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A 'Nanny' Reunion on 'Happily Divorced,' 'Dancing' Vet Goes to 'One Tree Hill' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 27th 2011 11:00AM
Charles Shaughnessy, Renee TaylorMr. Sheffield himself, Charles Shaughnessy, is heading to Fran Drescher's 'Happily Divorced.'

Shaughnessy will play Gregory, a man both Fran and her ex-husband Peter want to date. Look for him to pop up in the Season 1 finale on Wed., Aug. 17 at 10:30PM.

Also making a guest appearance this season is Renee Taylor. The actress, who played Fran Fine's mom on 'The Nanny,' will play an old friend of Dori (Rita Moreno). Taylor will appear in the Aug. 3 episode of the series.

TV Land recently renewed 'Happily Divorced' for a second season.

In other casting news ...

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NBC Cancels 'Love Bites'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 20th 2011 6:00AM
'Love Bites'It's been reported that NBC has officially pulled the plug on its romantic anthology series, 'Love Bites.' The final episode of nine will air Thursday night.

The hotly anticipated series was plagued by production difficulties and casting issues and never really caught fire with viewers.

Originally scheduled to launch last fall, NBC eventuallly debuted it as a summer series, and ratings struggled from the beginning.

'Love Bites' was created by 'Sex and the City' writer Cindy Chupack, who stepped down as showrunner to a consulting producer position during production.

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'Love Bites' Stars Greg Grunberg & Constance Zimmer Preview Their New Romantic Comedy

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 2nd 2011 3:00PM
Greg Grunberg & Constance ZimmerIf you're working in Hollywood, chances are you've been dealt some bad news a few times in your career -- you didn't get a part, or your show has been cancelled. But it's not often that you get that bad news in front of a journalist.

Yes, I had the great (almost) misfortune of being on the set of 'Love Bites' back in December, the day they found out that NBC had cut their order (after rejiggering showrunners and pushing the show's launch several times and refusing to commit to a premiere date).

Not ideal, by any means, but stars Greg Grunberg and Constance Zimmer rallied and gave good interview, even with the awkward news in the air.

So what is 'Love Bites'? And if it's got all this drama before it even premieres, is it worth watching? Well, here are the facts: It's an hour-long romantic comedy premiering tonight (Thurs., June 2, 10PM ET on NBC) that tells three semi-connected stories each episode. One follows single and pregnant Annie, played by 'Ugly Betty' alum Becki Newton. The other is about fun married couple Colleen and Judd (Zimmer and Grunberg). And the third is a wildcard.

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Actors in Limbo: Second Position Pilot Role Breakdown

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 5th 2011 11:00AM
Becki Newton, Martin HendersonWhat do Martin Henderson, Becki Newton, Ryan Hansen and Rachelle Lefevre have in common? Well, they're all actors with pilot roles in second position to their current series gigs.

It's not strange for an actor to a take a pilot role in second position to a ratings-challenged series. However, what's pretty strange is both Lefevre and Henderson currently star in 'Off the Map' and have both been tapped for NBC's 'The Crossing.'

According to Deadline, the post-Civil War drama will see Henderson as Jason, a soldier who treks across the country and winds up in a town that welcomes him as a savior. Lefevre will play a war widow in the Missouri town Henderson's character settles in.

Does NBC know something we don't? Are they just not that into 'The Crossing' or do they just really love 'Off the Map'? We may never know.

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Greg Grunberg Promoted to 'Love Bites' Series Regular

by Chris Harnick, posted May 18th 2010 9:45AM
Greg GrunbergFresh off of NBC's recently canceled 'Heroes,' Greg Grunberg is joining the cast of 'Love Bites' as a series regular, TV Guide has confirmed.

Grunberg appears in the pilot of NBC's love anthology series from 'Sex and the City' writer Cindy Chupack as a married man who has a steamy in-flight encounter with guest star Jennifer Love Hewitt, who plays herself.

Meanwhile, fans hoping for some resolution to 'Heroes' and its sweeping mythology are not out of luck. NBC has made it know it wants to wrap up the series in some manner. Check out the full report here.

