The doctors are in — and they’re staying.
Grey’s Anatomy has formally handed series regular promotions to Camilla Luddington, Gaius Charles, Jerrika Hinton and Tessa Ferrer — who play Interns Jo, Shane, Stephanie and Lea, respectively — ahead of the show’s 10th season, TVLine has confirmed.
The only intern not to receive an upgrade is Tina Majorino, and that’s only because she’s committed to TNT’s new drama Legends.
The decision to promote the quartet was foreshadowed last December when ABC added series regular options to their contracts. While the legal move didn’t guarantee the actors would be made series regulars in Season 10, it at the very least suggested Shonda Rhimes was considering such a possibility.
Jake Ballard will continue to be a presence in Olivia Pope’s life for the foreseeable future.
Scandalhas officially promoted Scott Foley to a full-fledged series regular ahead of the show’s third season, TVLine has learned.
“I’m thrilled to join such a talented, enthusiastic and professional group of people,” Foley said in a statement. “Shonda [Rhimes] and company have created a troupe of layered complex characters and to be able to be part of that is both exciting and humbling.”
Foley joined Scandal towards the end of Season 2 as the mysterious Jake on a recurring basis. At the time, the actor told TVLine that “there’s the possibility of permanence,” adding, “Shonda and I have talked about something longer. I love this show, and I’d love to be there as long as they’ll have me.”
Once Upon a Time Bosses Dish on Peter Pan and Season 3′s Epic Adventure: “We’re the Dysfunctional Avengers!”
“We’re the dysfunctional Avengers!”
Once Upon a Time closed out its stellar second season with its heroes and villains, including Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Regina (Lana Parrilla), Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donohue), boarding a ship to Neverland on a mission to save Henry (Jared Gilmore). Also on the ship? Passenger Tension, lots of!
We chatted with exeuctive producers Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Tex. this past weekend, where they teased the group’s complicated dynamics, jokingly referring to them as the “dysfunctional Avengers,” the casting search for new big bad Peter Pan, Emma’s feelings for one of her suitors heating up and more…
“The show is a messed-up family show at its core,” Horowitz explains of the decision to end season two with all of its characters forced to work together, “and that’s what’s great about it for us: how are these characters connected and how can they be related and semi-related.”
Through the group’s adventure to Neverland, Kitsis tells us its “exciting” for the writers to tackle questions such as, “How are they all going to influence each other? Emma has magic and some people on that boat wield magic, but they’re not good influences. How are they going to work together? How are they going to get along?”
Horowitz and Kitsis are hoping to use the journey to the new world as a way to peel back more layers to its central characters. “it’s about taking new lands, like Neverland, and using it as a way to open up our characters and dive deeper; taking the villains and heroes and throwing them together and forcing them to a common goal as a method for us to dig deeper and find out more about what makes them tick.”
Aside from family feuds and seasickness, there will also be time for a bit of romance, like some development in the love triangle between Emma, Hook and Bae (Michael Raymond-James, who has been upped to series regular for season three). “It’s fun for us to have Emma on that ship with someone as handsome as Hook thinking the person she truly loves is dead, while he’s trying to get back to her,” Kitsis teases.
The group will have to face a major threat in their journey to save Henry: Peter Pan. Of the search for season three’s big bad, Kitsis says, “We have begun the process, but we have begun it secretly! We’re sneaky this way!” And while some fans have guessed that the Wraith that appeared in the season two premiere may have been Pan, Horowitz was quick to debunk that theory saying, “We have not seen Peter Pan yet.”
One person who has seen Peter Pan? Rumpelstiltskin, who revealed he has a past with the mysterious character. “When someone as scary and menacing as Rumpel is telling you that someone is to be feared, you better listen,” Horowitz teases, adding that the backstory between the two characters will be a “slow reveal, but one that will come within those first 11 episodes.”
Season two saw the introduction of a lot of new characers, including Mulan, Princess Aurora, Tamara and Greg, to name but a few, but Kitsis and Horowitz are shifting the focus back to the core characters in season three, with Kitsis saying, “It’s really about this journey and it’s really about these characters and we really want to dive back into our core characters. There’s things left to be explored.”
Like Emma last year found out she had magic. She’s not had a moment to contemplate why. So for us, another question for Emma is:She saved everyone else’ happy endings, but what about her own? We really want to dive into these characters,” he continues, adding that fans will learn more about Prince Charming’s (Josh Dallas) past. “I want to know more about Prince Charming. He was really good with a sword, but he was a shepherd. Well, there’s a chance he probably left home before he came back.”
