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Today’s Shows: Tuesday, July 31st 2012

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HR – Pilot Ordered by Lifetime

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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 30, 2012) – Lifetime has ordered the scripted pilot HR (working title) for 2013, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

In HR, after a head injury alters her outlook on life, the uptight Director of Human Resources for a global company throws standard corporate practices out the window and inspires the business to strive for new ambitions and profits. Her newly liberated managerial style and untraditional female point-of-view in a predominately male company is a welcome relief to some, while others see it as a threat to their power and position within the corporate structure — testing the workplace relationships inside and out of this seemingly traditional office. Written by Glenn Porter (I Melt with You), HR will be executive produced by Aaron Kaplan and Kapital Entertainment (Terra Nova, The Neighbors, GCB) and co-executive produced by Porter and Michael Lohmann.

HR joins the recently announced pilot orders for Cinnamon Girl, The Secret Lives of Wives (working title) and Witches of East End.

Lifetime’s current scripted slate includes The Client List, starring and executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt, which wrapped its first season in June; season six of the hit drama Army Wives; Drop Dead Diva, currently in its fourth season; and the recently picked up drama Devious Maids.

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Dexter Stars Talk Season-Six Criticism, and Whether Show Really Is Ending

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“I would never say never.”

That’s what Dexter star Michael C. Hall had to say about the prospects that the creepy-deepy series might live on beyond its reported season-eight endpoint.

After Showtime boss David Nevins hinted to reporters that “plans can change,” Hall weighed in: “It’s hard to imagine it going beyond that. But you know, we finished the first season and I thought ‘We should probably just stop now.’ I would never say never. But the sense is we are moving toward a definitive end.”

Of course, the character Dexter Morgan “never has been in deeper trouble than he is now,” Hall points out, referring to the “invigorating” season-six game-changer in which Dex’s half-sister Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) found out he was a vicious killer.

“I had been looking forward to it and also terrified of it,” Jennifer admitted. “I think all the anxiety that I’m feeling as an actor is where Deb is supposed to be. I didn’t want Deb to lose any integrity with the audience and the writers did a great job.”

“Her finding out does make an end game feel more palpable and imminent,” Michael added. “The plan is to do this season and a final eighth season and to really tell the story of the two of them negotiating their relationship in this new landscape.”

Things got awwwwkward when a reporter hinted that season six was not the show’s best.

“Can I just say something to the reporter who asked that question?” Jennifer interjected. “If we hadn’t shot anything yet for this season yet, that question might have hurt my feelings. But because I know what we’re doing this year, I’m really excited about showing you what we’ve done.”

Atta girl, Deb! And we can tell you the seventh season premiere (airing Sept. 30) does not disappoint. Though now, confession: We are wholly terrified for Deb’s safety.

“Dexter is a serial killer,” executive producer Scott Buck reminds us. “The thought would naturally cross his mind that [killing Deb] would be an easy way to solve the problem.”

Run, girl. Run.

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Homeland: ‘Carrie Gets Her Mojo Back’

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Carrie Mathison will be less of a basket case when Homeland kicks off its second season on Sept. 30, the byproduct of a CIA-free lifestyle and “six months of psyciatric care,” exec producer Alex Gansa told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

“She doesn’t have the same defensiveness,” elaborated Claire Danes, whose alter ego is quickly lured back to the front lines of the war on terrorism by Saul. “She’s been very humbled and she’s suffering from a crisis of confidence. She gets her mojo back but it takes some time.”

Other spoilery highlights from the Homeland panel at press tour…

* Danes, who is pregnant with her first child, confirmed that art will not imitate life, saying, “Carrie remains fervently non-pregnant.”

* “Huge portions” of the first two episodes were shot on location ”in Israel doubling as Beirut,” said exec producer Howard Gordon.

* Damian Lewis revealed that Brody spends the season “in a state of heightened anxiety and paranoia… He’s more knowingly juggling balls. But essentially he’s everybody’s bitch.”

* Producers explored a number of scenarios for Season 2, including “Carrie and Virgil work[ing] as private investigators.”

* Lewis teased that there’s a “pivotal moment” in Season 2 that recalls Season 1′s seminal “Weekend” episode, only this time, “Carrie very much has the upper hand [and] it’s less romantically inclined than professionally inclined but it’s just as complex.”

‘The Shield’ actor in ABC’s ‘Last Resort’

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A Shield reunion is coming to ABC’s eagerly anticipated Last Resort.

Jay Karnes has been cast in a recurring role on the action drama series, about the crew of a nuclear submarine who defy a dubious command to start World War III. He’ll play the Secretary of Defense on the show.

Last Resort is co-created by Shawn Ryan, who was also the creator of FX’s The Shield, which co-starred Karnes. Since, Karnes has played arcs on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, ABC’s V and USA’s Burn Notice.

While appearing in front of critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour last week, Ryan said The Shield — along with shorter-lived efforts like Fox’s Chicago Code and FX’s Terriers — were necessary to take on Last Resort.

“When [co-creator Karl Gajdusek and I] pitched this to [ABC entertainment president] Paul Lee and his cohorts at ABC, I described it as the show that I couldn’t make five years ago,” Ryan said. “The ongoing serialization of The Shield, combined with the production value of Chicago Code, combined with this buddy thing that we had done in Terriers — all this stuff got me to this place where I felt I could do something this ambitious …. It’s a big‑budget, very huge, monstrous‑scope show that I don’t think I would have been capable of doing before.”

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Beauty and the Beast Bosses Defend Beast’s Beauty

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Is it Beauty and the Beast? Or Beauty and the Beauty?

