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"Alex is surprised when he upholds his end of the bargain and doesn’t take off with the jewels. However, things get messy when Sam is jumped by the loan shark he owes money to, and Alex must step in to save him. »
- Michael Stevens
Over the course of his 25-year-plus acting career — which began with small TV roles when he was just a teenager in the mid-’80s — Paul Walker collected many friends and admirers in the industry. The Fast and Furious series star, who really made a name for himself in the late ’90s with movies like Varsity Blues and She’s All That, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident at age 40, and online reaction poured in from his acting friends and peers.
- Katie Atkinson
The high-octane, edge-of-your-seat final season of The CW series Nikita sees Nikita (Maggie Q) trying to find her footing with her team again, while also trying to clear her name. With the help of Michael (Shane West), Birkhoff (Aaron Stanford) and Ryan (Noah Bean), they must track down and stop the nefarious Amanda (Melinda Clarke) once and for all, and put an end to the most outrageous plan of hers yet. From show creator Craig Silverstein, the drama also stars Lyndsy Fonseca and Devon Sawa. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Craig Silverstein talked about having a list of things they wanted to accomplish with the final six episodes of the series, what they didn’t get to on that list, balancing personal satisfaction with fan satisfaction for how the series wraps up, that not every character will make it through to the end, that there »
- Christina Radish
Matt Cherniss is turning to the past to define Wgn America’s brand identity for the future.
The cabler’s president and general manager has moved quickly in his quest to redefine the Tribune Broadcasting flagship as an outlet for provocative original series. He’s greenlighted two straight-to-series productions, both period pieces, since he was hired in April by Tribune CEO Peter Liguori, his former boss at FX and Fox. “Salem,” about the witch trials of the 1600s, debuts in the spring, and “Manhattan,” a soap set in New Mexico’s Los Alamos lab — the one that developed the atomic bomb in the 1940s — is slated to bow in the summer.
Both are weighty, ambitious projects with one shared goal: Establish Wgn America as the next FX or AMC, with original shows that can attract a loyal fanbase, generate strong word-of-mouth and ratings for a channel now known for airing »
- Marc Graser
For the first time, Nikita fans don't have to worry about their show being cancelled. Will the ratings for the final season be strong enough for the execs to regret the decision to end the show? Will they be so low that they regret renewing it at all? We shall see.
Last season on Nikita, our heroine (Maggie Q) was framed for assasinating the President and had to go on the run. There are sure to be lots of twists and turns to come. The rest of the season's cast includes Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Melinda Clarke, Aaron Stanford, Noah Bean, and Devon Sawa.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. That's obviously not an issue in this case. This »
Nikita, Season 4, Episode 01: “Wanted”
Written by Kristen Reidel
Directed by Eagle Egilsson
Airs Fridays at 9pm (Et) on the CW
With a cult classic movie and a well-regarded series preceding it, Nikita had a quite some shoes to fill when it made its debut three seasons ago. However, the show quickly proved its worthiness, as it put forward compelling storylines and fascinating characters. The third season saw Amanda move into primary adversary territory as Nikita and Ryan struggled through the season to keep the President from wiping Division clean and killing everyone associated with it, culminating in an alliance of Amanda with Division’s old tech provider The Shop, and Nikita on the run after being framed for killing The President. The season premiere picks up with everyone in similar circumstances, in a great episode that bodes well for the show’s final season.
The influence of »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Browse pics of the 10 potential TV couples we’re shipping harder than ever, then vote for your favorite(s)!
Love can be fickle, especially when you’re talking about TV couples. We’ve seen so many breakups and shakeups in recent months, it’s hard to keep track, so HollywoodLife.com combed through our favorite shows and plucked out the 10 couples we’re hoping to see shack up Asap.
10 Couples We’re Rooting For This Season
The show: Glee (Fox)
Why we want it: Finn will never be far from Rachel’s heart — or the side of her stomach — but she can’t be miserable and alone forever. Besides, wouldn’t you rather she move on with a nice guy she already has chemistry with? Don’t think we didn’t notice all that Sam-Rachel flirting this week!
