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Meg Ryan lending her voice to 'How I Met Your Dad' pilot

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Meg Ryan is ready to tell the story of "How I Met Your Dad." The romantic comedy legend has been cast as the narrator for the pilot of the "How I Met Your Mother" spin-off, according to Entertainment Weekly. Although we don't know for sure yet, the pilot is likely to be picked up for series order by CBS based on the long-running success of "Mother" and the pilot's pedigree.  Ryan will play the unseen future version of Sally, who will narrate the flashbacks in which Greta Gerwig will play a younger version of the character. Bob Saget provided a similar service in "Himym." Best known for such big screen rom-coms as "When Harry Met Sally...," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail," Ryan got her start on the small screen, starring on the CBS soap "As the World Turns" in 1982. She recently appeared on Showtime's "Web Therapy." »


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Jennifer Garner-produced mystery dramedy in development at Bravo

23 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Bravo is continuing its push into scripted programming, announcing Wednesday it is in development on All the Pretty Faces, from executive producer Jennifer Garner’s Vandalia Films in association with Warner Horizon Television.

The mystery dramedy series, written and executive produced by J. Mills Goodloe, is set in the beach town of Half Moon Bay, Calif., and focuses on two immortal families in a decades-long feud who come together after one of them dies to search for the secret to their eternal life.

“By teaming up with the incredibly talented Jennifer Garner, we can bring fans a compelling family drama with a fun, »


- Stephanie Robbins

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Meg Ryan to Lend Voice to ‘How I Met Your Dad’

20 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS’ “How I Met Your Dad” pilot has found a … mother.

Sleepless in Seattle’s” Meg Ryan will narrate the story of the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, a la Bob Saget’s involvement in the original.

Greta Gerwig has already been tapped to star in the project as Sally, a woman with Peter Pan syndrome who is trapped in a restless marriage. “Masters of Sex’s” Nick D’Agosto, “Mixology’s” Andrew Santino, “Animal Practice’s” Drew Tarver and “The Crazy Ones’” Tiya Sircar have also been cast.

The pilot, from 20th Century Fox TV, was written by “Modern Family’s” Emily Spivey and “Himym” co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. They are exec producing with Pam Fryman, who will direct the pilot.

Ryan, whose credits include guest starring on Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” is also developing an NBC pilot with Marc Lawrence and manager Jane Berliner. »


- Whitney Friedlander

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'The Killing' final season gets Netflix release date

35 minutes ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The final season — the real final season this time — of The Killing has a release date.

Netflix will unleash the last season of the murky, rainy crime drama on Aug. 1. The final fourth-season batch is only six episodes, so this is one binge you can easily polish off in a single night.

As we’ve previously noted, The Killing, which stars Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman as Seattle detectives, was AMC’s true zombie show — a series that was canceled twice and then revived twice. More details about its improbably resurrection. »


- James Hibberd

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George Stephanopoulos signs long-term contract extension with ABC News

37 minutes ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

ABC News has signed George Stephanopoulos to a contract extension, the last member of its Good Morning America team to agree to a new deal.

ABC News said Thursday that Stephanopoulos will remain as Robin Roberts’ chief partner on the top-rated morning show, and will continue as host on the Sunday morning show This Week. Terms were not disclosed.

Roberts also recently signed a contract extension. Good Morning America has not been entirely successful in keeping together the team that toppled NBC’s Today show: Sam Champion left for a job at The Weather Channel, and Josh Elliott is now at NBC Sports. »


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What's in the Black Box? A Mind-Numbing Dance

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A gifted, bipolar woman struggles to stay on her meds to function in her high-demand job and has a thing for jazz. If Black Box sounds like Homeland, Kelly Reilly doesn't know it.

"I've only seen a little bit of Homeland. I think I saw an episode of Season 2. I really can't compare them," Reilly tells TVGuide.com. "I know it's a great show, but I don't really know what they're doing there. I just don't want to do a generic bipolar person. Catherine is not [Carrie Mathison]."

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No one will ever confuse the two. As ABC's omnipresent ads have already burned into your, er brain, Reilly's Dr. Catherine Black is a famed ...

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- Joyce Eng

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'The Challenge': Lives hang in the balance -- Video

45 minutes ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The upcoming episode of The Challenge presents a test with which the Free Agents will have to get on board — literally.

The Three Js — Jasmine, Jonna, and Jordan — must work together to create a moveable four-by-four path across a dangling course. Jordan surprises his competitors early on by nailing the timber test, but can he keep up the momentum? See for yourself in the video below:

The Challenge: Free Agents airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Et on MTV. »


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'Parks and Recreation' finale: Amy Poehler & Co. give two minutes of teases -- Video

1 hour ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Tonight on Parks and Recreation, a concert will be staged, a decision will be made, and a First Lady will be portrayed (by herself). The season 6 finale, titled “Moving Up” (NBC, 8 p.m. Et), is a double-sized episode that doesn’t skimp on guest stars or plot twists. “It was like being at Lollapalooza… for nerds,” Adam Scott tells EW. Raves Chris Pratt: “They were able to write an episode that leaves us in a place that is going to be really, really insane to pick up from… and fun… Totally different. And new and exciting.”

