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Pilots: CBS Adds David Shore/Bryan Cranston Drama, James Patterson Riff

8 hours ago

CBS on Friday night ordered another two drama pilots, each with interesting pedigrees.

Having already made a production commitment to the project, CBS officially greenlit a pilot for Sneaky Pete, which is being written and exec-produced by House creator David Shore and Breaking Bad Emmy winner Bryan Cranston.

The series follows a thirtysomething con man who upon leaving prison assumes the identity of a cellmate and then hides from debtors by toiling for his “new” family’s bail bond business. There, he uses his prowess to take down bad guys worse than himself, all while his pretty “cousin” grows suspicious of his motives. »


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Pilots: ABC Orders Comedies About Johnny Knoxville, NBA Odd Couple, Genius Kids, Plus 4 Others

9 hours ago

ABC on Friday night ordered a whopping seven comedy pilots, including the real-life story of a young Johnny Knoxville, an NBA rookie with translation issues and three couples who (shockingly) are staying married in America.

The projects are as follows:

Untitled Johnny Knoxville Pilot | Courtesy of narration from the man himself, Johnny Knoxville recalls life growing up in the “outlaw culture” of Knoxville, Tenn., and how it shaped him into one of the most notorious pranksters of our time. Written by Victor Fresco (Better Off Ted).

Delores & Jermaine | Based on comedian Jermaine Fowler’s real-life experience, this comedy finds lazy-yet-inventive »


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Ground Floor Cancelled at TBS

9 hours ago

Ground Floor is taking the stairway to heaven.

TBS has cancelled Bill Lawrence’s underrated workplace sitcom, TVLine has learned exclusively.

The show’s Feb. 10 Season 2 closer will now serve as its series finale.

Interestingly, Ground Floor — which stars Skylar Astin and Briga Heelan — opened its sophomore run in December with 1.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, and at last count pulled 1.7 mil/0.7 (leading into Cougar Town’s 1 mil/0.5). Season 1 averaged 1.8 million weekly viewers, with Live+& DVR playback factored in. (Translation: Huh?)

Update: A TBS rep maintains that Ground Floor has not been officially cancelled.

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Glee Recap: Love in an Elevator

10 hours ago

What the world… needs now… is Klaine… sweet Klaine.

That was Sue’s mantra throughout Friday’s Glee as the couple’s ultimate ‘shipper took drastic measures to get Kurt and Blaine back together. And it worked! (Well, sort of.)

Channeling her inner Jigsaw — no, seriously, she actually constructed an animatronic doll of herself based on the iconic Saw villain — Sue trapped Kurt and Blaine in a (fake) elevator with one simple ultimatum: Get down to business or get comfortable. And although the exes initially resisted temptation, instead opting to pass the time with flirty conversation, they eventually caved, going »


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Pilots: ABC Orders College Conspiracy, Modern Oil Boom Dramas, Others

10 hours ago

ABC on Friday night ordered four more drama pilots, revolving around a healthcare advocate, a secret college society, a modern-day oil boom and a family of lawyers.

The projects are as follows:

Kingmakers | When his sister is found dead during her freshman year at an Ivy League university, a young man adopts a new identity to infiltrate the school and its century-old secret society — populated by privileged students, ambitious faculty, and high-profile alums — to investigate. Written by Sallie Patrick (Revenge).

The Advocate | Penned by Sheldon Turner (Straight Outta Compton ), this follows a type-a businesswoman who experiences firsthand the hazards of our healthcare system, »


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Game of Thrones Season 5 Photos: Cersei Schemes, Tyrion Lurks, Arya Arrives, New Faces Emerge

14 hours ago

The Game of Thrones Season 5 riches just keep piling up like Lannister gold, don’t they?

Soon after the series’ latest trailer hit the Internet Friday, HBO released a spate of photos from upcoming episodes. (You know you want to dive in, so go!)

Shots from the forthcoming season show many of your old favorites — Jon Snow, Daenerys, Brienne, Arya, the Lannister siblings — as well as new players like The High Sparrow (played by Jonathan Pryce, the Pirates of the Caribbean films) and Doran Martell (played by Alexander Siddig, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine).

Do you see your favorite characters? »


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Parenthood Deleted Scenes Show Seth's Return, Sarah's Roast and More

14 hours ago

If you have any tissues leftover from Thursday’s Parenthood series finale, we’ve found a good use for them.

