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23:15 - Gilmore Girls - Stacey Oristano to Guest in Netflix Revival
Amy Sherman-Palladino is relocating another one of her beloved Bunheads to Stars Hollow.
The Gilmore Girls creator has tapped Stacey Oristano (aka shopkeeper Truly in ASP’s late, short-lived ABC Family dramedy), to join Netflix’s forthcoming GG revival in a top-secret, guest-starring role.
23:10 - Mistresses - Season 4 - Navid Negahban to Recur
Navid Negahban, best known for playing al-Qaeda mastermind Abu Nazir for two seasons on Showtime’s Homeland, is joining the upcoming Season 4 of ABC’s summer series Mistresses.
Negahban will play the heavily recurring role of Jonathan Amadi, an uber-successful Persian businessman, in the soapy drama series from ABC Studios. He is a confident and charming man who likes to develop businesses, especially if there’s a rising star like Harry (Brett Tucker) attached. A man who has made a fortune in the hotel/restaurant business, Jonathan a genuine nice guy and makes a suave, well-prepared, not slimy pitch to help finance Harry’s business expansion.
23:10 - Dirk Gently - Samuel Barnett Cast as the Lead in BBC America Drama Series
I have learned that Samuel Barnett (Jupiter Ascending) has been cast as the lead opposite Elijah Wood in Dirk Gently, BBC America’s eight-episode series based on the cult Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency novels by Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Written by Max Landis, the series is set to debut in fall 2016. Dean Parisot has come on board to direct.
Dirk Gently is a comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently (Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Wood), as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
23:30 - Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life - Episode 1.09 - How to Survive Working with Friends - Promotional Photos
19:40 - Orphan Black - BBC America Announces Orphan Black after-show, 'After The Black'
Thanks to laura3341 for the heads up.
Taking a tip from AMC, BBC America has announced After the Black, a companion show that will air weekly following Orphan Black.
Hosted by Innerspace’s Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, After the Black is a 30-minute after show that will feature various cast, crew, and special guest stars chatting about the plot, twists, and theories on future episodes. Other segments will include behind-the-scene footage from the set and an exclusive first look at the following episode.
The first post-game, which will air Thursday, April 14 at 11 p.m. ET following the season 4 premiere of Orphan Black, will include stars Tatiana Maslany and Kevin Hanchard.
As for the fourth season, executive producers John Fawcett and Graeme Manson revealed at WonderCon on Saturday that they’ll be going back to basics in a lot of ways by delving into a particular mystery from the pilot. “We really wanted to look at the first season this year,” Manson said. “We wanted to go back to that moment on the tracks with Beth and Sarah and go, ‘What did Sarah miss?’ There’s more story there.”
“We wanted to get that feel back, that feel of season 1 where you don’t know who the bad guy is, you don’t know who you’re speaking to,” Fawcett added. “That was the goal of season 4.”
19:40 - Limitless - 2-Part Season Finale - WonderCon Scoop
The show's Executive Producer, Craig Sweeny, took the stage at WonderCon in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon to discuss the first season and how it'll wrap up in the weeks ahead.
"We wanted our season finale to answer the question of how much Brian has grown over the year, how Rebecca [Harris] has grown over the year, and how much that relationship has grown," he explained. "We're telling a two-part finale [Episodes 21 and 22] in which, for the first time, Brian has to go up against somebody who has the same advantage he does, which is access to NZT. In fact, not just one person, but an entire group of people who have access to NZT. For the first time you're going to see a little NZT-on-NZT action."
Sweeny said that one of the things that makes the show fun—both to write and to see on screen—is how Brian Finch is really two different characters (one on NZT, the other off). As the season has gone on, the delineation between those two characters has become increasingly real.
He's also has a lot of fun with the visual approach of Limitless, which is one of the things he responded to when he was offered the opportunity to turn the movie into a TV series. He called out the film's "visual panache, wit, and style...it did a bunch of things I'd never seen before with the camera." Sweeny made a conscious choice to honor that style by showing the audience at least one thing in each episode that they haven’t seen before, be that a tone or approach to exposition. As an example, Sweeny pointed to the episode exploring Sands' origin, which he wanted to have an "epic" feel. That might have been difficult to film, but they allowed the problem to drive the process, creating a comic-panel themed episode that was one of the more memorable of the season.
00:10 - The Strain - Season 3 - Cas Anvar to Recur
Cas Anvar (The Expanse, Room) is set for a recurring role in FX horror drama series The Strain. The thriller, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, is based on the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Season 3 is currently shooting in Toronto for premiere this summer.
Anvar will play Sanjay Desai, an opportunistic young businessman eager to place himself in a protected position amidst the chaos. Anvar also plays the series regular role of Alex Kamal in Syfy’s The Expanse. He’ll segue to shooting that series’ second season when he finishes work on The Strain. Repped by Van Johnson Company and the House of Representatives, Anvar also appeared as Dr. Mittal in Oscar-nominated Room.
