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With Cable and Digital Entering the Fray, Pilot Season Hits a Casting Crunch

John Goodman

Imagine a world in which the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball all decided to move their seasons to the same time of year. It would be chaos, for fans and the professional sports business alike. And yet, in television, that's essentially what happens during pilot season.

The broadcast networks traditionally order pilots during the first few months of the year. From there, it's a race to find the best actors, hire a crew, build sets and produce a show before May, when the upcoming fall schedules are announced. The field has always been crowded, but this spring, several cable networks and online retailer-turned-programmer Amazon are also developing new shows that they hope will go to series (cable networks typically produce pilots throughout the year, usually avoiding the spring).

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Exclusive: Lifetime Cancels America's Most Wanted

John Walsh

Lifetime has decided not to pick up another season of America's Most Wanted, TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively. The decision effectively ends the groundbreaking reality series after 25 seasons, at least for now.

Separately, however, the cable network is looking to stay in business with... read more

Watch My Show: Upload's Shaquille O'Neal and Greg Heller Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Shaquelle O’Neal

Move over, Joel McHale, Daniel Tosh and Rob Dyrdek: Shaquille O'Neal is taking the video clip show to new heights. TruTV's Upload With Shaquille O'Neal (Thursdays, 10:30/9:30c) features the former NBA star and comedians Gary Owen (Think Like A Man) and Godfrey (The Mr. Men Show) as they showcase funny online videos, as well as make their own viral videos and pull various pranks. O'Neal and his executive producer, Greg Heller, took time out to explain why we should keep up with Upload... read more

As The Voice and Revolution Return, NBC Hopes to Spring Back

The Voice

NBC's latest Jay Leno debacle — not to be confused with its previous Jay Leno debacles — has at least momentarily distracted everyone from the Peacock network's other woes.

Even if Jimmy Fallon is on deck to take over The Tonight Show, the earliest that will happen is a year from now. NBC has more pressing issues right now, starting with primetime.

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First Look: New TNT Reality Series 72 Hours

R. Brandon Johnson

It's the survival of the fittest on TNT, which will premiere the new action reality series 72 Hours in June. Brandon Johnson (Shake It Up) hosts the series, which will follow teams of three strangers dumped into the wild with just a GPS tracking device and a single bottle of water.

Each episode will focus on three ...
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Exclusive: Lifetime Plots Movie Based on the Jodi Arias Trial

Jodi Arias

It was bound to happen: TV Guide Magazine has learned that Lifetime is planning a movie that will center on the scandalous Jodi Arias trial, which is still underway.

Arias is... read more

Watch My Show: House of Cards' Beau Willimon Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Beau Willimon

Netflix released all 13 episodes of House of Cards on Feb. 1, and almost immediately the political thriller became one of TV's most addictive dramas. Most viewers watch multiple episodes in one sitting, and fans share stories of lapping up the entire season in just a few days. Kevin Spacey stars as Frank Underwood, a crafty politician bent on revenge, with Robin Wright as his cunning wife, Claire. House of Cards was adapted by executive producer Beau Willimon from a BBC series; Willimon is a recovering politico, having worked on several campaigns before turning to writing. He took time out from working on Season 2 to tell us why we should start... read more

Mickey Mouse and Friends Return With 19 New Animated Shorts

Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse is returning to where it all began. The Disney icon and his pals will star in a new series of 19 animated shorts, which will premiere on Disney Channel starting Friday, June 28.

Disney says the new Mickey Mouse shorts will contain contemporary themes, but also pay homage to the art direction and style of the original 1920s and 1930s cartoons.

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Meet Pete Holmes, TBS's New Late-Night Host

Pete Holmes

Another comedian is joining the late-night game. Pete Holmes has been tapped by Conan O'Brien to launch a half-hour show this fall that will air at midnight on TBS, right after Conan. "I'm... read more

First Look: Selena Gomez and The Wizards of Waverly Place Return

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is back on Disney Channel, as The Wizards of Waverly Place returns with an all-new special on March 15 — more than a year after the show ended its run. read more

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