According to TVLine, Luke Grimes is exiting HBO’s “True Blood” after reported creative differences with show producers over the future of his character, James. “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his 'Forever' co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” said an insider to the website. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”
Grimes joined the cast of the series in season 6, which found James mostly sexing it up with Woll’s Jessica. He was expected to continue in the role through the upcoming seventh and final season, which begins shooting in late January. The role will be recast, says an HBO representative.
In a message posted on her Facebook page earlier today, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts for the first time publicly acknowledged her sexuality. The ABC News anchor posted her message one year to the day after reaching the critical stage of 100 days following the bone marrow transplant that saved her life.
In an episode aptly titled “Dinner Party,” “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Darin Brooks (Wyatt Fuller) is returning to ABC’s “Super Fun Night” on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, which finds his character, Jason, and wife Jazmine (Ashley Tisdale), show up drunk to Jazmine’s sister’s dinner party.
Starring Rebel Wilson as Kimmie, Jazmine’s sister, Brooks first appeared on the show in the October 23 episode titled “Engagement Party,” when his character got engaged to Tisdale’s. This will mark the first time that the series refers to the couple as being married.
“Super Fun Night” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT on ABC.
Fans of FX’s “The Americans,” starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, won’t have to wait too much longer before the spy drama series returns for its second season. FX announced yesterday that the show will debut a new batch of episodes beginning Wednesday, February 26 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
As FX’s most-watched drama series launch ever with 5.1 million viewers tuning in for the January 2013 debut, “The Americans” follows Russell and Rhys as two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. shortly after Ronald Reagan is elected President. They play complicated married couple Philip and Elizabeth Jennings on the show. The series also stars Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Annet Mahendru, Alison Wright and Susan Misner.
In the episode entitled, “Homecoming,” allies and enemies scramble to learn what happened the night of Emily Thorne’s (Emily VanCamp) wedding, while the Graysons close ranks to protect their own. But when everyone’s a suspect, it’s only a matter of time before they tear each other apart. In honor of the primetime guilty pleasures return, TVLine has your exclusive first look at Emily, who is recovering in a hospital after being shot by her husband, Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman), after he learned that she lied to him and she was not in fact pregnant. In the sneak peek released to the site by ABC, Daniel visits a sleeping Emily, who grabs his arm and frantically asks, “Where am I?” and “Who am I?” Yes, the amnesia storyline staple of daytime television is still powerful enough for primetime.
Set to the tune “Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix)” by Ella Fitzgerald, OWN has released a new teaser trailer for season 2 of “Tyler Parry’s The Haves and the Have Nots,” starring former “One Life to Live” actress Tika Sumpter (ex-Layla Williamson). Set to premiere Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the addictive primetime soap opera brings viewers back to Savannah, Georgia and the complicated dynamics between the rich and powerful Cryer family and the friends and enemies they surround themselves by. The series also stars John Schneider, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Eva Tamargo (ex-Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald, “Passions”), Angela Robinson, Peter Parros (ex-Ben Harris, “As The World Turns”; ex-Ben Price, “One Life to Live”), Gavin Houston (ex-Remy Boudreau, “Guiding Light”; ex-Sly Thomas, “General Hospital”), Aaron O’Connell, Tyler Lepley and Jaclyn Betham.
With just 10 days to go before it goes dark for good, one piece of several puzzles surrounding the end of SOAPnet was where some of the shows currently airing on the cable network would land once it said goodbye. In a press release, Pivot announced earlier this week that it has landed the rebroadcast airing rights to “Veronica Mars,” which joined the SOAPnet lineup in March 2012. In announcing its agreement with Warner Bros. Television, producers of the series, the network also announced that it has picked up rerun rights to “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which starred former “All My Children” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar (ex-Kendall Hart), as well. “Mars” starred Kristen Bell in the title role.
An ABC representative has confirmed with Soap Opera Network that it has cut the third season episode order of its red hot soap, “Scandal.” Originally expected to air 22 episodes this season, “Scandal” will now only air 18. While the network did not give a reason for the episode reduction, it’s understood that with series star Kerry Washington pregnant and it being harder to hide a pregnancy for a lead character on a primetime series than one on daytime, due to how much time it takes to film each episode, it’s likely that the reduction occurred for this reason.
With the reduction in episodes, “Scandal” will have aired just 47 episodes by the end of its third season. Most primetime series will have aired 66 episodes at that point, but “Scandal’s” first season comprised of only 7 episodes as it was a midseason replacement during the 2011-2012 television season.
“Scandal” is scheduled to go on a winter break following the Thursday, December 12 episode. Barring any schedule changes as a result of its episode reduction, the series is currently scheduled to return from break on Thursday, February 27 to air its remaining third season episodes.
On tonight’s episode of USA Network’s “White Collar,” starring Matt Bomer (ex-Ben Reade, “Guiding Light”), former “One Life to Live” star Tobias Truvillion (ex-Vincent Jones) will guest-star. “I play an ex-military type. He’s like a blackops. Him and his partner are on the black market looking for this particular intel chip,” shared Truvillion to Soap Opera Network of his appearance in the episode entitled “Quantico Closure,” which finds Neal (Bomer) delving further into the mystery of the Codex. Meanwhile, Peter (Tim DeKay) takes on a classified espionage case with a fellow FBI agent: his ex-girlfriend.
“White Collar” airs Thursdays at 9:00 PM ET/PT on USA Network.
As previously reported, “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy Forrester) will be hosting a new adventure series on E!, which premieres tonight at 10:00 PM ET/PT on the cable network. The series will take viewers on the ultimate adventure as Wood travels around the world in such exotic locations as Sardinia, Ibiza, Hvar and Marbella, meeting several individuals in a world without limits. Activities Wood takes part include rock climbing, yachting, camel riding, jet skiing, NASCAR like racing, and much more.