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'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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Patrick Duffy recalls an old 'Dallas' line that tops this week's Lesser Prairie Chicken twist, teases what's ahead

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Spoiler alert! This week’s episode of Dallas saw John Ross (Josh Henderson) and Bobby (Patrick Duffy) each take bold steps in their battle over fracking at Southfork. In the end, even though John Ross had convinced the ranch hands that more money could be made in oil than cattle, Bobby managed to put a hold on John Ross’s drilling permit by informing the Sierra Club of a potentially endangered population of Lesser Prairie Chicken.

Asked how many takes it took him to get “Lesser Prairie Chicken” out, Duffy just laughs. “Once, in the old Dallas, we had the phrase, ‘Well, daddy, I think the whole herd’s got screwworm.’ And ‘screwworm’ did not come out of Larry’s and my mouth for about an hour. It’s one of those phrases. ‘Lesser Prairie Chicken’ is one of those phrases,” he says.

He admits the cast is also having fun with the frequent use of the term “fracking” this season. ”Especially off-camera,” he says. “If you think about Battlestar Galactica, ‘frak’ was the way they got around the censors.” (Yes, he is a BSG fan, and when he stopped by EW for an upcoming Pop Culture Personality Test, he showed us a photo of himself with Step by Step fan Katee Sackhoff on his phone to prove it. Check it out below.)  READ FULL STORY

Comcast/Sony deal lets Comcast subscribers watch Netflix shows

Comcast today announced that it has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to sell the studio’s titles through the Xfinity On Demand digital store. In the coming weeks, Xfinity TV customers will be able to purchase Sony Pictures movies and TV shows to own and access anytime on any device, kicking off with American Hustle, timed to the film’s DVD release. Additional Sony Pictures movie and TV titles that will be available for purchase in the coming weeks include Breaking Bad, as well as popular movies such as Captain Phillips, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and 21 Jump Street.

“Sony Pictures is pleased that this agreement brings significant titles to Comcast customers,” said Man Jit Singh, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment president, in a release. “We deeply value our relationship with Comcast and look forward to working closely with them to meet the needs of all audiences.”

Most excitingly for TV fans, the Comcast/Sony deal will allow Comcast subscribers to purchase episodes of Netflix shows, even if they don’t have a Netflix subscription. At $1.99 an episode, it’s not exactly a steal compared to a monthly Netflix subscription, but it’s another option for fans who want to keep up with Frank Underwood’s exploits on House of Cards.

Gene Simmons rocks 'CSI' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

From Family Jewels to inside the yellow tape: Gene Simmons will play himself on Wednesday’s episode of CSI.

The episode on CBS will involve a rock-and-roll-themed murder mystery. Simmons is questioned while holding a pair of tiny not-so-whiteys.

Here’s a peek: READ FULL STORY

'True Detective' finale hits ratings high

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson went out with a bang: Sunday’s finale of True Detective posted record ratings for HBO.

The final episode of the anthology averaged a series high of 3.5 million viewers — up over 50% from the premiere (2.3 million). Across three telecasts on Sunday, the series also hit a record 4.9 million viewers.

Season-to-date, the gross audience for the drama was 11 million viewers. True Detective represents HBO’s most-watched freshman series since Six Feet Under’s premiere in 2001 (11.4 million).

True Detective has already been picked up for another season. Creator Nic Pizzolatto told EW that he’s still fleshing out the idea but the basic idea is “hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the U.S. transportation system. I was well on my way in the writing but there’s been a lot noise and work around the end of the first season that got in the way.”

'Crisis' sneak peek: 'They want all of us' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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On March 16, NBC will premiere Crisis, the new drama starring Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Lance Gross, and Rachael Taylor, which imagines what powerful parents can be convinced to do when their children are in danger. Below, watch a sneak peek of the ambush that sets the story in motion during a field trip for the students of Ballard High — the children of Washington, D.C.’s elite, among them the president’s son. READ FULL STORY

Josh Duhamel joins Vince Gilligan drama at CBS

Josh Duhamel has signed on to a new CBS drama pilot in the works from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

The ex-Vegas star will play Det. Milton Chamberlain in Battle Creek. His character is described as aa clean-cut, and humble FBI agent who heads from Detroit to Battle Creek to set up a satellite FBI office.”

