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Fall's five toughest time slot battles (and which shows will win)


With 25 new shows flooding the broadcast schedule this fall — and networks making all sorts of crafty time slot changes for existing shows — the TV chessboard has once again been dramatically rearranged. Let’s run down some of the most intriguing new rivalries in the making and determine–

What? What did you say? “Time slots don’t matter”?! Okay; usually, now’s the time I’d explain why that assumption is wrong. Yet because DVR playback and streaming have become so prominent, even those who are paid to obsessively dissect broadcast network scheduling strategy are agreeing that time period almost doesn’t matter nowadays. Except, of course, those times when it does — like how The Voice is used to help fuel The Blacklist, or how The Big Bang Theory seems to crush rival comedies into only having five seasons and no movie. But even if the impact of shows on other shows has waned considerably, somebody has to win each of these slots. So let’s have some fun and look at some of this year’s most intriguing showdowns (the full fall schedule is below for reference): READ FULL STORY

'Law & Order: SVU': First look at guest star Josh Malina's creepy role -- VIDEO

Josh Malina has most definitely taken off the white hat in his guest role on Wednesday’s Law & Order: SVU.

The Scandal star plays Simon Wilkes, a prominent photographer who has a secret — and very disturbing — life in the episode “Thought Criminal.” In the creepy clip below, Malina’s character tries to team up with an undercover Lt. Murphy (Donal Logue) to buy, torture, and kill a young boy. READ FULL STORY

NBC's new fall shows: A snap judgment

The network that brings you so much grave Law and Order and Grimm horror plans to give you more of the same, except in slightly lighter formulations. The heaviest new drama premiering this fall on NBC’s just-announced 2014-15 schedule is the political thriller State of Affairs, which will inherit the Monday time slot of its fraternal twin, The Blacklist, when the latter drama moves to Thursday in November as part of NBC’s radical rethink of a night that was once Must See, but no more. READ FULL STORY

NBC plans live version of 'The Music Man'

NBC says it’s planning to air a live production of The Music Man.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt said Monday the network has acquired rights for a TV version of the 1957 Meredith Willson musical. READ FULL STORY

NBC fall trailers: 'Constantine,' 'State of Affairs,' more

State of Affairs - Season Pilot

The first crop of fresh fall trailers is here: Below is your first look at NBC’s new shows, including Katherine Heigl‘s D.C. thriller State of Affairs and DC Comics supernatural drama Constantine. Here’s NBC’s full fall schedule and official new series descriptions.

UPDATE: Below the trailers take our poll to vote for your favorites. READ FULL STORY

'Parenthood' gets FINAL season renewal

And finally, the last drama on the bubble for the 2013-14 season has a sort-of happy ending: NBC’s Parenthood will return for a sixth season. The not-good news for the fan-favorite family drama: Parenthood‘s order is for a 13-episode final season. NBC also announced that Parks and Recreation, which was already expected to return, will have its final season too (details).

The announcement was made as part of NBC’s fall schedule reveal, which you can find here.

The odds were ever in Parenthood‘s favor for a return in some fashion. Though the show only averaged 6.4 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 this season, its lead-ins like The Michael J. Fox Show fared much worse, which made Parenthood‘s ability to kinda support a time period seem heroic, especially against one of the top-rated dramas on TV — ABC’s Scandal. READ FULL STORY

'Parks and Recreation' to end after season 7

Your days in Pawnee are numbered: NBC announced on Sunday that season 7 of Parks and Recreation will be its last. READ FULL STORY

NBC reveals fall TV schedule: Thursday comedy shakeup


NBC’s two-hour Thursday night comedy block will come to an end this fall. The broadcaster is scaling back its comedy investment on TV’s most lucrative night for advertising. Instead, NBC plans to gives its breakout hit The Blacklist the post-Super Bowl spot next year, then shift it to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. in midseason.

