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Exclusive: After 25 Years, Cops Moves to a New Network

COPS

Calling all units: Cops is staking out a new home. After a landmark 25 seasons on Fox, the bad boys, bad boys of documentary/reality show will be moving to Spike TV this fall.

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NBC Ponders Expanded Tonight Show and Revamped Late Night

Jimmy Fallon

As NBC plans next year's Tonight Show handoff from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon, the network is taking a hard look at all of its late night options. That includes a potentially extreme makeover of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon once Fallon departs. The network has also given serious consideration to expanding The Tonight Show back to 90 minutes under Fallon, insiders confirm. Such an expansion might have led to a much smaller, 30 minute Late Night. But sources say the 90-minute Tonight Show idea has now been tabled.

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Watch My Show: Rectify's Ray McKinnon Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Ray McKinnon

Here's something you may not know about actor Ray McKinnon: He won an Academy Award for writing and directing the 2001 short film The Accountant. He's also the writer-creator of the new drama Rectify (Mondays, 10/9c, Sundance Channel), in which Aden Young stars as Daniel Holden, a man who is released from prison after serving 19 years for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. DNA evidence appears to clear Daniel, but plenty of folks in his hometown still believe he's guilty. McKinnon answered our showrunner survey to explain why viewers will be captivated by Rectify.

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Watch My Show: Wendell & Vinnie's Jay Kogen Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Jay Kogan

Emmy-winning writer Jay Kogen has been a producer on landmark shows such as Frasier, The Simpsons and The Tracey Ullman Show. Now he's writing for a new generation of sitcom viewers, via the Nickelodeon sitcom Wendell & Vinnie. The comedy, which airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c, stars Jerry Trainor (iCarly) as a childish adult who's given custody of his precocious 12-year-old nephew (Buddy Handleson). Nicole Sullivan and Haley Strode also star. Kogen explains why we should adopt... read more

NBC Orders Live Competition Series The Million Second Quiz

NBC Logo

NBC plans to air a major, multi-night game show event at the start of fall in order to help launch its new primetime schedule. The Peacock network has just picked up The Million Second Quiz, a 12-day event that will likely air in September.

The competition will center on... read more

First Look: Phineas and Ferb's Dr. Doofenshmirtz Pitches ABC's Shark Tank

Dr. Doofenshmirtz from "Phineas & Ferb" guest stars on "Shark Tank."

The Sharks have never met an inventor like this. Phineas and Ferb's bumbling villain Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz will appear next month on the season finale of ABC's Shark Tank, offering the show's tycoons a chance to invest in his latest evil invention.

Fans of the animated Disney Channel hit Phineas and Ferb know, of course, that Dr. Doofenshmirtz's nefarious "inator" creations, generally inspired by his desire to control the greater "tri-state area," usually wind up self-destructing. read more

Q&A: Amazon Studios Chief On How His Pilot Face-Off Will Work

Roy Price

Amazon is throwing the lid off TV's pilot process. As it looks to join rival Netflix in the original series game, the online retailer has just posted pilot episodes of six sitcoms, two animated comedies and six children's cartoons. Amazon will then gauge audience reaction before making series orders.

Pilots are usually screened in network boardrooms and closed-door focus groups. But in an extensive interview with TV Guide Magazine, Amazon Studios director Roy Price says he wanted to make the service's selection process transparent for U.S., U.K. and (soon) Germany audiences... read more

Exclusive: Disney Channel Brings Back Game Show Win, Lose or Draw

Justin Willman

Disney Channel is dusting off Win, Lose or Draw, the late 1980s game show that was co-created by Burt Reynolds. The new version will be kid and family-friendly and employ modern technology.

Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars) will host the revival, in which... read more

Hoping to Duplicate Success, Networks Turn to More Spinoffs

Kim Raver and Chris O'Donnell

It's one of the oldest adages in Hollywood: If at first you do succeed, try and try again... to replicate that hit. Just as the movie business remains entrenched in sequel mania (Scary Movie 5, anyone?), almost every broadcast network has a spinoff of a popular series in the works for next season.

ABC is looking to expand its Once Upon A Time universe with the Alice-centric Once: Wonderland. The CW is building The Originals around The Vampire Diaries baddie Klaus (Joseph Morgan). NBC will explore Chicago law enforcement in producer Dick Wolf's untitled Chicago Fire offshoot. read more

First Look: George Takei Guest Stars on The Hub's Transformers Prime

All decks, alert: George TakeiStar Trek's Mr. Sulu — is going somewhere he's never gone before.... read more

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