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'Bachelor in Paradise' cast revealed

If you’re still mourning the loss of Bachelor Pad, we have some good news: Although that specific Bachelor spin-off isn’t making a return, there’s another headed your way, and this one promises even more shirtlessness.

ABC has officially announced the cast of Bachelor in Paradise, the network’s latest reality TV endeavor, during which contestants will travel to Mexico and live together for seven weeks in an “isolated romantic paradise.” For seven episodes, we will get to watch all of their romantic explorations. We can’t promise kissing competitions, but ABC’s press release did mention something about “new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests, and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history.” Let’s all just hope none of that means Kasey is going to show up with a new tattoo.

Check out the full cast list below (with the Bachelor/Bachelorette season they appeared on in parentheses): READ FULL STORY

'Rising Star' trailer: Ludacris is tired of waiting for results

Rising Star made sure to cover its genre bases when selecting its judges: Country singer Brad Paisley, pop star Kesha, and rapper Ludacris will all critique performances on the new ABC singing competition show, hosted by Josh Groban.

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Watch Sebastian Bach transform into Adam Levine -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Have you ever wanted to become Whitney Houston, Adam Levine, Kesha, or Kelly Clarkson? Are you already famous? If so, the sky’s the limit on America’s latest singing competition, which debuts this week on ABC.

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'The Bachelorette': Watch the guys' deleted introduction videos

When The Bachelorette premiered last week, there was a little something missing. Thanks to a 90-minute time frame, the show had to cut its usual “Meet the Guys” videos, which meant viewers had to pick their favorite suitors based on nothing more than a limo arrival and a cocktail party.

But now, the guys’ introductions are available online, so before you head into tonight’s episode, you can properly educate yourself on a few of the men, their jobs, their passions, and how very excited they are that Andi is the Bachelorette. And perhaps most importantly, you can find out why Marquel made Andi eat cookies last week.

Watch a few of the best introductions below, and find the rest of them here:

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Fall's five toughest time slot battles (and which shows will win)

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With 25 new shows flooding the broadcast schedule this fall — and networks making all sorts of crafty time slot changes for existing shows — the TV chessboard has once again been dramatically rearranged. Let’s run down some of the most intriguing new rivalries in the making and determine–

What? What did you say? “Time slots don’t matter”?! Okay; usually, now’s the time I’d explain why that assumption is wrong. Yet because DVR playback and streaming have become so prominent, even those who are paid to obsessively dissect broadcast network scheduling strategy are agreeing that time period almost doesn’t matter nowadays. Except, of course, those times when it does — like how The Voice is used to help fuel The Blacklist, or how The Big Bang Theory seems to crush rival comedies into only having five seasons and no movie. But even if the impact of shows on other shows has waned considerably, somebody has to win each of these slots. So let’s have some fun and look at some of this year’s most intriguing showdowns (the full fall schedule is below for reference): READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette': Chris Harrison explains the show's handling of Eric Hill's tragic death

Fans of The Bachelorette have now seen how the show decided to handle the tragic death of 31-year-old contestant Eric Hill, who fought for Andi Dorfman’s heart before dying of injuries sustained in a paragliding accident. The accident occurred in April 2014, after Hill had already left the show, but figuring out how to honor Hill’s time with Dorfman was something the show did not take lightly.

And as viewers saw in the season premiere, Hill’s passing was addressed immediately, with a quick dedication, before the show kicked off, still featuring Hill as one of the 25 men competing for Dorfman’s heart. READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Rising Star' team revealed: Kesha, Ludacris, Groban join music competition

ABC’s new singing competition has lined up a high-powered host and panel of experts.

Rising Star has signed singer-songwriter Josh Groban as host of the summer series. In addition, pop sensation Kesha and hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris have come on board as experts, along with country star Brad Paisley, who was previously reported as likely joining the series.

ABC hopes to break into the singing competition game with Rising Star‘s unique live format, which has proven popular in other countries. Here’s how it works: The singer takes the stage with a big video wall separating her from the audience. She starts to sing, and viewers vote on her performance using a smartphone app in real time. As the song progresses, photos of the fans voting for her are shown on the giant video screen. If she reaches a certain level of votes, the screen goes up and reveals her to the audience — thus, a “rising” star. ABC previously tried to crack into the genre two years ago with the short-lived Duets. ABC’s teaser promo below illustrates the concept.

