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Maggie Q talks 'Nikita' Season 3 and her No Kill La initiative to save pets from untimely death
"Nikita" fans, rest easy -- though it was on shaky ground for a moment there, the show was picked up for a full Season 3. The second season ended with a few shocking twists last week, but at least we can all look forward to watching it on Fridays at 9 p.m. starting this October. Phew!
"I got a missed call from the head of the studio," Maggie Q tells us, "and I thought, that's either, 'Oh, you're not coming back,' or 'Congratulations.' I called him up, and he answered and he just started laughing, and I went 'Oh, I guess it's good.' We got picked up for 22 [episodes], which I did not genuinely expect at all. If we were coming back I thought we'd get maybe half a season."
The cast will go back to work on Season 3 in July, but in the meantime, Maggie isn't exactly twiddling her thumbs. »
HBO Developing Comedy Series Starring Catherine Keener And Written & Directed By Charlie Kaufman
Exclusive: Frequent feature collaborators Charlie Kaufman and Catherine Keener are teaming for a TV series project. In a competitive situation, a half-hour comedy starring Oscar nominee Keener and to be written and directed by Oscar winner Kaufman has landed at HBO, which has put it on fast-track development. The untitled comedy is described as an exploration of one day in a woman’s life and how the events leading up to it can affect, or not, the reality in which she lives. Kaufman is executive producing; Keener serves as producer. Over the last decade, Keener had been frequently pursued to do TV series, something she had declined to do until now. For her first series starring vehicle, she opted to team with a writer-director whom she has worked with before and who knows her well. Keener starred in Kaufman’s feature directorial debut Synecdoche, New York. She appeared in two »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
'Dancing With the Stars': The finals are liiiiiiiiiiiiiive!
Update: Annie’s recap is live.
Following a tense back spasm scare at the end of Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas’ Bollywood-inspired salsa during last Monday’s semifinals (pictured), it’s Katherine, William Levy, and Donald Driver gunning for that coveted mirrorball trophy in tonight’s season 14 finals. They’re doing the Freestyles! Aside from whichever dances the men decide to do in “tight whites,” these are my favorite routines of the season!
Nominate your hidden gems here as always and stay tuned for my full recap tonight. You can watch the show together in real time over at our ‘DWTS’ live blog. »
- Annie Barrett
Syfy Cancels Sanctuary
Syfy has been keeping Sanctuary fans in the dark on the future of the series, with Season 4 coming to an end in December but no word on whether the show would be back for a fifth season... until today. The genre network has finally announced its decision, and it sucks: Sanctuary has been canceled, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The show starred Amanda Tapping... More >> »
- Tim Surette
'Californication': Sarah Wynter booked for guest starring role
The cast for the upcoming season of "Californication" continues to take shape. Days after word came out that Maggie Grace had signed on for a long-term arc, Deadline is reporting that Sarah Wynter is set to join the Showtime program.
The publication says that Wynter will play the wife of Atticus Fetch, an Australian rock star played by Tim Minchin. The characters are introduced when Fetch has been selected to write a Broadway musical based on a book written by Hank Moody (David Duchovny).
So Zappers, are you excited for the return of "Californication?" Or have you had enough of Hank and his philandering ways?
'The Vampire Diaries' star Ian Somerhalder admits he was 'devastated' by Elena's choice -- and he accepts the challenge
When it comes to "The Vampire Diaries," we here at Zap2it tend to remain pretty neutral in terms of the Damon vs. Stefan debate. However, when Elena chose Stefan in the Season 3 finale, we we have to admit, we were very surprised -- and we empathized with the Damon/Elena fans who had been waiting years for a little victory.
If you were bummed about Elena's decision, you are not alone, Delena 'shippers. Your fearless leader, a certain Ian Somerhalder, shared your heartbreak. We caught up with him last week in NYC, and when we asked him if he was shocked by the finale script, he said that wasn't exactly the right word.
"Is shock and devastation the same?" he teased. "I think it was a mix of shock and devastation. Actually, you know what it is? It's just a good challenge." Uh-oh. If Ian is taking Elena's rejection »
'House' Series Finale Recap: Burning Down the House
As a super duper House fan, I can't help but feel a little cheated at not having the two hour finale continue the story. Instead, the first hour was about the making of the show. Sure, there were some interesting and fun moments here and I love Hugh Laurie.
