VH1's first hourlong scripted series, "Single Ladies" is ending after three seasons. The network has canceled the show, which means the March 24 Season 3 finale will now be the series finale.
"We've been proud to deliver three seasons of the drama, romance and style that engaged viewers in each episode of 'Single Ladies,' " says VH1 in a statement to Deadline. "Although we've decided not to move forward with another season, we hope to work again with the talented cast, creatives and producers as well as our partners at Flavor Unit Entertainment in the near future. We also thank the show's fans for their support since the premiere in 2011."
The show began as a TV movie before VH1 launched it into an hourlong show. It was produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment.
Poor Will Graham. Behind bars after being framed for five heinous murders and none his closest colleagues believe his claims of innocence. But as the opening minutes in Friday's (Feb. 28) Season 2 premiere of "Hannibal" so devilishly teased, they will soon.
Before we go any further, we have to take about that first scene. That fight between Hannibal and Jack Crawford was intense, huh? The in media res flash forward, used here before jumping back 12 weeks, is one of those devices that tends to be a bit overused in TV, but in the case of "Hannibal" it works. After all, the ending to this story has already been written.
The scene is a go-for-broke moment for a series that needs one, if it hopes to grow its audience at all. It sets the stage for the season to come, while still leaving the audience with plenty of questions about how we'll get there -- and most of all, it's exciting and terrifying as all get out.
It's a brutal fight, one that sees Jack take both a knife to the hand and a shard of glass to the neck. It's that second wound that's the most concerning, as it leaves the lawman gushing from what seems to be his carotid as he takes shelter in Hannibal's pantry, while the Terminator-like cannibal throws himself against the door in determined pursuit.
That's the image we're left to chew on this season -- a wounded Jack, finally aware of Hannibal's true nature, but in mortal danger.
The 12-week march back to that moment begins with the FBI in an uproar and Will desperate to prove he's no killer. Jack's essentially been disgraced for letting an assumed serial killer sit right under his nose; Alana believes Jack and the FBI broke Will, leading him to kill, but she begins to pull away from Will, also; Beverly's willing to consult Will for help with their case, but admits she's compartmentalizing in order to do so.
And then there's Hannibal. He visits with Bedelia, seemingly conflicted (or as conflicted as a monster can be) over framing something of a friend to protect himself; he insists the FBI perform an inquiry on him following's Will's accusation; he becomes the new Will Graham for the BAU. As always, he seems to have the quite the upper hand.
Until, that is, Will begins to remember. Helped along by Alana's hypnosis, the truth behind how Hannibal got that ear down Will's throat unlocks itself from Will's subconscious. It's a ghastly sequence -- and it's also the necessary start to Will's ultimate reclamation of his freedom.
Watch out, Dr. Lecter -- Will Graham and his reckoning are coming for you.
- Seriously, I may never get the sound of that tube going down Will's throat out of my head.
- Bedelia seems to have finally grown weary of protecting Hannibal. That might be detrimental to her survival.
- Hey, Cynthia Nixon! Welcome to the "Hannibal"-verse. Can't wait to see more out of you.
- The case of the week didn't factor into the episode as much as it usually did last season and it hasn't been resolved, so it didn't warrant much discussion. But that final image sure was creepy, huh?
"True Blood" has cast another new face for its seventh and final season. Riley Smith will join the HBO series as sexy rock 'n' roll vampire Keith, who is a drummer James' band. Deadline reports Keith will become "smitten with Arlene (Carrie Preston) on first sight." Considering his "romantic side," it seems he's going to start at least a one-sided love story with the recent widow in Season 7. In Season 6, Arlene's husband Terry Bellefleur was killed after he organized his own death. Back in October 2013, Preston made it clear that she didn't want Arlene to find love again, especially after the flash forward in the finale of Season 6 where it was revealed she owned Merlotte's, now Bellefleur's. "It was great to see Arlene get a little bit of power in this world and I'm hoping she'll find solace in that," she said at the time. "I hope they don't pair her up with somebody. I'd like to see her be a strong woman and be okay in the world as a mom and an owner of a business and not be someone who doesn't feel complete if she doesn't have a man. This would be a nice evolution for her." "True Blood" Season 7 will premiere in Summer 2014.
