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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:

6:45 PM:
Ocean’s Twelve movie on HBO

7 PM:
Life of Pi movie on HBO Family

7:10 PM
The Vow movie on Starz

7:30 PM:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie on ABC Family

8 PM:
The Watsons Go to Birmingham movie on Hallmark (Reair)

9 PM:
Sleepy Hollow on FOX (Reair)
Strike Back on More Max (Reair)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows movie on HBO 2

10 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (NEW)
Cracked on Reelz Channel (NEW)
Haven on Syfy (NEW)
Homeland on Showtime (Reair)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

ABC has given a second season order to its summer soap opera Mistresses. It will be back with new episodes next summer. (AJ Marechal at Variety)

Actor Andy Mientus (Smash) will recur on the upcoming ABC Family drama series Chasing Life that will follow April, an aspiring journalist (Unnatural History‘s Italia Ricci) who, just as things are starting to go her way, gets some terrible news from her uncle: She has cancer. Mientus will play Jackson, but no other details are available on his character. (Megan Masters at TV Line)

HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season. (Variety)

Actress Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty and Devious Maids) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Revenge, play Bizzy Preston, a confident, fearless public relations specialist who’s brought in by Conrad to do damage control for the Graysons. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

TNT has ordered a pilot for an untitled project that is being described as National Treasure meets The Bourne Identity, centering on persons called upon in times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren’t in position to help. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

CBS is developing a new drama project with Jerry Bruckheimer called Oasis that would revolve around the inhabitants of a new self-sustaining perfect community who discover there may be danger and mystery to the greater purpose of this Oasis. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

CBS is developing a drama project based on characters in the Anne Rice novel series The Songs of the Seraphim that will be called Angel Time. This project will be set in New Orleans around a soulless assassin with a tragic past who finds himself on a road to redemption. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

CBS is also developing Battle Creek from Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House) that will center on two detectives with very different world views who are teamed up. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with E! Online)

Question: Is there any hope for Caroline and Tyler??? – xPepperssPotts

E! Online: Shockingly enough, it’s kind of hard to be in a relationship when only one person actually appears on screen! Tyler doesn’t show up in the premiere, but Caroline still only has eyes for him; she even completely (and hilariously) rebuffs a cute frat guy. But we will tell you Tyler will cause our favorite blonde vamp to cry and we totally want to punch him in his werewolf junk for it.

Question: Only one week until my date with Olivia Pope, so I’m in dire need of Scandal scoop! – Dana

E! Online: Mellie is no longer America’s Sweetheart! Though the First Lady’s approval ratings were always high, it seems outing your husband’s affair on national TV tends to turn people off. Yes, Mellie’s approval rating has plummeted…we are talking double digits, people! Expect to see Mellie get all flustered during a TV interview when she’s pressed about the declining rating.

That’s it. Enjoy!

PS: Day four of the first official week of Fall TV is tonight; make sure you are ready for more programming options.

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TV Ratings

With last night’s airings we are now mid-way through the official first week of Fall TV.

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

8 PM Show:
Revolution (NBC) [Season Premiere] – 6.8 million

9 PM Shows:
Criminal Minds (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 11.3 million
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC) [2-Hour Season Premiere] – 9.5 million

10 PM Shows:
CSI (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 8.7 million
Nashville (ABC) [Season Premiere] – 6.6 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:

7 PM:
Mulan (animated) movie on ABC Family

7:30 PM:
Ice Age: Continental Drift (animated) movie on HBO
Rise of the Guardians (animated) movie on HBO Family

8 PM:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC (Reair of Debut)
The Vampire Diaries on The CW (Reair)
White Collar on My Network TV
Castle on TNT
The Fast and Furious movie on Bravo
Good Will Hunting movie on CMT
Uncorked movie on Hallmark
War Horse movie on Showtime 2

9 PM:
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
White Collar on My Network TV
Castle on TNT
NCIS on USA Network
Mulan (animated) movie on ABC Family
Zero Dark Thirty movie on Starz

10 PM:
NCIS on USA Network
Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie on Cinemax

10:01 PM:
Elementary on CBS (Season Premiere)

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

Lifetime has canceled the military-themed drama Army Wives after seven seasons on the air. The last new episode of the drama aired this past June. But, a two-hour retrospective will air early next year. (Deadline and TV Fanatic)

Actress Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13) will have a major recurring role on the new CBS drama Hostages, playing Vanessa, an ambitious ambassador and the sister of the First Lady of the United States (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio). (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actor Jack Coleman (Heroes and Burn Notice) will have a multi-episode arc on Scandal, playing Daniel Douglas, a charming Southerner with ties to one of the gladiators. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

FOX is developing a drama pilot called Gotham, an origins story about Commission James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous. In this project, Gordon is still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet Batman, who will not be part of the series. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

