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TNT Orders 1970s-Set 'Cocaine' Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay

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TNT is dabbling in drugs.

The cabler has given a pilot order to mega producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay’s “Untitled Cocaine Project,” about the Florida drug trade in the 1970s, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Written by Masters Of Sex creator Michelle Ashford, the potential show is described as a serialized character drama set in a wild and unpredictable world. It is inspired by Billy Corben’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, which chronicled the rise of the cocaine trade and the resulting crime epidemic that swept Miami in the 1970s and 1980s. »

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Castle's Season 7 Premiere: 12 Teasers

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ABC’s Castle won’t unveil its Season 7 premiere until Monday, Sept. 29, but TVLine just caught an early showing of the much-anticipated hour.

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To help tide the rest of you over (and more importantly, add fuel to all those theory-building fires), I jotted down a few non-spoilery thoughts about the intense, even twistier-than-expected episode, which was penned by new showrunner David Amann. Take a look:

* The cold open, which picks up immediately where the finale left off, is gorgeously directed by Rob Bowman, as Kate processes the ghastly scene before her, »

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Sanjay and Craig Video: Chris Hardwick Brings Craig to Life — Plus: New Clip

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Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig returns with an all-new episode Saturday (10:30 am), and things are about to get weirder than ever — which is saying a lot for a show about a kid whose best friend is a snake.

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TVLine has an exclusive behind-the-scenes video (above), featuring Chris Hardwick — the voice of Craig — letting loose and slipping into the (occasionally dolled-up) skin of his character. We also have a bonus clip from Saturday’s premiere below, in which Craig takes it upon himself to turn Puppy into “the best, »

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NCIS: Los Angeles Season 6 Sneak Peek: Has Someone Hurt Hetty?!

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As CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles uncorks Season 6 — premiering Sept. 29, in its shiny, new Mondays-at-10/9c time slot — it appears that Hetty’s trip to Washington, D.C. may be (gulp) a one-way ride.

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As showrunner Shane Brennan shared during our Fall Preview Q&A, “The story takes Hetty to Washington, where she faces some very hostile questioning from a Senate committee trying to get to the truth of what happened in Afghanistan and whether Hetty was acting outside her job description, so to speak. And then we »

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Bad Judge First Look: Kate Walsh Gets Wild With Ryan Hansen

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On NBC’s upcoming comedy Bad Judge (premiering Oct. 2 at 9/8c), Kate Walsh is enjoying the best of both worlds, working hard and partying even harder as the sexually unapologetic Rebecca. And when she’s not doing one of those two things, she’s hooking up with Veronica MarsRyan Hansen as her on- and off-again psychiatrist beau in TVLine’s exclusive first look.

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“There’s part of [Rebecca] that’s still a college girl, partying, getting into trouble,” executive producer Adam McKay explains in the video below. “Then there »

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FX Renews Tyrant for Season 2

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That Tyrant reign just won’t let up.

FX on Thursday announced the renewal of its political drama for a 13-episode second season.

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“We’re so proud of Tyrant’s performance throughout its first season,” Nick Grad, President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement. “Howard Gordon is one of the best and most successful producers in this business. His ability to combine intelligent, edge-of-your-seat storytelling with events from the current geopolitical climate is truly groundbreaking. We look »

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Person of Interest Sneak Peek: Meet 'Professor Harold Whistler'

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Harold Finch will have adopted yet another avian moniker when CBS’ Person of Interest opens Season 4, as seen in this exclusive sneak peek.

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When last we tuned in, Root had arranged for everyone on Team Machine to get new identities, then saw to it that Samaritan did not recognize any of them as “threats.” Thus, as the new seasons opens (Tuesday at 10/9c), they are enjoying a degree of safety and anonymity — though “enjoy” may be too strong a word.

The aliases “absolutely” are holding up, exec producer Greg Plageman told TVLine, »

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Mark Burnett, Former Idol Guru Team for 500 Questions Game Show at ABC

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Mike Darnell is about to pop the question at ABC — 500 of ‘em, to be exact.

The former Fox reality chief, who now serves as president of unscripted and alternative TV at Warner Bros., is teaming up with megaproducer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice) for the game show 500 Questions — which has scored a direct-to-series order at ABC.

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The network describes the event series as a “genius game show” that will “test the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, »

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TVLine Items: Beast Gets Love Advice, Dexter's Nanny Visits NBC's Boy & More

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A king and a witch are counseling Beauty and the Beast.

Alan Van Sprang (Reign) and Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle) will recur on Season 3 of the CW series as the titular duo’s relationship mentors, E! Online reports.

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Van Sprang and Henstridge will play Homeland Security agents Bob and Carol, a perfectly in-sync married couple who, as mirror images of Vincent and Catherine, offer the engaged pair some relationship advice. Unfortunately, the beauty and the beast begin to discover that there’s more than meets the eye when »

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90210 Vet AnnaLynne McCord to Guest-Star on CBS' Stalker

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After spending time in one very famous zip code, AnnaLynne McCord may soon need to change hers.

The actress, best known for playing self-centered Naomi Clark on 90210, has landed a guest-starring role on Stalker, Mashable reports.

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The upcoming CBS procedural, which stars Nikita‘s Maggie Q and HostagesDylan McDermott, follows Lapd detectives in the Threat Assessment Unit who take on stalking cases. McCord will appear in one episode as Nina Preston, a television star who needs the Tau’s help after an obsessed fan threatens her life.

