Archive for November, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy the time with your friends and family over this long holiday weekend.

Please know that while I am obviously observing the holiday, the news waits for no man or woman, which means I will be posting as often as I can over the weekend, bringing ratings results as they are released, daily news items as I discover them and any other tidbits that come along over the next 4 days.

Please stay tuned and I hope you will visit as often as you can over the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Here are the news items today in the form of Q&A’s with various entertainment news experts, including Michael Ausiello at TV Line, the TV Scoop Team at E! Online and Natalie Abrams and Adam Bryant at TV Guide:

Question: Is Scandal incorporating Kerry Washington’s pregnancy into the show? I hope not. I can’t see Olivia running around after a kid.—Mark

Ausiello: Shonda Rhimes apparently agrees with you. Although ABC declined to comment, I’m hearing there are no plans to further complicate Olivia’s love life with a toddler.

Question: Arrow is one of my Wednesday night addictions. Please tell me we won’t be waiting much longer for Olicity action to happen. –Katie

Ausiello: Oh, you’ll be waiting until at the very least 2014, seeing as in the next new episode (airing Dec. 4), Felicity finds herself a kindred spirit (and dance partner?) in visiting Arrow fanboy/wannabe CSI Barry Allen — who’ll be given a very good (yet very bad) reason to stick around for the fall finale airing Dec. 11.

Question: Nikita scoop ASAP, please? —Luli

Ausiello: The series finale will have you going “Ahhh…” as opposed to “WTF?!?!” Per cast member Lyndsy Fonseca, the Dec. 27 capper doesn’t end with a “big cliffhanger or anything, but it does [leave you] wondering what will happen with certain things.”

Question: I was wondering if you had any scoop on Emma and Hook’s relationship on Once Upon a Time? –Laura

Ausiello: Once co-creator Eddy Kitsis told Matt Mitovich that with Henry’s life now on the line more than ever, Emma will be squarely focused on the dire present, with no thought given to her romantic future. Hook and Neal, meanwhile — sharing as they do a quite complicated past of their own – will arrive at some sort of agreement in the Dec. 8 episode. Says Kitsis, “You’ll see how they’re going to deal with each other and with Emma in, I think, a surprising way.”

Question: Will we get to see in the next half of this season of Once Upon a Time how Regina adopted Henry and how she raised him? — abz

Ausiello: Hmm, your subscription to the Daily Mirror must have lapsed, because that bit of back-story will be revealed this Sunday, and it’s at least a two-hanky affair, as Mayor Mills struggles to bond with her procured bambino. But what you may find surprising is who almost adopted wee Henry instead.

Question: Any chance we’ll be seeing the Jabberwocky on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland? I just can’t imagine Alice in Wonderland without it. —Estee

Ausiello: And there won’t be an Alice in Wonderland without it. “You will see the Jabberwocky” in the second half of the season, Eddy Kitsis promises.

Question: Any Psych dish would be greatly appreciated! –Amy

Ausiello: We’ve watched the two-hour musical episode airing Sunday, Dec. 15, and to say it’s a crowd-pleaser is akin to saying Gus likes Pluto. Some of the songs are more memorable than others (namely, Lassie’s tango-tempoed ode to evidence), Ally Sheedy steals scene after scene as the ever off-kilter Yang, and if you listen closely, guest star Barry Bostwick will drop a Rocky Horror reference on you.

Question: Any scoop on Sleepy Hollow? –Meg

Ausiello: As if the Fox drama’s first season hasn’t been scary enough, executive producer Ken Olin tells TVLine that Ichabod and Abbie will be in even more trouble before the freshman run comes to a close: Another horseman of the apocalypse will be introduced in an upcoming episode. Bonus Scoop: George Washington — as in the first POTUS — will make his first significant showing before the season wraps on Jan. 20.

Question: Are we ever going to find out why Renard wears a wedding ring on Grimm? –Audra

Ausiello: “I think we’ll get around to it,” Sasha Roiz tells TVLine, though what he adds will likely stoke voracious fans’ curiosity rather than satiating it. “Many things and many storylines have never made it onto the screen. So the things that have been conceived, especially in Season 1 for all our characters, that are actually on the editing [room] floor are remarkable. You’d be amazed at the storylines that we had.” But back to the ring… “For now, we keep it,” Roiz says. “And I’m sure we’ll find a really interesting way to explain it.”

