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Thursday, February 09 2012


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Coming up in Primetime Television.

If you haven't had time to find out what's set to happen in Primetime during the week of February 13 and beyond, Soaps.com has you covered. In our latest Primetime Dish column you'll find episode teases, casting scoops and a few tidbits in-between…

Alcatraz: James Pizzinato ("The Twilight Saga," "Fringe") returns in his guest starring role as con-bomber Paxton Petty. The show airs on FOX at 9.00 PM. Monday Episode Teaser: Madsen, Doc and Houser track down Paxton, who places bombs throughout inhabited areas of San Francisco.

Awake: Beginning March 1, the new NBC drama will start airing at 10.00 PM on Thursdays, in place of the low-rated show, "The Firm," which has been bumped to Saturdays. For those not familiar with the new thriller, it surrounds an injured cop who has to face many hardships after awakening from an accident.

Boss: Starz’ political drama, which stars Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier"), has cast Sanaa Lathan ("American Dad," "Nip/Tuck") as Mona - Alderman Ross’ Chief of Staff. Look for Kelsey's Tom Kane to become fixated on Mona in season two, which resumes later this year. Jonathan Groff (Glee) will also be turning up as Ian Todd.

Bunheads: Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's new dance drama pilot has been picked up by ABC Family. There's no word yet when to expect the series, but it'll star Sutton Foster ("Law & Order") as Vegas showgirl, Michelle. Her new marriage relocates her to a small town where she signs on to take part in her mother-in-law’s dance school.

Chuck: If you've been collecting each season on DVD, season five, the final season, will be available on May 8! The collection will include an extended version of the finale, 13 episodes, bonus features and featurettes.

Desperate Housewives: Casting is currently taking place for the role of Bree's mother. If you recall, Bree's mother died years ago after being hit by a drunk driver. So how will they bring her back onscreen? Bree and her mom will appear in early70s flashbacks later this season.

Fringe: Harrison Thomas ("House MD") guest stars as a mentally ill patient who appears connected to a series of murders on February 17. The show airs on FOX at 9.00 PM. Friday Episode Teaser: Frightening clues lead Olivia to some shocking revelations

Gossip Girl: Fans who've missed some of the "One Life To Live" actors will be getting a treat when ex-Robert Ford David A. Gregory appears on Gossip Girl this spring. Monday Episode Teasers: Blair plays cupid. Someone looking for trouble crashes Nate's Valentine's Day party. Serena witnesses something shocking.

Hart Of Dixie: Ted Welch ("The Help") guest stars as Joelle’s ex-boyfriend. Monday Episode Teasers: Wade asks Lemon to dress up as Joelle in order to convince Joelle's boyfriend that he didn't see her with Wade. George looks to someone for advice. Lavon asks Zoe to help find out why Didi has been avoiding him. However, once Zoe finds out, she's not sure how to handle it.

House: After eight seasons, the producers have decided this will be the last. By April this year the series will have 177 episodes, 175 more than anyone expected back in 2004. The producers have always thought of House as an enigmatic creature and never thought he should be the last one to leave the party. Therefore having him disappear before the music stops, leaves a sense of promise and mystique in the air. President of Entertainment for FOX Kevin Reilly stated, "While it’s with much regret, and a lump in our throats, we respect the decision Hugh, David and Katie have made. A true original, on the page and amazingly brought to life by Hugh Laurie, there is only one Dr. House. For eight seasons, the entire "House" team has given us – and fans around the world – some of the most compelling characters and affecting stories ever seen on television. For all the above, we wholeheartedly thank them, and the fans who have supported the show."

Malibu Country: Country singer Reba McEntire ("Reba," "Frasier," "Tremors") will star in the new ABC pilot. When the comedy series hits the network's lineup, date still unknown, she'll play a divorcee who moves her kids from Nashville to Malibu and has her work cut out for her in order to keep her kids humble.

NASCAR Bud Shootout: For you fans patiently awaiting the race to the checkered flag, tune in on Saturday February 18 at 8.00 PM on FOX for the live annual event. It'll be hosted by Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip from the Daytona International Speedway.

Nikita: Erica Gimpel ("The Young And The Restless," "Fame") guest stars as Carla and Peter J. Lucas ("Burn Notice," "Crossing Jordan") returns as Sergei Semak. Friday Episode Teasers: Nikita and Michael try to help Carla remember her past. Alex makes an announcement at Sergei's press conference - expect a 'trade' to be offered.

Nurse Jackie: The Showtime hit series returns with season four on Sunday April 8 at 9.00 PM, and don't say we didn't warn you… Now that the leading lady is free of her husband, there's no telling what Jackie will get herself into. The new season's slogan states, "Out of Excuses. Out of Tricks. Out of Control. Karma's a Bitch." You be the judge!

NYC: 22: The new CBS drama, which surrounds six diverse NYPD rookies, will premiere on Sunday April 15 at 10.00 PM. Look for Terry Kinney, Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold Moore, Tom Reed and Felix Solis to star.

Ringer: Gregory Harrison ("Body Of Proof," "Hot In Cleveland") resumes his guest starring role as Tim Arbogast. Tuesday Episode Teasers: Bridget discovers Siobhan kept a secret office. Olivia blackmails Henry.


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Once Upon A Time: Noah Bean ("Nikita," "Damages") will be making a guest appearance and bringing some love to Fairytale Land. Keep an eye out for the new stable boy at the royal manor, who believes love can conquer all. The series airs Sundays at 8.00 PM on ABC.

Pretty Little Liars: Keep watching fans! The show had a rating boost over the last few weeks with 2.25 million viewers.

Saving Hope: Shooting for the new CTV medical drama will begin soon. Check out the Saving Hope Video Promo, which stars Daniel Gillies ("The Vampire Diaries"), Erica Durance ("Smallville") and Michael Shanks ("Stargate: SG-1").

Supernatural: Nicole Oliver ("Psych," "Seven Deadly Sins") guest stars as Nora Havelock. The show airs Fridays at 9.00 PM on the CW. Friday Episode Teaser: The demon Sam and Dean helped Nora exorcise years ago is back.

The Big C: Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious") has been switched to a series regular as Andrea Jackson for the upcoming third season.

The Exes: TV Land has renewed the series for a second season, which will begin in June.

The Secret Circle: Joe Lando ("One Life To Live") shows up as Cassie's father. Tune into the CW at 9.00 PM. Thursday Episode Teasers: Cassie becomes suspicious when her father insists she return his medallion. Jake puts his life at risk for Cassie. Melissa's circle worries about the time she's been spending with Callum ("The Young And The Restless'" Michael Graziadei, Daniel).

The Secret Life Of The American Teenager: ABC Family's longest running series, which has had its most successful year to date hitting the 100th episode mark, has just been renewed for a fifth season. Look for its return on March 28 at 8.00 PM.

The Simpsons: Producer Julian Assange will lend his voice in the landmark 500th episode on February 19.

Two And A Half Men: Patton Oswalt ("King Of Queens," "Bored To Death") will guest star as Ashton Kutcher's character's (Walden) ex-business partner. Tune in Monday February 27 at 9.00 PM on CBS.



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