|Thursday, May 31st 2012|
|Eleven||Neighbours||Episode 6414 (28×104)|
|Nine||The Block||Day 41 (05×41)|
|Seven||Home and Away (AU)||Episode 5529 (25×94)|
|Ten||Masterchef Australia||Elimination Challenge: Poultry (04×23)|
|FOX||Touch||Gyre (Part 1 of 2) (01×11)|
|FOX||Touch||Gyre (Part 2 of 2) (01×12)|
|ABC||Rookie Blue||Class Dismissed (03×02)|
|TBS||Men at Work||Devil’s Threesome (01×03)|
|AdultSwim||Eagleheart||Honor Thy Marshal (02×08)|
Marc Cherry‘s Devious Maids may find work yet, if not at ABC then for someone else.
Now that the Alphabet network has passed on putting the Desperate Housewives creator’s new sudser on its 2012-13 schedule, Lifetime is in preliminary talks to offer it a home, our sister site Deadline reports.
Lifetime, which is also mulling the idea of plucking CBS’ Unforgettable from the ashes, reportedly sees Devious Maids as a frothy drama in the vein of the cabler’s very successful freshman The Client List.
Loosely based on the Mexican telenovela The Disorderly Maids Of The Neighborhood, Cherry’s Maids follows four ambitious housekeepers (played by Ugly Betty‘s Ana Ortiz, Scrubs‘ Judy Reyes, Heroes‘ Dania Ramirez and Without a Trace‘s Roselyn Sanchez) who work for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Soap icon Susan Lucci was on board to play one maid’s employer, while onetime Melrose Place resident Grant Show and True Blood alum Mariana Klaveno would lord over another, as a successful soap opera hunk and his self-centered actress-wife.
Doctor Who’s latest companion’s name may have been revealed.
Jenna-Louise Coleman has joined the BBC One sci-fi series as The Doctor’s (Matt Smith) new companion, but her character name has yet to be confirmed.
Coleman will first appear in the upcoming seventh series of the show at Christmas, replacing current companions Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).
Fans attending the filming of Coleman’s first episode have claimed that they overheard producers and cast members calling her Clara.
“Jenna Louise is CLARA,” one fan tweeted.
The actress revealed back in March that she knew little about the character, including her name.
Doctor Who will return to BBC One in the autumn, with the series seven premiere debuting at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.
Watch a trailer for the upcoming series of Doctor Who below:
Hallmark Channel is getting into series television.
Andie MacDowell will star in the network’s first-ever prime-time series, Cedar Cove, which is slated to begin production mid-June. Based on Debbie Macomber’s best-selling book series, Cedar Cove will star MacDowell as Judge Olivia Lockhart, whose Cedar Cove Municipal Court is the professional milieu and social microcosm of issues the judge will face in her own day-to-day life with family and friends. Cedar Cove will initially debut as a two-hour TV movie in late 2012 before the one-hour series premieres in early 2013.
“We are beyond thrilled to have a star of the magnitude of Andie MacDowell to star in Cedar Cove, the movie that is the basis for Hallmark Channel’s first-ever prime-time series,” said Executive Vice President of Programming Michelle Vicary. “Andie is widely recognized around the world as a gifted actor and a top box-office draw and there is genuine, mutual excitement today between the network and our star about the future of the new series.”
MacDowell is well-known for her roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral and Groundhog Day. The 54-year-old actress currently co-stars on ABC Family’s Jane by Design.
Another TV season is in the books, and there are no shortage of burning questions left behind.
The Vampire Diaries: Elena is a vampire? Really?!
Yep, Vampire Diaries’ teen heroine will be growing some fangs come Season 4. “It will be a very emotional, very complicated first episode when the show returns, but Elena’s future is pretty set,” says executive producer Julie Plec. What’s not a done deal is just which brother she’ll end up with. “That’s the best question of all!” says Plec, adding that though Elena (Nina Dobrev) chose Stefan (Paul Wesley) in the season finale, “everything has changed. Not necessarily how she feels about the boys, but who she is. This may bring her closer than ever to Stefan, or it may give her a deeper bond with Damon [Ian Somerhalder]. Plus, she’ll start learning things, like how Damon compelled her to forget their first meeting. Those memories will come back, and it’ll add more fuel to the fire.” —Ileane Rudolph
NCIS: Who survived the explosion?
