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Hey All,

Tonight is the big night, folks!! Chuck comes to an end with a 2-hour series finale. I hope you will be watching and enjoying (and crying) along with me and the millions of other fans who will be pinned to their TV’s tonight.

In the meantime, here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Actor Kevin Weisman (Alias) will have a recurring role on the as-yet-to-be-schedule NBC drama Awake, playing a mysterious character named Mr. Blonde, who has details on the car accident involving lead character Detective Britton (Jason Isaacs) that leads to the parallel worlds in which Britton lives. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

BBC America has committed to co-produce and air a four-episode third season of the cop serial Luther, which stars Idris Elba. (The Chicago Tribune and Dark Horizons)

Looks like actor Matt Bomer (White Collar) just might be showing up in an April episode of Glee, playing the older brother of Blaine (Darren Criss). And for those naysayers, Bomer CAN sing so expect a duet for sure. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actress Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers and Frasier) will have a recurring role on The Good Wife, playing Judge Friend, who is assigned to a case involving a battle for control of a large equity group and is placed in a rather awkward position when the top witnesses for both sides appear to be totally guilty of perjury. (James Hibberd at Entertainment Weekly)

Actress Sarah Jane Morris (Brothers & Sisters and NCIS) and actor Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries and Dating Rules From My Future Self) will appear in a fairytale based episode of Castle. Morris will play Leslie Morgan, a woman whose sister, Amy, is found dead in Central Park. The fairytale part of the story is that Amy was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and the victim of an apparent wolf attack. Kinney is expected to play Leslie’s husband. (Megan Masters and Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights and the short-lived The Chicago Code) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Person of Interest. He will play a sharp, young trader at a major investment bank. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

CONDOLENCES

Robert Hegyes, best known for playing Juan Epstein in the 1970’s classic comedy series Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away today after an apparent heart attack. He was 60. (E! Online)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

CBS has picked up three more drama pilots: 1) the untitled period piece from Ralph Lamb, 2) a PI show and 3) the character-driven procedural called Quean. The Ralph Lamb project is set in the 1960s and is based on the true story of Ralph Lamb, a rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas. The PI show is based on the Ayelet Waldman mystery series Mommy Track Mysteries about a former public defender who becomes a private investigator to keep from being bored to death as a stay-at-home mom. Lastly, Quean centers on an edgy and independent Millennial hacker girl who teams up with an Oakland police detective to solve crimes. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Paul Giamatti has joined the cast latest film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He will play the mentor-like Friar Lawrence. Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes wrote the script with actress Hailee Steinfeld and actor Douglas Booth playing the ill-fated. Actors Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star. (Variety and Dark Horizons)

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a terrific weekend!

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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 PM:
Braveheart movie on Bravo

6:45 PM:
The Hurt Locker movie on TMC

7 PM:
How to Train Your Dragon (animated) movie on HBO Family

7:10 PM:
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice movie on Star

7:15 PM:
Men in Black movie on More Max

8 PM:
Psych on ION
Fast and Furious movie on USA Network
Forrest Gump movie on TNT

8:45 PM:
Braveheart movie on Bravo

9 PM:
The U.S. Figure Skating Championship on NBC
The Fades on BBC America (NEW)
Psych on ION
Erin Brockovich movie on Oxygen

9:05 PM:
Brokedown Palace movie on Sundance

10 PM:
Psych on ION
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on Cinemax
Fast and Furious movie on USA Network

Enjoy!

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It was a bit of a lackluster night for major network programming last night with many of the networks airing repeats or a movie with only two new episodes airing. Here is how the Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

9 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [Reair] – 10.8 million
The Finder (FOX) [NEW] – 8.5 million
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [Reair] – 4 million

10 PM Shows:
The Mentalist (CBS) [Reair] – 9.6 million
The Firm (NBC) [NEW] – 3.8 million
Private Practice (ABC) [Reair] – 2.8 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Dating Rules for My Future Self

The new online series Dating Rules from My Future Self from Alloy Entertainment – the company behind such shows as Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries – has released the season finale today via Facebook.

