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'Fringe': Cool new promo teases cameo by 'Lost' dude. PLUS: Is 'Fringe' preparing for the end? -- EXCLUSIVE

Jorge-Garcia-Fringe-exclusiveImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/FoxIt may be a down week for Fringe, but Fox is trying its best to make sure we don’t forget about its Friday night sci-fi saga. The network’s promo department — which has been turning out cool, clever work for the buzz-y, but ratings-challenged, cult fave all season long — has produced another must-see 90-second spot, this one an atmospheric summing up of the season’s War of the Parallel Worlds story that points to a cataclysmic climax. I’m convinced the commercial also contains a few Easter Eggs. At least one is easy to see: Hurley! Yep, Lost alum and Face of Weezer Jorge Garcia — who has been cast in a new J.J. Abrams-produced series called Alcatraz – will be making a cameo in next week’s episode, playing (SPOILER ALERT!) a Massive Dynamic employee. The spot also includes quotes from certain critics who’ve praised Fringe’s fine third season, as well as one nutty media person known for being a crazed fan of the Bad Robot brand of cryptotainment. Behold: READ FULL STORY

Kelsey Grammer forms reality TV production company

Looks like Camille won’t be the only Grammer in reality show business: Kelsey Grammer has formed a production company, G3, that will focus on unscripted programming. The company unites Grammer with producer Stella Bulochnikov Stolper (Paris Hilton’s My New BFF), who are already co-producing Grammer’s upcoming Starz show Boss. [Variety]

'The Kennedys' miniseries: Who will buy?

Kennedys-Holmes-KinnearImage Credit: Splash NewsNow that The History Channel has opted not to broadcast the eight-part miniseries The Kennedys, the rumor mill was on overdrive Monday that producer Muse Entertainment was working to secure a new home for the controversial project. Indeed, the Canadian-based Muse executive told the New York Times today that “there has been interest expressed by several networks,” but he declined to name them.

That said, you can count HBO out. READ FULL STORY

Nicollette Sheridan drops abuse charges in 'Desperate Housewives' lawsuit

Former Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan has dropped the most incendiary claims of abuse from the $20 million lawsuit she filed this spring against ABC, the show’s creator Marc Cherry, and Touchstone Television. Sheridan, who played Edie Britt on the series, filed the suit in April after being dropped from the show, alleging that she had been assaulted by Cherry on the set and then fired when she reported the abuse to ABC. In a joint stipulation filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sheridan agreed not to pursue her claim that she had been subjected to intentional emotional distress or seek any damages for emotional or physical abuse. In exchange, Sheridan will not have to submit to a mental or physical examination.

'24' to end this season; film version in the works

24-keiferImage Credit: Kelsey McNeal/FoxFox confirmed Friday that after eight seasons, 24 will air its series finale on May 24. Star Kiefer Sutherland told that producing a ninth season for another network like NBC was not an option because he and executive producer Howard Gordon were ready to call it quits.

“The writers are producing the equivalent of 12 films a year, which is unheard of, and Howard felt to do a ninth would be potentially damaging,” said Sutherland. “We both felt strongly that there has been a demand and an interest in a 24 film, which would be a two-hour representation of a 24-hour day, so we felt it was time to move in that direction.”

Sutherland promised the series finale would tee up the 24 movie that’s in the works at 20th Century Fox. Billy Ray (State of Play) is writing the screenplay. “We wanted to create a definitive end for Jack Bauer,” explains Sutherland. “Since we do have the intention to make the feature film, it would lead into that and certainly set that up.

“Something we’ve dealt with in the series is how the crisis always has to come to us because we don’t have time to move anywhere in a real time world,” he continued. “In a two-hour (movie) representation of the 24 world, planes, trains, and automobiles all of a sudden become a factor because you are not required to go scene by scene in real time. That’s something I can say I am very excited about.”

As for the actual series finale, Gordon told that he and Sutherland considered everything from a happy to a tragic ending for Jack Bauer and ended up with episodes that take some risks: “We go to a very definitive, very complex place.”