Once Upon a Time returns to ABC this fall Sundays at 8 p.m.
Once Upon a Time has promoted Michael Raymond-James to series regular status for Season 3, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Series co-creator Adam Horowitz first shared the plan with us at ABC’s Upfront party on May 14, and on June 7, it was confirmed as officially a done deal.
After making his Once debut as Emma’s ex/Henry’s father Neal Cassidy aka Baelfire in the Emma-centric episode “Tallahassee,” Raymond-James heavily recurred in the last string of Season 2 episodes, as Rumple discovered his son in New York City and circumstances then led them back to Storybrooke.
When last seen, Neal had been shot by Tamara, fallen through a portal and ultimately washed ashore in The Fairytale Land That Is, where he was tended to by Aurora, Mulan and Phillip.
The future is not looking good for Happy Endings.
Though initial reports indicated the comedy may move to a new home at USA after it was canceled by ABC last month, talks have ended and USA will not be picking up the show, Deadline reports.
Happy Endings‘ low ratings on ABC played a role in the decision, according to Deadline, and USA is instead opting to focus on its upcoming original half-hour series, Sirens and Playing House. Last week, it was announced that USA was also passing on another recently-canceled ABC series, Body of Proof.
Sony TV, which produces Happy Endings, is continuing to pursue conversations with other possible distributors, according to Deadline.
Will you miss Happy Endings? Which company do you think should pick up the cult comedy?
With a name like Mistresses, ABC’s new drama has guilty pleasure written all over it.
Based on the British series of the same name, Mistresses stars Alyssa Milano, Rochelle Aytes, Yunjin Kim and Jes Maccallan as a group of women whose lives are full of illicit and complicated relationships — most of them involving being “the other woman,” and one of them involving another woman. (Yes, we’re talking about a lesbian relationship.)
Though being called a “guilty pleasure” tends to draw the ire of some showrunners, executive producer Rina Mimoun (Privileged, Gilmore Girls) doesn’t seem to mind. “I embrace the term because it is soapy,” she says. “Of course there are some melodramatic story points. This isn’t Homeland. It’s not The Wire. Is Parenthood a guilty pleasure? I don’t think it is, but I hope we live in that world. Hopefully we’re a grounded, relatable drama that has a lot of fun to it. Any time you take off your clothes a lot, you get a little guilty, so that’s fine. We’ve got a lot of naked boys and girls running around, so it’s a little guilty, but there’s more to it than that.”
In the series premiere alone (Monday, 10/9c, ABC), Savi (Milano) has an affair with a co-worker (Jason George), while Karen (Kim) deals with the loss of a patient with whom she was having an affair. Subsequently, she has an interesting and highly inappropriate relationship with his son. But it’s not all as saucy as it sounds. At its core, the show is grounded in the realistic fallout of what an affair can do to all of those affected, not just the couple. “We really struggled to make sure that we don’t think that adultery is no big deal,” Mimoun says. “We don’t think being a mistress or having been affected by your husband cheating on you is something that’s frothy and adorable. It’s serious and we try to deal with it in that way and handle it delicately.”
It’s this approach that Milano says will help Mistresses stand apart from other soapy dramas — particularly that other ABC show centered on four women. “Desperate Housewives is a farce,” she says. “Mistresses is really grounded in reality and honesty. We’re not glib about any of the situations that we’re getting into. We explore them and handle them in a very real way. Everyone is very honest with each other. April [Aytes] disapproves of Savi’s affair, so we’re not trying to candy coat it.”
Mimoun echoes that sentiment when noting the similar comparisons being made between Mistresses and Sex and the City. “I absolutely do miss Sex and the City and do miss having a show where I get to concentrate on four women, but Mistresses is not about making fun of them, but really getting involved and invested in four women again,” she says.
Also helping to ground the series is the fact that, while some of the storylines are carried over from the British show, Mimoun says several plot points were inspired by the writers’ personal lives. “We’re not campy, we’re not broad in the comedy,” she says.
Although Mimoun is well aware of the conclusions viewers will draw from a name like Mistresses, she points to other shows, like Cougar Town, which have been able to overcome their titles. “That show then became a really fun comedy and it wasn’t about a cougar town,” she says. “We’re not about mistresses in a way that people are ready to assume. The title is what it is, but it’s a relationship soap.”
