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NBC cancels Animal Practice

What should come as no surprise, NBC has decided to put its freshman comedy Animal Practice to sleep. You know your show is in trouble when the monkey gets more attention then the cast of the series. In its last airing, it drew a very low 3.8 million total viewers. It will air its final episode on November 7th and then will be replaced by Whitney the following week.
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HBO announces Season 2 premiere dates for Girls and Enlightened

The ten-episode season of GIRLS kicks off SUNDAY, JAN. 13 at (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT). Created by and starring Lena Dunham, the series takes a comic look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. Dunham, Judd Apatow and Jenni Konner executive produce the show with Bruce Eric Kaplan and Ilene S. Landress; Murray Miller co-executive produces. The series recently received five Emmy®nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Lena Dunham), winning the Emmy® for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series. The ten-episode season of ENLIGHTENED kicks off SUNDAY, JAN. 13 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series tells the story of an ambitious executive at a global conglomerate, who returns to her fractured life after a humiliating public breakdown, determined to lead a more enlightened existence. But her newfound noble intentions only ratchet up the drama, wreaking unexpected havoc on those around her. Laura Dern stars in the series, which she executive produces along with Mike White, who also co-stars, writes and directs. Scott Stephens also executive produces. Dern received a 2012 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
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Season 3 premiere of The Walking Dead debuts huge

New York – October 15, 2012 – The biggest show of the fall season among Adults 18-49 is on AMC. Last night, AMC premiered season three of “The Walking Dead” and outdelivered cable and broadcast hits including “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Jersey Shore,” “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Voice.” The 9pm ET premiere garnered 10.9 million viewers and a 7.4 HH rating making it the highest rated episode in series history, and growing more than 50% over last season’s premiere. The season 3 premiere now reigns as the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among all viewers. “The Walking Dead” encored at 10pm with 3.5 million viewers and midnight with 850,000 viewers delivering 15.2 million viewers for the night. In addition, the season two premiere of “Talking Dead” at 11pm attracted 2.1 million viewers, growing 85% over the season one premiere. Source: Nielsen Media Research, L+SD. Program premieres and encores, excluding sports. Broadcast season to date (9/24/12 – 10/11/12). “Thank you to the fans for making ‘The Walking Dead’ such a tremendous success. We are honored and humbled that television’s largest adult audience resides on AMC. So many people on both sides of the camera worked tirelessly on this project, and I thank and congratulate each of them for their amazing contribution,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC.

SEASON PREMIERE DELIVERS 10.9M VIEWERS/7.4 HH (9PM) AND 15.2M VIEWERS/10.7 HH (FOR NIGHT), UP MORE THAN 50% VERSUS SEASON TWO

SEASON 3 PREMIERE NOW REIGNS AS BIGGEST TELECAST FOR DRAMA IN BASIC CABLE HISTORY AMONG ALL VIEWERS

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First five minutes of American Horror Story: Asylum!

We are just days away from the premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum. After a very successful Season 1, FX brings back the series with some new characters and a new setting. Don't worry though, there will be some faces you will recognize from Season 1. FX has just released a clip of the first 5 minutes of the new season and we have it for you right here, right now!

American Horror Story: Asylum premieres October 17 at 10pm only on FX!

**video may contain inappropriate content for some users**

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Summer Glau returns to Alphas

NEW YORK – October 12, 2012 – Fans of Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Firefly) and Syfy’s high-octane hit-series Alphas will get a double dose of the actress as she returns as Alpha Skylar Adams in the final two episodes of the season beginning this Monday, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The thrilling and shocking second season finale of Alphas airs Monday, October 22nd at 8PM ET/PT. In the season’s penultimate episode, “Need to Know”, Dr. Rosen (David Strathairn) kidnaps and interrogates an Alpha prisoner forcing the team to wonder how far Rosen will go to avenge the death of his daughter Dani. Meanwhile, Harken (Malik Yoba) and Gary (Ryan Cartwright), desperately search for Skylar Adams (Glau), only to discover that Stanton Parish (recurring guest star John Pyper-Ferguson) has imprisoned her in a twisted form of captivity. In the Season 2 finale, “God’s Eye”, separated from his team and haunted by vivid hallucinations of his daughter, Dani (guest star Kathleen Munroe), an increasingly desperate Dr. Rosen seeks a final confrontation with malevolent Alpha leader Stanton Parish. Meanwhile, his team of Alphas, with Skylar’s help, battles both the clock and their issues of mutual distrust to try and thwart Parish’s deadly plans. Alphas follows a clandestine group of ordinary people with superhuman mental and physical abilities. Led by preeminent neurologist and psychiatrist Dr. Lee Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn), the unlikely team takes on cases the CIA, FBI and Pentagon are unwilling or unable to solve going head-to-head with many of the criminal Alphas hiding among the normal population. The series also stars Malik Yoba, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada, Laura Mennell and Erin Way.
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Arrow debuts huge for the CW

