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Exclusive: NCIS Casts Young Abby for Origin Episode Full of 'Prizes' for Longtime Fans

9 December 2012 9:31 AM, PST

How does one become a one-of-a-kind Goth technogeek like Abby Sciuto? CBS’ NCIS will explore that question with a February sweeps episode that flashes back to the character at the age of 10.

To that end, TVLine has learned that Brighton Sharbino — a recent guest star on The New Normal — will channel a younger Pauley Perrette.

NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg says he had asked himself, “What kind of origin story could we do with Abby that would be a little different? And rather than look back at her first days of working at NCIS, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Jamie Foxx Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

9 December 2012 8:01 AM, PST

As a veteran of sketch comedy thanks to his stint on In Living Color — which, at the risk of making everyone reach for the Geritol, debuted over 20 years ago — Oscar winner Jamie Foxx carried fairly high expectations into this week’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig. And while the episode contained what I’d argue was the least funny segment all season (more on that in a moment), it also featured enough genuinely funny moments that Foxx didn’t lose his comedic cred in the process.

After another uninspired politically themed cold open and an iffy monologue (Foxx’s little »

- Michael Slezak

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What to Watch Sunday: A Dexter Duel, Amazing Race Finale, Portlandia In Springfield and More

9 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST

On TV this Sunday: It’s the end of another Amazing Race, the ladies in Dexter‘s life face off, a Portlandia pair put a bird on The Simpsons and Oprah’s Next Chapter gets Scandal-ous. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | In the two-hour finale, the final four teams make their way from France to New York City, where they’ll encounter a Houdini-inspired Roadblock, the finish line and a $1 million prize.

8 pm The Mistle-Tones (ABC Family) | TV-movie: When no-talent Marci »

- Kimberly Roots

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ABC Passes (Again) on Pilot Adaptation of BBC's Only Fools and Horses

8 December 2012 5:08 PM, PST

ABC has dethroned Kings of Van Nuys… again.

The alphabet net has passed on a retooled version of the comedy pilot, which was an adaptation of the British series Only Fools and Horses, our sister site Deadline reports.

The multi-camera sitcom was to star John Leguizamo (ER) and Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) as two members of a family caught up in zany get-rich-quick schemes. BridesmaidsWendi McLendon-Covey also appeared in the pilot.

The potential series was originally developed last pilot season. Though the network initially passed, »

- Kimberly Roots

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Ratings: Nikita Steady, Dateline Tops Night

8 December 2012 9:01 AM, PST

The CW’s Nikita held steady in its second week back in the Friday lead-off spot, delivering 1.2 million total viewers while scoring a 0.4 demo rating.

For the night, Undercover Boss slipped two tenths week-to-week but netted the second-best demo rating (1.6) behind Dateline; ABC’s 9 pm Shark Tank repeat (5.5 mil/1.5) placed third.

Blood Bloods as usual drew the largest total audience (11.1 mil), while dipping a tenth in the demo (to a 1.4).

Related | Wednesday/Thursday Ratings: Red-Hot Scandal Hits All-Time Highs, Chicago Fires Up Its Largest Audience

A few other quick notes:

* ABC’s Last Man Standing (6.6 mil/1.4) was down two tenths in the demo, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from Arrow, Walking Dead, Asylum, New Girl and More

8 December 2012 6:21 AM, PST

In this week’s Bones, Booth crafted a meaningful playlist as a romantic gesture for Brennan. Shout-out? (Probably not.) Regardless, we’ve pulled together another TVLine Mixtape for you – because we, like Seeley, like you more than a friend.

As always, here are some great songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams!

Series And Episode | The Walking Dead, »

- Kimberly Roots

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Fired X Factor Judge Cheryl Cole Sues Producers

7 December 2012 7:11 PM, PST

Cheryl Cole never appeared on Season 2 of the American version of The X Factor, but she’s suing the show’s producers for the salary she claims she’s owed.

The British host, who was let go from the Fox singing competition early around the time of its American debut, filed suit against Blue Orbit Productions Friday for more than $2.3 million, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related | Reality Check: Are Carly Rose and Cassadee Unbeatable on The X Factor and The Voice?

The breach of contract suit says that Cole, a judge on the British version of the reality series »

- Kimberly Roots

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TVLine's Performer of the Week: Charlie Hunnam

7 December 2012 3:28 PM, PST

A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star

The Performer | Charlie Hunnam

The Show | Sons of Anarchy (FX)

The Episode | “J’ai Obtenu Cette”

The Airdate | December 4, 2012

Related | Sons of Anarchy Boss Talks Finale Shockers, [Spoilers'] Fates — Plus: Early Season 6 Scoop!

