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'American Ninja Warrior' producer: How Kacy Catanzaro changed our show forever

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Could the first American to beat NBC’s Ninja Warrior course be a woman?

Ex-gymnast Kacy Catanzaro first shattered American Ninja Warrior’s plexiglass ceiling by becoming the first female competitor in six seasons to complete the show’s brutal preliminary obstacle course. Then she completed the show’s near-insane semi-finals course to secure a spot in the upcoming Las Vegas finals. The 24-year-old’s inspiring performance became an online sensation, racking up 8 million views on YouTube alone. (If you’re a woman, it makes you want to go the gym. If you’re a man, it makes you really want to go the gym).

Catanzaro is set to run the national finals course on NBC, which begins its Las Vegas coverage tonight (with repeats airing Tuesdays on Esquire Network). We spoke with the show’s executive producer Kent Weed about the history of female competitors on the show and the delicate issue of the contest’s built-in gender skew — the competition favors men, yet it’s the unrelenting physical challenge of the course that also make the contest uniquely inspiring and has led to Catanzaro becoming a break-out star.

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'Devil's Advocate' TV series in development at NBC

A legal drama based on a movie ,featuring the devil? Definitely sounds like a TV series pitch.

Warner Bros. TV is developing a prime-time version of the 1997 Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino film The Devil’s Advocate for NBC, EW has confirmed. The movie, based on a novel by Andrew Neiderman, starred Reeves as an ambitious young attorney hired by a law firm ruled by a particularly devilish senior partner (Pacino)—sort of like The Firm with Satan instead of a mob boss.

A potential downside: Satanic TV projects haven’t been doing so hot lately. ABC’s 666 Park Ave. lasted less than one season, while NBC’s own Rosemary’s Baby reboot flopped. There’s also the viability question: Does this concept really work as a weekly series? Still, with its law firm setting, Devil’s Advocate has a procedural element that could make it more viable than those other two recent titles.

'The Blacklist' nabs 'Americans' star Lee Tergesen

Mary-Louise Parker hasn’t even appeared on The Blacklist yet—and already she’s getting a love interest.

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Chuck Todd takes over hosting duties on 'Meet the Press'

Chuck Todd has been named the new host of Meet the Press, EW has confirmed.

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NBC's new pilot 'A to Z' is available to stream online

Waiting for September/October in order to watch fall pilots is one of the more challenging things television addicts have to face every year. That, and dealing with the grief of losing a character that they love. But the good news is that there’s a solution for the first problem.

NBC has teamed up with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment to offer its new pilot A to Z online. As in, you can stream it right now on Clear Channel’s digital properties and apps, along with NBC.com, the NBC app, Hulu, and more.

A to Z stars Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti as Andrew and Zelda, a pair of young professionals who start dating. The show tells the entirety of their love story, and you can start at the beginning now, by watching an extended version of the pilot below.

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NBC reaches a deal on new Bill Cosby comedy

Bill Cosby is returning to television.

EW has confirmed that NBC has made a deal for an untitled family comedy starring Cosby and written by Mike O’Malley. According to Deadline, the show will follow Cosby as Jonathan Franklin, “a patriarch of a multi-generational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives.”

The show is reportedly being eyed for summer or fall of 2015 with O’Malley set to executive produce alongside Mike Sikowitz.

Christian Borle may play Smee, Mr. Darling in NBC's 'Peter Pan'

First Nazis, now pirates! At least one cast member from The Sound of Music is nearing a deal to star in NBC’s follow-up musical presentation, Peter Pan Live.

Christian Borle, the Tony-winning actor who played Max Dettweiler in 2013’s The Sound of Music Live! opposite Carrie Underwood, is in talks to star in NBC’s live production of Peter Pan as Smee and Mr. Darling, as first reported by Deadline. NBC could not confirm whether the deal had in fact been closed, but producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tweeted their own welcome to Borle.

