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'Constantine' has modest ratings debut

One of the last new shows to debut this fall got off to a soft start Friday night.

NBC’s Constantine opened to 4.3 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. While hardly hellish, the DC Comics supernatural drama series was edged out in the 10 p.m. hour by ABC’s 20/20. Plus, last year’s Dracula was 29 percent higher. Constantine‘s lead-in, the fourth season premiere of Grimm, had 5.3 million and a 1.5 rating, down 17 percent from last year.

The NBC shows faced tougher-than-usual competition from Fox, which had Game 3 of the World Series.

'Manhattan Love Story' canceled: First axed fall show

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We have the first canceled show of the fall: ABC’s Manhattan Love Story.

ABC has decided to axe the Tuesday night comedy series, which fell to a new low in the ratings this week. The most recent episode delivered only 2.6 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. The comedy chronicled the relationship journey of a new couple and starred Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman.

Next week the show and its lead-in Selfie will be preempted by a Halloween special. But the week after that, the dumping of Manhattan Love Story is going to have an impact. That’s right, ABC is gonna take another Selfie. The 8 p.m. hour will have two episodes of the social media-skewing comedy. Selfie is easily the most mocked new comedy of the fall, but has firmly better ratings than Manhattan Love Story. The most recent Selfie had 3.8 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. ABC hasn’t said what the plan is for the hour beyond the next two weeks. READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' scoop: Emma and Regina confront issues, Snow gets her groove back

The highly anticipated SwanQueen episode of Once Upon a Time is finally here.

During Sunday’s hour of the ABC fairy tale drama, Regina (Lana Parrilla) will begrudgingly team up with Emma (Jennifer Morrison) to find the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell). But Emma will use this as an opportunity to clear the air after she seemingly ruined Regina’s relationship with Robin Hood (Sean Maguire) when she brought his dead wife Marian (Christie Laing) back from the past at the end of last season.

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Listen: Monica Potter describes the perfect 'Parenthood' ending

Bad news, Braverman fans. Monica Potter says that this really, really is the last season of Parenthood. When the actress stopped by EW Radio, she said Jason Katims and the writers want to end on “a high note” (which is hard to do when each episode sends fans headfirst into a box of Kleenex). But if EW senior writer Sara Vilkomerson has come to terms with this news, we will too. What we won’t be on board with is the fact that Zeek and Camille’s house is now the Bad Judge set. Potter described her and costar Craig T. Nelson’s reaction to this news: “I went, ‘No, no.’ And he goes, ‘What the f—what is this? Why is there a bench here? And whose gavel is this?'” READ FULL STORY

Ariana Grande, Pharrell set to perform on CBS's 'A Very Grammy Christmas'

It’s almost that time of the year: Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, and Pharrell Williams are among the artists set to perform on CBS’s A Very Grammy Christmas, which will also include the announcement of the nominees for Album of the Year.  READ FULL STORY

'Manhattan' Marathon: A guide to this Sunday's atomic bomb drama binge-watch

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They’re making a “gadget,” one that they hope will save the world … but fear will actually destroy it someday.

In Manhattan, WGN’s new World War II drama about scientists racing to develop an atomic bomb while grappling with the threat of espionage and the equally undermining power of egos, has just finished its first season, and the network is re-running all 13 episodes this Sunday, Oct. 26, in one marathon showing starting at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT.)

For those who are already fans, it’s a chance to revisit those earlier episodes and catch little hints and Easter eggs that become much more important as this fictional story of the Manhattan Project progresses. For those who haven’t yet tuned in but are intrigued by the idea of a Mad Men-style story fueled by the nuclear age, it’s the perfect time to devote 13 hours to a Manhattan binge-watch.

Here’s an EW guide to each episode, including commentary from series creator Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) who has declassified some of the behind-the-scenes trivia.

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Watch the shattering 'Shameless' season 5 trailer

The Gallaghers are back—and this time, they’ve got guns.

Showtime’s radical drama—no, wait, comedy—rocked the boat last year with its deliriously dark fourth season, which was heavy even by the show’s own standard. This January, Shameless is back for a fifth cycle of family drama that just might bring the crazy to a new level.

The brand new trailer, which officially debuts on Sunday—but is available now exclusively on EW—teases plenty of new twists for season five. What’s to come, exactly? For one thing, there’s the possible return of Jimmy, whom Fiona swears she sees around town. READ FULL STORY

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Supernatural,' 'Once,' 'Newsroom,' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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L.A. Clippers' Chris Paul developing autobiographical comedy at ABC

It looks like basketball has been an untapped goldmine of comedic riches, as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul is the latest in a string of NBA players to develop a comedy for television.

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Damian Lewis to star in Showtime drama with Paul Giamatti

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Damian Lewis is returning to Showtime: EW has learned the former Homeland star is has signed on to co-star in a new Wall Street drama series pilot along with fellow acclaimed actor Paul Giamatti. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' actor to star in major Syfy miniseries

Charles Dance is going from fantasy to sci-fi. The Game of Thrones actor has landed one of the starring roles in Syfy’s ambitious miniseries adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic Childhood’s End, EW has exclusively learned.

The six-hour miniseries follows a breed of aliens called the “Overlords,” who manage to peacefully invade and rule Earth, and create a pseudo-utopia that comes at the price of human identity and culture.

Dance plays Karellen, the ambassador for the Overlords who makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren (not yet cast). We’re told that “Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.” READ FULL STORY

Marvel's 'Agent Carter' casts 'HIMYM' actress

Marvel’s Agent Carter has filled another key role with another notable name. Nikita and How I Met Your Mother actress Lyndsy Fonseca is joining the cast of the upcoming ABC action series.

The Captain America spin-off signed Fonseca to play Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress who befriends Peggy (Hayley Atwell).

Agent Carter follows the heroine in 1946 as she works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve while secretly taking on secret missions with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper).

The series also stars Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson (an agent with the SSR, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis (Stark’s butler), Shea Whigham as Roger Dooley (the SSR chief who oversees agents Carter), and Cooper as Stark (Tony Stark’s father). Agent Carter will debut on ABC in January.

Jim Parsons leads voice cast for NBC's 'Elf' stop-motion animated special

As if there aren’t quite enough reruns of Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell’s 2003 holiday hit Elf on television for fans this holiday season, NBC is debuting a new take on the modern Christmas classic.

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