NBC is developing a drama series called Odyssey that will center on three families who are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy. (Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter)

The cable network Bravo is developing an as-untitled dramedy project that will center on an eccentric New England family that decides to take justice into its own hands when its matriarch is murdered. When the murderer is set free on a technicality, they decide to hunt down the killer together, as a family. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Rumer Willis (yes, daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) has landed a role in the E! scripted pilot Songbyrd that will star One Tree Hill alum Bethany Joy Lenz in the lead role. The pilot will center on Lauren Byrd (Lenz), a writer of hit love songs, who employs a small staff, including her sister Mickey (Willis), to enable and manage her eccentric yet wildly successful process. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

BOX OFFICE NEWS

Actor Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje (Lost) has joined the cast of the upcoming big screen adaptation of Annie, a reimagining of the Broadway musical. He will play Nash, the tough but lovable bodyguard and driver for Stacks (Jamie Foxx) and a good friend of Annie. (The Deadline Team)

Actress Agnes Bruckner (the star of Lifetime’s The Anna Nicole Story) will appear in the independent drama flick called There Is A New World Somewhere, playing Sylvia, a struggling artist who returns to her hometown and meets an enigmatic stranger who becomes the catalyst for a road trip through the Deep South. (The Deadline Team)

Actress Dakota Fanning (The Twilight franchise) and Theo James (the upcoming film Divergent and the short-lived TV series Golden Boy) will star in the Richard Gere-led movie Franny that will center around a gregarious hedonist (Gere) who finds a renewed sense of purpose by desperately ingratiating himself into the lives of a young couple, Olivia and Luke (Fanning and James). (The Deadline Team)

Actor Joseph Mazzello, who was a kid when he appeared in Jurassic Park, is working on his directorial debut (for which he will also star), the box office film called Undrafted, which was written by Mazzello based on his brother’s experience as a collegiate baseball star who was skipped over in the Major League Baseball draft. An intramural baseball game with his misfit teammates then becomes incredibly important to him as he tries to come to grips with his dashed dreams. The cast will include Aaron Tveit (Graceland), Matt Barr (The Hatfields & McCoys mini), Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Manny Montana (Graceland), Philip Winchester (Strike Back) and James Belushi. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with TV Scoop Team from E! Online, Natalie Abrams at TV Guide and Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Question: Love S.H.I.E.L.D. already, but I’d love it more if Cobie Smulders, aka Agent Hill, would stick around. Got any scoop on that? – Lorena

TV Scoop Team: Smulders told us she does appear in more than one episode this season, as well as hinted that she could be a series regular in season two after that other show she’s on is done. Or she could just mash up both roles to make How I Met Your Superhero. We’d watch that show.

Question: Can we expect a lot of flashback about Emma’s past in Once Upon a Time? We want to see more of that. – Alex96401212

TV Scoop Team: Then you definitely won’t want to miss the first two minutes of Sunday’s season premiere! Fans will be treated to a very special Emma-centric scene in which we flashback to 11 years ago. Hmm… interesting. Isn’t Henry 11 years old? What a magical coincidence! And speaking of magic, let’s just say that Emma’s powers have been with her long before her trip to Storybrooke

Question: Did you get any juicy Scandal scoop when you were on set? — Laura

NATALIE: Olivia Pope might be the First Mistress, but it’s her co-workers who will bear the brunt of that revelation in the season premiere. “It makes it hard because they go from being people who manage other people’s crises to people who have to manage their own crisis in a big way,” Kerry Washington tells me. “When Olivia herself is at the center of it, it really challenges everybody. It’s hard for them to figure out what their roles are. If she’s the client, how can she be the boss? Who gets to make the rules?”

Question: What can you tease about Once Upon a Time’s premiere? — Jessica

NATALIE: It’s very action-packed. There will be fighting — seriously, at least two people get punched in the face and it’s awesome — flying and betrayal. But before we get to Neverland, the third season will pick up in the real world with a moment fans have been waiting for since the beginning of the series. But manage your expectations: You won’t get the whole story about that moment until Episode 9.

Quesbtion: Any scoop on Bonnie next season now that she’s dead on The Vampire Diaries? — Jonah

NATALIE: When the show returns, Jeremy is still the only person who knows, and that secret, and their new circumstances, will bring them even closer. “It creates this intense intimacy, even as a friend, that they never had before,” Kat Graham told us during a recent visit to the set. “There were always distractions and they weren’t ever forced to always just ‘be.’ You’ll see a lot of us working together early on in the season.”

Question: Got any scoop on Revolution? —Kevin

Ausiello: The mystery man known as Mr. President will be unmasked “by midseason,” exec producer Eric Kripke confirms. “For now, he’s just this shadowy figure that is moving into the White House, and we’ll start to tease all that out.” Bonus Scoop: Adam Beach (SVU, Big Love) makes his first appearance in Wednesday’s premiere playing “the sheriff of the town of Willoughby that our heroes stumble into and immediately there’s a little friction with Miles because he senses that there’s [something off],” Kripke explains. “Miles comes into town using an alias and not wanting anyone to know his true identity, and Adam begins to realize pretty quickly that there’s more to Miles than meets the eye.”