Exclusive: 'Fringe' picked up for a third season

Sci-fi fans who may be concerned about the state of the genre on network TV (we’re looking at you, V and FlashForward) have at least one reason to rejoice: EW has learned exclusively that Fox has picked up Fringe for a third season. Though the show isn’t exactly blowing the roof off of Nielsen — it’s been averaging just 7.6 million viewers and is ranked No. 50 in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic this season — it managed to survive in a tough new time period on Thursdays. The show returns with new episodes — and the promise of more visits from Leonard Nimoy and to the parallel universe — on April 1.

'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes crafting new medical drama for ABC

The mastermind behind Grey’s Anatomy is looking to expand her universe. ABC announced today that it has ordered a drama pilot from Grey’s creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes and her longtime producing partner, Betsy Beers, that focuses on three stateside doctors who opt to work for an isolated tropical clinic. Dubbed Off The Map, the drama script is from fellow Grey’s scribe Jenna Bans and was one of several pilots that ABC ordered today. Others include a new drama called Body of Evidence from Chris Murphey (2004’s Dead Lawyers) that’s about a female medical examiner who used to work as a neurosurgeon, and a single-camera comedy pilot from ex-ABC topper Jamie Tarses and newcomer David Caspe that focuses on a couple that breaks up at the altar.

Exclusive: Eric Braeden talks about return to 'Young and the Restless' today

The moustache is back! After an intense negotiation that had many fans worrying whether their favorite character was gone for good, Victor Newman, aka Eric Braeden, finally re-appeared at the end of today’s episode of The Young and the Restless (to relive the moment, click here). EW talked exclusively to Braeden about being back on TV’s No. 1 daytime drama and what fans can expect now that the boss is back.

EW: What was your first day back like on the set?

Eric Braeden: It was actually very nice. It started with the security guys at the gate who welcomed me back. And there was a special welcome back sign in my parking place. The crew throughout the day was very nice…they even came from other shows. It was very nice, very humbling.

Did anyone think you weren’t coming back at all?

Yes, some people thought that I wouldn’t. They were afraid I wouldn’t. Others said they knew I’d be back.

 How long is your new contract for?

Three years.

How do you feel about the way head writer Maria Bell brought Victor back?

I feel very good about Maria, period. She’s done a wonderful job and I liked what she intends to do. If had not talked to her, I would not have come back. She had a great deal to do with it. So did (CBS Corp CEO) Les Moonves.

Did Les call you personally?

We talked at the very end (of the negotiations). He has been very loyal and has been a friend.  If I had thought they (CBS and Y&R’s home studio, Sony) were united, I would have been gone.

Now that Victor’s back, what will be his first order of business? Repairing the rift between Adam and Nick? Divorcing Ashley?

Victor will be at his Machiavellian best. He is going to get even. This is payback time for a number of people.

Will we see yet another wedding with Nikki this year?

I don’t know. We have been through a few. Who knows? Hope springs eternal. Maybe that’s the definition of insanity, making the same mistakes over and over.

What has fan reaction been like?

I don’t mean to sound corny but it’s really meant a great deal to me. There was an enormous outpouring and I deeply appreciate that. It was one of the most heartwarming aspects of the whole miserable period.

What do you think about the cancellation of CBS’ As the World Turns?

I have not really thought about the implications. My question is how they are going to replace it? With more game shows?

What do you think it means to Y&R’s future?

I think Y&R’s future is contingent upon the ratings. Obviously none of the soaps are kept alive for the sake of loyalty. It’s all about ratings. It’s show business. Period.


Photo Credit: Robert Voets/CBS

Kate Gosselin's next gig will be .... a reality show? A talk show? World domination?

A TLC spokeswoman confirmed that it has a “number of different scenarios” to help kick-start the next chapter of Kate Gosselin’s TV career but nothing’s been set in stone. That, of course, didn’t stop one online publication from reporting that the ex-star of Jon and Kate Plus 8 will appear in a new, fish-out-of-water show that could bow as early as this year. Apparently, the idea is to insert Gosselin into many different jobs to see how she handles them – kind of like how The View borrowed her for a guest-hosting gig last September. A TLC source only had this to say about the latest rumor: “This is just the latest speculation from supposed sources …We are still in development and looking at a number of ideas. When we have determined what the show will be, you will hear directly from us.”

