- Syfy has announced a new premiere date for "Sharknado 2: The Second One." The sequel to the cult made-for-TV movie will now debut Wednesday, July 30, which is one day prior to the previously-announced premiere. The poster has also been released (above, left).
- Cindy Crawford and Bret Michaels have been announced as "Oprah's Lifeclass" first-ever guest teachers, airing Wednesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. ET (Crawford) and 7 p.m. ET (Michaels) on Oprah.com. Crawford will share the five simple questions women can use to tap into their true passion and potential, plus share her own life lessons and epiphany moment.
- Showtime has ordered a new series from documentarian Morgan Spurlock called "Seven Deadly Sins." The show will feature Spurlock examining the darker, twisted side of human nature -- as Spurlock puts it, a sort of non-fiction "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." It will premiere at 11 p.m. on June 19. [Variety]
- Syfy has set premiere dates for "Defiance" Season 2 and new drama "Dominion." Beginning on June 19, the network kicks off its Thursday night block, with "Defiance" premiering at 8 p.m. ET/PT and "Dominion" to air a 90-minute premiere immediately following. Subsequent weeks, "Dominion" will go to hour-long episodes. The new show is set 25 years after the events of the 2010 movie "Legion" and stars Christopher Egan, Anthony Stewart Head and Alan Dale.
- Season 2 of "Mickey Mouse," the multiple Emmy and Annie Award-winning comedy cartoon spotlighting Disney's #1 star, debuts Fiday, April 11 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. In the San Francisco-set season opener, "Cable Car Chaos," Mickey and Minnie must stop a runaway cable car as it careens through the city's famous streets.
With basketball narrowing down its winners on Friday night, the NCAA tournament handily won in ratings for CBS during all three hours of primetime. The sports coverage ended up with the top spot in both total viewers and in the adults 18-49 demo.
Unfortunately for scripted television everywhere, the other winners of the night were news programs "Dateline: NBC" and "20/20," as well as a repeat of "Shark Tank" on ABC. "Last Man Standing" had the highest rating of any scripted programming, bringing in 6.2 million viewers at 8 p.m. on ABC. Only two other scripted programs broke the 2-million-viewer barrier for the night: "The Neighbors" (ABC, 4.0 million) and "Hannibal" (NBC, 3.6 million).
Basketball naturally gave CBS the win for the night, with an average of 9.86 million viewers and a 5.7/10 share in households. NBC took second place with 6.6 million and a 4.5/8. ABC (5.7 million, 3.7/6), FOX (1.7 million, 1.1/2) and The CW (1.4 million, 0.9/2) landed in the bottom three spots.
For the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS kept its lead with a 3.1. NBC narrowly surpassed ABC, with 1.3 and 1.2, respectively. FOX and The CW, meanwhile, ended up in a tie for the demo, each with a 0.4.
Friday hour by hour:
CBS: NCAA basketball (8.5 million, 5.1/9) NBC: "Dateline: NBC" (7.3 million, 5.1/9) ABC: "Last Man Standing" (6.2 million, 3.9/7)/"The Neighbors" (4.0 million, 2.5/4) FOX: "Rake" (1.9 million viewers, 1.3/2 households) The CW: "Whose Line Is It Anyway" (1.7 million, 1.1/2)
"Helix" ended its Season 1 with "Dans l'Ombre," a sometimes confusing and often surprising finale with more than one cliffhanger.
What is Julia doing with the silver-eyed people going into Season 2? Why exactly is Alan torturing people -- and does he know what Jules is up to? Who is Peter siding with these days? Will Sarah have her baby, and how weird is the kid going to be? Did Alan and the CDC stop Narvik before it killed huge portions of the population?
And who survived the explosion at the Arctic base?
Exciting news from the "American Horror Story: Freak Show" panel at Paleyfest 2014. "The Shield" Emmy winner Michael Chiklis is joining the cast for the fourth season of the show.
Creator Ryan Murphy says, "[Michael Chiklis] is playing Evan [Peter's] father and he will be Kathy Bates' ex-husband," which is exciting indeed. Murphy does not specify if Bates is Peters' mother, however.