Can a long-unsolved case still have a positive outcome? Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) got an answer in "Open Secrets," Friday's (Feb. 28) episode of CBS' "Blue Bloods" written by executive producer Ian Biederman and directed by TV veteran Eric Laneuville. Danny and Maria (Marisa Ramirez) were called to a school from which a youngster named Jenna had disappeared, a crossing guard telling them she'd seen the girl atypically get into a car rather than walk home. The situation brought back troubling memories for Danny, who'd failed to locate a missing girl named Allie years earlier and still was visited regularly by her father Joseph (guest star Patrick Breen), who continued to maintain hope she'd be found. Erin (Bridget Moynahan) was handling the potential prosecution of Diana Del Rio (guest star Caroline Strong), who claimed she had a bipolar condition that caused her to fatally run over her building's superintendent. The defendant's lawyer, real-life attorney Bruce Cutler (again guest-starring as himself), challenged Erin to disprove the illness ... which she admitted would be "very difficult." He retorted, "Exactly. That's why they pay me the big bucks." That didn't keep her from calling in a psychiatric expert, Dr. Michael Raskins (guest star Greg Germann), who had assisted the District Attorney's office on many occasions. Confident he could deal with whatever the defense threw at him, he told Erin, "I've never let this office down. I don't intend to start now." Frank (Tom Selleck) had an international dilemma on his hands after a detective in the International Liaison Program he oversaw was arrested in England for allegedly tampering with evidence in a terrorist bombing. That put the program in the crosshairs of Inspector General Kelly Peterson (recurring guest star Bebe Neuwirth), who was concerned about the secrecy it operated under. When the missing Jenna's parents denied she'd ever go off with a driver she didn't know, Danny cautioned them, "There's a lot of bad people out there." The girl's father Mark (guest star Quincy Dunn-Baker) actually turned out to be her stepfather, arrested before for domestic violence against his first wife. Ultimately, the detectives' suspicions of his taking Jenna proved to be unfounded. On the witness stand, Dr. Raskins was grilled by Cutler about Del Rio's medical file -- which Raskins confessed he only had read partially, making his "expert" testimony suspect and angering Erin, who accused him of putting his ego ahead of doing his job. Later, Erin came home to a surprised Nicky (Sami Gayle), who had a boy named Ben (guest star Jimmy Brewer) in her room ... and shoes hastily put back on suggested they'd been doing more than studying, to Erin's apparent worry. "You've never mentioned him before," she said to a somewhat secretive Nicky, who responded, "I'm sure you've got a lot of friends you've never mentioned to me, right?" Back at the school, Danny and Maria questioned friendly custodian Roseanne Galecki (guest star Jayne Houdyshell), who was familiar with Jenna's participation in art fairs. The woman claimed to be artistic herself when Maria noticed floral decorations on her cart, and Mrs. Galecki gave her one as a gift. At the weekly Reagan family dinner, Danny voiced second thoughts about letting Sean (Andrew Terraciano) take a planned trip with a friend and his father. Sean immediately deduced it was because of the ongoing search for Jenna, and Nicky asked, "At some point, shouldn't people have control over how they live their lives?" -- a question clearly aimed at Erin. With the possibility of a subpoena and potential arrest hanging over him if he didn't disclose details of how the International Liaison Program operated, Frank had a chat outside Lincoln Center with Kelly. She warned him he could take the secrecy only so far before others wondered if he was hiding something. Finally, at his office, Frank agreed to regular monthly meetings about the ILP -- but only with Kelly, in an effort to keep the information as confidential as possible. "Would you really have put me in jail?," he asked her. 'Yes," she confirmed. "But with a heavy heart." Erin told Dr. Raskins she'd had other psychiatrists examine defendant Del Rio, and they came up with conclusions "directly contradicting your testimony." She then told him she'd make his unreliability known around the D.A.'s office, and she successfully lobbied to have the woman found not guilty by reason of insanity and placed in psychiatric care. Another visit by Ben to Nicky ended in a goodnight kiss, in view of Erin. Nicky said they'd talked about becoming physically intimate, to which Erin noted, "I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not going to yell and scream." And she added she would keep faith in Nicky's "good judgment," but that house boundaries also had to be observed. Nicky agreed, then asked if Erin ever had that conversation with her own mother. Yes, Erin said, "the day before I married your father. And I didn't have the heart to tell her she was a little late." And both women laughed. Danny and Maria discovered both of the missing girls had entered art fairs, and researching the submissions, the detectives found one of Jenna's pieces was an exact match for the decoration Mrs. Galecki had given Maria. Next stop: The Galecki home. Though Mrs. Galecki tried to keep them out, the threat of a search warrant persuaded her to let them into the darkened home. Curious about a locked basement door, Danny called out to see if anyone was downstairs ... and a child's voice responded, "Help me! Please!" Danny broke open the door and, with gun drawn, descended the stairs to find Jenna (guest star Gabriella Palminteri, daughter of earlier "Blue Bloods" guest Chazz Palminteri) being held by Mrs. Galecki's husband (guest star James Shanahan). As Danny moved in and arrested him, Jenna said, "Detective Reagan?" -- ready to reveal something more to him. Summoned to meet Danny at the rescue site, Joseph was overwhelmed to find that his daughter Allie (guest star Leanne Agmon) also had been recovered. As the long-separated father and child embraced tightly, a teary-eyed Danny turned and walked back into the night.
