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Syfy's 'Z Nation' gets September premiere date

Syfy’s new zombie show, Z Nation, finally has a premiere date. EW has confirmed that the show, which follows a group of survivors three years after a zombie virus has attacked the country, will premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.

In Z Nation, a group of people has to work together to transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab is located. Z Nation was given a 13-episode order.

Watch the full trailer here.

CBS buys Silicon Valley medical drama from Jason Katims and Sarah Watson

CBS has given a pilot commitment for a medical drama set in Silicon Valley, created by writing duo Jason Katims and Sarah Watson—whose drama Parenthood will soon begin its sixth and final season.

According to Deadline, the drama will center on a controversial young tech titan who opens a cutting-edge hospital. The tech world has become  a hot selling point for development, as seen in the rise of tech-inspired shows, such as HBO’s Silicon Valley and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Along with this project, Katims will continue as executive producer of About a Boy, one of the few freshmen comedies that NBC renewed for a second season.

Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara are leaving 'MythBusters'

At the end of last night’s episode of MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced that Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara were leaving the show. In the aftermath of the announcement, all involved took to Twitter to say their goodbyes; Byron also announced that the “show is taking a new direction.” READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies' cast members summarize four seasons in 30 seconds

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It’s hard to condense four seasons of alien invasions, drone warfare, and dystopic bloodshed into 30 seconds, especially when the aliens in said show go by the decidedly cutesy name of “Skitters.”

But at Comic-Con, EW recruited Falling Skies cast members Noah Wyle and Maxim Knight to summarize the last four seasons of the sci-fi show with the best of their capabilities in the time allotted, which might shed more light on whether things can ever look up in this dark, extraterrestrial world (probably not).

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Jim Parsons on 'Big Bang Theory' contract dispute and double Emmy nods

At the end of last season on The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon finally had to cope with not getting what he wanted in his career. That’s not a problem Jim Parsons is dealing with these days. In addition to his two Emmy nominations—one for playing Sheldon Cooper, the other for Tommy Boatwright in the gut-wrenching HBO movie The Normal Heart—Parsons’ salary for Big Bang skyrocketed from $350,000 per episode to $1 million after a contract dispute that pushed back production on the eighth season. After a week-long delay, production began on Aug. 6.

Parsons sees the whole brouhaha as a simple issue. “I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date [July 30],” he tells EW. “When it wasn’t, it certainly wasn’t a good feeling, but there was absolutely no getting around the fact that everything had to be dealt with and finished before we could get back.” He says reports of the dispute were overblown. “You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from,” he says with a laugh. “That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.'”

As for all those zeroes? “I came from a family in Texas who simply never spoke about money,” he says. “When suddenly everybody is guessing, or some even getting close, to the ballpark of what you’re earning—well, that’s interesting, that everyone knows what you make. It is what it is, and the job is so wonderful that those minor oddities are well worth the ride.”

Looking forward to the Emmys, Parsons has different feelings about his very different nominations. “To be nominated again for Big Bang, is at least as touching to me, if not more so now, than it was the first time,” he says. “Look, I’m only human and therefore there’s a part of me that’s waiting for people to say, ‘Enough of you!'”

As for his nomination for Normal Heart, “I would be lying if I said it didn’t feel really good to know that people had seen and thought it was also good work, because again, it is such a different ball of wax from the life of Sheldon.”

See how ABC is promoting Shonda Rhimes' Thursday takeover

As if the one-two punch of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal on one night wasn’t enough, this fall Shondaland will air three shows on Thursdays—otherwise known as “TGIT.”

In a new promo for the all-Shonda Rhimes night of television, ABC uses the casts of Grey’s, Scandal, and new drama How to Get Away with Murder to tout the block’s new slogan: Thank God It’s Thursday. It’s a nice nod to the network’s old Friday night TGIF block and even NBC’s former Thursday night domination with Must-See TV.

