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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Supernatural's Jensen Ackles

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A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Jensen Ackles

The Show | Supernatural 

The Episode | “Soul Survivor

The Airdate | October 21, 2014

The Performance | You know you’re in for a ride when Supernatural‘s Dean and Sam have a big confrontation — and they’ve had a lot of them over the years. But nothing could have prepared us for the chilling malice that Ackles brought to Tuesday’s demon Dean vs. Sam battle.

It all started with Sam injecting Dean with the cure, eliciting animalistic growls from Ackles that made us want to offer him a glass of »


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Ratings: Constantine Does Sub-Dracula Numbers, Blue Bloods Hits Highs

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NBC’s Grimm on Friday night returned to 5.3 million total viewers and a 1.5 demo rating opposite the World Series Game 3, down sharply from its year-ago opener (6.2 mil/1.8 vs. Simpsons reruns) but up from its May finale (5.3 mil/1.5).

Constantine‘s premiere retained 4.3 mil/1.4, well shy of Dracula‘s year-ago launch (5.3 mil/1.8) but up from what Hannibal last did in the time slot (2.4 mil/0.8). TVLine readers gave the pilot an average grade of “B.”

Elsewhere….

CBS | The Amazing Race (5.6 mil/1.0) fell 15 and 29 percent, while Hawaii Five-0 (8.8 mil/1.1) dipped 4 percent and a tenth. Blue Bloods however ticked up 5 percent and a tenth to »


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Constantine: Will You Go to Hell and Back for NBC's New Drama?

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Fighting the good fight takes a gnarly turn in the series premiere of Constantine, NBC’s new supernatural drama based on the DC Comic Hellblazer. After watching Friday night’s premiere, are you willing to stand with the title character against the forces of evil?

We want to hear your thoughts on the episode, but first, a brief recap:

We first meet John Constantine (Matt Ryan, The Tudors) as he’s willingly being prepped for electroshock therapy at a psychiatric treatment facility in England. “In my line of work, there are days you just need to forget,” he tells us via voiceover. »


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Grimm Season 4 Premiere Recap: Trubel-ing Times

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It’s been months since we checked in with the Grimm gang, but for Nick & Co., mere moments have passed between the events of last season’s finale cliffhanger — Nick’s Wesen-detection powers are gone! — and this week’s season-opening episode.

And by the end of the hour, those moments seem like a peaceful respite from the insanity ahead. Let’s take a look at what happened in “Thanks for the Memories.”

Don’T Lose Your Head | Nick, Juliette, Trubel and Hank speed away from Monroe and Rosalee’s melee of a wedding reception and wind up back at Nick’s house, »


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ABC's Manhattan Love Story Is Fall TV Season's First Cancellation

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ABC’s Manhattan Love Story is not getting a happy ending.

Related ABC Orders More Castle, Once, Grey’s Anatomy and 4 Other Series

The romantic comedy — which starred Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman as a new couple in the Big Apple — has been cancelled, making it the first official victim of the fall TV season.

The internal monologue-heavy rom-com premiered on Oct. 1 to 4.7 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, and by its fourth outing had dropped to 2.7 mil/0.7. Even more damming, the show was only seeing a 15 percent boost from Live+7 DVR playback — the lowest return of any scripted series this fall. »


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BSG's Tricia Helfer Suits Up as Harvey's Foe (and Lust Interest)

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Erstwhile Killer Woman Tricia Helfer is trying on Suits for size.

The Battlestar Galactica alum is set to guest-star on USA Network’s legal hit as an adversary to Mike and Harvey (and possibly more for the latter), TVLine has learned exclusively.

Helfer will play Evan Smith, Mike and Harvey’s opposing counsel in a huge class action case. Although the two sides exchange blows, Harvey’s first instinct may be to exchange numbers with her.

The episode will air during the second half of the show’s fourth season, which is slated to kick off in early 2015.

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The Originals Adds Everwood Alumna Debra Mooney as Werewolf Matriarch

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An Everwood alumna is making tracks for the Big Easy.

Related Nina Dobrev on The Originals: First Photos of Doppelganger Tatia

Debra Mooney will recur on The Originals‘ second season as Mary, a “tough, no-nonsense” werewolf who will do quite literally anything to ensure the safety of her pack, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Mary will first appear in Episode 11.

