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Archie Panjabi exiting 'The Good Wife'

Archie Panjabi will be leaving The Good Wife after six seasons, EW has confirmed.

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NBC dumps Krysten Ritter sitcom before it premieres

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Mission Control won’t get off the launchpad. NBC is axing plans for its Krysten Ritter sitcom before its even had a chance to premiere. EW has confirmed THR‘s report that the network is not moving forward with the high-concept retro-astronaut comedy.

Mission Control was from the producer team of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, along with writer-producer David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). The 1960s-set comedy was described as a “workplace ensemble in the tone of Anchorman that examines what happens when a strong woman (Don’t Trust the B—-‘s Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut (The Mindy Project‘s Thomas Dewey) in the race to land on the moon.” Ritter’s character was further described as “tough on the inside but pretty on the outside, the head engineer who leads the Apollo team at Mission Control at the NASA Manned Space Center.”

NBC ordered a pilot, and then a series. The network then attempted make tweaks to the project, with co-star Michael Rosenbaum exiting the show. One source said “casting issues” were to blame for the stall. Mission Control was generally expected to debut in midseason, though NBC never made that official.

'The Flash' ratings stay on track

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The second week of The CW’s The Flash managed to stay largely on track Tuesday, while the premiere of NBC’s new comedy Marry Me got off to a good start.

The Flash (4.1 million viewers, 1.6 adults 18-49 demo rating) was expected to drop some weight for its second episode given its record-setting premiere last week. The show was down about 16 percent, which is just fine.

The romantic NBC comedy Marry Me (7.8 million viewers, 2.3) had a huge lead-in thanks to The Voice. Starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino, the series marks the best new comedy debut of the season after ABC’s Black-ish. Marry Me led into the return of About a Boy, which is down slightly from last season’s average. (The show originally debuted after the Olympics.) READ FULL STORY

'Friends' coming to Netflix (all 236 episodes)

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Friends fans, Netflix is there for you.

The iconic NBC comedy is coming exclusively to the streaming service starting Jan. 1.

Netflix announced Wednesday that all 10 seasons / 83 hours / 236 episodes of Friends will be available next year exclusively on the service.

Here’s a video put out by Netflix to mark the announcement featuring The Rembrandts’ theme song that manages to leave you completely unexcited (unless you really want to know what Gunther looks like now). READ FULL STORY

HBO to finally offer stand-alone streaming service

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HBO is finally cutting the cord: The premium cable network announced Wednesday it plans to offer an online-only streaming service starting next year.

The big move puts HBO on track to more directly compete with Netflix and will give viewers a method of accessing all current HBO programming without a cable subscription.

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler made the announcement while addressing an investor meeting for parent company Time Warner. The executive first presented HBO’s domestic returns, then noted there are 10 million broadband-only homes—a number that’s expected to increase.

“That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” Plepler said. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO. So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And, we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.” READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno back in gear, lands CNBC show

Jay Leno is revving his engine and returning to television. CNBC has announced that the former Tonight Show star will host Jay Leno’s Garage, based on the comedian’s Emmy-winning web series. In August, Leno and CNBC collaborated on a one-hour special, Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week. The new show will premiere in 2015. READ FULL STORY

William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, and more cast in AMC's 'Humans'

AMC has announced the cast for Humans, a science fiction drama set in the parallel present, where “Synths”—high-tech robotic servants—are all the rage.

Based on the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, the show centers on a suburban family that purchases a refurbished synth only to realize that merging life with machine have unforeseen consequences. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Emilio Rivera talks Alvarez's big play

Spoiler alert: In the Oct. 14 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em,” Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) declines Juice’s offer of intel on SAMCRO in exchange for getting him into Mexico. Instead, Alvarez strikes a deal with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) to hand Juice over…in exchange for inheriting the Irish gun trade once they take down August Marks and splitting Lin’s territory with the Niners (which will make up for the Mayans letting the Aryan Brotherhood distribute heroin in Stockton). Rivera, who’s recurred on the show since the pilot, talked to EW about Alvarez’s play, how he’ll remember the show, and that time he promised Emilio Jr. he’d never let someone kill him as a peace offering. READ FULL STORY

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Will Melinda May be forced to kill Coulson?

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Heroes fighting themselves is all the rage right now.

During Tuesday’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) met her match when she was forced to fight… herself. Here’s how it all went down: After Coulson (Clark Gregg) and May went undercover to recover a priceless painting with the mysterious alien language inscribed on the back, they ran into Talbot (Adrian Pasdar), who enlisted their help in deciphering the writing instead of arresting them on sight.

However, it wasn’t actually Talbot, but Bakshi (Simon Kassianides) wearing a high-tech mask. When May discovers the truth, she’s knocked out so Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) can impersonate her. Naturally, it isn’t long before Coulson deduces that this isn’t his longtime often-grumpy friend, which leads to an epic battle of May vs. May when the original escapes capture.

Despite their bonding session throughout the mission, Coulson is very insistent that May must kill him because he doesn’t want the alien serum to make him go crazy like it did with Garrett (Bill Paxton). Will she go through with it? EW caught up with the actress to get the scoop:

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'Sons of Anarchy' director Guy Ferland on filming Juice's betrayal

Spoiler alert: The Oct. 14 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em,” ended with Juice (Theo Rossi) face-to-face with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) after he tried to make an ill-advised deal with Alvarez (Emilio Rivera) offering intel on SAMCRO in exchange for help getting into Mexico. Episode director Guy Ferland—who’s helmed many memorable hours of SOA including “The Pull,” “Albification,” and season 7’s “Poor Little Lambs”—phoned EW from the set of Gotham, where he’s in the director’s chair this week, to talk about filming Juice’s betrayal, that East Dub ambush, and Gemma’s breakdown. READ FULL STORY

Robbie Rogers-inspired comedy 'Men in Shorts' coming to ABC

Men in Shorts is coming to ABC.

The network closed a deal for the single-camera comedy inspired by professional soccer player Robbie Rogers, EW has confirmed. Rogers is the first openly gay man to play in a major North American professional sports league

Jordon Nardino and showrunner Claudia Lonow are set to write the comedy, which follows a young pro soccer player who takes one small step out of the closet and one giant leap into the spotlight. The show will include family and workplace comedy.

Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Lonow, and Nardino will executive produce. Rogers is attached as a producer. Storyline VP Mark Nicholson developed the project, and will be a consulting producer.

Storyline Entertainment, along with Universal Television, optioned Rogers’ story rights for a comedy series in July. The project is part of Storyline’s deal at UTV.

 

Julian Morris promises a bathrobe-clad kiss for Jess and her new guy on 'New Girl'

Julian Morris, Once Upon a Time‘s Prince Charming Phillip, made his entrance on Tuesday’s New Girl. And Charming it was indeed.

As Ryan Geauxinue (cheekily pronounced Goes-in-you), the “distractingly handsome” Brit science teacher brought in to replace a newly promoted Jess (Zooey Deschanel), he will test Jess’s professionalism as a Vice Principal—not to mention her resolve as a woman with functioning eyes and ears—as the colleagues grow closer over the next several episodes. READ FULL STORY

Molly Ringwald, Emily Osment to voice 'Rainbow Brite' relaunch

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Rainbow Brite is making a comeback.

Subscription video-on-demand service Feeln is restoring the 80s animated series, with Emily Osment and Molly Ringwald as its voice stars.

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