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Revenge's Karine Vanasse Lays Out Margaux's Plan to Destroy Emily

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Like so many scorned Hamptonites before her, Margaux made her first official Revenge declaration last Sunday — and now, it’s time to put that plan into action. Emily Thorne, she is coming for you.

“She’s emotional, and she has nothing left to lose,” Karine Vanasse tells TVLine of Margaux’s mental state as we head into tonight’s episode (ABC, 10/9c). “She can be quite reactive, and she’s not just going to wait for someone else to take care of things.”

Just as Margaux explained to Victoria last week, the first step in her plan is to find evidence against Emily, »

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Blake Shelton Hosts SNL: What Were the Best and Worst Sketches?

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Blake Shelton has been the breakout comedic star of The Voice since its premiere in April 2011, and yet it’s taken ’til January 2015 for him to land a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live? (Whoever’s in charge of cross-promotional synergy at NBC has clearly been in a professional freefall since the demise of Law & Order: La.)

Better late than never, though, I suppose. The country music star proved an absolutely terrific choice of emcee — scoring laughs in a wide range of scenarios and not relying on cue cards nearly as much as you’d expect for a neophyte. I »

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Joe Franklin, Television Talk Show Pioneer, Dead at 88

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Veteran television and radio personality Joe Franklin, who often is credited with pioneering the modern TV talk-show format with The Joe Franklin Show, died on Saturdayfollowing a battle with prostate cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 88.

Affectionately nicknamed “The Wizard of Was” and “The King of Nostalgia” for his encyclopedic knowledge of old-time show business, Franklin’s guests on his New York-based TV talker over the decades ran the gamut from Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Vincent Price and Andy Warhol to Tiny Tim, Madonna, Woody Allen and Julia Roberts.

Franklin is credited with giving emerging talents (including Liza Minnelli »

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Performer of the Week: Allison Janney

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A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

The Performer | Allison Janney

The Show | Mom

The Episode | “Three Smiles and an Unpainted Ceiling”

The Airdate | January 22, 2015

The Performance | Allison Janney’s versatility as an actress isn’t exactly a secret, not after taking home a pair of Emmys last year — one for Guest Actress in a Drama (for Masters of Sex) and the other for Supporting Actress in a Comedy (for Mom). But on Thursday’s installment of the CBS comedy, as recovering alcoholic Bonnie coped with the death of her recently rekindled love Alvin (played by Kevin Pollak »

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Ratings: Constantine and Dixie Tick Up, Glee Flat, Shark Tank Rerun Tops Night

24 January 2015 8:47 AM, PST

NBC’s Constantine this Friday drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, up 14 percent and a tenth from its week-ago time slot debut.

Grimm led out of that with 5 mil/1.2, up 8 percent in audience while steady in the demo.


Fox | World’s Funniest Fails (3.1 mil/1.0) and Glee (1.8 mil/0.7) each dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo.

CBS | Undercover Boss (8.3 mil/1.4) was steady. A Blue Bloods repeat (8.8 mil/1.0) copped Friday’s largest audience.

ABC | A Shark Tank rerun (6.2 mil/1.5) drew the night’s best demo rating while delivering the reality series’ most watched repeat ever.

The »

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TVLine Mixtape: Your Favorite Songs from The Flash, Togetherness and More

24 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Sit back and get lost in the music: The time has come for an all new TVLine Mixtape!

What follows is an array of songs recently featured on your favorite shows, including artist and album information in case you want to add them to your personal collection.

Spoilers abound, and we chose songs we liked — but we always love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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

Series And Episode | Togetherness, “Handcuffs”

Title | “Hiding”

Artist | Dale Earnhardt Jr. »

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Pilot News: NBC Orders Greg Berlanti Mystery, Angel Drama, Hospital Soap

23 January 2015 7:17 PM, PST

NBC on Friday gave pilot orders to three drama projects, including a mystery from Arrow/The Flash/Supergirl producer Greg Berlanti (pictured) and a fallen-angel tale from husband-wife duo Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

Berlanti’s Blindspot begins with a beautiful woman, covered in a “road map” of tattoos, discovered naked in Times Square. Her mysterious ink sends the FBI on an intense journey which, ultimately, reveals her true identity.

Writer Martin Gero (The L.A. Complex) will executive-produce with Berlanti.

