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The CW ratings: 'Supernatural' up, 'Originals' down

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Supernatural is like the cockroach of The CW — in a totally good way! No matter what happens on the network’s schedule, the nine-year-old Supernatural tends to perform pretty well, it’s a total survivor. On Tuesday night, Supernatural was up 29 percent from last week’s lower-than-usual performance. While The Originals slipped 14 percent to a new all-time low. (And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the first trailer for Supernatural‘s Bloodlines spin-off).

Also Tuesday: Fox’s lineup was largely steady. ABC saw mild dips for Agents of SHIELD and Celebrity Wife Swap. NBC’s The Voice fell to an all-time low, but About a Boy was up slightly and Growing Up Fisher was flat. READ FULL STORY

Laura Prepon on Alex Vause's extended stay on 'Orange Is the New Black'- EXCLUSIVE

Despite rumors to the contrary, Laura Prepon isn’t trying to cut her sentence at Litchfield Penitentiary short. As Piper’s sometimes-enemy and forbidden love interest, Prepon’s character Alex Vause was vital to the first season of Orange Is the New Black. So when reports swirled last year that Prepon would only appear in a single episode of the second season, fans started speculating as to why. One popular theory was that Prepon, as a scientologist, was quitting because the church objected to her playing a lesbian on TV.

“It’s ridiculous because it’s not true. I’m a huge supporter of the LGBT community,” Prepon tells EW. “I try to put a good spin on it, which is, ‘Okay, cool. People are huge fans of the show and my character and they’re trying to come up with excuses about where I’m going.’ It’s ridiculous and I try to laugh at it.”

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'Orange Is the New Black': Watch the first scene from season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Things are getting bleak on Orange Is the New Black — although the first season wasn’t exactly a bright, sunny bit of comedy to begin with.

Series creator Jenji Kohan reveals in this week’s cover story that the show’s second season will feature a darker, more fractured approach to the ladies of Litchfield, who were a little too buddy-buddy with each other last year. “We needed a little more drama,” says Kohan, and that’s exactly what’s in store for the inmates as the prison power dynamic shifts at Litchfield thanks to new faces and new alliances. READ FULL STORY

USA Network summer dates: Here's when everything returns

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USA announced its summer premiere dates Wednesday, including returning shows Graceland, Royal Pains, Suits and Covert Affairs.

The network announced dates for two new dramas: Rush, about renegade physician Dr. William P. Rush (Tom Ellis), a “medical fixer who privately caters to LA’s elite;” and Satisfaction, which “explores modern marriage at its midpoint though the lens of one couple, Neil Truman (Matt Passmore) and his wife, Grace  (Stephanie Szostak) … this series answers the question, ‘What do you do when having it all is not enough?’”

Here’s USA’s schedule, along with the trailer for Rush, below. READ FULL STORY

HBO makes huge Amazon Prime deal: See which shows are going online

Big news for HBO fans: You can now watch many shows from the pay cable service without actually paying for cable, or buying the DVDs (or pirating the shows).

HBO has made a major deal with Amazon that gives Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to past seasons of shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood, as well as select seasons of current series such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. (See the full list below.) This is HBO’s first deal licensing its content to a streaming service. On average, the deal covers content that is at least three years old. For newer seasons, sorry — HBO still requires you get a subscription with a cable or satellite provider.

The network has previously licensed some content to basic cable networks, a move that’s actually keeping a few shows off Amazon Prime for the time being since they’re tied up in other deals (namely, Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm). READ FULL STORY

The CW latest bubble show renewal odds

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The CW is edging closer to deciding the fate of its six bubble shows. As we’ve previously reported earlier this month in Death Watch, Hart of Dixie and The 100 are likely to be renewed, while The Carrie Diaries is likely to be cancelled. It’s the other three remaining limbo dramas — Beauty and the Beast, The Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed — that have been the biggest question marks.

We’re now hearing freshman sci-fi shows Tomorrow People and Star-Crossed are now looking less likely to return. Yet sophomore series Beauty and the Beast is still up in the air — on the soapy tip of the bubble, you might say. Opinions on this show are all over the place, from another 13 episodes, to a possible six-episode final season (the same strategy The CW took with the longer-running Nikita) to outright cancellation. The current season of Beauty returns on June 2, so the network will have to figure this out without knowing how the rest of the episodes perform.

Mind you, nothing is official until The CW makes these decisions. Such verdicts are typically swayed by how many pilots are ordered to series — and the network hasn’t seen its pilots yet. A CW spokesperson had no comment.

