NCIS) has been cast as Gina, Arthur’s (Peter Gallagher) smart, kind-hearted ex-wife who re-enters his life to offer advice as he deals with the political fallout from Lisa’s (Emmanuelle Vaugier) media assault. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Meanwhile over on White Collar, four familiar faces have been lined up for the 2nd episode of the new season (the show returns June 7). Those include: Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show), his real-life brother Christopher Masterson, Anna Chlumsky (and William Sadler (Roswell). Sadler will play a menacing security consultant who orchestrates a kidnapping with the Masterson brothers actually playing two brothers contesting their fathers will while Chlumsky appears as a new FBI agent recruit who helps the team. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Actor Mark Deklin (the short-lived FOX drama Lone Star) has joined the cast of the ABC drama pilot Good Christian Bitches about Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), a widowed mother of two who – to get a fresh start – moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. He will play Blake Caruth, Amanda’s first crush who’s now married to Cricket (Miriam Shor), a former Plain Jane who was tormented by Amanda as a teen. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Justin Bruening (Knight Rider) will play Steve Trevor in the NBC drama pilot of Wonder Woman. Trevor is the government agent who crash landed on Themyscira, home of the mythical Amazons; fell in love with one of them, Diana (Adrianne Palicki); and brought her back with him to New York. They’ve since broken up as Diana now operates out of L.A. and Steve is a lawyer for the Justice Department. (The Futon Critic)

MADE FOR TV MOVIES NEWS

Actor Woody Harrelson will join Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in the HBO Films called Game Change that follows John McCain’s (Harris) 2008 presidential campaign, from his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (Moore) as his running mate to their ultimate defeat in the general election. Harrelson will play Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and adviser. (Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with Sandra Gonzalez from Entertainment Weekly)

Question: Are there any hopes for Deeks and Kensi to get together on NCIS: LA? I have gotten all the girls in my office hooked [on the show], to the point now we are all going crazy. Please — we are in desperate need here. Thanks. — Christy

Answer: Well, I like desperation. It makes it more fun to tease you with quotes like this one from executive producer and creator Shane Brennan. “Deeks is handsome, funny and loyal. Kensi is smart, exotic and smoking hot. What was the question again? … Would we like to see Deeks and Kensi together? You bet! Will it happen? Characters have funny ways of taking you to unexpected places. We’ll all just have to hang in and see…”

Question: Any Blue Bloods scoop? I started watching this show every week with my dad — mostly for him. But now I’m addicted. — Amy

Answer: Remember when Michael T. Weiss guested as the super creepy Det. Molevsky? Well, I can confirm he’ll be back before the end of the season. And I don’t know about you, but news of his return made me recall what he told Jamie earlier — “It can be dangerous out here.”

Question: How much of this war are we going to see on Supernatural. It would be kind lame for them not to show the thing they’ve been talking about all season, right? — Rachael

Answer: Lame? Probably not. My gut tells me it would be for a good reason. Misha Collins agrees with my gut. “We’re not going to see a whole lot of the actual war that’s taking place in heaven. We’re going to see how that plays out with respect to Sam and Dean and their world. But the two definitely collide in the season finale,” he says. Another thing we can expect not to see? Cas in 300-style angel battle gear. “I would love to have some sexy, feathery armor, but I’m not getting any. It’s the same frumpy trench coat and suit,” he laments.

Question: Any scoop on Cas’s new angel buddy on Supernatural? — Krystal

Answer: I wouldn’t necessarily use the word “buddy.” More like “reluctant ally.” “It’s hard for Cas to figure out who’s on his side and who’s not,” Collins dishes. “There’s a lot of duplicity and spies.”

