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Seth MacFarlane Hosts SNL Season Premiere: What Were the Best and Worst Skits?

16 September 2012 9:12 AM, PDT

Season 38 of Saturday Night Live got off to an excellent start with Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane proving to be a hard-working, versatile presence as host.

The cold open (with Jay Pharoah replacing Fred Armisen as Barack Obama) and opening monologue (with MacFarlane nailing a wide range of voices in a cute musical number) were promising appetizers to an episode that scored laughs in pretty much every sketch — right down to the final (and very brief) bit with McFarlane and cast newcomer Tim Robinson as Amish spoon makers.

Without further ado, my picks for the night’s best and worst: »

- Michael Slezak

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Fall TV Preview: The CSI Team's Lives and Hearts Are at Stake, But Whom Can They Trust?

16 September 2012 9:00 AM, PDT

When CSI signed off last May, Elisabeth Shue’s Finlay found herself literally in the arms of the enemy when a potentially dangerous detective started to get up close and personal with her. So just how will the investigator get out of harm’s way — and save Russell’s (Ted Danson) granddaughter in the process — during the Sept. 26 season premiere (CBS, 10/9c)?

Fall Preview | Exclusive Scoop on New Season of CSI — Plus 46 Other Shows!

“She will launch herself on a dangerous mission and use her smarts and her toughness,” says executive producer Don McGill. “And I can tell you this much: In the premiere, »

- Vlada Gelman

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Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban Joining Mariah & Randy on Idol: What Do We Want From Them?

16 September 2012 7:15 AM, PDT

The worst-kept secret in television is finally out of the see-through bag. Country superstar Keith Urban and rapper/singer/devotee of unsettling wigs Nicki Minaj will join pop diva Mariah Carey and Randy “Him Again?” Jackson on the American Idol Season 12 judges’ panel, a Fox spokesperson confirmed today.

“Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him,” said Mike Darnell, »

- Michael Slezak

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What to Watch Sunday: Weeds Goes Up in Smoke, Boardwalk Premiere, Leverage Finale and More

16 September 2012 5:27 AM, PDT

On TV this Sunday: Weeds brings its eight-season run to a close, Nate’s team tries to get Leverage in a pair of season-ending cases, Boardwalk Empire brews up a swill-filled new drama and ABC offers a consolidated lesson in Revenge. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar tonight.

8 pm Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel) | Somebody’s gotta babysit Toby and Charlie, but who will it be? In related news: Uh, has anyone seen Charlie…?

8 pm Revenge (ABC) | If you missed out on Season 1′s soapy goodness, here’s a crash course to catch you up. Get out »

- Kimberly Roots

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Once Upon a Time Season 2: Jennifer Morrison Teases 'Complicated' Reunion, Magical Emma

15 September 2012 7:09 PM, PDT

Breaking news: Once Upon a Time‘s Emma Swan is Alice in Wonderland — or at least she will feel like she is as Season 2 opens with the Storybrooke residents newly aware of their true identities, and just as Mr. Gold aka Rumplestiltskin has brought magic to town.

“The world is upside-down for Emma,” Jennifer Morrison shared on the red carpet at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where Once was nominated for Visual Effects, Costumes and Prosthetic Make-up. “Not that she is Alice in Wonderland, but in a sense she [has] gone down the rabbit hole. Up is down, down is up, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Emmys 2012: HBO, Fueled by Game of Thrones, and CBS Lead Early Winners; Smash Pulls Upset

15 September 2012 4:11 PM, PDT

If this year’s Creative Arts Emmys took place in Westeros, HBO would’ve easily ascended to the Iron Throne.

Fueled by its original series Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire, with a little love thrown at the Clive Owen-Nicole Kidman movie Hemingway & Gellhorn to boot, the pay cabler walked away from the evening with 17 total wins, including six for Thrones alone. (Last year, the fantasy saga grabbed gold just twice, even including at the Big Show.)

CBS placed a solid second with 13 wins, including five total for its coverage of the Grammys and Tonys, plus a pair for, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Big Bang Theory Boss Confirms: Bent Bad Girl Is Leonard's New Romantic Interest

15 September 2012 3:33 PM, PDT

The Big Bang Theory‘s Penny might want to truly revisit her feelings for Leonard and quick, because a bad girl from NBC’s Bent is about to enter the scientist’s orbit.

Related | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Scoop on Big Bang Theory and 46 Other Returning Shows!

On the red carpet for tonight’s Creative Arts Emmys Awards (airing Sept. 22 on Reelz), where Big Bang is up for two of its five total nominations, show boss Bill Prady confirmed that Margo Harshman, who played “Screwsie” on the Peacock’s short-lived comedy, has been cast as Sheldon’s new assistant, Alex. »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Walking Dead Video: The Ricktator Is Unleashed! A Bloody Prison Melee! Michone! The Governor!

