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Sydney Bucksbaum
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the Hollywood.com staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.
  • 'Arrow' Recap: Trust Is a Two Way Street
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 23, 2013
    The title of tonight’s episode, “Trust But Verify,” could not have been more perfect. While some characters were taking this wise lesson to heart, others had a difficult time learning it – and ended up paying the consequences. Let’s dig in, shall we? Like I predicted last week, Thea has totally been suspicious of Moira ever since she bounced back from Walter’s disappearance right away. Thea even went so far as spying on her mom meeting with Tommy’s dad – aka the Dark Archer – but unfortunately came to the conclusion that Moira was cheating on Walter with him, not in evil cahoots with him. Well, to be fair, Mr. Dark Archer certainly gets handsy with Moira. That’s not normal. And speaking of our other archer, we learned something major this week. First of all, his wife/Tommy’s mother was murdered when Tommy was only eight, shot in the head and died on the street. While Tommy told Laurel that her murder was the catalyst for his dad shutting down and only caring about himself, we learned that it was the catalyst for him to become the Dark Archer. Is he actually a vigilante like Oliver, setting out to clean up Starling City and avenge his wife’s death? Have we been viewing him all wrong this whole time? But if he’s actually good, what is his mysterious plan for Starling City, that apparently includes blocking someone from gentrifying The Glades (the worst part of the city)? Or did he start off as an avenging hero and turn into something else? If so, what caused the transformation from good to evil? So many questions! In much simpler storylines, the villain of the week was Diggle’s old commanding officer from his first term in Afghanistan. Therefore, Diggle was stubborn in believing they had the wrong suspect in the armed robbery cases (even though his CO's name was on The List... that is just too big of a coincidence). He actually picked sides against Oliver, foiling Arrow’s takedown of Gaynor in order to prove his innocence. And side note, when Diggle asked Gaynor point blank if there was any reason the hooded vigilante would be gunning for him, he replied, “You’ve known me a long time. What do you think?” Um, that’s not an answer. I absolutely hate it when people answer a question with another question. If you can’t give a straight answer, well… there’s your answer. Why didn’t Diggle notice this? Could have saved him a lot of time and grief. End of aside. It’s a good thing Oliver was persistent in his beliefs though, and enlisted the help of intrepid IT girl Felicity! She is totally catching on to Oliver’s outlandish requests, by the way. Especially when the files she unlocked were all the plans necessary for robbing the trucks that were highly publicized. And major props to Stephen Amell for this scene. When Felicity called him up with the news that she had unlocked what he had suspected was there all along, the just barely concealed rage was hidden in his voice but oh-so-visible on his face. And David Ramsey also deserves some snaps for his scene when Diggle finds out he was wrong, and his CO actually was the brains behind the robbing operation. My heart was breaking for Diggle. But thanks to a little help from Arrow and a whole lot of help from a grenade launcher, Diggle got his first The List crossout, fully proving he is no sidekick. Diggle and Arrow are truly equals. And as for our island flashbacks of the week, both the audience and Oliver were dealt a shocking blow: his mentor in the green hood, who Oliver fought so hard to protect and jail break from the goons in charge of the prison, actually played him. Oliver ended up getting caught during his rescue attempt. What a jerk! Clearly, we still don’t know the full story of the island (and neither was Diggle, who referred to the island as deserted), and I have a feeling we won’t find out the whole truth for a long time. But hey, enjoy the ride! In other major Arrow news, we got our first glimpse of a new drug called Vertigo hitting the universe. Thea decided to go for a joy ride after partaking in the drug from The Glades, and woke up in the hospital after crashing her new car. Happy birthday Thea? And since the tox screens came back positive for Vertigo, Thea is under arrest. I absolutely cannot wait until next week when we finally get to meet the drug kingpin behind Vertigo… and no, I’m not talking about Walter White. We’ll