HitFix First Look: Blaine has Cobain on the brain on 'iZombie'

HitFix First Look: Blaine has Cobain on the brain on 'iZombie'

Sure, David Anders' Blaine might be a drug dealer turned brain-pushing zombie building up a dangerous criminal syndicate, but he's also a thirty-something guy staying busy in Seattle, so it's no wonder that his thoughts periodically turn to Kurt Cobain.

In this HitFix Exclusive scene from Tuesday (May 12) night's "iZombie," Blaine is talking business, but he's also preoccupied with educating his frontmen on the early works of the Nirvana frontman.

I'm still curious about Blaine's master plan and what part Rose McIver's Liv plays in it, but now I also what to know what Blaine would think about Brett Morgen's "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck."

Check out the exclusive clip above.

And check HitFix later tonight for my interview with Bradley James, who talks about Lowell's much more earnest interest in Liv.

"iZombie," newly renewed by The CW, airs on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. 

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<p>&quot;The Good Wife&quot;</p>

"The Good Wife"

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'Good Wife,' 'Amazing Race,' 'Odd Couple' lead CBS renewals

Predictable stuff like 'NCIS' and 'Survivor' are also renewed

After keeping mum last week on renewals, CBS is moving forward with an eye on Wednesday's upfront presentation to advertisers.

CBS has renewed eight dramas, a comedy and a trio of reality favorites, plus two veteran newsmagazines that weren't going anywhere anyway.

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<p>&quot;Once Upon a Time&quot;</p>

"Once Upon a Time"

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TV Ratings: 'Revenge' series finale, 'Good Wife' finale aid Sunday split

'Once Upon a Time' season finale leads the night in the key demo

Fast National ratings for Sunday, May 10, 2015.

The latest season finale for "The Good Wife" helped CBS sweep Sunday primetime overall, while the season finale for "Once Upon a Time" and the series finale of "Revenge" pushed ABC to victory among young viewers.

Meanwhile, NBC's "A.D. The Bible Continues" and "American Odyssey," two of the only shows remaining on the network TV bubble, did unimpressive numbers.

Let's get to the numbers...

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'Empire' expands for two-part Season 2

Did FOX consider moving 'Empire' to an 8 p.m. slot?

But don't rejoice too much, eh? It's not quite as much bigger as perhaps you might have hoped.

FOX executives announced on Monday (May 11) that Season 2 of "Empire" will expand to 18 episodes, split into two separated half-seasons, up from 12 episodes this spring, but well short of a full network slate of 22.

In a conference call with reporters, FOX brass didn't go into depth on why "18" was the magic number for Season 2 episodes, but there were questions on the decision to keep "Empire" in a 9 p.m. Wednesday slot and how FOX will attempt to keep or build momentum for a show that will presumably return in September after more than six months off the air.

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<p>&quot;The X-Files&quot;</p>

"The X-Files"

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FOX execs weigh in on 'X-Files' scheduling, the future of '24'

What is Chris Carter's plan for mythology/stand-alone episodes?

The truth about FOX's scheduled return of "The X-Files" was finally out there as of Monday (May 11) morning, but that premiere announcement brought several additional questions with it.

FOX revealed that "The X-Files" will return with a two-night event in January. The first episode will air at 10-ish p.m. after the NFC Championship game on Sunday, January 24. The following night, "The X-Files" will have its time period premiere at 8 p.m. on Monday.

This raised questions about the strategic value of both using that football game as a platform to relaunch what is a very established property, while also simultaneously burning off one-third of the network's inventory of the six-episode limited "X-Files" return.

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<p>Ryan Seacrest and your &quot;American Idol&quot; judges</p>

Ryan Seacrest and your "American Idol" judges

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'American Idol' will end after Season 15

Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr and Keith Urban will return

FOX announced on Monday (May 11) morning that "American Idol" has been renewed for the 2015-16 season, but that next year's installment will be its last.

Per the official FOX release, host Ryan Seacrest and all three current judges -- Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr -- will return to "search for the final 'Idol' superstar and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who tweeted, texted and championed their Idols."

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<p>FOX&#39;s &quot;Minority Report&quot;</p>

FOX's "Minority Report"

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FOX's 2015-16 Schedule: 'Minority Report' takes Monday, 'X-Files' returns in January

'New Girl' is held for midseason, while 'Sleepy Hollow' is on the move

FOX announced the first part of its 2015-16 schedule on Monday (May 11) morning and even though the network has abandoned its annual tradition of revealing two separate schedules, what we already know is full of interesting tidbits.

A few highlights before we get down to the night-by-night breakdown:

*** "The X-Files" will return with a two night premiere starting after the NFC Championship on Sunday, January 24.

*** "New Girl" is being held for midseason and will air [virtually] uninterrupted in the spring.

*** "Empire" will continue to air at 9 p.m., meaning this season's biggest ratings sensation won't be able to serve as a lead-in for anything new, though FOX hopes a halo effect will benefit "Rosewood."

*** A Tuesday comedy block featuring Rob Lowe and John Stamos suggests a bit of a demographic shift for FOX.

*** Oh and this next season of "American Idol" will be its last. But that's important enough for its own story.

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<p>Tim Allen of &quot;Last Man Standing&quot;</p>

Tim Allen of "Last Man Standing"

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ABC renews 'Last Man Standing' for Season 5

Tim Allen's Friday comedy will, of course, live again

It's become a little game that ABC plays each spring. In a big burst, the network renews nearly all of its shows and then leaves "Last Man Standing" to sweat it out for a renewal a day or two later.

On one hand, it might be considered mean. On the other hand, by doing it this way, "Last Man Standing" gets a separate renewal story all to itself each year.

As it ever was, so it is again: Two days after ABC issued every other one of its renewals, "Last Man Standing" has been picked up for a fifth season.

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<p>Zachary Levi of &quot;Heroes Reborn&quot;</p>

Zachary Levi of "Heroes Reborn"

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NBC New Series Images: Naked Jaimie Alexander, Gun-Toting Zachary Levi and Topless Philip Winchester

Check out first images from 'Blindspot,' 'Heroes Reborn, 'Heartbreaker' and more

NBC announced its 2015-16 schedule on Sunday (May 10) morning and also unveiled first-look photos from many of its new shows.

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<p>&quot;American Odyssey&quot;</p>

"American Odyssey"

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NBC leaves 'American Odyssey,' 'A.D. The Bible Continues' in limbo

No official decision will come before the Sunday dramas finish their seasons

Normally, the announcement of an official primetime schedule for the upcoming season offers final clarity on the fate of all existing shows, but that isn't the case for NBC's "American Odyssey" and "A.D. The Bible Continues."

In the past couple days, NBC has gone through its 2014-2015 schedule dead-weight slashing and burning, saying farewell to dramas like "Constantine" and "State of Affairs" and canceling every existing comedy other than "Undateable."

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