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Mega Buzz: True Blood’s Bill Problem, Mad Men’s Finale and Once’s New Journey

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment

So what the heck is going on with Bill on True Blood? — Jonah
NATALIE:
That’s what he’ll be trying to figure out over the next few episodes, much to Jessica’s chagrin. As Bill tests the boundaries of his newfound powers, he’ll have some disastrous results. “Jess is terrified,” Deborah Ann Woll tells us, “absolutely out-of-her-mind terrified. He’s the last tether for her. She doesn’t have Hoyt. She doesn’t have Jason anymore. It’s really scary to think that the one person she used to rely on is in this internal battle.”

What’s going to happen on the Mad Men finale? Is Pete going to rat out Bob Benson? — Jason
ADAM:
As we saw in the penultimate episode, Pete has learned from his dealings with Don. “This time [he's] going to go slower,” Vincent Kartheiser says. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to rat him out; he’s just going to be a lot more strategic about it. After all, Bob claims that Pete hired him, and we all know that Mr. Campbell’s middle name is Self-Preservation.

Thanks for the Once Upon a Time scoop! Got anything on those left behind in Storybrooke or Neal? — Monica
NATALIE:
How about both? “Fear not, the characters left behind in Storybrooke are not forgotten and what’s happening to them is important,” executive producer Adam Horowitz promises. “Hopefully all the story lines will coalesce in a way the audience will enjoy.” Among them is the fate of Neal, who landed back in fairy-tale land. Unfortunately, though, “Emma is on that ship believing Neal is dead and then there’s Neal, who just said, ‘I love you,’” executive producer Edward Kitsis laments. Anyone else thinking Emma may find solace in Hook’s, um, arms?

You hinted before that Olivia might be up for a promotion on SVU next season. Would that take her out of the field? — Valerie
ADAM:
It’s unlikely. Although there’s been no official word on whether Benson will, in fact, get a title bump at the precinct, there are no plans to put Benson behind a desk.  “Even if she were [promoted], in my mind she would be a player-coach,” executive producer Warren Leight says. “You don’t want to limit her emotional range.”

Is Deb really over her feelings for her brother on Dexter? — Brad
NATALIE:
She’ll be too busy dealing with her PTSD stemming from LaGuerta’s death to even consider some more brother-loving. Seriously, she really hates him right now. Instead, she’ll turn to Quinn in her time of need, which will really piss off Jamie. Hottest catfight ever, right?

I just watched the Ray Donovan pilot online. Anything else you can tell me about the series? — David
ADAM:
The murder that Mickey (Jon Voight) commits in the pilot’s opening minutes will be crucial in helping Hollywood “fixer” Ray (Liev Schreiber) keep his father away from his family. Unfortunately, Ray’s attempts to send his father back to prison may be thwarted: It seems that Mickey has unwittingly made a friend who’s even better connected than Ray.

Really excited for Under the Dome. Any chance you can give us a little tease? — Laura
NATALIE:
If you’ve read anything about CBS’ new summer drama, then you’ll know that Secret Circle alum Britt Robertson is playing Angie, who isn’t long for the world in the Stephen King novel on which the series is based. But in a nice twist from the book, she’ll be sticking around for quite a while — she’ll just be in a somewhat familiar position that could make some UtD viewers feel claustrophobic. Ruh-roh.

I loved Michael and Fi’s flashback on Burn Notice last week! Will there be more? — Britney
ADAM:
Yes! But not with Fi. In an upcoming episode, Michael will endure some actual (not emotional) torture, during which he’ll flash-back to his childhood, in a particular unusual manner. “The adult Michael is actually in those flashbacks with the child Michael, so he’s seeing himself as a little boy,” Jeffrey Donovan tells us. “He’s hallucinating and it’s crazy!”

What’s coming up on Wilfred this season? — Georgie
NATALIE:
For those of you still mourning the loss of Happy Endings, do not miss the hilarious season premiere, in which Zachary Knighton plays Ryan’s mailman. Naturally, this makes him the sworn enemy of Wilfred, who has mysteriously found faith in this episode after Jesus — aka a grubby-looking thief — robs Ryan’s car.

The promo for the Hannibal finale shows Will being arrested. Is that for real? — Susan
ADAM:
Yep. Let’s just say that Hannibal made a very compelling case against Will to Jack Crawford in the penultimate episode, and Will doesn’t do much in the way of making himself look very innocent. Case in point: Wait until you see (or should we say, hear) what’s in Will’s kitchen sink.

More Longmire scoop, please! — Dylan
NATALIE:
With Walt and Branch’s campaign posters plastered all over town, you would think it would be difficult for Branch to go undercover, right? Well, yeah, you’re right. That won’t work out too well for him when they’re investigating a murder at a rodeo — but really, things aren’t working out for Branch on many fronts, especially when it comes to Cady.

Can you please tell me what’s in the file Henry gave Annie on Covert Affairs? — Lisa
ADAM:
Of course not! But we can tell you that it’s about not one, but two people you know very well, one of whom will make a drastic move by the end of the episode after another secret gets out. Gulp!

Adam’s Mega Rave: Showtime’s Ray Donovan is going to be my summer obsession. It’s written by Southland creator Ann Biderman and has an excellent cast, but you should watch it just to hear Jon Voight say, “You girls know how to twerk?” You can thank me later.

Natalie’s Mini Rant: What a bloody mess! Dexter and True Blood are both on Sundays at 9?! I can’t decide which to watch live

Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows? E-mail Adam and Natalie at mega_scoop@tvguide.com or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide

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TVLine Items: Doctor Who Star Books Death-ly Role, Ray Donovan Premiere Video and More

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Doctor Who dame Jenna-Louise Coleman has joined BBC One’s upcoming Pride and Prejudice-based project Death Comes To Pemberley.

Based on the suspense novel by P.D. James, the serial — which is timed to P and P‘s 200th anniversary — centers on three of author Jane Austen’s iconic characters: Mr. Darcy (played by Matthew Rhys) Elizabeth Bennet (Anna Maxwell Martin) and George Wickham (Matthew Goode).

Coleman joins Pemberley as Elizabeth’s sister and George’s wife Lydia.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• The Mickey Mouse of yesteryear is making his way back to Disney Channel. A new 2D animated series, titled Mickey Mouse, bows the weekend of June 28  (8:30/7:30c) with three fresh shorts. New installments will follow on Fridays, beginning July 5.

• TNT’s Falling Skies this Sunday drew just 2.8 million total viewers and a series-low 1.0 demo rating against the NBA Finals and True Blood‘s return, dropping 33 percent from its Season 3 premiere.

• HBO’s Hard Knocks will follow the Cincinnati Bengals in its upcoming season, bowing Aug. 6. This marks the second time the team has starred on the NFL training-camp series.

• Michael Gaston (The Mentalist, Damages) has joined HBO’s The Leftovers, a Rapture-esque drama pilot from Damon Lindelof (Lost) and author Tom Perrotta. Gaston will play a man who knows something is amiss and takes (sometimes violent) steps to address it.

• Oscar winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) has been tapped to direct and produce AMC’s sci-fi pilot Line of Sight. From Brotherhood‘s Blake Masters, the genre-bending project centers on a National Transportation Safety Board investigator who survives a plane crash.

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TVLine Items: Showtime’s Sexy New Trailer, Another Lost Reunion Hits Hawaii and More!

June 18, 2013 Leave a comment

What happens to the body during sex? We’ll leave the answering of that titillating quandary in the capable hands of Masters of Sex, Showtime’s new drama series starring Michael Sheen (30 Rock) and Lizzy Caplan (Party Down).

Bowing Sunday, Sept. 29 — following the Homeland premiere –Sex tells the story of William Masters (Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Caplan), the duo who led the field of human sexuality research in the 1960s.

Press PLAY below for a peek at the all-new series, then hit the comments: Does this show look Sex-y enough for you?

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Dude, Jorge Garcia is headed to Hawaii Five-0. Per EW.com, the actor will drop by the CBS drama early next season as a conspiracy theorist. Garcia — the fourth Lost alum to visit Hawaii — will reportedly share scenes with his former co-star Daniel Dae Kim.

