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Fall TV's Best Makeovers: Trim Tony, Edgy Thea, a Modern Hook and Others

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Renee Zellweger isn’t the only one looking refreshed these days.

No, as this fall TV season has rolled out, a flurry of updated looks have been on display, from NCIS‘ dashing Dinozzo (thanks to Michael Weatherly’s 35-lb. triathlon-related slim-down) to Arrow‘s edgy Thea/”Mia.” From Once Upon a Time‘s contemporized pirate captain to The Blacklist‘s less-wiggy Elizabeth and Reign‘s shorn seer.

We’ve rounded up some of the most noteworthy makeovers undergone by your favorite TV characters. Take a look at their “before” and “after” shots, then weigh in on who you think indeed changed for the better. »

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Pilot Scoop: ABC Eyes Marc Cherry's Modern Phantom of the Opera Drama

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ABC alone can make his song take flight, and help Marc Cherry make the music of the night…

Now that we have your attention, Broadway fans, this just in: ABC has ordered a pilot script for the Desperate Housewives mastermind’s modern reimagining of Gaston Leroux’s gothic novel The Phantom of the Opera, one that will be set “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business.”

The potential series will not — we repeat not — be a musical, but the one-hour scripted drama will contain musical elements (a la the network’s country-music sudser Nashville), according to ABC reps. »

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TVLine Items: Courtney Love Joins Empire, a Buffy Halloween and More

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Courtney Love might just find nirvana on Fox’s Empire.

The singer/actress will recur on the upcoming music-themed drama as Elle Dallas, a hard rock powerhouse who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists.

Love recently appeared on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

Empire is slated to debut in January.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Lifetime has ordered the six-episode limited series Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, a continuation of its original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax. The film starred Christina Ricci as the notorious murderer; Ricci and Clea DuVall, »

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Sons of Anarchy: Gemma Teller Is a Mass Murderer — and We Have Proof

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Sons of Anarchy‘s Gemma Teller has made a career out of spinning tall tales, but the Queen of Charming really topped herself when she fibbed to Jax that the Chinese were behind Tara’s murder.

That little white lie in last month’s premiere set off a horrific chain of events that, seven episodes into the final season, continues to claim lives. Last week, leading lady Katey Sagal guesstimated to TVLine that at least 10 of this season’s deaths can be traced back to Gemma’s heinous bit of misdirection — which got us thinking: How much blood is on the murderous matriarch’s hands? »

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House of Lies Recruits Mary McCormack as Marty's Potential Savior

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Kaan & Associates’ salvation may be in plain sight: Mary McCormack will guest-star as a white knight investor in House of Lies‘ upcoming fourth season, TVLine has learned exclusively.

McCormack’s Denna Altshuler is described as tough and highly successful. Marty will bring her in to help rescue his troubled business.

In addition to leading In Plain Sight for five seasons, McCormack starred in the short-lived Welcome to the Family and appeared in a recent episode of Scandal.

The network also announced Thursday that Alicia Witt (Justified) also will appear in the upcoming season as a whipsmart engineer who helps Marty out of a bind. »

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The Late Late Show With James Corden Gets March Premiere Date

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The Brit is coming! The Brit is coming (in March 2015)!

Indeed, CBS has set a premiere date for The Late Late Show With James Corden: Monday, March 9, at 12:37/11:37c.

Corden is succeeding Craig Ferguson, who in April announced his intention to leave Late Late Show after 10 years and will sign off on December 19, 2014.

In announcing Corden’s official premiere date, CBS also revealed that producer, director and writer Ben Winston (The X Factor, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever”), a friend of Corden’s since their teenage years, will serve as the Late Late Show‘s executive producer. »

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Grey's Anatomy Scoop: Kelly McCreary Promoted to Series Regular

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Meredith’s new sis is staying put.

Grey’s Anatomy has promoted Kelly McCreary (Aka Mer’s surprise half-sib Maggie Pierce) to a full-fledged series regular, TVLine has learned.

McCreary joined ABC’s medical soap at the end of Season 10, when Maggie was hired at Grey Sloan Memorial as the head of cardiothoracic surgery. Her icy relationship with Mer began to thaw considerably in Thursday’s episode, as the sisters bonded over mother’s journal.

