New Pushing Daisies Spoilers! Closure in the Series Finale!

This should do the trick: We’re getting closure, dammit! The series finale will no longer end on a cliffhanger, as I previously reported. Through the magic of post-production, Bryan Fuller and his team managed to tack on a completely new beginning and ending to the episode. “We’re doing a lot of work in post to shape it so that it is satisfying for the audience,” Fuller tells me. BTW, rumor has it ABC may burn off air Daisies‘ final three episodes on one night in early January. (Episode 9 airs tonight and 10 next week.) — Source: The Ausiello Files

Pushing Daisies Episode Recap!

Annafriel2_pushingdaisies_240 From the moment we first met Chuck on Pushing Daisies, we’ve known that she’s something of an adventurous soul, and that circumstances — her father’s death, her agoraphobic aunts and, you know, her death — prevented her from living those adventures.

Wednesday’s episode dealt directly with the life Chuck hasn’t lived, and while there was the usual amount of visual playfulness and verbal brilliance, it also went a little deeper. And was that much better for it.

These spoilers come wrapped in a kicky new raincoat.

Because the people Ned reanimates only stay alive for 60 seconds, and he and Emerson are usually peppering them with questions about how they died during that time, we don’t get much insight into how they feel about being alive again. (Chuck is the obvious exception, but she’s a special case in a lot of ways, not least for her perpetually sunny outlook on life.) The return of Chuck’s dad, however, has let the show explore that a little more, and Charles Charles’ salty reaction to his new life has been pretty cool to watch.

I would agree, at least a little bit, with Chuck’s assertion tonight that part of her father’s animosity toward Ned is a normal dad’s reaction to his little girl having a boyfriend. Ned’s more right, though, in noting that their circumstances make the stakes way higher — pitchfork-toting mob higher, should their secret get out.

Leepace2_pushingdaisies_240Emerson, insightful dude that he is, tells Ned that the elaborate stayin’-alive rules he and Chuck use aren’t going to suit a man like Charles Charles, world-traveling war veteran that he is. In fact, he lays down an ultimatum to the intimidated Ned: I’ll play by your rules, so long as you never see my daughter again. That, of course, doesn’t fly, and equally unsurprisingly, Mr. Charles catches them plastic wrap-kissing, which leads to a tussle (or more like a scuffle) between the two men and hurt feelings on all sides.

The way Charles Charles sees it, his daughter has a choice: pie or cake. Pie, he says, is just a simple pastry filled with something, whereas cake is layered and mysterious. The little girl he knew would have chosen cake and all its attendant adventures — so why doesn’t she do that now? he asks. We can go anywhere we want and do whatever we please. You would have to think that for Chuck — who died the first time when she was finally trying to have one of those adventures — such a prospect would be mighty tempting.

Fortunately for Ned, though, Chuck has found that her “lock-and-key” life is a different kind of adventure, and she realizes that her dad is still trying to be the parent she needed when she was 8 years old. So she chooses pie (yay!) — but her dad is still a cake man, and the last we see of him, he’s driving off to who knows where.

This feels like the start of a really interesting arc for Pushing Daisies. I hope, for our sake, that Bryan Fuller and Co. can bring this story around to some kind of conclusion in the little time we have left with the show….

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Desperate Housewives Spoilers & News: Housewives to Make Merry for Two Additional Seasons?

Exclusive: Housewives to Make Merry for Two Additional Seasons?

By Matt Mitovich, TV Guide

Should you count on a bit more hysteria from the ladies of Wisteria Lane?

TVGuide.com has learned exclusively that at a Wednesday cake-cutting ceremony marking 100 episodes of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, series creator Marc Cherry announced his desire to extend the prime-time sudser’s run to a total of nine seasons, versus his previously envisioned seven.

But will ABC make Cherry’s dream a reality? One studio source tells me that while the idea of unspooling even more saucy stories for the resurgent Housewives seems a natural, much paperwork — including a formal pick-up from ABC — needs to be in hand first.

In February 2007, when Cherry inked a four-year deal with ABC Studios, he revealed his plan to wrap up the story of Bree, Susan et al in 2011, saying, “At the end of my deal, and after seven seasons, it will be a good time to call it quits. I don’t want anyone else to run the show, and I don’t want us to fade away.” In keeping with that sentiment, insiders suspect that Cherry is open to extending his own pact to 2013, so that he can remain at the helm for the additional seasons.

