Two weeks since canceling “The Lying Game,” and a week after canceling “Bunheads,” ABC Family has announced it has ordered a third season of “Switched at Birth” and has given both “Twisted” and “The Fosters” back-order pick-ups. The new episodes will all premiere alongside “Pretty Little Liars” in January 2014, it was announced today by Michael Riley, President, ABC Family.
CBS has renewed “Under the Dome,” the summers most watched series in viewers and key sales demos, for a second season. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, “Dome” follows a small town suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The citizens must now deal with ways to survive amid post-apocalyptic conditions, while seeking to find answers to what the dome is and why they’re all stuck in it and when they might get out (not likely anytime soon with the renewal).
CBS has released a breakdown of how its top shows left off with their season finales in May and what viewers can expect when their new seasons premiere in the fall. “It may only be July, but it’s never too early to get caught up on where CBS series left off last May. And there’s no time like the present for a sneak peek at some surprises and guest stars coming in the fall,” reads the network press release.
“Tainted Dreams,” the new web series from the creative mind of “All My Children” supervising producer Sonia Blangiardo, which looks to provide a rare, realistic view behind the scenes of producing a daily scripted drama (show within a show – “Painted Dreams”), has added Bobbie Eakes (“All My Children,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”) to its cast. Eakes joins the recently signed Ilene Kristen (“One Life to Live,” “Ryan’s Hope”), James DePaiva ( “OLTL”) and Tonja Walker (“OLTL”) to round out an all star cast of soap stars.
Earlier this year, ABC’s “General Hospital” released “Love In Maine,” which was a corporate tie-in with Disney/ABC Television Group’s Hyperpion Books and the debut novel by the fictional “GH” character Molly Lansing-Davis (Haley Pullos). Unfortunately, upon release Connie Falconeri had all the credit until TJ (Tequan Richmond), Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) and Shawn (Sean Blakemore) helped Molly set the record straight on the soap. Five months since the release of “Maine,” Hyperion Books has announced it plans to release the sequel to the novel as an eBook.
“Beautiful Stephanie Campbell thinks she has heard every line from every sleazy guy in Maine. Then Jimmy Post–well dressed, good-looking, and so self-assured–walks into the VA clinic where she works as a nurse and tells her she is beautiful. Stephanie thinks he is another creep hitting on her and gives him back a mouthful. But that night when she shows up at the pre-wedding party for her dear friend Maddie, who should she see but Jimmy–who just happens to be the bride’s brother and a self-made multimillionaire. Sparks fly. But will the small-town girl and the big-city hotshot find permanent happiness?” reads the description of the book, which can be purchased here.
“Main Squeeze” is scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 13. A paperback edition is currently unavailable.
“Witches of East End,” which was inspired by Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling novel, has a launch date! Lifetime announced today that the new witching hour of drama is coming to a TV screen near you beginning Sunday, October 6 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. The series stars Julia Ormond (Temple Grandin, Mad Men), Mädchen Amick (“Mad Men,” “Damages”), Jenna Dewan Tatum (“American Horror Story”) and Rachel Boston (“In Plain Sight”) as a family of witches living in the secluded seaside town of East Haven. The new series also stars Eric Winter (“The Mentalist,” “Days of our Lives”), Daniel DiTomasso (CSI), Jason George (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Sunset Beach”) and Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominee Virginia Madsen (“Sideways,” “Anna Nicole”).
“What happens when two attractive young people – an unemployed business analyst and a budding comic-book artist – unknowingly rent the same apartment, the only one that each can afford? They reluctantly decide to move in together, and that’s when the sparks fly as opposite worlds collide, in ‘Room 8,’ the new online series debuting Thursday, August 8 on Room8TheSeries.com,” is the opening statement from a press release promoting the evolution of a show within a show turning into an actual show.
“Husbands: The Series,” which made history as the first online series to be hosted by The Paley Center for Media in 2012, will make history again next month when it debuts its third season on CW Seed, the new digital and social media platform from The CW Television Network. The comedy series, co-created by Jane Espenson (“Once Upon a Time“) and writer/actor Brad Bell (“Pop-Up Video“), stars Bell, using his persona “Cheeks,” and Sean Hemeon (Brady Kelly) as two men, dating for only six weeks, who wake up in Vegas to find themselves married all thanks to marriage equality. The series also stars Alessandra Torresani (Haley).
Although it had been rumored, Deadline Hollywood has confirmed that Mackenzie Mauzy (ex-Phoebe Forrester, “The Bold and the Beautiful”; ex-Lizzie Spaulding, “Guiding Light”) has joined the cast of Disney’s “Into the Woods” playing Rapunzel opposite Billy Magnussen (ex-Casey Hughes, “As The World Turns”), who will play her prince, in the studios Rob Marshall directed film. “Woods” is an adaptation of the 1987 Broadway musical and will be produced by Marc Platt.
In an exclusive interview with TV Guide‘s Michael Logan, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter Walton) revealed that the CBS Daytime drama series will be turning its show within a show into a show. “Room 8,” the fictional web series that finds Carter and Maya Avant (Karla Mosley) appearing as Lance and Scarlett, will be turning into a real web series courtesy of CBS.com.