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ABC defends racy 'Grey's' at 8 p.m.

Two of ABC’s popular — and very steamy — dramas will air an hour earlier on Thursdays this fall, but ABC topper Paul Lee doesn’t seem to be too worried about shaking up the so-called family hour with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

“I think it’s much less relevant than it was than five years ago,” Lee said today in a press conference, after a reporter questioned the idea of airing adult content earlier in the evening. ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday that shifted the sexy medical soap Grey’s to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, and the equally racy Scandal from 10 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Another reporter reminded Lee that ABC once had a reputation for keeping the family hour free of racy shows, he said the sales department was “fully supportive” of the decision to move Grey’s to 8 and that it’s a “non-issue.”

Lee also went on to say that ABC has a “strong” standards and practices department and “we will make sure whatever we air is appropriate.”

Sexy scenes have become a mainstay on both dramas — and characters have even been known to do the hibity-dibity outside of the bedroom. (See: Cristina and Owen in the fan shaft: Fitz and Liv in the White House). But Scandal, in particular, also features violent content like torture. Watch some below: READ FULL STORY

ABC fall schedule revealed: 'Scandal' on the move

Scandal will air an hour earlier on Thursdays, while Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will move to 9 on Tuesdays, according to ABC’s new fall schedule released today.

The rest of ABC’s schedule remains intact, especially Dancing with the Stars — which will stay a one-night-a-week franchise (sorry, fringe lovers).  Here’s the full schedule (new shows are in bold): READ FULL STORY

CBS orders 'NCIS' spinoff, 'The Odd Couple'

CBS gave the go-ahead to another NCIS spinoff, along with a retelling of the classic comedy The Odd Couple that will star Matthew Perry.

Tea Leoni will also debut on CBS this fall as the Secretary of State while Laurie Metcalf returns in a family sitcom about a raucous Boston clan.

What’s missing from this round of pickups? There was talk of a CSI spinoff that would have starred Patricia Arquette as a special agent in charge of the FBI’s cyber crime division. 

CBS, which has already issued verdicts on most of its shows save The Crazy Ones, Intelligence and The Mentalist, will present its fall lineup Wednesday in New York.

Here’s what’s planned (so far) for the 2014-15 season: READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Freak Show': A bearded lady? A scary clown? Details on the new season -- EXCLUSIVE

FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, about a 1950s Florida freak show run by a German (Jessica Lange, naturally), won’t premiere until later this year — but co-creator Ryan Murphy is revealing some more details on what he and the writers have in store for the series’ fourth iteration.

“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” says Murphy of Freak Show. “It was always her favorite one, which I thought was funny. I’ve had many different versions that I’ve run by her. I just love it. It feels really right. I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.” READ FULL STORY

CW renews 'Beauty and the Beast,' orders 'Flash'

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CW is bringing back three fan favorites and ordering a pair of comic-book inspired dramas for fall.

Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie will make a comeback, as will the freshman drama The 100. They join the previously announced renewals of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Arrow and Reign.

CW also picked up four new series in anticipation of its fall presentation to advertisers next week. They are The Flash, Jane the Virgin, iZombie, and The Messengers. Here are the official descriptions of the new dramas: READ FULL STORY

USA Network developing projects from 'Lost' creator Carlton Cuse, Jessica Biel

The USA Network is on the search for its next hit, with the announcement today of it’s 2014-15 development slate.

An alien drama from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, a comedy from Amy Poehler, and a single-cam comedy about a ski resort from Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are among the development projects touted by the network, who released descriptions for more than a dozen in-the-works possible series. READ FULL STORY

Death Watch 2014: What's back, what's not

UPDATED: Here’s what’s been canceled (and what’s returning) for this fall.

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How I Met Your Mother: FAREWELL!

2 Broke GirlsRENEWED

Bad Teacher CANCELED

Friends with Better Lives CANCELED

Mike & MollyRENEWED

MomRENEWED

HostagesCANCELED

NCISRENEWED

NCISLARENEWED

Person of InterestRENEWED

ElementaryRENEWED

SurvivorRENEWED

Criminal MindsRENEWED

CSIRENEWED

The Big Bang TheoryRENEWED

The MillersRENEWED

The Crazy Ones: CANCELED

Two and a Half Men: RENEWED

Hawaii Five-0RENEWED

Blue BloodsRENEWED

The Amazing RaceRENEWED

The Good WifeRENEWED

The Mentalist RENEWED

Intelligence: CANCELLED

NEXT: Fox….

Steve Carell comedy earns TBS pickup

Steve Carell and his wife Nancy just sold a series to TBS.

The cable net has given a thumbs-up to Angie Tribeca, which will be a satire on police procedurals. The single-camera comedy will star Rashida Jones and will revolve around an eccentric group of Los Angeles detectives. Jones plays Angie Tribeca, a lone wolf who’s capable, committed, strong and not thrilled when her boss (Jere Burns, Justified) tells her she has to work with a new partner.

