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Jamie Foxx to host 'Saturday Night Live'

18 November 2012 12:33 PM, PST

Jamie Foxx will host Saturday Night Live on Dec. 8, with R&B star Ne-Yo as the musical guest. There to promote his starring role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained, it will be Foxx’s second time as a host. He last appeared in NBC’s Studio 8H on Jan. 8, 2000, when Bill Clinton was still president and Blink-182 was the musical guest.

Of course, Foxx is no stranger to sketch comedy; he starred in the final three seasons of Fox’s In Living Color.

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- Adam B. Vary

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Nicollette Sheridan's 'Desperate Housewives' appeal denied

17 November 2012 9:58 PM, PST

More bummer news for former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan: The actress’ appeal to the California Supreme Court regarding to her wrongful termination lawsuit against ABC was denied.

The response on Friday by the judge was brief, according to Deadline. Three months ago, Sheridan’s petition for a new hearing was given a thumbs-down by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal.

Sheridan first filed a lawsuit in April 2010 that claimed she was fired after complaining that series creator Marc Cherry hit her during an on-set argument. It ended in a mistrial last March.

Housewives concluded its eight-season run earlier this year. »

- Lynette Rice

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Canceled shows: Does your outrage matter?

16 November 2012 10:26 PM, PST

In the last 24 hours, two broadcast nets yanked three new series off the air –ABC’s 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, and CBS’ Partners. Though low ratings typically justify the premature deaths, that’s little consolation to viewers who connected early to the programs (or in this case, at least one of them).

“Really sad about Last Resort!” wrote a reader named Jess on the EW message board. “I love that show and I think it’s one of the better ones on TV these days.” This from someone named T Money: “I can’t believe they cancelled Last Resort. »

- Lynette Rice

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'Grimm' lesson of the week: David Giuntoli teaches us just how much a hero is allowed to cry

16 November 2012 7:00 PM, PST

The waiting game is over. In tonight’s mid-season finale of Grimm, fans were treated to a few moments they’d been ready to see for months. Secrets were revealed, hearts were broken and missions for vengeance were born.

Beware: Spoilers Ahead about tonight’s mid-season finale.

First up, Nick finally finds out that his memory-challenged girlfriend is harboring feelings for another man. He hasn’t been hit with the news of just who that man is yet, but the mental picture of the woman he once proposed to snogging any other guy is enough to send him into angry puppy mode. »

- Emily Rome

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ABC cancels '666,' 'Last Resort'

16 November 2012 2:59 PM, PST

It’s a sad day for fans of two ambitious ABC dramas that came up short in the ratings this fall: Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will soon end their runs.

ABC will continue airing the original 13-episode orders for both shows, but neither will receive a full-season pickup.

For 666, the writing has been on the wall for weeks. The Sunday-night supernatural drama starring Terry O’Quinn has been shedding its Revenge lead-in and been on a downward spiral since its debut.

For Last Resort, the news is somewhat surprising. Though its ratings matched the performance of 666, Shawn Ryan’s »

- James Hibberd

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'Arrow' casts 'True Blood' actor

16 November 2012 2:26 PM, PST

A familiar face from True Blood is coming to Starling City.

Actress Janina Gavankar will play “McKenna Hall” in a multi-episode arc on The CW’s Arrow.

McKenna is a Starling City Pd vice cop, but she knew Oliver Queen back in his pre-island bad boy days. When a new drug called Vertigo — dealt by a dealer character played by Fringe actor Seth Gabel — starts wrecking havoc, their paths will cross in more ways than one. Gavankar plays Luna Garza on the HBO vampire hit and was also on Showtime’s The L Word. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. »

- James Hibberd

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'Glee': Watch the superhero-themed, super-sized trailer for 'Dynamic Duets' -- Exclusive Video

16 November 2012 12:05 PM, PST

Next week’s episode of Glee, fittingly titled “Dynamic Duets,” finds the New Directions crew joining Blaine’s superhero club at McKinley. The time couldn’t be better for the kids to don super identities since the Warblers return and are bent on revenge. But naturally the focus of the episode is still on music. “Seeing the popularity of this club, Fin decides to come up with a lesson called “’Dynamic Duets,’” teases co-creator Ryan Murphy. “He puts people together who are unlikely duet partners and who are not getting along, so like Marley and Kitty are together and Jake and Rider are together. »

- Tim Stack

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Showtime orders more 'Web Therapy'

16 November 2012 11:42 AM, PST

Web Therapy lives! Showtime announced today that it has ordered a third season of the improvised comedy, which stars Lisa Kudrow as narcissistic online therapist Fiona Wallice. The series was adapted from a web series created by Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, and Don Roos.

