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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Margarita Levieva

Margarita Levieva is a Russian-American actress who was born in Leningrad, Russian Sfsr, Soviet Union, on February 9, 1980. She moved with her mother and twin brother to Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York City, at the age of 11. She began her acting career in her teens with some small roles in movies. In 2006, she was cast in one of the leading roles in the Fox television series, ‘Vanished’. She is best-known for her role in ‘Revenge’ in which she plays the real Emily Thorne and the faux Amanda Clarke. She is also well-known for playing Gina Zanetakos

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Margarita Levieva
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Zoo Adds Warehouse 13's Joanne Kelly

Zoo Adds Warehouse 13's Joanne Kelly
Having survived some (really) wild adventures at Warehouse 13, Joanne Kelly will next brave (very) wild animals on CBS’ Zoo.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that the actress has landed the recurring Season 2 role of Allison, the Deputy Secretary of Defense who is actively seeking a solution to the animal crisis… and who shares a surprising history with Mitch (played by Billy Burke).

An adaptation of the James Patterson novel, Zoo was renewed back in October after emerging as last summer’s most watched scripted series (averaging 6.4 million
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Esai Morales Cops Blue Bloods Role

Esai Morales Cops Blue Bloods Role
Onetime NYPD Blue lawman Esai Morales will again wield a shield on Blue Bloods.

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TVLine has learned that the actor — who most recently was seen as The Brink‘s Potus and joins From Dusk Till Dawn tonight as a crime lord — will guest-star in a late fall episode of the CBS procedural as Delgado, a charismatic NYPD sergeant who has a plan to increase the accuracy of police statistics by seeking the opinions of city youth, and thus earns a promotion from commish Frank Reagan.

The fly in the ointment?
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'American Crime': Can a Single-Murder-Case Series Succeed on Network TV?

"American Crime," premiering March 5 on ABC, is being touted as an innovative series for spending an entire season focusing on a single murder case, taking a wide-ranging look at the victims, the accused, and their extended families as a way of taking a broader look at the dynamics of a whole community. Of course, this isn't the first time it's been tried, but it could mark the first time that the approach actually works on network TV.

"American Crime" has secured a high-powered cast, including Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman. Nonetheless, after this season is over, the show will move on to a new case next year, with a new cast -- should the show prove a success and earn a renewal.

If that sounds a lot like HBO's "True Detective," that's not an accident. As the old joke goes, imitation is the sincerest form of television. In fact, series
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Birthday Gallery: Gale Harold Turns 45

Over the last 15 years, Gale Harold has had recurring roles on shows as diverse as Defiance, Hellcats, Desperate Housewives, The Secret Circle and Vanished, and well-received turns on stage in Suddenly Last Summer and Orpheus Descending, but of course, it’s his role as the ultimate TV bad boy icon Brian Kinney on Queer As Folk for which he’s most well known.

Brian was the guy you loved to hate … or hated to love, and of all the gay characters ever seen on TV, he may be the most polarizing. But what can’t be argued with is what Gale brought to the role, a combination of charisma, danger, sex appeal, and ultimately … heart.

Today is Gale’s 45th birthday, so let’s take a look back at the career of the man who brought us one of TV’s most unforgettable bastards.

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Josh Berman Inks New Overall Deal At Sony

Exclusive: Josh Berman tenure at Sony Pictures Television will be crossing the decade mark with a fourth consecutive overall deal. Under the new, three-year pact, Berman continues as executive producer and showrunner of Sony TV’s Lifetime series Dead Drop Diva. He created the dramedy, now in its sixth and final season, under his first overall pact at the studio. He also will continue to develop projects for network and cable. Berman began his career as a junior writer on the first season of CBS’ CSI. He remained on the long-running procedural for six years, rising to executive producer. He went on to create the Fox drama Vanished and spent four years on the network’s veteran procedural Bones. While at Sony TV, Berman, repped by CAA and attorney Ken Richman, also co-created and executive produced the Fox drama Mob Doctor.
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Jim Mees, ‘Star Trek’ Series Set Decorator, Dies at 57

Jim Mees, ‘Star Trek’ Series Set Decorator, Dies at 57
Jim Mees, an Emmy-winning set designer best known for his work on the “Star Trek” TV series, died March 29 at his home in Selinsgrove, Pa. after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Born in Mahopac, N.Y., he befriended textile designer Vera at age 12, whom he credited with inspiring his pursuit of a design career. A Gotham native, Mees relocated to Los Angeles in the 1970s to pursue his design career.

Mees got his start in 1982 on the “All in the Family” spinoff “Gloria” starring Sally Struthers.

In his 30-year career, Mees worked on more than a dozen television shows, spending a total of 14 years on the intergalactic sets of “Star Trek” with “The Next Generation,” “Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise.” He received five Emmy nominations for his work with those futuristic sets.

