TVLine Items: Once's Belle to Return, Descendants 2 Ratings, Divas and More

The Belle of the ball is back — if only for one more spin.

Emilie de Ravin will reprise her role as Beast’s beauty in the fourth episode of Once Upon a Time Season 7, reports, “to provide an update on Belle.”

It was announced in May that six key cast members would not be returning for Season 7, including de Ravin, Rebecca Mader, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore and Jennifer Morrison (who also will be back for one episode).

Once Upon a Time Season 7 will premiere Oct. 6, now airing Fridays at 8/7c.

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

* Total Divas Season 7 (premiering this fall on E!) will bring back The Bella Twins, Natalya, Naomi, Lana and Maryse, while adding to the mix Carmella, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss.

* MTV will air An Inconvenient Special — a town hall forum on climate change led by former Vice President Al Gore — on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 pm.

* Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs) has been tapped to replace SNL alum Bobby Moyhihan (who now is the star of CBS’ Me, Myself & I) as the voice of Happy the Horse in Syfy’s upcoming, Christopher Meloni-starring series Happy!

* WE tv is celebrating NBC’s Will & Grace revival with a five-week “Best Of” programming event, starting Saturday, Aug. 19 and running 10 am to 5 pm ET each day.

* Descendants 2 on Friday night amassed 13 million viewers with its simulcast on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies — nearly doubling the original’s, single-network premiere audience. TVLine readers gave the TV-movie sequel an average grade of “A-.”

* Disney Channel and Bizaardvark‘s Jake Paul have “mutually agreed” to part ways. In response to the actor’s tweet (below), the network said, “On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him.”

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  1. Oscar says:

    What where ravens ratings?

  2. Jake Paul got his reckless, selfish, showboating ass *royally* handed to him in a two-prong PR from both parties that echo that reality. I’m surprised that Disney — who has a morality clause — wouldn’t put in a bodily harm clause for Paul, knowing that’s why they initially hired him; his love for MTV Jackass stunts.

  3. Oh? You quadruple the channels a solitary show airs on & the ratings are higher. What a novel convept. DisChan uses con-trickery w/ Andi Mack ratings using linear (online, on-demand) to say 14 million as a way to finesse a shows otherwise mediocre debut when using Disney Channel-only live ratings.

  4. I’m was so incredibly disappointed in Will & Grace’s deterioration to almost non-stop stunt casting mid-way through the series run (Cher? Really?). Friends peppered it in towards the end of it & I find it often to be a distraction, fawning over the celeb & stroking their ego & taking a show off-message (prime example: Rush Limbaugh episode of Family Guy). Hopefully this won’t happen in a second-coming of The Fab Four. Also no Harry Connick, Jr. drama.

  5. I love Subway says:

    I saw the headline and was hoping for news about a Daytime Divas renewal. :D

  6. g says:

    So happy Belle will be back! The hiatus isn’t even half over and I miss her already.

  7. Brennan says:

    Every Once fan had a heart attack when they announced 6 cast members leaving, but half of them are already back for at least one episode a piece (I believe Jared will be in 2? As the second episode is Jennifer’s only episode, it’d be weird not to include him and I saw him on set with Jen and Colin).

  8. Brigid says:

    Not a fan of Belle but I can handle one episode of her as long as that’s it.

  9. Susan says:

    I was so happy to hear the news that Emilie will be back for an episode. As most of us know Jennifer and Jared will be back (briefly) also. We take what we get. I’m still unsure about season 7, but will watch.