ARROW HITS THE BULLSEYE FOR THE CW ARROW Gives The CW Its Most Watched Telecast in Three Years ARROW Most Watched CW Premiere Since THE VAMPIRE DIARIES SUPERNATURAL Has Most Watched Episode in Two Years The CW Has Best Wednesday Night in Two Years Last night’s premiere of ARROW was right on target for The CW – it drew 4.02 million viewers, the most watched telecast on the network of any show, on any night, in three years (11/12/2009), according to preliminary Live Plus Same Day Nielsen ratings for Wednesday, October 10, 2012. ARROW was The CW’s most watched premiere since THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (9/10/2009). ARROW was also the most watched show in the Wednesday 8PM time period in more than three years (5/13/2009) The ARROW premiere also gave SUPERNATURAL a boost last night; it was SUPERNATURAL's most watched episode (2.6M) since 10/15/10, and it had its best adults 18-34 rating (1.0/3) since 3/4/11. Week to week, SUPERNATURAL was up 40% in total viewers, and up two-tenths in both adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 (1.0/3). Last night was The CW's best Wednesday night in total viewers (3.3M) in more than two years (5/12/10) and in two years in adults 18-34 (1.0/3, 12/1/10) and in adults 18-49 (1.2/3, 10/13/10) ARROW tied NBC's original comedies in the 8-9PM hour in total viewers (4M) and in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49. ARROW held or built at the half hour in total viewers and in all key demos. Compared to Wednesday of the same week last year, last night was up 121% in total viewers (3.3M), up 67% in adults 18-34 (1.0/3) and up 100% in adults 18-49 (1.2/3).

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Denis Leary's USA pilot sets cast and director

The USA Network half-hour comedy pilot SIRENS cast Michael Mosley ("30 Rock," "Pan Am"), Kevin Daniels ("Modern Family"), Jessica McNamee ("The Vow") and Kevin Bigley ("Game Change") to star. Leary will co-write with Fisher ("Wedding Crashers," "Traffic Light"), and both will executive produce the series along with Jim Serpico ("Rescue Me"), and Hal Vogel and David Aukin ("Hyde Park on the Hudson," End Game," "The Promise") of Daybreak Pictures. Apostle and Fox Television Studios will produce in conjunction with Daybreak Pictures. The pilot, set to shoot in Chicago later this month, will be directed by Victor Nelli ( "Happy Endings," "Wilfred," "Ugly Betty," "Scrubs"), who will also executive produce. SIRENS follows three of Chicago's best EMTs whose sometimes self-loathing, other times narcissistic, and always downright self-destructive personalities make them unqualified for sustaining relationships, friendships and most occupations. They are, however, uniquely qualified for saving anyone unlucky enough to wind up in their ambulance. Mosley stars as "Johnny," a good-looking, sports-loving, Chicago EMT who works with his best friend "Hank," played by Daniels. McNamee stars as "Theresa," a smart, gorgeous female cop with the Chicago PD who still loves her ex Johnny, but ultimately had to move on when he wouldn't commit, and Bigley appears as "Brian," a wide-eyed and excitable new EMT, eager and always ready for an adventure, who still lives with his parents. Hank and Johnny put him through the paces but for the most part Brian doesn't mind; he's game for anything.
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CBS cancels Made in Jersey

Some thought it would be the FOX series Mob Doctor, others thought it would be ABC's 666 Park Avenue. Unfortunately for the CBS freshman series Made in Jersey, it is the first casualty of the Fall 2012 season. After only 2 episodes, CBS has decided to cancel the series. The series debuted with 7.7 millions viewers, but fell off 30 percent during the second episode. Made in Jersey followed a streetwise attorney born and raised in New Jersey joins a posh New York City law firm, where she must defend her clients while surviving her colleagues' skepticism and her Italian American family's constant interruptions.
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Pop Culture Principle talks with Seamus Dever

Castle, the popular television series for ABC, is now entering its fifth season on the network. One of the reasons the show has become so successful has been the work of actor Seamus Dever who plays Detective Kevin Ryan on the series. Recently Seamus was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss the show, acting, his career and what he likes to do when he isn't on the set. We also discussed some great organizations that help protect animals, something that is very important to Seamus and his wife. Seamus also has an extensive resume of acting credits. From working on the soap opera General Hospital, to guest starring roles in series such as The Ghost Whisperer, Cold Case, Army Wives, NCIS, Drop Dead Diva and all 3 CSI television shows to name a few.

