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Jim Rash talks new season of 'The Writer's Room'

If you’re a TV fan who’s always wanted to peek behind the curtain and see what really goes down when the writers of some of today’s hottest television shows sit down to pen all new episodes, then you definitely don’t want to miss season 2 of Sundance Channel’s The Writer’s Room. EW caught up with the show’s host, actor Jim Rash (Community, The Way Way Back), to talk what fans can expect from this season.
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'Idol' Exit Interview: Dexter Roberts is happy to get some sleep

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With the competition getting down to the wire, every American Idol performance counts. Unfortunately for the three finalists from Alabama who joined together for a trio performance, their “Compass” pointed Dexter Roberts and Jessica Meuse to the bottom — with Dexter not getting America’s vote. EW talked to the “lucky man” after his elimination.

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'Parks and Recreation' finale: 'Workaholics' star Blake Anderson to guest -- EXCLUSIVE

Parks and Recreation will unveil its season finale next Thursday, and it will be filled with all sorts of guest stars, from musical (Yo La Tengo, The Decemberists, Letters to Cleo, the returning Jeff Tweedy) to political (First Lady Michelle Obama) to mystery (???). One name you can add to the list from the comedy world: Workaholics star Blake Anderson. READ FULL STORY

'Southland' one year later: EP and stars weigh in on the odds of a movie

One year ago today, viewers watched their final hour of TNT’s Southland. After five seasons of barely surviving (and once getting canceled by NBC), arguably one of the greatest cop shows of all time went out with a literal bang when fan favorite John Cooper was shot. It was the perfect cliffhanger to end the season, but not one that fans wanted to end the series. And the feeling was mutual among Southland‘s cast and crew.

Nearly a month later, when news spread that TNT canceled Southland, rumors began about a Southland movie, or at the very least, another episode to answer some burning questions: Is John Cooper alive? Can Ben Sherman be forgiven? Has Lydia really found happiness? And what is Sammy going to do next? But sadly, nothing ever came of the so-called “wrap-up” to the series. READ FULL STORY

Fox dumping Animation Domination from Saturday nights

Animation is ending its domination of Fox’s Saturday nights.

The broadcaster is dumping its experimental animated block. Fox first told its affiliates a couple weeks ago that Animation Domination HD will have its last airing on June 28, according to Broadcasting & Cable and confirmed to EW by Fox.

B&C also reported that affiliates are not sorry to hear the block is going away. In addition to under-performing in the ratings, some stations have apparently received complaints about the risque content of the programming, which targeted young male viewers with Adult Swim-like content. Fox’s popular Sunday version of Animation Domination — which includes hits like The Simpsons and Family Guy — will continue.

Wednesday, a raunchy Easter Bunny video from the online version of Fox’s ADHD drew fire from a parent’s group. Fox sources emphasized the online version of ADHD will remain in place and will continue to be used to develop new potential on-air series. There’s no word yet what will replace the Saturday night programming.

'Parenthood' finale preview: Creator on Haddie's return, renewal chances

Parenthood closes out season 5 Thursday night with an episode that’s sure to be equal parts gut-punch and heartwarming — because, basically, both things are what you get with every episode of the show. In the preview for the finale that aired after last week’s penultimate episode, however, viewers learned there’s going to be at least one big surprise — an appearance from Haddie (Sarah Ramos), who has largely been absent from the main action while off at college and returns home with a female companion. READ FULL STORY

Kobe Bryant documentary a slam dunk for Showtime

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As Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant prepares for his much-anticipated return to the NBA next season, Showtime is set to air its original documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, an in-depth look into the life, inspirations, and challenges facing the athlete.  The feature-length documentary will air in the fall and is directed by Gotham Chopra (Decoding Deepak, ESPN’s upcoming 30 For 30 film, The Little Master). Bryant himself is the executive producer. READ FULL STORY

The CW announces summer premiere dates

The CW won’t just be showing reruns this summer: The network is premiering five new series and new episodes of Beauty and the Beast and Whose Line is it Anyway? return June 2.

The new shows range from docuseries Famous in 12 to not one but two shows about magic: Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion. 

Check out the full summer schedule below:

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'Friday Night Lights' showrunner Jason Katims does a deep dive on the series finale

It’s not easy to stick the landing when it comes to series finales. Just ask fans of Dexter and How I Met Your Mother, who continue to debate the merits of those final hours. Which is why it is that much more remarkable when a show receives universal acclaim for its last chapter. Friday Night Lights is one of those shows. The saga of Eric and Tami Taylor (played to perfection by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) and the Dillon Panthers and East Dillon Lions ended on Feb. 9, 2011 when DirecTV aired the final episode. Then it ended again when NBC aired the final episode on July 15, 2011. (In a unique arrangement, the final two seasons aired first on the satellite provider and then a few months later on the broadcast network.)

Friday Night Lights finished with Coach Taylor finally agreeing to put his own career ambitions aside to move to Philadelphia when wife Tami got a job offer there. But first East Dillon had a championship to win, with the final play of the final game playing out in slow motion before cutting away without showing us the final result (which was revealed subtly later with a shot of the championship banner). Matt asked Julie to marry him, Tim and Tyra shared a beer out on his land, and all the other characters had their moment to shine. For the latest in our series celebrating classic TV series finales, we asked Friday Night Lights showrunner Jason Katims to look back on how he and the writing staff crafted this perfect ending to a beloved TV show. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

Chelsea Handler denies CBS rumors on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

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Earlier this week, Chelsea Handler posted a photo on her Instagram of a large dog sitting on her lap — but the dog isn’t what got people talking. It was the CBS logo on the piece of paper Handler’s holding in the photo that sparked rumors she was in talks with the network for a new talk show.

With all the recent changes in late night TV, Handler had been one of the names being tossed around as a replacement for David Letterman — before Stephen Colbert was officially named last week. But, Handler squashed those CBS rumors on The Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday saying she has no plans to go on a regular network.

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'The Challenge': Who doesn't like a good costume party? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Night time is the right time for the The Challenge gang to run wild.

In an exclusive clip from the next episode, the Free Agents throw a good, old-fashioned costume party. A few highlights: Two ladies get catty, Aneesa channels Lil’ Kim circa 1999, Johnny is predictably Bananas, and Cara Maria wins for the best Johnny Depp homage.

But which Challenger breaks his vow to an ex and ends up getting a little frisky? Find out below. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' season 4: Look who's back together -- PHOTOS

Maybe Hannah and Adam aren’t consciously uncoupling after all.

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'The Americans': Noah Emmerich on Stan's 'dark and difficult' season 2 journey

You would think that as an FBI agent, Noah Emmerich’s Stan Beeman would have it a little easier than most of the characters on FX’s hit spy drama — but not so much. Last season, he became involved with Russian informant Nina Sergeevna (Annet Mahendru), who turned out to be a double agent of sorts. And as we saw from his reactions in Wednesday night’s episode, “New Car,” his personal and professional life are pretty close to disintegrating completely. “It’s sort of a painful place that we find him in,” Emmerich admits, speaking about his character’s journey so far in season 2. “He’s struggling.”

EW spoke with Emmerich about how Stan is adapting to his painful struggle, how his relationship with Nina has affected him, and what he thinks is in store for Stan as we head into the home stretch of the season.

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