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Jason Katims reveals 'Parenthood' series finale date, title

Bust out the tissues, Parenthood fans: The series finale is upon us.

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Mark Hamill gets to be the bad dad in 'Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas'

What is it with Mark Hamill and daddy issues?

Tonight, NBC airs the new animated holiday special Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT) which gives the Star Wars actor a turn at playing the surly father redeemed by his kind-hearted son.

But instead of Luke saving Darth Vader from the dark side, this is Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons as an overgrown elf saving his cranky dad (Hamill) from Santa’s naughty list.

“I’m sort of the Scrooge of the story, who has a big change of heart,” Hamill tells EW. “I thought Jim Parsons did such a great job, he’s so lovable in that part. You had to get somebody who could portray that kind of clueless innocence and without the right Buddy the whole thing falls apart. Luckily for us we had a great Buddy.”

The hour-long special is a stop-motion mash-up of the 2003 film Elf, which starred Will Ferrell and James Caan, and the 2010 Broadway musical, which featured songs by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin.

Hamill talked with EW about voicing the cranky dad, his own yuletide TV favorites, and that one Star Wars Holiday Special that everyone involved pretends doesn’t exist. READ FULL STORY

'The Blacklist' gets NBC post-Super Bowl slot

NBC’s mid-season schedule will stretch out premieres for new and returning shows from the Super Bowl to Easter Sunday.

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Martin Freeman, Kate McKinnon try on the One Ring in 'SNL' promo

While we all know Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films are just movies, it seems Martin Freeman has brought a bit of Middle-earth’s magic to Studio 8H.

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'Peter Pan Live' review: So was it really as bad as you'd hoped?

We were promised hate-watching. We were told that NBC was “counting on” us to tune into Peter Pan Live! just to complain that Allison Williams wasn’t talented enough, or British enough, or Mary Martin enough. We prepped our Twitter jokes about how the dog (a real dog!) was the most natural actor in the whole cast. We waited for the sets to fall apart, for the wires suspending the actors above the stage to break, for Captain Hook’s hook to fly off stage and break some NBC intern’s glasses. We readied our thinkpieces about the uncomfortable implications of Peter flirting with Wendy and also wanting her to be his mother. And then something incredible happened. Peter Pan Live! wasn’t an epic failure. It was something much more shocking to the American public. It was… fine.

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Christopher Walken just wants to dance

“Who is the greatest villain of all time?” demands Christopher Walken, standing aboard a ship’s deck on a Long Island soundstage. An obvious answer would be Walken himself. During his lengthy and mayhem-filled movie career, he has shot an unarmed Dennis Hopper in True Romance, taken out a hit on Andy Garcia in Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, and plotted a watery death for the entire population of Silicon Valley in the Bond movie A View to a Kill. But today, something is very different about Walken. Soon after delivering that line, he begins to sing—wearing full pirate regalia, a long black wig, and a hook on his left hand.

Walken, 71, is rehearsing his role as Captain Hook in Peter Pan Live!—a follow-up to last year’s Carrie Underwood-starring The Sound of Music Live!—which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4 with Allison Williams as the boy who won’t grow up. The role requires Walken to sing around half a dozen songs and execute a tap number. But what does a man best known for playing murderers know about killer dance moves? READ FULL STORY

Tina Fey's NBC comedy moving to Netflix

Netflix has given a rare two-season order to the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was initially slated to debut midseason on NBC.

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'Today' producer Jamie Horowitz reportedly fired over plan to oust anchors

Though NBC fired Today‘s producer Jamie Horowitz on Monday, new details have reportedly shed some light on what lost him his job less than 10 weeks into his tenure at the show.

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'Chicago Fire' scoop: Richard Roundtree cast as Boden's dad

Richard Roundtree has landed a multi-episode arc on Chicago Fire, EW has learned.

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NBC is working on a live 'A Few Good Men'

NBC’s live productions are going from featuring singing Austrian children and a boy who won’t grow up to Marines in legal hot water. The network is reportedly working on mounting a live production of Aaron Sorkin’s play A Few Good MenREAD FULL STORY

Woody Harrelson to host 'Saturday Night Live'

May the odds be ever in his favor: During tonight’s episode, Saturday Night Live revealed that Hunger Games star (and Academy Award nominee) Woody Harrelson will host the show’s Nov. 15 episode. The True Detective will be joined by musical guest Kendrick Lamar.

Both men have appeared on NBC’s sketch program before. Harrelson has hosted SNL twice already, though never yet in the 21st century—his previous stints came in 1989 and 1992. Lamar, meanwhile, made his SNL debut as musical guest in 2013. Lamar is expected to release his third studio album this year; Harrelson’s next movie, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 will hit theaters Nov. 21.

Watch John meet Zed in 'Constantine' sneak peek

Constantine has a lot more on his plate to handle than just a couple of demons.

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Neil Patrick Harris is getting a variety show at NBC (Updated)

Update: NBC has confirmed that Harris will indeed be hosting a series based on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, in a press release. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the show, which “will feature comedy sketches, musical numbers, mini game shows, hidden camera pranks on celebrities and appearances by A-list stars.” It will be filmed in front of a live audience. “As I watched the show, I couldn’t stop smiling. Now that I’ve seen many seasons, my face hurts. It’s a game changer,” Harris said in a statement. “Nothing like this has been done before, and its unique structure fits right into my random skill set. I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and have some fun!”

Original post: Master host Neil Patrick Harris is getting what seems like the perfect gig: According to Vulture, NBC is enlisting Harris for the U.S. version of the British variety show Saturday Night TakeawayREAD FULL STORY

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