And the Housewives themselves? While one source tells me that Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria Parker are already on board for the added seasons, another insider cautions that all I’s and T’s may not yet have been dotted and crossed.

What’s your take, readers? Do you think the Housewives four-and-a-half years’ worth of sex, lies and cellar-dwellers left in them?

90210 Spoilers: Tori Spelling May be Talking a 90210 Gig…Again

Tori Spelling May be Talking a 90210 Gig…Again

TV Guide

Could Tori Spelling finally make it back to West Bev?

The actress is reportedly in talks to appear on 90210, restarting a conversation that began — and ended — last fall. Although nothing is official, Spelling’s Donna Martin may arrive for a couple of episodes in the spring, E! reports, possibly for one of the shows that Jason Priestley will direct.

Spelling had planned to appear on the CW series when it kicked off in September, but she delayed things after giving birth to her baby daughter. Soon after, the plans were dropped amidst rumors that Spelling’s request for the same pay as her fellow former 90210 stars was the sticking point.

West Bev has enjoyed a bevy of original 90210ers so far this fall, including Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth, plus Peach Pit maven Joe E. Tata. Would you welcome the return of Donna? How would her arrival shake things up for West Beverly’s new generation?

New Heros Spoilers! Bryan Fuller’s Rx for ‘Heroes’ & Sylar’s Dad!

Exclusive: Bryan Fuller’s Rx for ‘Heroes’

by Michael Ausiello, EW

Source: The Ausiello Files

Bryanfullerheroes_lPushing Daisies fans will probably take a hit out on me for saying this, but something good has come out of the comedy’s untimely death: It’s freed up Bryan Fuller to rescue Heroes from the villain known as “What the Frak Have They Done to a Once-Great Show?!” In his first interview since rejoining the series as a consultant, the writer-producer-genius behind such acclaimed season 1 hours as “Company Man” reveals where it all went wrong, what it’ll take to make it right, and who’s gonna have to be sacrificed before that can happen.

AUSIELLO: Where did Heroes go wrong, in your opinion?
BRYAN FULLER:
It became too dense and fell into certain sci-fi trappings. For instance, in the “Villains” arc, when you talk about formulas and catalysts, it takes the face off the drama. And I think the goal for everybody is to put a face back on the drama. You have to save something with a face; otherwise you don’t understand what you’re caring about. I thought the “Villains” arc started out very interestingly, and then became sort of muddy and dense and I couldn’t get my hooks into the characters to understand their motivations. I also started to feel confused about what people’s abilities were. One of the great things about the first season is that the metaphor for their abilities was very clear. Those metaphors seem to have gotten complicated in the past two seasons. I share that concern with everybody on the writing staff. It’s not like I’m coming in and saying, “This is what you need to do to fix it!” Everybody knows what needs to be fixed and everybody is sort of rowing in that direction.

Your work starts with episode 19, yes?
Yes. I’m fortunate to be coming into a very exciting story line. [Former co-exec producers] Jeph [Loeb] and Jesse [Alexander], before they left the show, set so many great events in motion with the “Fugitives” arc [kicking off Feb. 2]. It really is a fresh start. All of the characters are back in their real lives. You see Peter as a paramedic. Claire is looking for colleges. We get away from the world of formulas and quasi-magic.

Are the “Fugitives” episodes leading up to 19 solid?
Yes. Episodes 14, 15 and 16 are amazing. The whole “Fugitives” arc starts out very strongly, and then it gets a little dense in the middle in terms of the mythology. So I came in right at the point where everybody was realizing, “Oh, we’re getting too dense here and we need to put faces on stories because there is no face to a formula; there is no face to saving the world.” So it’s turning this big ship back into a character stream, and everyone on the writing staff shares that desire. We need to get back into a character place, because that’s where this story started: Very clean, superhero metaphors to everyday life. That’s the path that we’re taking. But it is a big ship so it’s going to take a little while to turn it.

Any plans to trim the sprawling cast?
People will die. And some will return. Matt’s wife [Janice] comes back. We’ll find out what happens when you have a superbaby. We’re also going to tell fewer stories per episode. We’re going to limit it to three or four with one big one that you can wrap the stories around. We’re altering the structure of the show so that there’s a very clear A story that takes up a larger percentage of the show so that that story gets traction.