In addition, NBC ordered:

* Unveiled, which follows a team of “flawed” guardian angels, all desperate to restore their faith as »

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Glee Recap: Kissing Cousins

23 January 2015 6:59 PM, PST

Friday’s Glee was a veritable ‘shipping delight for those invested in “Klaine” and “Samchel” — depending, of course, on which sides of those ‘ships you sail.

For example, if you find the concept of Sam and Rachel to be utterly revolting, there’s a good chance you’re still cleaning up the mess from your hour-long projectile vomit sesh. But if you’re all for Rachel testing the waters with Mr. Evans, this week’s Glee — from the duo’s performance of “A Thousand Miles” to that gasp-worthy lip lock — probably went down real smooth.

Of course, the fact that »

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Pilot News: ABC Orders Biblical Saga, 1980s Crime Drama and 3 Others

23 January 2015 6:30 PM, PST

ABC on Friday gave pilot orders to five drama projects, including a Biblical epic about kings and prophets, and a true-crime procedural set in 1980s Los Angeles.

First up, chronologically speaking, is Of Kings and Prophets, which spins a Biblical tale about a king, a prophet and a shepherd, all of whom are “on a collision course with destiny.”

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage will pen the script, with Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi aboard as executive producers.

In addition, ABC ordered:

* L.A. Crime, a true-crime procedural set in 1980s Los Angeles. The potential first season would »

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The Simpsons Sneak Peek: Mr. Burns Creeps Out Famed Engineer Elon Musk

23 January 2015 5:04 PM, PST

Elon Musk has rubbed elbows with the most elite, powerful men in the world… but nothing can prepare the 43-year-old entrepreneur for the supreme displeasure of meeting C. Montgomery Burns.

The real-life celebrity super-genius — who’s had a hand in everything from PayPal to Nasa — makes a trip to Springfield in Sunday’s The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c), and TVLine has an exclusive first look at his unfortunate close encounter with Homer’s sinister employer.

(Unless it’s totally normal to squeeze the moisture out of someone’s mouth less than five minutes after meeting them. If that’s the case, »

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Pilot News: NBC Orders Las Vegas Sniper Drama from Blacklist Producers

23 January 2015 4:44 PM, PST

NBC will be targeting Sin City this pilot season.

The network has ordered Endgame, a drama pilot about a sniper-turned-security expert who finds himself sucked into a life-and-death conspiracy in Las Vegas.

John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist) will executive-produce alongside Ep/writer John Rogers (The Librarians, Leverage).

Does Endgame sound like a pilot you’d bet on? Drop a comment with your thoughts, including any casting ideas, below.

Related storiesHannibal Eyes True Blood Vamp as Tooth Fairy's Blind LoveMichael Nouri Joins NBC's The SlapParenthood Recap: Baby Love »

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New Girl Casts Schmidt's Mia Mother (and There's an SNL Connection)

23 January 2015 3:02 PM, PST

Holy Schmidt, Max Greenfield’s TV mom is a Sweeney sister!

New Girl has tapped Saturday Night Live vet Nora Dunn to guest-star as Schmidt’s never-before-seen mother, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Dunn’s straight-outta-Long-Island, controlling matriarch, Louise, is always ready with unsolicited advice or a piece of chocolate.

In November, Dunn appeared on another Fox sitcom, Mulaney, as the title character’s mom.

Look for mother and son to be reunited in a March episode.

Related storiesPilot News: Fox Orders Music-Tinged Drama, 'Grandpa Stamos' ComedyRatings: Backstrom Better Than Rake, Tvd Ties Low, A to Z Finale and P'hood Tick Up, »

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Nashville Adds Broadway Star as Openly Gay Country Singer

23 January 2015 2:41 PM, PST

Nashville is bringing in a handsome Broadway star to play an openly gay country artist.

On a related note: Will Lexington, it might be time to update that Grindr profile.

Pippin‘s Kyle Dean Massey will join the ABC series in the recurring role of out-and-proud singer Kevin Bicks, our sister site Deadline reports.

Kevin is a successful country artist who happens to like guys, and his very existence deflates Will’s theory that the genre will never accept a gay superstar.

Massey’s other TV gigs include The Good WifeInside Amy Schumer and Hart of Dixie.

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Hannibal Eyes True Blood Vamp as Tooth Fairy's Blind Love

23 January 2015 1:57 PM, PST

Rutina Wesley is about to encounter a set of chompers that’ll make her True Blood vampire fangs look downright quaint.

