After stories floated that TNT had failed to reach a financial agreement with Larry Hagman to reprise his role of J.R. Ewing in an update of the 1978-91 primetime soap Dallas — and would move forward with an altered script that would write out the popular character — both parties expressed hope that the conflict could be resolved.
And now I'm happy to report that a deal's been struck! Yep, I just got off the phone with Larry, who tells me he's in! "I haven't signed any contract but I gave them my commitment verbally," says the star, who'll turn 80 this year. "I just told them I'd do it and my word's good!"
The updated pilot...
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
After a hilarious guest spot on Modern Family last fall, Nathan Lane will reprise his role as Cameron and Mitchell's flamboyant party thrower pal, Pepper, in a spring episode.
This time, "Mitch [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] and Cam [Eric Stonestreet] go out for a boys night with Pepper and a bunch of their other gay friends," Modern Family executive producer Steve Levitan told me at Saturday's Producers Guild Awards, just before going on stage to accept the award for Best Comedy Series. The plot...
There's no football in Hawaii Five-0's special Sunday post-AFC Championship Game episode, but it does start out with extreme surfing. Well, more like some extremely uncomfortable surfing as Kono (Grace Park) gives Danno (Scott Caan) board lessons so he can impress his daughter. "It's fun because Danny's obviously averse to water," says executive producer Peter Lenkov. The waves get a whole lot bigger as a major tsunami warning sends islanders evacuating to higher ground, while our team stays in town to investigate the disappearance of the head of the Tsunami Warning Center.
Dita Von Teese
Va-va-va-voom! Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese reveals herself as an actress, taking on three personas in tonight's film noir-inspired CSI (9/8c, CBS).
We meet her character — Ellen Whitebridge, a shy schoolteacher with a fascination for forensics — when she brings her students on a field trip to CSI headquarters. Greg (Teese's real-life pal Eric Szmanda) is intrigued by the brainy beauty and asks her out on a date. That's before he finds out about Ellen's naughty nightclub alter ego, Rita Von Squeeze. Then, in a series of flashbacks, Teese plays Ellen's murdered grandmother, who was also a burlesque performer back in the day....
Good news and bad news for fans of Kevin McKidd and his Grey's Anatomy doc, Owen Hunt. When the ABC series returns with a new installment on February 3, his character will barely be seen on camera. The reason: Kevin was kept plenty busy off camera directing Grey's for the first time. He took time away from editing the episode to give us a scoop-filled preview of what's in store for that and future episodes...
Let's hope you haven't had your fill of silly love songs, because there's a colorful collection of classics — both old and new — lined up for Glee's February 8 Valentine's Day episode. "The name of the episode is 'Silly Love Songs,'" Matthew Morrison (Will) tells me. "My assignment to the kids is to have them...
ABC's No Ordinary Family is continuing the fun trend of casting familiar TV faces as cool super villains. The latest to sign up as a Powell family foe is 24 and Six Feet Under alum Eric Balfour. Eric will play a death row inmate named Marcus Winnick in two episodes that will likely air in March.
Viewers seem to be responding to NOF's villain-of-the-week stunt casting, which has also included sinister visits from Rick Schroder, Anthony Michael Hall, and most recently...
An upcoming two episode arc of NBC's Chase will introduce viewers to the fugitive father of lead character, Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish). It was the search for her father that originally kicked off Annie's lifelong "chase."
Cast in the role of William Frost is character actor William Sadler, who was seen earlier this season in the premiere episode of CBS's Hawaii Five-0 as the father of Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin). That character didn't fare so well, and Annie's dad could also wind up dead if she doesn't act fast...
Dynasty creators Richard and Esther Shapiro are putting the finishing touches on a film script that would be a prequel to their 1980s oil drama, focusing on the 1960s love story between twentysomething Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) and teen Alexis Morrell (Joan Collins).
"It seems to be the right time, with Sex and the City and some of the other TV shows having jumped to the big screen," says Richard, adding that "everyone has always wanted to know the beginnings of Blake and Alexis, who was in love with him throughout the series."
The film opens with Blake battling his half siblings upon discovering he's a Carrington ...
As HBO's Big Love nears its March series finale, what happens in the last three episodes "is astonishing," teases creator Mark Olsen. "We really went there!" Pressed for a few hints, Olsen and cocreator Will Scheffer warn us to expect an "ultimate and final showdown" pitting Bill against Alby....