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What To Watch: TV Picks for October 17-23

by Laura Prudom, posted Oct 16th 2011 3:00PM
Harry BelafonteMONDAY, OCTOBER 17

'Terra Nova' (8PM ET, Fox)

When an orphaned "Sixer" girl comes to Terra Nova seeking asylum, the camp is at odds over whether they can trust her; Mira plots to reclaim a valued possession; Taylor begins to suspect there is a traitor in his midst and Reynolds admits his feelings for Maddy.

'Hart of Dixie' (9PM ET, The CW)
As Bluebell is hit by an intense heat wave, Zoe discovers that the hot weather makes everyone act differently and with a lot less inhibition. In fact, it takes all of Zoe's strength to ignore her heat-induced attraction to Wade until it gets the best of her. Meanwhile, Lemon prepares for the arrival of George's family, determined to win them over, but her emotions get the best of her when Lavon shows up to the same restaurant with his date, Didi. (Shirtless Wilson Bethel alert!)

'Sing Your Song' (10PM ET, HBO) special presentation
Filmmaker Susanne Rostock tells the rich life story of artist and humanitarian Harry Belafonte in this feature-length documentary. Though the film touches on Belafonte's musical career, 'Sing Your Song' focuses much of its time on Belafonte's social activism, as he worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence, prisons and the incarceration of youth. Those interviewed include Tonny Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as Belafonte's family and the artist himself.

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Fall TV's Biggest and Best Guest Stars

by AOL TV Staff, posted Sep 6th 2011 2:00PM
Ray Romano, Charisma Carpenter, Seth RogenWhile some shows have lured famous movie stars into leading roles, other shows are taking a more temporary approach this fall with big-name guest stars booked for short-term stints on the small screen.

Fall TV will host several major reunions that you definitely won't want to miss. Terry O'Quinn will head back to the island for a stint alongside former 'Lost' costar Daniel Dae Kim on 'Hawaii Five-0,' while Ray and Debra are back together (sort of) when Ray Romano stops by 'The Middle' to visit his former 'Everybody Loves Raymond' costar Patricia Heaton. And let's not forget 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' alums Charisma Carpenter and James Marsters playing a married couple on an episode of 'Supernatural' this season.

Wanna know who else is heading to TV this fall? Check out some more of the biggest and best guest stars, including 'The Wire' alum Michael K. Williams (Omar!), Oscar-nominated actress Patricia Clarkson and crooner Josh Groban in AOL TV's fall guest star gallery.

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'Children's Hospital' Renewed, 'Buffy' Stars to Reunite on 'Supernatural' & More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 17th 2011 6:15PM
Children's HospitalRob Corddry's sick and hilariously twisted 'Childrens Hospital' has been renewed for a fourth season on Adult Swim. The Web series-turned-TV hit will shoot 14 new episodes later this year that will air on Adult Swim in 2012.

"I'm very pleased and honored by this announcement," Corddry said in a statement. "I'm also very surprised, given that I write this show when I'm very, very drunk. Season four promises to be a cry for help."

'Children's Hospital' debuted as a Web series in 2008, and unlike other online-to-network jumps, has proven extremely successful. It has been the No. 1 show in its time period among adults 18-34, 18-49 and 18-24 for the past 10 weeks.

In other TV news ...

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Four Ways 'Hawaii Five-0' Can Stand Out From Other Procedurals

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 5th 2010 2:45PM
Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan in 'Hawaii Five-0' on CBSWhy has 'Hawaii Five-0' been a ratings success so far? It's not hard to figure out the formula. It's in a good timeslot that served 'CSI: Miami' well for a number of years. There isn't a heck of a lot of competition (maybe 'Castle,' but that's about it). And having Grace Park in a bikini or otherwise sexy outfit every week doesn't hurt.

But after three episodes, the show still has yet to break out from the procedural shell it's in. There have been signs that the show can become more than just a "case of the week" kind of program, but they're minor at best. So far, the show's been carried by some good action, good chemistry between Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, and the aforementioned Park-in-bikini scenes (can't mention those enough).

Based on those signs, and the legacy of the original series, there are a few ways Roberto Orici, Alex Kurtzman, and their writers can take this show in a direction that makes it stand out from other procedurals.

