ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has called upon a very cool cat and voice work veteran, Keith David, to voice its Cheshire Cat.
Alice’s feline foil will first “appear” (or, you know, not) in the premiere episode of the Once spin-off’s freshman season.
Elsewhere “behind the scenes,” John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun) voices Wonderland’s White Rabbit, while The Who’s Roger Daltrey is reprising his Once role as the hookah smoking Caterpillar.
In addition to David’s on-camera work on TV series (such as the upcoming Fox comedy Enlisted, The Cape and ER) and on the big screen, his extensive voiceover resume includes the Saints Row and Marvel’s Heroes videogames, narrating History’s The Bible miniseries and Community‘s “Pillows and Blankets” episode, and the animated series Gargoyles and Spawn.
Wonderland premieres Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c.
The ABC drama has tapped Gil McKinney (Supernatural, Friday Night Lights) to play the pivotal role of Prince Eric in a multi-episode Season 3 arc, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Prince Eric is, of course, known for being the love interest of mermaid Ariel, who will be portrayed by JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Reba, Privileged). Both characters will debut in this season’s sixth episode, appropriately titled “Ariel.”
Though little has been confirmed about Once‘s wrinkle on Ariel’s fish tale, the smart money says that our Storybrooke travelers bump up against the lass while braving the island of Neverland — perhaps cuing up a flashback to the “trouble” Regina once had with a certain mermaid. (Is the Evil Queen also Ursula? Discuss.)
McKinney played Dean and Sam’s paternal grandfather on Supernatural. He also appeared on the final season of Friday Night Lights as Julie’s T.A./love interest.
Once Upon a Time returns Sept. 29 at 8/7c.
Chase will play Luke, a country music star who just might capture Rayna’s hurting heart on the ABC drama, TVLine has confirmed.
The Tony nominee left a starring role in the forthcoming musical theater adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine to take the Nashville gig, according to Broadway.com, which first reported the casting.
Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson recently hinted to TVLine that “Rayna does get involved with… a musical star of equal or greater stature, which proves interesting.”
At the moment, ABC isn’t releasing any information about how long Luke will be in Ms. Jaymes’ orbit — or how/whether he’ll compete with Oliver Hudson’s businessman, who also may squire a post-Deacon Rayna.
Smash fans will remember Broadway vet Chase as Michael Swift, Julia’s lover who — for a time — played Bombshell‘s Joe DiMaggio. Bottom line: The guys got the pipes for the Nashville gig.
Chase’s other TV credits include The Good Wife, Necessary Roughness, White Collar and Rescue Me.
Nashville‘s second season bows Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c.
However… it also comes with the caveat that two major plot points — the pair of offers Beckett received in the finale — not be discussed. So…. :-/
I can say that, as revealed in previous reportage , the action picks up right there at the swings, where you’ll be hanging on every word. Especially when Beckett interrupts, “There’s something I have to tell you….”
Moments later we get a time jump, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by how the rest of the episode was structured, how it shook out, who shared scenes together. The more cynical fans out there will (or, you know, should) be surprised, too.
Annnnd… I’m out of things to say. Except for these 10 bullets:
• Impractical footwear alert! But we’ll totally allow it.
• Castle returns from a 12-city/11-day book tour to find not one but two surprises waiting for him at the loft.
• A major character gets shot, several times.
• A major character is involved in a car crash.
• Ryan is determined to be a master swaddler.
• As previously scooped by the Inside Line: Tory’s back!
• Alexis’ new, fruitarian boyfriend Pi makes a damn juicy papaya steak.
• There’s a pretty jarring (if pretty improbable) fake-out.
• Apparently there is a particular red wine that puts [spoiler] in a particular “mood.”
• The premiere ends with a major character’s life in tremendous jeopardy. “To Be Continued….”
Castle opens Season 6 on Monday, Sept. 23.
Patrick Dempsey on New TV Gig, Grey’s Anatomy’s ‘Remarkable’ 200th Episode, Season 11 Contract Talks: ‘It Would Be a Shame to End This’
As he approaches the decade mark with Grey’s Anatomy, Dempsey must soon decide whether he wants to continue playing Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd beyond the ABC hit’s upcoming 10th season or hang up his scrubs and pursue his true passion — racing — full time.
In the following Q&A, Dempsey offers an update on his current contract talks, reveals how (and when) he found out that co-star Sandra Oh was leaving, teases the show’s landmark 200th episode, and previews his other TV gig — the four-part Velocity docu-series Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans (premiering Wednesday at 10/9c).
TVLINE | What do you think your fans will be most surprised to learn while watching Racing Le Mans.
We don’t hide anything. We’re very open about the triumphs and we’re very clear about the mistakes. It shows the journey and the learning process. And it will hopefully bring some awareness to the history of racing in this country, and the importance of what Le Mans represents for endurance racing.
TVLINE | How involved in the editing were you?
Very involved. It’s hard to keep any kind of objectivity though. I don’t particularly enjoy the process because it’s me. There’s nothing to hide behind, other than the racing. But we have good discussions about what’s really right for telling this story and what the honest approach is.
TVLINE | What are some common misconceptions about racing and, in particular, racers?
I don’t think people quite understand road racing in this country. Oval racing and NASCAR have overwhelmed it. But road racing was a very big part of this country [starting] after World War II. People don’t really understand the depth of the history of road racing, and the kind of commitment and focus and luck and passion it takes to be able to win a race.
TVLINE | Would you at some point like to pursue racing full time?
I would love to. It depends on sponsorships. It depends on not being on a show. It’s kind of amazing, the [commitment] level I have right now with the amount of responsibility I have with the show and everything else.
TVLINE | Is creating a little more flexibility in your Grey’s schedule important to you as you consider signing on for Season 11?
Everything is open to a conversation at this point. Grey’s has been such a remarkable ride. Shonda [Rhimes] has been incredibly supportive. I enjoy Grey’s more than ever in many ways. Our relationships have grown considerably. We’ve all matured over the last 10 years. So it would be a shame to end this.
TVLINE | What was your reaction when you heard Sandra was leaving?
We found out right at the end of the table read for the 200th episode. She took the cast aside individually and said, “I’m going to leave the show.” With any member of the show, especially the original cast, it’s always sad to see someone leave.
TVLINE | How was the table read for Episode 200?
It was a blast. Everybody was really celebrating the achievement. There was openness and a joy in the entire room. It was a remarkable day.
TVLINE | Any teases about the episode?
We’re not allowed to talk about it. You know Shonda! [Laughs]