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'The Witches Of East End' Renewed For Second Season

witches-of-east-end-premiere-recapLifetime has renewed its freshmen series The Witches of East End for a 13 episode second season. The announcement was made this afternoon by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager. "With its great story telling and amazing cast, Witches of East End is leading a full-blown witch renaissance...the show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime and we're excited to be bringing it back for a second season." Witches has been a steady performer for the network averaging 3.0 million Total Viewers, 1.7 million Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 viewers, and 1.3 million Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 viewers on a Live+7 basis through five weeks.
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FOX Event Series 'Gracepoint' Adds New Cast Members

fox-networkEmmy Award-winning actress Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) and two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (“Silver Linings Playbook”) will join Welsh BAFTA winner David Tennant (“Broadchurch,” “Dr. Who”) in the highly anticipated event series GRACEPOINT, set to premiere during the 2014-2015 season on FOX. Gunn, who won an Emmy Award this year for her role as “Skyler White” on “Breaking Bad,” will play Detective ELLIE MILLER, a happily married wife and mother who is looking forward to a promised promotion. When the job goes to outsider Detective EMMETT CARVER (Tennant), Ellie is disgruntled – but her disappointment quickly fades in light of tragedy, and she must work her very first murder case with her prickly new partner. As the case progresses, she'll have to look at her hometown, and those she cares about, through a different prism. Weaver has been cast as SUSAN WRIGHT, a glowering, mysterious woman who is new to town and lives in the RV park, alone with her dog. She works various cleaning and odd jobs and prefers to remain anonymous, but has a dark history kept fiercely hidden. Set in an American town, GRACEPOINT is the American version of the U.K.’s most-watched new drama of the year, “Broadchurch.” The gripping crime series follows the tragic and mysterious death of a young boy found dead on an idyllic beach surrounded by rocks and a jutting cliff-face, from where he may have fallen. Although the cause of his death remains unsolved, the picturesque seaside town where the tragedy occurred is at the heart of a major police investigation and a nationwide media frenzy. Anna Gunn has emerged as one of the most compelling actresses on both stage and screen, capping off a critically-acclaimed five-season run on the cable hit “Breaking Bad” with this year’s Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, for her portrayal of “Skyler White.” In 2004, Gunn landed her breakout television role, playing “Martha Bullock” on cable’s “Deadwood,” later receiving a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Ensemble Cast in 2006. Gunn’s other television credits include “The Practice,” “Six Feet Under,” “ER,” “Boston Legal,” “Law & Order” and “Seinfeld.”  In film, Gunn was featured in “Nobody’s Baby,” with Gary Oldman and Mary Steenburgen; and “Enemy of the State,” opposite Jon Voight. An Australian theater, film, and television actress, Weaver made her film debut in the United States with “The Five Year Engagement.” She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “The Silver Linings Playbook,” co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. Her performance in the 2011 film “Animal Kingdom” garnered her Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Weaver currently can be seen in “Parkland,” with Paul Giamatti, Marcia Gay Harden and Zac Efron. She will next be seen in Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight” with Colin Firth and Emma Stone, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” with Gena Rowlands and Julian Sands, “The Voices” with Anna Kendrik and Ryan Reynolds, and “Reclaim” with John Cusack and Ryan Phillipe. Produced by Shine America in association with Kudos and Imaginary Friends, GRACEPOINT is scheduled to begin filming in January, for broadcast during the 2014-2015 season. The gripping crime series will be executive-produced by the original series’ creator, Chris Chibnall (“Dr. Who,” “Camelot”), with Shine America’s Carolyn Bernstein (“The Bridge”), Kudos’ Jane Featherstone (“The Hour,” “Utopia”), Dan Futterman (“Capote,” “In Treatment”) and Anya Epstein (“In Treatment,” “Homicide”). Futterman and Epstein will serve as showrunners. Chibnall will write the premiere episode and James Strong (“Broadchurch,” “Downton Abbey”) is signed on to direct. The series will be distributed by Shine International.
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USA Cancels 'Necessary Roughness'

ctAfter three seasons, the USA Network has decided to cancel the series Necessary Roughness. “We are proud of this show and its writers, which had a unique ability to address topical subjects before they unfolded in real life on the sports pages," the network said in a statement. "We want to thank [series creators] Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro, the incredible cast led by Golden Globe nominee Callie Thorne and our partners at Sony Television.” Series star Callie Thorne addressed the cancellation via her Twitter feed. "Bidding farewell to Necessary Roughness and the three years I was blessed to have. This show was bound together with the blood, sweat, laughter and tears of an outstanding group of creators, producers, directors, designers, actors, an unparalleled crew, tried and true fans." ,"Any and all of whom I would be lucky to call a friend. I will miss all of you terribly. And as my old pal Dr. Seuss likes to say: Don't cry because it's over -- smile because it happened. #Danicoforever"
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Syfy's Sets Debut Date For 'Helix'

Syfy-HelixSyfy’s newest original scripted series Helix will launch Friday, January 10 at 10PM (ET/PT).  Repeats of the premiere will air continuously on Syfy all-day Saturday, January 11 until 10PM (ET/PT). Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files) who is also showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), the 13-episode drama stars Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin). Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to the high-tech research facility, Arctic BioSystems to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.  However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel. Campbell stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential outbreak. Sanada also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, director of Arctic BioSystems and its mysterious viral research program. Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky (Supernatural) as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier (Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.  Helix is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Prolific director and producer Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) is directing the premiere episode of Helix, which was written by creator and co-executive producer, Cameron Porsandeh.
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Emily Wickersham joins cast of 'NCIS'

rs_560x415-130917154611-1024.emily-wickersham.ls91713_copyEmily Wickersham joins the team on NCIS as a series regular beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19. She plays NSA Analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation. “Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team,” said Executive Producer Gary Glasberg. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.” Wickersham’s character, Ellie Bishop, will be introduced when it is discovered the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. Working side-by-side with Gibbs and the team, Bishop cross-examines the case file to help determine who is behind the crime. Wickersham’s film credits include “Gone,” “I am Number Four” and “Remember Me.” Her television credits include “The Sopranos,” “The Bridge” and “Gossip Girl.” The 11th season of NCIS is broadcast Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
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Syfy's 12 Monkeys Adds Cast Members

SyFy-imaginegreater-WIDE-560x280Syfy’s pilot 12 Monkeys has cast Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull in the project’s two lead roles. Also joining in key positions behind the camera are Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner (Helix, Friday Night Lights, Caprica) who will direct the pilot and also serve as Executive Producer. The 60-minute pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original Bruce Willis-Brad Pitt theatrical directed by Terry Gilliam and released by Universal Pictures.  Production is slated to begin in December in Detroit. Based on the classic hit film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2) will play "Cole," a desperate and haunted man from the near future, who travels to the present day to stop a deadly plague from being released on the world. Amanda Schull  (Suits, Pretty Little Liars,  Center Stage) will play "Cassandra Railly," a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy. Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita) wrote the pilot script and are Co-Executive Producers. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film.
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