This Sunday, Brandy makes her return to acting with the start of a three-episode guest arc on Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. Her character, Elisa Shayne, ended a relationship with Parker (Josh Stamberg) eight years ago, and comes to him for legal help. She quit her job as a nurse to care for her dying father, and now his life insurance company refuses to pay out his policy. “I think she was really in love with Parker at one point, and you know how Parker is on the show,” Brandy laughs. “She couldn’t handle his lifestyle, so she moved on. She’s a really somber woman. She’s quiet. She’s a good mom. She loved her dad. She’s a nurse. She’s a caretaker. I fell in love with her when I talked to the producers about her.” That’s good, because producers are leaving the door open for the character, who has a secret that involves Parker, to return — assuming Lifetime renews the show. (Let’s get on that!). “She starts to work at the firm, and she definitely has some things that she’s keeping from people,” Brandy says. “That keeps me around. Hopefully it will bring me back for season 4, if they get picked up. I’m looking forward to that. I love Atlanta, where it’s shot. The cast is a family there. That’s a blessing to be able to come back to acting, and then work with people who are humble and excited to work with me just as much as I am with them.” READ FULL STORY
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Like most law-centric shows, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva features an always-interesting line-up of guest judges that has included everyone from Paula Abdul to Rosie O’Donnell during the series’ three-season run. Comedienne Wanda Sykes joins that esteemed group in Diva‘s next new episode, “The Prom,” which airs this Sunday, July 24, at 9 p.m., and EW has an exclusive clip of one of her best scenes.
Skyes’ judge is a bit surly, as you might imagine. “Why are you wasting the time of a very important judge?” she asks Jane (Brooke Elliott), who’s defending a teenage woman being kept from her high school prom because she’s a lesbian and wants to bring a female date. “This seems more like a matter for the student council,” she continues. But then Jane pleads her very convincing case, and… well, you’ll just have to watch to see how Sykes (who is a lesbian and an outspoken gay-rights advocate in her personal life, we might add!) reacts. Sassy! Watch here:
'The Good Wife,' 'White Collar,' 'Bones,' 'Franklin & Bash': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Spoilers are like apples, Roomies. Shake the tree, and you’ll get one to fall. And next week at the annual San Diego Comic-Con, the apples will fall like rain, so be prepared. Rather, help me prepare! Send your burning questions about any and all shows going to Comic-Con (and those that aren’t, if you’re so inclined), so I can come back with a basket of bounty to share with you all. We’ll make spoiler pie together! Also, this apple metaphor has gone on about five sentences too long. So I’m stopping now.
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org (note the two “r”s) or Tweet them to me @EWSandraG.
Also, this week, the “side dishes” are the main course. (Clearly hungry right now… ) Enjoy!
Sandra, I’m betting you’ve already drooled over these pics of gun-wielding Joe Manganiello on the set of White Collar, right? What else can you tell me about his role (and how much heavage we’ll be seeing)? — Maggie READ FULL STORY
Season 3 of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, which premiered June 19, has already featured guest spots from the likes of Paula Abdul, Wendy Williams, and LeAnn Rimes. But it’s about to get even starrier: EW has exclusively learned that Mary Tyler Moore star Valerie Harper is on the dramedy’s Atlanta set today, shooting a guest spot for an episode that will air Sept. 11.
Like many guest stars before her, Harper will play a judge on the show. Specifically, she’s Leslie Singer, a smart, no-nonsense judge who’s presiding over Jane (Brooke Elliott) in the courtroom. The case finds Jane representing a notorious bridezilla who is suing for injuries sustained after a bridal-sale stampede — but judge Singer throws out some evidence, which causes Jane to have to get creative.
As the quirky best friend to dead-and-resurrected Jane on Drop Dead Diva, April Bowlby became a fan favorite in season 1. But in season 3, which kicks off tonight, Bowlby tells EW that her character is in for a host of all-new challenges.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell me a little about this season.
Well, this season I think is a little more edgy. I know that Jane, played by Brooke Elliott, gets more boyfriends. She gets a little more flirty, and she’s dating more, getting a little more sexual. Also, my character as well, I hook up with the angel this season [Laughs]. Fred and I finally do the deed, so there’s a lot of little racy storylines going on with relationships this season. And, of course, we’ve got the court cases which are incredible. We did one episode that’s about two lesbians who tried to go to prom. They tried but the school wouldn’t let them buy tickets, so we addressed that in one of our episodes, which was really cool. There’s definitely a lot of stuff going on this year. READ FULL STORY
As you read this, I am likely standing in the center of the sun. That’s not meant to be poetic. I’m on vacation in my homeland of Texas! But I couldn’t leave without first giving you your weekly helping of TV scoop. In exchange, can someone pick up my mail?