PCP – What was it that made you want to become an actor? SD – I’ve been acting for about 30 years now. I started doing it when I was a kid. Did a lot of plays growing up. It’s one of those things you introduce kids to and find out you have an aptitude for it.  I was playing the lead role in Oliver when I was 12 and I felt what a sensation it was to be on stage and people liking what you were doing. PCP – Do you remember your very first paying acting job? SD – Yes I do. My first paying acting job was in a production of Camelot. It was a production from Texas that came through and they did a month of performances. Yea, that was my first gig and at that moment I was a professional actor at age 11. PCP – Many actors have had their start on soap operas. You worked on General Hospital. What was it like working on that soap? SD – It was great. I had done a lot of guest starring roles by the time I did General Hospital. It was my first experience being in front of a camera every day. You are surrounded by cameras and are allowed to do basically what you want to do. If you have an impulse to do something, you don’t have to sit down and have a big long discussion about it. You know whatever you are doing is sort of you creating something instantly and you are making it as you go knowing it will air in three weeks which was great. It really makes you think about your choices and come in with ideas and get really creative. It taught me a lot about being in front of a camera and making mistakes as you go. PCP – The role of Detective Kevin Ryan on Castle. How did that role come to you? SD – I was doing an arc on a show called Army Wives. I was playing a motorcycle doctor named Getty. I ended up dying on the show and when I was done with that show, I came back to LA because we filmed Army Wives in South Carolina. I then did a guest spot on Ghost Whisperer and one of the casting directors also worked on Castle. I sort of ended up on their radar after working on Ghost Whisperer.  The role of Kevin Ryan came around. They had already shot the pilot, I came in for an audition for that, they liked me. They called me back for a producer’s session, but I was on vacation in Italy at the time, but they saved it until the next session which was in front of all the executives and  executive producers and they really liked me. Army Bernstein, the executive producer of Castle, was a big advocate for me. He really pushed for me to get the role and I owe Army Bernstein a lot for that. PCP – What is it like working with Jon Huertas? Did you guys have instant chemistry when you first started working together? SD – I think there where elements at the very beginning that we fostered and grew as we went along. We didn't know each other before that and I think a lot of people think we’ve been friends for years, but  I had never met him before. I actually met him the day before we started shooting. It just so happened we have a lot in common and at the same time we are both different which works well. He’s got his strengths, I’ve got my strengths and we are both very open to working together and discussing our work. We said if we are going to make an impact on this show, we need to stick together to do it. We let down our guards and we rehearse. Jon will come to my trailer or I will go to his and we read through a scene and come up with ideas and we make choices together. We don’t really have egos when it comes to building the Ryan/Espisito relationship. The idea is making our relationship as appealing as possible so people will say that is a side of Castle that we would like to see. So, when we are not there, because there are episodes when we are not there,  people miss it and don’t consider it a Castle episode when we are not there.

