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Biggest 'Nikita' in a year

26 January 2013 11:49 AM, PST

On an otherwise super quiet Friday night in the broadcast ratings, The CW’s Nikita edged higher to post its most-watched episode in more than a year and deliver a season-high rating among adults 18-49.

Nikita had 1.6 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the demo, up a tenth of a point from last week. (Hey, we didn’t say the ratings were really good — it’s Nikita! — but this is still the modest drama’s biggest numbers in a quite a while). Nikita had its most-seen hour since December 2011, and highest-rated episode since last March.

Otherwise, not much happened. All »


- James Hibberd

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CW orders post-apocalyptic 'Lord of the Flies' pilot

25 January 2013 3:26 PM, PST

The CW has given a green light to a sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller called The Hundred.

Here’s the logline: “97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, a massive spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents with dark secrets back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet.”

Intrigued? It’s based upon the forthcoming The Hundred young adult book series written by Kass Morgan. Jason Rothenberg is the writer and executive producer with Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo as exec prods. The show is bound to draw some comparisons to Lord of the Flies and »


- James Hibberd

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Sarah Palin out at Fox News

25 January 2013 3:24 PM, PST

Sarah Palin is out as a Fox News Channel contributor.

The network said Friday that it is parting ways with the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.

Bill Shine, executive vice president at Fox News, said the network has enjoyed its association with Palin and wishes her the best. There was no immediate comment from the former Alaska governor.

A person familiar with discussions between Fox and Palin described the parting as amicable, saying that Fox and Palin had discussed renewing her contract but she decided to do other things. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. »


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'Necessary Roughness' producers: We would consider doing a Manti Te'o-inspired episode

25 January 2013 2:52 PM, PST

The story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o's fake girlfriend might provide some very real inspiration for the producers of USA’s Necessary Roughness.

As details continue to emerge about Te’o encounter with an alleged internet hoax — which led him to believe his girlfriend, whom he’d never met in person and did not actually exist, died of cancer — executive producers and co-creators Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro say they’re considering using the story for inspiration in an episode in the next season.

“We only just now started to map out season 3, of course it comes up »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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First look: ABC's 'Zero Hour' poster with Anthony Edwards -- Exclusive

25 January 2013 2:38 PM, PST

ABC has released its official poster for new thriller Zero Hour, which returns Anthony Edwards to series TV.

Edwards (ER) stars as a magazine editor who must solve a web of conspiracies that span years and continents in order to save his kidnapped wife (it’s sort of Da Vinci’s National Treasure Nazi Code). The poster introduces a determined-looking Edwards and a rather massive clock. Zero Hour premieres on Valentines Day — Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Check out the key art here: »


- James Hibberd

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Matt Damon-hosted 'Jimmy Kimmel' episode gets primetime encore

25 January 2013 1:16 PM, PST

Last night’s Matt Damon-hijacked episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live is heading for primetime.

ABC announced today the special, in which Damon reigned as host of the program as Kimmel sat tied up in the background, will have a primetime encore next Tuesday (Jan. 29) at 10 p.m. Et.

The episode was the climax of a decades-long faux feud between the actor and the late-night host and found Damon welcoming a huge list of surprise celebrity guests, including Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Andy Garcia, who took the place of Kimmel’s usual sidekick Guillermo. (Sheryl »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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Britt Robertson going 'Under the Dome'

25 January 2013 1:00 PM, PST

Britt Robertson is getting into another secret circle.

The former CW star has joined the cast of CBS’ Under the Dome. She’ll play Angie, “an attractive young waitress and aspiring nurse who’s always dreamed of escaping the town of Chester’s Mill.” That’s going to be pretty hard to do now that there’s a giant transparent lid covering the town for some unknown reason.

Robertson starred in two CW projects — Life Unexpected, which lasted two seasons, and The Secret Circle, which expired after one (and whose fans are still are kinda annoyed about that). Robertson joins »


- James Hibberd

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J.J. Abrams' Robot cops show gets pilot order

25 January 2013 12:30 PM, PST

This is one pickup that we’ve been hoping for: Fox has given J.J. Abrams’ robot cops project a pilot order.

