Weekly TV News: ‘Graceland,’ ‘Today,’ & More

TV news you might have missed:

Ann Curry has been replaced by Savannah Guthrie, as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor on the “Today.” Watch her tearful goodbye below: [TIME]

The eight season of “Dexter” will be its last. The executive producer, Sara Colleton confirmed the news in an interview with TVGuide.

Jill Zarin won’t return to the “Real Housewives of New York.” [EW]

“General Hospital” is moving to a new time. The daytime show tweeted the move today. Beginning Monday, Sept. 10, “General Hospital” will air at 2 p.m. ET, an hour ahead of its time slot.

Katie Couric’s talk show, “Katie,” will debut Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. Check out the promo below:

Matthew Gubler will continue to star as “Criminal Minds‘” Dr. Reid…for two more years. The actor recently signed a two-year deal with CBS, according to [TVLine]

USA network has ordered the series, “Graceland” from the creator of “White Collar.” [EW]

Elle Macpherson is out of “Fashion Star” as host. [TVLine]

Summer premiere continues:

  • “Weeds” (Season 8 premiere: Sun., July 1, 10 p.m. ET on Showtime) We just can’t help but wonder who got shot? Also, ‘Weeds’ has been cancelled, the series ends this year.
  • ‘Episodes’ (Season 2 premiere: Sun., July 1, 10:30 p.m. ET on Showtime) Will Bev and Sam get back together?
  • “Web Therapy” (Season 2 premiere: Mon., July 2, 11 p.m. ET on Showtime) Meryl Streep, Conan O’Brien, Rosie O’Donnell, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver and Selma Blair, among others will guest star.
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‘Longmire’ Renewed For a Second Season

A&E’s freshman series, “Longmire” has been renewed.

The series is based on Craig Johnson’s best-selling mystery novels was created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, and stars Robert Taylor, Bailey Chase, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Bartley, Cassidy Freeman, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Summer TV Review: ‘Longmire’

“Longmire” is a modern-day western drama, which follows a recently widowed sheriff and his deputy, Victoria Moretti, as they solve  gruesome crimes, in Absaroka, Wyoming.

“Longmire” airs Sundays at 10/9c on A&E.

Summer TV Review: ‘Longmire’

Who thought a Western drama could be so catchy and entertaining?

Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor), is a recently widowed Sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyoming. Due to his loss, Longmire gave up on everything. But with the help of his new deputy Vic (Katee Sackhoff), and best friend, Henry (Lou Diamond Phillips), Walt decides to reclaim his life – personal and professional one dead body at a time.

However, Walt’s job might be in jeopardy when he realizes his obnoxious deputy Branch (Bailey Chase) is running for Sheriff. Walt Longmire, who picks up litter and cries when informing a next of kin a loved one is dead is not giving up without a fight.

It is apparent Longmire hasn’t moved on. He still listens to his wife’s voice on their answering machine. Walt hasn’t even buried her ashes (talk about issues!)

The series is based on Craig Johnson’s best-selling mystery novels. “Longmire” is created by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, and stars Robert Taylor, Bailey Chase, Katee Sackhoff, Adam Bartley, Cassidy Freeman, and Lou Diamond Phillips.

 

 

Five reasons “Longmire” kicks ass:

It is pure Western. All Cowboys, trucks, guns, and Horses.

Katee Sackhoff. A villain in the eight season of “24.” I’m glad she is back on my screen. Her role on “24” might seem similar to “Longmire,” but Victoria is not keeping secrets like Dana did (well we do not know yet). Victoria is a new deputy in town, who recently moved form Philadelphia. Her friendly chemistry with Longmire is refreshing. Vic understands Longmire better than the other deputies and his family. Aside from his best friend, Henry, Vic tries to pull Longmire from his depression.

The crimes are solved differently from other crime dramas. The murders/homicides are solved with “street smart.” Walt Longmire does not rely on back up or forensic ballistics to help him solve a case. He knows if a gun was fired by simply inspecting it. The series suggest that a crime can be solved by knowing your guns, calibers, and people.

Unlike other crime dramas, Longmire does not have/use a cellphone. Yet this doesn’t stop the Sheriff from solving the crimes or communicating with his deputies. Longmire relies on his radio to communicate with his office, which is very old school like.

Although, the Sheriff is best friends with an Indian, the Tribal Police living on the Reservation do not share Henry’s feelings. There is resentment and conflicts when the two police departments meet. The Sheriff loves the Indian culture and follow most of their way of life regardless of how the Indians feel about him.

Longmire was having a shower during the opening scene of the series and the wounds on his back revealed he has a secret which Henry can not share with Longmire’s daughter, Cady (Cassidy Freeman). Viewers are left wondering how he sustained those injuries. And the obvious question, how did his wife die?

