Friends Turned Lovers... Twice? The NBC comedy Go On is reuniting a couple of Friends when Courteney Cox guest stars on an episode of Matthew Perry's show. Cox will join Perry, her former onscreen husband Chandler Bing, for an episode airing in April. She will play a woman whom Anne (Julie White) tries to set up with Perry's Ryan. It marks the duo's first small-screen reunion since the Emmy-winning NBC comedy ended its 10-season run in 2004. [THR]
Malibu is Getting a Lot More Country: Blake Shelton will play Reba McEntire's brother on the ABC comedy Malibu Country. The Voice coach will appear in the Friday, March 1 episode. Back in October, McEntire said she was courting Shelton for a guest role. "I've already talked to Blake and Kelly [Clarkson] and they said ... that they would appear, so we just got to get the script right when we need 'em in here," she said. [Huffington Post]
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Vampire Diaries Spinoff Finds Its Big Bad: Charles Michael Davis has just been cast as the big villain Marcel in The Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals. Co-starring opposite Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin, the potential spinoff will be introduced in the April 25 episode of the CW drama. Written by TVD co-creator/executive producer Julie Plec, the show centers on the Original family of vampires, as Klaus (Morgan) returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans — a town he helped build centuries ago — and is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel (Davis). Wicked, wild and charismatic, Marcel is a former kicked-around street rat who now calls the shots in the supernatural playground of New Orleans. As a modern-day vampire, he’s fierce and bold, able to accomplish as much with his charm as he is with his strength. Elijah (Gillies), intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. [Deadline]
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Arrow's Throwing a Party! DJ and producer Steve Aoki will make a cameo appearance as himself in an upcoming episode of The CW’s hit action series Arrow. Airing Wednesday, March 20 at 8 PM ET/PT, the episode features the long-awaited opening of Oliver Queen’s Starling City nightclub. Since money is no object for a billionaire like Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), he hires the world’s most in-demand DJ — Aoki — to play opening night at his new club. Tracks from Aoki’s recently released EP, It’s the End of the World As We Know It, will be included in the episode, in addition to tracks from affiliated artists on Aoki’s Dim Mak music label. [The CW]
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Game of Contracts: Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin just signed a two-year overall deal with HBO. Martin will continue as co-executive producer on GOT, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. [Deadline]
Extra Castle, It's What You Crave: ABC has just ordered an additional episode of Castle, making its season 5 a total of 24 episodes. The extra episode will air in April instead of a repeat. This is very good news for fans of the series who are waiting on an early Season 6 pickup. [EW]
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Mork Returns: Robin Williams is returning to the small screen (maybe). The actor's David E. Kelley-written workplace comedy, Crazy Ones, has officially received a pilot order from CBS, and is currently in full-fledged casting mode. The series will star Williams (of course) as an ad exec who works alongside his daughter. Our guess? Things'll get zany! [Deadline]
Nick And Jess? Not So Fast: New Girl fans, don't erase last week's episode from your DVR just yet. The Fox comedy might've given us a super-hot kiss between Nick and Jess, but they're not going to be getting together any time soon — especially now that the show has just cast Nick's newest love interest. Former House doctor Odette Annable will play Shane, an upbeat management school grad and Nick's new boss at the bar. Apparently underachieving bartenders are her type, because she immediately sparks up a fling with Nick. [TVLine]
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Ricki Lake Will Talk No More: At least not on television. After one year, Lake's syndicated talk show The Ricki Lake show has been axed by Twentieth Television following struggling ratings. [Deadline]
From Oz to Pawnee: Looks like Ben (Adam Scott) will finally find piece after the Ice Town fiasco that plagued his youth. J.K. Simmons will guest star in an upcoming episode of Parks and Recreation as the Governor of Partridge, Minn., the town that Ben briefly mayor-ed as a teen. Leslie (Amy Poehler) will accompany her beau to a ceremony held in Ben's honor, that will let him know that all has been forgiven. Let's say it all together now — "awwwww." [EW]
Spinoff's Spinoff Starts Casting:Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to the newest member of the NCIS universe, Edwin Hodge. The actor is the first person cast in CBS' spinoff of NCIS: LA, which is itself a spinoff of the original Mark Harmon-starring series. The backdoor pilot will air as an episode of NCIS: LA later this season and follow a team of agents who crisscross the country solving crimes. Hodge's Kai Ashe is a "bright, witty, and likable technical assistant." [Deadline]
Human Bloggers, Your Days Are Numbered: Dog With A Blog is an actual show on television, and there's going to be more. Apparently Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the family sitcom, told from the dog's point of view. You can actually read the dog's blog online, if that's a thing you wanted to spend your time doing. [Deadline]
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Get ready for another summer filled with inane drama! The new Season 3 cast of ABC's ultimate guilty pleasure Bachelor Pad was announced earlier this morning and there's a slew of familiar faces. (Though, sadly, Bentley Williams is not one of them.)
Last season's winner Michael Stagliano will return for another go at the title and will be competing against current Bachelorette villain Kalon McMahon, who Emily Maynard sent packing on Monday's show, after he referred to her 6-year-old daughter Ricki as "baggage." What a delightful housemate he'll be!
