'Gossip Girl' (8PM ET, The CW) midseason finale
Lily throws Charlie a party to officially introduce her to New York society. Meanwhile, Charlie's ex-boyfriend, Max, throws a wrench into Charlie's future as an Upper East Side princess. Dan decides it may be time to tell Blair the truth about his feelings for her.
'MAD' (8.30PM ET, Cartoon Network)
The satirical cartoon spoofs 'Captain America,' 'Supernatural' and 'My Super Sweet Sixteen.'
'Neverland' (9PM ET, SyFy) miniseries finale
This new prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic, 'Peter Pan,' comes to a close. Starring Rhys Ifans as James Hook, Keira Knightley as the voice of Tinker Bell, Anna Friel as Captain Elizabeth Bonny, Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins as Smee (who previously played the character in Steven Spielberg's feature 'Hook'), and Charlie Rowe as one of literature's most cherished characters, Peter Pan.
The new series is still in production, but we're ready to see more!
HBO has also unveiled new teasers for 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Hung' and 'How to Make It In America.' Warning, there's lots of nudity in the 'Hung' trailer. There's also a lot of 'Justified' MVP Margo Martindale, but those two things aren't necessarily related. The 'Boardwalk' trailer is packed with drama, naturally, and a new threat: the KKK.
Premiere dates for all four shows have not been set. Check out the videos below.
There's not much from the actual show here, aside from the occasional snippet set to some some twangy music, but there are a couple of behind-the-scenes shots and an interview with director Michael Mann.
The minimal footage used, however, does manage to convey the high-stakes vibe of the racing world. As Mann says in his interview, 'Luck' has "everything from degenerate gamblers to a disreputable trainer to [Dustin Hoffman's character], a powerful organized crime figure."
The show stars Dustin Hoffman as the aforementioned organized crime figure, Nick Nolte as a horse trainer, Richard Kind, and more. Watch HBO's short featurette after the jump.
Sonja Morgan Explains 'Real Housewives of NYC' Delay, 'Freaks & Geeks' Paley Guest List Revealed and More TV News
According to 'New York City' star Sonja Morgan, editors need more time to piece the series together.
"They want it to be the best possible season," Morgan told Star magazine. "To do that, they need some more time to edit. We've filmed like crazy, more than ever, and we're seven ladies so they have a lot of footage to go through."
Many insiders -- including us -- speculate the season wasn't shaping up to be very dramatic without Bethenny Frankel. Her new series, 'Bethenny Ever After,' debuts later this month.
For more on 'The Real Housewives of Miami' head on over here to meet the cast and watch a preview.
In other TV news ...
• The big names are coming together for the PaleyFest event honoring 'Freaks and Geeks' and 'Undeclared.' From 'Freaks & Geeks': Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Samm Levine, Busy Phillips, John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, Paul Feig and Joe Flaherty will appear. Yep, there's no James Franco on that list. Check out the 'Undeclared' list at the source. [Entertainment Weekly]
• Clearasil is sticking with 'Skins.' Despite pressure from the Parents Television Council, the acne cream will not pull its ads from the MTV show. A spokesperson for the company said, "Clearasil buys advertising time in blocks and the networks slot our ads wherever they have free time," and that they do not endorse any one program. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Jesse McCartney will star in Fox's 'Locke and Key.' McCartney will play Tyler, the oldest son of Miranda Otto's character, Nina. [Deadline Hollywood]
According to TV Guide, the fired 'Criminal Minds' star will play the lesbian lover of the daughter of Jeremy Irons' character. While fans may be used to seeing Cook bust criminals, on 'SVU' she'll be playing the victim.
"A lot of people love A.J.," 'SVU' executive producer Neal Baer told TV Guide. "So we asked, 'How about coming and starring opposite Jeremy Irons?'"
Oscar-winner Irons will play Dr. Cap Jackson, a sex therapist who runs a sex rehab center. Cook will play OBGYN Debbie Shields and, according to Baer, "her character is brutally attacked."
In other TV news ...