'Love Bites' also stars Becki Newton from 'Ugly Betty' and Jordana Spiro of 'My Boys' fame. The series follows several different stories of love and romance. 'Love Bites' will air Thursday nights at 10PM, beginning this fall.

Check out the trailer ...

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What Will Happen in the 'Heroes' Season (Series?) Finale?

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 4:31PM
Monday is the finale of 'Heroes' (coming early because there were no repeats). I say "finale" because NBC hasn't decided yet whether this will be a season finale or a series finale. Greg Grunberg says the episode ends in a cliffhanger so he thinks the show will be renewed.

What do you think will happen? From the preview it looks like Samuel is finally putting his plan into motion with Emma and Peter and Sylar (yes, Sylar) team up to stop him. Do you think this will be a season finale or a series finale, and what could the cliffhanger be? How will Noah and Claire get out of the buried van? Will Sylar turn good for good?

[Watch episodes of 'Heroes' and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Greg Grunberg says time slot change hurt Heroes

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 26th 2010 4:02PM
GrunbergDid you know that there are only two new episodes of Heroes left this season? It's ending a little early (no repeats), and from what we saw in the coming attractions after last night's episode, it looks like we're heading towards a showdown involving the carnival and Peter and Sylar trapped...somewhere. Sylar's mind or something, a big city they can't escape. Peter just rushed into Matt's house and immediately grabbed Sylar's head even though Matt was telling him not to. Serves him right if he's trapped.

Greg Grunberg talks to Digital Spy and he has a lot to say about the rest of the season (and a possible fifth season). While he repeats what he said about the season finale not at all being a series finale (NBC still hasn't made up its mind about a new season), Grunberg also says that the network screwed up the show this season by moving it to 9pm and not telling anyone about it.

Does he have a point? I think Chuck got more press for coming back in Heroes' time slot than Heroes got for moving to 9pm, but people have been abandoning it anyway.

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Review: Heroes - The Art of Deception

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 26th 2010 3:35AM
Heroes: The Art of Deception(S04E17) Forces are starting to converge at the Sullivan Bros. Carnival as we get closer and closer to the finale -- two weeks away now! After last week's stunt where he wiped out an entire town, the "family" at the carnival is understandably a little wary of Samuel. He did, after all, erase a small town killing hundreds of people. I'd give him a wide berth.

Maybe if I was invulnerable, I'd be more willing to get closer to him. Claire certainly has no reason to be afraid, right? She stumbled upon her father's plans regarding taking down Samuel and shutting down the carnival for good. Like Edgar, she is concerned about Noah's plans to break apart the family. Noah, as usual, is bull-headed and stubborn. I'm just not sure under what authority he was acting throughout this episode.

As for Sylar, we saw him at the Parkman house. And we know how powerful Matt is. Maybe, just maybe, this psychopath can be taken care of for good. Not hardly.

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Review: Heroes - Close to You

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 12th 2010 3:45AM
Heroes: Close to You(S04E15) Doesn't it always come down to a girl? I'm not sure why I didn't see it.

This week saw many of the pieces coming together for the endgame coming soon between Samuel and whatever band of heroes Noah can put together to take him down. But then again, Noah's not the only one gunning for Samuel at this point, is he? Other than Sylar and Tracy, we touched base with just about everyone in the cast, and for the first time in a long time, this series is starting to feel the same way it did during that exciting first season, when it had three times as many viewers.

If you were irritated trying to keep up with Hiro's bizarre "geek culture" speak, you'll be pleased to know that it comes to an end this episode.

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Heroes will be back next season (says Greg Grunberg)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2010 2:34PM
Greg GrunbergThis isn't an official announcement at all, but Heroes star Greg Grunberg says that Heroes will be back next season (and he can read minds, so he should know).

Grunberg tells Michael Ausiello that the show just finished filming the season finale, and that even though the episode is "cliffhanger-y and exciting," it would not serve as a series finale for the show. There are too many plot points still up in the air. He's sure the show will be back.

