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'CSI': EP teases 'lighter season,' Marg Helgenberger says 'I'm not done playing this character'

After showing the first clip of Ted Danson on CSI, executive producer Carol Mendelsohn told a room of reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that they’re looking forward to “a lighter season” of the procedural, as the show prepares to bid farewell to Marg Helgenberger.

“I think you can infer it [from the clip],” she said. “Last season we were chasing a serial killer … that arc has come to an end. With the introduction of our new CSI superior who has his own process, I think you can say it’s a lighter season.”

Danson’s character, investigator D.B. Russell was described by EP Don McGill as a family man “who grew up with counter-culture parents and traveled around with them.” “They were folk singers. He wasn’t just home-schooled, he was van-schooled,” McGill said.

Meanwhile, Marg Helgenberger, who announced in February that she would be “doing a few episodes” of this season after initially saying season 11 would be her last, said her extended stay is a result of her “having a hard time letting go.” “I’m not done playing this character. I’m not done letting go.” After the panel, a source told EW that Helgenberger would be in the first 12 episodes of this season.

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'Grimm' cast: It's 'CSI' meets 'Buffy'

With writers from Buffy the Vampire Slayer on board, the cast of NBC’s Grimm is excited for fans of that series to check out their procedural with a, um, grim twist.

Grimm is fantastic and I think the first thing that drew me was that it’s a cop procedural, like CSI. However, it’s really done a really great job putting in this whole other element and we’ll get this whole other audience who like genre stuff, like Buffy and Angel,” says star David Giuntoli, who plays gifted Det. Nick Burkhardt.

Click below for more from the stars, who we chatted with during the Television Critics Association press tour. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin to host 'Saturday Night Live' for record-16th time

Alec Baldwin will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, as first reported by the New York Times. It will mark the 16th time that Baldwin has hosted the show, a record. NBC has also confirmed that Bridesmaids‘ break-out star Melissa McCarthy will host the season’s second episode. Both actors will be surrounded by familiar faces; producer Lorne Michaels told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that the entire cast will be returning for this season, the show’s 37th.

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Christina Applegate talks return to TV in 'Up All Night': 'All good comedy starts in a real place.'

In Up All Night, Christina Applegate stars opposite Will Arnett as a newbie parent who has more than a difficult time adjusting to sharing their lives with a tiny human. And for Applegate, who gave birth to her daughter Sadie in February, it’s a subject that hits close to home.

“It’s a funny take [on raising a child] but it starts in a real place. All good comedy starts in a real place,” she told EW Monday night during the Television Critics Association press tour. “Obviously, raising a child is ridiculous and funny and things happen.”

Applegate and Co. recently made some major changes to the pilot, so she’s not sure how those changes will play out with the characters in the next episodes. “We just started on this journey,” she says. “I’m learning as we go along. I’ve seen that we’re just going to start learning about who they were and them versus the old them.”

More from Applegate in the video below! READ FULL STORY

Retta and Jim O'Heir talk 'Parks and Recreation': Will we ever meet Jerry's wife?

My love for Jerry and Donna from Parks and Recreation is as endless as the ways Jerry embarrasses himself in every episode. What’s even better? The actors who play these characters are just as fun.

Take, for instance, the conversation they had with EW on the red carpet for NBC’s All-Star party on Monday night during TCA Press Tour. Among the topics? O’Heir’s hopes that — like Ron — we’ll delve into Jerry’s life a bit and meet some important ladies: His wife Gayle and three daughters!

“I want to,” O’Heir told EW. “I have the wife, the kids, the daughters. I’m pretty sure [they’re] going to [cast] Demi Moore or Angelina Jolie. They’ve both been calling. So we might go that direction. It would make the most sense I think.” (We’re pretty sure he’s joking about that.) As for Donna, Retta said there’s only one thing she’d like to see this season…

Watch below for the shocking answer! (And hear them talk about latest guest star Patricia Clarkson!)  READ FULL STORY

The `Millionaire Matchmaker' may get another show

Patti Stanger is increasing her fiefdom at Bravo. The network announced today that it just closed a two-year development deal with the star and executive producer of The Millionaire Matchmaker. Translation: The fun and lippy broad may get another show of her own!

“My relationship with Bravo is a match made in heaven,” she said in a statement. “As I say to my clients, no sex before monogamy. Now that Bravo and I are monogamous, I’m ready to hit the streets.” Lovely! READ FULL STORY

'Chuck' scoop: Joshua Gomez says of Morgan as the new Intersect: 'The potential is there for it to go a little haywire'

At the end of last season, Morgan (Joshua Gomez) became the new Intersect, and while it’s been said that Chuck will become a mentor of sorts, there’s also tough times ahead for Chuck’s BFF.

“There’s that whole growing process for Morgan as the intersect, and like what happened with Chuck, we don’t know exactly what effect it’s going to have,” Gomez told EW during the Television Critics Association press tour. “It, obviously, doesn’t run and work in everyone’s brain the same way. The potential is there for it to go a little haywire. And I’m sure — if I know these writers — I’m in trouble.”