The untitled project is moving to the next stage at the network. It’s described as “an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all Lapd officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.” In other words, they don’t look like C-3Po (that would be Abrams’ other project making news this week).

The pilot is written and executive produced by J.H. Wyman (Fringe) with Abrams and Bryan Burk as executive producers. This order comes »


- James Hibberd

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Steve Burton on 'Young and the Restless': Forget that he was Jason Morgan! -- Video

25 January 2013 12:19 PM, PST

Steve Burton’s going to try hard to not wear black on his new gig.

So when he debuts on The Young and the Restless on Jan. 29, don’t go looking for that signature black T-shirt, the leather jacket, or that familiar tough guy ‘do he sported on General Hospital. He’d like you to forget that he played Jason Morgan on ABC (despite having done it for more than two decades — and winning an Emmy for it).

“I know that persona is out there,” Burton admitted to EW about his longtime Gh gig, which ended in September. “You can »


- Lynette Rice

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Fox orders drama pilot about assassins

25 January 2013 11:47 AM, PST

Fox is looking to uber-producer John Wells (ER, Shameless, The West Wing) to create a drama about a family of assassins.

The network has ordered Boomerang, a drama pilot written by Davey Holmes and exec produced by Wells and Andrew Stern that focuses on the usual, everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of executing hits as assassins for the U.S. government.

For more on Fox development for fall 2013:

Fox orders ‘Sleepy Hollow’ pilot

Greg Kinnear’s ‘House’-like drama gets pilot order

 

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- Lynette Rice

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'30 Rock': Sneak a peek at next week's series finale -- Exclusive Video

25 January 2013 11:45 AM, PST

A Titanic-sized blerg is approaching, and it’s called No More 30 Rock.

Tina Fey’s highly decorated NBC comedy winds to a close on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. with an hour-long series finale. In the farewell, titled “Hogcock!/Last Lunch,” Liz (Tina Fey) is trying to adapt to adoption, a contemplative Jack (Alec Baldwin) meets up with ex-flames Elisa (Salma Hayek) and Nancy (Julianne Moore), Jenna (Jane Krakowski) is working on a Bro Body Douche Presents The Man Cave Tgs farewell song, Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) is busy being the new president of NBC, which is totally taking away from »


- Dan Snierson

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'American Idol' boosts 'Glee' return

25 January 2013 10:38 AM, PST

Fox’s American Idol helped the return of Glee in the ratings.

Glee came back to 6.9 million viewers and a 2.7 among adults 18-49, up 35 percent from its last original episode six weeks ago.

Idol itself had a less exciting story. The one-hour episode was down 9 percent from last week’s Thursday premiere.

Elsewhere: The series finale of ABC’s Last Resort was up 20 percent. Grey’s Anatomy was steady. NBC’s penultimate 30 Rock was up 8 percent, but Parks & Rec and The Office were down slightly. New comedy 1600 Penn went up 8 percent, which will probably earn the show a stay of execution. »


- James Hibberd

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Brooke Shields joins season 7 of 'Army Wives' as recurring guest star

25 January 2013 9:14 AM, PST

Brooke Shields is swapping her lipstick for a U.S. Air Force uniform.

ABC has confirmed that Shields is joining the seventh season of Lifetime’s hit show Army Wives as a recurring guest star. Shields will play Col. Katherine “Kat” Young, a crack C-17 pilot who finds herself at odds with Army General Michael Holden, played by Brian McNamara.

Described as “brash and brilliant” in an ABC press release, Shields’s character will have to fight to hold her ground in the middle of one of the biggest boys clubs that the U.S. has to offer. But after Young reveals her tragic past, »


- Samantha Highfill

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ABC diving show: Your celebrity stars are...

25 January 2013 8:59 AM, PST

Though Fox’s diving show Stars in Danger did a total belly flop in the ratings, that hasn’t swayed ABC from moving ahead with Splash, the (new) name of its celebrity diving show that’ll premiere Tuesday, March 19.  Wonder who’s willing to wear a Speedo on a 10-meter high dive in front of (with any luck for ABC) millions and millions of people?