"Vikings" is back and so if its audience. The History Channel drama returned Thursday (Feb. 27) with 3.6 million viewers, matching what the Season 1 finale was able to pull in last year. In fact, History says there was actually a 3 percent rise in viewership for the Season 2 premiere, including a 10 percent jump in males 25-54 and 18-49, according to Deadline. The episode was still down from the Season 1 premiere, which counted up 6.2 million viewers, thanks to having "The Bible" as a lead in. The return is good news for History, as "Vikings" is one of cable's top dramas, ranking third behind "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story: Coven" in 2014. "Vikings" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on History.
"Bones" Season 9 has cast Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo to guest-star as Arastoo's mother, Deena Vaziri.
Aghdashloo will appear in an upcoming episode when Cam (Tamara Taylor) and boyfriend Arastoo Vaziri (Pej Vahdat) have dinner with Deena during the woman's visit to town, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Things get awkward quickly, of course, when Deena begins to question the couple. Will the Vaziri parents approve of their son's older girlfriend (especially since she doesn't share the same religion)?
Best known for her Academy Award-nominated role in "The House of Sand and Fog," Aghdashloo has also appeared on "Grimm," "NCIS" and "The Mob Doctor."
Warning: Do not keep reading if you haven't watched the first 10 episodes of "House of Cards" Season 2. On tap Friday (Feb. 28), "Chapter 23."
Where we are:
This is a bit of a treading-water episode of "House of Cards." There's a lot of set-up, which is fine, because one assumes the payoff is coming in the final three episodes of the season. So just what is being set up?
The Tusk-Walker-Underwood showdown is coming to a head. Frank puts reporter Ayla Sayyad onto Tusk, Lanagin, the casino and Feng. She had already gotten quite a ways there on her own, but Frank pushes her farther down the path and the Wall Street Telegraph runs a story asking some big questions about whether foreign money is affecting U.S. politics.
The bottom line is that Walker is goign to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the issue, which means that it's a bit out of Frank's control -- a scary place for our protagonist.
Again, it's not a terribly sexy plotline. Fingers crossed it gets a little more interesting as we hurtle towards the season finale.
But speaking of sexy, it would seem the Underwoods have ... kind of set their sights on Agent Meechum, romantically. Frank is definitely interested and when Claire susses that out, she gets in on the fun. Do we smell a menage a trois coming? Because it sure seems like one is.
In the midst of all the GOP/casino/Feng mess is Jackie Sharp telling Claire she won't co-sponsor her sexual assault bill because she's vehemently opposed to a civilian jurisdiction presiding over military matters.
Claire freaks, of course, and sics Frank on the problem, ordering Jackie to whip votes for the bill or he'll take her out. It's kind of a shame this plot isn't given more screentime because there's an interesting conversation to be had regarding how dangerous it can be to the military's infrastructure if civilians are given purview over its interworkings.
Do not, as Claire does, mistake this for saying the military is satisfactory at handling its business regarding sexual assault. It's not. But the larger issue, which is Jackie's problem with the bill, is an interesting topic and it kind of gets short shrift here.
