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CASTING NEWS: Harry’s Law

In somewhat surprising news, both Brittany Snow and Aml Ameen are no longer with the show.  However, they have apparently been offered the opportunity to be guest stars which is a bit strange.  So Kathy Bates and Nate Corrdry are the only regulars to return next season.  Although I hope this means the promotion of one Tommy Jefferson (Christopher McDonald) to a series regular.  He was the best part of Harry’s Law last season.  I also have to wonder if Damien Winslow (Johnny Ray Gill) and possibly Rachael Miller (Jordana Spiro)  will be promoted series regulars as well.  I guess we’ll see.   But I would think they will probably introduce some new characters, especially if Tommy, Damien, and Rachael aren’t regulars.

 

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Criminal Minds News: It’s Official!!!! Prentiss is in and Seaver is out!!

In news that I’m sure will surprise no one but will probably send most fans into a happy dance, Paget Brewster will be back as Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds this season.  I am so excited about this because I can’t wait to see the dynamic of the team when she returns.   As you all know if you watch CM, everyone except JJ and Hotch think Prentiss is dead.  How will they all react when they find out she’s still alive?  Especially her partner Derrick Morgan?  I can’t wait to see!!!   I would have to make the assumption that her return also means it will also bring back the great storyline of trying to find and capture Doyle.  Will they do it with Prentiss or will they have to do it before so she can come out of hiding?  I am really anxious to see how they handle that.   I remember being furious this time last year when I found out JJ wasn’t coming back except for 2 episodes to wrap up her story and that Emily would be cut and most likely leaving as well (which she did.)  I couldn’t understand, other than the financial aspect, why CM was getting rid of two strong female characters.  I thought if you wanted to cut back on actor salaries, Joe Montangna must be making a pretty penny.  Couldn’t they cut him?  I don’t like to say that because I love Montangna as an actor and think he’s terrific.  But I don’t think he brings as much to CM as the other characters.  My opinion.  I like Rossi but I wouldn’t be upset if I didn’t see him again.  Everyone else though…Hotch, Morgan, Prentiss, JJ, Garcia, and Reid…would break my heart.   That’s why I’m so happy that both ladies are back and everyone else is also in tact.  Now if they can just sign Thomas Gibson to that damn contract because he is the heart and soul of the BAU and I don’t want to see CM without him!!!

But God giveth and He taketh away.  With Paget Brewster’s return, that sent Rachel Nichols’ Agent Ashley Seaver packing.  No loss though.  She just never fit in and unfortunately for the actress was set up to fail.  So many viewers were upset with the dismissal of Brewster and Cook that no matter who came in to “replace” them (more so Cook) it wasn’t going to work and the fans most likely weren’t going to like her.  And that ended up being the case.   Nichols is great so hopefully she ends up on another show soon.  She just didn’t fit CM.

What are your thoughts CM fans?   Are you happy to see our favorite ladies back in action?

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Breaking News, Casting News, CBS

 

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JJ Returns to Criminal Minds…For Good????

UPDATE: Thanks to loyal reader Allie, who brought to my attention that this news is even better than previously thought.   Not only has CM signed AJ for next season, she is signed for TWO MORE SEASONS!!!!   That’s right, AJ will be around through 2013!!!!   How excited are you???  I know I am thrilled!!!!

This is not a late April Fool’s Joke.   According to mega scooper Michael Ausiello, Criminal Minds is in the process of bringing back Jennifer Jarreu, aka JJ, aka A.J Cook as a full-time series regular for next season.  Can I get an Amen?   Amen!!!!     In other news, show runner Edward Bernero is subsequently leaving Criminal Minds.   EP Erica Messer is set to take over as the new show runner.