00:10 - 2 Broke Girls - Episode 5.18 - And the Loophole - Promotional Photos
20:10 - Taken - Simu Liu to Heavily Recur
Simu Liu (Blood and Water) has booked a heavily recurring role in Taken, NBC’s straight-to-series adaptation of the hit movie franchise. Written and executive produced by Alex Cary (Homeland), who serves as showrunner, the Taken TV series is a modern-day prequel to the film franchise that depicts how Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) developed and sharpened his particular set of skills.
Liu will play Faaron, a member of the team whose job it is to act quickly in support of the team on the ground. Liu is coming off Canadian series Blood and Water. He’s repped by Characters Talent Agency and East West Artists for Management.
20:10 - Beyond - Jeff Pierre Joins Freeform's Original Series
Jeff Pierre (Drumline: A New Beat) has booked a regular role on Freeform drama series Beyond. From Imperative Entertainment and Automatik, Beyond centers on a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new supernatural abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy.
Pierre will play Jeff, former military, tough but vulnerable. He is obsessive and guilt-ridden while being driven by a higher calling. Pierre had a lead role on VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat and currently recurs on Showtime’s Shameless. He’s repped by Main Title and BRS/Gage.
20:10 - Trial - Tania Raymonde Joins Amazon's Original Series
Tania Raymonde (Lost) is set as a series regular opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s upcoming original drama Trial, from executive producer David E. Kelley. The legal drama, which Kelley co-wrote with his Practice and Boston Legal producer Jonathan Shapiro, centers on Billy McBride (Thornton). Once a big and powerful lawyer, Billy has become a shell of his former self after losing a case that saw an innocent kid murdered. His guilt-driven alcoholism cost him his wife and his job as his longtime partner Cooper turned on him and kicked him out of their law firm. Still hanging onto his dry charisma, Billy is now going head-to-head against Cooper, bringing a case against his former partner, which begins to stir in him his old ambition.
Raymonde will play Brittany Gold, a legal secretary and old friend of Billy’s who moonlights as an escort. Raymonde, best known for her role as Alex Rousseau in Lost, recently starred in Lifetime movie Dirty Little Secret: The Jodi Arias Story. She’s repped by ICM Partners and Primary Wave Entertainment.
01:10 - Supergirl - Greg Berlanti Has a Role for Lynda Carter Next Season
Thanks to A for the heads up.
Wonder Woman may be coming to Supergirl.
Following a screening of the upcoming The Flash-Supergirl crossover, executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti revealed they have plans to bring Lynda Carter to the CBS super series.
“We had the perfect role for Lynda Carter,” Berlanti said of the Wonder Woman alum. “We couldn’t work out her schedule. Next year.”
Interjected Kreisberg: “We’re going to do it, we’ll just do it next year,” which prompted Berlanti to reveal her potential role: “All right, she’s the female president of the United States.”
01:10 - Dead of Summer - Zachary Gordon to Recur in Freeform's Horror Drama Series
Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) is set for a recurring role in Freeform’s Dead Of Summer horror drama series, created/executive produced by Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian Goldberg. Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses—and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.
Gordon will play Jason “Blotter” Cohen. A former camper, happy-go-lucky, Jason “Blotter” Cohen returns to Camp Stillwater as a counselor and resident stoner. Blotter is just as weirded out by the strange occurrences at camp as the other counselors but makes an effort to keep everyone distracted and happy. Gordon is repped by Abrams Artist Agency, Link Entertainment, and Felker, Toczek, Suddleson, Abramson.
01:10 - Better Things - Alysia Reiner to Recur in FX's Comedy Series
Alysia Reiner (Orange Is The New Black) has booked a recurring role in FX’s comedy series Better Things. From Louis C.K. and his longtime friend and collaborator, Pamela Adlon, Better Things is a semi-autobiographical vehicle for Adlon similar to the way Louie is for CK. It centers on Sam (Adlon), a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.
Reiner will play Sunny, one of Sam’s friends. Reiner is known for her role as Natalie Figueroa in Orange Is The New Black and D.A. Wendy Parks in How to Get Away With Murder. She also produced and stars in feature Equity, which had its debut as an official selection in competition at the Sundance Film Festival this year and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics this summer.
00:30 - Jane the Virgin - Season 2 - Derek Hough to Guest
Thanks to Emma for the heads up.
Dancing With the Stars personality Derek Hough will be sharing some suave moves on Jane the Virgin, EW has confirmed, appearing in an upcoming episode as star Gina Rodriguez’s lover in one of the show’s hallmark fantasy sequences.
