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Any Smash fan who spent two seasons following the progress of a fictional musical about Marilyn Monroe has to wonder: What the hell happened to Debra Messing‘s scarves? Famously reviled by TV fans, the show cut down on the cozy accessory in season two, but sadly never made it to a third. In hopes of cracking a Hollywood mystery for the ages, VH1 spoke to Will Chase, who played Michael Swift, the on-screen fling to Messing’s Julia Houston.
As an actor who came from Broadway himself, the current Nashville star discussed his musical theater legacy, and what he thinks of the recent trend of televised musicals (like NBC’s The Sound Of Music Live and the upcoming Peter Pan). Most importantly though, we talked about Smash, if there’s any hope of bringing Bombshell to Broadway, and where in the world Debra Messing‘s scarves might be today. »
- Elizabeth Black
The randy sailors of On the Town are back in the Big Apple, and taking up permanent residence at the newly-renamed Lyric Theatre (where the beleaguered Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was the previous tenant), with lots of dancing boys and girls courtesy of Smash's acclaimed choreographer Joshua Bergasse (keep your eyes peeled to EW.com for a future feature on him, by the way). In other news, "Big" Al Pacino is coming back to Broadway next fall in a brand-new play written expressly for him by master wordsmith David Mamet, about a billionaire taking a fateful phone call before semi-retirement. »
- Jason Clark
Debra Messing has had mixed success on NBC. Will & Grace ran for years while Smash was a ratings disappointment for most of its short run. How will The Mysteries of Laura perform? Will it be renewed for a second season or will it be cancelled quickly? Stay tuned.
The Mysteries of Laura revolves around a brilliant-but-harried NYPD homicide detective (Messing) who must also juggle her home life, including raising her young twin boys and trying to divorce her husband. The rest of the cast includes Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso, Janina Gavankar, Max Jenkins, Vincent Reina, and Charlie Reina.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next day, »
Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler on Nashville, has an unenviable role on the show. Brought in as Rayna James‘s boyfriend-turned-fast-tracked-fiancé (the wedding is in December, y’all!), he moseyed on in between Rayna (Connie Britton) and her One True Love, Deacon Claybourne (Charles Esten). Those of us who have been rooting for Rayna and Deacon to finally reunite might have been a little disappointed when uber-famous, seemingly issue-free Luke swept Rayna off her feet and promised her a perfect celebrity relationship (Ruke? Layna?) and a stable home life — something Deacon could never offer. Chase recently spoke to VH1 about the fan reaction to Luke (“I’ve been getting a lot of ‘Puke Wheeler’ hashtags!”), that amazing ’90s ponytail he donned in a flashback scene, and the buddy-cop spinoff he wants to make with a certain co-star.
VH1: How are fans reacting to you these days now that »
- Elizabeth Black
If previous seasons lost power, the fourth starts packed with thrills as Carrie delivers shock, awe and collateral damage
Good news: Homeland (Channel 4, Sunday) is back. And the CIA showing uncharacteristic openmindedness, or perhaps forgetfulness, or just simply foolishness have put Carries issues (mental health, drink, inappropriate affairs with possible spies) to one side and appointed her station chief in Kabul. The Drone Queen, her staff call her, which may sound like an apian anomaly, but what it means is that she has Americas kill list in one hand and a finger of the other on the button that launches a missile attack against the latest target. Then it (the hand) generally pours its owner a large glass of chilled chablis and Skypes her sister.
Intelligence arrives from Pakistan station chief Sandy Bachman about the whereabouts of Haissam Haqqani, this weeks No 4 on the hit list. Send em in, »
- Sam Wollaston
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DC Entertainment and The CW launched its latest superhero show this past Tuesday, as Grant Gustin’s Scarlett Speedster raced onto the small screen in The Flash. The pilot episode drew impressive ratings, pulling in a 1.9 and 4.79 million viewers, giving The CW its top-rated premiere since The Vampire Diaries in 2009, and beating rival show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. managed on the night. You can check out our recap and review of the series premiere here, while we’ve also a »
- Gary Collinson
The CW's "The Flash" is adding some more villains to its ranks.
