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... I guess the perks of being part of the Joss Whedon family extend to Whedonverse writers as well. Alexis Denisof, most recently seen in Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing opposite Amy Acker and Clark Gregg, is joining the cast of NBC's GrimmHe'll play Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf, the cousin of James Frain’s Renard, and the role will reunite him with Angel co-creator (and Grimm executive producer) David Greenwalt.  [TV Line]


... There's been talk that Season 7 could be True Blood's last. I know you're all really broken up about it, so if you need someone to talk to, please call Alexander Skarsgard's junk. [TV Line]

... Ravenswood, the upcoming spin-off of Pretty Little Liars, will premiere October 22 on ABC Family. But for those of you who don't want to wait that long, the network will air a special promo during the August 27 summer finale of Pretty Little Liars, so don't forget to set your DVRs accordingly[ABC Family via press release]

... Speaking of ABC Family, the network has ordered three new comedy pilots—Mystery GirlsWork Mom, and Young & Hungry. Mystery Girls stars Tory Spelling as a retired TV actress who starts solving crimes with her former costar when a witness to a crime refuses to speak to anyone but the titular sleuths of the TV show Mystery Girls. How Cult-y! Young & Hungry follows Nick, a tech-y young rich dude who hires a "feisty" young food blogger as a personal chef. And Work Mom is about a girl named Heather who gets promoted at Work and then hires her Mom (see what they did there?). If you mash up all three shows to create The Mystery of the Young & Hungry Working Mom, they don't get any more interesting, but could probably be sold to Bravo as a new reality series. [ABC Family via press release]

... NBC has ordered a Wizard of Oz-themed series titled Emerald City. This news comes only a few weeks after CBS started working on Dorothy, which sounds completely insane as a medical drama inspired by Dorothy and her ragtag group of outcasts. I don't know what the deal is with all the sudden interest in Oz, but whatever is headed our way down the yellow brick road will probably never reach the same heights as Broadway's Wicked, so we should probably just quit while we're still kind of ahead. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Peter Jackson has said he wants to direct an episode of Doctor Who in exchange for a Dalek. Seems like a pretty fair trade to me. [Radio Times]


... In a turn of events that I probably should have seen coming, Jim Beaver has booked a guest spot on NBC's Revolution. The casting reunites him with Supernatural creator Eric Kripke, as well as consulting producer Ben Edlund, who recently departed Supernatural to work on the NBC drama. Beaver will play John Franklin Fry, a Texas ranger who allies himself with Miles. The episode marks Edlund's first Revolution script. [TV Line]

... Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) is headed to Hart of Dixie's Bluebell! Now, before you Wade fans get all upset that yet another good-looking blonde man is coming to town, Buckley's character Peter isn't in Zoe's sights. He'll be charming the floral-print outfits off one Lemon Breeland. It's too bad he's only slated to appear in one episode. [E! Online]

... Timothy Dalton has been cast in the new Showtime drama Penny Dreadful, a frightening, psychological thriller from John Logan (Skyfall) and Sam MendesHe'll play Sir Malcolm, an African explorer on a personal quest. I have no idea what any of that means, so if you have any insights, please share them in the comments. [Showtime via press release]

... Stephen Moyer will play Captain Georg Von Trapp in the NBC live holiday production of The Sound of Music. He'll star opposite Carrie Underwood as Maria. While most of us associate Moyer with his work on True Blood, he's actually an accomplished stage actor, and he recently starred in Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl. The special airs December 5 on NBC. [NBC via press release]

... Speaking of True Blood, Amelia Rose Blaire, who recurred as Willa Burrell in Season 6, has been upped to series regular status for Season 7. Congrats on joining an already too-crowded cast for the series' (probable) final season, Amelia! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Yet another Spring Awakening cast member has signed on to appear in Glee. Phoebe Strole, who sang alongside series star Lea Michele in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, will play Penny Owen, a college sophomore who catches Sam's (Chord Overstreet) eye. Strole is the fourth Spring Awakening alum to get involved with the Fox comedy: Awakened vet Jonathan Groff guest-starred as Jesse St. James, and Jenna Ushkowitz, who plays series regular Tina Cohen-Chang, also once appeared in the musical, though she was not a member of the original cast. [THR]

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AIRS ON 2/12/2016

Season 5 : Episode 9

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