finally meet The Count, Seth Gabel’s dangerous, erratic street thug with flair who will be causing both Oliver and Arrow some major issues. Check out Hollywood.com next Wednesday for an in-depth look at Gabel’s villain, because I have been sitting on some really juicy scoop just for you! And I can’t let this recap end without calling out tonight’s best line, courtesy of Diggle: “I’m not going to let you William Tell an innocent man!” We’ve got a new verb, people! [Photo Credit: The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Arrow' Recap: Burning Love 'Arrow' React: Revenge Vs. Justice 'Arrow' React: Sleeping With the Enemy... Literally From Our Partners: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • In Honor of Beyonce's Lip-SyncGate, 10 Performances We Wish Were Lip-Synced
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 23, 2013
    While the jury is still out on the whole Beyonce Lip-SyncGate (we're still refusing to believe Queen Bey committed such musical treason), there are definitely a handful performances we've witnessed in the past that could have used the lip sync treatment. Whether you're singing at the Grammys (the biggest ceremony in the music industry), or performing on American Idol (where your voice is all that's keeping you in the competition), sometimes singing live just doesn't cut it. These stars may have beautiful voices and amazing musical talent, but for some reason, an odd performance gets away from them. Here's a few (unfortunately) memorable performances that would have been served better with the lip-sync treatment. Train, "Hey Soul Sister" on the Today Show Screeching vocals don't exactly float our boat. The recorded version is nice enough to listen to, Train should have just played that. Selena Gomez and the Scene, "Love You Like a Love Song" on Good Morning America Could Gomez not hear herself, or was she simply out of breath during her GMA performance? This does not sound like the catchy ear worm we love to find on the radio. Katy Perry, "Firework" at the American Music Awards Oof. Perry just could not hit those high notes... unfortunate, as they make up the entire song. Not only that, but she couldn't even get all the words out! Maybe this one is too difficult to sing live... ever. Bob Dylan with Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers, 2011 Grammy Awards Everyone was pretty taken aback when Dylan unveiled his newfound "old man voice" during this joint performance. Dylan's always had a pretty polarizing voice, but this is hardly the icon we know and love. Kristy Lee Cook, "8 Days a Week" on American Idol This poor Idol contestant relied a bit too much on her vibrato, and it came off as nerves. Not exactly a show stopping performance. There's a reason why she didn't win her season! Black Eyed Peas, Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show When a group's major hits are mostly autotuned, you can't be surprised by a lackluster live performance. And with the Peas penchant for jumping around, there's the extra problem of hearing them gasp for breath. Taylor Swift and Stevie Nicks, "Rhiannon" at 2010 Grammy Awards When contemporary star Swift paired with the legendary Nicks, what could have been a great duet came off as amateur hour. Sadly, young Swift couldn't quite harmonize with her onstage partner. Music's Greats, "Across the Universe" at the Grammy Awards So many musical styles all vying for the spotlight was just too overwhelming, not to mention a song choice that was already very stylized. What we wound up with was a performance that was messy and pretty all over the place. Lana Del Ray, every performance ever (especially Saturday Night Live) Oh, Lana, what can we say? You should stick to the studio. Always. Kanye West, "Heartless" at the 2008 American Music Awards We reiterate what we said about the Black Eyed Peas: when your hits are all computer edited and auto-tuned, singing live is not going to go over well. [Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images; NBC; Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images; Al Bello/Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Beyonce Lip-Synced the National Anthem? Why We’re Refusing to Believe It Beyonce and Jay-Z: The Other First Couple? Inauguration 2013: Which Star Wore a Tiny Version of Aretha Franklin's Hat? From Our Partners: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • Sebastian Roche on 'The Originals': Could We Possibly See the Original Dad?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 23, 2013
