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James Marsters Witches of East End

A vampire is set to spook those Witches of East End.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum James Marsters will guest-star on the Lifetime series, and TVLine has the scoop on his mysterious character.

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Marsters will play Tarkoff, an old family friend of Joanna’s (Julia Ormond) who comes back into her life.

Witches writer/producer Richard Hatem announced the news on Twitter:

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* NBC will debut the alternative series Running Wild With Bear Grylls on Monday, July 28 a 8/7c. Among the celebrities who will venture with the survivalist into the most remote and wild locations in the U.S. are Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Channing Tatum and Tom Arnold.

* ABC has renewed Extreme Weight Loss for Season 5, in addition to ordering three special editions to air next summer.

* Seth Green (Robot Chicken) will replace Jason Biggs (Orange Is the New Black) as the voice of Leonardo on Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, reports.

* And a quick dispatch from Ratingsland: Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (see recap) this Wednesday drew 5.3 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, surging 26 and 31 percent and topping the night in the demo. ABC’s Motive (4.7 mil/1.0) rose 16 and 25 percent, netting its second-best numbers of the season.

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  1. Carla Krae says:

    Thanks for getting more info on JM’s part!

  2. Et al. says:

    Watching Zac Efron withdrawal in the wild with Bear Grylls? For some reason, I’m in!

  3. Tran says:

    James Marsters should have his own series in the near future. Didn’t know that he’s not on Twitter.

    • Maggie says:

      Marsters is talented enough to have his own show. He would have more exposure if he had not burned his bridges with his former friend Joss Whedon. Joss uses the same actors over and over, and Marsters would have been more visible to the Hollywood powers-that-be. Marsters seems to be earning his living now by appearing at conventions, rather than acting, which is sad. He’s too talented to not have a steady acting job.

      • CMG says:

        “He would have more exposure if he had not burned his bridges with his former friend Joss Whedon.” Um, what? Is this some sort of supposition here, or did I miss something somewhere along the way? I’ve never heard of anything bad between Whedon and Marsters.

        • Joey says:

          People always seem to think that if Joss doesn’t reuse an actor at some point, he must’ve had a falling out with that actor. Assumptions fall from Whedonites like apples from a tree.

          • liz says:

            wow, I think that’s a pretty big assumption. Everything they’ve ever said about each other has been positive. Everyone knows there’s some strained emotions between Joss and Charisma, but there’s never been a whisper for James. Joss doesn’t reuse everyone; Julie Benz for example. I think it’s like any other normal relationship; sometimes you’re just better friends with some people and less with others. Doesn’t mean you have bad blood there.

          • Joey says:

            I’ve heard people throw it around whenever a new Whedon production is in the works, “Why doesn’t he use [actor]?” The reply is always “He had a huge falling out with them, so they’ll never work with him again.” It’s just one of the laziest forms of thinking out there.

      • James is actually still working with Joss, he just hasn’t found the right role for him. If you listen to interviews with James he will tell you that they bounce ideas of of each other all the time. The Spike comic book that James recently wrote was something he did with Joss. He always speaks very highly of him.

  4. Mo says:

    Supernatural fans already knew James Marsters was a witch.

    Good news about SYTYCD ratings. :)

    • Joey says:

      That episode was freaking hilarious. Also didn’t hurt to have Charisma Carpenter back on my screen either.

  5. Dean says:

    He always seems to have a thing for scifi/fantasy roles. Be it a vampire, a kryptonian computer or a witch having an affair with his wife.

    • liz says:

      it’s smart business. He loves his fans, and his fans love scifi/fantasy. He knows we’ll follow him to any project, and I think it’s a nice bit on his end to do projects that he thinks his fans will like.

  6. Shaun says:

    Yay,SYTYCD ratings went way up,keep it going :)

  7. liz says:

    why the heck doesn’t this man have his own show?!

  8. So happy to hear that James is in a new series! I’ll watch anything that he’s in! He’s so talented.

  9. Sus says:

    I love this man, he is one of The best actors i’ve ever seen. He should have his own show. He is also hot!

  10. Nancy Calvin says:

    Loved James Marster in “Buffy” as Spike If I remember correctly. Almost didn’t recognize him, truly a great asset to the site if they give him a some snark things to say.

    • Connie_3D says:

      Agree! And for goodness sakes can wardrobe get James Marsters out of the suit and tie and loosen him up a little. the man is freaking hot and you dress him like a lawyer. Give him more lines, develope his character, let him work his way into a relationship with the “king’s daughter” and make him morally ambiquious. These characters really do have places to go if you will develop them instead of painting them so one dimensional. I could get into this show. .