The new online series stars Shiri Appleby (Life Unexpected and Roswell) as the newly single 29-year-old Lucy who gets text messages from herself 10 years in the future. The notes serve as warnings that she has to change her dating tactics quickly or she’ll end up alone and unhappy. Among the cast are Taylor Kinney (The Vampire Diaries), Bryce Johnson (Pretty Little Liars and Popular), Alison Becker (Parks & Recreation) and Mircea Monroe (Episodes).

Here is the season finale entitled “ U Can Get It If U Really Want”.

NOTE: The series has received over 3 million views and is Alloy Entertainment’s most viewed web series to date.

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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:
Dirty Dancing movie on ABC Family
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves movie on BBC America

6:15 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 movie on Cinemax

7 PM:
X-Men movie on Fox Movie Channel
Kung Fu Panda (animated) movie on FX

7:15 PM:
My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie on HBO Signature

8 PM:
Chuck on NBC (NEW – Part 1 of Series Finale)
A Gifted Man on CBS (Reair)
Nikita on The CW (Reair)
The Fugitive movie on AMC
(500) Days of Summer movie on E!
Who Is Simon Miller? movie on Lifetime Movie Network
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King movie on TNT

9 PM:
Chuck on NBC (NEW – Part 2 of Series Finale)
Fringe on FOX (NEW)
Supernatural on The CW (Reair)
Flashpoint on ION (Reair)
Miracle movie on Fox Movie Channel
Kung Fu Panda (animated) movie on FX
The King’s Speech movie on Showtime

9:10 PM:
Torchwood: Children of Earth on BBC America

10 PM:
Merlin on Syfy (NEW)
Blue Bloods on CBS (Reair)
Flashpoint on ION (Reair)

10:10 PM:
Torchwood: Children of Earth on BBC America

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items, few though they may be, for today:

TELEVISION

Actor Colin Hanks, who just appeared on Dexter, will guest star in an upcoming episode of Happy Endings; oddly (or not) enough he will play Colin Hanks, a new celebrity friend of Dave (Zachary Knighton). (Dan Snierson at Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will guest star in an episode of Once Upon a Time; but details are scarce on just who he will be playing. He is slated to appear in later March or early April. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actress Frances Fisher (Titanic) will guest star in an episode of A Gifted Man, playing Blanche, the overbearing mother of a photographer pal of Dr. Michael Holt’s (Patrick Wilson). (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

CBS has given a pilot order to a drama called Widow Detective that centers on a decorated police detective who, after losing three partners in the line of duty, becomes surrogate husband, lover and father to their families. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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The news broke this morning that the FOX drama Bones has been added to the Paley Fest 2012 line-up.

The panel will be held on March 8 at 7 PM.

Tickets to members of the Paley Center for Media will go on sale on February 1 at 9 AM (Pacific Time) while tickets for the general public will go on sale on February 3 at 9 AM (Pacific Time)

Mark your calendars!

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Chuck Season 1

Tomorrow night a big event is going to take place on television: Chuck is coming to an end. After spending five epic seasons on NBC, the action-comedy/spy-drama that debuted to wild fanfare on September 24, 2007 will come to a close with two back-to-back episodes this Friday (January 27), ending what has been an unbelievably funny and exciting series about an average computer-whiz-next-door who received an encoded email from an old college friend who works for the CIA, embedding a copy of the greatest spy secrets of the U.S.A., known as the Intersect, into his brain.

What could have easily been a crazy concept for a TV show turned into a favorite of the critics as well as the fan-obsessed fans who fell for the antics of Chuck and his co-workers at the local Buy More; think Best Buy with green shirts and an even cooler car for the members of the computer service department known as the Nerd Herders.

Chuck Season 2

Despite a lot of support from fans and critics alike, as the show came to a close at the end of its second season, ratings for Chuck put it in danger of cancellation. That is where the fans came into play with a successful campaign to encourage NBC to renew the show. Using the product placement from the show – specifically the Subway restaurant chain – fans mobilized a worldwide effort to shop at Subway, ordering “tens of thousands” of foot-long sandwiches. This effort, of course, caught the attention of the restaurant chain AND the network, who worked out a major sponsorship deal that helped to cover costs of the third season.

