|Friday, November 30th 2012|
|ABC||Last Man Standing||Mother Fracker (02×05)|
|CW||Nikita||The Sword’s Edge (03×05)|
|ABC||Malibu Country||Not With My Daughter (01×05)|
|Sky1||Spy (2011)||Codename: Ball Busted (02×07)|
|CBS||CSI: NY||Blood Out (09×09)|
|Sky1||An Idiot Abroad||Venice (03×01)|
|CBS||Blue Bloods||Higher Education (03×08)|
|MuchMusic||Degrassi||Tonight, Tonight (2) (12×28)|
In a departure from its signature drama procedurals, CBS has given a 13-episode straight-to-series order to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King’s Under the Dome, a drama based on King’s bestselling 2009 novel, which will be produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Television. The series will air next summer which will mark CBS’ biggest effort with original scripted fare in the off-season in years with Under The Dome and Unforgettable. Under the Dome tells the story of a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.
CBS landed Under The Dome in turnaround. The supernatural thriller was originally set up at pay cable sibling Showtime in August 2011, with Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan tapped a couple of months later to write the script. When Amblin sensed that the project was not moving forward at Showtime, they asked the network to release it and took it out to the broadcast networks. In an effort to keep the show in the family, Showtime entertainment president David Nevins, who liked the project despite feeling it was not right for Showtime, recommended it to his CBS counterpart Nina Tassler who was interested. The network subsequently laid the show off at CBS TV Studios, which will produce it with Amblin, attached veteran Neal Baer, who is under an overall deal at CBS Studios, as showrunner, and brought in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev to direct the first episode. The network has history with Oplev – in his US debut, he directed the pilot of the CBS procedural Unforgettable, which coincidentally will be Under The Dome‘s companion on the CBS summer schedule unless the network changes its plans. “This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” Tassler said.
In further corporate synergy, CBS and sibling Simon & Schuster, whose Scribner imprint originally published the book in November 2009, will cross-promote the TV series and book in advance of the show’s summer launch with the April 2013 re-release of trade paperback and electronic editions from its Pocket Books imprint. In addition to the broadcast on CBS, Under The Dome will have a multi-platform window available for each episode shortly after the network airing.
Under The Dome has been a passion project for DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider who nabbed the rights to King’s novel shortly after it was published to strong reviews. She is executive producing the series with Spielberg, King, Baer, Vaughn, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Under The Dome will be distributed domestically by CBS TV Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International. Amblin is with WME; King and Baer with Paradigm; Vaughn with Verve; Oplev with ICM Partners.
Did you have Glee scoop on your Christmas list? Good because that’s exactly what we’ve got for you!
Glee‘s holiday-themed episodes are always special and this season’s Christmas outing is shaping up to be no different! We chatted with two of the Fox hit’s stars and managed to squeeze some scoop on the upcoming Christmas episode out of them! Plus, we’ve got word on Kristen Bell‘s Gossip Girl finale cameo, a new hottie on Modern Family, CSI‘s crossover episode and more in today’s Spoiler Chat…
fanboycentral: Does the sex actually happen or is it part of a dream sequence? (regarding the mystery couple that does the deed)
The sex actually happens. Not a dream. Not an alternate reality. Not a fakeout. Not a simulation. But like I said, there is a twist, and that twist has to do with motivations.
Matty: Burt and Kurt’s relationship is the best part of Glee, so I want scoop on those two!
You are so in luck, because we just chatted with Mike O’Malley and guess what? Burt is taking the Big Apple by storm! “I’m in the Christmas episode,” he tells us. “I get to go to New York.” Any chance Burt will catch his son Kurt rocking the fashion world? “I don’t see him in action at Vogue. I don’t think they want Burt up in Vogue,” O’Malley jokes.
Jody in Colo.: What happened to Sugar and Artie? They were so cute together on Glee!
“I think Sugar has had this off and on romance with Artie,” Vanessa Lengies tells us. “She’s had a thing for him, but I think she’s socially pretty awkward, so it hasn’t really blossomed. But there are hints of it all the time.” And since Damien McGinty is coming back for the Christmas episode, we had to ask if we were going to get some sparks between Rory and Sugar. “Sugar is not in the Christmas episode,” Lengies says sadly. “So, Sugar and [Rory] do not meet again.” Bummer city!
Rebecca: Gossip Girl, please!! What is Kristen Bell doing in the finale?
You will only get a brief glimpse of her, but she’s part of a sequence that is both poignant and cool!
Christine: Can you tell me anything about the CSI crossover episode?
When Mac shows up for a romantic weekend with his girlfriend Christine, only to find her missing from the hotel room, both the CSI: New York and original CSI teams will join forces to find her. And that’s not the only crime going on in that episode! The CSI gang will also have to investigate the murder of a con man who has been selling fake bottles of rare wine to unsuspecting customers. Needless to say, the forensic peeps will have their hands full.
