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Best of 2012: The EW TV awards

It’s time for the year end accolades. Check out EW’s awards for the best in TV below!

Best Accessory
Olivia Pope’s trench coat on Scandal

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'Nikita' exclusive! Plus, stars of 'Scandal,' 'Ringer' tease what's next in Spoiler Room Video Edition

It’s going to take a lot more than a string of technology snafus to derail Spoiler Room Video Edition. (When you press play on this week’s episode, you’ll see what I mean.) And in the spirit of a can-do attitude, today’s post also has a treat for fans of the show about the unbreakable woman herself, Nikita (Maggie Q).
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'Ringer' actor Ioan Gruffudd teases 'intense' season ender

Last we saw on Ringer, Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was a little down — literally. She was passed out on the floor after being drugged by Catherine, who recapper Tim Stack has fittingly dubbed the First Lady of Crazytown.

And this week, don’t look for Catherine to go easy on poor, incapacitated Bridget, says Ioan Gruffudd, who plays Bridget/Siobhan’s husband, Andrew. “I think it’d be pretty hard for Catherine to be redeemed [after all of her bad deeds],” the actor told EW during a recent sit-down. “Unless she gets away with what she’s done, I can’t imagine her being redeemed. But she might very well get away with what she did tonight.”

Coy as Gruffudd was about what happens in tonight’s episode, he was slightly more forthcoming about the April 17 season finale, which, he says, finds many of the show’s burning questions answered.

“I think the audience will be shocked with what we do and what we reveal, but they won’t necessarily be surprised,” he says. “The stuff that we answer that people would normally take maybe a couple of seasons to answer, like the big overlying questions that we set up in the first episode. Those are going to be revealed come the finale, so it’s pretty intense.”
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'Ringer' scoop: Catherine's blood is all over Andrew's hands -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Is this the end for Andrea Roth’s conniving Catherine on The CW’s Ringer? It sure don’t look good from this exclusive clip from next week’s episode, wonderfully titled “If You’re Just An Evil Bitch Then Get Over It,” in which she apparently slit her own wrists. “I just wanna die,” she tells her ex-husband Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) and drops to the floor.

This past week’s Ringer found Catherine broke once again after Andrew managed to steal back the money she had swindled from him. Ringer is never at a loss for plot twists, that’s for sure. Also, love Catherine’s glamour, rocking a Miss Havisham-ish nightgown in her lowest moments. This gal definitely does not own sweatpants or Pajama Jeans. Watch below… READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'The River' has murky premiere ratings

This is a bummer: ABC’s promising thriller The River got off to a relatively modest start in the ratings Tuesday night.

The two-hour opener averaged 7.5 million viewers and a meh 2.4 rating in the adult demo, up 4 percent from the comparable debut of Off the Map last year. Moreover, the show lost a 10th of a rating point each half hour during its run. The news is a bit surprising considering how successful ABC has otherwise been at launching new shows this season, often delivering stronger premiere ratings than expected. This isn’t a lethal number, but I think most expected (and certainly hoped for) something bigger.

ABC also aired two episodes of Last Man Standing (7.9 million, 2.4), down slightly from a few weeks ago. The second half hour featured a guest appearance by Kim Kardashian (yes, I agree, but her episode did slightly better than the first).

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'Ringer' first look: The twins are back together -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It’s double trouble, baby, on Tuesday’s Ringer.

In the episode titled “It Just Got Normal,” Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Siobhan (ditto) end up just a few feet away from each other for the first time since the pilot. What else happens? Bridget offers to hosts a fundraiser that her friend Greer (guest star Madchen Amick) is holding for Juliet’s (Zoey Deutch) school and discovers that Greer knows one of Siobhan’s deep dark secrets.  Back in New York, Siobhan discovers that Bridget has settled into her former life easier than she expected and is determined to change that.  READ FULL STORY

'Ringer' casts Matthew Del Negro as cocky new agent -- EXCLUSIVE

The CW’s Ringer won’t return with new episodes until Jan 31, but here’s something to look forward to: the Sarah Michelle Gellar show has cast Matthew Del Negro (The Sopranos, The United States of Tara) in the recurring role of Agent Grady Torrance. He will cross paths with Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell) and is Machado’s nemesis at the bureau. Agent G is described as cocky, slick, and smooth — and, we’re told, will handle his new investigation according to his own agenda. His first appearance is scheduled for the March 6 episode.

Del Negro was most recently seen on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, where he recurred as cocky but harmless grease monkey Giovanni, who was led to believe Jane (Angie Harmon) and Maura (Sasha Alexander) are lesbian lovers so he’d stop hitting on them.

