The Wire and Treme alum Wendell Pierce will recur on the second season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan. He will play Mr. Keith, a down-on-his-luck parole officer who gets a payoff from Ray (Schreiber). Pierce joins fellow new cast additions Hank Azaria, Sherilyn Fenn and Vinessa Shaw on the Mark Gordon Co-produced drama series. Pierce, repped by Paradigm and Essential Talent, co-stars on NBC’s The Michael J. Fox Show.
It’s safe to assume TV or film projects scheduled to shoot today in areas of the Southeast that have already been — or are about to be — hit by the latest crippling winter storm have shut down production temporarily. The National Weather Service has called the storm “an event of historical proportions”; the service has also called the storm potentially “catastrophic,” “crippling” and “paralyzing.” In case you missed the news: Across the South, winter-weary residents woke up this morning to a landscape encased in ice, snow and freezing rain, and forecasters warning that the worst of the potentially “catastrophic” storm was yet to come. It’s so big, the storm led Today show’s coverage this morning, even though the NBC News program has schleppped to Sochi to cover the Winter Games, which are being plagued by too-warm weather.
From Texas to the Carolinas and in Atlanta (which was hit by a much lesser storm a couple of weeks ago that wrecked havoc on the city), roads were slick with ice and tens of thousands were without power, the Associated Press reports. Interstates were largely desolate as most people heeded warnings to stay home. Fox News reported that more than 95,000 customers were without power early this morning, many of them in the Atlanta area (home to such productions as the CW’s The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, both of which shuttered production today, according to producer Warner Bros TV), and that conditions had forced the cancellations of thousands of flights across the country — including nearly 70% of flights heading in and out of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport, which is the busiest in the nation. As of this morning, more than 2,800 flights already had been canceled, Fox News Channel reported.
EXCLUSIVE: The CW and Netflix have cast two of their breakout actors in new roles. The CW is bringing back Michael Malarkey. After casting the young actor as the male lead Prince Maxon in the second Selection …
CW Gives ‘The Originals’ Premiere ‘Vampire Diaries’ Lead-In On Thursday, Gets ‘Reign’ Debut Out Of ‘Glee’ Tribute Episode
UPDATE: The CW is looking to give a better chance to high-profile new drama Reign and an extra boost to new drama The Originals by tweaking its fall premiere date plans. Reign was slated to debut on Oct. 10 against what is expected to be highly watched Cory Monteith episode of Fox’s Glee. Meanwhile, The Originals faces an uphill battle airing against ABC’s heavily promoted Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD on Tuesdays. The Vampire Diaries spinoff, originally slated to debut on Tuesday, October 16, will now debut on Thursday, October 3 behind the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries, which has been moved up by a week. The Originals will move into its Tuesday 8 PM time slot on October 8 facing Episode 3 of SHIELD and followed by the season premiere of Supernatural, also bowing a week earlier than previously announced. The Originals will get another airing behind Vampire Diaries on Thursday October 10 (Episode 2 encore) before the CW launches new period drama Reign in the Thursday 9 PM slot on October 18, a week later than originally scheduled. Here are the CW’s revised fall premiere dates:
Premiere week on the CW starts October 7, two weeks behind the official broadcast premiere week. As it did last year, the network is holding back its fall launch to avoid the onslaught of series and season debuts. The bulk of the network’s lineup will start the week of October 7. The big exception is the Tuesday duo of The Originals and Supernatural. The network is giving them an extra week because of The Originals’ tall order of going against ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, which is being supported by a monster promo campaign. (ABC is yet to officially announce its fall premiere dates but the network traditionally rolls out its schedule during premiere week.) For an extra boost, the CW wants to use The Vampire Diaries season premiere on October 10 to promote the October 15 debut of spinoff The Originals. Last to get on the air is the second season of The Carrie Diaries, which will bow October 25, joining the conclusion of the summer cycle of America’s Next Top Model on Fridays. Here are the CW’s fall premiere dates:
RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Zero Hour’ Falls, ‘Vampire Diaries’ Up, ‘Idol’ Rises, ‘Parks & Recreation’ And ‘Community’ Hit Lows
The second week of ABC’s Zero Hour (1.1/3) saw nightmares of Nazis, more secrets revealed and the Book of Revelation consulted. The new conspiracy drama also the ratings spiral downward. Coming off the lowest-rated in-season debut ever for a scripted show on ABC, the Anthony Edwards show fell 21% from last week. With a 1.3/4, the CW’s 8 PM The Vampire Diaries actually beat both Zero Hour and NBC’s Community (1.1/3) and the 8:30 PM Parks And Recreation (1.3/4) among the key 18-49 demographic for the hour. The CW show was up a strong 30% from last week while the NBC comedies were down 8% and 13% from last week respectively. Thursday also saw series’ lows for both NBC comedies. Beauty And The Beast (0.6/1) was also up on the CW. The show rose 20% from last week’s 0.5/1 fast nationals.
The Original family of vampires will remain intact in their leap from The Vampire Diaries to their own series, planted spinoff The Originals. Claire Holt has been cast as a lead in Originals, which will be introduced in the April 25 episode of the CW drama. She will reprise her recurring TVD role as Rebekah, the vampire sister of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies). The trio represents all surviving Original siblings as their two other brothers recently faced their demise on TVD. Holt had been rumored to join The Originals from the get-go, but I’d heard talks hit a snag and TVD‘s Phoebe Tonkin was signed for the potential spinoff instead. Now Holt, who just signed with CAA, becomes the fourth cast member of the original series to transition to the spinoff.
The CW has given early pickups to its three strongest series — breakout freshman Arrow, flagship The Vampire Diaries and veteran Supernatural, which has had a resurgence paired with Arrow this season. All three shows hail from Warner Bros TV and will return in fall 2013. It will be a fifth season for Vampire Diaries and ninth for Supernatural. The renewal for Supernatural became possible after stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles inked rich new multi-season deals last year. “We said last year that one of our goals was to establish building blocks to grow on, and now with our new hit Arrow and fan favorite Supernatural on Wednesday night, and the continued success of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, we’ve been able to do that,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “Not only do Arrow, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries perform well on-air, they’re also extremely successful for us both digitally and socially.”
In the Nielsen ratings, the CW’s flagship series The Vampire Diaries ranks well below No. 100 among all broadcast shows. But on social media, the vampire drama was network television’s No.1 social program during the week …