Tiffany: Loving this season of Modern Family! Any scoop on Jay and Gloria’s baby?!
Jay is one very, very lucky man. Not only does he have a smokin’ hot wife, but he’s about to have another attractive woman around the house: The nanny! The ABC hit comedy is currently casting Jay and Gloria’s nanny, Lucia, who is described as very sexy with an amazing figure. Hmmm…sound familiar?!
Maggie A.: You’re my source for New Girl info, so hit me!
Jess continues her journey of finding herself this season by taking an adult writing class, which leads to the usual New Girl shenanigans. First, a guy in the class may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with Jess, and trust us when we say that he’ll give you the creeps. Plus, Nick gets his ass kicked by an old woman. We can’t tell you what gets him in that situation, because that would ruin the fun. You’ll just have to wait and see for yourself!
Loving The Mindy Project! Any scoop on what’s ahead?
How about the best Valentine’s Day episode ever?! We all know Mindy is a huge fan of classic romantic comedies and we’ll see her return to the Empire State Building on the romantic holiday in the themed ep…despite the fact that she’s been banned from visiting anymore (an awesome fact we learned in the pilot). Sleepless in Seattle reference FTW!
—Additional reporting by Jenna Mullins, Tierney Bricker and John Boone
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Starz is considering continuing the Spartacus franchise after War of the Damned wraps after this season, Deadline reports
The potential spin-off would focus on Julius Caesar. The famed Roman leader, played by Todd Lasance, will be introduced as a nemesis for Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) in the upcoming third season of Spartacus. Though a relative unknown in America, Lasance is famous abroad for his role on the popular Australian soap Home and Away.
Spartacus co-creator and executive producer Robert Tapert is behind the possible spin-off. Earlier this year Steven DeKnight, who created and executive-produces alongside Tapert, hinted at a possible continuation of the series.
“In the halls of Starz, we often whisper about a spin-off. We’ve set up a world that is just perfect to spin off into other areas during this time period,” DeKnight told The Hollywood Reporter in June. “We are open to, down the road, revisiting this world, whether it’s Julius Caesar, whether it’s set in the same time period or whether it’s a little later in the time period.”
What to watch on Thursday, November 29…
It’s the wedding that no one was waiting for! After years of ruining relationships because she’s attractive yet undateable, Liz Lemon is tying the knot with Criss in order to start a family. Also, look forward to a return of the Beeper King, a bad medical diagnosis for Tracy, and Jack and Jenna taking a long, hard look at themselves.
Team Pope manages a billionaire client who appears to be going cuckoo in tonight’s “Defiance.” Meanwhile, the President of the United States, fresh off scandals of his own, prepares for his fiftieth birthday party while his pouty wife says she doesn’t want to go. Well excuuuuuuse me, first lady!
The Big Bang Theory
Look, everyone else in the country watches this show so you may as well give in and watch it too. In “The Parking Spot Escalation,” Sheldon and Wolowitz get in a spat over a parking spot on campus that results in one of them killing the other. Did I say “one of them killing each other?” I meant “laughs.”
You may have just finished the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers (I will be pooping out mashed potatoes through mid-December), but Glee hasn’t. In tonight’s episode “Thanksgiving,” New Directions, gets mentored as they prepare for sectionals. Meanwhile, Kurt and Rachel have an “unconventional Thanksgiving dinner,” probably because everyone celebrated Thanksgiving last week. Also, the gang performs ear-raping viral sensation “Gangnam Style” by Korean sensation Psy, the song that is on Satan’s playlist for Hell. And finally, Quinn stops by for a visit, which is most likely why Fox is airing a Thanksgiving episode of Glee a week after airing a different new episode of Glee on actual Thanksgiving.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
In “Frank’s Back in Business,” Frank and Charlie jump into the business world with absolutely zero good ideas unless you think selling crow eggs is a good idea. And Dennis sees how far he can go with a case of mistaken identity. I also probably don’t need to tell you this, but everyone makes fools of themselves.
9pm, The CW
Beauty and the Beast
In “Out of Control,” J.T. thinks that handsome Vincent (the so-called “Beast”) is involved in the brutal and savage murder of a (probably handsome/pretty) local college student. Meanwhile, handsome medical examiner Evan gets kidnapped, so beautiful Cat asks handsome (i.e. not very beast-like) Vincent to help her track him down.