Chiklis says of his reaction when Murphy pitched the piece to him, "I'm terrified and I'm going to do it."
Murphy also confirms that every person on the panel is coming back in some capacity, which means in addition to the previously-announced Jessica Lange, Angela Basset, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy and Sarah Paulson, Season 4 will also feature Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, Jamie Brewer and Chiklis. Murphy further says that there will be a few faces from Seasons 1 and 2 appearing in Season 4, but he does not reveal who they might be.
Murphy also offers this small tease, "The thing we're working on now is the opposite of what we did last year. It's so incredibly refreshing to reboot it every year."
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" will premiere in fall 2014.
"Helix" has been renewed for Season 2 on Syfy. The tense, mysterious series will return in 2015 with 13 new episodes.
"Helix has built one of our most loyal and consistent audiences in its first season on Syfy," says Syfy executive vice president Bill McGoldrick in a statement. "The incredibly talented writing and producing team have crafted a thriller that consistently delivered suspense, twists and high quality drama. We look forward to growing this passionate audience in what promises to be an even more memorable second season."
Since its premiere in Jan. 2014, "Helix" has averaged a total of 2.1 million viewers in a tough, Friday-night timeslot. Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"), Steven Maeda and Lynda Obst, "Helix" tells the story of a CDC team that heads to a remote Arctic base, only to find much more than an disease outbreak.
The "Helix" Season 1 finale airs Friday, March 28 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.
Ellen Pompeo shared a photo on Instagram on Friday (March 28) with her arm around Isaiah Washington on set of the ABC medical drama. "BURKE IS BACK," Pompeo writes. "#itsallgoodinthehood #burkeisback"
Despite Washington's controversial exit from "Grey's Anatomy" during Season 3, both Pompeo and Washington are all smiles in the pic now that he's back nearly seven years later. Washington even shared a photo of his own on Twitter:
-- Isaiah Washington (@IWashington) March 28, 2014 Washington will be back for one episode this season as a part of Sandra Oh's farewell as she departs the series after Season 10. Creator Shonda Rhimes has said that it was necessary to bring Burke back to give closure to Cristina's story before she leaves.
How do you think Burke will return onscreen?
"Grey's Anatomy" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Maisie Williams has already made it clear that she thinks Arya Stark is going down a very, very dark -- potentially villainous -- road on "Game of Thrones." But apparently she's not the only Stark who might end up evil by the end of his or her journey. According to Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran on the hit HBO show, he would like to see his character become a villain too.
"I really want to be a villain," Hempstead-Wright admits to Zap2it. "I want to be evil sorcerer king of the White Walker and sort of storm down on Hodor's back with a sword and charging with an army of Whites behind me."
Bran's storyline is leading him north of the Wall as he searches for the truth the Three-Eyed Raven can give him. Hempstead-Wright is intrigued to see the effect those discoveries have on his character.
"There are plenty of past events and previous greenseers and other such mystical figures who are not only a great influence on Bran but are probably also somehow related to him and are key to him understanding what this power could be used for," he says. "I've got no idea what this power is going to be used for or what it can do or whether it will be for good or evil -- and I hope Bran and I get to have some fun with it."
Bran has several key magical abilities -- namely to warg into other creatures and the greensight. So which of them does Hempstead-Wright think is the coolest?
"I think the sight is probably the coolest one, because being able to see into the past and future and -- I don't know if Bran can necessarily change it -- but being able to see it and probably stay your path to have a future you wish is like the ultimate superpower," he explains. "Bran can do anything with that. [whispers] I hope he goes evil."
Hempstead-Wright elaborates, "I love his mystical side. ... He's on his own, he hasn't really got any friends. He's lost his parents, his sisters, and he's not only completely isolated, but his life has pretty much been ruined -- which is why the mystical stuff is really sort of a wonderful treat for him, because it is giving him something to strive towards and an actual purpose now, rather than just being sort of defeated and losing everything."
