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On April 10, the new BET drama In Contempt will debut at 10 PM.

Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse) stars an opinionated attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented Public Defender in her district.

The cast includes Megan Hutchings (Reign), Christian Keyes (Let’s Stay Together), Mouna Traoré (Book of Negroes), Tobias Truvillion (Empire and The Blacklist) and Richard Lawson (Grey’s Anatomy).

Here is a trailer for In Contempt.

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Hey All,

Here are the news items from this past week:

RENEWALS/CANCELLATIONS

Scream Queens has officially been cancelled by FOX. (Variety)

No great surprise, but CBS has official cancelled the following dramas after only one season: Pure Genius, Training Day and Ransom; and has official cancelled Doubt, which only aired two episodes. (Twitter and TV Line)

Quantico has been renewed for a third season, but only received an order for 13 episodes. (Variety)

CASTING NEWS

Actor Cameron Scoggins, who has been recurring as Zach Welles, the Silicon Valley billionaire who partnered with the late Rayna James in her music company, has been promoted to series regular for the second half of the show’s fifth season, which will be back on CMT on June 1. (Deadline)

Actress Jessica Meraz (Chasing Life) has landed a series regular role in the TNT drama Major Crimes, playing Det. Camila Paige, who’s still recovering financially from having to raise all five of her younger siblings after the death of her parents in a car accident almost fifteen years ago. And, actress Lourdes Benedicto (V) has landed a recurring role in the series where she will play Sara Garza, the wife of a prominent surgeon, his office manager, and mother to their missing fifteen-year-old son who tries to maintain her sanity in the face of kidnapping, murder and her husband’s health problems. (Deadline)

Actress Kandyse McClure (Battlestar Galactica) has booked a series regular role in the upcoming Syfy paranormal series Ghost Wars that is set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces. She will play Landis Barker, a scientist who is works at a facility in the town where strange occurrences start happening. The series will star Avan Jogia (Twisted and King Tut), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and Kristin Lehman (Motive). (Deadline)

Actor Trevor Einhorn and actress Brittany Curran, who play Josh, a member of the mysteriously vanished Brakebills University Class of 2016 and Fen, the Fillorian wife of Eliot respectively, have both been promoted to series regular for season 3 of the Syfy series The Magicians. (Deadline)

SERIES ORDER

ABC has given a straight to series order to a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy that will set in a Seattle firehouse. (Variety)

LIMITED SERIES NEWS

Actor Dennis Quaid will play President George W. Bush in the second installment of the FX limited series Katrina: American Crime Story that will tell the story of America’s response to the devastating 2005 storm. (Deadline)

That’s it. Enjoy!

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On April 15, the debut of the new Doctor Who spin-off series Class will debut on BBC America at 10 PM.

The 8-episode series will follow four Coal Hill School students who have hidden secrets and desires, navigate a life of friends, parents, school work, sex, sorrow – and possibly the end of existence.

The cast includes Fady Elsayed, Greg Austin, Katherine Kelly, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah.

Here is a trailer for Class.

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I'm Not Ready for Christmas

The Hallmark Channel movie I’m Not Ready for Christmas will debut on November 14 at 8 PM.

Holly (Alicia Witt) finds her world turned upside-down when she suddenly finds herself incapable of lying. (Don’t you hate when that happens?) It’s because of a wish her niece made to Santa Claus. And now, with Christmas coming up fast, she has to come to terms with her natural penchant to want to fib while trying to do the right thing. And that’s no lie.

The cast includes George Stults (7th Heaven), Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives), Dan Lauria (Wonder Years) and Maxwell Caulfield (Empire Records and Grease 2).

Here is a preview and sneak peek at I’m Not Ready for Christmas.

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Indian Summers

The PBS Masterpiece mini-series Indian Summers will debut on September 27 at 9 PM and will continue to air each week through November 22.

Julie Walters (Harry Potter franchise) plays the glamorous doyenne of an English social club in the twilight of British rule in India. The lavish series explores the collision of the English ruling class and local people agitating for Indian independence. The two sides alternately clash and merge in intricate games of power, politics and passion.

The cast includes Jemima West (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina) [among others].

Here is a trailer for Indian Summers:

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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:
Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie on Syfy

7 PM:
Surprised By Love movie on Hallmark Channel (Encore of DEBUT)
The King’s Speech movie on Sundance

7:30 PM:
Monsters, Inc. (animated) on ABC Family

7:55 PM:
The Missing on Starz (Reair)

8 PM:
Battlestar Galactica on BBC America (Reair)
Scandal on BET

9 PM:
The Missing on Starz (Finale)
A Novel Romance movie on Hallmark Channel (DEBUT)
Sleepy Hollow on FOX (Reair)
Scandal on BET
The Princess Bride movie on Sundance
Independence Day movie on Syfy

9:30 PM:
Finding Nemo (animated) movie on ABC Family

10 PM:
Transporter: The Series on TNT (NEW)
Hindsight on VH1 (Reair)
Scandal on BET
National Treasure movie on Encore

10:05 PM:
The Missing on Starz (Encore)

Enjoy!

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The Santa Con

On December 13, The Santa Con is a new original holiday movie that will debut on Lifetime at 8 PM.

Small-time con man Nick DeMarco (Barry Watson from 7th Heaven) is ordered by his parole officer to take a minimum-wage job as a department store Santa during the holidays and he hates it. Near the end of his first shift, he hastily promises a young boy that Santa will bring his estranged parents back together by Christmas. When his sister Rosemary (Melissa Joan Hart from Melissa and Joey) hears this, she is livid and can’t believe he would break a little boy’s heart with an empty promise. After a long night of soul searching, Nick decides to make good on his promise to the child, somehow. But after meeting the boy’s mother Carol (Melissa Sagemiller from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), will Nick ultimately choose to put the happiness of others ahead of his own?

The cast includes Jaleel White (Family Matters), Scott Grimes (Party of Five) and John Ratzenberger (Cheers).

Here is a preview of The Santa Con.

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