He also worked on the sitcoms “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Who’s the Boss?
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ABC's 'Gothica' casts Frankenstein and 'Arrow' star's cousin joins the CW's 'Tomorrow People'

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ABC's 'Gothica' casts Frankenstein and 'Arrow' star's cousin joins the CW's 'Tomorrow People'
Genre aficionados, this one's for you. A number of darker-hued TV pilot projects added to their cast lists on Thursday, beginning with ABC's "Gothica," a monster-movie soap that's tapped Christopher Egan ("Kings," "Vanished") and Tom Ellis ("Merlin," "EastEnders") to play literary spooks Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein, respectively. Set in contemporary times, the Matt Lopez-penned supernatural pilot will see the former character reimagined as a sexy playboy who helps lead heroine Grace Van Helsing discover who killed her family, while the latter character will be depicted as a brilliant and, yes, handsome doctor (and ex-boyfriend of Grace) who's desperately searching for...
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S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Recruits ER Alum Ming-Na

S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Recruits ER Alum Ming-Na
Ming-Na Wen is joining the cast of Joss Whedon’s ABC pilot Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D.

She’ll play Agent Melinda May, an ace flier and weapons expert, our sister site Deadline reports.

The character — a kinda damaged but immensely soulful former soldier — sounds like a modified version of the Agent Althea Rice role we first learned about earlier in October.

Related | ABC Orders S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot From Joss Whedon

The forthcoming pilot is based on a peacekeeping group that appeared in various Marvel comics and in the summer blockbuster film The Avengers, which Whedon wrote and directed. The title’s acronym
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Josh Berman In New Overall Deal With Sony

Exclusive: Josh Berman has signed a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. This is Berman’s third consecutive overall pact at Sony. The first two yielded two series, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, which Berman created and executive produces/showruns, and Fox’s upcoming drama The Mob Doctor, which he co-created with Rob Wright and also exec produces/runs. Berman just sold a new project to CBS, a single-camera comedy written by The Big C creator Darlene Hunt, based on an Atlantic Monthly’s cover story by Kate Bolick All The Single Ladies. Berman started his career as a junior writer on the first season of CBS’ CSI. He remained on the long-running procedural for six years, rising to executive producer. He went on to create the Fox drama Vanished and spent four years on the network’s veteran procedural Bones, which will now serve as a lead-in for Mob Doctor.
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Junk TV Round-Up: Burn Notice, Mob Doctor, Criminal Minds, Transporter

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All right, you buncha undercooked couch potatoes, limber up your DVR and pretend like you don’t need any friends, it’s time for more junk TV.

Sleeper hit Burn Notice has its sixth season premiere tonight, and I’m betting the suits over at the USA Network haven’t been this pleased since they dug Silk Stalkings out of CBS’s garbage. Series creator Matt Nix had a chat with the good folks over at TVLine and he explains that this will be a very different season. Which, yes, every series creator says before a premiere, but I think Nix actually means it this time. As you may (or may not) recall, the end of last season found the sweet(?) and precious(!) Fiona in the slammer after she turned herself in for blowing up the consulate. This canny move totally threw a monkey wrench in Anson’s plans (Jere Burns,
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‘Bones’ Producer Carla Kettner Inks Overall Deal With Sony, Joins ‘Mob Doctor’ As Ep

Exclusive: Veteran Bones writer-producer Carla Kettner has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV. Under the two-year pact, she will join the studio’s new Fox drama series The Mob Doctor as an executive producer and will develop new projects. On Mob Doctor, a fast-paced medical drama starring Jordana Spiro as a brilliant young female cardiothoracic surgeon juggling her promising medical career with her lifelong debt as a doctor to Chicago’s Southside mob, Kettner will serve as an executive producer alongside creators Josh Berman and Rob Wright and director Michael Dinner. Wme-repped Kettner spent the last five years on the Fox dramedy Bones, rising to an executive producer this past season. Mob Doctor reunites her with Berman. Kettner served as co-executive producer/exec producer on Berman’s two previous series for Fox, Killer Instinct and Vanished, and the two also worked together on Bones. Additionally, Kettner co-wrote with
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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Revenge, Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, NCIS: La and More!

Will Emily Thorne make trouble for Emily Thorne? Will Otto ultimately be the Sons’ undoing? What slice of sweet scoop does a Criminal Minds star have to share? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.

Revenge | As you likely surmised from promos, the real Emily Thorne (played by Vanished alum Margarita Levieva) is going to be sticking around, apparently while wearing barely-there swimwear. Given her rap sheet (including the way she took Frank out of the equation), don’t be surprised is this gal is trouble with a capital T. “I would say she
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10 TV Actors That Deserve Big Screen Careers

Talk about your star potential! These 10 men are best known for their TV work, but we'd happily pay money to see them at the multiplex. Admittedly, this is a subjective list, and we may have left off many of your favorite TV actors. So if you find yourself disagreeing with our selections, we invite you to share your own list of 10 in the comments!