So what does all this mean?   It means JJ is back for good!!!!  It also mean Agent Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols) is probably going bye-bye.  Especially if Pager Brewster returns.  Right now, Brewster is set to star in a new NBC comedy called My Life as an Experiment.  If the pilot gets picked up for series, she is going to stick with it.  If it doesn’t, CM has picked up an option on her.  Meaning she would probably return to the show.   Can I get another Amen?   Amen!!!!!   So if Cook and Brewster return, there is no need for Agent Ashley.   No big loss since she hasn’t really hit it off with the fans.   But if Brewster’s pilot is picked up and she doesn’t return, Agent Ashley may stick around.  I still doubt it, but it bodes better for her.

On the uh-oh front, Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore still have not signed their contracts.   Can I get a …. wait a minute.  They are NOT signed yet.   GULP!!  They are in negotiations so that is a good sign.   But CBS better find a way to keep Hotch and Morgan or the next unsub the CM team will be coming after is me!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Casting News, CBS

 

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Criminal Minds: Paget’s Final Episode Promo Clip

I can’t tell you how much I hate writing that.  There was talk that this might not be Emily Prentiss/Paget Brewster’s final episode since behind the scenes, TPTB (the powers that be) were trying to sign her on as a regular next season.  But Brewster was on the pilot circuit looking for a comedy.  Luckily for us Prentiss fans, Brewster hadn’t signed on with any pilot, until the end of last week.  Brewster signed on to play the female lead in the Jack Black produced NBC comedy, My Life as an Experiment.  Now we can take this a few ways:

  1. All hope for CM is lost because she is signed to do the pilot for NBC next season
  2. All hope for CM is NOT lost because just because she signed up for a pilot doesn’t mean it will be picked up and she could still be back on CM.
  3. She’s still pissed about the way CBS/CM handled AJ’s departure and hers and therefore will never be back
  4. She’s still pissed but is trying the pilot circuit and if it doesn’t work out she could still go back to CM with a cast she loves

What does all this mean?  It means I have no idea what is going to happen.  My gut tells me that she must be really angry still about CBS/CM’s treatment of her and therefore had no problem leaving and trying something new.  Why else would she leave a hit show that was trying to bring her back to try to be on a comedy on NBC?  Has she watched any of the NBC comedies lately?   Yikes.  It could also be money.  They may want her back but on the cheap to which I don’t blame her for saying “up yours” if that’s the case.

The crappy part of the whole thing is that the people who lose the most?  The fans.  Paget Brewster is fantastic so she will be fine and be a big success because she is so talented.  CM will plug right along being one of network TV’s most popular shows.  But the fans have now lost two favorite, beloved characters from this show.  Three if you count Mandy Patinkin’s Jason Gideon.  I don’t count Lola Glaudini’s Elle Greenaway because no one seemed to like her character.   And now there are rumors of Thomas Gibson and Shemar Moore’s contracts (which are up at the end of this season) being far apart in the negotiations with TPTB.  That’s really not good.  L&O had survived many seasons with rotating casts but I’m not sure CM can.  Emily was a great replacement for Elle.  But IMO, Rossi (Joe Montegna) still hasn’t been able to fill Gideon’s shoes.  As much as I love the actor, he is no Jason Gideon.  And Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols) hasn’t struck a cord AT ALL with fans.   Actually I take that back…she has struck a resounding NEGATIVE cord with fans.   So CM has been going in the wrong direction with the new cast members it has brought on board.  In fairness to Seaver/Nichols, she hasn’t been on-screen that much to create a connection and the creative team doesn’t seem to know what to do with her yet, therefore how can they expect the fans base to relate to her.  I guess time will tell but it isn’t good so far.

With Emily going away (I am going to assume for good until I hear her pilot wasn’t picked up) and Gibson and Moore’s contacts being up in the air, how would you feel about an overhaul of the cast of CM?  You would basically have Matthew Gray Gubler (yum) and Kristen Vangsness as the only original cast left if Gibson and Moore leave as well.  I wouldn’t like that at all.  You might as well move Gubler and Vangsness to CM: Suspect Behavior and go with only one of those shows (and Vangsness is already on that show anyway.)  But what are your thoughts?

Either way, Emily’s last episode (as far as we know) is tonight.  Check out the promo below and bring your Kleenex tonight at 9pm on CBS.  And don’t forget, JJ returns and Gubler is directing this final episode for Paget!!!