Related The OriginalsDaniel Gillies Dispels ‘Romantic’ Elijah Rumors in Season 2

In addition to Everwood — on which she played Edna Harper from 2002 to 2006 — Mooney recently recurred on Scandal, playing Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton. Her lengthy TV resumé also includes recurring roles on Arrested Development, »


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Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti to Lead Showtime Drama Billions

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It’s Showtime again for Damian Lewis.

The Emmy-winning Homeland actor and Emmy winner/Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti (John Adams) have landed leading roles on the pay cabler’s upcoming drama Billions, it was announced Friday.

The series, which counts Brian Koppelman (The Illusionist) among its executive producers, takes a forensic look at the world of high finance. Lewis will play ambitious hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, who is set to go head-to-head with Giamatti’s U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhodes.

Neil Burger (Divergent) will direct the pilot, which films in New York in early 2015.

Your thoughts on Lewis and Giamatti’s casting? »


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Scorpion Sneak Peek: NCIS: La's Hetty Helps Walter's Team Clean Up Nice

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The Scorpion team’s upcoming assignment is so tricky, they need the special touch of NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Hetty Lange (played by Linda Hunt) — and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at how she classes up the joint.

In the CBS drama’s next episode (airing Monday at 9/8c), Walter & Co. are tasked with protecting a priceless art exhibit, and thus need to look the part. Press play above to check out Hetty’s handiwork when it comes to undercover guises, including the hot number that causes Paige to (sorta) turn at least one nerdy head.

Alas, Hetty’s »


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TVLine Items: Jim Parsons Voicing Elf, Haven's WWE Reunion and More

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Jim Parsons is breathing new life into a (relatively young) holiday classic: The Big Bang Theory star will voice Buddy the Elf — yes, Will Ferrell’s character from 2003’s Elf — in a new holiday special for NBC.

Related NBC Unveils Peter Pan Live! Poster: Hook’d Yet?

Premiering Dec. 16 at 8/7c, Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas retells the story of Buddy’s journey to New York City, combining aspects of both the original film and the Broadway stage production.

Additional voices include Mark Hamill, Ed Asner, Fred Armisen, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Gilbert Gottfried, Kate Micucci, Rachael MacFarlane, Max Charles and Steve Higgins. »


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Marvel's Agent Carter Adds Nikita Alum

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Onetime Nikita agent Lyndsy Fonseca has joined the cast of ABC’s Marvel’s Agent Carter — though not as a gun-toting badass.

Rather, Marvel.com reports that Fonseca will play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who will befriend Hayley Atwell’s titular Ssr agent, as both ladies seek to cement their place in the post-war world.

Set in 1946, Agent Carter finds Peggy dealt a serious blow, marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, reprising »


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Did Boardwalk Hit Casting Jackpot? Missing DemonDean? Can Elsa Bundle Up? Palicki-est TV Week? And More Qs!

24 October 2014 9:44 AM, PDT

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With a new week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Revenge, The Flash, Person of Interest and Supernatural!

1 | Though Hawaii Five-0 boss Peter M. Lenkov confirmed as much on Twitter, shouldn’t Danny have checked to see if his brother was, in fact, inside the barrel?

2 | How old is Belle’s phone on Once Upon a Time?! Can someone lend Elsa a cardigan, for when hanging out at the Charmings’ or the cop shop? (She makes us chilly!) And TVLine reader Danielle »


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Degrassi Sneak Peek: Drew Confronts a Pregnant Clare on Season Premiere

24 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Degrassi‘s 14th season picks up just days after Clare learns of her pregnancy, and her first interaction with (potential) baby daddy Drew goes — well — about as smoothly as you’d expect.

Related Degrassi‘s Charlotte Arnold Enlisted for ‘Violent’ Beauty and the Beast Premiere

In TVLine’s exclusive first look at the TeenNick drama’s big premiere (Oct. 28, 9/8c), Drew corners his maybe-baby mama in the hallway, wondering why she ignored all of his texts over Spring Break.

We know she confides in Alli and Jenna about her pregnancy, but is she ready to also spill the beans to Drew? »


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Lauren Graham Lands Odd Couple Gig as Matthew Perry's Ex-Wife

24 October 2014 8:50 AM, PDT

Lauren Graham is going from Parenthood to Couple-dom.

