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<p>Billy Crystal in his latest Oscars stint</p>

Billy Crystal in his latest Oscars stint

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FX sends Billy Crystal's 'The Comedians' to series

Josh Gad co-stars in the half-hour, which will premiere in 2015

"Soap" star Billy Crystal is returning to series television with "The Comedians," which has been ordered to series by FX.

The half-hour project stars Crystal as a superstar veteran comic who is paired with an edgier up-and-coming comic (Josh Gad), leading to "an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide."

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<p>&quot;Muppets Most Wanted&quot;</p>

"Muppets Most Wanted"

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Review: Kermit & Co. bring the fun (and the fuzz) in delightful 'Muppets Most Wanted'

This gleefully silly sequel is an even stronger return than 2011's 'The Muppets'

As a professional film critic -- whatever that may be -- I have a handful of concrete rules by which I ply my ostensible trade, and not reviewing films by or heavily involving close friends is one of them. Which presents a bit of a problem when tasked with writing about any given Muppet movie.

No, I can't claim I've ever knocked back a beer with Kermit the Frog, gone shopping with Miss Piggy or got close to any of the cloth-skinned crowd without the dividing wall of a television screen between us, but damn it if I don't feel closer to them than I do to any number of human names in my address book. Growing up, I knew their vaudeville numbers inside out. I'd record the umpteenth rerun of even the Crystal Gayle episode with completist's excitement. And I treasured my Kermit toothbrush until the bristles began falling out, ignoring the fact that he wasn't the most dentally appropriate role model.

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'SNL' books Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogen as hosts, Pharrell and Ed Sheeran as musical guests

“SNL” books Anna Kendrick and Seth Rogen as hosts, Pharrell and Ed Sheeran as musical guests
Kendrick will make her hosting debut on April 5, joined by Pharrell in his first solo appearance as an “SNL” musical guest. Rogen will host the following week, with Sheeran as musical guest. “SNL” also announced Louis CK’s musical guest, Sam Smith, who will be making his “SNL” debut next week.

FX picks up Billy Crystal's "The Comedians," also starring Josh Gad
Crystal is returning to primetime in a comedy based on a Swedish show about a veteran comic who is reluctantly paired with an edgy, younger comic (Gad).

“Mad Men” unveils psychedelic airport trailer
“It’s All Up in the Air."

George R.R. Martin proposes ending “Game of Thrones” with a big-budget movie
"It all depends on how long the main series runs,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Do we run for seven years? Do we run for eight? Do we run for 10? The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know."

“The Game’s” Brittany Daniel: I’m a cancer survivor
Daniel talks about learning of her non-Hodgkin's lymphoma while filming the BET series.

"Raising Hope's" Garret Dillahunt is headed to Amazon
He's joining "Sons of Anarchy's" Ron Perlman in Amazon’s drama pilot "Hand Of God.

Watch Jennie Garth & Tori Spelling as “Mystery Girls”
ABC Family has unveiled its first trailer for the drama reuniting the “Beverly Hills 90210” co-stars.

TV Land orders web comedy “Teachers” from producer Alison Brie
The “Community” star will helm the scripted comedy as the web show’s stars reprise their roles on TV Land.

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Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin set for Netflix comedy series

'Friends' creator Marta Kaffman is on board, too

Netflix is continuing its original programming onslaught with the new half-hour "Grace and Frankie," and this comedy comes front loaded with names sure to resonate with the Baby Boomer set. Oscar-winner Jane Fonda will co-star with Lily Tomlin in what Netflix promises will be a "very different kind of sitcom" from "Friends" creator Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. 

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<p>Kerry Washington of &quot;Scandal&quot;</p>

Kerry Washington of "Scandal"

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ABC sets 'Scandal' finale for April, gives 'Once Upon a Time' a two-hour sendoff

Spring 2014 finales also include an hour for 'The Middle'

ABC has set its Spring 2014 finale dates, which include the anticipated early exit for the truncated season of "Scandal," plus a two-hour finale for "Once Upon a Time."

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'Masters of Sex' returns this summer, paired with 'Ray Donovan'

“Masters of Sex” returns this summer, paired with “Ray Donovan”
Both Showtime dramas will kick off their 2nd seasons on July 13.

Judd Apatow expects “Girls” to run 6 seasons, but an ending hasn't been figured out
"We've talked about doing six seasons," he says. "I guess that could change. It's not set. I think we're all committed that we'll do six.” Apatow also talks about “Girls” sex scenes, saying: "There have been things on ‘Girls' where HBO has said to us, 'If we put this on TV, we literally could lose our license to broadcast.’"

Check out CBS’ “Bad Teacher” starring Kristin Davis, David Alan Grier and Ryan Hansen
Here’s your 1st look at the sitcom based on the movie.

Alec Baldwin “nails” his “jerk role” on tonight’s “SVU”
"What is it they say about art imitating life? Well, blowhard Alec Baldwin is really good . . . at playing a jerk,” says the NY Post. That the media-hating actor can play a total tool so well — like the proverbial moth to the flame — in Wednesday night’s episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' should surprise no one who has witnessed Baldwin’s public-meltdown act.” PLUS: Producer says Baldwin’s role had nothing to do with his public life.

