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TVLine Items: TV Land Greenlights Kirstie Alley Comedy, John Stamos Nixes Gh Return and More!

15 February 2013 11:47 AM, PST

TV Land has ordered to series Kirstie’s New Show, a sitcom starring Cheers vets Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman and Seinfeld‘s Michael Richards.

Formerly known as Giant Baby, the comedy stars Alley as Maddie Banks, a Broadway star whose world suddenly changes when the son she gave up for adoption (played by Eric Petersen) shows up after 26 years.

Perlman, meanwhile, plays Maddie’s best friend and assistant; Richards is her kooky limo driver.

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

• Sadly, Blackie Parrish is not General Hospital-bound. While appearing on The Jeff Probst Show (airing Monday, »

- Megan Masters

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Pilot Scoop: Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman to Star In 'Hit' Fox Drama Boomerang

15 February 2013 11:00 AM, PST

Felicity Huffman: Killer Housewife.

The former Desperate Housewives star — who was pursued by multiple networks this development season — has inked a deal to headline Boomerang, Fox’s drama pilot about a family of hired guns, TVLine has learned.

Related | 2013 Pilot Guide: Scoop on Next Fall’s Possible Newcomers 

The project, from ER and Shameless vet John Wells, focuses on the usual, everyday drama surrounding a family business — except this family is in the business of executing hits as assassins for the U.S. government.

Huffman will play the clan’s matriarch Margie Hamilton, a briskly professional assassin who can »

- Michael Ausiello

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The Scandal List: Big Bombs, Peeping Toms, Fingers-in-Mouths and 17 More Whoa Moments

15 February 2013 10:24 AM, PST

With each Scandal comes more scandalous moments. And we are here to keep tally of the ABC drama’s greatest, most salacious hits — or what we will dub “WHOAs,” as in Wicked, Heinous and/or Outrageous Antics.

From the multiple grim fates that befell kindly Amanda Tanner to bombardier Becky, from Abby and David’s outré foreplay to exacting an election fraud that threatened to rob America of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, we’ll be regularly updating this slideshow of the series’ wonderfully wild times.

Review this list of ethically and morally questionable behavior and weigh in on your “favorites. »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Exclusive Walking Dead Photos: The Governor vs. [Spoiler], Part 2? Plus — Is Andrea Wising Up?

15 February 2013 9:22 AM, PST

Is it the rematch we’ve all been waiting for? Glancing at the first two of these three pics from Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead (AMC, 9/8c), it sure looks like Michonne and the Governor will be engaging in a shootout to the death!

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(Then again, they could just be photos of the archenemies at separate target practices.)

Below them, could that expression etched across Andrea’s face finally be that of her wising up? (We can but hope!)

Debate amongst yourselves in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Gene Page »

- Andy Patrick

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Ratings Update: Zero Hour Clocks In at Record Low for ABC, Community Drops Hard

15 February 2013 8:45 AM, PST

Zero Hour on Thursday night premiered to 6.3 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating (per Nielsen finals), making it ABC’s lowest-rated in-season scripted premiere ever.

The byzantine conspiracy drama was down 41 percent in the demo from Last Resort‘s launch and down 38 percent from Missing‘s spring 2012 opener.

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Leading out of that, Grey’s Anatomy drew 8.4 million viewers and a 2.8 rating (adjusted up in the finals), while Scandal (8.04 mil/2.7, per finals) ticked down a tenth week-to-week.

Related | Read Our Recaps for Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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First Look: For Castle, Crime Hits Close to Home

15 February 2013 7:59 AM, PST

On Monday’s Castle (ABC, 10/9c), a murder investigation exposes a plot to kidnap the daughter of a Middle Eastern businessman — and we’ve got a video sneak peek at a moment that introduces an extra-harrowing wrinkle in the case.

Related | Castle Exclusive: Mad Men’s Cara Buono Cast as Woman From [Spoiler]‘s Past

In the clip below, Kate and Rick are following up on the whereabouts of the aforementioned college-aged kidnapping target when Rick is prompted to check in on his own daughter, Alexis. What follows sends the February sweeps two-parter — guest-starring Dylan Walsh as an FBI agent and ultimately introducing Rick’s father, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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What to Watch Friday: Shark Tank's Huge Nibble, Jessie's Big Break, 7 Psych Favorites and More

15 February 2013 7:20 AM, PST

On TV this Friday: The Job orders a Cosmo, a member of the Shark Tank leaps at an opportunity, it’s a bloody Valentine’s Day on CSI: NY and Rock Center explores the urgent need for panda procreation. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