• Happy Endings alum Nick Zano is teaming with big-screen star (and longtime friend) Channing Tatum and producer Reid Carolin (Magic Mike) on a half-hour comedy project, Deadline reports. Written by and starring Zano, Nicky is based on Zano’s experience as a boy raised in a multi-generational household of seven women.

• Comedian Reggie Watts, Miles Fisher (Final Destination 5) and relative newcomer Mike Castle have been cast in Comedy Central’s pilot Bad Advice From My Brother. Based on the blog manned by Jordan Pope Roush, the project follows the misadventures of two brothers and their neighbor.

• ABC’s Zero Hour returned to resume its run on Saturday night with an average of 1.8 million viewers across two episodes, while scoring demo ratings of 0.4 and 0.3.

• The MDA Show of Strength Telethon will air exclusively on ABC Sunday, Sept. 1.

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TVLine Items: Raising Hope Star Gets Burn’d Again, Starz Orders Powerful Drama and More!

June 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Burn Notice is taking a Chance on a returning guest star in its seventh and final season.

Raising Hope star Garret Dillahunt will make his way back to the USA Network drama this summer, EW.com reports. He’ll reprise his role as the rogue operative behind the crimes for which Michael was ultimately burned.

Last seen in a Season 4 installment, Dillahunt’s psychotic alter ego will no longer be behind bars — but why? 

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Starz has given a series order to Power, a new drama created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife) and exec-produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The series centers on a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who moonlights as the kingpin of a lucrative drug network.

• Kirstie Alley’s new TV Land comedy Kirstie is staging a Seinfeld reunion. Kirstie regular Michael Richards, who plays her driver, will share the screen with former co-star Jason Alexander when he guest-stars as Alley’s agent in an upcoming episode.

• Beginning June 22, CBS will move its struggling docu-series Brooklyn D.A. to Saturdays at 9/8c.

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Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Once, Covert Affairs, NCIS: LA, Sons of Anarchy, Defiance and More

June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

How will NCIS: Los Angeles mark a milestone? Will Once Upon a Time revisit a resurrection? Which Covert secrets will be uncovered? Which Defiance resident isn’t what they seem? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

First, allow me to tell you that your work is very appreciated and each new article brightens our day! Is it too soon to ask if you have any spoilers on NCIS: LA‘s 100th episode? –Emma
With an intro like that, you get to go first this week. Not only is it not premature to ask about No. 100 (aka the fourth episode of Season 5), show boss Shane Brennan teases, “I already know what the last episode is for next year!” But let’s not get that ahead of ourselves. Brennan says that while the aforementioned milestone hour “may play with the show’s format a little,” it will for certain “kick off an arc that runs right through the end of the season,” which he also said will be a “watershed” one for both Deeks and Callen.

Does Once Upon a Time plan on telling the current stories of the characters in Storybrooke, or will Season 3 focus on Neverland and the Enchanted Forest? –Ellie
In case my previous scoopage on this subject did not reassure you that, as the headline said, “Storybrooke will not be forgotten,” I just confirmed that Emilie de Ravin is still a series regular for Season 3. Thus, it sounds like Belle will certainly have Maine events of her own to deal with back home.

Will Once Upon a Time explain how Mulan and Aurora helped Phillip get his soul back from the wraith? –JJ
Series cocreator Adam Horowitz confirms that yes, that burning question will be addressed during Season 3 — and likely on the sooner side, I reckon, since Jamie Chung and Sarah Bolger have midseason pilots (NBC’s Believe, ABC’s Mixology) to get to!

How is the Covert Affairs premiere?! Can you give us any scoop on it, pretty please? — Rachael
As Christopher Gorham previously shared, Auggie and Annie are very much a couple now — as the opening sequence makes “nakedly” clear. (Fact: I swore off carbs for the summer after those scenes.) Likewise, when Kari Matchett told me there are “interesting things” on tap for Joan and Arthur, my lord, she was not kidding. All told, while I didn’t 100 percent follow the case at hand — Annie and Auggie “vacation” in Colombia to covertly dig into Arthur’s past while dodging the local CIA station chief (played by new series regular/CSI: NY alum Hill Harper) — the episode is chock-a-block with exposed secrets (one of which I did not see coming at all) and a final scene that promises to shake up the pecking order.

When will Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy be available on Netflix? –Gerry
All I am able to confirm at this point is “in the fall” — but as compensation, I give you series star Charlie Hunnam promising “a tumultuous time” ahead for Jax and Tara, especially now that Jax has abandoned the idea of ever “getting out.” “I think at this point he realizes that he’s in it for life,” Hunnam says. “Last season was a real process of him embracing that and throwing himself into it with both feet, to cement the fact that he’s a lifer.”

Does the abbreviated final-season order for Warehouse 13 mean we won’t see another Christmas special again? –Lisa
Sorry to hand you a lump of coal in June, but yes.

If anyone can find the answer to this question, I’m sure it is you, Matt: Is there any chance that we will see Chelsie Hightower return as a pro on Dancing With the Stars? –Lindsey
I perhaps have not watched an episode of DWTS since Kelly Monaco’s Season 1, but I’m game to take this one on. I am told that since Chelsie is still under contract with the ABC series (and last season popped up in some of the “pro dances”), there is at least the possibility she will be part of the Season 17 cast — though we won’t know for sure until late August.

I love ABC’s new show Motive. What is its future? When will it be back on after basketball and for how many episodes? –Judy
The 10 remaining episodes will begin to unspool June 27, running through early September.

Defiance‘s Stahma and Kenya…. I have no words. So, do you have scoop? — Julia
Right? And people thought H.G. Wells/Myka would be Syfy’s Sapphic supercouple. There’s a passing moment in the wedding episode (airing June 24) where Stahma comments to someone about the Need/Want proprietor’s “amazing touch.” Elsewhere in that hour, you’ll lay witness to a Castithan bachelor party (which frankly varies little from anything you see at Scores), get some movement on the Irisa/Tommy front, discover that [SPOILER] saved Datak’s life some years ago and learn that someone in town is concealing a massive, shocking secret. There’s also the death of two characters who’ve been with us from the start.

Any good scoop on our favorite Rookie Blue couple, Sam and Andy? Is there hope for a reconciliation this season? – Whitney
Hmm, I must speak cryptically here…. Let’s just say that Sam and Andy have a bond that can never really be broken, and you’ll see that illustrated in a few different ways by the end of this season.

Is Vikings skipping ahead in time [with the Bjorn recast]? What happened to the little blond kid playing Ragnar’s son? –Dee
Not to worry, you likely will see young Nathan O’Toole again — at the beginning of Season 2, at least, before a time jump kicks in.

I saw something on Twitter about Lisa Kudrow’s previously cancelled ancestry show, Who Do You Think You Are?, coming back this summer on TLC. Do you have any info on that? –Francine
WDYTYA, as the kids call it, will air Tuesdays at 9/8c starting July 23. Among those ready to climb their family trees for TLC are NCIS: LA‘s Chris O’Donnell, Up All Night‘s Christina Applegate and New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel (SPOILER: She has an actress sister!).

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TVLine Items: Beth Riesgraf Leverages Perception Role, Justin Bruening Back to Switched and More!

June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Leverage fave Beth Riesgraf is returning to TNT with a guest-starring role in Perception, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The actress drops by Season 2 (bowing June 25) as Daisy Brannen, a fiercely loyal woman who is startled when Pierce and Moretti catch her at her boyfriend’s motel room. Daisy is terrified but protective of her mysterious beau.

Since wrapping what ended up being Leverage‘s final season, Riesgraf (somewhat covertly) appeared on Criminal Minds as Reid’s girlfriend.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Daphne’s ex is headed back to Switched at Birth. Justin Bruening will reprise his role at Chef Jeff in the July 29 episode, per The Hollywood Reporter. Details about his return are being kept under wraps.

• MTV on Thursday renewed Girl Code for a 20-episode second season.

• Lauren Lee Smith (CSI, The L Word) has joined FX’s drama pilot The Strain, Deadline reports. From Guillermo del Toro (the Hellboy films, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel), the project stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) as the head of a New York-based CDC team tasked with investigating a mysterious viral outbreak with ties to a strain of vampirism. Smith joins as his ex-wife.

