A sixth season of Community is coming soon, but unfortunately it will be without Shirley. Sony TV confirmed on Monday that Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving the community college-set comedy, which was canceled by NBC in the spring and is being revived by Yahoo. (TV Guide first reported the news.) READ FULL STORY
Syfy is returning to outer space and bringing along Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer in this first trailer for its upcoming miniseries thriller Ascension. The pitch: The U.S. launches a massive space ark containing 600 people to save humanity and populate a new world, but they experience some rather serious complications. The series from writer Philip Levens (Smallville) stars Brian Van Holt as the ship’s captain and Helfer as his power broker wife. Ascension debuts Nov. 24 on Syfy, and though it’s billed as a limited series, I suspect if the show is successful that it could expand (like Battlestar after its original remake miniseries). Here’s the trailer, exclusively on EW.com: READ FULL STORY
The Rush Hour film franchise could be getting a TV makeover. Warner Bros. Television is developing a prime-time version of the box office hits.
Like the films, Rush Hour follows a by-the-book Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to a case in Los Angeles, where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer who has no interest in having a partner. Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence, along with Blake McCormick, are the writers on the project.
The original 1998 film and its two sequels starred Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Original director Brett Ratner is on board the TV project as executive producer along with Arthur Sarkissian and Jeff Ingold.
There’s no network deal yet, however, so Rush Hour is still in the early stages. WBTV did not confirm the project. But unlike some films that studios attempt to adapt movies into TV shows, Rush Hour has a storyline that fits squarely into what popular TV shows do well: solve weekly crimes.
Get ready to meet the newest member of the BAU when Criminal Minds debuts its 10th season.
Ghost Whisperer alum Jennifer Love Hewitt is returning to CBS this fall as FBI Agent Kate Callahan, who will gladly fill the void at the BAU after Blake’s (Jeanne Tripplehorn) sudden exit in the season finale. The team will welcome her with open arms after spending the summer down a man, so to speak. How will she fit in? And what made Hewitt return to broadcast television? EW caught up with the actress to get the scoop. READ FULL STORY
FX is feeling the love for You’re the Worst and Married: The freshman relationship comedies have each been renewed for a 13-episode second season, it was announced on Tuesday. You’re the Worst will move to the fledgling companion network/Simpsons marathon HQ known as FXX for season 2, while Married will remain on FX. READ FULL STORY
The first two episodes of New Girl‘s fourth season focused on Jess Day’s (Zooey Deschanel) pursuit of love, but the latest installment takes Jess’s eyes off her own romantic conquests when her father Bob (Rob Reiner) breezes into town with a new girlfriend who has plenty of high school history with Jess.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson, who plays the girlfriend in question, talked to EW about crashing the loft tonight for the first of a three-episode arc. “When they offered it to me, I said, ‘Only if there’s full frontal with Rob Reiner,'” she laughs. And, while Olson can’t promise that we’ll see that much of Bob or Ashley (the titular character of “Julie Berkman’s Older Sister”), there will be some incredibly uncomfortable (and explicit) brunch conversation.
Watch the exclusive clip below.
Fox has ordered a comedy adaptation of the Tom Hanks film Big from Enlisted producers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, EW has confirmed.
Premiere week ratings are in: NBC and CBS have reasons to celebrate while Fox’s numbers are far from utopian.
NBC led the first week of the 2014-15 broadcast season by a wide margin in the key adults 18-49 demo, while CBS was tops among total viewers. Though NBC’s demo victory is more enviable from an advertiser perspective, CBS has the important bragging point of being the only network to show a gain among 18-49 compared to last fall—CBS was up 9 percent in the demo, while NBC, ABC and Fox were down between 3 and 9 percent each (full charts below). Three of the four networks managed to post year-over-year gains among total viewers.
NBC was powered by Sunday Night Football, the return of The Voice and strong 10 p.m. dramas like The Blacklist. NBC has now won fall premiere week three years in a row (guess how many years The Voice has aired in the fall?). Even critically trounced drama Mysteries of Laura did better than expected. On the soft side, NBC’s veteran reality series The Biggest Loser is no longer pulling its weight.
