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'Heroes Reborn: Digital Series' launching in conjunction with reboot

One week after asking viewers to submit their own sitcom ideas, NBC is again expanded its original programming, but this time online.

Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, an online prequel in conjunction with the previously announced Heroes miniseries from executive producer Tim Kring, will be among the first series to debut on NBC.com as part of the network’s new original online video initiative announced Tuesday. Also launching is an interactive series about the super fans who wait in the Saturday Night Live standby line, Saturday Night Line. READ FULL STORY

'Rosemary's Baby' trailer: Zoe Saldana is the 'chosen' one -- VIDEO

In the first trailer for the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, Zoe Saldana’s Rosemary Woodhouse couldn’t be happier to become a mom — until she’s not so sure just what is growing inside her.

The four-hour miniseries — airing in two installments on Sunday, May 11, and Thursday, May 15, at 9 p.m. on NBC — is based on Ira Levin’s 1967 novel, which also spawned (sorry) an Oscar-winning Roman Polanski film in 1968. Alongside Saldana, the new incarnation stars Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as her husband who makes a literal deal with the devil.

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Rosemary's Baby' miniseries air dates announced

Just in time for Mother’s Day: NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby four-hour miniseries will air Sunday, May 11, and Thursday, May 15, from 9 to 11 p.m. each night.

The miniseries is an adaption of the 1967 novel by Ira Levin and stars Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (Suits). The story centers on a young married couple who move into a haunted Paris apartment and after getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious her husband and neighbors will have ulterior motives when the baby is born. The book was also turned into an Oscar-winning 1968 Roman Polanski film.

'Parenthood': Matt Lauria previews Ryan's emotional return (and a Luke Cafferty appearance?)

If the previews for this week’s penultimate episode of Parenthood tell us anything, it’s that we’re going to need even more tissues than normal. And a key factor in that tear-jerking equation is, of course, the return of fan favorite (and love of Amber’s life) Ryan.

Last we saw Ryan, he was re-enlisting after having come to the realization that he is and always will be a soldier. And as an effect of that decision, he and Amber broke off their engagement. But now, after weeks of Amber drowning her sorrows in ice cream and pot, Ryan is back. Even worse? He’s injured.

We don’t know much other than that, but we caught up with Matt Lauria to talk about Ryan’s reunion with Amber, his potential future on the show, and the theoretical appearance of his Friday Night Lights character Luke Cafferty (because why not?): READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' 2014 Tour announced

The spinny chairs will be put into storage and Blake Shelton and Adam Levine will have to move their man-crush to Twitter, but the music won’t end once The Voice crowns a season 6 champion.

The Voice 2014 Tour will visit 31 cities across the country this summer, with this season’s top performers and fan favorites from years past hitting the stage. Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin, runner-up Jacquie Lee, and third-place finisher Will Champlin are confirmed, along with the memorable Dia Frampton from season 1. They’ll be joined by the Top 3 singers from season 6, who will be decided on the May 20 finale of the NBC singing competition.

Rounding out the roster will be a to-be-determined fan favorite, who will be chosen in May via social media. READ FULL STORY

NBC asks viewers for better sitcom ideas

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Got an idea for a sitcom? NBC wants to hear from you.

The broadcast network announced “an unprecedented effort to discover fresh comedic voices” on Tuesday by launching a national campaign offering aspiring comedy writers from around the country the chance to pitch their sitcom ideas.

“We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business,” said NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke. READ FULL STORY

'Good Morning America' says goodbye to Josh Elliott -- VIDEO

Good Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott’s defection from ABC to NBC Sports was made public on Sunday, giving the 42-year-old journalist no time to say goodbye to viewers. His morning show colleagues, however, made a point to bid farewell with a highlight reel of Elliott’s best — and silliest — moments behind the GMA desk. The clip, which includes his easy rapport with kids and one unfortunate incident with a kinkajou, aired Thursday morning. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' postmortem: Tracy Spiridakos on killing [spoiler] and Charlie's character arc

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen last night’s episode of Revolution, “Austin City Limits,” stop reading now.

Over its past season and a half, Revolution has proved that it’s not shy about killing off characters — even some of the most prominent inhabitants of its postapocalyptic world. (R.I.P. Danny Matheson, Ben Matheson, and Maggie Foster.)

