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NBC renews 'Food Fighters' for season 2

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Food Fighters, the reality competition series that host Adam Richman describes as a “culinary Mortal Kombat,  has been renewed for a second season by NBC. READ FULL STORY

Is the end near for doomsday TV? NBC orders apocalypse dramedy series

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Are we nearing the end of the post-apocalyptic TV drama boom?

NBC has ordered a dramedy series titled Apocalypse that stars Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer and Matthew Baynton. The set-up: A comet is on an unavoidable collision course toward Earth and one extended family must navigate the societal chaos that ensues. Characters include “a foul-mouthed priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a mild-mannered bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist, a five-star general and a child who (possibly) rose from the dead.”

They say that parodies signal the coming demise of a popular genre; see also how 1980’s Airplane! crashed the airline disaster movie streak, 1974’s Blazing Saddles was credited with largely shooting down the western, and 2000’s Scary Movie franchise coincided with a creative slump in the horror genre (with some notable exceptions, like 2002’s The Ring). Somehow, I suspect this quasi-spoof will not quite be a modern-day Blazing Saddles in terms of its cultural impact—but comedy has been increasingly making its way into the post-apocalyptic genre lately, like with last year’s This is the End and The World’s End. (Not to mention The Last Man on Earth, which debuts on Fox in March.)  READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Rec' boss dissects Leslie and Ron's big showdown

All is finally right again in Pawnee.

When Parks and Recreation returned for its final season, many fans were disheartened to learn that Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) and Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) were now enemies. How could one of the best non-romantic dynamic duos on television suddenly turn on each other?

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How will 'Parks and Recreation' ultimately end?

After seven glorious season filled with waffles and bacon, the adventures of Johnny Karate and Burt Macklin, the life and death of Li’l Sebastian and Leslie Knope’s (Amy Poehler) shiny demeanor, Parks and Recreation will soon go off the air for good.

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'Chicago Fire'-'Chicago P.D.' crossover first look: Shay’s killer targets Dawson

The upcoming Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. crossover will be very dangerous for everyone as the teams get closer to tracking down arsonist Elliot Gish (Robert Knepper), who was responsible for Shay’s death. Though, it’s Dawson who should really be worried after she is specifically targeted by Gish in the trailer below. Will the teams be able to bring Gish to justice?

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Ellen DeGeneres' new NBC comedy is not just a lesbian show

NBC’s new comedy One Big Happy stars Elisha Cuthbert and Nick Zano as best friends Lizzy and Luke, who decide to have a child together right before Luke meets the love of his life in Prudence (Kelly Brook) and quickly gets hitched lest his British bride get deported. Oh, and Lizzy happens to be a lesbian. And famed lesbian Ellen DeGeneres happens to be one of the executive producers.

Much like the struggles faced by Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal, the assumption is that the comedy will be all about gay humor—though Lizzy does wear far too much flannel in the series premiere—but DeGeneres and series creator Liz Feldman insist the series is much more than that.

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Anna Friel swaps colorful 'Pushing Daisies' for NBC's gritty 'Odyssey'

Long before Zooey Deschanel brought New Girl‘s critically adored Jessica Day to life, Anna Friel was a ray of sunshine as Charlotte “Chuck” Charles on Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies, the colorful, but short-lived ABC series that was surprisingly upbeat for a story about death. Chuck, who was brought back to life by her childhood sweetheart Ned (Lee Pace), really was the original adorkably beautiful brunette.

But now, Friel will bring a very different character to life on NBC’s Odyssey, a gritty drama in which a U.S. soldier Odelle Ballard (Friel) uncovers a computer file that suggests a U.S. corporation is funding Jihadists, which leads to her entire unit being wiped out as she attempts to make the conspiracy public.

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Dolly Parton signs development deal with NBC

Dolly Parton is headed to NBC. The Queen of Country has signed a development deal with the company for a slate of two-hour TV movies.

The movies will be based on the songs, stories, and life of the country legend. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said they’ll be “uplifting” and for the whole family—a genre “largely untapped” on television. READ FULL STORY

NBC plans Stevie Wonder-produced miniseries about the Underground Railroad

NBC announced that it is producing an eight-hour miniseries about love stories on the Underground Railroad, with Stevie Wonder serving as executive producer.

The miniseries, titled Freedom Run, is an adaptation of Betty DeRamus’s 2005 book Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad. It will focus on three “specific epic journeys and love stories, each based on actual people,” according to NBC. READ FULL STORY

NBC has a theory why 'Peter Pan' flopped (and it's not their fault)

Peter Pan Live! had the makings of a hit after the success of The Sound of Music—Christopher Walken as a singing and dancing Captain Hook! Allison Williams to draw the millennials! But NBC’s second attempt at a live production fell far from what was expected of it. Who’s to blame for the low ratings of Peter Pan Live?

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Eva Longoria to portray diva TV star in NBC series

NBC has given a 13-episode order to a single-camera comedy starring Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria, the network announced during the Television Critics Association’s winter TV previews.

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'Chuck' alum Zachary Levi to star in 'Heroes Reborn'

Zachary Levi has signed on to star in NBC’s Heroes Reborn, EW has confirmed.

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'Parks and Recreation': Inside the futuristic farewell season -- and final days on set

So this is what the end of Pawnee looks like. Hugs upon hugs, each longer than the last. Announcement after announcement that another actor—Henry Winkler as Dr. Saperstein! Helen Slayton-Hughes as Ethel Beavers! Jon Glaser as Jeremy Jamm!—has just finished his or her last day of shooting, resulting in more hugs. Amy Poehler sweetly coaching her young sons to say into the camera, “That’s a wrap on Parks and Recreation!” Nick Offerman’s parents sitting stoically in director’s chairs. (“One last chance to see our clumsy magic,” explains the good son.) Aubrey Plaza in zombie makeup. Jim O’Heir sobbing through his final lines as the cast reads the finale script aloud. (Dammit, Jerry! We’re trying to hold it together here!) READ FULL STORY

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