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The CW Taps Law & Order Veteran For Flash Spinoff

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When The CW first announced Grant Gustin as the Flash, I wasn’t super thrilled. Perhaps his appearance on Glee was the reason behind my feelings. After seeing him in action during a couple episodes of Arrow this season, I was sold.

Originally, the network planned to film a backdoor pilot, but changed its mind and is producing a standalone pilot instead. Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg as well as director David Nutter are behind the potential spinoff. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gustin finally has some company. Find out who below.

find out after the jump


On February 6, Jay Leno relinquishes The Tonight Show mantle for the second time. Here’s hoping for Jimmy Fallon that his stint lasts longer than Conan O’Brien’s. That debacle wasn’t pretty for anyone involved.

Hoping to make the transition much smoother this time around, Leno invited Fallon as one of his guests for his final week. Jimmy will appear with Betty White on Monday, February 3. Who gets the honor of being Jay’s last guest? Fittingly enough it’s Billy Crystal. The When Harry Met Sally actor was Leno’s first guest on May 25, 1992. Talk about coming full circle. Find out the rest of Jay’s final week lineup, along with Fallon’s first guests.

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True Blood Finds Luke Grimes’ Replacement

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Luke Grimes debuted as sexy vampire James on last season’s True Blood. A few weeks ago, the actor revealed he left the supernatural series over creative differences. The HBO show decided to recast the role instead of writing off James. Grimes’ replacement comes in the form of Aussie actor Nathan Parsons.

The 25-year-old is best known for his daytime work in General Hospital. He’s also a recurring character on ABC Family’s Bunheads. For all you lovers of homoerotic films, Parson starred in one of David DeCoteau’s sexy horror offerings, The Brotherhood V. Just like the rest of DeCoteau’s films, it features very little plot and plenty of shirtless hot guys. I suggest putting it on mute to really enjoy the film ;) Check out True Blood‘s newest addition below.

check out pictures of Nathan Parsons after the jump


It’s about friggin’ time.

When Glee returns from its winter hiatus, the FOX musical show will celebrate its 100th episode. It’s such a game-changer that the milestone show will be split into two parts. A slew of former regulars will drop by including Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Dianna Agron, Harry Shum Jr. and Heather Morris. YAY Brittany S. Pierce. Memorable guest stars Kristin Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow have also been tapped to reprise their roles. If that wasn’t enough, a former Gossip Girl actor is dropping by as well. Chace Crawford will play Biff, a new love interest to Dianna Agron’s Quinn.

The 100th episode will also feature the cast singing songs which they’ve performed in past seasons that fans picked in an online vote. The biggest story though, after numerous attempts, is that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) finally succeeds in her plan to destroy the glee club. In light of this development, the remainder of this season will be set entirely in New York. What does this mean for the members of New Directions, Mr. Schu and the rest of the Lima cast? Find out below.

read what FOX revealed about the permanent move to New York after the jump


Like it or not, the Point Break remake is happening. Personally, there’s no need to touch the Kathryn Bigelow-directed original starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, but with Hollywood’s love affair for rehashing hits from yesteryear, it was bound to happen.

Ericson Core whose cinematography credits include The Fast & the Furious and Daredevil will direct the remake. The movie is rumored to be eyeing a summer shoot. Kurt Wimmer’s revised screenplay will move the action from the Southern California surf scene to the international world of extreme sports. Other than that, the plot of an FBI agent going undercover to infiltrate a crime ring will remain the same, as well as the names of the main characters. Find out who’s close to officially signing on to the project below.

original trailer and Butler in a wetsuit after the jump


Aisha Tyler is moonlighting once again. The Talk co-host just snagged a guest spot on Modern Family. She’ll appear on Season 5′s 16th episode titled, “Spring-a-Ding-Fling.” The 43-year-old actress joins this season’s guest roster that already includes Adam DeVine, Jane Krakowski, Jesse Eisenberg, John Benjamin Hickey and Nathan Lane.

find out her role after the jump


Kenan Thompson must be breathing a sigh of relief. The number of occasions when he’ll be asked to play a black female character will drastically decrease because of this new casting development. With that being said, I still hope he plays Whoopi Goldberg every now and then ;)

For Season 39, Michaels added six new cast members- five white guys and one girl. Naturally, this caused an uproar. Kerry Washington hilariously played Michelle Obama, Oprah and other notable women of color to make light of the situation late last year. After Washington’s episode, Lorne Michaels quietly held casting sessions to fill the void. SNL has finally addressed the criticism and hired its first African-American female since Maya Rudolph. Meet Sasheer Zamata.

Believe it or not, Saturday Night Live has only featured four African-American women in its entire 39-year history: Yvonne Hudson (1980-81), Danitra Vance (1985-86), Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95) and Rudolph (2000-2007). Hopefully, Zamata will last longer than SNL’s first black actress Hudson. She was fired midway through the season. Sasheer will make her debut on January 18 when Drake pulls double duty as host and musical guest. Check out a few YouTube clips below and see if she has what it takes to survive on SNL.

check out a couple of clips after the jump

Luke Grimes Exits True Blood

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Quel bummer!!! The addition of Luke Grimes to True Blood was one of the best things about last season. Next to Robert Kazinsky that is. HBO confirmed Grimes’ departure and revealed the role of James would be recast.

So why the exit? Naturally, I thought it was because of scheduling conflicts due to Luke snagging the role of Christian Grey’s brother in the Fifty Shades of Grey flick. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. Instead it’s ” due to the creative direction of the character,” according to the HBO statement.

An insider further reveals to TV Line that, “He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll.” They add “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”

That’s a shame. I’m definitely going to miss Grimes on the show. Hopefully, they hire an equally sexy actor to play the role. If Jessica and James are no longer together, does that mean a happily ever after ending for Jason Stackhouse and Jessica? I hope so. Weigh in below after checking out how fine Grimes is. I’m a sucker for the long blond hair.

check him out after the jump

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