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Every major network aired repeats last night except for the 10 PM time slot on ABC. Here is how each of the Tuesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [repeat] – 8.2 million
One Tree Hill (The CW) [repeat] – 660,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [repeat] – 8 million
Hellcats (The CW) [repeat] – 6300,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
The Good Wife (CBS) [repeat] – 4.8 million
Combat Hospital (ABC) [NEW] – 4.6 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:
Brigadoon (classic) movie on TCM

7:45 PM:
Valentine’s Day movie on HBO

8 PM:
True Blood on HBO Signature (Reair of Season Premiere)
NCIS on USA Network
The Tudors on BBC America
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
Die Hard movie on AMC
Lean on Me movie on BET
The Italian Job movie on FX
Under the Tuscan Sun movie on WE TV

8:45 PM
Shrek Forever After (animated) movie on HBO Family

9 PM:
Royal Pains on USA Network (Season Premiere)
Franklin & Bash on TNT (NEW)
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
Lemonade Mouth movie on Disney (Reair)
Independence Day movie on More Max
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie on Starz

10 PM:
Necessary Roughness on USA Network (DEBUT) [90-minute, limited commercial interruption airing]
True Blood on HBO (Reair of Season Premiere)
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
Robin Hood movie on Cinemax

10:30 PM:
Under the Tuscan Sun movie on WE TV

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Necessary Roughness

On June 29 the USA Network series will debut its new series Necessary Roughness at 10 PM.

The show focuses on tough, sexy Long Island divorcee (Callie Thorne from Rescue Me) who re-energizes her life and career when she becomes the therapist for a professional football team. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself the most-sought after therapist for high-profile clients.

The cast includes Marc Blucas (Buffy), Mehcad Brooks (True Blood) and Scott Cohen (Gilmore Girls).

Here is the video clip for Necessary Roughness.

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Hey All,

Today’s news is primarily full of TV and box office details. Please read on:

TELEVISION

NBC has signed Kelli Giddish (Chase) and Danny Pino (Cold Case) as two new series regulars who will play detectives on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. (The Futon Critic)

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy and Gossip Girl) will guest star on Weeds this season, playing Emma, a low-level, pot-dealing rival to Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) who catches Silas’ (Hunter Parrish) eye. (The Futon Critic)

Actor Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down) will have a multi-episode arc in Hawaii Five-0 when it returns for its second season this fall, playing a former Detroit Homicide Detective who’s now the head of Hawaii’s Internal Affairs. After McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) was arrested in the Season 1 finale for the murder of Governor Jameson (Jean Smart), the IA unit will definitely have their hands full. (Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide)

Veteran actor Bruce Davison will appear in the season finale of Drop Dead Diva, which just started its new season this past weekend. Davison will play Cyrus Maxwell, a long-sitting and well-respected judge who requests that Jane (Brooke Elliot) take on the case of a death row inmate. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actor Ed Begley Jr. will guest star on the TNT police drama Rizzoli & Isles, playing Dr. Pike, an assistant medical examiner called in by Dr. Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) from Western Massachusetts to cover a murder case. Pike, an egotistical, officious, anal-retentive guy, thinks he should have Maura’s job and quickly makes himself at home. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actress Carey Mulligan (An Education) has joined the cast of the upcoming sci-fi film called Outback that, of course, is set in the Australian outback, but no other details have been released. (Variety and The Wrap)

Actor David Strathairn will play William Steward, the outspoken abolitionist who was Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State in the upcoming movie called Lincoln, which will star Daniel Day-Lewis as the nation’s 16th president and Sally Field as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. The movie is based on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling biography Team of Rivals. (The Wrap).

Actor Jeff Bridges will appear in the film adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. The story follows a 12-year-old who lives in a futuristic utopian society where all memory of human history has been erased. His life is thrown into turmoil when he is designated to inherit the role of the Giver and bear his community’s vast range of human emotions, which causes him to realize that living a pain-free life comes at a high cost. (Dark Horizons and Hollywood.com)

Child actor now grown-up actor Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) is set to star in the comic adaptation called where he will play Victor Franklin, a college student experimenting with reversing death in this contemporary take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

Actor Brendan Fehr (who got his big break in the TV series Roswell) will play the lead in an independent romantic comedy called Roswell FM, playing a young man deciding between the financial needs of his family and his dream job of hosting a quirky, UFO-themed talk show in Roswell. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

Actress Rosario Dawson has landed the female lead in the independent drama flick called Fire with Fire that already stars Bruce Willis, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Josh Duhamel. Additionally, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Richard Schiff, Vinnie Jones and Bonnie Sommerville have also signed on to star. The story behind the film is about a fireman in the witness protection program (Duhamel) who takes matters into his own hands when he’s threatened by the man against whom he’s set to testify. (Variety and First Showing)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Summer means repeat programming for most of the major networks and last night was much the same as usual for this time of year (save for one show). Here is how the Monday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
90210 (The CW) [repeat] – 790,000 viewers

9 PM Shows:
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) [reair of USA airing] – 4.8 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) [repeat] – 410,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) [NEW] – 6.4 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:

