SUPERMAN VS. ARROW NEWS
... Brandon Routh (Partners, haha) has joined the cast of Arrow's upcoming third season. Routh, who played Superman in Superman Returns, will play another superdude from the DC Comics universe: The Atom! Wait, the what? In the comics, the Atom—whose regular-powered name is Ray Palmer—is a scientist who can change the size of himself and other objects. On Arrow, Palmer will become the new owner of Queen Consolidated and might even get in the way of Oliver-Felicity shippers, as he's rumored to be putting the moves on Felicity. I guess things with Michael Urie didn't work out. [TV Line]
... IFC has ordered a second season of The Spoils of Babylon, the fake soap from Funny or Die's Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. The new season, titled The Spoils Before Dying, is a completely new fake book that's being fakely adapted into a fake TV show. In The Spoils Before Dying, Eric Jonrosh (Ferrell) will introduce viewers to a jazz pianist turned private detective who investigates a murder in the 1950s jazz scene. A new cast is being courted, but let's hope the creators make an exception and bring back Kristen Wiig. [IFC via press release]
... Puff up your oversized Q-tips because American Gladiators might be rebooted again. Producer Arthur Smith is giving the athletic competition a new shine by getting rid of the Spandex and making it "a little darker, more intense, more serious." And because trends rule the world, the new version will also be influenced by mixed martial arts and The Hunger Games. I doubt Katniss ever rolled around in a giant hamster ball, though. [TV Guide]
... Miley Cyrus's concert special didn't do too particularly well for NBC on Sunday. Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour only drew the eyes of 2 million people and a 0.7 rating in the adult demo. In fact, it was the least-watched program on networks from 8pm onward, despite Fox airing a full night of repeats. Let's hope Miley's fragile confidence isn't damaged by this flop. [EW]
... Watch this not-so revealing look at Season 5 of The Walking Dead as Carol and Tyreese think about throwing Judith into a swarm of zombies as a distraction. Okay, maybe I'm just adding my own hopes.
... Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche) are teaming up for the Amazon pilot Red Oaks. The comedy is set in 1985 and follows a college kid (Submarine's Craig Roberts) who takes a summer job as an assistant tennis pro at a New Jersey country club. Paul Reiser, Richard Kind, Jennifer Grey, and Paul Rudd also star. As is the case with all Amazon shows, you'll be able to watch the pilot and then vote on whether it should be made into a series, and maybe this time Amazon will actually listen. [Amazon via press release]
... Sam Waterston is joining Netflix's old-person comedy Grace and Frankie, an upcoming series starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Martin Sheen. Grace and Frankie follows a couple of ladies (Tomlin and Fonda) whose lives are upended when their husbands (Sheen and Waterston) reveal that they're in love with each other and are getting married. And for those of you who are into reunions, this will be a Newsroom reunion for Waterston and Fonda. [THR]
... Confirmed: Naya Rivera WILL be part of Glee's final season. However, the actress who plays Santana will be billed as a "recurring guest star" instead of a series regular, so make sure you update your Glee trading cards. [TV Line]
... CBS's The Good Wife is getting a big injection of handsome! Taye Diggs will guest on the legal drama for multiple episodes as Dean Levine-Wilkins, a Lockhart/Gardner equity partner who moves over to Florrick/Agos with Diane Lockhart. There's no date on when he'll appear, but Season 6 of The Good Wife debuts September 21. [CBS via press release]
... I know you're worried about Jenny McCarthy now that she's leaving The View, but relax! She has a new show lined up, she says, which will be announced at a later time. PHEW. [Salon]
... Lorraine Toussaint, fresh off a badass performance as Vee in the second season of Orange Is the New Black, has joined the cast of ABC's Forever. The new fall drama stars Ioan Gruffudd as a New York City medical examiner who is immortal! Which is ironic because the show is going straight to the top of my Dead Pool list. Toussaint will play a veteran cop who's "seen it all," but has she seen a new drama get canceled after airing only four episodes? We'll find out! [TV Line]
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AIRED ON 5/25/2016
Season 4 : Episode 23