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HBO picks up Duplass brothers' comedy series 'Togetherness'

HBO has greenlighted a new comedy from Jay and Mark Duplass. Togetherness will feature two couples sharing a home, struggling to maintain their relationships while attempting to pursue their individual goals.

The Duplass brothers have been known to dish out goofy big screen features, including Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. However, Togetherness will feature the duo in television mode in more ways than one. The comedic brothers will co-write, produce, and direct the program, which will feature half-hour episodes. The number of episodes has still not been finalized, an HBO representative confirmed to EW. Mark Duplass is also starring in the comedy, but this brother is no stranger to small screen appearances. Mark plays Brendan in the Fox comedy The Mindy Project, as well as Pete on the FX fantasy football sitcom The League.

Duplass’ character will play opposite Two and a Half Men‘s Melanie Lynskey. The third protagonist will be played by frequent Duplass collaborator Steve Zissis, who has had roles in Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon. Zissis will also write and co-produce on the series. Amanda Peet (The Good Wife, Bent) will also be joining the pilot, which won’t surface on HBO until 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life' review: More than just lady boners

“Let’s get druuuuunk!”

Welcome to the world of Ke$ha, where the glitter never runs out and it’s always spring break. That’s just some of what you learn in her new docuseries, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, which premieres on MTV tonight. The show promises (threatens?) to unveil two years of behind-the-scenes footage shot by the singer’s brother Lagan, who apparently isn’t uncomfortable with filming his sister making out at length with unidentified men at bars.

He also decides not to interfere when she creepily stalks her ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles, as she does halfway through the episode. “It was a crazy love,” says Ke$ha, who we start to learn uses that word quite liberally. Continues the singer as their car prowls by the ex’s house, “I’m going to poop my pants, I’m so scared!” This leads to a scene of the star taking a long, reflective walk on the beach — Ke$ha at rest.

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'Rectify' review: Sundance Channel miniseries features fine acting, scattered storytelling

Watching death-row inmate Daniel Holden (Aden Young) be prepped for release after serving 18 years for raping and murdering a girl is like watching a corpse be readied for a funeral. Pale and devoid of emotion, he’s fancied up in a suit and tie, a freshly-wiped-clean blank slate presented to the public.”I’m not sure what to make of this drastic change of course in my life,” he tells the press assembled outside the prison, with the cadence of someone who suddenly has all the time in the world. “I will seriously need to reconsider my worldview.” READ FULL STORY

'Hemlock Grove' review: Gory Netflix series has beating heart

Perhaps it’s when the young girl in a pristine white dress saws off her own devilish tail. Or maybe it’s when a pair of eyeballs plop onto the ground like bloody Ping-Pong balls during a human-to-werewolf evolution. Or even when a character mutters, “She looks like a walrus with a UTI.” Chances are, at some point during Netflix’s 13-episode series about mothers and sons, vampires and werewolves, murder and medicine, sex and…more sex, you’ll think to yourself: Is this campy good or campy bad?

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'Hannibal' review: Mads Mikkelsen mesmerizes as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

To answer your question: No. Television does not need another serial-killer drama. But who can resist Hannibal Lecter? Especially when the horror-pop icon has been reinvented in a cable-style drama so finely acted, visually scrumptious, and deliciously subversive. Set during the cannibal shrink’s pre-incarceration days, Hannibal distinguishes itself from The Following, Bates Motel, and American Horror Story by its distinctive storytelling voice, Bryan Fuller. The creator of Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies again tells the tale of an alienated individual with an extraordinary talent that feels like an affliction. He also tells a tale that really isn’t about Hannibal Lecter.
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'Braxton Family Values' returns with some sexy moves -EXCLUSIVE CLIP

The fact that Toni Braxton’s sisters were her background singers/dancers has often provided fodder for their reality show Braxton Family Values, as they’ve itched to move on to other things. But when the second half of season 2 starts on We TV tonight, the Grammy winner will be breaking in four new background dancers… with a little help from sisters Trina and Towanda. “If they’re not as good as my sisters, they can just leave,” says Toni. Let’s just say that she doesn’t seem all that impressed with the newbies. But that “shake-a, shake-a, shake-a, shake-a, step” move that she does is pretty impressive.

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'The Exes' star Kristen Johnston previews season 2, talks about her return to sitcom life

TV Land’s sitcom The Exes returns for its second season of 12 episodes tonight at 10:30 p.m., so in anticipation of that, EW hopped on the phone with star Kristen Johnston to discuss what fans can expect on the coming episodes of the show. First, let’s start with the photo here, which shows a moment in next week’s episode — the second of the season — when Johnston’s character Holly learns that her client Stuart (David Alan Basche) is extremely well endowed — hence that big baguette.

“I find out he’s well endowed, and I try to insist to myself and everyone else that that matters not even a little bit,” Johnston explains, with a laugh. “Of course, he keeps trying to teach me how to cook and everything he pulls out happens to be a baguette or a giant cucumber, and I have to wash the cucumber. If there was ever a Lucille Ball episode — of me robbing from her — this is it.” READ FULL STORY

'Community' moving to Fridays this fall

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Brace yourselves, Community fans.

