Archive for October, 2011

Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:


FX has renewed American Horror Story for a second season. (Twitter)

Actor James McCaffrey (Rescue Me) is joining the cast of ABC’s Revenge. He will play Ryan Huntley, a take-charge, no-BS attorney who has represented the husband of currently comatose Lydia in their nasty divorce. He will appear in the 10th episode, which is slated to air in January. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Soap actor Brody Hutzler (Days of Our Lives) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Ringer, playing wine connoisseur Jason Sheridan, the handsome and supportive husband of Upper East Side socialite, Greer, who will be portrayed by Madchen Amick. Both are set to appear in Episode 11. (Megan Masters at TV Line)


NBC has purchased the high-concept pitch called Afterthought box office writers Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga). The project is described as a closed-ended procedural in the vein of CSI by way of Inception and The Cell. The story follows an unconventional team within the FBI that uses the six-hour window between clinical death and cellular death to solve murders by entering the memories of the recently deceased. (Jeff Sneider at Variety)

Maroon 5 singer and The Voice judge Adam Levin not only has a karaoke comedy project with NBC but now he also has a potential drama set with the network called Awesome Splendor, which will be set in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. Executive producer Lawrence Trilling (Parenthood) will write and direct the project. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)


Actors Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold and actress Kristen Bell will star in the romantic action comedy called Outrun that follows ex-getaway driver in hiding Charlie Bronson (Shepard) who agrees to break the rules of his Witness Protection and drive his sexy girlfriend (Bell) to Los Angeles so that she can land her dream job. When the authorities and his former gang (led by Cooper) learn he is back behind the wheel, they hit the road to chase him down. Desperate to stay one step ahead, Charlie upgrades to an even faster car as the story shifts into high gear. Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant and Ryan Hansen also star. (Dark Horizons)

Actor Terence Stamp has joined the cast of the upcoming film called Pan, which is a twist on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The story shifts the setting to contemporary United States and recasts Pan as an insane killer. Stamp’s role is unspecified. He joins a cast that includes Aaron Eckhart, Sean Bean and AnnaSophia Robb. (Deadline and Dark Horizons)

Besides directing what will assuredly be a blockbuster (The Avengers) and sneaking in an independent film based on the Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon has yet another movie on his hands. The metaphysical love story is called In Your Eyes and follows two seemingly polar opposites who are deeply connected in ways neither could have ever imagined. Whedon wrote the script and will serve as executive producer. No cast has been announced yet, but filming will start in February. (Deadline and Dark Horizons)

Here are the top 10 movies at the box office for this past weekend courtesy of Grady Smith at Entertainment Weekly:

1. Puss in Boots – $34 million
2. Paranormal Activity 3 – $18.5 million
3. In Time – $12 million
4. Footloose – $5.4 million
5. The Rum Diary – $5 million
6. Real Steel – $4.7 million
7. The Three Musketeers – $3.5 million
8. The Ides of March – $2.7 million
9. Moneyball – $2.4 million
10. Courageous – $1.8 million

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Back in 1987 CBS introduced an updated version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast that focused on two worlds: the “World Above” where savvy New York assistant District attorney Catherine Chandler lived and the “World Below” where mythic, man-beast Vincent roamed freely in a secret Utopian community consisting of social outcasts living in a subterranean sanctuary.

After being attacked and left for dead, Catherine is found by Vincent and taken to his underground home to heal. This is where they form a strong empathetic bond with Vincent becoming her guardian once she returns to her home in the “World Above”.

Unlike the original fairy tale, Vincent does not transform from the beast into a beauty after gaining Catherine’s love rather his inner beauty remains the focus. It is actually Catherine’s life that is transformed because of her relationship with him.

On September 15, sources confirmed with the folks over at TV Line that The CW is developing a reboot of this CBS classic. There aren’t many details on this new version except that it will be modernized, the love story will be CW-friendly and will have a procedural twist.

While I cannot say that I agree with the procedural twist (don’t we have enough of those already?), I can accept the rest. But since there are no specific details, I have been working on my own idea and my own dream casting for the project.

So, here is what I came up:

Miracle Laurie

Catherine Chandler – Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse) will play the new version of Catherine who is one of the top attorneys at her father’s prestigious law firm – Chandler, Holmes and Crosby – until she is brutally attacked while riding the subway. Months later, after being rescued by Vincent and treated by Father in the “World Below,” she receives surgery to correct the scars she sustained. She eventually leaves her father’s firm, opening her own practice where she represents the less fortunate who were brutalized the same as she was.

Kevin Durand

Vincent – Kevin Durand (Dark Angel) will play Vincent, the man-beast who happens upon Catherine in the subway after she is attacked. He takes her to his subterranean world where Father treats her and they quickly form a bond. He spent nearly his entire life with Father underground, only visiting the “World Above” under the cover of darkness until his fateful meeting with Catherine.

Sam Anderson

Father – Sam Anderson (Lost) is Father, a former doctor and college professor who sought asylum in the underground after the unsolved murder of his wife and daughter over 25 years earlier. He found Vincent hiding underground when he was about 10 years old and raised him as his own son, educating him and making him the “man” he is now.

