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The Carrie Diaries Finds Its Samantha Jones

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One of the biggest surprises of last season was arguably The CW’s decision to renew The Carrie Diaries. Even by the network’s relatively low standards, the ratings were anemic at best. While The Sex and the City prequel didn’t catch on with viewers, I found the adorable show surprisingly entertaining and ecstatic that a second season was in store. Adding to my excitement was the fact producers had plans to introduce a young Samantha Jones.

“Through a surprising connection, our young Carrie Bradshaw will meet one of the most important people in her life this season in a role made iconic by Kim Cattrall: Samantha Jones, a ballsy, beautiful and sexy young woman from the panhandle of Florida who has made her way—and already a name for herself—in the rock ‘n’ roll scene of 1980s NYC.” – The Carrie Diaries’ producers

check out the new Samantha after the jump

Revenge Flies First Class To The Holy Land

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Recently, Revenge producers announced the addition of Justin Hartley as Victoria Grayson’s long-lost son Patrick. The casting department isn’t done just yet. They just announced two more guest stars joining the ABC drama’s third season. One recently appeared on The History Channel’s The Bible, and the other starred on ABC’s ill-fated Pan Am. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

Family Guy Heads To Springfield

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Can someone say November sweeps? FOX just announced its two most beloved animated families are finally going to meet in a special crossover episode scheduled to air in Fall 2013.

Entertainment Weekly reports that cast members from Matt Groening’s comedy, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith and Hank Azaria, are set to lend their voices for the mash-up episode, in which Seth MacFarlane’s Griffins clan embark on a road trip and encounter Homer and his family in Springfield.

In the episode, the two families become fast friends. Bart will impress Stewie with his assortment of pranks, Lisa tries to fix Meg, and Marge and Lois ditch housework for a bonding session. Meanwhile, dads Homer and Peter argue over which beer tastes better: Quahog’s Pawtucket or Springfield’s Duff. I expect a ratings bonanza for this sweeps stunt. Catch all their shenanigans on the episode titled “The Simpsons Guy” airing this Fall on FOX.

Things are looking pretty good for The Mindy Project. In the past couple of days, the FOX sitcom has managed to book two remarkable guest stars. As a fan of the comedy and of these two actors, I’m even more stoked for the show’s second season. Hopefully, the underrated comedy can bring in more viewers to stave off cancellation.

Oscar nominee James Franco has signed on for a two-episode arc starting on the season premiere airing Tuesday, September 17. His character Dr. Paul Leotard is a charismatic and popular doctor who replaces Mindy (Mindy Kaling) at Shulman & Associates while she is in Haiti on a volunteer mission. A former professional fashion model, Dr. Leotard radically altered his career goals after he accidentally walked off a runway at fashion week and was saved by a pregnant woman. From that day forward, he devoted himself to helping pregnant women and immediately applied to medical school. Find out who the other new addition is below.

find out the second guest star is after the jump

Original Cast Member Returns To New Girl

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If you’re still depressed ABC canceled Happy Endings, here’s a consolation prize. One of the cast members has rebounded and booked a new gig. Damon Wayans Jr. is heading back to New Girl to reprise his role as Coach. Originally, he appeared in the pilot but had to leave the show when ABC picked up Happy Endings for a second season. Rather than recast the role, FOX chose to bring in Lamorne Morris to play a new character named Winston.

With Coach back, does this mean Winston is on his way out? Probably not, but Wayans Jr. is scheduled to return for six episodes with an option for more. With that being said, Coach will be heavily integrated with Winston’s storyline according to sources. Perhaps they’ll have a showdown for a spot in the loft.

Stoked about Damon returning to the FOX comedy? Do you secretly hope that Coach is back to replace Winston? Sound off below.

Jenny McCarthy Officially Joins The View

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Just days after Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced her departure on The View, we already have a new panelist. Jenny McCarthy is officially on board for the ABC talk show’s 17th season. However, she’s not Hasselbeck’s replacement but rather taking Joy Behar’s seat when her contract expires in August.

“We are delighted that Jenny will be joining us as a permanent co-host on ‘The View’ starting in September,” Barbara Walters says in a statement. “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for ‘The View.'”

What this bodes for McCarthy’s weekly talk show on VH1 is anyone’s guess. I’m thinking fans of the chatfest probably shouldn’t hold their breath for a second season. Prior to joining The View, Jenny has appeared on the show as a guest and fill-in host over a dozen times. I don’t expect any first day jitters on September 9 when she officially joins the cast.

McCarthy’s statement after the jump

On the second season finale of Revenge, Victoria Grayson’s (Madeleine Stowe) long lost son appeared on the footsteps of Grayson manor. While we didn’t see his face, his appearance shocked Victoria enough to drop her glass. I just hope it wasn’t expensive ;) Maybe it wasn’t shock, but rather she was taken aback how breathtakingly handsome he is. Spoiler alert: He is one hot piece of ass.

We learned last season, Victoria gave birth to a boy named Patrick when she was just 16. She gave up her child when an opportunity to attend an art school in Paris came up. E! News exclusively reports that Revenge has finally cast the pivotal role. If you’re a regular viewer of The CW, you’ll recognize this actor. Here’s a hint: He starred in a show last year that didn’t last for very long. Find out who below.

find out who after the jump

With Angus T. Jones being phased out from Two and a Half Men, Chuck Lorre is on the hunt for another “half.” In a somewhat surprising twist, the new young addition to the veteran sitcom is going to be an LGBT character. In fact, it’s going to be a lesbian and not just any, but Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen) long-lost daughter.

find out how she joins the show after the jump

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