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TV on Tap: Kal Penn to Host Discovery's "Big Brain Theory," "Fairly Legal" Is Cancelled and Is the Door Finally Open to "Muppet Babies"?

2 November 2012 4:39 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Lets hope Malibu Country turns out to be a show worthy of Lily Tomlin.

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Kal Penn will host a competition series on Discovery, The Big Brain Theory, that will focus on engineering challenges. I have to admit, I'm intrigued by the concept.

A day after it made the cancellation of Common Law official, USA announced that it cancelled Fairly Legal. Since the gay character stopped appearing by the second season, I gave up trying to endure it.

Revolution and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke says that the reason why the power went out is at least somewhat scientifically possible and repeated that we won't have to wait very long to get some answers.

HBO has ordered eight episodes of Hello Ladies, the comedy from Ricky Gervais' frequent collaborator Stephen Merchant.

Here's what you'll be doing on election night.

In a surprising development, Hell on Wheels has lost its showrunner »

- LyleMasaki

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TV News: NBC Fall Schedule Includes ‘The Voice,’ Six New Shows, ‘Community’ on Fridays

13 May 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – NBC revealed their Fall schedule today and there were multiple surprises including comedies moving to Tuesday and Friday nights (we were wondering where all of the sitcoms would go) and a Fall cycle of the hit singing show “The Voice.” Other major news is that “Smash” is being held for mid-season. The network also revealed that six new shows — two dramas, four comedies — will premiere in the Fall.

The big news for comedy fans is that Thursdays have been tinkered with again as the final season of “30 Rock” will kick off the night at 7pm Cst, followed by “Up All Night,” “The Office,” and “Parks and Recreation.” In the 9pm Cst timeslot that was the kiss of death last season with “Prime Suspect,” “The Firm,” and “Awake,” the network has given up and will air the low-rated but inexpensive “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

Whitney” and “Community” move to Friday nights, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Common Law: Characters Welcome; Plot, Use the Back Door

12 May 2012 11:02 PM, PDT | TV.com | See recent TV.com news »

Common Law S01E01: .Pilot.

I can.t help but wonder if it wouldn.t be easier for everyone if detectives Wes Mitchell and Travis Marks just requested new partners. According to their co-workers, in the past, the duo have derailed cases by arguing over testimony details in court, come to physical blows with such regularity that when it happened in the office during the pilot, everyone in the immediate vicinity just kind of shrugged and went back to work, and finally, apparently, Wes once...  More >> »

- MaryAnn Sleasman

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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Friday

11 May 2012 7:57 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Friday: The Finder embarks on one last search, CSI: NY‘s finale puts Mac in limbo, Fringe and Blue Bloods serve up terror-fying season-enders, USA Network gives TV a new odd couple and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

Preview | Hot Shots: Nikita Heads Back to Division

8 pm Shark Tank (ABC) | Billy Blanks, Jr. (son of Tae Bo legend Billy Blanks) asks the Sharks to invest in a “dance fitness program for people of all shapes and sizes.” (Sounds like Zumba to me…) P. »

- Alyse Whitney

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'Common Law' Watch and Win Prize Pack Contest

10 May 2012 10:00 PM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

The anticipated premiere of Common Law airs tonight at 10pm on USA. The show follows two cops working together to solve crimes in La. The only catch, they fight like brothers. Travis isn't afraid to break a few rules along the way while Wes takes a more by-the-book approach to the law. When the (hilarious) drama gets in the way of work the duo are sent to couples counseling!

To kick off USA's newest show we're giving away an awesome prize pack. You'll have to duke it out with other fans to get it though. Keep reading to learn more about the awesome prize and how to enter. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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'Everwood' star joins 'White Collar' as [possible spoiler] -- Exclusive

10 May 2012 9:22 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Dr. Brown is checking into White Collar!

Treat Williams (Everwood, Heartland) is set to join the upcoming fourth season of the USA hit on a recurring basis, playing Sam, a gruff and elusive undercover officer from D.C. who has some “deeply rooted ties to Neal’s past.” (Speculation: Could he be Neal’s dad?! Discuss.)

In related casting news, Entourage’s Perry Reeves will guest in an upcoming episode as a high-powered “fixer,” who will go to any lengths to get her clients what they need.

In the season finale of White Collar, Neal (Matt Bomer) removed his court-ordered anklet and fled the country. »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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WWE Raw Review 7/5/12 – Brock Lesnar Quits & Paul Heyman Returns

9 May 2012 12:34 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Big News: Paul Heyman returned as Brock Lesnar’s legal representative and announced that Lesnar had quit the company. Daniel Bryan tortured Cm Punk in the Yes Lock following a handicap victory over his rival with the assistance of Lord Tensai and the aftermath of a tag match featuring Sheamus/Orton vs Del Rio/Jericho led to John Laurinaitis booking a fatal four way title clash between the competitors at the Over the Limit PPV.

In a Nutshell: Legitimacy has come to a grinding halt with John Laurinatis now the main focus of  programming.

