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'Pan Am' takes a dive, 'Housewives' ties series low

Jet lag, already? The ABC dramas took some serious hits in the adults 18-49 demographic, with new series Pan Am dropping 27% to a 1.9 rating/5 share and 6.4 million viewers, according to preliminary ratings. (Death watch alert! When a show hits the 1 rating range, its chances for renewal drop precipitously. Just saying).

Desperate Housewives also decreased 10% from last week, earning a 2.7/6 and 8.4 million. It tied its series low, even though it was ABC’s best performing show for the night. America’s Funniest Home Videos earned a 1.4/4 and 6.6 million and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition logged a 2.0/5 and 7.3 million. READ FULL STORY

'Desperate Housewives' way down; 'Pam Am' still manages to take flight

Even without Peyton Manning, the Colts game was a huge draw for NBC, which took the first Sunday of the 2011-12 TV season in adults 18-49 (5.9 rating/15 share) and viewers (14.8 million), according to preliminary results. The game itself (7.2/17) was still down 22% in the demo versus the last one on Sept. 18 — but this time, it had to face originals on the other networks. READ FULL STORY

'Dexter,' 'Fringe,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'The Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

System failing. Too much TV. Abort! Abort!

Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed by all the amazing television this week? Well, buck up, sissy pants! Fall TV is not for the weak. It’s for the bravest, strongest, most wonderfully reclusive individuals. Together we will conquer.

That said, I need your help. Be sure you’re sending in your scoop requests, sharing your TV ponderings, and telling me your general shows of interest so I can make sure I’m filling your need for scoops during this hectic TV time. (Send e-mails to spoilerroom@ew.com or follow me on Twitter: @EWSandraG) Until next week!

(Side note: In case you missed it, we also had a special Emmy scoops edition earlier this week that you can read here.)

DEXTER REVISITS THE PAST IN AWESOME PREMIERE

Last season of Dexter ended with the door open for anything to happen. Lumen lost her darkness and left, Dexter had taken down the season’s villain, and there was even a small note of optimism on his part that he could one day live without his own darkness following him.

On Oct. 2, we pick up with Harrison starting pre-school and Dexter very much at peace with his darkness. And, dare I say, enjoying it again.

Without ruining too much (because I honestly felt incredibly psyched by the premiere and want you to experience it for yourself), much of the episode centers around Dexter tracking down a potential victim at his 20th high school reunion. There, we not only get a great picture of who Dexter was as a high school student, but also get a good laugh out how his classmates perceive him now. (He’s… popular!)

We’re also introduced to Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos’ demented characters. I can happily report that the first murder they are responsible for is one of the most disgusting ones I’ve ever seen on the show. Congrats, newbies! READ FULL STORY

Top fall TV time-slot battles this week (and who will win)

Right after the fall schedule was announced last May, I posted a rundown of the most intriguing time-period battles and who I thought would win. There’s been a lot of buzz and new intel about these shows since then, but I’m keeping my predictions the same — plus adding a several new entries. So here they are, below. Be sure to check the Inside TV blog every morning for the ratings to see how your favorite shows perform (of course, in today’s DVR era, time periods are less important than they were five years ago, but don’t be fooled: The slots still matter — just ask any show that faced off against American Idol, or one that had the pleasure of airing after it):

Who: CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 vs. NBC’s Playboy Club vs. ABC’s Castle
When
: Mondays at 10 p.m.
Verdict: Castle pulled off a surprise victory in this slot by the end of last season against the first year of Five-0, gradually conquering a time period that it always lost to CBS when CSI: Miami was there. (Castle was especially aided by Charlie Sheen’s freak out and Two and a Half Men going into repeats — thus weakening CBS’ 9 p.m. hour’s lead into Hawaii.) So this is the rematch, with Hawaii bulking up with a ton of guest stars and adding Terry O’Quinn to the cast. Expectations are modest for Playboy Club. Hawaii will go big tonight when Men returns tonight, but in the coming weeks Castle will probably end up slightly on top. And now on Friday nights, it’s Chuck vs… READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, and Julianna Margulies headline Emmy presenters

Some of television’s most celebrated talents will present awards at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Nominees Will Arnett (guest actor on 30 Rock), Julianna Margulies, Amy Poehler and Sofia Vergara will share the stage with host Jane Lynch to hand out some hardware, as will high-profile new TV stars Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) and Ashton Kutcher (Two and a Half Men). The shows airs live on FOX on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

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'The Good Wife' casts new judge -- EXCLUSIVE

The Good Wife‘s streak of having prominent actors play guest judges on the show continues. This time, the CBS drama has tapped Harvey Fierstein for an appearance.

The gravel-voiced actor best known for Torch Song Trilogy, Fierstein is playing a liberal, ex-hippie type who marches to a different drummer. He’ll preside over a case Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is working on with a sharp eye, but rather laid-back speech.

Expect to see Fierstein, who was also in films like Independence Day, in The Good Wife‘s fourth episode this season, with the show returning on its new night and time — Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. The show previously booked Lisa Edelstein in a recurring role. And if you haven’t seen the drama’s provocative season three poster, you must click over to this.

