News Roundup: Danny Trejo to Guest on 'Modern Family,' Alona Tal Joins 'Pretty Little Liars' and More
Yep, according to TV Guide, Julie Bowen's character will take on the feared janitor (Trejo) from Luke and Manny's school. Claire will be put in charge of a school dance and is tasked with dealing with the janitor, but the two form an unlikely bond.
In other TV news ...
• MTV has ordered a pilot presentation for an American version of 'Patito Feo.' The drama from Argentina will be adapted to follow a Mexican teen girl who moves to Florida with her mother and grandmother. There, she accidentally starts a war with the school's queen bee. The adaption was written by 'Easy A' scribe Bert V. Royal and 'You Again' director Andy Fickman is in negotiations to direct. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Wilmer Valderrama is heading back to TV, maybe. The 'That 70s Show' star will appear in a comedy pilot from 'American Dad' producers Murray and Judah Miller. [Deadline Hollywood]
• Alona Tal and Tyler Blackburn will guest star on 'Pretty Little Liars.' Tal will play Simone and Blackburn has been cast as bad boy Caleb. [Hollywood Crush]
After two lackluster promos for the coming season on The CW, Watch With Kristin over at E! Online recently posted a one minute sneak peek trailer for season five that looks good. Really good. Like, the-end-of-world-is-coming-so-brace-yourselves good. To spare spoiler-phobes, the full preview, plus my speculations, are after the jump.
I don't know if I can think of a tougher gig on television than being a girl on Supernatural. Things just never seem to go well for any of them. The good news is that the show seems to be acting as a springboard and many of the actresses have been able to land on their feet with good roles.
Adrianne Palicki moved from playing Sam's sweetheart, Jessica, to Friday Night Lights. Alona Tal, who played the controversial Jo, moved right into a regular spot on Cane. It was short lived, but still a nice credit. And now they're joined by Katie Cassidy, the season three demon, Ruby. She's been added to the ever changing cast of Harper's Island. She takes over the role, originally played by Samantha Noble, of the bride whose wedding is the setting for a whole mess of murders. Now, if we can just get someone to hire Nicki Aycox, the sinister Meg.
(S01E12) Look at this picture. Why did they leave poor Rebecca out? Is it because the little harlot cheated on precious Jaime? I thought perhaps the picture was just supposed to be the groom's family but that doesn't explain why Ellis Samuels is there.
Okay, I'm sidetracking already. But, I'm finished now. Cane was very dramatic and action-packed tonight. At 9 p.m. we had a hurricane and at 10 p.m. we had a huge fire in the cane fields. The Duques just can't catch a break.
(S01E05) Last night on Cane things continued to heat up for Alex Vega. He had some close calls with the law. How much longer can he cover his tracks with his involvement in Quinones's murder? Plus, Senator Barnes had to resign because he was found with a male hooker. (Is that the right term? I think Joe Samuels helped would say so.) Guess there's no ethanol deal. Bad news for Alex. Good news for Cane fans. We get to watch him try to clean up this fine mess.
(S01E04) I was pleasantly surprised yet again this week by last night's Cane. The narrative is really starting to gel in both the overarching plot of the season and within individual episodes. Maybe it's wishful thinking but this show could be the Dynasty or Dallas I have been waiting for. Okay, maybe that assessment was premature (I don't want to put that kind of pressure on the Smits), but this episode was great. The show is finally doing a good job of balancing the all the different storylines and making most, if not all, the characters interesting in their own right. For awhile there, it was just Jimmy Smits and his interactions with everyone else.
(S01E03) So I was beginning to have really mixed feelings about this show. I loved the classic themes and plots which allow for so many storylines and conflicts. And of course, no one can argue with this ensemble cast. But I felt like the story wasn't pulling me in and Alex's character wasn't believable or appealing. (I know it's TV so "believable" is a huge demand, but I mean that brand of TV believable.) I watched last week and had this sense that something was just missing. Maybe it has too many characters. Maybe it has too many storylines. Maybe CBS keeps these storylines a little too PG for a show that's slated for 10 p.m. (HBO could turn this plot and this cast into the just-can't-miss-it television that populates the Sunday night time slots.) But tonight, all my mixed feelings about Cane started to disappear...
(S03E01) Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed boys that had been away. Haven't changed... Well, wait a minute. Yes they have, and those changes are a big part of what makes season three of Supernatural so interesting. I think it's very smart what Kripke and his team have done.
The yellow-eyed demon had all the makings of your typical carrot and stick never ending serial plot device. They probably could have gone on for another few seasons with Sam and Dean never quite getting the job done. But in dispatching him, they managed to do a couple of things. First, they paid off a major plot line for viewers that had invested two years in the story. And more importantly, as we move into the third season, they did so in a way that opens up a plethora of new avenues for our story to travel. That is where we find ourselves as we delve into the third season.
That said, if you have to do a filler episode, and most shows do, this is the way to do it. By the time I realized we weren't going to get any new info I was so into the episode that I didn't care. We've got another eight episodes to get to all that. And I have every confidence in the Supernatural team actually coming through in the end with the goods. Anyway, on with the show.
There was a nice scene with Jo and Dean where he explained why she shouldn't be hunting. It isn't just because they don't want to cross her mother. Dean thinks that she's better than this. That she should be taking advantage of her options and going to school. More than anything, I think Dean just wants to protect her because he hates the thought of being responsible for anything happening to her. That's all beside the point anyway, was Jo is having none of it.
A crazy opening with the murder/suicide vision. He was so matter of fact. It's all ok. It's all ok. I was happy to see that it led Sam and Dean back to the ROADHOUSE. It did strike me as a little odd that Dean didn't want to go there. Worrying about a few other hunters and what they might think doesn't sound like the Dean we know. It's the beginning of an odd role-reversal for Sam and Dean this week.
First, the clowns. I started to get whigged out when I saw the title of this episode. I read "It" at far too young an age, so clowns have always bugged me. There's just something not right with a clown. And there is really something not right with the clown in this episode. Very creepy. This was probably the scariest episode of the series since "Bloody Mary."
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