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Comic-Con: Take a look at TV lineup so far

EW has put together a guide of all the TV madness happening at Comic-Con this year. Whether you’re dying to know what’s going down next season on Glee, searching for the inside scoop on buzzy new shows like Arrow, or just hoping to catch a glimpse of Ian Somerhalder speak, there’s a panel that’s got you covered. Drop in to learn what’s going on with your favorite television programs, and  be sure to keep checking back to this page as we update with more panel info and star appearances as they become available. Comic-Con takes place July 12-15 in San Diego. But don’t worry if you can’t make it — EW will be on ground bringing you updates as it all unfolds.

Thursday July 12:

-Beauty and the Beast (The CW): Stars Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, along with executive producers Jennifer Levin and Sherri Cooper.

-Dexter (Showtime): Stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, and special guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Also appearing are executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Scott Buck, and Manny Coto.

-MAD (Cartoon Network): Producers Kevin Shinick and Mark Marek.

-Nikita (The CW): Stars Maggie Q, Shane West and Lyndsy Forseca; Executive Producer Craig Silverstein.

-Psych (USA): Stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Tim Omundson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen, along with creator/executive producers Steve Franks,  EP Kelly Kulchak, and EP Chris Henze.

-Teen Wolf (MTV): Stars Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden and Colton Haynes, along with executive producer Jeff Davis.

-Wilfred (FX): screening and Q&A with Elijah Wood.


TV's top time-period battles this fall

With the fall TV schedule now complete (below), we get to step back and take a look at the hellish battleground that broadcast hath wrought. There’s some very tough-to-predict match-ups this fall:*

Tim Allen vs. Whitney Cummings (Fridays, 8-9): “No, my show’s lamer!” ABC and NBC have their low-expectations comedies airing on Fridays this fall, and they might run head-to-head depending on when NBC launches (ABC’s comedies premiere in November). NBC has Whitney and Community and ABC has Last Man Standing and new comedy Malibu Country. (Community fans, if your ass beat by Reba McEntire and Lily Tomlin, we have no words for you). At least 9 p.m. shows Shark Tank and Grimm will have half-way decent lead-ins for once. Our prediction: Edge goes to ABC.

Britney Spears vs. Christina ‪Aguilera‬: OK, so one this is kind of a cheat. The Voice and X Factor won’t air on the same nights, let along in the same time period. But if you think their lack of head-to-head scheduling will matter to the media, you deserve to be hit, baby, one more time. Everybody will obsess over how these two compare. NBC’s The Voice has the wind at its back, averaging 6.2 in the adult demo this season compared to X Factor‘s 4.4. We all want to see how Spears handles the reality show spotlight, but many wonder if she can pull off being entertaining and analytical. Mark Burnett cast The Voice with big names who are charismatic and have the cojones to criticize a singer. Simon Cowell seems to like big names — who are just big names. Prediction: You can’t hold down Xtina. READ FULL STORY

CBS fall 2012-13 schedule revealed


Freshman hit 2 Broke Girls takes over the anchor spot on Mondays while Two and a Half Men moves to Thursdays behind The Big Bang Theory in the new CBS schedule unveiled today in New York. CSI: NY now opens Fridays and The Mentalist moves to Sundays behind The Good Wife.

There was some thought that CBS would go with a two-hour block of comedies on Thursdays but instead the block of Big Bang Theory and Men leads into Person of Interest and the new Sherlock Holmes-like drama Elementary. “We had the guns to go to four comedies,” admits CBS head of scheduling Kelly Kahl. “This is simply the way the schedule felt strongest and looked best to us.”

Here it is: 

Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS HIMYM Partners 2 Broke Girls Mike & Molly Hawaii Five-O
NBC The Voice Revolution
FOX Bones The Mob Doctor
ABC Dancing with the Stars Castle
CW 90210 Gossip Girl
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Vegas
NBC The Voice Go On The New Normal Parenthood
FOX Raising Hope Ben and Kate New Girl The Mindy Project
ABC Dancing with the Stars the Results Show Happy Endings Don’t Trust the B— Private Practice
CW Hart of Dixie Emily Owens, M.D.
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS Survivor: Philippines Criminal Minds CSI
NBC Animal Practice Guys with Kids Law & Order: SVU Chicago Fire
FOX The X Factor
ABC The Middle Suburgatory Modern Family The Neighbors Nashville
CW Arrow Supernatural
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS The Big Bang Theory Two and a Half Men Person of Interest Elementary
NBC 30 Rock Up All Night The Office Parks and Recreation Rock Center with
Brian Williams
FOX The X Factor Results Glee
ABC Last Resort Grey’s Anatomy Scandal
CW The Vampire Diaries Beauty and the Beast
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS CSI: NY Made in Jersey Blue Bloods
NBC Whitney Community Grimm Dateline NBC
FOX Touch Fringe
ABC Shark Tank / Last Man Standing, Malibu Country Primetime: What Would You Do? 20/20
CW America’s Next Top Model Nikita
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS The Amazing Race The Good Wife The Mentalist
NBC Football Night in America The Celebrity Apprentice Do No Harm
FOX The Simpsons Bob’s Burgers Family Guy American Dad
ABC Once Upon a Time Revenge 666 Park Avenue
KEY: ABC: PINK | CBS: BLUE | FOX: ORANGE | NBC: GREEN | CW: PURPLE Note: New shows highlighted in red | NT: New Time Slot

In addition, CBS will bow a new drama called Golden Boy in midseason that tracks one cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective to police commissioner. There is also a new comedy called Friend Me, about twentysomething best friends, Evan and Rob, who move from their hometown of Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles to begin their exciting new lives working at GroupOn.

Undercover Boss will be back, too, as well as a new Mark Burnett show called The Job. It’s a competition that leads to a dream job.

No ruling yet, however, on whether Rules of Engagement will return.

'Big Bang Theory' finale: Simon Helberg on Howard's big [SPOILERS]!

Some big things went down on Thursday night’s season finale of The Big Bang Theory, but if you haven’t seen it yet, be warned: SPOILERS FOLLOW!  READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' EP Bill Prady says tonight's finale 'provides three really amazing final moments'

The Big Bang Theory exec producer Chuck Lorre is fond of saying that the show isn’t Lost — there’s no grand plan in place building to a revelatory event at the end of the season. Be that as it may, the fifth season of Big Bang has been leading directly to tonight’s finale: the wedding of Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) and Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), and Howard’s on-again, off-again, on-again mission to the International Space Station. Both of those events converge tonight, and the question is: Will the wedding happen? Will Howard go through with the mission? Will there be a massive cliffhanger like last season’s ohmigod, did Penny and Raj-just get horizontal?! bombshell? We rang up Big Bang EP Bill Prady to grill him for answers:  READ FULL STORY

'NCIS,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'NCIS: LA,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Big Bang Theory': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

The realization that so many shows are coming to a close hit me today, and once I stopped sobbing, I realized that as we head into summer, this might be the prime time to do a little self-evaluation!

So if you’re up for it — or just counting the hours till you clock out — I invite you to take a questionnaire on Spoiler Room. Your feedback matters to me, so if you can find the time to do it, I’d appreciate it!


And if you’re not in the question ANSWERING mood, ask one! or hit me up on Twitter. See y’all next week!


EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

What's the cast of 'Modern Family,' 'Grey's' and 'Two and a Half Men' worth?


Just three years ago, Eric Stonestreet was another no-name actor working in Hollywood, getting by with occasional appearances on shows like Nip/Tuck and CSI. Today, he’s an Emmy-winning co-star of Modern Family who easily ranks as one of the funniest men in primetime TV. Does he deserve to earn as much as 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin or The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons?

That’s what the producers behind ABC’s hit family comedy will begin asking this summer, when the ensemble is expected to seek substantial raises for working on the three-year-old series. Similar renegotiations are already in the works on Two and Half Men (where deals are up for Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer) and Grey’s Anatomy (Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Sandra Oh, among others), but the MF talks have the potential to be the juiciest — depending on whether the adults band together à la Friends back in 2000. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' creator on tonight's Leonard Nimoy cameo: 'Fantasy get'

How do you achieve nerd nirvana? Book Spock and the smartest guy on the planet for cameos.

The Big Bang Theory was already enjoying its most watched season to date (16.3 million) when it exceeded expectations by luring Leonard Nimoy and Stephen Hawking in the same week. “These are two fantasy gets,” Co-Creator/Executive Producer Bill Prady told EW. “Nimoy hits that level of pop culture fandom, and Stephen is the heir to Einstein. It’s a thrill beyond thrills.”