The Performance | Jax Teller completed his transformation into a new man this week during the gritty drama’s season finale, in which he officially became the ruthless outlaw leader he’d long despised. Hunnam turned in yet another impeccable, nuanced performance in the final 90 minutes of Sons‘ fifth season as the underrated actor expressed a »

- Team TVLine

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Castle Exclusive: Gina Torres on Board for Show's Latest Firefly Reunion

7 December 2012 2:25 PM, PST

Another shiny Firefly reunion is headed Castle‘s way.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Gina Torres, who played Zoe to Nathan Fillion’s Mal on the short-lived, much-loved Fox sci-fi series, will guest-star on the ABC drama as Samantha Foster, a successful fashion mogul who comes off as ruthless and fierce on a Real Housewives-esque reality show. But get this — she may be even more devious when the cameras aren’t rolling.

Related | ABC Unveils Castle, Once Upon a Time and Revenge Limited Edition Prints

Torres will appear in this season’s 14th episode, “Reality Star Struck,” which would seem »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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New Showtime Dramas First Look: Masters of Sex Titillates, Ray Donovan Dominates

7 December 2012 2:12 PM, PST

Showtime’s about to become an even hotter, darker place.

The premium cabler Friday released photos and a trailer for its new dramas Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan, both of which premiere in 2013.

Related | Scoop: Paul Bettany Abruptly Drops Out of Showtime’s Masters of Sex

Masters is the story of William Masters (played by Twilight‘s Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Party Down‘s Lizzy Caplan), who led the field of human sexuality research in the 1960s. (In the trailer below, you’ll likely get a laugh from star Beau Bridges quizzically peering at a vibrator-looking contraption.)

Ray Donovan »

- Kimberly Roots

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Glee Casts English Actor as New Love Interest For Kurt – Is This the End of 'Klaine'?

7 December 2012 1:36 PM, PST

Looks like Rachel will be able to pass her Intro to Hotties textbook to roommate Kurt come January.

Glee has cast British actor Oliver Kieran-Jones to play the new head of the glee club at Nyada and a potential love interest for Chris Colfer‘s incoming freshman, Kurt.

The actor’s most noteworthy credit stateside was an arc on Showtime’s Episodes.

Video | Glee First Look: Kurt and Blaine Enjoy Christmas Reunion in New York

Jones’ deal calls for him to recur during Glee‘s current fourth season with an option to become a series regular in Season 5.

The news »

- Michael Ausiello

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TVLine Items: Downton Abbey Catch-Up Session, Y&R Fave Returns, Svu Expanded and More!

7 December 2012 11:48 AM, PST

If you’ve yet to see a second of Downton Abbey but would love nothing more than to jump on the Brit hit’s bandwagon before Season 3 bows stateside in January, PBS has got you covered.

Related | Downton Abbey Renewed for Season 4

Press Play below to watch a five-minute video compiled of every itty-bitty thing you need to know about the breakout smash’s first two seasons.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

The Young and the Restless fan fave Marcy Rylan (Abby) is returning to the CBS soap on a recurring basis beginning in early 2013, per Soap Opera Digest. »

- Megan Masters

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Is Castle Too Chaste? Is Kalinda a Killer? Reid Off His Rocker? Did Blair Hit a Low? And More Qs!

7 December 2012 11:34 AM, PST

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife, Castle and Criminal Minds.

1 | While amusing, wouldn’t TBS’ Wedding Band benefit from being trimmed down to a half-hour show?

2 | Is Revenge‘s Americon Initiative renting dark office space from The Ring on Chuck? Also, was Ashley’s tryst with Conrad the least shocking intel Emily has ever squirreled away?

Related | Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, Arrow, Homeland and More

3 | In retrospect, »

- Team TVLine

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Mindy Project Scoop: Meet Mindy's New Bff!

7 December 2012 10:00 AM, PST

The Mindy Project‘s midseason revamp continues.

Fox’s rookie comedy has tapped Upright Citizens Brigade vet Mary Grill to join the cast in a recurring role, TVLine has learned.

Grill will play Maggie, Mindy’s tomboyish, confident, party girl friend from college who is often assumed to be a lesbian (when in reality she slays guys left and right). Maggie and Mindy reconnect when the former moves into the latter’s apartment building.

