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'NCIS' team crossing over to New Orleans this fall

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CBS has enlisted Mark Harmon and the rest of his NCIS team to help ensure that the military crime drama’s New Orleans-based spin-off completes its ratings mission. Harmon will make another appearance on NCIS: New Orleans, which launches this fall, and this time he’s bringing more of his crew. Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly’s Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo, Pauley Perrette’s Abigail “Abby” Sciuto, and David McCallum’s Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard will all visit The Big Easy in an unspecified episode. The crossover will partner Harmon with fellow veteran prime-time star Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap), who leads the New Orleans team.

“I’m here to help,” Harmon told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday. “I’ve learned a few things in 12 years that I’m happy to pass on – or not.” READ FULL STORY

CBS' Thursday Night Football: What you will see, won't see, and might see

CBS is playing ball on Thursdays, thanks to the weighty acquisition of Thursday Night Football for the network’s fall season. But what will its football tailgate plans entail?

During the network’s day on the Television Critics Association press tour, CBS chief Les Moonves, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft, and CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus took to the stage for a Thursday Night Football Panel, revealing details about the network’s plans for airing the buzzy weekly event.

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Adult Swim to premiere 'Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories' on Sept. 18 – EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

If your life has been one long waking nightmare while waiting for Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim to return to weekly TV, there’s good news in your future: Adult Swim will debut Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories on Thursday night, Sept. 18 at 12:15 am, EW has learned. The 15-minute anthology series—which is in the style of The Twilight Zone but way weirder—will unspool a chilling and perverse comic tale in each episode and feature an eclectic assortment of guests, along with the two men best known for creating and starring in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  READ FULL STORY

'Two and a Half Men' final season to tackle 'gay' adoption

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Two and a Half Men‘s isn’t going quietly: The longest-running comedy on broadcast TV will conclude its run with a final season storyline that deals with gay adoption—sort of—and possibly marriage.

CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler gave some reporters the scoop after her executive session panel at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills Thursday. In the show’s 12th and final season, Walden (Ashton Kutcher) is going to have a major health scare that leads him to an “existential crisis” that causes the young playboy to want to “add more meaning to his life.”

So he decides to adopt a child. “He starts the [adoption] process and realizes it’s very difficult to adopt the child as a single straight man. So, once and for all, he decides he’s going to propose to Alan [Jon Cryer]—they’re going to adopt a child as a ‘gay’ couple,” Tassler said. READ FULL STORY

'The Vampire Diaries' adds Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Marco James (Updated)

If there’s one thing that The Vampire Diaries desperately needs, it’s a good doctor (who isn’t a fan of torturing vampires). And considering we haven’t seen Meredith Fell in a while, season six is the perfect time to introduce a new medical expert.

EW has learned exclusively that Hit the Floor‘s Jodi Lyn O’Keefe has been cast as new character Jo, “a tough and accomplished doctor at the university hospital. She demands excellence from her students and has learned the hard way that there’s no room for error in her profession.”

O’Keefe’s casting follows the announcement that Colin Ferguson is joining the show as Tripp, the head of a community militia desperate to protect his town. So perhaps some of Tripp’s victims will be paying Jo a visit? We’ll find out soon enough, with O’Keefe first appearing in the season six premiere. There’s no word yet on how long she’ll stick around.

UPDATE: EW has confirmed that The Client List‘s Marco James will also join TVD in the season six premiere. James will play Liam, an upperclassman at Whitmore College who also happens to be a med student. The Wrap first reported the news.

The Vampire Diaries returns for season six on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

CBS fall programming: Too white? (And what does Morgan Freeman think?)

The hot-button topic at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour is diversity on fall TV. The question: Should CBS take a page out of ABC’s book this season?

CBS chief Nina Tassler preceded the Q&A portion of her panel by mentioning her network’s diverse line-up. That caught the ear of several critics who vocalized their concern that, unlike ABC’s Black-ishCristela, and Fresh Off the Boat, CBS’s comedies all appeared “extremely white.” (For the record, that’s MomMike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half MenThe Millers, and The Big Bang Theory.)

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'Sons of Anarchy' final season premiere date revealed

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The final ride has a start date.

The seventh and final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m.. If you weren’t excited enough, the premiere will also be a super-sized one hour and 45 minutes long. Immediately following the premiere, FX will air live post-show Anarchy Afterword hosted by Chris Franjola (Chelsea Lately). FX plans to air the post-show twice during the final season — for the premiere and the finale.

As for what to expect in the final run, surely you didn’t miss the first teaser — “Hell Awaits” — for the final season on EW.com?

'Once Upon a Time' showrunners spill 'Frozen' secrets (no Olaf!)