No, he wouldn’t be running around doing costume changes—the role of Mr. Darling appears in the first and last acts of the show, when the children are still at the nursery before and after their adventures in Neverland. Traditionally in some productions, the actor who plays Captain Hook also plays Mr. Darling (a symbolic manifestation of the perils of ‘growing up’). In NBC’s broadcast production, Christopher Walken will play Captain Hook, so it’s Borle who will pull double-duty as Hook’s bumbling first mate Smee.

Another bit of trivia: Borle won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his raucous role in Broadway’s Peter and the Starcatcher, a revisionist Peter Pan origin story in which he played the pirate Black Stache, who would eventually go on to be Captain Hook.

Peter Pan Live will star Girls actress Allison Williams as the titular hero, with additional casting still to be announced. NBC will broadcast the three-hour event live on December 4.

NBC renews 'Undateable' for second season

It looks like the men of Undateable will have another year to perfect their courting habits.

EW has confirmed that NBC has picked up the half-hour comedy for a second season. The show, which premiered in May, stars Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman as four friends who find the whole dating thing a bit challenging. But if D’Elia has his way, he’ll get a spaceship out of this:

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Chris Pratt talks end of 'Parks and Recreation': 'I think people are ready for it to be done'

Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that GOTG is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, they rhymes!) about the impending ending (again, rhymes!) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which will sign off after one final season. So how does Pratt feel about gearing up for the last go round in Pawnee? READ FULL STORY

Blood, bugs, and more in new trailer for NBC's 'Constantine'

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Fans first got a visually stunning and startling look at NBC’s upcoming thriller Constantine, based on the D.C. Comics character, on Saturday at the Night of DC Entertainment at Comic-Con 2014—and now the full trailer is online. Matt Ryan stars as the titular character, a working-class con man and demon hunter battling the forces of darkness, both real and internal. NBC previously stated that the character would be slightly different in his television incarnation, and has already replaced co-lead Lucy Griffiths with telenovela star Angelica Celaya.

Constantine premieres on Friday, October 24 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

'Grimm' Comic-Con panel hints Renard will resurrect in season 4

Grimm‘s third season ended with a disrupted wedding, a loss of powers, and an apparent death.

How the NBC show will follow up all the cliffhangers might not be fully known to even the show’s writers, as co-creator David Greenwalt confessed at Grimm‘s Comic-Con panel.

“We’re supposed to go [at the beginning of] every year and tell our betters at the network what they heck we’re doing up in our little office,” Greenwalt said. “Every year we have a plan, and every year [co-creator] Jim [Kouf] scares the hell out of me by saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be better if we did this instead…?'”

Kouf added, “We keep writing ourselves into corners, and then we have to figure out how to get out of them.”

With season four now in production, Grimm‘s writers are back in the business of getting out of corners. At the Comic-Con panel—which this year had graduated to its biggest room yet, Ballroom 20—some of those corner-escape plans were revealed. Read on for some hints of what’s to come and other fun moments from the panel. READ FULL STORY

'Blacklist': Don't expect a Red-Liz reveal, do expect Mary-Louise Parker

“Who is Red Reddington?” asked several giant-sized posters spread around last year’s Comic-Con. That was before the debut of NBC’s The Blacklist, everyone’s new favorite James Spader Delivery System, which became a shining freshman star in a rough TV season. But even though the show was a success, in some ways, it never quite answered that central question. Or anyhow, it never provided final clarity on one key mystery: Is Red actually the long-thought-dead father of FBI agent Elizabeth Keen? READ FULL STORY

Adam Richman talks 'Food Fighters': 'It's a culinary Mortal Kombat'

Ever wondered how well your favorite home cook would stack up against a Food Network star? That’s the question at the center of NBC’s new series Food Fighters.

Hosted by Man v. Food‘s Adam Richman (who recently made news when he went on an anger-fueled Instagram rant)Food Fighters pits home cooks against professional chefs in a battle to win over a dinner party full of taste testers—think Throwdown with Bobby Flaybut with bigger prizes than just being able to say, “My dish was more popular than Bobby Flay’s!” The winning home cooks do get bragging rights, but they also win cash prizes that increase as the competition goes on.

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