Fringe

anna-torvMaker of Glee and American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy, is currently working on a new pilot for HBO.  Open is described as “a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships” and has now cast Anna Torv (Fringe) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weed’s, Revenge).

Anna Torv will play Windsor, “a yoga instructor in a long-term relationship with Holly (Jennifer Jason Leigh), but upon meeting Grace feels an instant connection.” Now Murphy just needs to cast Joshua Jackson and John Noble to bring the dreams of Fringe fan fiction to life!

The actresses join actors Scott Speedman and Wes Bentley, who were previously announced. Continue reading »

Christopher Guest comedy gets green light

Christopher Guest (director of Best In Show and For Your Consideration) is heading to TV, to work on his new comedy series. It’s called Family Tree, and will follow a 30-year-old man who receives a mysterious box from his great aunt, and then embarks on a journey to find his family’s roots. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) will star in the show, but Guest will also make an appearance.

Fringe star back to work after sleep disorder

Fringe star John Noble is back working on the set of Fringe, after recovering from his sleep disorder. Continue reading »

Mums to guest on NCIS: Los Angeles

Four of NCIS: Los Angeles’s main cast members will have their mothers make guest appearances on the series. The women will play a group of gamblers at a casino.

Fringe to finish in three parts

Fringe exec Joel Wyman has revealed that the series will conclude with a three-part finale. “It’s the end of this saga,” Wyman said of season five. “You never know… but as far as this story and this saga [is concerned] – it’s over.” Continue reading »

Eric Dane is leaving Grey’s Anatomy

Eric Dane (who plays Mark Sloan) will appear in a handful of episodes in season nine, so that his character’s story can be wrapped up, but he will be leaving Grey’s Anatomy after that. Dane said in a statement: “I am extremely grateful to everyone at ‘Grey’s,’ ABC and Shondaland for the experience and memories I have had over the course of this run. It has been wonderful to work alongside and learn from a creative force such as Shonda Rhimes.”

Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss will return for season six

For those of you who have been worried that Elisabeth Moss (who plays Peggy) might not be returning to Mad Men, after her character left Stirling Cooper Draper Pryce last season, breathe a sigh of relief, because Matt Weiner, creator of Mad Men, has confirmed that she will be back for season six. Continue reading »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers to play Dracula

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to feature as Dracula in a new US/British co-production. Ten episodes of the series have been ordered.

Chad Everett passes away

Actor Chad Everett has passed away at the age of 75. Everett has appeared in the likes of Supernatural, Medical Center and Mulholland Drive. Continue reading »

Mark Consuelos joins American Horror Story cast

We’re yet to see the first season of American Horror Story in NZ, but Mark Consuelos has joined the cast for season 2 of the show. He’ll play a patient at an institute for the criminally insane.

Ninth season of How I Met Your Mother in talks

CBS and 20th Century Fox have begun talks to bring back How I Met Your Mother for a ninth season. Co-executive producer Craig Thomas said they have a plan A and a plan B, depending on whether the eighth season is the last.  Continue reading »

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Fringe

10:30pm Thursday, May 10 on TV2

Welcome to another mind-bending season of the critically acclaimed Fringe, premiering tonight on TV2.

This season, Fringe continues to explore otherworldly cases with endless impossibilities. Set in two parallel universes, the FBI’s Fringe Division focuses around Special Agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), eccentric “fringe” scientist Walter Bishop (John Noble) and his jack-of-all-trades son, Peter (Joshua Jackson). The trio is supervised by Special Agent Phillip Broyles (Lance Reddick) and assisted by Agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole).

Simultaneously, the universe “over there” is populated by alternate doppelgangers including a scheming “Walternate,” seductive “Fauxlivia” and a parallel Fringe team armed with advanced high-technology. In both universes, the teams investigate unusual incidents that defy human logic and unimaginable events that threaten our very existence on a universal scale. Inextricably linked to the “other” universe by the crafty scheming of a younger Walter Bishop trying to save the life of his son, Olivia and alternate-born Peter must heal the rifts between two warring universes while wrestling with questions of identity and destiny, and an unstoppable ancient doomsday device.

Phillippe joins new cop drama

Ryan Phillippe will lead the cast in a new cop drama pilot for the CBS network. The actor will play a cop who experiences a rapid career progression from officer to detective to Police Commissioner.

Lost actor joins Fringe

Former Lost actor Henry Ian Cusick has landed a guest role on Fringe plying an FBI agent. Cusick is best known for his role as Desmond Hume on Lost between 2005 and 2010.

New pilot from How I Met Your Mother creators

The Fox network has picked up a new comedy pilot from the creators of How I Met Your Mother. The Goodwin Games will follow three estranged siblings who reconnect to inherit their late father’s fortune.

Homer most downloaded GPS voice

Homer Simpson has been named as the most downloaded GPS navigation voice by the Guinness Book of World Records. The voice was launched in 2009 and has out-sold all other download competitors by three-to-one.

Oprah begs for viewers

Oprah Winfrey has been accused of begging viewers to watch her struggling channel OWN. Winfrey tweeted yesterday asking viewers with Nielsen boxes to switch over to her channel rather than watch the Grammys.

Actors returning to Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives will have at least three former cast members return to the series for the final season. Dana Delany, Kyle MacLachlan and Andrea Bowen are all expected to return to reprise their roles.

Comic book series coming

Fringe writer Andrew Kreisberg will pen the script for a new series based on Booster Gold, a DC Comics superhero who travels through time.

Area 51 series in the works

The Walking Dead’s executive producer Gale Anne Hurd has purchased the rights to a book about Area 51 with the intention of producing a drama series.

Treasure hunter series being developed

A new series centring on a young female treasure hunter is being developed by The CW network. The show is being produced by The Day After Tomorrow’s Stephanie Germain.

Ewan McGregor joins new drama series

Ewan McGregor has signed on to feature in a new HBO drama called The Corrections where he will star alongside Diane Wiest and Chris Cooper.

Katy Perry to host SNL

Katy Perry has been confirmed to be hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live in December. Others to host during the month include Steve Buscemi and Jimmy Fallon.

Ron Howard working on Western series

Ron Howard is working with HBO on a yet-to-be-titled Western drama that wil centre on famous gunslinger Doc Holliday.

Fringe future unclear

Warner Bros TV president Peter Roth has said the future of Fringe is unclear and that it is too soon to tell if the sci-fi drama will return for another season.