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Once Upon a Time is officially going Greek.
An ABC spokesperson confirms for TVLine that relative newcomer Jonathan Whitesell and Hannibal‘s Kacey Rohl have been cast as Hercules and Meg, to appear in the 13th episode of Season 5, titled “Labor of Love.”
61 years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” continued with the release of its second volume, “The Two Towers.” That November release followed that summer’s debut of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” which came nearly two decades after “The Hobbit” hit shelves in 1937. Tolkien’s epic tale of Middle-earth continued in this second volume, introducing readers to Treebeard and his fellow Ents, to the realm of Rohan and to Gríma Wormtongue. The third “Lord of the Rings” volume, “The Return of the King” was released in October 1955, so fans had to wait nearly 12 months to find out what happened after the cliffhanger of “Two Towers,” which ends with Samwise realizing that Frodo had not been killed by Shelob’s venomous sting, as it had appeared, but merely drugged. “Frodo was alive but taken by the Enemy,” the book ends. Rayner Unwin, the books’ publisher, later said, “For »
- Emily Rome
Actress Katherine Castro (The Summoning) has joined award-winning American actor Greg Germann (Ally McBeal), in the Andrés Curbelo (Biutiful) and David Maler (Codigo Paz) co-directed Dominican Republic drama movie Reinbou, set to start filming this week in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The fantasy feature film is based on the popular fiction novel Maceta by Puerto Rican-born Caribbean writer Pedro Cabiya, and follows the historical story of the 1965 American invasion into the Dominican Republic seen through the magical eyes of a child, Angel Maceta. At the helm of the story is Captain Horton, played by Germann, one of the commanders that leads the invasion and marries a young native Dominican played by Castro.
- Gary Collinson
You can now stream all four seasons of “The O.C.” online, plus fan-favorite Robbie Kay — better known as Peter Pan — is returning to “Once Upon A Time.” Also in today’s TV news roundup, Jimmy Kimmel will become a hologram, hosting his late-night show from two cities at the same time . . .
“The O.C.” is now available for online streaming on CW Seed. All four seasons of the beloved teen soap, which originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2007, have been made available on the CW’s streaming site and app. “O.C.” followed the lives of teenagers in the wealthy town of Orange County with the main foursome played by Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody and Ben McKenzie. The series has not previously been available to stream anywhere including Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.
Robbie Kay will return to “Once Upon A Time,” reprising his role as Peter Pan, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
ABC’s Once Upon a Time has cast one helluva role for the second half of Season 5.
RelatedNovember Sweeps: Scoop on Once Upon a Time, Castle and More
ABC would confirm no further details on the character or his storyline, but the casting call described him as “a mysterious figure with god-like powers who is always clad in a perfectly tailored suit,” someone who can “strike fear into people just by being friendly” and »
Celebrated director Jean-Marc Vallee is currently in talks to helm at least the opening episode of the upcoming limited series Big Little Lies for HBO. The filmmaker, who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Achievement in Film Editing for his 2013 film Dallas Buyer’s Club, will be following up such projects as The Young Victoria and Wild with this literary adaptation – the rights to which were snapped up by the respective production companies of Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, with a view to creating a project in which they would star.
The 2014 novel, Big Little Lies, was written by Australian author Liane Moriarty, and became an instant hit on publication last year. It is a dark comedy, focused on three kindergarten mothers whose lives spiral out of control when the School Trivia Night at Pirriwee Public Primary School descends into a riot, leaving one parent dead. Mystery, »
- Sarah Myles
This review contains spoilers. Our spoiler-free review is here.
Supergirl is a show, much like Kara Zor-El herself, born into an unfair world. Due almost exclusively to the glaring lack of female-led superhero properties on the big and small screen, it has the weight of the world on its shoulders and unjustly, is expected to be all things to all people. As such, it will inevitably be found lacking by some.
It’s near-impossible to separate the Supergirl pilot from the preconceptions that come with its name, the 80s film version, its comic book origins, and the reaction the divisive 6-minute trailer received earlier this year. Lambasted for being too girly and too sweet, there are those who have already written Supergirl off.
Those people are missing out on something, »
“Earth doesn’t have just one hero anymore. Now, it has Supergirl.”
You’ve watched the commercials. You’ve seen the billboards and bus-stop posters in your neighborhood. You’ve even gotten Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” stuck in your head for no apparent reason. (All together now: “Like a small boat, on the ocean…”)
Now, after months of marketing, the highly anticipated Supergirl premiere has arrived — and we want your thoughts on the CBS drama’s debut. But first, a recap of what went down in the first hour:
"I feel like I'm not living up to my potential," Kara admits to her sister Alex. "I have the same powers he does! I can lift a bus, stop a bullet. Alex, I can fly!" The "he" is Superman, Kara's celebrated cousin. Like Kara — (slightly) better known as "Supergirl," and now the star of her own TV series (it debuts Monday at 8:30 on CBS) — points out, they come from the same planet, and have the same powers, but he's an icon and she never seems to find her place. That line about squandered potential could just as easily be applied to many of the writers responsible for crafting Kara's adventures over the years, going back to her comic book debut in 1959. Despite being Superman's equal, strength-wise, the "girl" in her name was treated as doubly diminutive. Superman was there to save the world, Supergirl was there to have boy trouble, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Taye Diggs‘ next TV gig will find him soaking up some sun — with a possible side of romance.
