Linda Lavin, Sean Hayes, Megan Hilty
Pity the network that has to follow cable at the annual Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Such was long-time underdog NBC's lot on Saturday, putting its happiest face on a mixed bag of new fall programming in front of an audience that just a day earlier had sat in rapt fascination as the cast and creator of AMC's Breaking Bad presented their farewell TCA panel — the first episode of its final run (airing Aug. 11) is as gripping as you could hope, by the way. The cable portion of TCA also included a spectacularly geek-tastic celebration of Doctor Who's upcoming 50th anniversary staged by BBC America (complete with TARDIS and Dalek, a roving Cyberman and a museum-quality display of costumes and props).
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Sean Saves the World
Will & Grace is returning to NBC ... sort of. The better half of Will & Grace is returning to NBC — aka Just Jack ... minus Karen.
Sean Hayes comes back to the network that made him a household name in his new comedy Sean Saves the World. In the multi-camera sitcom, Hayes stars as...
Megan Hilty has lined up her first post-Smash television role.
Hilty will re-team with Sean Hayes, who guest-starred on Smash, for his upcoming NBC comedy Sean Saves the World, according to TVLine.
The beat will not go for NBC's ambitious Broadway musical drama Smash, which was canceled Friday after two seasons.
From executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Emmy winner Debra Messing and Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, Smash was a notable hit for...
Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha
NBC has canceled The New Normal, TVGuide.com has learned.
Ryan Murphy's struggling comedy...
On the heels of the news that NBC has renewed Parks and Recreation for a sixth season, the network has canceled struggling comedies 1600 Penn, Whitney, Guys with Kids and Up All Night, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
1600 Penn, which...
Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt
It's time to "Treat Yo Self!" because NBC has renewed Parks and Recreation for a sixth season, TVGuide.com has learned.
The NBC comedy, which stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, saw...
Samantha Iler and Sean Hayes
NBC has given series orders to Jason Katims' About a Boy, J.J. Abrams' Believe, Crisis, The Family Guide, and Sean Hayes' Sean Saves the World, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
NBC has set summer premiere dates for new series Crossing Lines, The Winner Is... and Hollywood Game Night.
Crossing Lines will debut...
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Question: This TV mid-season has brought us three dramas about serial killers: The Following, Hannibal and Bates Motel. Why do competing networks often program similar TV shows? Remember the recent explosion of shows set in the 1960s (The Playboy Club, Pan Am, The Hour)? Last year we had the more successful slate of fantasy universe-meets-modern universe shows (Grimm, Once Upon a Time). What gives? Are the networks just waiting around for word of what their rivals are doing so that they can make a duplicate? Or is it all just coincidence? — Sam