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Exclusive: Cash Cab Host Ben Bailey Lands New NBC Game Show Gig

Ben Bailey

Ben Bailey, the Emmy-winning host behind Discovery Channel's hit Cash Cab, is driving over to primetime. NBC has tapped Bailey to host Who's Still Standing? — the network's new trivia game show.

Based on the Israeli series Still Standing, the new game show centers on contestants who battle each other in a series of comedic challenges... read more

Exclusive: Raising Hope Gives Cloris Leachman a Promotion

Cloris Leachman

Make room for more Maw Maw. As Raising Hope starts planning for Season 2, Cloris Leachman — who plays the show's confused octogenarian — has been elevated to series regular status on the Fox comedy...
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Why Isn't TV More Diverse?

Boris Kodjoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

To paraphrase NBC's marketing slogan, has prime time become "less colorful"? Looking at the casting of this fall's new TV series, the groups that monitor TV diversity think so.

Unlike last year, when at least nine new shows boasted leading roles for black, Latino and Asian-American actors (including NBC's now canceled Undercovers and Outlaw and The CW's returning Nikita), next year most minority characters are supporting roles. The networks are also airing more comedies next fall — and in recent years, half-hour sitcoms have been less diverse than dramas.

That's why there's concern that the... read more

How Two and a Half Men Landed Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher

It all came down to the wire, yet CBS, Warner Bros. TV and creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre pulled it off: Two and a Half Men will be back in the fall, and with a new star: sitcom veteran Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher is set to take the Carnegie Hall stage on May 18 as CBS presents its post-Charlie Sheen plan to advertisers. It's a major coup for the show, as CBS wasn't about to announce the return of Two and a Half Men without a plan firmly in place. read more

Behind NBC's Sing-Off Decision


NBC's decision to turn singing competition The Sing-Off into a weekly series might be the biggest surprise of the new fall season. But it was a move that came only after intense debate inside the Peacock network over how and when to air a second ...
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Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly Discusses His Fall Strategy

Kevin Reilly

TV Guide Magazine: There was some concern that Terra Nova might be pushed back again, given the previous delays on the show. Is it ready to go, and why did you decide to kick off Mondays with it?
Kevin Reilly: We've been sitting on this show, producing it for a while and it's been a big undertaking. It's ...
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NBC Chief Robert Greenblatt Explains His New Fall Schedule

Debra Messing

TV Guide Magazine: You resisted temptation to rush The Voice back for fall, but surprised us by turning The Sing-Off into a weekly series. How did that come about?
Robert Greenblatt:
The whole goal here is the long-term rebuilding of this network, as opposed to just taking the assets... read more

Exclusive: Phil Keoghan Signs New Deal, Sticks With The Amazing Race

Phil Keoghan

It's another non-elimination round for Phil Keoghan, who has just signed a new deal to continue for several more years as host of CBS' The Amazing Race.

Under the new deal, Keoghan has now been named a co-executive producer of the Race (an acknowledgement that he's already deeply involved with the show's production). "Most of what I do [on Race] is behind-the-scenes," Keoghan says. "My energy has been consumed with other duties besides just being in front of the camera. I've always enjoyed that side of it."

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How The Voice Found Its Singers

The Voice

America's got talent, but not everyone is lining up to audition for TV's growing number of singing competition shows. That's where Michelle McNulty, the casting director for NBC's new hit series The Voice, comes in. McNulty and her team spent months tracking down performers in clubs, at rehearsal studios, on YouTube and via personal contacts in order to find the right contestants.

TV critics have been impressed with the caliber of talent on The Voice, particularly in the premiere episode — and credit much of the show's early success to those performances. "We were looking for singers that might not audition for American Idol or any of those other competition shows," McNulty says. "We were looking for real artists"...
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Fall TV: The 5 Big Questions

Jon Cryer

It's do-or-die time at the broadcast networks, as executives make some tough choices for next season. On their plates: deciding which current shows to kill and identifying potential hits from more than 80 pilots. Here are some burning questions to keep in mind as the powers that be prepare to unveil their 2011-2012 schedules the week of May 16.

Will the networks play it bold or play it safe?
After a lackluster season, executives are itching to find riskier fare, like the 1960s-set drama Playboy and the Steven Spielberg-produced musical drama Smash (a lock to get on the air) at NBC, as well as ABC's airline period ...
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