… As expected, MTV will not be asking for a second round of its scripted comedy The Inbetweeners. The show was a remake of the British series of the same name, but suffered from crummy ratings and never really stood a chance. [Deadline Hollywood]
… ABC has asked for more episodes of Malibu Country and Last Man Standing, its Friday pairing of comedy. Both shows will add five episodes to their 13-episode orders, and because they both started later than most, the orders will fill out their seasons. [ABC via press release]
… Fox has rescheduled Touch again. Instead of returning February 1, the show will push back to February 8 and air back-to-back episodes. The show was originally slotted to return this fall, but was bumped to early February. [Fox via press release]
… Syfy has ordered three more reality programs, crushing our hopes that its reality experiment wouldn’t work. Darnit! Ghost Mine (January 16) follows a group of miners who team up with paranormal investigators to get scared by things that aren’t ghosts. Stranded (February 27) takes amateur paranormal investigators and puts them is seriously haunted houses (except they probably aren’t actually haunted). Notorious Hauntings takes a closer look at some of history’s most famous paranormal legends like Dracula. [Syfy via press release]
… Former House star Lisa Edelstein will guest-star on Showtime’s House of Lies as a political consultant who has a run-in with Marty. What kind of run-in? Violent? Sexy? Both? Probably both. [Showtime via press release]
… After stuffing his sneakers in his mouth with his feet still in them by calling his show “filth,” Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones will reportedly leave the series after this season, putting the entire show’s future in jeopardy until it finds another anyone to replace him. [TMZ]
… Southland went shopping at the Former Teen Idol Shoppe and has booked One Tree Hill‘s Chad Michael Murray for a few episodes. He’ll play Dave Mendoza (Mendoza? Really?), a loose-cannon cop who probably likes to throw his badge across the room just to show how loose he can be. [TV Line]
… MTV’s Teen Wolf has added Charlie and Max Carver to its cast. The hunky twins were recently seen on Desperate Housewives as the Scavo Twins. [Deadline Hollywood]
… Smallville and V alum Laura Vandervoort (meow!) will guest-star on CSI: NY as a pretty lady. To be more specific, she’ll play a woman fresh out of prison who’s looking to get revenge on her no-good boyfriend. [TV Line]
Apparently today is Obvious Cancellation Day, because The CW has followed Fox’s lead and made the long-overdue decision to whack Emily Owens, M.D.. The first-year show was six episodes into its first season when The CW said no more.
But there WILL be more, for this is the season where shows that networks don’t want to see a fourteenth episode of get to put all of their produced episodes on the air. All 13 episodes of Emily Owens, M.D. will be broadcast so that you can get closure and the actors and crew can pick up a few more paychecks.
The most recent episode of Emily Owens, M.D., which aired last night, drew one million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the adult demo, which may as well have been a flatline.
Fox’s The Mob Doctor entered the fall season with a terrible prognosis, and most professional health experts for television programs, myself included, gave it only a few weeks to live. But the little guy soldiered on and defied everyone’s expectations despite terrible vital signs of sub-1.0 ratings in the adult demo. Death was inevitable, though, and I’m here to report that The Mob Doctor has contracted an irreversible and terminal case of Cancelitis.
Fox has canceled The Mob Doctor, about a doctor (Jordana Spiro) who works for the mob, eight episodes into its freshman run, according to EW.com. After next week’s episode, the final four installments will be left for dead on December 29 and 31 and January 5 and 7. I did have big New Year’s Eve plans and was gonna watch the ball drop from the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, but I guess I have to stay home and watch The Mob Doctor instead (which I’d rather do anyway).
Official word from Frox is that the show isn’t canceled, which is technically correct because the network is simply opting to not order more episodes beyond the original 13, but we laymen can use the C-word. The Mob Doctor‘s vacated Monday 9pm slot will be filled with various holiday specials, Raising Hope, and other things that are way better than The Mob Doctor.
Silver lining to all this? Zeljko Ivanek is now free to appear on some good shows.
Will Two and a Half Men be changing its name to Two Men by season’s end?
That seems to be the question on everyone’s mind after star Angus T. Jones publicly trashed the show, calling it “filth,” and revealed he no longer wishes to be on the CBS comedy. (He has since issued an apology.) Now, reports have surfaced saying Jones will exit the show after season 10.
A source close to the show confirms to us that Jones plans to finish out the current season and will most likely not return should CBS order another season.
Jones’ character Jake enlisted in the army at the end of season 9 and has only appeared in a few episodes of the current season. “He won’t be in every episode,” our source says of the remaining season 10 episodes. “How much they use him will be up to [creator] Chuck Lorre. The intention wasn’t ever for him to be in every ep this year anyway. Now it might be less.”
Jones and his costars Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher all have contracts through the end of this season and CBS has yet to pick up the show for season 11. Should Two and a Half Men be renewed, it’s “unlikely” that Jones will return as a series regular. “You might see him for a few guest spots,” our source reveals, adding that it’s “likely” the 19-year-old will choose to go to college next year.
“Part of the reason Angus is so wary of the [TV] industry and so involved with the church is that he’s seen what’s happened to Charlie [Sheen] front and center,” the source says. “He doesn’t want to end up like that. Who would?”
As for Jones’ reaction to the media storm the video has elicited, our source says he is “shocked” that it’s become such a big deal, explaining, “He really didn’t think anyone would care that much. He has never been the one to get attention.”