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ABC renews 'Mistresses'

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.

'Grey's Anatomy' sneak peek: Things get even worse between Meredith and Maggie

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.”

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'Castle' premiere ratings steady

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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

'The Walking Dead': Your One-Minute Refresher

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

Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Tuesday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Tuesday night game plan:

8 p.m.
Watch: Utopia (Fox): 15 strangers are challenged to create the perfect society and in a twist to the “utopic” element of the show, contestants will start start voting each other off this week.

DVR: The Flash (The CW): One of the hotly anticipated superhero series this fall, The Flash exists in the same universe as CW’s Arrow and follows comic book favorite Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin). Premieres Oct. 7.

9 p.m.
Watch: Marry Me (NBC): Casey Wilson and Ken Marino make a fine couple in this new comedy, which is loosely based on Wilson’s real-life romance with the show’s creator, David Caspe. Premieres Oct. 14.

9:30 p.m.
Watch: The Mindy Project (Fox): We’ve already seen Danny (Chris Messina) do a sexy striptease for Mindy (Mindy Kaling) on the season premiere, so get excited to see where that relationship goes from there.

DVR: NCIS: New Orleans (CBS): The NCIS franchise has become a verifiable conglomeration with all these spin-off in cities all over the country. This time, NCIS heads to New Orleans with Scott Bakula at the helm as Special Agent Dwayne Pride.

10 p.m.
Watch: Sons of Anarchy (FX): This will be the last season we’ll see our beloved NorCal biker bros and it is crucial to see how Jax (Charlie Hunnam) deals with the consequences of his destructive path of vengeance after Tara’s (Maggie Siff) death.

DVR: Forever (ABC): Forever joins a long line of “deductive genius” dramas, and this show is no exception to the trend. The show stars Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan, a New York City medical examiner who’s been knocking around life for over 200 years due to his immortality.

'MAKERS: Women in Comedy' director recalls interviewing Joan Rivers

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The decision to open MAKERS: Women in Comedy with the words of Joan Rivers was made before the comedian died earlier this month, but when it airs Tuesday, the documentary will act as a sort of tribute to her pioneering status.

“She set up the film perfectly,” co-director Heidi Ewing told EW. “She’s a lion tamer. It’s all about being in charge and she just delivered. It’s also just a nod to the great Joan Rivers, setting it up as her being the matriarch.” READ FULL STORY

David Fincher to direct the entire first season of HBO's 'Utopia'

David Fincher will direct the entire first season of Utopia, the HBO series he is producing with Gone Girl‘s author Gillian Flynn. The duo announced their plans to adapt the British TV conspiracy series in February, with Fincher directing Flynn’s scripts, but it wasn’t clear just how much Fincher would be behind the camera. (For Netflix’s House of Cards, the other major show Fincher produces, he directed only the first two episodes of season one.)

But Fincher told the Guardian that he intended to helm the entire first season. “I like the world of it,” he said. “I like the characters—I love Dennis’s [Kelly, creator of the U.K. show] honesty and affinity for the nerds. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a junior conspiracy theorist [because] I don’t have time to connect them all! But it’s nice to see that somebody has.” READ FULL STORY

What's on the menu for 'Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown' season 4

Anthony Bourdain has made a career of traveling—and eating his way through—the world. Following tradition, the globetrotting continues with season four of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, which kicked off Sunday with a delicious tour of Shanghai.

While lunching at Roy Choi’s pot last week, Bourdain talked about the new season, first trips, controversial storylines, the show’s aesthetic, and storytelling at large. Prepare for a severe case of wanderlust, and some serious food cravings, of course.

This season, Bourdain traveled to (in order of air date): The Bronx, Paraguay, Vietnam, Tanzania, Iran, Massachusetts, and Jamaica. There’s still unexplored terrain for Bourdain, who visited Paraguay and Iran for the first time.

“I got a definite sense that I was somewhere I’d never been, never seen, and knew nothing about,” Bourdain said of Paraguay. “It’s a big blank spot on everybody’s sort of awareness.” The episode will explore the history of Bourdain’s great, great, great grandfather, Paraguayan émigré Jean Bourdain, as well as the culture and local dishes, including bife koygua, bori bori, and sopa paraguaya.

