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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

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock on '30 Rock' finale, and why they screened 'iCarly'

If you liked the 30 Rock finale, thank The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Frasier ... and iCarly.

For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, 30 Rock’s Exec Producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock talk about the challenges of sending off Liz Lemon and Co. — and what classic finales they screened for inspiration.

EW How long did you know how you wanted to end 30 Rock?

Tina Fey There were some things that we knew and had even come up before the finale. We knew we wanted Kenneth to inherit NBC and we knew at some point that we wanted Liz to adopt children or a child. Originally it was going to be this child that Kenneth fathered by accident at the Beijing Olympics or something. It was gonna be this blonde hair Asian kid who looked like Kenneth. And then we…

Robert Carlock … backed off of that! READ FULL STORY

See new, extended trailer for '24: Live Another Day'

Twenty-four days from today, Fox will debut 24: Live Another Day. To celebrate such an auspicious occasion, the network brought you this: READ FULL STORY

CNN bringing back Anthony Bourdain's hot series

Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he’s taken CNN itself.

Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series, a culinary travelogue, swiftly became the network’s top-rated series since debuting last April, a bright spot at a place that was in a severe dry spell before the missing Malaysian plane kicked up ratings. A new eight-episode season begins Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT.

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The Weather Channel returning to DirecTV

DirecTV customers will have The Weather Channel back on their lineup starting Wednesday.

The move comes nearly three months after the TV distributor dropped the channel after the two parties failed to reach a carrier agreement. The financial terms of their new contract were not disclosed, but in a release, The Weather Channel said they had “agreed to reduce reality programming by half” on weekdays.  READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': See the new trailer for Ryan Murphy's powerful HBO adaptation -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Ryan Murphy, the co-creator of Glee and American Horror Story, tackles his most dramatic and emotional project to date with his adaptation of Larry Kramer’s iconic play The Normal Heart. Set to air May 25 on HBO, the film chronicles the rise of AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s and features a sterling cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons. EW is exclusively premiering Heart‘s new trailer. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Investigation Discovery casts '80s heartthrobs to play real-life bad boys

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If you grew up adoring Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), you probably won’t love them here.

EW has learned exclusively that a dream team of ’80s heartthrobs like Jack Wagner  and Rob Estes (Melrose Place), as well as Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) and Antonio Sabato Jr. (General Hospital)  — as well as the aforementioned Peter Brady and Hercules — will take part in a new miniseries called Heartbreakers for Investigation Discovery. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert on #CancelColbert: 'We almost lost me' -- VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert used his entire Comedy Central show Monday to address an out-of-context tweet last week that kicked off the #CancelColbert campaign. Update: Watch video from the episode below.

The show started with a hilarious montage showing The Colbert Report shutting down, the lights going out, a flower wilting, scenes of the apocalypse, the famous crying Indian — all while Adagio for Strings played over the images. Then Colbert “woke up” from his bad dream and did his show.

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'GMA' shakeup again: Josh Elliott out

Good Morning America’s winning team is about to get even smaller.

On the heels of Sam Champion’s high-profile departure to The Weather Channel, Josh Elliott is leaving ABC’s morning show to take a gig at NBC Sports. Elliott has been with the morning show since 2006.

Amy Robach will replace him, effectively immediately. Robach was already a member of the GMA team.

Elliott, whose contract was about to expire with ABC, was in negotiations when his GMA colleague Lara Spencer signed a new deal worth a reported $8 million-plus a year.  Elliott was making just over $1 million a year and was apparently looking for parity, especially in light of the new, $14 million contract recently inked by Robin Roberts, Deadline reports. (George Stephanopoulos’s deal isn’t up until the end of this year).

Elliott now becomes the second staffer on the morning show to jump to an NBC-Universal-owned network.

Newly-appointed Disney/ABC TV TV Group president Ben Sherwood sent out this note Sunday to the ABC News division:

“I’m excited to let you know that we have promoted Amy Robach to News Anchor on Good Morning America effective immediately. Amy is a world class anchor and correspondent who is beloved by our morning audience and all who know her. READ FULL STORY

Why 'Archer' star H. Jon Benjamin isn't always in the 'Danger zone!'

Want to do Archer star and comedian H. Jon Benjamin a solid favor should you ever recognize him on the street? Then resist the temptation to request he say “Danger zone!” — the catchphrase with which his character Sterling Archer has become synonymous with during the five seasons-and-counting run of FX’s spy spoof.

 

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ABC Family drops controversial pilot about Saudi Arabia

ABC Family has abandoned a drama pilot called Alice in Arabia after advocacy groups expressed concern that it would perpetuate negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims.

The pilot followed an American teen who is kidnapped by her relatives and taken to Saudi Arabia, where she is kept as a prisoner in her Muslim grandfather’s home and forced to “find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil,” according to an official network logline read. The script’s from Brooke Eikmeier, a former cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language for U.S. Army who trained to support NSA missions in the Middle East. It was one of three new drama pilots announced by ABC Family earlier this week. READ FULL STORY

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