Numb3rs

New X Factor host named

Home and Away actor Luke Jacobz will replace Matt Newton as the new host of the upcoming X Factor Australia it has been announced. Jacobz, who plays cop Angelo on the Aussie soap, will take up hosting duties on the reality talent show which kicks-off in NZ at the start of September.

Aniston to guest on Cougar Town

Jennifer Aniston has been confirmed to join her fellow Friends cast member Courtney Cox on Cougar Town in the upcoming second season. Aniston will play Jules’ (Cox) psychiatrist in the season premiere.

Farr joins Grey’s Anatomy

Numb3rs actress Diane Farr will feature in the next season of Grey’s Anatomy, playing a patient under the care of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo). Farr, who played FBI agent Megan Reeves in Numb3rs, has also featured in Californication and Desperate Housewives.

Lost props sell at auction

A script for the pilot episode of Lost has sold for US$18,000 at a recent auction in California. A number of other props from the show were sold as well including a computer and hatch door from ‘the Swan’ station which fetched US$19,200 and a large piece of wreckage from Oceanic Flight 815.

The BOX – Mondays from 26 July, 7.30pm

You can count on the BOX to keep you entertained on a Monday night with a new season of Numb3rs

In the LA office of the FBI, Special Agent Don Eppes and his team investigate critical and baffling crimes with a special edge. That advantage is Don’s brother, Charlies Eppes, a brilliant universalist mathematician who uses the science of mathematics with its complex equations to hunt the most tricky criminals.

Season 3 sees Charlie and Amita intensify their relationship, as do Larry and Megan, especially after Megan’s kidnapping.

Amita has troubles adjusting in her new role as a CalSci professor, and Larry announces his leave of absence, which greatly distresses Charlie.

Dr. Mildred Finch, the newly-appointed Chair of the CalSci Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy Division, initially troubles Charlie and his colleagues, as Alan dates her.

Olivia Wilde to leave House

House actress Olivia Wilde will be absent from the hit medical series for much of the next season due to commitments on a movie. Wilde, who plays the role of Dr. “Thirteen “ Hadley, is taking time out to shoot Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s next movie Cowboys and Aliens but will return to House in the future.

New villian for Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives has secured a new villain for the next season in Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams. The actress, best known for her role as Wilhelmina, will move to Wisteria Lane as of next season with producers looking to fill the gap left by departed housewife Nicollette Sheridan.

CBS cancels seven shows

American network CBS has gone on a rampage, cancelling seven shows from its line-up to make way for new ones. Among those to be culled are Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, The New Adventures of Old Christine (which may be saved by ABC), Gary Unmarried and Numb3rs. However the network has decided to renew Medium for another season.

James Franco returns to TV

James Franco will return to TV next month when he reprises his role as Franco on long-running American soap General Hospital. The actor appeared on the show late last year and has agreed to return for a stint in which his character, a murderous artist with an obsessive vendetta, returns to terrorise the people of Port Charles.

Law & Order not dead yet?

Recently axed drama series Law & Order may be revived with its creator desperately trying to bring the series back for a record-breaking 21st season. Dick Wolf has vowed to save the show which was cancelled by NBC last week to make way for a spin-off, Law & Order: Los Angeles. If successful, it would not be the first show to be brought back to life with the likes of Scrubs and Friday Night Lights resurrected after being canned by their respective networks.

Linda Hamilton joins Weeds

Actress Linda Hamilton, known for her role as Sarah Connor in James Cameron’s Terminator movies, is joining the cast of Weeds. Hamilton will appear on several episodes of the series, playing an eco-conscious marijuana grower who helps out Nancy.

Heroes sued by comic creator

Heroes is being sued by a comic creator over a storyline that the artist claims was copied from one of his books. Jason Barnes is claiming the show used a travelling carnival that was almost identical to that created by him as well as utilising very similar dialogue as in the scene. He is attempting to pull $60m in compensation from the show.

Steven Spielberg’s new series

Steven Spielberg’s next big-budget TV series has been given the green light in the US by Fox. Terra Nova, a dinosaur drama which focuses on a family 100 years in the future who travels 150 million years back in the past, will have the services of 24’s writers when it goes into production and it’s expected to comprise of stand-alone episodes.

the BOX – Mondays from 1 June, 7.30pm

What do you get when you mix a scorching new team, killer cases, steamy relationships and a Cognitive Emergence Theory? A new season of NUMB3RS of course! This season Megan Reeves (Diane Farr) and Colby Granger (Dylan Bruno) join the team and add to the enigmatic mix of Don’s (Rob Morrow) FBI tactics and Charlie’s (David Krumholtz) mathematical genius helping the Bureau solve crimes, providing unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing felonies. Also watch out for a softer side of the boys this season as Charlie and Don start attending therapy sessions together.