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With Kelly Reilly as a Bipolar Neurologist, ABC's "Black Box" Is Crazy Bad

1 hour ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

I suppose I should apologize to my TV critic colleagues for how fun I had reading their reviews of ABC's "Black Box," the by-all-accounts dreadful series about a brilliant neurologist (Kelly Reilly) who secretly suffers from bipolar disorder which premieres tonight. The notices for a a new show haven't been this hilariously, unvaryingly scathing since, well, ABC's "Mixology," nearly two months ago. At this point you have to wonder if ABC's midseason development slate isn't just an elaborate means of trolling TV critics, many of whom have been shocked to discover that "Mixology" is, against all reason, still on the air. Fortunately, we don't have to feel too bad for the critical community at large, since it seems few of them got all the way through the three episodes ABC sent out in advance. (They were, somewhat unusually, the pilot, the third and the seventh, as if by way of whispering, »


- Sam Adams

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Tavis Smiley Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tavis Smiley has what could be deemed the perfect talkshow host name — upbeat and amiable — but growing up, he was often the butt of belittling schoolyard jokes.

“When I was a kid, I hated my name,” says the Midwesterner whose childhood pipedream was to play first base for the Cincinnati Reds. “Tavis Smiley. I got teased so much. It was Travis, Tayvis and Smiley became Smelly and ‘Oh, you’re Tavis Smelly.’ So I hated it as a kid. But, lo and behold, years later you’re a TV guy and it works.”

Indeed it does. Hatched in 2004, Smiley’s eponymous PBS talker kickstarted its 11th season in January. The show, recipient of four NAACP Image Awards, has featured a wide and varied swath of high-profile guests, from Maya Angelou to Cornel West, from Ethan Hawke to James Taylor.

“The first time we met, we just hit it off magically, »


- Malina Saval

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'Orange Is the New Black': Uzo Aduba talks the invention of Crazy Eyes and what's to come in season 2

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Netflix’s prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black has no shortage of breakout characters — but first among fans’ runaway favorites is Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, a budding poet and wannabe prison wife to Orange protagonist Piper (Taylor Schilling).

Crazy Eyes’ popularity is thanks largely to the actress portraying her: Uzo Aduba, a theater veteran making her major series debut with Orange. Ever since viewers first connected with her character, Aduba has been on the ride of her life handling the attention — and the constant questions fans ask about what’s coming next.

As part of this week’s Oitnb cover story, »


- Marc Snetiker

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Exclusive Chicago Fire Sneak Peek: Casey Takes Control After a Deadly Hospital Explosion

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After nearly two seasons of Chicago Fire, you'd think the firefighters at Firehouse 51 had seen it all. But nothing could have prepared them for the events of Tuesday's new episode (10/9c, NBC).

In the hour, titled "A Dark Day," the Chicago hospital where Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) are volunteering for a charity run is rocked by a huge...

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- Kate Stanhope

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Watch: Stephen Colbert Sends Himself off on ‘The Daily Show’

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Even though Stephen Colbert won’t replace David Letterman until 2015, Colbert stopped by his old stomping grounds as a send off to himself.

Appearing on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” where Colbert used to work as a correspondent, the satirical talk show host broke the news to Stewart that he will be ending his long-standing show, “The Colbert Report.” Although Stewart made clear that he already knew this tragic news, Colbert continues to explain his reasoning (and it’s not because of Letterman).

“You see, there is no mountain left for me to climb,” Colbert jokes. “It has become clear to me that I have won television.”

The two hosts talk about Colbert’s potential next move, which won’t be taking over Letterman because “some fat guy” got the job. But what upsets Colbert the most is that “The Daily Show” never aired a “best of” montage when »


- Francesca Bacardi

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MTV Prepares To Run Newsy Video Snippets Across Ad Breaks To Lure Sponsors To Its Air

1 hour ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Oddball residents have long taken up space in MTV’s commercial breaks, which in years past came packed with surprise appearances by Beavis & Butt-Head, a ranting Denis Leary or Donal Logue as the spacey, rambling Jimmy the Cab Driver. The idea, back in the 1980s and 1990s, was to get viewers talking more about the network.

Now the Viacom-owned cable outlet is prepared to spice its ad interruptions with something a little different: newsy videos, lasting just five or ten seconds in length. The hope is to get advertisers to spend more with the network to be attached to content that speaks to the most current events and trends affecting MTV’s millennial audience.

