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Michael J. Fox set to star in new TV series inspired by real-life struggle with Parkinson's

It’s official: Michael J. Fox is indeed returning to series television.

NBC announced the news Monday afternoon, following unconfirmed reports about the project last week. The new series will be Fox’s first regular role on television since he departed Spin City in 2000 following his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.

The as-yet-untitled show, pitched by Fox himself, is inspired by the Back to the Future actor’s own life – he plays a husband and father of three dealing with Parkinson’s. Will Gluck, who directed Friends with Benefits and Easy A, is on board to direct the pilot and executive produce. Also EPing is Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town, Arrested Development).

The series marks Fox’s return to NBC, where he shot into stardom as Alex P. Keaton, the endearingly over-achieving, staunchly Republican son of two hippie parents, on 1980s sitcom Family Ties. READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay-produced series 'The Last Ship' gets pilot order from TNT

Fourteen years after Armageddon, Michael Bay has another apocalyptic project in the works — this time for television. TNT has ordered a pilot for drama series The Last Ship and Bay is set to produce.

After a couple decades of success on the big screen, Bay is now turning his attention to TV. He and his company Platinum Dunes also got a straight-to-series order from Starz in May for another sea-set project: a Treasure Island prequel titled Black Sails.

Here’s the logline for The Last Ship from TNT: READ FULL STORY

'The Newsroom': Watch first episode online

No HBO? No problem.

Even without the cable channel, you can catch the premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s new show The Newsroom on YouTube.

Similar to the strategy HBO employed with Girls and Veep, viewers can check out the pilot (but so far only the pilot) for free as part of the network’s effort to get you hooked.

Check out what all the buzz is about on HBO’s YouTube channel, and then read Ken Tucker’s take on the premiere.

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'Munsters' reboot: Meet Herman's wife Lily!

NBC has finally found someone to play the wife of Herman Munster in NBC’s reboot of the classic black and white comedy The Munsters.

And the lucky gal is… READ FULL STORY

Showtime picks up Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen pilots

Showtime has picked up two new pilots to air in 2013. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as a Los Angeles-based fixer who is running from his troubled past in “Southie” Boston. Jon Voight, Elliot Gould, and Sherlock Holmes‘ Eddie Marsan also star. Southland‘s Ann Biderman created the show, and Allen Coulter directed the first episode.

Like Schreiber, Michael Sheen makes his series regular debut. He will portray William Masters alongside Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia Johnson in the hour-long period drama Masters of Sex. Master and Johnson, the real-life pioneers in studying the science behind human sexuality, set off the sexual revolution with their findings. Michelle Ashford (The Pacific) created the series based on Thomas Maier’s book of the same name, and Oscar nominee John Madden directed the premiere episode.

Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex received a 12-episode order.

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NBC renews 'Parenthood,' '30 Rock'

Excellent news for fans of the Braverman family: NBC has renewed Parenthood for another season!

NBC ordered 15 episodes of the family drama from Jason Katims. In addition, it also ordered 13 episodes for what will likely be the last season of 30 Rock.

The network also picked up two new dramas for fall — a medical series called Do No Harm that stars Steven Pasquale and Phylicia Rashad, and a sudser called Infamous that will feature Victor Garber and Tate Donovan. In Do No Harm, a brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter ego, who threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life. Infamous is an opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in — as the maid’s daughter — to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend.

Here are the first images from the new dramas Do No Harm and Infamous. READ FULL STORY

NBC orders comedy starring Jesse Bradford

NBC just ordered another comedy for fall as it prepares for its fall upfront presentation in New York Monday. The latest pickup is called Guys With Kids, which focuses on three thirtysomething guys who enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.

The comedy stars Jesse Bradford, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe and Sara Rue.

Earlier, NBC announced that it has renewed Law & Order: SVU for a 14th season, while picking up a new procedural called Chicago Fire. The network has also greenlit a Matthew Perry comedy, Go On, about a charming sportscaster who attends therapy after a personal tragedy; a White House comedy from a former Obama speechwriter; a J.J. Abrams apocalyptic drama project Revolution; Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s gay family comedy The New Normal; and an Anne Heche comedy called Save Me.

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J.J. Abrams' apocalyptic 'Revolution' gets NBC series order -- PHOTO

The Revolution will be televised.

Except for the characters on NBC’s new series Revolution, because they will have no electricity to watch TV after an apocalyptic disaster leaves America unplugged from all devices and machines. That’s right, there’s no cars, no cell phones, no Internet, no…actually, that sounds like it could be pretty relaxing.

But we’re sure being stripped of technology will have some serious consequences for the show’s characters, who will be played by costars like Billy Burke (Twilight), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Andrea Roth (Ringer). Sci-fi wunderkin J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) will produce the project. First photo:


NBC orders Anne Heche comedy for fall

The race toward fall 2012 has begun in earnest. NBC, which will present its fall lineup to advertisers next Monday in New York, has picked up a comedy pilot to series that will star Anne Heche.

The project is called Save Me and it also features Alexandra Breckenridge and Michael Landes. Here is the official logline: A woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.

NBC has already ordered to series a comedy starring Matthew Perry called Go On. It’s about an irreverent yet charming sportscaster tries to move on from loss, he reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.

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Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions

Death Watch 2012: Our fall TV survival predictions -- UPDATED

Way to go, Fringe! Some shows have received an 11th-hour reprieve before the May upfronts in New York, where the broadcast networks announce their fall 2012 schedules beginning May 14. Time to check the status of nearly all broadcast shows. READ FULL STORY

Complete fall 2012 pilot list: Hits or misses?

Here is the complete list of pilots that are currently under consideration for fall. We’ll update every time a drama or comedy is ordered to series.

