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'Elementary': Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu preview post-Super Bowl episode

3 February 2013 10:28 AM, PST

The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will battle it out today at Super Bowl Xlvii but back in November, it was Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller’s Elementary that scored big when it was given the post-Bowl timeslot on CBS.

And judging by what they told us when EW hit the set late last year as they were filming the episode, they have no plans on wasting their gigantic lead-in. ” is like our show, except it has a lot more injected in it; it’s like our show but on steroids a little bit,” says Miller.

In the episode, »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Puppy Bowl referee Dan Schachner talks flags, cleanups, and excessive cuteness

2 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST

The Super Bowl isn’t the only big game on Sunday. Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl IX premieres at 3 p.m. Et, and the hedgehog cheerleaders and aren’t the only new additions. There’s more cameras than ever before — in the puppy hot tub and embedded in the chew toys. For the second year, actor and voice-over artist Dan Schachner (who voices promos for Showtime’s Shameless) suited up as The Ref. How does one get this job, and what does it entail? We asked him. 

Entertainment Weekly: You’d hosted specials for Animal Planet before, and when you »

- Mandi Bierly

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'One Life to Live' may share actors with 'General Hospital'

1 February 2013 7:50 PM, PST

Three former Llanview citizens may not be looking to leave Port Charles anytime soon.

Apparently, it’s time for Michael Easton (John McBain), Kristen Alderson (Starr Manning) and Roger Howarth (Todd Manning) to return to the set of One Life to Live now that Prospect Park has finally closed the necessary deals to make the online version a reality. But General Hospital, which absorbed the trio while Prospect Park was scrambling to make The Online Network a reality, doesn’t seem to want to let them go.

ABC released this statement: “General Hospital is excited about Easton, Alderson and Howarth staying on the show, »

- Lynette Rice

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Fox reviving 'The Swan' as celebrity special

1 February 2013 5:40 PM, PST

Reality TV fans, brace yourselves.


Is bringing back …

The Swan!

And this time …

They’re famous.

The broadcaster is reviving its infamous plastic surgery makeover series for a celebrity version that will serve as primetime special.

In the original 2004 series, “ugly” women are given extreme makeovers by a team that included a personal trainer, a therapist, a dentist and cosmetic surgeons. Each week followed two women who were transformed over a three-month period. The contestant who turned out prettier went on to compete in a pageant held at the end of the season.

TV critics, as you might expect, »

- James Hibberd

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'How I Met Your Mother' scoop: Kyle MacLachlan returning!

1 February 2013 4:48 PM, PST

The Captain is back!

EW has confirmed that Kyle MacLachlan will make a grand return to How I Met Your Mother in an episode slated to air Feb. 18. But what prompts Zoey’s (Jennifer Morrison) ex husband to cross paths with the gang again? Details are being kept under wraps, but Vulture reports that The Captain reaches out to Ted, prompting a Ted-level stress-out.

George Van Smoot, better known as The Captain, was last seen in season 6′s “Garbage Island.”

Read more:

How I Met Your Mother’ officially renewed for Final season

How I Met Your Mother’: Five scoops »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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NBC does 'Harm': Lowest-rated drama premiere in modern history

1 February 2013 1:18 PM, PST

Bet NBC is missing The Voice today.

After ruling the fall in the ratings, the network hasn’t had much to sing about ever since its prized reality competition series started its winter break in December. NBC’s primetime average has dropped 16 percent since the beginning of the year. Freshman comedies Go On and The New Normal — previously boosted with a Voice lead-in — fell to season-low performances this week. A new Monday-night drama launched last month, Deception, is delivering weak numbers. And now another midseason drama, the medical show Do No Harm, had its series premiere Thursday night and set a broadcast ratings record. »

- James Hibberd

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The Women Who Run TV: Amy Poehler on the best show she never pitched; plus, who's on her inspiration board?

