Entertainment News for the Week Ending Friday, Jan 17, 2014

TV and Movie News for the Week Ending Friday, Jan 17, 2014

The news from the entertainment industry from the week that was, ending Friday January 17th, 2014, included quite a bit of news.  Some good, some sad, some well, just is plain old interesting.  As always, I lead with the table of contents of sorts to let you know what I'm covering in the text of the article below... 

24 Casting News

ABC Network News

Bill Maher


Breaking Pointe

CBS Premiere Dates
    The Amazing Race
    Under the Dome


Gilligan's Island


Legit on FXX


SHOWTIME Network News

Suits Tour News
The Bachelor

The Devil's Ride

The Newsroom (sucky news)

Veronica Mars


24: Live Another Day casting news

press release

Yes, a new chapter in the life of Jack Bauer is on its way and it's called 24: Live Another Day.  And aside from the fixture of Kiefer Sutherland, they've just recently announced that Benjamin Bratt has been cast as the head of CIA operations, Steve Harris, in the upcoming new series.

24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY premieres with a two-hour television event Monday, May 5 (8:00-10:00 PT ET/PT) on FOX, and makes its time period premiere the following week onMonday, May 12 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Bratt’s HARRIS commands the CIA operation in London that is pursuing Jack, now an exile and a fugitive from justice. Supporting HARRIS are CIA agent KATE MORGAN (Yvonne Strahovski, “Dexter”), who is both resourceful and driven; JORDAN REED (Giles Matthey, “Jobs”), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and ERIK RITTER (Gbenga Akinnagbe, “The Wire”), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative.



At the Winter Press Tour recently, ABC gave an update on a few shows.  To make a few long stories short...

Agents of SHIELD is not the ratings hit they thought it might be... (Duh.)  I'd suggest better writing.  Actually, the last few episodes were pretty decent.  If it keeps on par like that, it should be fine.

They say they're shortening the season of Killer Women.  Dudes, cancel it.  It's replacement show will premiere on Feb 25th.

“Black Box” will premiere on THURSDAY, APRIL 24

“Black Box” stars Kelly Reilly as Catherine Black, Ditch Davey as Dr. Ian Bickman, David Ajala as Will Van Renseller, Ali Wong as Dr. Lina Lark, Laura Fraser as Reagan Black, David Chisum as Joshua Black, Siobhan Williams as Esme Black with Terry Kinney as Dr. Owen Morely and Vanessa Redgrave as Dr. Hartramph.

Catherine Black is a world-famous neurologist at the state-of-the-art medical institution known as “The Cube.” Catherine is brilliant, beautiful, and at the top of her game, though she’s hiding a secret of her own: she’s bipolar. Each week, the doctors on staff attempt to unravel the mysteries of the brain and are constantly challenged by cases never-before-seen on television. The medical stories are moving, bizarre and a visual feast. The personal stories are riveting. The patients have rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions, which we’ll see through their eyes as Catherine diagnoses and treats them.

“Dancing with the Stars” will premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 17

And new drama “Mind Games” will now premiere on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25.  It stars Steve Zahn as Clark, Christian Slater as Ross, Megalyn Echikunwoke as Megan, Gregory Marcel as Miles, Jaime Ray Newman as Sam, and Cedric Sanders as Latrell.

With a little bit of science, a dash of con-artistry, plus a smattering of Jedi Mind Tricks, brothers Ross (Christian Slater) and Clark Edwards (Steve Zahn) can tailor a plan to influence any life-altering situation, thereby making their clients’ dreams come true and their nightmares go away. They are partners in Edwards and Associates, an unusual business based on the belief that people’s decisions are influenced by their environment in ways they’re not aware.


HBO announced that they've renewed Real Time with Bill Maher, for a 13th season!



Sneaking in some sordid news, rumors are that if/when Bones gets the nod for a tenth season, that it may very well be its last.

Be ready for that.


Breaking Pointe

I hope you weren't a fan of the CW's Breaking Pointe.  They announced that they cancelled the series.  Sorry.  (Sheesh, I never even heard of it.)


CBS announced premiere dates.

"Under the Dome" Returns Monday, June 30, 10:00 PM,  With the Premiere Episode Written by Stephen King

"Extant," Starring Halle Berry, Premieres Wednesday, July 2, 9:00 PM

“Survivor,” returns for a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 26.  There will be three tribes (brawn, brains and beauty).

“The Amazing Race” premieres Sunday, Feb. 23



Yep, FX is airing a TV series based on the movie, and it will be premiering on April 15th.

