It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.
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Bebe Neuwirth and Tom Selleck are going to clash when the Broadway vet comes to Blue Bloods later this year.
EW has learned the Frasier alum has booked a three-episode arc on the CBS cop procedural playing a character named Kelly Peterson, a beautiful, stylish and charming woman who is the new Inspector General overseeing Frank’s department. But while Kelly and Frank will be at odds, it wasn’t always that way. The two are said to have met several years ago and, at the time, “sparks definitely flew.” (Well, this could be awkward…)
Neuwirth, who most recently appeared on The Good Wife, will first appear in an October episode.
Blue Bloods is set to begin its fourth season Sept. 27 on CBS.
Ali Wentworth is signing up for duty on Blue Bloods. But there will be no gun play in this role.
EW has learned that Wentworth is set to play Naomi, an attractive woman with sex appeal whose steady string of complaints to the police over a neighbor leaves the PD with little sympathy. Basically, she’s kind of a pain in the butt.
She will appear in an episode early on during the drama’s upcoming fourth season, premiering Sept. 27.
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One year ago, Friday nights featured the great showdown of three genre shows all airing at 9 p.m.: Supernatural, Fringe, and Grimm. Now, all of those shows can look at their Friday time slot in the rear-view mirror — Fringe because it aired its series finale in January but Supernatural and Grimm because they’ve managed to beat the odds and escape the so-called Friday Night Death Slot.
NBC has moved Grimm to Tuesdays at 10 p.m., where it will replace the canceled dating show Ready for Love. Grimm will air once more on Friday — tomorrow’s episode, “Ring of Fire,” which was preempted last week for coverage of the manhunt in Boston — and will air on Tuesdays for the rest of season 2, starting April 30. READ FULL STORY
Joey McIntyre has portrayed an inner city English teacher on Boston Public, a police officer on Psych, and a shady gunshot victim on CSI: NY, but for his guest role on tonight’s 90210, the New Kids on the Block triple threat has chosen a role that hits a little closer to home. He plays Rand Gunn, a music manager called in to help Dixon (Tristan Wilds). “He’s kind of a guy that comes in to save the day,” says McIntyre. READ FULL STORY
From Oogieloves to Blue Bloods? Huge upgrade, Chazz Palminteri!
EW has learned exclusively that actor has scored a plum guest spot on the CBS drama, playing the city’s top mob lawyer in an episode set to air in Jan. 2013. Bonus scoop: We’re told Palminteri’s character has a “long and unusual relationship with Frank Reagan (Tom Selleck).”
Palminteri’s guest spot is one in a few TV appearances he’s made recently. He recently reappeared on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles as Rizzoli’s father Frank, and he’s also become a frequent guest star on Modern Family as an old friend of Jay’s.
Blue Bloods, currently in its third season, airs Fridays on CBS. It’s most recent installment had 10 million viewers.
Jennifer Esposito, who plays Donnie Wahlberg’s partner on the CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, blasted the network on Twitter on Saturday for allegedly misrepresenting the circumstances that have prompted a leave of absence from the show.
The tweets came quickly after Deadline.com reported that Esposito was no longer at work on Blue Bloods (now in its third season) and that her last appearance will be in the episode scheduled to air on November 2. The story initially made no mention of tensions between Esposito and CBS Studios, which produces Blue Bloods. In a statement, CBS Studios told Deadline: “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.” In a series of Tweets that began Saturday evening, Esposito — who suffers from Celiac disease – accused CBS of sidelining her for more dubious reasons. After an initial Tweet that seemed to suggest “the article” was an attempt by CBS to “save face” Esposito then wrote six more Tweets (presented without correction):
“CBS knows PUT me on unpaid leave an has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doc said u needed a reduced schedule due to celiac …CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS … Implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without brining me back to work + keeping… Me from working anywhere else! So no that article is not telling you the truth. Absolutely shameful behavior … If you feel this is unjust use your voice. That’s all we have sometimes … I love you all for the support need to rest now the whole situation brakes my heart. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo”
Esposito may have spurred CBS to issue a statement by hinting at the situation before the Deadline story broke. On Oct. 19, the actress began retweeting comments from followers who were aware that she was no longer working and who were accusing CBS of discrimination and calling on Esposito’s fans to protest.