Regardless of what transpires, Gomez says Morgan (at least starts off) loving his new abilities. “I think that in true Morgan fashion — and this is a scary thing — I don’t think he knows how scary it can be,” he says. “He’s completely gung-ho. It’s something he thinks is the coolest thing ever. It’s every nerd’s dream, ‘I can be a superhero! Chuck, I can do it!’ Chuck, meanwhile, is, like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down.'”

For more from Gomez about the end of the season, check out our video from the NBC All-Star Party below!  READ FULL STORY

USA Network bosses: 'Outlook is sunny' for second season of 'Suits,' 'Necessary Roughness'

USA network co-presidents Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel are more than pleased with the performance from freshman drama series Suits and Necessary Roughness. “The outlook is sunny,” McCumber said at last night’s NBC party during the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. “The future is so bright, we feel like wearing shades,” Wachtel added.

Timbuk3 references aside, the two shows have been doing good numbers, with both pulling in well over 4 million viewers every week. Last week, Suits topped the night among viewers 18-49 with 1.8 million of its 4.4 million falling into the demo.

Click below for more from EW’s chat with the execs, where they also talk about their search for a half-hour comedy that will make for a good partner with Modern Family in 2013, when the network’s syndication deal kicks in. READ FULL STORY

NBC defends 'The Playboy Club': 'It's the right kind of thing for us to try'

The Playboy Club isn’t too raunchy for broadcast — and it isn’t Mad Men.

That’s the message NBC’s entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt conveyed at the TV critics press tour in Beverly Hills on Monday as reporters asked about the upcoming series, which has been under fire by watchdog group like the Parents Television Council.

“What it has going for it is a recognizable brand that’s automatically going to draw attention to it, good or bad,” Greenblatt said. “It’s a really fun soap with a crime element and I think it’s the right kind of thing for us to try.”

The drama is set in 1960s Chicago and follows a lawyer who frequents Hugh Hefner’s famous club and becomes entangled with a Playboy bunny. NBC’s Salt Lake City affiliate — which is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — dropped plans to air the show, but local MyNetworkTV affiliate picked it up.  “I wasn’t completely surprised,” Greenblatt said of the Utah station’s decision. That [Playboy] brand name is a little polarizing even though the show isn’t all that revealing. That station in Utah, they don’t program Saturday Night Live. They have decisions to make for their own audience. I think every other affiliate is on board.” READ FULL STORY

NBC planning new Sean Hayes sitcom

Former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes may return to TV on NBC.

NBC’s entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt just told TV critics at their summer press tour that one of his goals is to bring Hayes back in front of the camera into a new comedy.

Without specifying details, Greenblatt says he’s developing a concept with Hayes, who’s worked as a producer in recent years on shows like TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and NBC’s upcoming Grimm.

Greenblatt also said he wants to get NBC into the primetime animation game, signing Greg Daniels (The Office, King of the Hill) to a new overall production deal to, among other things, develop animated shows.

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PBS announces 'Mister Rogers' next generation spin-off

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It’s a beautiful day … in Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood?

A decade after children’s classic Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood ceased production, PBS has just announced an animated spin-off to the series hosted by a familiar personality from the original show. Titled Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the series will have original Mister Rogers characters grown up and with children of their own living in the Neighborhood of Make Believe. Four-year-old Tiger (son of the original Tiger) will be the star. The “next generation” concept intends to use the musical education strategies pioneered by Fred Rogers’ landmark original program, which was in production from 1968 to 2001 and continued airing on PBS until about three years ago.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will launch in fall of 2012 as part of the PBS Kids pre-school lineup and represents the first show launched by the Fred Rogers Company since the original program.

“Fred Rogers revolutionized children’s media with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood continues on this path of innovation, helping the next generation of young children learn and grow in new ways,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vp, PBS. “Joining the PBS Kids family of series that cover important curricular areas like literacy and science, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood fills a critical gap in children’s media today: modeling the behaviors and habits that kids need in order to excel in formal learning settings – essentially, learning how to learn. It’s important for kids to learn pro-social skills like cooperation and listening, so that when they start school they are able to focus on the material at hand.”
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'Torchwood' might not get renewed anytime soon

Starz’s Torchwood may have delivered strong reviews and solid ratings, but fans shouldn’t expect the network to renew the Brit import anytime soon.

Before stepping before reporters at TV critics tour, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told EW he doesn’t envision the cult favorite as an annual event. The show’s 10-episode order was a large and unusual commitment for Torchwood partner BBC, he pointed out, and he hinged the pickup more on whether creator Russell T Davies comes up with a great new idea that can work for both partners.

Torchwood is not one of the show we went into thinking about a yearly return,” Albrecht said moments later to critics. “It’s about Russell T Davies … he has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will effect the future of Torchwood.”

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