NBC has released three deleted scenes from the drama’s last two episodes, including John Corbett’s return as Seth, who surprises Sarah and Amber with a visit to see his grandson.

Also featured in the videos below: The Braverman kids roast Sarah for the men she’s dated since moving back home — who else completely forgot about the forklift guy from Tns? — and Ruby gives her dad some crucial fashion advice before he ties the knot.

One scene that »


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Lewis and Clark: HBO Greenlights Miniseries Starring Casey Affleck

15 hours ago

HBO’s making history again.

The premium cabler, home of John Adams and The Pacific, soon will set off on a new expedition: a miniseries based on the historical travels of Lewis and Clark.

Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) will play Meriwether Lewis opposite Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts as William Clark in a project chronicling the famous trip, the network announced Friday.

The six-hour miniseries, based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, will follow the 19th-century explorers as they go on a President Jefferson-ordered excursion through uncharted territory, searching for an all-water route to the Pacific Ocean.

The »


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Celebrity Apprentice Sneak Peek: Does Kenya Moore Call Vivica A. Fox Fat?

16 hours ago

Vivica A. Fox is about to discover that, compared to Kenya Moore, a Sharknado is like a goldfish caught in a gust of wind.

In TVLine’s exclusive first look at Monday’s Celebrity Apprentice (NBC, 8/7c), Fox volunteers to be one of the models in Team Vortex’s impromptu photo shoot, an offer which Moore politely declines.

“I wanted them to be, like, really really thin,” Moore tells her.

I won’t spoil Fox’s response, but trust me, it’s good. So hit Play on the preview clip below, then drop a comment: Should Moore be the next celebrity fired by Donald Trump? »


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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Nashville, Supergirl, Castle, Flash, Supernatural, Forever, Grey's, NCIS, Jane and More!

17 hours ago

Will Nashville‘s Rayna/Deacon fans be singing a happy tune? Who is Supergirl‘s first Very Big Bad? Which Castle family is expanding? Baby drama for Jane? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Pretty please, spill some details on whether Nashville‘s Rayna and Deacon will be getting back together anytime soon? –LooLoo

Our resident Nashville native-by-association, Kim Roots, tells me that Wednesday’s midseason premiere “will simultaneously delight and frustrate Deyna fans. The big winners: People who don’t like Luke Wheeler. He has a really rough time after Rayna gives him the heave-ho, »


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Idina Menzel to Star in Happy Time Comedy from Ellen DeGeneres

18 hours ago

Do you want to build a television career? Idina Menzel sure does.

The Frozen actress has been tapped to star in Happy Time, a comedy produced by Ellen DeGeneres, our sister site Deadline reports.

Written by Randi Barnes (Girl Meets World), the single-camera project will center on Menzel as a woman in the public eye who’s ready to stop pretending she’s so happy all the time.

Warner Bros. TV and DeGeneres’ studio A Very Good Production are looking to develop Happy Time this summer.

Next up for Menzel: Performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before kickoff at Sunday’s Super Bowl Xlix. »


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Was Parenthood's Ending Too Happy? Can Elizabeth Jennings Best Arrow? How'd Olivia Frizz Out? And More Qs!

18 hours ago

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Sleepy Hollow, Jane the Virgin, Parenthood and Scandal!

1 | Which Saturday Night Live intern goofed, that the Family Feud sketch featured a weirdly outdated array of American Idol judges? (Also, raise your hand if you could do a better Harry Connick Jr. impression.)

2 | Were you as floored as we were, during the SAG Awards, to learn that Lifetime Achievement winner Debbie Reynolds didn’t know how to dance before Singin’ in the Rain? And »


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Mindy Project Bids Adieu to Adam Pally With Peter's Top 3 Moments

19 hours ago

Adam Pally makes his Mindy Project exit Tuesday (Fox, 9:30/8:30c), and what better way to say “hasta bro-vista” than with Peter Prentice’s best moments?

Too much funny from which to choose, you say? Star Mindy Kaling Bs-to-d (begs to diff) in the exclusive video below, which is full of her favorite Peter scenes — including one that’s a little less funny, a little more mrrow.

Press Play on the clip to see if your top Prentice predicaments made the cut.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer: Daenerys' Destiny, Tyrion in Exile

19 hours ago

“The seven kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name,” Lord Varys tells Tyrion in the first trailer for Game of Thrones‘ fifth season, causing the Lannister sibling to scoff, “Good luck finding him.”

