It’s that time again! What’s the skinny in television entertainment this week (November 13 – 19)? Oh and this week I’ve included a juicy NCIS spoiler and BTW (by the way) I sooo called this one!
For those of you who have been asking, the last section of this post there is a list of the Fall finales and Winter return dates for some of your favorite shows (reality shows not included!)
THIS AND THAT:
– “Chuck vs. the Goodbye.” has been released as the Chuck series finale’s last episode.
– Joseph C. Philips (General Hospital) is out as NYC mayor on Castle and Derek Webster (Damages) is in. He’ll take over the roll of Robert Weldon.
– NBC is shaking up its schedule. Too many changes to list here so head over to TV Line for the full scoop and new mid-season schedule.
– Rules of Engagement is being benched to make way for Rob Schneider’s new sitcom, ¡Rob!
– Undercover Boss will return for its third season on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 8 pm
– Harry’s Law has been picked up for a full season
– CBS has renewed Survivor for the 2012-13 season
– South Park was renewed for three more seasons. I don’t know if I know anyone who actually watches this show.
• NBC has axed Prime Suspect. Production will wrap this month, fulfilling the series’ 13-episode order.
– NBC has given the go-ahead to a remake of The Munsters!
– Dexter renewed for another 2 seasons.
– Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace Gummer will appear in multiple episodes of NBC’s midseason musical Smash
– Megan Mullally has landed a guest spot on NBC’s Up All Night
– Amy Acker as the fearsome Black Widow on Grimm
– Elisabeth Shue is headed to CSI as Marg Helgenberger replacement.
– Sean Kingston will guest-star on the ABC’s Body of Proof
– Modern Family will welcome Greg Kinnear as Phil Dunphy’s new business partner Tad.
– Jane Curtin (3rd Rock From the Sun) is joining Unforgettable as a series regular.
– The Secret Circle has cast two new men to the show for potential recurring roles – Michael Graziadei (Young and the Restless) and Sammi Rotibi (Lord of War).
– Laura Benanti (Playboy Club) will appear on Law & Order: SVU.
– Erica Durance will guest on the 11th episode of Harry’s Law – no official air date as NBC just moved the show to Sunday night in its mid-season shake up.
– James Polk joins Happy Endings for a multi episode arc as Max’s old & new boyfriend
– Lance Barber will guest on an upcoming episode of the Big Bang Theory.
– Gossip Girl alum Aaron Tveit has landed the lead in a new USA Network pilot by White Collar creator Jeff Eastin. The untitled hourlong project follows several agents across various federal and local government agencies, with Tveit playing a newly appointed member of the FBI.
– Roger Bart (Desperate Housewives) will guest on Revenge, playing a “rich, pretentious journalist” who is writing a tell-all book on the Hamptons elite.
– Ugly Betty scene-stealer Becki Newton will be seen on HIMYM as a potential love interest for Neil Patrick Harris.
• Criminal Minds has tapped Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) to guest-star in an episode slated to air in early 2012.
FALL FINALE & WINTER RETURN (reality shows not included!)
Thanks to TV Line for the date listings.
90210 | Fall Finale: Dec. 6 | Winter Return: Jan. 10
Bones | Fall Finale: Dec. 15 | Winter Return: Spring
Chuck | Two-Hour Series Finale: Jan. 27
Community | Fall Finale: Dec. 8 | Winter Return: TBA
Fringe | Fall Finale: Nov. 18 | Winter Return: Jan. 13
Gossip Girl | Fall Finale: Dec. 5 | Winter Return: Jan. 16
Grey’s Anatomy | Fall Finale: Aired Nov. 10 | Winter Return: Jan. 5
Harry’s Law | Fall Finale: Dec. 7 | Winter Return: March 4
Hart of Dixie | Fall Finale: Dec. 5 | Winter Return: Jan. 23
House | Fall Finale: Nov. 28 | Winter Return: Mid-January
I Hate My Teenage Daughter | Series Debut: Nov. 30 | Winter Finale: Dec. 21
Law & Order: SVU | Fall Finale: Dec. 7 | Winter Return: Jan. 11
Nikita | Fall Finale: Dec. 2 | Winter Return: Jan. 6
The Office | Fall Finale: Dec. 8 | Winter Return: Jan. 12
Once Upon a Time | Fall Finale: Dec. 11 | Winter Return: TBA
Parenthood | Fall Finale: Nov. 29 | Winter Return: Jan. 3 | Season Finale: Feb. 28
Parks and Recreation | Fall Finale: Dec. 8 | Winter Return: Jan. 12
Prime Suspect | Season/Series Finale: Dec. 15
Private Practice | Fall Finale: Nov. 17 | Winter Return: Jan. 5
Psych | Fall Finale: Dec. 14 | Winter Return: February
Ringer | Fall Finale: Nov. 29 | Winter Return: Jan. 10
The Secret Circle | Fall Finale: Aired Nov. 10 | Winter Return: Jan. 5
Supernatural | Fall Finale: Dec. 2 | Winter Return: Jan. 6
Terra Nova | Season Finale: Dec. 19
Up All Night | Fall Finale: Dec. 7 | Winter Return: Jan. 12
The Vampire Diaries | Fall Finale: Aired Nov. 10 | Winter Return: Jan. 5
The Walking Dead | Fall Finale: Nov. 27 | Winter Return: Feb. 12
Whitney | Fall Finale: Dec. 8 | Winter Return: Jan. 11
– NCIS: I soooo called this one!!!! Sarah Jane Morris — whose EJ Barrett was felled by a gunshot in the Season 9 premiere, only to have her body then go missing — is due back for at least one episode, to understandably shake things up.