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Katharine McPhee to wait tables on CBS

From Broadway star to waitress!

Katharine McPhee (Smash) has booked a pilot for CBS called Scorpion that’ll have her playing a working-class hero named Paige who “understands geniuses.”

The drama from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Heather Kadin focuses on an eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Robert Patrick will headline the cast that also includes Eddie Kaye Thomas and Elyes Gabel.

THR first reported the news.

McPhee played Karen Cartwright on the NBC musical drama.

'Glee': Hear Gwyneth Paltrow cover Pharrell's hit 'Happy' for the 100th episode -- EXCLUSIVE

Glee reaches the 100 episode milestone with Tuesday’s hour, fittingly titled “100.” To celebrate the occasion, guest-star Gwyneth Paltrow reprises her Emmy-winning role of substitute teacher Holly Holliday (Kristin Chenoweth and Chace Crawford also make appearances) and even gets to croon a cover of Pharrell’s Oscar-nominated hit “Happy.” EW has the exclusive first listen of her version below. READ FULL STORY

Gillian Anderson talks 'Crisis' (and why she was fine not knowing everything)

There’s probably a good reason why doesn’t go into detail about the characters on the network’s new drama Crisis, premiering March 16 at 10 p.m. ET — and presumably it’s because most of them aren’t exactly who they seem.

The story is set in motion when a bus carrying the children of Washington, D.C.’s elite — students at Ballard High, including the president’s son — is ambushed. Taken hostage, they’ll be used as leverage: Imagine what powerful parents can be convinced to do when their children are in danger. Gillian Anderson stars as Meg Fitch, the CEO of an international IT company whose daughter is kidnapped and whose estranged sister (Rachael Taylor) is an FBI agent assigned to the investigation. “Meg is no exception: I think that all the characters’ lives go in a very different trajectory after this event happens,” Anderson says. “Meg is used to being in control of everything in her life and being able to pick up the phone and make things happen, and she can’t really do that right now in this situation. You see her try to over a few episodes, and there are consequences to that, let’s just say. And because of those consequences, a different part of Meg comes out that we don’t see at the beginning.” READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch': Season 10 has return of the Cornelia Marie, arrival of Mandy Hansen -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning reality show Deadliest Catch returns April 22, and as you’ll see in our exclusive first-look at the premiere’s cold open, which previews the landmark tenth season, there is no shortage of compelling stories. Josh Harris has the Cornelia Marie back crabbing, Sig Hansen has his 18-year-old daughter Mandy working on the Northwestern, boats are seen on fire and flooding, someone is heard yelling, “Man down! Man down! Man down!,” and both the Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers make appearances. “You, of course, want your tenth season to be awesome, like any other. But the deck is definitely stacked in our favor this year,” says Jeff Conroy, president and executive producer at Original Productions, which produces the show. “I jokingly, in season 3, said, ‘Look guys, my goal is to get to season 10,’” he recalls. “To imagine that it would be this now, I don’t think anyone could have predicted. None of these kind of workplace docs had done that, so it wasn’t something that you thought of. You thought, ‘Well, Friends goes nine seasons.’”

“Getting to a tenth season is incredible for any series, and this show is such an enormous undertaking and so difficult to produce,” Discovery Channel executive producer David Pritikin says, praising the men at women at Original who risk their lives filming it and continue to raise the bar. “Fans should expect bigger and better this season.”

Watch the cold open below. Then read 10 teases from Conroy and Pritikin about season 10. (There’s so much drama, the cold open barely touches on the return of Jake Anderson to the Northwestern! UPDATE: Read our roundtable with three of the captains.) READ FULL STORY

CBS renews 18 series, including more 'Two and a Half Men'

CBS renewed 18 shows today, including another season of Two and a Half Men as well as the new sitcoms Mom and The Millers.

Other comedies that are coming back for another season are 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly. (A new three-year deal for The Big Bang Theory was announced yesterday). A total of nine dramas were renewed: NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, CSI; Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, Elementary and The Good Wife. CBS also picked up another season each of The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, as well as more 60 Minutes.

Two more cycles of Survivor had already been announced.

“The best way to launch new shows in the fall and throughout the season is to surround them with a strong and stable lineup of successful series,” said Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler in a statement. “The shows we’re picking up today cut across every night of the week and feature genre leaders, time period winners and the most-watched shows on broadcast television.”

Three shows remain on the proverbial bubble: The Mentalist and the new series Intelligence and The Crazy Ones. The quality — or lack thereof — of the 2014-15 fall development slate should decide their fate come May.

See first image of John Constantine for NBC

NBC has released the first image of occult detective John Constantine, the leading character in the network’s adaptation of the popular DC Comics title.

Matt Ryan (Torchwood) stars in the drama pilot from executive producers Daniel Cerone, David S. Goyer and director Neil Marshall. “I’ve been a fan of John Constantine since he was first introduced in 1985,” Goyer said in a statement. “This Constantine, envisioned by Neil Marshall and embodied by Matt Ryan, looks like he sprang directly from the comics’ covers. Fans old and new are going to be in for a treat.”

Constantine follows Liverpool con-man-turned-occult-detective John Constantine, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of defending the world against dark forces from beyond.