    Get ready to be overwhelmed with amazing Original news. Right on the heels of the announcement that both Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan are set to star in The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals comes some more, equally squeal-inducing news — we might be reunited with our favorite Original patriarch, vampire-vampire-hunter Mikael. That is, if Mikael’s portrayer Sebastian Roche has any say in it. Hollywood.com caught up with Roche at ABC’s The Makeover red carpet Tuesday night, and he was more than happy to shed some light on his possible future on the TVD spinoff. When asked if we would be seeing the Original Father in New Orleans in any flashback capacity (Klaus killed Mikael in episode 9 of Season 3 of TVD), he wasn’t sure. “Well I don’t know yet,” Roche says. “A few of my sons have been approached, Daniel Gillies and Joseph [Morgan]. It would be wonderful, but that’s up to [executive producer] Julie Plec to decide that. Of course I would love to, being the Papa Orignal. That would be a great thing if I could even just guest star or recur.” Hear that, Plec? We want to see some Original Papa! Roche was also a little more forthcoming about his future on another show, revealing that he is going to appear once again on a show he’s been on before. But when asked to elaborate on which one, he clammed up. “I can’t tell you which one it is,” he says. “They’re very secretive on it.” Perhaps we’ll be seeing Mikael even sooner on another flashback episode of TVD. Or could the angel Balthazar be making a return trip to Supernatural? Even though angel Castiel killed him in the Season 6 finale, death isn’t always final on this – or any – CW show. [Photo Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'The Originals': Daniel Gillies' Elijah Set As Lead for 'Vampire Diaries' Spin-Off A 'Vampire Diaries' Spin-off Starring Joseph Morgan is in the Works TV Tidbits: 'The Vampire Diaries' Takes a Bite Out of Ratings From Our Partners: Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Originals': Daniel Gillies' Elijah Set As Lead for 'Vampire Diaries' Spin-Off
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 22, 2013
    Since news of a pilot for a potential spinoff from The Vampire Diaries officially being greenlit by The CW hit the web, fans everywhere couldn't hold back their excitement... and their hesitation. The Originals, from TVD co-creator/exec-producer Julie Plec, will star Joseph Morgan's villain Klaus as well as series newcomer Phoebe Tonkin, who played werewolf Hayley in the first half of Season 4. The spinoff will focus on the fan-favorite family of Original vampires — the oldest vampires in existence — as Klaus returns to the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, a town he actually helped build centuries ago. There, he is reunited with his diabolical former protégé Marcel. Now, many fans were a little disappointed that Klaroline (the shipper nickname given to the budding, complicated relationship between Klaus and Caroline) would most likely be split up, as well as the fact that TVD was losing one of its greatest villains to date. However, this next bit of casting news should have you jumping for joy — and maybe jumping ship completely from TVD to The Originals. Daniel Gillies is officially set to star opposite Morgan and Tonkin, Deadline reports. That's right — Klaus's brother Elijah is back! And if you thought the brothers' relationship was strained enough already, get ready to see some more major sibling rivalry. Elijah, intent on helping his self-destructive brother find redemption, must side with Marcel’s enemies in order to keep Klaus in line. We can already imagine the supernatural war brewing down in the South. But with this latest casting news come the big question: with Elijah fully on board for the spinoff, is there any reason to keep watching TVD? Let's be honest... Gillies was kind of the greatest part of the show. The backdoor pilot will air on April 25. Plec will write the episode as well as executive produce The Originals (if it gets a series order) with Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo for Alloy, Warner Bros TV and CBS TV Studios. TVD showrunner Kevin Williamson, who is working on his Fox show The Following, is not involved with the spinoff. [Photo Credit: Annette Brown/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: A 'Vampire Diaries' Spin-off Starring Joseph Morgan is in the Works TV Tidbits: 'The Vampire Diaries' Takes a Bite Out of Ratings 'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: The Bexfast Club From Our Partners: Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz) Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Movie 43': We're Giving Away an iPad Mini!
