Archive for November, 2011

Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:


ABC Family has picked up Pretty Little Liars for a third season. That season will include 24 new episodes and is expected to air next summer. The remainder of its current second season will be back on January 2. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Lifetime has picked up 10 more episodes of Army Wives. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries) will guest star in a late January episode of Supernatural, playing Lydia, a character who is wry, independent, and as fun-loving as Dean. She will also supposedly get to have a “sizzling one-night stand” with Dean. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)


Recently it was announced that NBC has picked up a pilot by Bryan Fuller (the man behind Pushing Daisies) that will reimage the classic 60’s series The Munsters. Now news has broken that Bryan Singer (director of X-Men and Superman Returns will be directing the pilot. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)


Actress Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) has been chosen by J.J. Abrams to join the ensemble cast of the second installment of the new Star Trek franchise. While details are scare on what part she will be playing, it is believed to be a new character to the legendary canon. Most of the cast from the previous installment is returning, including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. (Justin Kroll at Variety)

Q&A SECTION (with Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant from TV Guide and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Question: When will the curse be broken on Once Upon a Time? — James

NATALIE: Well, first of all, it’s not going to be like — poof! — and all of the sudden everyone knows they are beloved fairy tale characters. In fact, they’re definitely not going to find out all at the same time. But one person will, and soon. But this knowledge might end up being more of a curse than a blessing. “Even if you do know who you are, that doesn’t mean everything immediately comes back to you and you get your happy ending,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. Adds executive producer Edward Kitsis: “In a lot of ways, it might just make it worse.”

Question: I can’t stand thinking of Jason Dohring as a rapist on Ringer. Please tell me that it didn’t really happen! — Jessica

NATALIE: It didn’t really happen… or did it? You’ll find out for sure after the New Year, but let’s just say things aren’t exactly what they seem between Juliet and her teacher. In fact, there’s actually a third party involved.

Question: So glad Leverage is back. What can you tell me about the new episodes? — Todd

ADAM: Look for Hardison to take more of a leadership role. “We’ve addressed Hardison’s interest in running his own team,” Aldis Hodge tells us. “[He’s] taking a shot at it and… it’s a very interesting turn for him because he’s never had that kind of responsibility.” Don’t worry, Hardison’s not leaving the team. In fact, the experience may serve as an attitude adjustment. “I think he’s still learning,” Hodge says. “I think he’s ready in ways that he still doesn’t understand, but he still has a few tactics that he needs to get comfortable with.”

Question: What do you know about the new season of Pretty Little Liars. — Meg

NATALIE: Remember when Pretty Little Liars star Ian Harding told us that Ezra was going to have a “tumultuous” interaction with a certain someone’s parents that involved a stunt coordinator? That violent confrontation takes place in the premiere. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be quite surprised by who throws the first punch.

Question: Any scoop on Rookie Blue for the upcoming Season 3? —Elizabeth

Ausiello: Blue is introducing a new Rookie. The show is casting the role of Leslie, a smart detective in her 30s who has the gravitas to run a division. She’ll appear in three episodes of Season 3 and will likely recur during Season 4 (assuming there is a Season 4).

That’s it. Enjoy!

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In this ongoing article series, I will be highlighting fellow bloggers who are working hard to provide news, reviews and coverage on entertainment and television.

This month’s spotlight is on Jessica Rae (aka ThisJessicaRae on Twitter), who began writing online in 2001 and five years later she began writing for Style and TV Blogs. Currently she writes for three online services:

She is the head writer at Small Screen Scoop where she provides TV reviews, interviews, music guides and comprehensive episode guides;

She is the head writer at She’s Smart where she provides product reviews and giveaways (for style, beauty, home); and,

She is part of the writing staff for RingOBlog where she provides jewelry guides for ring shopping.

Jessica loves to talk about TV with people on Twitter and as a site commenter; in fact, she shares that some of her strongest friendships have been created out of a shared love of TV shows and that television has always been one of her favorite things.

Among her favorite TV shows are Chuck, Community, Glee, Doctor Who and The Good Wife. And her all-time favorite shows are Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, Felicity and Alias. She shared that a weekend of marathoning TV shows on DVD is basically her idea of bliss.

