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Scott Porter of 'Friday Night Lights' is Ready for Adventure on 'Nomads'

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 4th 2010 3:02PM
scott porter nomads friday night lightsSome of our favorite 'Friday Night Lights' graduates are starting to find their post-game footing.

Taylor Kitsch is heading to the big screen in 'John Carter of Mars', Minka Kelly is starring in a CBS comedy pilot, and Jason Street himself, Scott Porter, has landed a leading role in 'Nomads', the CW's adventure series pilot.

'Nomads' sounds like a welcome departure from the network's recent teen girl-friendly fare. The show follows a group of broke, young (and probably very sexy) backpackers working secret missions for the CIA abroad.

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David Anders Signs for 'Vampire Diaries'

by Mike Moody, posted Feb 24th 2010 12:01PM
david anders Don't feel sorry for David Anders. I know it seems like he's constantly getting killed off or written out of high-profile shows, but the guy always seems to land on his feet with another juicy new role on a popular series.

Just a few days after his most recent TV baddie bit the dust, TV Guide has confirmed that Anders is joining the cast of the CW hit 'The Vampire Diaries'.

Anders has been tapped to play Jonathan Gilbert, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy's (Steven R. McQueen) uncle. But don't expect to see him acting like role a model for Mystic Fall's troubled teens. A source tells EW's Michael Ausiello that Uncle Jonathan is coming to town to "cause some trouble."

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Review: Smallville - Disciple

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 30th 2010 11:00AM
smallville disciple(S0910) This was a halfway decent midseason premiere. I certainly wasn't expecting that.

For Smallville, things usually start to drag around the midseason point. Then it's like driving with the parking brake on until the season's final three episodes arrive. But not this year.

This week's solid entry and next week's "Absolute Justice" event are signs that Smallville will sustain the momentum by giving fans exactly what they want – fun episodes that feed into ongoing story arcs, and plenty of geeky superhero action.

"Disciple" smartly nudged a few major plot threads forward, offered some sweet Lois & Clark moments, and delivered an entertaining self-contained story. Spoilers below.

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Is Smallville season ten on the way?

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 11th 2010 8:35AM
smallville absolute justiceThe path is clearing for Smallville to return for a tenth season. CW president Dawn Ostroff recently dropped some positive comments about the show's creative direction and hinted at a renewal.

Speaking to IGN, Ostroff seemed pleased with the show's ratings and optimistic about its chances for another season, but the final decision won't be made until May.

Ostroff also told EW that Smallville producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders have yet to pitch the final episode to the network.

"... We haven't even gotten to how we're going to deal with the last episode and whether it's a season finale or series finale. But right now, I think it's just a season finale," she said.

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Smallville: Maybe the Wonder Twins episode won't be so bad

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 11th 2009 9:04AM
Smallville Wonder TwinsSo that silly pair of purple-clad superheroes, The Wonder Twins, are coming to Smallville this Friday. I can think of worse things that could happen to the show: Kristin Kreuk could return (shudder), for example, or Clark's bare chest could start to sparkle in the sunlight, ala Edward Cullen. Now that would be truly terrible.

But Zan and Jayna nerding up the joint? Sounds like fun to me.

Being a fan of the veteran superhero series, I'm not embarrassed to say that I'm looking forward to seeing the live-action Twins bump fists this Friday. (I wouldn't even mind a cameo from everybody's favorite blue monkey, Gleek, but sadly I don't think that's in the cards.)

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Smallville producers pushing for a tenth season

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 29th 2009 9:36AM
Julian Sands SmallvilleSmallville really is the show that won't die.

After more than eight years, numerous cast departures, and countless recycled plotlines, Smallville might be headed for a tenth season, producer Kelly Souders told EW. Somehow, the veteran superhero series manages to stay on the air while shows like Southland and Trauma can't seem to make it past season one.

Smallville has experienced a drop in ratings since its recent move to Friday nights on The CW, but Souders says the drop off hasn't been that bad. Last week's episode, "Roulette," attracted 2.5 million viewers, a season high for the series. It shared third place in the ratings with ABC for the 8 p.m. hour. That's not terrible for a CW show in its ninth season.

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Smallville: Rabid

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 10th 2009 4:05AM
smallville rabid(S09E03) Who knew the Smallville zombie episode would turn out to be such a bummer? Our heroes did nothing but whine, brood, and talk about their lonely lives while the almost undead were chompin' on people's limbs.

Where were the fun Grindhouse-style action sequences with the good guys firing sawed-off shotguns and revving up chainsaws? Where were the decapitations? And where were the jokes? You'd think a show about Superman fighting zombies would have plenty of jokes.

I understand that every piece of zombie art can't be as fun and clever as Zombieland, or as gloriously gory as 28 Days Later, but I was hoping for something a little more off the wall here.

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Sonic Youth to appear on Gossip Girl; Thurston Moore wants recurring role

by Mike Moody, posted Sep 4th 2009 1:31PM
sonic youth gossip girl thurston mooreSo legendary New York art rockers Sonic Youth will appear on Gossip Girl on Oct. 12. And last year, front man Thurston Moore recorded a version of The Ramones' "Sheena is A Punk Rocker" with Be Your Own Pet's Jemina Pearl for the show.

What the hell is going on here? Since when do bands like Sonic Youth appear on and record songs for shows like Gossip Girl?

