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Nasim Pedrad implies that she's leaving 'Saturday Night Live'

It seems we won’t be seeing Nasim Pedrad’s Kim Kardashian adjusting to married life.

At an ATX Television Festival panel over the weekend, Pedrad said she didn’t think she’d be returning to Saturday Night Live in the fall. This announcement isn’t exactly unexpected; Pedrad plays a lead role on the highly anticipated upcoming Fox comedy Mulaney, and she appeared to have reduced screen time on SNL‘s recently wrapped 39th season.

“I haven’t heard any official word so far, but I love this show so much,” the actress said of Mulaney, according to Buzzfeed. “I have an apartment in L.A. and, as far as I know, I’m in L.A. now.”

Pedrad just completed her fifth year on SNL. A rep for the show said no casting decisions have been made at this time.

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly stepping down

Fox’s programming chief is stepping down: Kevin Reilly, the network’s entertainment chairman and top prime-time decision maker for the past seven years, will leave his post by the end of June.

“21st Century Fox is a great company that has provided me with choice seats at the head table of pop culture over two very rewarding stints both at FBC and FX, and I am grateful to have benefited from the leadership of Peter Rice, Chase Carey and Rupert Murdoch,” Reilly said in a statement. “Peter and I have been discussing this transition for a while, and now with a robust new slate of programming for next season and strength in the FBC ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be. I couldn’t be more thankful to my team — a group of creative, tireless and fun people whose fellowship I will miss.” READ FULL STORY

'Red Band Society': Watch first trailer for fall Fox drama -- VIDEO

Get ready to shed tears on Wednesdays in the fall: Fox unveiled the first trailer for Red Band Society on Friday, and the Steven Spielberg-exec-produced drama is sure to be a tearjerker.

The series takes place in a children’s hospital and follows a group of sick kids, but as EW TV critic Melissa Maerz wrote in her snap judgment of the new fall offerings on Fox, this isn’t your typical Sad Show. “Yes, it’s narrated by a boy in a coma, which might feel like a little much. But the pilot was written by Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire), so there’s potential for real poignancy, especially at a time when The Fault in Our Stars is already resonating with so many young people. Consider those tears jerked.”

Check out the trailer — which also features adult stars Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable — below: READ FULL STORY

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

'I Wanna Marry Harry': Why the idea of a royal 'Bachelor' makes total sense

Tonight, on Fox’s new reality series I Wanna Marry Harry, 12 hot, young, British-history-adverse Americans will compete for the affections of Prince Harry! The catch? This British ginger isn’t really Prince Harry, as anyone with a half-decent monocle can already tell, although we’re told that he does score a 99 percent match with his royal counterpart using facial recognition technology. (Science!) Not to worry, though: In case you forget that Matt Hicks is just an impostor, the show helpfully identifies him as “Matt Hicks, Not Really Prince Harry.” Apparently, it’s all part of some benevolent master plan: “I have to convince them that I’m Prince Harry,” Hicks explains, “but the goal is for them to like me for who I am.” Yes, Your Highness, you deserve to be adored for who you are: a guy who lies about who, exactly, that is. READ FULL STORY

'I Wanna Marry 'Harry': Fox bumps up premiere

Those ladies are in a real hurry to walk down the aisle next to a (phony) royal.

Fox is moving the premiere of fake-out dating competition I Wanna Marry “Harry” to May 20 at 9 p.m., in the plum spot behind the first night of American Idol‘s finale. The show had been slated to premiere May 27, following the timeslot debut of the celebrity game show Riot.

I Wanna Marry “Harry” follows 12 American woman with dreams of becoming a modern-day princess. They are flown to London to vie for the love of the world’s most eligible bachelor, a man they’re led to believe is Prince Harry. But in a Joe Millionaire twist, the guy they all want to make “the one” is actually nothing more than a sort-of lookalike.

Check out a clip here: READ FULL STORY

'Riot': Steve Carell and cast on the new improv game show that's taking comedy to the extreme

I think it’s safe to say that Steve Carell is a master of physical comedy. This is the man who famously once waxed his chest hair on the big screen. So it makes sense that The Office star is an executive producer and one of the first celebrity guests on Riot, a new extreme game show premiering tonight on Fox.

