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All the latest TV news courtesy of PJ Flip and 141tv.

  • Friday Night Lights will premiere its final season on Oct. 27 on DirecTV. It just concluded its forth season rebroadcast on NBC.
  • Mandy Moore will return to Grey’s Anatomy. The former popstar guest starred in the two part season finale last season. She returns in next season’s sixth episode.
  • 5.5 million viewers watched the last episode of Jersey Shore, a series record.
  • Bret Harrison (Reaper) joins the cast of V in a recurring role. He will make his debut in the season premiere. Will he help raise the shows ratings? Is he a human or alien?
  • A double dose of Castle news: Ken Baumann (Secret Life of the American Teenager) will appear on the show as Alexis’ (Molly Quinn) first boyfriend. Victor Webster from the recent Melrose Place reboot joins the cast as a recurring character, a possible love interest for Beckett.
  • Over on the CW, One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected will be crossing over this year when Mia (Kate Voegele) and Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) from Hill play at a music festival hosted by Life Unexpected‘s Kate’s (Shiri Appleby) radio station in Portland.
  • Antonio Sabato, Jr. will guest star in an episode of Bones as a Guido bouncer at a Jersey Shore club. Bones was trying to get The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore for the episode, but were unable to secure him.
  • Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights) has joined the cast of ABC’s new show Off The Map as a series regular.  OTM is from the creator of Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Jack Black will be guest starring on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly.
  • Masi Oka (Heroes) has joined the cast of Hawaii Five-0 as a coroner. He joins cast members Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, and Daniel Dae Kim. Buffy‘s James Marsters guest stars in the premiere also.
  • Laura Bell Bundy joins the cast of How I Met Your Mother, in a recurring role, as Robyn’s new co-host.Will she end up being the mother? I doubt it…

Heroes, Season 3

Did you drop Heroes last season? Earlier this season? Well, the past few episodes have shown a lot of hope, with Bryan Fuller’s episode titled “Cold Snap” being the best episode since season 1. It just might be time to give the show another chance and thanks to Hulu, you can catch up on all of the season 3 episodes as we count down to the finale. Click here to be saved.

Heroes, Angela Petrelli

Tonight at 9pm on NBC is an all new Heroes. The show was injected with a renewed life and energy by the return of season 1 writer, Bryan Fuller. In the all new episode, Angela Petrelli must confront her past and try to bring her family back together to face the looming threat to their kind. I am really happy to say that I am excited about the new episode and the future for the show. I just hope that they don’t let Bryan Fuller go anywhere.

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • ABC: Dancing With the Stars (Reality)
  • ABCFAM: Greek (Teen Drama)
  • FOX: House (Medical Drama)
  • NBC: Chuck (Action Drama)

9PM

  • ABC: (9:30PM) Surviving Suburbia (Comedy)
  • ABCFAM: Roommates (Comedy)
  • FOX: 24 (Action Drama)
  • USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: Castle (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Medium (Sci-Fi Drama)
  • MTV: The Hills (“Reality Drama”)
  • TNT: Saving Grace (Crime Drama)

Heroes, All New Episode

We knew that we would be getting some big changes on Heroes when co-exec producers Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb were fired, but at the time we didn’t know that it would include the return of Bryan Fuller, season one’s best writer. You see, he left the show at the end of season one to create my favorite recently canceled series, Pushing Daisies. He was also the mastermind behind Wonderfalls, an equally awesome show that was canceled before it had a chance to prove itself. While Fuller has some input on the last new episode, I believe it was only felt in the closing moments, which changed the direction of the current chapter.  Tonight marks Fuller’s first scripted episode, and he promised a return to the excitement of the first season; returning characters, a back to basics with the wonder of normal people having extraordinary powers, and a face to come with the danger.

What better way to give a face to the danger than to reveal the mysterious Rebel? Well, that is what tonight promises. After outing Nathan as having powers, the “Hunter” targets Rebel and sets in motion a plan to find him (or her) and capture them. I’m still pulling for Rebel to be Micah, the young boy who can talk to (and command) machines. What better power is suited to find and contact other heroes, and then lead them to safety? the episode airs tonight at 9pm on NBC.

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • ABC: Dancing With the Stars (Reality)
  • ABCFAM:The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Teen Drama)
  • CBS: How I Met Your Mother (Comedy)
  • CW: Gossip Girl (Teen Drama)
  • NBC: Chuck (Action Drama)

9PM

  • ABCFAM: Roommates (Comedy)
  • CW: One Tree Hill (Drama)
  • FOX: 24 (Action Drama)
  • USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: Castle (Crime Drama/Comedy)
  • CBS: CSI: Miami (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Medium (Sci-Fi Drama)
  • TNT: Saving Grace (Drama)

Heroes and Chuck in 3d on NBC

When I sat down to write this I was so torn between spotlighting Chuck in 3d and Heroes that I couldn’t choose just one. Chuck airs at 8pm on NBC and Heroes follows it. I hope you kept your 3D glasses from yesterday’s Superbowl, because Chuck is airing fully in 3D! And on Heroes, we get the first part of an all new volume, “Fugitives”.

On tonight’s all new episode of Chuck, “Chuck Versus the Third Dimension”; “In a 3-D edition, global rock star Tyler Martin (Dominic Monaghan) is marked for murder, so the agents kidnap the musician to discover who’s behind the deadly plot. Elsewhere, Morgan scores two backstage passes to Tyler’s show and holds a contest to determine who will join him….”

While on Heroes “A Clear and Present Danger”, “The newly powerless Hiro resolves to help Ando become a true superhero. Elsewhere, Suresh, Peter, Daphne and Matt return to their regular lives, but Claire’s quest for normalcy is cut short after she discovers a new plot by Nathan; and Sylar looks for his real parents.”

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • ABC: The Bachelor (Reality)
  • ABCFAM: The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Teen Drama)
  • CBS: The Big Bang Theory/How I Met Your Mother (Comedies)
  • CW: Gossip Girl (teen Drama)
  • FOX: House (Medical Drama)

9PM

  • ABCFAM: Kyle XY (Sci Fi Drama)
  • CBS: Two and a Half Men/Worst Week (Comedies)
  • CW: One Tree Hill (Drama)
  • FOX: 24 (Action Drama)
  • TNT: The Closer (Drama)
  • USA: WWE Monday Night Raw (Wrestling)

10PM

  • ABC: True Beauty (Reality)
  • CBS: CSI: Miami (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Medium (Sci Fi Drama)
  • TNT: Trust Me (Drama)

They saved the cheerleader, but they couldn’t save their jobs.  Variety reports that NBC fired Jesse Alexander and Jeph Loeb, the co-exec producers of their rating slumped superhero show, Heroes. The shake up comes after declining ratings, inflating budgets and the network’s desire to go into a new creative direction for the series.

The season started with a very strong two hour episode that imporved on a lot of the problems of season 2. Since than though, the plotlines have become confusing, none of the characters are acting like themselves, and ideas have been recycled from the first season (running out of ideas in season 3?).

With most of this season’s episodes already shot, I doubt that we’ll see this have an effect until next season. Hey, at least they didn’t cancel it, right?

I never thought that this past year’s (WGA) writer’s strike would have had positive repercussions, but after seeing this alternate ending to the second season of Heroes, I’m glad the writers went on strike. You see, due to the strike, the creative forces behind Heroes scrapped the current storyline they were developing and went into a completely different (and much better IMO) direction; which will lead into season 3 “Villains”.

This is a vision of what could have happened (a future which has been diverted)…