• Michael Gambon has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The veteran actor will play a foil to Dustin Hoffman's character, Ace Bernstein. Patrick J. Adams, who plays the lead role in USA Network's pilot 'A Legal Mind,' has also been added to the horse-racing drama's cast. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Kelsey Grammer doesn't watch 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.' The 'Frasier' star appears on the series alongside his soon-to-be-ex-wife Camille, but he and his current squeeze have kept their distance from the show. [Us Weekly]
• 'Twilight' producer Temple Hill has signed a two-year deal with ABC Studios. The production company will first tackle a contemporary retelling of 'The Count of Monte Cristo.' [Deadline Hollywood]
According to the New York Post, Frost will tape one more season of the series focusing on teen mothers.
"I have decided to hang up my cape," she told the newspaper. "It was a very conscious decision, through much reflection. But I need to create more balance in my life."
Frost has been traveling the U.S. and Britain since 2004, helping parents with unruly kids, but now she wants to focus on her own life and start a family. "Proper balance will allow me to date and have a relationship and look at my own future of having a family," she said.
In other TV news ...
• 'Glee' star Jane Lynch will host a holiday special on Fox. 'TV's Funniest Holiday Moments: A Paley Center for Media Special' will feature some of the most memorable holiday moments from TV. [TV Guide]
• Bravo has ordered a full season of Rocco DiSpirito's new series. 'Rocco's Dinner Party' will see four aspiring chefs competing to cater a dinner party for Rocco and his distinguished guests. [Hollywood Reporter]
• Joan Allen has joined the cast of HBO's 'Luck.' The new horse racing drama also stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina. [TV Guide]
The show will center around the horse racing industry, looking at owners, jockeys, gamblers and other figures related to the industry.
More casting news after the jump.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nolte, who since his 2002 drunk driving arrest has taken mostly low profile roles in foreign and low budget productions, is currently in talks to co-star alongside Dustin Hoffman in the upcoming HBO series 'Luck.'
Michael Mann is one of the people behind 'Luck,' and that probably helps in terms of casting. The show is about a disparate group of people at a horse track.
Keep in mind this is only for the pilot. If this gets turned into a series, there is no guarantee about who will stay and who will go.
Nolte's last television appearance was in 'Rich Man, Poor Man' in 1976 (according to his IMDB profile). He's done a couple of movies since then (a personal favorite remains '48 Hours'), but you have to admit 34 years is a long time between television roles. 'Luck' is something to look forward to.
But Dustin is giving TV another shot. Dustin Hoffman will star in 'Luck,' David Milch's new series for HBO. Michael Mann has also signed up to direct the pilot, and Dennis Farina and John Ortiz have been cast as well. That's a boat-load of talent and a good indication that HBO is high on the project. Presumably, Hoffman, Milch, Mann and company don't come cheap. Milch's previous work for HBO includes 'Deadwood' and 'John in Cincinatti.'
According to the report, Hoffman will star in HBO's horse-racing and gambling drama 'Luck' from director Michael Mann ('The Insider') and David Milch ('Hill Street Blues'; 'Deadwood').
In it, Hoffman will play a man with a history of gambling who, after a four-year prison sentence, joins forces with his chauffeur (Dennis Farina) to form a "complex plan involving the track." Something tells us it won't exactly be legal.
Also on board to co-star is actor John Ortiz.
More casting news after the jump.
According to the Live Feed, HBO has given a pilot order to 'Luck,' a new drama series about the world of horse racing and gambling. Milch, who has already written two series for HBO (the critically-acclaimed 'Deadwood' and the, uh, not-so-critically-acclaimed 'John From Cincinnati') will write the pilot, with Mann on tap to direct.
Prior to his success with HBO, Milch also served as executive producer on the 2008 'Last of the Ninth' cop drama pilot. In addition, Milch has won a combined four Emmy awards, including wins for his work on the hit series 'NYPD Blue' and 'Hill Street Blues.'
(S02E09) It seems the shows I review have been somewhat light in the plot department this week. Sunday's episode of The Simpsons felt like it could have been stronger, and this most recent episode of Everybody Hates Chris centered around Chris and a pair of ugly (but lucky) socks.
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