At least one performer fell hard for Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards.
Networks unveiled their fall lineups this week in New York at their various upfront events, and although CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox all trumpet their new shows as the best of the best, not every pilot is destined to be a hit, or even worth your time. Which ones are? CNN scoured the various presentations to find the most promising comedies and dramas (and comedy/dramas) of the batch, weighing star power, concepts, production teams and four-quadrant appeal. If the pilots are any indication, these are the shows to watch:
"Don't Trust the B?-" may be cancelled, but there's never-before-seen episodes that are now available online. ABC has put eight unaired episodes onto ABC.com.
Thursday night, The Office says goodbye with a one-hour retrospective (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), followed by the one-hour series finale. For Brian Baumgartner (Kevin), the table read was the most emotional day working on that last episode. "We hadn't read it. We were all reading the words and what was going to happen in that moment," he says. "I'd heard a rumor about Kevin, and based on what the rumor was, I wasn't happy. But then when I read it and saw how things worked, I was very happy."
American Idol finalists Kree Harrison and Candice Glover wowed the audience at the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live Wednesday evening with three show-stopping ballads each. After the performances, Glover, Harrison and judge Keith Urban came backstage to talk about their night, that coin flip, and singing those soulful songs.
We already know TNT is bringing Sean Bean, Eric Dane, and the mind of Frank Darabont back to our TVs, but at today's Turner Upfront, TNT and TBS announced some more big names developing potential shows for the networks ? including Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Carell, Jamie Foxx, Elizabeth Banks, Diablo Cody, Denis Leary, Dick Wolf, and Nicholas Sparks. The loglines:
There's "no touching" this.
Jimmy Kimmel joked yesterday at ABC's upfront presentation to advertisers that CBS executives are "smug mother*******."
Downton Abbey has an official return date: Season 4 of the period drama will premiere on Jan. 5, 2014. The series will then run for eight straight weeks, until Feb. 23.
Yep, folks, we finally met the mother: Monday night's "How I Met Your Mother" revealed actress Cristin Milioti as the show's titular ? and, until now, extremely elusive ? character.
Fox broke its silence on the worrisome performance of former reality titan "American Idol" and reports that the network is planning to reboot the entire show ? including dumping its judges panel. Longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson quit last week after hearing the news, which still leaves Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj up for possible elimination.
NBC has canceled "Whitney."
NBC's "The Voice" had a voting snafu this week and the show addressed the issue on the air Wednesday night.
Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine Chancellor, the "Dame of Genoa City," on "The Young and the Restless," has died. She was 84.
"The Office" ends its nine-season run this month, and rumors have been swirling with respect to how the stories will wrap up and who will return to say goodbye.
Actress Jeanne Cooper ? star of "The Young and the Restless," which earned 23 nominations this morning from the Daytime Emmys ? has returned to the hospital due to an undisclosed illness. Cooper, 84, was recently discharged after spending several weeks in treatment, but her son Corbin Bernsen posted on Facebook that a return was necessary.
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kristen Wiig is returning to her old stomping grounds to make her debut as host of the show on May 11, NBC has announced.
The big-screen "Scream" franchise could be coming to MTV. The cable network has greenlit a pilot based on the films.
The Planet Express ship will soon make its final delivery.
"Glee" is renewed. Not just for a fifth season, but also for a sixth.
There was a chance that two fewer Emmys would be handed out during the telecast this year ? until now.
DirecTV is doubling down on scripted television: The satellite service provider announced today that it has ordered 10 episodes of "Full Circle" from filmmaker and playwright Neil LaBute, making his TV debut.
The MTV Movie Awards not only generated some wild headlines thanks to Aubrey Plaza, but it also posted some decent ratings.
With Tara (Maggie Siff) being led away in handcuffs in "Sons of Anarchy's" season 5 finale, it's no surprise that Wendy (Drea de Matteo), Jax's ex-wife and mother of his first-born, Abel, will be back in the picture in season 6.
With Jimmy Fallon's takeover of "The Tonight Show" destined for 2014, there's the tiniest glimmer of hope that NBC will do something different with the vacated seat on "Late Night."
