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Mad Men's Matt Weiner Sets Firm End Date: "That's How Long the Story Is"

Matthew Weiner

Mad Men executive producer Matt Weiner says he's made up his mind: The critically acclaimed AMC drama will end its run after three more seasons.

"I think that's how long the story is," he tells TV Guide Magazine. "I'm not The Simpsons. They're amazing. I don't know how they do it. I look at TV shows that I admire, and I think this is the length that they should be. At a certain point you're driven to a desire not to repeat yourself. I want the show to end before the machinery has worn out."

Weiner, who struck a deal Thursday with AMC and production company Lionsgate that keeps him at the helm of a fifth and sixth season (with the option for that seventh), says he was ready to throw in the towel several times in recent weeks... read more

Exclusive: NBC Imports Australian Host for Summer Reality Show Love in the Wild

Darren McMullen

NBC has tapped Australian TV personality Darren McMullen to host its new summer "adventure dating" show Love in the Wild.

The show — a mashup of Survivor and The Bachelor, with a little Temptation Island sprinkled on top — follows ten single men and ten single women as they pair up each week to... read more

The Voice Taps G4's Alison Haislip To Attack Its Social Media

Alison Haislip

G4's Alison Haislip has a new show to attack: The self-professed "bad ass tech geek" will serve as the backstage online and social media host for NBC's new talent contest The Voice.

Haislip will juggle her day job on G4's Attack of the Show in order to bring some social media cred to The Voice. Not only will she be the online face to the show (a tech counterpart to series host Carson Daly), but she'll be occasionally be seen on The Voice, stationed off stage (in "The V-Room") to chat with the show's contestants and coaches via Twitter, Facebook and the show's website. NBC was set to launch ... read more

CBS Renews Sunday Reality Staples Amazing Race and Undercover Boss

Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race

CBS is keeping it real on Sundays, picking up another round of both The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss for next season.

The network hasn't yet determined whether both shows will remain in their Sunday slots this coming fall. But CBS is making a point of highlighting how well both shows did last fall vs. tough Sunday Night Football competition on NBC — which means it's very likely both shows will... read more

Science Channel Plans April Fool's Marathon and Twittercast of Ricky Gervais' An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad

They're no dummies at the Science Channel. The cable network's smart move to acquire and run Ricky Gervais' U.K. series An Idiot Abroad has resulted in the channel's highest ratings ever.

To celebrate, the channel plans to run a marathon of all eight An Idiot Abroad episodes — plus a 30-minute preview special — from 2:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April Fool's Day (Friday, April 1).

Science Channel will also debut its first-ever Twitter event during the marathon: Starting at 8 p.m. that night, the channel will run Tweets from viewers (via the hashtag #AnIdiotAbroad) at the... read more

AMC and Lionsgate Close to Deal for Mad Men's Season Five

Vincent Kartheiser and Jon Hamm

Mad Men fans, don't despair yet: Don Draper and company will be back for Season 5, but perhaps a few weeks later than usual.

Insiders at AMC tell TV Guide Magazine that a deal is close with Mad Men executive producer Matthew Weiner and Lionsgate, which produces the show. If a deal can be finalized shortly, the show will be a month or so behind schedule (the writers are usually back to work by February) — but could still hit the network by fall... read more

Danny Bonaduce, Shannen Doherty and Zombies Headline Syfy's Next Round of Original Movies

Danny Bonaduce, Shannen Doherty

Move over, Sharktopus: Syfy's next batch of campy TV movies include zombies, a Jersey Shore shark attack, Danny Bonaduce fighting Bigfoot and Shannen Doherty as Hansel's long-lost sister.

The cable network is set to announce a new slate of original movies on Tuesday, including Bigfoot, which will star The Partridge Family's Bonaduce opposite another 1970s sitcom icon... read more

Last Call with Carson Daly Renewed

Carson Daly

It's far from last call for Carson Daly, whose late night talk show just landed an 11th season renewal at NBC.

Last Call with Carson Daly was nearly canceled a few years ago, but the show's format change — documentary style, with cameras following Daly as he interviews stars from... read more

Steve Carell's The Office Farewell Gets An Airdate

Steve Carell, The Office

NBC's Steve Carell exit from The Office promises to be a big one — that's what she said — and it now has an airdate.

The episode, which wrapped production last week, is expected to air on Thursday, April 28. That's the first night of May sweeps, when the networks load up on events and special episodes. And the departure of Carell certainly qualifies.

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Why Rob Lowe Isn't Likely to Join Two and a Half Men

Rob Lowe

Here's the low down on Lowe: When it comes to talk of Rob Lowe joining the cast of Two and a Half Men, don't believe the hype.

Lowe is a full-fledged cast member on NBC's Parks and Recreation. That means he has a multi-year agreement to star on the show — which would appear to rule out a sudden move to fill the Charlie Sheen void. "He has a regular series deal," says one network insider. "He's sticking with Parks and Rec."

The Lowe idea has spread fast and wide in recent days, so much that even Sheen is... read more

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