By finale’s end, it looked as though everyone’s lives were in danger after a bomb detonated at NCIS headquarters — even Ducky’s (David McCallum), and he was a thousand miles away on a beach in Florida! What gives? “I’m not gonna massage it,” says exec producer Gary Glasberg. “David signed a contract to come back. The goal is to give him an opportunity to play something different. We talked about Ducky’s heart attack for a long time.” And although several cast members (including Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly) are still in negotiation for Season 10, it looks like the rest of the team will make it through as well. There won’t be a new set, either: “You’ll see caution tape and repairs, but the building survived.” That’s not to say the blast won’t have its repercussions. Tony (Weatherly) and Ziva (Cote de Pablo) will find themselves in an interesting position when the show returns. “It wasn’t an accident to put them in the elevator [at the end],” says Glasberg. —Chris Willman
Grey’s Anatomy: Is Lexie the first casualty from the plane crash?
We say first — rather than only — because when the Season 8 finale concluded, crash survivors Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), Derek (Patrick Dempsey), Cristina (Sandra Oh), Mark (Eric Dane) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) were all stranded in a forest with nary a match to keep them warm. “Just because you saw people alive at the end of the finale doesn’t mean they’re going to be alive when the season starts up,” creator Shonda Rhimes has said. She’s vague as to why she killed off Lexie (Chyler Leigh), but speculation is that Leigh was cut to free up cash for the original stars, who reportedly all signed on for two more seasons. And with Pompeo locked in, there’s no need to keep a Little Grey waiting in the wings. —William Keck
The Glee Project‘s new season won’t be hurting for star power.
Glee vets Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera will join the previously announced Lea Michele as mentors in Season 2 of the Oxygen reality series, per The Hollywood Reporter. Glee Project‘s first co-winner, Samuel Larsen, has also been tapped to assist the new contestants.
The competition kicks off June 5 at 10/9c.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Andie MacDowell (Jane By Design) is set to star in Hallmark Channel’s first drama pilot, Cedar Cove, Deadline reports. The actress will play a judge in the series, which centers on the residents of the titular town.
• Ian Buchanan is leaving Days of Our Lives, Soap Opera Digest reports. The Daytime vet — who joined the NBC sudser in February as the husband of Sarah Brown’s Madison — will last air later this summer.
• HBO’s Emmy-winning docu-series Hard Knocks will return for a seventh season on Aug. 7. This time around, the show will shadow the Miami Dolphins.
• Adam Harrington (The Secret Circle) and Currie Graham (Raising the Bar) will guest-star in the upcoming fourth season of Drop Dead Diva, TVGuide.com reports. The pair are set to play lawyers in separate episodes.
“Uh-oh, it’s magic” is not just a verse from an old Cars song. Those few words also aptly sum up the closing moments of Once Upon a Time‘s season finale, as Mr. Gold né Rumpelstiltskin conjured up a purple smoke that restored the Storybrooke residents’ fantastical identities and will rouse the sleepy burg with an infusion of magic.
And fans of the ABC freshman were not the only ones caught off guard by the game-changing twist.
“There was some talk about the curse being broken, but I didn’t believe it until I read it [in the script], because [series creators Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis] are tricky that way,” Lana Parrilla recently shared with TVLine. “They don’t really tell you much, but I like that about them!”
Upon seeing the final edit of the finale — with CGI’d smoke flowing out of the well and across the land — Parrilla remarked, “It was awesome…. Unreal.” And almost green à la the ominous cloud that crept across fairytale land when the dark curse was first uncorked. “But at the last minute they changed it to purple, which is more symbolic… a better link to something ‘magical.’”
Of course, the very final image viewers were left with as the smoke slinked through Storybrooke was that of Regina née the Evil Queen’s face – curiosity-slash-concern ultimately overridden by a smirk of satisfaction — as she cast her gaze upon what Rumpel (played by Robert Carlyle) had unleashed.
“She seems somewhat conflicted,” the actress explained. “She’s going through this huge loss with her son [Henry, now effectively Emma's ward], and yet now there is hope. If she needs magic to get her son back, then so be it.”
But let’s be clear, if magic is now available to Regina, it’s on the table for everyone – her regular impish foil included.
“I’m curious to see what happens between Rumpelstitskin and the Evil Queen…,” Parrilla mused. “I imagine that whatever it is, it is not going to be pretty!”
Good news for the crew of the USS Colorado: Their master chief isn’t bailing after the premiere.
ABC’s new thriller Last Resort has formally upgraded Robert Patrick, who plays the submarine’s MC Joseph Prosser, to a series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.
