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An Original Cast Member Leaves Law & Order: SVU

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Ever since Law & Order: SVU debuted 15 years ago, Richard Belzer has been a series regular. Next week, his character John Munch retires from the force. The October 16 episode will feature a goodbye to the character at his retirement party. It is reported that his character might appear in the future in a guest star capacity.

Even though SVU premiered in 1999, Belzer originated John Munch back in 1993 on Homicide: Life on the Street. Since then, his character has appeared in several crossover episodes and not just limited to Dick Wolf productions. Munch has appeared on The X Files, The Beat, Arrested Development, The Wire, 30 Rock and obviously the original Law & Order.

Will you miss John Munch? Are you still watching SVU? What do you think of Season 15? Sound off below.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is trading one superhero franchise for another one. He’s graduated to the big leagues. The 23-year-old English actor has reportedly finalized a deal to play Quicksilver in The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. Taylor-Johnson is definitely kick-ass enough to tackle the role. Quicksilver is known for his lightning-fast speed similar to DC Comics’ Flash.

Joining the highly-anticipated sequel as Quicksilver’s sibling Scarlet Witch is Elizabeth Olsen. Mary-Kate and Ashley’s sister’s addition was spoiled by Samuel L. Jackson.

Marvel hasn’t made an official announcement, but I expect that to come in the coming days. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron hits theaters on May 1, 2015. What do you think of Aaron and Elizabeth joining the franchise? Sound off below.

Death Comes To Springfield In Upcoming Season

In: Donovan, TV Shows

How do you celebrate 25 seasons on the air? Easy, but killing off a character. The Simpsons executive producer Al Jean reveals that writers are “working on a script where a character will pass away.” He teased that said character was voiced by an actor who won an Emmy for the role. It’s not much of a hint given that several actors have walked away with a statue, but a hint nonetheless.

In its history, The Simpsons has killed off seven characters including Homer’s Las Vegas wife, Amber in Season 16 and Ned’s wife Maude Flanders in Season 11. Though the writers are penning the script and it being produced this year, the episode might not air until Season 26. Check out a list of actors who’ve own Emmys for their work on The Simpsons below.

actors who might be killed off after the jump

As much as I love Carrie Underwood, I think doing a remake of such a classic film is a recipe for disaster. However, that doesn’t mean I won’t check out NBC’s star-studded live production of The Sound of Music airing this December. You never know, it actually might do the original justice. The network teams up with Smash producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for The Sound of Music Live!.

Joining Underwood in the remake are a handful of Tony award-winning Broadway vets and even a True Blood hunk. Find out who’s playing Captain Van Trapp below, along with a few other key parts. On a side tangent, doesn’t Carrie do a pretty good job of channeling Julie Andrews in the recently-released artwork above?

find out who else is part of the cast after the jump

Meet The Newbies Joining Saturday Night Live

In: Donovan, TV Shows

With Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis leaving Saturday Night Live last season and Seth Meyer’s planned midseason exit, pressure was on Lorne Michaels to recruit talented newbies to fill the void.

Entering its 39th season, the show is going through one of the biggest cast overhauls in the sketch comedy’s history. Five new faces are being added to the roster this year. The most new talent since 1995 when Will Ferrell made his debut, along with Cheri Oteri and Darrell Hammond to name a few. Get to know the quintet of new players hoping to make you laugh this season below. One of them (Beck Bennett) is a certifiable hottie. Wouldn’t mind spending some early Sunday morning time with him ;)

meet the newbies after the jump

Lisa Kudrow Books Scandalous Gig

In: Donovan, TV Shows

First Scott Foley getting upgraded to series regular and now this. Fellow Gladiators, I need my Scandal fix now.

Deadline.com first broke the news that Lisa Kudrow is the latest to join the ranks of Scandal this Fall. Question remains. Will she be “friend” or foe to Olivia Pope? Personally, it doesn’t matter to me as long as Shonda Rhimes names her character Regina Phalange. How awesome would that be?

Kudrow’s addition to the show reunites her with her long-time producing partner Dan Bucatinsky who plays Cyrus’ husband James Novak. Kudrow and Bucatinsky’s production company is responsible for The Comeback, Web Therapy and Who Do You Think You Are? No word on what role Lisa will play on the show, but it’s a safe bet she’ll be a politician given that Season 3 will revolve around Fitz’ re-election campaign.

Excited for Lisa to join Scandal? Are you excited for the third season of ABC’s hit show? Sound off below.

The official Dancing With The Stars casting announcement doesn’t take place until next week on Wednesday, September 4, but TMZ has the lowdown on who might be competing for the Season 17 mirrorball.

According to the site, television icon Valerie Harper is one of the participating hoofers. Rumor has it, she’s already been practicing with professional dancer Tristan MacManus. Though she’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, reportedly she’s in good enough physical condition to undergo the strenuous strains the competition requires. Check out the rest of the rumored cast below.

check out the other rumored contestants after the jump

Worst Casting Decision Ever!!! Meet Your New Batman

In: Donovan, Movies

Really Warner Bros, REALLY!!! I’m not a Ben Affleck hater by any means. I’m probably the only one who enjoyed Jersey Girl and was his biggest cheerleader when he won an Oscar for Argo, but c’mon. This casting news is the worst ever. Did the studio not watch Daredevil? That was a trainwreck and a half. I’m almost tempted not to watch the upcoming Man of Steel sequel because of this lapse in judgement.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” – director Zack Snyder

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president for creative development and worldwide production. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

check out the rumored contenders he beat out after the jump

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