Archive for May, 2012

Hey All,

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


Actress Tina Majorino (Bones and Veronica Mars) has landed a recurring role on True Blood, which is set to return on June 10. She will play a key member of the Vampire Authority’s support staff. She will first appear in the episode set for June 24. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Australian actor Aden Young (Killer Elite) will appear in the first in-house drama series from Sundance Channel called Rectify. Young will appear as Daniel Holden, who must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia’s Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question. The supporting cast includes Abigail Spencer (Mad Men) and Clayne Crawford (The Glades) [among others]. (Marisa Guthrie at The Hollywood Reporter)


Actress Mireille Enos (The Killing) will appear in the West Memphis Three-themed drama flick called Devil’s Knot alongside Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. She will play Vicki Hutcheson, an important witness in the case, who was a link between two of the trio. (Deadline and Dark Horizons)

Singer/Dancer/Actress Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages and Footloose) will star in the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel Safe Haven, playing a young woman with secrets struggling to rediscover love after moving to a small coastal town. Josh Duhamel will play the male lead. (Yahoo News and Dark Horizons)


Watch: Jeremy Renner in New Action-Packed ‘Bourne Legacy’ Trailer

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The debut of the new show A&E drama series Longmire will on June 3 at 10 PM.

Widowed only a year, Longmire (Robert Taylor from The Matrix) is a man in psychic repair that buries his pain behind a brave face and dry wit. Struggling since his wife’s death and at the urging of his daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman from Smallville), Longmire knows that the time has come to turn his life around. With the help of Vic (Katee Sackhoff from Battlestar Galactica), a female deputy new to the department, he becomes reinvigorated about his job and committed to running for re-election. When Branch (Bailey Chase from Saving Grace), an ambitious, young deputy decides to run against him for sheriff, Longmire feels betrayed but remains steadfast in his dedication to the community. Longmire often turns to close friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips from Stargate Universe) for support as he sets out to rebuild both his personal and professional life, one step at a time.

Here is a trailer for Longmire.

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Here is a list of what new TV shows and returning summer favorites to expect to air this coming week:

There will be a Jane By Design marathon on the ABC Family starting at 9 AM on June 3. Please check your local listings for exact airtimes.

On June 3, the Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva returns for a new season at 9 PM.

The Glades will return for a third season on A&E at 9 PM followed by the debut of the new show Longmire at 10 PM both on June 3.

On June 3, Teen Wolf will return for its second season with a two-night premiere on MTV at 11 PM. Please check local listings for airtime since the premiere will air after the MTV Movie Awards.

The second night of the Teen Wolf two-hour premiere will air at 10 PM on MTV on June 4.

On June 5, the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash will be back for new seasons at 9 and 10 PM.

Pretty Little Liars and Jane By Design will both be back with new seasons on ABC Family at 8 and 9 PM respectively on June 5.

On June 6, both Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness will be back for their new season at 9 and 10 PM respectively on the USA Network.

The new Canadian series Saving Hope will debut on NBC at 9 PM on June 7.

Mark your calendars!

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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:

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

7:45 PM:
X-Men: First Class movie on HBO
Source Code movie on Showtime

8 PM:
Game of Thrones on HBO2 (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
13 Going on 30 movie on Encore

9 PM:
Person of Interest on CBS (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Game of Thrones on HBO 2 (Reair)
Magic City on Starz (Reair)
Live Free and Die Hard movie on Fox Movie Channel

10 PM:
Rookie Blue on ABC (NEW)
True Blood on HBO (Reair)
Game of Thrones on HBO 2 (Reair)
Magic City on Starz (Reair)
NCIS on USA Network
Hemingway & Gellhorn movie on HBO Signature (Reair)


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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:


Actor Adam Harrington (The Secret Circle) and Currie Graham (Raising the Bar) will guest star on Drop Dead Diva this season. Harrington will appear as Paul Hewitt, a charming and relentless lawyer for a grieving stepmother who’s suing for custody of her dead stepson’s cremated ashes. Paul will call a witness whose testimony may derail the entire defense for Jane and Grayson. Meanwhile, Graham will appear as Simon Grundy, a lawyer who works with Jane when Deb’s mother, Bobbi Dobkins (Sharon Lawrence), is sued for a young girl’s personal injury in Bobbi’s dance studio. Drop Dead Diva will be back on June 3. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Actor Tim Daly will not be returning to Private Practice when the show comes back this fall for its sixth season. (Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)