But hearing his real accent pushed the character of Dr. Gregory House further from my mind when I couldn't wait to find out the season ending of what becomes of House and Wilson. When that did happen, it turned out to be more than worth it for me. I still wish the House series finale had been a two-hour story, but I'm not disappointed with what we did get. »
Wme-Connected Raine Group Played Unsung Role In Yahoo-Alibaba Deal
A Hollywood-connected name was missing from yesterday’s press release announcing Yahoo’s $7.1B agreement to sell half of its stake in Alibaba Group — equal to 20% of the Chinese e-commerce operation — back to the company. The deal also affects Japan’s Softbank, which owns 29% of Alibaba. It was advised in the deal by Jeffrey Sine, co-founder of The Raine Group, a merchant bank with close ties to Wme. Sine’s accustomed to multibillion-dollar media transactions: At Morgan Stanley, he advised Time Warner when it bought AOL and Turner Broadcasting, and Viacom when it bought CBS. »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
ICM Talent Agent Becoming Production Svp
Exclusive: Yet another talent agent is departing the ICM hallways, but this time it’s amicable and he’s not going to a competitor. Veteran Brian Bunnin is joining Vincent Herbert’s Streamline Entertainment as Svp Production and Development. “I’m thrilled to work alongside Vince and his entire groundbreaking team and look forward to continue working with ICM in a new capacity,” Bunnin said in a statement to Deadline. He began his tenure at ICM in 1999 as an intern while attending film school at USC and has been on teams representing Kevin Zegers, Stark Sands, Sean Kingston, The Game, Kathy Bates, and Kris Kristofferson. »
- NIKKI FINKE
'Scandal': Kerry Washington and the cast share crisis-management tips
"I hear Kerry is very hard to work with, is that true?" Washington jokes about herself,, holding up her iPhone to the rest of the cast like a microphone. "I heard...She's very mean and controlling on set, is that true?"
"We're all her little dragons," replies co-star Darby Stanchfield.
The actress along with her colleagues on Shonda Rhimes' political thriller spoke to Zap2It at ABC's international upfront Sunday (May 20), sharing a few PR tips they picked up from while filming the show about the staff of a crisis-management firm.
For Washington, the first move in a predicament is full disclosure.
"Tell the truth," she says. "And then ask yourself again, 'What am I holding back?' 'Cause that's usually the biggest problem is that people think they're being honest, »
'Lone Ranger' no more! Johnny Depp adopted into Comanche Nation
In a move that is likely to spark discussion, the Comanche Nation has officially adopted Johnny Depp into its family in celebration of his role as Tonto in the upcoming film adaptation of The Lone Ranger.
Ladonna Harris, the Comanche president and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, lauded Depp’s “historic” portrayal of full-blooded Comanche Tonto in Disney’s Western reboot (opposite Armie Hammer as the titular cowboy).
“It seemed like a natural fit to officially welcome him into our Comanche family,” said Harris in a press release (Ictmn broke the story earlier today). “I reached out, and Johnny »
- Marc Snetiker
Game of Thrones: Pre-War Jitters
Game of Thrones S02E08: "The Prince of Winterfell"
Shoot, I'll just come out and say it since it's what we're all thinking. "The Prince of Winterfell" was probably the least exciting episode of Game of Thrones we've seen in a long, long time. Certainly of this season, right? This was a big-time talky-talky episode, and as was the case last week, sharp words spat... More >> »
- Tim Surette
Gabriel Byrne Cast In History’s ‘Vikings’
Gabriel Byrne has been cast as Earl Haraldson in History channel’s first scripted series, Vikings, which premieres in 2013. Byrne will play a powerful figure in the historical telling of the Norsemen who raided and explored during Medieval times. He goes against the story’s protagonist, Ragnar Lothrok. Vikings is a 10-episode drama from MGM TV and The Tudors and Camelot masterminds Michael Hirst and Morgan O’Sullivan. Other executive producers on the series include John Weber of Take 5 Productions, Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn and Sheila Hockin. As with Hirst and O’Sullivan’s other productions, it’s an Irish/Canadian co-production. History has U.S. rights; MGM TV has most international rights. Related: History Orders First Scripted Series — ‘Vikings’ From MGM TV And Michael Hirst »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Lena Dunham confirms 'Community' star Donald Glover is heading to HBO's 'Girls' for Season 2
Lena Dunham (the creator, writer, star, director and producer of the show) confirmed Glover's casting to TV Line, joking that she wants to avoid spoilers but that "We're entering sort of 'Battlestar Galactica' territory, and he's going to be the ship captain."
Dunham also hinted that next season will have "a lot of fun guest stars. I really think with Season 2, we sort of hit new heights of delirium and of fantastically lewd behavior."
Speculation began last week after Dunham tweeted out a photo of Glover on set (pictured) with the caption "Evilish Gambino" -- a play on Glover's musical stage name, Childish Gambino. Later, the New York Post published a picture of the two on set in Brooklyn with the headline "'Girls' quick »
Will ‘American Idol’s’ Jessica Sanchez Prove Odds-Makers Wrong?