“The show is so much more than the salaciousness of it,” Milano adds. “So if people tune in for it to be something and it turns into guilty pleasure because they become addicted to the storylines and the characters, then I’m all for it.”
Mistresses premieres Monday at 10/9c on ABC. Will you be watching?
Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee will not be returning to Suburgatory for the ABC sitcom’s third season, sources confirm to E! News.
Sources tell us that Tudyk, who plays George’s (Jeremy Sisto) zany dentist friend, and Lee, who plays the high school guidance counselor Mr. Wolfe, could potentially return as guest stars.
Deadline first reported the news of Tudyk and Lee’s departure and cites a reduction in the license fee, which lead to budget cuts, as the reason.
Fan favorite Parker Young, who plays Tess’ (Jane Levy) dumb-but-cute boyfriend Ryan, also won’t be around Chatwin as much next season, as his pilot Enlisted was ordered to series by Fox.
Stil returning as regulars in season three are Levy, Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Carly Chaikin, Ana Gasteyer and Allie Grant.
And the Hamptons loses another regular!
Ashley Madekwe, who plays Emily’s (Emily VanCamp) scheming BFF and Grayson family PR spokesperson Ashley Davenport, will not be returning for Revenge‘s third season, sources confirm to E! News.
Madekwe is just the ABC sudser’s latest exit: Connor Paolo‘s character Declan was killed off in the season two finale and creator Mike Kelley will not be returning in season three, with Sunil Nayar taking over showrunner duties.
Deadline, who first reported the news of Madekwe’s exit, says the actress’ option was not picked up due to “storyline reasons.”
ABC had no comment on Madekwe’s exit.
After an uneven sophomore season that saw a decline in ratings, Kelley announced in April that he would be departing Revenge, calling it a ” difficult mutual decision” between him and ABC. “Helming this series has been the ride of a lifetime,” Kelley said.
Although Rumplestiltskin kissed Belle goodbye in the Season 2 finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time – tasking her with a vague mission to hide Storybrooke from other lookie-loos as he and five others set course for Neverland — series cocreator Adam Horowitz tells TVLine there “absolutely” is a plan to continue visiting the Maine berg.
“Some people got on a ship, some stayed behind,” Horowitz notes. “And what happened to those who stayed behind is just as important as what’s happening to those on the ship.”
Storybrooke, however, is left populated by only one series regular — Emilie de Ravin, who plays Belle — now that Meghan Ory, who was promoted for a Season 2 arc that wound up truncated, has her own series, CBS’ Intelligence (where she “handles” human computer Josh Holloway). But given that her new show shoots in Vancouver, like Once, and won’t debut until midseason, “Ruby will probably be back at some point,” Ory tells us. “She never died, so she’ll be somewhere.”
Had Ruby been able to stick around, it appears she may have found a “spark” with Victor Frankenstein aka Storybrooke’s Dr. Whale. “I know they were talking about exploring a relationship between us,” David Anders shared at the Upfront event for USA Network, where he now recurs on Necessary Roughness, “but Meghan just got her own show! So there’s that. But I’m so, so proud of her.”
As for his own status with Once, Anders says, “I know I’ll be back, but I can’t speak to in what capacity.”
All of which brings us back to Belle, who undoubtedly will have the Dwarfs, Archie, The Blue Fairy et al helping her watch out for other visitors from the mysterious “Home Office.” “What’s going to happen to her? Who’s left with her? Who might she meet in Storybrooke?” Horowitz poses. “Those are all things that we intend to explore.”
The Drake will reopen its doors on June 22, when ABC’s 666 Park Avenue returns to finish up its freshman run.
The ill-fated spooker — which ABC pulled from the schedule after its Dec. 2, 2012 broadcast — will unspool its four remaining episodes on Saturdays at 9/8c, with the finale airing July 13.
Since the series’ producers had opportunity to deliver closure for its fans, Rachael Taylor, for one, gives the final episode two very enthusiastic thumbs up.
“I love the ending,” the actress told TVLine last week at NBC’s Upfront event, where she was touting her new series Crisis. “Everything gets completely flipped on its head, and it was very fun for me to play. My character is very different in the last episode. I’m really looking forward to people seeing the end, because s—t gets crazy.”
As previously announced, fellow ABC freshman Zero Hour will also wrap its run this summer, airing Saturdays at 8 pm beginning June 15 (with a double-header), leading to an Aug. 3 finale.