Actress Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) has joined the cast of the sci-fi mystery film called I’ll Follow You Down that will star Rufus Sewell (Zen) as a scientist who mysteriously disappears during a business trip, devastating his wife Marika (Anderson) and son Erol (Haley Joel Osment). Erol and his grandfather (Victor Garber) years later make a shocking discovery about the man’s whereabouts. (Deadline and Dark Horizons)

Q&A SECTION (with Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams at TV Guide)

Question: Is NCIS getting new digs next year? — Jennifer, via Twitter

ADAM: Not really, but the cleanup of the team that will be more significant, says executive producer Gary Glasberg “There are psychological ramifications that will carry over,” he says, in particular Ducky’s heart attack. “How will that affect his character as a medical examiner and his approach to dealing with the dead? How might it change him and the way he views things?” he asks.

Question: How will Brenda handle the instatement of “The Johnson Rule” when The Closer returns? — Whitney

ADAM: Although she’s still bitter about it (wouldn’t you be angry if your boss named a rule about what not to do after you?), she actually uses the new code to her advantage: She takes a reluctant-to-speak rape victim home with her in order to keep her out of a “hostile environment.” The move also conveniently gives Brenda time to arrange a scenario in which the victim can identify her attacker. However, Brenda’s continued coloring outside the lines will have further consequences. Let’s just say Brenda’s going to have a whole new level of oversight that she’s not going to like.

Question: Will the public still have suspicions that the president is a cheater on Scandal? — Jaime

NATALIE: Despite the vice president denouncing what Billy said, there will still be people who believe that the president not only had an affair, but also had a hand in the death of Amanda Tanner. Little does Fitz know that Cyrus was behind that little act. “Every president has little stains on their record and people whispering about those conspiracy theories,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes says. “This will be part of that for Fitz’s presidency.”

Question: I am still heartbroken that Hank and Evan went their separate ways last season on Royal Pains! How far after that night will Season 4 pick up? —Heather

NATALIE: The Season 4 premiere will start, literally, the day after the Lawson brothers’ breakup, and, as fans saw in the final moments of the finale, Evan won’t waste any time replacing Hank. Opposites attract when Evan must hire two docs who could not be more different: the charismatic but too carefree Dr. Paul Van Dyke (Kyle Howard) and the brilliant yet awkward Dr. Jeremiah Sacani (Ben Shenkman). And just because he’s no longer part of HankMed proper, don’t expect Hank to put down that first aid kit anytime soon, especially when the season premiere ends with a dangerous and fiery cliff-hanger!

Question: Is Henry going to survive being shot in the Psych cliff-hanger? — Bridget

ADAM: I’d say it’s a safe bet. Actually, I’d tell you to bet the house limit because I hear an upcoming episode will involve Henry and Juliet’s stepfather Lloyd traveling to Mexico to settle one of Lloyd’s gambling debts with a notorious Mexican crime lord. (Gus, Shawn and Juliet naturally give chase when they realize the pair is “missing.”) Bonus: The episode, hilariously titled “No Country for Two Old Men,” also features Lassiter’s Mexican doppelganger!

Question: How long will this rift between Maura and Jane last on Rizzoli & Isles? — Sarah

NATALIE: They will eventually reconcile, but don’t expect it to be an easy turnaround. In fact, they’ll even have a catfight that has to be broken up by the police in the season premiere.

Question: Got any Leverage scoop? — James

ADAM: The show is picking up where Chuck left off! Well, sort of. One of Nate & Co.’s upcoming targets is the regional team leader for Buy More, a nationwide chain of stores that moves into town and quickly puts all the Mom-and-Pop shops out of business. Though they preach honest, American values, they succeed by bribing county officials and slashing prices by selling goods made in sweatshops. We don’t think the Nerd Herd would approve.

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Here is the next list of modern-day writers who, in their own way, have paid homage to Jane Austen’s legendary stories. The first author has written nine books while the second author has written eight books either inspired by Austen’s characters or based on the author herself.

Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange

Dear Mr. Darcy: A Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
To Be Released on August 7, 2012

In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, the classic story is seen through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy—in a series of revealing letters that casts a sparkling new reflection on the manners and morals of the landed gentry in 19th-century England. Here, for the first time, are the letters written by the exceedingly proud and stubborn Mr. Darcy, covering the life-changing events that defined him. Try as he may, he cannot deny his attraction to this woman with fine eyes, a playful spirit, a mind of her own… and an embarrassing family that is frankly, and utterly, beneath him. But it is Elizabeth who controls both their destinies, and whose surprises will change Darcy’s life yet again.