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James Marsters Returns to TV on New Syfy Series 'Three Inches'

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:30PM
James MarstersJames Marsters will finally get to play one of the good guys.

According to DigitalSpy.com, Marsters, best known to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' fans as evil vamp Spike, announced that he will play Troy, leader of a gang of superheroes with substandard powers, in Syfy's new series 'Three Inches.' The project was previously announced in March with the pick-up of a 90-minute pilot episode from 'Twin Peaks' writer Harley Peyton.

In a March press release, Syfy Executive Vice President of Development Mark Stern said, "'Three Inches' is a fun, smart, offbeat spin on the superhero genre. It introduces a new group of crime fighters who possess some imaginative -- if not all that super -- powers."

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Comic-Con Round-Up: Marsters on 'Smallville,' 'Walking Dead' Body Parts, and More

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 23rd 2010 8:25PM
A zombie from 'The Walking Dead'
Here are some quick newsflashes from the day at Comic-Con. These reports are compiled from our intrepid reporters on the scene as well as Twitter feeds from fans and critics attending the panels.

- Producer Gale Anne Hurd announced at 'The Walking Dead' panel that Norman Reedus and Michael Rucker would join the cast of the AMC series that launches worldwide in October. Writer-director-producer Frank Darabont also brought up the possibility of tapping well-known horror directors for Season 2 episodes. And, when the time comes for the series to hit DVD, the producers are contemplating a black and white version of the pilot -- to bring it closer to the original 'Night of the Living Dead,' we suppose.

- The trailer for 'The Walking Dead' was also played during the panel. Darabont was asked to set up the clip, and to much laughter, he just said, "Ah... it's a show about zombies. Go ahead." The trailer is receiving raves from the Twittersphere. Check back here later for a full report and, hopefully, the trailer itself.

- Apparently, the folks from 'The Big Bang Theory' felt the hyper crowd needed to be amped up even more, so they brought the Barenaked Ladies out to sing the show's theme song live. When asked if Wil Wheaton, who plays an evil version of himself on the show, will be back for more guest spots, producer Bill Prady said, "I would imagine he would return." Full panel report to come.

- During the 'Caprica' panel, star James Marsters mentioned that he would be guesting on the 200th episode of 'Smallville,' reprising his role as Brainiac. When asked why the show has endured for so long, the former 'Buffy' star replied that it's because "Tom Welling is still really hot."

More updates as they come in...

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Spring TV: Which Pilots Will Crash and Burn?

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 23rd 2010 5:32PM


There are two groups of people who get really excited about pilot season: L.A. actors hoping for a break and television writers. Being a member of the latter category, I admit to a tingly feeling creeping over me as word of the shows in development at all the big networks are starting to leak out. While most people are attributing feelings of renewal to the change in the weather, I'm happily anticipating what J.J. Abrams has in store for us this fall.

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Watch Terrorists Clash in a Sneak of Caprica's Mid-Season Finale

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 23rd 2010 2:15PM
I can't believe the mid-season finale of 'Caprica' is only a few days away. It seems like the show just found its footing and now its going on a break with an official return date yet to be announced.

We have a sneak peek of this Friday's ep, titled "End of the Line" that features Barnabus (James Marsters) clashing with Clarice (Polly Walker). Watch it below and see if you can tell which one of these fanatical religious terrorists is crazier than the other.



Friday's season-ender will offer plenty of STO action, but we'll also see some major drama between Daniel (Eric Stoltz) and Zoe (Alessandra Torresani) at Casa Graystone. According to Syfy, Daniel plans to "reset" the Zoebot, which could end Avatar Zoe's existence for good. She tries to escape before the shutdown, but not everything goes to plan.

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James Marsters Joins the New 'Hawaii Five-O'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 17th 2010 8:30AM
james marstersBad boy for hire James Marsters has landed his next villainous role. The former 'Buffy' bloodsucker and current 'Caprica' cult leader will play Steve McGarrett's nemesis in the new 'Hawaii Five-O.'

