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'American Horror Story' scoop: Jenna Dewan set to get freaky with Adam Levine in season two -- EXCLUSIVE

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American Horror Story has finally found the other half of “The Lovers,” a major couple on the series, to act opposite Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. EW has learned exclusively that Step Up star—and Channing Tatum’s wife—Jenna Dewan will play the pivotal role.

Season two of AHS has been shrouded in secrecy, aside from the reveal of its star-studded cast that also includes Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Chloe Sevigny and French actress Lizzie Brochere.

Production has already begun on the series’ second season and is slated to air in October on FX. The first season of AHS just recently garnered a whopping 17 Emmy nominations, tied for the most this year with Mad Men and a record for FX.

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert extend their contracts with Comedy Central

Comedy Central’s late-night political-satire duo will stick around at least through the next midterm elections. According to a statement released by the cable network this morning, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have both extended their contracts with Comedy Central for the next couple of years. Colbert’s contract extension runs through the end of 2014; Stewart’s runs a bit further, up to the middle of 2015.

Both will continue to serve as multi-hyphenate host/writer/producers for their respective series, which have both experienced ratings growth this year, due in no small part to ongoing three ring circus that is the 2012 presidential election.

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'Glee' scoop: New Britney Spears tribute planned for fall; plus details on Kate Hudson's role -- EXCLUSIVE

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Yesterday, Fox announced that pop superstar Britney Spears would be joining their reality competition The X-Factor as a judge and that Glee would follow X-Factor‘s results show on Thursdays. Now comes even more exciting Britney/Glee news: EW has exclusively learned that Glee is planning a second Britney Spears tribute for the fall! Set to be the second episode of the series’ fourth season, this hour homage to Brit Brit will feature eight of her songs but won’t focus on the character of Brittany (Heather Morris) as the first tribute did (Spears is not scheduled to appear in the episode as of now but producers are hoping to work out a deal). The reason for the Spears hour is because the network is so excited about the pairing of a Spears/X-Factor with Glee on Thursday nights. It also certainly doesn’t hurt that the original Britney tribute, which aired early in the second season, is still one of Glee’s highest-rated episode to date.

In other Glee news, Chris Colfer let it slip today on Live! With Kelly that the newly announced guest-star Sarah Jessica Parker would be playing Kurt’s mentor on the fourth season. EW has now learned that Kate Hudson, the other big star set for a Glee arc next season, will be playing a similar mentor-type role to Rachel Berry (Lea Michele). Hudson’s role will have her singing but will also be very dance-heavy, which the actress should be able to easily handle as evidenced by her performance in the movie musical Nine.

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Bravo announces 11 new series, including 'Top Chef' and 'Real Housewives' spin-offs

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With their upfronts happening tonight, Bravo announced that it has greenlit 11 new unscripted series, including spin-offs for Top Chef and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as well as season orders for eight of their returning favorites. Viewers can expect to see another season of Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over, Million Dollar Decorators, Million Dollar Listing Lost Angeles, Top Chef Masters, Chef Roble & Co., Pregnant in Heels, and Inside the Actors Studio.

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'Glee' scoop: Lindsay Lohan in talks to play herself

The Glee casting news just keeps comin’! On the heels of the Whoopi Goldberg casting news, EW has confirmed reports that Lindsay Lohan is in talks for a guest spot on the show.

Lohan, who was reportedly steamed after Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holly Holliday made a crack about her on an episode last season, has apparently decided to turn the other cheek and would play herself on the Fox hit, as a celebrity judge for the Nationals competition. (The news was first reported by TVLine.)

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'Glee' scoop: Whoopi Goldberg to guest star in pivotal role

Glee‘s Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Rachel (Lea Michele) will face a formidable figure when they audition for NYADA this spring: EW has confirmed that Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg will appear in a multi-episode arc as New York professor Carmen Tibideaux, who will be evaluating the McKinley pair for admission to the university. As first reported by TVLine, Goldberg’s first appearance will be on May 1.

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'The Hunger Games' to air on ABC Family

The Hunger Games is coming to TV — in 2014.

ABC Family, which is also home to the Harry Potter franchise, has acquired the network television premiere rights to the just-released hit film and the franchise’s second film, Catching Fire, the network announced today.

This weekend, The Hunger Games earned $155 million, giving it the third highest-grossing opening weekend of all time. Talk about the odds being in ABC Family’s favor.

The Hunger Games will air on the network starting in 2014.

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'American Horror Story' scoop: 'The Voice' coach Adam Levine in negotiations for season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is already a major reality TV star thanks to his gig on NBC’s The Voice, but now the musician is switching over to scripted television. EW can exclusively reveal that Levine is in final negotiations to appear in season 2 of FX’s hit thriller American Horror Story. In his television acting debut, Levine will be playing a contemporary character and half of a couple called “The Lovers.” AHS producers are so fond of Levine that they are shooting around his summer touring schedule.