Question: Is Covert Affairs going to show us how Danielle (Anne Dudek) reacts to Annie being alive next season? —Janet

Ausiello: You’re assuming Annie loops in her loved ones. While exec producer Chris Ord confirms that the issue of Annie’s sis “needs to be addressed” in Season 5, he hints that she may “consider not telling her family” at all.

Question: Beauty and the Beast scoop, please and thank you! – Sarah H.

TV Scoop Team: Well, we don’t know if you’ll be thanking us after this tease, but here goes nothing: One of our main characters will be put in some serious danger when they are kidnapped and locked in a cell for nefarious purposes. Here’s hoping that if they make it out of the experience alive, they won’t be a completely different person.

Question: Ugh, can’t believe I have to wait a whole week for a new episode of Arrow! Anything you can tease to make the wait more bearable? – Cody

TV Scoop Team: Hmmm…how about that the puppy love between Felicity and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin makes his debut in the episode!) is too freakin’ cute?! Oh wait, you watch Arrow for the action and drama? OK then: Oliver shoots one of these five people with an arrow: Sin, Thea, Roy, Lance or Diggle.

Question: So excited to hear Amy Brenneman is playing Mary’s mother on Reign! Any scoop on what we can expect? – Katelyn

TV Scoop Team: “That’s a fantastic character. When she does come to court, you can imagine that personality, you can imagine Catherine and those two together,” show runner Laurie McCarthy teases of Mary’s mother, whose arrival will “throw Mary for a loop.” But don’t expect any warm and fuzzy moments between the mother and daughter as she previews, “Catherine may start to look like a very warm mother soon.” Yikes!

Question: Sleepy Hollow is hands down the best new show of the year! Any chance we’ll see any more historical figures this season? – Phillip

TV Scoop Team: Fans will meet George Washington by the end of the season. In fact, the first POTUS will be introduced before the finale and will have gravitas for days. We’re guessing we’ll see him in flashbacks was Katrina as Katia Winter tells us, “Who do you think introduced Ichabod to George Washington?”

Question: Come on! Why doesn’t The Blacklist just reveal that Red is Liz’s dad? We’re all thinking it, right? — Sean

NATALIE: Actually, Tom is Liz’s dad. Kidding! (And ew!) The producers are determined to keep that question up in the air for the moment, but a new mystery is about to unfold. Anslo Garrick’s attempts to capture Red will actually end on a cliff-hanger. “Who can [Red] rely on besides Elizabeth Keen?” executive producer John Eisendrath says. “He’ll have to work out whether or not he can come to trust anyone again because he suspects that someone within the FBI or government turned against him to give Anslo Garrick information to find him in the black site.”

Question: Do you have any scoop on the Flash episodes of Arrow? — Tiffany

NATALIE: The arrival of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in Starling City may stir up some interesting feelings for Oliver. “For the first time, we’re going to really see if Oliver thinks of Felicity a little bit differently than we’ve seen so far,” Stephen Amell tells me. “Felicity and Barry are much more similar and have much more in common and have a bit more chemistry.” Sorry, Olicity fans!

Question: Will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. offer up more info on Centipede? — Dylan

NATALIE: It won’t be long before we find out what happened to Raina — aka the girl in the flowered dress — who has ties to the mysterious organization Centipede. That should mean we’ll finally get the details on her head-scratching visit to prison, where she was told to contact Clairvoyant. “They will be making another appearance soon,” executive producer Jed Whedon says of Centipede. “We’re going to see some old faces and get some more Centipede action going.”

Question: Will we see other robots besides cops and sexbots on Almost Human? — Jarett

NATALIE: Yes, and not all robots are good! “There are robots out there that criminals are using to fight the police and I have my share of ‘bot fights with the bad robots,” Michael Ealy says. “Bad robots… anyone catch that?” he adds, referring to the name of executive producer J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. In an upcoming episode, we’ll see Dorian go up against a decommissioned police android, which will scare Dorian. “We explore the terror of, one or two wires go the other way and all of the sudden he’s not the Dorian you love,” Ealy adds. “He could be your worst nightmare.”