Videos Watch the Hannibal Season 3 Teaser Trailer

TVLine had learned exclusively that the actress is joining Hannibal‘s third season in the pivotal recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who catches the eye of Francis Dolarhyde — Aka The Tooth Fairy (played by The Hobbit‘s Richard Armitage) — and represents his best chance at humanity.

The character, and her romance with Dolarhyde, is a major component of Thomas HarrisRed Dragon novel, one book in the series on which Hannibal is based. »

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Hart of Dixie Sneak Peek: Will Zoe & Wade Plus Baby Make a Happy Family?

23 January 2015 1:38 PM, PST

On tonight’s Hart of Dixie (The CW, 8/7c), it’s the morning after Zoe dropped a baby bomb on Wade, and her ex is putting his foot in his mouth big time in TVLine’s exclusive video.

The new addition “is going to change my whole life,” he tells Zoe, to which she counters, “Your whole life?”

To make matters worse, Wade then launches into a spiel about how he knows nothing about babies.

“It’s like watching a car crash. I can’t look away,” Lavon remarks as he and George lay witness to the exchange.

But it »

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TVLine Items: Shaq's Pilot, Gh Recast, Hannibal Trailer and More

23 January 2015 12:26 PM, PST

Shaq this out: Shaquille O’Neal will star in truTV’s comedy pilot Shaq Inq.

The workplace sitcom is loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of the former basketball player, who will serve as an executive producer alongside Mike Tollin (Smallville, Arli$$).

The half-hour project follows O’Neal and the team who manages his existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Get ready for a bloody good time. NBC has unveiled a trailer for Season 3 of Hannibal, premiering this summer. »

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Revenge's Carolyn Hennesy Previews Spat With Emily, More 'Atomic Bombs'

23 January 2015 11:38 AM, PST

Sunday’s Revenge saw the arrival — in the flesh, this time — of Carolyn Hennesy‘s wickedly enjoyable Penelope Ellis, and Hennesy tells TVLine she still has plenty of poison left to spill.

“She’s s even more of a monster in real life [than in Louise’s hallucinations],” Hennesy says. “She’s a delightful southern pecan praline with a worm in the middle. My basis was Olivia de Havilland as Miriam in Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She’s nothing but sweetness and pearls and concern when there’s someone in the room other than her daughter, but when she’s alone with Louise, she’s nothing but an impaling pole. »

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Pilot News: Fox Orders Music-Tinged Drama, 'Grandpa Stamos' Comedy

23 January 2015 11:30 AM, PST

Fox on Friday ordered a pair of pilots — one drama, one comedy.

From ER producer John Wells’ production company and Warner Bros. TV, there’s Studio City, a coming-of-age drama about a young singer’s path to stardom as she lives with her songwriter father — who happens to be a drug dealer to the stars.

Studio City is inspired by writer/exec producer Krista Vernoff’s real-life experience.

On the comedy side, Fox’s John Stamos-fronted comedy — which previously netted a put pilot commitment — now is fully in development. Exec-produced by Stamos and Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors), the single-camera »

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Was Arrow Too Speedy? Will Jane Off an Ex? Is CBS Spoiling Twists? Was Empire Tune Flat? And More TV Qs!

23 January 2015 10:50 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 Glee, Sleepy Hollow, Parks and Recreation and Arrow!

1 | Between Fleshlight jokes and monologues about scissoring, is Glee going out of its way to push the envelope in its final season?

2 | Wouldn’t it be better if Revenge‘s Ben was one of Malcolm Black’s double agents? At least then he’d have a purpose, right?

3 | Can HBO please give us the toxically hilarious Girls spinoff we never knew we needed — focusing solely »

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Michael Nouri Joins NBC's The Slap

23 January 2015 10:39 AM, PST

Michael Nouri will soon have a hand in The Slap.

The Damages vet has landed a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming miniseries, TVLine has exclusively learned.

Nouri will appear in five of the show’s eight episodes as Thanasis Korkoulis, a super-sleazy attorney who will do anything to win.

Although Thanasis agrees to help Zachary Quinto’s Harry — who finds himself in hot water after slapping another couple’s misbehaving child — he makes it clear that everyone must play by his rules.

In addition to his run as Glenn Close’s Damages husband, Nouri’s TV credits include NCIS, »

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