1 February 2013 1:08 PM, PST

Amy Poehler is showing Knope signs of slowing down in Hollywood. In addition to her starring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, she’s producing a pilot for Comedy Central based on the web series Broad City, appearing in three upcoming movies (A.C.O.D, They Came Together, You Are Here), overseeing her online network Smart Girls at the Party, hosting shiny  events like the Golden Globes, and writing a book. For those reasons — and just because she’s, you know, funny — Poehler is highlighted in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly as part of our Women Who Run TV feature. »

- Dan Snierson

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'NCIS' renewed for 11th season

1 February 2013 1:02 PM, PST

No surprise here: NCIS has been picked up for another season on CBS.

The network made it official today and also announced that star Mark Harmon has extended his contract with the series, which is currently in its 10th season.

“In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television,” CBS president Leslie Moonves said in a statement.  “NCIS is the type of franchise every company wants in today’s global content ecosystem – high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform. »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Bates Motel' ads: Norman and mom get cozy on bed

1 February 2013 12:31 PM, PST

Uh, would you two like to be alone? … We’re just going to back out of this room now and you guys can just do whatever it is you were going to do in here…

That’s the sort of thoughts you might have looking at the poster for new horror-drama series Bates Motel. The ad was just released by A&E along with a short creepy video teaser (both are below).

Here teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his possessive mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) get close on a motel bed while sort of glaring at the viewer. Do they want us to go away? »

- James Hibberd

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'Hawaii 5-0': Jack Lord makes a primetime comeback -- Video

1 February 2013 11:49 AM, PST

If you happen to channel surf past CBS and catch an image of Jack Lord in the next few days, the answer is no – the network hasn’t reduced itself to airing old reruns of Hawaii 5-0.

Instead, it’s using old video of the classic TV star to help promote Monday’s episode of Hawaii 5-0, a reboot of an old episode from 1973 called ”Hookman.”

“It was very important for us to get the word out that this was a remake and from day 1 we’ve been discussing with our execs how to incorporate the original. That included promos and DVD extras, »

- Lynette Rice

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'Glee': Watch New Directions ladies (and Blaine) channel their inner Beyonce in 'Diva' -- Video

1 February 2013 11:44 AM, PST

In honor of this weekend’s SuperBeyonce—I mean—Super Bowl, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy took to his twitter account to debut this clip from next week’s episode. The ladies of New Directions (and Darren Criss’ Blaine) have a diva-off, involving a lot of finger-wagging, hair-flipping, and sequin-wearing. Naturally, the song they choose is Beyonce’s “Diva.” Watch below…

Read more: 

Glee’ recap: It’s Getting Hot in Here

Glee’: Jacob Artist previews a ‘turning point’ for Marley and Jake

‘Revenge,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘The Office,’ ‘NCIS,’ ‘Glee’: Find out what’s next in the Spoiler Room »

- Tim Stack

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'Scandal': The plot point you will never see

1 February 2013 11:16 AM, PST

The Scandal you see now on ABC is not the Scandal that Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes originally had in mind for ABC.

When Rhimes was developing the drama that’s become a hit for ABC, she had a much different story line in mind for her heroine  – a plan that even star Kerry Washington didn’t know about before accepting the role of Olivia Pope. In an interview with EW, Rhimes and Washington chatted about the plot point that was ultimately abandoned in an effort to turn the story of real-life political fixer Judy Smith into a juicy drama for primetime. »

- Lynette Rice

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'Puppy Bowl IX': Catch a preview of Sunday's action -- Exclusive Video

1 February 2013 10:22 AM, PST

So, the Harbaugh brothers are coaching against each other in Super Bowl Xlvii on Sunday? Big woof. In Puppy Bowl IX, Eight sets of siblings are facing off on the gridiron, including miniature pinscher brothers Re Re, Frances, and Winston, along with sister Agatha. Plus, all dogs have tested negative for deer-antler spray.