Ready for a little more turnover in NBC's late-night landscape?
For its upcoming miniseries "The 80s: The Decade that Made Us," Nat Geo Channel commissioned a pop culture survey asking participants important questions like, "Which of the following songs would you have made out to in the '80s?" and "Which of the following '80s TV family would you most want to be adopted by?"
In the wake of her cancer diagnosis, Valerie Harper is staying firmly in the present.
Judy Sheindlin's court will stay in session through 2017.
In the two-hour season premiere of "Mad Men," there is an incidental character, an old woman, who is probably pushing 90. Her clothes are proper, if drab, and her demeanor suggests someone to the manner born.
Tom Carson of GQ probably put it best in his review of the return of "Mad Men" for its sixth season:
Hoda Kotb is exploring her career options.
Do comedy writers share notes or do they just think alike?
Composer Hans Zimmer comes from a long line of atheists.
Outgoing "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno congratulated his replacement Jimmy Fallon at the start of his opening monologue on Wednesday night, while taking another swipe at the NBC executives that are showing him the door.
Critics may have been divided over the MTV reality show "Buckwild" when it premiered last year, but fans weren't.
Rivalry? What rivalry?
Milton might be dead on "The Walking Dead," but actor Dallas Roberts (who portrayed the Governor's one-time lackey) is very glad to be alive -- and finally able to talk about the show's season three finale. "You can't imagine the pressure that's finally off," he said. "I'm finally able to have all the cards on the table."
With the third season of "Games of Thrones" under way on HBO, series star Kit Harington opens up to Glamour magazine about what to expect from his character, Jon Snow.
Lifetime has canceled long-running, crime-busting show "America's Most Wanted," EW has confirmed. Though there's another show on the horizon for host John Walsh, who is developing a pilot with Lifetime. (TV Guide exclusively reported the news.)
As Jay Leno fights for his job, more people are opting to tune into the show that he's expected to lose.
Award-winning writer/producer Don Payne, one of the creative minds who contributed to "The Simpsons," died this week at his home in Los Angeles, CNN has confirmed.
One deal closed, now two more go: Fox announced today that Demi Lovato will return as a judge for the third season of "The X Factor."
Joseph Gordon Levitt is coming back to a small-screen near you.
Look who decided to turn the other cheek!
When "American Idol" season 12 premiered lower in the ratings than last year, that was to be expected ? returning weaker has been the show's trend for several years.
NBC might be aiming to replace Jay Leno with Jimmy Fallon, but it looks like the "Tonight Show" host isn't going down without a fight.
Fox just announced two very different long-form projects in development based on best-selling books: James Clavell's classic novel "Sh?gun" and legal journalist Jeffrey Toobin's "The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" are both in the works for "event series" treatment.
Man, you give the guy a seat on the "America's Got Talent" judging panel and suddenly, he thinks he should take over everything.
Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter and Raj Koothrappali may not be doctors of the medical sort, but they still know how to serve up a heaping dose of the best medicine (a.k.a. laughs ? lots of them) to a sold-out audience.
ABC's "The Bachelor" closed its season with a finale that posted ratings gains over last year.
"American Idol" revealed its top 10 last night, but after the lights dimmed on the live show, the new crop of contestants and the judges had a chance to speak to the press about the big night and preview the competition to come.
Ninety minutes, 10 "victory songs," and one Mariah Carey/"Oz the Great and Powerful" plug later, we have our season 12 finalists!
With just four more episodes of "The Walking Dead's" third season to go, this would officially qualify as the homestretch. So what should we expect to see as we head toward the inevitable confrontation between Rick and The Governor?
The study group is about to become felt and foam.
History Channel's "The Bible" premiere delivered divine Nielsen ratings Sunday night, thumping all of the major broadcast shows.
Fox has renewed freshman serial killer thriller "The Following" for a second season, plus is ordering additional seasons of three comedies ? a third round for "New Girl," a fourth season for "Raising Hope" and a second season for "The Mindy Project."
Heaven knows, Morrissey is miserable now.
