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Exclusive: TV Writers Choose the 101 Best-Written Shows Ever; What Was No. 1?

The Sopranos

Bada bing! The Writers Guild of America has named HBO's The Sopranos, created by David Chase, the best-written TV series of all time. Members of the WGA's West and East coast chapters — folks who obviously know a thing or two about writing TV shows — evaluated hundreds of dramas, comedies, miniseries (six hours or more), daytime serials, animation, variety series, talk shows and kids' programs to come up with an unprecedented, exhaustive list of TV's top 101.

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First Look: The Hub's The Aquabats! Super Show Returns For Season 2

The Aquabats

When we last left our heroes The Aquabats, the rock n' roll superheroes had just saved the world — but were propelled deep into space. Now, as The Hub's The Aquabats! Super Show returns for a second season, the band is back on Earth and received as heroes.

"It's not revealed how they make it back to earth, but we'd love to explore that later," says executive producer Christian Jacobs, whose alter ego, MC Bat Commander, is the de facto leader of The Aquabats. "With the loss of Super Magic Power Man, played by 'Weird Al' Yankovic, the earth is happy to have us back. The Aquabats are still five goofballs, but now there are these huge expectations for them to perform. They've got the weight of the world on their shoulders."

The Aquabats have come a long way, from their start as an early 1990s Orange County, Calif., band to the stars of their own TV show. (Jacobs is also one of the creators of the preschool sensation Yo Gabba Gabba!). "The fact that The Aquabats! Super Show is out and people are responding to it well and kids like it too, not just thirtysomething dads, it's really gratifying," he says.

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Q&A: Fox Reality Kingpin Mike Darnell on Why He's Leaving, and What's Next

Mike Darnell

There's a reason why they call Mike Darnell the "dark prince" of reality TV. Darnell, who on Friday announced his exit as the president of alternative entertainment at Fox, is still best known for his in-your-face fare like Joe Millionaire, Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction, The Swan, When Animals Attack and Man vs. Beast.

Some of those shows, like Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire and Temptation Island, led to juicy TV scandals. (It's why the New York Times once billed him as TV's "point man for perversity.") But Darnell also oversaw the biggest TV phenomenon of the past decade: American Idol, a show that was unbeatable in its prime... read more

Disney Announces New Animated Series Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars

Just months after Lucasfilm announced the end of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disney has put the new animated series Star Wars Rebels into production. The new franchise will premiere with a one-hour Disney Channel special in fall 2014, followed by a series on Disney XD.

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First Look: Adam Scott and Amy Poehler Go Hart to Hart

Adam Scott and Amy Poehler

For last year's Adult Swim sensation The Greatest Event in Television History, a 15-minute spoof that went viral, Adam Scott enlisted Mad Men's Jon Hamm to help him re-create the opening credits of '80s detective series Simon & Simon. Now... read more

Watch My Show: The Big Brain Theory's Kal Penn, Craig Piligian Answer Our Showrunner Survey

Kal Penn

Kal Penn has played his share of doctors (House, How I Met Your Mother) and stoners (the Harold & Kumar films), and he'll star in CBS's new comedy We Are Men this fall. He's currently hosting Discovery's new competition series The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius (Wednesdays, 10/9c). The show presents... read more

Exclusive: Science Channel Schedules Season 4 of Morgan Freeman's Through the Wormhole

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman answers more of life's burning questions as his Science Channel series Through the Wormhole returns next month. The show launches its fourth season on Wednesday, June 5, at 10/9c.

This season, Freeman and crew weren't afraid to tackle some of society's most controversial topics, starting with the first episode. "When Does Life Begin?" asks scientists, experts and theologians to discuss whether life begins at conception, at birth, or at another moment in time. "It is politically charged and religiously charged, but that's the nature of the beast," Freeman tells TV Guide Magazine. "We're just asking questions. The last thing we aspire to is political correctness."

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10 Things You Didn't Know About NBC's The Office

Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski

Bob Odenkirk as Michael Scott? An African-American Pam Beesly? A spinoff starring Ed Helms as suburban dad Andy Bernard?

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Watch My Show: Revolution's Eric Kripke Answers Our Showrunner Survey

Eric Kripke

After years of fighting demons on his long-running CW series Supernatural, Eric Kripke is tackling much more human baddies on his freshman NBC drama Revolution. In the post-apocalyptic adventure, villains using nanomachines have eliminated most of the world's electricity, leading to chaos and brutal oligarchies. Revolution has just been renewed for a second season, so Kripke answered our showrunner survey to explain why you should plug in.

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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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