Bourdain expects the Iran episode to be the most controversial of season four. With Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi as guides, Bourdain visited Tehran and Isfahan to see sites such as Imam Square and the Borje Milad, and sample foods such as dizi and biryani. [Rezaian was detained in Iran more than two months ago, and according to The Washington Post is being interrogated on unspecified charges. Salehi was reportedly detained at the same time.]

“It will be a very provocative, deeply confusing show,” he said, adding that a lot of the issues touched upon don’t translate as well through television. He also spoke of the way we know Iran geopolitically, and how different the country is when you’re actually there, on the ground. “I’m trying to think of a place we were received more warmly than Iran.” He was at a loss.

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'iZombie' to stage a 'Veronica Mars' reunion

Ryan Hansen has landed a guest-starring role on The CW’s midseason drama iZombie, EW has learned exclusively.

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New 'Gotham' trailer previews entire season, introduces Victor Zsasz

If you thought the origin story of Gotham would be anything but dark and twisty, then you should take a moment and prepare yourself for what comes next.

In a new trailer for Gotham‘s first season, we get a more in-depth glimpse into the world that poor Jim Gordon is trying to save. From Bruce Wayne’s attempts to “understand how Gotham works” to Oswald Cobblepot’s journey from bad to worse, the trailer offers insight into a world we’ve only just begun to understand.

And in addition to the characters and themes we already know, the trailer also introduces Victor Zsasz, along with a rivalry between Falcone and Maroni, and finally, plans to tear down Arkham Asylum for Arkham City. From there, comic fans can pull out a number of other teases:

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ABC Family picks up 'Stitchers,' renews 'Young & Hungry'

ABC Family made a host of programming announcements on Monday as they picked up their first procedural drama, Stitchers, and ordered a second season of comedy Young & Hungry.

Stitchers follows a young woman working at a covert government agency, whose duty is to be “stitched” into the minds of the deceased in order to solve their murders and other crimes that would otherwise remained unsolved. The pilot was written by Jeffrey A. Schechter, who will executive produce the project with Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken.

Stitchers is new ground for us and I’m excited to bring procedurals to the network,” said Tom Ascheim, President of ABC Family, in a statement. “We think our fans will love the intricate mysteries that Stitchers will solve week to week as much as they love our relationship-driven dramas. We are also going back for seconds of our new comedy, Young & Hungry. Good food, good laughs – of course we want more.”

Young & Hungry follows the hijinks of Gabi (Emily Osment), a sassy personal chef to rich entrepreneur Josh (Jonathan Sadowski), and has consistently done well in its time slot for the 18-49 demographic.

'Arrow': Your one-minute refresher

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In season 2, Arrow was all about the rise of Slade/Deathstroke and his quest for revenge against Oliver. But after a handful of shocking farewells and an all-out war in Starling City, Deathstroke seems to be a thing of the past. But before you dive into all that Ray Palmer and Ra’s al Ghul have to offer in season 3, it’d probably be best to brush up on how things ended.

With that in mind, we’ve created a one-minute refresher that will catch you up (and get you ready to enjoy Oliver and Felicity’s date!).

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'Chicago Fire' having a three-way crossover (with 'P.D.,' 'SVU')

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It’s official: NBC is doing a crossover stunt across three different crime dramas: Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The unusual three-way crossover will have characters from NBC’s Dick Wolf-produced fall procedurals interacting across three epiosdes next month.

Word of the crossover had been making the rounds, but the network officially announced the plan and the event’s premiere date today — Nov. 11-12. NBC staged a crossover between Fire and P.D. last season, but this time is letting SVU in on the action. “We wanted to figure out a way to create a crime that connects all three shows,” Wolf said in a statement. “Warren Leight [SVU showrunner] and Matt Olmstead [Chicago Fire/P.D.] showrunner and I came up with a story that was big and unique enough to transit to all three.” READ FULL STORY

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