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'Originals' vs. 'SHIELD': CW president 'confident' the 'Vampire Diaries' spin-off will survive

The biggest foes for the bloodsuckers on CW’s Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals  this fall aren’t in New Orleans; they’re in the show’s timeslot Tuesday nights at 8 p.m.

Come September, the series from TVD creator Julie Plec will go head-to-head against the buzzy Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and television’s highest-rated show, NCIS, among others. But CW president Mark Pedowitz today told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that he isn’t worried about its ratings. “We’re comfortable where it’s sitting,” he said when asked if the network ever considered a timeslot switch.

“We believe these are people that the fans have known for the last three years and we hope that built-in equity allows the fans to come. And we hope Julie Plec, who is such a talented showrunner, will create a show that allows others to come,” he said. “I’m actually somewhat confident that that will continue its fanbase that’s very different than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Moreover, when asked of a possible crossover, Pedowitz said those are “not the intent,” as he hopes Originals will stand on its own. “If it’s organic, yes, but I’m a big believer that when you have a spin-off, it has to be self-sustaining,” he said.

'Homeland' season 3: Scoop on Brody's absence, Saul's tough spot, and Carrie's 'bleak' start

Last season of Homeland ended with a literal and figurative bang, and this season kicks off with more than a few pieces to pick up.

Monday, cast and producers, including Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend, and producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon spoke at the Television Critics Association press tour to preview the third season. See below for the highlights. READ FULL STORY

'Mom' casts Justin Long as love interest for Anna Faris; plus, Octavia Spencer to guest

Justin Long is going to get the hots for Mom.

Chuck Lorre, executive producer and creator of the new comedy from CBS,  announced today during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour that Long has been cast as a love interest for Anna Faris’ Christy, a newly sober single mom at the center of the series.

“That’s going to come up in the first few episodes,” Lorre said of the character. “Poor bastard doesn’t know what he’s in for, but he’s going to be her first shot for a meaningful relationship.”

Meanwhile, Lorre also announced that Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) would guest star in an early episode as “a woman who turns out to have bigger problems than Christy. So Christy gets perspective,” he said.

Mom, which also stars Allison Janney and Matt Hones, premieres on CBS Sept. 23.

CBS: Why we want DVR to be the last option

DVR is here to stay, but CBS is working hard to make sure it’s not the first stop for TV audiences who are not watching their shows live.

“We are aggressively marketing and building our alternatives for people so [DVR] will become less and less of the total audience as time goes on,” David Poltrack, chief research officer for CBS, said today during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Since networks are only given partial ratings credit for the total audience that watches DVR playback beyond three days, Poltrack said the network is “promoting and encouraging” Video on Demand and online viewership. Another reason online is more attractive of an option? “Right now, online, we make more money when someone watches our show than when they watch it live on television and far more than when they watch it on DVR playback,” Poltrack said. (By that, Poltrack meant that advertisers are willing to pay more per viewer for online ads, but overall CBS still makes more from broadcast.)

It’s an uphill battle to be sure. For example CBS’ summer hit Under the Dome premiered earlier this summer to 12 million viewers, with an additional 5.8 million watching via DVR. Video on Demand and online streaming combined accounted for about 2.2 million additional viewers.

Will Arnett open to returning to 'Arrested Development'

Will Arnett may be starring in CBS’ The Millers this fall, but he’s still open to returning to Arrested Development.

“I think that for all of us, Arrested is something that we love doing and we love working together,” Arnett told EW about the series, which might return to Netflix for a fifth season. “Whatever sort of incarnation comes up, I’m very open to it.”

On The Millers, Arnett plays a recently divorced reporter whose plans for bachelorhood get sidetracked when his overbearing mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him after separating from his father (Beau Bridges).

He’s not the only actor on the CBS sitcom willing to pull double duty: Martindale, who played Russian spy Claudia on FX’s The Americans, told reporters this morning at the Television Critics Tour in Los Angeles that she hopes to return to the role.

So how does The Millers creator Greg Garcia feel about sharing his actors?

NBC to reboot 'Rosemary's Baby'


Besides developing the next evolution of Mark Burnett’s Bible series, NBC has several more limited series in development for the new season (and beyond).

Today, NBC Entertainment Topper Bob Greenblatt announced that he will reboot the classic Mia Farrow movie Rosemary’s Baby for primetime. Described as a retelling of the bestselling novel by Ira Levin, the new version will focus on a young husband and wife living in Paris where “this edge-of-your-seat thriller unfolds.” No casting announced yet, unfortunately.

The net will also revisit The Tommyknockers, Stephen King’s 1987 novel about residents of a small Maine town that was made into a miniseries in 1993 with Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. This latest redo will be helmed by Yves Simoneau (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee).

Greenblatt also greenlit a four-hour miniseries about Hillary Clinton that will star Diane Lane. Written and directed by Oscar nominee Courtney Hunt (Frozen River), the miniseries will recount Clinton’s life as a wife, mother, politician, and cabinet member from 1998 to the present. The script will begin with Clinton living in the White House while her husband (no one’s been cast yet!) is serving the second of his two terms as president.

Finally, NBC will turn to Burnett to exec produce the limited series Plymouth, which examines the challenges and drama of the Pilgrims’ journey across the Atlantic and the difficulties of settling in a new country. NBC already picked up the next installment of The Bible miniseries from Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey.