I know what some of you are thinking: The Flaming Lips showed up on the original Beverly Hills 90210 back in the '90s, teaching walking jockstrap Steve Sanders that alternative music can really "rock the house." But that was different. The Lips were riding the publicity buzz of their first breakout hit, "She Don't Use Jelly." Sonic Youth doesn't seem to be on any sort of publicity tour, and they certainly don't need to court the teen market to keep making records. So here's the explanation: It turns out Moore and wife/bassist Kim Gordon are big fans of Gossip Girl.

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Firefly's Gina Torres joins Gossip Girl as a 'free spirit'

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 20th 2009 5:02PM
gina torress gossip girl fireflyUnlike our own Jane Boursaw, I've yet to dive head first into the trashy teen world of The CW's Gossip Girl. I'm sure this comes as a surprise to no one, since my favorite shows tend to take place on spaceships or feature brooding vampires. But a recent addition to the cast might get me to start watching the saucy soap for the first time when it returns in September; one of my favorite sci-fi actors, Firefly alum Gina Torres, has signed on to play the recurring role of Gabriela Abrams, Vanessa's mother.

Gabriela is described as a warm and outgoing free spirit from Brooklyn who has been hiding out in Vermont. The show's privileged teens are in for one hell of a season if Gabriela is anything like Jasmine, Torres' duplicitous character from the fourth season of Angel. It's probably not crazy to think that Gabriela will have some kind of edge to her. I've heard some of the parents on Gossip Girl make Lucille Bluth look like Mrs. Cunningham.

Torres is set to appear in two episodes and expected to recur throughout the series. Gossip Girl's season premiere airs Sept. 14.

[Via TV Guide]

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Tom Welling snapped wearing Smallville super suit

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 17th 2009 2:06PM

smallville logoSome clever nerd snapped a few pics of Tom Welling wearing what looks to be his Superman-meets-Neo supersuit on the set of Smallville.

Fans of the show have been waiting to see Welling wear the Superman outfit for years. If the leaked Comic-Con trailer is to be believed, then Smallville's Clark Kent will finally sport the Superman "S" on his chest in the show's upcoming ninth season.

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Supernatural will get Paris Hilton

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 8th 2009 12:00PM
Paris Hilton in a rare clothed appearanceTV's Supernatural is about to get a lot weirder, and for a show that's about undead beings that steal people's "life forces" and shapeshifting douchebags, that's pretty damn weird.

E! Online scooped the universe with confirmation that Paris "The Human Spotlight" Hilton will make a guest star appearance on the paranormal CW show.

The network didn't spill much on the plot of Miss Hilton's visit, but noted "We've heard the storyline, and when you see it you will die." So I guess if you're not a big fan of dying, don't watch Supernatural or better yet, make someone you hate watch it. You've committed guilt-free murder, and The CW earns another ratings point.

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Will Lex Luthor rise from the grave for Smallville's season nine?

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 6th 2009 9:10PM
michael rosenbaum smallville season nineMichael Rosenbaum's departure from Smallville in season seven should have been a heavy blow to a series already suffering from flagging ratings and a bad batch of still-born stories. But the following season turned out to be one of Smallville's best, introducing a fine female successor to Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor and edging us closer into Superman territory.

With season nine on the horizon, and the show getting its best reviews and ratings in years, the big question is coming up again: Will Rosenbaum return to Smallville?

Last season we watched a disfigured Lex, played by a different actor whose face was hidden, apparently die in an explosion. Of course, fans knew instantly that Superman's nemesis was still kicking somewhere (as confirmed by exec producer Brian Peterson at Comic-Con).

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Zombies attack Metropolis in Smallville's season nine

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 5th 2009 7:01PM
smallville season nine 9 zombiesSmallvlle is jumping on the zombie bandwagon.

Yesterday, we told you about the upcoming Medium-Night of The Living Dead mash-up. Now comes word that Clark Kent will be dealing with the undead in a season nine episode of Smallville.

The ep, called "Rabid," will see a virus infecting the city of Metropolis that turns people into zombies. Click through to find out which two Smallville regulars will get infected.

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From Smallville to Metropolis?

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 25th 2009 9:03AM
smallville the cw metropolisAnd Smallville refuses to give up the spotlight.

In less than a month, we've heard talk about a possible spinoff for the CW series, read heated speculation over a simple casting notice, and reported on two major casting announcements. Now we're reading rumors about a possible Smallville TV movie called Metropolis that could serve as a coda to the show's ninth, and probably final, season.

The rumor -- and I repeat: rumor -- comes from the boys at AICN who say a source got a glimpse of some Smallville promotional signage for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con. Reportedly, the source, who goes by the handle "Yoda's Bitch," eyed some signage somewhere, presumably on the planet Earth, featuring the words "Metropolis: Christmas 2010" in Smallville-style font. The sign is also supposedly advertising Smallville's upcoming Comic-Con panel. AICN says they have info that this possible Metropolis project could be a TV movie set to head into production after May 2010. Read more at SciFi Squad.

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Reaper creators join Dollhouse writing staff

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 18th 2009 2:33PM
dollhouse reaper whedonWay back in April we reported that Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, creators of The CW's Reaper, had signed a deal with 20th Century Fox and would most likely be leaving Reaper behind. Now that The CW has officially canceled Reaper to make room for its upcoming slate of bubblegum teen TV, Fazekas and Butters are joining the writing staff of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. The Reaper duo will begin their Dollhouse stint in season two, which kicks off Friday, Sept. 18 on Fox.

I have mixed feelings about this news. I'm glad that Dollhouse nabbed these two obviously talented and funny writers, but I'm still bummed about Reaper's cancellation. And while this might mean that Dollhouse will deliver more smart, nerdy comedy in season two, that Friday night death slot still has me worried.

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