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Stephen Colbert gives first interview to David Letterman

Stephen Colbert will begin transitioning into his new role as CBS’ upcoming Late Show host next week. The appointed Late Show heir will give his first interview since accepting the job to — who else? David Letterman.

David Letterman will interview Colbert on the Late Show on Tuesday, April 22.

Last week, CBS announced the Colbert Report host will succeed Letterman when the veteran host retires after 21 years on the show. Though a widely-praised choice for the gig, there remains some question as to what Colbert will be like as a host after shedding his conservative Comedy Central character. Though he’s made plenty of media appearances as himself before, the Late Show interview should help introduce CBS viewers to the man who’s taking over the 11:35 p.m. franchise.

'Heroes Reborn: Digital Series' launching in conjunction with reboot

One week after asking viewers to submit their own sitcom ideas, NBC is again expanded its original programming, but this time online.

Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, an online prequel in conjunction with the previously announced Heroes miniseries from executive producer Tim Kring, will be among the first series to debut on NBC.com as part of the network’s new original online video initiative announced Tuesday. Also launching is an interactive series about the super fans who wait in the Saturday Night Live standby line, Saturday Night Line. READ FULL STORY

'Simpsons' Lego episode: See the first image

Do you know what dimension The Simpsons are about to enter? Just look at this image that was just posted on the animated comedy’s Facebook page and the answer will hit like you a ton of bricks. READ FULL STORY

'The Mindy Project': Inside the breakup scene that left you in shambles -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Chances are you’re still not over last week’s Mindy Project breakup, and we can’t blame you. But the good news? Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) might be done for now, but they’re not done forever.

“I think the dynamic between them is special and different and they are unlike any other couple on TV because they are such distinct characters and they fight so much,” says Ike Barinholtz, who plays lovable nurse Morgan on the show and co-wrote the big breakup episode. “To put them back together just makes so much sense…eventually.”

Below, Barinholtz talks more about writing the scene that ripped your soul apart, and we give you an exclusive look at the original script, annotated (hilariously) by Kaling, Barinholtz, and episode co-writer David Stassen.

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'River Monsters' on EW Radio: How people can fish (and possibly lose an arm)

The whole point of River Monsters — one of the highest-rated shows on Animal Planet — is to show what evil can lurk in some of the world’s most dark and mysterious waterways. But it also focuses light on what makes river fishing so exciting for many thrill-seeking anglers.

On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the executive producer of River Monsters will talk about the dangerous practice of noodling, a type of fishing that involves reaching one’s hand into holes where catfish lay their eggs. The goal is to nab the little bugger — but sometimes, a tug-of-war may ensue.

“You stick your arm out and you grab this, you know, giant catfish by its  jaw and haul it out,” Lisa Lucas tells me. “They clamp down and they’ve got these rough sandpaper type teeth that can really do a  number on your arm. Some of them do that death roll kind of thing that gators will do and you could bust an arm doing it—not to mention you know, your whole body. It’s pretty crazy.

“It’s a rush for some people,” Lucas continues. “It’s a big competition for some people, the noodlers who’ve been doing it for generations.”

For more about River Monsters, tune into Inside TV on EW Radio tonight at 8 EST, 5 PT at Sirius XM 105.  READ FULL STORY

'Friends with Better Lives' could use better ratings

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Friends with Better Lives is the latest sitcom vying for a semi-permanent slot in the CBS Monday night block now that How I Met Your Mother has departed, but so far, it’s not impressing in the ratings.

The second episode last night of the new show starring James Van Der Beek and Brooklyn Decker was down 31 percent from its premiere preview two weeks ago. Meanwhile, CBS’ fellow freshman Mom finished up its first season run with an equally modest number. The network also tried shifting 2 Broke Girls to 8 p.m. to try kick starting the night in the old HIMYM slot, and it actually held up pretty well — only down a tenth of a point from its last original at 8:30 p.m. (though it was also down 35 percent from the HIMYM average, but given 2 Broke is replacing CBS’ best-rated Monday comedy, that’s not too shabby). Lindsay Lohan guest starred on last night’s 2 Broke Girls, but given her OWN reality show’s ratings, could that really have helped?

Meanwhile a repeat of the NBC’s The Blacklist managed to beat every other drama on Monday night. Fueled by its top-rated Voice lead-in, The Blacklist both won 10 p.m. against repeats on ABC and CBS, plus topped Fox’s original episodes of Bones and The Following (and, of course, The CW’s shows as well).

