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'Bad Judge' premiere react: Pilot lives up to its name in quality, not in spirit

The pilot to Bad Judge feels off. That’s not unexpected for a show that’s already had two showrunners, a heavily revised first episode, and major cast alterations before the pilot has even premiered. Out of all of the behind-the-scenes calamity, though, comes a pilot that looks more like Frankenstein’s Monster than a half-hour comedy. It’s an episode that stitches together parts of completely different concepts in the hopes of making something cohesive, but instead delivers an episode nothing short of erratic.

In the patchwork of a pilot, Bad Judge is missing just about every key ingredient—coherent plotting, concrete characterization, and, most importantly, actual jokes.

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'The Office' star Angela Kinsey lands recurring role on 'Bad Judge'

The Office’s Angela Kinsey is returning to NBC on its new upcoming series Bad Judge.

The comedy stars Kate Walsh as the sexually unapologetic, well-respected judge Rebecca, whose personal life is often messier than the criminals she sentences.

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NBC orders 'Peter Pan'-inspired comedy told from Wendy's point of view

NBC can’t get enough of Peter Pan, it seems. While the network is currently underway on a live-action musical version of the classic tale, NBC has now also ordered a modern-day, half-hour comedy loosely based on J.M. Barrie’s characters Wendy and Peter.

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Go behind the scenes of NBC's new supernatural series 'Constantine'

Just in time for Halloween, NBC is about to get a little bit spookier thanks to its new supernatural series, Constantine.

Based on the DC Comics property Hellblazer, Constantine stars Matt Ryan as the titular con man-turned-occult detective who begrudgingly keeps dark forces at bay as he struggles with the sins of his past.

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NBC renews 'The Sing-Off' for fifth season (Updated)

NBC’s a cappella competition, The Sing-Off, will return for a fifth season, EW has confirmed.

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PBS leads the pack at News and Documentary Emmys

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PBS won 11 awards at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards followed close behind by CBS with 10. Four of PBS’s prizes came from Frontline programs, and two from Independent Lens, including the Oscar-nominated The Invisible War, about sexual assault in the military. The Invisible War won both the Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form and Best Documentary Emmys.  READ FULL STORY

Poll: What's your pick for the best 'Saturday Night Live' sketch?

You’ve seen our picks—and now it’s your turn to decide the best of the best.

Are you wookin’ pa nub in all da wong paces, partying on, or begging for more cowbell? Do you have a softer spot for Gherahld Fhhhhord or Blaaarrrfingar? Can you see Russia from your house, or spy Colonel Angus approaching the plantation, or fit everything you need in your very own lockbox? Do you drive a Dodge Stratus?!

If so—or even if you’re like, really into “The Denise Show” for some reason—make your voice heard by voting below. And hey, if you’d like to fight for a sketch that didn’t make the cut, that’s an option too. READ FULL STORY

NBC and Adam Sandler adapting '80s satire 'Real Genius' into workplace comedy

NBC has come up with a really smart idea for their next workplace comedy.

The Peacock network is teaming with up Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment and Sony TV to reboot the 1985 film Real Genius as a comedy series. The original movie starred Val Kilmer as a college senior working on a chemical laser at the fictitious Pacific Tech University. The NBC reboot however will be a modern-day workplace comedy focusing on the relationship of two incompatible co-workers.

NBC has given the project written by Craig DiGregorio (Workaholics) and David King (Parks and Recreation) a script commitment plus penalty. 

These are the best sketches from each season of 'Saturday Night Live'

Before we begin, an explanation: This is not a list of the 39 best SNL sketches of all time.

Any institution that lasts as long as Saturday Night Live has—and that experiences as much cast and writer turnover as Saturday Night Live does—will necessarily have stronger years and leaner years. In SNL‘s case, the difference between eras can be especially stark; you’re more likely to laugh at a meh John Belushi sketch than you are at even the finest display of Charles Rocket’s talents. Given that fact, it’s easy for a simple “best sketches ever” list to focus only on the best-known work of SNL‘s biggest stars (your Will Ferrells, your Eddies Murphy) while totally ignoring its less memorable seasons—which also means that such a list won’t really provide an overview of the show’s long, tangled, uneven history.

Thus this: In honor of the show’s upcoming 40th season, EW‘s team of SNL experts has assembled an inventory of each individual season’s best sketch. You’ll find many familiar picks below, as well as more obscure selections—and, perhaps, the absence of a few sure things. (There’s no “Celebrity Jeopardy,” for example, both because those sketches aired during a particularly fertile period—how can you pick even Turd Ferguson over “More Cowbell”?—and because we included one of them in a magazine feature called “Build a Perfect SNL Episode.”) Scroll through—and don’t forget to vote for your favorite one by 5 p.m. ET Sept. 26 at our poll here.

Season 1, 1975–1976
“Word Association,” Dec. 13, 1975
What kind of janitorial company gives job applicants a racist psychological test? The one Saturday Night Live invented for one of the most audacious two-minute segments in TV history. Even nearly 40 years later, Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor’s tense pas de deux (“Jungle bunny!” “Honky!”…”N—–!” “Dead honky!”) is just as sharp as it was in the ’70s—not to mention every bit as uncomfortably funny. READ FULL STORY

'Chicago Fire' shocker: Find out who died and what's next

This story contains major spoilers from the Chicago Fire premiere. 

Chicago Fire did not waste any time revealing who didn’t make it out of that burning building alive.

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John Krasinski returns to NBC with two comedies in development

His days as Jim from The Office may be over, but John Krasinski is still firmly rooted at NBC, this time as producer.

EW confirms that Krasinski and his production shingle, Sunday Night, sold two comedies to NBC in an overall deal with Universal TV. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will executive produce both single-camera, untitled projects, working closely with Sunday Night’s Mike Sablone.

The first project comes from writer Shawn Wines and executive producer Aaron Kaplan, and focuses on a failed law student who turns to a career in garbage collecting in New York City. The second project is written by writing duo Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan, and focuses on a middle-aged ad executive who starts his own agency in his garage from the ground up after being let go from his job.

Krasinski is not expected to star in either of the projects.

'SVU' first look: Amaro and Rollins are icy after his demotion

Amaro and Rollins ‘shippers are in for some bad news: It looks like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s budding couple are on the rocks now that Amaro is no longer on the SVU squad.

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'Bad Judge' taps Betsy Thomas to showrun after Liz Brixius' departure

Bad Judge has found a new showrunner: Betsy Thomas has been tapped to takeover duties for Liz Brixius, who exited the new NBC comedy earlier this month, EW has confirmed.

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