Andy Mientus ("Smash," "Chasing Life") has joined the cast as Hartley Rathaway, a former Star Labs tech who later becomes the sonic weapon-slinging villain The Pied Piper. In both the comics and the show the character is openly gay. Mientus will appear in the show's eleventh and twelfth episodes.
Next, "Alias" regular Victor Garber is slated to play the DC Comics character and arrogant nuclear physicist Dr. Martin Stein in the series. The character discovers the particle accelerator accident fused him with the impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell) and he races to find a way to separate the two. Together they become 'Firestorm'.
Meanwhile its progenitor "Arrow" returned to The CW on Wednesday night to solid ratings with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.0 in Live+Same Day results. The third season premiere jumped 2% in total viewers and 11% in the »
- Garth Franklin
Andy Mientus is going from Smash to The Flash. The Broadway actor, currently playing Marius in Les Miserables, has been cast as Hartley Rathaway, aka Pied Piper in CW's new DC comics-inspired series The Flash, EW has confirmed. Mientus will appear in episodes #111 and #112 as the bona fide genius who seeks revenge on his former mentor, Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), by destroying his new protege The Flash after the same particle accelerator explosion that created Barry Allen's superpowers causes Rathaway to lose his hearing. Pied Piper is one of the only openly gay villains in the DC Comics »
- Jake Perlman
We first reported on The Pied Piper's involvement in the show last month, who is one of the original members of the Rogues. That supervillain group is formed by Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), who will be introduced in the show's fourth episode, "Going Rogue" on October 28. As for The Pied Piper, he will appear in the show's 11th and 12th episodes this season.
In the show, Harley Rathaway is a true genius who used to work at S.T.A.R. Labs until he had a falling out with Tom Cavanagh's Harrison Wells. The particle accelerator explosion that turned Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) into the show's title character also robbed Harley of his hearing. He »
“The Flash” is bringing in a new villain for Barry Allen to battle, introducing the first openly gay character on the show in the process. “Smash” alum Andy Mientus has been cast to play Hartley Rathaway, the DC villain who also goes by Pied Piper, a network representative tells TheWrap. Also read: ‘Alias’ Star Victor Garber Lands on CW's ‘The Flash’ Rathaway was left hearing-impaired by the same S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator that gave Barry (Grant Gustin) super speed. But being a genius in science, he creates a catalogue of sonic weapons to punish his former mentor »
- Linda Ge
A “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” TV series is in the works "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs: The Series” is being developed by Dhx Media and Sony Pictures Animation based on the hit film series. According to Entertainment Weekly, the TV version will "chronicle the high school years of eccentric young scientist Flint Lockwood.” But there’s no word on if any of the movie’s stars, including Bill Hader, will reprise their roles for the TV series. “American Horror Story” returns to record ratings with "Freak Show" About 6.127 million viewers tuned in to the “Freak Show” premiere, marking the 3rd straight year that “Ahs” has returned to bigger ratings. Lorde calls “South Park” spoofing her “weird and cool” "i have officially been the subject of 2 south park episodes and that is weird and cool,” the singer tweeted, adding: "i don't actually watch south park but from »
- Norman Weiss
Here’s a piece of casting news that’s sure to make some noise: Smash vet Andy Mientus is joining The Flash as hearing impaired (and openly gay) DC Comics villain Pied Piper (Aka Hartley Rathaway), TVLine has learned exclusively.
One of DC’s original Rogues, Hartley is a bona fide genius who used to work at S.T.A.R. Labs until a falling out with his mentor, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). The particle accelerator robbed Hartley of his hearing, but inspired him to create a series of sonic weapons that he uses in an effort to punish Wells »
“As one half of the Firestorm entity in the DC Comics universe, Martin Stein is described as a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it’s too late.”
Firestorm has appeared in many animated DC television shows but this is the first time the character will appear in live action. Garber will first make is appearance as the character in episode 12.
- Thomas Roach
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Question: How much stock should we put into Kate and Rick’s new wedding date on Castle? —Carrie
Ausiello: They weren’t fibbing, Carrie. The wedding is happening in November. In related news, Nathan Fillion (sorta) called it!