'Arrested Development' creator Mitch Hurwitz signs deal for new Netflix series

There may not be any new Arrested Development news to report right now, but its creator has decided to stay put at Netflix. The streaming service confirmed Tuesday that Mitchell Hurwitz has signed a multi-year deal to create, develop, and produce original series. READ FULL STORY

Colbert shows Letterman his real personality on 'Late Show'

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We’re used to seeing Stephen Colbert in-character on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, looking supremely confident as a right-wing master of the media universe. But Colbert came across a bit more humble during an appearance on CBS’ The Late Show on Tuesday night. It was Colbert’s first appearance on the show since landing the much-coveted gig to take over as Late Show host.

“I’m going to do whatever you have done,” Colbert told David Letterman, who will retire as the longest-serving late-night host next year. “It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave.” READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' spin-off: Watch the first trailer for 'Bloodlines' here -- EXCLUSIVE

After nine months of anticipation, Supernatural fans will finally get to feast their eyes on the show’s spin-off, Supernatural: Bloodlines, next Tuesday. And we have the exclusive first promo.

In this short sneak peek at the show, airing as a backdoor pilot, we get our first look at Skins alum Lucien Laviscount as Ennis Ross, a police academy trainee whose fiancée is killed in the crossfire of a monster war. Per the official description, Ennis will cross paths with the Winchesters after the brothers head to Chicago on a case and soon learn of the mafia-esque monster families running the underbelly of the city.

In describing the show to EW back in January, executive producer Jeremy Carver said, “We’ve created a world that feels like the Supernatural world yet has so much more story to be told that doesn’t trample on the mother ship’s terrain. You’ve got two shows that are going to be able to exist in total harmony, I think.”

Check it out for yourself:  READ FULL STORY

Internet TV case: Justices skeptical, concerned about Aereo

Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet.

The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smartphones and even their large-screen televisions. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry.

There was a good measure of skepticism about Aereo’s approach, sometimes leavened with humor. Chief Justice John Roberts declared at one point: “I’m just saying your technological model is based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don’t want to comply with, which is fine. I mean, you know, lawyers do that.” READ FULL STORY

Gwen Stefani joining 'The Voice'? Adam Levine and Blake Shelton weigh in

Fans have been buzzing since last week about the possibility of No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani joining The Voice as a mentor next season. While NBC is keeping tight-lipped on the subject, The Voice vet Adam Levine said he’d be very excited if there’s any truth to the rumors.

“I’m a huge fan — she’s a wonderful human being, and I love her to pieces,” Levine said of Stefani. “She’s so talented. She’s just great.”

Fellow coach Blake Shelton chimed in and said that, while he has never actually met Stefani, he’s very aware of who she is. “I know some of [No Doubt's] music — I’m not too familiar, but I look forward to beating anybody on this show, honestly!” READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' preview: Captains tease blood, big storms, and 'the longest continuous bleep in the history of the show'

On April 22, Discovery’s Emmy-winning reality series Deadliest Catch returns for its tenth season (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET). Viewers will have to wait until Opilio season to see the return of the Cornelia Marie, and the arrival of Mandy Hansen, Capt. Sig’s 18-year-old daughter, on the deck of the Northwestern. But there’s plenty of drama during red crab season, beginning in the two-hour premiere: From the government shutdown delaying the fleet’s start, which forces them to take bigger risks to make their delivery dates, to a greenhorn (and a captain!) nearly waving the white flag. EW sat down with captains Keith Colburn (Wizard), “Wild” Bill Wichrowski (Cape Caution), and Johnathan Hillstrand (Time Bandit) to chat about it all — including why you probably won’t be seeing them with a woman on their crews anytime soon.  READ FULL STORY

NBC's 'Crossbones' first trailer: See John Malkovich as pirate king

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John Malkovich plays the legendary Blackbeard in NBC’s first action-filled trailer for its upcoming pirate-drama series Crossbones. Below, the Red and Dangerous Liaisons actor threatens, kills, and romances, not to mention downright Malkoviches the scenery, as he pressures a crafty physician (Richard Coyle) into helping him find a treasure. “I’m not the devil … I cast out the devil,” he declares.

Crossbones is written by Neil Cross (Luther, Doctor Who) and marks Malkovich’s first series-regular TV role. Expect some to draw comparisons to Starz’ Black Sails, which is also set around New Providence Island pirates wrestling over the key to a treasure.

The first Crossbones trailer is below. The series launch is scheduled for early summer in NBC’s Friday genre-drama block, premiering May 30 at 10 p.m.   READ FULL STORY

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