This year’s installment of the annual competition of cuteness, which airs Sunday at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet, will feature 63 young pooches scampering across a tiny football field. They will be cheered on by nine hedgehog cheerleaders, and entertained by a 21-kitten halftime show. Did you »

- Dan Snierson

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Jeff Probst reveals the players who would not return to play 'Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites'

1 February 2013 9:31 AM, PST

As much as former Survivor contestants beat down producers’ doors in the hopes of being asked to come back and appear on the show again, there are always a few players who simply don’t want to return or cannot due to other commitments. (Corinne Kaplan, for instance, gave up her spot on Heroes vs. Villains because she could not get out of work, but will be back this season.) So after the 10 returning contestants were named to come back for Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS), I asked host Jeff Probst whom they could not »

- Dalton Ross

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InsideTV Podcast: 'Spartacus' stars and creator discuss the bloody final season and violence on TV

1 February 2013 9:01 AM, PST

Julius Caesar will be introduced tonight on Spartacus: War of the Damned, but before that happens, we decided to get the men behind both characters, Todd Lasance as Caesar and Liam McIntyre as Spartacus, in a room together and see if we could sort this all out peacefully. No such luck! That means the Rome vs. Rebellion battle will continue at 9pm on Starz as planned. But we did have a delightful chat with both men as well as Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast as the three men talked about the decision »

- Dalton Ross

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Dustin Hoffman blames 'distorted' PETA, TMZ reporting for 'Luck' cancellation; PETA responds

1 February 2013 8:37 AM, PST

Dustin Hoffman may be promoting his new movie Quartet, but he’s still talking about Luck. Asked by Fox411 if the HBO racetrack drama’s cancellation after the death of three horses disappointed him, Hoffman shared why: “My son and I had just finished a scene, we went to have lunch, and we got a phone call during lunch that HBO cancelled us. I thought it meant we were not going for a third season. They said, ‘No, now.’ We didn’t even go back to work that day. Crew people had moved their families from other parts of the country, »

- Mandi Bierly

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Lily Rabe will return for 'American Horror Story' season 3

1 February 2013 7:50 AM, PST

Looks like Lily Rabe’s about to complete an American Horror Story hat trick. Series creator Ryan Murphy tweeted last night that the actress will return for his anthology’s upcoming third season: “So thrilled to announce Lily Rabe is onboard for American Horror Story Season Three!” he wrote. “So talented, love her!”

Previously, Rabe played suicidal socialite Nora Montgomery on American Horror Story: Murder House and possessed nun Sister Mary Eunice McKee on American Horror Story: Asylum. She’s joining a third season cast that already includes returning repertory players Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, and Evan Peters. Murder House »

- Hillary Busis

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See Dunder Mifflin's first Super Bowl ad -- Video

1 February 2013 7:31 AM, PST

The business from The Office is getting a nice (local) push during this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Quill.com — which makes office products — will air the first-ever commercial for the Dunder Mifflin brand from NBC’s The Office. The spot dubbed “Paper War” was actually created by a dude in Tallahassee, Fla. named Freddy Rabbath, who won $15k for creating the concept.

A judging panel made up of producers from The Office, as well as suits from Quill.com and NBCUniversal, picked the winning spot that will only air in Scranton, Pa. (Bummer). Anyway, for you out of towners, here it is:

Quill. »

- Lynette Rice

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'Dallas' casts Lee Majors as [spoiler]'s former flame! -- Exclusive

1 February 2013 6:00 AM, PST

TNT’s Dallas has snagged itself a Six Million Dollar Man.

EW has learned exclusively that Lee Majors has booked a two-episode guest spot on the second season of TNT’s hit reboot drama. He will play Ken Richards, an old flame of Sue Ellen’s who finds himself crossing paths with her once again for business matters.

Majors, who best known for playing Col. Steve Austin, recently had guest spots on Raising Hope, Grey’s Anatomy and CSI: NY.

Dallas kicked off its second season on Tuesday, with an episode that notched almost 3 million viewers.


‘Dallas’ season premiere »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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8 TV gripes you should quit complaining about

31 January 2013 9:18 PM, PST

The world is imperfect. Especially Hollywood. But there are eight online gripes about the television landscape that have worn out their welcome. These all-too-common complaints have peppered EW comment boards for years and must be put to rest. Feel free to disagree, or add your own, but we say it’s time to stop complaining about online spoilers, Firefly’s cancellation, the Lost finale and these five other outdated grievances.

“There are TV spoilers online after a show airs!”

How many NFL fans watch a game the week after it airs? Uh, none. Because they know they cannot avoid hearing who won. »

- James Hibberd

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