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How to tell if a TV show is really canceled

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Rashida Jones took to Twitter to spread the word: The actress-producer’s comedy A to Z isn’t really canceled.

Yet many outlets have reported the NBC show, along with its time slot companion Bad Judge, as axed—even though there are still more episodes of each left to air. Deadline’s headline said “canceled.” THR, Variety and EW hedged just slightly with “to end,”ending” and “to cancel,” respectively.

So what’s the truth about A to Z? And, more broadly: How can you tell if any canceled show is actually canceled? READ FULL STORY

'New Girl' to 'Marry Me': Surveying fall TV's fake online dating sites

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If you’re like some EW staffers (who shall remain anonymous call me!), you’ve been using online dating for years, if not decades. (Match.com did launch in 1995, after all.) But it seems the small screen is just now catching up to today’s matchmaking mores—falling head over heels for faux dating apps and sites that bear a striking resemblance to services you may already be familiar with (cough Tinder cough). Here’s what to expect if you swipe right while watching New Girl, Marry Me, and more.

The show: A to Z
The site: Wallflower
What it is: The cutesy cousin of OkCupid where hopeless romantic Andrew (Ben Feldman) works.
Romantic prospects: 4 1/2 out of 5 hearts. Andrew and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) find each other thanks to the site…but only after straight Zelda is mistakenly set up with a woman. READ FULL STORY

'A to Z' lands 'Ghostbusters' singer for Halloween episode

Who you gonna cast? Ray Parker…Jr!

The musician who wrote and recorded the 1984 Ghostbusters theme song will guest star in the upcoming Halloween episode of NBC’s playful romantic comedy A to Z, EW has learned exclusively.

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'A to Z' premiere react: Feldman, Milioti elevate lackluster love story

A to Z lays out its hand in the opening minutes of the pilot. Narrator Katey Sagal explains that lead characters Andrew and Zelda “will date for 8 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, and 1 hour. This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship, from A to Z.” The show has an endgame in mind from the start and seems overly aware of its existence as a romantic comedy—those frequent (500) Days of Summer comparisons in recent months are more than apt.

While the show can’t quite live up to its predecessors in the initial outing, the first episode, “A is for Acquaintances,” is an incredible example of how the chemistry between two leads can carry a show that stumbles more often than not.

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This fall's rom-sitcoms feel like throwbacks -- and not in a good way

Is the old-fashioned rom-com dead?

If so, blame FX. This summer, the network debuted You’re the Worst, a dirty, shameful comedy about hate-shagging that also happens to be one of the best new shows on TV. Its depiction of blasé thirtysomethings in heat (Chris Geere and Aya Cash) could not feel more of-the-moment. Sex leads to dating, not the other way around. Fancy dinners are out of the question, because formalities like that put too much pressure on a couple who’d rather believe they’re dating ironically. And, true to life, the woman wants the same things the guy wants: on-demand hookups, lots of independence, and the freedom to do cocaine off somebody’s breasts.

There’s just one problem with You’re the Worst: It makes this fall’s new rom-coms look like awkward attempts to identify with young people. They’re the types of shows your parents will send you “thumbs-up” emojis about. READ FULL STORY

Which new fall show will be canceled first?

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No network or producer wants their show to be the first voted off the broadcast prime-time island. Sure most new series attempts fail, but being the very first to get booted in the fall season is a special kind of shame; it usually means that critic and viewer rejection was swift and overwhelming.

Figuring out which will get axed first can be tricky. It’s not just about which has the lowest ratings, or is the least liked by critics or viewers, but other factors: How many episodes have aired? How strong is the competition? How did that time slot perform for the network last season? Does the network have another show that will perform better that’s ready to fill the space?

My thoughts: ABC’s Selfie has received the bulk of the social-media rage. (It must drive the producers bonkers that their comedy is slammed by people who loathe social media addicts—when the show is trying to mock social-media addicts. While Tuesday’s premiere rating was lousy, Selfie‘s lead-out, Manhattan Love Story, did even worse). Fox’s Red Band Society has almost no pulse, but it seems unlikely the network would let a Steven Spielberg-produced drama get axed first. Plus, Fox’s sick kids are doing better than Utopia—which is my bet for first canceled show (or, at minimum, first demoted show). Fox announced Utopia as a year-long social experiment. But it’s killing its two time slots on the schedule, plus providing a poor lead-in for the network’s Tuesday comedy block. At the very least, I bet this show is going to move off Tuesdays (update: called it!). We could also have ripe prime candidates for first axed show later this week when NBC rolls out Bad Judge and A to Z into the Thursday Night Football/Shondaland buzzmill.

Cast your vote below. You can pick two shows: READ FULL STORY

NBC's new pilot 'A to Z' is available to stream online

Waiting for September/October in order to watch fall pilots is one of the more challenging things television addicts have to face every year. That, and dealing with the grief of losing a character that they love. But the good news is that there’s a solution for the first problem.

NBC has teamed up with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to offer its new pilot A to Z online. As in, you can stream it right now on Clear Channel’s digital properties and apps, along with NBC.com, the NBC app, Hulu, and more.

A to Z stars Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti as Andrew and Zelda, a pair of young professionals who start dating. The show tells the entirety of their love story, and you can start at the beginning now, by watching an extended version of the pilot below.

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