Virgina Madsen (Scoundrels) and Rhona Mitra (The Gates)
It's no longer news that summer is among TV's busiest seasons — but this year, cable is getting more competition than usual with scripted fare from the networks. The difference being that cable channels (USA, FX, TNT, Syfy, ABC Family and the pay giants, to name a few) tend to put their best foot forward with critically championed signature shows. The networks? Not so much.
Still, ABC is going unusually gung-ho, launching three new dramas of varying quality and distinction within a single week. Its Sunday combo of the whimsical Scoundrels and the sinister The Gates at least aims for something a bit different, while Thursday's Rookie Blue misfires with a tired arsenal of generic cop-show clichés.
Rookie doesn't try hard enough to stand out, while the Sunday shows may be guilty of trying a bit too hard...
Oh, Reaper, my belly so aches from laughter, and it's all your fault. There were a ton of priceless moments in this episode, which I think promise good things for the future of this series. When I first found out about this show, it was easy to fall into a disbelieving mindframe, wondering how any network was going to pull off a show about a guy who finds out his parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born. I wondered what kind of footprint the CW was going to make with this kind of wacky premise, and now I know. A huge, hilarious one.Sam Oliver (Bret Harrison) and his best pal Bert "Sock" Wysocki (Tyler Labine) are lackey salesmen at The Work Bench, a Home Depot-like hardware store where they work under an Office Space-worthy rule-monger manager and are are graced by the presence of Sam's crush Andi (Missy Peregrym) and their pal Ben (Rick Gonzalez). After a bizarre workday in which Sam learns he has (a sad excuse for) telekinesis, plays hero by saving Andi's life and is ...
Missy Peregrym by Chris Haston/NBC
Hot off her stint as Heroes "illusionist" Candice, Missy Peregrym has joined the CW's upcoming (and thus far very well-received) series Reaper, replacing Nikki Reed as the pretty coworker of Bret Harrison's bounty hunter for the devil. Also per the Reporter, David Alpay has joined Showtime's The Tudors in the series-regular role of Smeaton, a musician and dancer who loves to indulge in sex. (No, Smeaton is not some sort of anagram for "Timberlake.")
Missy Peregrym, Heroes
With Nathan's election looming, you can bet that Linderman's secret weapon — "illusionist" Candice Wilmer — will play a big part in the outcome of tonight's Heroes (9 pm/ET, on NBC). TV Guide spoke with the woman behind Candice's many faces: 24-year-old Canadian actress Missy Peregrym.
TV Guide: If, like Candice, you could make yourself look like anyone, who would it be? Missy Peregrym: [Laughs] I'm a huge fan of Celine Dion, so probably her.
TV Guide: And if you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? Peregrym: [Laughs] I would love to be able to transport. Not back in time or anything like that, but go wherever I wanted to go, whenever.
New characters are coming into play faster than I can keep track. But I don't mind having Candice (Missy Peregrym) on board, because she has an edge that competes with Jessica's. She certainly welcomed herself with a set of eyes so devilish, I'm beginning to think she might even trump J's badass vibe. And her power is ridiculously brilliant. Seeing her disguised as Simone was a great way to introduce her "special" quality. But as far as we've seen, she definitely has no remorse or emotion at all. Isaac was out of sorts, naturally, but at least Simone's death produced another one of his paintings someone had to save him from the cops or Linderman (Malcolm McDowell) wouldn't be able to collect the valuable comic canvases. I'm not sure what the latest painting was, though. It wasn't as clear as some of the previous drawings.My favorite story is still Claire, who, according to Thompson is just "an assignment." He made it pretty clear that HRG is not the one who will go after Clai...
Here's another name to add to Heroes' rapidly expanding "list": Missy Peregrym.Although unconfirmed by NBC, multiple sources confirm that the Stick It actress has been cast as Faith, a female temptress who, according to an earlier casting breakdown, "wields a tremendous amount of sex appeal" and is willing to "get her hands dirty" for her employer. Peregrym will first appear in Episode 18, likely airing in April. In the meantime, if you're dying to know what special power Faith will possess, check out tomorrow's Ask Ausiello for a clue wrapped inside an asterisk quiz. I know how you guys love those. For the exclusive scoop on Heroes' other new addition, click here.