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NBC reveals summer premiere dates for Amy Poehler series, Bill Lawrence's 'Undateable,' more

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NBC has announced summer premiere dates for its programs, including six new scripted originals and one alternative series.

Half-hour comedy Welcome to Sweden, executive produced by Amy Poehler and starring her brother Greg Poehler, will premiere July 10 at 9:30 p.m. ET, and Undateable, the comedy from Cougar Town boss Bill Lawrence, will debut Thursday, May 29, at 9 p.m. with back-to-back half-hour episodes each week. Other new entries include The Night Shift, Crossbones, Taxi Brooklyn (starring Grey’s Anatomy alum Chyler Leigh), and Working the Engels. New unscripted series Food Fighters, featuring America’s best amateur cooks putting signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs, will join the lineup of NBC’s alternative mainstays, such as America’s Got Talent and Last Comic Standing.

Premieres for the new seasons of Last Comic Standing (Thursday, May 22, at 9 p.m.), America’s Got Talent (Tuesday, May 27, 8 p.m.), and American Ninja Warrior (Monday, May 26, at 9 p.m.) were previously announced.

The new series’ premiere dates and times are below: READ FULL STORY

NBC releases really, really short 'Rosemary's Baby' teaser -- VIDEO

NBC has released a teaser for its upcoming miniseries Rosemary’s Baby —  but with an 11-second run-time, it doesn’t tell us much besides the fact that Rosemary’s baby is a crier.

Zoe Saldana and Suits’ Patrick J. Adams will star in the series, expected to air this summer. Check out the teaser below: READ FULL STORY

'Last Comic Standing' adds judges Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans; J.B. Smoove to host

Wannabe comedy stars looking to make it big via NBC’s Last Comic Standing are going to have to win over a few icons first.

Roseanne Barr and Keenen Ivory Wayans will serve as celebrity judges on the eighth season of the reality competition, set to premiere May 22 at 9 p.m. ET. International comic superstar Russell Peters will join them at the judges’ table, while J.B. Smoove has been tapped as host. Wanda Sykes will serve as an executive producer on the season’s 13 one-hour episodes.

After a four-year hiatus, Last Comic Standing returns to NBC with a new format, too. The season will open with invitation-only auditions. A pool of 100 comics will be whittled down to 20; those contestants will compete in semifinal rounds. The Top 10 will move into “challenge rounds,” which will test the competitors’ sketch, improv and stand-up skills, as well as their ability to work both alone and in teams.

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'Rosemary's Baby': First three images from the NBC miniseries -- PHOTOS

Zoe Saldana is about to go through one hell of an onscreen pregnancy.

The actress is starring in the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling novel by Ira Levin about a woman who becomes pregnant with the devil’s spawn. The four-hour series centers on young couple Rosemary (Saldana) and Guy (Suits star Patrick J. Adams), who move next door to a satanic coven. Above is the first poster promoting the reboot and below are EW’s exclusive images from the series, which come with the tagline “fear is born.”

The NBC miniseries shifts the story to Paris, which differs from the novel and Roman Polanski’s classic 1968 film version, starring Mia Farrow, which were set in New York. In the poster, the Eiffel Tower can be seen in the background, while Saldana sports a very Farrow-esque pixie cut. As for that retro-looking baby buggy…maybe the devil prefers vintage?

See the exclusive images below:

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NBC renews 'Grimm,' plus 2 more dramas

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NBC renewed three dramas Wednesday for another season: Sophomore procedural Chicago Fire, its freshman spinoff Chicago P.D. and Grimm, which will head into a fourth season.

The network previously picked up break out hit The Blacklist and fan favorite comedy Parks and Recreation as well as reality series The Voice and Celebrity Apprentice.

All three of the newly renewed dramas were predicted to return, though P.D. is doing pretty modestly in the ratings. Absent from the drama pickups list: Parenthood, Revolution and Hannibal. Of those three, Parenthood is considered very likely to come back.

Chicago Fire has averaged a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49 so far this season on Tuesday nights when including seven days of DVR playback. Chicago P.D. is averaging a 2.5 on Wednesdays. And on Friday nights, Grimm is holding up the fort with a 2.5.

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