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'Private Practice': Paul Adelstein on 'really big' finale cliffhanger. Plus, will Cooper and Charlotte ever have children of their own?

In tonight’s season finale of Private Practice, the Sam-Addison-Jake love triangle will “come to a head big time.” That’s what Paul Adelstein promises.

“There are a couple of cliffhangers — one really big one that had a lot of us gasping at the table read,” he reveals. “And it’s a very emotional episode across the board and definitely wraps some stories up and opens up a lot of new directions.”

And because of the show’s recent renewal, fans will get a chance to see those new story lines take flight. The show’s future was in limbo until Friday, when the network picked it up for another season.

Just a few weeks ago, Private Practice moved to Tuesday, and the move resulted in a ratings decline; though, it has still averaged 8.1 million viewers and a 3.0 rating this season.

Creatively, however, this season has surged, and Adelstein says it has been “really fun” exploring Cooper’s life as a father to son Mason, who the character was only introduced to this season. The end of the season, he adds, will find Cooper, Mason, and Charlotte making their way as a trio. “In the finale, I think you really see them coming through the other side a bit and starting to jell as a family unit,” he says. READ FULL STORY

'Private Practice,' 'CSI,' 'Nikita,' 'The Good Wife': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

My greatest hope is that this bountiful scoop report brings you a fraction of the joy I feel when scrolling through this Channing Tatum birthday gallery, which now has a place in my bookmarks toolbar under the word “happiness.”

My sad single life aside, if you see any show missing from here that you’d like some scoop on, shoot me a note at spoilerroom@ew.com! I’ll try to work it in next time.

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'Private Practice' ratings fall in new time slot

ABC moved Private Practice to Tuesday night and the result was the show’s lowest-rated episode ever.

Untethered from its Grey’s Anatomy mothership, Practice delivered 6.8 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in the adult demo at 10 p.m. last night — a series low for the medical drama and down 19 percent from its last Thursday telecast a month ago. ABC moved Practice to make room for Shonda Rhimes’ latest drama, Scandal. On the plus side, the episode — ironically titled “It Was Inevitable” — won the 10 p.m. hour and improved just a tad over the average of Body of Proof in the slot.

ABC also had Last Man Standing (6.4 million, 1.6), Cougar Town (4.6 million, 1.4) — both series lows — and Dancing results show (13.8 million, 2.4). READ FULL STORY

'Private Practice' costar KaDee Strickland on the show's new time slot, taking Charlotte into 'new territory'

Since Private Practice‘s second season, the show has had a home on ABC’s Thursday nights, paired with mother ship Grey’s Anatomy, but tonight marks the show’s first time on Tuesday night. The shift to a new time slot does not scare star KaDee Strickland — and, most importantly, she doesn’t think it will scare off audiences.

“I personally think we have incredible fans that are very loyal to us, and I don’t think they’re going to mind coming to another night. We don’t mind it,” she says. “It’s one of those things where when the network makes the decision, you roll with it.” And fans should roll with it, too, she adds, especially with the surprises that are in store for the rest of the season.

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'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Good Wife,' 'Bones': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s finale season, so much like in my personal life, I don’t have time for foreplay. (Dear God, I’m going to stop typing now.)

E-mail all requests to spoileroom@ew.com or find me on Twitter. See you next week — and hopefully by then I will have seen a professional about my severe case of word vomit.

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Game 6 attacks Thursday: 'Community,' 'Parks,' 'Office' hit lows

At least Prime Suspect has an excuse this week.

Fox’s coverage of Game 6 of the World Series crushed most of the competition Thursday night, hitting NBC’s lineup particularly hard. Game 6 delivered an overnight household rating of 13.8 — the highest yet for this championship. Once again, female-skewing ABC not only didn’t drop, but managed a slight gain; plus there was good news for The CW’s Vampire Diaries.

CBS came in second with Big Bang Theory (14.3 million, 4.5), down 12 percent, and Rules of Engagement (10.8 million, 3.4), off 6 percent. Person of Interest (11.5 million, 2.6) only lost a tenth and The Mentalist (12.2 million, 2.5) was steady.

ABC’s annual repeat of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (7.4 million, 2.3) doubled the performance of the last weeks of Charlie’s Angels in the spot. Then Grey’s Anatomy (9.8 million, 3.7) and Private Practice (6.6 million, 2.4) were up slightly.

