‘Bates Motel’ taps Michael Vartan

07.23.13 4 years ago

“Bates Motel” taps Michael Vartan
The “Alias” alum has been cast as Norma’s new love interest. PLUS: Kenny Johnson & Rebecca Creskoff are also joining the A&E series.

Dennis Farina’s “Family Guy” cameo was taped before his death

Farina was among a number of big names announced at Comic-Con.

British “Doctor Who” fans are ticked off that the 50th anniversary trailer premiered at Comic-Con
As one UK fan put it on Facebook, “No offence to American fans, but this is a British show … The least we can get is a trailer when we are the ones who pay the license fee!”

Listen to the “Downton Abbey” opening theme — with lyrics

Legendary lyricist Don Black penned lyrics to the show’s theme song.

“America’s Got Talent” is allowing votes by tweet
The NBC reality show is believed to be the first to allow voting by tweeting.

“Orange is the New Black” outperformed “Arrested Development” and “House of Cards”
The prison series from “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan did better in its first week than any other Netflix series. PLUS: The show is better than the book.

“The Bachelorette” proves there’s not enough words for love

Desiree has been a lousy “Bachelorette,” says Andrew Palmer, but “no other cultural product today so consistently and entertainingly dramatizes the inadequacy of the English language in the face of love, or whatever it is that without fail seems to actually develop, despite our skepticism, between the show’s star and one or more of its contestants.”

“Party of Five”: One of the great forgotten dramas of the ’90s
Why is it forgotten? Because, says Todd VanDerWerff, “it’s become a synonym for a kind of TV that’s not cool anymore, dominated more by emotional reactions than high-stakes drama, filled with basically good people trying to do what”s basically the right thing.”

Aaron Sorkin finally got  the Internet in this week’s “Newsroom” episode
Sorkin, the writer of the Facebook movie, had, before Sunday’s episode, treated the internet as “something used by unserious people in basements who never get out of their pajamas,” as Glynnis MacNichol points out. “It’s as though Matthew Weiner had decided to do a show about Madison Avenue in the 1960s in which the rise of television was just ignored.”

Chris Pratt: “I’ve never really felt any douchier than the day after I sent that photo out”

The “Parks and Rec” star say of his six-pack selfie: “I had all my friends tearing me apart on that one.”

How offensive is “Princesses: Long Island”?

The most offensive show in TV history?

Michelle Forbes joins “Chicago Fire”

“The Killing” and “True Blood” alum will play a consultant with the State Fire Marshal’s office.

34-year-old actress played a teenager on TV for 2 decades
Actress Bianca Lawson was on “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” 20 years ago, and was a teen on “Pretty Little Liars” last year.

Check out Captain Hook trailer for “Once Upon a Time”

“One Charming Villain.”

Jeff Garlin sued for smashing a woman’s window
The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star is being hit with litigation from last month’s arrest.

WEtv picks up its 1st scripted series, co-created by “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn
WE is also developing a “Headhunters” drama with Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana.

British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has created a song that samples “Buffy”
“”It’s not actually on this album,” he says of the unreleased track. “I just made a tune sampling some background music from Buffy. I love Buffy, I watch it a lot, and some of the soundtrack is brilliant.”

Kel from “Kenan & Kel” to guest on “Sam & Cat”
Kel Mitchell is returning to Nickelodeon.

Jerry Seinfeld tackles cronuts
Watch the comedian devour the new NYC pastry.

Watch a preview of “Hell on Wheels” Season 3
Here’s an inside look at the AMC series.

Hannah Murray: From “Skins” to “Game of Thrones” to “Skins”
The actress who plays Gilly on the HBO series talks about returning to her “Skins” role as the anorexic Cassie.

Nat Geo Wild’s Big Cat Week kicks off with 2 NFL stars racing a cheetah

Also, Betty White plays a zookeeper.

Meet “True Blood’s” 10-year-old werewolf
What was Chloe Noelle’s favorite memory on the show?

Piper Perabo: “All of the hens will come home to roost in Season 4”
The “Covert Affairs” star says to expect this season to be very satisfying.

Watch a preview of “Community” creator Dan Harmon’s cartoon “Rick and Morty”

The Adult Swim series is inspired by “Back to the Future.”

ABC Family’s Martha’s Vineyard reality show wants to be “The Hills”
“The Vineyard” is as “unscripted” as the MTV series.

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