Grill’s hiring comes as The Mindy Project undergoes a slight »

- Michael Ausiello

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Grey's Anatomy Boss Shonda Rhimes Breaks Silence on Katherine Heigl Kerfuffle: 'It Stung'

7 December 2012 9:08 AM, PST

Those rumors about Katherine Heigl possibly returning to Grey’s Anatomy for a brief arc? Don’t hold your breath.

In Sunday’s installment of Oprah’s Next Chapter (9/8c, Own), Oprah Winfrey asks Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes about Heigl’s controversial decision in 2008 to remove her name from Emmy consideration because she did not feel she was “given the material to warrant a nomination.”

“On some level it stung and on some level I was not surprised,” Rhimes tells the Big O, adding, “When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that [mantra] with me a lot. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Ratings: Hot Scandal Hits All-Time Highs, Chicago Fires Up Its Largest Audience

7 December 2012 8:43 AM, PST

You get two — count ‘em, two — ratings round-ups today for the price of one, thanks to delays over at the Nielsen number-crunching factory. (Sources tell me that Inspector 83 had a Level-8 abacus problem.)

Starting with Thursday, ABC’s Scandal drew its largest total audience ever (7.4 mil, up 11 percent) and rose 14 percent to an all-time high rating of 2.5 (besting Elementary’s 2.3).

Related | Scandal Recap: Shot Through the Heart, and Who’s to Blame?

CBS’ Two and a Half Men (14.2 mil/4.2) and Person of Interest (15 mil/3.2), pending NFL adjustments, upticked in the demo and are eying season highs in total viewers.

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- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Fringe's Joshua Jackson: Peter's Revenge 'Is as Bleak a Story, But as Fun a Story, as You Can Tell'

7 December 2012 7:58 AM, PST

When last we tuned into Fox’s Fringe — with the middle of the final season’s 13 episodes — Peter’s transition into Observertude made new leaps, while Olivia became privy to her partner’s unsettling secret.

Oh, and as Peter realized that he could lead Observers to death, he lost his first clump of hair.

Related | Fringe Team Shares Scoop on Bald Peter, Olivia’s Mia Ring, Astrid’s ‘Moment’ and More

“He’s not in a good space,” Joshua Jackson told TVLine with a laugh, at the series’ 100th episode party. “He is hellbent on revenge and it is clouding »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Apartment 23 Hot Shots: The Beek and Dean Cain Go Dancing With the Stars

7 December 2012 7:04 AM, PST

It’s a super showdown this Tuesday on Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (ABC, 9:30/8:30c), when James Van Der Beek finally faces off against nemesis Dean Cain on Dancing With the Stars — and we’ve got 18 photos of the fierce parquet action.

Related | Apartment 23 Exclusive: My Boys Vet Kyle Howard Comes Between Chloe and June

Who will get a leg up on his competition, TV’s erstwhile Dawson or Superman himself? All that ABC’s official synopsis reveals is that when “James finally step into the spotlight, mouths will drop.”

Check out The »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Exclusive Glee Sneak Peek: Will Kurt and Blaine's Holiday Reunion Mend Broken Hearts?

7 December 2012 6:34 AM, PST

Christmas can be a romantic time — but will mistletoe be in the mix this year for Glee‘s ex-lovebirds Kurt and Blaine?

The former couple will reunite in New York in next Thursday’s holiday episode of the hit Fox (airing at 9/8c), and we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes preview of their skate date.

Related | Glee: 25 Songs We’d Love to Hear in Season 4 (and Who We’d Like to Sing ‘Em)

The sequence, which finds the pair performing a dreamy rendition of “White Christmas” while ice skating, was shot in the wee hours of the morning — what could possibly go wrong? »

- Vlada Gelman

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Up All Night Hires Nurse Jackie Creator as Showrunner for Its Multi-Cam Revamp

7 December 2012 6:33 AM, PST

With its transition to a new multi-camera format, NBC’s Up All Night is getting a new showrunner: Nurse Jackie co-creator Linda Wallem, our sister site Deadline reports.

Wallem — who with Lix Brixius served as showrunner for Jackie through its first four seasons — thus replaces sitcom vet Tucker Cawley (Everybody Loves Raymond), who lorded over Up All Night for the first stretch of its second season. (Cawley will join The Mindy Project as a consulting producer, as part of his deal with Universal Television.)

Related | NBC Midseason: Community Returns, Smash Moves to Tuesdays, Revolution Takes a Break

As reported in October, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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