Every year, The CW Upfront presents a rather delightful prospect: glimpses of new opportunities for romance, action and swooning and more young, hot actors than anyone’s brain can handle (and hopefully all the advertisers will want to buy). The 2013 presentation was no different and the CW has clearly tapped into its best genres for its slate of new shows: ill-fated lovers, warring supernatural species, and (of course) handsome hunks.
The Originals As we saw in the crossover pilot episode of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals is packed with the sex and intrigue we’ve come to expect from Klaus and his family of original vampires. Mix that with a little voodoo by way of New Orleans, and we’ve got what feels like a fresh take on a set of characters we’ve known for three seasons. While we’ll miss Rebekah, Klaus, and Elijah on TVD, there’s not a single piece of this that isn’t beckoning us like a werewolf to the new moon. “Family is power,” according to Klaus and despite the lack of new footage in this preview, we’re firmly in agreement.
The Tomorrow People “In Season 2 [of Arrow], I get to share Wednesday nights with my cousin Robbie,” said Stephen Amell before these clips played. In case you didn’t make the connection, Robbie Amell, star of The Tomorrow People, is cousin to Arrow’s leading shirtless hero Stephen Amell. Banking on that familial connection, The Tomorrow People and its mutants warring against the tyranny of human prejudice aim to nab a little Arrow action in its slot right after the superhero saga. Luckily for the younger Amell, his series looks to have a quite a hook with his troubled hero. Despite the similarities to the X-Men, the show plays well with Amell's (Robbie's, that is) charms and the charisma of his co-stars, including Lost alum Mark Pelligrino as the ruthless antagonist. The action is high and the emotions run deep. It shouldn’t take much for Arrow’s audience to fall in love with The Tomorrow People.
Reign Switching gears a little bit is Reign, which takes on the tale of Mary Queen of Scots as she is sent to France to be married off to a young prince. What she finds is a handsome young man who has no intention of actually tying the knot and danger beyond her wildest dreams. The series looks to be soapy, sexy, and dangerous, like a looser, PG answer to The Tudors. While there is a bit of a triangle, the real draw is Mary’s need to act as a strong heroine, something that is a bit different for the network. If done right, this could be a refreshing new twist on the CW formula.
Star-Crossed Star Wars: The Clone Wars and 90210 fans, rejoice. Matt Lanter is not only returning to television right after both of his beloved series have ended, but he’s returning as the perfect hybrid of his past characters: a sci-fi hunk in live-action. In this mid-season show, Lanter plays a teen alien who suffers persecution as a child but makes it to his high school just in time to participate in a program aimed at integrating the alien population with the humans. Isn't Lanter a little long in the tooth to still be in high school? At the center of it all is Lanter’s romance with his human schoolmate, played by Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights fame. Will they make it? Not without episodes upon episodes of drama, that’s for sure.
The 100 No wonder there have been lots of comparisons between this series and The Hunger Games, though the feel is somewhat more along the lines of Battle Royale, the Japanese movie that real film nerds claim was the inspiration for The Hunger Games. In the future, a space society expels its juvenile delinquents to Earth as guinea pigs meant to assess the inhabitable nature of the ravaged planet and deal with the radioactive deer, new enemies, and violence between the young criminals themselves. There’s not much emphasis on the potential romance in the series, which could be dangerous for a series on a network were love stories are a vital part of every show. But if the characters, story, and action are good enough (see: Supernatural), it just might work.
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Melissa Joan Hart pulled the plug on her online fundraising campaign on Monday (13May13) after failing to pull in donations. The Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star launched a Kickstarter.com drive last month (Apr13) to fund her first "sexy and adult" movie in a bid to shake off her clean-cut image.
But clearly fans were not so keen on the former child actress' plans and the blonde was forced to axe the campaign after just $51,000 (£32,903) trickled in.
Hart initially aimed to raise $2 million (£1.29 million) for the project, entitled Darci's Walk of Shame, by 26 May (13).
The actress' disappointment comes just weeks after the Kickstarter campaign started by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas to make a movie version of the hit TV series smashed through his $2 million (£1.25 million) funding goal in just five hours, becoming the donation site's most-supported project to date.
Stars including Moby, Russell Simmons and Paula Abdul have expressed their shock over a shooting at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday (12May13). Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in the parade, injuring 19 people, including two children.
Police officials have revealed that three suspects were seen fleeing the scene after the shooting and that most of the injuries sustained by the victims are non life-threatening.
