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Sigourney Weaver Books HBO Role, Masi Oka Promoted on 'Hawaii Five-0'

by Chris Harnick, posted May 17th 2011 11:20AM
Sigourney WeaverSigourney Weaver has booked a guest role on HBO's new Tea Leoni pilot, 'Spring/Fall.'

According to Deadline, Weaver will play a very "authoratative" fashion editor.

In September, Weaver told Moviefone that she wasn't quite ready to book a starring role on a TV series. However, she wasn't ready to rule it out.

"If the right thing came along, I'd jump at it," she said. "To be a part of a wonderful -- I think it would have to be a comedy or I wouldn't like it -- to be part of a comic ensemble that gets to work together for a long time is just ... what a wonderful idea."

Jessica Hecht, Matt Letscher, Jason Antoon and Marin Hinkle have also joined 'Spring/Fall.' Hope Davis and Tea Leoni star as two women who have a dysfunctional friendship in the world of fashion.

In other casting news ...

Masi Oka has been upped to a series regular on 'Hawaii Five-0.' The 'Heroes' veteran plays Max, the coroner. CBS is expected to announce a second season on the series on Wednesday. [TV Guide]

Ana Alexander, Chad Everett and Sally Kellerman will star in 'Chemistry.' The 13-episode Cinemax series tells the story of a couple who have a very strong attraction to each other. [Deadline]

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'Bewitched' Creator Dies, Former 'Dexter' Showrunner Joins 'Homeland' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 22nd 2011 11:30AM
Sol SaksSol Saks, the creator of 'Bewitched,' has died. He was 100.

The TV writer and playwright got his start in radio with gigs on 'Duffy's Tavern,' 'The Baby Snooks Show' and 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.'

On the TV side he wrote for 'My Favorite Husband' and 'Summer Playhouse.'

The writer is said to have drawn inspiration for 'Bewitched' from the movies 'I Married a Witch' and 'Bell, Book and Candle.' Saks' 'Bewitched' ran on ABC from 1964-1972. The series is still enjoying a long life in syndication.

Besides 'Bewitched,' Saks published a book, 'The Craft of Comedy Writing' in 1985 and plays such as 'A Dream of Butterflies.' Saks also wrote Cary Grant's last film, 'Walk, Don't Run.'

According to Variety, Saks died of respiratory failure, a result of a pneumonia.

In other TV news ...

Former 'Dexter' showrunner Chip Johannessen has joined Showtime's 'Homeland.' Johannessen will be a writer and producer on the CIA drama. The project, from '24' producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, stars Claire Danes. [Hollywood Reporter]

A&E's 'The Glades' returns Sun., June 5 at 10PM. Last season the show became A&E's most-watched series, pulling in more than 3 million viewers. [Deadline]

Masi Oka has landed a script deal at Syfy. The 'Heroes' veteran is teaming with Alex Sabeti to write 'The Correctors,' a time travel drama. Oka is also attached to star and executive produce. [Hollywood Reporter]

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News Roundup: 'Glee' Broadway Bound? Masi Oka Joins 'Hawaii Five-0' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 12th 2010 6:00PM
'Glee' Comic BookAnother day, another 'Glee' news item. This time, Ryan Murphy, co-creator of the hit Fox series, has confirmed plans for a Broadway version of the musical show. "I'm auditioning people now," Murphy told the New York Daily News at the premiere of his new movie 'Eat, Pray, Love.'

Who will be in the theater version since it'll be nearly impossible for the current TV actors to do both the series and the Broadway production: "I don't know just yet," he said. "You'll see."

'Glee' is also getting its own comic book. Check out the image on the right from LiveFeed.

In other TV news ...

CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo will be inducted to the Cable Hall of Fame. Bartiromo was the first person to broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange trading floor 15 years ago. The anchor has a book, 'The Weekend That Changed Wall Street,' due out next month. [Press release]

Masi Oka is going from superhero to coroner. The 'Heroes' star will play a coroner on CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0' reboot. Right now, Oka is just a guest star for the fourth episode, but his role could be expanded. Comedian D.L. Hughley will also guest star on the new series. Hughley will play Skeet, an inmate who challenges Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) to a game of basketball. [TV Guide]

Could an 'Arrested Development' veteran replace Steve Carell on 'The Office'? Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale and Jeffrey Tambor are currently the front-runners on what would be an awesome or maybe kind of terrible casting choice. [Warming Glow]

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Review: 'Heroes' - 'Brave New World' (season finale)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2010 2:08AM
'Heroes': 'Brave New World'
(S04E19)
Volume Five came to a climactic end, and as with past volumes, it was both exciting and a little bit of a letdown. But also in keeping with tradition, it left the door open for exciting possibilities in Volume Six, teased at the end of the episode, despite a fifth season not being a certainty at this point.

I suspect, though, that NBC will in fact bring the show back, despite it's lackluster ratings performance. A reboot, of sorts, to the franchise could revitalize it in the same way 'Chuck' has seen ratings improve this season. Properly handled, 'Heroes' is a show that could go several seasons. "Properly handled" is the key to that phrase, and it has been mismanaged for too long.

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Review: Heroes - Pass/Fail

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 19th 2010 4:15AM
Heroes: Pass/Fail(S04E16) "Objection, your honor. He's reciting the opening to Quantum Leap." -- Adam Monro, prosecuting attorney in Hiro's mind-trial

This week, it was time to deal once and for all with that pesky tumor in Hiro's brain. This isn't Eli Stone, after all. Not to mention how downright loopy he's been lately. So apparently the resolution is for his body to collapse while he faces a strange trial in the diner where he met, failed-to-save, and then did save Charlie. David Anders reprised his role as Adam Monroe to prosecute our time traveling hero, while George Takei presided over the thing as his father and the judge.

The rest of the episode was split between Sylar's quest to figure out why Lydia's ability was directing him to Claire, and Samuel's attempts to woo Vanessa after he'd kidnapped her. I can say, that I thought he was off to a rough start on that one.

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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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Review: Heroes - Upon This Rock

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 5th 2010 1:25AM
David H. Lawrence XVII(S04E13) Samuel's plans are coming together as he finally tracks down one of the last pieces he knows to make his utopian dream of a home for people with special abilities a reality. At least that's the snowjob he spends most of the episode feeding Claire. And in typical Claire fashion, she remains just as conflicted and confused as she always is.

Speaking of confused, remember when Hiro spouted off some nonsense and then disappeared last time we saw him? I thought maybe it was a reference to something I'd forgotten -- it happens -- but instead it was just the first sampling of whatever that dude did to his brain. It takes Sam's "swiss cheese memory" from Quantum Leap to a whole new level.

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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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Review: Heroes - Once Upon a Time in Texas

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 3rd 2009 3:00AM
Heroes
(S04E08)
As promised, this week's episode of Heroes took us back to the heydays of the first season. Back when this was a world of wonder filled with new and exciting characters and mystery. Their futures lie before them, and it all centered on Charlie, the poor waitress that Hiro failed time and again to save back then.

Now that he's working on his bucket list before he kicks it, the time has come to head back three years and try to undo her death by Sylar's hand. Which means we got to see HRG, Claire, Hiro, Ando, Sylar and even Isaac as they were three years ago.

The question was whether or not he could change the past and save Charlie, when he failed to before. Furthermore, could he do so without changing all the subsequent events that had happened. He'd already had a taste of success with Ando and his sister, but this sojourn had much higher stakes.

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Masi Oka gushes about Charlie's return to Heroes

by Mike Moody, posted Oct 27th 2009 4:25PM
hereos mays okaIt's no secret that Heroes has been slipping in quality and in the ratings since the end of its first season. Things have improved a bit this year thanks to Robert Knepper's fantastic turn as manscara-wearing carnival boss Samuel Sullivan. Watching Sylar torment Matt Parkman with some Tyler Durden-esque head games has been a hoot too.

But, as we TV critics like to bring up every now and then, the current season isn't nearly as good as that great first season. Maybe that's why Heroes is taking us back to season one, sort of, with the Nov. 2 episode, "Once Upon a time in Texas."

The ep follows Hiro as he travels back in time to try to change the events of season one's episode 8, in which he fell in love with Texas waitress Charlie, played by Glee's Jayma Mays. Fans of the show know that Hiro was unable to save Charlie from Sylar's clutches even though he tried more than once. Will he be able to change history this time?