• HBO has picked up its newsmagazine Vice for a 12-episode Season 2, to bow in 2014.

• Pretty Little Liars put up pretty good numbers on Tuesday, as its Season 4 opener drew 3 million total viewers — up 3 percent from the previous summer premiere. And in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos, the drama improved 15 and 34 percent versus its year-ago numbers. Leading out of that, Twisted held onto 1.6 million total viewers (adding to the 1.2 mil who caught a previous sneak peek of the pilot) and gave ABC Family its most watched drama launch in three years, since Chloe King, in the 18-34 and 12-34 demos.

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News Briefs: HBO Orders More of Vice’s Guerrilla News

June 14, 2013 Leave a comment

NEWS ABOUT NEWS NEWS

… HBO has renewed its investigative news program Vice for a second season. The series, an offshoot of the magazine, takes cameras to places where cameras normally aren’t allowed, like North Korea (they were responsible for Dennis Rodman’s visit to Mr. Cuckoo Dictator over there) and child-soldier camps in Africa. It’s sorta gonzo journalism, but also sort of shock TV. HBO has asked for a 12-episode second season to air in 2014. [HBO via press release]

 

BUSINESS TIME

Sons of Anarchy is no stranger to bouts of comical violence, but now it’s going to have a dedicated space for comic-book violence. BOOM! Studios will be publishing a series of six Sons of Anarchy comics starting this summer. The comics look like they will rewind the series a bit back to when Clay was president and Jax still had long hair, and follow the daughter of an old SAMCRO member who seeks protection from the club. [Comic Book Resources]

… Worried your teenage daughter might grow up to be an upstanding citizen? Don’t worry, MTV renewed Girl Code. [The Wrap]

… Oh no! The Voice had its lowest ratings ever on Tuesday! (Muahahahaha…) [Deadline Hollywood]

 

 

CASTING NEWS


… Actor Wes Bentley (the weird kid from American Beauty) has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming pilot Open for HBO. The series is a provocative look at human sexuality (as all of Murphy’s projects are, in some way). Bentley, who your little sister knows as the guy from The Hunger Games, will play a cocky man who thinks he knows everything about sex. [Deadline Hollywood]

… Showtime’s Nurse Jackie has announced what was pretty apparent to fans throughout the fifth season: Eve Best, who plays Jackie’s friend Dr. Eleanor O’Hara, will not be returning for the dramedy’s sixth season. According to producers, it was Best’s decision to leave, as she wanted to stay in her native U.K. The actress actually left the series before the fifth season, but taped prerecorded sequences to keep her character in the series. [TV Line]

… Cinemax’s interesting-sounding pilot Quarry, about Vietnam vets who get recruited to be assassins in the early 1970s, has added to its cast. Stellan Skarsgard, father of True Blood‘s Alexander, Hemlock Grove‘s Bill, and Vikings‘ Gustaf, will play the series’ criminal overlord who pulls the disenchanted war vets to the wrong side of the law. Just greenlight this one now, okay Cinemax? [TV Line]

… FX’s untitled comedy pilot from Andrew Gurland just got a lot funnier. Jenny Slate (Kroll Show) and Brett Gelman (Go On‘s Mr. K) have joined the project which stars Judy Greer and Nat Faxon as a couple that agrees to an open marriage in an attempt to save their relationship. Slate and Gelman will play friends of Faxon’s character. Greer, Faxon, Slate, and Gelman in the same show? This NEEDS to get made. [Deadline Hollywood]

… The Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago PD has dropped Melissa Sagemiller from its cast. Remember her in Sleeper Cell? Mama mia! [TV Line]

… You know that Smash reunion you asked for? Well, it’s happening! Megan Hilty, who played Ivy in the doomed musical drama, will join the cast of NBC’s new comedy Sean Saves the World, where she’ll once again act alongside her Smash co-star Sean Hayes. Hilty will play Sean’s best friend, replacing Lindsay Sloane. [TV Line]

… Jason Alexander is headed over to TV Land. That sounds about right. The former Seinfeld star will reunite with fellow Seinfeld star Michael Richards on Kirstie, a new comedy starring Kirstie Alley. In Kirstie, Alley plays a Broadway star who reunites with the son she gave up for adoption. Richards plays her driver, and Alexander will play her agent in a potentially recurring role. [TV Land via press release]

TVLine Items: Lauren Graham’s Novel Gets the TV Treatment, Lost Angels Adds Ed Burns and More!

June 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Someday, someday, maybe Lauren Graham‘s debut novel will become a TV show.

Ellen DeGeneres‘ A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV have put into development a series adaptation of the Parenthood star’s New York Times bestseller, Someday, Someday, Maybe.

As first reported by Deadline, Graham is slated to exec-produce and pen the hour-long project — which centers on a young woman nearing the end of her three-year plan to become an actress in NYC — with DeGeneres and Jeff Kleenman attached to produce.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Frank Darabont’s new TNT drama Lost Angels (fka L.A. Noir) is rounding out its cast by adding Ed Burns to the mix, Deadline reports. The big-screen actor (Saving Private Ryan) will recur as notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel. Angels follows the 1940s/’50s-era epic battle between determined L.A. Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) and boxer-turned-mobster Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke). Robert Knepper, meanwhile, has been upped to series regular.

• Kunal Nayyar is making his way to Sullivan & Son. Per TV Guide Magazine, the Big Bang Theory actor will play a bar-goer who fancies himself a ladies’ man. (Translation: This is not Raj.)

• The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Alfonso Ribeiro has been named host of Spell-Mageddon, ABC Family’s new competition series that offers a twist on the traditional spelling bee.

• The Voice‘s Season 4 finale (airing June 18) will feature a live performance from Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, as well as a pre-taped tune from Bruno Mars, per EW.com.

• NBC-owned stations have renewed Steve Harvey through 2016.

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Orphan Black, Glee, The Americans, Parenthood, Bunheads and More!

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment

Question: Thrilled about Tatiana Maslany’s Critics Choice win! Any chance you coaxed some Orphan Black scoop out of her (and don’t tell me you didn’t speak to her — I’m armed with evidence that says you did.) —Missy
Ausiello: 
Oh, Tat and I had a nice long talk Monday night (yes, we’re at the stage in our relationship where she lets me call her Tat. Deal with it.) Our chat mostly consisted of me gushing about her work and finalizing details of our cross-country road trip in August. I left the scoop-hoarding to TVLine’s Vlada Gelman, who grilled the native Canadian on the red carpet about one of Orphan Black‘s most enduring mysteries: Why the heck did Sarah abandon Kira in the first place?I think she left because she didn’t know how to be a mother,” explains Maslany. “She just can’t handle that responsibility. For her, she’s always hustled and manipulated. That’s what she knows. And to have a little baby who’s reliant on her is the scariest thing that could ever happen to Sarah. I think she was in a relationship that led her down a road she wanted to get away from.” Speaking of which, who’s the daddy? Teases the actress: “[That] is a mystery still to be solved.”

masters of sex reviewQuestion: Thoughts on Showtime’s Masters of Sex? Really looking forward to it.—Carol
Ausiello: Loved it. Best pilot since Mad Men. I didn’t want it to end. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are sensational. Set aside the evening of Sunday, Sept. 29 now. Trust me. I’ve never led you astray.

Question: Please tell me Bunheads will be back for a second season. The pins and needles are starting to hurt. —Amanda
Ausiello: Breaking news directly from consulting producer Dan Palladino: The show’s still on the bubble. “There’s no official word,” AS-P’s other half tells me. “But if Bunheads is not renewed, Amy and I are going to force Sutton Foster to work with us again, at gunpoint if necessary.”

Question: Considering Vanessa Lengies’ ABC pilot Mixology got picked up, safe to assume we’ve seen the last of Sugar on Glee? —Kendall
Ausiello:
You know what they say about people who assume, Kendall — they’re usually right. Except in this instance. “Glee‘s going to start back at the end of July and Mixology starts filming the end of August, so there’s a window where Sugar can come back for a bit,” Lengies tells TVLine. “Who knows what the schedule will look like later? It’s really not up to me. But if it was, I would love to do both. I love Glee so much. It’s such a fun opportunity for me to be crazy and weird.”

white collarQuestion: Is there anything concrete yet about Hilarie Burton returning to White Collar? Not that I don’t love the idea of Bridget Regan wooing Neal, too! —Lanie
Ausiello: A White Collar source tells me “there’s discussion about bringing Sara back” but nothing is 100 percent official just yet. My gut says there will be something official in the next couple weeks.