Question: Please tell me anything about Scandal. —Katy

Ausiello: Now that Olivia has been outed as the POTUS’ mistress, “She is no longer the fixer,” explains Bellamy Young. “She is like the client. Mellie is the fixer in her own mind. We’re looking at a reelection campaign, so I’ve got to handle it because we need four more years. And Mellie has a very particular idea about who a scapegoat should be, what a strategy should be, how to push it all under the rug so we can get past it and get reelected. Of course, it will no doubt blow up in her face as Mellie’s plans inevitably do.” Bonus Scoop: This season’s third episode is going to be bananas.”So far, I have loved Episode 3,” raves Young. “Episode 3 was one of our best so far. I really look forward to [watching] that.”

Question: I have to wait so long until Season 2 of Under the Dome! Can you please give me some hint as to what the future holds for Barbie? —Alicia

Ausiello: A tighter, more compelling narrative? That’s my personal hope, anyway. I’m encouraged by something Dean Norris told us Saturday at BAFTA’s pre-Emmy Team Party. “I’m meeting with producers to start sorting it out, but [Season 2] is going to be good,” he said. “We get to reboot the whole thing… I think there’s going to be some changes. They want to beef it up in a lot of ways.” Bonus Scoop: Norris confirms that “Stephen King is going to write the first episode.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

PS: It’s day three of the first official week of Fall TV – check your calendars and guides carefully for what to watch tonight, as there is even more programming rolling out.

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Betrayal

The new drama Betrayal will debut at ABC on September 29 at 10 PM.

A chance meeting between photographer Sara (Hannah Ware from Boss) and attorney Jack (Stuart Townsend from XIII) leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sarah’s husband, Drew (Chris Johnson from The Vampire Diaries), is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, while Jack is married to Elaine (Wendy Moniz from Guiding Light), the daughter of his boss, Thatcher (James Cromwell from American Horror Story). When Thatcher’s brother-in-law Lou is murdered, all evidence points to Thatcher’s son, T.J. (Henry Thomas from E.T.). Jack, the company’s lead counsel, will have to defend him, but for Sara’s prosecutor husband, Drew, this is the kind of high-profile murder case that can secure his political future. Just as Sara and Jack’s affair is starting, the lovers find themselves in an impossible situation.

The cast also includes Elizabeth McLaughlin (The Clique) and Braeden Lemasters (Men of a Certain Age).

Here is a trailer for Betrayal.

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TV Ratings

Day two of the first full week of fall TV saw the return of nearly a handful of popular dramas and the introduction of two new series.

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

8 PM Shows:
NCIS (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 19.5 million
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) [DEBUT] – 11.9 million

9 PM Show:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 16.2 million

10 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [Season Premiere] – 12.3 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) [Season Premiere] – 9.2 million
Lucky 7 (ABC) [DEBUT] – 4.6 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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MASTERS OF SEX (SEASON 1)

On September 29, the new Showtime series Masters of Sex will debut at 10 PM.

The series follows the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, William Masters and Virginia Johnson (to be played by Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan). The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance, and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a mid-western teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine and nearly a dozen appearances on Johnny Carson’s couch.

The cast includes Nicholas D’Agosto, Caitlin FitzGerald and Teddy Sears.

Here is a trailer for Masters of Sex.

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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 PM:
Field of Dreams movie on HBO Family

8 PM:
Revolution on NBC (Season Premiere – New Night and Time)
Arrow on The CW (Reair)
Strike Back on Cinemax (Reair)
Three Weeks, Three Kids movie on Hallmark (Reair)
Argo movie on HBO
Slumdog Millionaire movie on IFC
Castle on TNT

9 PM:
Scandal on BET
Castle on TNT
NCIS: Los Angeles on USA Network
The Dark Knight Rises movie on Cinemax
Taken 2 movie on More Max
City of Angels movie on TV Guide Network

10 PM:
Nashville on ABC (Season Premiere)
Broadchurch mini on BBC America (Finale)
The Bridge on FX (NEW)
The White Queen on Starz (Reair)
Scandal on BET
Castle on TNT
NCIS: Los Angeles on USA Network

Enjoy!