Since viewers determine if a singer advances in real time, Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will not make elimination decisions like on other talent shows. Instead, they’ll simply offer guidance and feedback. The Rising Star team is set to appear for the first time together during ABC’s presentation of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 18 (which Ludacris is hosting). Rising Star will premiere Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. Here’s that promo: READ FULL STORY

ABC's new fall shows: A snap judgment

Superheroes and fairy tales dominated the midseason lineup at ABC’s upfront presentation, with shows like Galavant and Marvel’s Agent Carter coming soon. “We may be a terrible network,” joked Jimmy Kimmel, “but we are a great birthday party for a 6-year-old.” But for fall, ABC stuck to the basics: broad comedies, police procedurals, and Shonda Rhimes, whom ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee described as the Charles Dickens of our generation. Her latest show, How to Get Away With Murder, isn’t exactly Great Expectations, but it might be the only new ABC series worth watching. Quick takes on the others follow below. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel mocks CBS, 'Gotham,' Juan Pablo

Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday and — in what has now become a tradition (and the best part of the event) — he lampooned his network, his rivals and anyone who would even think of advertising on his network.

Here are his best jokes (i.e., pretty much his whole standup act):

“Being a president of television network is hard, there’s no question about that. But somehow [ABC topper] Paul Lee makes it look even harder. You heard Paul say it, we’re No. 1. We’re No. 1? Look, I don’t know what this No. 1 brand bullshit is, I don’t know what kind of 17 mile long … collider they spun that one in, but the ABC I work at is not No. 1. In fact, we might need to crash on your couch for a while. READ FULL STORY

'The Quest' full trailer: Fantasy meets reality in ABC competition series -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This summer, ABC is taking viewers on the ultimate geek fantasy in a combination of reality TV and Middle-earth.

From the producers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Amazing Race comes The Quest, a new fantasy competition series that puts 12 unlikely heroes against ogres and dragons in an imaginative and mythical realm filled with state-of-the-art-projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture, and art direction. After a series of battles and competitions, only the true hero will remain. EW has an exclusive first look at the full trailer for the series, which will premiere Thursday, July 31. READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' postmortem: Showrunners talk chilly villainess and the future of Storybrooke

EW was desperate for more information about Sunday night’s Once Upon a Time season closer — and happily, showrunners Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz didn’t give us the cold shoulder. Read on to learn all about why things shook out as they did — and how the pair decided to bring in the show’s newest Big Bad. (Or, to be more accurate, its new Big Misunderstood. Caution: Spoilers ahead!)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Take me through the decision to add Elsa to Once.
Eddy Kitsis: We saw the movie, and collectively, the whole entire writers’ room just loved it. It was our favorite film. What we loved so much about Elsa was she was perceived to be a villain, but of course we understood she was misunderstood. And the only one who understood that was her sister. That was a very thematic thing for us, which is a misunderstood character who everyone perceives to be bad. READ FULL STORY

'Last Man Standing' renewed for 4th season

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The last comedy standing has been renewed: ABC picked up Tim Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing for a fourth season.

The order decides the fate of the final comedy series on the bubble from the 2013-14 season. Just a few shows remain in limbo, such as NBC’s Parenthood (expected to return) and Dracula (unlikely). Earlier this week, Last Man Standing‘s Friday night companion, The Neighbors, was canceled along with several other ABC comedies (full list of axed shows this week is here).

In addition, ABC announced two more new comedy series orders: Cristela and Fresh Off the Boat. Official descriptions from ABC for both below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison: The death of 'Bachelorette' contestant Eric Hill will be handled with respect

The cast and crew of The Bachelorette season 10 have been mourning the loss of contestant Eric Hill, who died of injuries sustained during a paragliding accident last month. As the May 19 premiere approaches, host Chris Harrison says producers are now trying to figure out the best, most respectful way to deal with the tragedy on the show.

“It’s a horrible, horrible thing. He was taken away too young,” Harrison tells People. “It’s something we’ve never dealt with on the show. It didn’t only affect our cast, but also our crew who worked closely with him.”

Harrison says Hill was “a big part of the show.” The 31 year-old had already shot his scenes for Bachelorette Andi Dorfman’s season when a parachute failure led to his death. “We all took a moment to step back and reflect and respect Eric and his family,” Harrison says. “We wanted to really take it all in and let ourselves mourn a little bit.” READ FULL STORY

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