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The CW latest bubble show renewal odds


The CW is edging closer to deciding the fate of its six bubble shows. As we’ve previously reported earlier this month in Death Watch, Hart of Dixie and The 100 are likely to be renewed, while The Carrie Diaries is likely to be cancelled. It’s the other three remaining limbo dramas — Beauty and the Beast, The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed — that have been the biggest question marks.

We’re now hearing freshman sci-fi shows Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed are now looking less likely to return. Yet sophomore series Beauty and the Beast is still up in the air — on the soapy tip of the bubble, you might say. Opinions on this show are all over the place, from another 13 episodes, to a possible six-episode final season (the same strategy The CW took with the longer-running Nikita) to outright cancellation. The current season of Beauty returns on June 2, so the network will have to figure this out without knowing how the rest of the episodes perform.

Mind you, nothing is official until The CW makes these decisions. Such verdicts are typically swayed by how many pilots are ordered to series — and the network hasn’t seen its pilots yet. A CW spokesperson had no comment.

'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz signs deal for new Netflix series

There may not be any new Arrested Development news to report right now, but its creator has decided to stay put at Netflix. The streaming service confirmed Tuesday that Mitchell Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to create, develop, and produce original series. READ FULL STORY

Colbert shows Letterman his real personality on 'Late Show'


We’re used to seeing Stephen Colbert in-character on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, looking supremely confident as a right-wing master of the media universe. But Colbert came across a bit more humble during an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show on Tuesday night. It was Colbert’s first appearance on the show since landing the much-coveted gig to take over as Late Show host.

“I’m going to do whatever you have done,” Colbert told David Letterman, who will retire as the longest-serving late-night host next year. “It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave.”

Colbert told a story about getting an internship on Letterman’s show in the mid-1980s and then turning it down because it was unpaid. “The next job I’m taking here, it pays right?” Colbert asked. “Because I’ve already signed.” He also discussed dreading the downtime after Colbert Report ends this year and his Late Show gig begins. “I have to tell jokes all the time or I go a little insane. I had last week off and it didn’t go well.”

Colbert also brought a Top 10 list he once submitted as a writing sample when was applying for a staff writer position on Letterman’s show in 1997 (“Top 10 cocktails for Santa”). “He doesn’t get that yet!” Letterman shouted at Paul Shaffer when bis band did the Top 10 music for Colbert. “What are you doing over there!? Don’t let the door hit you in the ass…” The exchange gave Colbert a moment to demonstrate his list-reading abilities.

The cocky Colbert emerged at one point during the interview, when he told a story about breaking his wrist while working on his Comedy Central show, then going on vacation without a cast and building a boat. “I built that with a broken wrist, because that’s what I bring to comedy — I bring grit! Sticktoitness!”

Also, the duo took a now-obligatory selfie. “Is this still what people do?” Letterman asked. “No, this is actually very retro now,” Colbert replied.

Here’s some video. Bonus: A boob joke.  READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' spin-off: Watch the first trailer for 'Bloodlines' here -- EXCLUSIVE

After nine months of anticipation, Supernatural fans will finally get to feast their eyes on the show’s spin-off, Supernatural: Bloodlines, next Tuesday. And we have the exclusive first promo.

In this short sneak peek at the show, airing as a backdoor pilot, we get our first look at Skins alum Lucien Laviscount as Ennis Ross, a police academy trainee whose fiancée is killed in the crossfire of a monster war. Per the official description, Ennis will cross paths with the Winchesters after the brothers head to Chicago on a case and soon learn of the mafia-esque monster families running the underbelly of the city.

In describing the show to EW back in January, executive producer Jeremy Carver said, “We’ve created a world that feels like the Supernatural world yet has so much more story to be told that doesn’t trample on the mother ship’s terrain. You’ve got two shows that are going to be able to exist in total harmony, I think.”

Check it out for yourself:  READ FULL STORY

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned about Aereo

Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smartphones and even their large-screen televisions. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.

There was a good measure of skepticism about Aereo’s approach, sometimes leavened with humor. Chief Justice John Roberts declared at one point: “I’m just saying your technological model is based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don’t want to comply with, which is fine. I mean, you know, lawyers do that.” READ FULL STORY

Gwen Stefani joining 'The Voice'? Adam Levine and Blake Shelton weigh in

Fans have been buzzing since last week about the possibility of No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani joining The Voice as a mentor next season. While NBC is keeping tight-lipped on the subject, The Voice vet Adam Levine said he’d be very excited if there’s any truth to the rumors.

“I’m a huge fan — she’s a wonderful human being, and I love her to pieces,” Levine said of Stefani. “She’s so talented. She’s just great.”

