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The project — which went from series order back to the pilot stage after its original leading man, Philip Seymour Hoffman, passed away — is a described as “a comedic, soul-searching examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place.”
Barkin will guest-star in the pilot as a headhunter who works closely with Coogan’s character.
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Richard Dreyfuss and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany star in Cas & Dylan, the feature directorial debut from Jason Priestley. Entertainment One has taken all U.S. rights on the Canadian pic which sees Dreyfus as a dying doctor whose plans to check out on his own terms take a reluctant detour when he inadvertently winds up on the lam with an anything-but-normal 22-year-old girl. Produced by Montefiore Films, Cas & Dylan is written by Jessie Gabe (Mr. D, Being Erica). Breakthrough Entertainment acquired distribution rights to Cas & Dylan in 2013 and the eOne deal was brokered by Breakthrough’s Tim Brown and eOne’s Berry Meyerowitz.
Image Entertainment has taken all U.S. rights to the Marc Lawrence-directed The Rewrite. The romantic comedy reteams Lawrence with star Hugh Grant after previous collaborations on Two Weeks Notice, Music And Lyrics, and Did You Hear About The Morgans? Marisa Tomei, Allison Janney, J.K. Simmons and Chris Elliott co-star. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
It’s tough enough to make a first feature, but writer-director Adam MacDonald chose to make his with real bears. MacDonald’s been racking up acting credits for quite a while, having appeared on a number of shows including Being Erica and Rookie Blue, but now he’s at the Toronto International Film Festival with his feature directorial debut, Backcountry. The film stars Jeff Roop and Missy Peregrym as Alex and Jenn, a couple that opts to ditch the big city and spend some quality time together camping in the woods for the weekend. Alex insists he knows the way to the secluded Blackfoot trail, but after one too many wrong turns, they’re completely lost and in bear territory, too. In an effort to keep myself from gushing over the film and turning this into a mile long introduction, I’ll just direct you to my enthusiastic review of Backcountry right here. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Warning: The following recap contains major spoilers from Thursday’s season finale of Rookie Blue. If you have yet to watch, avert your eyes. Everyone else, read on…
Rookie Blue‘s Season 5 finale didn’t spare any punches, wrapping with a boom, a bun in the oven and a big dilemma.
With so many juicy twists and cliffhangers, let’s not waste any time getting down to business.
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a trip to Gotham, a third NCIS and a Flash-y Arrow offshoot. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | CBS’ Scorpion (Mondays at 9/8c, premiering Sept. 22)
The Competition | NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and The CW’s Jane the Virgin
Warning: If you have yet to watch Thursday’s Rookie Blue, avert your eyes. Everyone else, read on…
Thursday’s Rookie Blue saw Andy and Sam clear a huge obstacle, as the detective finally shared his troubled history with his father and set the couple on a path toward newfound closeness.
“She needed to see him actually let her in, in a real way,” star Missy Peregrym tells TVLine. “And because he did that, she was willing to try, willing to put herself in the position to be vulnerable with him.”
Related Rookie Blue Spoilers on Andy/Sam’s Future, »
On Thursday’s Rookie Blue, Duncan lets Andy down at the worst possible time, someone wants a little lovin’ — if you catch our drift — and another cop dabbles with the dark side.
Duncan Fail Rating | On a scale of one to 10, most definitely a 10. Andy worries that she’s being too hard on her rookie, so Oliver advises her to cut him some slack. Unfortunately, with Duncan, “once the behavior is set, that’s pretty much how it’s going to be.” Those are his own words. »
Fite Nite is back on Rookie Blue, but the one who should be punching chickens out, leaving another officer to step up on Thursday night’s episode.
And yet, despite all the hits being thrown around, it’s Gail who gets really hurt.
Let’s review the heartaches, confrontations and quips:
A Second Opinion | Gail can’t make it to Fite Nite because she’s meeting Holly’s friends for the first time at The Penny. Dov suggests that her “ambiguous sexuality” might make »
Warning: If you have yet to watch Thursday’s Season 5 premiere of Rookie Blue, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, read on…
The cops of Rookie Blue returned to ABC on Thursday night, and so did the heartache.
Andy, essentially, broke things off with Nick to be with her ex Sam. But just when it looked like the pair was finally ready to give it a real go, Andy told Sam she needed space after his sister scared her off with a spiel about Sam shutting down.
Related Big Brother 16 Cast Includes Minister, YouTube Personality, Pedicab Driver
Even those of you whose arms are firmly at your sides, however, may look askance at the fella after viewing our exclusive preview video from next Monday’s episode (8/7c on ABC). In the clip, Jj is so insolent that adorable farmer Chris finally has to step up and put Mr. Whiny McBootcut in his place.
And yes, Chris uses a well-timed »
When Hayden Panettiere gets her Nashville scripts, she reads them first as a fan, and then as an actor. “I don’t connect myself with the character immediately. Initially, it’s ‘Oh, my gosh, Juliette, you idiot! Are you kidding me?’”
