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Jason Priestley Gets 'Haven' Role, Ellen Barkin Joins Pilot and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 11th 2011 1:00PM
Jason PriestleyJason Priestley is stepping back in front of the camera to join Syfy's 'Haven.'

According to TVLine, Priestley will play Chris Weekly, an antisocial genius marine biologist. He'll have an affliction of sorts that some would call a blessing.

Priestley is signed to appear in four episodes during season 2. The 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star will also direct an episode of the Syfy series. (The series airs on Showcase in Canada.)

In other casting news ...

Ellen Barkin has joined NBC's 'A Mann's World.' The pilot, from 'Sex and the City's' Michael Patrick King, stars Don Johnson as an aging hair stylist. Barkin will play Johnson's character's ex-wife. [Vulture]

Paul F. Tompkins is getting his evil genius on at Comedy Central. Tompkins will write and star as Professor Tiberius Lynch, a villain who has successfully taken over the world. What happens next? How do you run Earth? Those are Professor Lynch's questions. [Deadline]

Eddie Cibrian is replacing Jeff Hephner in the NBC drama pilot 'Playboy.' Hephner reportedly performed well in his auditions but didn't work out after the table read. [Deadline]

Titus Welliver has been tapped to star in The CW's 'Awakening.' 'The Good Wife' and 'Lost' actor will play a zombie hunter. [TVLine]

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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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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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'Chelsea Lately': Zach Gilford Won't Admit His Girlfriend Is Backstage (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 12th 2011 8:20AM
Zach Gilford Talks Private Life on 'Chelsea Lately'It visibly pains Zach Gilford to talk about his private life. But a woman accompanied the 'Friday Night Lights' actor to the set of 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). Did he not realize to whom he'd be speaking?

His first response to Chelsea Handler's inquiry about her was, "I don't know who you're talking about."

The host kept pushing the topic, then added the unknown woman into a conversation about Hawaii. "Does she go back to Honolulu with you -- the girl that you're not penetrating that's sitting in the back?" she asked. He still wouldn't budge. Handler took a different angle: "You should let people know that you have a girlfriend so that girls like me don't hit on you."

Gilford eventually used the "girlfriend" word, and Handler took her victory as evidence of superior journalism skills.

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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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Ask the Stars of 'Off the Map' Your Questions

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 5th 2011 4:20PM

'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice' have been blockbuster hits for executive producer Shonda Rhimes, but she isn't stopping there. She has teamed up with creator Jenna Bans for a new series about doctors, 'Off the Map,' which premieres Wed., Jan 12 at 10PM ET on ABC.

Unlike Rhimes' other hits, 'Off the Map' is set in the wild, remote South American jungle. A trio of young, idealistic doctors (all running from their pasts, of course) arrive to work at an understaffed, underfunded clinic.

We're sitting down with the cast -- Zach Gilford, Mamie Gummer, Rachelle Lefevre, Jason George, Martin Henderson, Valerie Cruz and Jonathan Castellanos -- and asking YOUR questionsabout ABC's new hot doc show.

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'Friday Night Lights' Vet Zach Gilford Goes 'Off the Map' for ABC

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 9th 2010 9:30AM
zach gilford off the mapAfter a brief flirtation with the movies ('Dare,' 'Post Grad'), 'Friday Night Lights' vet Zach Gilford is returning to the tube in a new series from the creator of 'Grey's Anatomy.'

The former Dillon Panther is heading to South America for a role in producer Shonda Rhimes' 'Off the Map,' reports The Ausiello Files. The ABC medical drama follows a group of hot young doctors working at an understaffed clinic in the South American jungle.

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Gilford, Palicki, Kitsch Return for More 'Friday Night Lights' Action

by Harley W. Lond, posted Jun 14th 2010 8:52PM
As 'Friday Night Lights' gets ready to gear up for its fifth and most-likely final season (which begins this fall on DirecTV), The Ausiello Files has revealed that three of the show's all-stars will return to Dillon: Zach Gilford (Matt), Adrianne Palicki (Tyra) and Taylor Kitsch (Tim) have finalized deals to appear in multiple episodes of the series.