All told, seven new dramas and comedies will join NBC’s lineup next season, along with two event miniseries. Stand-out dramas include the return of former Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl to prime-time in the thriller State of Affairs (which will receive the coveted post-The Voice slot on Monday nights beginning Nov. 17) and supernatural DC Comics thriller Constantine (which will be paired with Grimm on Fridays this fall). On the comedy side, Marry Me, the new series from Happy Endings creator David Caspe, will get Voice support on Tuesdays, while Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars The Office‘s Ellie Kemper, will debut in midseason. In addition, there’s NBC’s event series, which includes its Heroes reboot Heroes: Reborn and Mark Burnett’s follow-up to his The Bible miniseries, A.D. READ FULL STORY

'Dracula' dead! NBC stakes Jonathan Rhys Meyers thriller


NBC has staked Dracula.

The sexy Victorian horror series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a revenge-seeking version of the infamous vampire is officially dead. The news comes the day after NBC renewed its other Friday thriller on the bubble — Hannibal, which got a third season order. Industry rumors had Hannibal, Dracula, and supernatural pilot Constantine competing for a couple slots, so once Hannibal and Constantine got picked up, Drac‘s odds seemingly lowered.

This move leaves just one NBC drama as yet undecided: Parenthood, though we keep hearing the chances look pretty good on the Thursday family drama, given the way it has performed at 10 p.m. without a strong lead-in this season. Earlier today, CBS axed five shows, while renewing The Mentalist. Find the full list of shows canceled this week here.

'Community' canceled

NBC just placed the biggest possible roadblock on the road to six seasons and a movie: The network has canceled Community after five seasons.

In many ways, the news wasn’t surprising. The ambitious, form-tweaking, meta-comedy starring Joel McHale has long struggled in the ratings, and the 13-episode fifth season averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, including DVR playback. READ FULL STORY

'Revolution' over: NBC cancels apocalyptic drama


NBC’s Revolution has come to an end.

Sources confirm the ambitious apocalyptic drama series will not get a third season, along with two other NBC drama cancellations that came down Friday. The final season averaged 7.3 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday nights. That’s actually much better than the second season of Friday night’s Hannibal, which just got a pickup — which goes to show that there are many other factors that go into these decisions other than the overnight rating. Revolution followed a band of survivors 15 years after America had lost electric power.

UPDATE: NBC has also axed the short-lived Sunday-night dramas Crisis and Believe. It’s not been a great season for J.J. Abrams-produced shows, in addition to Believe and Revolution, Fox’s Almost Human was also axed. Only CBS’ Person of Interest remains. But we hear Abrams has some big movie project he’s working on anyway.

'Revolution': Giancarlo Esposito teases 'explosive' Charlie/Neville showdown

It’s hard to find a character on Revolution whose actions and personality don’t fit the term “morally grey” — but Giancarlo Esposito’s Tom Neville has always walked the seemingly thin, fine line between good and evil.

After a rocky climb from the bottom up following last season’s fall of the Monroe Republic, season two of the NBC drama has found the former sheriff experiencing the short thrill of being back in power, along with the loss and return (and loss) of his wife, Julia (Kim Raver)…not to mention his son, Jason (JD Pardo). And when Revolution returns tonight, the tension is heightened to an even greater level.

After congratulating the Breaking Bad actor on his recent and well-deserved Walk of Fame star, EW talked to Esposito about tonight’s big Charlie/Neville showdown, and where Tom Neville is headed for the rest of the season.


Sophia Bush previews the 'Chicago Fire'-'Chicago P.D.' crossover episode inspired by the Oklahoma City bombing

A crossover between Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. is not unheard of — characters go back and forth between the shows fairly often. However, a two-night crossover event inspired by the Oklahoma City bombing? That’s not something that happens every week.

“I knew it was going to be big when the man himself, Mr. Dick Wolf, came to see us to talk to us about it, and the first questions out of his mouth to us was, ‘Do you guys remember Oklahoma City?’ And everybody just froze,” Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush said. “And he said, ‘As our country has gone through tragedies like that one, it’s the first responders who always set the tone and who always begin to put us back together, and I want to really examine that now that we’ve got these two shows with the fire fighters and the police.’ And we were like, ‘OK here we go, this is really going to be something intense and poignant.'”

Now that the crossover is ready to hit the small screen, Bush warns that it’s both “beautiful” and “stressful.” “It’s like a very taut wire,” she said. “The tension has everything just vibrating. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen on TV. It’s such a cool thing that they’re doing with our shows in the way that they overlap all the time, and this really takes that to the next level.” READ FULL STORY


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