NBC Dramas

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Logline: This thriller follows the mysterious disappearance of a group living on a commune in Alaska. Based on an acclaimed Israeli format, a female FBI cult specialist starts an investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy.
Cast: Julia Stiles, Titus Welliver

The Frontier
Logline: In an intense tale of survival, a group of disparate travelers embark on an incredible cross-country adventure through the West, where danger stalks them at every turn.
Cast: Ethan Embry, Bridget Regan

Logline: A brilliant neurosurgeon wrestles with his dangerous alter ego that threatens to wreak havoc on his personal and professional life.
Cast: Steven Pasquale, Phylicia Rashad

Chicago Fire (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: From the writing team of 3:10 to Yuma comes this action-driven drama exploring the complex and heroic men and women of the Windy City’s Fire Department.
Cast: Kelly Severide, Peter Mills

The Revolution (SERIES ORDER)
 Logline: In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out … forever.
Cast: Giancarlo Esposito, Andrea Roth

Logline: Emmy-winning creator Jason Katims takes us into the lives of a group of young doctors, nurses, and administrators in a frenetic underfunded and morally compromising L.A. County Hospital.
Cast: Jason Ritter, Michael Imperioli

Bad Girls
Logline: From the producers of Shameless, and adapted from the long-running U.K. hit series of the same name, Bad Girls follows the ins and outs of a group of unlikely women in a federal prison: a scandalous female warden, her new protégé and a host of inmates – some mothers, some friends—who struggle with loyalties to people on the inside and the outside.
Cast: Amy Smart, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jamie Pressly

Logline: A one-hour contemporary thriller series features the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Will Graham

Logline: An opulent soap in which a female detective returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in – as the maid’s daughter – to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend.
Cast: Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Meagan Good

Beautiful People
Logline: An imaginative and thematically rich “what if” drama set 10 minutes in the future where families of mechanical human beings exist to service the human population — that is, until some of the mechanicals begin to “awaken.”
Cast: Francis Conroy, James Murray, Tovah Feldshuh

NBC Comedies

Logline: While an irreverent yet charming sportscaster tries to move on from loss, he reluctantly finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory group-therapy sessions.
Cast: Matthew Perry, Julie White

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Logline: A single-camera comedy in which series star Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) returns to her old life after a breakup, ready to pick up where she left off, and finds it’s not as easy as she thought because those around her have moved on.
Cast: Sarah Silverman, Ken Leung

Logline: A comedy centering on an otherwise normal middle-class family that wrestles with the challenges of everyday life while raising a daughter (Sophia Mitri Schloss, Grimm) who has magical qualities.
Cast: Marcia Gay Harden, Kevin Nealon, Sophia Mitri Schloss

Logline: A woman, who lets herself go while in a broken marriage, goes through a transformation where she becomes the best version of herself and creates miracles along the way.
Cast: Anne Heche, Michael Landes, Alexandra Breckenridge

Nic and Jen
Logline: What happens between two lifelong female friends when a husband comes into the mix.
Cast: Minnie Driver, Andrea Anders, Rachel Dratch, Josh Hopkins


Image Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Downwardly Mobile
Logline: This multi-cam comedy brings Roseanne Barr back to series television as the proprietor of a mobile-home park and surrogate mother to all of the unique people who live there in a challenging economy. Cast: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

Animal Practice (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A single-camera office comedy centered on a House-like veterinarian, who loves animals but usually hates their owners.
Cast: Justin Kirk, Tyler Labine

Happy Valley
Logline: After being dumped by her fiancé, a shy, focused woman leans on her co-workers to help her come out of her shell and plot her revenge.
Cast: Mena Survari, Freddie Prinze, Jr.

Guys with Kids (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: Three thirtysomething guys enjoy the adventures of parenting despite the fact they haven’t grown up themselves.
Cast: Jesse Bradford, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Tempestt Bledsoe, Sara Rue

The New Normal (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and the woman who becomes a surrogate to help them have children.
Cast: Justin Bartha, Bebe Wood, Ellen Barkin, Jayson Blair

Friday Night Dinner
Logline: Based on the U.K. format, this single-camera comedy about a quirky family that has supper together every Friday night is adapted by Emmy-winning creator Greg Daniels.
Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Allison Janney, Kevin Bigley

Next Caller (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A single-camera gender comedy focusing on a brash alpha-male DJ and his new, plucky, feminist cohost, set in the offices of a satellite radio station.
Cast: Dane Cook, Jeffrey Tambor

Table for 3
Logline: A young woman returns home from overseas to find that her father is seriously dating the “mean girl” from her high school.
Cast: Scott Bakula, Brenda Song

1600 Penn (SERIES ORDER)
Logline: A family show set in the White House where all the kids are less than perfect.
Cast: Jenna Elfman, Bill Pullman, Josh Gad


Bravo announces 11 new series, including 'Top Chef' and 'Real Housewives' spin-offs

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With their upfronts happening tonight, Bravo announced that it has greenlit 11 new unscripted series, including spin-offs for Top Chef and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as well as season orders for eight of their returning favorites. Viewers can expect to see another season of Flipping Out, Tabatha Takes Over, Million Dollar Decorators, Million Dollar Listing Lost Angeles, Top Chef Masters, Chef Roble & Co., Pregnant in Heels, and Inside the Actors Studio.

Click below for a description of Bravo’s new shows. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Coalition,' offers five teases for next week's season finale

SPOILER ALERT! This week’s episode of Justified, “Coalition,” written by Taylor Elmore and directed by Bill Johnson, revealed who really had Mags’ money, set Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) on a collision course designed by Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), and gave Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) another reason to want Quarles dead. As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked executive producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers’ room. Bonus: This week he also offers five teases for next week’s season 3 finale. READ FULL STORY


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