Tuesday, September 01, 2009

TV NEWS: Hiro's Dying on "Heroes," New Faces on "Dollhouse" & "Grey's Anatomy," and more

• This year on "Gossip Girl," Blair is the fish out of water instead of Dan. "Now that she is going to school downtown, Vanessa and Dan are really among their people. So it’s bizarre-o world for her."

• "Heroes": Good news is Hiro is going to get to see his beloved Charlie (Jayma Mays) again. The bad news is it's because he's dying and she's on his bucket list of things to do before he kicks it. Unfortunately, it'll only be for an episode since she has a steady gig on FOX's "Glee."

Jesse Williams (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and "Greek") will have a multi-episode arc on "Grey's Anatomy" as a sexy new doctor.

• On balancing the two parallel universes on "Fringe": the season "predominantly takes place over here. But what happens over there is impacting what happens over here."

• More sci-fi royalty will join the "Dollhouse" cast: Jamie Bamber ("Battlestar Galactica") will appear as a charismatic businessman who is Echo's new husband. Michael Hogan ("Battlestar Galactica") comes to Dollhouse hoping to stop a psychotic family member's killing spree. Alexis Denisof ("Angel") is a U.S. senator leading a witch hunt to track down the underground organization. Keith Carradine ("Dexter") is a nemesis of Dollhouse leader Adelle.

• By the end of the first season of "Flash Forward," most of the questions in the pilot will be answered. The exception: The "overarching cause of why the blackout happened" won't be revealed until the end of the series. The timeline of Season 1 will go beyond April 29, 2010 (a.k.a. D-day), but it won't be the season finale. "The significance of that date is one of the mysteries of the show. And what's going to happen after April 29 is another mystery of the show."

• Not only is MTV creating a "Teen Wolf" series, inspired by the 80s film starring Michael J. Fox where he plays...a teen who learns he's half wolf, but they're also going to Americanize the popular British series "Skins." Aside from its racy and realistic content, it's also known for jumpstarting Dev Patel's (Slumdog Millionaire) career. This marks the beginning of MTV's new plan to roll out scripted shows in order to tap into the "Gossip Girl" fanbase without having to cater to the reality star drama queens that they're usually accustomed to. However, how successful will they be with a werewolf series and a British translation? Man, I miss "Undressed."

• Speaking of recreating the Mean Girls' magic, FOX plans on adapting Heathers for the small screen. The 80s film followed a girl who was tortured by popular mean girls and driven to fake their suicides with the help of the school's resident bad boy. Hmmm, will parents let their kids watch a TV show about a homocidal teenager who'd probably erect a shrine to the Columbine killers? Honestly, how much of the film could they actually use? In order to keep the plot moving, none of the mean girls could actually die, so then it would just be a season-long, verbally abusive chronicle of humiliation, which would kind of be a downer. Eh, we'll see.

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