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J.J. Abrams on 'Person of Interest': Casting Michael Emerson was a 'dream'

If there’s anything J.J. Abrams knows, it’s “potato chip” television (his term, not ours). And with this fall’s Person of Interest, he believes he’s struck gold again with some help from Jesus (erm, Jim Caviezel) and Lost alum Michael Emerson, who was, he says, a lucky score for the show.

Click the video below for more from Abrams and showrunner Greg Plageman. READ FULL STORY

Mark Burnett: Emmy death reel 'doesn't need to be a bummer'

Celebrities are dead, let’s party!

This year’s primetime Emmys producer Mark Burnett (of Survivor and Shark Tank fame) was asked by TV critics at press tour how he’ll make this year’s telecast different. “I think ‘In Memorial’ doesn’t need to be a bummer,” Burnett said, drawing a big unintentional laugh from the critics.

But wait-wait, let the man explain what he actually meant by that: READ FULL STORY

How 'Terra Nova' will avoid 'the butterfly effect'

So wait: If Terra Nova has people from the future going back in time to give humanity a second chance, how will they avoid mucking up the future through everything they do?

Producers have added an element into the show’s heavily reworked pilot to help answer all those pesky issues, which TV critics at Fox’s press tour grilled producers about during the network’s last press tour (back when we all thought Terra Nova was going to debut in May).

“So many people had the idea they were going back to change history, we wanted to change that,” said executive producer Rene Echevarria. READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell believes 'X Factor' can top 'Idol'

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Can Simon Cowell’s The X Factor be the show that finally overthrows American Idol as the top-rated series on TV?

Cowell thinks so. Asked by a critic at Fox’s press tour in Beverly Hills if the U.S. version of the Brit hit can draw bigger numbers than his previous show, Cowell replied, “If I didn’t think we could — and it’s not just Idol; it’s any show — you don’t enter something for the silver medal. You do it because you want to be number one. And for the next few months, we’re going to shove everything at this to try and make it the best show on TV.”

Cowell made the remarks while appearing via satellite during an occasionally bizarre panel with his fellow Factor judges and producers. Executives announced Factor will have a special two-and-a-half-hour episode this fall — a rarity on Fox, which only programs to 10 p.m. — and said it would be a more performance-oriented show than Idol. “I wouldn’t have made the show unless I thought it would’ve been different,” Cowell said. “We see this as a game changer.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee' going 'back to basics:' Fewer tribute episodes; spin-off update

Fox’s programming president Kevin Reilly broke the network’s silence on the controversy that’s erupted over Glee producers giving conflicting statements about the upcoming third season, and whether there’s really a spin-off in the works.

On the controversy: “I was extremely upset to learn about this myself on Twitter — I’m kidding,” Reilly said. “I can laugh about it because it’s taken on more of a heated momentum than it actually is. This show is such an undertaking. As you well know there are many successful shows that have genuine controversy and fighting. That’s not the case with this show. [Creator] Ryan Murphy and his group of associates do a phenomenal job. In the middle of Ryan’s creativity this got out… this was a two-day issue that took on a bigger life. These guys get along incredibly well.”

On the spin-off: “The spin-off was in the wind. We haven’t said we’re not doing it. We talked about it last season. Ryan did talk to all the actors about it. Ryan himself has said he regrets he talked about it. The spin-off will stay in the wind. We collectively decided to revisit it in the back half of the [season] … I don’t even know what it would be.” READ FULL STORY

Critics hammer Zooey Deschanel: 'When did you realize you were adorable?'

Oh those cruel TV critics! Fox’s The New Girl star Zooey Deschanel barely survived her encounter with the hard-nosed media at their press tour in Beverly Hills, where she was asked: “When did you first realize you were adorable?”

Deschanel blushes and covers her ears.

“My mom told me when I get compliments to cover my ears,” she says.

Dammit! She pulled that adorable thing again. READ FULL STORY

Pauley Perrette on 'NCIS' cliffhanger: 'I have no idea what was in the envelope' -- VIDEO

If you’re on pins and needles awaiting the new season of NCIS after last season’s cliffhanger left you guessing at who Tony DiNozzo was investigating next, you’re not alone. Pauley Perrette is just as excited — and clueless — as you are. “We’re shooting out of sequence for the first three episodes, so we still don’t know [what happened],” said Perrette at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I have no idea what was in the envelope.”

