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Courtney Love cast in upcoming Fox drama
Courtney Love is coming to Fox's primetime. The singer/actress has joined the cast of midseason hip-hop drama Empire in a recurring guest star role. Empire stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of a record label. Love will play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists." The Hole singer's most recent acting gig was on another show in the Fox family, FX's Sons of Anarchy, and she had had major roles in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Man in the Moon. Other previously announced »
- James Hibberd
TV Castings: Courtney Love Joins ‘Empire'; Mena Suvari Set for ‘South of Hell’
Courtney Love has signed on to Fox’s music-biz drama “Empire” as a recurring guest star.
In other casting news:
Mena Suvari has been tapped to star in We TV’s supernatural drama series “South of Hell,” playing an exorcist who has to expel her own demo. Production is under way in Charleston, S.C. for a 2015 debut. Zachary Booth, Bill Irwin, Drew Moerlein, Lamman Rucker and Paulina Singer co-star. Mary McCormack and Alicia Witt will guest star in the fourth season of Showtime’s “House of Lies,” which bows Jan. 11. »
- Variety Staff
Gossip Girl Actress Michelle Trachtenberg to Play Abigail Adams on Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow has already given us many fun versions of our favorite historical figures, from George Washington to Benedict Arnold to Benjamin Franklin. However, it looks like it’s time for the supernatural series to now focus on the ladies of Ichabod’s time, starting with Abigail Adams. According to TVLine, who first reported the casting news, Gossip Girl vet Michelle Trachtenberg will be tackling the role of Miss Abigail (at least that’s what I picture Ichabod calling her anyway), the First Lady and wife of America’s second president, John Adams, in an upcoming episode of Sleepy Hollow. In addition to being First Lady and mother to future President John Quincy Adams (like father, like son), Abigail Adams was also a proponent of equal rights for women and will, at least in Sleepy Hollow‘s wonderfully wacky universe, have a “secret life that involved Katrina Crane.” In addition to Gossip Girl, »
- Chris King
House of Lies Recruits Mary McCormack as Marty's Potential Savior
McCormack’s Denna Altshuler is described as tough and highly successful. Marty will bring her in to help rescue his troubled business.
Pivot to Air ‘Buffy’ Halloween Marathon
Get ready to wig, members of the Scooby Gang: Pivot is spending Halloween week with a marathon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episodes.
Each week day leading up to Halloween will feature a block of themed episodes starting at 5 p.m.: “Mondays Suck,” (Oct. 27), “Eve of the Demons” (Oct. 28), “Witchy Wednesdays” (Oct. 29) and “Thursday Unleashed” (Oct. 30). On Halloween, the marathon will start at 10 a.m. with a “Classic Monsters” theme.
The marathon will conclude with “Buffy” Halloween episodes beginning at 7 p.m. — just in time to make viewers feel queasy about the ghost costume they purchased from a nice English man who chants to a statue of the Roman god of chaos in the back room of his shop.
- Kevin Noonan
TVLine Items: Courtney Love Joins Empire, a Buffy Halloween & More
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.
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* 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, »
Netflix’s New Kyle Chandler Series ‘Bloodline’ Gets a Premiere Date and Trailer
If you’re a Friday Night Lights fan, it’s time to get excited. Coach Taylor is returning to television (well, technically Netflix but still). Kyle Chandler, who played Coach Eric Taylor on the critically beloved NBC football drama, is starring in a new series from Netflix entitled Bloodline, and after announcing the show months ago, Netflix has finally revealed when the it will premiere and even released a teaser trailer for the thriller. All 13 episodes of Bloodline will be available to stream in March 2015. Bloodline was created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kesslerand. The series, which takes place in the Florida Keys, focuses on a very close but also very secretive family that must deal with their hidden lies being revealed when their “black sheep” brother comes back into their lives. In addition to Chandler, the cast of Bloodline features many familiar names and faces, »
- Chris King
What Other TV Actresses Would Look Like With Zooey Deschanel’s Eyes
It’s up in the air whether New Girl will live to see another season, but considering it’s the best comedy on Fox by a mile, I would hope they’d recognize that fact and give it another pick-up. The star of the show, Zooey Deschanel, has moved from film to TV for the part, and it’s done wonders for her career. Deschanel is famous for her bangs and her eyes, in addition to her acting talent, and that got me thinking about a ridiculous photoshop opportunity, as I’m always on the hunt for new experiments. Today’s experiment? An eye transplant, taking Deschanel’s iconic peepers and seeing how well they’d fit on a number of other famous TV actresses currently starring on the most popular shows on television. Ever wonder why Deschanel’s eyes would look like if they showed up in Castle, The Walking Dead »
The Middle Season 6 Episode 4 Review: “The Table”
Frankie and Mike’s anniversary contrasted with Sue and Darrin’s young love last night on The Middle. It really was a great episode since all the Hecks got equally hilarious storylines. Frankie and Mike’s “twenty something” wedding anniversary rolls around but they’re both too busy working around the clock that they have no desire or time to acknowledge it. Frankie actually gets sucked into the appeal of online shopping when Axl is using their internet to find a cheap table for his house at school. Let this be a lesson to all that measurements are so important to pay attention to when you order furniture online! Knowing Frankie, it’s probably safe to assume that if any dimensions were listed in the Craigslist ad she may have mistaken 6” to mean feet and not inches. Anyway, she’s excited to order it because they’ve had the same »
Arrow Season 3 Episode 3 Review: ”Corto Maltese”