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8 pm Jessie (Disney Channel) | Jessie gets her big break as a stunt double to popular Aussie actress Shaylee Michaels (played by Maia Mitchell of Disney Channel’s upcoming Teen Beach Movie) — until, that is, she catches the eye of the starlet’s director beau. »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Kitchen Nightmares Exclusive Preview: Necessity Is the Mother of an Intervention

15 February 2013 6:01 AM, PST

This week’s installment of Kitchen Nightmares reduces a gruff dad to the brink of tears — without so much as a chopped onion or a shouting Chef. Gordon Ramsay to prompt the Kleenex moment.

Instead, the waterworks at Sam’s Mediterranean Kabob Room are prompted by the titular restaurateur hearing harsh truths from his disgruntled employees — who just so happen to be his seven children. It turns out Sam’s offspring have been toiling away at the failing eatery up to seven days a week, and often without pay. And nope, getting free meals off the restaurant’s super-bland menu »

- Michael Slezak

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Scandal Recap: I Never Knew How Much Love Could Hurt, Until I Loved You

14 February 2013 8:50 PM, PST

This week on ABC’s Scandal, a 10-month time jump found Fitz driven to drink, David in too deep and Olivia struggling to stay above water as troubles new and familiar loomed large.

Related | Tony Goldwyn Opens Up About Scandal‘s Heartbreaking Twist: ‘I Literally Couldn’t Speak the Words’

The State Of The Union | Yes, 10 months have passed since Fitz learned the truth about Defiance — yet he apparently never made it clear to anyone that he knew. Mellie thinks he and Liv just, like, had some nasty spat, so she’s doing her best to satisfy her man’s »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Grey's Recap: Take This Job and Shove It

14 February 2013 7:54 PM, PST

This week on Grey’s Anatomy, Bailey becomes so disgusted by the prospect of working for Pegasus Horizons that she tells Arizona that she’s going to quit. And, just as the hospital’s sale is about to go through, someone else actually tenders their resignation. And someone else. And someone else. And… let me explain:

Like A Virgin | After yet another make-out session with April, Matt the Dreamy Paramedic asks her out on a date that won’t take place in his ambulance. In turn, she freaks, running to Jackson, of all people, for advice on how to explain »

- Andy Patrick

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Glee Recap: Wedding Belle Blues [Updated]

14 February 2013 7:22 PM, PST

“Emma’s left the building.” And yet that at-the-altar announcement by ice-cold Sue Sylvester was only the tip of the iceberg on an action-packed episode of Glee that kept the “Say what now?” surprises coming right down to the very final scene.

Oh yes, folks, “I Do” contained the following eyebrow-raising plot developments:

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* Emma, reeling from the pressure of planning her wedding all alone while Will was in Washington, DC with his blasted blue-ribbon panel, got the coldest of cold feet, delivered an incredible rendition of “(Not) Getting Married Today” and »

- Michael Slezak

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Pilot News: J.J. Abrams' Believe Drama for NBC, The CW's Blink Cast Leads

14 February 2013 6:14 PM, PST

As pilot season forges on, both NBC’s Believe and The CW’s Blink have cast lead roles.

Jake McLaughlin, who played Alex’s brother Aaron on Grey’s Anatomy, joins Believe as a young man who is sprung from prison to protect a young girl with special, developing gifts from evil elements looking to co-opt her powers. Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk (Fringe) are the executive producers.

McLaughlin’s other TV credits include Starz’s Crash and In Plain Sight.

Related | Pilots 2013: All the Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) Newcomers and Who’s In Them

Meanwhile, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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American Idol Recap: This Is 40 [Updated]

14 February 2013 6:07 PM, PST

Thirty-nine talented young singers stand on the precipice of superstardom. And so does one kinda crazy chick who has only one drum stick (musical, not chicken) as well as the potential to turn American Idol bandleader Ray Chew’s job into the kind of situation that might pique renewed interest in a revival of Discovery Channel’s recently departed Dirty Jobs.

Yes indeed, tonight’s final installment of Season 12 Hollywood Week put the women through their final paces, narrowed their numbers to a lean 20, and — if the “we need a girl to win this year, Please!” intro is to be »

- Michael Slezak

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ABC's Zero Hour: Will You Be Continuing With Ze Search for Ze Clockkkks?

14 February 2013 6:00 PM, PST

Well that was a whole lotta something.