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 22, 2013
    Warning: This movie is not for the weak-stomached, faint of heart, or easily offended. In Movie 43, comedy is served steaming hot by director Peter Farrelly of The Farrelly Brothers (Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber). Starring Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Gerard Butler, Bobby Cannavale, Kieran Culkin, Josh Duhamel, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, John Hodgman, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts, and Kate Winslet, get ready to see all your favorite A-list actors in a way you've never seen them before. Movie 43 is jaw-dropping, uproarious, outrageous fun. And the only thing better than seeing this movie is winning an iPad Mini too! That's right, thanks to Movie 43, Hollywood.com is giving away a 16GB iPad Mini to one of our lucky readers. To nab this awesome prize, follow these steps in order: 1. Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com starting Tuesday at 1 PM ET. 2. Tweet us the phrase "The only thing sweeter than seeing #Movie43 would be winning an iPad, too. #HollywoodcomMovie43" 3. We'll choose a winner at random and notify them on Jan. 25. The contest runs from 10 a.m. ET Tuesday, Jan. 22 until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 24. Check out the . (c) Severability; Headings: If any provision of these Official Rules isfound to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then thatprovision shall be deemed severable from these Official Rules and shall notaffect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. Headings and captions are used in theseOfficial Rules solely for convenience of reference, and shall not be deemed toaffect in any manner the meaning or intent of these Official Rules or anyprovision hereof. (d) Winner: For a list of winners, send a self-addressed stampedenvelope after __1/26/13____to: Winners List, “_Movie 43 iPad Giveaway ” Sweepstakes, Hollywood.com, Inc., 2255Glades Road, Suite 221A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Requests for Winners Listmust be received by __1/31/13____.WA and VT residents may omit return postage. (e) Rules Requests: To receive acopy of these complete rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:Official Rules, “_Movie 43 iPad Giveaway _” Sweepstakes, Hollywood.com, Inc., 2255 Glades Road, Suite221A, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. Requests for Official Rules must be receivedby __1/31/13___.WA and VT residents may omit return postage.
  • Stephen Colbert's Sister Running For Congress: Should He Get Involved?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 18, 2013
    It's not politics until you throw a Colbert in the mix. But for once, we're not talking about Stephen Colbert. Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is planning to run for a seat in Congress in the state of South Carolina. His older sibling plans to file candidacy papers next Tuesday to run for the Democratic nomination for the state's First Congressional District. This will be her first campaign for public office, and should she win her primary on March 19, her potential rival could end up being former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, who resigned abruptly in 2011 in the wake of an extramarital affair. While we are sure this will give Colbert a lot of material for his show, The Colbert Report, the bigger question is whether or not he will campaign for her on his show. We're guessing he won't — it definitely complicates matters with the equal-time rule, which states that U.S. radio and television broadcast stations must provide an equal opportunity to any opposing political candidates who request it. This means that if a station gives one free minute to a candidate on the prime time, it must do the same for another candidate. We're pretty sure Colbert has no desire to give any air time to his sister's opponent. Another reason why we're pretty sure Colbert won't campaign on his show? He has never really broached his own personal life before. Why start now? Whether or not Colbert decides to campaign for his sister, this will definitely give us a new perspective on the Colberts in the public eye. [Photo Credit: Comedy Central] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Natalie Wood: Charting the Case of Her Mysterious Drowning Robert F. Chew, 'The Wire' Actor, Dies at 53 Sayonara, Scientology! 10 Stars Who Have Said 'No Thanks' to the Controversial Religion From Our Partners: 54 Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)
  • Syfy's 'Lost Girl' Producers Respond to Criticism for Alleged Anti-Transgender Violence
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 18, 2013