15 September 2012 2:14 PM, PDT

We must have been in a zombie state on Friday, because this sick, splattery and predictably intense new promo for The Walking Dead Season 3 hit the interwebs, and it’s too fun not to share.

Photos | Exclusive Walking Dead First Look: The Zombies (Literally) Fence In the Survivors!

To tide you over during these final four weeks until the AMC hit returns, this teaser finds Rick telling the others that they must hit the road… that will lead them to a walker-ridden prison… even as exhausted as they are. But as wife Lori tells the de facto dictator, “Do whatever »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Ratings: Shark Tank Premiere Nets a Series High, Top Model Does Perry Well, Touch Is Faint

15 September 2012 12:53 PM, PDT

The Season 3 premiere of ABC’s Shark Tank made a splash on Friday night, besting all comers with the series’ largest audience ever (6.3 million total viewers) while matching the demo rating for its sophomore opener.

In fact, ABC, facing little competition, swept every hour, with the 20/20 season premiere (6.1 mil/1.8) earning the night’s best rating.

Of Friday’s other original programming, Tyler Perry Presents: Tyler Perry’s America’s Next Top Model: Tyler Perry’s College Edition (1.5 mil/0.7) drew this cycle’s largest rating and matched its largest audience, while a leftover Season 1 original of Fox’s Touch was more like a graze, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Two and a Half Men Season 10 Scoop: Jake's First Love (It's Miley!) and Alan/Walden's Evolution

15 September 2012 7:00 AM, PDT

To hear executive producer Jim Patterson tell it, the highly publicized incident that might’ve done in Two and a Half Men last year actually might’ve been a blessing wrapped in a bowling shirt.

“The 10th year of a show, you’re looking at 225 episodes,” he says. “Obviously, the more episodes you do, the more of a struggle it is to go, ‘All right, what’s a new idea? What’s something fresh we can do with a character?’”

You can’t get much fresher than getting rid of one role and bringing on another, and that’s what »

- Kimberly Roots

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Exclusive: Jenna Dewan Joins Cast of Lifetime's Witches of East End

14 September 2012 6:55 PM, PDT

Jenna Dewan’s got something cookin’ in her cauldron: a plum role in a buzzy new Lifetime pilot.

The Step Up star will play one of Julia Ormond’s secretly supernatural daughters in the cable net’s Witches of East End, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Related | American Horror Story Vet Frances Conroy Enters Asylum — Find Out Who She’ll Play

Dewan’s character, Freya Beauchamp, is a sexy and fearless former wild child who settles down after becoming engaged to fiancé Dash Gardiner, a rich philanthropist. Though not initially aware that she and her sister are their family’s newest generation of witches, »

- Kimberly Roots

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New Girl Scoop: Look Who's Playing Jess' Folks!

14 September 2012 4:30 PM, PDT

If you’ve ever wondered just what blend of genes created New Girl‘s quirky Jess, you’re about to find out.

Rob Reiner and Jamie Lee Curtis have been cast as Bob and Joan, parents of Zooey Deschanel‘s Jess, TVLine has learned.

Related | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Scoop on New Girl and 46 Other Shows

We’ll meet Mom and Dad Day in the Thanksgiving episode, when Jess attempts to get her divorced folks to reunite, Parent Trap-style. (Though the show apparently chose to go a different route from TVLine’s suggestions, we have to say: We approve.)

As previously reported, »

- Kimberly Roots

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Bates Motel Taps Freddie Highmore to Play Norman, Also Casts the Problem Child's Brother

14 September 2012 4:07 PM, PDT

Former child actor Freddie Highmore is checking into A&E’s Bates Motel.

The Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory star has nabbed the coveted role of Norman Bates in the cabler’s buzzy Psycho prequel, TV Guide Magazine reports.

Related | A&E Renews The Glades for Season 4

Update: Executive producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) later announced on Twitter that Max Thieriot (The Pacifier) has been cast as Norma Bates’ other son, Dylan, adding: “Max is a phenomenal, smart and magnetic actor.”

From executive producers Cuse and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), Bates Motel (slated to bow in »

- Megan Masters

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Arrow Hot Shots: Oliver Gets His Super Start — Plus, Geoff Johns to Pen Huntress Episode

14 September 2012 3:29 PM, PDT

Whether you like your Stephen Amell rugged/hairy or cleaned-up/slick, this Arrow gallery is for you.

