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<p>Dave Annable</p>

Dave Annable

Pilot Casting: '666 Park Avenue' veterans land 'iZombie,' 'Red Band Society' leads

Dave Annable and Robert Buckley get in on the pilot game

It's time to squish together a couple pieces of casting news into one Friday (March 7) afternoon post, as Dave Annable and Robert Buckley have both landed potential series regular roles on network pilots.

Since both Annable and Buckley were last seen as regulars on ABC's short-lived "666 Park Avenue," it's almost like the fates wanted them to be mashed into the same story.

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Fox renews 'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'The Mindy Project' and 'The Following'

Fox renews “New Girl,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project” and “The Following”
"These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television, with influential, culture-driving stars, and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera,” Fox said of the early renewals. "All four are core assets within our 2014-2015 portfolio of content, and we're really happy to bring them back to our Fox fans for another season."


CW’s “iZombie” nabs “One Tree Hill’s” Robert Buckley
He’ll star in the DC Comics-based drama from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas. PLUS: Paul F. Tompkins joins Molly Shannon's ABC comedy, “Jane the Virgin” adds Mexican singer Jaime Camil, and "House of Cards'" Joanna Going joins DirecTV's "Navy St."

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<p>&quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

"The Mindy Project"

Credit: FOX

'New Girl, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and 'Mindy Project' get early renewals

'The Following' also gets another season on FOX

Wow. FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly wasn't kidding when he said he was "bullish" on low-rated Tuesday comedy "The Mindy Project."

On Friday (March 7) afternoon, FOX made a quartet of early renewals for the 2014-2015 season, with "The Mindy Project" joining relative no-brainers "New Girl," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Following."

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"Sydney ER"

"Sydney ER"

Credit: Discovery Fit & Health

'Sydney ER': A brutal acid attack disfigures a young man

A lab technician is in intense pain when acid is thrown in his face

Discovery Fit & Health has a new TV series with an Aussie flair -- "Sydney ER," a reality show that debuts tonight (Fri. March 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET) with a double episode premiere. In the first episode, a 19-year-old hip hop star is stabbed in the heart outside of a night club.  In the second? A guy is doused with acid. In the face. Don't watch this clip before eating. FYI, this is not a re-enactment. 

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20 must-see new bands at SXSW: Listen, even if you're not going

20 must-see new bands at SXSW: Listen, even if you're not going

Cymbals, Black Tusk, Teen, Destruction Unit, Stalley, and other artists to know

Sure, you could see Lady Gaga, Soundgarden and Coldplay at the South By Southwest Music Conference next week.

But then you could see dozens of other hot artists that might not be on your radar yet.

Here's a breakdown, with music streams, of 20 artists you may very well fall in love with, from the punk souls of Ghetto Ghouls and Perfect Pussy, to rappers like Stalley and Black Milk, psych like Destruction Unit, dance like Tomas Barfod, pop like Samsaya, noise like Bo Ningen, metal like Black Tusk, country like Lydia Loveless and more.

Check out more music below. What are you excited to see at SXSW this year?

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'True Detective' gets 'spoiled' by 'The Simpsons'

“True Detective” gets “spoiled” by “The Simpsons"
Homer Simpson is The Yellow King, “The Simpsons” reveals in a tweet urging viewers to "watch @FOXTV first!” on Sunday night.


Rebecca Romijn joins Rob Lowe’s NBC tennis comedy “The Pro"
She’ll play a “1 per center” who takes lessons from Lowe’s former pro tennis player instructor character, leading to a possible romantic connection.


Not many watched CNN’s “Chicagoland” premiere
In fact, the eight-part documentary series was walloped by MSNBC and Fox News, drawing just 227,000 viewers.

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<p>American Authors</p>

American Authors

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Interview: American Authors on stalking Ryan Tedder and Paul McCartney

What's the best day of their life?

American Authors are having a moment: the quartet’s debut album, “Oh, What A Life,” came out Tuesday (4), as its banjo-laced song “Best Day of My Life” is reaching critical mass.

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HBO unveils John Oliver’s 1st 'Last Week Tonight' promo

HBO unveils John Oliver’s 1st “Last Week Tonight” promo
“Breaking news…on a weekly basis."


Lindsay Lohan is already trying to escape blame for her messy “Lindsay” trailer
"It is a television show so they want ratings,” she told Jimmy Fallon. PLUS: Lohan is closing in on a $1 million memoir deal.


“Rake’s" Bojana Novakovic has signed on for ABC’s “Agatha” pilot
With the Greg Kinnear drama poised for cancelation, the Australian actress is set to play an ex-con who becomes a big-city criminologist.


Ford, Chevy, Ram respond to Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” conversation about trucks
Ram even sent one of its trucks outside 30 Rock with a sign reading: “Big Enough, Jimmy? Test it Out." It was in response to Fallon's random conversation with The Roots about trucks on Wednsday's show.


Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” gets a porn parody
From the maker of the “Seinfeld” porn parody.


“Chuck’s” Joshua Gomez is returning to NBC in “Ellen More or Less”
He’ll play the title character’s co-worker in the comedy from “Parenthood’s” Jason Katims and J.J. Philbin. PLUS: “Brothers and Sisters” alum Dave Annable joins Fox’s “Red Band Society,” and Jayson Blair joins “Keep It Together."


Check out Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in a “raunchy" Kenyan MTV soap
The “12 Years a Slave” star played a character named Ayira on “Shuga.”


“Sesame Street” spoofs “Les Miserables” with Cookie Monster
Check out “Les Mousserables.”


“The Office’s” Jenna Fischer celebrates her 40th birthday with a pregnancy pose on the beach
"I think I found a good place to celebrate!” Fischer tweeted this morning from the beach, while showing off her baby bump.

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'Mad Men' Season 7 gets trippy new Milton Glaser key art
Credit: Milton Glaser/AMC

'Mad Men' Season 7 gets trippy new Milton Glaser key art

Don Draper and company return on April 13

AMC is getting aggressive with its end-of-week teases for the upcoming seventh season of "Mad Men."

On Thursday, AMC debuted the first essentially meaningless teaser for the season -- Don Draper getting off of a plane in a mystery location -- as well as a similar first image. 

On Friday, AMC released some trippy new key art for the season, which will premiere on Sunday, April 13, kicking off a seven-episode 2014 run. The key art comes courtesy of graphic artist Milton Glaser.

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John Corbett will play Denis Leary’s best friend on FX’s 'Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll'

John Corbett will play Denis Leary’s best friend on FX’s "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”
Leary will star in a pilot playing the lead singer of New York’s legendary early-’90s band The Heathens.


It’s official: Felicity Huffman joins “American Crime”
The former “Desperate Housewives” star is returning to ABC in a pilot about a racially charged murder from Oscar-winning “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley.


Everybody on “Scandal” is suddenly bad at their jobs
What happened? “Scandal” has usually portrayed its characters as being great at their work.


Just because Rust and Cohle are sexist doesn’t mean “True Detective” is too
“It’s time that we all stop assuming TV writers endorse the bad actions of their flawed characters on television,” says Eliana Dockterman of criticism that the HBO series is misogynistic.


Ted Turner has appendicitis
The CNN and Turner Broadcasting Service founder was rushed to a hospital in Buenos Aires for surgery.


Lacey Chabert to star in “Christmas Tree Farm”
The "Party of Five" alum will star in an UP network holiday film about a bank trying to take away her childhood Christmas tree farm.


Jimmy Kimmel will interview Texas Gov. Rick Perry next week in Austin
Kimmel’s SXSW lineup next week will also include Willie Nelson’s first appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” PLUS: Joseph Gordon-Levitt perfectly recreated “David After Dentist” for Kimmel.


“Sons of Anarchy” wants Aaron Paul
Kurt Sutter says of all the “Breaking Bad” actors, he’d most want to work with Paul: "I think it would be fun to get @aaronpaul_8 on the show,” he tweeted.


Watch new “Fargo” teasers
Check out Martin Freeman as an insurance salesman inspired by William H. Macy’s character.


Aaron Paul: “It’s ridiculous” — a grandma asked me to call her a “bitch”
Six months later, Paul says he’s still approached by “Breaking Bad” fans. PLUS: Is this the real Saul Goodman?


Will Ferrell hosts “@midday” on Comedy Central
Watch Ferrell take reveal his “@midnight” “spinoff.”


“Idol” tries to recreate Ellen’s Oscar selfie
With one person missing: Harry Connick Jr.

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7 things we learned from Florida Georgia Line's 'This is How We Roll' video with Luke Bryan

7 things we learned from Florida Georgia Line's 'This is How We Roll' video with Luke Bryan

Bro-country alive and well in new clip

Florida Georgia Line debuted the video for “This Is How We Roll,” another in its string of fun, mindless songs from the duo on “Good Morning America” today.  The tune, which features a bridge by Luke Bryan, is No. 23 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after seven weeks.

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<p>&quot;Resurrection.&quot;</p>

"Resurrection."

Credit: ABC

Review: ABC's 'Resurrection' suffers badly compared to 'The Returned'

Skip the American show about the dead returning to life and watch the French instead

Look, I hate to be That Guy who sees an American version of a foreign film or show and just tells you to watch the original. It's such a cliché, and it ignores the fact that American remakes can be wonderful in their own right. (Case in point: "The Office.")

Having said that, the only thing of value I can tell you about ABC's new drama series "Resurrection" is that you are much better off simply going to Netflix to stream the first season of Sundance's French import "The Returned."

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