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After a brutal hike up icy peaks to the Once Upon a Time set in Arendelle, we cornered the showrunners of ABC’s fantasy hit and demanded answers about season four’s much-buzzed-about Frozen storyline. Is Olaf going to be on the show? Are they going to give Elsa a love interest? How big a part of the show will Frozen be? And who is Elizabeth Mitchell playing, exactly? After a brief chase involving reindeers, sleighs and trolls, writer-producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz finally agreed to take our questions and give us an exclusive interview detailing their live-action take on the biggest animated movie of all time: 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Disney has been really accommodating to you in the past. But studios have historically been reluctant to let TV shows mine a current film franchise. Frozen was so huge, and there’s a possible sequel in the works. How did you convince them to let Once into this world?
Edward Kitsis: We really felt the characters would be a great fit for our show to incorporate into our universe. We really just asked, we took a shot, and we were pleasantly surprised when Disney said yes.
Adam Horowitz: There was a lot of support from within the company and we were very grateful. They trusted us with something and we take that very seriously, because it’s not just important to the company—it’s important to millions of fans of Frozen, and we want to do our best to honor what they loved about that movie, and more particularly, about those characters.

What’s your biggest concern taking this on creatively?
Horowitz: To do it justice. We would never want to re-do the movie. But we want this to feel like a part of [the movie] and feel a part of our show. We want it to walk that line of being part of the Once Upon a Time universe, but also feel like part of the Frozen world. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' actress to star in Marvel's 'Daredevil'

A True Blood actress has found her next gig, and it’s a big one: Deborah Ann Woll has landed the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series, sources say. With HBO’s vampire drama coming to a close this year, Woll has signed on to play Karen Page in the Netflix-distributed series.

In the Daredevil comics, Page is the longest-running love interest of Daredevil’s alter ego Matt Murdock, having been introduced in the series’ first issue. The character was briefly glimpsed in the Daredevil film, but this is the first time she’ll be actively portrayed on screen. READ FULL STORY

Jason Isaacs confirmed as 'Star Wars Rebels' baddie in new teaser

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Jason Isaacs is joining the Star Wars universe in an exciting new role in Disney’s upcoming new animated series. He’s now been confirmed to EW.com as playing The Inquisitor, the villain charged with tracking down and killing the remaining Jedi after the Clone Wars. Part of the Pau’an race, the Inquisitor was the first character announced for the new series.

“He’s cold, he’s analytical, he doesn’t get angry,” said Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo. “We all took care to make sure our villains have real presence and our heroes just can’t walk all over him. This isn’t like cartoons I grew up with in the 80s where you’d have the villain lose every week and yet every week we’d have to believe he’s some sort of threat. When The Inquisitor shows up, it means something significant and it’s a definite challenge for our heroes.”

British actor Isaacs’ (the Harry Potter franchise, USA’s upcoming Dig) voice easily conveys plenty of intellect and menace in the role. Here’s an exclusive new look at The Inquisitor on Rebels, which tells the story of the origins of the Rebel Alliance and is set between the Star Wars prequels and the original trilogy. The series is scheduled to premiere this fall as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, and will then air as a series on Disney XD channels worldwide. READ FULL STORY

'Dating Naked' clip features two people, one date, zero clothes

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This summer, VH1 is offering a new kind of dating show that just says no to the dress—and every other article of clothing, too. Introducing Dating Naked (Thursday, 9 p.m.), a reality spectacle in which contestants take off their clothes before taking on the challenge of meeting their potential soul mate/sex buddy. (And if they do indeed find their match, they’ll probably compete for a free wedding on the surely-in-the-works sequel The NudelyWed Game.)

In the first episode, Joe and Wee Wee (I know) test their chemistry while zorbing in the water—and in the buff. “To be honest, I’m most worried, um, about getting like you know, a little excited?” Joe tells the camera before the date. “I will just try not to think about it, I’ll probably think about elephants or like monkeys or something like that… and just look straight in the eye.” (Somewhere right now, an elephant is avoiding eye contact with a monkey.)

Press play and expose yourself to these two hopeless—or at least clothesless—romantics, who kick off the most revealing date of their lives with a totally awkward hug. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman talks season 5 and promises 'our best season yet'

Season 4 of The Walking Dead may have ended with a cliffhanger and many questions about the folks of Terminus that trapped our group of survivors, but creator Robert Kirkman says when the show returns in October that we will “very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in.” And that’s not all he told us. As Kirkman and Co. prepare to return to Comic-Con in San Diego (their panel is on Friday, July 25), the man who gave birth to the comic book and is an executive producer on the TV adaptation talked more about what — and whom — we can expect to see in season 5. (WARNING: Spoilers below. So now you’ve been warned.) READ FULL STORY

'Suits' creator talks 'Pound of Flesh' (and what's next)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Suits, “Pound of Flesh,” stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh talks about the “guns-down” hour that gives Sean Cahill (Neal McDonough) and Charles Forstman (Eric Roberts) more ammunition. READ FULL STORY

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