Henry Tilney’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Henry Tilney’s Diary
Released on December 6, 2011

This book is a charming retelling of Northanger Abbey seen through Henry Tilney’s eyes. At the age of four and twenty, Henry is content with his life as a clergyman, leaving his older brother Frederick to inherit Northanger Abbey. But General Tilney is determined to increase the family’s means by having all three of his children marry wealthy partners. During a trip to Bath, Henry meets the delightful Miss Catherine Morland and believes he may have found the woman he’s been looking for, although she has no great fortune. When the General takes an unusual liking to Catherine and invites her to visit the Abbey, Henry is thrilled. But just as in the Gothic novels Henry loves, not everything is as it seems.

Wickham’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Wickham’s Diary
Released on April 1, 2011

At university Darcy and Wickham grow apart. Wickham runs through the money Darcy gives him and then takes up with the scandalous Belle. After Belle and Wickham run through a small fortune gambling and cavorting, Wickham turns to Anne de Bourgh to replenish his coffers. But the lady is not at home, and Wickham follows her and her money to Bath. Once there he bumps into Belle again, who is now a companion to Georgiana Darcy. With Belle’s help, Wickham sees his opening to seduce the young Miss Darcy and secure the fortune he’s always dreamt of. Darcy swoops in to foil the elopement at the last minute, leaving Belle and Wickham fleeing his wrath. Penniless, Wickham is encouraged to enlist by one of his friends. The novella ends just before he meets the Bennets.

A Darcy Christmas by Amanda Grange

AMANDA GRANGE (with Sharon Lathan and Carolyn Eberhart)
A Darcy Christmas
Released on October 1, 2010

This holiday book includes the following Christmas stories: “Christmas Present by Amanda Grange; “A Darcy Christmas” by Sharon Lathan (more on Sharon further below) and “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol” by Carolyn Eberhart

Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Colonel Brandon’s Diary
Released on July 7, 2009

At the age of eighteen, James Brandon’s world is shattered when the girl he loves, Eliza, is forced to marry his brother. In despair, he joins the army and leaves England for the East Indies for the next several years. Upon his return, he finds Eliza in a debtor’s prison. He rescues her from her terrible situation, but she is dying of consumption and he can do nothing but watch and wait. Heartbroken at her death, he takes some consolation in her illegitimate daughter, who he raises as his ward. But at the age of fifteen, his ward goes missing. Devastated by the thought of what could have happened to her, he is surprised to find himself falling in love with Marianne Dashwood. But Marianne is falling in love with the charismatic Willoughby.

Edmund Bertram’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Edmund Bertram’s Diary
Released on August 5, 2008

This is the retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park from the point of view of Edmund Bertram. At ten years of age, Fanny Price came to live with Edmund Bertram and his family at Mansfield Park. Far from the brat Edmund expected, Fanny became his closest confidante and dearest friend. But when the fashionable Crawford siblings— Henry and Mary—come to town, they captivate the Bertram family. Henry embarks on a scandalous flirtation with Edmund’s sister, who is already betrothed to another, while Edmund is enchanted by Mary’s beauty and wit. But when it appears that Mary is not all who she seems to be, Edmund will turn to the one woman who has always been at his side to find the happiness he deserves—Fanny.

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Captain Wentworth’s Diary
Released on May 6, 2008

This book is the retelling of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion from the point of view of Captain Frederick Wentworth. During his shore leave from the Navy, he falls in love with the elegant and intelligent Miss Anne Elliot—only to see his hopes of marrying her dashed by her godmother. Eight years later, he has realized his ambitions; he is a wealthy captain, who has pushed his memories of Anne to the furthest recesses of his mind—until he sees her again. And though Anne’s bloom has faded, Wentworth is surprised to find that his regard for her wit and warmth has not.

Mr. Knightley’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Mr. Knightley’s Diary
Released on October 2, 2007

Relive Jane Austen’s Emma- from Mr. Knightley’s point of view. Between managing his estate and visiting his brother in London, Mr. Knightley is both exasperated and amused by his irresistibly beautiful, outrageously mischievous neighbor, Emma Woodhouse, whose misguided attempts at matchmaking are wreaking havoc in the village of Highbury. But when a handsome newcomer arrives and catches Emma’s attention, Mr. Knightley is shocked by his reaction. Amusement gives way to another emotion entirely-for his unreasonable dislike of the handsome newcomer seems suspiciously like jealousy.