Question: Any plans for Jack McBrayer’s Dr. Goodwin to return to The Middle next season? —Dave
Ausiello: Yes, indeed. Exec producer Eileen Heisler says the 30 Rock vet will be back for “four episodes at least” as Frankie’s new boss. Heisler also assures us that even though Axl is going off to college, Charlie McDermott will “still be around” in Season 5. “It gives us a lot of fun storylines with how Brick and Mike deal with [his absence], with how Axl deals with it.”

Question: Do you have anything on next season of Parenthood? I’m dying to know what’s going to happen next for the Bravermans. – Austin
Ausiello: Critics Choice victor Monica Potter suspects Season 5 will find a cancer-free Kristina in a much happier place. “I’m going to try to cry a lot less,” she says with a laugh. “[EP Jason Katims] and I talked a little bit. All he said was that it’s going to be another exciting year for Kristina. So that’s a good thing.”

Question: I’m addicted to Mistresses, primarily because the cast is so nice to look at. Please tell me Karen’s psychiatrist colleague Jacob will rear his handsome head again. —Dennis
Ausiello: ABC brass would need their heads examined — though maybe not by the increasingly unhinged Karen — to waste an actor with a jaw as square and eyes as penetrating as Matthew Del Negro (Rizzoli & Isles, United States of Tara) on a throwaway role. Lucky for you (and everyone else), Jacob returns next week to party with three of our four central ladies. And would it shock you to hear that after a cocktail or two, he winds up uttering the line, “Let’s spend the night together”?

Question: How long will April freeze out Savi on Mistresses? I really dig the female camaraderie more than any other aspect of the show, so I’m hoping the fight doesn’t drag on too long. —Jasmine
Ausiello: First, the bad news: That baby-mama drama involving April’s late hubby isn’t going away, and her potential romance with hot dad Richard is about to hit another snag. The good news: When life hands you lemons, sometimes you need to get together with your BFF and make a batch of very strong lemon drops (or, OK, if it’s getting too close to bedtime, a nice pot of tea with fresh lemon). In other words, expect an April-Savi truce before the credits roll on Episode 3.

hayley the originalsQuestion: Klaroline shipper here. Please assure me that we’re not going to be forced to endure a full-fledged Klaus-Hayley romance on The Originals. —Kim
Ausiello: Why don’t I let exec producer Julie Plec assure you instead: “Hayley is, by no means, the Cinderella in the Klaus love story. Hayley is a girl who’s pretty tough, fiery, independent … a survivor in her own right who got drunk, had sex and got knocked up. She’s going to have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life.”

Question: Switched at Birth! Scoop! Go! —Val
Ausiello: Sounds like Daphne’s new love interest, Barista Jace, is going to be a bit of a slow burn. “They start off a little hesitant,” Katie Leclerc tells us. “We haven’t fully developed our relationship yet. There’s just been sort of a, ‘Oh, you’re cute.’ ‘Oh, you’re cute.’ Sparks fly.” As for Noah, he hasn’t popped up in the summer vacation episodes yet, but as Vanessa Marano points out, “He still goes to [Carlton High],” so a return is possible once class is back in session.

Question: I’d love anything you have on Pretty Little Liars. —Estee
Ausiello: Expect to see a lot more of the ‘rents this season. As exec producer Marlene King previews, “‘A’ decides that he or she has not been able to divide and conquer the Liars as desired. So, in addition to targeting them, ‘A’ is really going to put targets on the backs of their parents. They’re all under A’s thumb because of it. A big part of the mystery revolves around the Marin family.” Bonus PLL Scoop: The show is casting the recurring role of Travis, a high school-aged gas station employee who possesses a “reserved and rugged” quality and a “solid and moral” center. Which gal do you think will ding his bell?

Question: So I’ve been diggin’ The Goodwin Games. But it’s DOA, right? Fox has buried it in between repeats. I’m disappointed. —Jill
Ausiello: Yep, totally dead. And I agree with you Jill, it’s an amusing little show. It’s certainly not as bad as the pre-debut buzz seemed to suggest. (Note to Fox: Feel free to use that quote in commercials when promoting the final episodes.)

Question: What’s this I hear about Community not being on the Emmy ballot for best comedy series? Get to the bottom of this, Aus! —Greg
Ausiello: A Sony rep assures me that the omission was just “a little tech glitch,” one that has now been corrected — the show’s back on the ballot. (Spoiler Alert: This will prove to be a moot point come July 18.)

Question: I’m a diehard fan of True Blood and I have one very burning question: Is this in fact going to be the final season of the show? ‘Cause all the promotion seems to suggest it will be. —Kenn
Ausiello: It’s absolutely, positively not the final season of the show. It’s got one, maybe two more seasons left in it.

the americans season 2Question: Any scoop on The Americans? I know it’s early, so I will literally take anything you have. —Jessica
Ausiello: Elizabeth and Phillip will face a major homegrown threat in Season 2 — as in literally inside their home. “There’s going to be a lot of Paige in Season 2,” teases exec producer Joe Weisberg of the couple’s teen daughter, who was last seen closing in on her parents’ secret. “That [moment] was not just a one-off. It’s not just ‘Paige got suspicious and looked in the basement.’ There’s going to be a lot of Paige thinking about her parents, and parents thinking about Paige.” And in case there was any question, Elizabeth and Phillip will once again be living under the same roof when the show returns. “He’s moving back in,” Weisberg confirms. “Elizabeth said in the finale, ‘Come home.’ And he’s been waiting for her.”

That’s a wrap! Please send questions, comments, and anonymous tips to askausiello@tvline.com. (Additional reporting by Vlada Gelman, Megan Masters and Michael Slezak)

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Mega Buzz: Dexter Fallout, the NCIS: LA Kiss and That Originals Baby

June 12, 2013 Leave a comment
Can’t wait for the final season of Dexter! Do you have any Deb-and-Dexter scoop? — Claire

NATALIE: As if Dexter hasn’t made Deb’s life complicated enough, he’ll do something in the season premiere that he believes to be noble, but will lead Deb to repeat a past mistake — and that’s very bad. As a result, don’t be surprised when these close siblings become adversaries.

Deeks and Kensi: What happens after the kiss on NCIS: Los Angeles? — Moni, via Twitter
ADAM:
Well, you’re assuming that Deeks makes it out of Sidorov’s torture trap alive. (Just kidding, that’s a pretty safe bet.) But executive producer Shane Brennan cautions viewers not to to make too much of the liplock. “It wasn’t a candlelit dinner,” he says. “It was almost a challenge that he threw down to her. I think it surprised both of them.” But Deeks may feel differently about the kiss after his brush with death.

Any scoop on Haley and Klaus’ future on The Originals? I need my Klaroline! — Liz
NATALIE:
Yes, Haley and Klaus are having a vamp/hybrid/were-baby together, but their connection pretty much ends there. “Hayley is, by no means, the Cinderella in the Klaus love story,” executive producer Julie Plec says. “Hayley is a girl who’s pretty tough, fiery, an independent spirit, a survivor in her own right who got drunk, had sex and got knocked up. She’s going to have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life. If anything, she’s the portal into his redemption.”

Will anyone know the truth about Dr. Lecter by the end of Hannibal‘s first season? — Chris
ADAM:
Well, what do you make of this? Abigail Hobbs, who knows more of Hannibal’s secrets than anyone, returns in this week’s penultimate episode. “She [still] doesn’t know that he’s a murderer,” executive producer Bryan Fuller points out. “We see all [his] movements in shadow, but we’ve been very careful about what we expose other characters to.” But it sounds like that will change. “He never really acknowledges [what he is] to another character until very, very late in the season.”

Do you have any scoop on the “home office” on Once Upon a Time? — Jennie
NATALIE:
The home office wanted to destroy magic in our world, but that doesn’t mean that Peter Pan isn’t part of it. Speaking of the mysterious organization, executive producer Adam Horowitz promises pay-off. “We’re going to explain pretty quickly what it is and how, as we showed in the finale, Greg and Tamara were unwittingly working for Peter Pan, and how that all connects.” It was curious that they were so against magic, right?

