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Mega Buzz: A Blacklist Betrayal, New Girl's New Date and Gotham's True Hero

James Spader, Zooey Deschanel, Ben McKenzie

Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

Do you have any new info on The Blacklist's new season? —  Roger
How about some exclusive casting news? Tony-nominated Broadway veteran Norm Lewis — who is currently starring in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera and did a stint last season on Scandal — has been tapped to play J.P. Laskin, a business associate of Red's who doesn't exactly agree with his recent moves in the ongoing war with Berlin. In fact, I hear Laskin may even be tempted to switch sides. Of course, once Red finds out about the betrayal, he'll probably make the choice for him. Perhaps playing a "phantom" will come in handy!  

I'm really curious to see how Nick and Jess are doing after their break-up last season on
 New Girl. What will their dynamic be like when the show returns? — Lindsay
Four months have passed since Nick and Jess were last romantically involved, but unfortunately for Jess, it's been a bit of a slow summer in the love department... read more

John Stamos Signs on for ABC's Members Only, Comedy Project From Neighbors Creator

John Stamos

Is 2015 shaping up to be the year of John Stamos? The Full House actor could be a very busy man next year after booking twonew TV gigs, Deadline.com reports.

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Zoinks! Does the New Scooby-Doo Movie Practice Fat Shaming?

Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy

Scooby-Doo has never been exactly the most educational kids show, but the franchise's latest straight-to-video release, Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy, delivers a really poor message for viewers.

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Fox Cancels Gang Related After One Season

Sung Kang, Terry O'Quinn, Inbar Lavi

Gang Related joins the ranks of one and done freshman shows.

Fox has canceled the drama about an Los Angeles Police Department task force taking on the city's gangs, Deadline.com reports.
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The Biz: Meredith Vieira Returns to Daytime

Meredith Vieira

It's hard to say no to Meredith Vieira. While putting together her new daytime show, NBCUniversal executives let the host pick her executive producer, sidekick, band — even the furniture on her set (a tatty, pet-ravaged couch from her Westchester, New York, home). Perhaps the "suits" — as Vieira calls them — are aware that she is one of the rare TV talents who is not afraid to walk away from it all.

After becoming, at age 35 in 1989, the youngest correspondent ever hired by 60 Minutes, she left the prestigious CBS newsmagazine two years later to have her second child when then-executive producer Don Hewitt refused her request to work part-time. Her very public decision sparked a national conversation on the challenges for women who balance motherhood and career. After an Emmy award-winning stint on the ABC newsmagazine Turning Point, she changed course, becoming a founding panelist on the daytime coffee klatch The View in 1997.

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Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Punching a Man in the Face

Chris Brown

Troubled singer Chris Brown pled guilty on Tuesday to charges of misdemeanor assault stemming from an altercation last October, the Associated Press reports. He was sentenced to time served following two days spent in a District of Columbia jail for the case.

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POLL: Who Should Win So You Think You Can Dance? Vote!

So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance closes out its 11th season with not just one, but two tap dancers.

In this unprecedented final, airing Wednesday at 8/7c on Fox, Valerie Rockey and Zack Everhart are the tappers who join jazz dancer Jessica Richens and contemporary dancer Ricky Ubeda in the quest to be named America's Favorite Dancer. Who will win? Let's take a look at each of the finalists:
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Netflix Orders a Third and Final Season of Hemlock Grove

Bill Skarsgard

The moon is setting on one of television's weirdest shows.

Netflix has ordered a third and final season of its horror drama Hemlock Grove, the video-streaming service announced on Tuesday. The 10-episode farewell season is scheduled to debut sometime in 2015. 

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TBS Cancels CeeLo Green's Reality Show Amid His Controversial Rape Comments

CeeLo Green

Musician and actor CeeLo Green drew the ire of many over the weekend when he posted a series of tweets regarding the nature and definition of rape. On Tuesday, Variety reported that TBS had canceled his reality series CeeLo Green's The Good Life. But despite the timing of both, the show's cancellation may not be related to Green's controversial comments.

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Melissa Rivers: Joan Rivers Is Still on Life Support

Joan Rivers

Comedienne Joan Rivers remains on life support in a Manhattan hospital, her daughter Melissa said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

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