Duhamel joins Dean Winters, Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Edward Fordham Jr. and Aubrey Dollar  in the project that will be exec produced by Gilligan, David Shore, Mark Johnson and Bryan Singer.

Here’s the official log line of the promising drama: “When two detectives, FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain and Battle Creek PD, Det. Russ Agnew with very different world views are teamed up, they must answer the question: is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true – it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources?”

Hulu's 'Deadbeat': See three vintage horror trailers for the supernatural comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

Hulu is amping up its original programming game with a new bingeworthy series, set to premiere in its entirety on the web April 9.

The show is Deadbeat, a quirky supernatural comedy that follows Kevin (Tyler Labine), described as “a hapless medium who will do anything to finish New York City ghosts’ unfinished business.”

Joining Labine (a breakout on The CW’s Reaper, also a supernatural comedy) are Tropic Thunder’s Brandon T. Jackson, Melissa & Joey’s Lucy Devito, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley making her scripted comedy debut as a celeb psychic named Camomile. The series comes from co-creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner (FX’s Wilfred) and Troy Miller (Arrested Development).

Deadbeat will make its world premiere at SXSW on March 11. Until then, EW’s got your exclusive first look at a trio of trailers themed around various major moments for the horror genre — particularly the 1940s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The trailers are a nod to the sort of genre fans Hulu hopes to grab on April 9 when the series debuts.

Check out the clips below: READ FULL STORY

'The Amazing Race': Phil Keoghan previews Malaysia -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Tonight’s third leg of The Amazing Race: All-Stars takes the nine remaining teams into river madness — they’ll rappel down the Kiansom Waterfall and race in whitewater rafts they built themselves to deliver goods to a village chief.

Below, host Phil Keoghan shares his personal photos to give you a behind-the-scenes preview of the episode! READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane explains the new ship on 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'

On Sunday, March 9, Fox and National Geographic Channel will simulcast the premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a 13-part series hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson that follows in the epic footsteps of the Emmy Award-winning 1980 TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Ann Druyan, who co-wrote the original Cosmos with her late husband Carl Sagan, serves as an executive producer, and as Seth MacFarlane revealed in his SiriusXM Town Hall with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean, you can thank her for the trippy spaceship that becomes “home base” through this new journey across space and time.

“It was very important to her that it be something that was kind of timeless and very simple,” MacFarlane says in the excerpt below, noting that the original “Ship of the Imagination” was used only in the first episode of the original series and had an exterior shaped like a dandelion. “There was, I guess, some people smoking weed in 1980 also,” he jokes.

The new ship has a flat floor and flat ceiling: “The floor opens up to reveal the past, the ceiling opens up to reveal the future. The front wall is just a big open window,” he says. “It was important to us that [Neil] not just be a guy who’s lecturing us but that he actually take us to the places that he’s talking about.”

MacFarlane also spoke about the inspiration for his new film A Million Ways to Die in the West, which hits theaters this summer. His novel of the same name is on shelves now. Listen to that clip below as well. READ FULL STORY

Felicity Huffman books ABC pilot

A desperate housewife may return to ABC.

Felicity Huffman — who played Lynette Scavo on the long-running ABC drama Desperate Housewives — is set to headline the American Crime pilot opposite Timothy Hutton (Leverage). Executive produced by Oscar-winning John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), the drama pilot focuses on the murder of a war veteran and the trial that follows.

Huffman will play Barb Skokie, the ex-wife of Russ (Hutton) and mother of the young man who was killed.

CBS comedies shine; good night for 'Reign'

The continued strength of The Big Bang Theory and the new comedy The Millers helped CBS to take Thursday in the key demo and viewers. Bang posted a 5.2 rating, up 4% from last week, which provided a sweet lead-in for The Millers (3.0, 11% from last week), according to Nielsen.

Even though The Crazy Ones at 9:30 tied its series low at 1.7, CBS still won the night in 18-49 with a 2.7 and with viewers (10.6 million).

ABC was second in the demo with a 2.1, thanks to the strength of the Shonda Rhimes drama block. Grey’s Anatomy earned a 2.6 and Scandal got a 2.8. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, however, tied its series low with a .8. Uffda. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' postmortem: Creator Aaron Korsh on Harvey's relationship, Louis' 'black hawk down'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Suits‘ return, “Buried Secrets,” stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh talked to EW about the twists and what’s next. READ FULL STORY

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