“Who said anything about ‘him,'” the Spider replies, we cut to a shot of Daenerys, and we’re off!

The roughly two-minute video, which is airing as part of the HBO series being shown in IMAX theaters across the country, gives us plenty to look at/obsess over.

After an unofficial video — which was apparently shot by »


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Ratings: Grey's, Scandal Return Up; Parenthood Finale and Mom Hit Highs

20 hours ago

On the first night of February sweeps, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy returned to 8.6 million total viewers and a best-since-premiere 2.7 demo rating, up 4 and 13 percent from its midseason finale.

Scandal (10.4 mil/3.6) returned up 3 and 16 percent, drawing best-since-premiere numbers and matching its second-best demo rating ever. TVLine readers gave the ep an average grade of “B.”

How to Get Away With Murder (9.1 mil/3.0), however, dipped 7 percent and a tenth from its last episode.

Elsewhere….

NBC | Parenthood said goodbye to 5.5 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, surging 25 and 33 percent week-to-week to draw all-time Thursday highs. Versus its previous finale, P’hood was up 37 and 31 percent, »


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World's Funniest Fails Sneak Peek: Fall Under the Spell of Adorable Puppies!

20 hours ago

Pay no attention to Florence + the Machine’s insistence that “the dog days are over”!

In this exclusive sneak peek video from tonight’s World’s Funniest Fails (8/7c on Fox), host Terry Crews presents a montage of canine cuteness sure to make you say “awww” (or at least, “awww yeah — another means of procrastinating ’til my Friday lunch break!”).

Seriously, that Golden Retriever and her pups belong on an inspirational poster somewhere, no?

If that’s not enough for you, we’ve got a second clip — featuring people having the worst snow days ever.

Press Play above and below »


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Lol Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live & Friends Take the Air Out of Deflategate

20 hours ago

The wicked pissah kickoff to your Super Bowl weekend has arrived.

Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live made light of the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl-clinching win over the Indianapolis Colts — and the show enlisted the help of some famous friends.

For those wholly uninterested in gridiron goings-on, stay with us: The situation has been dubbed “Deflategate” due to allegations that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in removing some of the air from balls used during the game, giving the Pats an against-the-rules advantage that contributed to the team’s victory.

The ABC late-night program skewered »


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'Super' NBC Promos: The Voice Meets Mad Max, The Blacklist, Nph and More

23 hours ago

During its Super Bowl coverage on Sunday, NBC will envision the Voice judges as Thunderdome overlords, walk The Blacklist‘s “Red” through much mayhem and have Bianca Kajlick and Bridget Mendler hose down some Undateable firemen.

Also, Anna Friel’s Sgt. Odelle Ballard gives a sense of the geopolitical Odyssey before her, while Neil Patrick Harris teases his latest bid to take over the entertainment world.

Check out the Super Sunday promos below:

The Blacklist

The Voice

Undateable

Odyssey

Neil Patrick Harris Variety Special

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Elementary Boss: After Kitty's Exit, Sherlock and Watson Must 'Evolve'

29 January 2015 11:00 PM, PST

On Thursday night’s Elementary, Kitty took her final (vengeful) bow, leaving Sherlock and Watson in “tricky, dangerous times,” executive producer Rob Doherty warns.

Although Kitty didn’t kill her tormentor Del Gruner (guest star Stuart Townsend) after capturing him, she did leave him badly scarred. Captain Gregson made it clear that he would have to track down the culprit of the crime, even if it was a name he knew, leaving Kitty no choice but to flee New York City.

“Do you know what I haven’t said to anyone in a really long time? I love you. Isn’t that the saddest thing? »


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Criminal Minds Spinoff Pilot Adds Breaking Bad Star Anna Gunn

29 January 2015 8:54 PM, PST

Anna Gunn is plotting her post-post-Breaking Bad future — as a cast member of CBS’ planted Criminal Minds spinoff pilot.

The two-time Emmy winner will star opposite Gary Sinise (CSI: NY) and Tyler James Williams (The Walking Dead) as Ally Lambert, an international law expert and talented linguist. An indispensable part of the Bau team, she makes sure that bad guys worldwide don’t slip through the murky waters of international law.

The potential spinoff, penned by Criminal Minds showrunner Erica Messer and following a globe-trotting Bau team that tends to Americans in crisis abroad, will be filmed in February »


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