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Exclusive: 'Californication' scores Lenny Kravitz's daughter

zoe-kravitzImage Credit: Charles Norfleet/PR PhotosReady to feel old? Zoe Kravitz, aka the daughter of rocker Lenny and onetime Cosby kid Lisa Bonet, is now old enough to be guest-starring on a show as racy as Showtime’s Californication! READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: Sarah Wayne Callies Joins 'Walking Dead'

sarah-wayne-calliesImage Credit: David Livingston/Getty ImagesThis just in: Prison Break fave Sarah Wayne Callies has just scored the female lead in AMC’s eagerly anticipated The Walking Dead series, based on Robert Kirkman’s megapopular comic books! READ FULL STORY

First Look: Rob Lowe shakes up 'Parks and Recreation'

parks-and-recreationImage Credit: Danny Feld/NBCThe exiting Brothers & Sisters actor joins the NBC comedy next month as one of two state employees (the other being Party Down‘s Adam Scott) brought in to fix Pawnee’s budgetary crisis. Executive producer Michael Schur likens it to “an action movie where the FBI shows up and the local cops say, ‘This is our jurisdiction! And the FBI says, ‘Not anymore!'” But Lowe’s character, Chris Traeger, wins everyone over with his “very optimistic, positive, forward-thinking” attitude, explains Schur, who hints that he “very quickly falls into a romantic entanglement” with one of the locals. “I don’t want to spoil who it is because it’s kind of a surprise.”

Exclusive: 'House' boss on Huddy, Luddy, and NEXT season's big mystery!

houseImage Credit: Mike Yarish/FoxHouse‘s season 6 finale airs in less than a month, so what better time to get executive producer Katie Jacobs on the horn for a quick status report on Huddy, Luddy, and all things in between? That was meant as a rhetorical question but I’ll go ahead and answer it anyway: There is no better time, silly! READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: 'Friday Night Lights' recruits new BFF for Tami

fnl-castingImage Credit: Paul Drinkwater/ NBCFriday Night Lights is finally giving Tami Taylor some friends. Well, a friend. Hey, it’s a start. READ FULL STORY

'Gossip Girl' exclusive: Jenny goes [major spoiler alert]!

jennyImage Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CWSpotted: Absolutely no sign of Taylor Momsen (Jenny) when Gossip Girl returns next season. READ FULL STORY

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on 'True Blood,' 'Lost,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's,' 'Castle,' and more!

ask-ausielloImage Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO; Art Streiber/ABC; Michael Desmond/ABCGot a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to ausielloscoop@ew.com

Question: Will Grey’s Anatomy address Izzie’s whereabouts at all? Or are they just going to pretend she never existed now that Katherine Heigl isn’t returning? —Mickey
Ausiello:
They’re definitely not going to pretend she never existed. In fact, I’m told the Izzie issue will be addressed during May sweeps. For her part, Katherine Heigl thinks her Jan. 21 farewell — while not originally intended to be her last episode — oddly works as a bookend to Izzie’s story. “Even though there’s a part of me that would like to go back and do the quick Izzie farewell,” she says, “I also think that my last scene — where Meredith says to Izzie, ‘Don’t go, we’re your family,’ and Izzie’s response was, ‘No you’re not, you’re just a bunch of people I worked with, and I can find that anywhere’ — was kind of tragic and appropriate all at the same time. When I was playing the scene I was really trying to convey that, for Izzie, that was a lie that she had to tell herself to have the courage to move on.”

Question: I’m on my hands and knees begging for some True Blood news! —Nick
Ausiello:
The show is currently shooting episode 6, penned by executive producer Alan Ball. And guess what? It contains what Ball describes as an “intense” Sookie/Eric moment. “Let’s put it this way,” he adds, “I think people will have strong feelings about it.” In possibly related news, Ball told TV Guide that “Sookie is sexually drawn to [Eric] because she’s had his blood. But there is another reason he’s drawn to her, one that will be revealed this season.” READ FULL STORY

'As the World Turns' sneak peek: Julianne Moore's April 5 return

CBS announced today that Julianne Moore will return to As the World Turns on April 5. The news was first reported by EW.com. Moore’s appearance will be a walk-on; she’ll greet her character’s parents and wish them well.