Jessica is proud of being named one of the The Wrap’s Top 25 TV Superfans to Watch and she is a judge for The Taste Awards.

You can see her work at the following sites: ShesSmart.com; SmallScreenScoop.com and RingOBlog.com

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The Syfy 4-hour mini-series Neverland will debut at 9 PM (both nights) on December 4 and 5.

The mini-series takes on Peter Pan in this original prequel to the classic J. M Barrie story, sweeping in time from the turbulent seas of the pirates of the Caribbean and the back alleys of Dickensian London to a world of pure imagination. The film stars Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins (Hook) as Smee, Raoul Trujillo (Tin Man) and Charlie Rowe (Pirate Radio) as Peter Pan.

Here is the trailer for Neverland.

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Here is how all of the Tuesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
Glee (FOX) [NEW] – 7.8 million
90210 (The CW) [NEW] – 1.6 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [Reair] – 13.4 million
Ringer (The CW) [NEW – Fall Finale] – 1.6 million

10 PM Shows:
Body of Proof (ABC) [NEW] – 9.4 million
Parenthood (NBC) [NEW] – 5.7 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Christmas Mail

On December 4 the holiday movie Christmas Mail will debut on ION at 11 PM.

A Post Office boss becomes suspicious of his new official “Santa Writer,” Kristi, prompting him to enlist reluctant Postman Matt to spy on her. Before long, Matt and Kristi fall for each other, only to realize all is not what it seems this Christmas season. Ashley Scott, A.J. Buckley, Lochlyn Munro and Piper Harris star.

Here is a trailer for Christmas Mail.

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A Golden Christmas

On December 4 the ION made-for-TV movie A Golden Christmas 2: The Second Tail will air at 9 PM.

When golden retriever owner, Lisa, takes her dog Jake and her neighbors’ dogs for a walk one day, she interrupts a wedding proposal involving none other than her ex, David. Now, with David’s wedding approaching, Lisa and he must decide whether to leave their love in the past, or to give it another chance. With a little help of three lovable pups, it’s sure to be a Christmas to remember. The cast includes Julie Gonzalo, Bruce Davison, Kelly Stables and Alley Mills.

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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 PM:
Ratatouille (animated) movie on ABC Family

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

7:54 PM:
Tron: Legacy movie on Starz

8 PM:
Christmas in Rockefeller on NBC (Special)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
The Tudors on BBC America (Reair)
Scrooged movie on AMC
Fried Green Tomatoes movie on CMT
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie on Encore
You’ve Got Mail movie on WE TV

9 PM:
Ricochet movie on TNT (DEBUT)
NCIS on USA Network
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
The Tudors on BBC America (Reair)

10 PM:
Whitechapel on BBC America (Finale)
Psych on USA Network (NEW)
Revenge on ABC (Reair)
Scrooged movie on AMC
Under the Tuscan Sun movie on Oxygen


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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:


While there is no official confirmation from the network, it’s looking like the new ABC period drama Pan Am is on the cancellation block. (Twitter)

Actress Nora Zehetner (Everwood and Heroes) will have a recurring role in the upcoming buddy-cop dramedy Common Law from the USA Network that is set to debut on January 26 at 10 PM. The series is about butting detectives Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole) who are ordered to attend couples therapy. Zehetner will play a pretty and offbeat female detective fresh out of training at Quantico and the new head of the digital technology unit. She’s immune to Travis’ flirty charms but is impressed by Wes. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing) has joined the cast of the untitled drama pilot for USA from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin. The project follows agents from various federal and local agencies (DEA, FBI, LAPD) who all live at an undercover house in Southern California. He will play Dale Jakes, a quick-tempered U.S. Customs agent living at the house. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)


Actor Liev Schreiber will star in the Showtime drama pilot Ray Donovan that takes a novelistic look at contemporary Los Angeles. He will play the title character, a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in Los Angeles. (The Hollywood Reporter)


TNT has greenlit an original movie adaptation of the best-selling novel from Patricia Cornwell called Hornet’s Nest. Actresses Sherry Stringfield (ER) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways) have been cast to star in the film, which will premiere next spring as part of the TNT Mystery Movie Night. The story is about reporter Andy Brazil, Police Chief Judy Hammer (Madsen) and her top deputy, Virginia West (Stringfield). (The Futon Critic)