Question: What’s coming up on Chicago Fire? — Kelly

ADAM: You know how we told you that Dawson was going to ask Casey about becoming a firefighter? Well, it looks like she will follow through, and when she begins training at the academy, her teacher will be none other than Severide! However, Dawson’s new career path is bad news for Shay, who is losing her longtime partner just as she is about to face legal action related to the man who shot himself in front of them earlier this season. To make matters worse, Shay’s new partner, Allison, isn’t exactly what we’d call supportive. So much for bonding!

Question: Is it weird that I’m rooting for Abbie and Crane to get together on Sleepy Hollow? — Micah

NATALIE: Yes… sort of. For the time being, Crane is totally focused on freeing his wife and dealing with the truth that he had a son. (Fun fact: In the original pilot script, his son was said to be responsible for waking Headless.) But there could still be a chance for the pair. “It’s always possible, given the intensity of the circumstances that they are the only ones understanding what each other is going through,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman says. “There may be a tendency toward more, but that would have to evolve as organically as their friendship has evolved, so time will tell.” In other words, it’s likely, but not anytime soon.

Question: I love the little romance between JT and Tess on Beauty and the Beast. Will it continue? — Brenda

ADAM: Unfortunately, executive producer Brad Kern says that he’s not sure how far that relationship will go. “It’s fun to bring those two characters together, yet it’s a bit limiting to play another romance on the show,” he says. “I don’t know how much legs we have for that.” So how will the writers nip that story in the bud? “[When] friends get together, are they supposed to stay together? Or stay friends?” he says. “Sometimes you cross the line and it’s a good thing, and sometimes it’s like, ‘Let’s go back to where we were.'”

Question: Any chance for a reconciliation between Neal and Rumple on Once Upon a Time? — Tracy

NATALIE: Now that Neal has discovered the truth about his lineage, it will open the door for father and son to finally have a relationship. “It provides an opportunity for Neal to see his father as someone who carried a burden for hundreds of years because he was hurt or embarrassed about Pan being his father,” Michael Raymond-James says. “It really allows him to see his dad in a new light. That’s a revelatory moment for Neal.”

Question: Do you have any scoop on The Tomorrow People? — Ross

NATALIE: There’s more to John’s secret than just being able to kill — and it’s something that, if the group found out, they would certainly cut him off for good. In possibly related news, Jedikiah will come the closest he’s ever been to discovering the Tomorrow People’s hideout and you’ll be surprised whose fault that is.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a great Thanksgiving and long holiday weekend!!

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Based on information provided by the Dark Horizons website and some internet research, here are just some of the movies you can expect to see in the movie theatres in December:

Inside Llewyn Davis
Opens: December 6

This film from The Coen Brothers is about a singer-songwriter navigating New York’s Greenwich Village during the 1960s. The cast includes Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund.

Opens: December 6

A half-striped zebra named Khumba (Jake T. Austin) is born into an insular, isolated herd obsessed with stripes. Rumors that the strange foal is cursed spread and, before long, he is blamed for the drought that sets into the Great Karoo, except for Tombi (AnnaSophia Robb) his female zebra friend. When even his father (Laurence Fishburne), the leader of the herd, blames him for the lack of rain and the subsequent death of his mother (Anika Noni Rose), the outcast zebra leaves the confines of his home knowing that he cannot survive in the herd without all his stripes. Khumba ventures beyond the fence – vulnerable to the ferocious Leopard Phango (Liam Neeson), who controls the waterholes and terrorizes the animals in the Great Karoo. Khumba is rescued from an opportunistic wild dog (Steve Buscemi) by a quirky duo: a wildebeest, Mama V (Loretta Devine), and an ostrich, Bradley (Richard E. Grant). When a mystical mantis (Adrian Rhodes) appears to the foal, drawing a map to what could be interpreted as either water or stripes, the duo join Khumba on his quest in the hope that their own search for a safe waterhole is over.

