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Anna Kendrick, Seth Rogen to host 'Saturday Night Live'

It’s been awhile since NBC aired three new SNL episodes in a row — but the network announced Wednesday that after its current hiatus, the sketch show will return with a vengeance.

On March 29, previously announced host Louis C.K. will return to helm the show a second time. He’ll be joined by just-divulged musical guest Sam Smith, an English singer/songwriter whose debut album, In the Lonely Hour, will be released in the U.S. on June 17.

April 5 will see an SNL debut: Oscar nominee (and Pitch Perfect star) Anna Kendrick will host the show for the first time, with musical guest Pharrell Williams (making his first solo appearance on the show). Kendrick has several films coming out later this year, included the highly anticipated musicals The Last Five Years and Into the Woods. Williams, whose Oscar-nominated tune “Happy” is still topping the charts, released his last album, G I R L, earlier this month.

Finally, Seth Rogen will return to host for a third time April 12, with musical guest Ed Sheeran. Rogen’s comedy Neighbors, which costars Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, hits theaters May 9. Taylor Swift pal Sheeran is making his debut as musical guest; he plans to premiere the first single from his second album on SNL.

'The Voice' announces Chris Martin joining show via Snapchat

Contestants on The Voice are getting double the coaching this season as Coldplay’s Chris Martin joins the show to help Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine coach their teams.

News of Martin’s involvement was first announced yesterday through Snapchat. At around 8 p.m. Tuesday night, The Voice’s Twitter sent out a post instructing followers to add “nbcthevoice” to their Snapchat contacts.

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Anthony LaPaglia to lead CBS terrorism drama, Josh Lucas cast in NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura'

Three faces familiar to TV viewers have been confirmed as joining broadcast drama pilots slated for next season.

Anthony LaPaglia is returning to CBS to lead the network’s untitled terrorism drama from Nikki Toscano (Revenge) and Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel). The actor, who could be seen on Without a Trace for seven seasons, will play a retired CIA operative-turned-high school football coach. When a catastrophic event hits Washington, D.C., he is pulled back into action to investigate the new generation of terrorists.

LaPaglia won a Golden Globe and earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as Jack Malone on CBS’s Without a Trace. He also won an Emmy for a guest spot on Frasier.

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'The Voice': Contestant pairings, song choices for first battle rounds -- EXCLUSIVE

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The blind auditions may be over for season 6 of NBC’s The Voice but as fans of the show know, the competition is just getting started. This Monday, contestants will compete in the first night of this season’s battle rounds, and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at which contestants will be going head-to-head and what songs they’ll be singing.

Read on to find out which contestants you can expect to see battling it out this coming Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on The Voice:
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Pablo Schreiber is returning to 'Law & Order: SVU' -- EXCLUSIVE

Paging Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay): your worst nightmare (yes, that worst nightmare) is about to come back.

EW has learned that Pablo Schreiber — who made Detective Benson’s life a living hell at the beginning of Law & Order: SVU‘s 15th season as psychotic killer rapist William Lewis — is returning to incite another round of terror. This time, his victim will be a 12-year-old girl, whom he’ll hold hostage with the intent of luring Benson back back into his clutches.

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NBC sets finale dates for 'Community,' 'Blacklist,' 'The Voice,' more

NBC has announced finale dates for several of its series, including breakout hit The Blacklist, Community, and singing competition The Voice. The network previously announced the April 24 date for the season finale of Parks and Recreation, which will feature a guest spot from first lady Michelle Obama.

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'About a Boy': Jason Katims, David Walton, and Minnie Driver talk new episodes, upcoming guest stars

When you’re really good at something, it’s easy to have an ego. Jason Katims is really good at taking films, like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and turning them into successful shows for NBC.

Luckily, Katims’ ego is in check and he’s moved over to the lighter side with the new comedy About a Boy, based on the 2002 film (which in turn was based on the Nick Hornby novel) about a man-child and the actual child he befriends next door. EW was at a special screening of two upcoming episodes of the series with Katims and stars David Walton and Minnie Driver. The trio talked about exciting guest stars for both FNL and Arrested Development fans, what else to expect for the remainder of the first season, and the creative benefits of working on television versus film. READ FULL STORY

'Growing Up Fisher' clip: Joyce Fisher gets asked out -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tuesday night marks NBC sitcom Growing Up Fisher‘s third episode, and we have a first look at what the quirky family is up to this week.

In the clip, Joyce is overjoyed when a supermarket employee asks her out. She says no (“Ouch. Lost to a Lean Cuisine,” the employee replies) — until her daughter (played by Ava Deluca-Verley) shows up, causing her to question her decision. Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Crisis' sneak peek: 'They want all of us' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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On March 16, NBC will premiere Crisis, the new drama starring Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, Lance Gross, and Rachael Taylor, which imagines what powerful parents can be convinced to do when their children are in danger. Below, watch a sneak peek of the ambush that sets the story in motion during a field trip for the students of Ballard High — the children of Washington, D.C.’s elite, among them the president’s son. READ FULL STORY

NBC's 'Believe': Watch the first two minutes

What perfect timing for Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar win! The newly minted Best Director will see his next project, NBC’s sci-fi drama Believe, premiere just over a week after the Academy Awards were held. And in the video below, featuring the first two minutes of the pilot that Cuaron co-wrote and directed, NBC is not shy in hyping the talent behind the camera:

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NBC's 'Constantine' completes series regular casting

NBC’s Constantine centers around John Constantine, a supernatural detective who finds himself having to defend the world against dark forces. The hour-long drama is based on characters from DC Comics and stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine. And now, the show has completed its series regular casting by adding three more name to the call sheet.

Sons of Anarchy‘s Harold Perrineau has joined the cast as Manny, “an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine.” Manny is described as having the ability to “step into other people’s bodies.” His role is mainly to observe, but he is known to take action if it means saving a life.

Next up, True Blood‘s Lucy Griffiths has also joined the cast. Griffiths will play Liv, “an offbeat young lady who finds herself teamed up with Constantine after she’s marked for death by a powerful demon.” Liv’s ability to see the supernatural among the human makes her a hot commodity in the war against evil.

Finally, True Detective‘s Charles Halford will play Chas, “Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion.” Chas is known for his survival skills, which might not be human after all.

Bonnie Bedelia talks 'Parenthood,' why she won't do 'Die Hard'

Bonnie Bedelia has a message for those Die Hard producers: Dudes, youz ageist!

On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the Parenthood star who plays matriarch Camille Braverman talks about why we’ll probably never see her reprise her iconic role as Holly McClane in the Die Hard series. She also talks about Camille’s meaty story arc this season — her best one yet.

Also on tonight’s show: Mark Green promotes his latest talk show that airs on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, and Jeff “Doc” Jensen shares his feelings about NBC’s decision to bring back Heroes. (Hint: he’s kinda sorta optimistic).

Here’s a bit from my talk with Bonnie:

Inside TV airs at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.

Meredith Vieira will fill in for Bob Costas in prime time -- VIDEO

Lauer: You’re out. Vieira: You’re in.

The former Today anchor will make history Friday as the first solo woman ever to anchor NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage. She’ll be succeeding Matt Lauer, who first stepped in for ailing colleague Bob Costas earlier this week. (NBC says that though Costas’s eye infection has improved, he’s still “not quite ready to do the show.”)

“It’s so funny — I woke up this morning and I was feeling fine. And now my eyes are killing me,” Vieira joked on NBC’s morning show Friday. “I watched you guys [Lauer and Al Roker] attempt the luge. I think I’m going blind. And I’m really worried because I have to go prime time tonight.”

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