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'Dexter' Promo Introduces the Fresh Blood of Season 6 (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 9th 2011 1:00PM
Season 6 of 'Dexter' is dripping with fresh blood. And by that we mean there are a lot of new additions to the cast. Showtime released a promo that introduces us to all of the new characters.

Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos join the cast as this season's villains. Olmos plays a twisted religion professor, Professor Gellar, and Hanks plays his student, Travis. Together, they conspire to carry out what they consider to be divinely-justified murders.

Rapper and actor Mos Def is also joining the cast, playing a character named Brother Sam. Dexter initially starts tracking him as a potential victim, but soon discovers he's rehabilitated himself with religion.

Check out more new character descriptions, and the 'Dexter' promo, after the jump.

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ABC Cancels 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'V,' 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family' & More, Renews 'Happy Endings,' 'Body of Proof'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 4:20PM
V, ABCThat thunderous pop you just head was the sound of ABC dropping pretty much every single one of its bubble shows at once.

The network has reportedly canceled most of its lowest-rated series, including veterans 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'V' as well as newbies 'Off the Map,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Detroit 187,' 'Better With You' and 'Mr. Sunshine.'

Though it was speculated recently that 'Brothers & Sisters' could get an abridged season pickup, it turns out that star Rachel Griffiths' jokes about being unemployed are true after all. The fifth season -- now series -- finale aired last Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the second season (and now series) finale of 'V' aired back in March.

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Charlie's Mother Goes Crazy on 'Off the Map' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 31st 2011 2:53AM
'Off the Map' - 'Hold on Tight'Any mother can relate to the sheer terror and near hysteria that washes over you when you find out your child is missing. But there was something altogether else going on with Charlie's mother on 'Off the Map' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC).

When Tommy came onto the scene, she was lashing out at another local man, but as they were both speaking in their native tongue, Tommy had no idea what the problem was.

"What happened? Where's Charlie?" he asked.

"He's trying to kill us," she said, pointing to the man. But shortly after that, she turned her rage on Tommy. "What did you do with him?" she shouted, attacking him. "Where's my son? You took my son."

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'Wonder Woman' Recruits Cary Elwes, Watch a Preview of Audrina Patridge's Reality Show and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 4th 2011 6:00PM
Cary ElwesThe 'Wonder Woman' cast has added yet another awesome actor to its ranks: Carey Elwes, otherwise known as Westley from 'The Princess Bride.'

He'll play Henry Detmer, the acting CEO of Themyscira Industries and an uncle-like figure to Adrianne Palicki's Diana Prince who could potentially turn into a love interest, according to Deadline.

Meanwhile, TV Line reports that Becki Newton, one of pilot season's most sought-after stars, has signed on for the Fox comedy pilot formerly known as 'Home Grown.' The casting is in second position to her as-yet-unaired NBC series, 'Love Bites.'

Jim Cavizel, also known as Mel Gibson's Jesus in 'The Passion of the Christ,' has booked the leading role in the J.J. Abrams/Jonah Nolan pilot 'Person of Interest,' according to Vulture. He joins the already-cast Taraji P. Henson and Michael Emerson.

In other TV news ...

'Greek' alum Scott Michael Foster is getting around. The actor, who recently booked an arc on 'Parenthood,' will appear on ABC Family's 'Melissa & Joey' for three episodes as a potential love interest for Melissa Joan Hart. [TV Line]

NBC's Don Johnson pilot, 'A Mann's World,' has cast another actress. Caitlin Crosby joins Taylor Kinney and Kelly Hu in the series about a fiftysomething Beverly Hills hairdresser. [THR]

Despite two of the 'Off the Map' leads booking roles in an NBC pilot, one of their costars says the show has a 50/50 chance of coming back for a second season. "Five percent of the shows are out-of-the-box hits, 5 percent are canceled on arrival, and 90 percent of shows, which is where we are, ride the bubble. And it's all on how the fans respond, you know. Like, hit ABC.com," Jason George said. [EW]

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The 'Off the Map' Cast Previews Hook-Ups, Flirtations & What's Next (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 2nd 2011 4:45PM
I went to Hawaii and all I got was a farmer's tan. Well, that and some face time with the cast of ABC's freshman medical drama 'Off the Map.'
'Off the Map' cast
We've talked about underwater amputations and gotten a peek at the goofiness that happens on set; now, midway through its first season, the show's cast is talking about what's next for the jungle's most adventurous healers.