While the second season of AHS, set to premiere on FX in October, has been cloaked in secrecy, we do know that original cast members Jessica Lange, Zachary Quinto, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Lily Rabe will be returning as entirely different characters. Co-creator Ryan Murphy has also said that season 2 will be set in on the East Coast and in a “horror institution.”

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'Terra Nova': A future with Netflix?

It’s not always easy for a studio to find a second home for a ratings-challenged show, but 20th Century Fox TV is sure going to try with the recently canceled Terra Nova. And lucky for the studio, at least one outlet seems willing to kick the tires: EW has confirmed that 20th Century Fox TV is talking to Netflix about possibly saving the freshman drama from extinction.

One source with knowledge of the situation urged that talks are preliminary, but Netflix has proven once before that it is willing to keep shows out of the trash heap. After all, it made a deal last November to bring back the cult classic Arrested Development. It also remains committed to offering more original content, like House of Cards and Lilyhammer. So keep your fingers crossed, Jason O’Mara fans.

Terra Nova will likely end up the highest-rated canceled show of the season. It averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.6 adult demo rating once DVR playbacks are added.

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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about the casting of David Morrissey as 'The Governor'

Last week, it was announced that British actor David Morrissey (the TV version of State of Play) had been cast as the Governor in the yet-to-be-shot third season of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead. The Governor is easily the most infamous villain yet to appear in the comic book version of the post-apocalyptic undead saga and the subject of who would (and should) play him had been the subject of much debate amongst fans.

Below,Walking Dead comic writer and TV show executive producer Robert Kirkman explains how they decided Morrissey was their man.

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'X Factor': L.A. Reid will return for second year

The host and two of the judges on Fox’s The X Factor may be history, but at least one person is staying put alongside Simon Cowell. The option for L.A. Reid has been renewed so the judge/record mogul will stay with the Fox talent show for one more season.

Reid was originally tapped by Cowell because both men shared similar backgrounds, if not temperaments. (Reid could be just as harsh, if not more so, than Cowell during the show’s first season). Reid is a behind-the-scenes music mogul with a talent list that includes Mariah Carey, Pink, TLC and Usher. Could someone on that talent list now be tapped to replace judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who were booted last week?

For now, it’s all speculation — but at least it’s keeping tongues wagging about Cowell’s show in the off-season, while NBC’s singing competition show The Voice revs up for a new season next week. THR was the first to report about Reid’s return.

Host Steve Jones will also depart the show, as Fox and Cowell make changes to the series after the first season performed solidly, but fell short of what many felt was the show’s high potential. (Factor delivered about 12.6 million viewers and a 4.4 average rating among adults 18-49 for its Wednesday episodes). The performances of Scherzinger and Jones were particularly panned by critics.

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'Sons of Anarchy' to return for two more seasons

SAMCRO fans already knew that Sons of Anarchy, the FX drama about a group of outlaw bikers, will return for a fifth season. Now comes word that SOA was also picked up for a sixth year by FX — which is already considering a seventh season, as well.

At the same time, 20th Century Fox TV and FX Productions — which make SOA for FX — have closed a new three-year deal with Creator Kurt Sutter (pictured, left) to keep him at the helm of the critically-beloved drma while opening the door for him to develop more shows for other nets. (But first, let us know what’s to become of that snake Clay, eh Sutter?). Season 5 will air in the fall.

SOA finished season 4 as its highest-rated to date, building upon last year’s season average by 18% among adults 18-49 and 21% among total viewers. The drama that stars Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal is FX’s No. 1 program in history.

ABC Family renews 'Secret Life,' launches show about nannies

ABC Family has given a thumbs up to a fifth season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and will begin production on a new reality series called Beverly Hills Nannies.

Secret Life, which returns for its fourth season on March 26, ranked as the No. 3 most-watched scripted series on basic cable this summer among females 12-34, behind Pretty Little Liars and Switched at Birth. The series includes Golden Globe nominee Shailene Woodley, Ken Baumann, Molly Ringwald, and Luke Zimmerman.

The cable net will also begin production this spring on Beverly Hills Nannies, a docu-series that will follow lives of a group of nannies working for families in the 90210 area code. It’s from Evolution Media, the production company behind The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Also set to begin production soon: a new multi-camera comedy called Baby Daddy that stars Chelsea Kane, Tahj Mowry, and Derek Theler.

From executive producer Dan Berendsen (The Nine Lives of Chloe King), the half-hour series is about a young man who becomes a surprise dad to a baby girl when she’s left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. He decides to raise the baby with the help of his mother.

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