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The "Once Upon a Time" spinoff miniseries revolving around Alice in Wonderland starring Sophie Lowe will not be returning for a second season, the network confirmed on Friday (March 28). The confirmation comes after promos touting the April 3 Season 1 finale as a "series finale" appeared on Thursday (March 27).
The move is not entirely unexpected. The "Wonderland" series was initially planned as a single season with the story line coming to a conclusion in the finale. Although many hoped that a second season in the same world with different characters would continue, due to its struggling ratings, that will no longer happen.
The "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" series finale airs Thursday, April 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" added a very exciting cast member to its roster recently: Patton Oswalt. He's playing Agent Eric Koenig, who in the comics lived during World War II. One of the biggest questions surrounding Oswalt's involvement in the show is what role his character serves in the present day. Assumedly Oswalt has been swarmed with questions about his role on social media. Being the social media savvy person that he is, Oswalt responded to those requests with some "spoilers" from this episode. We'll let you decide how truthful he is being with those teases. See his tweets below:
In "Resident Evil," Stefan and Elena start having dreams/visions about each other. Get ready for all the Stelena goodness you could ever want, since these dreams show an "alternate version of the life they might have had together," complete with a happy home, tons of sex, and ... kids! And here we thought things couldn't get more awkward than Damon and Elena pretend co-parenting Jeremy's conference at school the night after their break up sex. Now she's having happily ever after dreams about Damon's brother.
Meanwhile, a familiar face returns to warn Bonnie about how The Other Side is changing -- Grams! Could this be the outcome of the Travelers mass sacrifice? We already know one major change that brought about: Markos, who has come to Mystic Falls. Damon will be the first one to meet this mysterious figure, and he will be "both relieved and disturbed by what Markos has to tell him."
Also, Matt has a "terrifying encounter" with inhabitants of The Other Side, meaning poor Matty Blue Eyes is about to die again. Uh oh.
Watch the promo below:
"The Vampire Diaries" returns Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
It's been 15 years since "The Sopranos" put New Jersey style on display. And please don't be snide and ask, "What style?" Beyond mobsters wearing tracksuits that make it only to tracks with horses, and the summer shore crowd, which has never met an animal print or bikini too outrageous, TV now gives us another highly stylized New Jersey group - aliens in golf duds. ABC's Friday sitcom "The Neighbors" has aliens settled in a gated community in New Jersey, and their preferred attire is golf clothes. The aliens have been on a steep learning curve.Initially, they feared Halloween and set up a barrier at the gates of Hidden Hills, hoping to keep children in costumes at bay. After the Weavers (Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito) explain the American custom of costumed children begging candy from strangers, the aliens relent. Above, Jackie takes on Effie Trinket from "The Hunger Games" in a custom-made costume. Costume designer Karla Stevens has fun with the wardrobe, and much of it is based on golfing. "What is funny is they are all different shapes and sizes and ethnicities, and having them in matching golf attire, it bonded them as a group and gave them a uniform look," Stevens tells Zap2it. "We saw our alien family in matching golf attire. It has been so much fun getting into the world of golf attire." "I wanted there to be a fun element to the costumes," Stevens says. "It is a little bit out of left field. It was fun for me researching other alien shows - 'Mork & Mindy,' '3rd Rock from the Sun' - and trying to give our show an individual look and make sure we do our aliens justice." In this gold dress, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye) has decided that she should be a real New Jersey housewife like those on the Bravo show. Here she wears a lame Bebe dress and Christian Louboutins with spikes. To look at the photo below of Jackie and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman), one would not assume they were at a funeral. But Juan, the gardener at Hidden Hills, died, and "they mistook the celebration of life, and instead of wearing all black, we did all Hawaiian," Stevens says. "It is so beyond fun." RELATED: "The Neighbors" Season 2 photos Since the show shoots in California, buying Hawaiian shirts and dresses just meant hitting a store and buying enough for the cast. And when Larry was invited to an Indian friend's wedding, he and Jackie dress appropriately. Stevens shopped in local Indian stores for kurtas, the tunics for men and the saris for women. She accessorized with bracelets, turbans and scarves. Stevens admits she cheated because saris require elaborate wrapping, and given that the actors had to dance in the costumes, and the wardrobe department had so many people to outfit, many were sewn into their costumes.