Watch the interview below:

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Sela Ward talks about bold 'CSI: NY' premiere, her painful connection to 9/11 -- VIDEO

Fans of CSI:NY should gear up for a highly emotional season premiere, which flashes back to 9/11 and shows where all the team members were on the horrific day.

But for Sela Ward, whose character will be seen in her FBI days in Washington D.C., the episode was a particularly difficult day at the office. “What was so…ironic,” Ward told EW, “was that the only person who I had a connection with [in the attacks] was the brother of a dear friend, was the captain of the flight.”

More from her interview with EW below:  READ FULL STORY

Misha Collins misses 'the old Cas' on 'Supernatural' -- VIDEO

Those CW-ers are tough nuts to crack. But you can bet we tried when we snagged Supernatural‘s resident God pro tem, Misha Collins, on the red carpet for the CBS/CW/Showtime soiree last night in Los Angeles.

What Collins did reveal was that fans will likely have mixed reactions to the former angel as he conducts “clean up in aisle Earth,” but will ultimately find themselves interested. “It’ll be a love-hate relationship, but all good relationships are.”

But what did Collins think of this new side of his character? Watch the video below for the answer! (Ok, it’s hinted in the headline. But you know you’re going to watch anyway!) READ FULL STORY

Sarah Michelle Gellar will guest star on 'All My Children'

UPDATED: It’s official: Sarah Michelle Gellar will return to All My Children for a guest star appearance during the show’s final batch of episodes — but not in her previous role as Kendall.

“I can today officially confirm that I will be doing a guest spot on All My Children,” Gellar told critics. “When I heard that the show was canceled, I didn’t understand. Like, ‘forget it, it just doesn’t make sense to me.’ And I called Judy Blye Wilson, who is the casting director and has been since I was there, and I said, ‘I want to do something.’ And I was very specific — I don’t want to be Kendall. That’s Alicia’s role, but I just wanted to be a part of it. I have no idea what I’m going to be doing. So we can take suggestions, but I will be doing one day. Yeah, I’m excited.”

The show will end its run on ABC Sept. 23 and is expected to return in some form on the internet, though not details have been released.

Gellar was on hand to promote her new CW show Ringer and says she was relieved when the show was passed on by CBS and instead landed at The CW. READ FULL STORY

Showtime announces pick-up of Steve Carell-produced series

Steve Carell has his first post-Office gig — and it’s behind the scenes.

Carell and David Steinberg (Mad About You) will serve as executive producers on a new Showtime interview series, titled Laughing Stock, president David Nevins announced this morning during the Television Critics Association press tour. The series will feature one-on-one interviews with “the world’s funniest personalities.” Steinberg will serve as host on the series, which has been picked up for 10 half-hour episodes. It is set to premiere in early 2012.

Guests will include Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Larry David, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, and Sara Silverman. Carell will also be a guest on an episode.

'Parenthood': Sam Jaeger teases adoption struggles for Joel and Julia and...talks about sex (VIDEO)

It appears infertility was only a tiny bit of the baby-seeking problems for Joel and Julia on Parenthood.

In a chat with EW during this week’s TCA press tour in Los Angeles, actor Sam Jaeger teased the adoption battles the couple will face in season 3 and says that it won’t be nearly as fun as trying to conceive. (Watch the video after the jump!)

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Michael Patrick King denies working on 'Sex and the City' prequel film

Looks like we won’t be seeing Carrie Bradshaw’s early adventures on the big screen.

Michael Patrick King, who directed both Sex and the City movies and acted as an executive producer on the series, told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour today that he was not working on the rumored prequel film.

“My Carrie started at 33, and I took her to 43. I didn’t even want to know who her parents were. The idea of going back in time…and making her less evolved — the idea of going backward — is not something I’m interested in doing,” he said.

King was at the tour to promote Two Broke Girls, the series he co-created with comedienne Whitney Cummings.

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