Thursday, January 19, 2012

NEWS ROUNDUP: New Anne Heche Show, Courtney B. Vance To REVENGE, Chandler Massey Movie

Anne Heche set to star in NBC comedy pilot
Heche will also serve as a producer on the single-camera project, SAVE ME, from writer John Scott Shepherd, Sony Pictures TV and Neal Moritz’s studio-based Original Films

Courtney B. Vance joining the cast of REVENGE
Vance is joining the ABC thriller as a high-powered defense attorney who’s tasked with representing the not-yet-revealed prime suspect of the the not-yet-revealed murder victim.

His character, Ben Barnett, is described as a take-charge defense lawyer who bursts onto the scene and takes control of all aspects of his client’s situation, organizing a “war-room” and assigning roles to everyone connected to his client. He is not always the nicest guy, but he’s the best at what he does.

Alison Sweeney is hopeful about DAYS OF OUR LIVES future
"We’re just hopeful at DAYS OF OUR LIVES that we can continue to fight the fight and represent daytime and keep our characters on for as long as we possibly can. We want fans to know that we’re still there and we’re making the best show we possibly can. Hopefully NBC will believe in us and keep us on for a long time.”

Review of new Ally Mash/Chandler Massey/Keith Coulouris movie, 16-Love
Ally Mash (Lindsey Shaw, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) is a San Diego high schooler who's never had time for much of an off-court life, due to Dad (Keith Coulouris) pushing her into a pro career. Spraining an ankle during a tournament against a bitchy Russian player (Susie Abromeit), however, she's forced to take some time off. Encouraged by best friend Rebecca (Lindsey Black), she plays hooky from Dad's elaborate rehab program and instead trains hunky fellow competitor Farrell (Chandler Massey, DAYS OF OUR LIVES). Romantic sparks -- and an eventual rematch against her Russian nemesis -- ensue.

"Fortunately I played tennis growing up, my whole family played tennis and everything, and I was very passionate about tennis from a young age," said Massey.

Television's 15 Best Pro Wrestling-Themed Episodes of Fictional Shows
15 of the better wrestling episodes of TV shows, including some shows that were centered around pro wrestling.

New photo of Johnny Depp as Barnabas in Dark Shadows movie
Here's what's happening in the film. In 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins set sail from Liverpool, England to America with their young son Barnabas. They brought with them the family curse. Two decades later and Barnabas pretty much runs the town of Collinsport, Maine. He runs Collinwood Manor, he's rich and powerful ... until he breaks the heart of the witch Angelique (Eva Green). She turns him into a vampire and buries him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is freed and finds the world of 1972 very different. His estate is in ruins and the remnants of the Collins family are harboring dark secrets.

A Commercial, Sandwiched Between Lines of Dialogue on HAWAII FIVE-0
For nearly a minute, the unfortunate actors (Alex O’Loughlin, Grace Park and the former sumo wrestler Taylor Wily) stepped completely out of the story in order to plug Subway sandwiches, as the food-truck vendor Kamekona (Mr. Wily) is found eating five subs as part of his new diet.

GREY'S ANATOMY: Katherine Heigl Wants to Come Back
"I've told them I want to," Katherine tells us. "I don't know... Being a showrunner and being a writer of a TV series like that is so complicated that I mean she's got how many characters are there now? There's a lot and so she's balancing about 40 different storylines, so I don't know if it fits in to their sort of vision for this season or next or however many seasons it goes."

GREY'S ANATOMY's Sarah Drew welcomes a son
Micah Emmanuel Lanfer was born on Wednesday evening. Co-star Jessica Capshaw has revealed she's pregnant.

All-Star Cast for West Coast Premiere of Dustin Lance Black’s “8” Announced
Acclaimed WHITE COLAR television star Matt Bomer; Emmy Award-winning journalist Campbell Brown; Academy and Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award-nominee George Clooney; Golden Globe Award-winner Jamie Lee Curtis; Emmy Award-nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson; prominent gay rights activist Cleve Jones; Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Christine Lahti; Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Jane Lynch; Emmy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-nominee Matthew Morrison; Tony Award-nominee Rory O’Malley; Emmy Award-winner and Academy and Golden Globe Award-nominee Rob Reiner; Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Martin Sheen; Emmy Award-winner Yeardley Smith; and acclaimed STAR TREK television and film star George Takei will star in the West Coast premiere of “8.”

MAD MEN's Jon Hamm gets animated
PBS kids series MARTHA SPEAKS will kick off its fourth season with some Hollywood star power.

Twilight vampire is headed to TRUE BLOOD
Christopher Heyerdahl will also play a vampire on the HBO series.

TREME fans will have to wait until fall for third season premiere of HBO series
A network spokesman confirmed Thursday that HBO will hold season three of the New Orleans drama until fall, return date to be determined.

‘Book Of Mormon’ Star Andrew Rannells Inks Deal To Topline NBC’s Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler Comedy
Rannells has been signed in a joint 20th Century Fox TV-NBC talent holding deal with the intention for him to play one of the 3 leads in the NBC/20th TV comedy.

TV Review: Daytime TV (in UK). All Of It.
"Essentially, daytime TV is a way of slowly engendering suicidal thoughts in shift workers, the jobless and stay at home mums. It is designed to make you take out payday loans at 3,000 per cent APR before stocking up on pasta sauce and logging on to ebloodyHarmony."

FUNNY OR DIE: Call Me Doctor with Rachel Bilson
Bilson mocks her HART OF DIXIE character.

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