The show: The Originals »
- Andy Swift
The first of ‘Nikita’s’ last six episodes set the stage for an appropriately heart-pounding farewell run.
Nikita returned for its final season Nov. 22, and The CW’s under-appreciated action saga has never been bigger, badder — or more bittersweet. Easily the most stressful hour of television in recent memory, the premiere picked 100 days after the President’s ‘assassination,’ with Nikita (Maggie Q) referred to as “the most wanted woman in the world.” But did she take that as a cue to lay low, avoiding a federal shootout and a media frenzy? Please, you know Nikita better than that.
No, she went straight to Equinox News Network reporter Dale Gordon, the best-known journalist covering her story, and gave him a hell of an exclusive. Dressed as an inconspicuous (yet still oddly sexy) delivery man, Nikki actually managed to tell Dale most of the truth — something about blood, because Nikita is also »
- Andy Swift
"Nikita" kicks off its final season Friday on The CW, but more than clearing her name, figuring out the President is still alive or taking down Amanda, one thing many fans are hoping to see before it all ends is some sort of happy ending for "Mikita."
Nikita (Maggie Q) and Michael (Shane West) certainly deserve something good after all they've both been through, but the way things ended in the Season 3 finale -- she was driving off, not wanting her friends to become entangled in the giant manhunt for her (and having left the ring behind) - ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
With its titular heroine on the run after ‘assassinating’ the President of the United States, Nikita has a lot to squeeze into its six-episode final season, which kicks off Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. on The CW. But between all the name-clearing and team-reuniting that needs to be done, will Michael (Shane West) and Nikita (Maggie Q) also find time to finally say “I do?” HollywoodLife.com recently visited the action-thriller’s Toronto set, where we got the scoop straight from the lovers’ mouths.
Though I’m sure she’d look amazing, it sounds like we shouldn’t hold our breath for the sight of Nikita in a wedding gown. Lyndsy Fonseca, whose character would most likely serve as Nikita’s potential Maid of Honor, »
- Andy Swift
Movie stars, as we know them, are not so much dead in 2013 as much as they’re no longer making movies. Celebrity has stretched far beyond film or television; people become famous now without having accomplished much of anything, just for being at the right place at the right time, or tweeting out the right scandalous photo to set afire the comments sections at TMZ or Perez Hilton. Though movies cost more than they used to—both to make and to partake—they are less frequently headlined by a man or woman whose very presence ensures bankability. A handful of movie stars remain, yet even someone like Robert Downey, Jr. can only guarantee a movie will make back its profit and then some when he’s donned his Iron Man suit.
The closest Western society has to movie stars these days don’t make movies that gross hundreds of millions »
- Josh Spiegel
The population of “Salem” has grown by four. Wgn America’s first scripted series “Salem” has tapped Liz Sarnoff (“Lost,” “Alcatraz”) as a co-executive producer, along with three others as the drama begins production in Shreveport, La., the network said Friday. Also read: Shane West to Star in Wgn America Series ‘Salem’ In addition to Sarnoff (pictured), Tricia Small, Jon Feldman (“Tru Calling,” “No Ordinary Family”) and Vahan Moosekian (“The Unit”) have also signed on as co-executive producers, joining already announced executive producers Josh Barry and Ryan Kwatinetz. Co-creators and writers Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Andy Simon (“The. »
- Tim Kenneally
In case you haven't been paying attention, witches are all the rage right now... and about damn time, too! Next to form a coven of its own is Wgn America, which kicked off production today on "Salem."
From the Press Release:
Wgn America enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history with its first original scripted series, “Salem,” as production begins today in Shreveport, Louisiana, on the provocative Fox 21 drama. On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga ("24," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Voyager," and "Enterprise") and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” launches Wgn America’s strategy to become a dedicated purveyor of innovative scripted fare.