Are you looking at Season 4 as a complete reboot of the series?
It’s not necessarily a reboot as much as it is going back to the basic spirit of the show and pulling people back in. I don’t think the issues with the show have been about the serialization as much as about the density of the stories that have been serialized.

Will you be part of the show next season?
That’s the idea.

Will the recent behind-the-scenes changes at NBC impact the show at all?
It’s really hard to imagine Heroes without [Universal Media Studios president] Katherine Pope, because she has been such a proponent of the show. She was so instrumental in [setting] the tone and style of the show in the first season. She is as vital a piece as any of the players on the show at this moment. Her contribution can’t be undervalued. It’ll be very interesting to see how things shake out.

What’s your working relationship with series creator Tim Kring been like since returning?
It’s actually been very positive.

Who gets final say: you or Tim?
Tim. I’m a consultant. My job is to help facilitate the vision of the show, and the vision has been a little inconsistent. But “Fugitives” is such a great sea change. I think people who have been critical of Heroes will come back.

‘Heroes’ Exclusive: Sylar’s Dad is Lionel Luthor!

by Michael Ausiello, EW

Ausielloheroesquinto_l To restore the super to Heroes, the show is going — but of course — to Smallville!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that the struggling NBC drama has tapped John Glover, a.k.a. Lex Luthor’s dad, Lionel, to play Sylar’s father.

“When Sylar meets his father, he’s going to see a path ahead of him that he doesn’t want to take,” reveals a Heroes insider. “He has a lot more in common with his father than he realized.”

The Tony award winner, who recently booked an arc on Brothers & Sisters as a love interest for Ron Rifkin’s Saul, will turn up towards the end of Heroes‘ forthcoming “Fugitives” chapter.

Do you see the family resemblance?

Episode 3.19: Shades of Gray  Airdate: March 2009

  • Summary of spoilers revealed in Behind the Eclipse Q&A #8: Episode 3×19 is titled “Shades of Gray” and will give us more of Sylar’s story. Source: SpoilerTV

General Spoilers:

  • Summary of spoilers revealed in Behind the Eclipse Q&A #8: Charles Devereaux was not the catalyst before Claire. No “hands-on” action planned for Sandra because her hands “are full.” We will eventually find out about Charles Devereaux’s abilities, but no plan for when. The main nemesis (villain) for Volume 4 Fugitives is someone we have already seen. Source: SpoilerTV
  • Actor David H Lawrence, who plays villain Eric Doyle confirmed via his blog today that he will be filming night shots next week for a couple of more episodes of Heroes. Source: SpoilerTV
  • The Hunter will be partners with at least one (and possibly two) alpha-male Heroes we know and love. Source: Kristin on E!Online

New Privileged Spoilers: Charlie’s Leaving?

Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

Hey Korbs, thanks for all the Privileged dirt! Do you know how the show is doing now that it’s on Monday nights after Gossip Girl?
Last Monday, they pulled in about 2.2 million viewers, which was a sizeable increase from their usual Tuesday audience. This Monday, they dropped to 1.9 million, but stayed steady in target demos, so that’s good news.

Michaelcassidy YAY, YAY, YAY!!! I’m sooo happy that Charlie is finally gonna tell Megan how he really feels about her, even if it is when he’s drunk, lol… tell me, is Megan’s shock good shock or bad?
Um, yeah, not good. Sorry.

Korbi, I’ve been reading your Privileged information. Is Charlie leaving the show?
From what I understand, it seems the big C will pack his bags, say his goodbyes and leave Palm Beach in late January. But that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll never see him again…

New Desperate Housewives Spoilers! Bree Career Explosion, Gabe Back in Shape

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Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

I loved Sunday’s Desperate Housewives stuff with Bree and Andrew and the porn doctor fiance! What’s coming up for them?
I’m hearing that Bree will need Andrew’s assistance more than ever in the new year as her cookbook rises to the top of the best seller list. Mrs. Van de Kamp’s career is poised to really take off and there will be talk of more books, merchandising and maybe even a cooking show.

Any Desperate scoop for me? Carlos has his eyesight back now, so how come Gaby still looks like crap? I thought she was supposed to get herself together.
My goodness, can we give the imaginary girl a break? She’s working on it. Word is, Mrs. Solis will return to top form around the end of next month.

