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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs From The Following, Criminal Minds, Nashville and More

10 February 2013 10:34 AM, PST

Gonna pop some tags? Only got $20 in your pocket? No worries – here’s the latest edition of TVLine Mixtape.

We’ve pulled together a collection of songs from recent TV episodes, complete with artist and album information in case you want to add them to your permanent collection. Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked – but we always want to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

So peruse our playlist, and then hit the comments with your favorite TV jams! And remember: You can always submit questions or suggestions about TV music on Twitter @kimroots.

Related | TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? »


- Kimberly Roots

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Idology: Nicki Minaj Rules, Male Contestants Act the Fool During Season 12 Hollywood Week

10 February 2013 9:40 AM, PST

Say what you want about Nicki Minaj’s opinion — and sure, sometimes it’s as crazy as her wigs — but unlike so many ineffective American Idol judges of yore, there’s never any doubt about where she stands.

Nicki’s bracing honesty was never more appreciated than during the opening half of Season 12 Hollywood Week, when too many guy contestants milked their sob stories, lobbied for sympathy votes or acted like entitled buffoons in their quest to keep alive the show’s streak of five straight male winners.

On this week’s Idology, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I discuss »


- Michael Slezak

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Justin Bieber Hosts Saturday Night Live: What Were the Best and Worst Sketches?

9 February 2013 11:17 PM, PST

I can’t lie and pretend I was excited when I heard the news that Justin Bieber was hosting Saturday Night Live, but sometimes low expectations can yield unexpectedly happy returns.

In that spirit, the good news for Bieber is that he fared funnier than fellow pop star Adam Levine, who hosted SNL two weeks ago. Indeed, Bieber proved a self-deprecating headliner, gamely allowing himself to be the butt of jokes about looking like he’s 11, still possessing his baby teeth and resembling talk-show maven Ellen DeGeneres (among other lesbians).

The bad news? The show’s ever-inconsistent writing staff trotted »


- Michael Slezak

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Ratings: Touch Down, Bum Job, CSI: NY Ties Season High, Nikita Ticks Up

9 February 2013 1:08 PM, PST

Fox’s rejiggered, more-24ier-than-ever! Touch returned on Friday night to 3.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating across its two-hour opener. That’s down 20 and 23 percent from its Season 1 finale. (The series’ launch led out of Idol so… oranges.)

Also opening on the low side Friday was CBS’ The Job, which with 4.1 mil and a 0.9 was down more than 50 percent from time slot predecessor Undercover Boss and only outrated Nikita in the 8 o’clock hour.

Lead-out CSI: NY (9.44 mil/1.6) nonetheless ticked up to match its season high in the demo. Blue Bloods was flat at 11.1 mil/1.5, drawing the night »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Pilot Scoop: Grey's Anatomy Alum Kim Raver to Headline CBS' NCIS: LA Spin-Off

9 February 2013 12:00 PM, PST

Kim Raver has scored the female lead in CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles spin-off, TVLine has learned.

The Grey’s Anatomy and 24 actress will play Special Agent Paris, the athletic, smart, witty and bold leader of the Red team. Paris has a Degree in Forensic Science, can drive a golf ball 300 yards and has a brain snapping Iq in the 98th percentile. She prefers to, and often does, work alone.

Related | Pilot Season 2013: Get the Scoop on This Season’s (Possible) Newcomers

Raver, who recently scored a recurring role on NBC’s Revolution,  joins a cast that also includes John Corbett, »


- Michael Ausiello

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Pilot News: Friday Night Lights Vet Aimee Teegarden Breathes In Oxygen at The CW

9 February 2013 7:47 AM, PST

Aimee Teegarden is reuniting with The CW.

The Friday Night Lights actress, who last season toplined the network’s initial Selection pilot, has landed the lead role in the drama pilot Oxygen, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related | TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble? 

Oxygen, from Good Wife scribe Meredith Averill, chronicles an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth. »


- Vlada Gelman

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What to Watch This Weekend: The Walking Dead Lurches Back, Grammys, Girls and More

9 February 2013 6:00 AM, PST

On TV this weekend: Justin Bieber spends his Saturday Night in Studio 8H, The Grammys rock on, Walking Dead stagger back onto the schedule, Matt Damon’s in the House and Syfy brings Blood & Chrome. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.

Saturday, February 9

8 pm Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (ABC) | The Peanuts gang celebrates Cupid and all his trappings in this 1975 special. (A Charlie Brown Valentine follows at 8:30 pm.)

