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TNT orders fantasy pilot from 'Captain America' director

TNT is getting into the fantasy game with an ambitious pilot order from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and director Joe Johnston.

The network has picked up Lumen, about a family trapped in an alternate universe. Here’s the pitch: “The famous author of a best-selling series of fantasy books suddenly disappears, and a family of four finds themselves transported to the mystical alternate world that inspired her work. Once there, however, they are plunged into the middle of a war raging between rival magical forces, of light and darkness. Facing peril at every turn, the family must unravel a complicated mystery and uncover some astonishing secrets as they struggle to find their way home.”

The project has some heavy hitters involved, including director Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, Jurassic Park III), screenwriter Chris Black (Mad Men, Desperate Housewives), and executive producers Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (The Americans), James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, Endgame) and Todd Cohen (Ugly Betty), along with Johnston and Black.

 

Bob Odenkirk prepares to cut off Gillian Jacobs' toes on 'Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories'

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If an actor from Breaking Bad and another from Community agreed to guest-star on your chilling and bizarre anthology/comedy series on Adult Swim, what you would have them do? READ FULL STORY

Fox shakes up 'Utopia': Castmates to be voted out

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Fox is making a major change to the format of its ambitious reality experiment Utopia. EW has learned exclusively that soon the show’s castmates will start voting each other out—and pick new members to join their fledgling society.

The decision represents a twist in the series, which launched as a rather unique format for a broadcast network reality show in that there was no competition element, elimination ceremony, or grand prize (all ways that producers traditionally boost the stakes of a reality show). But Utopia has struggled in the ratings during its first four weeks on the air. Though producers have previously maintained that cast changes would likely happen along the way, only within the last week has the new format been decided. Fox hopes the changes will heighten the show’s on-camera action without disrupting Utopia’s central premise of showcasing a diverse group trying to build a perfect society in a remote location. READ FULL STORY

Worst 'Big Brother' move in history? Host Julie Chen weighs in

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother. Check out her thoughts on the finale, and make sure to enjoy our exit interviews with Derrick, Cody, and Victoria.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Well, Julie, you called it that Cody would take Derrick to the end. Gameplay wise, is that the worst decision in Big Brother history? I mean, that cost him $450,000.
JULIE CHEN: Yes, and no. Yes, it cost him $450k. But at the end of the day, how could he live with himself stabbing a buddy, big bro figure and mentor in the back? Cody seems to be a good guy with a conscience and looks to come from a solid loving family. He chose loyalty over greed and that shows this kid has integrity. Not half a mil, but integrity…and that’s worth way more in life. Good karma.  READ FULL STORY

'Dominion,' 'Defiance' renewed by Syfy

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It’s official: Syfy is renewing two summer thrillers, including a pickup for supernatural freshman drama Dominion.

Post-apocalyptic angel-war drama Dominion will return for a second season and alien-colonized Earth drama Defiance is getting a third round. Both will receive 13-episode orders from Universal Cable Productions. Kevin Murphy (Caprica) will resume his role as executive producer and showrunner of Defiance while Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) will continue to fill the same posts for Dominion. The shows have averaged the exact same viewership on Thursday nights—2.7 million viewers, and 1.2 million adults 18-49 (including seven days of DVR playback).

Dominion fans in particular were getting a bit nervous about the show’s return odds, so this news should come as some relief. Syfy points out that the new show had more tweets on Thursdays nights this summer than any other drama series. Both will return with new episodes in 2015.

'Big Brother': Derrick, Cody, and Victoria talk about Cody's big blunder

The longest season ever of Big Brother finally came to close last night as Derrick Levasseur was crowned the champion of Big Brother 16, beating his best buddy Cody by a vote of 7-2 in the finals. Derrick’s victory was cemented after Cody won the final Head of Household competition and then made the inexplicable decision to evict Victoria (whom he easily would have beaten in the finals) instead of Derrick (whom he stood no chance against). It was a $450,000 mistake for Cody. We spoke to the final three of Derrick, Cody, and Victoria this morning on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105), and you can now hear the entire thing right here on the InsideTV Podcast.

Does Cody regret his decision? Would Derrick similarly not have brought Victoria to the end as he claimed while working the jury last night? And was Victoria hurt by Derrick’s answer? We get to the bottom of all that and more…like, say, the fact tat Victoria claims she would have “100%” won had Cody taken her to the end. Don’t believe us? Just click on the audio player icon below to listen in. Again, to repeat: VICTORIA SAYS SHE WOULD HAVE WON BIG BROTHER! READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Key and Peele' get schooled by a puppet named Little Homie

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Franklin Delano Bluth. And now: Little Homie.

In next week’s episode of Key and Peele, Jordan and Keegan-Michael introduce a new member of TV’s bad-puppet pantheon. The dreadlocked Little Homie brings it all: drugs, guns, and some serious peer pressure, all of which presents trouble for the paroled Clive “Double Down” Ruggins (played by Key).

Take a look at the clip below.

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Comic Tommy Johnagin lands CBS pilot

Stand-up comic Tommy Johnagin may soon have his own prime-time sitcom series.

The Last Comic Standing finalist has landed a half-hour pilot order from CBS. The “multi-camera”-style show from Warner Bros. TV is inspired by Johnagin’s own life as a standup comic raising a family in a small Midwest town. Johnagin will star in the project, and he’ll co-write it along with Justin Halpern (I Suck at Girls, $#*! My Dad Says) and his writing parter Patrick Schumacker (Surviving Jack). Executive producers include Halpern, Schumacker, Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold.