I need some Rizzoli & Isles scoop! — Andrea
ADAM:
As the murder trial of Maura’s mob boss dad Paddy Doyle (John Doman) draws near, Maura finds out that her birth mom Hope (Sharon Lawrence), contrary to her previous claims, might have been in contact with Paddy while he was doing his dirty dealings. How does she find out? With some unwitting help from her half-sis Cailin (Emilee Wallace).

Now that Jack knows Emily’s real identity on Revenge, will they finally get together? — Robert
NATALIE:
Not so fast. We asked (OK, begged) Nick Wechsler about the possibility. “I don’t think they will have them get together romantically, and if it happens, it’ll be further into the season,” he says. Instead, expect Jack to focus on his own plan for revenge. “This poor [guy] lost his dad, his dog, his wife, now his brother … it’s going to be the fire under his vengeful a–.”

Do you have any early scoop on the next season of CSI? — Derrick
ADAM:
Just this heaven-sent tidbit: Former Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith will reprise her role as Hodges’ mother in an early Season 14 episode. Mama Hodges, who was last seen flirting with Conrad Ecklie in the Season 12 finale, will stop by to give her son some advice when talk of his wedding to Elisabetta resurfaces. Is it just me, or is Hodges’ mom a little too involved in his love life?

Very excited for Anna Camp’s return on True Blood. Got any scoop? — Michael
NATALIE:
When we see Sarah Newlin again, it will be in a very familiar position — she still believes that God hates fangs. But she’s redoubled her efforts, which will spell bad news for her reunion with former hubby (and current vamp) Steve.

What’s up with Ali’s mom returning in the Pretty Little Liars premiere? — Jennie
ADAM:
She’s a woman of secrets, that’s for sure. Executive producer Marlene King says that her return to Rosewood will spark even more debate amongst the girls about whether they really did see Alison during the fire last season. “She [was] redoing Alison’s room,” King notes. “Is she crazy or [is she] getting ready for Ali to come back?”

Do you have any scoop on Longmire? — Joe
NATALIE:
The race between Walt and Branch is heating up. Look for Cady to stump them both during a debate in which Branch definitely has the upper hand. But there will also be a more tangible test of their mettle: When gunshots ring out during the event, which candidate will come to the rescue?

What’s going on with Mike and Rachel on Suits? — Linda
ADAM:
Rachel still needs time to process his lie. In the meantime, look for Mike to have nightmares in which she exposes him. While those fears remain unfounded (for now), Rachel does give Mike an equally scary ultimatum: quit or suffer the consequences.

Adam’s Mega Rave: I’m thrilled that Michael Cudlitz is getting some awards love for his riveting Southland performance. Take note, Emmy voters.

Natalie’s Mini Rant: Another guy ended up on The Bachelorette with a girlfriend at home?! You’d think a show about falling in love would make absolutely sure that this wouldn’t happen… again.

Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows? E-mail Adam and Natalie at mega_scoop@tvguide.com or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide

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TVLine Items: Doctor Who Recast Update, Game of Thrones Author Speaks Out and More

June 11, 2013 Leave a comment

Has the Tardis found its new navigator already?

Skyfall and Quantam of Solace actor Rory Kinnear is reported to be the frontrunner to succeed Matt Smith as the titular star of Doctor Who, at least according to The Telegraph.

“We are waiting to hear if he will accept,” a source tells the London-based paper. “He is the perfect choice.”

UPDATE: The BBC on Monday morning seemingly cast aspersion on this rumor, saying via Twitter that the search for Twelve “has only just begun.”

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

Worried that Game of Thrones, which is heading into Season 4, will run out of material in light of the fact that books 6 and 7 have yet to be published? Don’t be, says George RR Martin. “I think the odds against that happening are very long,” the author tells EW.com. “If they include everything in the books, I don’t think they’re going to catch up with me. If they do, we’ll have some interesting discussions.”

Former Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston has been cast opposite Justin Theroux in the HBO drama pilot The Leftovers, per Deadline. Also joining the project from co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost) are Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd (Compliance) and Amanda Warren (The Closer).

Christina Ricci (Pan Am) has been cast as Lizzie Borden in the Lifetime original movie about the woman tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother, reports Deadline.

On the heels of ousting Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, American Idol has appointed a new executive producer — Per Blankens, whose previous relevant credits include the Swedish version of Idol and the Scandinavian MasterChef and Biggest Loser editions.

BBC America has renewed Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan for Season 2, to premiere in 2014.

Did you miss the latest trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during last week’s NBA finals game? Check it out below:

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TVLine Items: Walking Dead’s Season 4 ‘Twists,’ Horror Story Companion Show and More!

June 8, 2013 Leave a comment

The Walking Dead doesn’t return until this fall, but the team behind the gory AMC hit is already hard at work in the following Season 4 sneak peek.

The premiere will be penned by new showrunner Scott Gimple and directed by VFX mastermind Greg Nicotero, who promises “some great character turns and a lot of really good twists that will really delight the fans.”

The season opener is “bigger than any script we’ve ever done before,” he adds.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

American Horror Story: Coven may get a companion series. FX Networks CEO John Landgraf tells The Hollywood Reporterthat “there’s a decent possibility” that the upcoming installment of AHS will feature a corresponding chatfest. However, unlike AMC’s The Talking Dead, Coven‘s companion show might run online instead of on TV.

• ABC is close to giving a straight-to-series, 13-episode order to The Black Box, Deadline reports. The drama, written by Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza), is about a world-renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but constantly struggles with her mental illness. Ilene Chaiken (The L Word) will serve as showrunner.

So much for staying out of the media: Bristol Palin and her sis Willow will trade lives with Joan Rivers and  daughter Melissa on the June 23 episode of Celebrity Wife Swap.

LeAnn Rimes will guest-star on FX’s Anger Management as the sister of Charlie’s prison-group member Wayne, per In Touch. And yes, she will hook-up with Charlie.

 

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Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS, Psych, White Collar, Rizzoli, Covert Affairs, Scandal and More!

June 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Will NCIS fill in the blanks? Will a White Collar romance heat back up? Are things getting “Harry” on Psych? Which Monday Mornings doc copped a role on Rizzoli & Isles? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

I know Gary Glasberg has mentioned we will see the events that led up to the cliffhanger with Gibbs in the NCIS finale. But will we also get to see what McGee, Tony and Ziva have been doing in their four-month absence? I’m eager to see how they adapted to life outside NCIS and without Gibbs’s rules (particularly Rule No. 12). –Cheryl
If I’m any good at reading between Glasberg’s lines, viewers will be made privy to at least some of that when Season 11 arrives. “The season opener is going to take us from where we left off all the way up to the point where we’re seeing Gibbs [behind a rifle],” he says, As for Tony, Ziva and McGee in particular, “There will be a portion in which they’re still resigned, and then it’ll develop from there. I don’t want to give too much away about the opener yet, but we’ll learn what happened with Tony and Ziva and McGee, I promise.”

I’m curious as to your thoughts on NCIS‘ baiting of “Tiva” fans without delivering. This season, especially, saw the showrunner pushing the notion of the couple becoming a reality, yet once again it did not happen. Even worse, [the finale] found them calling each other “friends,” the same label they applied to each other in Season 9′s “A Desperate Man.” Do you as a reporter find it difficult to see these things teased, when they never come fruition? Or do you think it’s just part of the game and “business as usual”? In addition, do you feel that at some point this bait-and-switch will impact viewership? –Dee
A very sound question, because as you note, I have long witnessed this to-and-fro as well. Quite honestly, I think NCIS and show boss Gary Glasberg face a tremendously difficult juggling act with this (would-be) couple because it is TV’s most watched program, and like a game of Jenga, you can’t be quite sure which slight move could send things toppling. Is NCIS No. 1 because it metes out exactly 25 milligrams of romance every third episode, and never a bit more? Is there a fear that going all-in with Tiva will soap up the show too much? If one out of three is against the coupling, does that confirm the show would risk disenfranchising some 5 million viewers? (And if you do put them together, will the outcry nonetheless continue if “not enough” intimacy is displayed, a la Castle, presenting a no-win scenario?) All I can do on my end is press for some semblance of concrete evidence behind any loaded quotes (about any topic), then trust the show will follow through to some degree.