'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan: 'I think most folks are going to dig the ending'

The first of the final eight Breaking Bad episodes won’t be unveiled until Aug. 11, but the show’s cast, plus creator Vince Gilligan, were on display at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday to answer reporters’ questions about the critically acclaimed AMC drama. Similar to the Breaking Bad Q&A session at Comic-Con, there was little information about the second half of season 5, though Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, and other cast members did touch on the finale, a documentary, and the possibility of a Saul Goodman spin-off, among other topics.

• Asked about how Gilligan and Cranston envisioned the ending of the show when it was being hatched in 2008, Gilligan couldn’t recall his original intention for the finale. “I couldn’t see that far ahead,” he says. “I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.” Cranston said that he recalled discussions about the design and transformation of the character, but “we never discussed where it was going to end up. It was just too big a subject. And as the seasons went on, I never found out. I never asked. I never wanted to know. The twists and turns of my character were so sharp that it wouldn’t help me to know. So I was just holding on, much like the audience was, week to week.”

Pivot network touts debut, fights off Current TV comparisons

Will new cable network Pivot, home to Joseph Gordon Levitt‘s HitRECord on TV and a talk show with Meghan McCain, change the TV model or become the next Current-style casualty?

That was the question of the day at Pivot’s debut panel during the Television Critics Association press tour, which is going on this week in Los Angeles.

“Last I checked, I don’t think Current had a scripted comedy or a music variety show,” said network president Evan Shapiro, referring to Levitt’s program and a scripted comedy from Australian comedian Josh Thomas called Please Like Me. “It’s a completely different approach to television.” READ FULL STORY

Is Matt Smith leaving 'Doctor Who' a huge mistake?


More than perhaps any scripted drama on TV, the nature of Doctor Who is forward-looking renewal, embracing the sort of periodic cast upheaval that other shows strive to avoid at all cost. For actor Matt Smith, who is preparing to shoot his final episode as the Time Lord, stepping off the cult hit is an unnerving prospect.

“I feel very proud to be a part of such a wonderful legacy,” Smith said Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “The thing about Doctor Who is he always looks forward. The show will get bigger and better and carry on without me … we shoot nine to 10 months a year, the show has come to a natural tipping point … it’s at the top of a cycle … it’s a good time of me and the show … it was a hard choice. I’ll miss it.”

Smith pointed out, however, that “just because I’ve done Doctor Who doesn’t give me a divine right to walk into any other jobs,” adding: “I’ll ponder it and sometimes think, ‘I’ve made a huge mistake. What am I doing?'”

Keith Olbermann on his new ESPN show: 'It will be a sports cast with my stamp on it.'

If Keith Olbermann wants to talk about politics on his upcoming nightly talker on ESPN2, he will. But, he says, it has to make sense first. “I’m not intending to talk about politics, certainly not in the partisan sense and not in the sense I have in the last ten years of work that I’ve done,” he said today during the first day of the Television Critics Association press tour, referring to his time on his MSNBC program Countdown. But, he admitted, “it’s a sports show and there will be occasions in which…we will have to talk about [it].”

Olberman, who recently settled a legal battle with Al Gore’s Current TV after he was fired from the network, also shot down reports that his contract included any limits on content and confirmed that that there will be no “pop culture segments.” “I’ve done and enjoyed and own the work I did in politics and news, but this is not what this is. I wanted to go back into sports,” he said.

At TCA, we want answers about 'Homeland,' 'American Horror Story: Coven,' 'Agents of SHIELD,' more

Summer is typically a pretty quiet time for TV fans, but July is full of television news, thanks to last weekend’s Comic-Con and today’s kickoff of the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

As entertainment reporters (including EW’s Inside TV team) settle in for two weeks of TCA presentations, we’re looking forward to the new and returning shows we didn’t catch up with down in San Diego, plus reminding you of all the great news we scooped up during our Comic-Con interviews. Stick with through Aug. 7 for everything you need to know about these shows and more:

Rob Lowe on playing JFK: Presidents since are 'bad actors'

“Every president today talks like him,” Rob Lowe says. “They’re all like bad actors who do variations on that performance. … If we were in a corner I could do every [modern] president’s version of imitating President Kennedy.”

Lowe is on stage at the Beverly Hilton where he’s on a Television Critics Association press tour panel promoting Nat Geo’s Killing Kennedy, the movie version of Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s bestseller chronicling the final years of the president and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar). The film’s debut later this year will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death.

Though Lowe wasn’t yet born when Kennedy was killed, he says he has a longtime fascination with the man and his death. “I’ve been following the Kennedy assassination since I was in the first or second grade,” he says. “I’ve read every conspiracy assassination book… I’ve come around to thinking [the Warren Commission] got it right — that Oswald acted alone.”

'The Americans,' 'Breaking Bad' lead TCA Awards nominations

Well done, “Elizabeth” and “Phillip” — you’ve played the part of average American citizens well enough to help your FX drama snag three Television Critics Association Awards nominations.

You might want to call the KGB for reinforcements, though — The Americans will face stiff competition from the likes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and The Walking Dead, all of which are also up for Program of the Year. AMC’s drug drama, which begins its final run of episodes Aug. 11, also won three nominations overall — in the same three categories as The Americans.

This year’s TCA Awards will be presented Aug. 3, during the summer’s TCA press tour. A full list of nominees is below.

The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
The Walking Dead, AMC

The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC


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