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Comic-Con Q&A: The Cast of 'Ringer' Talks About Their Surprising New Show (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 21st 2011 11:00PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar at Comic-ConAt Thursday's 'Ringer' panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Sarah Michelle Gellar said the surprises in the show were what drew her back to TV.

"I realized it was the first time in a really long time that I had been surprised [by something I'd read]," Gellar said of the drama-thriller, in which she plays twin sisters with double the secrets.


We caught up with the cast -- including Gellar, Nestor Carbonell (who plays a cop), Ioan Gruffud (who plays the husband of one of the sisters) and Kristoffer Polaha (a man with a romantic interest in that same sister) -- before their panel to hear more about the show.

Check out our video interviews to hear more about their characters (including Carbonnel comparing his 'Ringer' character to 'Lost''s Richard Alpert), suspending disbelief, playing things two ways, and the possibilities and plausibility of 'Ringer.'

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Comic-Con 2011: Highlights From The CW's 'Ringer' Panel

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 21st 2011 7:45PM
'Ringer' was one of the most anticipated new show panels at this year's Comic-Con. I mean, hello, it's the return of Buffy herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar, to TV! And she's playing twins!

But the three leading men also got squeals from the crowd as the sizzle reel played before the panel started. Nestor Carbonell ('Lost' fans in the house!), Kris Polaha and Ioan Gruffud are not too shabby themselves.

Ringer

When the cast took the stage, along with Eric Carmello and Nicole Snyder, the show's executive producers who jumped from 'Supernatural,' and fellow EP Pam Veasay, it was Gellar -- looking gorgeous -- who the crowd went nuts for.

Before the series premieres this fall (Tues., Sept. 13, 9PM ET on the CW), check out a few teases, straight from their Comic-Con panel.

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'General Hospital' Star Joins 'Days of Our Lives,' 'The Finder' Adds 2 Actresses & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 11:45AM
Sarah Brown'General Hospital' veteran Sarah Brown -- the original Carly -- is moving to 'Days of Our Lives.'

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brown will play Madison James, a CEO who starts mentoring Alison Sweeney's character, Sami. Look for the character to latch on to Brady (Eric Martsolf) and take on Kate (Lauren Koslow).

"'I'm excited to join such a talented cast to portray such a strong yet feminine character that will inspire our female viewers," Brown said in a statement.

Look for Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn to return to 'Days' in September.

In other casting news ...

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The CW Fall Premiere Dates: When Will 'The Vampire Diaries' Return?

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 20th 2011 3:35PM
The CWSummer hasn't even officially begun yet, but The CW is already planning for fall.

The network announced the premiere dates for its fall shows today. While The CW traditionally debuts its shows earlier than the other networks, this year it's scattering the return of its original programming throughout the month of September.

Returning series include 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Gossip Girl,' '90210,' 'Nikita' and 'Supernatural,' while the channel's three new scripted series are 'Ringer,' 'The Secret Circle' and 'Hart of Dixie.' The network's reality night will see 'America's Next Top Model' paired with the new 'H8R.'

So, when will your favorite vampires and your soon-to-be favorite witches come back? Check out the schedule after the jump.

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The CW Pilots Snap Judgments: Our First Reactions to the New Shows

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 14th 2011 12:00PM
The CW's Ringer, The Secret Circle & Hart of DixieWe've seen the network's new fall pilots, and while they're not for review (things often change drastically before the shows are set to premiere), we do want to share our first reactions with you.

This is designed to get you excited for some new shows ... and to warn you to curb your enthusiasm for others. Just keep in mind that we'll have full reviews of the final pilots closer to airdate in the fall. For now, here are our snap judgments of all of The CW's new shows for the 2011-2012 TV season.

There are only three new scripted shows (read up and watch previews here) but plenty of varying opinions from Mo Ryan, Maggie Furlong, Jean Bentley, Chris Harnick and Laura Prudom.

Here's how we're breaking these down:
Watch It - awesome show, can't wait for more
Skip It - it's either horrible or just totally not their thing
DVR It - there's potential, will give it a second chance

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Look Who's Back! '90s Stars Return to TV

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 30th 2011 4:00PM
With the US networks' upfronts completed, it's time for us TV writers to start picking out trends from the announcements. Is the crime drama dying? Is comedy 'back'? One trend for 2011's fall TV that's hard to miss is the return of a large handful of '90s and early 2000s TV stars who've been away from the small screen.