“I have no idea what I’m getting myself into,” Carell jokingly told EW before filming alongside his Office co-star Andy Buckley. The show is based on the international hit franchise Slide Show and puts two teams of celebrities and a cast of comedians playing improv games against some physical constraints. “It’s like an improv game show on steroids,” says cast member Meryl Hathaway. “It’s taking improv comedy and elevating it to the next level. All the parameters of a normal improv scene just get thrown into this insanity!” Hathaway is one of seven rotating comedians all under the command of “evil puppeteer” and host Rove McManus, who enjoys his role from the sideline making funny people do even funnier things. “I feel like it’s the most interactive experience you can have,” McManus told EW. “I can literally yell something at the performers to make them do it.” READ FULL STORY

Fox's new fall shows: A snap judgment

When Ryan Seacrest kicks off the upfronts by welcoming Pitbull to the stage with his entourage of booty-dancers, you know that Fox isn’t catering to your mom. (Unless your mom is one of Pitbull’s booty-dancers, in which case, lucky you!) So it’s no surprise that Kevin Reilly, Fox’s chairman of entertainment, followed Pitbull’s performance with the announcement that Fox is branding itself as “America’s Next Generation Network,” focusing on a youthful audience. That might also explain why Andy Samberg was there, making some decent quips for the benefit of his fellow Next Generation Americans — and a few self-aware advertisers, too. (“Who’s ready to laugh? Who’s ready to pretend that we weren’t all forced here by the invisible hand of capitalism?”) When he wasn’t dreaming up joke shows that sounded real (X-Men Origins Days of Future Past Collectors Cups — the Show), he was doing a pretty good job introducing real shows with jokes. “Is this the best lineup of shows that Fox has ever assembled?” he asked. “I’m not gonna lie to you. Moving on!” And, yet, a few projects looked promising, even for very old viewers  — like, say, anyone over 22. READ FULL STORY

'24: Live Another Day': Mary Lynn Rajskub talks having a once-in-a-lifetime experience…again

Not only did the return of Jack Bauer in the premiere of 24: Live Another Day on Fox boosts the network’s ratings last Monday night, but it finally confirmed to star Mary Lynn Rajskub that the show, which had ended its original in 2010, was actually back.

“It’s still unbelievable to me,” Rajskub told EW. “I’m like – is this really happening? Obviously it is, but it’s exciting!” Even though its return is a limited event series consisting of only 12 episodes, half of what fans are used to, Rajskub promises that the action is very much the same and keeps up with the fast pace of the current television landscape. “At first, I was like wait, what, huh? But the way people are consuming stuff now and for the writers towards the end, I think it was getting difficult to do the 24. So, they came up with this concept where they could have 24 but in 12. When I read the scripts, they feel very much like the old 24 in terms of the pacing. I think the 12 are going to go by really fast when people watch it.” READ FULL STORY

Pitbull to host live New Year's Eve show on Fox

While Ryan Seacrest ushers in 2015 in New York City, Fox will be saying “welcome to Miami” with a New Year’s Eve show hosted by Armando Christian Perez — otherwise known as Pitbull.

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Fox to reformat, shrink 'American Idol'

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American Idol is getting downsized for next year’s 14th season.

Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters Monday that the iconic singing competition show will be “streamlined” next year and will have a new format.

“We always built our second season around Idol,” Reilly said. “Next year, the format will be different. There will be less hours, around 37 hours. I think it will be a two-night format initially during the audition phase, and will quite likely end up as a two-hour show on one night for most of its run.” Idol has been airing 50-plus hours for “quite some time” says Reilly.

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'Mulaney': First cast photos from Fox's new hot comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

Fox is betting on its new sitcom Mulaney. The network Tuesday ordered 10 more episodes of the show — bringing its total to 16 — from Saturday Night Live scribe and stand-up comic John Mulaney. The series, about a rising stand-up comedian (Mulaney) trying to take his career to the next level, also stars comedy legends Martin Short (who plays his boss) and Elliott Gould (his neighbor), as well as SNL alum Nasim Pedrad, Seaton Smith, and Zack Pearlman, who play his three NYC roommates.

Mulaney shoots before a live audience, something that was very important to John. “I wanted to do the type of live-audience multi-camera sitcoms that I grew up on, and I have been working in stand-up and have been performing for live audiences,” he told EW. “And obviously, SNL is on a set in front of a live audience. I was used to writing for and judging stuff by a live audience, and I love the energy of it.” He says of comparisons to another show centered on a stand-up comedian, the iconic Seinfeld: “If we are a 10th as good as they are, we will be lucky.”

Check out EW’s exclusive first look at the cast in action below: READ FULL STORY

Fox orders 10 more episodes of new sitcom 'Mulaney'

Fox has faith in John Mulaney.

The network has its extended its order for Mulaney, the sitcom starring the Saturday Night Live writer, from 6 episodes to 16. The comedian tweeted about the news early Wednesday morning:

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