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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 5/15/13)
CBS: Crime Scene Investigation (Finale) at 10pm
CW: Arrow (Finale) at 8pm
CW: Supernatural (Finale) at 9pm
SYFY: Deep South Paranormal (Finale) at 10pm

Downton Abbey season four has set an official premiere date. The series will begin on Masterpiece on PBS on Sunday, January 5, 2014. The highest-rated drama in PBS history will run for eight weeks through February 23, 2014. Casting news for season 4 includes the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and several new actors, including Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Gary Carr.  Downton Abbey is a Carnival/Masterpiece Co-Production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After eight years, Saturday Night Live regular Bill Hader is leaving the late night comedy. Hader will make his final appearance on the season finale airing May 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History‘s Pawn Stars is back with an all new season, on a new night. The show is moving to Thursday nights at 9p beginning May 30. Viewers will see the Pawn Stars haggle over a slew of interesting historic items this season – from a guitar believed to be signed by Paul McCartney and items signed by all four of The Beatles to a reproduction of the Back to the Future DeLorean car. Included in the new night is a brand new original theme song performed by legendary rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band recorded a custom song for the show titled Winning Isn’t Everything. A shortened version of the song will accompany the Pawn Stars show opening beginning on May 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV is unleashing more girl power. On Tuesday, June 4 at 11p, The Alectrix will showcase an all-girl pop music group seeking a fresh start under the guidance of music mogul, Joe Simpson. The six-episode series follows Heather Naylor, the leader of the group, as she and her group mates strive for their big break in the music industry and finally fulfill their dreams of superstardom. Later this fall, the network will debut the new series South of Heaven [wt] about a group of fun loving girlfriends who work at the best little honky tonk bar in Texas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Maury celebrates its 2,500th episode on Friday, May 17 (check local listings) with a special show. Some of the biggest names in news, entertainment and sports will join the talk show host to celebrate, including Barbara Walters, Shaquille O’Neal, Katie Couric, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, NeNe Leakes, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams, former all-star quarterback for the Washington Redskins Joe Theismann and Jerry Springer. In addition, Maury’s wife Connie Chung gives him the surprise of a lifetime, when she jumps out of a cake in celebration of this milestone episode.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO has ordered eight episodes of a gay themed dramedy starring Jonathan Groff. The project centers on three friends living in San Francisco who explore the fun and options available to a new generation of gay men. Production will begin in the fall in San Francisco for a 2014 premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX is teaming with Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street) to develop a drama about Billy the Kid. The limited-run series would tell the origin story of the notorious Old West outlaw hails from by Halfire-CORE Entertainment and the Levinson/Fontana Co. Barry Levinson is on board to exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oscar and Tony Award-winning actor Joel Grey has been tapped to guest star on the Monday, May 20 episode of Syfy‘s Warehouse 13, premiering at 10p. Grey will play Las Vegas lounge act magician Monty the Magnificent. Also guest starring on the episode are Steve Valentine (Crossing Jordan) as Val Preston, a headliner in desperate need of something new to spice up his own act, and Kelly Hu as Abigail Cho, a protege of Mrs. Frederic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 5/12/13)
1) Lady Antebellum – Golden – 167,314
2) The Great Gatsby Soundtrack – 136,810
3) Various Artists – Now 46 – 90,775

Other Debuts
4) Pistol Annies – Annie Up – 83,460
7) Rod Stewart – Time – 52,084
13) Nashville Soundtrack (Season 1, Vol. 2) – 27,199
15) She & Him – Vol. 3 – 26,394
17) Natalie Maines – Mother – 22,824
25) Fitz & The Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream – 14,508

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