9:30pm – Sunday, May 24 on TV 3

Don (Rob Morrow) and Charlie (David Krumholtz) find themselves in conflict over their differing beliefs in this week’s emotionally charged season finale of Numb3rs, screening on Sunday, May 24th at 9:30pm on 3.

This week fans will not only have to say goodbye to the fourth season of Numb3rs, but will also bid farewell to yet another cast member.

After Sabrina Lloyd left the series in the first season, Diane Farr stepped in to fill the void as FBI agent and psychological profiler Megan Reeves. But after three years on the forensics drama Farr has opted not to renew her contract.

This week’s season ender titled “When Worlds Collide,” will see Megan face a crisis of conscience and leave the team to pursue another occupation.

“I think after three years, most actors feel the need to see what else they can use their brain for,” Farr tells American TV Guide of why she decided to leave the popular forensics series.

However fans will just have to stay tuned to find out how this will pan out. Meanwhile, Farr reveals her reason for leaving Numb3rs has nothing to do with creative differences or the fact that she recently gave birth to twins.

“I’m not leaving because I’m having babies. I’m leaving because I’m going to do a different job,” she explains.

And while the actress is looking forward to her new projects she still acknowledges the fact that her Numb3rs stint was great experience.

“Numb3rs was such a perfect job. It was easy and it was fun and it was good people,” she says, remembering her most memorable moment as “when Megan was trying to seduce Larry, it was really fun because Peter MacNicol was very afraid of the love story.”

Make sure not to miss Diane Farr’s final ever Numb3rs episode when the series concludes its fourth season on Sunday, May 24th at 9:30pm on 3.

Sunday, March 22nd at 9:30pm on TV3

Real life brothers Chris and Dylan Bruno can be seen sharing the screen when Chris (The Dead Zone) joins his brother on this week’s action-packed instalment of Numb3rs, screening on Sunday, March 22nd at 9:30pm on 3.

This week, Chris, best known as Sheriff Bannerman on The Dead Zone, guest-stars as SWAT captain Tim King, who rushes in to save the day when David (Alimi Ballard) is taken hostage inside the FBI building. But even though Chris and Dylan will not get along in the episode Dylan says that every opportunity to work with his brother is always a good one.

“One day they [Numb3rs producers] said, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about hiring your brother for this episode, what do you think?’ I was like, ‘That would be awesome!’,” Dylan tells American TV Guide.

“It’s always a pleasure for us to have that opportunity, and it just makes it really fun for the two of us to just be able to be on each other’s show.”

Chris and Dylan have attracted a lot of attention for their on-screen Numb3rs tension. However despite their convincing portrayal, Dylan reveals that in real life they don’t usually clash.

“The funny thing is that actually, my brother and I have not really had very many arguments in the course of growing up,” he says.

“I mean, we’re pretty far apart in age – six and a half years – and when you’re little kids growing up that’s just worlds apart.”

But what fans may be interested to learn is that Dylan is not the only Numb3rs cast member that Chris has an existing relationship with. The actor also has some history with Diane Farr who portrays Megan Reeves on the series.

“He and Diane actually have known each other for, gosh, like 18 years now,” says Dylan. “They dated back in college.”

And it was through Chris that Dylan originally met Diane. “When my brother and she were in college, I was still in grammar school, I think I must have been in ninth grade the first time I met her.”

The current season of Numb3rs has been described by both fans and critics alike as the best of the series’ so far, Chris says this is largely to do with legendary director Tony Scott (True Romance, Man on Fire and Déjà vu) directing the season premiere.

“I felt like it gave everybody a new bit of inspiration and all the directors who come in, I mean, they all kind of joke around and say, ‘Wow, I’ve got to follow Tony Scott’.”

“And it really seems like everybody is up to the challenge and has been really trying to be innovative and do some cool stuff and keep the energy and enthusiasm alive.”

Make sure not to miss this eager cast and real life brothers Chris and Dylan Bruno when Numb3rs screens on Sunday, March 22nd at 9:30pm on 3.

 

the BOX – Mondays from 2 March, 7.30pm

The first season of the perplexing crime drama is set to encore on the BOX.

Inspired by actual events, FBI Agent Don Eppes (Rob Morrow, Northern Exposure) recruits his mathematical-genius brother (David Krumholtz) to help the Bureau solve crimes, providing unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing crimes.

Sunday, January 25th at 9:30pm

Numb3rs, returning on Sunday, January 25th at 9:30pm on 3, sees David Krumholtz portray Charlie Eppes, a mathematician at a fictional university called Cal Sci.

But even though Charlie is a Cal Sci professor, thus far the storylines have not allowed him to be seen teaching, and that’s one aspect of the series both Krumholtz and the producers would like to address.

“The network is worried that going into the classroom might be boring and over people’s heads,” Krumholtz explains to the US TV Guide. “We’re just trying to figure out a fancy way to do a classroom scene that would apply itself to the crime.”