    SyFy's Lost Girl is widely regarded as one of the most inclusive shows on television thanks to the strong lesbian and bisexual characters at the center of the story. The main character is Bo, a supernatural heroine who investigates crimes involving other supernatural beings. Because it is held in such high regard in the LGBT community, it was quite a shock to viewers when a recent scene depicted what some are saying was anti-transgender violence. In the Season 3 premiere, “Caged Fae,” Bo intentionally gets herself imprisoned in a supernatural women’s jail in order to investigate a criminal plot. The jail was run by a tribe of Amazons who were secretly impregnating the prisoners and selling their babies. At the end of the episode, the warden is revealed to be a biologically male shape-shifter, whom Bo “exposes” by kissing her and telling the Amazon guards that the warden has beard stubble. One of the guards immediately grabs the warden’s crotch violently, as the other guards attack the warden and drag her away. After the attack, other characters mention that the warden survived but they refer to her with exclusively male pronouns. Many fans are saying that the scene was disturbingly similar to real life anti-transgender violence. Whether or not the warden is representative of a real-life transgender person or just a shapeshifter whose gender is not comparable to humans, the attack scene is what is most angering and upsetting fans. Transgendered people are often subject to violence when their biological sex is revealed, and there's a stigma that persists that transgendered people try to "trick" people with perverse intention. Following complaints from viewers and GLAAD, the producers of Lost Girl released a statement on the issue. "We want to let you know that the Lost Girl writers base all episodic characters off of researched folklore, and that the character of The Warden in the premiere of Season 3 is a character based off the mythological shapeshifter known as the Liderc. The Warden was only intended to represent this mythic being," the statement said. "We did not intend this character to be seen as a transgender person, we apologize if the character was seen as such. We do hope that you accept that no comparison or discrimination toward the transgender community was intended by the depiction of this mythological character. Lost Girl prides itself on being open and accepting to everyone, and are enthusiastic supporters of the GLBT community. We want to encourage a society in which everyone can feel comfortable to express and be who they are without judgment. Equality and a world without labels is important to all of us at the series. We strive to create three dimensional characters, who empower all viewers regardless of sexuality or gender." GLAAD also responded to the controversy, releasing their own statement. "It’s especially unfortunate that this scene took place on a show with strong bisexual and lesbian lead characters, including the Lost Girl herself, Bo, who began a relationship with a woman in this same episode," the statement said. "Lost Girl has a very loyal fanbase among lesbian and bisexual women, and with good reason, as it’s one of the few shows on television to make their stories the focus rather than supplementary plot, not to mention one featuring well-rounded, out characters. We hope that they will continue to set a good example in future episodes." [Photo Credit: SyFy] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Lance Armstrong Interview Rakes In 4.3 Million Viewers: Is Oprah Back? Nicki Minaj on ‘American Idol’: Translating Eight of Her Craziest Expressions PICS 'Definitely Bring Tissues': Lance Reddick Teases an Emotional, War-Torn 'Fringe' Series Finale From Our Partners: 54 Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)
  • Lance Armstrong Interview Rakes In 4.3 Million Viewers: Is Oprah Back?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 18, 2013
    Lance Armstrong’s one and only interview on his doping scandal aired Thursday night, and the ratings are in. The disgraced cyclist’s no holds barred with Oprah Winfrey was expected to be a huge win for Winfrey’s OWN network, but the first part of the interview — in which Armstrong admitted to doping — while big, was not a record breaker. The much hyped sit-down averaged 3.2 million total viewers in its first airing at 9 PM, and another 1.1 million at 10:30 PM for a total of 4.3 million. While these numbers are respectable, they're nothing to write home about. The first airing didn’t even top Winfrey’s record-breaking Oprah’s Next Chapter interview with Whitney Houston’s family, (averaging 3.5 million viewers on March 11). The special’s premiere is still ranked as the highest rated weekday telecast in OWN history. What do these numbers mean for Winfrey? Is she officially back? Not necessarily. Even when you're not comparing them to other Winfrey interviews, the numbers aren't spectacular. When you compare the Armstrong ratings to a normal week of, say, a Real Housewives episode (any city), the difference is a bit shocking. The Real Housewives of Atlanta brought in 3.7 million viewers this Sunday. And that’s only one airing of the episode! The first 90-mins of the Armstrong interview brought in 3.2 mill viewers, and the second showing brought in the remainder since they aired back to back. Winfrey had to have an exclusive, scandalous, huge, worldwide interview, and air it twice back to back in order to beat one regular, normal episode of the Housewives. That doesn’t bode well for Winfrey’s future, ratings-wise. Perhaps the whole Manti Te'o controversy made Armstrong’s story feel like old news before the interview even aired. Why watch this old scandalous sports controversy when we could read about this new, exciting, exponentially more bizarre one? [Photo Credit: Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Lance Armstrong's Oprah Confession: 28 Revealing Quotes From the Interview Lance Armstrong Confesses to Doping in Oprah Interview — Could He Face a Perjury Charge? Oprah to Talk to Lance Armstrong. What Are Her 10 Most Awkward Interviews Ever? From Our Partners: 54 Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)