CBS had victories from NFL coverage, double pumping The Big Bang Theory, and from new drama Scorpion. On the other hand, CBS’ Friday block — including The Amazing Race, moved to a new night—was weak out of the gate. Plus new drama Madam Secretary softened for its second episode.
ABC had a spectacular streak on Thursday thanks to its Shonda Rhimes-produced triple header including new drama How to Get Away with Murder. The return of Modern Family and Once Upon a Time also performed well. But ABC lacked the sports boost of its rivals, and weak spots included the return of Revenge and new drama Forever.
As for Fox, its Animation Domination block had a big night on Sunday thanks to a crossover between The Simpsons and Family Guy, and new drama Gotham got off to a good start. But airing struggling new reality show Utopia twice a week has created some Nielsen pits of despair. Also, new hospital drama Red Band Society has underperformed and Tuesday comedies The Mindy Project and New Girl returned low.
Here’s a network comparison chart. READ FULL STORY
ABC announced that they have picked up summer series, Mistresses, for 13 episodes for season three.
The ABC Studios-produced show stars Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, and Jes Macallan as a close-knit group of female friends whose lives are complicated by relationship woes and illicit affairs.
Executive produced by Rina Mimoun, KJ Steinberg, Robert Sertner, and Douglas Rae, the series’ finale ranked second in the ratings for the 18-49 demographic in its Monday night time slot against CBS’s Under the Dome, and has maintained a relatively consistent 0.9 rating in that demographic throughout the summer.
If Grey’s Anatomy fans expected a warm sisterly embrace between Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) when the ABC medical drama returned for season 11, they were sorely mistaken. Instead, the unaware Meredith butted heads with the new head of cardio, ultimately leading to a nasty confrontation that will undoubtedly color Meredith’s reaction when she eventually finds out the truth that Maggie is her half-sister.
“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” McCreary tells EW. “Maggie’s a professional, but they push each other’s buttons professionally. They have different approaches on how to do things. Try as Maggie might, she can’t release her stubbornness or other vices, like her tenaciousness, when it comes to working with Meredith.”
UPDATE: That football pre-emption made a big impact: Castle ratings turned out steady with last fall’s premiere in the nationals. All the other ratings below are the same, though Scorpion improved a notch.
Rick Castle may be missing, but ABC’s Castle made its presence known on Monday night. The veteran procedural managed to rise in the ratings for its seventh season premiere despite heavy competition from NBC’s The Blacklist and the season premiere of NCIS: Los Angeles. Following up on last season’s cliffhanger, Castle returned to 11.3 million and a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49, up 9 percent from last fall. Moreover, this was Castle‘s biggest premiere rating in three years. One big caveat: These numbers could come down in the more accurate afternoon nationals since ABC was preempted in several markets by football (ABC has seen ratings stay the same in the nationals, or go down by as much as two tenths, so we’ll see).
Among the new dramas going anxiously into their second episodes , Gotham (7.3 million viewers, 2.8 adults 18-49 rating) fell 13 percent from its last week’s premiere. That’s considered standard second-week slippage, though networks always hope for greater retention. CBS’ Scorpion (13.2 million, 3.0) held up better—down only 7 percent despite having a Big Bang Theory repeat this week instead of an original episode as its lead-in. CBS must be pleased. READ FULL STORY
Wow, a lot of crappy stuff happened to the survivors last season on The Walking Dead. So much crappy stuff, in fact, that not all of them are survivors anymore. But with the season 5 premiere around the corner, wouldn’t it be helpful to have that entire laundry list of misery and pain compiled in one handy dandy video lasting but one minute long? Yes! Yes, it would! So we did exactly that.
Here’s everything you need to know to get you all caught up for The Walking Dead season finale Oct. 12 on AMC. (To be honest, I had no idea I could even talk this fast. I should start auditioning for old school Federal Express revival ads.) So check it out as part of your official Walking Dead pre-game routine, and then click here for the most obscene amount of Walking Dead coverage you have ever seen in your entire life. Okay, roll the tape… READ FULL STORY
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