Gosselin remains under contract with TLC and, as such, must seek the network’s approval to attempt other projects, such as a View-like spinoff in the works at Telepictures that features Gosselin and Food Network star Paula Deen. That project remains in the development stage.

ABC to develop comedy with Matthew Perry

ABC announced today that it will develop a sitcom pilot called Mr. Sunshine that will star Matthew Perry. Written by Perry, Alex Barnow, and Marc Firek through Sony, the comedy focuses on a man (Perry) who realizes that, at 40, he can no longer fall back on his charm and sense of humor. His character also manages a local sports stadium in San Diego. Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing) will direct the pilot, which will be executive produced by Perry and Jamie Tarses, the former ABC entertainment president who now operates her own production shingle, Fan Fare. Perry told about the project in October. “We’re trying to do a show that’s really, really funny and can slow down and play some heartfelt moments” Perry said. “All of this stuff originally came from watching a lot of Alan Partridge and the British Office, and just wanting to go be funny again.”

Ratings: 'Two and a Half Men' delivers huge numbers

Despite Charlie Sheen’s recent negative media coverage, ratings for his sitcom are still huge: last night’s episode of Two and a Half Men scored an impressive 17.3 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings. That’s 1 million more viewers than the sitcom’s last new episode, which aired in December. Over on ABC, The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love actually grew about 1 million viewers from last week’s premiere. And Chuck may be one of the lone bright spots in NBC’s line-up as the action-comedy settled into its regular Monday time slot with a solid 7.3 million.

Time Show Viewers (in millions)
8pm House (Fox)
The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love (ABC)
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Chuck (NBC)
One Tree Hill (The CW)
1.2 (repeat)
8:30pm Accidentally on Purpose (CBS) 8.5
9pm Two and a Half Men (CBS)
House (Fox)
Heroes (NBC)
Gossip Girl (The CW)
7.8 (repeat)
0.8 (repeat)
9:30pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 15.8
10pm CSI: Miami (CBS)
Castle (ABC)
The Jay Leno Show (NBC)

Source: Nielsen

Ratings: Quiet holiday week topped by football and 'Desperate Housewives'

The slow holiday week, which was punctuated by the New Year holiday and ended Jan. 3, saw its top program—NBC’s always strong Sunday Night Football—pull in just 16.3 million viewers. You can undoubtedly tell that TV watchers have been distracted by traveling, holiday gatherings, and other merriment—and thus not tuning into as much television—as Sunday Night Football usually draws somewhere closer to 20 million viewers during a regular week. Or it could just be that the football season is blessedly winding down and the fatigue has set in. But still, it could just be that the football audience has been fragmented: The second spot on the week’s list also went to the pigskin game, specifically the Friday night match-up between Florida and Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, which drew 15.5 million viewers.

It isn’t until the No. 3 spot that scripted fare finally shows up, with ABC’s Desperate Housewives nabbing the top non-football slot for the week with 15.3 million viewers. Housewives, which hadn’t had a new episode since early December, was stronger than it had been in more than a year. In fact, the rest of ABC’s Sunday night fare—which includes America’s Funniest Home Videos (10.2 million viewers) at 7 p.m., Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (11.0 million viewers) at 8 p.m., and Brothers & Sisters (10.8 million viewers) at 10 p.m.—all made the Top 20 this week, likely because of the dearth of other original programming.

The lack of original programming also oddly propelled a couple other shows into the Top 20, where they usually don’t land. That’d be Fox’s The Simpsons (8.6 million viewers) at No. 16 and Family Guy (8.2 million viewers) at No. 17, as well as a special The Blind Side-themed edition of ABC’s 20/20 (8.0 million) at No. 19. Besides repeats, the only other notable entries in the Top 20 include the broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors (9.6 million viewers) at No. 14 and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest (8.2 million viewers), which showed up at No. 17 and was the highest-rated New Year’s Eve programming on the broadcast networks.

The full Top 20—complete with viewership totals—is after the jump.



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