White Collar’s Jeff Eastin had said the Neal/Sara faux engagement would “factor into the new episodes in a crucial way” and that “signs point to yes” in terms of seeing Sara again. With Bridget Regan being cast as Neal’s new love interest, I’m starting to worry about my favorite couple! Is there any news on if/when Hilarie will return? –Julie
When I spoke to Hilarie Burton last month (in the midst of her rabblerousing Grey’s Anatomy arc), she admitted to having “no idea what’s going on” with Sara’s possible return. That said, she agreed that we — and Neal — may need to miss Sara some in order to give her next appearance enough oomph. And the actress is always game for another go-round. “I talked to Matt [Bomer] and Willie [Garson] and Tiffani [Thiessen] over their hiatus and they really are the loveliest bunch of people,” she effused. “I never take that for granted.”

I know that there’s nothing new on the Castle front, so I’d love some scoop for Rizzoli & Isles. –MafaEmily_Swallow
Well, if you’re a fan of TNT dramas in general, I can share exclusively that Monday Mornings alum Emily Swallow (aka Dr. Michelle Robidaux) will guest-star in an August episode as Elizabeth Keating, the parole officer for someone involved in a deadly drag race on Paradise Road.

Have we seen the last of Eion Bailey (Ben) and Anne Dudek (Danielle) on Covert Affairs? I really loved the chemistry that both of them had with Piper Perabo. –Johnny
Most likely not. As EPs Matt Corman and Chris Ord tell the Inside Line, “Both Ben and Danielle are extremely important figures in Annie’s life. We definitely haven’t seen the last of them.”

Do you know something about Castle or Scandal? This hiatus is killing me! –Martina
I’ll, um, play it safe and go with…. Scandal. If you suspect that, given the roller coaster events of the season finale, newly minted U.S. Attorney David Rosen has turned in his Gladiator card, you’d be right. Sharing his “personal theory” on the matter, Joshua Malina says, “Having spent the time he has with [Pope & Associates], he has newfound respect for them… and he went to school on them. Because he learned that if you really want to be effective – and that’s the sad story of his for the year – pure white hat-edness only gets you so far.” So although Rosen discovered that “getting down in the gutter and fighting dirtier” can get the job done, “I think he considers himself apart from — and possibly above” — Olivia, Abby et al. (Dem’s fighting words, right?)

Can anyone at TVLine.com shed a little light as to what’s going on in this Psych photo? Dule Hill posted it [on Facebook] and I’m very curious now. –EsteePsych_Season8_GusDespShawn
You bet your expecto patronum I’ve got light to shed. You see, the guys are going to “London” at some point in Season 8, so naturally Gus would find a reason to be in a Harry Potter costume, naturally Despereaux would show up (as we already scooped for you), and naturally there will be lots of action (hence the green screen behind them).

When is Arrow Season 2 coming out? –Tanya
When does Season 2 of Beauty and the Beast start? –Nichole
When will Season 3 of Once Upon a Time start? –David
Do you know when ABC’s Scandal will return ? –Stacie
Yeah, so…. The first network to cough up fall premieres dates last year didn’t announce until June 14; and in 2011, it took until June 20. So I’d say we have at least another week until I start bulindg one of these.

Of the pilots you have seen, is there anything you really seem keen on? –Brad
I’ve gotten to about six drama pilots thus far – and none of ABC’s, mind you (not that S.H.I.E.L.D. or Wonderland are available yet) – and thus far NBC’s The Blacklist (starring James Spader) and CBS’ Hostages (Toni Collette, Tate Donovan, Dylan McDermott) are topping that list. (Fox’s Sleepy Hollow was shaping up to possibly be a guilty pleasure until its final act uncorked a whole lotta brain-hurting hooey.) And out of the 10 comedies I have screened, Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (with Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher) and ABC’s Trophy Wife (starring Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford) look strongest, while the jury’s out on how good CBS’ The Crazy Ones will be sans the “name” client (McDonald’s) and heavily used guest star (Kelly Clarkson) featured in the pilot.

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TVLine Items: Early Hiatus for AMC/OLTL, Idol’s New Chief, Bunheads Renewal Buzz and More!

June 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Life in Pine Valley and Llanview is quieting down a little faster than expected.

Both All My Children and One Life to Live will halt production 11 days earlier than planned, as a result of unresolved labor issues between the online soaps’ producer Prospect Park and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 52.

Prospect Park says the premature pause won’t affect viewers, that 40 episodes of each serial are already in the can, to air through September. Producers hope to have smoothed out any labor wrinkles by the hiatus’ planned end date of August 12.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• It’s not necessarily time to jete for joy over Bunheads. Though fans of the ballet-themed bubble dramedy hoped that the production receiving a California Film and Tax Credit heralded Season 2 renewal, an ABC Family rep tells Buzzfeed, “We are not making a decision about a pick-up until we know how our new summer series premiere.”

• News Corp. TV executive David Hill will oversee the upcoming season of Fox’s American Idol and The X Factor, taking over those specific responsibilities from departing alternative programming president Mike Darnell.

• Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva has tapped Brigid Brannagh (Army Wives) to guest-star in the new season’s fifth episode as a wife whose husband wins big at a casino, while Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne) will play a sympathetic judge, per The Hollywood Reporter. Reiko Aylesworth (24) meanwhile will show up in Episode 6 as a woman protecting her boyfriend’s legacy from his estranged parents.

• NBC’s midseason comedy The Family Guide, starring J.K. Simmons (The Closer), has changed its name to Growing Up Fisher.

Good Morning America‘s Sam Champion and HLN hosts Robin Meade and A.J. Hammer will emcee the 40th annual Daytime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast live June 16 on HLN.

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TVLine Items: J.J. Abrams Shops Rod Serling Series, Guy/Girl Top Model Debut Date and More

June 6, 2013 Leave a comment

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of… a new Rod Serling-created series hitting the small screen thanks to J.J. Abrams.

The prolific producer’s Bad Robot Prods. has acquired the rights to the late Twilight Zone creator’s never-before-produced final feature script, titled The Stops Along The Way.

A limited-event series based on the screenplay — about which there are no details available — has been put into development by Abrams’ company via a deal with Warner Bros. TV.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

America’s Next Top Model‘s 20th (!) cycle — which, for the first time, features female and male competitors — premieres Aug. 2 on The CW.

• Warehouse 13 star Allison Scagliotti will guest star in an upcoming episode of Switched at Birth, TVLine has confirmed. The actress will appear in the July 15 hour as Aida, a tough, cool and confident medic, who served in Afghanistan with Ty (Blair Redford). Creator Lizzy Weiss first tweeted the news.

• Former Current TV newsman Keith Olbermann has been tapped to host TBS’ Major League Baseball postseason series. He joins the series’ analysts Ron Darling and MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley.

• Boardwalk Empire alum Bobby Cannavale is nearing a deal to topline HBO’s rock ‘n’ roll drama pilot, per The Hollywood Reporter. From exec producers Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, the project centers on a cocaine-fueled record executive (Cannavale) in 1970s New York City.

• A nearly unrecognizable Helena Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech) and Dominic West (The Wire) are bringing their Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton best in the following promo shot for BBC4′s upcoming biopic, which centers on the tumultuous twosome’s 1983 Broadway production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives.

BBC4 Elizabeth Taylor Biopic

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Mega Buzz: A True Blood Couple, Unforgettable Newbies and Mistresses’ Betrayal

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Please tell me you have some Pam-and-Tara scoop for True Blood? — Lila
NATALIE:
The state of Louisiana will declare war on vampires, so there won’t be any time for Tara and Pam to braid each others’ hair and talk about their feelings about their hot kiss in the finale. However, their relationship will deepen as a result of two shocking events: 1) Pam will find out (for the first time) who Nora really is to Eric and 2) Tara will become Victim No. 1 to a frighteningly powerful new weapon that the police has devised to combat vampires. These are no mere wooden bullets!