Question: Thanks for all the scoopage on the Winchester boys … I’m torn between excitement and dread for the last episodes of the season. Just thinking that what’s left is all we might ever have makes me want to have a little Hunter’s Helper and pass out in grief! I was wondering if there is any word yet on whether we will have a season 7? Thanks! — Gia

Answer: Save some room for me at your table, because I think we’re going to need to lean on each other for support after a likely soul-killing finale. Actually, let me back up. The heartbreak really begins with “The Man Who Would Be King,” the first episode being directed by fan-fave writer Ben Edlund. “It’s the story of Castiel looking over his life, and then it turns into Castiel looking into his relationships,” he says. “If it does its job, it’ll break your heart.” As for the chances of a next season, Supernatural show runner Sera Gamble tells me, “We’ve cliffhung this season, so if you want to know what happens, you have to tune into season 7. So we have to make one.”

Question: Let’s get some Nikita action going on here, Sandra. Spoilers, please! — Ashlyn

Answer: In an upcoming episode, Nikita will put herself on the line (<< no news there) for a shocking reason: to help Division. There’s much more to this story…

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a terrific weekend!

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There was very little new programming on last night where the major networks are concerned, but here is how the Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) [repeat] – 1.4 million

9 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – 10.1 million
Bones (FOX) [repeat] – 8.8 million
Nikita (The CW) [repeat] – 1.4 million

10 PM Show:
Private Practice (ABC) – 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:

7 PM:
Aladdin (animated) movie on Disney XD
Coraline (animated) movie on HBO Family
Good Morning Vietnam movie on HBO2

7:36 PM
Die Hard 2: Die Harder movie on Fox Movie Channel

8 PM:
Smallville on the CW (reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on AMC
Eagle Eye movie on FX
Pretty Woman movie on TNT

9 PM:
Supernatural on the CW (reair)
Fringe on FOX
NCIS on USA Network
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie on Starz

10 PM:
Merlin on Syfy
Valentine’s Day movie on HBO2
An Officer and a Gentleman movie on TV Guide Network

10:06 PM:
Die Hard 2: Die Harder movie on FOX Movie Channel

Enjoy!

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Are you a fan of the TNT series Leverage? Would you love the chance to see the cast and creative team in person?

If you answered yes to those questions, then you are in luck. The Con-Con 2011: An Official Leverage Event will be returning to Portland, Oregon this June.

What does that mean, you ask?

Well, simply put fans of Leverage can travel to Portland from Friday, June 3 to Sunday, June 5, participating in the Second Annual Con-Con 2011. You’ll get to stay at the Governor Hotel (where a number of the show’s episodes have been filmed) and meet the cast – including Timothy Hutton (who plays Nathan Ford), Beth Riesgraf (who plays Parker), Gina Bellman (who plays Sophie Deveraux) and Aldis Hodge (who plays Alec Hardison) – as well as the creative team behind Leverage, including Executive Producer Dean Devlin and Series Creators and Executive Producers John Rogers and Chris Downey. These great folks are set to be on hand to take part in panel discussions and Q&A sessions.

NOTE: More guests will be announced in the coming weeks.

To fill you in on the details: Last year’s Con-Con drew hundreds of enthusiasts for a series of events at the historic Governor Hotel in downtown Portland. This year’s events will include Q&A’s with some of the cast; autograph and photo sessions; an evening reception hosted by TNT and an official banquet, to name a few.

Ticket packages are currently available for purchase with autograph and photo op tickets also available at a separate cost.

For the latest updates and news about guests, event schedule and location, and to purchase tickets, please visit here. You can also follow the official Con-Con 2011 on Twitter @ConCon2011.

Reminder: Leverage will be back with an all new season – the show’s 4th – starting on June 26 on TNT. Mark those calendars!