Zap2it: How do you describe Maj. Sergio Balleseros? Mark Ghanime: He is a bit of a badass with a big heart. He is the fallen hero. He is the one who has been misguided and came up on the wrong side of the tracks. He takes whatever he needs to move forward. He is not your classic villain in any sense. I know he has been shocking the fandom world of our show with his antics. Zap2it: When did you know you wanted to be an actor? Mark Ghanime: It was a bit of a weird circumstance -- for a Juliette Lewis TV movie ("Chasing Freedom"). I got on the set. They brought me on because they wanted anybody in Calgary with any Arabic descent, and they put this big, crazy beard on me and a headdress, and I was blown away. And I thought it was fabulous. The set looked like a bombed-out city, and I started asking questions. One woman had a small part on the show, and she had the time to talk to me, and she told me to go to study at an actors studio. Zap2it: What were you doing then? Mark Ghanime: I was in real estate development with my father and working with the Royal Bank of Canada, doing mortgages. This was something I did not really predict. Zap2it: What role would you love to play? Mark Ghanime: I am playing it right now with Balleseros. The Web series I was doing, that character is building a darker side. I want to switch over to the dramatic comedy lead guy.
There aren't many real romances left to root for left on "Game of Thrones" (RIP Robb and Talisa, Dany and Drogo, Renly and Loras, etc., etc.), but there are still plenty of pairings that fans have taken a liking to. Chief among them is the wished-for romantic relationship between Jaime and Brienne, which many viewers would love to see become a reality -- including the actress who plays Brienne, Gwendoline Christie. While speaking with Zap2it on the "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premiere red carpet, Christie admits that she, like the fans, 'ships Brienne and Jaime. Considering his other romantic option involves incest, it makes sense why people are so taken with these two being together. "What I love about the relationship is that it's so rare to see a man and woman have a relationship that is born out of a begrudging respect for each other, and it's about that respect for each other, and the bond and the friendship that they have; that it's not sexually motivated," she says. "It's just out of the companionship and their admiration for each other." When "Game of Thrones" left off in the Season 3 finale, Brienne had just delivered Jaime to King's Landing and reunited him with his family -- including his sister/lover Cersei. Whether anything comes out of the Jaime/Brienne 'ship remains to be seen in Season 4. "Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
When "Hart of Dixie's" Ross Philips drops by "Enlisted" for a guest spot as Second Lieutenant Tyson Schneeberger in "Paint Cart 5000 vs The Mondo Spider," he brings with him a crazy cool contraption, the titular mondo spider.
In Zap2it's exclusive featurette, check out the story behind the awesome piece of machinery. Phillips says that Schneeberger brings with him the technology to bring the group into the 21st century, "much to the chagrin of Pete."
Everybody in the team wants to be the person to use the mondo spider. "It's like a little kid's dream," Phillips says.
There's a catch, though -- it's not the mondo spider they're testing.
"Enlisted" airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
There are plenty of big questions still unanswered on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," but the biggest is the identity of the Clairvoyant. Considering the most recent episode, "Yes Men," seemed to imply that Melinda May is working for this mysterious entity, the threat of the Clairvoyant has never hit closer to home.
Because of the nature of "Agents of SHIELD," the theories of who the Clairvoyant is have ranged from Agent Coulson himself to Loki. While chatting with the cast of the ABC series at PaleyFest, they revealed to Zap2it what their favorite theories are.
"I've heart Ultron, I've heard Modock, I've heard me," Clark Gregg reveals. "I've read that I'm the Clairvoyant, or maybe some sort of alternate personality that I have. It's all interesting; nothing's impossible. Loki, I've read Loki as well."
Co-showrunner Jed Whedon says, "We've had all sorts of theories. Every single cast member has been put forward in one theory or another."
