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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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'Saturday Night Live': Noel Wells and John Milhiser are also out

And two more bite the dust: A source confirms to EW that Saturday Night Live has elected not to renew the contracts of Noël Wells and John Milhiser, both of whom joined the sketch show last fall as featured players. Deadline first reported the news.

Word of Wells and Milhiser’s oustings comes one day after another former featured player, Brooks Wheelan, announced his own exit from the show in an irreverent tweet (“Fired from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”).

Milhiser’s booting shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who kept up with SNL last season; the New Jersey-born comedian got a minimal amount of screen time throughout the year, performing just a handful of impressions (including Jon Cryer and Matthew McConaughey) and a single recurring character (if “student in three Shallon sketches” even counts). The departure of Wells, the only new female cast member to join the show last fall, is slightly more surprising (Sasheer Zamata didn’t join the show until January). Since SNL will presumably lose Nasim Pedrad to the Fox sitcom Mulaney in September, it seemed as though Wells, who specializes in impressions (Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Stewart, Lena Dunham), may have been kept around to help fill Pedrad’s old spot. READ FULL STORY

Katherine Heigl: 'I don't see myself as difficult'

It was the question everybody wanted to ask—and it got so awkward when someone finally did.

NBC’s State of Affairs panel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills got a bit tense when the topic turned to Katherine Heigl, her mother Nancy (an executive producer on the upcoming series), and rumors about the pair’s reputation on set.

It started when a TCA reporter reminded Heigl about some of the controversial remarks she had to say about Hollywood, particularly focused on her conduct on set, whether her career was out of her control, and whether she felt there is “a portion of this controversy that is about Hollywood not knowing what to do with a woman who speaks her mind.” The reporter also asked whether Heigl felt her career was now back under her grip.

After a visibly speechless Heigl let out an elongated “Umm…,” producer Ed Bernero tried to answer the question for Heigl, but the reporter pressed on: “Seriously, I want to hear from Katherine.” READ FULL STORY

NBC says 'Hannibal' season 3 is great, wonders why you're not watching

NBC is excited about the third season of Hannibal. They just wish you were, too.

At the network’s Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt addressed the dilemma the network faces about its critically acclaimed horror darling and the ratings challenge it faces in its Friday night timeslot.

Hannibal is…one of the best shows we have creatively, and it’s one of the best-reviewed shows this network has had since I’ve been here. We still struggle to find an audience for it,” Greenblatt told critics. “It’s great, we’re keeping it going, we keep trying to build the audience, but if this were on a cable network, the small audience wouldn’t matter and it would be deemed more successful than it is on our network.” READ FULL STORY

NBC explains why it canceled 'Community'

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It was the ratings, of course. But NBC’s top entertainment executives went on record to give a little more insight into their decision-making process on canceling Community and The Michael J. Fox Show last season.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at his Television Critics Association press tour session in Beverly Hills on Sunday that the Community fandom’s “six seasons and a movie” mantra had nothing to do with the network.

“That sixth season thing was created by them — I’m surprised they didn’t say ’10 seasons and a movie,'” the executive said. “And [the mantra started] before my time [at NBC]. It didn’t just make sense for us to have another season of it at that level of audience.” READ FULL STORY

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