Making guest appearances in the opening episode of Angie Tribeca are Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Lisa Kudrow (FriendsWeb Therapy), Gary Cole (Pineapple Express), Nancy Carell (Bridesmaids), Hayes Macarthur (Life as We Know It) and Matthew Glave (Growing Up Fisher).

TBS also ordered a series from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace) called Buzzy’s. Starring Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), the ensemble comedy centers on a group of coworkers who all went to high school together who reunite to work at a barbership. TBS ordered 10 episodes of the comedy that’ll also launch next year.

 

Showtime to adapt Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' for TV series

Spike Lee’s first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It, is coming to Showtime in the form of a new series, a rep confirmed to EW.

She’s Gotta Have It premiered in 1986 and had a huge impact on the independent film movement. The movie stars Tracy Camilla Johns as a woman who won’t commit to any of her three boyfriends, instead choosing to enjoy each of their company while still maintaining her independence.

The TV series will be a contemporized take on the film, with Lee set to direct and write.

How TV networks REALLY pick which pilots become series

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While we wait for the broadcast networks to choose which of their comedy and drama pilots will get a series order for next season, here’s a handy primer on how this decades-old hit-making process works…

1. Choose your pilots from hundreds of scripts. “What’s hot this year? Zombies? Make sure we got a zombie one.”

2. Cast more than 90 broadcast pilots at the same time, causing a frenzy to lock down the most marketable names: “For the Asian lesbian character I’m thinking Hugh Laurie. Or maybe Hugh Laurie for the Hispanic teen. He’s an actor.

3. Shoot all the pilots at the same time, prompting another scramble for the best behind-the-camera talent. “So your top director choices are all taken, but the second unit guy from The Mob Doctor pilot is still a firm ‘maybe.'”

4. Screen pilots for network insiders who tend to have similar taste: “Having grown up in New York City, I love this comedy pilot about young people in New York City, but I will also ask the people who work for me if they agree.” READ FULL STORY

Yahoo announces long-form shows from Paul Feig and Mike Tollin

At the 2014 Digital Content Upfronts Monday, Yahoo joined the ranks of Amazon and Netflix by announcing its plan to bring original long-form shows to the screen next year, starting with two new comedies.

Other Space is an out-of-this-world venture from three-time Emmy nominee Paul Feig (Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids, The Office). Set in the 22nd century, it focuses on a spaceship crew whose mission takes them off the charts — literally — and into an alternate universe where they have to find their way back home.

Sin City Saints, from executive producer Mike Tollin (One Tree Hill, Smallville, Varsity Blues) and two-time Emmy nominated director Bryan Gordon (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, Party Down), follows the story of Las Vegas’ first major league sports franchise and focuses on a Silicon Valley tycoon named Jake, who gets more than he bargained for when he sets out to buy a pro basketball team. Both shows will be presented as eight half-hour episodes.

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Carl Reiner looks back on 'Dick Van Dyke Show' finale

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Long before The Dick Van Dyke Show signed off in 1966, Carl Reiner knew he had a classic on his hands, so crafting the perfect finale was just as important as producing a series that would hold up over time.

Since this is the time of year when series prepare to sign off for good (and since we recently addressed finales in EW‘s April 11 issue titled “The Art of Saying Goodbye”), EW caught up with Reiner who’s currently promoting the DVD release of The Dick Van Dyke Show: Classic Mary Tyler Moore Episodes. Reiner talked about finale dubbed “The Last Chapter,” along with all the ridiculous things he could and couldn’t do in a ’60s sitcom.

Why release the Mary Tyler Moore episodes? Was she an unsung hero?

Well, she wasn’t an unsung hero very long because she — I think on the second or third show — she proved her comic chops. She had never done this kind of comedy before and she was very nervous about it but it didn’t take her long to get the swing. Just standing by and watching Morey [Amsterdam] and Rose [Marie] and Dick do their thing and very soon she was, well, Morey didn’t worry at all that she wasn’t going to be able to pull her weight. You wouldn’t know it if you saw the show because she acquitted herself so well but she was worried—actually he was worried, when we cast her he said, ‘she’s wonderful and beautiful and very talented but she’s so young. She was like 23 years old and Dick at the time was like 35 or 36 or something. But nobody ever ever believed they weren’t a couple.

Was it your idea for Mary to adopt that sing-song Oh Rob she used to do?

That was one of those natural things that happened. She just found a way—when she played the emotion correctly, when she set the line with the emotion of the moment, it worked! It became her signature. READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': HBO releases full trailer for Ryan Murphy adaptation -- VIDEO

After a series of teaser spots, HBO has finally released a full trailer for May’s highly anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. Directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, and Jim Parsons, the stirring film chronicles the rise of AIDS in the 1980s in New York City.  Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

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