NBC, however, was hit hard: READ FULL STORY

'Charlie's Angels' loses flight; 'How to Be a Gentleman' struggles

The competition took a beating Thursday because of The X Factor, which gave FOX a win in adults 18-49 (3.9 rating/10 share) and another chance to boast about its domination (like, how its the first time ever that Fox has won the first two Thursdays of the season). The two-hour show averaged 11.9 million, according to early results.

Charlie’s Angels took a direct hit on ABC — earning a mere 1.5/4, which was down 29 percent versus last week. It averaged 7.1 million. Grey’s Anatomy suffered but not too terribly; it earned a 3.5/9 (10 million) but was still down 15 percent. Most of the damage was heaped upon Kate Walsh and the return of Private Practice, which earned a 2.8/8 (and 7.8 million) and logged its lowest-rated premiere ever. READ FULL STORY

Season finale alert! When to expect goodbye episodes from 'Survivor,' 'Chuck,' and 'Saturday Night Live'

Where did the time ago? It seems like just yesterday that we were anxiously awaiting the start of Lone Star; now we can barely remember that two-timing cad. That’s because it’s season finale time – that heartbreaking period when we bid adieu to nine months of scripted heaven to make way for three months of unscripted hell on the broadcast networks. (Don’t worry, Big Brother: We still adore thee).

Fire up your DVR playlists, kids … here are all the broadcast net finales. READ FULL STORY

'Criminal Minds,' 'Supernatural,' 'Castle,' 'NCIS: LA': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

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Lords and ladies of the Royal Spoiler court, your TV scooper has taken a break from her shameless obsession with the Royal Wedding to bring you a spot of TV scoop fit for Royals and commoners alike.

Quick programming note to all the lovely readers who contacted me thinking I was dead/injured/buried alive on Tuesday when you were hoping for a Spoiler Room: We are on summer schedule, meaning you’ll get the column once a week until fall season. But perhaps I’ll pop in on some Tuesdays with special treats (“perhaps” = “of course!”). And as always, keep a close eye on ITV for daily scoopage.

On to the fun! As always, you great people can send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com and @EWSandraG on Twitter. See you next week!

‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ FINALE WILL TACKLE BAU’s UNCERTAIN FUTURE

With some key cast members of Criminal Minds still without contracts for next season (i.e., Shemar Moore and the beloved Thomas Gibson), exec producer Erica Messer has penned a cliffhanger for the May 18 finale that will nod to the team’s shaky future — but not with guns and explosions. It will tackle the financial realities of crime fighting — and possible cutbacks in BAU. “It’s a more authentic version of ‘Our team is in jeopardy,’ ” she says. “This instead is, ‘There could be big trouble here, hopefully not,’ but we need to at least acknowledge that it’s on the horizon.” READ FULL STORY

'Smallville,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Justified,' and 'House': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

First, can we take a moment to acknowledge today? No, I don’t mean April Fool’s. I mean that today will forever be known as the day with the most attractive Spoiler Room photo ever. Hope you’re not a vegetarian, because that’s a lot of beef, that photo.

Okay, that’s out of the way.

Now, the scoop! I know it’s April 1, but I assure you there are no jokes here. I take scoop seriously, and when you read today’s column, you’ll see why! Also, let’s take a moment to welcome Mandi Bierly, who makes her Spoiler Room debut with some delicious Vampire Diaries info!

As always, I invite your feedback/questions/musings. Send them all to spoilerroom@ew.com or touch base with me on Twitter @EWSandraG. READ FULL STORY

Top TV earners: 'American Idol,' 'Two and a Half Men,' 'Desperate Housewives' top list

Forbes has tallied its annual list of the biggest TV moneymakers and, no surprise, Fox’s American Idol led the list for 2010.

Idol delivered $7.11 million every half hour last year (wow, even the padded results shows?), which was down 12 percent from 2009.

That was followed by CBS’ Two and a Half Men, with $2.89 million per half hour (which gives you an idea why few think the show is going away despite Charlie Sheen exiting). In fact, showrunner Chuck Lorre has three shows in the Top 10.