Previous seasons have featured guest appearances by stars including Meryl Streep, Jane Lynch, and two of Kudrow’s former Friends co-stars, David Schwimmer and Courteney Cox. Season 3 will continue that tradition, including guest turns by Meg Ryan, Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and ex-Friend Matt LeBlanc, who’s currently starring on his own Showtime series (Episodes »

- Hillary Busis

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CBS cancels freshman sitcom 'Partners'

16 November 2012 10:20 AM, PST

CBS has axed Partners, the latest comedy from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan that focused on the working partnership of one gay man and one heterosexual.

The comedy that starred Michael Urie and David Krumholtz has averaged a 2.4/6 in adults 18-49 and a mere 6.5 million viewers. It routinely ties for third in its time slot in the demo but comes in fourth in viewers. Repeats of the comedy will begin to air Monday. CBS, for now, is not confirming the show’s status.

Though those numbers are comparably low to some of CBS’ other comedies, Partners is »

- Lynette Rice

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'Shameless' First Look: Will Fiona and Jimmy fizzle in season 3? -- Exclusive Video

16 November 2012 9:56 AM, PST

Jimmy and Fiona are going to hit a rough patch when Showtime’s Shameless kicks off its new season January 13. What the problem? Well…nothing!

“They’ve gotten to the point in their relationship where things have gotten a little bit boring,” previews Justin Chatwin. But you can bet things aren’t going to stay that way.

For an look at all the adventures and trials that await Fiona, Jimmy and the rest of the gang on Shameless in season 3, check out the video below, which you’re seeing first here on EW.com!


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- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Grey's Anatomy' casts 'Entourage' actress

16 November 2012 9:44 AM, PST

Seattle Grace is paging Constance Zimmer.

The Entourage and Boston Legal actress has signed on for a multi-epsiode arc this season on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Zimmer is playing Dr. Cahill, described as a “confident, self-possessed, laser-focused professional with a wicked sense of humor.” That’s all we know right now about the role, which will run about four episodes later this season.

Shonda Rhimes’ long-running soap is set to say goodbye to its spin-off Private Practice, which is wrapping up its final season by the end of the year. The writer-producer’s new political drama Scandal, however, was »

- James Hibberd

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'American Chopper' ending after 10 years -- Exclusive

16 November 2012 9:43 AM, PST

After ten years, Discovery Channel is ending American Chopper.

The Teutuls are going to build their final bikes on the network next month. One of Discovery’s most popular programs, American Chopper helped pioneer the “docusoap” reality genre and inspired a surge of gear-head shows. Chopper’s run will conclude with the previously announced four-way bike build-off special titled The Revenge airing live from Las Vegas on Dec. 11.

“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run,” says Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks. “This series was one of the »

- James Hibberd

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'Glee' star Amber Riley gets emotional about body image on 'This Is How I Made It' -- Exclusive Video

16 November 2012 9:35 AM, PST

MTV’s series This Is How I Made It, which airs on Saturdays at 12pm, profiles celebrities like Chris Brown and Awkward’s Ashley Rickards about their path to fame. In this week’s episode, Glee star Amber Riley, who plays the confident Mercedes on the Fox hit, discusses her struggles with body image within the entertainment industry and how she never wanted to conform to the industry’s unrealistic standards. “Hollywood is a very hard place to be in. It really is,” admits the actress, currently making her Broadway debut in Cotton Club Parade. Watch a portion of Riley »

- Tim Stack

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InsideTV Podcast: What is this season's best returning TV show?