Out of the Furnace
Opens: December 6

This is a thriller about two brothers living in a mill town in the economically depressed Rust Belt. After a cruel twist of fate puts the elder brother (Christian Bale) in prison, the younger (Casey Affleck) becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast. Once released, the older brother must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his family. The cast includes Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe.

Saving Mr. Banks
Opens: December 13

This film is about the fourteen-year courtship by Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) to persuade Australian author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to sell him the film rights to her book “Mary Poppins”. Travers’ book was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her alcoholic father (Colin Farrell) who died when she was seven and living in rural Queensland. Disney finally persuaded her to let him make the film, though she was prickly all the way to the end. The story will switch between three time periods – Travers’ childhood in 1907, the negotiations with Walt in the 1940’s and 1950’s and the making of the film in the 1960’s. The cast includes Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzmann, B.J. Novak, Kathy Baker and Paul Giamatti.

The Last Days on Mars
Opens: December 6

A small colony of astronaut explorers from all nations on Earth succumb one by one to a mysterious and terrifying unknown life form while gathering specimens on Mars. The cast includes Live Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas and Olivia Williams.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Opens: December 13

The next film in the prequel trilogy will follow where the first left off, covering the Misty Mountains, the second film is expected to deal with a lot of what remains in the book – the Mirkwood spiders, the Wood-elves dungeon, the barrel sequence, Laketown, Bilbo entering Smaug’s lair, and the dragon itself. The cast includes Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Evangeline Lilly and Bill Connolly.

Opens: December 20

The story follows a lonely writer who develops an unlikely romantic relationship with his newly-purchased Siri-esque operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. The cast includes Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara and Samantha Morton.

47 Ronin
Opens: December 25

The story follows a group of outcast samurai who seek vengeance upon the treacherous warlord who slaughtered their master. Keanu Reeves, playing a half-Brit/half-Japanese man, leads a Japanese cast that includes Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi.

August: Osage County
Opens: December 25

This film is an adaptation of the Tracy Letts Pulitzer Prize-winning play that is a dark comedy focuses on an extended Oklahoma family that comes together when the patriarch goes missing and is found a few days later having committed suicide. The cast includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Grudge Match
Opens: December 25

Two retired Pittsburgh boxers Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone), have a thirty years old grudge which hasn’t subsided yet. It revolves around the fact that Razor had retired the night before the match for the title thus destroying both of their careers. Now they have an opportunity to get the score even with one last match, in which they both have their respective interest to participate in, but the one in common is getting the score even. However, it will be hard to keep calm with all the popularity the match got with social networks and with the training they both gave up long ago. The cast includes Alan Arkin, Kevin Hart, Jon Bernthal and Kim Basinger.

Labor Day
Opens: December 25

Kate Winslet plays depressed single mom Adele who, along with her son Henry (Dylan Minnette), offer a wounded drifter (Josh Brolin) a ride. As police search town for an escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. Over the holiday weekend, he ultimately teaches Henry important life lessons, along with helping Adele come out of her shell. The cast includes Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek, Clark Gregg and Jacki Weaver.

The Invisible Woman
Opens: December 25

Based on the Claire Tomalin book, the affair between the then 45-year-old and married Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones) was kept hush-hush due to the huge scandal it would have become if it had been made public. Even after Dickens’ separation from his wife, the relationship remained a secret. When Dickens died, Nelly married a man 12 years her junior and disguised her own age. The cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander and Michelle Fairley.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Opens: December 25

The film is based on the 1947 Danny Kaye film which was based on a 1939 James Thurber short story. This take follows a quintessential daydreamer, a timid magazine photo manager (Ben Stiller), whose vivid imagination allows him to escape from the mundane constraints of his ordinary life. Things change though when his latest assignment sets him out on a true-life adventure to find an important film negative that has gone missing. The cast includes Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt.

