Way overdue on entertainment news. Sorry about that but the Olympics and other things have kept me highly preoccupied.
In the links below we will start off with…
August calendar of summer finales and fall premieres and other important dates
ABC announces fall premiere dates (The previous installment of this newsletter for other networks)
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello from July 10
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello from July 31
Dancing with the Stars all-star cast revealed. Includes Helio Castronevis, gymnast Shawn Johnson
Preview trailer for the new season of Doctor Who
Actor Matt Smith previews new season of Doctor Who
Interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat
Mariah Carey is replacing Jennifer Lopez on American Idol. I included the link so you can read about the salary numbers they were throwing around. WOW!
Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Shonda Rimes reveals she is a Doctor Who fan
Avatar 2 not until 2015 Cameron says in an interview.
Not in the links below but still of interest
Kristhoffer Polaha a.k.a. Henry Butler from Ringer will be a series regular on the new CBS legal drama Made in Jersey
Irish actress Sarah Bolger of The Tudors will play Sleeping Beauty in the next season of Once Upon a Time
Irish actor Colin O’Donoghue has been cast as Captain Hook for the next season of Once Upon a Time
Summer Glau a.k.a. River Tam a.k.a. Terminator will do three episodes of Alphas on SyFy Channel this season other guest stars include Sean Astin and Lauren Holly
Jamie Chung (The Hangover II) will play Mulan on this season of Once Upon a Time
Author Gore Vidal at 86. Wrote screenplay for Ben Hur among others
Ernest Borgnine died at age 95
Sherman Hensley a.k.a. George Jefferson has died at age 74
SNL writer Tom Davis and former partner of Al Franken (Franken and Davis) has died at the age of 59
New season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire premieres Sunday, September 16
Eric Dane a.k.a. Dr. Mark Sloan is leaving Grey’s Anatomy
AMC has canceled “The Killing” after two seasons
After much drama the entire cast of Modern Family has re-signed for the next season after a number of holdouts
Louis starring comedian Louis CK has been renewed for a fourth season on FX
FX networks has ordered more episodes of Russell Brand’s comedy talk show Brand X (which is pretty good if you haven’t seen it)
Martin Sheen will join Charlie on Anger Management. Series has been renewed for 90 more episodes to be shot in quick succession
Mark Valey a.k.a. Christopher Chance will play a new love interest for Dana Delaney on Body of Proof
Showtime has renewed cancer drama The Big C for a final season of just four episodes
America Horror Story has been retitled “America Horror Story: Asylum”
Fox has renewed Master Chef for a fourth season
Sharon Osbourne has tweeted hints that she’s leaving America’s Got Talent after this season. Probably because her son has MS
ABC has preemptively canceled Fred Willard’s improv show after his arrest for lewd behavior
Vince Vaughn is developing a reboot of The Brady Bunch for CBS
CBS is canceled a dating show titled “3” after just “2” episodes. I guess it didn’t live up to its name.
Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show is changing its name from “Anderson” to “Anderson Live” and will change format and include rotating cohosts
A new series premieres this month on BBC America titled Copper about New York police during the American Civil War.
BBC America will also coproduced a new series titled The Musketeers to premiere in 2014
Former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston will play the villain Malekith The Accursed in Thor 2
Universal Studios is working on a remake of Endless Love
CBS is suing ABC claiming that “The Glass House” is a ripoff of its reality show Big Brother
No host or producer has been hired for the Oscars. Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels turned it down
M Knight Shyamalan will write and produce a pilot for SyFy Channel titled “Proof” about a billionaire who offers a reward to anyone who can prove life after death
Tom Cruise is the highest-paid actor at $75 million per pic
AMC announced The Walking Dead season will premiere October 14
Tom Arnold roasted his wife Rosanne Barr in the Comedy Central roast which will air August 12
British actor Peter O’Toole says he’s retiring from acting. I didn’t know he was still alive.
The third part of the Hunger Games trilogy will be split into two movies in 2014/2015
Peter Jackson announced that there will now be three hobbit movies not 2 as originally planned
TNT has renewed Falling Skies for season 3!
Alex Trebek has recovered from a heart attack is back on set at Jeopardy
BBC America series “The Hour” will return in November for a second season. Sort of like HBO’s The Newsroom only set in the early 1960s. Excellent show.