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Will Smith bringing 'Hitch' comedy series to Fox

The date doctor is coming to television.

EW has confirmed that Fox is developing a comedy series based on 2005’s Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The half-hour, single-camera series is being described as “a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics.” Will Smith and Jada Smith will executive produce alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will write the script, and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett.

Hitch raked in close to $370 million worldwide at the box office. It follows Smith’s Alex “Hitch” Hitchens, a professional dating consultant put to the test when Albert Brennaman (James) wants to land a girl way out of his league.

This is just the latest of a long list of upcoming series based on movies, including the just-announced Monster in Law, also on Fox, Marley & Me, Big, and more.

 

Jim Carrey introduces us to his 'girlfriend' in new 'SNL' promos

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Promos are out for this week’s Saturday Night Live with host, Jim Carrey, and musical guest, Iggy Azalea. The videos show Carrey, who is hosting for the third time, and Aidy Bryant, who are apparently dating now. Carrey, for example, treats viewers to one of his world-famous impressions, this time with Bryant as his subject. Oh, and did we mention this is the Halloween episode? Carrey dons a Jason-esque mask, knife in hand. Other frights are in store. Watch the promos here, if you dare:

'Bewitched' follow-up about Samantha's granddaughter lands at NBC

The highly sought-after followup to Bewitched has finally found a home at NBC, EW has confirmed.

The network confirmed on Wednesday that it has given a pilot commitment to the followup, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. It follows Daphne, Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter, who is now a single twentysomething with magical powers. According to Deadline, who first reported the news, she soon realizes that her seemingly perfect life is missing one thing: love.

The original series starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha aired from 1964 to 1972. Tabitha, an ABC spinoff centering on her daughter Tabitha, ran from 1977 to 1978.

The new Bewitched followup is produced by Sony TV and Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick’s Red Wagon Entertainment, the team behind 2005’s Bewitched film with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Daniel Rappaport is executive producing.

Christina Ricci to play Lizzie Borden again for Lifetime

After playing the infamous Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime movie, Christina Ricci is returning to the role for a limited series on the network. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy': Can Callie and Arizona's marriage survive?

Calzona fans are in for a roller coaster ride during this week’s Callie and Arizona-centric episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

After years of skirting around their issues—from Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) leaving for Africa, during which time Callie (Sara Ramirez) got knocked up by Mark, to Arizona losing her leg and eventually cheating on her wife—the couple will finally sit down for a much-needed therapy session.

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Fox orders more 'Red Band Society' scripts

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Potentially good news for fans of Fox’s Red Band Society: The network has ordered four more scripts of the Wednesday night Glee-meets-The Fault in Our Stars drama series.

The move keeps the production’s momentum underway should the network want to fully commit to more episodes. In renewal/cancellation terms, such a decision typically means the network hasn’t made up its mind yet on a show’s fate (previously, Fox ordered six more episodes of new Monday night drama Gotham).

Red Band Society has struggled in the overnight ratings, with the most recent episode delivering 3.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49. The show is being boosted about 70-80 percent via DVR, however, which are considered high percentages. Inventory plays a role tooFox would need a stronger performer for the slot before deciding to shed it. For more, see yesterday’s post on why we haven’t seen a canceled show yet.

ABC picks up 'Shark Tank' spin-off

ABC is increasing its investment in Shark Tank. READ FULL STORY

See Adrianne Palicki of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' in super-spy mode as Mockingbird

(Minor spoilers for the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

Last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured the debut of Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent better known by her superhero codename, Mockingbird. While Morse was introduced as a Hydra agent in last night’s episode, it was all a clever ploy by Coulson to extract Simmons from Hydra HQ when her cover was blown. But the question remained—when would Morse go full Mockingbird?

Turns out the answer is very, very soon—next week, in fact. On Wednesday, Marvel released the first image of Adrianne Palicki in Agent Bobbi Morse’s ‘Tactical Suit.’ Much like Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanova/Black Widow or Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Morse is more of an ass-kicking super-spy with an awesome codename than a traditional superhero, and her new look is consistent with the ones we’ve seen the other characters adopt so far.

Morse’s new outfit will debut during next week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., along with the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Steve Coogan to take over Philip Seymour Hoffman's role in 'Happyish'

While Showtime has been quiet for a while on any news following its decision to move forward with its show Happyish after the death of its star Philip Seymour Hoffman, the network has finally announced a replacement for the show’s main role.

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 rumors debunked

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Time for a Game of Thrones big rumor rundown. Below are eight misconceptions about the HBO hit’s fifth season (and the show in general) that have been debunked to varying degrees.

Disclaimer: Fans who read plenty of online Thrones coverage may already know these points as they’ve all been previously reported on EW.com and beyond. Who appears (or doesn’t) in the season is discussed, but I’m deliberately not including any plot spoilers from the new season that have leaked, or otherwise adding anything new to the rumor mill.

Still, if you wish to know absolutely nothing about season five before it starts next spring then you might consider a Night’s Watch vow of online Thrones coverage celibacy. And now, let’s tackle those rumors and assumptions: READ FULL STORY

A first look at the Duplass brothers' new HBO comedy 'Togetherness'

The writer-director brother team of Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus, The Puffy Chair) shift their attention to the small screen for a moment of Togetherness.

Debuting in January, the HBO comedy series focuses on Brett and Michelle (Mark and Melanie Lynskey)—a weighed-down L.A. couple with kids—and the unlikely friendship formed between Michelle’s sister (Amanda Peet) and Brett’s best friend (Steve Zissis). READ FULL STORY

'Gotham' casts Morena Baccarin in major role

Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin becoming a Gotham resident.

Baccarin been cast in the Fox drama series in a recurring role this season that’s expected to become a series regular in a presumed season two.

EW has confirmed that she’ll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, “a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne.  She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn close to James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters.” The character is from the original comics.

ICYMI, check out our post earlier this week on Gotham‘s costumes: Revealing details you may have missed.

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