The X-Files vet initially signed on as a guest star in the pilot.
The Shawn Ryan-produced Resort, which will air Thursdays at 8/7c this fall, is set in the not-so-distant future and follows the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine who become fugitives after refusing to fire their missiles. Ultimately, they make camp on an island that hosts a NATO listening station and declare themselves an independent nuclear nation.
The cast includes Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Dichen Lachman and Autumn Reeser.
SHAW MEDIA DECLARES 2012/13 AN UNPRECEDENTED YEAR FOR BIG FORMATS, A-LIST STARS ACROSS SPECIALTY PORTFOLIO
“This is a hugely exciting year for Shaw Media,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President, Content, Shaw Media. “The return of record-breaking Canadian adaptations of smash hit formats in conjunction with the debut of so many original new series reinforces our dedication to delivering the best in entertaining content to Canadians every day.”
Showcase continues to be the top destination for the best in dramatic entertainment with a slew of new and returning hit series coming this fall. Starring Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) and produced in Canada by Take 5 and Whizbang Productions in partnership with CBS Studios, the brand-new series Beauty and the Beast will infuse Showcase with a fresh take on the fairytale classic. Other new series include the USA hit Common Law, which premiered to impressive audience numbers in the U.S., and the much-anticipated debut of the original series Copper, from creative dream team Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Oz) and Emmy® Award-winner Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Borgias). In addition, Showcase will be the exclusive home to the original series World Without End, the bold follow-up to Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth starring Miranda Richardson (Rubicon, Merlin), Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Ben Chaplin (Mad Dogs) and Canadians Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method) and Meghan Follows. Viewers can also look forward to new seasons of Showcase’s top-rated series Lost Girl, as well as Warehouse 13, Royal Pains, and the channel’s megahit series Covert Affairs.
Copper (Canadian Premiere, Canadian Original) FALL 2012
Copper is a gripping crime drama set in 1860s New York City, and focuses on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones; MI-5), an intense, rugged Irish-immigrant cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighbourhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. His friendship with two Civil War compatriots – the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work – takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and rural Harlem. The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever.
Common Law (Canadian Premiere) FALL 2012
The comedic cop series follows meticulous and responsible Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole; 24) and carefree Travis Marks (Michael Ealy; The Good Wife), partners who are great at closing cases but terrible at getting along – with each other. Ex-lawyer Wes is compulsively organized, divorced, and a methodical over-thinker, while former juvenile delinquent Travis is impulsive, disorganized, and a ladies-man who doesn’t play by the rules. The mismatched pair has a seven-year track record as LAPD’s finest in the Robbery-Homicide Division, but when their constant bickering starts affecting their work their boss Captain Sutton (Jack McGee; The Fighter) sends the dream team off to couples therapy with hard-hitting therapist Dr. Elyse Ryan (Sonya Walger; Lost).
Beauty and the Beast (Canadian Premiere) FALL 2012
From the classic tale comes a new, fresh take on Beauty and the Beast starring Canadian Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) as Catherine Chandler. As a teenager, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother and Catherine knows her life would have been taken too if it wasn’t for someone – or something – that saved her. Now a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective, Catherine discovers Dr. Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan; Terra Nova), the man who saved her many years before. Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses when he is enraged. Catherine agrees to protect his identity in exchange for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder, beginning their complex relationship.
World Without End (Canadian Premiere, Canadian Original) FALL 2012
Ken Follett’s global bestseller World Without End premieres as an eight-part, one-hour event series on Showcase. Cynthia Nixon, Miranda Richardson, Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, and Canadians Megan Follows and Sarah Gadon headline the star-studded cast with director Michael Caton-Jones at the helm. The epic series follows Caris, a visionary young woman struggling to rise above the suffering and oppression in order to lead her people out of the dark times. England is on the brink of devastating war with France that will last over a hundred years, and a terrible plague is spreading that will wipe out a third of Europe’s population before it is done. With her lover Merthin, Caris builds a community that stands up to The Crown and The Church. Together, they unearth a dangerous secret and must fight to save their town of Kingsbridge from ruin, ultimately ushering in a new era of freedom, innovation and enlightenment.
Lost Girl Season 3
Season three promises more twists and turns for TV’s favourite succubus, “Bo” (Anna Silk: Being Erica, Billable Hours). This season sees Bo make a romantic choice, but finds the road to commitment riddled with obstacles. Throughout the season, unexpected jeopardy stalks Bo and those she cares about. Though Bo battles many foes, her greatest enemy will prove to be the one that resides within her.
