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Ratings: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Beauty and Beast' bow beautifully

The last time I led with a CW show in a ratings report was … well, never, but the debut of Beauty and the Beast and the return of The Vampire Diaries deserve some applause. The debut of the Kristin Kreuk show that’s a reboot of the 80s’ drama with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton averaged 3.1 million viewers on Thursday, up 63% in adults 18-49 and 33% in adults 18-34 versus what The Secret Circle did last season. It, combined with the fourth season return of The Vampire Diaries (which was not only up 25% in women 18-34 but beat ABC and NBC in that demo), ended up giving the network a win among females 12-17 (2.2 rating/8 share) — a target demo that’s not particularly interested in watching Joe Biden condescend to Paul Ryan.

Now back to our regular programming. Ratings are a bit screwy (and expected to change) because of the live Vice Presidential debate and the hand-wringing analysis that followed, but here’s what we know based on preliminary numbers: CBS had the best night in 18-49 (2.7/7) and viewers (9.3 million) with The Big Bang Theory earning a 4.2/13 and 13.7 million viewers and Two & A Half Men posting a 3.4/9 and 11.1 million. Its coverage of the debate earned a 2.2/5 while its analysis snagged a 1.6/4. READ FULL STORY

'Idol' fight: Nicki Minaj curses out Mariah Carey

The American Idol auditions were disrupted Tuesday after two new judges on the show engaged in a contentious fight on the panel.

In a video obtained by TMZ (below), rapper Nicki Minaj curses out pop singer Mariah Carey at a stop in Charlotte, N.C. The audio makes the conversation difficult to understand, but according to one translation, Minaj shouts, “I told them, I’m not f–kin’ putting up with her f–kin’ highness over there.”

The site claims the fight was over a contestant’s performance and that Minaj threatened to “knock out” Carey, but that’s not confirmed. Another site claims Carey started the fight by “making jabs” at Minaj. Arguably, the best part is fellow newcomer judge Keith Urban looking rather trapped sitting between them.

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NBC picks up full seasons of 'Revolution,' 'The New Normal' and 'Go On'

NBC has ordered full seasons of the new drama Revolution and the freshman comedies Go On and The New Normal.

After three telecasts, Revolution is averaging a 3.6/9 share in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers, while Go On is earning a 3.2/9 and 8.6 million viewers, and Normal a 2.2/6 and 6.0 million.

“We’re impressed with the imagination and creative direction of the entire team on Revolution, not to mention the immediately strong response we got from the audience,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a statement. “Ordering the full season of this show is a pleasure. Thanks to J.J. Abrams, Erik Kripke, Jon Favreau, and everyone at Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television for their dedication to making a truly unique series. And I personally love to escape into a world where there is no power, the phone doesn’t ring, and the pace of life slows down — if only for one hour a week!

“We’re also very proud of our new comedy block of Go On and The New Normal. In partnering with Matthew Perry for Go On, creator Scott Silveri has created a comedy with a highly original voice that deftly combines humor and emotion. And Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler have created a truly unique family in The New Normal that is reflective of the changing dynamics of the world we live in. These shows are both welcome additions to our new lineup!”

Simon Cowell, Will.i.am developing 'X Factor for Tech'

Will.i.am has announced that he is developing a tech version of The X Factor with Simon Cowell.

“We’re working on a project called X Factor for Tech — and it’s going to be out of this world,” Will.i.am said during a live video press conference, according to The London Sun. “Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots. It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.” READ FULL STORY

Billie Joe Armstrong will still appear on 'The Voice'

Although it’s unclear how many promotional appearances Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong will have to miss while he seeks substance abuse treatment following his onstage rant at the iHeartRadio festival, his previously taped segments on NBC’s singing competition The Voice will still air as planned.

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'Dancing With the Stars' cast gears up for tonight's 'All-Stars' premiere -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Get a glimpse of what’s in store on tonight’s Dancing With the Stars premiere right now! Last week I visited Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough, Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel, and Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson in the glamorous shared rehearsal space I like to call “The House of Flying Swaggers (and Disco Ball Dreams).” It’s just as magical, and purple, as I’d thought.

You can see a snippet of each couple’s first dance — and hear their anticipation of the daunting All-Star season — below:

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'Britney 2.0': Hear a 'Glee' mashup of 'Crazy' and '(You Drive Me) Crazy'

Yes, those are two different songs. The first is a hard-rocking single from Aerosmith’s 1993 album Get a Grip; the second is a bit of pop fluff by Britney Spears, best known as the theme from the 1999 teen movie Drive Me Crazy. Mashed together and stripped down, they form a low-key super song that sounds just lovely when performed acoustically by Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist — a.k.a. Jake Puckerman and Marley Rose, two of McKinley High’s newest students.