Other notable points in the data: Voice hit its lowest Monday of this cycle, The CW’s Tomorrow People was down 20 percent, and Fox’s Bones was down 13 percent. Full chart: READ FULL STORY

'Salem' trailer premiere: Something wicked this way comes -- VIDEO

Witchcraft. Wild accusations. Shane West’s wig.

There’s a lot to look at in the following new trailer for WGN America’s first original series Salem, a new scripted show set against the backdrop of 17th-century Massachusetts’s infamous witch trials. The twist: In this version of the story, the witches are real. (Think Hocus Pocus, but not actually anything like Hocus Pocus.)

West stars as John Alden, a soldier who returns home only to find his village whipped into a witch-hunting frenzy. He also happens to be an old flame of Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery) — a member of Salem’s elite who, oh yeah, also happens to be a powerful sorceress. Both characters are based on actual historical figures; any Salem scholar who examines the show’s cast list will find more familiar names, including Tituba (played here by Revenge‘s Ashley Madekwe) and Cotton Mather (Fringe‘s Seth Gabel).

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Guillermo Del Toro's FX series 'The Strain' to have world premiere at ATX Television Festival -- EXCLUSIVE

The Austin-based ATX Television Festival (June 5-8), the first festival dedicated to the TV binger in all of us, announced Tuesday it would host the world premiere of Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated FX drama series The Strain. FX Networks has partnered with ATX for closing night programming and will also present the eighth episode of its new critically acclaimed original series Fargo. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Joffrey wedding crowns new piracy record

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The Purple Wedding sent Game of Thrones fans rushing to file-sharing services to illegally download the HBO hit’s latest shocking episode. Sunday’s episode “The Lion and the Rose” broke torrent records, according to piracy-tracking blog TorrentFreak. About 1.5 million people worldwide downloaded the episode during the first day available, and nearly 200,000 users shared a single copy of the episode.

“These are unprecedented numbers – never before have 193,418 people shared a single file simultaneously,” the blog reported. “The previous record was set last year, when the season finale of Game of Thrones had 171,572 people sharing on a single tracker.” READ FULL STORY

Billy Bob Thornton talks 'Fargo,' 'Entourage,' and why he'll never direct again

Billy Bob Thornton has played some devilish characters, but never one as frightening and fascinating as Fargo‘s Lorne Malvo. Malvo is a mysterious grim reaper of sorts who lives by a strict code of malevolence — one that has a way of rubbing off on the innocent souls around him. In the premiere of FX’s new series, which airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET, a chance encounter with pathetic pushover Lester Nygaard (Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman) leads to some very bad things in the small town of Bemidji, Minn. READ FULL STORY

Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more

For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).

As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes.

If Creature Shop Challenge has you busting out old VHS tapes and thinking of Henson memories past, know that you’re not alone. EW asked the puppet master to share some personal stories from behind the scenes of his greatest TV and film hits at the Creature Shop.

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'Orphan Black': Tatiana Maslany on what she can do even better in season 2

When Tatiana Maslany reported to duty for season 1 of Orphan Black, she didn’t know if anyone would even take notice. After all, it was a new show from Canada airing on a channel (BBC America) that had only recently jumped into the original programming game. She could only guess what the reaction would be as she filmed that first season. That was certainly not the case when the cast and crew reunited for filming on season 2 (which premieres April 19). Rapturous reviews and a devoted #CloneClub let them know that there was indeed an audience following their every move. So how did that change the vibe on set for the second go-round of episodes? We asked Maslany that and more when we sat down on the Felix’s loft set during a break in filming. READ FULL STORY

'The Originals': Danielle Campbell on a witchy celebration, and the moment 'all hell breaks loose' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The Originals is finally back from hiatus! So if you’ve been missing Elijah’s suits, Klaus’ schemes, or Marcel’s scarves, fear not! We are headed back to New Orleans tonight to catch up with our favorite vampires, werewolves, witches, humans, and that one pesky (but lovable) hybrid. More specifically, we’re headed back for the Feast of Blessings, a celebration of the town’s witches.

We caught up with Danielle Campbell to talk about the feast, what comes next for Davina, and just how crazy this season’s finale is going to be: READ FULL STORY

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