One look at the promo material for The CW’s Beauty and Beast — a remake (starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan) of the 1987 series — and it’s clear that the titular beast is not the hirsute horror of yore. Ryan, whose non-beast alter ego is Vincent Keller, sports nothing more than a scar on his face to signify the monster within.

“When Sherri [Cooper, co-executive producer] and I were first thinking about this, we thought about the beasts in our lives and most of the beasts in our lives don’t look like an actual beast,” co-executive producer Jennifer Levin explained at The CW’s Television Critics Association fall TV previews Monday. “They are sometimes charming; there’s something that draws us to them. What happens when you do fall in love with a beast? We related to [that] much more than having somebody who was obviously beastly from the outside; it’s more beastliness that’s on the inside.”

She quipped: “They don’t look exactly like Jay, but…”

Cooper and Levin shot down suggestions that the youth-skewing, pretty people-populated CW pressured them to keep Ryan easy on the eyes. “Not at all,” Cooper said. “We came from a grounding perspective. We fell in love with the idea of a super-soldier-gone-bad.”

Ryan likens his role to another dual character: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “It’s almost like two people inside this one character,” he said. “The beast is more like a serial killer and Vincent is trying to suppress him throughout. You don’t get a lot of that in the pilot, but as we go along, it will become more apparent and the beast will become much more dangerous.”

As the beast becomes “beastlier,” the show will explore the reasons why, including if he’s developing feelings for Catherine Chandler (Kreuk), a cop, or if he’s hiding something deeper within. But Cooper and Levin are very conscious of making sure not to portray Catherine and Vincent’s relationship as an abusive one. “There is this moral code underneath it and we’re careful to not cross that,” Cooper said. “There’s that fine line. … [But] he’s not attacking her [when he’s a beast].”

Cooper and Levin chose to remake the ’80s series because they were huge fans of the original, which starred Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Though Perlman claimed last week at TCAs that he was unaware of the reboot, Hamilton gave Kreuk and Ryan a seal of approval, sending them notes and photos on their first day of shooting.

“She signed photos for us. It was unexpected and surprising and wonderful,” Kreuk said. “It was really nice for her to know what we’re doing and wishing us well.”

Beauty and the Beast premieres Thursday, Oct. 11 at 9/8c on The CW.

Showtime Boss on Weeds, Big C Endings and Dexter’s “Game-Changing” Season

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Showtime finished its 2011-2012 season with nearly 22 million subscribers and 22 Emmy nominations, with five of those in the four leading acting categories. Much of that honor goes to freshman drama Homeland, which is the most-nominated series for the network.

After sneak-previewing trailers for two upcoming series — Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan — David Nevins, Showtime’s president of entertainment addressed this season’s farewells to The Big C and Weeds and teased what’s coming up for Dexter and Homeland, both of which will return on Sept. 30.

Check out the Showtime executive session highlights:

The Big C‘s final exit: The Laura Linney-led dramedy will conclude with four one-hour installments. “I wouldn’t assume anything as how it’s going to end,” warned Nevins. “They’ve got an interesting and novel and sort of form-breaking way of where the show’s going. It’s going to make for a very interesting season.”

Weeds gets whacked: After eight seasons, the pot comedy will come to a close in a two-part series finale on Sept. 16. “I’ve read the final script, and I think it answers a lot of questions very carefully planned towards,” Nevins said. As for having star Mary-Louise Parker return to the network, he added, “She’s great and can do all sorts of different things, so I would love it. But it’s also about us creating a role she’d really want to play. But I think there’s a very good possibility to have Mary-Louise on Showtime after Weeds is gone.”

Dexter, Season 9? Showtime had intended the serial-killer drama to finish after two more years — Season 7 and 8 — but after becoming privy to the “game-changing” plotline coming this fall, the network is considering keeping its options open. “Plans can always change… Deb has to deal with who her brother really is,” said Nevins. “Everything changes, so we’ll see where that carries us… Every scene is fraught with you wondering, ‘What is she going to do? What does he think she’s going to do? What does she think he think she’s going to do?’ They’re able to take both Deb and Dexter to unexpected places. [Two seasons], that’s the current plan, but I’d be stupid not to leave the door open,” for a good idea to keep it going.

A very Brody death? When asked if the Homeland writers would have the chutzpah to possibly kill off its lead, Nevins said, “Anybody can go at any time. Absolutely, it’s always a possiblity.” He then teased the upcoming season: “I believe we’re still on the upswing with Homeland. They made some very bold choices this year. By the end of the second episode, you’re like ‘Holy sh–!’ But the third, you understand what the direction of this season will be.”

What’s up with docs: R.J. Cutler’s The World According to Dick Cheney and documentaries on Richard Pryor and Suge Knight will premiere sometime next year. Tommy Mottola will also get the doc treatment from filmmaker Brett Ratner. And, at long last, Oliver Stone’s 10-part Untold History of the United States will premiere Nov. 12.

Borgias on the border: A fourth season has yet to be ordered, but Nevins assured the critics that the network wants to give producers plenty of time to wrap up the series properly. “We try to make these decisions of when to end a series from a creative point of view.”

More Matt LeBlanc possible: “I’m expecting Episodes to come back,” said Nevins. “That show is irregular… We tend to be slower to get them on the air.”

Ron Howard’s Conquest: The newly announced series is still in the “very early stages of development,” lacking a script. “I think there’s a very interesting show to be done that has genre elements, elements of supernatural and horror, very frightening and gruesome some stuff between these two cultures,” said Nevins. “Magic and mysticism are in the core of Spanish Catholics and the Aztecs. He believes it’s a period show that hasn’t been done before that’s “loaded with potential.”

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