March 2010

Tuesdays at 8pm ET/5pm PT beginning March 9

Host Jamie Durie puts his horticultural and design expertise to good use as he travels the world in search of inspiration that can be translated into functional and stunning ‘outdoor rooms’.  In each episode, Jamie travels to a new country and returns with a collection of bright ideas that he and his team use to transform a lucky garden into an ‘outdoor room’ that alters the way its owners live.

Tuesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel

Hunting for historical remains, Gum dives into a shark-infested tank before canoeing Alberta’s beautiful Peace River for fossilized shark teeth. Then, braving the insect and snake-infested swampland of South Carolina, Gum metal detects on the grounds of old southern plantation sites hoping to recover relics – like coins, buttons and cannonballs – from the time plantations were a way of life.

We met Derek’s older sister, Nancy, on Season 3 of Grey’s Anatomy. Now we’ll meet his little sister, Amelia. That’s right, we have Little Grey, now Little McDreamy is coming!

To Private Practice.

Seriously, it’s true, as odd as it might sound. Caterina Scorsone (Crash) is joining the Private Practice cast in the new, recurring role of Dr. Amelia Shepherd, EW reports.

Scorsone joins the Private Practice cast in Episode 19, which is slated to air in early April. She is not going to be heading to Seattle Grace, according to reports, at least not yet.

On Private Practice, her character gets a job at Oceanside Wellness.

According to Fancast, Amelia is “purposely flying under her venerable brother’s radar” when she brings to a somewhat volatile medical case to Oceanside Wellness Center.

So bold is Amelia’s endeavor that Addison is tempted to tell Derek, only to have her former sister-in-law insist she’s no longer a “wild teenager” but a peer deserving of respect.

There are no plans yet for her or her brother (Patrick Dempsey) to cross over … but come on. He has to right? They do these crossover things at least once per season anyway.

Besides, why cast her as the sister of McDreamy if there isn’t eventually plans for the Shepherds to interact in some way? What do you think of this surprise casting move?

EW’s Michael Ausiello gives us the scoop on some of the new drama we can expect with the return of Gossip Girl this season!


Question: Is something going to happen between Dan and Blair on Gossip Girl? Or were you just pulling our legs? —Janice
Maybe a little of both? I asked executive producer Stephanie Savage about the possibility of a Dan/Blair hook-up down the line, and here’s what she said: “There are only so many combinations [you can explore] on the show, so I think you have to be open to all of them at some point. So, certainly, we have an open mind when it comes to them… Those two are really gold when they’re together. They have great on-screen chemistry.”

Question: I need some scoop on Gossip Girl. More importantly, good news about Chuck/Blair. —Vanessa
I’m going to let executive producer Stephanie Savage take this one. “The good news about Chuck and Blair is that when we come back [on March 8] they’ve got a really incredible run with each other. They’re [involved] in a very emotional storyline regarding the mystery lady at Bart’s grave. They solve that mystery together and it’s a great example of Chuck and Blair working together and being very emotionally supportive of each other.”

Question: Is it true that Chuck and Blair break up again on Gossip Girl? —Mary
I will neither confirm nor deny that particular rumor on the grounds that it’s too spoilery. Besides, it’s also kind of a non-issue since any Chuck/Blair break-up will undoubtedly be followed by a reunion at some point. Isn’t that right, Stephanie Savage? “We really feel like those guys are made for each other,” she tells me. “But it’s not going to be an easy ride because of their personalities and their dynamic. It’s our job to throw some good obstacles in their path, but we always root for them to find their way back to each other.”

According to EW’s Michael Ausiello, there might be doctors leaving Grey’s Anatomy, but it doesn’t look like it will be Katherine Heigl!

Here’s this week’s exerpt from his blog:

looks like Grey’s Anatomy will be down two doctors next season, and, believe it or not, neither of them are played by Katherine Heigl!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Mercy West transplants Robert Baker (Dr. Percy) and Nora Zehetner (Dr. Adamson) are not expected to return next season.

There’s no official word on the fate of fellow “invaders” Jesse Williams (Dr. Avery) and Sarah Drew (Dr. Kepner), but there’s buzz both may stick around long-term. Grey’s boss Shonda Rhimes has until June to decide whether to exercise the series regular options in their contracts. (Here’s hoping she does; I like those two.)

Heigl’s MIA Izzie, meanwhile, will reappear in April. But for how long? Confides an ABC source: “No one knows.”

Thoughts? Will you miss Percy and Adamson? Should Rhimes keep Avery and Kepner around? And are you so over the Heigl drama? I kind of am.

Monday, March 8 – 10pm ET/PT on Global

When fashion magnate Dean Milo is found dead in the foyer of his home police must investigate multiple suspects. They soon discover that beyond a spurned wife and disgruntled business associates, a tangled web of contract killers are involved. Can investigators unravel the truth and bring the killer to justice?

Joaquin Chapo (Shorty) Guzman is America’s most wanted fugitive, after Osama bin Laden, with a $5 million bounty on his head. He’s pursued by the FBI, the DEA and tens of thousands of Mexican troops and Federal Police. Violence is rampant in parts of Mexico as rival drug cartels battle over the marijuana and cocaine smuggling routes to North America. Mexico’s Drug War airing Monday, March 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on THE PASSIONATE EYE on CBC News Network follows BBC journalist Katya Adler as she journeys deep into the heart of the country’s drug war and uncovers the human stories behind this seemingly random and disturbing violence.

More than 15,000 people have been slain in gang violence across Mexico in the last three years, with January 2010 being the deadliest month so far.  Most of the dead have been either rival drug traffickers or the police trying to bring down these smuggling cartels. While most of the killing has been just south of the U.S. border, the level of violence is worrisome for the U.S. government, foreign investors and tourists.

In Mexico’s Drug War, Adler charts the rise of Guzman and the quest to arrest him. And asks whether the continuing carnage threatens to turn Mexico into a failed state.

Mexico’s Drug War is produced & directed by Elena Cosentino for BBC Television.

Monday, March 8 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

Stephen Root (KING of the Hill) Guest-Stars

The threat of a devastating nuclear attack accelerates as Jack tracks an informed terror suspect. Back at CTU, a key player grapples with being demoted, and the day takes a stressful turn when pesky parole officer Bill Prady (guest star Stephen Root, King of the Hill) enters the picture.

Monday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel

Featuring James Bond’s favourite set of wheels – the exclusive and stylish Aston Martin DBS takes a lifetime of tradition and brings it screeching into the 21st century. Next, visit an invitation-only showroom for this one-of-a-kind ride. Then, set off for the high seas onboard an exhilarating boat that’s fast and luxurious. And finally, feel the wind in your hair inside the impossibly classy, 2.7-tonne, 400 horsepower, turbo-charged Bentley Azure.

Monday, March 8 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) guest stars as a blogger who is admitted with unexplained bruises and bleeding. While she blogs about her symptoms, possible diagnoses and doctors, she also solicits advice from her readers about her treatment. This unsettles the team, especially after House and Wilson learn secrets from each other’s pasts online.