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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.

'Dallas' season 3 premiere postmortem: EP Cynthia Cidre on what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Dallas‘ season 3 premiere, stop reading now. Executive producer Cynthia Cidre breaks down the big twists and teases the sex drama to come. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas': Josh Henderson and EP Cynthia Cidre preview a wild season 3

“I’m pretty much the go-to guy when it comes to sex stuff,” Josh Henderson says with a laugh. And suddenly, we’re happy Dallas is back!

When Season 3 kicks of Feb. 24 (9 p.m. ET on TNT), we quickly learn why Henderson’s John Ross is cheating on new wife Pamela (Julie Gonzalo) with Emma (Emma Bell), who you’ll recall also lives at Southfork. “He only knows how to do business one way, and that’s how JR taught him. It’s like history repeating itself,” Henderson says. “He basically justifies things: ‘I’m doin’ this for us.’ But what Pamela doesn’t know is what this is. He doesn’t want her to find out, obviously. But at the end of the day, stuff’s gonna come crashing down, and I think it’s gonna surprise the audience what ends up happening. It’s pretty dangerous.”

While Henderson jokes that the show is “gettin’ a little weird this season, in a good way,” executive producer Cynthia Cidre looks at it as turning things up to 11. “We decided, let’s just embrace the fun of it,” she says. “There’s definitely a lot more sex. We have a few fistfights, but no one’s landed in the pool yet.” (We also have one pregnancy and two shootings to look forward to.) READ FULL STORY

Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley dies at 74

Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, has died of cancer at 74, NBC said Friday.

Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated Meet the Press. READ FULL STORY

'Young and the Restless' casts Seahawks fullback

A trip to Disneyland after a big win has apparently been usurped by a guest-starring role on a daytime sudser.

After Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson revealed on NFL Total Access that his guilty pleasure is watching The Young and the Restless, the CBS drama booked the Super Bowl champ for a guest spot.

Robinson will now make his acting debut on March 13. He was written into an episode that will have him appearing alongside Eric Braeden (Victor Newman).

“It was an amazing experience! I’ve been a fan for years, and it was great to meet the personalities on the show,” Robinson said in a statement. “I’ve always thought Y&R was the best show on daytime television because their storylines are always entertaining and intriguing. They welcomed me with open arms, and I felt like a part of the Y&R family.”

 

Elisha Cuthbert joins gay-themed pilot -- but what about '24'?

Elisha Cuthbert — last seen in the critically-acclaimed but so-so rated comedy Happy Endings — will try her luck in an NBC sitcom pilot that’s from Ellen DeGeneres. 

She’ll pay a lesbian named Lizzy in One Big Happy, a New Normal-like sitcom from Warner Bros. TV. Here’s the official logline: “Platonic friends since childhood, a lesbian (Cuthbert) and her straight male best friend (Luke, played by Nick Zano) have been living together and have been trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time now. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life.” READ FULL STORY

Olympic viewership remains steady; 'Idol' boys drop

Day 14 of the NBC’s Olympic coverage Wednesday remained steady in viewers (20.1 million) versus the 2010 Vancouver Games (20.3 mil), but 18-49 ratings dropped 9% for the night to 5.0, according to Nielsen. Still, those numbers were wildly better than what the competish averaged, with ABC flat-out waiving the white flag by airing mostly repeats.

Let’s start with NBC and where it stands as it prepares to wrap up its Olympic coverage. Overall, Sochi is down from Vancouver by 13% in 18-49 (5.9 vs. 6.8) and 10% in viewers (22.5 vs. 24.9 million), as well as down 6% from Torino in 18-49 (5.9 vs. 6.3).

Fox — aka American Idol and the Top 10 boys — finished second in the key demo with a 2.6 rating, down 4% from Tuesday’s Top 10 girls performance. That’s up, however, in viewers (9.9 million vs. 9.7 million).

CBS finished third in the demo with a 1.8 after airing a repeat of Hawaii Five-0, and originals of Criminal Minds (2.4) and CSI (2.0). ABC came in fourth with a mere .8, after airing repeats of The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family and Nashville. That was the season finale of Super Fun Night, but it only notched a .9 rating, down 31% from last week to a series low. It was kinda fun while it lasted, gals.

'Judge Judy' continues to rule in ratings

It’s still a standing-room only courtroom for the syndicated Judge Judy.

The long-running daytime strip featuring the gavel-swinging Judy Sheindlin just posted her highest-rated week in 11 years. According to Nielsen data for the week ending Feb. 9, Judge Judy averaged 11.91 million daily viewers — her best audience since the week ending Feb. 17 in 2003. She’s also up 13% in viewers versus last year (11.91 versus 10.53 million).

Judge Judy first premiered in 1996.

When she’s not presiding over her arbitration-based court show, Sheindlin is also helping to find new shows for CBS Prods. The studio is running with an idea she recently pitched called Hot Bench, which focuses on a three-judge courtroom. It’s already been sold in 75% of the country.

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