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‘Bold And The Beautiful’ Bill Is About To Get Help For Another Big Scandal

Alright, so according to a new report from Soaps.com,we're about to see Bill plot out a new, big scandal. If this scandal works, it could definitely put him back in the driver's seat at Spencer Publications. This is why Bill is going to needs some very specialized help to pull it off. That's where this new guy Ken will come into play. It's being reported by both Soaps.com and TVinsider.com that Bill is going to hire a tech wiz guy named Ken to hack into the Spencer Publications computer files in an effort to retrieve the incriminating recording that Liam has of Bill confessing to setting the Spectra building on fire. Obviously, if Bill can get his hands on it, Liam would have nothing to continue blackmailing Bill with. That would set the stage for Bill to return and take back his company. The big question
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Michael Landes Joins Lauren Graham's Fox Comedy Pilot Linda From Hr, Replacing White Collar's Tim DeKay

Linda From Hr is making another major staffing change.

Michael Landes (Special Unit 2, Lois & Clark) has replaced White Collar vet Tim DeKay as the husband of Lauren Graham’s titular heroine in the Fox comedy pilot, TVLine has learned. According to sources, producers decided to take the character in a slightly different direction.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

This is the project’s second significant casting shuffle. Last week we reported that This Is UsRyan Michelle Bathe had replaced ER alum Angel Laketa Moore in the role of Sierra,
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cobie Smulders

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Born on April the 3rd 1982, Cobie Smulders – real name Jacoba Francisca Maria Smulders-Killam (with the “Killam” coming from her actor husband Taran Killam) is a Canadian-American actress and model who is undoubtedly best known for her role as Robin Scherbatsky in the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and who is now making a big impression in Hollywood.

Having travelled the world as a teenage model, Smulders started her acting career in 2002 in a single episode of the Upn sci-fi comedy television show Special Unit 2 and has gone on to appear in a number of big movies, such as The Avengers, Safe Haven, The Delivery Man and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as several television shows, including Smallville, Andromeda and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Her career trajectory is definitely on the rise and she is set to appear in what could
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‘Hatchet 3′ DVD Review

Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen, Derek Mears, Rileah Vanderbilt, Sean Whalen, Jason Trost | Written by Adam Green | Directed by Bj McDonnell

The final film in the trilogy, Hatchet 3 loses the series’ director, Adam Green, replacing him with Bj McDonnell, who has previously carved out a career as cam/steadicam operator on a ton of movies – including one of my all-time favourite flicks, How to Rob a Bank. However all is not lost as Green is still on board as the films guiding light and scriptwriter for this tale which picks up immediately where the second film left off.

In Hatchet 3 our heroine Marybeth (Harris) has finally “killed” Victor Crowley (Hodder) – or so she thinks. When she shows up at the police station covered in blood the sheriff (Galligan) doesn’t believe her story and locks her up while he sends a search and recovery
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‘Hatchet III’ Review

Stars: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen, Derek Mears, Rileah Vanderbilt, Sean Whalen, Jason Trost | Written by Adam Green | Directed by Bj McDonnell

The final(?) film in the trilogy, Hatchet III loses the series’ director, Adam Green, replacing him with Bj McDonnell, who has previously carved out a career as cam/steadicam operator on a ton of movies – including one of my all-time favourite flicks, How to Rob a Bank. However all is not lost as Green is still on board as the films guiding light and scriptwriter for this tale which picks up immediately where the second film left off.

In Hatchet III our heroine Marybeth (Harris) has finally “killed” Victor Crowley (Hodder) – or so she thinks. When she shows up at the police station covered in blood the sheriff (Galligan) doesn’t believe her story and locks her up while he sends a search
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Danny Woodburn Will Play Splinter in Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles Reboot