16 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

A lot has been made about which new shows have been sinking and swimming this season. We all waited with bated breath to see which show would be cancelled first (sorry, Made in Jersey), and which shows would become breakout hits (umm…still waiting). And then there are the new shows that alternately thrill and exasperate us depending on the week (we’re talking to you, Last Resort).

But what of the returning shows? Which ones have come back just as strong — or even stronger — than last season? James Hibberd, Jessica Shaw, and I tackle that very topic on the »

- Dalton Ross

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‘X Factor’: 6 things we learned from the judges and hosts after the show

16 November 2012 8:35 AM, PST

Simon Cowell humbled?

After the live episode of The X Factor wrapped taping on Thursday, the show’s judges, hosts and eliminated contestants chatted with press backstage, and the show’s creator was captured in a rare low-confidence moment. Read on to learn what the show’s talent had to say about notable moments from the episode — including some that didn’t make it on-screen — and check out EW’s report on the eliminated contestants for scoop on how they believe their mentors could have done better by them. Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

1. Simon was insistent that Demi Lovato announce her »

- Emily Rome

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'Big Bang' ratings explode to all-time high

16 November 2012 8:17 AM, PST

Wow: CBS’ Big Bang Theory ratings blew up last night.

Thursday’s episode was the show’s most-watched ever with 17.4 million viewers.

Big Bang also delivered a season high in the demo with a 5.5 rating among adults 18-49. This is all particularly impressive since most other shows are starting to soften in the ratings this week as we edge toward the holidays. Here’s EW.com’s rundown of last night’s episode, which was dubbed a throwback to earlier seasons.

What’s particularly amazing about Big Bang Theory is it airs at 8 p.m. It’s winning TV’s »

- James Hibberd

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Jeremy Renner says he's following Jon Hamm's footsteps to host 'SNL'

16 November 2012 7:06 AM, PST

Jeremy Renner won’t say whether any of his famous costars will assemble in New York for cameos when he hosts Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, but he will say that one has long encouraged him to do the show. “I remember Jon Hamm [who starred opposite Renner in The Town] mentioned it to me after he did it. He said it’s something that I might really, really like doing, and that was some years ago,” Renner told EW on Thursday, after shooting a round of promos with musical guest Maroon 5 and Fred Armisen.

“I finally had the moment where they »

- Mandi Bierly

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'The X Factor': This week's ousted singers sound off on where their mentors went wrong

16 November 2012 6:35 AM, PST

Anyone who has watched a music competition show has heard the constant, predictable advice judges and winners impart on contestants: “Just be yourself.” That’s a lesson this week’s two eliminated acts from The X Factor learned the hard way. Spoilers After The Jump!

But it’s also a lesson that both 18-year-old Jennel Garcia and hip-hop group Lyric 145 claim to have already learned. The problem, they say, is that the competition didn’t give them the room to pursue their own styles. After X Factor’s results show Thursday night, Garcia and the three members of Lyric 145 »

- Emily Rome

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'Grimm': David Giuntoli on his favorite part of shooting season 2 thus far and #ShirtlessRage

16 November 2012 6:23 AM, PST

Awkward encounters with your girlfriend who doesn’t remember you, teaching your friend about the monsters who live among us, pondering whether ghosts exist, saving people, hunting things — in season 2 of Grimm, it’s all in a day’s work for Detective Nick Burkhardt. And as the first half of Grimm’s sophomore season comes to a close, Burkhardt’s real-life alter ego, David Giuntoli, is giving us a peek at what’s in a day’s work for an actor on the NBC show.

In anticipation of tonight’s mid-season finale, Giuntoli took a break from shooting episode 15 to »

- Emily Rome

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Watch 'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman's cameo on 'Robot Chicken' -- Exclusive

16 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Given the Robot Chicken team’s fondness for all things gory and/or comic-related, it was probably just a matter of time before Walking Dead comic writer (and Walking Dead TV show exec producer) Robert Kirkman made an appearance on the Adult Swim animated show.

As it turns out, that time is coming Sunday at midnight when the zombie overlord will make his acting debut on the sketch show, which Stoopid Monkey Productions head honchos Seth Green and Matthew Senreich create at their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios studio.

That’s the good news. The even better news? You can see said »

- Clark Collis

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