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TVGN Orders New Kids on the Block Series, Developing Singing Show

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TVGN has ordered a cruise series featuring New Kids on the Block, the network announcedTuesday. In addition, the network is developing three new projects, including a singing competition series.

Rock This Boat: New Kids on the Block is an eight-episode series that will feature diehard NKOTB fans on week-long cruise with the boy band. TVGN has also ordered a casting special for Rock This Boat: NKOTB.

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Blurred Lines: Alan Thicke's Unusually Thicke Is Not Your Average Reality Show

Carter, Tanya, and Alan Thicke

Robin Thicke might hate these blurred lines, but his father sure doesn't. (Not like that!)

Alan Thicke, the erstwhile patriarch Jason Seaver on Growing Pains, returns to TV on Wednesday on Unusually Thicke (10/9c, TVGN), his reality-sitcom hybrid that's real, but not really. The series follows Thicke, 67, and his self-professed modern family, 16-year-old son Carter from his second marriage, and his third wife Tanya, who is 28 years his junior. It's authentic in that every interaction and piece of dialogue on the show is unscripted, but not totally legit in that they semi-stage the situations the trio finds themselves in.

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"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke tells TVGuide.com. "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed ...
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Alan Thicke to Star in TVGN Reality Show Unusually Thicke

Alan Thicke

Alan Thicke, best known for playing Growing Pains patriarch Jason Seaver, will star in a TVGN reality sitcom showcasing his real-life family, the network announced Wednesday.

Unusually Thicke, which will premiere Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c, will follow Thicke, his "spicy" younger wife Tanya and their 16-year-old son Carter. Though his son Robin Thicke will not be a cast member, the "Blurred Lines" singer will be featured on the series, which blends aspects of reality television and scripted sitcoms.

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5 Changes to Expect From the Arsenio Hall Show Revival

Arsenio Hall

It's been nearly 20 years since Arsenio Hall has graced the late-night desk, and he's returning to a crowded market.

"There's a lot of competition," Hall said at the Television Critics Association fall previews on Monday to promote the revival of The Arsenio Hall Show, which premieres on Sept. 9 (syndicated, check local listings). "I know that not everybody has a late-night host. It's hard to get people to watch you and make appointments for television... "

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Top Videos: Veronica Mars First Look, "Blurred Lines" Parodies, Aubrey Plaza Plays Daria

Kristen Bell

This week, it seemed like everyone jumped on the "Blurred Lines" parody bandwagon, creating alternate versions that featured everything from reversed gender roles to the cast of Growing Pains. CollegeHumor released a trailer for a Daria movie (here's hoping!) starring Aubrey Plaza as the title character, and Veronica Mars fans got their first glimpse of the upcoming movie. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Top Moments: Survivor's Meltdown, Justin Timberlake and Steve Carell Lend Jimmy Fallon a Hand

Steve Carell and Jimmy Fallon

Our top moments of the week:

15. Oddest Return:
Jerry Seinfeld has kept plenty busy since the end of his TV show in 1998. However, it's still a little odd to see him return to stand-up on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno basically doing the same comedy he's been doing his whole career with some minor chronologically required updates (America's obesity problem! Push-up bras!). Aren't there struggling up-and-coming stand-up comics who need his coveted spot more? Also, isn't this precisely why the... read more

The Tuesday Playlist: Justified's Manhunt, Preacher's Daughters, Hell's Kitchen

Jim Beaver

The title of this week's pivotal episode of FX's Justified (Tuesday, 10/9c), "Get Drew," may evoke memories of an Elmore Leonard classic (Get Shorty), but Justified is a modern classic in its own right, honoring Leonard's spirit with wit and suspenseful grit and twisty plotting that just won't let up. That's especially true after last week's revelation of the identity of the long-missing and much-sought-after Drew Thompson, who sets off a multi-faceted manhunt.

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The Monday Playlist: Monday Mornings, Robin Sparkles, a Hawaiian Remake and More

Jamie Bamber, Jennifer Finnigan

Last week, NBC's ludicrous insta-flop Do No Harm (about a Jekyll-Hyde neurosurgeon) pushed TV's medical genre beyond its melodramatic limits. Taking the completely opposite tack, and likely to get a much longer leash (this being cable), TNT's Monday Mornings (Monday, 10/9c) is a surprisingly mellow drama set at a hospital, about doctors forced to face up to their shortcomings, with an ensemble led by (trend alert?) gorgeous and flawed — though decidedly not bonkers — neurosurgeons, played by Jamie Bamber and Jennifer Finnigan.

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How I Met Your Mother: Robin Sparkles Is Back! And It's the "Craziest" One Yet!

Cobie Smulders

Put away your jelly bracelets and your cool graffiti coats. It's time to break out your eyeliner and plaid shirts. Robin Sparkles is back on Monday's How I Met Your Mother — but she looks very different.

"It may be the craziest Robin Sparkles yet," executive producer Craig Thomas told reporters on a conference call. "We see a totally new part of Robin Sparkles' career in this."

Check out HIMYM's "Girls Versus Suits" and other memorable TV musical episodes

How new? Gone is the perky, denim-loving, blonde Canadian pop princess, and in her ...
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James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley to Guest on How I Met Your Mother

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley

Robin Sparkles (Cobie Smulders) is going back to the mall — and she's bringing a lot of famous (Canadian) faces with her!

How I Met Your Mother has lined up a slew of Canadian-born celebrities for the Feb. 4 return of Robin's teen idol alter ego, CBS announced Monday.

How I Met Your Mother returning for a ninth season

James Van Der Beek, Jason Priestley, K.D. Lang, Paul Shaffer, Barenaked Ladies frontman... read more

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