The Oscar-nominated actress got her start on ATWT in 1985 by playing half-sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes – a depiction that earned her a Daytime Emmy in 1988, the year she left the show. ATWT will end its 54-year-run in September. Here’s a sneak peek of her reunion: READ FULL STORY

'24' exclusive: Eriq La Salle lands UN-credible arc

eriq-la-salleImage Credit: Tony Lowe/PR Photos24 is bringing in a TV veteran to help save Jack’s latest (and now it looks like last) bad day: Eriq La Salle has signed on to appear in this season’s final two episodes, sources confirm to me exclusively. READ FULL STORY

Pilot Intel: Carrie Fisher, Cheryl Hines join ABC's 'Wright vs. Wrong'

Carrie Fisher and Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Cheryl Hines have joined the cast of the ABC pilot Wright vs. Wrong, sources confirm. Written by MadTV alum Stephnie Weir, the project stars Debra Messing as a right-wing political pundit. Hines plays her liberal rival and Fisher her manager.

'Days of Our Lives' picked up for another season

days-of-our-livesImage Credit: NBCNBC’s not ready to say goodbye to the daytime soap genre just yet. The network just announced today that it picked up Days of our Lives for its 45th season, which will keep the sudser on the network through the 2010-11 television season. The show is averaging 3.3 million viewers — up 10 percent over last season — and is tied for second place among women 18-49 and women 18-34. Says Bruce Evans, the network’s senior vice president of drama programming, “The producers, cast and crew have worked tirelessly to make Days the ratings success it is today. Today’s renewal is a true testament to all of their hard work. We could not be more delighted for them and for the multiple generations of fiercely loyal Days of our Lives fans.”

Days will celebrate its 45th anniversary on Nov. 8.

Word of the pickup on Days couldn’t have come at a better time for the ailing soap opera genre, which is preparing for the departure of As the World Turns in September. With more fans abandoning the day part (total viewer averages for soaps on the Big Three have dropped 20 percent since 1999), the networks have been in cost-cutting mode lately, with many of the daytime actors having to take hefty pay cuts. Even Days now operates under a lean $1 million-per-week budget after dropping pricey stars like Deidre Hall.

But there can be an upside to making soaps leaner and meaner. NBC co-chairman Marc Graboff told EW in January that “when you force budget cuts, you force creative decisions that are good for the show.”

'FlashForward' returns to ABC, but attracts small audience

Though sci-fi geeks were treated to a new two-hour episode of FlashForward last night, not many chose to watch: The freshman drama on ABC only averaged a 1.9 rating/8 share among adults 18-49 and attracted a measly 6.54 million viewers overall, according to fast nationals. (Final numbers will be released later today.) That’s lower than what the series was able to attract from its last new episode on Dec. 3 (2.1/6, 7.06 million). It also did a (bad) number on the 9-10 p.m. timeslot compared to what Grey’s Anatomy was able to lure last week (6.48 million versus 10.94 million).

Clearly, these ratings don’t bode well for the struggling franchise, which is now on its third showrunner, and was already operating at a deficit in the ratings. (It lost 43 percent of its viewers last fall.) And it’s never good for a serialized show like FlashForward to come back after such a long hiatus. (In this case, it was three and half months.) That’s why ABC made the decision long ago to begin running Lost later in its season and without interruption. As is the case with most high-concept shows, however, FlashForward could see some improvement in its ratings when reports from DVR usage come in later.

ABC has yet to decide whether to pick up a second season of the show.

The network was still able to crow that it had the No. 1 non-sports program, since Fox aired a repeat of Bones and FlashForward beat NBC’s low-rated lineup of original comedies. CBS took the night with the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

For more on FlashForward:
FlashForward recap: Moving things along
Will overseas fans save FlashForward?

Ashley Tisdale joins CW pilot about cheerleaders

ashley-tisdaleImage Credit: Bob Charlotte / PR PhotosAshley Tisdale has finally graduated from high school! The CW confirmed today that the High School Musical alum is joining the cast of Hellcats, a dramedy in the works for fall from executive producers Kevin Murphy and Tom Welling. (Yep, that Tom Welling from Smallville.) Think Bring it On — the ensemble drama focuses on the world of competitive college cheerleading.

Hellcats is one six dramas the CW is developing for its fall lineup. The others include Betwixt (a thriller based on the novel of the same name), Nikita (an update of La Femme Nikita), Nomads (young backpackers earn money overseas by working for the CIA), an untitled project from Amy Holden Jones (about Harvard Medical School students), and an untitled project that takes place in Wyoming (a sudser about a family living on a horse farm).

More: Lynette Rice’s full coverage of TV pilot season.


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