Returning for season three is Kris Holden-Ried (Ben Hur, The Tudors, Underworld 4) as “Dyson”; Ksenia Solo (Life Unexpected; Black Swan) as “Kenzi”; Zoie Palmer (The Guard, Instant Star, XIII) as “Lauren”; Rick Howland (Billable Hours, Murdoch Mysteries) as “Trick” and K.C. Collins (Owning Mahowny, Doomstown) as “Hale”.
Joining the Lost Girl cast this season is (Rachel Skarsten: The Vow; Flashpoint; Birds of Prey) in a recurring role as “Tamsin,” a thrill-seeking, sexy new Fae who ruffles many feathers. Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men, Covert Affairs, Human Target) will reprise her role as “The Morrigan,” the leader of the Dark Fae.
Haven Season 3
Season three of Haven picks up immediately following the events of the gripping season two finale with Audrey (Emily Rose) having been brutally kidnapped; Nathan (Lucas Bryant) warned against pursuing a romantic relationship with Audrey; and Duke (Eric Balfour) seemingly engaged in a fight to the death with Nathan after he discovers his family lineage is to kill Haven citizens with troubles. New addition to the cast include Bree Williamson (Gossip Girl, One Life to Live), Dorian Missick (Southland, The Cape) and Kate Kelton (Harold and Kumar, American Psycho 2).
Strike Back (Canadian Premiere) WINTER 2013
A high-octane, globe-spanning thriller with storylines ripped from the headlines, Strike Back focuses on two members of a top-secret anti-terrorist organization known as Section 20. Leading the team are British Sergeant Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester; Fringe) and Damian Scott (Sullivan Stapleton; Animal Kingdom), a Delta Forces operative who was disgraced and discharged on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The two protagonists crisscross the globe venturing to New Delhi, Cape Town, Darfur and beyond as they try to thwart terrorists planning a major attack that could have global repercussions by bringing anarchy and destruction to our planet.
Cable premieres of hit movies on Showcase include:Inception, The Other Guys, Salt, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Shutter Island, The Town, andGrown Ups.
Brand-new seasons of returning series on Showcase include: Lost Girl, Covert Affairs,Warehouse 13,Haven,Royal Pains,Law & Order: UK, NCISand Rookie Blue.
Private Practice will return to ABC this fall for a sixth season, but the show is losing at least one of its core cast members. Sources confirm to us that Tim Daly (Pete) will not return to Private Practice. And guess what? It seems he’s a teensy bit miffed about how he found out.
Taking a page from former CBS star Patrick Wilson (with a bit more subtlety), Daly took to Twitter tonight to let his fans know:
He heard the news through his agent.
Daly tweeted: “Wonderful fans of PPP. Shonda [Rhimes] informed my agent today that Pete wont be returning for season 6. It was a great 5 yrs. R.I.P. Pete Wilder.”
ABC has yet to officially announce how many episodes Private Practice will receive this fall, and the network also has not announced if any other series regulars will be departing.
ABC does not comment on contractual matters.
Daly has been with the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff since the pilot episode, initially playing a love interest for Kate Walsh (Addison). In the fifth season finale earlier this month, his character Pete was freed on bail after being sent to jail for assisting in the death of one of his patients.
The new season of Dexter doesn’t premiere until Sept. 30, but since you are probably dying (see what we did there?) for some fresh scoop, we think today’s Spoiler Chat will be especially pleasing to you.
So what’s coming up in season seven for our favorite serial killer? Plus, Happy Endings is about to get weirder when it returns, and yes, it is possible for that show to get weirder. All that, plus scoop on Haven, Rookie Blue and more in today’s Spoiler Chat…
Joey: Your summer TV calendar made me so excited for my favorite shows to come back! But my favorite favorite doesn’t come back until the fall! Dexter! Got scoop for me?
Well, first you need to check out this ominous and creepy new promo for season seven. And then you need to know that Dexter is casting a recurring guest star to play a physically imposing blue-collar guy who has a history of violent behavior. Bring on Jason Statham!
Terri: I need True Blood scoop now!
You are being quite the Demanding Darcy, even though your name is not Darcy. You know what we mean. What if we told you we were talking to the whole cast of True Blood tonight and we are in desperate need of questions to ask them? It’s true, so head on down to the comments and help us out, eh?