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Hey All,

The weekend is almost here and the sun is shining so it’s a good day, right? Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor D.B. Sweeney (The Event) will guest star in upcoming episode of Castle that finds Castle and Beckett going to LA to investigate a murder. He will play Detective Kyle Seeger, a Los Angeles cop with Robbery Homicide, who questions Castle and Beckett about their rogue investigation. This is the same episode that will include Jason George (Off the Map) and Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) as guest stars. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actor Chris Vance (Prison Break) has booked a major recurring role on the TNT breakout hit Rizzoli & Isles. He will play Sgt. Major Charles “Casey” Jones, an old flame of Rizzoli’s (Angie Harmon) who comes back into her life just as she’s [SPOILER ALERT] struggling to recover from being shot and nearly killed in the line of duty. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actress Natasha Henstridge (Eli Stone) will appear in the season finale of CSI: Miami as Renee Locklear, an undercover agent who is about to cause a stir in more ways than one. (TV Guide and Spoiler TV)

Actor Michael Trucco (Fairly Legal and Battlestar Galactica) will guest star in an April episode of How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s (Colbie Smulders) long-time crush. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actor Scott Grimes (ER and Party of Five) will guest star in the Tony DiNozzo origins episode set for May 3 as Det. Danny Price, an ex-partner of Tony’s. They worked together 10 years ago while serving as cops in Baltimore. (Entertainment Weekly)

FX has canceled its new drama Lights Out, but the final 2 episodes will air. (Twitter)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

BBC America will co-produce the new six-part drama series called The Hour, which will premiere in the summer on BBC America. The series is a spy thriller set behind the scenes of the BBC’s news room in London in the mid ‘50s, starring Dominic West (The Wire), Romola Garai (Emma) and Ben Whishaw (Bright Star) who are locked in a highly competitive, sharp witted and passionate love triangle. (Deadline)

Actor David Alpay (The Tudors) will star alongside Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) in the FOX drama pilot Weekends at Bellevue, which is based on Julie Holland’s memoir. The pilot centers on Ellie (Ambrose), the psychiatrist in charge of the weekend shift at Bellevue Hospital’s psychiatric unit. He will play Ben, a second-year attending psychiatrist at Bellevue who graduated from an Ivy League school and comes from a family of doctors. He has a history with Ellie and is strongly drawn to her. (Deadline)

Actress Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) has landed the female lead opposite Damon Wayans in the CBS as-yet untitled sports radio show pilot. The pilot is inspired by ESPN personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show with this one centering on Nick (Wayans), an egotistical sports-radio host with a quick wit and cocky likability who is adored by his fans. She will play Nick’s radio cohort Casey, a fun, quick-witted gal who is socially oblivious and pathologically blunt. (Deadline)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

Veteran actor Ed Harris has been cast to play John McCain in the upcoming HBO adaptation of the best-selling book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Harris will play the Republican candidate John McCain for the film’s depiction of his 2008 presidential campaign. Julianna Moore will portray Sarah Palin in the film. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Looks like actress Amy Adams (Enchanted and The Fighter) is being courted to join the cast of the upcoming box office movie Rock of Ages, in which she would play the journalist who falls into a bedroom romp with Tom Cruise’s decadent rock star character, Stacee Jax. (Mike Fleming at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with the TV Addict)

Question: Got anything for a WHITE COLLAR fan who is already going through post-finale withdrawal? — Ainsley

The TV Addict: When WHITE COLLAR returns this June, fans will finally get a peek into the private life of Detective Diana Barrigan when Neal meets Diana’s partner, Christie. What’s more, the episode will feature Diana as she goes undercover to protect a powerful newswoman who is about to break a deadly secret that may take down a major corporation. Which, if you ask us, is a nice change of pace from the usual episode of WHITE COLLAR where women are often overlooked and underestimated in lieu of Peter and Neal.

Question: Blood is to vampires as scoop is to me, I need it to survive. Particularly of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES variety, what’cha got? — Mandy

The TV Addict: You know how Bonnie has been somewhat on her own since the death of her grandmother? Well, the good news is that she’ll soon be meeting a relative. Unfortunately, like the majority of the mysterious newcomers to Mystic Falls, said relative has an agenda entirely of her own. Oh, and did we mention she has somewhat of a sordid past with Katherine?

That’s it. Enjoy!

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