Lone Survivor
Opens: December 27

This film chronicles one of the most infamous failures among the U.S. Armed Forces in the Middle East; the Operation Red Wings June 2005 mission about a team of four men, SEAL Team 10, who were tasked with the mission of surveillance and reconnaissance of the notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. Just hours after insertion, the group fell into an ambush and three of the four were killed. A sixteen-man helicopter crew sent in to rescue them was subsequently shot down by a rocket propelled grenade. The operation lasted three more weeks as the bodies of the deceased were recovered and the only survivor, Marcus Luttrell (Mark Wahlberg), was rescued. The cast includes Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster.

Movies coming out in January will be posted at the end of December.


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Silver Bells

On December 1, the holiday themed movie Silver Bells will debut on the cable channel UP at 7 PM (with encores at 9 and 11 PM)

Bruce Dalt (Bruce Boxleitner from Cedar Cove) is an ambitious, gung-ho father and local TV sports anchor who approaches the holidays much like he approaches life: competitively. This Christmas he wants his interior designing wife Piper (Bridgett Newton from Franklin & Bash) to win the neighborhood’s annual holiday house decorating contest. He wants his son Jason (Kenton Duty from Shake It Up!) to be the winning basketball player on his high school team. And, of course, he wants everyone in the family, including daughter Kasey (Laura Spencer from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), who is in her first year of law school, to win by securing the biggest Black Friday shopping deals before dawn. Bruce Dalt is all “for the win!” This philosophy, however, has put a strain on his family; especially Jason, who has more heart than competitive drive. When Bruce gets into a physical scuffle with a ref (Kevin Downes from the box office film Courageous) at Jason’s basketball game, the holidays take a turn for the worse. In no time, the video goes viral. Bruce is then sued, suspended from the anchor desk, and sentenced to community service with The Salvation Army. There, he meets Major Melvin Lowell (Antonio Fargas from Everybody Hates Chris), who patiently guides Bruce while managing his competitive streak. When Bruce encounters the people in his life from behind the kettle, everything – especially his relationship with his son – begins to change. The Dalts are about to embark on the most meaningful holiday season ever — all thanks to ringing that signature bell.

Here is a trailer for Silver Bells.

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TV Ratings

As we cruise ever closer to the long holiday weekend, the major networks are finishing off their November sweeps programming.

With that thought in mind, here is how the Tuesday night dramas that aired last night fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) [NEW] – 9.3 million
The Originals (The CW) [NEW] – 2.3 million

9 PM Shows:
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) [NEW] – 12.2 million
Supernatural (The CW) [NEW] – 2.4 million

10 PM Shows:
Person of Interest (CBS) [NEW] – 11.7 million
Chicago Fire (NBC) [NEW] – 7 million

What did you watch last night? Please share.

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Holiday Road Trip

On December 1, the ION movie Holiday Road Trip will debut at 9 PM.

Maya, a recently heartbroken pet supply employee, couldn’t have any less in common with her co-worker, Pat, who happens to be the company founder’s son. But, tasked with traveling across the country on a Christmastime social media tour for the company’s leading canine and most-prized possession, Scoots, fate finds a funny way to intervene. In their race against the clock, the two begin to fall for one another. Unbeknownst to Maya, though, her remorseful ex-boyfriend is in close pursuit, hoping he can win her back.

The cast includes Ashley Scott, Patrick Muldoon, Kip Pardue, George Hamilton and Shelley Long.

Here is a trailer for Holiday Road Trip.

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The Christmas SpiritThe Christmas Spirit is the latest Hallmark Channel movie set to debut at 8 PM on December 1.

Charlotte Hart (Nicolette Sheridan from Desperate Housewives), a distinguished journalist, is spending time with her family over the holidays when a real estate developer approaches their small town with quite an offer. Skeptical and looking for the real scoop, Charlotte drives to see the real estate head honcho to question him. While she’s en route, she gets into a terrible car accident and wakes up in the hospital only to realize that her body is in a coma, but her spirit is very much awake. She meets another spirit, who just happens to be the greedy developer. It turns out that he was on the other end of the accident, and he too is in a coma. With only a few days left before the town votes on the development, Charlotte must try to change the minds of the developer and the town, but that is no easy task when no one can see or hear her.

The cast includes Olympia Dukakis.

Here is a behind the scenes look at The Christmas Spirit.

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