“I would like to see him teaching as part of a story and something comes to him in the course of teaching,” Numb3rs creator Cheryl Heuton adds.

While Numb3rs hasn’t made it into the fictional classroom yet, it is having an impact on real ones. Texas Instruments, working with Numb3rs creators and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, has created an educational outreach program with activities and problems based on particular episodes.

“Isn’t this great?” Krumholtz says. “The last figure we got, there were upwards of 20,000 teachers who had ordered these programs, and it’s being used and seen by 2 million kids across this country, from grades six through 12.”

With the Texas Instruments program, teachers can also address a common complaint about maths – which is students having trouble figuring out how it applies to the real world.

“What’s so great about this show is not only do we put the maths in context, but we’re able to visualise it for the audience [through special effects]. We do these visual metaphors that are really quite powerful, and they’re really well done. They make the maths make just that much more sense,” Krumholtz says.

But will the numbers add up when a series of secrets and blackmail involving a young, up and coming actor are exposed when the team investigate the murder of a young woman in his Hollywood Hills mansion? Find out when Numb3rs returns on Sunday, January 25th at 9:30pm on 3.

 

Sunday, December 14th at 9:30pm

It’s a reunion of epic proportions when Val Kilmer (Top Gun, The Doors) reunites with Top Gun director Tony Scott for a very special action-packed episode of Numb3rs when the hit series screens on Sunday, December 14th at 9:30pm on 3.

The episode titled “Trust Metric” will see Kilmer portraying Mason Lancer, the brains behind last season’s shocking events which led to the discovery that Agent Colby Granger (Dylan Bruno) was a mole within the FBI. 

“It’s a double whammy!” says David Krumholtz, who portrays Charlie Eppes on Numb3rs, about having both Kilmer and Scott on the series. “We’ve had a lot of great actors on the show, but Val takes the cake. We’ve got to thank Tony for bringing him in.” 

Like Krumholtz’s Numb3rs character, Charlie Eppes, Kilmer, who, as well as Top Gun, has worked with Scott on the hit films True Romance and Déjà Vu, is no stranger to mathematical plotlines. 

“Val played the original math and science genius in Real Genius,” says Krumholtz. “That was shot at Cal Tech, which is where we shoot our show. Val is revisiting his old roots as an actor.” 

And although Krumholtz doesn’t have any scenes with Kilmer, he’s more then a little excited to have the star onboard. 

“He’s one of the most provocative actors,” he says. “It proves our show is a cut above the rest to attract actors like him. Hopefully this will get more eyes on our show.”

As for Kilmer, the Numb3rs reunion with Scott marks only the first in a long line of upcoming collaborations. Aside from Numb3rs, both Kilmer and Scott have many upcoming projects planed for 2009. Kilmer and Scott are set to appear and direct the miniseries Comanche Moon as well as the upcoming films; Conspiracy, Columbus Day, and Have Dreams

But before this time make sure to catch the first of these collaborations when Val Kilmer guest stars in the Tony Scott directed “Trust Metric” when Numb3rs screens on Sunday, December 14th at 9:30pm on 3.

 

 

Sunday, October 19th at 9:30pm

The countdown for new episodes of Numb3rs is finally over, tonight Special Agent Don Eppes and his mathematical genius brother Charlie return to our screens as they try to solve yet another mystery, Numb3rs screens Sunday, October 19th at 9:30pm on 3.

What fans of the show – which proves mathematics can be used to help catch criminals and solve crimes – may not know is that Numb3rs counts on a real life maths specialist to make sure that the show is as authentic as possible.

Serving as a consultant to the series is California Institute of Technology professor Gary Lorden, who works out the actual numbers behind Numb3rs.

While all these may appear to be effortless for a maths genius, Lorden recently revealed that working for the show is actually quite painstaking.

“It is episodic, so that in the course of 10 days or so, they work on a particular episode in the sense of shooting and so on. That creates a schedule a little ahead of the shooting where they have to finalise the script. And not only what’s in the script, but in the case of this show, there is a whole bunch of maths that has to be finalised,” Lorden explains.

“I have got to stay up late tonight so that at tomorrow’s meeting with the producers, art department and writers, which I don’t attend but the researchers that I work with attend, they will basically present 10 or 12 or 15 pages of maths that I fax the researchers, often at two in the morning, which gives them what goes on the screen,” he adds.

Despite the challenges of his work on Numb3rs, Lorden considers it as a fun experience. He even takes delight in the fact that he is an insider of the show who has become quite a celebrity in the California Institute of Technology community.

“In 40 years of teaching I don’t think I have had a student ask for my autograph until I was involved in the show,” he says.

Make sure to catch all of Lorden’s hard mathematical work when Numb3rs returns on Sunday, October 19th at 9:30pm on 3.