John Laurinaitis opened the show by  claiming that he was an authority figure who refused to be disrespected by John Cena which served as the explanation for why he had lost his temper the previous week. He then said that he would finish what Brock had started at WWE Over the Limit in a match »

- Laurent Kelly

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 127

7 May 2012 1:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.   Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.   Due to a paucity of new show premieres this week -- USA's "Common Law" is our only review -- most of this podcast is dedicated to premiering next week's upfronts. Oh and we talked about Rory Gilmore and Mr. Belding guesting on "Mad Men."   As we mention in podcast, due to upfronts we have no clue when we'll be able to podcast next week or how many times. Smart money says there'll be a podcast on Monday or Tuesday and then a second »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 127: Bubble Watch 2012

7 May 2012 1:03 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Next week will be crazy for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast due to the broadcast network upfronts, so we tried to prepare both ourselves and our listeners this week with 40+ minutes of speculation on which bubble shows will survive and which are doomed. Also, we found a bit of time to review USA's "Common Law," look back on the unlikely success of "Desperate Housewives," and, as usual, chat about last night's "Mad Men."  The line-up:  Here's today's breakdown: "Common Law" (00:01:00 - 00:11:10) "Desperate Housewives" reflections (00:11:10 - 00:18:20) Upfronts Preview (00:18:20 - 01:01:50) "Mad Men" (01:02:00 - 01:26:20)   As we discuss »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Amy Sedaris to guest on USA's 'Necessary Roughness' -- Exclusive

27 April 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Necessary Roughness has just scored a casting touchdown.

EW has learned that comedienne Amy Sedaris will appear in the sixth episode of the show’s upcoming second season as a successful therapist named Dr. Jane Crosetti, who goes toe-to-toe with Callie Thorne’s Dani.

Necessary Roughness, which last year earned Thorne a Golden Globe nomination, returns June 6 on USA.

Related:

Ellen Burstyn joins cast of USA’s ‘Political Animals

Common Law’: Meet USA’s newest dynamic (and dueling!) duo — Exclusive Promo

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- Sandra Gonzalez

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USA Network’s Bill McGoldrick Promoted To Evp Original Scripted Programming

24 April 2012 12:57 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: USA Network’s head of scripted development Bill McGoldrick has been elevated to Evp, original scripted programming. He will  continue to oversee all USA scripted development of drama and comedy series, long-form and event programming, reporting to Jeff Wachtel, who serves as co-president of USA alongside Chris McCumber. “Bill has an incredible track record in developing and managing the success of our strong and diverse slate of scripted programming,” said Wachtel. McGoldrick is a homegrown USA talent, having started at the network in 1998 as an executive assistant. He segued into an executive position in series development where he worked on dramas and comedy projects for both USA and Syfy, including The Invisible Man, Good vs. Evil and Monk. In 2003, he was named VP, series development, in which capacity he worked on Psych and The 4400. After a four-year stint at Spike TV as VP and Svp original series development, McGoldrick »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Premiere Dates Set for ‘White Collar,’ ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Suits,’ ‘Necessary Roughness,’ ‘Covert Affairs,’ & ‘Royal Pains.’

17 April 2012 2:46 PM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

While the networks are playing the shell game with what pilots they’re going to go forward with, USA is locking up the premiere dates of its entire summer lineup which includes heavy hitters like White Collar, Covert Affaris, and Burn Notice while series on the rise, Suits, Royal Pains, and Necessary Roughness also get time slots. Take note of new lead-in partners Royal Pains and Necessary Roughness on Wednesday nights to give viewers a lot of therapy and medicated troubles.

Series Starting in May:

• Common Law finally debuts on May 11 and run on Friday nights at 10Pm.

Series starting in June:

• Royal Pains Season 4 kicks off on June 6, Wednesdays at 9Pm.

• Necessary Roughness Season 2 will begin on June 6, Wednesdays at 10Pm.

• Burn Notice Season 6 will see the first episode with Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) behind bars on June 14, Thursdays at 9Pm.

• Suits Season 2 will begin the following week on June 14, Thursdays at 10Pm. »

- Ernie Estrella

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'Royal Pains' and 'Suits' return in June plus the rest of USA's summer schedule

17 April 2012 10:55 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

USA has mapped out its schedule for the summer, setting premiere dates for "Burn Notice," "Suits," "Royal Pains" and three more returning series.

The cable channel also says its miniseries "Political Animals" will air on Sunday nights starting in July, but it hasn't set a specific debut date yet. New show "Common Law" will also continue into the summer following its May 11 premiere.

"Royal Pains" will kick off the summer slate at 9 p.m. Et Wednesday, June 6. Hank (Mark Feuerstein) and Evan (Paulo Costanzo) are on the outs as the season begins, with Divya (Reshma Shetty) caught in between. It will be followed at 10 o'clock that night by Season 2 of "Necessary Roughness" which picks up with Dani (Callie Thorne) and the team in the wake of T.K. (Mehcad Brooks) being shot.

"Burn Notice" and "Suits" will open new seasons at 9 and 10 p.m. Thursday, June 14. "Burn Notice" will kick »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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USA sets 'Burn Notice,' 'White Collar,' 'Political Animals' for summer

17 April 2012 10:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Get ready for a busy summer of original programming on USA.   USA has announced a summer schedule that includes six returning shows, one new drama launch and the premiere of an ambitious new miniseries.    As was previously announced, the new drama "Common Law" will be premiering on Friday, May 11 at 10 p.m. Et. That's just an appetizer, though, for the real USA summer.   The summer starts on Wednesday, June 6 with "Royal Pains" starting its fourth season in the 9 p.m. hour and the Golden Globe nominated "Necessary Roughness" returning for a second season in the 10 »

- Daniel Fienberg

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TVLine Items: Watch First Community Webisode, USA Nabs Prison Break Alum and More!

7 March 2012 12:00 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve seen them sing, we’ve seen them dance — heck, we’ve even seen them claymated. So, it’s only fitting that nearly a week before its much anticipated return (eight days to be exact!), the Community gang is getting full-on animated, via its brand-new web series, Abed’s Master Key.

Press Play below to watch Part 1, in which Cartoon Abed acts as Greendale’s “Depu-Dean.” Plus find out which member of the gang harbors a deep dark secret (Hint: It involves a Tamagotchi!).

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

Dominic Purcell has booked a pivotal »

- Megan Masters

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