“Longmire” is a refreshing, and promising thrilling drama. The series currently airs Sundays, at 10/9c on A&E

TNT Orders a Fourth Season of “Rizzoli & Isles”

TNT has ordered a fourth season of “Rizzoli & Isles.”

The fourth season of 15 episodes is slated to air next year. The drama follows Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and Maur Isles (Sasha Alexander) characters developed from Tess Gerritsen best-selling crime novels.

“Anchoring a new night in its third season, Rizzoli & Isles has proven itself to be a strong and enduring hit, not only in terms of the great storylines and performances, but also in terms of the show’s stellar ratings,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “We’re thrilled that Rizzoli & Isles will continue to be a vital part of the TNT lineup.”

“Rizzoli & Isles” currently airs Tues., at 9/8c on TNT. 

TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Renewed

TNT has renewed its hit series “Dallas”

The  #1 new series has been picked up for a second season of 15 episodes, which is slated to air 2013.

“Dallas” follows the Ewing family has they “take ambition and deception to a new level.” The drama is a sort of continuation of Cbs’ soap opera, “Dallas.”

“Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “With Dallas‘ top-flight ratings, robust growth through time-shifted viewing and the extensive online buzz, it’s clear the Ewings of Southfork have once again captured the imagination of viewers.”

“Dallas” currently airs Wed., at 9/8c on TNT.

Fall Scoop: CW Fall Premiere Dates Announced

CW has revealed its fall premiere dates for its returning and new series. All series do not return until October.

“Hart of Dixie” kick things off, with a second season premiere on Tues., Oct. 2nd. The final season of “Gossip Girl” will premiere on Oct. 8 at 9/8c. Meanwhile, new series “Arrow” will premiere on Oct 10, while “Beauty and the Beast” premieres the next day on Oct 11.

Related: Fall Scoop: NBC Reveals Its Premiere Dates.

Rounding up the list is Tyra’s reality series, “America’s Next Top Model: College Edition,” and “Nikita” which are set to premiere Friday, October 19.

The network’s most anticipated “Sex and the City” prequel, “The Carrie Diaries,” and “Cult”  debut midseason.

Related: Fall Scoop: Fox Reveals Its Premiere Dates.

Read the schedule below:

Tues., Oct. 2
“Hart of Dixie,” 8/7c p.m.

Wed., Oct. 3
“Supernatural,” 9/8c p.m.

Mon., Oct. 8
“90210,” 8/7c p.m.
“Gossip Girl,” 9/8c p.m.

Wed., Oct. 10
“Arrow,” (Series Premiere) 8/7c p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 11
“The Vampire Diaries,” 8/7c p.m.
“Beauty and the Beast,” (Series Premiere) 9/8c p.m.

Tues., Oct. 16,
“Emily Owens, M.D.,” (Series Premiere) 9/8c p.m.

Fri., Oct. 19
“America’s Next Top Model: College Edition,” 8/7c p.m.
“Nikita,” 9/8c p.m.

‘The Good Wife’ Casts Nathan Lane and More Casting News.

Nathan Lane joins the cast of “The Good Wife” for season 4.

Lane will recur as a “bottom line-obsessed manager imposed on Lockhart & Gardner by the bank to cut costs.” Lane’s arrival will disturb the partners relationships – mostly Will and Diane, and will help get the firm back in financial shape.

Related: ‘The Good Wife’ Casts Maura Tierney & Marc Warren.

Lane casting comes in the wake of “ER” alum, Maura Tierney and British actor Marc Warren, whom would be appearing in the season premiere. Maura Tierney will play a self-made billionaire, the latter will play Kalinda’s manipulative ex-husband. And yesterday Kristin Chenoweth joined the cast in a recurring role of a political journalist.

Related: Kristin Chenoweth Heads to ‘The Good Wife’.

Nathan Lane will make his debut on the show during the fourth season premiere.

More casting news!

“Breaking Bad” casts Scottish actress Laura Fraser, reports EW. The actress will play Lydia a “former of associate of Gus (Giancarlo Esposito)” who is an important character in season 5.The trailer of “Breaking Bad” Season 5 was released yesterday.

It is official. Charisma Carpenter has been bumped to a series regular on ABC Family’s “The Lying Game.” Carpenter recurred as Rebecca (Annie) Sewell, Sutton and Emma’s mum on the series. This means there will be more deceiving and bad stabbing on the “Lying Game.”

TBS’ ‘Men At Work’ Renewed

The four best friends on TBS will return for a second season.

“Men At Work” has been renewed for a season of 10 episodes. The second season is set to premiere in 2013.

The series created by Breckin Meyer stars Danny Masterson, Michael Cassidy, James Lesure and Adam Busch as four friends who work together at a magazine.

“Men at Work is a strong addition to the TBS lineup and has worked extremely well paired with The Big Bang Theory,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), in a statement. “We’re very excited to welcome the outstanding cast and production team of Men at Work back for another season,”continued Wright.

The series currently airs on TBS on Thursdays, at 10/9c.