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Hey All,

Here are the news items from this past week:


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)


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)


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


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)


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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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Hey All,

Here are the news items for today:


Actress Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY and Providence) will guest star in an upcoming episode of Hawaii Five-0, but details on what character she will be playing hasn’t been announced. (Andy Swift at TV Line)

Actress Annie Potts (The Fosters and Designing Women) will guest star on an upcoming episode of Major Crimes, playing Clarissa Fields, astrologer to the stars, who treats her field as a science. She’ll help Major Crimes reverse engineer a decade of murders. Naturally, the detectives will be skeptical until they start to realize that although she may not be able to exactly forecast the future, she can predict the past. (Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)


After lots of rumors, it has been confirmed that actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock and Star Trek) will play Doctor Strange. (Mike Fleming, Jr. at Deadline)

Q&A SECTION (with Natalie Abrams at Entertainment Weekly)

Question: When will we find out who’s been texting Charleston on State of Affairs? — Daryl

Natalie: Charleston comes closer to uncovering the identity of her mystery texter in the next episode, narrowing down the suspects to someone on her team. But she’ll have other things to deal with when someone uncovers damning information in the report on the convoy attack that cost Aaron his life.

Question: What can you tell us about the Castle midseason finale? — Amy

Natalie: We know from the promos that Castle will have himself “a very mobster Christmas,” but there’s more to that than you’re probably thinking. Not only will Castle find himself dealing with a potential mob war, but thanks to an unexpected blood oath, Castle will soon be considered an “honorary mobster.” I wonder how Beckett will feel about that…

Question: Is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. about to lose the bus? — Joe

Natalie: You’ll find out the answer to that pretty quickly as Tuesday’s winter finale picks up right after Whitehall had Agent 33 order the plane to be shot down. “Our team is in grave danger,” executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen teases, hinting the writers may have considered a world in which S.H.I.E.L.D. is “left with only quintjets.” “It could happen at any moment,” executive producer Jed Whedon adds.

Question: Excited about seeing Reverse Flash, but is there anything else you can share on The Flash’s midseason finale? — Shari

Natalie: Does this sound like Iris is going to find out Barry’s big secret to anyone else? “There’s a relationship cliffhanger as far as Barry and Iris are concerned,” Grant Gustin tells me. “Some honesty is finally being shed on the situation.”

Question: I thought you said Regina fights with Emma, but the Once Upon a Time promo showed Evil Queen battling Snow White. — Ron

Natalie: It’s both, actually. “Emma escapes and Regina goes out looking for her and she ends up in the sheriff’s office where Mary Margaret and David are locked up behind bars,” Lana Parrilla reveals. “She’s like, ‘Oh, I came here to kill Emma and look who I find. My two favorite idiots.’ Mary Margaret and Regina have a full on battle. We’ll see Regina using a sword for the first time.”

Question: Any scoop on Hart of Dixie?? — Mary Kate

Natalie: If you’re wondering how the Hart of Dixie producers are going to hide Rachel Bilson’s baby bump this season, they don’t. Instead, Dr. Zoe Hart seduces Wade in an attempt to win him back (because sex always leads to love, amirite?) and ends up with a bun in the oven. Oh, and even though Hawaii Five-0’s Ian Anthony Dale would add some welcome diversity to BlueBell, he’s not sticking around. He’s just another one of Lemon’s fake boyfriends in an effort to snatch grandma’s funds for Fancie’s.

That’s it. Enjoy!

Have a terrific weekend!!

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