Actors Michael Chiklis (The Shield) and Forest Whitaker are set to star in the indie crime thriller called Pawn that follows an ex-con who becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob during a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong. Common and Ray Liotta also star. (Deadline and Dark Horizons)

Actor Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) has landed a role alongside Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg in the political thriller film Broken City that will follows a New York City detective (Wahlberg) who is hired by a powerful politician (Crowe) to identify his wife’s lover, who is subsequently found and killed. Barry Pepper also stars in the film as a mayoral candidate and Chandler is working at the core of his political team, but it is unclear how the two tie into the logline of the story. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright and Griffin Dunne also star. (First Showing and Variety)

Q&A SECTION (with Kristin at E! Online)

Question: You guys have been slacking on the Supernatural scoop lately! Any idea what’s coming up on my favorite show?

Kristin: Bobby’s (Jim Beaver) flirting with death after that whole being shot in the head thing that happened last episode. So where does he find himself? Purgatory! Yes, our beloved Bobby will be reliving his life and will come across a dear old friend in the process: Rufus (Steven Williams).

Question: Anything on Once Upon a Time please! When will we found out more about Mr. Gold?

Kristin: We’ll learn more about Mr. Gold (the ah-mah-zing Robert Carlyle), and his fairy-tale counterpart Rumpelstiltskin, in episode eight, penned by Jane Espenson! “Some crucial facts about where Rumpel comes from,” are revealed in the episode, Espenson tells us. As for whether or not he’s truly evil, that remains to be seen. “He’s a wild card,” she says. “His ulterior motives are still always very complicated.”

Question: Once Upon a Time, please! I am obsessed with this show!

Kristin: Remember that deal Emma (Jennifer Morrison) made with Mr. Gold? “He’s going to hold onto that for a while,” Espenson teases. “He’s going to make sure that’s paid off when he can get the maximum bang.”

Question: some Revenge please?

Kristin: Grandpa Grayson is comin’ to town! Yes, Revenge is currently looking for someone to play Donald Grayson (who will first appear in episode 14), an imposing, self-made man who is a little rough around the edges. Donald made his children (including Conrad) work very hard for their share of his fortune as he’s a believer in hard work. Seems like just the person to light a fire under Daniel

That’s it. Enjoy!

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A Princess for Christmas

 The Hallmark Channel movie A Princess for Christmas will debut at 8 PM on December 3.

Jules Daly (Katie McGrath) is a frenetic twenty-something who becomes guardian to her young niece Maddie (Leilah De Meza) and nephew Milo (Travis Turner) when her sister and brother-in-law are tragically killed in an accident. While balancing the daily hysteria of becoming an overnight parent, Jules was recently laid off at work, her car is on the fritz, and the kids’ shenanigans have caused a dozen nannies to flee like vampires before garlic. When an ominous knock on the door comes late one evening, Jules wonders, what now? At the door is Paisley Winterbottom (Miles Richardson), a proper English butler, with a most curious invitation: a Christmas holiday with grandfather, Edward (Roger Moore), the Duke of Castlebury Hall, who was absent from the kids’ lives, but wants to reconnect out of love for his late son. Jules initially wants to decline the trip, though she and the kids eventually travel to Castlebury to meet the Duke. On more than one occasion, Jules feels woefully common trying to blend in with her late brother-in-law’s ostentatious family. Eventually, however, even with missteps and mistakes, a mystical influence begins to fall over the family, like the comfort of a dusting of snow over the quiet countryside.

Here is a trailer for A Princess for Christmas.

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Here is how the Monday night dramas fared in the overall ratings last night:

8 PM Shows:
Terra Nova (FOX) [NEW] – 7.2 million
Gossip Girl (The CW) [NEW] – 1.3 million

9 PM Shows:
House (FOX) [NEW] – 7.3 million
Hart of Dixie (The CW) [NEW] – 1.9 million

10 PM Shows:
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) [Reair] – 7.9 million
Castle (ABC) [Reair} – 5.5 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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