You could wait to hear their romantic blend on Thursday, when Glee‘s second Britney Spears-themed episode airs… or you could listen to the song now simply by clicking below the jump.

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'How I Met Your Mother' soundtrack: See the full listings! -- EXCLUSIVE

TV’s most legendary soundtrack is almost here! And in the meantime, EW has your exclusive look at the songs that will be featured on How I Met Your Mother‘s very first soundtrack, aptly titled How I Met Your Music.

Among the gems? A fully-produced version of the “Bang-Bang-Bangity-Bang” song, (the Emmy-nominated) “Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit,” and, of course, a couple of tracks from everyone’s favorite mall-goer, Robin Sparkles.

The album hits iTunes Sept. 24, which is also the same day of HIMYM‘s season premiere.

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'Glee' kids cover Britney Spears -- LISTEN HERE

Oops…They’re doing it again.

It’s a double dose of Ms. Spears this Thursday on Fox. After The X Factor, the Glee kids will be honoring the pop princess with a second tribute episode — mostly focusing on her later work — and you can check out a preview below of Gimme More and Oops…I Did It Again (as first released by Ryan Seacrest‘s radio show).

In addition, you can also head over to Glee’s official music site to hear the McKinley kids (and NY transplants!) take on 3, a mash-up of Boys and Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend, Womanizer, and Hold It Against Me.

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Fall TV Preview: Connie Britton says she was 'terrified' about singing on ABC's 'Nashville'

Photo: Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes in ‘Nashville.’ Credit: Katherine Bomboy-Thornton

For our Fall TV Preview issue, we spoke with the cast of ABC’s new drama Nashville about the question that’s on everyone’s minds: Can Connie Britton really sing?

When ABC first started casting for the show, its creator, Callie Khouri, knew she wanted Britton for the role of country superstar Rayna Jaymes, even before she knew whether or not Britton could carry a tune. “I said, if we can’t get Connie Britton, let’s just not do the show,” Khouri tells EW. “Everybody thought I was nuts!” But Khouri held out for her first choice. “She’s a woman that other women really relate to,” she explains, “and I felt that was exactly the right way to go with this character.”

There was only one problem: Britton’s real voice would be used on the show. And that made the actress very nervous. “I grew up singing,” Britton reveals. “My mother was a music teacher and I trained for [musicals] in drama school. But when I started pounding the pavement in New York, I realized that people there have these majestic voices. I’m a perfectionist, so I let that go by the wayside.”

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Call 'Glee,' maybe: See the gang do Carly Rae

When Glee‘s third season finale aired in May, Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” was plenty popular — but it hadn’t yet taken over the world. That all changed this summer, when the Canadian import’s hit single became the season’s inescapable anthem. Unfortunately, Fox’s musical series would have to wait until its return to put its own spin on the ubiquitous song. And, happily, the wait is now over.

The network recently posted the Glee gangs full performance of “Call Me Maybe,” a fairly stripped-down affair that takes place in McKinley High’s auditorium. Why is Artie the only person in the audience, thoughtfully watching Brittany, Blaine, Tina, and New Directions newcomer Wade (Glee Project runner-up Alex Newell) perform this infectious song? Where did that full string orchestra come from? How many girls will faint when they hear Darren Criss croon that he’d “trade [his] soul for a wish, pennies and dimes for a kiss”? We’ll have to wait for the premiere to find out; in the meantime, here’s the clip.

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Backstage at 'The Voice,' the coaches snipe, snark, flirt, and reminisce -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Reunited, and it feels so good!

On the first day of Season 3’s Blind Auditions, The Voice coaches Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera gathered backstage to discuss the season ahead. Social media correspondent Christina Milian got the ball rolling by asking the coaches to name who they see as their biggest competition — which led to Aguilera calling Levine “a sensitive, tender lover,” then imitating Shelton’s big-hearted Santa laugh, then giggling as Levine quoted a famously profane moment from Half Baked (NSFW).

Watch their chummy camaraderie below — before the claws come out on tonight’s episode:

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'Glee' sneak peek: Kate Hudson wants to dance, and speak Spanish! -- VIDEO

The wait is finally over — provided you’ve been waiting to see how Kate Hudson fares as a mean but talented dance teacher on Glee. Fox has posted the Nine star’s first Glee performance, a spicy mash-up of Lady Gaga’s “Americano” and Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again.” The clip shows off Hudson’s vocal chops, as well as her sultry dance moves — interspersed with shots of Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) worried face.

Think Hudson has what it takes to rank among Glee‘s greatest celebrity guest stars? Watch her hoof and decide for yourself:

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