What can you tell me about the new season of Unforgettable?Maggie
ADAM:
We know that the cast will look very different this season, but forget about (see what I did there?) Carrie getting off on the right foot with her new colleagues. For starters, Murray (Heroes Tawny Cypress), a highly decorated former FBI agent, doesn’t quite understand (or appreciate) Carrie’s gift, and Carrie’s by-the-book new boss Eliot (The Good Wife and The Walking Dead‘s Dallas Roberts) won’t be thrilled when she proposes going undercover because of her resemblance to a suspect.

Totally digging Mistresses! How will Savi deal with the fallout from sleeping with Dominic? — Nikki
NATALIE:
Suffice it to say that she won’t be keen on continuing the fling. “There’s nothing that she enjoys about it,” Alyssa Milano says. “It becomes darker and darker by the episode for her.” Unfortunately, her one-night stand will have unforeseen consequences that are even worse than the possibility of her husband finding out.

Please tell me Michael and Fiona will get their happy ending on Burn Notice. — Wendy
ADAM:
Since Fiona has a new beau, it would be a bit premature to guarantee that she and Michael will have a happily-ever-after. But don’t fret, ‘shippers: You’ll get your fix of lovey-dovey time — and then some! — in the show’s 100th episode, which flashes-back to the couple’s first meeting in Ireland. The landmark hour will shed new light on Michael and Fiona’s roller-coaster relationship. Plus: Who doesn’t want to hear pillow talk with Irish accents?

Got any scoop on Falling Skies? — Alex
NATALIE:
There’s a chance that the 2nd Mass could strike a fierce blow against the Espheni when they find a particularly high-value target, but taking it out could also leave the whole state uninhabitable. But Tom and Anne will have more important things to deal with as their baby arrives — and he/she is not exactly what they planned for.

I’m getting excited for the new season of The Newsroom. What can you tell me about it? — Jake
ADAM:
Some viewers (myself included) winced at the end of Season 1 when Sloan hinted to Don that she’d had a crush on him for a while. (That Don-Maggie-Jim triangle didn’t need to get any messier.) While the new season will certainly play with the chemistry between Don and Sloan, it might not necessarily be as romantic as you’d think. “You can have a crush on somebody, and it doesn’t mean they’re the love of your life,” Olivia Munn tells us. “He shut her down completely. When somebody tells you they don’t want to be with you… you see them differently forever.”

I’m so excited that Switched at Birth is returning. Any scoop? — Sarah
NATALIE:
Hold on for some major change! First up, Regina, Bay and Angelo will all be living under the same roof. But don’t expect a rekindling just yet. “That’s such a complex relationship and he paid for my rehab, so there’s a budding relationship, but he’s focused on [finding Lana],” Constance Marie tells me. One thing to look forward to? “All you Dancing with the Stars fans, Gilles [Marini] is going to be dancing in an episode!” Vanessa Marano adds.

Enough about Castle and Beckett’s engagement! Will the new season of Castle be good to Lanie-Esposito fans? — Jessica
ADAM:
All signs point to yes. “We’re going to see more ‘Esplanie’ because the Twitter fans have gone ballistic,” Tamala Jones says with a laugh. “[Creator Andrew W. Marlowe has found] a very intelligent way to execute what the fans want to see with what he already has in store.” Bonus: Jones says that, not unlike the spotlight episodes given to Ryan and Esposito last season, Marlowe is cooking up a Lanie story that will explore her history.

Will Nurse Jackie be renewed for another season? — Elizabeth
NATALIE:
You’d better hope so! The final moments of the season finale are not to be missed. As Jackie prepares to celebrate her first full year of sobriety, she’ll turn to a very surprising place for comfort that will open up all sorts of questions about what could possibly come next.

So glad that The Killing was brought back from the dead! Got any scoop about what’s to come for Holder? — Debbie
ADAM:
If you liked Holder’s suit and tie and his more mature outlook on his police work, know this: It comes with a price. Executive producer Veena Sud says that mixing Holder’s newfound ambition with his past as an addict isn’t exactly a great cocktail. “In Season 1, he embraced the notion of a higher power [and] he was doing everything that he needed to do to keep his sobriety,” Sud says. “This season, he’s kind of gone back on it. He is self-propelled. He’s definitely not a believer in sitting in a church basement listening to anybody’s idea of God. That is going to affect him deeply.”

Hoping you’ll have some Awkward scoop! — Micah
NATALIE:
Some harsh truths will come out in next week’s midseason finale that could put Jenna and Matty’s relationship on the line — and push Jenna further into Colin’s orbit. But they won’t be the only ones facing relationship troubles after Tamara takes Sadie’s place. Seriously.

Will Ryan discover who or what Wilfred is this season? — Cameron
NATALIE:
Wilfred himself will have an idea about who he really is — specifically, that he’s a magical being who can’t be harmed. Don’t worry, he’ll quickly and hilariously be disabused of this notion. But the duo will take a trip in the premiere that will have you seeing double — literally.

Natalie’s Mega Rave: I’m way late on the Orphan Black bandwagon, but give Tatiana Maslany all the Emmys — one for every uniquely awesome clone portrayal.

Adam’s Mini Rant: I’m giving The Killing‘s new season the benefit of the doubt, but seriously, turn off the rain machine. The metaphor has grown officially tiresome.

Crave scoop on your favorite TV shows? E-mail Adam and Natalie at mega_scoop@tvguide.com or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Castle, PLL, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Carrie Diaries and More!

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Question: Help! I need a Season 6 Castle scoop! —Marine
Ausiello: And I need you to dial it back a notch! Although Season 5 — Rick and Kate’s first as a couple — hit such memorable milestones as their first Christmas together and Valentine’s Day, Castle creator Andrew Marlowe tells TVLine, “There are a couple of really, really big, juicy and interesting moments” he was not able to get to, but still hopes to cover. Without detailing said moments, he explains, “We feel like next season is the proper time to tap them, if we’re going to be honest and true to this relationship and the complications that often come into play.”

Question: If Beckett takes the job in D.C. on Castle, what happens to our favorite precinct guys, Ryan and Esposito? —LEP
Ausiello: They’d stay put. ”The precinct doesn’t go [with her],” Tamala Jones, who plays Lanie, notes. “I think [Kate] would still help from D.C., or wherever she was. But I hope she doesn’t take the job. What’s Lanie going to do without Beckett in the same [city]? I don’t think Lanie would like that!”

Hell on WheelsQuestion: I don’t recall ever seeing Hell on Wheels mentioned in your column, but there are some people (like me) who really like it. So… got any Season 3 scoop? —Maggie
Ausiello: Sounds like someone didn’t bother reading the June 5, 2012 edition of Ask Ausiello. (Awkward!) Anywhoo…. the POTUS is joining Season 3 for a multi-episode arc! The show is currently looking for a “name” actor to portray former general and future president Ulysses S. Grant. The cagey politico comes to town to make Cullen (Anson Mount) an unexpected offer.

Question: Got anything on The Carrie Diaries? —Eugene
Ausiello: Carrie‘s going to be looking a lot Sexier in Season 2 now that the show is introducing a pre- Kim Cattrall Samantha, who is described in the casting breakdown as ballsy and confident with a wicked sense of humor and a don’t-screw-with-me attitude. When we meet her she’s working the velvet rope at a downtown nightclub. Oh, and the role will be a series regular, so Sammy Jo is sticking around.

Question: Where in the world are Game of Thrones‘ Brienne and Jaime? After what happened last week, I’m gonna need them to be in Sunday’s season finale. – Art
Ausiello: We recently asked Nikolaj Coster-Waldau what was up with his alter ego, and though he stayed true to the cast’s cagey nature regarding future plot points, he was damn charming while doing it. “After the bear, [Gwendoline Christie and I] had to take a breather,” he joked. “That took too much out of us.” And when we pressed about whether he could say if Jaime would be in King’s Landing by the end of the season, he replied, “I guess I can….” But he singlehandedly (see what I did there?) won us back when he confirmed that Season 4 of the HBO epic will begin shooting next month.