The actress, whose NBC drama is in the midst of its final, 13-episode season, has landed a guest-starring role on CBS’ upcoming reboot of The Odd Couple, where she’ll play the ex-wife of Matthew Perry’s Oscar, TVLine has confirmed.

Despite the fact that the union between Oscar and Graham’s character, Gaby, was a stormy, the couple will nevertheless exhibit warm chemistry as divorcées.

The Odd Couple, which is set to bow at midseason, finds Perry starring opposite Reno 911!’s Thomas Lennon (Felix). The cast also includes Yvette Nicole Brown »


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Ratings: Reign, ABC Dramas Tick Up; Bad Judge, A to Z Slip; Football Pops

24 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (with 8.6 million total viewers and a 2.5 demo rating, per finals) and Scandal (10 mil/3.0) each added eyeballs and a tenth in the demo this Thursday, while How to Get Away With Murder (10 mil/3.0) rose two tenths.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Thursday Night Football (20.2 mil/6.7) was up a good 25 percent from last week’s finals. CBS’ scripted line-up returns next Thursday.

Fox | Leading out of a Bones rerun (4.4 mil/0.9), Gracepoint (3.5 mil/0.8) was flat.

NBC | The Biggest Loser (4.6 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth to match its series low, Bad Judge (4.4 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths and A to Z (3.1 mil/0.9) ticked down one tenth. »


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TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

24 October 2014 7:39 AM, PDT

The Honey Boo Boo bubble has burst.

TLC has cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo amid reports that Mama June is dating a convicted child molester, TVLine has confirmed.

Related Can We Please Give Honey Boo-Boo – And All Such ‘Exploitainment TV’ – a Time-Out?

“TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”

A fifth season of the show was shot but will not air. »


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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Castle, White Collar, Once, Haven, Supernatural, Arrow, Beast and More

24 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

Who on Castle might have a very merry Christmas? How will White Collar say goodbye? Is a Haven hook-up ahead? What happens to the Arrow on The Flash? Is a Beauty-ful family expanding? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

I saw on Twitter that you got the White Collar final season premiere. Anything you could share? — Katie H.

I can share that the final-season storyline, as laid out in the first episode (airing Nov. 6), is pretty damn nifty – a specific, final gambit with enormous stakes all involved, including on the personal front. The highly »


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Ladies Who (Liquid) Lunch: Top 10 Primetime Female Drinking Buddies

24 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

We’re not exactly sure when Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” become the unofficial theme song of the primetime TV female, but you’ll hear no complaints from us.

ABC has encouraged viewers to stock up on red wine in ads for its #Tgit programming block, The Good Wife‘s Alicia Florrick has downed post-work tequila shots as she enters the treacherous waters of a campaign for State’s Attorney, and nary an episode of Game of Thrones goes by in which Cersei Lannister fails to get her drink on.

Mind you, we’re not celebrating (or advocating) a tortured »


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Helix Season 2 Video Teases New Viral Outbreak, Ominous Steven Weber

24 October 2014 6:55 AM, PDT

The new season of Syfy’s Helix brings a new viral mystery to solve — and from the looks of this exclusive teaser video, Steven Weber‘s enigmatic cult leader may be at the crux of it.

Season 2 of the sci-fi drama finds Billy Campbell’s Dr. Alan Farragut and his Cdc team, still haunted by the Narvik crisis at Arctic Biosystems, investigating the outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer. Clues lead them to an island inhabited by a cult that is dead-set on creating a utopian society.

Weber (Murder in the First, Studio 60) will heavily recur as Brother Michael, »


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Constantine: 5 Things to Know About NBC's Devilishly Irreverent Drama

24 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

John Constantine‘s business cards read “Exorcist, Demonologist and Master of the Dark Arts” — and all three of those vocations get a workout in NBC’s new drama based on the popular DC Comics character.

After decades in the Hellblazer comics and one ill-fated run at the big screen, Constantine makes his TV debut Friday (10/9c). Welsh actor Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect BehaviorThe Tudors) plays the trenchcoated demon whisperer, a tortured con man who’d prefer to abandon his occult work but feels compelled to help those who need him most.

Video Exclusive Sneak Peek: Constantine Gets Some »


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