Here are the “stars” who will be throwing those triple, nah-who-are-we kidding-i-mean single tucks into the pool, with the help of Greg Louganis:

1. Louie Anderson, comedian. Yeah, I know.

2. Drake Bell, star of Nick’s old Drake & Josh. »


- Lynette Rice

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Rachel Nichols leaves Espn for CNN and Turner Sports

25 January 2013 6:22 AM, PST

Espn reporter Rachel Nichols is leaving to work for CNN and Turner Sports.

The companies announced Thursday that Nichols will anchor a new weekend CNN sports program beginning later this year, and will report on a wide range of sports.

Nichols’ hiring comes as new CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker puts his stamp on the struggling U.S. news channel, which he’s promised to make more “vibrant and exciting.”

Nichols will be an important part of expanding CNN’s programming, the former NBC Universal chief said Thursday.

Nichols, who worked at Espn for nine years, said she “couldn’t »


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'Suits' postmortem: Rick Hoffman talks key Louis scenes in 'Blood in the Water'

24 January 2013 11:55 PM, PST

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Suits, stop reading now. With Pearson Hardman losing clients and associates, Jessica (Gina Torres) wanted to institute a Louis Litt Rehabilitation program while Harvey (Gabriel Macht) essentially told Louis (Rick Hoffman) he was dead to him. We asked Hoffman to take us inside the key scenes that determined Louis’ fate at the firm.

• Harvey accused Louis of helping Allison Holt (Diane Neal, pictured with Hoffman) poach associates. Louis tearfully told Harvey that Pearson Hardman is his life. Harvey said that while he can’t fire Louis, to him, »


- Mandi Bierly

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NBC orders Greg Daniels sitcom pilot starring Craig Robinson

24 January 2013 7:15 PM, PST

The Office spin-off featuring Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute has been shelved, but some notable Dunder Mifflin alumni could wind up working together on NBC next season: The network has ordered a pilot from executive producer Greg Daniels and star Craig Robinson.

The untitled single-camera comedy, which Daniels will executive produce, revolves around a musician-turned-middle school music teacher (Robinson) who is learning how to handle “precocious kids, teacher politics, and the temptations of single moms,” according to NBC. Office supervising producer Owen Ellickson will write the pilot and serve as an executive producer. Robinson also will be a producer on the prospective series. »


- Dan Snierson

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NBC orders Greg Daniels sitcom pilot starring Craig Robinson

24 January 2013 7:15 PM, PST

The Office spin-off featuring Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute has been shelved, but some notable Dunder Mifflin alumni could wind up working together on NBC next season: The network has ordered a pilot from executive producer Greg Daniels and star Craig Robinson.

The untitled single-camera comedy, which Daniels will executive produce, revolves around a musician-turned-middle school music teacher (Robinson) who is learning how to handle “precocious kids, teacher politics, and the temptations of single moms,” according to NBC. Office supervising producer Owen Ellickson will write the pilot and serve as an executive producer. Robinson also will be a producer on the prospective series. »


- Dan Snierson

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Super Bowl ads scoop: The big companies' plans for game day, plus ads you can watch now

24 January 2013 5:37 PM, PST

The Super Bowl is a little more than a week away, but in keeping with the trend of recent years, companies are slowly leaking details and teasers for their highly anticipated mid-game advertisements.

So what’s on the slate so far? We’ve rounded up some highlights below.

Is a warning in order? Oh, what the heck: Spoiler Alert!

+ Amy Poehler’s uber successful stint as co-host of the Golden Globes left retail giant Best Buy “wanting more” according to one exec. She will star in their ad, scheduled — like the rest, obviously — to air Feb. 3. Last year, their ad »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Once Upon a Time' scoop: 'Brothers & Sisters' star cast as... -- Exclusive

24 January 2013 5:28 PM, PST

Add another guest star with a cryptic character description to this season’s Once Upon a Time.

John Pyper-Ferguson has booked a large guest star role on the ABC fairy tale hit. He’ll play Ben, a “widower who wants nothing more than to help his young son heal from the loss of his mother.” See if you can figure out the mythological character being explored there. Ben’s son will be played by previously announced guest star Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn). They’ll appear in the 17th episode this season.

Pyper-Ferguson had a series regular role on ABC’s Brothers »


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