Are you ready for three hours of Shondaland? Watch the promo below:
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'The Millers' lands Billy Eichner, Rhys Darby in season 2

Billy Eichner and Rhys Darby have landed guest-starring roles on The Millers, EW has learned.

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'Criminal Minds' to pay tribute to the late Meshach Taylor

Criminal Minds is planning to pay tribute to Meshach Taylor in an upcoming season 10 episode, EW has learned.

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Ron Swanson gets his dance on in 'Parks and Rec' gag reel

Nick Offerman’s Ron Swanson is usually the serious one on Parks and Recreation. But in the season 6 gag reel, we get to see the king of bacon and eggs let loose: Offerman wiggles across the floor with a huge grin on his face as the crew breaks into laughter. READ FULL STORY

WE tv orders reality series 'Sex Box'

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The reality dating show arena just became a bit more crowded: WE tv has ordered nine, one-hour episodes of Sex Box, based on the U.K. show of the same name. In this therapy-based series, couples go into a camera-free, soundproof box to have sex, then emerge postcoitus to discuss their problems with a panel of experts.

“Sex Box is one of the most unique and compelling show concepts we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to bring it to WE tv,” said Marc Juris, the network’s president. “Our featured couples will get a once-in-a-lifetime experience, while our viewers will get the kind of bold, break-through-the-clutter programming they increasingly associate with WE tv.”

Sex Box is slated to premiere in the U.S. in early 2015.

Seth Meyers on hosting the Emmys: 'We're going to try to bring a little New York to L.A.'

Seth Meyers usually plays host to a TV star or two each night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. But on Monday, he’ll play host to hundreds of them—and all of tube-obsessed America—as he emcees the small screen’s biggest night: The Emmys, which air on NBC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

On a scale of one to 10, how pants-wetting nervous will Meyers be when he walks out on stage at the Nokia Theatre? “Oh, I think I‘ll be high 9s. But I’m happy it’s the same physical space as the ESPYs,” says Meyers, who hosted the sports awards show in 2011. “For me, the most nerve-racking is the first time in a space. It’s a different audience and a different set, but at least down in the caverns of the building, the hallways are the same. And I know where the bathroom is, so that’s good.”

EW spoke with the former SNL head writer and Weekend Update anchor about what to expect when he goes live from L.A. on Emmy night. (Fans of Game of Thrones and other quality shows: Catch up on unwatched episodes before tuning in. Or reading on.) READ FULL STORY

'Dating Naked' cast member sues after VH1 showed her naked

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A woman who went on Dating Naked has filed a $10 million lawsuit after VH1 apparently showed her too naked.

New York model Jessie Nizewitz, 28, says the headline-making freshman reality series (trailer) flashed her crotch during one segment where she playfully wrestles with a date on the beach. Viewers noticed the unexpected reveal despite it being a very brief shot, and Nizewitz says she’s been humiliated on social media. Producers had allegedly assured Nizewitz that her genitals would be fully blurred during the episode. (Dating Naked typically shows bare buttocks, but breasts and genitals are heavily blurred.)

“I have no problem going to a beach in a bikini or people seeing me on TV in a bikini,” Nizewitz said in a statement released to EW by her attorney, Matthew J. Blit. “Although I went on this show knowing that I would be nude while taping it I was told that my private parts would be blurred for TV. If you watch an episode, you will see that the blur actually makes it less revealing than a bikini would. Obviously, I did not expect the world to see my private parts, this is not what I anticipated or what any other contestants on the show anticipated.” READ FULL STORY

Watch Nicole Richie annoy a '90210' tour guide on 'Candidly Nicole'

On tonight’s episode of Candidly Nicole (10 p.m. ET on VH1), Nicole Richie gets frustrated by her sister Sofia’s inability to focus on her rather than technology. Among her attempts to reconnect: a tour of Beverly Hills, 90210 sights. (Just go with it.)

Watch Nicole and her friend Ben Lyons entertain/annoy the tour guide and fellow passengers with their impressive 90210 knowledge and Dylan McKay objectification in the sneak peek below.  READ FULL STORY

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