And yet after a season where her country diva became an industry pariah by very publicly breaking up a radio titan’s marriage (and appearing to have denounced God’s existence in a viral video), then wound up betraying her soulmate Avery by drunkenly hooking up with the record exec who’d booted her from his label, “the brilliance »
Question: Which Mistresses character is most likely to blithely answer the door for a suspicious (albeit hot) stranger who showed up at her open house a few days prior and is now aggressively ringing her door bell (not a euphemism)?
Answer: Karen Kim — Aka The Therapist Formerly Known as “Falls in Love With Her Married Patient, Beds His Son and Then Participates in an Altercation That Ends With the Son’s Death and His Dangerously/Deliciously Soused Widow in a Hospital for the Criminally Insane. »
Erin Karpluk, who played the latter series’ titular character, will recur on Season 5 of the ABC/Global series, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Video | Rookie Blue Sneak Peek: Degrassi Star Pulls a Gun on Andy and Dov
“[Being Erica] was a great show, created by one of my dear friends [Jana Sinyor],” Rookie Blue executive producer Tassie Cameron tells TVLine. “I’ve always been looking for a chance to get [Karpluk] on our show, and we finally did. So that’s very exciting.”
Cameron was mum on details about Karpluk’s character, who recurs in »
Last week we got word that Canadian TV network Space had committed to a second season of "Bitten," their most-watched original series ever, and Syfy is hot on their heels with an announcement of their own...
From the Press Release:
Syfy has acquired the popular supernatural thriller "Bitten" for a second season consisting of 10 all-new episodes. Production on Season 2 will begin this summer in Toronto, and the series, from leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), will return to Syfy in 2015.
Said Chris Regina, Senior Vice President, Programming, Syfy: "'Bitten' is a fast-paced and edgy series which has found a growing and passionate fan base on our channel. We’re delighted to bring the series back to Syfy next year.”
Said Prentiss Fraser, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions, eOne Television International: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the tremendous support and enthusiasm from fans across social media since the debut of 'Bitten. »
- Debi Moore
Syfy has renewed “Bitten” for a 10-episode second season. The series, from independent studio Entertainment One, will return to Syfy in 2015. During its first season on Syfy, “Bitten” averaged 1.1 million total viewers, according to Live +7 data. Also read: Starz’ ‘Spartacus’ to Fight Again on Syfy Based on the “Women of the Otherworld” novels by Kelley Armstrong, “Bitten” stars Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”) as Elena Michaels, the lone female werewolf in existence. The show also stars Greg Bryk (“A History Of Violence”), Greyston Holt (“Alcatraz”), Steve Lund (“Being Erica”) and Michael Xavier (“The Best Years”). “Bitten” is executive produced by J.B. Sugar »
- Tony Maglio
We tried really hard to watch "Bitten" on Syfy, but the experience proved to be too painful for us to endure. Apparently we were in the minority because the toothy little series has just gotten an order for a second season. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Space announced today it has ordered a second season of the sexy, high-octane thriller "Bitten," Space’s most-watched original series ever.
Picking up after an exhilarating Season 1 finale, Space has ordered 10 additional one-hour episodes from No Equal Entertainment, Entertainment One Television, and Hoodwink Entertainment. Production is expected to begin this summer and will once again be shot on location in Toronto, Hamilton, and Hespeler. Viewers who have yet to join The Pack can catch encore episodes Sundays at 11 p.m. Et on Space following new episodes of the bewitching series "Salem" at 10 p.m. Et. The entire first season of the »
- Steve Barton
All the latest news from around your TV dial:
- "How I Met Your Dad," the spinoff to CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" series, has added two new cast members: Nick D'Agosto ("Masters of Sex," above middle) and "Mixology's" Andrew Santino. D'Agosto will play Frank, the "Robin" of the group, though Frank's relationship to Sally (the "Ted") is quite different than the Ted-Robin relationship that kicked off "Himym." Santino has been cast as Danny, Sally's older brother. His "Himyd" role is secondary to his "Mixology" role. They join the already-cast Greta Gerwig as Sally. [THR]
- Odette Annable ("Banshee," above right) has been cast in "Astronaut Wives Club," the ABC drama about the women behind the men participating in the 1960s space race. Annable is Trudy Cooper, the youngest of the wives and also a licensed pilot. [Deadline]
American Pie alum Eddie Kaye Thomas will co-star opposite Elyes Gabel in CBS‘ drama pilot Scorpion. Also cast in the project, from writer Nick Santora, director Justin Lin, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is young Canadian actress Jadyn Wong (Being Erica). Scorpion centers on Walter (Gabel), an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses who form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Thomas, repped by Gersh, plays Toby, a genius behaviorist and a member of super-geniuses team. Wong, repped by Greene & Assoc. and Toronto’s Characters, plays Happy, the mechanical genius who can fabricate anything and has hands with a surgeon’s precision and a magician’s inhuman speed. Robert Patrick co-stars. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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