John Constantine first appeared as a supporting character in Swamp Thing in 1985. The character was later featured in the bestselling titles Hellblazer and Constantine.

Amazon Prime hikes price

For the first time, Amazon is raising the price of its Prime free-shipping program for U.S. members — which includes access to the unlimited Prime Instant Video service. The cost is increasing from $79 to $99 per year. Current members will be charged $79 if their membership renews before April 17 and $99 if their membership renews on or after that date.

Announcing the change in a notice on their website, the company also noted that Amazon Student members can get Prime for $49. It added that the fee for Prime Fresh membership will remain unchanged at $299.

Though Amazon declined to give a reason for the prince increase, an influx of Prime Instant Video content would seem to be partially responsible. In addition to an increasing volume of original shows, the Prime library also includes exclusive streaming rights for programs like Downtown Abbey and Veronica Mars.

History's next miniseries will focus on Texas Rangers

History Channel has greenlit its next miniserie, which will star Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The eight-hour series, dubbed Texas Rising, will premiere in 2015 and focus on the Texas Revolution against Mexico, which led to the rise of the Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) will direct. Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas; Frasier (The Mummy) is Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Liotta (Goodfellas) will play Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; and Morgan (Magic City) will play “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled veteran Texas Ranger with an advanced case of consumption.

Other cast members will include Thomas Jane (Hung) as James Wykoff, a homesteader who finds himself living in the middle of hostile Indian territory; Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful) as President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the tyrant dictator of Mexico; Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill)as Mirabeau Lamar, a spirited Texas soldier who helps win the battle of San Jacinto; Michael Rapaport (Justified) as Sgt. Ephraim Knowles, a would-be deserter and coward turned hero; and Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as Jack Hays, a volunteer freedom fighter who becomes the youngest Texas Ranger.

“The Texas Revolution is one of the most gut-wrenching and inspirational events in our history,” said History EVP and GM Dirk Hoogstra in a statement. “Doing the story justice will be a massive undertaking, and we’re excited to begin production with one of the best teams in the business.”

'Once Upon a Time' actress will eat brains on 'iZombie'

Tinkerbell has an, um, savory new role on the CW.

Rose McIver, who played the pixie-dust throwing fairy on ABC’s Once Upon a Time – and will also replace Kiernan Shipka in Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic sequel – has been cast in the lead role of the CW pilot iZombie. Wait until you read what’s in store for her!

She’ll play Olivia “Liv” Moore, a “med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity,” according to The CW’s official description. “But with each brain Live consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”

The drama is based on characters from the DC Comics’s Vertigo imprint, created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, and was developed by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), Diane Ruggiero, Danielle Stokdyk, and Dan Etheridge.

'The Big Bang Theory' renewed for three more years

At this rate, maybe we will see a Sheldon-Amy wedding! CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory through the 2016-17 season.

“Comedy is a big part of our schedule, and The Big Bang Theory is the biggest comedy force on television,” said CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler in a statement. “This multi-year deal further strengthens our network’s position for future seasons and marks another chapter in the great partnership CBS enjoys with Warner Bros. Television for delivering audiences the best in comedy. We’re proud to work with and showcase the incredible talents of Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and this amazing cast every week.”

TBBT has ranked as the No. 1 sitcom among viewers since the 2010-11 season and continues to hold the top spot in key demographics for the second straight year. It’s currently averaging  19.79 million viewers (up 4% versus last year),a 6.1 rating in adults 18-49, and a 7.8 in adults 25-54.

'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Wrong Roads,' teases what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Justified — “Wrong Roads” written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang, directed by Michael Dinner, and guest-starring Eric Roberts as a DEA agent/Ghost of Raylan Future — stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY

'The Little Couple' teaser: Adoption complete? -- FIRST LOOK

In tonight’s episode of The Little Couple on TLC, the pair wraps up the adoption process of their 2-year-old daughter Zoey.

The trip has been a hit with fans: last week’s debut was the series highest-rated episode ever among women 25-54 (2.3) and viewers (3.9 million).  READ FULL STORY

'Believe' tops year-ago 'Hannibal' premiere

The omnipresent posters of the little blonde girl definitely helped to launch the Monday premiere of Believe, which gave NBC a huge boost in the timeslot versus what Hannibal did in April of 2013, according to Nielsen.

The drama earned a 2.7 rating in 18-49 — up 69 percent from Hannibal — and 10.7 million viewers after The Voice, which posted a 3.7 and 13.5 million viewers. It wasn’t enough, however, to help NBC (3.3) win the night. That pleasure went to ABC (3.4) and Juan Pablo.

The season finale of The Bachelor earned a 3.2/9 and 9.6 million, which was actually down 9% from last spring’s season finale. The real winner of the night was Bachelor: After the Final Rose, which posted a 3.8/11 and 11 million viewers. It also won the night in all of the female demos, mostly due to the fact that the next Bachelorette was announced. Yippee?

CBS and Fox tied for third. The Eye net aired How I Met Your Mother (2.7) followed by a repeat of 2 Broke Girls, an original of Mike & Molly (1.8), a repeat of Mom, and an original of Intelligence (1.3). Fox aired Bones (1.7) and The Following (1.5).


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