Thoughts? Is Maggie starting to grow on you? Hit the comments!


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Once Upon a Time Supersizes November Sweeps Episode

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Once Upon a Time fans have a little something extra to look forward to this November sweeps.

Series cocreator Adam Horowitz confirmed on Twitter this morning that Season 4’s eighth episode, titled “Smash the Mirror,” will run a full two hours, starting at 7/6c. (Felicity, cancel my church choir practice for that night!)

Excited to tell ya ep 408 on 11/16 of #OnceUponATime is being expanded to Two hours. Set to air an hour earlier from 7/6c til 9/8c on ABC

Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) October 23, 2014

Horowitz stressed that this “bonus” hour is completely incremental to the season’s 22-episode run (which like »

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Ratings: 100 Ties Low; Arrow, Nashville, World Series Tick Up; NBC Dramas Dip

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The CW’s The 100 returned on Wednesday to 1.6 million total viewers, a 0.5 demo rating and chocolate cake, down sharply from its debut (2.7 mil/0.9) and tying its series-low demo, but on par with its last time leading out of a fresh Arrow (1.7 mil/0.6).

Arrow itself did 2.5 mil and a 0.9, ticking up 9 percent and a tenth from last week.

Elsewhere, opposite professional baseball’s World Series Game 2….

NBC | Mysteries of Laura (8.1 mil/1.3), Svu (7.2 mil/1.6) and Chicago P.D. (6.8 mil/1.5) each dipped a tenth in the demo.

CBS | Survivor (9.1 mil/2.2) shed a few eyeballs and a tenth in the demo, while Criminal Minds »

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Five-0 Sneak Peek: Who's the Mystery Woman at John McGarrett's Grave?

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This Friday on Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, 9/8c), McGarrett uncovers a most unexpected mystery while visiting his father’s grave — and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at his (pretty) discovery.

In the episode “Ho’oilina (Legacy),” it’s the fourth anniversary of John McGarrett’s death when Steve bumps into Ellie Clayton (All SaintsMirrah Foulkes), a woman who helps him reopen the last unsolved case his father worked on. But what is her deeper connection to the elder McGarrett? And could this happenstance meeting bloom into something more?

As showrunner Peter M. Lenkov previously told us of Ellie’s arc, »

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Reign Sneak Peek: Mary Finally Loses It, Lashes Out at Lola Over Francis

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I guess the old saying still rings true: You can only spend so much time in the same castle as the woman who mothered your husband’s child before something has to give.

Related Reign‘s Megan Follows Talks Frary’s Future, the Clarissa Mystery and More

Ok, that might not be a time-honored pearl of wisdom — yet — but it certainly applies to this exclusive clip from Thursday’s Reign (The CW, 9/8c) in which Mary and Lola finally address the baby elephant in the room.

“Has it ever occurred to you that your cage is of your own making? »

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Netflix's New Kyle Chandler Thriller Gets a Premiere Date, Title and a (Creepy) Teaser Trailer

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Netflix is lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding its new drama series from the producers of Damages and starring Friday Night Lights Mvp Kyle Chandler.

The streaming giant on Thursday confirmed the 13-episode thriller’s title, Bloodline, and also released a haunting teaser trailer (see below) that hints at the show’s central mystery.

Created and exec-produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, the series is set in the Florida Keys and centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.

In addition to Chandler, »

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Nashville Recap: Two Dads, No Waiting

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The best moments in Nashville always happen when Juliette lets her inner trailer park out to play. And this week, when she drops a huge reveal on Avery, it’s double-wide city, all the way.

I’m not saying that texting your ex, “I’m pregnant. It’s yours” isn’t the classiest way to drop some life-changing news… no, actually, I am saying that. Only Juliette “pink macaroni” Barnes would dither for weeks about whether or not to tell her baby daddy about their forthcoming spawn, then do it out of spite in that manner. I’m shocked she didn’t use emoji. »

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American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: Truth or Scare

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In this week’s kickoff of American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Halloween two-parter, most of the superstitious carnies refused to perform on October 31, for fear that doing so would conjure up Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), a two-faced bogeyman who, based on his description, you’d think would fit right in.

