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FXX sees ratings boom thanks to 'The Simpsons' marathon

Having taken the crown as the longest TV marathon ever, The Simpsons can add another achievement to its trophy case—launching FXX as a viable network.

While many at FX expected the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon to draw viewers, the results proved to be beyond anyone’s expectations. Bill Carter at The New York Times has a breakdown of the 12-day marathon’s viewership, and the results would even make Comic Book Guy crack a smile.

Simpsons episodes screened in prime time averaged 1.32 million viewers over the course of the marathon, a huge jump from the network’s previous average of 206,000 viewers at the same time. These numbers not only catapulted FXX to third place among all cable networks in the 18-to-49 demo during the marathon, but it also made it the highest rated network in all of cable television for three out of the 12 nights.

Somewhere, Mr. Burns is whispering “Excellent” to himself as he looks over the marathon’s results.

The marathon also proved to be a hit with fans. The Every Simpsons Ever Twitter profile tweeted along with each episode, retweeting viewer photos and tweets from Simpsons writers, artists, and others involved with the show’s production.

Only a year old, FXX was, prior to the marathon, a struggling network that took over what had previously been Fox Soccer. The Simpsons marathon gave the channel a needed jolt in the ratings and paved the way for FXX’s nightly programming in the months to come.

Visit the Times for a full analysis of the ratings, along with input from FX executives and James L. Brooks, who helped develop the show with Matt Groening and described viewer affection for the marathon as “emotional in ways that we didn’t anticipate.”

New 'Good Wife' teaser introduces Florrick, Agos & Lockhart

Last season, The Good Wife ended with Eli asking Alicia if she’d be willing to run for State’s Attorney. And in a new promo for season six, she answers: “I’m never saying yes.”

It’s difficult to imagine that will be the end of the discussion considering that Eli Gold is not a man who gives up easily, but from the looks of things, Alicia is going to have her hands full even without a campaign to run.

The promo offers fans their first introduction to Florrick, Agos & Lockhart, which means Diane’s transition is now complete. It’s your move, Canning.

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'Dexter' alum Jennifer Carpenter joins USA's Middle Eastern drama 'Stanistan'

Jennifer Carpenter may soon be returning to cable TV. The Dexter alum has been tapped to star in USA’s pilot Stanistan, EW has learned.

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'Survivor' host Jeff Probst explains why they ditched the Redemption Island twist

When I spoke to Survivor‘s Jeff Probst earlier this year after the success of the Blood vs. Water season, he mentioned that the Redemption Island twist would most likely only return in future Blood vs. Water seasons. Then when I spoke again in May upon the announcement of the upcoming Survivor: San Juan del Sur season (which premieres Sept. 24 on CBS), Probst confirmed that the twist would indeed be back. So imagine my shock when I showed up on location two weeks later — just 48 hours before filming began — and learned that Redemption Island had been axed. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' star Andrew Lincoln warns 'brutal is the word for this season'

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The Walking Dead has shown us some of the most disturbing imagery on television the past four years. But if star Andrew Lincoln is to be believed, we haven’t seen anything yet. And a lot of that is due to the fact that the man Lincoln plays, Rick Grimes, is pretty much done messing around. READ FULL STORY

Netflix nabs rights to Fox's 'Gotham' ahead of premiere

Netflix has acquired the rights to Gotham weeks before its highly anticipated premiere on Fox, marking what is believed to be the first deal of its kind for a series that has yet to air. Deadline was the first to report the news.

 

Netflix and Warner Bros. announced today that each season of the highly anticipated Batman prequel series will be available on the streaming services beginning in 2015, after the initial broadcast dates on Fox, which kick off on Sept. 22.

 

The series, which was well received by critics in early reviews, is based on the story of Batman. It follows detective James Gordon and a recently orphaned Bruce Wayne when they “meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight.” Starring Ben McKenzie (Southland), Donal Logue (Sons of Anarchy), Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix Reloaded) and Sean Pertwee (The Musketeers), the show follows Gordon’s rise to Police Commissioner in the corrupt city of Gotham.

 

Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, in a statement. “The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love.”

Netflix did not announce how much it paid for the series, but estimates put the figure around $1.75 million.

'Major Crimes' enlists '24,' 'CSI' alums

CSI alum Alex Carter and 24’s Carlos Bernard have landed guest-starring roles on Major Crimes, EW has learned exclusively.

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Fox cancels 'Gang Related' after one season

Fox has canceled its low-rated freshman drama Gang Related after one season, EW has confirmed.

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Adam Levine developing NBC comedy inspired by his childhood

Adam Levine is stepping behind the camera. The Voice judge and Maroon 5 frontman is developing a comedy inspired by his childhood for NBC, EW has confirmed.

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Watch the first footage from 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be operating from the shadows in season 2.

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'The Walking Dead' stars Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan talk Glenn and Maggie

Glenn and Maggie spent a good chunk of last season of The Walking Dead trying to find each other. They finally did! Annnnnnnd then they promptly got captured at Terminus. Well, that kind of sucks.

So that begs the question: Are Glenn and Maggie better off being safe but separate, or trapped together? And when a question begs, we ask it, so ask it we did of the actors who play Glenn and Maggie — Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan. Which scenario would Glenn and Maggie prefer? “That a good question,” said Cohan while taking a break from her EW Walking Dead cover shoot. “Are they better together but in peril, or separately but free? I think that really Maggie and Glenn are better together. Even if it’s the most perilous situation you know that they’ll find a way out of it — or at least you hope that they’ll find a way out of it. They spent a lot of time trying to find each last year — it’s like, no more!” READ FULL STORY

'Orange Is the New Black' star Laverne Cox to appear on 'Faking It'

Laverne Cox will guest star in an upcoming season-two episode of MTV’s Faking It, EW has learned exclusively.

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Watch an Internet couple meet IRL in the premiere of 'Love Prison'

If you took MTV’s Catfish, removed Nev and Max (and all producers, for that matter), added a potentially haunted cabin with no escape, removed all technology, and added six days to the journey, you’d have A&E’s Love Prison. Confused?

In Love Prison, A&E finds couples who have been talking on the internet and brings them face-to-face. Only, they do it in a remote cabin on an island with absolutely no one else around. With cameras in the house following their every move, the couple then spends seven days together to ultimately decide if they want to pursue a relationship. Oh, and they can’t bring their cell phones (or any technology) with them and they only get one hour to spend outside each day.

But before the show premieres at 10 p.m. on Sept. 8, EW has the exclusive first episode, featuring Jeanne and Billy (and at least one shark costume). Watch the full hour below.

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