While I wouldn't be surprised at all if a TV network cancelled a show before giving it a "proper" ending, I think Grunberg is probably right about this. The show does good enough, it's strong in time-shifted viewing, and the DVD sales are good. Like Grunberg, I think NBC will announce that next season is going to be the last, and that way the writers will know the show is ending and will be able to give it the ending that fans deserve.

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Heroes returns tonight. Do you care?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2010 1:29PM
HeroesYes, the whole "Heroes isn't good anymore" thing has been debated ad nauseam, but I'm still curious to see how many of you fans are sticking with the show, which returns to NBC tonight at 8 with a two-hour episode. I've been watching the show since the beginning and, yup, I'm in it until it's over. Does it have that new car smell of the first season? No, but I still find it (mostly) fun.

Will you watch it tonight?

Are you still going to watch Heroes?
Yes. I remain a loyal fan!863 (41.9%)
I check in once in a while but it's not that good now.277 (13.4%)
No. The show hasn't been good since season one.780 (37.8%)
I've never seen it, but I love Triscuits!141 (6.8%)

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Greg Grunberg created an iPhone app

by Brad Trechak, posted Dec 31st 2009 8:07AM
Greg GrunbergRemember Greg Grunberg? He plays telepathic cop Matt Parkman on Heroes and has appeared in a variety of J.J. Abrams programming. He was even the pilot of Oceanic 815 which crashed on the series pilot of Lost (I wonder why he didn't make it to the Star Trek movie?). Well, on top of the rest of his resumè you can add application developer. He created an iPhone and iPod Touch application to obtain mobile coupons called Yowza!!!

As someone who also holds more than one job, I can certainly respect anybody who can successfully do so, particularly if that person is a working actor who probably doesn't need the extra money (or does he?). Looking over the app, it's pretty well done. I can say this with some authority since I'm an application developer as well. There are at least two coupons that could easily come in handy in my day-to-day dealings. Since it's a freebie, if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, the download is recommended.

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Review: Heroes - Brother's Keeper

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2009 10:41AM
Heroes: Brothers' Keeper
(S04E10)
For some reason, while I was watching this episode I got to thinking: "What if this had been the second season of Heroes." Would it perhaps still be a top-rated show; one that NBC could rest its laurels and future on instead of Jay Leno? As with that first season, I feel that sense of wonder about what's going on, and things are really coming together.

That said, there is some sloppy thinking on the parts of both Tracy and Hiro this week. But there's also the continuing consolidation of power by Samuel, and finally an explanation of both why he's doing this and what Mohinder's been up to.

I'm going to admit to being wrong now. For weeks I've been saying that I haven't missed Suresh at all; that I would be just as happy if he never showed up. But his return and appearance (and even explanation for his absence) were handled so well, that I liked him all over again.

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Battlestar Galactica star coming to Heroes

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 13th 2009 3:03PM
HeroesQuestion: is it possible for Heroes to add enough actors and actresses from cool, hip shows so it also becomes cool and hip again?

Kate Vernon, who played Ellen Tigh (and a Cylon - hope that wasn't a spoiler!) on the Battlestar Galactica remake, is joining the cast of the NBC show. Greg Grunberg first unveiled the news on his Twitter account a couple of days ago. Seems like that's where a lot of breaking news happens nowadays, eh?

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'Battlestar Galactica''s Kate Vernon joins 'Heroes'

by Bryan Enk, posted Nov 13th 2009 12:21PM
Movieweb reports that Kate Vernon will join the cast of 'Heroes,' at least for one episode. 'Heroes' cast member Greg Grunberg (who plays Matt Parkman) posted the following on his Twitter account: "Kate Vernon from BSG is now on Heroes -- can't wait for you guys to see her. The 5th!!"

Grunberg also posted a photo of Vernon with 'Heroes' cast member Robert Knepper, who plays Samuel, the leader of the mysterious traveling troupe known as the Carnival, prompting speculation that Vernon will play a member of the group. Then again, they may have just been hanging out on the set ... you never really know with 'Heroes.'

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