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'Kroll Show' renewed by Comedy Central

Nick Kroll will come back for a third season: Comedy Central has renewed his eponymous sketch show.

Kroll, who has appeared on Community, Childrens Hospital and Parks and Rec, plays characters like Bobby Bottleservice and Fabrice Fabrice.

Kroll Show, which airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m., has been averaging 1.1 million viewers. Its first episode premiered in January of 2013. Guests on the show have included Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen and Hannibal Buress.

'The Little Couple' posts big ratings

The return of The Little Couple on Tuesday scored big for TLC, which finished the night at No. 1 cable net among viewers and women 25-54, Nielsen says.

The premiere of the episode “Zoey Makes 4″ —  in which the couple flies to India to pick up their adopted daughter – was the series highest-rated episode ever among women 25-54 (2.3) and viewers (3.9 million). It was also TLC’s highest-rated telecast among women 25-54 since November 2012.

In the March 11 episode of The Little Couple, Jen realizes how ill she is and is forced to make a difficult decision.

'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Whistle Past the Graveyard'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Whistle Past the Graveyard” written by Chris Provenzano and directed by Peter Werner, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room.  READ FULL STORY

Ellen's post-Oscar talk show breaks records

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Did everyone tune in to hear how she pulled off the pizza gig?

Ellen DeGeneres’ first daytime show after the Oscars posted its highest ratings ever, averaging a 4.8 rating/11 share in overnights, according to Nielsen. The show is 11 years old.

Wow.

That’s a full ratings point higher than the series previous high that DeGeneres earned a decade ago (3.8 on Jan. 26, 2004).

DeGeneres hosted a live Post-Oscar episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday and welcomed Academy Award winners Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o. She also chatted about the big night and how she pulled off the selfie that broke Twitter records. The star-studded shot that DeGeneres took in the aisle of the Dolby Theater was retweeted 3.14 million times.

She also talked with pizza delivery man Edgar Martirosyan, who received $600 in tips that she collected the night before. She also added another $400. (Lucky dude!) See it below: READ FULL STORY

'Suits' preview: Donna fields Louis's questions about Mike -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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USA Suits resumes its third season March 6 with the first of six new episodes. Fans will recall that in the September summer finale, Louis (Rick Hoffman) discovered that the room containing files on every Harvard Law student didn’t include one on Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams).

What’s Louis’ next move? Check it out in the exclusive sneak peek below. As Suits creator Aaron Korsh teases to EW, “Donna works her magic, but ultimately even Donna’s magic can’t overcome the scope of Mike’s lie.”

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Fox relegates 'Rake' to Fridays

Fox’s ratings-challenged drama Rake will get a new berth on Fridays while Hell’s Kitchen will replace take over its old timeslot starting March 13.

The Gordon Ramsay show, now in its 12th season, will serve as a lead-in to the results show of American Idol, which will now air at 9.

Rake will bow on Fridays at 8 beginning March 14 and will be followed by original episodes of Enlisted and Raising Hope. An original of Rake will air this Thursday and is set to star Anthony Anderson as an old friend of Keegan (Kinnear).

Rake — not to mention Idol — got raked by the Olympics on NBC. Last week, Rake posted a 1.0 rating in 18-49 and a mere 4 million viewers. Idol, meanwhile, sank to a series low 2.9 rating and 9.1 million viewers.

When the Idol results shows scale back to half-hour installments beginning March 27, Fox will air Surviving Jack, a new comedy starring Chris Meloni, at 9:30.

Oscars 2014: Exec Producer answers burning questions

Why were so many speeches allowed to go on for so long? Did host Ellen DeGeneres let the stars know ahead of time that she’d be collecting donations in Pharrell’s hat? EW caught up to a dead-tired Craig Zadan — who co-executive produced the Oscars for a second time with Neil Meron — at Sunday’s Governors Ball. Fortunately, Zadan was lucid enough to answer a few burning questions.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tonally, the show was a lot different from last year.
CRAIG ZADAN: We never want to do the same thing twice. It’s like when we did our movie musicals, Chicago and then Hairspray. They are not the same. We said if we are going to do a movie musical again, let’s do something that is radically different from Chicago. We said if we do the Oscars a second time, we can’t have people saying, ‘oh, they are just repeating themselves.’ And I don’t think we did. But with live TV, you don’t know whats going to happen until it happens. You can’t count on anything.