Each subsequent season since that time has been a nail-biter for the series and its devoted fans; but despite the biggest odds being stacked against Chuck, the series kept coming back. And while Chuck is coming to a close – just a little short of its 100th episode triumph – the 91 episodes that have been filmed and will be aired by this Friday will leave an indelible mark on TV viewers and the history of television itself.

Chuck Season 3

During those amazing five seasons, viewers have seen Chuck (Zachary Levi) go from a clumsy, somewhat clueless computer tech worker at the Burbank Buy More with a crazy computer stuck inside his head being protected by sexy CIA agent Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) and NSA Major John Casey (Adam Baldwin) slowly turn into an adept spy in his own right, winning the girl of his dreams. Fans have also been introduced to a unique collection of co-workers; including Chuck’s best friend Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez), the scheming team of Lester Patel (Vik Sahay) and Jeff Barnes (Scott Krinsky) and store manager Big Mike (Mark Christopher Lawrence) as well as Chuck’s sister Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) and her boyfriend-sans-husband (Ryan McPartlin) and Brigadier General Diane Beckman (Bonita Friedericy).

Over the years, the viewers were also introduced to an eclectic group of guest stars who played spies, family, friends and co-workers to our merry band of spies, family, friends and co-workers. Among those great appearances included the following:

Chuck Season 4

Actor Matthew Bomer (White Collar) as CIA Agent Bryce Larkin, Chuck’s former college buddy and the on-again, off-again boyfriend to Sarah;

Horror-master/Actor Tony Todd (Candyman) as CIA Director Langston Graham, Sarah’s supervisor who recruited her into the agency after her father was arrested;

Actor Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) as long-missing dad Stephen Bartowski, who was involved in the creation of the Intersect;

Actress Linda Hamilton (Terminator franchise) as Mary Elizabeth Bartowski, Chuck and Ellie’s estranged and long-lost mother who turns out to be a deep undercover boss;

Chuck

Actor Gary Cole (Midnight Caller and Office Space) as Sarah’s estranged father Jack Burton, conman extraordinaire who frequently involved Sarah in his cons as a young girl;

Actor Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) as CIA Agent Daniel Shaw who worked with team Bartowski but later became Chuck’s greatest nemesis;

Actor Timothy Dalton (James Bond franchise) as Alexei Volkoff, an international arms dealer and leader of Volkoff Industries, who was actually a scientist name Harley Winterbottom, who became the first test subject for the Intersect; and,

Actress Mekenna Melvin (a relative newcomer) as Alex McHugh, the daughter of NSA Agent John Casey and eventual girlfriend to Morgan Grimes.

The show has not only been a hit with critics and viewers, but it has also been the recipient of about a dozen award nominations, and from those nominations a handful of wins, including a 2009 Emmy win for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for Merritt Yohnka; a 2010 Teen Choice Award for Action Actor and Action Actress for both Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski and a 2010 IGN Award for Best Villain for Brandon Routh.

So, whether you are a long-time fan who has watched the show since the very beginning or perhaps you gave up on the show over the past few seasons, you owe it to yourself to check out the two-hour finale of Chuck tomorrow at 8 and 9 PM and be a part of television history.

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Last night’s programming on the major networks was half-n-half, meaning half repeats and half new. Here is how the Wednesday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [Reair] – 7.9 million
One Tree Hill (The CW) [NEW] – 1.5 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [NEW] – 13.7 million
Touch (FOX) [Special Preview Event] – 11.9 million
[NOTE: Touch will have its season premiere on March 19]
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [Reair] – 3.8 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI (CBS) [NEW Marg’s Farewell] – 14 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [Reair] – 4 million
Revenge (ABC) [Reair] – 3.1 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Here is a list of the shows that will be back on the air after a short break and one new show that will debut next week:

The new series Luck will debut on HBO on January 29 at 9 PM.

On January 31, Ringer will be back with all-new episodes on The CW at 9 PM.

And, Grimm (on NBC) and Nikita (on The CW) will both be back with new episodes starting on February 3.

Mark your calendars!

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