Question: Any news on The Walking Dead? —Sebastian
Ausiello: Next season’s fourth episode is titled “Indifference” and will introduce us to two new survivors, Jack and Erin. Both are in their 20s and described as easygoing and “extremely thin.” Jack’s a bit of a joker, while Erin walks through life with rose-colored glasses.

suitsQuestion: I am so excited for the new seasons of Suits and Covert Affairs, and was hoping for any spoilers on Mike/Rachel, Mike/Harvey or Annie/Auggie. –Tiffany
Ausiello: I choose Column A! Mike and Rachel’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner-esque sit-down with her parents, which Meghan Markle first told us about, will come with all the requisite awkwardness and grilling one might expect. But just how uncomfortable is it? I’m hearing that race and dead parents are brought up! Thankfully, Rachel’s mom is there to play peacekeeper — and to ask her daughter if she loves Mike. (Two guesses on Rachel’s answer?) Bonus Suits Scoop free-of-charge: The show is on the prowl for an actress to play mom to Gina Torres’ Jessica. Mrs. Pearson is beautiful, strong and powerful, but much warmer and much more accessible than Jessica. (We will come to learn that Jess gets her chilliness from her pa.)

Question: I’ve been wanting Sookie and Alcide to hook up on True Blood for a long time. It almost happened last season, but it didn’t end so well. Is there any chance they will get together in season 6? —Rashad
Ausiello: First off, here’s the reason it didn’t end so well. Secondly, Sookie’s going to be otherwise engaged this season with this guy. Bottom line: The Sookie-Alcide ‘ship has sailed, methinks.

Question: I’m not ashamed to admit it: I really enjoyed Mistresses. The one question I had as the credits rolled, though, was how in the hell Alyssa Milano has managed not to age over the last decade? If you can’t answer that I’ll just take some scoop. –Violetta
Ausiello: Because some secrets are strictly between a woman and her dermatologist, I’m jumping right to the scoop: Next Monday’s episode finds Milano’s guilt-ridden character Savi  – who ended the series premiere in the midst of a scorching tryst with coworker Dominic — making a heartbreaking confession to her hubby. Before you go jumping to conclusions, however, please bear in mind that the contents of said confession might not be what you’re expecting. (See how Savi being besties with a psychiatrist can yield dividends!)

Question: If I set a series recording for Mistresses, does it make me a philistine? Also: Can I get some scoop on what’s next for Jes Macallan’s hilariously lewd Joss? –Grady
Ausiello: First of all, big words like “philistine” have no place in a discussion of Mistresses. Secondly, you know that old adage about not mixing business with pleasure? Well…apparently Joss hasn’t heard of it. And I’ll give you three clues about where this is all heading: Hot lesbian client Alex (Shannyn Sossamon). A dresser drawer in a recently listed property. And “Japanese bondage rope.” (Uh-huh, put the kids to bed! I said “Japanese bondage rope.”)

MICHAEL AUSIELLO, DANA DELANYQuestion: Just wanted to say that I caught you on screen last week in the Body of Proof finale! They really get you doing the craziest things! —Joann
Ausiello: I hope some of the “bonus material” we shot makes it into the DVD. The unbelievably awesome Dana Delany (who went out of her way to  ensure all the items on my perk rider were accounted for make me feel comfortable) and I were having all kinds of fun with that empty coffin between takes. Get your mind out of the gutter; we mostly just had sex in it.

Question: I usually can’t stand cheaters, but I love Switched at Birth‘s Bay and Emmett so much. Any hope on the horizon? —Dakota 
Ausiello: Unfortunately, Emmett is giving Bay her space in Monday’s premiere, an episode that also finds Daphne and Bay shaking up their living situations (the result of which may give viewers a little taste of what’s to come in the “What If?” hour later this season).

Question: I’m desperate for anything you have on Pretty Little Liars. —Estee
Ausiello: It looks like Emily is taking her swimming career to the next level. In next season’s ninth episode, aptly titled “Into the Deep,” the wannabe Missy Franklin crosses paths with a prolific swimming coach who’s famous for sending his students to the Olympics. He’s also famous for being something of a drill sergeant, so let’s hope Em doesn’t get in over her head. Swimming puns! Woo-hoo!

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TVLine Items: Up All Night Creator Joins Modern Family, Devious Maids Go Bilingual and More!

June 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Up All Night creator and onetime Saturday Night Live scribe Emily Spivey has joined the Modern Family family.

Exec producer Danny Zuker announced the news Monday via Twitter, gushing, “Attention world: @spivey_e has joined the writing staff of Modern Family! Follow her now! She wrote your favorite SNL sketches!”

Spivey became available for the new gig in May when NBC officially cancelled her long-benched Night. In addition to her show-running past, she most recently appeared on-screen on Parks and Recreation as Ann’s OB-GYN.

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Lifetime will sneak peek via digital platforms its new dramedy Devious Maids in both English and Spanish, starting June 9, two weeks ahead of its official premiere. Following the debut, Lifetime will continue to release episodes in both languages, the day after they air. Created by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) and counting Eva Longoria among its EPs, Devious Maids stars Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramírez (Heroes), Roselyn Sánchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs).

• Lost Girl Season 4 will premiere Stateside on Syfy in early 2014, the cabler has confirmed. New guest stars include George Takei (Star Trek), Mia Kirshner (Defiance) and Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls), while Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men) and Paul Amos are set to reprise their roles as The Morrigan and Vex. (The new season arrives in Canada this fall.)

NBC’s new competition series The Million Second Quiz premieres Sept. 9 at 8/7c and continues through Sept. 14 in the same timeslot. The show then resumes Sept. 16 and airs continuously up to the finale on Sept. 19.

•  Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Steve Agee has boarded TBS’ talk show pilot Me Time with Diablo Cody, Deadline reports. He’ll act as sidekick to the big-screen helmer’s host. The project is based around Cody’s unique take on Hollywood and all things pop culture.

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TVLine Items: Runway All Stars Adds Alyssa Milano, Arrested Actor Joins Episodes and More

June 4, 2013 Leave a comment

When it comes to Project Runway All Stars hosts, maybe the third time’s the charm?

Alyssa Milano has been tapped to be the third host in as many seasons of Lifetime’s fashion-design competition series, per The Hollywood Reporter. She follows in the footsteps of previous emcees Angela Lindvall (Season 1) and Carolyn Murphy (Season 2).

The Mistresses star — who has her own sports-themed fashion line — joins returning Runway judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman. Season 3 begins production this month and is slated to bow in the fall.

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• Fresh off of memorable (though polarizing) turns on both Arrested Development and The Office, Chris Diamantopoulos has landed a major arc in Episodes upcoming third season. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the actor joins the Showtime comedy as Castor Soto, the new head honcho of the network that airs the series’ show-within-a-show, Pucks.

• A few more major players have joined Will Ferrell’s upcoming IFC six-part series The Spoils Of Babylon. Jessica Alba, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen and Tim Robbins have boarded the project, which is based on the fictional best-selling novel by author Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell) and chronicles the lives of the wealthy Morehouse family. Previously cast actors include Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment.

• The Wire‘s Dominic West has landed the lead in Showtime’s drama pilot The Affair. From In Treatment‘s Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, the prospective series explores two marriages and the infidelity that disrupts them. West plays a good husband and devoted father whose world implodes when he meets a woman he believes to be his soulmate.

• Oxygen has ordered a third season of Best Ink, to premiere in late 2013.

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TVLine Items: Judy Greer Joins FX Pilot, Good Wife Actor Boards Cinemax’s Quarry and More

June 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Arrested Development scene-stealer Judy Greer has nabbed the lead role in an untitled FX comedy pilot.

From filmmaker Andrew Gurland, the prospective series stars Ben and Kate‘s Nat Faxon as a happily married man who, as a way to fix the one, bedroom-based problem in his relationship, is given permission by his wife (Greer) to get a mistress.

Greer currently lends her voice to several characters on FX’s animated series Archer.

Production on the new comedy project begins this summer.

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The Good Wife‘s Skipp Sudduth has joined Cinemax’s drama pilot Quarry, per The Hollywood Reporter. The project, from Rectify scribes Michael D. Fuller and Graham Gordy, centers on a Marine marksman who, upon returning home from Vietnam and being shunned by the public, joins a network of contract killers. Sudduth will play the father of Logan Marshall Green’s leading man.

• NBC will air super-sized, two-hour live installments of The Voice on June 10 and June 17; the winner of the competition series will be announced June 18.

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