Check out this video to hear scoop on their characters' struggles, clinic flirtations and more from stars Martin Henderson, Caroline Dhavernas, Jason George, Valerie Cruz, Zach Gilford and Rachelle Lefevre.

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Could 'Off the Map' Be Canceled?

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 1st 2011 6:20PM
Rachelle LefevreOne more sign that ABC's "medical drama in paradise" 'Off the Map' might be hard to find on your TV schedule come fall: star Rachelle Lefevre has signed on for a new pilot.

According to Deadline, Lefevre landed the lead role on NBC's new period drama pilot 'The Crossing.' The actress will play a war widow in a post–Civil War Missouri town, though the casting is in second position to her role on 'Off the Map.' That means, should both shows get picked up for the 2011–2012 season, she's contractually obligated to return to 'Off the Map.'

It's not uncommon for actors on bubble shows -- which 'OTM' most certainly is -- to start making contingency plans. But often the actors turn out to be correct in their worst case scenario predictions.

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Zach Gilford Gets Goofy on 'Off the Map' Set (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 16th 2011 11:00AM
Zach Gilford, 'Off the Map'The most nail-biting dramas often have the funniest sets. When long days are filled with take after take of someone dying on the operating table, downtime naturally becomes prank time.

So when I visited the 'Off the Map' set on a particularly busy day -- shooting a scene of the surgical aftermath of a hang-gliding accident, which you'll see at the end of the season -- I wasn't surprised to find the cast giggly, playful and ready to have fun between shots.

But who's the king of the jokes? The funniest when the cameras stop rolling? There's no doubt that man is 'Friday Night Lights' alum Zach Gilford. And as I learned in not one but three of my other cast interviews, he doesn't always wait for the cameras to stop before popping in with some goofball antics.

Check out this adorable behind-the-scenes look at the cast of 'Off the Map' (Wednesdays, 10PM ET on ABC) after the jump.

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'Off the Map' Stars Tease Tonight's Underwater Amputation (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 9th 2011 10:00AM
'Off the Map'TV shows -- especially medical dramas -- love to tease that they're doing something you've never seen on TV before, but I actually think that's true of this week's 'Off the Map.' And I've seen a lot.

'Off the Map' (Wednesdays, 10PM ET on ABC) has already featured a zip-line accident, tuberculosis, a severe electrocution and a large anaconda wrapped around a man, seemingly suffocating him, but actually keeping his insides from coming out ... and they've only aired four episodes!

This week, their patient runs into trouble while scuba diving, and the docs have to perform an impromptu underwater amputation to save her. It's like 'Grey's Anatomy' meets '127 Hours,' with scuba gear.

Curious? I was lucky enough to catch up with the cast on the show's set in Hawaii (thanks ABC!), and they dished about this week's big story.

Check out the video interview with stars Martin Henderson, Valerie Cruz, Zach Gilford and Rachelle Lefevre after the jump.

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Outside the Box Interview With 'Off the Map' Stars

by Neil Busch, posted Feb 8th 2011 3:45PM
'Off the Map' Outside the Box Interview with Rachelle Lefevre, Martin Henderson, Jason George, Valerie Cruz, Zach Gilford, Mamie Gummer and Jonathan CastellanosShooting in Hawaii isn't all fun and games (mostly) for the cast of 'Off the Map,' as we found out when they sat down for our Outside the Box interview show.

Rachelle Lefevre, Martin Henderson, Jason George, Valerie Cruz, Zach Gilford, Mamie Gummer revealed that and Jonathan Castellanos when the script calls for it, they are conscripted to perform their own stunts ranging from swimming in a "disease-infested" river to throwing themselves in front of a moving car ... going 2 miles an hour!

So, reality doesn't much compare to the hardships the characters endure on the show, which features doctors working in the remote jungles of South America. Still, at least one cast member professed to be squeamish about blood, and on a medical drama, blood can't be avoided.

Watch as the cast members talk about stunts and blood, as well as getting used to medical jargon and their off-camera guilty pleasures.

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'Off the Map' Earns Respectable Ratings, 'Desperate Housewives' Want Raise and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 14th 2011 2:30PM
Off the MapLooks like ABC's decision to re-air the pilot for its new medical drama, 'Off the Map,' paid off for the network.

According to TV By the Numbers, more than 6 million people tuned in to the re-broadcast of the premiere episode, scoring a 2.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic -- just a 13% drop from Wednesday's debut.

President Obama's speech shuffled around Wednesday's prime time lineup on the broadcast networks, so ABC decided to re-air the 'Off the Map' premiere in a prime post-'Grey's Anatomy' spot.