Not sure about you, but I don't see what I know of the movie translating to TV.  But hey, we could be surprised.


Gilligans Island

In the wake of the sad news that 'The Professor' passed away earlier this week, other TV news out there says that the series will be having a 12-hour marathon on TV Land on January 20th.

Prepare to get lost!!!


Justified Casting News

via press release:

Academy Award®-winning actress Mary Steenburgen has been cast in FX’s hit series Justified.  She will play “Katherine Hale,” a beautiful, southern belle who was the wife of Wynn Duffy’s (Jere Burns) mentor in crime.  She will first appear in the 10th episode of this current 5th season and will recur for the rest of the season.  Steenburgen is repped by Management 360 and UTA.

Other Justified News:

The next season of Justified, which will be its sixth, will be its last season.



FXX sent out a presser saying that Legit will be premiering season two on February 26th.


Netflix announced that they're moving forward with a third season of Lilyhammer.


Showtime Premieres

Showtime distributed a press release announcing premiere dates for their shows.  Here they are:

Sunday, April 13th
  Nurse Jackie (9 p.m.)
  Californication (9:30 p.m.)

Sunday, May 11
  PENNY DREADFUL (10 p.m.)


Suits College Tour

In a USA Network press release, they announced a college tour that will take place just before their winter premiere.

via press release:

Suits Returns On Thursday, March 6 at 9/8c on USA Network

NEW YORK – January 16, 2014 – USA Network is bringing Suits’ sophisticated legal world directly to its highly engaged collegiate fans when the show embarks on a nationwide Suits College Tour ahead of the mid-season premiere, Thursday, March 6 at 9/8c.  The tour will stop at seven universities, including Harvard, which is prominently spotlighted in the series, and feature SUITS-driven activities and an advanced screening of the SUITS premiere.  For students who do not attend one of the seven listed schools, they can nominate their college at SUITSonCampus.com.  The top 10 schools will compete in a socially-driven competition to win an exclusive screening of the season 3 finale.

“SUITS has cultivated a zealous millennial fan base and our college tour is a great way to engage with them in a meaningful way,” said Alexandra Shapiro, executive vice president, marketing and digital, USA Network. “We are excited to create a unique experience with special access to the franchise and talent that will help our devoted viewers forge a real-world connection to the series.”

The SUITS College Tour will visit:

    UC Berkeley – February 4, 2014
    UCLA – February 6, 2014
    University of Arizona – February 11, 2014
    Northwestern University – February 18, 2014
    Boston University – February 26, 2014
    Harvard University – February 27, 2014
    Columbia University – March 3, 2014

Over the course of five weeks, the seven college campuses will be immersed in the world of SUITS.  Each campus will experience an exclusive preview screening of the mid-season premiere followed by an interactive Q&A, where some of the beloved cast members will answer the series’ most burning questions and reveal behind-the-scenes moments. Students will leave with special SUITS-inspired takeaways including customizable t-shirts, tote bags, sunglasses, Uniball pens, water bottles, bottle openers and SUITS energy drinks.

Students who wish to attend the SUITS College Tour on their campus can RSVP and learn more at SUITSonCampus.com.

Season three of SUITS returns Thursday, March 6 at 9/8c with six episodes, and features guest star appearances by the most decorated Olympian of all-time, Michael Phelps (playing himself as a client of Pearson Specter) and Gabriel Macht’s famous father, Stephen Macht.  Picking up in the wake of an emotional and shattering murder trial, Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Jessica (Gina Torres) address The Firm’s future, while Louis (Rick Hoffman) threatens to expose the truth about Mike (SAG nominee Patrick J. Adams).  SUITS also stars Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty.  Additional guest stars include, Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek, Jamey Sheridan, Damon Gupton and Patrick Fischler.


The Bachelor

The Bachelor's Juan Pablo is making headlines, TV Line is reporting, but not by something he did with a desperate single woman on his show.  But rather, by a quote he made at a recent press event.

It would seem that Juan Pablo Galavis believes that openly gay or bisexual bachelor does not belong on ABC's The Bachelor.  He called them more pervert.

Well, and now all we have to do is wait for the follow up press release saying he was misunderstood or mispoke...  like everyone else seems to always do.  Any takers on that bet?


The Devil's Ride

IF you watch this Discovery channel show, you'll be happy to know the net has renewed the show for a third season.


HBO's The Newsroom will be ending with the close of the third season of the show.

Typical...  a good, smart, intelligent TV show that just doesn't get the ratings to keep going.  Ug.


Veronica Mars

The CW announced at a press event that they're working on a digital spinoff of Veronica Mars.  No other info was distributed at this time.


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