7 PM:
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie on HBO Family

7:15 PM:
How To Train Your Dragon (animated) movie on HBO2

7:30 PM:
Teen Wolf on MTV (Reair)

8 PM:
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (NEW)
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
The Bourne Identity movie on Encore
Just Wright movie on HBO Signature
Legally Blonde movie on TV Guide Network

9 PM:
White Collar on USA Network (NEW)
The Nine Lives of Chloe King on ABC Family (NEW)
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS (Reair)
Robin Hood movie on More Max

9:30 PM:
The Big C on Showtime (Reair of Season Premiere)

10 PM:
Covert Affairs on USA Network (NEW)
Combat Hospital on ABC (NEW)
Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
Lying to be Perfect movie on Lifetime Movie Network

10:30 PM:
The Big C on Showtime (Reair of Season Premiere)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Happy Monday Everybody! I hope your week has gotten off to a good start. Let’s get right into the news for today, shall we?:

TELEVISION

Veteran actor Scott Wilson (Dead Man Walking) and actress Lauren Cohan (Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries) will play the father/daughter team of Hershel and Maggie Greene on the second season of The Walking Dead when it returns this fall on AMC. (Zap2It)

Actor Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights and this falls NBC series Grimm) will guest star in an upcoming episode of the new USA series Suits, playing Quentin Sainz, someone from Jessica’s (Gina Torres) past whose company’s breakthrough drug for ALS patients may have unexpected deadly side effects. Also on tap to guest star in the same upcoming episode is actress Sharon Leal (Hellcats) who will appear as Lisa Parker, a consultant for the company that is being sued for falsifying the results of their drug trials to the FDA. (Philiana Ng at The Hollywood Reporter)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

The cast for the 8-part mini-series called World Without End, which is the follow-up to The Pillars of the Earth mini-series has been announced. Among the cast are: Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Miranda Richardson (Rubicon), Ben Chaplin (The Water Horse), Peter Firth (MI5), Charlotte Riley (The Duchess) and Tom Weston-Jones (Enlightenment). The mini-series is based on the novel by Ken Follett, which centers on Caris (Riley), a visionary woman who, with her lover Merthin, builds a community that stands up to the Crown and the Church. Nixon will play the beautiful and deadly schemer Petranilla, Richardson will play the strong and determined Mother Cecilia, Chaplin will play the mysterious Sir Thomas Langley, and Firth will play the ruthless Earl Roland. Also cast in the project are Rupert Evans (Hellboy) as the duplicitous Godwyn; Nora von Waldstaetten (Carlos) as streetwise peasant girl Gwenda; Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven) as the rough and dangerous Ralph; Megan Follows (Heartland) as Maud, a lady fallen from grace; and Sarah Gadon (Cosmopolis) as the attractive and intelligent Philippa. (Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian) is in talks to star in the fantasy film The Seventh Son based on the noel by Joseph Delaney, which tells the story of a teen who learns about wizardry from a forbidding spook. (Showblitz)

Actors Lily Cole and Sam Spruell have joined the cast of the upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman with Cole playing Greta and Spruell plyaing Finn, a henchman who serves the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). Finn is sent to kill both Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) once the Queen learns they have joined forces. (Movie Web)

Actor Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) will play a military general in the upcoming Superman reboot Man Of Steel. (Deadline, First Showing and Variety)

Actress Jodie Foster is in talks to join the film adaptation of the comic book called R.I.P.D., which will star Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as a pair of undead cops who police undead criminals causing trouble for real life people. Foster would play Proctor, the boss of Reynolds and Bridges’ undead cops. (We Got This Covered and Dark Horizons)

Aussie actors Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) are in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming film called AWOL, which is based on a true story set against the anti-war movement at the University of Michigan. Stowell plays a young soldier in Vietnam who gets dumped by his hometown girl (Aimee Teegarden) and goes AWOL with his best friend (Hemsworth). Returning to the States, he tries to win back her affections. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

Actor Ray Liotta will join Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in the upcoming film called A Place Beyond the Pines that follows a pro motorcycle rider (Gosling) who starts robbing banks to support his newborn son — until he crosses paths with a determined young cop (Cooper). Liotta will be playing a fierce, corrupt officer on the police force. (Variety and First Showing)

Here are the top 10 movies at the box office this past weekend courtesy of Exhibitor Relations and E! Online:

1. Cars 2, $68 million
2. Bad Teacher, $31 million
3. Green Lantern, $18.4 million
4. Super 8, $12.1 million
5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, $10.3 million
6. X-Men: First Class, $6.6 million
7. The Hangover Part II, $5.9 million
8. Bridesmaids, $5.4 million
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, $4.7 million
10. Midnight in Paris, $4.5 million

BOX OFFICE TRAILER

Watch: Disney Releases Pixar’s First Full ‘Brave’ Teaser Trailer Online

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons site and internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in movie theatres in July:

Larry Crowne
Opens: July 1

After Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks), a middle-aged man, is terminated from his job, he goes back to college, where he unexpectedly forms bonds with his fellow students and a romantic relationship with Mercedes Tainot, a professor (Julia Roberts). The cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nia Vardalos.

