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'V' Star Morena Baccarin Joins Cast of 'Homeland'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 1st 2011 4:15AM
Morena BaccarinMorena Baccarin wasn't out of work for long. Just a short while after ABC canceled 'V,' she's been cast as a series regular in Showtime's hot new drama, 'Homeland.'

Baccarin joins Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Damian Lewis in the political thriller, which tells the story of Scott Brody (Lewis), an American POW who is rescued from the Middle East.

Meanwhile, a suspicious CIA operative (Danes) thinks he may have been turned into a terrorist and released intentionally.

According to Deadline.com Baccarin will take on the role of Jessica Brody, Scott's smart, strong wife. She replaces British actress Laura Fraser, who played the role in the pilot.

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Morena Baccarin Previews the Bloody Season Finale of 'V'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 15th 2011 1:15PM
It's not easy to be 'V's' Anna. Sure, she's an alien lizard lady bent on world domination and she's murdered countless people (and lizards) who've gotten in her way. But things don't always go swimmingly for her, to put it mildly.

Below, Morena Baccarin, who plays Anna on 'V,' previews the ABC show's Tuesday finale and about talks what's going on in the exclusive Anna image below. Baccarin says the finale is "not for the faint of heart," and that may apply to the freaky picture of Anna as well.

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Jenna Elfman Eyes Return to TV, Christina Ricci in Talks for 'Pan Am' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 23rd 2011 11:00AM
Jenna Elfman Eyes Return to TV, Christina Ricci in Talks for 'Pan Am' and More Casting NewsJenna Elfman is in talks to join ABC's 'Bad Mom' pilot.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'Dharma and Greg' star will play Julia, a single mom of two. Julia's mother did the majority of raising the kids, but when grandma decides she wants her life back, Julia has to raise her kids alone.

Sharon Horgan, a British actress and writer, created the series and will executive produce the pilot.

In other casting news ...

Christina Ricci is in talks to join 'Pan Am.' The 1960s-set soap follows pilots and flight attendants at the once-prominent airline. Ricci recently popped up on 'Saving Grace' and had a guest arc on 'Grey's Anatomy.' [Hollywood Reporter]

'V' star Morena Baccarin is heading to 'The Mentalist.' Baccarin will play Erica Flynn, a matchmaker. The character is "attractive and sexy woman who seems as warm-hearted, sincere, and intelligent as she is lovely." [Entertainment Weekly]

'Party Down' star Ryan Hansen has joined the cast of 'Lovelines.' Hansen, who has another romantic comedy at NBC called 'Friends With Benefits' that has yet to air, will play Tim, a professor who isn't quite honest with his girlfriend. The pilot is in second position behind 'Friends With Benefits.' [Deadline Hollywood]

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Morena Baccarin Talks About Her Mother Bringing 'The Vagina Monologues' to Brazil (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 9th 2011 4:28AM
Morena Baccarin, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'It's always interesting how conversations can take unexpected turns. Take Morena Baccarin's appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). Maybe Kimmel had an idea he could steer the conversation around to the topic it wound up on, but it started innocently enough by discussing Baccarin's mother, Vera Setta.

Setta is a big name in television and theater in Brazil, and, as Baccarin revealed, she was responsible for bringing the popular stage play 'The Vagina Monologues' to Brazil. We're pretty sure you can imagine what they were suddenly talking about.

Kimmel wanted to know how that title was said in Brazil, noting specifically one word, which he thought sounded much better that way.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: 'V' Stars and Producer Dish on Season 2, Wild Stunts and the Controversial Finale

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 8th 2011 1:50PM
When 'V' returns from a short break 9PM ET Tuesday, expect a lot of intrigue between alien leader Anna (Morena Baccarin) and FBI agent Erica (Elizabeth Mitchell) at a swanky party. The two women will finally meet again in Tuesday's episode of the ABC show, and according to executive producer Steve Pearlman and stars Baccarin and Laura Vandervoort, there are many more twists to come before 'V' finishes its second season March 15.