McCord also recurs »

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Ratings: Mysteries of Laura Cops Big Numbers Leading Out of Talent Finale, Red Band Society Opens Low

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Wednesday’s premiere of NBC’s poorly reviewed The Mysteries of Laura drew 10.2 million total viewers and a 2.0 demo rating (per finals), in a special time slot leading out of the America’s Got Talent finale.

That’s up sharply from Ironside‘s year-ago debut (6.8 mil/1.3) and marks TV’s most watched series launch since Believe (which in March led out of The Voice with 10.6 mil).

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Worth noting: In fast nationals, Laura — which TVLine readers gave an average grade of “C+” —  opened with 11.3 mil and a 2.3, then slipped to 9.6 mil/1.9 in its second half hour. »

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Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat

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Can Grumpy Cat do an epic eyeroll?

Parks and Recreation snarkmaster Aubrey Plaza has been tapped to voice the Internet’s purrfectly sour feline in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever, a Lifetime original premiering Nov. 29.

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In the holiday season telepic, Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) lives in a mall pet shop, where having never been chosen by a customer she has developed a lousy outlook on life. But one day, a 12-year-old girl named Chyrstal warms up to the feline upon realizing she is the »

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Sons of Anarchy: Alicia Coppola to School [Spoiler]

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Sons of Anarchy is taking Alicia Coppola for a ride, taping the Jericho alum to guest-star in the FX drama’s current seventh and final season, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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Coppola will play Mildred Treal, the Principal at the preschool where Jax and Wendy’s son, Abel, is a student. (As TVLine previously reported, rocker Courtney Love is set to recur as Abel’s straight-shooting teacher, Ms. Harrison.).

Since Jericho ended in 2008, Coppola has appeared on countless other shows, including NCIS: Los AngelesThe Nine Lives of Chloe King, »

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SNL Taps Darrell Hammond to Succeed Don Pardo as Announcer

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Live from New York, it’s Darrell Hammond’s voice!

The Saturday Night Live alum has been tapped to succeed the late, legendary Don Pardo as the show’s official announcer, USA Today reports.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told the paper. “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.”

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Extant Finale Recap: This Boy Is on Fire

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Never underestimate the things a son will do for his mama.

That’s the takeaway from the Extant series finale, in which both of Molly’s (for lack of a better term) “kids” play a significant role — and one of them sacrifices himself to protect her and the rest of the world.

But which non-human saved the world: the robot or the alien? Read on to find out.

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Back In The Saddle | Molly preps to go back into space, because she’s the only person on the »

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The Mysteries of Laura: Will You Remain on Debra Messing's Case?

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Olivia Benson she’s not, but The Mysteries of Laura‘s titular homicide detective (played by Debra Messing) is still one bad mother.

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In the first five minutes of the NBC drama’s comedy’s pilot — which aired Wednesday as a special preview of sorts — Messing’s Laura Diamond (literally) shoots a perp’s ear off, then shifts her (metaphorical) target onto her twin boys, who seem to land her in far worse danger than any criminal ever could. They also apparently inherited their mother’s perfect aim, »

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Red Band Society Premiere Recap: Are These Kids All Right?

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It takes a gutsy TV pilot to build to a closing scene of an adorable teenage boy getting his leg amputated — and then to sell it as a moment that’s as soaring as it is heartbreaking.

But Red Band Society — a freshman drama that initially looks like over-boiled broccoli but tastes like delicious pizza — has concocted a recipe that, while not entirely perfect, manages to cut its saccharine undertones with acidic punchlines and a complex, meditative view of mortality that’s worth the price of the two or three Kleenex required to get to the closing credits.

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Big Brother Recap: Four the Win

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In the world of professional basketball, there are few milestones more exciting and nerve-wracking than the Final Four.

In the world of Big Brother, the Final Four is just as pivotal.

If it’s not enticing enough that this week’s Head of Household is eligible to play for the crown again next week, what makes the Final Four unique is the sole eviction vote (usually cast by the Power of Veto winner). Aside from the finale, this week in the Bb house boasts the highest stakes of the summer.

How did those pivotal moments shake out? Let’s recap: »

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Idol Judges on Season 14: J.Lo Wants Less Cruelty, Adam Lambert Seeks Artistry, Harry Flinches at 'Geek' Label

17 September 2014 4:04 PM, PDT

A change (or two) is gonna come when Season 14 of American Idol returns next January — starting with the lineup of judges at the New York City auditions and possibly percolating down to the kind of contestants being sought and the amount of torture they’ll receive from the show’s producers.

Indeed, due to the sudden death of his father-in-law, panelist Keith Urban had to sit out Tuesday and Wednesday’s callbacks at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. But Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert stepped in alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., to hand out Golden Tickets »

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Pilot Scoop: Zach Gilford to Crush on Jennifer Carpenter in USA's Stanistan

17 September 2014 2:30 PM, PDT

Matt Saracen is making a play for Debra Morgan.

Friday Night LightsZach Gilford has joined the cast of USA Network’s M*A*S*H-esque comedic drama pilot Stanistan as a love interest for Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter, TVLine has learned.

The project, penned by up-and-coming scribe Andy Parker, centers on the staff at the American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan, where State Department workers, covert CIA officers and journalists operate in a delicate balance of danger and silliness using every coping mechanism available.

Gilford — whose post-Fnl TV credits include the short-lived Off the Map and »

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