It's sort of like all the popular kids from high school went off to college, where they majored in things like the comedy-horror movie, highly publicized relationships and dubious art house films, and now they're back -- a little older, a little wiser and with way better hair. Welcome home, kids.

Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Ringer,' The CW

Plot Summary: Gellar plays twins -- one a washed-up recovering alcoholic, the other a high-society wife. When wifey disappears under mysterious circumstances, Miss Intervention takes her place, only to discover her sister's life is way more messed up than her own.

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'Ringer' Trailer: Three Minutes of Sarah Michelle Gellar Goodness (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted May 25th 2011 1:40PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerThree simple words attracted us to the pilot for The CW's 'Ringer': Sarah. Michelle. Gellar. But now that we've seen the new three-minute trailer, we're even more excited.

The 'Buffy' veteran stars as estranged twin sisters, Bridget and Siobhan, who both just so happen to be in hot water with some pretty powerful people. Bridget has led a troubled life, but she's picking up the pieces. On the other hand, Siobhan has a seemingly perfect life -- seemingly being the key word.

After a series of events -- including Siobhan's "death" at sea -- Bridget takes on Siobhan's identity and that's when things start to go really sour. The trailer introduces viewers to the lives of both sisters, including Siobhan's affairs, strained marriage and deep ties to crime. Plus, there's quite a bit of SMG wielding a gun.

Watch a three-minute preview of the new series below.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rachel Bilson and More CW Stars Preview Their New Shows (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted May 19th 2011 5:30PM
Hart of Dixie cast, CW UpfrontLong known for its soapy teen fare, The CW is taking risks with the three new dramas it's premiering in the fall. Only one of them is set in high school, and another was created with a completely different network in mind.

AOL TV was excited to learn more about 'Ringer,' 'Hart of Dixie' and 'The Secret Circle' from the stars themselves as they walked the red carpet at The CW's upfront presentation this morning.

'Ringer,' the new CW-by-way-of-CBS mystery series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in a dual role, is much more serious and suspenseful than any show the network's aired in the past. Just don't expect any 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'-style ass-kicking. "Let me tell you something -- I'm not 18 anymore," joked Gellar.

Former 'The O.C.' star Rachel Bilson is also making her triumphant TV return in 'Hart of Dixie' as a big city doctor who inherits a small-town medical practice in the South. "There's a lot of twists in it, and there's humor ... and there's Scott Porter, which doesn't hurt."

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Sneak Previews: The CW Fall Shows

by Jean Bentley, posted May 19th 2011 2:20PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerOne of the new TV season's most intriguing series will air on an unlikely network come fall -- the Sarah Michelle Gellar comeback vehicle 'Ringer' is nothing like The CW has ever shown before. And that's a good thing.

Originally produced for CBS, the mystery/drama looks much more serious and adult than any other CW series -- it'll be interesting to watch if the network's traditionally younger viewers will tune in.

Also intriguing is the Kevin Williamson-produced 'Secret Circle,' about a teen girl who moves to a new town and discovers she's a witch. Though it doesn't take place in the 'Vampire Diaries' world, it's the perfect companion show for Williamson's other hit on Thursday nights.

'Hart of Dixie,' from 'Gossip Girl' producer Josh Schwartz, is a more fun, heartwarming addition to the schedule on Monday nights. Watch clips from all three new dramas, plus a few of The CW's new reality series, after the jump.

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The CW Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Chris Harnick, posted May 19th 2011 9:15AM
Sarah Michelle Gellar, RingerWelcome back to TV, Sarah Michelle Gellar!

The 'Buffy' veteran's new series, 'Ringer' has landed on Tuesdays at 9PM following '90210,' which has moved to Tuesdays at 8PM. Coincidentally -- or maybe not such a coincidence -- 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' aired on Tuesdays.

Mondays will be a Josh Schwartz block, with Rachel Bilson in 'Hart of Dixie' at 9PM following 'Gossip Girl' at 8PM.

Similarly, Thursdays are a Kevin Williamson block: 'The Vampire Diaries' at 8PM and 'Secret Circle' at 9PM.