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Casting News, CBS

 

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Audra McDonald is Leaving Private Practice

This news really isn’t that shocking considering there have been rumors about her wanting to leave for some time now.

After the end of this season, which is Season 4, Naomi (Audra McDonald) will no longer be a series regular on Private Practice.  She will however be a some what recurring character as her schedule and storyline allow.  Audra has been commuting to the left coast the entire 4 years of the show (her family is rooted in NYC.)   According to reports, she would like to spend more time with her family but would still like to guest on PP as Naomi when it works out.

I had no idea she was commuting from NYC to film the show.  My goodness!  I should never complain about a 3 hour drive to a client appointment ever again!  I am going to miss Naomi.  I love Audra McDonald and being someone who loves Broadway, I hope she is back on the NY stage very soon because she is one AMAZINGLY talented lady!  I will also miss Naomi because I thought she was such a strong character on the show.   But I am happy for Audra that she will be able to spend more time with her family.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in ABC, Casting News

 

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TNT’s “Dallas” Reboot Is On and Casting Has Started

Photo Courtesy of worstpreviews.com

And here come the all the reboots.  As long as the reboots are shows I liked (90210, Charlie’s Angels, Dallas) I guess I’m ok with it.  As long as the network line ups don’t look like 1982 in 2 years with no truly new shows.   Then I would be pissed.

The new Dallas will center around J.R.’s son John Ross and Bobby’s adopted son Christopher as they fight over the future of the Ewing dynasty.  The only other character mentioned right now is Elena.   She is the Southfork Ranch’s chef’s daughter who will be in a love triangle with John Ross and Christopher.

From the original series, the reboot as already locked up Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing), and Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing.)   Jordana Brewster has been cast as Elena, who is the lead female role.   Josh Henderson has been cast as J.R. Ewing’s son, John Ross.  As further casting or information is released, I will update.

Are you excited for this latest and greatest reboot of an oldie but a goodie?

 

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Charlie’s Angels Reboot

As movies are doing reboots, so now the TV industry is jumping on the band wagon.   ABC has announced the reboot of the famous and wonderful show from the 70s and 80s Charlie’s Angels.  Charlie’s Angels will star Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh.  I love a show that features strong, intelligent and sexy female leads.   CA was always one of my favorite shows as a kid so I am excited, so far, for a new updated version.  I think Robert Wagner is also in negotiations to be the voice of Charlie.   Already, the one big difference between the original and the new version, is the ladies will have questionable backgrounds.  In the original, the girls were graduates of the police academy but were given shitty positions due to being women.  But it’s early and storylines can change before the pilot is shot and even before it goes to final broadcast, if picked up.  So we’ll see what happens.

There have been quite a few shows doing reboots these days.  Some successfully (90210), some not so much (Melrose Place), and some the jury is still out on (Hawaii 5-0.)  Done right, it can have a fresh interesting take on a classic.  Done poorly, and it can ruin the legacy of a once great show (if it was great in its heyday.)   My first instinct when it comes to reboot is to shout LAZY at the networks.  Can’t you come up with something new?  No?  So you have reboot a classic because there is nothing else you can come up with?  LAZY!!!   But maybe not.  If the concept was good and you can give it a new spin and twist, I say go for it.  I don’t like fresh updates and new takes on classic Broadway musicals and great pieces of theater (you hear me Arthur Laurents?   Thanks for ruining West Side Story with your “fresh approach.”   Ugh!)  But I’m all for it with a TV show.  So I am anxious to see what happens to this reboot.

As information comes out on Charlie’s Angels, I will keep you updated as best I can.  Are you excited for the new Charlie’s Angels?  Can Minka Kelly, Rachel Taylor, and Annie Ilonzeh fill the shoes of the iconic Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, and Farrah Fawcett/Cheryl Ladd (see below?)  We’ll see.