PCP – Have you enjoyed the progression of your character from Season 1 going into Season 5. SD – Yes, it’s something that I’ve been trying to grow. Always pushing for more.  Always advocating for my character to do more. Started out as a supporting role and still a lot of times I am still a supporting role, so I’d like to see more, but its been nice seeing the character grow. PCP – Nathan Fillion is known as a prankster on set, what is it like working on the show with Nathan? SD – I suppose so. 🙂 He has a funny prank that he does where he has an electric shocker pen that he started using around the second season. I think he forgot that he’s done it from time to time and that we are use to it. You hold it and press the end of it to write and it shocks you. It’s not like a pen that you ever seen before and it quite clearly has a battery in it. LOL. We actually do a significant amount of work and we do work very hard on Castle. We work really fast and really hard.  We have a good time when we work and sometimes it seems like we are just messing around all day long, but we grind them out. We have a lot of hours in that precinct where we are trying to do something interesting. PCP – In the series, your character proposed to and married his girlfriend on the show who is actually your wife in real life.  How is it working with her on the show? SD – It’s really cool. It’s fun to have her on the show. She’s invested, how could she not be, I spend all my days there. It’s nice when she comes on set. She visits me at work and everyone likes her. They write her some fun stuff to do on the show. Hopefully there will be some more for her character. It’s great working with her on the show. PCP – Do you have a favorite episode of Castle? SD –Double Down use to be my favorite for a long time. We had a lot of fun doing it. There’s was an episode called Kick the Ballistics where we got to explore Ryan a lot more. That’s sort of my favorite as far as me stretching my legs as an actor. It reminds people I’ve done more than just bringing a piece of information. I got to stretch and I wasn’t just the supporting guy. There’s an episode we did called Swan Song, I think its episode 4 in the new season. I think the audience will really like it. We laughed a lot while we did it and from all accounts from our editors, there is a lot of funny stuff going on in the episode. A camera crew follows us around in the precinct. There’s a lot of talking to the camera, explaining what we do and a lot of playing up to the cameras for some of the characters. I think it’s one of my new favorites. PCP – How are you different from your character on the show and how are you the same? SD – A lot of times people want to make their characters superheroes. They know 5 languages, they know all these sports and an impossible amount of information. As an actor you collect various amounts of experiences that you choose that your character knows or not. I have to remind myself that Seamus Dever  is really good at facts and speaks a couple different languages while Kevin Ryan does not. Kevin Ryan is good at being a cop and Seamus Dever has never trained to be a cop. You have to give your character somewhere to grow and not be afraid to let your character have flaws. Just because I feel like showing off, doesn’t mean that I should. My character is still a cop, he hasn't been all around the world like I have personally, so he’s learning as he goes. I think there are some things that Ryan will surprise people with.

PCP – Any hints for the new season of Castle? SD – There are going to be a lot of interesting things for Ryan. There may be some family starting. I think this season Ryan is trying to figure out what he’s going to do. A lot of cops get into this thing where they want to raise a family. Does Ryan want to stay a cop? Is Ryan going to take an officer’s exam? There are going to be some interesting things between Ryan and Espisito this season that might surprise some people. We are working on a few things. Jon and I made a pact to get in shape so maybe we can show some skin on the show. We’d love to show the physical sides of Ryan and Espisito.  The rift between us is sort of in status right now. It’s going to take some time for Ryan and Espisito to trust each other and be in the same room at the beginning of the season. Should be interesting to see how it all progresses. PCP – Both you and your wife are involved with Best Friends Animal Society and Farm Sanctuary. Do you wan to talk a little bit about those organizations? SD – They are great organizations. Best Friends is based in Utah and I’ve supported them for 7 or 8 years now. They had a show called Dog Town on Nat Geo and they have a great advertising campaign and that’s how I became aware of them. Farm Sanctuary is the same thing where we donate money and I also lend myself to their cause. I am doing a Best Friends event called Strut Your Mutt shortly. I’ll be doing their ribbon cutting ceremony. Farm Sanctuary has 3 farms where they rescue animals. You get a different perspective when you see animals that aren’t couped up in cages. You get to see how affectionate they are around people. It puts a face on the cause and I think if people went to them and had that experience, they would think about the food they consume in a different way. I’m not saying they will become vegetarians as I am, but they might have a little bit more perspective about humane practices with animals. I encourage everyone to go visit a farm. My credo the last 8 years or so is if there is a way for us to survive without having other things suffer, it would be the best thing for all of us. PCP – When you aren’t acting, what do you do to relax? Any hobbies? SD – I work out a lot. Been doing the P90X program. I try to get a workout in first thing. It’s pretty silly because you are in your garage jumping around by yourself. LOL  I get up at 4 in the morning lifting weights and working out before the sun is even up. I do a lot of carpentry...lots of carpentry projects going on. Now that I have a house, there is a lot of gardening to do as well. Lots of home repairs and fixing things. A big thank you to Seamus Dever for taking the time out to do this interview with us. We hoped you enjoyed it. Take a moment and visit some of the links below. LINKS Seamus Dever Official Website Seamus Dever Official Facebook Page The Ryan Report - Detective Ryan's Blog Best Friends Animal Society Farm Sanctuary
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