But before we get to the scoop on what's coming in the remainder of the season, one question has to be asked: Is it fair for the sci-fi drama to leave its viewers on a cliffhanger at the end of season 2, given that the show's return is not a sure thing?

"There are a number of different cliffhangers that I think fans will enjoy and there are some holy-[crap] moments that I think they won't have expected," Pearlman said of the season 2 finale. Some stories will be resolved, but he and the show's other producers also want to leave fans "in a place of wanting more," he added.

"Will [fans] be pissed if there's no third season? I think fans of show are going to be pissed there's no third season under any circumstances," Pearlman said.

I've got much more 'V' intel below, but before we get to that, check out an exclusive clip from the show's Feb. 22 episode. It's one of the most elaborate, complicated stunts 'V' has ever done, and it involved the production taking over two floors of a Vancouver hotel for two days.

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'V' Season 2 Preview: Red Sky at Morning -- Visitors' Warning?

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 4th 2011 1:00PM
Elizabeth MitchellThe Visitors are back, and they don't come in peace. After seven months away from our screens, ABC's 'V' returns with a vengeance tonight to begin its long-awaited second season, and judging by the first few episodes, it certainly intends to make up for lost time.

TV Squad was among a select group of journalists invited up to the set of the Vancouver-based series last September, and we have plenty of juicy scoop to whet your appetite for the new season before it premieres tonight.

Join us after the jump to get your 'V' fix -- it's far more tasty than eating a rat, we promise.

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When Aliens Attack: 'V' Returns With Renewed Energy (and Some Cheese)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 3rd 2011 10:30AM
'V' (9PM ET Tuesday, ABC) certainly had a rocky time of it in its debut season. After a swell pilot, the show slowed down considerably, and 'V' didn't always know how to use its mostly able cast. As the elegant alien leader, Anna, Morena Baccarin acquitted herself well, as did Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Erica, an FBI agent leading an underground resistance. But the quality of everything else on the show fluctuated quite a bit.

Yet there were hopeful signs toward the end of season 1 that the show had gotten a grip on how to depict Anna's campaign to win over Earth's population and Erica's attempts to reveal Anna's unfriendly agenda.

This season, there's clearly an effort afoot to give 'V' more forward momentum and to delineate the differences between the scrappy Earth resistance and the calculating aliens. Yet there are signs that 'V' itself still doesn't know what it wants to be -- a realistic sci-fi thriller or an alien-invasion melodrama complete with mother-daughter shenanigans befitting a daytime soap.

There's more energy on display, but it's not always channeled in encouraging directions.

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The Stars of 'V' Talk Red Skies, Dream Guest Stars (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Aug 27th 2010 8:00PM
V'V' had one of those first seasons that most shows can't quite recover from -- wonky scheduling, showrunner shuffling, the works -- but by finale time, with an entire future generation of Vs wiped out and the sky turning red, the show had found its footing and earned a second season.

With the season 2 premiere (November on ABC) comes an explanation of the bloody atmosphere and the introduction of a few new characters, including Bret Harrison as evolutionary biologist Dr. Sidney Miller and Anna's mother, Diana, who'll be played by the original Diana from the early '80s mini-series and show, Jane Badler.

I caught up with stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Scott Wolf, Joel Gretsch, Morris Chestnut and Laura Vandervoort and boss man Skeeter Rosenbaum to hear all about what comes next.

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Comic-Con: 'V,' 'Fringe' and 'Vampire Diaries' Round-Up

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 24th 2010 11:00PM
fringe_fox_castFull disclosure, spoilerhounds -- I don't watch 'V,' 'Fringe' or 'The Vampire Diaries' (two of them are on my DVR, I swear!) so you'll have to forgive my ignorance in the following bullet-point recap of all three panels; I have no idea of character dynamics (or even names, without the help of IMDB) but I'll attempt to make the round-up as coherent as possible, and you can correct my ignorance in the comments if you so desire.

Though, after the panels and meeting some of the pretty cast members at the Warner Bros. party last night, they've all moved up on my must-watch list!