Episode 5.14 – Casting Call

Here is a casting call for Episode 5.14 from one of our sources. No title has been given yet for this episode which shoots between 11th and 23rd December

[MR. BIXLER] 50-55, Mr. Bixler is the headmaster at a private elementary school. ONE-DAY GUEST STAR / POSSIBLE RECURRING ROLE. SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

[GILAD] A good-looking, buff, 35-45 year old former
Israeli/Middle Eastern Commando, he now runs a fitness boot camp. Clearly Gilad was trained to kill people, and he’s brought that skill to his workout regimen for Gaby I am sure!. sptv050769 GUEST STAR (Possibly ONE DAY)

[HOMELESS MAN] A man in his 40s, he is first seen picking cans out of a dumpster. Later, he is driven around Fairview in a brand new luxury car. GUEST STAR (Possibly ONE DAY) SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

[SEAMSTRESS] A charactery Latin woman in her 50s, she tries to get her demanding client into an old (and now too tight) dress (With Gaby again!) ONE-DAY GUEST STAR

[PUBLISHER] A man in his 50s, he is Bree’s book publisher. CO-STAR. SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

[MAN] In his late 30s – early 40s, this Caucasian man buys his dream car. CO-STAR

[DISTRIBUTOR] A liquor distributor in his late 30s – mid 40s, he argues with a client over nonpayment of a bill. CO STAR. SUBMIT ALL ETHNICITIES

Source: SpoilerTV

Ghost Whisperer Spoilers & News: “Reasons why Jim 2.0 will work out in the end”

David ConradTV Squad Ten: Reasons why Jim 2.0 will work out in the end on Ghost Whisperer by Isabelle Carreau, TV Squad
Before writing my thoughts on Ghost Whisperer‘s Sam (aka Jim 2.0), I wanted to give the new character a chance. Now that the last episode before the Holiday hiatus has aired, it’s time for me to weigh in on Sam and how his relationship with Melinda is working.

I could have easily written a “10 reasons why Jim 2.0 will not work out” (Sam is no Jim being the first reason on my list) but I want to stay positive about the series and feel like the hours I’ve put in catching up these past months will not have been for nothing. So here we go with 10 reasons why Jim 2.0 will work out in the end and why this twist is helping the show.

Disclaimer: Reasons are in random order.

1 – Melinda and Jim have a second shot at true love. One of the things that fans loved about the show was Jim and Melinda’s relationship. What we didn’t get to see before now, though, was how they became the couple we loved so much. The twist offers just that.

2 – David Conrad is still on the show. Some of you may recall that there have been talks of killing Jim years ago. However, back then, word was that David Conrad would not be sticking around. So the upside with this twist is that it allows Conrad to stick around. Not only that, but he seems to be getting more screen time!

3 – Kenneth Mitchell is not bad to look at. Okay, this may not be the best reason on my list, but let’s face it, one of the first things we thought upon seeing Jim enter Sam’s body was how he would look to the outside world. Looking like Kenneth Mitchell ain’t bad at all, for Jim and for us. I also can’t wait for Melinda’s other friends and neighbors to start asking questions as to why she spends so much time with someone who is not Jim.

4 – Jim and Melinda get new storylines.
As much as I loved Jim and Melinda as a couple, I must admit that I was getting tired of the fact they were mostly together in the same type of scenes: Melinda being troubled over a case and talking to Jim about it either in their living room or in bed; Melinda having a vision while sleeping and Jim comforting her when she woke up; etc. The fact that Jim 2.0 doesn’t know about Melinda’s gift and doesn’t recall he was Jim 1.0 offers new interaction between Melinda and him.

5 – David Conrad is offered new material. This list item goes hand in hand with #4. Conrad wasn’t offered much variety on the show these past years. We mostly saw him saving people after accidents or talking to Melinda at their house. Now playing Sam/Jim 2.0, Conrad has the chance to try new things and be in different settings. He also seems to be getting more screen time; however, this may change once the Sam novelty wears off.

6 – New characters are being introduced. Yeah, I know we get new characters every week thanks to the ghost of the week storyline. However, with Sam, we get potentially new recurring characters entering Melinda’s world. This can be a good thing because they’ll bring new twists and turns to the show, especially if they’re from Sam’s part of town…

7 – We might learn more about the ghost world. When Jim died, we were given a few new tidbits about how ghosts live. Now we know that they can take over a body for long periods, but there are a few catches. We know of one: Jim not remembering who he is. But is there more to this? Will Jim have to get out of Sam’s body at some point? Will Jim ever be able to be Jim again? Will the evil ghosts crash Jim 2.0 and Melinda’s party when they are finally a couple because Jim shouldn’t be there? All these questions will give us more answers as to how the ghost world works.