According to Ausiello, Gilford is returning for four episodes (including the finale), Palicki will guest in the last two episodes, and Kitsch has signed on for the final four.

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Two Join 'Matadors' Pilot

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 16th 2010 4:01PM
ABC logoIt looks like we're going to have another legal drama on TV, but at least this one looks like it might have a twist to it. ABC has cast the two lead roles for 'Matadors,' about two battling families who also happen to be filled with attorneys. One family has a private practice while the other works for the state. The Hollywood Reporter describes it as a "Romeo and Juliet-style drama" because the two lovebirds come from each of those battling families.

Michelle Borth, who currently co-stars on ABC's 'The Forgotten' (though I'm guessing not for long) will play Juliana, while Zach Gilford will play Alex, the guy who Juliana will fall in love with. The woman's name is Juliana? Well, at least they didn't name the man's character Roman or something like that.

Gilford plays Matt on 'Friday Night Lights.' He's not a regular anymore but did make appearances this season.

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Amy Smart Scrubs in for CBS Medical Drama

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Feb 16th 2010 11:00AM
CBS is getting smart -- Amy Smart, that is.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Smart will star in CBS' untitled medical drama from executive producer John Wells ('ER'; 'Southland'). In it, she will play a "tough nurse" who speaks her mind and is romantically involved with another character.

The show follows a group of medics who travel the country to help less-fortunate people in need of medical care.

While Smart's career has mostly been relegated to film -- she's had a long history with both frat comedies ('Road Trip,' 'Varsity Blues') and romantic comedies ('Just Friends,' 'Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!') -- she's had a few roles on the small screen, including a season of 'Felicity' and a four-episode arc on 'Scrubs' as "Tasty Coma Wife."

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TV Casting: Zach Gilford Scores New Role; Julie Benz Gets 'Desperate' Extension

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 8th 2010 9:31AM
Zach GilfordZach Gilford is no longer a free agent. The 'Friday Night Lights' co-star has just been signed to star in the ABC pilot 'Matadors,' playing a third-generation defense attorney. The show is said to be about two feuding families in Chicago, both of whom have ties to the law. No word yet on a premiere date. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Eight stars a shinin'

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 16th 2009 10:02AM
jane_lynch_gleeOn the eighth day of Festivus, TV gave to me ... eight stars a shinin'!

There are a lot more than eight wonderful stars shining in the TV pantheon for 2009, but these eight are a remarkable bunch who have been exemplary this past year. They've left us with memories that'll last long after this Festivus has ended. So, in no special order, here are the eight stars a shining from the year gone by.

1. Jane Lynch. If the Emmy doesn't already have Jane Lynch's name engraved in a statuette for Glee, it will by the time the awards are handed out. Lynch has been the perfect villain, the villain you love to hate. But if she were just a one-note nasty, it wouldn't work. Lynch has shown the other side of Sue Sylvester. Her "swing" date showed Sue in love, and her visit to her sister Jean was a soft earthquake emotion. Jane delivers week in and week out. Her star is glowing.

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Friday Night Lights, season four -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 28th 2009 12:02PM
Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in 'Friday Night Lights.'
Entering into its fourth season (and second since the NBC/DirecTV deal), Friday Night Lights is a show in transition on numerous levels. The high school football drama returns tonight to DirecTV's 101 Network at 9 p.m. ET (NBC won't air this season until next summer) and for fans of the show, it's an episode they've long been waiting for.

Ever since the season three finale, as Coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler) and his wife Tami (Connie Britton) stepped on to the East Dillon Lions decrepit football field, Eric's new home, the tension has been at an all time high in Dillon, Texas. How can Coach Taylor, a man whom many consider to be a high school football wunderkind, start from scratch with a team that doesn't even exist yet?

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