RelatedFox Orders More Rosewood Scripts
Diggs will play Dr. Mike Boyce, a famous infectious disease doctor who also happens to be the best friend of Morris Chestnut’s titular character. That friendship will be tested, however, when Dr. Boyce is called in to consult on a case — and ends up getting personal with Jaina Lee Ortiz’s Detective Villa. »
Cannes — “Scream Queens” and “Glee” star Lea Michele and “Homeland’s” Claire Danes were surprise guests at an awards dinner at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes Wednesday held to pay tribute to the achievements of the chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Walden and Newman, who were being honored as Mipcom’s Personalities of the Year, were also joined by Chris Carter, the creator of “The X-Files,” whose rebooted series had its world premiere at Mipcom on Tuesday.
Michele, who had flown from the New Orleans set of “Scream Queens,” said she felt very grateful to be working with Walden and Newman on her second show with Fox, and that she didn’t know how to say thank you, so would give them a gift of a few songs. Michele said she had been planning to wear her neck-brace from “Scream Queens” while she sang, »
- Leo Barraclough
The ’90s are making a comeback this fall, at least on TV. Can’t wait for Uncle Jesse to return on “Fuller House”? Starting Tuesday, you can catch John Stamos as part of another unconventional family on Fox’s “Grandfathered.” Kevin from “Wonder Years” is all grown up, and Fred Savage can be seen as a lawyer on the network’s “The Grinder.” Calista Flockhart is going from neurotic lawyer “Ally McBeal” to “Supergirl’s” boss on CBS, and Katey Sagal transforms from “Married With Children’s” Peggy to a mysterious mystic on AMC’s “The Bastard Executioner.” Also Read: »
- Linda Ge
Sarah Wynter has landed a series regular role opposite Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello in Trial, the Amazon Studios drama from The Practice and Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley. The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice and Boston Legal producer Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid… »
Maria Bello will co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon Studios’ series “Trial,” Variety has learned. The legal drama hails from from David E. Kelley, creator of “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal.”
Bello will play attorney Julie McBride, the ex-wife to Thornton’s character Billy McBride, a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded.
Beautiful, brilliant, accomplished, Julie is successful in her career — she is a co-founding partner at a firm — but her personal life is lacking, as she lost the great love of her life, Billy, and holds him in some contempt for allowing him to derail his life.
Bello also joins William Hurt, who will play Billy McBride’s ex-partner at the firm, plus Olivia Thirlby, who was cast as Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant but not as seasoned as she pretends to be. Julie (Bello) is the »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Before it decides which television projects to bring to series, Amazon Studios usually organizes its pilots in competitive seasons, during which viewers can decide which shows they enjoy the most. With its latest pickup, however, Amazon is skipping the public pilot presentation altogether. Variety has reported Amazon’s decision to greenlight Trial, a courtroom drama that will star Billy Bob Thornton and William Hurt.
In Trial, Thorton will star as a disgraced attorney who must argue against his former colleague (Hurt) in a wrongful death case. Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Dredd) will appear as a young, prodigious lawyer. David E. Kelley, known for his work on legal dramas like The Practice, Boston Legal, and Ally McBeal, is the series’ creator.
As with other recent series presented by Amazon, Trial is the sort of show that could make some noise come awards season. Both Hurt and Thornton have received nominations at the »
- Sam Gutelle
“Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton) a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife. His professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer, who has just been fired from his old firm, brings a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm, Attorney Donald Cooper, played by Hurt.
Previously announced, Thirlby is playing Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant, but not as seasoned as she pretends to be.
Kelley co-wrote the pilot with Jonathan Shapiro, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
This could be a record year for Emmy records.
The award show stars were aligned when the nominations were announced last month, setting up showdowns in a slew of key categories that could result in record-setting wins (or, in a few cases, losses) come Sept. 20.
That includes both of the top series races, where old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family” vie to set new all-time highs in their categories versus buzzy competitors jostling to make their own special mark on Emmy history.
“Modern Family” has claimed the comedy series prize five years running, leaving it tied for most wins with “Frasier,” which accomplished the same feat between 1994 and 1998. If the ABC comedy squeaks out one more victory, it will hold the new record solo.
- Geoff Berkshire
“Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton), a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife, but his professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm.
Thirlby (“Juno,” “No Strings Attached”) will play Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who knows what she wants, which is money, sex and respect. Though she’s brilliant, she’s not as seasoned as she pretends to be, which gets her into trouble.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
CBS’ “Supergirl” has received praise for being the first in the latest crop of superhero TV shows to focus on a female lead (played by Melissa Benoist) — and criticism from those unhappy with the connotation of the character’s name and show’s title.
Those behind the show were prepared for such blowback. One of the first clips that was released featured Calista Flockhart’s media mogul Cat Grant offering a fierce takedown of haters not pleased with the moniker “girl.”
“I love that speech. One of the things I love about this show is it’s a real celebration of girl power. I was attracted to this show because it’s something that moms and daughters can watch together,” said Flockhart, who after “Ally McBeal” is no stranger to a debate about feminism, at “Supergirl’s” Television Critics Assn. panel at the Beverly Hilton on Monday.
Greg Berlanti, the »
- Whitney Friedlander
Famke Janssen is going from battling the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to The Keating Five. E! News has confirmed the X-Men star has joined the cast of How to Get Away With Murder, something her X-Men character, Jean Grey, knows a thing or two about if you watched X-Men: The Last Stand. Details on her character are being kept under wraps, but TVLine reports she'll play a revered defense attorney. Something tells us she'll be squaring off against Viola Davis' Annalise Keating at some point. Every guest star needs to go up against Annalise at some point. Look for Janssen to first pop up in the season two premiere. Janssen's other TV rolls include Netflix's Hemlock Grove, Nip/Tuck and Ally McBeal. On »
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