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'Nurse Jackie' renewed for seventh season

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Don’t worry, patients — it looks like Jackie Peyton won’t be leaving the hospital anytime soon. Showtime announced Monday it has ordered a seventh season of Edie Falco’s dark comedy series Nurse Jackie, which will begin shooting in New York later this year. READ FULL STORY

Tamron Hall named co-host of 'Today Show' third hour

The Today Show family just got a little bigger.

Tamron Hall has been named co-host of Today’s Take, the 9 a.m. hour of the show, for which she will join current hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales, and Willie Geist. Hall’s new role was announced on The Today Show this morning.

“We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the Today family,” executive producer Don Nash said in a press release. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.”

Most Today fans will already recognize Hall, as she’s been a go-to fill-in for the show. Hall also anchors MSNBC’s NewsNation.

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Shonda Rhimes on her DGA Diversity Award: 'We're a tiny bit p-ssed off that there has to be an award'

Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice, is one of the most powerful forces in television. And she doesn’t mince words when  something is bothering her.

Her latest beef? The Diversity Award that she and Scandal Executive Producer Betsy Beers were given at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles.

“When I heard I was getting a Diversity Award, I was really, truly, profoundly honored. I began to get calls from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, etc., and I was asked to comment on the award. Asked how good I felt about the award. Asked if it made me feel like I was doing the right thing. Asked if it had been a struggle making diversity happen on my cast and crews. While I’m still really and truly profoundly honored to receive this award, but I was also a little pissed off,” Rhimes said. “So was Betsy. So over many, many, many bottles of wine we discussed this.”

“We’re a little pissed off because there still needs to be an award. Like, there’s such a lack of people hiring women and minorities that when someone does it on a regular basis, they are given an award.”

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'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' actor James Avery dies

Veteran actor James Avery, best known for his role as Uncle Phillip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died Tuesday night. He was 67.

UPDATE: In a statement from Avery’s publicist, EW has confirmed that Avery died as a result of complications from open heart surgery in Glendale, Calif., on Tuesday night. His most recent project was Wish I Was Here, directed by Zach Braff, which is slated to premiere at Sundance. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Avery, mother, Florence Avery, and stepson Kevin Waters.

Former Fresh Prince co-star Alfonso Ribeiro took to Twitter to share his condolences.
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Fox picks up Diablo Cody, Josh Schwartz teen drama pilot

It’s a teen dream match-up.

Fox has purchased a one-hour pilot for the teen drama Prodigy, a collaboration between Juno scribe Diablo Cody and O.C. creator Josh Schwartz. Fake Empire Productions, which Schwartz founded in 2010 with his Gossip Girl co-creator Stephanie Savage, is leading the development of the show.

Prodigy focuses on a 16-year-old home schooled genius who decides to take a shot at the high school experience before heading to college. It works and then backfires when she takes up with a wild crowd. Cody, who picked up an Oscar for her original screenplay Juno, will write the show.

The release did not specify a timeline for the pilot.

Obama plans six TV interviews to talk Syria

President Barack Obama will make the television rounds on Monday to discuss the his plans for intervention in Syria in advance of  next week’s Congressional votes.

Obama will give interviews to ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox during the day on Monday, all of which will air during each station’s Monday evening news broadcasts. The White House announced the President’s media plans on Saturday.

Interviewers include Diane Sawyer for ABC, Brian Williams for NBC, Scott Pelley for CBS, Wolf Blitzer for CNN, Gwen Ifill for PBS, and Chris Wallace for Fox News. The President will also address the nation on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Joshua Jackson commits to 'The Affair' for Showtime

Fringe and Dawson’s Creek alum Joshua Jackson is making the jump to Showtime for the cable channel’s pilot The Affair. Jackson will play a Long Island cowboy (that’s not a metaphor, his character actually manages a ranch) in the drama that deals with spouses, wandering eyes, and the effects of an affair on two families.

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EP talks 'Law & Order: SVU' Trayvon Martin episode -- EXCLUSIVE

Law & Order: SVU never shies away from keeping up with the cultural zeitgeist. Executive Producer Warren Leight has said that he looks to the headlines of the day to figure out exactly what issues they should be dealing with on the procedural, which is currently in production filming its 15th season.

Wednesday, pictures from the SVU set emerged on BuzzFeed and speculation mounted about whether or not the images might suggest that the show was taking on the controversial George Zimmerman trial so soon. In fact, the SVU writers have taken things one step further and combined two of the year’s biggest headlines: The trial of Zimmerman over the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin and the Paula Deen scandal.

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'Girl Meets World' gets the greenlight from Disney

Girl Meets World is officially a go!

The highly anticipated Boy Meets World spin-off has been picked up to series by the Disney Channel.

Described as “a comedy series for kids,” the show will reunite original cast-members Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, as on-screen sweethearts Cory and Topanga, and follow their tween daughter Riley, played by Rowan BlanchardREAD FULL STORY

'Nurse Jackie' renewed for sixth season

Edie Falco will be returning to her Emmy-award winning role as emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton on Showtime’s critically-acclaimed dark comedy series Nurse Jackie.

The unconventional but brilliant titular nurse will be back for a sixth season in 2014. Season 6 begins shooting this fall.
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Blake Shelton and NBC planning benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims

Oklahoma native Blake Shelton opened last night’s Voice results show with an emotional ballad dedicated to the victims of Monday’s horrific tornado. He sang “Over You” with his wife, fellow country star Miranda Lambert, as the Red Cross’s phone number flashed onscreen.

And the musician isn’t stopping there. Shelton annouced last night that he’s also organizing a benefit concert for tornado victims that will air sometime soon on NBC.

Though details are sparse thus far, Shelton expects the benefit to come together quickly: “We’ll know more about it in the next 24 hours,” Shelton told Billboard Tuesday after The Voice. “I’m hoping it will raise a lot of money. Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickly.” If this concert follows the model of NBC’s Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together benefit, it should air by this Friday. (That telethon, too, was thrown together after a natural disaster that occurred on a Monday.)

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'The Real Housewives of NYC': Season 6 salary dispute nearly over, conversations with cast moving toward deal

It seems the ladies of The Real Housewives of New York City are nearly back in business with cable network Bravo after a salary dispute that threatened to shut down the show as it heads into its sixth season.

Bravo won’t confirm that the deals are done, but sources told EW that the six-member cast — Ramona Singer, Carole Radziwill, LuAnn de Lesseps, Heather Thomson, Sonja Morgan, and Aviva Drescher — will likely sign a deal soon and “conversations are moving in that direction.” Us Weekly is reporting the women have “agreed to return for a sixth season,” while Deadline is reporting that they have signed their contracts.

Few details are available yet, but it’s likely the housewives received pay increases. Early reports from the negotiations hinted that Bravo would possibly more forward on the show without some — or all — of the castmembers, if a deal could not be worked out. The cast was set to begin production on the show’s sixth season last week, but they didn’t show up as a negotiation tactic.

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