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Posted by on January 31, 2011 in ABC, Casting News, New Shows

 

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Two and a Half Men’s Charlie Sheen Enters Rehab…Finally

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Two and a Half Men is going on Hiatus until further notice due to Charlie Sheen entering rehab in an undisclosed location earlier today.    Two and a Half Men show runner Chuck Lorre confirmed that the show is supporting Sheen’s entrance into rehab and will go on production hiatus effective immediately.

What does this mean for the show?  Who the hell knows.  If this were a show like Outsourced or $%#! My Dad Says, there is no way the network would put up with it and the show would just be pulled.   But when you are the #1 comedy not only on your network but on all of network TV, you get a little latitude.   So I have no doubt that after this rehab stint, Two and a Half Men will be back.  I doubt it will be back on this year but it should be back next season barring any MAJOR developments.

This could be good news for a show like $%#! My Dad Says.   Usually CBS drops it’s worse performing comedy every year, which would be that God awful show.  But if things with TAAHM get worse and if something should happen where it can’t come back right away. $%#! is performing well enough, that CBS could keep it around for another season as a just in case.

The saga continues so stay tuned!!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2011 in Casting News, CBS

 

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CASTING NEWS: Survivor Redemption Island is Russell vs Rob!!!!

WOW!!!! When Rob threw out the idea at the Heroes vs. Villans show to do battle against Russell, you knew it was only a matter of time before it was to be reality. I just didn’t think it would happen this soon. Russell vs. Rob? I AM IN!!! I loved the dynamic of these two and just so we are clear…Team Rob here all the way!!!!

Now I’m curious about what people think because you can look at this a few ways. One way, is awesome, bring them back and let them go at it….that’s what I want to see!! Another is, I wanted to see this but it is WAY too soon and it should be spaced out more. Another is, enough already. This will be the 4th time for Rob and the 3rd time for Russell. Let’s get other people in here because I am sick of seeing these people. I can see this from all sides and all side being valid. But I love it!!! And I am secretly hoping that they form a secret alliance that no one will see coming to take everyone down…even though they are on different tribes. And I would love a Rob vs. Russell for the final vote. Who wouldn’t love that???

You know what will be the worst thing that could happen though? One of them gets voted out early and doesn’t make it on Redemption Island. Then it’s just regular Survivor. If I was playing with Rob, I would want him out right away. Russell I don’t know. Part of me would want to keep him because he is so stubborn and arrogant, he will piss everyone off and again, no one will give him the money. But, if he has learned from his mistakes (because with Heroes vs. vVllans, he went right into the next game not knowing if his game play won him a million dollars or not) and changes the way he plays, he could be very dangerous.

Either way, I can’t wait for Feb 6th to see how this plays out!!!   Check out the link below for a preview video interview with Jeff Probst, Russell Hantz, and Rob Mariano.  Awesome!!!!!

http://www.eonline.com/videos/swf/CEGDynamicPlayer.swf

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Casting News, CBS, Returning Shows

 

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Holly Harper is No More on Brothers and Sisters

Remember last week when I posted about shows I was losing interest in?  Remember when I said Brothers & Sisters was one of those shows?   Remember how I said that Holly (Patricia Weddig) was the only good thing really left about that show and she has been virtually MIA this season?  Well after last night’s episode, Holly is now MIA, permanently.  Holly left the show to be with daughter Rebecca in NY.  I can’t blame her but I love Patricia Weddig and it sucks that she is gone from B&S.   In fairness though, her story has run its course and with Rebecca and Justin done and her memory still out on the accident road somewhere, there really wasn’t anywhere else for her character to go.  As morbid as this sounds, I wish they would have had a more dramatic exit for her since she was so dramatic the entire series.  I almost wish she has either died in the accident or survived, struggled for a bit, and then passed.  It would have been so Holly.  But I guess the writers didn’t foresee the fact that with her daughter out of the Walker family and out-of-town and her with amnesia, that her story would run stale.  I don’t know how that is possible but I guess it was.  Oh well.  I guess B&S may be dropped sooner from my DVR than later.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in ABC, Casting News

 

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