He’s officially billed as Danny Woodburn, but to me he’ll always be Carl in Upn’s short-lived “X-Files” rip-off “Special Unit 2″, the show that proved you can be as generic and unoriginal as possible just as long as it’s damn entertaining. Of course, Woodburn has also starred in other shows, like “Seinfeld” and was recently one of the dwarfs in Tarsem Singh’s “Mirror Mirror”. Woodburn joins the foursome of Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard and Pete Ploszek as mutated superheroes tasked with saving the world in the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed film. Woodburn will play Splinter, the ninja turtles’ master, a rat that somehow became a giant half-human/half-rat after getting doused with the same chemicals that turned the turtles into ninja turtles. Or at least, that was the original origins of the characters. Who the hell knows what Michael Bay and
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Ent takes slight ratings dip

"Enterprise" took another ratings drop in the Nielsen's overnight metered market, but despite the slight dip, Upn still fell to fifth place on the evening.According to the ratings of the top 40 markets, "Enterprise" finished the evening with a 6.8 rating/10 share, a slight drop from the 7.2/11 "Fight or Flight" did just a week ago. Coupled with "Special Unit 2's" 3.5/5, Upn beat only The WB network in the overnight markets.In the 8 p.m. hour, "Enterprise" beat The WB's "Dawson's Creek" (4.3/6), Major League Baseball's divisional playoffs pregame show on the Fox network (5.5/9), and tied ABC's "According to Jim" in the 8:30 timeslot (6.8/10).It was beat by NBC's "Ed" (9.0/14), CBS's "60 Minutes II" (8.5/13)and ABC's "My Wife and Kids" (7.8/12).Upn finished the night with a 5.1/7, finishing ...
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Ent ratings continue to fall

"Enterprise" took yet another drop in the Nielsen overnight metered market ratings, but still remained ahead of "Star Trek: Voyager" in its ratings at the same point six years ago.The Star Trek series pulled in a strong 6.6 rating/10 share. However, half the audience didn't stick around for "Special Unit 2," which dropped to a 3.6/5. Those numbers remain steady for the series."Enterprise" seems to be holding strong ground compared to other dramas. "Ed" on NBC only pulled in a 7.0/12 in the 8 o'clock hour. And the series easily beat "Dawson's Creek" on The WB, which scored a 4.3/6. "Dawson's Creek" is in the news this week because Sony, which produces the show, announced they would be shutting down its television operations because of cost concerns. It is not known how this will affect The ...
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Ent overnight ratings slip

After posting some of Upn's best ratings ever, the second episode of "Enterprise" seemed to take a bit of a hit Wednesday night as "Fight or Flight" finished with a 7.2 rating/11 share in the overnight metered markets.The episode, countered with a 4.0/6 from "Special Unit 2" dropped Upn to the fourth spot for Wednesday with a 5.5/8. The network, despite only reaching a little more than 80 percent of the national market, still beat out Fox which pulled in a 4.3/6 and The WB with a 3.2/5. NBC, with a special episode of "The West Wing" at 9 p.m., grabbed the top spot with a 13.2/20, followed by ABC with a 7.8/12 and CBS was a 6.4/10."The West Wing" was once again the most watched show for Wednesday night, pulling in an 18.0/26. Beating "Enterprise" in its time slot were "Law & Order" on NBC ...
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Constructive Concepts: A conversation with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos

Trevor Hogg chats with Patrick Tatopoulos about his career highs and lows as well as the craft of production design...

“My mission to come to the States to work was to create creatures and I’ve done that all the way through to I Am Legend [2007],” states French Production Designer Patrick Tatopolous who has frequently collaborated with filmmakers Alec Proyas (Knowing), Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) and Len Wiseman (Total Recall). “There were a lot of movies where I was only doing creature work and then a lot of them were I was doing creature work and production design. I ended up doing some art direction for sets before I opened my creature shop. I had a couple of bad experiences in the past but they made me think a creature has to fit in the element it’s created for.” An essential element is to develop the creature before creating its environment.
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"Party of Five" Star In "Paranormal Activity 4" -- See Her Now!