Dean Norris gets a new “Under the Dome” rival: Dwight Yoakam
The country singer will play a barbershop owner with a complicated history with Big Jim.

50 Cent's “Power” adds Victor Garber and “Lost’s” Sonya Walger
They’ll play husband and wife on the Starz drama, with Garber recurring as a renowned club owner.

Conan O'Brien announces his Dallas lineup
“Conan” will hit Dallas the week of May 31 for the NCAA Final Four with guests including Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Charles Barkley.

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<p>Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in &quot;Masters of Sex.&quot;</p>

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in "Masters of Sex."

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Showtime to premiere 'Ray Donovan' & 'Masters of Sex' in July

Second-year dramas will pair up for the first time

Last year, Showtime's new dramas "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" each got to air after established hits in "Dexter" and "Homeland," respectively. This year, they'll have to support each other, as the two will air as a Sunday night bloc starting on July 13, with "Ray Donovan" at 9 and "Masters of Sex" at 10.

I didn't have much use for "Ray Donovan," either as a glib show about a Hollywood fixer or a more psychologically-fraught look at a violent, damaged family from Boston. "Masters," on the other hand, was one of my very favorite shows of 2013, and airing in the summer may give it a little more critical sunlight than when it was on opposite so many other notable Sunday shows in the fall.

Showtime's period horror series "Penny Dreadful," which is debuting in May, will have wrapped up by July 13, and "Homeland" will have a new companion, still to be announced, come fall.

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ABC announces season finale dates: 'Scandal' finishes April 17

ABC announces season finale dates: “Scandal” finishes April 17
"Grey’s Anatomy” bows out for the season on May 15 and “Modern Family” ends its 5th season on May 21.

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Former President Jimmy Carter will visit Letterman next week

Former President Jimmy Carter will visit Letterman next week
Carter, who turns 90 in October, will make his 3rd “Late Show” visit on Monday to promote his new book.

“Game of Thrones” creators promise a “100 percent” satisfying ending
David Benioff and Dan Weiss, without revealing what George R.R. Martin told them, say the ending is indeed creatively satisfying. PLUS: Benioff’s father, the former head of Goldman Sachs who worked in the George W. Bush administration, has a cameo in the season premiere.

Maggie Q will play a stalker-hunting detective on CBS
The “Nikita” alum has joined the Kevin Williamson pilot, playing the female lead opposite Dylan McDermott.

Nat Geo bringing back the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” guys for April Fool’s Day
Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will make fun of National Geographic shows for an April 1 special called “Total Riff Off.”

Kim Kardashian goes “Undercover” with fake teeth and a frizzy wig on Oxygen
Check her out on Wendy Williams’ “Celebrity Undercover.”

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<p>Maggie Q</p>

Maggie Q

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Maggie Q joins CBS' Kevin Williamson drama pilot

'Nikita' star will next be seen in 'Divergent'

Working nonstop since the end of "Nikita" last fall, Maggie Q is now eying her next regular TV role. 

After spending four-ish seasons on The CW and WBTV's espionage thriller, Maggie Q will stay in the corporate family, landing a lead in CBS and WBTV's Untitled Kevin Williamson Project. 

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Netflix orders 'Grace and Frankie,' a comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

Netflix orders “Grace and Frankie,” a comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
From “Friends” co-creator Martha Kauffman, “Grace and Frankie” focuses on two female rivals whose husbands fall in love and get married.

“Ellen” gets an Obama visit via satellite
The president will appear on Thursday’s show from the White House to promote health insurance.

“Glee” never looked so old with its 100th episode
Why last night’s episode was like visiting a home for the elderly. PLUS: "Glee's" 100th gets a 24% ratings bump from last week.

Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” to reenact cut “SNL” sketches in “Second Chance Theater”
Meyers announced the new bit while discussing sketches that were cut with Jason Sudeikis, who spent 10 years with Meyers on “Saturday Night Live.” PLUS: “Late Night” recreates New Yorker cartoons.

“Game of Thrones” King Joffrey covers EW
He is the “King of Pain.”

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<p>Dianna Agron has an emotional moment on Tuesday&#39;s &quot;Glee&quot;</p>

Dianna Agron has an emotional moment on Tuesday's "Glee"

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TV Ratings: Small 100th episode bump for 'Glee,' while 'NCIS' and 'The Voice' lead Tuesday

'Trophy Wife' and 'About a Boy' lead small comedy risers

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

NBC's "The Voice" was up slightly to help lead the network to victory in the key demographic, while "NCIS" led CBS' procedurals to their normal primetime sweep overall.

With "The Voice" up slightly, NBC's "About a Boy" and "Growing Up Fisher" both rose a hair and have settled in very quickly with numbers that probably please the network.

Over on FOX, "Glee" got a small bump for its ballyhooed 100th episode, but for some reason FOX decided to follow that episode with a "New Girl" repeat, though "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was in line with last week's performance -- down in the demo, up in viewers -- even without a lead-in.

Despite the promise of "Avengers" sequel news, ABC's "Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe" special did only lackluster numbers, but "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" were both up.

On to the numbers...

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