Stars immediately took to Twitter.com to share their dismay, with dance star Moby declaring, "Another terrible and horrifying gun tragedy. how many more???", while singer Abdul added, "My heart, thought (sic) and prayers go out to everyone in New Orleans. Wishing us ALL peace in our hearts. We are all connected."
Melissa Joan Hart shared a link to the latest news update adding, "Heartbreaking!!" and Simmons asks his followers to "pray for New Orleans".
Cops are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any information that could lead to arrests.
Actress Olivia Colman was the toast of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) TV Awards on Sunday (12May13) after picking up two trophies. The Iron Lady star took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for Accused and Best Female in a Comedy Programme for Twenty Twelve.
Praising her fellow nominees Miranda Hart, Jessica Hynes and Julia Davis during her second trip to the podium, she joked, "I'm not even the funniest one in our own programme."
A tearful Sheridan Smith struggled to contain her emotions at the London ceremony as she picked up the Lead Actress trophy for ITV drama Mrs Biggs, based on the true story of the wife of the notorious Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs.
Funnyman Steve Coogan won Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for Welcome to the Places of My Life, while Ben Whishaw took home the Best Actor award for Richard II (The Hollow Crown).
Comedy legend Michael Palin was presented with a Bafta Fellowship by fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones, and said of his prize, "This is a fantastic honour for which I feel deeply unworthy. It is an award for thoroughly enjoying myself for the last 48 years."
Popular TV series Game of Thrones was crowned the Radio Times Audience Award winner and talk show host Graham Norton, who hosted the event at the Royal Festival Hall, landed Best Entertainment Performance for The Graham Norton show.
Melissa Joan Hart and Mandy Moore marked America's Mother's Day on Sunday (12May13) by reaching out to the women who lost children in the Connecticut school massacre. The actresses took a moment to sign an e-card to pledge support to the Sandy Hook Promise group, which supports families affected by the elementary school shooting in December (12) which left 20 children and six adults dead.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, Moore writes, "Just signed sandy hook's card supporting Moms of Gun Violence victims on Mothers Day. You can too", while Hart posted a similar message.
Chris Brown, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Ricky Martin and Kelly Osbourne were also among the celebrities who took to their Twitter accounts to mark the special day, with the singer-turned-reality TV star praising her mother Sharon.
She wrote, "To cherish, love all. realize my dreams & always appreciating my many blessings I learned all of these things from you MrsSOsbourne I Love U", while Brown added, "I wanna praise the woman who created me! 'Momma Joyce' happy Mother's Day. Thank u for always letting me be creative and dream! Love you mom."
Cher posted, "I want to send my love, to mothers everywhere! I know what a hard job it is, because I've fallen short So Many times!", Combs declared, "Happy Mother's Day to all of the beautiful mothers out there", and Paula Abdul shared, "No matter what you give Your Mom... presents aren't nearly as important as PRESENCE. Time spent is priceless."
Martin, who is father to twin boys born via a surrogate, writes, "Happy Mothers Day! Specially mine (Nereida)... And also to all those amazing surrogate mothers out there! You are a blessing!" and Missy Elliott gushed, "Not just 2day but every day is Happy Mother's Day to all the Great moms!"
New mother Beverley Mitchell revealed her first Mother's Day since giving birth to daughter Kenzie was set to prove challenging, stating, "Kenzie is certainly having a day! Making me work hard to earn my first Mother's Day. Thank goodness Michael & I are taking turns. meltdown."
You can finally exhale, Nikita and The Carrie Diaries fans — the final two CW series awaiting to hear their fates at the network have officially been renewed. Nikita will return for a shortened fourth and final season, while TCD returns for its second season with no end in sight. The exact number of episodes each series will get will be announced next week at The CW’s fall upfront presentation.
Nikita and TCD were the last two of the network's series that hadn't gotten wind of their impending renewal or cancelation. Previously picked up series include The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Arrow, Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast, and new series The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries.
The CW also announced on Thursday that it had picked up four new shows for its 2013-2014 lineup: The Tomorrow People, The 100, Star-Crossed (formerly known as Oxygen), and Reign.
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Now that Shailene Woodley has been cast as the lead in the adaptation of John Green's bestselling young adult novel The Fault In Our Stars, the hunt is on to find her leading man. Woodley plays Hazel, a teenage cancer patient who meets a fellow sufferer in a cancer support group. Agustus is a videogame-loving ex-basketball player who lost his leg to osteosarcoma, and a complete dreamboat. The five young actors testing for the role aren't very famous, so we've rounded up their most well-known credits for you to figure out where you've seen them before.