Last night’s Arrow marked the return of Thea Merlyn-Queen as Oliver decides to seek her down in Corto Maltese. Ever since the season 2 finale and since the Arrow Press junket at San Diego Comic-Con, I have been excited to see the evolution of Willa Holland’s Thea and where she is going this year. She has been one of my top favorite characters on the show and after all the pain that she has gone through, it was cool to see how strong she has become. We meet her in Corto Maltese where she has been going by the name “Mia”, which is also another great nod to her Speedy future. Another great aspect of “Corto Maltese” was getting to see John Barrowman back as Malcolm Merlyn who is now a series regular on the show. We have heard that Malcolm’s relationship with Thea is going to be one of… »
Sons of Anarchy: Gemma Teller Is a Mass Murderer — and We Have Proof
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? »
CBS Cuts CSI Season 15 Episode Order
CSI Season 15 will be a little different than past seasons of the long-running CBS series, and by different, I mean shorter. CBS has announced that the episode order for CSI Season 15 has been trimmed from the show’s usual 22 episodes down to 18, making this the first time in CSI‘s history that it will be airing less than a full season’s worth of episodes (by network standards, a full season equates to 22, not 13 which is the status quo for many cable programs). The CSI news was first reported by Michael Ausiello of TVLine, who was given some information on why exactly the episode order was cut. He was reportedly “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… »
- Chris King
MTV to premiere documentary series focusing on millennial veterans
MTV announced the premiere of a new veteran documentary series, MTV's Got Your 6, which will focus on young soldiers and Marines coming home from active duty. The series will premiere on Veteran's day, Nov. 11, in conjunction with veteran empowerment campaign Got Your 6. The series, which derives its name from the military saying, "I've got your back," will follow four veterans as they settle back into their lives as they confront new challenges like post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship woes, and anxiety. They'll also grapple with the role that family, friends and community play as they assimilate back into their old lives. »
- Teresa Jue
Cable’s Upfront Dollars Fell 6% To $9.6B, First Slump In 4 Years
Advertisers committed fewer dollars to national cable TV networks for the first time since before the 2009-2010 TV season, according to data released Thursday by the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau.
National cable networks secured $9.6 billion in advance advertising commitments in the most recent “upfront” market, when TV networks try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for the coming season. The figure represents a 6% reduction, or about $577 million, in outlays from the $10.2 billion earmarked for cable networks for the 2013-2014 season. the Cab said. And the shortfall puts cable’s current take for “upfront” dollars back to just below levels secured for the 2012-2013 season.
Cab attributed the dip to clients holding onto TV ad dollars longer, so that they could align ad spending with immediate business needs, rather than committing to advertise long before product launches and marketing initiatives had been scheduled. “Several big-spending advertisers stated that they anticipated »
- Brian Steinberg
Jerry Seinfeld reunites with Kramer in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' promo
As Jerry Seinfeld prepares for the fifth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he's enlisted the help of an old neighbor to boost the show and its host Crackle's presence. In the video, Seinfeld rushes to a meeting with the president of Crackle, Dick Corcoran. A thin mustache, slicked-back hair, and cigar smoke can't hide that Corcoran is actually the actor's Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards. Corcoran is concerned, however, that Crackle may never rise to prominence because it's being held down by Snap and Pop. Snap and Pop! Richards actually appeared in the first season of Seinfeld's web series, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
'The Late Late Show' to feature guest hosts after Craig Ferguson leaves
English comedian James Corden will begin his reign as The Late Late Show host in March 2015, but sources say a rotating roster of guest hosts will take over the show until then. Corden, whose on-screen credits include starring in the U.K. comedy series Gavin and Stacey and the upcoming Into the Woods, was announced as host in September after current host Craig Ferguson announced his resignation in April. Guest hosts, whose identities have yet to be revealed, will fill in between the time Ferguson leaves in December and March 9, 2015, when Corden begins. »
- Ariana Bacle
U.K. Pay TV Service BSkyB Recruits ‘Madam Secretary’
- Leo Barraclough
Kelley from 'Survivor' reveals who cooked all the rice
No wonder Hunahpu has won every single Survivor immunity challenge they have tried to win this season (Drew intentionally lost one because he is a moron) — it's because they were eating twice as much rice as the other tribe. As a result, the folks stuck on Hunahpu will have to strike some sort of bargain with Jeff Probst next week to replenish their practically non-existent food supply. What will it cost them? We'll find out next Wednesday. But whose fault is it? Who kept insisting on cooking all of that rice? We asked the latest person voted out (and a former Hunahpuian), Kelley Wentworth, »
- Dalton Ross
CBS’ ‘Late Late Show’ with James Corden To Debut March 9 From L.A.
CBS’ new late-night landscape comes partially into view March 9, when the network will launch a revised “Late Late Show” with new host James Corden that will tape in Los Angeles and be supervised by British producer Ben Winston.
Corden succeeds Craig Ferguson, who has hosted the late night series for the past 10 years, taking the reins from host Craig Kilborn. Ferguson is expected to sign off on December 19, 2014. David Letterman, who hosts the network’s long running “Late Show,” is also expected to step down sometime next year, though that date has not been announced.
CBS is likely to use guest hosts on its “Late Late Show” until Corden takes over the chair next spring, according to a person familiar with the matter.
“We’re excited to begin CBS’s next chapter after midnight and introduce James’ wide range of performance talents and fearless creative instincts to American television viewers, »
- Brian Steinberg
The Late Late Show With James Corden Gets March Premiere Date
The Brit is coming! The Brit is coming (in March 2015)!
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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