In these new shots from the first episode of The CW’s fall superhero drama, we see Amell’s Oliver Queen both during his shipwreck-induced island stay (where he could double for Saturday Night Live’s The Falconer) and after his rescue (where he could double for a GQ cover boy). It’s after he returns to society, of course, that the presumed-dead playboy becomes a bow-wielding vengeance machine.

Related | Fall TV First Impression: Is Arrow on Target?

We also get one shot »

- Kimberly Roots

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Exclusive: Breaking Bad’s Jonathan Banks Joins New CBS Drama for Multi-Episode Arc

14 September 2012 3:23 PM, PDT

To use the parlance of his latest gig: Jonathan Banks is on a hot streak.

The in-demand actor has booked a multiple-episode arc on CBS’ upcoming new period drama Vegas, TVLine has learned.

Banks will play Angelo, a big-time Chicago gangster who travels to the gaming oasis to ensure his Nevada-based cash flow continues. Though Michael Chiklis‘ Savino wants him to expand in Vegas, Angelo’s not interested.

News of Banks’ Vegas gig — as well as NBC’s confirmation that he’d play father to Parks and Recreation’s Ben during »

- Kimberly Roots

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Exclusive: CSI: NY Casts Ringer Siren, Lizzie McGuire Alum in Season 9

14 September 2012 2:45 PM, PDT

Ringer‘s ill-fated Gemma has found new life on CSI: NY.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Tara Summers has booked a guest spot in a Season 9 installment of the CBS cop drama.

Summers will drop by this November as Dr. Carly Emerson, a British psychiatrist whose patients mysteriously start turning up dead. Appearing in the same episode is actor Jake Thomas, of Lizzie McGuire fame. He’ll play a college student named Steve, who hails from a wealthy but dysfunctional family.

Related | Exclusive: CSI: NY Casts Justified Alum Neal McDonough as the ‘Ultimate Politician’

In addition to The CW’s short-lived Ringer, »

- Megan Masters

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New Girl Season 2: Carla Gugino to Play Schmidt's S&M-Minded Boss!

14 September 2012 2:06 PM, PDT

Schmidt’s nether regions are getting ready to make up for lost time.

The ever-smoldering Carla Gugino will join Fox’s New Girl for three episodes in its upcoming Season 2, EW.com reports.

She’ll play Schmidt’s boss, Emma, who’s a lady on the streets and a freak between the sheets. But Max Greenfield’s great romancer may want to pace himself — you’ll recall that his love life has been in a time-out while he’s had to wear a penis cast (which will be removed in the season premiere).

Related | Look Who’s Playing Jess’ New Season 2 Boyfriend! »

- Kimberly Roots

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Arrested Development Adds Isla Fisher, Terry Crews — But Who Are They Playing?

14 September 2012 12:53 PM, PDT

Since last we saw them, it appears that Arrested Development‘s Bluths have made some new friends.

Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) will appear in the cult comedy’s upcoming Season 4, TVLine has confirmed.

Both actors have already begun shooting their guest spots, per Zap2It, which broke the news. No details about their characters are available yet.

Related | Ron Howard, Jason Bateman Celebrate Arrested Development‘s Return: ‘It’S Alive!’

The pair join Mad Men’s John Slattery – another Arrested newbie – as well as the show’s original cast and some special pals »

- Kimberly Roots

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TVLine Items: Smash Adds Law & Order Vet, USA Orders Pilot From Numb3rs Creators and More!

14 September 2012 12:17 PM, PDT

Things are looking positively Smash-ing for Jesse L. Martin.

The Law & Order alum has booked a recurring role in Season 2 of the hit NBC musical series, Deadline reports. He joins as an artistic director of a theater company who shares a history with several main characters. What’s more, he may become romantically involved with Debra Messing’s Julia.

Related | NBC Stages Will & Grace Reunion on Smash as Sean Hayes Joins Season 2 Cast

No stranger to the stage, Martin originated the role of Tom Collins in Rent and then portrayed him in the production’s 2005 big-screen rendition.

Smash, meanwhile, »

- Megan Masters

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What to Watch: 5 Web Series Worth Checking Out

14 September 2012 11:38 AM, PDT

Danny Pudi (Community) fights ninjas, Jurassic Park meets Office Space and a Dr. Who-esque character familiar to the Greendale gang transports himself through space and time in this week’s rundown of noteworthy new web series. Plus, there’s a show for parents who want to teach their kids how to be proper geeks and a teenage love story that revolves around sandwich-making. Let’s get to it!

The Book Club | This one stars Outsourced‘s Parvesh Cheena andPudi. That right there should be enough to get you to crack open the laptop, but if you need further details, »

- Sheryl Rothmuller

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