This fall another young standup, John Mulaney, is trying his luck at a sitcom on Fox’s schedule. And now for something you don’t see everyday: a group photo of a pilot’s writers (from left: Johnagin, Schumacker, Halpern).

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ABC 'Black-ish' premieres strong as 'Survivor' surprises

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ABC’s launch of the first black family sitcom on a major broadcast network in years got off to a good start Wednesday night. The boldly titled Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson, opened to strong numbers after the return of Modern Family and ranked as the night’s second highest-rated show.

Black-ish had 10.8 million viewers and a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m. The big mitigating factor here is the size of its lead-in from Modern Family (10.9 million and a 3.7)—last year’s Super Fun Night, for instance, opened to a 3.2 in this slot and quickly faded. Yet ABC points out Black-ish had the highest-ever retention of Modern Family viewers for a regular comedy debut in this slot.

Opening acts The Middle (7.4 million, 2.1) and The Goldbergs (7 million, 2.3) performed well, while 10 p.m.’s Nashville season 3 opener (5.6 million, 1.5) was down 25 percent from last year. ABC is particularly happy with The Goldbergs, since this is a new timeslot for the show on a different night—yet its rating was the 1980s-set comedy’s second-best ever. READ FULL STORY

Poll: What's your pick for the best 'Saturday Night Live' sketch?

You’ve seen our picks—and now it’s your turn to decide the best of the best.

Are you wookin’ pa nub in all da wong paces, partying on, or begging for more cowbell? Do you have a softer spot for Gherahld Fhhhhord or Blaaarrrfingar? Can you see Russia from your house, or spy Colonel Angus approaching the plantation, or fit everything you need in your very own lockbox? Do you drive a Dodge Stratus?!

If so—or even if you’re like, really into “The Denise Show” for some reason—make your voice heard by voting below. And hey, if you’d like to fight for a sketch that didn’t make the cut, that’s an option too. READ FULL STORY

Key and Peele on 'Police Academy,' Apatow, and a potential 'Substitute Teacher' movie

This week, Key and Peele served as the guest editors for our comedy issue. We’re lucky to have gotten them, too, because they’re incredibly busy guys: On top of their Comedy Central series Key & Peele (which premiered its fourth season last night), the guys are juggling a scary amount of TV and movie projects at the moment.

For instance, there’s the Police Academy reboot they’re producing. “We were brought on to take the creative lead with it,” Peele tells us. “We got two of our friends, Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen [both of The Mindy Project]—brilliant, funny men. They’re going to be penning the script.”

At this point, Key and Peele aren’t sure if they’ll be in it, though it is an option. “When we start working with the script and seeing it, we’ll make the decision,” Peele says. “Is Key and Peele a distraction from Police Academy? We’ll figure it out. Either way, we’ll make the best call for the movie.”

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'Survivor' host Jeff Probst breaks down the premiere episode of 'San Juan del Sur'

Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’ This week also features an added bonus: an exclusive video of Jeff Probst just minutes after the first Tribal Council giving his take on what went down.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, here we go again Jeff, and let’s start off this season’s Q&A series with the start of the first episode. Obviously you are looking for some emotion at the beginning there as you force two loved ones to face-off, and you got all of it and then some. Talk about the switch from Jeremy talking trash to his wife to then breaking down after he realizes he has just sent her to Exile Island and may have compromised her position in the game.
JEFF PROBST: The Jeremy-Val situation is a perfect example of how the addition of “blood” complicates Survivor. The opening hero challenge dictates that your success can only come at the expense of your loved one. So what do you do? You want to show your value to your tribe but you can only do it by sending your loved one to Exile Island. That moment of truth is always so much more difficult than the players ever think it will be. You could see it play out with Jeremy. His adrenaline pushed him to success in the challenge and then as he was standing there next to me, the consequence of that action came to the surface as he realized what it meant for his wife.  READ FULL STORY

'Chicago PD' season 2 premiere react: The evolution of Hank Voight

[This post contains plot details from the Chicago PD season 2 premiere, which aired on Sept. 24]

The Intelligence Unit of the Chicago PD is run by Hank Voight, a man who was originally introduced as a criminal who had very little respect for doing things by the book. And considering his past with Chicago Fire‘s lovable Lieutenant Casey, it was difficult to see a day when fans could stand behind Voight. In fact, the entirety of Chicago PD‘s first season was about how far one man would go to put the right people behind bars, and how far he would go if he were betrayed. And when season 1 ended with the questionable death of Chicago PD‘s own Sheldon Jin, Voight’s decision-making was once again thrust into the spotlight.

But thanks to a solid season 2 opener in which Voight seemed to come clean—without losing his edge, of course—it finally feels like rooting for Voight might be rooting for the good guy. That’s not to say that fans haven’t been rooting for Voight in the past, and it’s not to say that Voight is the good guy, but now more than ever, the dynamic of the show has come into its own. And that doesn’t only have to do with Voight. Now that we’ve spent a season getting to know these people, the show’s many relationships carry more weight than they used to, and in a show with an ensemble cast, it’s able to transition smoothly from one partnership to the next. READ FULL STORY

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