Other contestants for this new season also includes Lindzi Cox and Jamie Otis, who were both on Ben Flajnik's season of The Bachelor. Please, Jamie, no more awkward kissing lessons, we beg you.
If that wasn't enough incentive to watch, in a brand new twist, five "super fans" were also selected from an open casting call held earlier this year and will move into the mansion for a shot at the $250,000 grand prize. Oh yeah, and that whole finding your soul mate thing.
Check out the full cast list below: Kalon McMahon (Bachelorette, Season 8, Emily Maynard) Michael Stagliano (Bachelorette, Season 5, Jillian Harris) Ed Swiderski (Bachelorette, Season 5, Jillian Harris) Reid Rosenthal (Bachelorette, Season 5, Jillian Harris) Ryan Hoag (Bachelorette Season 4, DeAnna Pappas) Nick Peterson (Bachelorette Season 7, Ashley Hebert) Tony Pieper (Bachelorette Season 8, Emily Maynard) Chris Bain (Super Fan) David Mallet (Super Fan) Lindzi Cox (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Blakely Jones (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Sarah Newlon (Bachelor, Season 11, Brad Womack) Jamie Otis (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Erica Rose (Bachelor, Season 9, Prince Lorenzo Borghese) Jaclyn Swartz (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Rachel Trueheart (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Brittany and Erica Taltos (Twin Super Fans) Paige Vigil (Super Fan) Donna Zitelli (Super Fan) The final cast member will be announced at a later date as he is currently still a contestant on The Bachelorette. Who could it be? Bachelor Pad's two-hour Season 3 premiere will air Monday, July 23 on ABC at 8 PM ET. [Photo credit: ABC] Bachelor Pad Season 3 More: The Bachelorette Recap: Get The F**k Out! Meet The Bachelorette Suitors: Who's In It To Win It?
Chris Harrison, the next Bachelor? It's a scenario we feel guilty for considering, following news that the Bachelor host and his wife have decided to go their separate ways. Still, now that Harrison is going to be single, would he switch roles with the likes of Ben Flajnik, Jake Pavelka, and Brad Womack? Sure, fans might have been excited when Emily Maynard was announced as The Bachelorette, but imagine the hype that would surround Harrison if he chose to start his own journey to find love. Twist!
Turns out Harrison might just be a perfect fit The Bachelor. Here are 10 reasons we're hoping the host becomes the star of the franchise (The Bachelor: Host My Heart? Just a suggestion, ABC!): 1. He's been a part of the Bachelor franchise since the get-go, which means he knows how to produce a reality TV moment of Ben-Courtney skinny dipping proportions. 2. Prep time for a new season could be cut in half — no need to spend hours rehearsing lines with Harrison. After 23 seasons, he must already know every famous cliché Bachelor line. Maybe, though, he will actually mean it when he says, "I'm falling," or that he's "ready to find love," or that he has those "love feelings," that aren't like envy, or even hungry. 3. Fans love Bachelors who are also fathers — and Harrison has two young children. Just look at Jason Mesnick's success. And, lest we forget, Emily Maynard and her adorable daughter Ricki. 4. Harrison calls all the former contestants his friends, so perhaps maybe Ashley Hebert, Ali Fedotowsky, and Vienna Girardi could all give him sound advice. Like "don't do this show."
5. After watching approximately 92 hometown dates, Harrison is already an expert at meeting the parents. 6. Harrison could have the wherewithal to plan the most amazing date yet. Imagine it: The host takes his date on a helicopter to a private island that has yet to be discovered near Fiji only to find the Crown Jewels buried there. Then the two meet up with Jeff Probst and Phil Keoghan to head to a meeting of the Secret (Seacrest) Society of Reality Hosts. Yes, on The Bachelor, fairy tales and fiction do come true. 7. Neil Lane would donate the biggest, most spectacular ring we have ever seen. Sorry Maynard, but whatever ring you are sporting right now (if you are wearing one) won't even compare to the one that Harrison's fiancée would be rocking. 8. The drama and cat fights would be even more intense — after all, the girls would at last be fighting for a real celebrity! (Sorry, Charlie O'Connell doesn't count.) This means more evil Bentley Williams types. Mwahaha. 9. The best limo arrivals ever. Sorry Lindzi Cox, but your horse won't cut it this time. 10. The time it takes to film a rose ceremony would be cut in half since Harrison knows the procedure so well. He's an expert. And do you know what this means for the final rose ceremony? The runner-up won't be hanging out in a helicopter for hours at a time or circling an island on a boat for an additional reshoot. Yay reality! Do you think Harrison should be The Bachelor? Follow Lindsey DiMattina on Twitter @LDiMat More: Chris Harrison and Wife Split Emily Maynard's First Rose Pose Pic [Image: Al Powers / Retna Ltd.]
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
It was the first time Montell Williams, Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Ricki Lake and Geraldo Rivera had ever appeared together in a TV studio.
Winfrey introduced the get together by stating, "We have never all been in one room together, so this is a first... About 110 people have had their own daytime talk show; most did not last very long, and only a few became household names."