In other TV news ...

You don't want to get on 'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger's bad side. A lawyer who recently appeared on the show got a cease and desist letter from NBC after complaining to the press about his unflattering portrayal. All participants must sign non-disclosure agreements, Stanger said. [E! Online]

An upcoming episode of 'Greek' will tackle a very serious subject. One of the show's main characters will wind up taking the morning after pill after a wild Homecoming night. "I read a lot about it and wanted to make sure that we were accurate and respectful to the circumstances," said creator Sean Smith. [TVLine]

Several 'Desperate Housewives' want a pay raise. Terri Hatcher just signed a new deal, and now fellow Wisteria Lane residents Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria want in on the payday. All of the main ladies' contracts expire at the end of the season. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Did Obama Ruin 'Off the Map' Premiere Ratings?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 13th 2011 3:30PM
Off the MapNot many viewers found ABC's new medical drama 'Off the Map.' The Shonda Rhimes-produced show only pulled in 7.5 million viewers for its premiere.

Is President Obama to blame?

Obama spoke live from the Arizona memorial service, interrupting each major network's night of programming. However, ABC was the only network attempting to launch a new series.

After Obama's speech and a new episode of 'Modern Family,' ABC subbed in 10 minutes of a 'Modern Family' rerun to ensure 'Off the Map' got started at 10PM. A strange, but smart move because of DVR usage and the barrage of promotion the network gave the new series.

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'Off the Map': New Doctors Meet Stingray First, Boss Later (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 13th 2011 9:40AM
Treating a Stingray Wound on 'Off the Map'On the series premiere of 'Off the Map' (Wed., 10PM ET on ABC), three young, hot docs have just arrived at a remote clinic in South America. Time to learn about tropical medicine -- amid some deep life lessons, surely.

One of their first patients has been stung by what Tommy calls "an ugly-ass fish." (He doesn't know that's a stingray? As Meredith Grey would say, "Seriously?!")

Given the establishment is low on pain relief, the newbies are instructed to brace the writhing patient as Ben, the clinic's founder, yanks the animal's tail from his foot. "Welcome, doctors," he says.

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'Off the Map' Will Look (Too) Familiar to Fans of 'Grey's Anatomy'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 11th 2011 1:00PM
The title of the mid-season medical drama 'Off the Map' (10PM ET Wednesday, ABC) is highly ironic.

Once you find out that 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes is one of the show's executive producers, you know exactly what the layout of this drama is going to be: Sexy surgeons with good hair (and better abs) will nurture secret pain; hot young doctors will learn Important Life Lessons while working on challenging medical cases.

You don't need a map for this show: Its blueprints are visible on Rhimes' other dramas, 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice.' But if you like the television comfort food offered by those soapy dramas, you might be best off sticking with them. Despite its exotic setting, 'Off the Map' offers nothing new and the whole venture is relentlessly predictable.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes on 'Off the Map,' 'Lights Out' and TCA News

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 10th 2011 4:30PM
For this week's Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast, I got even further away from Boston resident and podcast partner Ryan McGee than usual.

Late last week, I left my frosty Chicago home to travel to Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where I've been attending panel discussions of on new shows, doing interviews and enjoying the California sun on the rare occasions that I venture outside.

In the first half of this week's podcast, we discussed 'Lights Out,' a boxing drama that premieres on FX on Tuesday, and we also chatted about 'Off the Map,' a new doctor drama that arrives on ABC Wednesday. (My full reviews of both shows will be posted here in the next day or so.)

In the second half of this week's podcast, we focused on three buzzworthy shows that were presented to the media hordes at TCA: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Torchwood' and 'Spartacus.'

Time codes for each portion of the podcast are listed below.

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What to Watch: January 10 - 16

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jan 10th 2011 2:33AM
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Sunday January 16, 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, NBC

I do love me some Golden Globes -- for one thing, they serve drinks so the later speeches get nice and saucy, and for another, they honour television as well as movies. But my favourite thing about the Globes are the totally left-field picks they make every now and again.

For example, this year, you can root for Jennifer Love Hewitt in an acting category against Judi Dench and Claire Danes, or for the very charming Emma Stone up against Annette Bening or Julianne Moore, and of course, 'Burlesque' nominated for best Musical/Comedy alongside stinker 'The Tourist' which I'm pretty sure was supposed to be a thriller. Kudos to the Hollywood Foreign Press for finally making a 'so bad it's funny' award -- the Razzies clearly weren't enough.

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