Starz announced today that current "Dancing With the Stars" pro Derek Hough and his sister, former "DWTS" darling and now singer-actress Julianne Hough ("Safe Haven," "Rock of Ages," "Footloose"), will executive-produce "Blackpool," a scripted series exploring the "the darker side of the glamorous world of ballroom dance," according to the network.
While NBC is enduring a record-setting ratings low for February sweeps, rival CBS is celebrating a benchmark victory.
How did the producers manage to keep the First Lady's involvement in the ceremony a secret? Why didn't Meryl Streep open the envelope for best actor? Did Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth actually know the identity of the losers before they wrote that snarky ode to them? We asked Director Don Mischer to answer some of our burning questions about Sunday's telecast of the Academy Awards.
Funny. Sexist. Sassy. Awkward.
With Sharon Osbourne gone, "America's Got Talent" has tapped Spice Girl Mel B. to fill the empty seat.
As usual, lots of comedy pilots will focus on the family ? including one headlined by Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
"Downton Abbey" is wrapping another season chock-full of upstairs, downstairs drama. How will it end? The hit British import completed its third season in the UK last year, but it hasn't stopped a record number of American viewers from tuning in on PBS. The show is in more demand than ever, winning outstanding ensemble in a TV drama series at last month's Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Some day, someone will figure out how to parlay's Jeff Probst's talent for talk into something that doesn't involve a deserted island: CBS Television Distribution today decided to not go forward with a second season of his daytime talk show.
A drama pilot in development for ABC this fall will reunite Jennifer Beals with the creator/executive producer of "The L Word," the drama she starred in at Showtime.
FX has given the greenlight to "The Bridge," a thriller starring Diane Kruger ("Inglorious Basterds") and Demian Bichir ("A Better Life") and from Meredith Stiehm, a "Homeland" writer known for penning some of the series' most acclaimed episodes.
What's happening to "Modern Family?"
Mark your calendars for one last hour of workplace antics with Dwight, Pam, Jim, Andy, and the rest of "The Office" gang.
When we left "The Walking Dead" crew in the midseason finale in December, the original survivors were coming head-to-head with the Governor and his followers in the isolated community of Woodbury.
John Corbett is the new "NCIS" franchise star.
After months of speculation surrounding the "Boy Meets World" reboot, "Girl Meets World," it seems like the pieces are finally starting to come together.
Writer Meredith Stiehm, 44, shares similarities with "Homeland's" Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes): both work in male-dominated places (Stiehm is the Showtime series' sole female writer) and both have personal connections to bipolar disorder (Stiehm's sister, like Carrie, suffers from the condition).
Bummer for Ricki Lake.
By the time the clock ran out on Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance on Sunday, the singer had put to rest doubts that she would give it her all.
TNT's "Dallas" has snagged itself a Six Million Dollar Man.
In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, we speak to the women behind the shows we love, and that includes "The Vampire Diaries'" exec producer Julie Plec, who weaves an epic tale of vampire romance ? and loneliness ? with twists that make us gasp, swoon, and sob.
Big day reveal or YouTube preview?
After narrowly avoiding getting the axe following its 2006 debut, Tina Fey's "30 Rock" went on to win 14 Emmys and 12 Screen Actors Guild Awards, establish a cult following, and spawn more catchphrases than Frank (Judah Friedlander) has trucker hats.
Is "Teen Mom 2" headed the way of "Jersey Shore"?
On a recent January night near the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, Keri Russell was shooting FX's new Russian spy thriller show, "The Americans."
Here it comes ... the talk show you've been waiting for! (Insert eye-wink here): Fox-owned stations in certain markets like New York and Los Angeles will give Kris Jenner's new talk show a test run this summer.
Remember that messiness when Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien were battling it out on air? Or when Leno and David Letterman used to trade jabs during their monologues?
Though Fox's diving show "Stars in Danger" did a total belly flop in the ratings, that hasn't swayed ABC from moving ahead with "Splash," the (new) name of its celebrity diving show that'll premiere Tuesday, March 19.
If you love Dr. Phil, you're gonna get a lot more of him.