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The CW inks five-year streaming deal with Hulu

CBS and Warner Bros. announced today that The CW and Hulu have struck a five-year licensing deal to allow the website to stream CW shows on Hulu and Hulu Plus. This encompasses network tentpoles 90210, America’s Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, as well as Ringer, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, and Nikita. Under the agreement, up to five in-season episodes will only be featured on Hulu Plus for eight days following the broadcast, at which point they will be available on the ad-supported free Hulu site. “The CW programming is a great example of the kind of in-season content we want to make available,” said Hulu’s SVP of Content Andy Forssell. “Making these shows available on Hulu and Hulu Plus will allow new and existing fans to get their fix of The CW’s great shows anytime and anywhere.”

'Rescue Me' actress nabs 'Ringer' troublemaker role

A Rescue Me veteran is stepping into The CW’s Ringer as a trouble-making step mom.

Andrea Roth has been cast in the recurring role of Catherine — that’s the ex wife of  Siobhan’s husband Andrew Martin and the mother of Juliet. She’s described as “beautiful, sexy and intimidating … smart, conniving and can be very vindictive.”

Catherine comes to New York and “causes turmoil for the Martin family” (which, naturally includes our heroine SMG). In addition to appearing in 93 episodes of FX’s Rescue Me, Roth also had a recurring role on CBS’ Blue Bloods.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's 'Ringer' gets full season

SMG is going the distance!

The CW just gave Ringer a full-season order, sources say. The move comes on the heels of Ringer moving up a tick in the ratings Tuesday night for the first time, delivering 1.7 million viewers and a 0.8 in the adult demo. We’re also hearing the Ringer season finale will reveal Gellar’s character is a triplet.*

Ringer is the first new fall drama to score its “back nine” episodes. Fox’s New Girl, NBC’s Up All Night and Whitney, and CBS’ 2 Broke Girls have also landed full-season orders so far. Keep up with all the latest fall TV breaking news, follow me on Twitter here.

UPDATE: Two more CW shows get full seasons. Find out which here

UPDATED: Death Watch 2011: Survival chances of the new fall shows

*Not actually true

'Supernatural,' 'Fringe,' 'House,' 'Gossip Girl': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday, friends!

I’ve had a long and exhausting week trolling the sets of your favorite shows in rainy (but completely lovely) Vancouver, and it’s paid off. Not only have I walked away from my travels with a new love for all things (and people) Canadian, but I come back to my motherland with plenty of TV bounty.

And before you dig in, remember to send me your questions about everything you’re watching. From the highly acclaimed (Good Wife?) to the pleasantly culty (Vampire Diaries?), I want to hear what’s on your brains. Send all queries to spoilerroom@ew.com and remember, as always, to follow me on Twitter (@EWSandraG) for the latest.

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Ioan Gruffudd blows his horn about 'Ringer,' Sarah Michelle Gellar, and his hope for more Hornblowing

Sarah Michelle Gellar isn’t the only geek icon returning to television this fall in Ringer. Ioan Gruffudd — maybe best known to the masses for playing super-elastic egghead Reed Richards in two Fantastic Four movies — boasts a large following himself for playing author C.S. Forester’s fictional 18th/19th century British naval hero Horatio Hornblower in a series of eight impressively-produced Emmy-winning TV movies that aired on A&E from 1998 to 2003. Gruffudd, 37, loves being identified with the role — and would love to be playing it for years to come. The Welsh actor — whose other film credits include Titanic, Black Hawk Down, and King Arthur — tells EW that if Ringer is a smash, he’d like to leverage his career heat to rally interest and funding for more Hornblower films, which he says are quite expensive to make.  READ FULL STORY

'Ringer' premiere gets solid CW rating

The return of Sarah Michelle Geller to series TV delivered a solid, if unexciting, number for The CW.

The good news: Ringer greatly improved upon its 90210 lead-in and performed far better (up 66 percent) than Life Unexpected‘s debut in the slot last year. But Ringer was originally developed for CBS and has generated plenty of headlines for The CW this summer, and it would have been nice to see the drama’s debut break out of network’s standard ratings zone.

Ringer was seen by 2.7 million viewers and earned a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s the largest total audience — though not the highest rating — that the network has had in that slot since 90210 premiered there a few years ago (both SMG and 90210 draw an older audience than, say, Vampire Diaries, which is why the total viewers number is relatively high compared to the more important number — the rating).  The return of 90210 (1.6 million, 0.8) dipped 11 percent from its premiere last fall. READ FULL STORY

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