Mr. Darcy’s Diary: A Novel by Amanda Grange

Mr. Darcy’s Diary: A Novel
Released on April 4, 2007

This is a retelling of Pride & Prejudice from Fitzwilliam Darcy’s point of view via an imagined diary of a clever sort: This story reproduces, word for word and comma for comma, conversations from the original novel, but shifts the perspective to reported speech in Darcy’s first-person, with his commentary on the encounters.

Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan

Miss Darcy Falls in Love
Released on November 1, 2011

This book follows Mr. Darcy’s younger sister into the world of classical music. Noble young ladies were expected to play an instrument, but societal restrictions would have chafed for Georgiana Darcy, an accomplished musician. Her tour of Europe draws the reader into the musical life of the day, and a riveting love story of a young woman learning to direct her destiny and understand her own heart.

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
Released on April 1, 2011

In this book, George Wickham returns to Hertfordshire bent on creating trouble, and Elizabeth and her newborn son are thrown into danger. Knowing that Wickham has nothing left to lose, Darcy and Fitzwilliam rush to the rescue in a race against time. This lushly romantic story takes a turn for the swashbuckling when Mr. Darcy has to confront the villainous Wickham and his own demons at the same time.

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
Released on October 1, 2010

This lushly romantic and historically fascinating story is filled with lavish details of Regency customs and social events including Elizabeth’s presentation to the Prince Regent, Georgiana’s debut at the exclusive Almack’s Assembly, and the Darcy’s’ travels through the dramatic Peak District of Derbyshire. Romance finds nearly everyone as confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on the seemingly unattainable Lady Fotherby, Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt, the very serious Kitty Bennet develops her first crush, and Caroline Bingley meets her match. Through it all, Elizabeth and Darcy are kept busy helping friends and family navigate true love’s inevitably rocky course.

NOTE: See “A Darcy Christmas” (October 1, 2010) above for details on that book co-written by Sharon Lathan.

My Dearest Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

My Dearest Mr. Darcy
Released on January 1, 2010

Darcy is more deeply in love with his wife than ever. As the golden summer draws to a close and the Darcy’s’ look ahead to the end of their first year of marriage, Mr. Darcy could never have imagined his love could grow even deeper with the passage of time. Lizzy is full of surprises. Elizabeth is unpredictable and lively, pulling Darcy out of his stern and serious demeanor with her teasing and temptation. Looking ahead and planning for celebrations and life events large and small, Lizzy can still catch Darcy unawares when he least expects it. But surprising events force the Darcy’s’ to weather absence and illness, and to discover whether they can find a way to build a bond of everlasting love and desire.

Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley by Sharon Lathan

Loving Mr. Darcy: Journeys Beyond Pemberley
Released on September 1, 2009

This book continues where Two Shall Become One ended when Darcy and Lizzy leave the comfortable confines of their honeymoon months at Pemberley for the broader world of London and other areas of England. Adventures are experienced, friends and relatives interact, fun is the focus, and extraordinary English Regency Era sights will be explored. But anchoring and weaving within is the revealing of a love and marriage in its purest embodiment as the young lovers deepen their sacred bond.

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One by Sharon Lathan

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One
Released on March 1, 2009

It’s Darcy and Elizabeth’s wedding day, and the journey is just beginning: marriage and a life together filled with surprising passion, tender self-discovery, and the simple joys of every day. As their love story unfolds, Darcy and Elizabeth reveal to each other how their relationship blossomed. From misunderstanding to perfect understanding and harmony, theirs is a marriage filled with romance, sensuality, and the beauty of a deep, abiding love.

The Darcys at Year’s End by Sharon Lathan

The Darcys at Year’s End
Released on July 10, 2008

This book follows Journeys Beyond Pemberley and Two Shall Become One. Elizabeth and Darcy have been married nine bliss-filled months when our story resumes. Happily ensconced at Pemberley, they await the birth of their first child with beloved family and friends surrounding. It is a period of peace and anticipation, with a number of adventures, as time marches toward both their first anniversary and the end of the chronological year. Join our favorite couple as their relationship reaches new heights with each passing day, as they vacation at the seaside, as they welcome their firstborn, as they celebrate their anniversary and second Christmas as a family, and as they at every turn embrace the love gifted to them.