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Arsenio Hall renewed for second season

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Arsenio Hall and his talk show will return for a second season — and Jay Leno helped him to make the announcement.

In his first TV appearance since signing off from The Tonight Show, Leno stopped by a taping of Hall’s show to help celebrate the news. Here’s a look:  READ FULL STORY

'Enlisted' sneak peek: Pete confronted by an ex, Derrick obviously thrilled -- EXCLUSIVE

On the Feb. 28 episode of Fox’s Enlisted, Pete (Geoff Stults) runs into the girlfriend he never technically broke up with before he was deployed to Afghanistan, and Jill (Angelique Cabral) must help him through the split. Check out a sneak peek below. Meanwhile, Derrick (Chris Lowell) and Randy (Parker Young) see how much dating game they’ve got without each other as wingmen. Oh, and there’s a performance by Kid ‘n Play. READ FULL STORY

Seth Meyers boosts 'Late Night' averages

A fair share of lookee-loos are checking out the new host of Late Night on NBC — which has given Seth Meyers some promising ratings for his first two days on the job.

The second telecast of Late Night with Seth Meyers averaged a household rating of 2.2 rating/8 share in 56 metered markets, according to Nielsen ratings, which marks the franchise’s highest Tuesday performance in five years (since Dec. 23, 2008, when it scored a 2.4/7). Meyers saw a bit of a drop from his Monday premiere, when he posted a 2.6/9. Still, an 85% retention rate isn’t too shabby for the ex-SNLer.

Meyers was up 38 percent versus the franchise’s season average (2.2 versus 1.6). Though he only held onto 58% of Jimmy Fallon’s lead-in with The Tonight Show, Meyers still beat Nightline (1.0/3) and Craig Ferguson (1.1/4) combined.

Meyers hosted Kanye West, Russell Wilson and writer Robyn Doolittle. Tonight he’ll have Kelly Ripa and Brad Paisley.

At 11:30, Fallon held strong in the winner’s circle, averaging a household rating of 4.0/10, beating Late Show with David Letterman (2.3/6) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (1.7/4). NBC says Fallon is up 38% versus the franchise’s “non-Olympic” season average, which was at 2.9.

Final ratings for Fallon’s first week on the job will come out later this week.

'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Raw Deal'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Raw Deal” written by VJ Boyd and directed by Bill Johnson, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY

Bonnie Bedelia talks 'Parenthood,' why she won't do 'Die Hard'

Bonnie Bedelia has a message for those Die Hard producers: Dudes, youz ageist!

On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the Parenthood star who plays matriarch Camille Braverman talks about why we’ll probably never see her reprise her iconic role as Holly McClane in the Die Hard series. She also talks about Camille’s meaty story arc this season — her best one yet.

Also on tonight’s show: Mark Green promotes his latest talk show that airs on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, and Jeff “Doc” Jensen shares his feelings about NBC’s decision to bring back Heroes. (Hint: he’s kinda sorta optimistic).

Here’s a bit from my talk with Bonnie:

Inside TV airs at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.

Jamie Lee Curtis to headline CBS drama pilot

Jamie Lee Curtis is the latest film star to migrate to a potential starring gig on CBS primetime.

Curtis has been cast in an untitled medical pilot from David Marshall Grant (Brothers & Sisters) that has her playing Caroline, the doctor-mom of quadruplets who grew up on a reality show. The drama script that’s in contention for fall 2014 is based on the Israeli format, Ran Quartet, and has been described as a soapy series.

The last time Curtis — who did an arc as Dr. Samantha Ryan on NCIS in 2012 — had a series regular role on TV was in Anything But Love in 1989. She’s also recurred as Jess’ mom on Fox’s New Girl.

Curtis also has a small role in the new Veronica Mars film.

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