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Heroes: Tabula Rasa

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 20th 2009 1:55AM
Heroes: Tabula Rasa
(S04E06)
If there was a theme this week, it's about nurturing and guiding people with abilities. We followed up with Sylar, now in the nefarious embrace of the Sullivan Brothers Carnival, as well as Peter and Hiro, and by extension Emma. The quest to save Hiro's life from the brain tumor that's killing him even affords Noah the opportunity to atone for his cold past by providing support to a former kid he and the Haitian had "visited" back in his Company days.

We got some very nice character moments this week. I like Hiro in the role of mentor to Emma, as it gives him a focus for his crazy optimism. Plus, we got to see how stopping time makes a magic show even more awesome -- I know that's the kind of crap I'd be doing with that ability. Screw saving the world, watch me make this woman vanish.

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Heroes: Hysterical Blindness

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 13th 2009 4:15AM
Heroes - Hayden Panettiere
(S04E05)
I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but sometimes I wonder if we don't have more people reading TV Squad than Heroes has viewers. And so I want to keep reminding fallen fans who may have jumped ship over the past two not-so-great seasons that things are going much better this season.

There's a better balance in each episode than there's been. In the past few weeks, we've been sticking to mostly three storylines per week. This time around, we checked in on Peter, Claire and Sylar (after his unearthing last week). They're allowing the characters room to breathe and be themselves, rather than just rushing into the next adventure.

It was character growth and development that I'd missed the most, and we're finally getting it. Zachary Quinto was fantastic this episode, and even Hayden Panettiere showed an inkling of range. Oh, who am I kidding, she was as wooden as ever, but that's why we like her ... right? That kind of looks like a cardboard cut-out up there, doesn't it?

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Heroes: Acceptance

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 6th 2009 1:19AM
Heroes
(S04E04)
What are you doing with your life? Are you happy with what you do every day, 40 or more hours a week? If not, then you're not truly living your life, you're living someone else's. Only when you realize that this life is a gift and it's so much shorter than any of us can possibly realize, can you truly start to live for yourself. Take a risk. Do what you want. Do what makes you happy.

That's pretty heady stuff, but it was apparently on the Heroes writers' minds tonight, because that's exactly what this episode was about. And it turned out pretty well. There were moments of true growth for several of our characters, some good and some probably not so good.

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Heroes: Jump, Push, Fall

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2009 2:45AM
Heroes: Jump, Push, Pull(S04E02) Things are definitely getting interesting again. I'm glad Heroes went with a two-hour premiere, because it wasn't until the end of this hour that we had enough to really grab our attention again. As expected, Samuel Sullivan and the Sullivan Brothers Carnival are right at the heart of the mystery right now.

There's another mystery brewing at Claire's college. Or maybe there isn't. Could what happened with Annie be as straightforward as everyone seems to want us to believe? But now that's the least of Claire's problems, due to her little impromptu experiment.

This episode focused primarily on four main storylines, and it progressed very smoothly for it. It wasn't too confusing, and I came out if it with a sense of confidence that there's a plan for the season. I'm still not sure if it's accessible enough for new viewers, but you never know. Maybe people are smarter than I give them credit for.

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Heroes: Orientation (season premiere)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2009 2:12AM
Robert Knepper in Heroes(S04E01) Volume Five - "Redemption"

A new volume and new faces ... on the show, that is. At this point, I think it's a bit of a pipe dream by NBC to think they can nab new viewers. And as much as I was hoping they'd make this as accessible as possible, things are still pretty hopelessly complex. The situation with Nathan/Sylar alone is enough to make any new viewer change the channel. Maybe see how House is coping with life in the asylum.

On the other hand, Robert Knepper has joined the cast as Samuel, the leader of the Sullivan Brothers Carnival, and I couldn't be more excited. No matter how ridiculous Prison Break got over four years, Knepper was just deliciously villainous as T-Bag. And he's just as enigmatic on camera here.

Tonight's premiere is a two-hour extravaganza, including the first two episodes of the new season. Look for my review of the second hour in a separate post.

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