8 – Camryn Manheim gets more screen time and better lines. Delia is a supporting character, but given the acting skills Manheim displayed during her stint on The Practice (remember she won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her role), the actress deserved more. With Jim’s death, Melinda needed a shoulder to cry on and with Professor Payne away, Delia was the best choice to fill that role. Also thanks to this twist, Delia finally believes in Melinda’s work. It’s about time!

9 – Eli gets less screen time. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, adding Jamie Kennedy to the show wasn’t the best of moves. I understand that with Payne gone, Melinda needed a new sidekick, but Kennedy is not the best drama series actor. However, now that he’s appeared in a few episodes, Kennedy appears to be more at ease with the role of Eli, and his acting is slightly better. Thankfully, because Sam and Delia need more screen time, Eli gets less. This can only be good for GW.

10 – We know that in the end, Jim 1.0 and Melinda will be together. No matter how rocky the road gets, fans must know that the show creators will have Jim and Melinda be together at last. This couple has one of the best love stories and relationships on TV right now, so they must honor it by having them reunite. But will it happen while Jim is in Sam’s body, or will it happen when Melinda and Sam die? I hope it’s the former … or secret option #3, Jim somehow gets his own body back before Melinda goes through the light for good.

Friday Night Lights Spoilers!

Expectations & Disappointments on Tonight’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ — Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

Britton_chandler_teegarden If you caught last week’s scenes from the next Friday Night Lights, you know that Coach Taylor will walk in on Matt and Julie in bed together tonight. Mhmmm. And yeah, it’s awkward. The fuming angry father will handle the debacle just the way you’d expect him to… by telling Tami what he saw so she can have “the talk” with their daughter. But of course there’s still the matter of dealing with poor, sweet Matty Saracen who happens to be a player on his football team. Good thing Landry’s around to give the former quarterback his best advice on how to navigate the situation…

Kelly_kitsch_2 Unfortunately, the always-wise Landry — who is busy telling Tyra off for being a selfish, bad friend tonight! — was not available to lend his services to Buddy Garrity, who gets into a strip club brawl this evening that makes Coach T’s season two tussle with Tami’s ex-boyfriend look quite tame. Buddy’s beef with an irresponsible business partner will have serious ramifications: for him, for Lyla, even Tim Riggins is affected.

Jeremysumpter And down the road in Dillon, we’ll get another glimpse inside the McCoy household when young J.D. starts dating a cute Panther co-ed named Madison. Needless to say, Daddy McCoy doesn’t like the distraction from football. But Mommy McCoy — who is kind of awesome — seems quite excited about her kid having a lady. Of course, only one of them can win this battle. So who’s it gonna be? Watch tonight and you’ll see (hint: Tim Riggins gets a vote too)…

House Episode Recap

The POTW:  The POTW was previously the “happiest, sweetest little girl” who became a “secretive stranger” once she hit puberty and may or may not have attempted to kill herself because she’s over weight and teenagers are little snot-nosed cretins who look for any reason to pick on other kids in order to increase their own self esteem or perhaps to distract themselves away from the fact that their lives are destined for misery marked only by pathetic recollections of their “golden years” between the ages of 14 and 18. What?

In addition to having done some narcotics dabbling and perhaps some heavy drinking, the POTW volunteered at a soup kitchen and had some strange relationship with one of her school torturers, who brings her homework, used to sell her vodka, and was her “secret boyfriend” because he wouldn’t be seen with her in public, but she gave it up and he was into that. Her symptoms range from seizures to a damaged heart and liver, and as the team tries to figure out what’s wrong with her, they go from tuberculosis, to leukemia and consider various transplants before Cuddy gets the epiphany this week and realizes the POTW has eclampsia.

Toxemia of pregnancy, which means the happy and sweet little girl should have been told about condoms. The show looks to end on a double bummer, since the POTW says the baby came early, wasn’t breathing, and so she left it in an abandoned building by the soup kitchen. In addition to that, she’s going to die herself. However, when the girls expresses remorse over having never buried the baby combines with Cuddy’s baby obsession, the head of the hospital goes to the abandoned building to find the body. And, of course, finds that there are squatters in the building who found the baby and have been caring for it themselves. She brings it back to the POTW, who seems grateful and mature despite being a 16 year old with just a couple days to live…..

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