Fellow coach Blake Shelton chimed in and said that, while he has never actually met Stefani, he’s very aware of who she is. “I know some of [No Doubt's] music — I’m not too familiar, but I look forward to beating anybody on this show, honestly!” READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' preview: Captains tease blood, big storms, and 'the longest continuous bleep in the history of the show'

On April 22, Discovery’s Emmy-winning reality series Deadliest Catch returns for its tenth season (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET). Viewers will have to wait until Opilio season to see the return of the Cornelia Marie, and the arrival of Mandy Hansen, Capt. Sig’s 18-year-old daughter, on the deck of the Northwestern. But there’s plenty of drama during red crab season, beginning in the two-hour premiere: From the government shutdown delaying the fleet’s start, which forces them to take bigger risks to make their delivery dates, to a greenhorn (and a captain!) nearly waving the white flag. EW sat down with captains Keith Colburn (Wizard), “Wild” Bill Wichrowski (Cape Caution), and Johnathan Hillstrand (Time Bandit) to chat about it all — including why you probably won’t be seeing them with a woman on their crews anytime soon.  READ FULL STORY

NBC's 'Crossbones' first trailer: See John Malkovich as pirate king


John Malkovich plays the legendary Blackbeard in NBC’s first action-filled trailer for its upcoming pirate-drama series Crossbones. Below, the Red and Dangerous Liaisons actor threatens, kills, and romances, not to mention downright Malkoviches the scenery, as he pressures a crafty physician (Richard Coyle) into helping him find a treasure. “I’m not the devil … I cast out the devil,” he declares.

Crossbones is written by Neil Cross (Luther, Doctor Who) and marks Malkovich’s first series-regular TV role. Expect some to draw comparisons to Starz’ Black Sails, which is also set around New Providence Island pirates wrestling over the key to a treasure.

The first Crossbones trailer is below. The series launch is scheduled for early summer in NBC’s Friday genre-drama block, premiering May 30 at 10 p.m.   READ FULL STORY

'The Sopranos' finale: Michael Imperioli shares his opinion on what it meant

EW has been taking a deeper look at some of the most iconic TV finales from shows such as Murphy BrownFriends, and Breaking Bad, but none were as controversial as the series finale of The Sopranos.

When the HBO series ended in 2007, many questions were left unanswered for fans concerning the fate of patriarch Tony and his family when the show cut to a black screen right before the credits. Creator David Chase has said in past interviews that “there was nothing definite about what happened” in the final scene at the diner but “if you look at the final episode really carefully, it’s all there.” To this date, fans are still debating what happened. EW sat down with Michael Imperioli to discuss his new film The M Word, but we couldn’t resist asking the Emmy winner’s opinion about that last seminal moment. Spoilers obviously ahead. READ FULL STORY

Discovery to make Everest avalanche documentary from scrapped live jump footage

Discovery’s ambitious Everest adventure will still result in a special that will air on the network.

After scrapping plans Sunday  to air Joby Ogwyn leaping from the summit in a wing-suit, the cable network has decided to create a documentary about last week’s avalanche tragedy instead.

NBC News’ Peacock Production was set to produce the special and was already filming Ogwyn at Everest base camp when the avalanche struck, killing at least 13 people and injuring more. Several of those killed were Sherpas hired by producers for the special. The cable network confirmed Deadline’s report that the network will air a one or two-hour special using its footage from the mountain. Discovery intends for the special to honor the Sherpas who lost their lives, as well encourage donations to a charity fund.

'Glee': Is Sue moving in with Kurt and Rachel? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tonight’s Glee is a major one for Lea Michele’s Rachel — it’s her opening night on Broadway in Funny Girl. But a visiting Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) may ruin it all when she arrives in NYC and refuses to share a bed with Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) in their hotel. Could Sue be Rachel and Kurt’s new roommate in the loft? Watch below. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' has weakest Monday ever


NBC’s The Voice switched to live shows for the first time this cycle on Monday night, but a chunk of viewers shrugged off the next phase of the hit reality competition series.

The Voice was down 15 percent from last week’s episode in the adult demo to mark its lowest Monday performance ever (chart below), yet still once again charted as the night’s top-rated show. The Voice typically tends to dip somewhat when it moves away from the spinny-chairs audition rounds. At least the show provided some high-wire drama when a Top 12 contestant endured a live TV microphone fail.

At 10 p.m., NBC was surely thankful to see The Blacklist steady with last week’s performance despite having a weaker lead-in this time and original competition from ABC’s Castle.

Speaking of, ABC’s rival reality veteran Dancing With the Stars had lousy news, down 9 percent to post its lowest rating this cycle.

Over on CBS, 2 Broke Girls was down 9 percent from last week’s debut in the 8 p.m. slot. The network is hoping this show can be a kick-starter for the block like How I Met Your Mother was, but this dip is a tad worrisome (maybe last week’s guest star Lindsey Lohan needs to be a series regular? … No, we don’t really believe that).

On The CW, Tomorrow People returned from a three week break and plummeted 40 percent from its most recent original. The CW has nothing but hard choices to make in terms of which of its bubble shows (Tomorrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie) it renews for another season. The rest of the night’s shows were largely on par. Full chart: READ FULL STORY

'Awkward': Ashley Rickards on 'bare back' directing new episode -- EXCLUSIVE

As Awkward settles into its fourth season, star Ashley Rickards is sliding into the director’s chair. “It was so much fun getting to the boss lady,” she tells EW exclusively. “I feel like I really lucked out at my first shot at [directing] because I’ve kind of been training — knowing the show like the back of my hand for four years.”

Below, check out an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode, “Listen to This,” as Jenna catches up Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) on her premiere-ending hook-up up with ex Matty (Beau Mirchoff). We also talked to Rickards about gearing up mentally, going full-speed-ahead physically, and where the season is going (hint: the words “back in the bitchy saddle” will be used). READ FULL STORY

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