Since the men are heroes of Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon, Parsons had the privilege of shooting scenes with both — though Nimoy participates only via voice-over as Sheldon’s conscience on tonight’s episode. (Hawking will appear on April 5). Nimoy had helped out the CBS comedy before: He actually provided an autographed napkin for a previous episode. This time, he spent an evening on the set with the cast and crew. Though Parsons was never a Star Trek viewer, Nimoy’s visit was a huge deal to Prady — though the scribe says he was “really restrained” around Spock’s alter-ego.

Here’s a sneak peek from tonight’s show: READ FULL STORY

Stephen Hawking to cameo on 'Big Bang Theory'

A geek dream finally fulfilled!

Sheldon (Jim Parsons) will finally meet his hero, Stephen Hawking, in an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory. The CBS show is keeping details of Hawking’s appearance under wraps but EW did find out that the author of A Brief History of Time will appear in a scene with Parsons on April 5.

Hawking’s cameo will air the week after Leonard Nimoy finally shows up on the comedy. Nimoy, in fact, Tweeted @TheRealNimoy earlier today: “Spock on Big Bang Theory on 3/29. Stephen Hawking the following week. Logical.”

Leonard Nimoy to haunt Sheldon's dreams on 'The Big Bang Theory'

In what many believe to be the best ever episode of The Big Bang Theory, the prospect of owning a sample of Leonard Nimoy’s saliva was so overwhelming to Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) that it caused him to dissolve into a gooey sentimental puddle and hug the woman who gave him the gift, Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Well, imagine what Sheldon will do when he learns the Big Bang overlords have provided him with an even bigger gift: The voice of Leonard Nimoy haunting his slumber.

That’s right: EW has confirmed TV Line’s report that the Star Trek star is lending his voice for the March 29th episode, playing Spock in one of Sheldon’s dreams. READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang Theory' beats 'American Idol' outright for first time

For the first time in five years, another TV series has beaten American Idol outright in the Nielsen ratings to win the night.

After weeks of near-topples and ties, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory overtook Fox’s Idol on Thursday. And when it finally happened, the margin wasn’t small in the adult demo: Big Bang had 16.1 million viewers and a 5.2 rating in the adult demo, while Idol had 15.4 million and a 4.4 rating. Idol fell 14 percent from last week to a new low (clearly the strategy of draaaagging out revealing the Top 24 contestants didn’t work out).

Though there’s been “Big Bang tops Idol” headlines for weeks now, they’ve been based on somewhat premature math, slicing up Idol into half hours like it’s loaf of sourdough instead of a TV show. But now there’s no doubt: Another show beat Idol to win the night. It’s the first time a show has pulled that off since Grey’s Anatomy in 2007. Plus, on the weekly chart, NBC’s The Voice will rank as the highest-rated series, since it topped Wednesday’s edition of Idol, which had a 5.1 to The Voice‘s 6.0.  READ FULL STORY

'Big Bang' beats 'Idol' at 8 but Fox rules night

Everyone taking a winter vacay or something? Viewership has been oddly soft this week for broadcast TV: The Big Four were either down or flat versus last week, according to early results. Though American Idol helped Fox to win Thursday among adults 18-49 (5.0 rating/13 share) and viewers (16.5 million), the show was still down 14 percent in the demo versus last week.

Idol still dominated among adults 25-54 and teens.

CBS came in second for the night with a 3.3/9 in the demo and 13.3 million viewers. Big Bang Theory beat Idol in the first half-hour among 18-49 (5.0/15 versus 4.6/13) and viewers (15.5 million versus 15 million), but it was still down 11 percent from last week. Rob! earned a 3.2/9, down 3 percent from last week, and 10.9 million, followed by Person of Interest (2.9/7, down 12 percent from last week, and 13.2 million) and The Mentalist (2.8/7, down 7 percent from last week, and 13.6 million).

ABC was third in the demo with a 2.4/6, with Wipeout earning a 1.5/4, which tied its season low, and 5.1 million, followed by Grey’s Anatomy (3.1/8, down 23 percent, and 8.1 million) and Private Practice (2.6/7, up 8 percent from last week, and 7 million). NBC hobbled in fourth place, with 30 Rock earning a 1.4/4, down 13 percent from last week, and 3.6 million, followed by Parks and Recreation (1.7/5, flat, 3.5 million), The Office (2.2/6, down 12 percent to a series low, and 4.3 million),  and Up All Night (1.5/4, down 12 percent to a series low, 3 million). That was a repeat of Grimm.

Read more:
‘American Idol’ recap: Vegas Babies
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Be My Freakin’ Person
’30 Rock’ recap: Jack Attack 


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