Meanwhile, new reality series 'H8R' starts Wednesdays off at 8PM with 'Top Model' at 9PM. 'Nikita' moves to Fridays at 8PM with 'Supernatural' at 9PM.

'One Tree Hill' will return midseason -- for a final season -- along with reality shows 'The Frame' and 'Re-Modeled.'

"We're thrilled to present the most exciting primetime schedule The CW has ever had, comprised of shows that feature bold concepts, proven TV stars and up-and-coming, breakout talent," Dawn Ostroff, the outgoing CW president, said in a statement. "In just five years, we've built an instantly recognizable brand that resonates with both viewers and advertisers and is known for being smartly provocative, culturally current, emotionally authentic and a leader in digital and social media. This upcoming season will continue to establish The CW as a premier destination for our viewers, especially women."

Full schedule after the jump.

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Upcoming TV Pilots We Can't Wait to See

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 5th 2011 9:00AM
So-so Internet buzz hasn't put a damper on our out-of-control excitement over 'Battlestar Galactica' mastermind Ron Moore's new pilot, '17th Precinct.' Why?

Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer & James Callis, '17th Precinct'

Well, for one, it's been described as "'Harry Potter' meets 'Law & Order,'" the greatest combination of two separately amazing things since someone first decided to pair chocolate and peanut butter together. Two, the cast list includes 'BSG' alums Jamie Bamber, James Callis and Tricia Helfer, along with 'Smallville' vet Kristin Kreuk and the inimitable Stockard Channing. And three -- wait, you need more incentive to get excited?

Aside from the police procedural of our dreams, here are a few other potential fall series the AOL TV staff can't wait to lay our eyes upon.

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Kristoffer Polaha to Star Opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in 'Ringer' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 10th 2011 5:03PM
Kristoffer Polaha'Life Unexpected' star Kristoffer Polaha is set to romance Sarah Michelle Gellar in CBS's 'Ringer.'

According to TVLine, Polaha will play Gellar's Siobhan's lover. Here's the catch -- he's currently married to Siobhan's best friend! In the pilot, Gellar plays twin sisters, Siobhan and Bridget, both women with quite a few secrets -- and bounties! Bridget poses at Siobhan, thus romantic entanglements begin. Oh, Siobhan is also married.

Get all that?

In other casting news ...

HBO has added an impressive list of names to its 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' TV movie. Joining Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman are Molly Parker, Parker Posey, David Strathairn, Rodrigo Santoro, Lars Ulrich, Santiago Cabrera, Saverio Guerra, Peter Coyote, Diane Baker and Tony Shalhoub. [Deadline]

Jordana Spiro has been tapped to star in ABC's 'Lost and Found.' The former 'My Boys' star will play Jo, a New York City-based bartender/party girl whose life is changed when the son she gave up for adoption 18 years ago shows up on her doorstep. [Deadline]

Thomas Dekker has joined The CW's 'Secret Circle.' Dekker will play Adam, the oldest member of a coven and a potential love interest for Cassie (Britt Robertson). [TVLine]

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Laura Prepon to Play Fictional Chelsea Handler, Ed Begley Jr. Gets NBC Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 16th 2011 1:00PM
Laura Prepon to Play Fictional Chelsea HandlerLaura Prepon will do her best Chelsea Handler in the NBC pilot for 'Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea.' The former 'That '70s Show' star will play Chelsea Hanson, a fictionalized version of the real comedienne in the comedy pilot based on Handler's best-selling book.

According Deadline Hollywood, the project will follow Prepon's character, a young waitress who isn't afraid to share her opinions and love of drinking and sex.

Prepon recently popped up on 'Castle' and just sold her Web series, 'Neighbros' as a half-hour scripted comedy.

In other casting news ...

Peter Fonda will guest on 'CSI: N.Y.' Fonda will appear in two episodes this April as William Hunt, the former partner of Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise). [Entertainment Weekly]

Ed Begley Jr. has landed a lead role in NBC's 'Brave New World' pilot. Begley, Nick Braun and Will Greenberg will play employees of a theme park, Pilgrim Village, that specializes in recreating historical New England. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Fantastic Four's star Ioan Gruffudd has joined the cast of 'Ringer.' Gruffudd will play Andrew, husband to one of Sarah Michelle Gellar's characters, Siobhan. [Deadline Hollywood]

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