Did you watch NBC’s reboot of Smash last night? If you did, then you saw guest-star Jennifer Hudson’s first appearance as Broadway star Veronica “Ronnie” Moore (Hudson appears in 3 out of the first 4 Smash installments). Ronnie first appears in Beautiful, a Broadway show-within-Smash, and performs a rollicking swing number called “Mama Makes Three.” But that was not how producers initially intended to introduce Ronnie. READ FULL STORY »
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The Bings are reuniting on screen for an upcoming episode of NBC’s Go On.
Matthew Perry’s freshman comedy has booked his former onscreen wife Courteney Cox for an upcoming guest spot, EW has confirmed. The Cougar Town star will play a woman who Anne (Julie White), one of the members of the grief support group, tries to set up with Ryan (Perry).
This is the first time since Friends that Perry and Cox will share the small screen — but definitely not the first time members of the Friends cast have appeared together since the show ended in 2004.
The episode is set to air in April, according to THR, who first reported the casting.
If fans of the New Girl thought that the kiss between Jess and Nick was somewhat inevitable — given the growing, palpable rapport between actors Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson — well, now you understand why the writers of the show decided to let it happen. “I think people were seeing the chemistry growing between these characters, and at some point you want some kind of payoff,” says Deschanel. “And this was the perfect time for it.”
New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether says the kiss flowed organically out of a creative process that prizes improvisation and writes to the cast’s individual strengths and group dynamics. That doesn’t mean the writers room doesn’t drive the storytelling or plotting, though. For example, the Halloween episode, in which Jess dresses up a zombie Woody Allen. Says Meriwether: “I did dress up as a young, slutty Woody Allen at a Halloween party, which is where that idea came from. Whatever the opposite of getting laid was, that’s what happened that night. It was the biggest turn off to everybody.” READ FULL STORY »
Writer Meredith Stiehm, 44, shares similarities with Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes): both work in male-dominated places (Stiehm is the Showtime series’ sole female writer) and both have personal connections to bipolar disorder (Stiehm’s sister, like Carrie, suffers from the condition). Stiehm has penned some of the series most acclaimed and talked about episodes, including season one’s “The Weekend,” where Brody (Damian Lewis) and Carrie go to her cabin in the woods, and season two’s “New Car Smell,” in which Carrie finally arrests Brody.
“I didn’t come in until like episode 4,” says Stiehm. “[Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa] created the character and the show. Around episode 4, they realized that there were all male writers and they had a female lead so they wanted a female writer.” Adds Danes, ”She’s really incredible. Her voice is so distinctive and so honest and funny. She has a very wry sensibility that’s so in keeping with who Carrie is. But she also is very warm and feeling and all of that translates into all her work. I owe an enormous amount to Meredith.”
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Looking at Det. Ryan’s (Kevin Bacon) interactions with serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in the first two episodes of The Following, it’s hard to imagine a time when these two weren’t playing their game of cat and mouse. But as tonight’s episode will show, they were actually quite chummy at one time.
When Purefoy stopped by our Spoiler Room video studio, we got him to dish more on the flashbacks we’ll be seeing of their first encounter, the truth about the book Joe received from Parker (Annie Parisse) at the end of last week’s episode, and more!
In honor of this weekend’s SuperBeyonce—I mean—Super Bowl, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy took to his twitter account to debut this clip from next week’s episode. The ladies of New Directions (and Darren Criss’ Blaine) have a diva-off, involving a lot of finger-wagging, hair-flipping, and sequin-wearing. Naturally, the song they choose is Beyonce’s “Diva.” Watch below…
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TNT’s Dallas has snagged itself a Six Million Dollar Man.
EW has learned exclusively that Lee Majors has booked a two-episode guest spot on the second season of TNT’s hit reboot drama. He will play Ken Richards, an old flame of Sue Ellen’s who finds himself crossing paths with her once again for business matters.
Majors, who best known for playing Col. Steve Austin, recently had guest spots on Raising Hope, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: NY.
Dallas kicked off its second season on Tuesday, with an episode that notched almost 3 million viewers.
The witches are coming to Lifetime — and we’re not talking about another Dance Moms spin-off.
Lifetime announced today it has picked up 10 episodes of Witches of East End, starring Mad Men‘s Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.
The drama — based off the book by Melissa de la Cruz — tells the story of Joanna Beauchamp (Ormond), a mother to two grown daughters (Boston and Dewan-Tatum, both of whom have no idea they come from a family of witches.
The series is expected to launch later this year.
McKinley High School’s boys are showing some skin this week on Glee. And while the show’s fans might be excited about the pec-tacular episode, Jacob Artist says that behind the scenes, the mood was anything but sexy.
“I remember when we were doing the wardrobe fittings for this episode and they said, ‘We’re going to be trying on a pumpkin,’ I was like ‘OK.’ Then I came in [and realized] it was literally just a pumpkin wrapping around my crotch,” says the actor, who plays Jake on the musical teen soap. “It was pretty hilarious. But we were all wearing really ridiculous costumes that day and got to be embarrassed together.”
Stripping down to his, um, pumpkin, isn’t the only way Jake will be exposing himself this week, however, Artist said. “Not only are we going to be shirtless but also everyone is really stripping down and showing a lot of layers of their characters.” READ FULL STORY »
Will Cupid finally shoot an arrow into the lonely heart of Raj?
EW has confirmed that The Big Bang Theory has cast a possible love interest for Kunal Nayyar’s alter-ego.
It’s Kate Micucci!
As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the actress from Fox’s Raising Hope will join the CBS comedy for several episodes as Lucy. She’ll make her first appearance on, appropriately enough, the comedy’s Valentine’s Day episode. The episode is titled “The Tangible Affection Proof.”
The promise of love for Raj started last July at Comic-Con, when Executive Producer Chuck Lorre teased that the character could be getting a galpal. “But don’t cheer yet,” Lorre told the crowd. “Wait til you see it.”
Micucci’s other credits include When in Rome, Suburgatory, and Bored to Death.
Major Dad is coming to Southland!
Gerald McRaney, whose credits also include Mike & Molly, Deadwood and The A-Team, will play Det. Hicks, a retired police officer who was Officer John Cooper’s (Michael Cudlitz) training officer. He now drinks a little too much and lives on a boat in Marina Del Rey.
McRaney is set to recur for at least five episodes.
Southland returns to TNT for its fifth season on Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. The cop drama also stars Shawn Hatosy, C. Thomas Howell, Regina King and Ben McKenzie.
Although his show Partners was cancelled back in November, Michael Urie has found work on another comedy. EW has exclusively learned that Urie — who used to star as the beloved Marc St. James on ABC’s Ugly Betty — will guest star on the next season of TV Land’s hit Hot in Cleveland.
Who says soaps and game shows are dead?
CBS has renewed its entire daytime lineup for the 2013-14 season (party in Genoa City to be announced later). That also means more Julie Chen and Co. in The Talk, which is averaging 2.35 million viewers, up 11% from last year. The talker’s bragging rights keep getting better: in the week ending Jan. 13, The Talk delivered its largest weekly audience ever in women 25-54 and women 18-49.
Renewals also went to The Bold and the Beautiful, the most-watched sudser in the world, The Price is Right, daytime’s most watched program, and Let’s Make a Deal. CBS’s crown jewel, The Young and the Restless, already earned a pickup earlier. READ FULL STORY »
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