In third was another series going through some cast issues, ABC’s Desperate Housewives with $2.74 million, which has some actors in contract negotiations. Here’s the Top 10 from last year: READ FULL STORY

Fall winners and losers: 'NCIS' reigns supreme; 'Dancing with the Stars' is most-watched reality show

2010-Fall-TV-StandingsImage Credit: Eric McCandless/ABC; Justin Lubin/Fox; Richard Cartwright/CBS; Eric McCandless/ABCWe’ve already seen the death of six new shows (Lone Star, My Generation, The Whole Truth, Undercovers, Outlaw and Running Wilde, though Fox hasn’t officially canceled the latter) as well as the departure of some old ones (So long, Medium! Looks like you’re out the door, too, Life Unexpected!) So it probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that HUT levels among CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC (that’s “homes using television”) are down 3 percent this year (from 39.7 million to 38.5 million).

Does that mean there weren’t enough good shows to watch on the Big Four this fall? Glee, Modern Family and The Good Wife fans would probably disagree, but it’s never good when so many freshman series tank before the holidays. Here’s how all the shows ranked in total viewers from Sept. 20 to Nov. 28:

1. NCIS (CBS) 21.3 million
2. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) 21.2 million
3. NFL Sunday (NBC) 20.2 million
4. Dancing with the Stars results (ABC) 18.5 million
5. NCIS: LA (CBS) 17.4 million
6. The Mentalist (CBS) 17.3 million
7. Criminal Minds (CBS) 16.2 million
8. CSI (CBS) 15.9 million
9. Two and A Half Men (CBS) 15.5 million
10. NFL Sunday pre-kickoff (NBC) 15.2 million
11. The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 15 million
12. Modern Family (ABC) 14.7 million
13. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 14.6 million
14. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 14 million
15. 60 Minutes (CBS) 13.9 million
16. The Good Wife (CBS) 13.7 million
17. Survivor: Nicaragua (CBS) 13.3 million
18. Blue Bloods (CBS) 13.25 million
19. Desperate Housewives (ABC) 13.22 million
20. Castle (ABC) 13 million READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' remains healthy, NBC gets great boost from local football game

greys-30-rock-bonesImage Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC; Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC; Adam Taylor/FoxCBS took Thursday among adults 18-49 (3.0 rating/8 share) and viewers (12.6 million) while NBC got a sweet little boost from the Raven/Falcons game that aired on a Peacock affiliate in Baltimore, according to early results. For the exception of The Office - which, at 3.8/10 and 7.6 million, was flat versus last week - all the NBC shows were up on Thursday. Community was up 11 percent to a 2.1/6 (4.8 million), followed by 30 Rock (up 8 percent to a 2.6/7, Outsourced (up 4 percent to a 2.8/7, 6.0 million), and The Apprentice (up 14 percent to a 1.6/5,  4.5 million). Each 18-49 point represents 1.3 million people.

NBC got a nice kick in the pants from the NFL game that aired on the Baltimore station, which is a No. 26 market that reaches 11 million homes. As a result, NBC pretty much tied Fox for third place for the night among 18-49 (2.4/7 versus 2.4/6), according to early returns. Fox averaged 6.9 million viewers for the night while NBC lured 5.5 million. Fox aired originals of Bones (2.5/7 and 9.1 million) and Fringe (1.8/5, 4.8 million). Speaking of which, read Doc Jensen’s super walk-up to last night’s Fringe episode here.

ABC was second for the night in the demo (2.7/7) and viewers (7.7 million).  The repeat of Grey’s Anatomy at 8 did a 1.0/3 and 4.0 million, but the original at 9 averaged a timeslot-winning 4.0/10. It lured 11.2 million. Private Practice scored a 2.9/8 and 8.2 million.  On CBS, Big Bang Theory earned a 4.2/12 and 13 million, followed by $#*! My Dad Says (2.8/8 and  9.7 million), CSI (2.8/7, 12.9 million), and The Mentalist (2.8/8, 13.7 million). It’s always worth reminding everyone that advertisers don’t buy total viewer averages, they buy demo ratings, but boy those audiences stay big for the likes of Marg Helgenberger and Simon Baker.

On the CW, The Vampire Diaries won its timeslot among female teens (2.6/9) and came in second in women 18-34 (2.6/8). The fifth-place network was first from 8-10 p.m. among female teens.

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