Maurissa Tancharoen adds, "And there was a while where every cast member was like, 'I bet I know who it is -- it's me.'"
At least one of the cast members guessed correctly when they speculated the Clairvoyant's identity. Iain De Caestecker proudly revealed he figured it out before the rest of the cast.
"I was right," he says. "Not in all the details, but I pieced it together."
"Iain called it. Not all the details right though," Elizabeth Henstridge acknowledges. "We all had different theories on the show, I feel like, and I was 100 percent wrong. The way that it turns out, I don't think anyone saw it coming."
Chloe Bennet admits that it's hard to think of the theories put forth before now that the identity has been revealed to the cast. "It's hard to think of the theories knowing who it is, or what it is, or whatever," she says. "They're all really interesting and great ideas."
The other big mystery on the show is who -- or what -- is the blue creature Coulson found in TAHITI.
"I know more than you, and less than I want to know," Gregg says. "I know it's not a Smurf. I've got a feeling it's not a Frost Giant. There was a lot of blue races that Coulson recently asked Lady Sif about, and I would surprised if it didn't turn out to be one of those. She knows a lot, that Lady Sif."
Just don't expect all of that storyline to be resolved in Season 1. "We'll find out a little more," Whedon says. "And as we answer questions, we ask new ones."
"Things will start to trickle out," Tancharoen says. "You'll see as we reach the end of the season, we're definitely teeing something up for Season 2."
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 27, 2014
The NCAA tournament on CBS saw a rise from the round of 64 games, earning an average of nearly 4 million more viewers than last week, though ABC's "Scandal" was still the top show of the night by a slim margin in total viewers and a wider margin in the adults 18-49 demo.
Elsewhere, "Surviving Jack" did not have an overly strong premiere on FOX, losing 2.8 million viewers from its "American Idol" lead-in. On NBC, despite two hours of reruns preceding it, "Parenthood" posted its best numbers since early October.
The Sweet 16 games on CBS earned the Eye a win in total viewers, averaging 7.8 million and a 5.0 rating/8 share in households. ABC was second with 6.8 million and a 4.6/8, followed by FOX (5.9 million, 3.6/6), NBC (4.3 million, 2.8/5) and The CW (1.6 million, 1.1, 2).
In the adults 18-49 demographic, the order was the same: CBS was tops with 2.5, followed by ABC (2.2), FOX (1.7), NBC (1.2) and The CW (0.7).
Thursday hour by hour:
CBS: NCAA basketball (7.6 million, 4.8/8) FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (5.2 million viewers, 3.2/5 households) NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" rerun (4.6 million, 3.1/5) ABC: "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.3 million, 2.3/4) The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (1.7 million, 1.3/2)
Now that the residents of Storybrooke know that they're dealing with the Wicked Witch -- although they still don't know she's hiding in plain sight right under their noses as Zelena -- it's time for everyone to stay vigilant. To help alert everyone to the dangers at hand, Regina even recorded a PSA, urging everyone to join "Witch Watch 2014." Okay, so this news bulletin isn't exactly a part of this Sunday's (March 30) episode of "Once Upon a Time," but ABC put together this cute video just for fun, so check it out below:
"Once Upon a Time" airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
The announcement of Amy Acker joining "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" as Agent Coulson's love interest was one of the most exciting recent casting announcements on the show. Though it's unclear when her episode will air, fans can at least get a first look at her appearance. Marvel.com posted the above image of Acker in character as Coulson's former cellist girlfriend, Audrey. A previously released tease of Audrey described her as a "a talented musician turning heads in Portland" who "believes Coulson to be dead and has no idea that he's guarding her from a distance as a super-powered threat from her past re-emerges."
Apparently viewers will meet Audrey at the beginning of the episode she's introduced in. "I think that she's starting to try to put her life back together [after Coulson's death], and there [are] some great scenes about how hard that's been, but that she's finally gotten to a good place," Acker explains to Marvel.com of her character. "I know it sounds cheesy, but [they] really [had] a soulmate-type vibe."