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Emmys: Josh Charles talks first Emmy nomination — and friendly trash talk with fellow nominee Peter Dinklage

'The Good Wife' naughty season 3 ad -- PHOTO

Well look who seems to be enjoying themselves! For season 3 of the critically acclaimed legal drama The Good Wife, CBS is turning up the heat with a new ad that plays off the drama’s chaste-sounding title. Below we have Julianna Margulies in a black negligee. And given her apparent state of mind, this shot makes us curious if there’s more going here that we cannot see.

The Good Wife returns at a new night and time, Sundays this fall at 9 p.m. on CBS starting Sept. 25. Check out the poster for yourself below:  READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife,' 'White Collar,' 'Bones,' 'Franklin & Bash': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Spoilers are like apples, Roomies. Shake the tree, and you’ll get one to fall. And next week at the annual San Diego Comic-Con, the apples will fall like rain, so be prepared. Rather, help me prepare! Send your burning questions about any and all shows going to Comic-Con (and those that aren’t, if you’re so inclined), so I can come back with a basket of bounty to share with you all. We’ll make spoiler pie together! Also, this apple metaphor has gone on about five sentences too long. So I’m stopping now.

Send questions to spoilerroom@ew.com (note the two “r”s) or Tweet them to me @EWSandraG.

Also, this week, the “side dishes” are the main course. (Clearly hungry right now… ) Enjoy!

Sandra, I’m betting you’ve already drooled over these pics of gun-wielding Joe Manganiello on the set of White Collar, right? What else can you tell me about his role (and how much heavage we’ll be seeing)? — Maggie READ FULL STORY

Emmys: Buddies Josh Charles and Peter Dinklage already engaging in friendly trash talk?

Tomorrow is the first day of shooting for season 3 of CBS’ The Good Wife, and what better way to welcome the cast back than with nine Emmy nominations — including nods for the series, actors Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Alan Cumming, and guest star Michael J. Fox, as well as casting director Mark Saks and director of photography Fred Murphy? Charles, who’s celebrating his first-ever Emmy nom, returned to New York last night after two-and-a-half weeks out of the country. (“Obviously, when you’re walking around Jerusalem or in the Dead Sea or Masada, it’s not really necessarily the place where people are expecting to see someone that’s on a TV show they like,” he says, “so I always get a kick out of seeing people go through that process in their brain of figuring out if what they’re seeing is correct.”) Jet-lagged, all he was thinking about this morning was getting himself to the cast’s annual pre-season photo shoot on time.

“I was headed to get into the car to come to this photo shoot, and one of my best friends texted me. Just said, ‘Emmy.’ That was it. I was like, ‘Oh.’ It wasn’t super-exciting,” he laughs, wishing he had a better story. “And then I just got hit with a barrage of emails, texts, and calls from people. Honestly, one of the best parts of it is just seeing how happy it made a lot of my friends and family and my fellow actors. It’s a hard business and I’ve been in it a long time, and I feel like I have really good friendships with actors — people who I’ve worked with or people I’ve just been friends with over the years — and we all really have each other’s back. It felt good to have them all reach out and feel their happiness for me.” That includes his good friend Peter Dinklage, who also earned a supporting actor nomination for Game of Thrones. “I’ve been trading emails and texts with Peter, back and forth, and we’ve been ribbing one another and having some laughs. All of our friends are joking with us that we should fight it off,” Charles says. (Another memorable reaction: “One of my other best friends is in Greece for his brother’s wedding, and he said he was screaming and scared people on the beach,” Charles adds. “That made me laugh.”)  READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family,' John Noble, and Christina Hendricks among Critics' Choice Award winners

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards — created by the recently established Broadcast Television Critics Association — were designed in part to be a counterpoint to the annual Emmy Awards (and the more established TCA Awards). The winners of the first annual CCTAs, however, echoed several Emmy winners of the recent past: AMC’s Mad Men took home Best Drama; ABC’s Modern Family won Best Comedy; Best Actress in a Comedy went to 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey; and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons earned Best Actor in a Comedy.

The majority of winners, however, have not snagged an Emmy award — or, in some cases, even a nomination — but remain long-standing fan favorites.  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood,' 'Weeds,' 'Rescue Me,' and 'Entourage': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

If you heard loud squealing this week, it was probably just me getting my hands on the first three episodes of True Blood. (Don’t judge me.) And let me tell you, they do not disappoint! But by the sounds of it, neither will a lot of shows coming up.

Read on for more deets.

Also, be sure you’re submitting questions like good Roomies. SpoilerRoom@ew.com or Tweet ‘em (@EWSandraG). READ FULL STORY

'House,' 'Glee,' 'Leverage,' 'Royal Pains': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s hot in New York right now. Not awful… but getting there. And watching the premiere of Leverage, where the team heads to Alaska for a case, not only made me wildly jealous but provided just the escape I was craving. That’s summer TV for you! And we’re gearing up for the bulk of it, readers. So send in your scoop requests to spoilerroom@ew.com (that’s two r’s) or Tweet them to me @EWSandraG. I’m also accepting random questions about finales, questions for EW staffers, and your general TV musings. (I read them all when I run out of TV to watch, which happens more often than you think.) Thanks, as always, Roomies!

‘HOUSE’: CHASE AND THIRTEEN: IS IT ON?

There’s so much change going on at House, it’s both terrifying and a little exciting. Exciting because there’s no way to predict how the post-Cuddy world will shift this show. One option currently being explored? The advancement of the Thirteen/Chase chemistry we’ve all picked up on. READ FULL STORY

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