Marsters announced the big news on his official Facebook page. Sadly, he's only signed for a guest spot in the CBS pilot, produced by uber-geeks of the moment Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ('Fringe,' 'Star Trek'). Of course, the guest gig could turn into a recurring role if the producers like what they see (fingers crossed!).

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'Caprica' - 'Know Thy Enemy' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 6th 2010 1:06AM
Caprica(S01E06) Yes, that was James Marsters (Spike from 'Buffy' and 'Angel') with the brunette hair and the distinctly non-British accent. The fangirls get a moment to squeal before we continue.

Tonight's episode was a lot of set-up and/or continuation of previous storylines. It didn't feel like anything major happened. There are only three episodes left in the season after tonight, so the only conclusion to be reached is that the creators are thinking beyond the first season.

I didn't even notice before tonight that Eric Stoltz's character was sporting a soul patch. He's quite the hipster. Plus, how is it that Caprica, a planet millions and billions of light-years away, has cucumbers, carrots and peppers? What are the odds? Are they available on every planet? Next they'll have cows.

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Watch James Marsters in a Sneak Peek of Friday's 'Caprica'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 4th 2010 5:04PM
Former 'Buffy' bloodsucker James Marsters starts his recurring gig on Syfy's 'Caprica' this Friday. Marsters plays cult leader and "one true God" worshipper Barnabus Greeley on the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series.

Syfy has sent out a sneak peek of Marsters' 'Caprica' debut, which features a grim-faced Barnabus talking to one of his followers and wrapping his arm in (yikes!) barbed wire:



Marsters is set to appear in five episodes of 'Caprica' this season. During a conference call with news outlets this week, he said the door was left open for his character to come back and possibly cause some more havoc for 'Caprica's V-club addicted, polytheistic ladies and gents.

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Syfy Standing Behind 'Caprica' For 'The Long Haul'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 19th 2010 1:05PM
caprica james marstersDespite low ratings and a mixed reception from genre fans, Syfy isn't ready to cash out its cubits and give up on 'Caprica' just yet.

Mark Stern, Syfy's EVP of original programming, told Airlock Alpha that the cable net is committed to the show "for the long haul."

Stern says Syfy wasn't expecting the 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series to become a hit right out of the gate, not even with fans of Ron Moore's celebrated sci-fi show.

"It's not 'Battlestar Galactica,' it's its own animal. And we definitely recognize that it's going to find its audience and it's going to grow its audience," he said.

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Lie to Me: Truth or Consequences

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 6th 2009 11:40AM

Lightman (Tim Roth, R) and his ex-wife Zoe (guest star Jennifer Beals, L) work against an old rival (guest star James Marsters, C) on a case in the LIE TO ME episode 'Truth or Consequences.'
(S02E02) "I mean, how can I not judge someone who creates their own harem and then tosses out the competition when they hit puberty?" - Foster

Already this is shaping up to be leaps and bounds ahead of season one of Lie to Me. The cases are more interesting, the writing is tighter, and most importantly, it's becoming far more personal for the employees of The Lightman Group. Every case has far more meaning when Cal and his team are in it for more than just a paycheck. That isn't to say that I'm against seeing cases like we saw in the season premiere with Erika Christensen, but finding out that Cal's daughter Emily has a connection to a statutory rape case he's investigating is far more compelling.

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Joe Jonas to Guest Judge 'American Idol' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 19th 2009 1:30PM
Joe Jonas American Idol'American Idol' books Joe Jonas in Dallas, Kim Kardashian lands a guest spot on 'Brothers,' Oliver Stone plans to unveil the 'Secret History of America' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Buffy's James Marsters joins Caprica

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 19th 2009 9:04AM
james marsters, capricaThe folks at Caprica central are making a lot of geeks happy this week. First, we heard that comedian and professional nerd Patton Oswalt was joining the Battlestar Galactica prequel series as a Caprican talk show host. Now comes news that Buffy the Vampire Slayer vet James Marsters is joining the show for a sizeable arc.

Marsters will do what he does best on Caprica: play a dangerous and unpredictable baddie driven by his carnal and moralistic desires. EW tells us that Marsters will play a terrorist leader named Barnabus Greele in at least three episodes of the upcoming Syfy series.

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