News Briefs: The CW Announces Its Midseason Schedule, Including One Tree Hill's Return

BIG NEWS

... You've been waiting for The CW to tell you when The Vampire Diaries is coming back after its winter hiatus so you can plan your holiday travels. Well, now you can book that Amtrak ticket or reserve that horse-drawn carriage for January 5, because The CW has announced its midseason schedule! Highlights include The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle returning on January 5, One Tree Hill kicking off its final season on January 11, and new show Remodeled debuting on January 18. I didn't forget about you, Supernatural fans: Look for Sam and Dean to return January 6. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And I didn't forget about you, The Bachelor fans! Ben Flajnik will try to find love with random sexy strangers beginning on January 2. [Zap 2 It]

... And I didn't forget about you, Jersey Shore fans! Season 5 of MTV's lovable drunkards-and-a--holes reality show premieres January 5, even though Season 4 ended like three minutes ago. After a season in Italy, the orange Faux-talians will return home to do fake stuff in New Jersey. [EW]

... Family Feud has been renewed through 2015. Survey says: Slow News Day. [Deadline Hollywood]


CASTING NEWS

... Mary Steenburgen will guest-star on 30 Rock as the excitable mother of fellow guest-star Elizabeth Banks' character, Avery. NBC has yet to schedule 30 Rock's return, but the show is expected to come back sometime in the midseason. [EW]

... Suburgatory has promoted Ana Gasteyer to series regular, because she's perfect on the show. Gasteyer plays George and Tessa's nosy, well-intentioned neighbor, Sheila. [EW]

... True Blood is adding another sexy Northman. The vampire drama—well, let's call it a soap—has cast Nora, Eric's sister. British actress Lucy Griffiths, who you may know as Maid Marian from the BBC's Robin Hood, has nabbed the role and will be a regular next season. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Charisma Carpenter, who recently played a witch on Supernatural, continues to make the rounds as a guest star. Her next stop will be on ABC Family's The Lying Game, where she'll play the sister of Phyllis, Char's mom. [TV Guide]

... Hickory dickory dope. Andrew Dice Clay is guest-starring on Raising Hope. Ask your dad if you don't understand that, kids. [TV Guide]


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That's so dumb! I mean after having met Klaus' (the bad guy) sister on The Vampire Diaries, now True Blood's bad guy is suddenly going to have a sister too? Ha. Transparent much?
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What happened between True Blood and you Tim? I'll admit the 4th season was a little soapy, but the season finale was awesome! Plus, as always, I miss your reviews...
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Go Lucy Griffiths! She's awesome.
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I'm excited about one tree hill I just don't like the night and time it's coming on. Wish it come on an hour later or on Tuesdays. Oh well at least it's coming back.
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wtf this is bullshit nov 5th for new v diaries ughhhhhh
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Are we already talking about the mid-season hellatus? Seems like Supernatural just started again!
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I guess Eric's sister is his vampire sister not human viking sister. But who knows!
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Would be more interesting if it was his real Sister who's loyal to Russell Edgington. He just brings her back to Bon Temps to screw with Eric.
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The CW seems to be coming back pretty early.. probably means there will be a less than steady stream of new episode. I don't know how in the world One Tree Hill even survived after one season, I stopped watching like 2-5 episodes in.



Jersey Shore coming back so soon doesn't surprise me, they were already done filming a new season before the Italy season even aired..



Ana Gasteyer is kind of surprising considering she's only had like what, 3 scenes so far?



also, LOVED Lucy Griffiths on Robin Hood.. but they royal effed that show up every which way! confused about the whole "sister" thing, didn't his whole family get slaughtered by Russell Edgington before he became a vampire himself? will she just be in flashbacks?
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Its his vampire sister, as in, a vampire also sired by Godric. So, it really should be "sister".
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I can't wait for January!
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the lucy griffiths the link, links to, has been dead for a while... ;-)
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Great! I'm looking forward to OTH.
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How is One Tree Hill is on season 95 but Firefly got cancelled? Sometimes I feel like television executives are politicians trying to fuck me over every chance they get.
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lol I can totally see Charisma Carpenter playing Char's mom's sister.
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No more The Bachelor. ABC should just stop it already.
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Cash rules everything around me CREAM, get the money... Dollar dollar bills yallllllllllllllllllllllllll
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Yay for Charisma Carpenter! Love her! And I already watch The Lying Game. Perfect!
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i thought eric's family was killed? it really is a soap...
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its his vampire sister, same maker godric, not biologically related.
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I loved Robin Hood, but I wasn't too keen on Lucy's acting. Maybe she'll step it up for a vampire character...
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