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TLC's upcoming shows: Not As crazy as you were expecting?

4 April 2013 2:35 PM, PDT

Today, TLC announced a slate of new series, none of which involve strange addictions. The rundown:

• Women of Homicide: It tails the most elite female homicide detectives in the country. This is as close as you’re going to get to guilt-free TLC programming, because…

• Alaskan Women Looking for Love (working title): This one follows five women, some of whom have never left Alaska, who travel to Miami in search of men. We look forward to the bikini shopping montage.

• Husband Hunters: These women have everything picked out for their weddings but the grooms.

• My Teen Is Pregnant And »


- Mandi Bierly

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Kelly Clarkson to perform on 'American Idol' -- Exclusive

4 April 2013 2:30 PM, PDT

Kelly Clarkson is returning to the show that made her famous: She’ll perform her new single “People Like Us” for the time ever on April 11′s American Idol results show. Clarkson is promoting her compilation Greatest Hits: Chapter One. She’ll hook up with Maroon 5 on August 1 for the 2013 Honda Civic Tour.

Read more:

Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson touring this summer

American Idol’ recap: What About Rock (No Ballads)?

EW’s ‘American Idol’ Top 7 Power List »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Glee' guru Ryan Murphy shopping sex show

4 April 2013 2:24 PM, PDT

Leave it to Ryan Murphy to find another tantalizing subject that should satiate his devoted audience.

EW has confirmed that the co-creator of Glee, American Horror Story and The New Normal is busy shopping a new script with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis that Deadline describes as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships.

It’s likely the project will end up on cable, where all of the good hibity-dibity seems to be happening these days. And there’s already a bidding frenzy in the works.

In fact, steamy sex series could become the next rage. In September, »


- Lynette Rice

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Science orders Morgan Freeman's 'New Race for Space'

4 April 2013 1:26 PM, PDT

Science Channel announced Thursday a new series chronicling the modern-day space race among private entrepreneurs.

Partnering with actor-producer Morgan Freeman, the network has greenlit New Race for Space. The three-part series will look at entrepreneurs seeking to embark on various ventures beyond Earth, from backyard dreamers to well-funded moguls like SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and sci-fi filmmaker James Cameron.

“It’s been almost 45 years since we landed on the moon, since we were really excited about going out into space, and I’ve always thought it was a mistake not to continue that exploration,” executive producer Freeman told EW. »


- James Hibberd

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'The Carrie Diaries' scoop: See Walt and Bennet kiss in the season finale -- Exclusive Photo

4 April 2013 1:13 PM, PDT

This coming Monday is the season finale of The CW’s The Carrie Diaries and marks a major episode for Brendan Dooling’s Walt — who is finally beginning to feel comfortable being gay. Case in point? The big smooch he plants on Bennet (Jake Robinson) on the streets of New York! “Walt is coming into his own,” explains Dooling. “He takes a very big step, a big leap in a direction he’s never gone before. He’s taking the bull by the horns. Instead of things happening to him and trying to figure them out, he’s in a »


- Tim Stack

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Comedy Central: 'They're all fighting for 3rd place now'

4 April 2013 11:21 AM, PDT

As the media obsesses over NBC’s late-night transition plan, The Colbert Report is taking a victory lap.

By one ratings measurement technique that’s contested by the broadcast networks, Stephen Colbert’s late-night show has beaten The Tonight Show among the valuable adults 18-49 demographic for a full quarter.

The Daily Show has averaged 2.5 million viewers and a 1.3 adult demo rating for the first three months of the year among first-run episodes. Colbert Report has averaged 1.9 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has averaged 3.6 million viewers and a 0.8 rating. Leno’s show is the »


- James Hibberd

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'Buckwild' camera crew not with Shain Gandee at time of death

4 April 2013 11:15 AM, PDT

Production crews were not with a young star of the reality show Buckwild when he died over Easter weekend and hadn’t filmed him since earlier in the week, MTV officials said Wednesday.

Shain Gandee, 21, was found dead Monday in his SUV near Sissonville, along with two passengers.

Autopsies determined that all three died of carbon monoxide poisoning, possibly caused by the vehicle’s tailpipe being submerged in mud. That could have allowed the invisible gas to fill the vehicle’s cabin.