It would be a huge upset if the preternaturally gifted 16-year-old wins Season 11 of American Idol on Wednesday. Online odds-makers unanimously consider the Dave Matthews-influenced Phillip Phillips to be the favorite — which would make him the fifth consecutive white guy with a guitar to take the prize. Ireland’s Intrade gives Phillips a 78% chance of winning. At Curacao-based Pinnacle, a $1 bet on Phillips would pay $1.262, while one on Sanchez would pay $4.22 if she wins. Antigua’s Intertops says $1 should pay $1.40 on Phillips and $2.75 on Sanchez. And at Bodava, based in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada, a $13 bet on Phillips would net you a $4 profit if he wins while $2 on Sanchez would pay $5. What to do? As far as I’m concerned, nothing. Despite the show’s hype about the democratic nature of its “nationwide vote,” we know little about who casts ballots and how accurately their votes are counted. »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
'The Real World': 20 years later, seven strangers who made their mark
The Real World is running our country. Literally. Twenty years to the day after Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray’s landmark MTV show debuted, its impact on American culture (not just pop) is pretty spectacular to behold. Sure, we could just discuss our favorite episodes and characters, but that wouldn’t get to the crux of the issue: This show actually matters. No, I’m not talking about its subsequent 26 seasons (26!) or its Kardashian-like spawning of spin-offs and D-list celebrities. I’m talking about the fact that The Real World is in Congress (U.S. Representative Sean Duffy, of the Boston season, »
- Lanford Beard
ABC to launch 'Good Afternoon America'
The network announced Monday (May 21) that it will soon launch "Good Afternoon America." The program, which is being referred to as an "extension" of "Good Morning America," will feature Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer as co-anchors. ABC adds that "Gma" regulars Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos will periodically stop by for special appearances.
The one-hour program will debut on July 9 at 2 p.m. Et. It will focus on light news, pop culture, lifestyle and workplace issues. The network has committed to a nine-week run for the show.
"Good Afternoon America" will replace the recently-canceled "The Revolution." The lifestyle talk show, featuring Ty Pennington and Tim Gunn, was sacked after its ratings failed to meet expectations. »
LisaRaye McCoy On "Single Ladies" Critics: "F**K'em!"
Huffington Post: And with success, of course, comes critics. What are your thoughts on media outlets who dubbed season one, “embarrassing.” LisaRaye McCoy: F**k’em! Let them write a show and come up with what they want to see. Until then, the people who love it, tune in. Well, there ya go. It doesn't get any clearer, or *realer* than that, does it? That was a snip from an interview Single Ladies star LisaRaye McCoy did with Huffington Post, published earlier today. A second season, much to the disappointment of some I'm sure, begins exactly 1 week from today - May 28th! The show, which made its debut on May 30th, 2011, averaged close to 3 million viewers each week, with a strong showing in its core 18 to 34 female demographic. Earlier this year, it was announced that Cassandra Freeman (most recently seen on S&A in Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda) had »
'The Tonight Show' with Bob Newhart instead of Johnny Carson? 'I think I was being groomed'
The veteran comedian and star of two classic sitcoms was a frequent substitute when Carson had time off from NBC's "The Tonight Show," and Newhart -- one of the many Carson friends and peers who appeared in last week's PBS "American Masters" profile of the late-night-tv icon -- believes his 87 rounds in the host's chair might have led to many more.
"I didn't know it at the time, but I think I was being groomed" to take over "Tonight" permanently, the famously mild-mannered Newhart tells Zap2it. "Johnny and NBC were in one of their perennial fights. He was saying he was walking, and they were saying, 'We're not paying him any more! He's holding us hostage. We'll find somebody else.'"
Not that Newhart would have agreed to replace close »
Legendary’s Thomas Tull Among Just 3 Contenders Bidding For San Diego Padres
Exclusive: More rich Hollywood boys and their toys besides Jerry Bruckheimer and pro hockey, and Peter Guber and pro basketball, and others. … Now the local San Diego media is reporting that Legendary Entertainment Chairman/CEO Thomas Tull is making a bid for the Padres baseball team. Today, San Diego Padres Hall of Fame outfielder and hometown hero Tony Gwynn — now head baseball coach at Sdsu — publicly endorsed Tull to the local media. [Update: Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn is joining Tull's group in the bidding, according to Gwynn's agent John Boggs. Gwynn played for the Padres his entire 20-season big league career and is currently a baseball coach at his alma mater, San Diego State. The AP says that Gwynn met with Tull last week, according to Boggs.] Tull is one of 5 potential bidders for the team, but my sources say the vetting has narrowed to just 3 contenders — and Tull is among that select group. They want to buy the 51% share of the baseball team which current Padres Chairman John Moores is selling as the result of a divorce. Tull is a well-known baseball fan who was born and raised in Binghamton, NY, less than 70 miles from Cooperstown, where he frequently visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. »
- NIKKI FINKE
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