00:30 - Girls - Episode 5.07 - 5.10 (Season Finale) - Press Release
Episode #49 (season 5, episode 7): “Hello Kitty”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: April 3 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 4 (2:05 a.m.), 6 (9:30 p.m.), 7 (11:05 p.m.), 8 (4:15 a.m.) and 9 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: April 4 (7:45 p.m.), 5 (3:30 a.m.), 6 (11:00 p.m.) and 16 (noon)
Hannah (Lena Dunham) is reprimanded by the school principal, and her response infuriates Fran (Jake Lacy). At Adam’s (Adam Driver) play, a nervous Jessa (Jemima Kirke) worries about seeing Hannah after their fight, and Marnie (Allison Williams) shares news with Ray (Alex Karpovsky). Elijah (Andrew Rannells) attends a swanky party at Dill’s (Corey Stoll) apartment, where he gets the impression that he might be one of many.
Written by Sarah Heyward; directed by Richard Shephard.
Episode #50 (season 5, episode 8): “Homeward Bound”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: April 10 (1:00 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 11 (1:15 a.m.), 13 (9:30 p.m.), 14 (10:30 p.m.), 15 (2:35 a.m.) and 16 (11:20 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 11 (8:00 p.m.), 12 (4:00 a.m.), 13 (11:05 p.m.) and 16 (12:30 p.m.)
Stranded after her summer road trip with Fran is cut short, Hannah is rescued by Ray, but their trip back to NYC gets derailed. When he hasn’t heard from Caroline, Adam stops by Laird’s (Jon Glaser) place and stays to help with the baby. Back from Japan, Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) gets a wakeup call over a sushi lunch. While recording a new song, Marnie is given parameters for her relationship with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach).
Written by Murray Miller; directed by Jamie Babbit.
Episode #51 (season 5, episode 9): “Love Stories”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: April 17 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 18 (2:10 a.m.), 20 (9:30 p.m.), 21 (1:40 a.m.), 22 (4:05 a.m.) and 23 (3:20 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 18 (7:00 p.m.), 19 (2:00 a.m.) and 20 (11:00 p.m.)
After Hannah gives Principal Toby (Douglas McGrath) unexpected news, she runs into Tally (Jenny Slate), her old friend-slash-nemesis. Marnie has an unsettling dream and later tries to work things out with Desi. Noticing that business is suffering at Ray’s, Shoshanna offers to help with marketing, performing clandestine research on the competition. Elijah makes his pitch to Dill for their relationship to be exclusive.
Written by Max Brockman & Jason Kim & Lena Dunham; directed by Alex Karpovsky.
Episode #52 (season 5, episode 10): “I Love You Baby” (season finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: April 17 (1:00 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 18 (2:40 a.m.), 20 (10:00 p.m.), 21 (2:10 a.m.), 22 (4:35 a.m.) and 23 (3:50 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 18 (7:30 p.m.), 19 (2:30 a.m.) and 20 (11:30 p.m.)
Elijah and Loreen (Becky Ann Baker) help Hannah with her plan to participate in the Moth Story Slam. Marnie prepares to go on tour with Desi. Shoshanna’s idea for an “anti-hipster” Ray’s takes off. After helping take care of the baby, Jessa and Adam have an epic fight.
Written by Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner; directed by Jenni Konner.
The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.
GIRLS was created by Lena Dunham; executive producers, Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner, Ilene S. Landress, Murray Miller and Bruce Eric Kaplan; co-executive producer, Tami Sagher; producers, Jesse Peretz, Sarah Heyward and Regina Heyman.
00:30 - Togetherness - Episode 2.07 - 2.08 (Season Finale) - Press Release
Episode #15 (season 2, episode 7): “The Sand Situation”
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 3 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: April 3 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 4 (2:35 a.m.), 5 (11:00 p.m.), 6 (4:35 a.m.), 7 (10:35 p.m.) and 9 (2:35 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 4 (7:15 p.m.), 6 (11:30 p.m.) and 7 (2:00 a.m.)
Facing pressure to build the school she envisioned, Michelle (Melanie
Lynskey) turns to Brett (Mark Duplass) and Alex (Steve Zissis) for help. A midnight trip to the beach puts Brett in an awkward situation, while Alex worries about Tina’s (Amanda Peet) behavior.
Written and directed by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass.
Episode #16 (season 2, episode 8): “For the Kids” (season finale)
Debut date: SUNDAY, APRIL 10 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: April 10 (12:30 a.m., 3:30 a.m.), 11 (1:45 a.m.), 12 (12:55 a.m.), 13 (3:45 a.m.), 14 (10:00 p.m.) and 16 (2:20 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 11 (7:30 p.m.), 13 (11:35 p.m.) and 14 (1:50 a.m.)
Michelle is inspired by the kids as the foursome makes a last-ditch effort to save her charter school plans.
Written and directed by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass.
The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO On Demand.
TOGETHERNESS was created by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass & Steve Zissis; executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Stephanie Langhoff; producer, Jim Kleverweis; consulting producers, Amanda Lasher and Steve Zissis.