MTV spokesman Jake Urbanski said it would be at least a few weeks before producers and cast members »


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Discovery goes Naked for two new survival series

4 April 2013 11:06 AM, PDT

This makes us miss Bear Grylls… Among the new shows Discovery will announce later today at its Upfront presentation to advertisers in New York are two survival series in which clothing is not included. Each episode of Naked and Afraid will strand a new pair of strangers in one of the world’s harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools, and no clothes. “As their extreme survival skills are put to the test for 21 days, each couple must battle the elements, each other, and their own inner weakness to triumph over the terrain and their predicament,” the press release promises. »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Walking Dead' blunder: AMC doesn't know what network airs 'The Voice'

4 April 2013 10:49 AM, PDT

AMC is justifiably very proud of its Walking Dead ratings. The apocalyptic zombie drama is the top-rated scripted series among adults 18-49 this season, beating every show on cable and broadcast. In fact, those broadcast hits are apparently so insignificant, AMC can’t even keep straight what networks they’re on!

In a full-page ad in today’s New York Times, AMC touted its ratings dominance to Madison Avenue. But while dissing broadcast rivals, AMC put NBC’s The Voice on ABC and ABC’s Modern Family on Fox. It’s okay, AMC, they’re just typos, it’s not »


- James Hibberd

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'Scandal': Josh Malina goes behind the scenes of EW photoshoot -- Video

4 April 2013 10:00 AM, PDT

“This is getting very meta,” Josh Malina jokes in today’s behind the scenes video. And he’s very right.

Although EW has been working with Malina all season to bring you a series of behind the scenes videos, a few weeks ago, our paths collided off the internet when Scandal scored itself an EW cover! In this week’s video, Malina takes you behind the scenes of the big day for an inside look at when EW met Opa.

Missed any installments? Check out our series-to-date below. And super Scandal fans should check this out.

For much more on Scandal, »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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First Look: See the zombies invading Amazon's new 'Zombieland' pilot

4 April 2013 9:57 AM, PDT

You already got a glimpse at the apocalyptic survivors in Amazon’s new Zombieland pilot, now we’ve got your first look at the zombies out to get them.

In the still above, Columbus (Tyler Ross) and Wichita (Maiara Walsh) try to avoid getting eaten by a zombiefied old lady. She’s one of many un-dead attackers they’ll encounter in the pilot.

“You will see plenty of violence and blood and gore like you did in the movie,” says Paul Wernick, who, along with co-writer Rhett Reese, penned the film and now pilot. “People can expect a lot of »


- Nuzhat Naoreen

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Is David Letterman next?

4 April 2013 9:10 AM, PDT

Now that NBC has pulled the trigger, gunning down its top-rated late-night host to replace him with a younger and more cost-efficient model, you have to wonder: Is David Letterman next?

Like Leno, the long-time CBS Late Show host’s contract expires in 2014. And unlike the Tonight host, Letterman is older (65 to Leno’s 62) and lower rated (averaging a 0.7 in the adults 18-49 demographic to Leno’s 0.8). Conventional industry wisdom says there is a new late-night race to claim the next generation of young viewers. The starting pistol was fired by ABC moving Jimmy Kimmel Live to 11:30 p.m. »


- James Hibberd

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InsideTV Podcast: Corinne from 'Survivor' compares Phillip to a handicapped child and calls him 'the living miscarriage'

4 April 2013 9:03 AM, PDT

We all knew Survivor: Caramoan’s Corinne Kaplan was not exactly what you would call a big Phillip Sheppard fan. And it is foolish at this point to be shocked or surprised by anything that comes out of Corinne’s mouth. Well, call us fools because Jessica Shaw and I were not prepared for the verbal onslaught Corinne unleashed on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. “I don’t have anything nice to say about him,” Corinne began when asked about her island tormentor. But the woman who was voted out on last night’s episode had plenty »


- Dalton Ross

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'Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen: Lecter is the devil... 'but I kind of like him'

4 April 2013 9:00 AM, PDT

“I don’t find you that interesting,” Hugh Dancy’s disturbed FBI profiler tells Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s new serial-killer thriller, Hannibal.