MTV has tested the idea on weekends, in afternoon programming and during “tentpole” events. But now, network executives are expected to announce at a presentation later today, MTV will expand the practice to its entire schedule, »


- Brian Steinberg

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘American Idol’ & ‘Modern Family’ Rise

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With the Top 6 performing, Fox’s American Idol (2.1) last night reversed the recent downward ratings trend, up 11% from last Wednesday’s fast nationals. The singing competition closed the gap with CBS’ Survivor (2.2, even with last week’s fast national) but the CBS reality veteran kept its two-month winning streak over the Fox singing show alive. ABC’s returning Wednesday comedies came back to originals after a two-week break. Fast nations to fast nationals, The Middle (1.8) was down a tenth from its most recent original on April 2, while Suburgatory (1.6) held steady. Going out of town once again worked for Modern Family. After its Las Vegas episode delivered a ratings bump last month, last night’s Australian episode (3.4) too posted an uptick, +6% from the series’ last original. After being left to fend for itself with no original support for the past two weeks, new comedy Mixology (1.5) perked up with an original lead-in, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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George Stephanopoulos Signs New Deal To Remain With ‘Gma’ And ‘This Week’

1 hour ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Good Morning America has secured George Stephanopoulos as part of a long-term deal with ABC News that also includes his continued duties as host of the Sunday Beltway show This Week. “We are thrilled that the team is locked in and that the [Stephanopoulos] deal was done so quickly,” ABC News said this morning. That in marked contrast to the long-running storyline about the division’s talks with Gma regulars Josh Elliott and Sam Champion — both of whom wound up being poached by NBC. Elliott went to NBC Sports and Champion to NBC co-owned The Weather Channel. Lara Spencer, whose contract came up around the same time as Elliott’s and Champion’s, re-signed to Gma in March, and recently was promoted to co-anchor. Elliott and Champion were replaced by Amy Robach and Ginger Zee, respectively. Stephanopoulos’ contract was not set to expire until the end of the calendar year. But, »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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TLC Adds VPs To West Coast Production & Development Teams

1 hour ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TLC is bolstering its West Coast Development and Production operations with the hires of two new vice presidents. Jack Tarantino has been named VP Production West Coast and Elvia Van Es Oliva joins as VP Development West Coast. Both are based in the La office and report to Sandy Varo Jarrell, Svp, Production & Development West Coast. In his new role, Tarantino leads the department’s production team and their slate of current programming. Tarantino comes to TLC from Style Network, where he served as VP of Original Programming, overseeing the day-to-day of new and recurring series for the network. Van Es Oliva will lead her team in creating original concepts for the network, as well as working with the external creative community to add to TLC’s programming slate. Prior to TLC, Van Es Oliva served as Svp of Development for Fly On The Wall Entertainment. »

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‘American Idol’ Up But ‘Modern Family’ Remains Top Wednesday Demo Draw

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On the final Wednesday before the start of the May sweep, a night on which none of the Big Four dramas aired an original episode, ABC’s “Modern Family” was once again the top-rated program in demos. CBS’ “Survivor” again won out over Fox’s “American Idol,” though the latter was on the rise as the net drew the night’s highest overall averages.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Idol” averaged a 2.1 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., rising 11% (0.2) from last week and tying with the ABC comedy block for first in 18-49 for its time period. Fox won the night in 18-49 even though it led only one half-hour, and prevailed easily in total viewers.

Elsewhere, ABC opened with “The Middle” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 6.8 million viewers overall) and “Suburgatory” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 5.2 million viewers overall), with both down a bit from »


- Rick Kissell

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Top Videos: Amy Poehler on Billy on the Street, First Scene of Oitnb Season 2

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This week, Amy Poehler returned to Billy on the Street, and tried to fool New York City pedestrians into thinking she was PitbullBrian Williams returned to The Tonight Show and "rapped" "Gin and Juice," and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton "sang" "Timber." Also, we got a first look at the first scene of Orange Is the New Black's upcoming second season, and someone counted all the F-words in The Wolf of Wall Street (but it's not what you think). Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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FCC Chairman Circulates Net Neutrality Proposal Barring “Commercially Unreasonable” Practices

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The term is key: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says in a blog post that the ability to bar “commercially unreasonable” practices empowers the agency — in a plan he will begin to circulate — to crack down on Internet service providers that discriminate against some content providers. But open Internet advocates fear it’s too squishy, and could allow ISPs to create tiers of service that enable some content providers (Netflix or HBO Go, perhaps) to pay for speedy transmissions. Wheeler hopes to “conclude this proceeding and have enforceable rules by the end of the year.” The plan he will begin to circulate will look at net neutrality violations on a case-by-case basis, an adjustment needed to meet the objections that the D.C. Court of Appeals raised in January when it remanded the FCC’s previous net neutrality rules. But he vigorously objects to the “great deal of misinformation” that characterized »

- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Financial Editor

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