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The Tuesday Playlist: Second Act for Smash, Kiss and Tell on New Girl?

Katharine McPhee, Jeremy Jordan

Someone should make a musical about the remaking of Smash between its first and second seasons. Let's call it Phantom of the Rewrite.

Or maybe The (New) Producers, seeing how NBC replaced the original creator/showrunner in hopes of calming this elaborate backstage drama's own behind-the-scenes creative turmoil, which manifested on screen in turgid and oft-ridiculed soap opera between the splashy production numbers (which are still mostly terrific). Smash 2.0 (Tuesday, 9/8c) wastes no time addressing, while slyly commenting on, the show's problem spots, many involving Debra Messing's character, insecure lyricist-librettist Julia Houston. Her dull husband, cloddish son and needy lover? History. Her hideous scarves? Mocked. Also soon to be gone. Along with reviled characters like the scheming, lurking Ellis and Karen's cheating ex, Dev.

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The Biz: Can These Shows Be Saved?

Happy Endings

When the networks decide which programs to pick up for fall and which ones to ax, it's not only about the Nielsen numbers. "There is more financial analysis going on than ratings analysis," says one executive. Here are the prognoses for a few series fighting for survival.

Happy Endings
Finding a home for Happy Endings since it moved from Wednesday and away from its strong­­ lead-in Modern Family has been tough (it now airs on Tuesday, a night full of comedies). And its scheduling options are limited, since ABC still... read more

Vegas Exclusive: Who's Playing Mia's Mother?

Melinda Clarke, Sarah Jones, Michael Chiklis

Vegas is betting big on family drama.

Winter Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

The freshman CBS drama has cast The O.C. and Nikita star Melinda Clarke to play the mother of Sarah Jones' Mia Rizzo, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Clarke will play Lena, a charismatic, shrewd, strong woman who is attracted to even stronger men... read more

Ask Matt: Cancellations (Last Resort, Ben and Kate), Smash, Switched at Birth

Last Resort

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: While I'm not happy Last Resort was canceled, I would like to thank ABC and the producers for allowing this show to have an actual ending, with [SPOILER ALERT] Marcus showing his love for his country and sub by dying to make sure the Chinese didn't get it. Like you said in one of your daily reviews, any ending is better than a cliffhanger. I was satisfied with the ending. — Foster

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Mega Buzz: New Girl's Couples, Following's Followers, Scandal's Baby Bombshell

Max Greenfield, Kevin Bacon, Tony Goldwyn

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

Will Schmidt and Cece get back together on New Girl? — Gabi
NATALIE:
With Cece on the path to an arranged marriage, Schmidt will do "everything he possibly can" to prevent that, Max Greenfield tells us. "He's making a full push for Cece. Every time he gets close, a disaster happens, and then he gets back in the friend zone, and then he pushes again and then a disaster happens." Still, there is good news for Schmidt... fans. "He's the first one to get naked," Greenfield jokes of the upcoming strip True American episode.

I'm hooked on The Following. Any hints about what's next? — Jacob
ADAM:
Next week's episode spends a lot of time establishing... read more

CBS Boss Teases HIMYM, Men Futures, Talks Jennifer Esposito

How I Met Your Mother

Fans of CBS' comedies How I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men can't rest easy quite yet, but could have good news soon.

"We will be happy to be reporting in a few days that things will be resolved," CBS chief Nina Tassler told reporters at the winter TV previews Saturday about the possibility of a Season 9 renewal for HIMYM. "We're confident and excited that things will work out. Almost everything is complete."

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How Networks Are Breaking the Period-Piece Curse

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey transformed PBS from a sometimes stodgy channel into a destination network, drawing 5.4 million viewers for its second-season finale (doubling PBS' primetime average). Now, Downton creator Julian Fellowes has signed with NBC to create The Gilded Age, his first series for American broadcast TV. NBC is betting that the drama will attract the same audience for its depiction of New York's moguls of... read more

Dennis Quaid Files for Divorce

Dennis Quaid, Kimberly Buffingtom-Quaid

Dennis Quaid filed for divorce from Kimberly Buffington-Quaid on Friday in Los Angeles.

In March, Buffington-Quaid originally filed for divorce, but retracted the papers a month later to work on their marriage. read more

Ratings: Dancing Finale Hits Season High, But Down From Last Year

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani

ABC claimed a rare Tuesday victory, powered by the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.

The two-hour All-Stars closer drew ...
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Ratings: Mindy Project Rises on Low Night

Chris Messina and Mindy Kaling

It was a down night overall on Tuesday, but one struggling show did inch up: The Mindy Project.

The comedy drew 3.2 million viewers and a 1.7 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic, up two-tenths from its last new episode two weeks ago. It was the only show of Fox's lineup to improve Tuesday.

10 Bubble Shows: Which will survive?

NBC topped the night with ...
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