Question: I was wondering if you have any American Horror Story: Freak Show scoop. —Kevin
Ausiello: Having already seen this week’s premiere, “Monsters Among Us,” I can promise you that it doesn’t disappoint. (Heck, Jessica Lange’s glamtastic »
• Another big name has been launched into consideration for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film The Martian. Emmy winner Jeff Daniels is the latest actor in talks to join Matt Damon in the movie about a stranded astronaut struggling to survive. Daniels would play the Nasa director dealing with the crisis back on Earth. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig and Kate Mara may also star in the film written by Drew Goddard (World War Z) and adapted from the self-published book of the same name by Andy Weir. [THR] • Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, and Clea DuVall have signed on for Fresno, »
- Jake Perlman
Scorpion, at least in its general design, may feel similar to a host of other shows that focus on geniuses, and it suffers from the inherent flaw of all such shows, it isn’t written by geniuses. While certain recent efforts (The Mentalist, Elementary, Lie to Me) have managed to bridge the divide between focusing on geniuses and being understood by non-geniuses, Scorpion dodges the difficulty altogether, largely by doing virtually nothing that seems smart (except saying that everyone is smart at you repeatedly), and by actively showcasing the utterly ridiculous.
It’s a sad turn of events really, because there could be an interesting show here. Certain elements that look at the inherent difficulty of being a genius, especially those involving a small boy, would make for a worthwhile exploration, but the show is more interested in laughable bits of derring do. More importantly, it would seem »
- Marc Eastman
What does Homeland look like (mostly) minus Nicholas Brody?
The Showtime drama answered that question with Sunday night’s double-episode Season 4 premiere, which found Carrie serving as Station Chief in Kabul after trading away her cushy Istanbul gig for one that disallows dependents — carrot-topped cuties included.
But more on poor Frannie in a bit.
Related Showtime Boss Weighs In on Homeland Season 3 Backlash
The season opens with a literal bang, as Carrie oversees a strike on a Pakistani farmhouse, inside which is No. 4 baddie Haissam Haqqani. The intel came from a usually reliable source of Station Chief Sandy Bachman’s, »
Maddie Hasson has been cast in I Saw The Light, writer-director Marc Abraham’s biopic about country music legend Hank Williams. She will play Billie Jean, a 19-year-old who pursued by Williams (Tom Hiddleston) after his divorce from Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen). She eventually becomes his second wife — and his widow. Hasson recently wrapped the indie pic A Light Beneath Their Feet and starred on ABC Family’s Twisted. She is repped by UTA, the Beddingfield Company and Coast to Coast Talent Group.
Emory Cohen has landed a role in By Way Of Helena, a revenge Western from director Kieran Darcy-Smith. Matt Cook wrote the script, which made the 2009 Black List. Liam Hemsworth stars as an 1880s Texas Ranger sent to an isolated frontier town to investigate a series of murders. There he squares off against a fearsome local preacher (Woody Harrelson). Cohen will play Isaac. His recent credits include Beneath The Harvest Sky, »
- Jen Yamato
As Transformers: Age of Extinction gears up for its Blu-ray release we're getting a peak at some of the special features of the disc and they're certainly impressive. In a time when supplementary features seem to be on the wane, this one definitely seems like it's going all out which is something I certainly appreciate. Michael Bay is definitely a master craftsman in many regards, so getting a look at his process is fascinating. We have some exclusive concept images to share with you guys that take a look at the evolution of some of the designs of the film. Hit the jump for the exclusive Transformers: Age of Extinction concept art. The movie hits Blu-ray tomorrow. Click here to buy it on Amazon. [gallery columns="1" link="file" ids="362620,362611,362619,362617,362616,362612,362615,362614,362618"] The Year’S #1 Movie In The World Arrives On Blu-ray 3D™ & Blu-ray™ Combo Packs With Over Three Hours Of Explosive Special Features $1 Billion Global Smash Hit Debuts on Blu-ray 3D, »
- Evan Dickson
Katharine McPhee's about to score a huge paycheck ... but she probably shouldn't blow it on a new Maserati ... because her soon-to-be-ex Nick Cokas gets half.Columbia/Epic Records still owes Kat $700K according to court docs ... and she concedes it's community property -- meaning Nick gets half.As we've reported ... the divorce is bitter ... Nick's accusing Katharine of banging "Smash" director Michael Morris and then lying about it. It really doesn't legally matter, but he's pissed. »
- TMZ Staff
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