Allison: Hey, my favorite TV gossip guru beauty…why no scoopie on my favorite show Rookie (Blue that is)? I have been waiting all year for some juicy 411 on my now-favorite TV couple Sam and Andy since Naley only exists in a faraway land now.
Why do you have to remind us that Naley is no longer in our TV lives? We just can’t let One Tree Hill go! And now we’re crying. Thanks a lot. Anyway, we apologize for the lack of Rookie Blue scoop, and you’ll probably be more pissed off at us since we must warn you that things between Sam (Ben Bass) and Andy (Missy Peregrym) will be rocky for awhile. Plus, we’ll be meeting a new female character later in the season that will surely throw a wrench into everybody’s relationships. She’s beautiful, she’s smart…and she’ll be in charge.
Brit in Rockford, Ill.: Happy Endings is off the air and I am sad. Can I get some season three spoilers to make me smile?
We just chatted with the cast of Happy Endings, and after congratulating them on a much-desreved season three with hugs and high-fives, we got to talking about what we’re getting come the fall. Damon Wayans Jr. has the most intriguing and most “likely to happen” idea. “I’m looking forward to seeing what they do with the fact that [Brad is] unemployed,” he tells us. “Since Max (Adam Pally) is the only other character that’s unemployed as well, I feel like we can get in some hijinks together.Maybe fight some crime. Start a karate school. It’s going to get weird.” Can you all just imagine Brad and Max as superheroes? Make this so, Happy Endings writers!
Patti: Any scoop on the season of Warehouse 13? Will Steve Jinks rejoin the team?
Is “rejoin the team” a euphemism for resurrection? When last we saw Jinks (Aaron Ashmore), he was dead as a doornail. (Anyone who didn’t cry a little has a heart colder than dearly departed Jinks himself.) Claudia (Allison Scagliotti) is not going to let a silly thing like death take away her kick-ass partner—not when supernatural artifacts have the power to bring him back, right? We’re counting on seeing more of the human lie detector on Warehouse 13‘s fourth season, premiering July 23.
Sophia: Nurse Jackie! Tell me something crazy about the finale.
Someone will not survive the episode. We repeat: death will come to All Saints. One clue: That person is not in the picture shown here.
Dano43545: My wife and I need Haven scoop please.
The spooky Syfy show doesn’t come back until September (sob!), but we are going to meet some new faces come fall. Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Audrey (Emily Rose) aren’t the only ones who help the people of Haven. When Audrey is located she’s going to need a lot of professional help to get past the trauma. It’s going to be a tall order, we all know our dear Ms. Parker isn’t very good at the talking-out-her-feelings thing. Frankly, we just want to know when Audrey and Nathan are going to kiss again! Kiss through the trauma.
—Additional reporting by Jenna Mullins, Christina Dowling & Drusilla Moorhouse
Spoiler Chat will be happening twice a week for the summer months, so go outside every once in awhile, ya hear? But keep sending us questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting @KristinDSantos!
On TV this Wednesday: We meet the Dogs in the City, Melissa & Joey return to deal with a “hands on” home renovation, Top Model‘s British Invasion cycles out, the Hatfields & McCoyshead into their final battle and more. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) | Auditions continue in the City of Angels
8 pm Stanley Cup Finals: Game 1 (NBC) | In the first championship series game, the Los Angeles Kings take on the New Jersey Devils in the Garden State.
8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) | Season 2 premiere: In this double episode, the couple gets Bent out of shape during their home renovation — especially after the “cabinet guy” (Days of Our Lives‘ Bren Foster) puts the moves on Mel.
8 pm Dogs in the City (CBS) | Series premiere: When things get ruff, dog guru Justin Silver resolves issues between canines and their owners.
9 pm America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion (The CW) | Cycle 18 finale: During the final shoot, one of the models panics under the Covergirl spotlight; the girls channel Tupac and/or Jem during a holographic runway show.
9 pm Hatfields & McCoys (History) | Miniseries finale: After Bad Frank’s raids force the besieged Hatfields deeper into the mountains and Johnse sets his sights on another McCoy woman, the feud leads to a shattering New Year’s Day battle.
10 pm Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew (MTV) | The crews wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle with LMFAO’s Redfoo and the group’s choreographer.
10 pm Hot in Cleveland (TV Land) | Victoria’s canceled soap opera? There’s an app for that if she can get the series creator (guest star Cybill Shepherd) and the cast (including Spin City‘s Barry Bostwick) on board to film a new episode.