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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:

TELEVISION

The new CW remake of The Tomorrow People (which debuts on October 9) will be welcoming back one of the original cast members of the original UK series. Nicholas Young, who played John in the original series, will have a recurring role, playing Aldus Crick, the scientist who first discovered and studied the original generation of Tomorrow People. (Kate Stanhope at TV Guide)

Actress Shannon Lucio (The O.C.) will guest star in Supernatural as April Kelly, a love interest for Castiel (series regular Misha Collins). Supernatural is back on The CW on October 8. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actress Sally Pressman (Army Wives) will have a multi-episode arc on Scandal. There are no details on who she will be playing, though, but it is known that she will debut in November. Scandal will be back on ABC on October 3. (Michael Ausiello at TV Line)

Actor Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me and the failed NBC drama Do No Harm) will appear in the final five episodes of the current season of White Collar, playing Conrad Worth, a rogue stock broker who sees an opportunity to exploit the world of high-frequency trading on Wall Street. White Collar will be back on the USA Network on October 17. (Mandi Bierly at Entertainment Weekly)

Actor Kyle Schmid (Copper) and Linda Hamilton (the original Beauty and the Beast and the Terminator franchise) will be guest starring in Lost Girl when the series returns for its fourth season on Syfy in 2014. Schmid will appear in a multi-episode arc, but there are no details on what character he will play. Meanwhile, Hamilton will reprise her role of Acacia, the tough, sexy and ruthless assassin. (Shaw Media Press Release)

The Bridge is given a second season renewal by FX. (Variety)

Legendary actress Vanessa Redgrave will co-star opposite actress Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes) in the upcoming ABC 13-episode limited drama series called The Black Box. The series centers Elizabeth Black (Reilly), a world-renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all, but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness. And that is not the only secret she’s kept locked away from her family and her new fiancé. Redgrave will play Dr. Hartramph, Elizabeth’s psychiatrist and the only one who knows all her secrets. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Actress Zuleikha Robinson (Homeland) will have a recurring role in the upcoming CBS mid-season series Intelligence that stars Josh Hollway as Gabriel Black, a high-tech operative – the first of his kind – who has a microchip implanted in his brain. Robinson will play Amelia, Gabriel’s wife, an intelligence officer who has been missing from duty for some time. Intelligence will debut on CBS on February 24. (Jennifer Arellano at Entertainment Weekly)

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

It looks like CBS is trying again for a spin-off from NCIS, this time possibly set in New Orleans. The planted pilot, which means an episode centered around the characters in the spin-off will be the focus of an NCIS episode – is set to air next spring and will be executive produced by NCIS star Mark Harman and NCIS executive producer Gary Glasberg. (Matt Mitovich at TV Line)

Actor Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy and Merlin) along with three relative unknown actors/actresses have joined the Syfy pilot called Dominion, based on characters from the 2010 box office film Legion, is set 25 years later in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between mankind and an army of angels. Head will play the president of the Senate of Vega, one of the few cities left standing. (The Deadline Team)

The CW is developing a western/sci-fi drama called Red from Bruno Heller (creator of The Mentalist that will be about the first human settlement on Mars and life on this new frontier, centering on the relationships between the town’s female sheriff, a doctor and a criminal. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis and The Glades creator Clifton Campbell have teamed up for a FOX drama project called Billy Ray about a family thrown into chaos when the child who was stolen from them as a baby is returned 16 years later after being raised in rural Alabama by someone with a questionable past. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

ABC is developing a drama project from Hart Hanson (the creator of Bones) and Andrew Miller called The Good Thief’s Guide, which is based on the best-selling book series by British author Chris Ewan. The project will follow the charming and unpredictable Charlie Howard as he travels the world, blogging about his adventures while stealing for fun and profit. Each season is set in a new exotic city and centers around one perfect heist that usually turns into a tangled web of lies and double crosses. (Nellie Andreeva at Deadline)

Starz is developing a one-hour drama called Gringo that is inspired by the non-fiction book “The Shadow Center” that chronicles a Mexican-American Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agent who infiltrates one of Mexico’s most deadly drug and human smuggling cartels. (The Futon Critic)

Q&A SECTION (with Tierney Bricker at E! Online)

Question: Still in denial over Ezra being bad on PLL! What’s going to happen next?! – Beth

Tierney: Prepare yourselves because Rosewood High is currently in the market for a new substitute teacher. Yes, the ABC Family hit is casting a pretty new sub in her 40s, so it looks like Ezra may once again be losing the title of Hottest English Teacher on TV. The episode’s title, by the way, is called “She’s Come Undone”. Could that be in reference to our dear Aria?!

Question: How about some scoop on my favorite new show from last year, Arrow? What can we expect when it returns? – Jeff

Tierney: Even badder baddies! “Craziness, mayhem. We’re taking it up a level. Season one ended with literally a bang and this is going to get even bigger,” David Ramsey teases of what’s to come in season two. “A lot of bad guys, Bronze Tiger, Black Canary, a lot of stuff is going to happen. All the bad guys in season one, if they were nine, this season they’re 12.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

PS: Don’t miss out on all the new and returning programming that will be on tonight: Night Two of the Official Fall TV Season!

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