Guess what, ABC? A year and a half after she said she would "finish the show when my contract is up," Ellen Pompeo is open to continuing as Grey's Anatomy's Meredith. Just one problem: "I was invited for eight years — that was my contract — and no one has asked me for a day more," she says. "I know [creator] Shonda Rhimes has said the show will continue, but I wouldn't presume that they want to continue with me. You don't get dressed for the party if you don't have an invitation."
Big Brother, Cassi
She was among the first to be ousted from the Big Brother house this season, but Cassi Colvin is wanted big time by The Bold and the Beautiful! The twangy, Texas-born model will appear on the CBS soap in a role that won't require much stretching — she'll play a runway model named Cassi who is involved with the hot new "Hope for the Future" fashion line. She will tape her scenes Sept. 15, the day after she appears on the Big Brother season finale, and will air mid-to-late October.
Legendary R&B musician Sam Cooke, famous for such soulful tunes as "Twisting the Night Away," "You Send Me," and "A Change Is Gonna Come," has been booked for NBC's The Playboy Club.
Singer/songwriter Rafael Saadiq, whose stylings have been heard on film and television soundtracks since the early '90s, will play the late singer in the early 60's, shortly before his tragic murder in 1964 at age 33. He'll appear in the new drama's fourth episode, to air in October.
Special Labor Day edition, with some thoughts on the highs and lows of the holiday weekend programming:
With only two episodes to go, how will Torchwood: Miracle Day (Starz, 10/9c) wrap things up? This penultimate episode jumps forward two months as the embattled remnants of the Torchwood team strike a deal with the devil to track down the "Blessing" and figure out what's behind the "miracle" that has turned the world upside down and sent everyone (including some longtime Torchwood fans) into a depression.
New Girl, Criminal Minds
Eager for fall TV to begin? PaleyFest has your remedy!
The Paley Center for Media has teamed up with media partners TVGuide.com and TV Guide Magazine to host "PaleyFest: Fall TV Preview Parties," where fans can get a first look at the broadcast networks' new slate of series.
Get the scoop on the new and returning fall TV shows here
Beginning next week, the Paley Center will offer screenings along with Q&A sessions with cast and executive producers of series including Fox's New Girl, starring Zooey Deschanel, CBS' Criminal Minds and CW's Ringer, which marks Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to TV.
Check out a full schedule, and get more information here on how you can score a free ticket:
All My Children
ABC is kicking All My Children to the curb but the network's hit talk show The View will help send it there in style with a special full-hour homage airing September 23, the same day the soap ends its 41-year-run. Emmy winner Susan Lucci (Erica) will co-host the show, along with...
Where is Peter Bishop?
Right here, folks! In this exclusive first-look at Fringe's Season 4 promo poster, fans finally get proof that the producers won't be playing games with our hearts by keeping Josh Jackson's recently evaporated character out in the ether for too long. In fact, as you can see from this Escher-meets-action ad, our boy is clearly back and seems poised for action alongside Liv, Walter and a lot of expectations when the show returns on Sept. 23 at 9/8c on Fox.
Forest Whitaker, most recently seen in front of the camera on CBS' short-lived spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, is back behind the scenes for his next TV project.
TNT is developing the drama project H.I.K.E. with Whitaker's Spirit Dance Entertainment production company. But Whitaker is not only an executive producer on it, he's also co-writing the drama