  • 'Won't Back Down': Maggie Gyllenhaal Schools Us in Passion — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 18, 2013
    The American education system is a perpetually fertile ground for examination and critique. The latest film to mine the fields is Won’t Back Down, the 2012 drama that stars Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis in an empowering story inspired by actual events. Hard-working single mom Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) is concerned that John Adams Elementary is not giving her daughter the educational experience she deserves. Teaming with a caring teacher (Davis) who wants the best future for her own son, she sets out to improve attitudes and elevate the school’s academic standards. Despite the odds, with courage, hope and persistence, the women just might prevail. Below is an exclusive featurette from the Won't Back Down Blu-ray, titled "The Importance of Education." Check out the video below. The Blu-ray is available now. [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Sundance 2013: James Franco's BDSM Porn, Drunk Policemen, and More — TRAILERS Liam Neeson to 'Run All Night' as the Mob Hunts Him Down Cherries Scare the Hell Out of Me — Or, Why I Won't Be Seeing 'Mama' You Might Also Like: 100 Hottest Women of the Century: Do You Agree? Jeremy Renner’s Baby Secret Overheard at Party
  • TV Tidbits: Meredith Vieira In Talks To Host Her Own Daytime Talk Show
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 17, 2013
    Who Wants To Host A Daytime Talk Show: Meredith Vieira recently opted not to renew her contract for syndicated quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire so she could “move on and do other things,” which may mean a new daytime talk show. According to the NY Times, Vieira is in talks with NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution about hosting a syndicated talk show for fall 2014. [Deadline] Locklear's Getting Legal: Heather Locklear is joining the TNT drama Franklin & Bash as a series regular for the show’s upcoming third season. She will play Rachel King, “a stunning trial lawyer, with stiletto heels and clothes tailored within an inch of their life.” King comes on board as a new partner at Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash’s (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) law firm, making life more interesting. [EW] One Mother of a Guest Star: 90210 has cast Head of the Class actress Robin Givens in an upcoming episode as mother of two new recurring characters Elizabeth (Keke Palmer) and Jordan (Robbie Jones). Givens will play Cheryl, a sophisticated East Coast mother who is on the fast-track to political greatness. Cheryl is willing to go to great lengths to protect and preserve her pristine family image. Jones plays Jordan, an intelligent publisher who may be a potential new love interest for Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) in the second half of the season, while Palmer will play his sister Elizabeth. [E!] Prez Pushes Proof Back: ABC announced on Thursday that Body of Proof's previously announced return (Tuesday, Feb. 12) has been pushed back for the State of the Union address. The abbreviated, rebooted third season will now resume on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. "We're looking at every episode. Even though there's a serialized component, we wanted to look at them as separate movies," executive producer Christopher Murphy said of the rebooted format. "The stories are bigger, the stakes higher, it's more thrilling, it's more adventuresome." In addition to those changes, Body of Proof also added new castmembers Mark Valley and Elyes Gabel. [THR] Reality Show Singer Gets Signed: Cassadee Pope, the winner of the third season of The Voice, has officially signed with Republic Nashville. "I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family," Pope says. "I am so passionate about my music and I couldn't be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career." [THR] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum [PHOTO CREDIT: Wenn] More: TV Tidbits: Ali Larter Joins 'Legends' TV Tidbits: Salma Hayek On Board for '30 Rock' Finale TV Tidbits: 'Honey Boo Boo' Breaks More Records, Lance Armstrong OWNs Up From Our Partners: The Cutest Celebrity Kids! (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits (Celebuzz)