Needless to say: SPOILER ALERT.

Let's jump in with 'V' ...

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A New Experience for Anna on 'V' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted May 19th 2010 6:58AM
Anna Has an Emotion on 'V'All is not well for Queen Visitor Anna on 'V' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC). Erica gets an invitation to the mothership, but has ulterior motives for the visit, causing drastic action from Anna.


[Spoiler alert.]

When Anna finds out her baby soldiers have been destroyed, she starts to wail and cry. "What is happening to me!?" she asks Marcus. "I believe you're experiencing your first human emotion," he explains.

No one gets between a mother and her babies -- even manufactured alien ones, it seems. For Anna, it's time for vengeance.

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Morena Baccarin on 'V', Anna's Psyche, and Scary Soldiers

by Jane Boursaw, posted May 18th 2010 3:59PM
Morena Baccarin Talks 'V'She's cold, she's heartless, she's ... Anna! The queen bee alien on 'V,' whose finale is tonight at 10PM ET on ABC. But don't call her evil, at least not when you're talking to her real-life alter-ego Morena Baccarin. In fact, as she explains it, Anna is really more of a hero to the Visitors, which makes complete sense.

Read on for more of Baccarin's thoughts on Anna's compassion and how she'll do anything to ensure the Visitor's survival.

{Also check out the interview I did with Morris Chestnut. He didn't spoil the finale, but he did talk a lot about his character and whether he saw the original 'V' miniseries in the '80s.)

Talk a little about what's going on inside Anna's head. We're led to believe she doesn't have emotions and yet, she almost seems evil in her efforts to bring down the Fifth Column. Do you think she's evil, or is there a better word to describe her?
Well, I think that for me to describe her as evil would be very unfair, especially since I have to play her. I think she's compassionate to her people. Their survival is of utmost importance to her, and she'll do whatever it takes to ensure that.

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Anna Punishes Lisa on 'V' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 5th 2010 9:55AM
V Laura VandervoortNever cross an angry alien mother. That's what we've learned from 'V' (Tue., 10PM ET on ABC).

Anna (Morena Baccarin) wasn't pleased when Lisa told her she couldn't get Tyler to live on board.

[Possible spoilers ahead]

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'V' - 'Heretic's Fork' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 28th 2010 9:12AM
V: Heretic's Fork
(S01E09) "What does this mean? I'm pregnant! What about the baby?" - Val to Ryan, after learning that he's a Visitor

I guess it would be pretty startling to learn that the guy you've known for ten years, the guy who's the father of your baby, is an alien with a lizard-like body hiding under his human suit, or "meat suit" as the 'Supernatural' boys call it. Poor Val. What a shock. And a shock for Ryan when she tells him she doesn't want him getting on the train with her.

In one way, I'm worried that she won't have Ryan to protect her, but in another way, she might actually be safer without him. Either way, it's a dismal situation, and Anna won't stop until she has that "mongrel" baby. But doesn't it seem like there would be other half-breed babies, since the Visitors have been living on earth for quite some time now? Anna better prime up some more soldiers, because they have their work cut out for them.

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An Alien Soldier Attacks on 'V' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 28th 2010 1:25AM
An Alien Soldier Attacks on 'V'Things are heating up on 'V' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). Anna, the evil commander of the aliens (played by Morena Baccarin), sends a super-solider to track down the good guys. Ryan and Val (Morris Chestnut and Lourdes Benedicto) are on the run, and the solider wants to catch them. Will the pair manage to escape? And will they be able to protect their unborn human/alien child?

Watch the video after the jump.

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'V' - 'We Can't Win' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 21st 2010 9:02AM
(S01E08) "Your girl's got a baby lizard in her terrarium?" - Kyle to Ryan

Somewhere in the past few episodes, 'V' has gotten really good. I've always loved the show -- and haven't watched the original series yet, so can't compare -- but I found myself waiting impatiently to see what would happen in this episode. And also see how much scarier Anna could get. I swear she gets scarier every week. She's one scary lizard-chick.

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