If you're not hip to TFIOS, get on it. Time voted it the No. 1 book of 2012 — not YA book, all books. Stock up on tissues before you read. And if you are, here are the five young actors testing for Augustus this weekend, per Variety:
Brenton Thwaites, 24 Did you catch Lifetime's 2012 remake of the classic erotic teenage coming-of-age story The Blue Lagoon, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening? If not, then you probably haven't seen this Australian cutie unless you hail from his homeland, where he starred on the long-running soap Home and Away. But you will see him when he plays the Young Prince in the Angelina Jolie-starring fairy tale epic Maleficent, out next year.
Nat Wolff, 18 This star of the long-running Nickelodeon series The Naked Brothers Band played one of the titular bros (along with his real-life sibling, Alex). He appeared in the star-studded New Year's Eve, and plays one of the leads in Palo Alto, the dark drama based on James Franco's short stories.
Nick Robinson, 18 Robinson can currently be seen as Ryder Scanlon, the nephew of Melissa Joan Hart in ABC Family's sitcom Melissa & Joey. On the opposite end of the acting spectrum, he also appeared in an episode of Boardwalk Empire and a few smaller films.
Noah Silver The Internet doesn't have much on this young actor, who we're assuming is French or French-Canadian (due to the multiple French-language credits on his IMDb page. He has three films set for release in the next year, though, including Jamie Marks Is Dead alongside Judy Greer and Liv Tyler and The Last Nights alongside Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen. You can also catch him in three episodes of Showtime's The Borgias.
Ansel Elgort Elgort's already got the advantage of working with his potential costar, Woodley, as her brother in the actress' other high-profile adaptation, Divergent. The stage actor makes his film debut in the new remake of Carrie, starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.
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Actors Ben Affleck and Vince Vaughn have been unveiled as honourees of the Guys Choice Awards ahead of this year's (13) ceremony. The Argo star and director has been named Guy of the Year, Vaughn has landed the Guycon award and funnyman Kevin Hart has bagged the Stand-Up of the Year honour.
Also among the winners of Spike TV's annual ceremony are chat show host Jimmy Kimmel (Funniest M.F. award) and Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, who was named the recipient of the Holy Grail of Hot prize.
The ceremony, which will also feature public-voted awards, is slated to take place in California on 8 June (13).
Pop star Pink has opened up about the biggest scare of her life - when her baby daughter tripped and suffered a concussion as she was learning how to walk. The Who Knew hitmaker was in Las Vegas for her performance at the iHeartRadio music festival in September, 2012, when she took Willow, her first child with her motocross racer husband Carey Hart, to the pool.
The little girl fell on the concrete and bumped her head, requiring an emergency trip to the hospital, and Pink admits she has never been so frightened.
Recalling her worst parenting moment during an interview with Glamour magazine, she says, "When I was at iHeartRadio in Vegas. Carey was at a truck race or something. Willow and I were at the pool, and I was taking her to nap time. She was walking just a foot in front of me. And she trips and falls and gets a concussion. She passed out.
"Cut to an ambulance and fire truck. And a CAT (Computed Axial Tomography) scan. She was about a year old. That was the worst day of my life. And what do they say? 'Kids fall'. Welcome to parenthood. I thought, I can't handle this. I'm fitting her for a bubble."
And the Grammy winner admits she's constantly worried about Willow's safety: "Every time she bounces on the bed, I see stitches. Being a parent is a Jedi mind f**k. It's also the raddest thing ever."
Pop star Pink enjoyed a date with 'N Sync hunk Joey Fatone at the beginning of her career. The Raise Your Glass hitmaker, who is now married to motocross racer Carey Hart, supported the popular boy band on its No Strings Attached Tour in 2000, and she reveals one member of the group had a big crush on her.
She tells Glamour magazine, "Joey Fatone was in love with me. He took me to Friendly's (U.S. food chain) on a date, and he bought me an ice cream. Such a sweetheart. He asked (for) my dad's permission."
During her early years, Pink also hit the road with 98 Degrees and she admits she was constantly playing pranks on the Because of You singers.
She adds, "It was Beatlemania for those boys. I got in trouble for toilet-papering 98 Degrees' bus."