9 pm The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family (CBS) | Using behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, »


- Kimberly Roots

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Performer of the Week: Jeff Perry

9 February 2013 5:53 AM, PST

A new feature in which we spotlight the past week’s shining star

The Performer | Jeff Perry

The Show | Scandal (ABC)

The Episode | “Nobody Likes Babies”

The Airdate | February 7, 2013

Related | Scandal Post Mortem: Shonda Rhimes Defends Killer Twist, Weighs In on Fitz’s Shocking Decision

The Performance | It was the roar of a political lion as much as it was a confession. Having worked so hard to cover his tracks, yet compelled to lie not once more to the husband who loves him, chief of staff Cyrus Rutherford Beene bared all after having bared all: “I stole… the White House! »


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Casting News: August Returns to Once, ER Vet Joins NCIS: Los Angeles Spin-Off and More!

8 February 2013 6:35 PM, PST

We cannot tell a lie: Eion Bailey is on his way back to ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

Though his August/Pinocchio disappeared earlier this season, Bailey is set to show up in the fairytale drama’s 18th episode, EW.com reports. No word yet on what/who brings him back for the hour, titled “Selfless, Brave and True.”

Related | Pilot Season 2013: Get Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers and Who’s In Them

In other casting news…

Scott Grimes (ER) and Gillian Alexy (Damages) have joined the NCIS: Los Angeles planted spin-off as series regulars, per our sister site Deadline. »


- Kimberly Roots

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Pilot Scoop: Breaking Bad's Jonathan Banks Joins NBC Pulp Action Thriller Bloodline

8 February 2013 4:45 PM, PST

Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks has joined the cast of NBC’s pulpy drama pilot Bloodline.

Banks will play Leo Killpriest, the patriarch of an ancient line of killers, in the Kill Bill-esque stylized drama.

Bloodline follows an orphaned girl named Bird Benson who’s caught between two families of murderers and mercenaries. In order to eventually have a normal life, Bird learns, she must defeat her mother via mortal combat.

Banks’ powerful character, the head of one of the families, is worried that the last remaining members of his bloodline will be wiped off the earth because they »


- Kimberly Roots

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Pilot Scoop: Christina Ricci Signs on as NBC Comedy's Girlfriend in a Coma

8 February 2013 3:45 PM, PST

Christina Ricci will star in NBC’s comedy pilot Girlfriend in a Coma.

The former Pan Am star will play Karen, a woman who wakes from a years-long coma to discover she has a 17-year-old daughter from a pregnancy she never knew about.

Related | TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

The single-camera project is based on a Douglas Coupland novel. Dick Wolf (Law & Order), Peter Jankowski (Law & Order) and Danielle Gelber (Chicago Fire) will exec-produce, with Liz Brixius (Nurse Jackie) producing and penning the project.

Earlier this season, Ricci »


- Kimberly Roots

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NBC Cancels Do No Harm After Two Episodes; Svu Repeats to Fill Thursday Void

8 February 2013 2:52 PM, PST

NBC has permanently suppressed Dr. Cole’s evil alter ego.

The network on Friday afternoon pulled the plug on its Jekyll-and-Hyde-esque medical thriller  Do No Harm after just two anemically rated episodes.

The freshman drama’s Jan. 31 debut garnered 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, making it the lowest-rated, in-season debut of any scripted Big 4 series ever. This week’s second installment fared worse, dropping to just over 2 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating.

Do No Harm wrapped production on its initial 13-episode order last month; it’s unclear if the 11 remaining episodes will see the light of day. »


- Michael Ausiello

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Good Wife, Psych, Covert Affairs, Grimm, Being Human and More!

8 February 2013 2:40 PM, PST

What should Psych fans get psyched for? What blast from the past will The Good Wife get? Is Arrow off his mark? Will Josh cease Being Human? Get answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

Psych | Your long, (semi-)patient wait is just about over, Psych-os, with the Season 7 now just… well, less than three weeks away. I am two episodes in, and here’s a tiny taste of what’s ahead for Team Pineapple. You will see Shawn repeatedly wrestle with what exactly the term “Mexican stand-off” means, have cause to tell Jules, “I’ve got the greatest girlfriend ever” and, »


- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Exclusive Svu Sneak Peek: Marcia Gay Harden Returns – Plus: A Nod to Benson's Bahamas Trip

8 February 2013 1:34 PM, PST

Mariska Hargitay‘s Benson spends a lot of time complaining about South Florida in this exclusive sneak peek from next Wednesday’s Law & Order: Svu (NBC, 9/8c), but that’s before she encounters the friendly face of a familiar FBI agent.