Alan Dale

Charles Chandler – Alan Dale (Lost) is Charles, father of Catherine and legendary New York attorney who is the founding member of Chandler and Associates, which is now Chandler, Holmes and Crosby, the most prestigious law firm in all of New York City. He is devastated by the attack on his daughter and is crushed when she leaves the firm. He pays for her medical care in a bid to win her back to his side but turns his back on her when she opens her own firm.

Bianca Lawson

Josephine “Jo” Maxwell – Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars) is Jo, Catherine’s best friend and associate at Catherine’s new firm. They have been friends since grade school and is the closest thing to a sister that Catherine has ever known. She is also the only one Catherine has trusted with her secret about Vincent.

Erica Hubbard

Evangeline “Evie” Shaw – Erica Hubbard (Lincoln Heights) is Evie, Catherine’s neighbor who is also a landscape photographer who spends more time on the road than at home. She and Catherine have become good friends, but Evie knows there is more to Catherine than meets the eye.

Devon Sawa

Jake McCallister – Devon Sawa (Nikita) is Jake, a member of the underground society who grew up alongside Vincent; in fact, they were almost like brothers until a tragic accident took place causing the society to exile Jake. He finds solace with other underground dwellers not part of the society Father created and ends up becoming Vincent’s nemesis.

Terrell Tilford

Detective Frank Sterling – Terrell Tilford (The Protector) is the lead detective who was in charge of investigating the attack on Catherine and has continued to have a watchful eye on her because of all the mysterious occurrences that seem to circle her life.

Malese Jow

Maggie Magraw – Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries) is Maggie, an up-and-coming writer for an online tabloid website who has dreams of being a top-notch reporter. She is slowly starting to put the pieces together of Catherine’s secret life after witnessing Vincent rescuing her from an altercation. Maggie isn’t really sure what she saw, but she isn’t going to stop until she finds out the truth, using that story as her way to climb the ladder.

I am sure the writers of the actual pilot – Jennifer Levin (Without a Trace) and Sherri Cooper (Brothers & Sisters) – have their own ideas and that the casting process for the potential pilot will lead the powers that be in very different directions from my own; but this is my dream team.

What are your thoughts on the Beauty and the Beast remake? Please share.

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The show is a hit! That is what ABC can say about their new fairytale drama Once Upon a Time. And, CBS can complain that sports are delaying their dramas from airing on time, but still pulling in the numbers so it’s totally a loss, right? Here is how the Sunday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

7 PM Show:
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [Reair of Pilot] – 5.2 million

8 PM Shows:
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 11.6 million

9 PM Shows:
The Good Wife (CBS) [NEW] – 10.1 million (average due to overlap)
Desperate Housewives (ABC) [NEW] – 9.3 million

10 PM Show:
CSI: Miami (CBS) [NEW] – 10.1 million (average due to overlap)
Pan Am (ABC) [NEW] – 5.6 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:

NOTE: There will be an all-day marathon of season one episodes of Teen Wolf on MTV (9 AM to 9 PM)

8 PM:
Terra Nova on FOX (NEW)
NCIS on USA Network
Twilight movie on FX
Edge of Darkness movie on HBO2

8:30 PM:
A Cinderella Story movie on HBO Family

9 PM:
Hart of Dixie on The CW (NEW)

10 PM:
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
The Closer on TNT (Reair)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on HBO

10:01 PM:
Castle on ABC (NEW)


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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:
Practical Magic movie on ABC Family
The Mummy Returns movie on cartoon Network
Pretty Woman movie on Lifetime
Inception movie on More Max

7 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (Reair of Debut)
The Good Witch movie on Hallmark
Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans movie on Syfy

7:54 PM:
Tron: Legacy movie on Starz

8 PM:
Once Upon a Time on ABC (NEW)
Iris Johansen’s The Killing Game movie on Lifetime Movie Network (DEBUT)
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Twilight movie on FX
The Hurt Locker movie on TMC
Enough movie on TNT

9 PM:
The Good Witch’s Family movie on Hallmark (Reair)

10 PM:
Homeland on Showtime (NEW)
While You Were Sleeping movie on Lifetime

10:30 PM:
Enough movie on TNT


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The final game of the World Series threw the regular planned Friday night line-up on some of the major networks into a tizzy with Fringe being postponed, CBS airing repeats rather than new episodes of their dramas and NBC trudging straight forward with their shows.

Here is how the Friday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
A Gifted Man (CBS) [Reair] – 5.8 million
Chuck (NBC) [Season Premiere] – 3.4 million
Nikita (The CW) [NEW] – 1.8 million

9 PM Shows:
CSI: NY (CBS) [Reair] – 6.9 million
Grimm (NBC) [DEBUT] – 6.5 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 1.7 million

10 PM Show:
CSI: Miami (CBS) [Reair] – 7.9 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Reminder: The one-day only Castle Convention is coming up in two weeks on November 12.

Check out their official website to find out more details and see if there are any tickets still available.

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