More lists coming soon…

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Now that the 2011-2012 TV season is essentially at an end, I will not be posting the nightly overall ratings for the major networks each morning.

I will, however, cover the ratings either bi-weekly or weekly for the major networks based on the new and/or returning shows that will be back over the summer. The ratings for all cable shows and made-for-TV movies will still be posted once a month as normal.

The daily ratings reports will be back this fall at the start of the 2012-2013 TV season.

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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:
Hatfield & McCoys mini-series on History Channel (Reair of Part 1)

6:15 PM:
Hemingway & Gellhorn movie on HBO Signature (Reair)

7 PM:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 movie on HBO Family
Hatfield & McCoys mini-series on History Channel (Reair of Part 2)
Back to the Future movie on More Max
Powder movie on Showtime

7:15 PM:
Kung Fu Panda 2 (animated) movie on HBO
Toy Story 2 (animated) movie on Starz

8 PM:
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
NCIS on USA Network
Underworld movie on Cinemax
Secretariat movie on Encore
27 Dresses movie on FX

9 PM:
Hatfield & McCoys mini-series on History Channel (DEBUT of Conclusion)
Burn Notice on MyNetwork TV
NCIS on USA Network
My Fake Fiancé movie on ABC Family
Burlesque movie on Starz

9:15 PM:
While You Were Sleeping movie on HBO Family

10 PM:
White Heat on BBC America (NEW)
Game of Thrones on HBO (Reair)
NCIS on USA (Reair)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie on Fox Movie Channel


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Hey All,

Here are the news items for yesterday and today:


Actress Zuleikha Robinson (Rome and Lost) will have a major recurring role on the second season of Homeland. She will play a Middle Eastern woman Roya Hammad, a field journalist with a special relationship to Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) who delivers an ultimatum to Brody (Damian Lewis). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Wanda de Jesus (CSI: Miami) has been cast in a multiple-episode arc Sons Of Anarchy. She will play Carla, a smart and sexy associate of Nero (Jimmy Smits), a Latino gangbanger with an exit strategy who becomes a dangerous mentor for Jax (Charlie Hunnam). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Michael Weatherly (NCIS) is the first high-profile guest star for the new TNT series Major Crimes, which is the spinoff from The Closer. He will play Arthur “Thorn” Woodson, a charming con artist who currently works as an “intuitive life strategist” for a group of Israeli mob wives (all of whom he is bedding). Major Crimes will debut on August 13 at 10 right after the series finale of The Closer. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actor James Frain (True Blood) has been cast as the brother of Captain Sean Renard (Sasha Roiz) on Grimm. He will play Eric Renard in what is being described as a recurring guest star. It seems the brothers don’t have that great of a relationship; and he is in town after a very bad creature makes its way into Portland. (David Eckstein at Zap2It)


Here are the top 10 box office moves for the long holiday weekend courtesy of Box Office Mojo and E! Online:

1. Men in Black 3 – $70 million
2. The Avengers – $46.9 million
3. Battleship – $13.8 million
4. The Dictator – $11.8 million
5. Chernobyl Diaries – $9.3 million
6. Dark Shadows – $9.4 million
7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $8.9 million
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $8.2 million
9. The Hunger Games – $2.9 million
10. Think Like a Man – $1.8 million

Actress Malin Akerman (Watchmen) will play Blondie singer Debbie Harry in the upcoming independent film called CBGB, after the iconic New York hotspot that she and her band often frequented. The film will chronicle the legendary music venue that stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, the owner of CBGB, and Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome, the guitarist for the Dead Boys. (Bruna Nessif at E! Online)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Given that the 2011-2012 TV season is for the most part at an end and it was a holiday weekend, there isn’t much to report in terms of ratings for the major networks, but there were actually a few new airings of shows on NBC over the weekend. Here is that breakdown:


9 PM Show:
The Firm (NBC) [NEW] – 2.5 million

10 PM Show:
The Firm (NBC) [NEW] – 2.5 million


8 PM Show:
Harry’s Law (NBC) [Series Finale] – 5.8 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

NOTE: Friday night was filled with repeats so there was no ratings report for that night and last night, Memorial Day, there wasn’t anything new airing either.

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