Kevin Alejandro

Anyone who is a fan of Kevin Alejandro knows that he certainly can play a death scene. The actor has had recurring or guest starring roles on over two dozen TV series, and a disproportionate number of those appearances have ended with the death of his character. Alejandro was Justin Suarez' protective tough guy dad Santos on Ugly Betty – Shot and killed in a random convenience store robbery. He was Det. Nate Moretta on Southland – Caught in a gang riot and beaten to death.
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'Adventureland' hottie lands 'Revenge' role -- Exclusive

'Adventureland' hottie lands 'Revenge' role -- Exclusive
ABC’s Revenge is adding an intriguing new character: A stripper with a torrid past.

Adventureland actress Margarita Levieva has landed the recurring role, which gets underway in the seventh episode of the season. She’ll play Amanda, a temptress who resembles a less-polished version of the show’s out-for-retribution heroine Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp). Levieva previously starred in the Fox series Vanished and was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in New York.

Revenge gets underway on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
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From Smallville to Playboy Club For Cassidy Freeman

Smallville actress Cassidy Freeman continues her run as a naughty gal, this time in Playboy Club. The new NBC pilot is set to premier September 19th and will air Mondays at 10/9 central. The series is set in the 1960s at the legendary Playboy Club in Chicago. Amber Heard is acting as one of the club’s bunnies. Numb3rs actor David Krumholtz will also star along side Eddie Cibrian (Vanished, Ugly Betty), who looks a little Mad Men here; dashing that is. According to the official series website, Playboy Club comes from Academy Award-winning Executive Producer Brian Grazer, Executive Producer Chad Hodge (Tru Calling), and Director Alan Taylor (Mad Men, Hey, look at that!) and will be “provocative” and explore “a time and place that challenged the social mores” and “an icon changed American culture”. I think they mean the playboy bunny, folks.

Amber Heard’s Bunny Suit for NBC’s
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'Drop Dead Diva', 'Rescue Me' execs work on new show

'Drop Dead Diva', 'Rescue Me' execs work on new show
The executive producers behind Drop Dead Diva and Rescue Me have teamed up to work on a new show. Josh Berman and Peter Tolan have started developing the project for ABC, The Hollywood Reporter says. The drama is expected to focus on a female FBI employee who is partnered with a homicide detective as part of a scheme to improve the relationship between the Bureau and the police. However, the pair used to be engaged and have not been in contact since their wedding day, when the detective revealed that he is gay. Berman, who is currently working on Drop Dead Diva, wrote the script for the project. His other credits include Bones, CSI and Vanished. Meanwhile, Tolan has signed up as an executive producer but is not expected to be involved in the writing of the project. Tolan recently finished his job on (more)
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Mimi Leder Gets Her Hands On 'All Quiet On The Western Front'

Another version of "All Quiet on the Western Front" is finally gearing up in the pre-production sector as Mimi Leder ("Deep Impact," "Pay It Forward") signs on to direct the film. This will be the second movie that she's directed for the big screen within the past couple of years, the last one before these two being the 2000 feature "Pay It Forward." She's been working behind the scenes in television, directing several shows including "Luck," "ER" and "Vanished.""All Quiet on the Western Front" is based off the novel written by Erich Maria Remarque. Previously it's been turned into the widely popular 1930 film that ended up winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. Principal photography for this version of "All Quiet" will begin in late 2012.Leder talks more about taking on this film:"Even though the original film was made in 1930 at the advent of the talkies, I was moved
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ABC’s ‘Poe’ gets three new cast members

THR’s Live Feed is reporting that ABC’s new police procedural drama Poe, which features Edgar Allan Poe as it’s detective protagonist and follows the legendary horror writer as he uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840’s Boston, has got three new cast members – including its lead!

Christopher Egan (Kings, Vanished) will play the part of Poe and he’ll be joined by Tabrett Bethell (Legend of the Seeker) and Kevin McNally, who interestingly appears in The Raven which stars John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. The pilot comes from Kyle Xy scribe Chris Hollier and is directed by Alex Graves. Shooting begins on March 14th in Toronto.
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Edgar Allan Poe: The Aussie Twink Years

Quoth the raven, "I'm a hot piece of ass".

If there's one role that's perfect for not exactly pretty actors, it's Edgar Allan Poe. The famed Victorian-era author of the macabre wasn't ugly by any means, but his high brows, odd-shaped head and eye bags along with his distinct personality means it's a role that seems tailor made for a good character actor rather than a handsome leading man.

That's why one bit of casting over the weekend is rather strange. 26-year-old Australian Chris Egan ("Resident Evil: Extinction," "Letters to Juliet") has been cast as the writer in ABC's "Poe", crime procedural which paints Poe as the world’s very first detective who uses unconventional methods to investigate dark mysteries in 1840s Boston.

Egan is a decidedly odd choice for the part. The blond actor, who could've stepped out of an Abercrombie catalogue, got his start as a teenager on
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