"That's kind of the struggle of the episode, [her] finding the strength to hold up under that pressure. I think probably her relationship with Coulson and with S.H.I.E.L.D., and what they did for her in the past, has made her a stronger person and made her really trust that if she does what they say, that things are going to turn out the way they should and that she's going to be protected," Acker teases. "The way that it ends in this episode, it seems like there's a glimmer of hope that [Audrey and Coulson] may be together again or something like that. I feel like it's sort of destiny for their paths to cross in some way."
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Lemon hasn't had the best luck in the love department on "Hart of Dixie" in the past. But since her return to Bluebell, she's become the embodiment of the saying, "When it rains, it pours," since she's dating not one, but twoextremely attractive, eligible bachelors. First, there's the perfect Southern gentleman, Carter Covington, who's wooing Lemon in all the traditional ways. Then, there's the hot, Latin lover, Enrique, who Lemon can't seem to resist -- even though she doesn't understand what he's saying most of the time.
Jaime King tells Zap2it that the guys' competition for Lemon's affection reaches a point where they literally fight for her in this Friday's (March 28) episode, "Ring of Fire," during the Renaissance Fair. "I don't want to give away too much about the big battle scene," King teases, "but expect a lot of fun costumes and awesome makeup and really fun shenanigans going on."
As if Lemon didn't have enough men vying for her attention, King also reveals that some of her past relationships may not be entirely in the past. That's right, some old flames might be getting back together soon!
"I think that there's always a chance with those central five characters," King says. "With Lemon and Zoe and Lavon and George and Wade, there's always a chance at rekindling their relationships. I think that that's something that's really important to the fans and really important to us personally as actors and for the characters. Throughout the season you'll definitely start to get a taste and a feel of that. And I think that viewers will really enjoy getting back to what really linked these characters together in the first season."
But enough about Lemon's romantic life, what about her professional life? After Grandma Breeland found out Lemon was dating two guys, she rescinded her offer to give Lemon the money to buy Fancie's, the restaurant Lemon's always dreamed of running. But this major setback won't deter Lemon from her goal.
"She's still going to try and continue to get control of Fancie's," King says. "There are some big things that happen with that. For her, this part of the season is all about her arc of awakening, going against everything she was taught to be as a southern Belle. You saw earlier in the season when she quit that, and she's really trying to become her own person, and finding out what she wants to do and what she wants her career to be is a big aspect of that."
King reveals that Lemon's evolution as a character since the beginning of the series -- starting off as a villain and becoming an empathetic character -- has been her favorite part of playing Lemon, and it will reach a new level in the back half of this season.
"That was something that was really important to me from the beginning," King says. "That is something that is natural for me as an actor to want to play that evolution in the arc of a character. I feel very grateful that the writers understand that about me and they understand that about my work. I think that my passion for that informed the way that they wrote the character towards that direction."
She continues, "Every script that they give me, I do my best to add a lot of dimension to a character that could have been very one-dimensional. It's really worked quite beautifully. That's something that everyone can relate to. We're all trying to sort out who we are. We're all born with concepts of what our society or what our families tell us what we should be, and that doesn't always work. I really enjoy playing someone that people can look to and say, 'Oh, I understand what that person is going through.' Because we're all going through it."
So where is Lemon's head at now? "I think Lemon's head is always in that space of, 'Who am I supposed to be? What am I supposed to be doing? Where am I going to go? Who should I be with? How can I maintain who I really am inside of myself while still meeting everyone's expectations?'" King says. "It's just this constant battle with herself. That's the consistent through line for the end of Season 3, and also hopefully the beginning of next season."
"Hart of Dixie" airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.
As "Cold Justice" comes to its winter finale, investigators Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary head to Iowa to investigate a double homicide from three decades earlier. Can they find out who killed a young couple after so many years?
In 1983, 20-year-old Steven Fisher and his girlfriend, 17-year-old Melissa Gregory, were killed by brutal blows to the head. Family troubles and rumors of drug trafficking both figured into the investigation, but the case was never solved.
"Cold Justice" attempts to do just that when it airs Friday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on TNT.