Zero Hour descended upon us this Thursday as ABC premiered its drama about a magazine publisher roped into a very old conspiracy involving Rosicrucians, Nazis, milky eyed babies and treasure maps.

ER‘s Anthony Edwards stars as Hank Galliston, a champion for truth and transparency as the owner of Modern Skeptic Magazine. His life is extremely mild-mannered until wife Laila (Jacinda Barrett) picks up at a flea market one of a dozen clocks assembled during WWII and gifted to a new generation of apostles — as in the apostles. My namesake Matthew, Mark, Luke… »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Vampire Diaries Recap: Is [Spoiler] a Goner?

14 February 2013 5:59 PM, PST

On Thursday’s Vampire Diaries, the hunt for the cure took a deadly turn.

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After much talk about the destruction his rising would bring, a mummified Silas awoke… and promptly snapped Jeremy’s neck! Guess it wasn’t his arms we should have been worried about a couple weeks ago, but his everything.

This being Vampire Diaries, we have to ask: Do you think Jer’s death will stick? Are you hoping he miraculously survives?

But first, let’s rewind: The major cure news to come out of the episode is that, »

- Vlada Gelman

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The Big Bang Theory Recap: Two Cute

14 February 2013 5:30 PM, PST

Valentine’s Day causes a plethora of problems for The Big Bang Theory geniuses, who run into girl (or, in Raj’s case, lack-of-girl) trouble as the holiday unfolds. Let’s take a look at how everyone weathers the big day.

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Leonard And Penny | Deeming himself a “romance ninja,” Leonard plans the perfect romantic dinner at a restaurant, despite Penny’s assertion that Valentine’s Day “never works out.” Their evening begins well but hits a Cupid-sized speedbump when Penny’s ex and his new love – her former »

- Kimberly Roots

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Exclusive First Look: The Following's Ryan Is Deputized — Will He Abuse His Newfound Power?

14 February 2013 5:01 PM, PST

Ryan Hardy’s hunt for Joe Carroll’s cult of acolytes will become slightly less difficult this Monday on The Following (Fox, 9/8c) when the ex-fbi agent is officially deputized — aka he finally gets his gun back.

The following exclusive clip finds Parker (played by Annie Parisse) reluctantly swearing in Hardy (Kevin Bacon) for duty — but not before she makes it clear that stunts like the near-fatal one he and Weston (Shawn Ashmore) pulled in last week’s installment will no longer be tolerated.

Related | The Following: Valorie Curry Reveals Why the Trio’s Steamy [Spoiler] Is a ‘Huge Risk! »

- Megan Masters

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NBC's Hannibal (Finally) Gets a Premiere Date — Plus: Get a First, Tasty Look at Dr. Lecter

14 February 2013 4:09 PM, PST

Hannibal will soon be taking a bite out of NBC’s Thursday lineup.

Bryan Fuller’s long-awaited TV adaptation will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c, the network confirms.

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The series, a contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, pictured).

Hannibal will fill the void left by NBC’s short-lived Do No Harm, which was pulled off the schedule last week after two low-rated episodes. »

- Michael Ausiello

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Pilot Scoop: Minnie Driver Joins About a Boy

14 February 2013 4:00 PM, PST

Minnie Driver has landed the female lead opposite Bent‘s David Walton in About a Boy, NBC’s Jason Katims-produced single-camera comedy pilot, TVLine has learned.

Related | 2013 Pilot Guide: Scoop on Next Fall’s Possible Newcomers 

The project, based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, centers on the relationship between a man-child (Walton) and the young boy who moves in next door.

Driver, who scored an Oscar nomination for 1997′s Good Will Hunting, will play the young boy’s eccentric, recently-divorced mother, Fiona. Her TV credits include guest stints on Will & Grace and Modern Family, »

- Michael Ausiello

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The Voice Exclusive Preview: Blake and Adam Prepare to Haze Usher and Shakira

14 February 2013 3:00 PM, PST

Season 4 of The Voice will bring two new coaches — Usher and Shakira — to those trademark revolving chairs, but don’t expect veteran panelists Blake Shelton and Adam Levine to roll out the red carpet and make their rivals’ jobs too cushy.

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In this exclusive promo for the new season (which returns March 25 at 8/7c on NBC), social media maven Christina Milian interviews Adam and Blake about plans to “haze” their new colleagues, and we also overhear highly amusing discussions about the correct pronunciation of “Shakira, »

- Michael Slezak

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