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In 1996, Alexondra Lee joined "Party of Five" in its third season to really shake things up -- and this weekend, she stars in "Paranormal Activity 4."Lee's role as Bailey's (Scott Wolf) older roommate led to his infamous alcohol abuse and an affair on longtime girlfriend Sarah (Jennifer Love Hewitt).While she was only on the show for one season, it was a memorable one.But then, aside from a stint on "Boston Public" and something called "Special Unit 2," she pretty much vanished from the limelight. This weekend, Lee stars as the main character's mom, Holly in the fourth "Paranormal" flick ... but the role is bittersweet.The actress' onscreen husband was actually her real-life husband Stephen Dunham, who died of a heart attack on September 14 this year ... his 48th birthday. The two had been married since 2005.Check out our full review of "Paranormal Activity 4" here. Read more
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Television Actor Dunham Dies; worked with Soderbergh, Spielberg, Stone

Stephen Dunham dead at 48 Best known for his roles in the television series Dag, What I Like About You, and Hot Properties, Dunham died of a heart attack in Burbank on Monday, Sept. 17.

The Boston native (born in 1964) had turned 48 a mere three days earlier. Among his other television appearances were those in the series Oh, Grow Up, The Chronicle, D.O.T.S. Last year, he guested in the popular Hot in Cleveland. Dunham movies In addition to his TV work, the actor was featured in about a dozen films, almost invariably in minor supporting roles. Those include The Mummy (1999), with Brendan Fraser; Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed Traffic (2000), with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Benicio Del Toro, and Michael Douglas; Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Walken; and the comedy Monster-in-Law, starring Jane Fonda, Michael Vartan,
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NBC greenlight fairy tale cop show ‘Grimm’

According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has greenlit a new fantasy cop show from Jim Kouf (Angel) and David Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) titled Grimm. Inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales, the series is a:

…dark but fantastical cop drama about a world in which characters inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales exist.

Kouf and Greenwalt are developing Grimm with executive producers Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner. NBC have also ordered a pilot from Ron Moore entitled 17th Precinct which sees cops working in a town where the inhabitants have magical powers.

So, if we meld Grimm and 17th Precinct together, what do you get? Upn’s Special Unit 2, which aired in 2001.
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Starblog: Liner Notes: On the Fringe

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We live in Fringe times. There’s an unsettling, cryptic, complex Pattern that unites us all—and makes us increasingly obsessed with a TV show or three or even 17 of ’em. In this case, it’s Fringe, the Fox series that began as a sort of inversion of The X-Files and has evolved into something more unusual, the most watchable genre series now on network television.

Fringe’s second season began this week in a new time slot (Thursdays, 9 p.m.), opposite some heavyweight competition (CSI, Grey’S Anatomy, Supernatural). Need to catch up? The first season debuted on DVD just last week. And look soon for a two-part interview with Joshua Jackson, one of its stars, on this website.

This is addictive television, really good stuff. And it seemed so to me from the first. I saw the pilot last May, shortly after Fox announced its fall schedule. Selected
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Spotlight on new ‘Eclipse’ actress Jodelle Ferland

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One Variety report about The Twilight Saga: Eclipse casting, and the Twilight world knows her name. She is Jodelle Ferland, and she has recently been announced (by both Variety and herself) as a new cast member for the third in the Twilight film series. Though her role is as yet unknown, Variety states that Ferland will portray "a vampire who has just been turned." While the barely there description could apply to a host of characters in Eclipse, the most prominent (female) vampress in the book series is Bree - a newborn vampire who survives the initial vampire showdown, but whose bloodlust for Bella puts her in a precarious circumstances. Ultimately, despite Carlisle's extension of an offering to care for and develop Bree's, ahem, socially responsible behavior, the Volturi guard present after the battle will not allow for it (pennance for her work with Victoria (to be portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard
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Warehouse 13 Review & Discussion

Saul Rubinek as Artie Nelsen, Joanne Kelly as Myka Bering, Eddie McClintock as Pete Lattimer

The short of it:  The advertising for Warehouse 13 did not do the show justice, but then, I’m not sure how they could have capitalized on an ad campaign for a show that had a decent, slow developing story line.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this new show, Warehouse 13 (WH13) that is leading the newly renamed Syfy network programming charge.  They didn’t force feed us instant character development (there was plenty of conversational exchange that accomplished that) and story lines for the characters weren’t shoved in our face just for the sake of making things happen.