At the same time, a potentially even more terrifying situation was developing: With the arrival of faux fortuneteller Maggie Esmeralda (Emma Roberts), Dot suddenly had competition for Jimmy’s attention.

Here’s your rundown of all the treats (and tricks) that the episode held in store…

She’S Got »

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CBS Trims CSI's Season 15 Order

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CSI‘s current season will fall a tad short.

TVLine has learned exclusively that CBS has trimmed the venerable procedural’s Season 15 episode order from 22 to 18.

I’m told the decision was more about inventory than ratings. In addition to spin-off CSI: Cyber, which is slated to assume CSI‘s Sunday-at-10 perch later this season, CBS also has Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek and a seventh season of The Mentalist waiting in the wings.

CSI’s move to Sundays at 10/9c has produced decent results: Although the show is down double-digits from its Season 14 average (when it aired Wednesdays at »

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The 100 Post Mortem: Cast Talks Surprise Returns, Jaha's Discovery

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New enemies, new mysteries, new drama — Wednesday’s season premiere of The 100 essentially introduced viewers to a whole new world, one with new battle lines already being drawn.

Related The 100 Cast Previews ‘Dark Turns’ in Season 2

Let’s get one very important thing out of the way first: Everyone is alive. Literally everyone. Finn, Bellamy, Raven, Jaha — everyone who ended Season 1 on Death’s door is still with us as of the premiere, though they’ve all definitely seen better days.

Below, we break down the craziest twists from Wednesday’s episodes, then offer insight from the cast »

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Arrow Recap: Tea and Zero Sympathy

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The women of Arrow were in a punchy mood this Wednesday, as we saw the lengths to which Malcolm went “temper” his daughter and Laurel got a bit overzealous in doing right by dead Sara’s leather jacket.

As Oliver and Roy (and Diggle, there on A.R.G.U.S.-related business) ventured to the South American island of Corto Maltese to track down Thea aka “Mia,” in flashback we witnessed how that season-ending father/daughter limo conversation went down, with Thea anxious to never “feel this pain again… to hurt or be hurt ever again.”

To that end, »

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Pilot News: Fox Revives Frankenstein

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Frankenstein has come alive at Fox.

The network has ordered a pilot for a modern-day sci-fi drama inspired by the Mary Shelley classic, Deadline reports.

Exec produced by Homeland‘s Howard Gordon and CrisisRand Ravich, Frankenstein centers on Adam Tremble, a morally corrupt FBI agent who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Tremble will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose — all while navigating the complicated relationship with his “creators” (an antisocial internet billionaire and his bio-engineer twin sister).

Thoughts? »

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Port Charles' Marie Wilson Joins Days as a Woman From [Spoiler]'s Past

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It looks like a certain Days of Our Lives hunk will be the recipient of a big ol’ trick this Halloween.

Port Charles and As the World Turns alumna Marie Wilson has boarded the NBC sudser in the role of Bree, an old acquaintance of Hope’s who also turns out to be someone from Aiden’s dark past.

Related The Young & the Restless Taps Sally Kellerman for Mystery Role

The mysterious storyline kicks off Friday, Oct. 31, when Wilson makes her Days debut.

In addition to her runs as PC‘s Karen and Atwt‘s Meg, Wilson’s credits include the web series The Bay, »

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Grimm's David Giuntoli on Whether a Normal Nick Can Leave the Fractured Fairy Tales Behind

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Grimm‘s Nick begins Season 4 much the way he ended Season 3: powerless, clueless and with a seriously cheesed-off girlfriend.

Oh, and did we mention the dead body ruining the hardwood floor in his foyer?

“The ground has been pulled out from underneath his feet,” star David Giuntoli says, referring to the way Adalind stripped his character of his evil-fighting abilities in the previous season’s finale. “It’s all about identity. Who am I now? What am I? How has this changed my life?”

The ripped-from-the-fairytales drama begins to answer those questions in its premiere (NBC, Friday at 9/8c »

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