Related | TVLine’s 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Marcia Gay Harden (Damages) reprises her role as G-woman Dana Lewis, who’s in town for the exact same reason as Benson and Amaro: To nab a convict (played by Lost‘s Harold Perrineau) suspected in a cold rape-and-murder case.

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Scoop: The Killing Adds Max Fowler for Season 3

8 February 2013 1:30 PM, PST

Up-and-coming actor Max Fowler is joining Season 3 of The Killing as a series regular, TVLine has learned.

Fowler, whose credits include a guest appearance in the BBC America drama The Hour, will play Twitch, a good-looking, savvy, streetwise, teenage boy, charming and manipulative.

Related | The Killing Exclusive: Season 3′s Mystery Revealed!

The new season of The Killing (which AMC ordered only months after cancelling the series) picks up a year after the events of the Season 2 finale and will focus on a single mystery which — unlike the Rosie riddle — will resolve over the course of 12 episodes.

Executive producer, writer and showrunner Veena Sud will return, »


- Michael Ausiello

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Shocker: Christina Applegate Quits Up All Night

8 February 2013 12:40 PM, PST

NBC might want to consider putting Up All Night to sleep.

Christina Applegate has decided to exit the series, which is in the midst of a major revamp, our sister site Deadline reports.

“It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors,” Applegate said in a statement. “Working with Lorne Michaels has been a dream come true and I am grateful he brought me into his TV family. I will miss the cast, producers and crew, »


- Michael Ausiello

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TVLine Items: HBO Orders Pilot From Lost Boss, Community Premiere Trends and More!

8 February 2013 12:37 PM, PST

HBO has given a pilot order to The Leftovers, a drama project from Lost boss Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta, Vulture reports.

Based on the 2011 novel of the same name, the prospective series examines life on Earth after a Rapture-like event occurs.

Lindelof will co-write and executive-produce the pilot with Perrotta, and also will act as showrunner should HBO move forward with the series.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Community not only returned Thursday night with a ratings boost — it was a Twitter-trending-topic monster! Between the East and West Coast airings of the NBC comedy’s Season 4 premiere, »


- Megan Masters

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Exclusive Castle Video Preview: Rick and Kate Wish Upon a Star (Wars) This Valentine's Day

8 February 2013 11:56 AM, PST

Will the force be with Rick and Kate on their first first Valentine’s Day as a full-fledged couple?

Monday’s Cupid-centric Castle finds the lovebirds playfully discussing what they got each other for the big day, and let’s just say the words “limited edition,” “Star Wars,” and “lightsaber” are dropped.

Related | Castle‘s Fifth Season Just Got Bigger!

And remember, Rick has a lot of ground to make up for after he mistakenly obliged Kate’s wishes and filled her Christmas stocking with tumbleweed.

“There’s a subtle competition between the two of them,” series creator Andrew Marlowe previously told TVLine, »


- Michael Ausiello

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Exclusive Revenge First Look: An Emily We've Never Seen Before Begs Aiden 'Don't Go'

8 February 2013 11:23 AM, PST

When Revenge resumes this Sunday (ABC, 9/8c), one couple will tie the knot while another will struggle to stay together — and we have an exclusive first look at the latter.

In a scene that should serve as the centerpiece of Emily VanCamp‘s Emmy campaign, the undercover lovers are on their last leg after Aiden has learned of his sister’s alleged murder at the hands of The Initiative. Taking his grief out on Emily, the vengeance-seeker decides to go it alone from here on out — but not before hitting his longtime companion where it hurts one last time.

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- Megan Masters

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Was Community Too Ambitious? Vampire Moving Slower? TV's Steamiest Smooch? And More Qs!

8 February 2013 10:47 AM, PST

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 Elementary, The Vampire Diaries, Community and Scandal!

1 | Did Elementary waste an opportunity to wow with its ho-hum post-Super Bowl episode? Even taking into consideration that they probably didn’t want to alienate new viewers, wouldn’t any of the show’s previous standalone cases have been better than that one?

Related | Super Bowl 2013: Winners and Losers

2 | Isn’t it weird how crazy Downton Abbey’s Daisy is about Alfred when, really, he’s just a taller, »


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