Everything progressed at a decent pace and I found myself engaged by the story the show was telling.

Will I be watching it next week?  Read on to find that out.
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Medialog: It’s Syfy to us all now!

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Established 1974! Our news column views rebranding.

Sci-fi TV

Effective tomorrow July 7, the Sci Fi Channel (a.k.a. Sci-fi and SciFi) rebrands itself. It’ll be, of course, Syfy (to recall Wifi), although we’ve also seen the new name styled SyFy and Syfy. This will take some getting used to, whatever one thinks of the merits of either phrase.

If you’re in New York City, you can visit Syfy’s “Imagination Playground,” a display of props and paraphernalia from the Channel’s programs at Rockefeller Center (just a few blocks over from the Starlog offices). It’s free and opens tomorrow (along with promotional appearances from such Syfy stars as Lou Diamond Phillips and Scare Tactics’ Tracy Morgan).

The very first official new Syfy series premieres tomorrow night (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.). It’s Warehouse 13, a sort of Men In Black meets The Librarian by way of Special Unit 2.
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Landes, Fox ink talent deal

Michael Landes is extending his relationship with Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox Television.

Landes, who co-starred on David E. Kelley's dramedy The Wedding Bells for Fox and 20th TV, has signed a talent deal with the network and the studio.

Under the pact, 20th TV and Fox will develop a project for him targeted for the 2008-09 season.

"Michael is a great-looking leading man who is equally adept at comedy and drama," Fox executive vp casting Marcia Shulman said. "It was a no-brainer."

Landes, whose series credits include ABC's Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, UPN's Special Unit 2 and BBC's Love Soup, played wedding photographer David Conlon on Bells this past spring.

"He's just a charming, incredibly talented guy who I know is going to be a huge television star," 20th TV senior vp casting Sharon Klein said. "It's just a matter of time and finding him the right project."

Landes recently completed the Yari Film Group feature Addicted, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. He will next be seen in the Disney comedy College Road Trip.

Landes, whose theater credits include the male lead in the London West End production of When Harry Met Sally, is repped by Endeavor and attorneys Jason Sloane and Harris Hartman.

Katz has more time for '24,' 20th projects

Katz has more time for '24,' 20th projects
"24" executive producer Evan Katz has inked a new rich seven-figure overall deal with the series producer, 20th Century Fox Television, to continue on the real-time drama and develop new projects.

The new two-year pact, which has an option for a third, replaces Katz's existing two-year overall deal with 20th TV, which had another year on it.

"Even has done a fantastic job on '24'," 20th TV president Dana Walden said. "It's clearly such an important series for the studio, so we found it to be a very good business decision to (secure) every writer who is important to the series for as long as posasible, and Evan is at the top of that list."

Katz worked on several series at Paramount Network TV -- UPN's "Special Unit 2", which he created, "JAG" and "Seven Days" -- before he joined "24" at the beginning of the second season in 2003.

"The show's been very good to me in every way," Katz said of "24." "It's the first time I've been on a show that is an out-and-out commercial and critical success and has created a cultural footprint.

Sci Fi gets rights to 'Enterprise'

Sci Fi gets rights to 'Enterprise'
Sci Fi Channel has acquired rights to the off-network drama Star Trek: Enterprise along with several other series, made-for-TV movies and miniseries through a deal with CBS Paramount Domestic Television. Along with Enterprise, the deal includes exclusive cable rights to the classic series The Twilight Zone, which marks a renewal for the network; the show Tales From the Darkside; and such short-lived series as CBS' Threshold, starring Carla Gugino, and Wolf Lake, with Lou Diamond Phillips, as well as UPN's Jake 2.0, starring Christopher Gorham, and Haunted, featuring Matthew Fox. Other acquired titles include the series Kindred, the Embraced, Level 9, Special Unit 2 and All Souls. Sci Fi said it's planning to premiere Enterprise, a Star Trek prequel that stars Scott Bakula and ran from 2001-05 on UPN, in early fall. Tales From the Darkside will premiere later this year, and the other acquired series will debut sometime during the 2006-07 season.
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