Haven't had time to find out what's been happening in your favorite Primetime show or with the actors who star in them? Soaps.com has the lowdown in our Primetime Dish column for the week of February 6. New series details, Primetime actors in new movie roles, who's coming and going in which late night town and of course a few upcoming episode teasers…
90210: Fans of Jessica Lowndes (Adrianna Tate-Duncan) might be interested to know the actress has just released a video for her new single "Nothing Like This."
Anger Management: Charlie Sheen’s new FX comedy has cast Shawnee Smith ("Law & Order," "Saw," "Becker") as Charlie's character's ex-wife in a leading role. The ten-episode series surrounds a former baseball player with anger issues, who becomes an unconventional anger management therapist. If the show does well, FX will order more episodes.
Banshee: Alan Ball ("True Blood," Executive Producer) will be an executive producer for Cinemax's new ten-episode series, which has been referred to as "Walking Tall" meets "History Of Violence." Though filming will begin in Charlotte, North Carolina this spring, don't plan on its premiere until January 2013.
Beauty And The Beast: ABC has just picked up the new pilot based off the classic fairytale. The show will surround a princess who makes an unlikely connection with a mysterious beast, set in a mythological, dangerous world.
Blue Bloods: Margaret Colin ("Gossip Girl," "Medium," "As The World Turns") will turn up in March in a guest role as Melanie, a possible love interest for Frank. The CBS series airs Fridays at 10.00 PM.
Castle: Sarah Jane Morris ("NCIS," "Brothers And Sisters," "Ghost Whisperer") will guest star as Leslie Morgan in the winter episode titled "Once Upon A Crime," as will "General Hospital's" Jason Thompson (Patrick). The Vampire Diaries' Taylor Kinney (ex-Mason), boyfriend of Lady Gaga, will also appear as Leslie's husband. Look for season four to return on February 6.
Cougar Town: David Arquette (Dancing With The Stars, "Scream," "Medium") will guest star in season three's finale as a hotel concierge . The series returns Tuesday February 14 at 8.30 PM on ABC.
Desperate Housewives: In its last season the show is currently taping scenes for an episode where one major character from Wisteria Lane will meet their maker. Look for the pivotal, shocking death to happen in March.
Drop Dead Diva: Reality star Kim Kardashian ("Kourtney & Kim Take New York," "Keeping Up With The Kardashians"), soon to be ex-wife of NBA New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries, has been tapped to appear in the Lifetime series' fourth season as businesswoman Nikki. Look for her multiple episode arc to air this summer.
Gossip Girl: Were you one of the many fans who were shocked to find out that Georgina Sparks turned out to be Gossip Girl herself? We're still not sure if she's really the longtime mystery blogger, or if this is some sort of diversion, and would be interested to hear your thoughts in the comment section. Monday Episode teasers: Blair has to make a decision that could hurt those closest to her. Serena protects someone she loves. Georgina follows a scandalous trail.
Hart Of Dixie: On April 23 American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will perform "The Trouble With Girls." Also look for Justin Hartley ("Passions," "Smallville," "Castle") to appear this season as a war hero named Jesse. On Monday, Wes Brown ("Private Practice," "NCIS," "True Blood") returns in his guest starring role as Dr. Judson Lyons. Monday Episode Teasers: Zoe and Rose plan a sleepover. George causes major trouble in Lemon's paradise. Lemon sets her father up on a date.
Happy Endings: Colin Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, will play himself - a new celebrity friend of Dave's. He began shooting scenes last week, which will air late in the season. The comedy airs Wednesdays on ABC at 9:30 PM.
Hot In Cleveland: Executive Producer Sean Hayes has announced that Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, "You Again")will make a guest appearance in a season three episode. Sean tweeted, "Good morning to the press. Have you heard? @kchenoweth is getting "Hot In Cleveland." Kristin's character will crash at the trio gal pals' place after splitting from her boyfriend. Stay tuned to TV Land on Wednesdays at 10.00 PM.
House: Emmy Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright ("Angels In America," "Shaft," "Hamlet" ) returns to guest star on one of FOX's highest rated series. He'll appear in the Monday February 6 episode as Dr. Walter Cofield at 8.00 PM.
Luck: It looks as though HBO's new series was a hit! The January 29, 2012 premiere episode attracted 1.8 million viewers, which was enough for the network to plan for a second season in January 2013.
Nikita: Erica Gimpel ("The Young And The Restless," "Fame," Grey's Anatomy) returns to guest star as Nikita’s mentor Carla. Friday Episode Teaser: Sam confronts a childhood fear and has to deal with some very angry clowns.
Revenge: Series stars Emily VanCamp (Emily Thorne) and Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson) are dating and were spotted at the Paris club, Rasputin. "Revenge" airs Wednesdays at 10.00 PM on ABC.
Ringer: Andrea Roth ("Rescue Me," "Blue Bloods," "Lost") guest stars as Catherine, Juliet's mother, and wreaks havoc on one couple's relationship. Tuesday Episode Teasers: Bridget discovers someone from Siobhan’s past, and Agent Machado suspects Henry's closing in on Bridget.
Once Upon A Time: Actor Sebastian Stan ("Captain America," "Gossip Girl," "Hot Tub Time Machine") will turn up in the ABC hit series in early March or late April. As of right now, his character details are under lock and key!
Pretty Little Liars: Fans of Hannah's portrayer Ashley Benson (ex-Abby, "Days Of Our Lives"), along with James Franco (ex-Franco, "General Hospital"), Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens have been cast in Spring Breakers.
Switched At Birth: Meredith Baxter ("Family Guy," "Cold Case," "Family Ties") appears on Tuesday February 7 as Kathryn’s mother, Bonnie. The show airs on ABC Family at 8.00 PM. Tuesday Episode Teaser: Bonnie touches base on some issues surrounding the switch.
The Big C: Susan Sarandon ("30 Rock," "Rescue Me," "The Simpsons") has been cast as Joy, a cancer survivor, who will use her experience to inspire others. Season three will return to Showtime on Sunday April 8.
The Mentalist: Malcolm McDowell ("Vamps," "Entourage," "Easy A") will return as cult leader Bret Stiles on February 23. Louise Lombard ("CSI," "NCIS," "Miami Medical") will also guest star as a Dean of a college associated with the Visualize Cult. "The Mentalist" airs Thursdays at 10.00 PM on CBS.
The Secret Circle: Australian Tim Phillipps ("Once Upon A Time," "Rush," "Home And Away") will sail into Chance Harbor, literally, this season as Grant. Thursday Episode Teasers: Faye offers up a devilish treat at her all-girls slumber party, and vengeful spirit witches haunt Cassie.
True Blood: They'll be more new blood in town during season five. Giles Matthey ("The Good Wife") will play Claude. Those who've read the novels know him as the distant cousin of Sookie Stackhouse's father. Onscreen, previously played by Neil Hopkins ("Lost"), he'll take a special interest in vampire Jessica. Watch the True Blue Season Five Teaser Video for more.
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- Amy Mistretta