Speaking of mail, send me some! Spoiler requests, casting suggestions for the numerous primetime openings we seem to have, or even your pilot questions. Email email@example.com or Tweet me @EWSandraG. I’ll check them when I return in two weeks!
Note: Small programming change: Next week, I’ll have a very special Q&A for Weeds fans instead of your regular column. You’ll enjoy it! Promise!
‘TRUE BLOOD’: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED ROUND 2
Last week, we tackled some of your burning questions. This week, it’s round 2. The countdown to the June 26 premiere of True Blood is on! Here’s some stuff to tide you over.
Hi. I am a HUGE fan of True Blood. I know this season is primarily about Sookie/Eric, but this Bill fan wants to know if the former couple will have any decent scenes together as well? Will Bill be pursuing Sookie or is he too busy with his new power position? — CK
I know you’ve seen the first eight minutes, but the next eight will definitely answer your question about whether Bill cares or not. That said, Bill’s storyline is sometimes very twisted, but mostly just full of twists. READ FULL STORY
'The Glades,' 'Burn Notice,' 'Covert Affairs,' and 'House': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room
Summer is in full swing here, as you can tell from the slate of shows on tap this week. And it’s going to be a pretty solid week, Roomies! I’m particularly excited about The Glades and Burn Notice, the subjects of your two pieces of big scoop this week.
Be sure to send me requests for your favorite summer shows via email: You can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. And, as always, I can be found trolling Twitter @EWSandraG.
‘BURN NOTICE’: THREE BURNING QUESTIONS, ANSWERED!
The new season of Burn Notice is upon us, readers, and it’s going to be a good one! But it seems I’ve been inundated with your inquiries about this season more than ever, and I’m happy to help! So I’ve plucked out three of the most frequent questions and posed them to Jeffrey Donovan: READ FULL STORY
It’s hot in New York right now. Not awful… but getting there. And watching the premiere of Leverage, where the team heads to Alaska for a case, not only made me wildly jealous but provided just the escape I was craving. That’s summer TV for you! And we’re gearing up for the bulk of it, readers. So send in your scoop requests to email@example.com (that’s two r’s) or Tweet them to me @EWSandraG. I’m also accepting random questions about finales, questions for EW staffers, and your general TV musings. (I read them all when I run out of TV to watch, which happens more often than you think.) Thanks, as always, Roomies!
‘HOUSE’: CHASE AND THIRTEEN: IS IT ON?
There’s so much change going on at House, it’s both terrifying and a little exciting. Exciting because there’s no way to predict how the post-Cuddy world will shift this show. One option currently being explored? The advancement of the Thirteen/Chase chemistry we’ve all picked up on. READ FULL STORY
, and so they kind of go head-to-head a little bit.” McMillen will cameo in the episode as the judge’s bailiff. READ FULL STORY
Happy Tuesday, all! I come with freshly picked intel, completely pesticide free.
If you see your favorite show missing, remember to put in a request at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a Tweet (@EWSandraG). Also, as always, feel free to include heaps of praise, your general TV musings, and mythology theories so good I’d like to claim as my own! See you again Friday for more!
BIG CHANGES COMING TO ‘BEING HUMAN’
Holy cow, Humans! Last night’s penultimate episode of Being Human on Syfy not only included a few nail-biting cliffhangers (Please don’t die, Aidan!), but it also left us on a great note going into the season 1 finale. Lucky for you, Sam Witwer spilled many a secrets about next week’s wicked finale to help ease the pain of the wait.
“There are actually a few cliffhangers, and there are a few provocative questions, primarily with Josh and Aidan,” Witwer says. And some of those new questions are likely to be raised in the flashback scene to two years ago that “explains something that Josh did earlier this season,” Witwer teases. “There’s a vengeful move that Josh does at the urging of [Josh’s jerk were-buddy] Ray. We learn a little bit more about why he did that. And we’re also catching Aidan right as he’s about to pull away from the vampires; he’s already starting to feel quite alone and isolated. So that, more than anything, allows him to identify Josh as someone else who has the same problem.” READ FULL STORY
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