Asked for comment, CBS provided EW with a longer version of the statement reported by Deadline. “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence. She is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future.”
CBS declined to comment on Esposito’s Tweets.
CBS confirmed a bunch of recent casting news at TCA press tour Sunday morning, with names such as Polly Walker (Rome), Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs), Ken Leung (Lost) and Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) joining the network’s shows in roles of varying length. Most of this has been previously reported here or there, but for those who aren’t TV casting news obsessives, you’ll probably find some surprises. Here’s the release: READ FULL STORY
The Reagans family is famously fearless, but on Friday’s new episode of Blue Bloods, a brush with violence leaves Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and his family uncharacteristically — but understandably — shaken.
In this exclusive clip from the episode, Danny and Linda (Amy Carlson) find it’s harder than they anticipated to see eye-to-eye after their kids are witness to a violent shootout between Danny and an assailant. Meanwhile, the hour will also find Frank (Tom Selleck) saying goodbye to an old friend and partner who was with him on Sept. 11. (PSA: Have your Kleenex on standby, folks!) READ FULL STORY
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Happy Friday, all!
What a week it’s been. If you, like me, are suffering from this strange, post-holiday walking coma, then hopefully this week’s column puts a little skip back into your step.
Thanks to everyone who has been answering the call for questions. (Remember, no question is stupid! Unless it is. Kidding!) So keep it up! firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and I just figured out how to make one of these nifty Twitter buttons! (Don’t tease — I know I’m ridiculously late to the cool button party.)
‘FRINGE’ BOSSES ANSWER YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS! READ FULL STORY
Timothy Busfield has an impressive list of TV credits to his name, not the least of which includes his lengthy run on thirtysomething back in the ’80s and an Emmy Award-winning role on The West Wing. And in the new year, he’ll be able add Blue Bloods to his credits when he appears in an upcoming episode.
EW has learned exclusively that Busfield, who most recently co-starred in the ill-fated Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, will play Curtis, a likeable wealthy man who is accused of murder by his neurotic stepdaughter after the death of his second wife. (It’s also worth mentioning said kid claims she’s getting her 411 from God.)
There is no air date yet for Busfield’s appearance, but it will occur after the show returns from its winter hiatus.
Blue Bloods airs on Fridays on CBS.
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Many, many scoops today. So let’s get to it.
But before we do, remember to be sending me your questions! Without you, there are no spoils to be had. So send all queries, theories, thoughts, and Get Well Soon messages (See the results of my clumsiness here) to: email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter: @EWSandraG.
‘GLEE’: LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX
It’s hard to know where to begin talking about one of Glee‘s most anticipated episodes of the year. Thankfully, that’s not my problem, because I took your burning questions to resident Gleek lord Tim Stack, who offered up these monster teases! If you didn’t get a chance to submit any, you’re probably not following me on Twitter! Don’t miss out next time! READ FULL STORY
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System failing. Too much TV. Abort! Abort!
Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed by all the amazing television this week? Well, buck up, sissy pants! Fall TV is not for the weak. It’s for the bravest, strongest, most wonderfully reclusive individuals. Together we will conquer.
That said, I need your help. Be sure you’re sending in your scoop requests, sharing your TV ponderings, and telling me your general shows of interest so I can make sure I’m filling your need for scoops during this hectic TV time. (Send e-mails to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter: @EWSandraG) Until next week!
(Side note: In case you missed it, we also had a special Emmy scoops edition earlier this week that you can read here.)
DEXTER REVISITS THE PAST IN AWESOME PREMIERE
Last season of Dexter ended with the door open for anything to happen. Lumen lost her darkness and left, Dexter had taken down the season’s villain, and there was even a small note of optimism on his part that he could one day live without his own darkness following him.
On Oct. 2, we pick up with Harrison starting pre-school and Dexter very much at peace with his darkness. And, dare I say, enjoying it again.
Without ruining too much (because I honestly felt incredibly psyched by the premiere and want you to experience it for yourself), much of the episode centers around Dexter tracking down a potential victim at his 20th high school reunion. There, we not only get a great picture of who Dexter was as a high school student, but also get a good laugh out how his classmates perceive him now. (He’s… popular!)
We’re also introduced to Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos’ demented characters. I can happily report that the first murder they are responsible for is one of the most disgusting ones I’ve ever seen on the show. Congrats, newbies! READ FULL STORY
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