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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

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)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

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)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

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)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

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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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:
A Bug’s Life (animated) movie on ABC Family

6:50 PM:
Secretariat movie on Starz

7 PM:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie on HBO Family

7:15 PM:
Valentine’s Day movie on HBO2

7:30 PM:
I, Robot movie on FX

8 PM:
Glee on FOX (NEW)
Homeland on Showtime2 (Reair)
Scrooged movie on AMC
The Bodyguard movie on CMT
Serendipity movie on E!
Unknown movie on HBO

8:30 PM:
Ratatouille (animated) movie on ABC Family

9 PM:
NCIS on CBS (Reair)
Hart of Dixie on The CW (Fall Finale)
Scott Turow’s Innocent movie on TNT (DEBUT)

10 PM:
Body of Proof on ABC (NEW)
Sanctuary on Syfy (NEW)
Covert Affairs on USA Network (NEW)
bScrooged movie on AMC

10:25 PM:
Easy A movie on Starz

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

I sure hope everyone had a relaxing and fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend. Here are the news items, few though they be, for today:

TELEVISION
Actor Justin Hartley (Smallville) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Castle. He will appear in the same episode as Hilarie Burton (White Collar and One Tree Hill) as the boyfriend of Kay Cappuccio (Burton), a Kim Kardashian-like reality star who’s famous for being famous. (TV Line and TV Guide)

MADE FOR TV MOVIE NEWS

Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Goode will star in the BBC five-part drama called Dancing On The Edge that is set in the 1930’s, following a black jazz band in London. Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Head co-star. (BBC and Dark Horizons)

BOX OFFICE NEWS
Here are the top 10 box office films for the past weekend courtesy of Exhibitor Relations:

1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1, $42 million
2. The Muppets, $29.5 million
3. Happy Feet Two, $13.4 million
4. Arthur Christmas, $12.7 million
5. Hugo, $11.4 million
6. Jack and Jill, $10.3 million
7. Immortals, $8.8 million
8. Puss in Boots, $7.5 million
9. Tower Heist, $7.3 million
10. The Descendants, $7.2 million

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Last night was filled with sports, animation and movies but at least there was a new episode of Once Upon a Time. Here is how the dramas and the one new movie (at least for the major networks) fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Show:
Once Upon a Time (ABC) [NEW] – 10.7 million

9 PM Movie:
Hallmark Hall of Fame: Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith (ABC) [MOVIE] – 6.5 million

10 PM Show:
Person of Interest (CBS) [Reair] – 6.8 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Game of Your Life

On December 2 the NBC movie Game of Your Life will debut at 8 PM.

When gamer Zach Taylor (Titus Makin, Jr.) lands a scholarship to an exclusive video game design program, his future looks promising. That is, as long as he can survive the freshman project that will eliminate half the class. But when Zach learns that his father is in financial trouble, he has to make a choice that will affect his future and the lives of everyone around him.

The cast includes Lea Thompson and Nathan Kress.

Here is a behind the scenes trailer for Game of Your Life.

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