Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:
Gossip Girl: A star of different CW show will become Nate Archibald’s latest love interest. On September 14, a blonde Joanna Garcia (Privileged) will begin a four-episode stint as Bree Buckley, a “Miss America-type Southern belle.” Later, another blonde - Hilary Duff - will set up shop as Olivia Burke, an actress-turned-college student. Duff will room with Vanessa, a fellow NYU student, for a few weeks starting on October 5.
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- Jon & Kate Plus Eight (TLC, 9pm): Season premiere. “Jon and Kate discuss recent controversies surrounding their family.” Is anyone else feeling really uncomfortable right now?
- Medium (NBC, 10pm): “Joe lands in San Diego with a new job, upending the DuBois family and forcing Allison to contend with his absence.” The family will later reunite when they make their move to CBS.
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 10:30pm): “Kourtney and Khloe both experience heartbreak when they deal with ending relationships.” Being abruptly dumped by Donald Trump has has been difficult for Khloe.
- The Tonight Show (NBC, 11:30pm): Mel Gibson kicks off Jay Leno’s final week. I wonder if he’ll have any interesting stories to share.
Here are some of the TV on DVD options available this Tuesday.
- Air (Complete Series)
- Caprica (Pilot)
- Dallas (Season 11)
- The FBI Files (Season 2)
- Freakazoid! (Season 2)
- Hawaii Five-O (Season 6)
- iCarly (Season 1, Vol. 2)
- Life of Ryan (Complete Series)
- My Own Worst Enemy (Complete Series)
- Rhoda (Season 1)
- Squidbillies (Volume 2)
- Tiny Toon Adventures (Season 1, Vol. 2)
- Top Gear (Season 10)
Click here to see the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.
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(You can view TV Envy’s Fall Television Programming Schedule here.)
- Chuck (NBC, 8pm): “Sarah’s ex-flame and partner, Bryce Larkin, makes an unforeseen return and goes undercover with Sarah as an overly affectionate couple.” Unforeseen return? I predicted he would come back last year!
- Little People, Big World (TLC, 9pm): Season 5 premiere. “Matt travels to Baghdad to help dwarf children in need of medical attention.” By doing so, he has now milked new meaning out of the show’s title.
- Samantha Who? (ABC, 9:30pm): Season 2 premiere. “Sam teams with her mom in a dance competition against Regina’s nemesis (Cybill Shepherd) and her partner, who just happens to be a ringer.” Why do I always find myself rooting against Cybill Shepherd?
- My Own Worst Enemy (NBC, 10pm): Series premiere. “The implant in Henry Spivey’s brain that separates the two identities begins to malfunction, leaving each side fighting for dominance.” On one side, we have the Christian Slater who excelled in Heathers. On the other side, we have the Slater who stunk in Mobsters.
Even though the previous television season was marred by the annoying writers’ strike, I find myself really excited for the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. Not only will this ceremony give us a chance to start anew, it’ll be the academy’s chance to celebrate what’s new.
Tonight, two basic cable shows (Damages, Mad Men) will get a chance to win for Outstanding Drama Series. (That would be an Emmy first.) Meanwhile, nominees in several categories will have an opportunity to compete in a Sopranos-less environment. An added bonus? A new category. This year, reality show hosts will finally be acknowledged for their programming contributions as well.
So who won? Who lost? Who ran up and grabbed the award even though they didn’t win? Read our West Coast play-by-play account of this evening’s telecast and find out!
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Is Madchen Amick officially making a comeback? After a string of parts on various shows, the actress has nabbed two high profile television roles this year.
Amick, best known for her years on Twin Peaks, already has a juicy stint coming up on Gossip Girl. Now, she’s just been asked to do a last-minute replacement on My Own Worst Enemy.
Even though the NBC show is scheduled to premiere in just a few months, it’s already had to deal with a few untimely changes. Recently, the show’s creator was pushed further into the background while one of the co-producers was promoted to executive producer/showrunner status. Now, the freshman series is having to rebuild itself around a new actress.
Originally, Yara Martinez (The Unit) was scheduled to star opposite Christian Slater. Amick will now assume the role of the unsuspecting wife. (Slater plays a man with two personalities; one’s a regular joe, the other’s a spy.)
Are these changes symbolic of a troubled season to come? We’ll find out when Enemy premieres on October 13.
Last week, NBC‘s programming chief got a jump start on the competition by revealing his company’s calendar for next year. In addition to the fall lineup, the programming schedule through Summer 2009 was revealed.
Of all the interesting notes, I actually found it quite refreshing to hear that the network will be working to keep the 8 o’clock time slot a “family hour”. (In other words, they’ll put the most family friendly things they have - whether they really should be watched by children or not - during that portion of the evening.) After the kids are put to bed, NBC will then kick things up a notch with an hour of “blockbuster” programming then sixty minutes of adult-themed content.
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