Monte Carlo
Opens: July 1

Three young girls (Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester), on a dream trip to Paris, sneak into the lobby of a five-star hotel where one of the girls is mistaken for a spoiled British heiress and before they get the chance to reveal their true identities, the girls are wrapped up in a whirlwind of paparazzi, private planes, couture gowns and the glamorous life. The movie also stars Catherine Tate and Cory Monteith.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Opens: July 1

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where one man’s experiments with genetic engineering leads to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy. The cast includes James Franco, Tom Felton (Harry Potter franchise), Brian Cox, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Tyler Labine and David Hewlett.

Horrible Bosses
Opens: July 8

Three frustrated friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis) believe their employers are holding them back from their true potential and so they conspire to murder each other’s bosses with unexpected and rather calamitous results. Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston co-star.

One Day
Opens: July 8 (REVISED: This movie has been moved to August 19!)

Emma and Dexter (Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess) meet on the night of their college graduation – July 15th, 1988. She is a working-class girl of principle and ambition. He is a wealthy charmer who dreams that the world will be his playground. We follow them across every July 15th over the next two decades as their friendship ebbs and flows with time and they come to the realisation of what they’re searching for. The cast also includes Romola Garai.

The Zookeeper
Opens: July 8

This live-action film stars Kevin James as Griffin Keyes, the kindhearted caretaker of the Franklin Park Zoo, who is beloved by the animals. However, when Griffin decides to get a more glamorous job with hopes of getting a woman in his life, the animals panic and break their time-honored code of silence and try to teach him the rules of courtship, animal style. The film also stars Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb and features the voices of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler and Sylvester Stallone.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two
Opens: July 15

Breaking into the Wizarding Bank Gringotts and then Hogwarts itself to destroy two more Horcruxes, our heroic trio find themselves in a final battle with Voldemort and his legions on the grounds of the school. It’s a battle not all will survive.

Lucky
Opens July 15

Colin Hanks stars as a wanna-be serial killer who ends up winning the lottery and pursues his life-long crush. The cast also includes Jeffrey Tambor, Ari Graynor, Mimi Rogers, Tom Amandes and Ann-Margret.

Salvation Boulevard
Opens: July 15

Set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor. The cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei, Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris and Greg Kinnear.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Opens: July 15

The story revolves around the lifelong friendship of Lily and Snow Flower and their imprisonment by rigid cultural codes of conduct for women in 19th century China. At the same time, their ancestors in modern day Shanghai face their own issues. The cast includes Hugh Jackman and Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, Vivian Wu and Archie Kao.

Winnie the Pooh
Opens: July 15

In the first big-screen Winnie the Pooh from Disney in 35 years, this all new adventure gathers up Winnie and the gang, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore for a quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. The film features the voices of Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny and Travis Oates.

The Fields
Opens: July 16

The film focuses on the true story of a pair of police officers who undertook to solve two decades of disappearances and homicides – totaling as many as 60 victims – in the industrial wastelands surrounding the Texan Gulf Coast refineries. The cast includes Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloe Moretz and Jason Clarke.

Captain America: The First Avenger
Opens: July 22

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero who sets out to stop an evil Nazi scientist who has become a nefarious being called The Red Skull. The film also stars Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Richard Armitage and Stanley Tucci.

Friends with Benefits
Opens: July 22

A young female headhunter in New York convinces a potential recruit to accept a job in the Big Apple. Despite an attraction to each other, both realize they’re everything they’ve been running from in a relationship and decide to see what happens if they leave emotion out of it and keep it strictly physical. The cast includes Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman and Bryan Greenberg.

Cowboys & Aliens
Opens: July 29

The film is set in1873 in Arizona Territory where a stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution, a town about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation against the alien force. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano star.

Crazy Stupid Love
Opens: July 29

A loving father and husband (Steve Carrell) finds his life unraveling when his wife (Julianne Moore) threatens to divorce him. As a result he hires a slick life coach (Ryan Gosling) to try and help him save his marriage and family. The cast includes Marisa Tomei, Josh Groban and Emma Stone.

The Smurfs
Opens July 29

In this CGI and live-action film, the maladroit sorcerer Gargamel (voiced by Hank Azaria) finally discovers the location of Smurf Village where a chase ensues, ending with six Smurfs (plus Gargamel) getting sucked into a magical portal and winding up in New York City. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays star.

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

Enjoy!

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Mark your calendars TV viewers!

Summer TV is back and with that comes not only the debuts of new TV shows, but also the return of summer TV shows on the cable networks.

Here is what to expect in returning shows this week (June 27 to July 3):

Royal Pains will be back with new episodes at 9 PM on the USA Network on Wednesday, June 29.

Mark your calendars!

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Last night’s programming was full of reality, animation and repeats (unless you were watching cable, of course). Here are how the Sunday night dramas fared (all of them were repeats) in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [repeat] – 4.9 million

9 PM Show:
Castle (ABC) [repeat] – 4.2 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI: Miami (CBS) [repeat] – 5.2 million
Body of Proof (ABC) [repeat] – 4 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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