The series is moving to Friday nights this fall.

The upside: Community will now have the perfect hit comedy lead in: Whitney!

“I know that most people in our industry think Friday is a graveyard but we don’t really believe that,” NBC’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told EW.com on Sunday about the move. “If you don’t build it they won’t come. We got some traction with Grimm, it’s the No. 1 18-49 on Fridays. We thought if we have a base there, let’s see if we can give Grimm a lead-in with these shows that actually have fan bases — including Whitney.” READ FULL STORY

'A Gifted Man,' 'Rob' canceled; Patrick Wilson 'couldn't be happier'

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A Gifted Man is going to the TV afterlife.

The CBS medical drama, Rob Schneider’s sitcom Rob and crime procedurals NYC-22 and Unforgettable were also cancelled. “So…shocking to no one: A Gifted Man is done,” star Patrick Wilson tweeted. “Found out via email … and not from the network. Stay classy. Thanks to AGM fans! Great cast/crew … Thanks for the AGM love…but now that it’s ‘official,’ I couldn’t be happier. As good as it was (sometimes) it was not what I signed on for.”

Gifted Man wasn’t terribly rated by some Friday show standards (ahem, Fringe), but with with 8.6 million viewers and, more importantly, a 1.4 adult demo rating, it was low-rated by CBS standards. Unforgettable was far from a sure bet for cancellation with its hearty 12.1 million viewers and a 2.5 average. READ FULL STORY

CBS cancels 'CSI: Miami'

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“It’s time for Miami … to go into retirement.”

YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHH!

CBS has made its CSI decision: CSI: Miami is being cancelled after a rather incredible 10-season run. CSI: NY is expected to live on for a ninth season, though that’s not official yet.

Though Miami (10.8 million viewers, 2.5 among adults 18-49) had better ratings than NY (10.4 million, 1.9), as we’re sure learning this upfront season, the ratings mattered less than other elements like the show’s time slot (NY was fairly stable in a tougher Friday night gig vs. Miami struggling on Sundays) and the show’s age (the older the series, the more expensive its cast and producer deals).

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CBS orders 7 shows: Sherlock Holmes drama, Groupon sitcom, more

CBS pilot verdicts are in: Four dramas, two comedies — including a Sherlock Holmes detective series and sitcom about working at Groupon. The network also picked up a reality show from Mark Burnett.

CBS has given a half-dozen scripted projects series orders for next season, starting with Elementary, a modern-day New York City-based drama series that’s sounded like a no-brainer for the network’s brand since it was first developed. Jonny Lee Miller plays Sherlock, Lucy Liu gives a feminine twist to Watson. Aidan Quinn co-stars.

The network’s most intriguing-sounding new drama is Vegas, a period piece set in the 1960s centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb: rodeo cowboy turned longtime sheriff of Las Vegas. On paper, this one seemed like a long shot given the way fellow recent ’60s-set dramas Pan Am and Playboy Club fared in the ratings. But if you’re going to dip into the past on CBS, you can’t get much safer than doing a Vegas-set crime drama — you could almost call it a CSI prequel. Plus the cast is great: Dennis Quaid is the sheriff, Michael Chiklis is a mob fixer, plus there’s Jason O’Mara and Carrie-Ann Moss. READ FULL STORY

DirecTV orders first original series, 'Rogue,' starring Thandie Newton

DirecTV has become the latest entertainment outlet to offer original scripted programming, announcing today that it has ordered 10 episodes of its first-ever original series Rogue, starring Thandie Newton (Crash).

According to a press release, the suspense-drama “revolves around a morally and emotionally conflicted cop, Grace (Newton), who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Grace’s search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.” The series, created by Matthew Parkhill and exec produced by Nick Hamm, Steven Marrs, John Morayniss and Michael Rosenberg, will debut in summer 2013.

DirecTV’s first foray into original programming is just one in a recent trend of non-traditional media companies commissioning original content. Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu are diving into first-run scripted content, as are E! and Yahoo!.

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'Glee' scoop: Perez Hilton to appear alongside Lindsay Lohan on season finale

Last month, it was revealed that Lindsay Lohan would appear on Glee, playing herself as a judge of the nationals competition on the May 15 season finale.

Now, the full judging panel is coming into focus, and it’s a doozy: As E! first reported, celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton — who rose to fame mocking celebs like Lohan, although the pair have apparently reconciled in recent years — and Entourage star Rex Lee have been tapped to sit alongside the red-haired actress, who recently added a charge of battery to her endless legal woes. The trio are expected to film their scenes together later this week.

Considering their relationship over the years, we’re sure the pairing of Lohan and Hilton will provide plenty of wink-worthy moments. We also hope Lohan will get  in digs at Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, who dinged her during an appearance on the show last season.

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