- Debi Moore
Now that Nikita is on its way out, its final season set to debut later this month, Shane West is going to need a new day job. Ever since West appeared in A Walk to Remember, I’ve had the biggest man crush on him. He’s just so adorably likeable. I almost wish I could’ve been in Mandy Moore’s place, except without the terminal cancer. West is awesome in pretty much every way – he was in a band for a few years – and deserves to be on my TV screen. He’s going to leave his spy days behind him for a life of witch hunts in a period piece.
According to Deadline, West is set to be the male lead in Wgn America’s first scripted series Salem. Taking place in 17th century Massachusetts, when it was popular to burn women at the stake, the drama »
- Brody Gibson
Marisa Tomei has signed on opposite George Lopez in a film based on Joshua Davis' Wired magazine story "La Vida Robot" for Pantelion Films. Filming is now underway in New Mexico under the helm of Sean McNamara.
The story follows four undocumented Mexican-American teens from Phoenix who build an underwater robot and beat the reigning champions MIT to win the national robotics competition. Tomei will portray a dedicated and passionate teacher who helps the team to success. [Source: Screen]
Four more names have been announced to have joined the voice cast of Fox‘s "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D".
- Garth Franklin
Stanford will play Cole, a time traveler from the near future who returns to the present day in hopes of stopping a lethal virus from being released and starting a worldwide plague. It's the role Bruce Willis played in the 1996 movie that forms the basis for the pilot.
Amanda Schull ("Suits," "Pretty Little Liars") has also joined the pilot's cast as Dr. Cassandra Railly, who gets pulled into Cole's mission. Madeleine Stowe played a similar part in the film. Syfy has also named Natalie Chaidez ("In Plain Sight," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as executive producer and showrunner and hired Jeffrey Reiner ("Friday Night Lights") to direct the pilot (he'll also executive produce).
Another Nikita star is off the market.
Aaron Stanford, who plays tech God Birkhoff on the about-to-conclude CW drama, has landed the lead role in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys pilot, TVLine has learned.
Related | Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s on the Bubble?
An adaptation of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.
Standford will play said time traveler Cole — aka the Brice Willis role. »
- Michael Ausiello
Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford and Suits recurring player Amanda Schull have been cast as the leads of 12 Monkeys, Syfy’s drama pilot based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight) has joined the project as executive producer/showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner (Helix) as director/executive producer. Produced by Universal Cable Prods. and the movie’s producer Atlas Entertainment, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of Cole (Stanford), a desperate and haunted time traveler from the post-apocalyptic near future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Schull, repped by Innovative Artists and Sweeney Entertainment, will play Cassandra Railly, a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett wrote the script and co-executive produce. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
A few days ago we learned who the main cast members are for Wgn America's first original scripted series, "Salem" from Brannon Braga ("24," "Star Trek: Tng," "Terra Nova") and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), and now we know who's in the lead.
Per TV Guide, Shane West ("Nikita," "ER," "Once and Again," The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) is set to play the male lead, John Alden, in the 17th century-set drama that centers on the Massachusetts town's infamous witch trials.
Alden is a "tough, pragmatic, wry-humored" war veteran who doesn't suffer fools. After spending a decade on the battlefield and being held in captivity at the hands of the Indians, John returns to his native Salem, where he finds his hometown gripped in witch-hunt frenzy, led by Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel). John also has a history with Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery), the beautiful and ruthless, yet vulnerable, wife of the ancient, »
- Debi Moore
Wgn America's first scripted series, starring Janet Montgomery, is set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts and explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials (full disclaimer: Zap2it and Wgn are both owned by Tribune). The drama centers on Mary Sibley (Montgomery), the beautiful and ruthless but vulnerable wife of the ancient, ailing but very wealthy George Sibley, one of the Salem town Selectmen.
West will play John Alden, a hardened veteran of 10 years of war and captivity at the hands of the Indians who returns to his native Salem to find it consumed in Witch Hunt frenzy, led by Cotton Mather (Seth Gabel).
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