Maybe, but we certainly do. Since coming to life in Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel, Red Dragon, Lecter has tantalized and terrorized readers and moviegoers alike, most notably in The Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 movie that won Anthony Hopkins his Best Actor Oscar.

Tonight, Lecter is reborn — younger and more stylish than ever — with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen playing the brilliant psychiatrist long before he’s captured or even suspected of his gruesome crimes. Counseling Dancy’s Will Graham, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Christopher Abbott not returning for season 3 of 'Girls'

4 April 2013 8:23 AM, PDT

At least one of the major storyline development from Girls’ season 2 finale is set for a major shakeup. Christopher Abbott, who plays Marnie’s long-suffering, on-and-off boyfriend Charlie, will not be returning for the third season of the show, according to HBO.

It was only in the recent second season finale that we finally saw Marnie (Allison Williams) and newly rich Charlie officially declare that they were very much back on and ready to settle down. In a statement, Abbott’s rep said that the actor is “grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd , and the entire Girls cast and crew, »


- John Mitchell

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VH1's 'Off Pitch' reveals the dark side of adult show choir -- Exclusive Video

4 April 2013 6:15 AM, PDT

Like the bastard child of Glee and Waiting for Guffman, VH1′s upcoming reality series Off Pitch follows Wisconsin’s adult show choir the Grand River Singers. These are performers for whom musical spectaculars have no less importance than life and death. The stakes of getting into Gsr become clear when the public reveal of the next year’s line-up plays out with all the drama of The Hunger Games’ reaping. There are tears, broken friendships, and sequins. Oh yes, there are sequins. Watch an EW exclusive clip below.

Off Pitch premieres Wednesday, April 17 at 10 p.m. Et on VH »


- Lanford Beard

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Review: Mads Mikkelsen mesmerizes in 'Hannibal'

4 April 2013 6:00 AM, PDT

To answer your question: No. Television does not need another serial-killer drama. But who can resist Hannibal Lecter? Especially when the horror-pop icon has been reinvented in a cable-style drama so finely acted, visually scrumptious, and deliciously subversive. Set during the cannibal shrink’s pre-incarceration days, Hannibal distinguishes itself from The Following, Bates Motel, and American Horror Story by its distinctive storytelling voice, Bryan Fuller. The creator of Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies again tells the tale of an alienated individual with an extraordinary talent that feels like an affliction. He also tells a tale that really isn’t about Hannibal Lecter. »


- Jeff Jensen

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'Survivor: Caramoan': Jeff Probst weighs in on the food challenge and last night's blindside

4 April 2013 4:15 AM, PDT

Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of ‘Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites’.

Entertainment Weekly: I was never a fan of the smoothie food challenge because I felt putting the contents into liquid form toned down the gnarly factor a bit. So I was very happy to see the contestants back to suffering while attempting to put down the food in its original form. But why the decision on your end to go old school as opposed to smoothie style?

Jeff Probst: Typically it goes like this — if we have great, »


- Dalton Ross

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'Arrested Development': New season to debut May 26 on Netflix, extra episode added

4 April 2013 4:00 AM, PDT

Ladies and gentlemen, start the engines to your stair cars: The Bluths have been given an air date — and an extra episode.

Netflix announced today that the upcoming season of Arrested Development will debut on May 26 at 12:01 am Pt, which marks the cult comedy’s return to TV after a three-season run on Fox from 2003 to 2006. Similar to its strategy with original series House of Cards, the streaming service will release all 15 new episodes of Arrested simultaneously. (Netflix joked that it had made a “huge mistake” in the number of episodes, a reference to its January announcement that the »


- Dan Snierson

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Conan breaks silence on Jimmy Fallon replacing Jay Leno

3 April 2013 8:01 PM, PDT

Now that everything is official, Conan O’Brien is speaking out about Jimmy Fallon taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno next year.

On his TBS talk show Wednesday night, O’Brien congratulated Fallon and — without directly referencing Leno — noted the new host is “the perfect guy” for the iconic talk show.

“I want to congratulate Jimmy, that is a really fun gig,” O’Brien said, drawing laughs. “It is! … It’s a fun gig and you know what? Jimmy is the perfect guy to do it; he’s going to do a fantastic job. So congratulations Jimmy.”

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