Partially because Jackie has another problem -- Frank informs her that Remy has been working for Tusk, who was behind the attack ads. She feels that to be a low blow by Remy not telling her, even though it was her rule that said let's keep our work out of the bedroom.
This is certainly the most interesting relationship on the show right now because issues are always the most tension-filled when both sides are right. Remy and Jackie both have a point here (several points, actually), so it'll be neat to watch if they weather the storm. We do like them together.
Oh, and Doug is all butt-hurt because he's not Frank's favorite boy right now (Grayson is), so he goes to Rachel for some comfort -- which HEROnymous tracks. Hmm.
Frank: "I've always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs."
Claire: "Oh, c'mon. It's no fun to do it alone."
Frank: "It's not beginning the story that I fear. It's not knowing how it will end. Everyone is fair game now, including me."
Frank: "The only thing more satisfying than convincing someone to do what I want is failing to persuade them on purpose. It's like a do not enter sign, it just begs you to walk through the door."
Add another name to the list of those who don't want to see an American version of "Doctor Who": Current showrunner Steven Moffat doesn't like the idea at all. In fact, it sounds like he downright hates it. "If anyone were to ask me, I'd say it's an absolutely insane idea," Moffat shared at the BBC Worldwide Showcase. "You couldn't have more than one Doctor Who in the world. It would just be dreadful." Seeing as the BBC version isn't going away anytime soon, hopefully the franchise will be safe from remakes for now. Would an American version of the Doctor work anyway? Like "Sherlock," Moffat thinks the show "couldn't be more definitively British. They're obtusely British. They're about as British as it gets." Besides, the Doctor with an American accent? It's just wrong.
"Sons of Anarchy" Season 7 is still a ways off, but the first little details about what to expect are slowly leaking out, care of none other than creator Kurt Sutter. In his latest video blog, which introduces the show's writing staff, Sutter clears up which secondary characters will and will not be back on a regular basis when "Sons" returns. Though both CCH Pounder and Kim Dickens played major roles in Season 6, both will only be able to come back in a limited capacity due to commitments on other shows they've been cast in. According to Sutter, the chances are that they'll only appear in two to four episodes each. On the other hand, Jimmy Smits will be back as a regular, much like the recently-promoted Drea de Matteo. Then there's Peter Weller. "Peter will be back definitely as a director for at least two episodes," Sutter says, "and we definitely will have [Barosky] back. As for new characters, there will be a few making their way into Charming, including new law enforcement. After what happened to the Sheriff in the Season 6 finale, it was bound to happen. It'll be interesting to see how the character is introduced though, as Sutter explains, "We're trying to avoid the new sheriff in town device because we've kinda used it." "Sons of Anarchy" Season 7 premieres later in the year. You can watch Sutter's video blog below, but beware strong language.
Aaron Paul is having a really hard time letting go of "Breaking Bad," you guys.
The actor, who's admitted he's been suffering withdrawals since wrapping the hit AMC series last year, is continuing his very public quest to guest star on the upcoming prequel series "Better Call Saul."
While promoting his new film "Need For Speed," Paul told the AP that he's had "serious talks" with co-creator Vince Gilligan about returning as Jesse Pinkman in the spin-off, centered on Bob Odenkirk's sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.
"Anything Vince is involved with, I'm there," Paul adds. "I owe him my entire career. And the idea of jumping into the skin of Jesse Pinkman again in his lighter days -- because it's all a prequel -- it would be fun."
Should Paul actually get his wish, that will bring the "Breaking Bad" cast member tally up to three. As previously reported, fan-favorite Jonathan Banks will be reprising his role of Mike Ehrmantraut in the prequel after signing on as a series regular in January.
While the jury's still out on whether Bryan Cranston will pop up for a cameo as Walter White -- though Gilligan says he too has expressed interest -- one actor who definitely won't have any involvement is Dean Norris, who played Walt's brother-in-law Hank Schrader.
"I don't think they'll let me do a little cable show," he says, referring to CBS, where he's currently starring in "Under The Dome," returning for Season 2 this summer.
"I think that experience was that experience," he continues. "I'm not a big fan of kind of revisiting something that has already been done. But I think it's going to be awesome. So I can't wait to see it."
"Better Call Saul" premieres on ABC in November 2014.