<p>Lea Michele</p>

Lea Michele

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Lea Michele, Ariana Grande join Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens' cast

Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer are set for the anthology

No matter your feelings on the actual shows he producers, one thing you've gotta give Ryan Murphy credit for: The guy knows how to line up a cast.

On a busy morning of Television Critics Association press tour announcements, FOX also revealed much of the cast of Murphy's upcoming anthology series "Scream Queens" and group is eclectic. 

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'Gotham,' 'Empire,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' earn early FOX renewals

Three studios get to celebrate FOX pickups on Saturday

FOX kicked off its Television Critics Association press tour day on Saturday (January 16) with renewals for a trio of hits.

The network announced on Saturday morning that "Gotham" and "Empire" have both earned second seasons, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will be back for a third season.

The three renewals, none a real surprise, represent three different producing studios and were presumably selected for both strong ratings, but also to show Fox Television Group CEOs and Chairmen Dana Walden & Gary Newman's commitment to a studio-diversified schedule.

"Empire," which comes from 20th Century Fox TV, was renewed after two episodes, but that's what happens when you start with a huge premiere and then become the season's first new broadcast drama to grow from Week 1 to Week 2. 

Hailing from WBTV, "Gotham" has averaged a 4.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers in Most Current Nielsen data. It's the season's top broadcast drama among men 18-49 and men 18-34. Originally intended for only a 15-episode first season, "Gotham" was already extended to a full 22 episodes after a strong fall.

Finally, Universal Television's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" has made a successful move to Sundays this season, averaging a 2.7 rating among adults 18-49 in Most Current stats, up 17 percent from last year, the largest gains for any sophomore show this season. 

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<p>Gary Newman and Dana Walden</p>

Gary Newman and Dana Walden

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Updates on '24,' 'X-Files' and Simon Cowell from FOX's TCA executive session

What creative changes are coming to 'Sleepy Hollow'?

From Paul Lee to Mark Pedowitz to Nina Tassler to Robert Greenblatt, the Television Critics Association has been meeting with a lot of our old favorites over the past week. 

On Saturday (January 16) morning, though, it's time for some fresh blood.

While Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman are press savvy industry veterans, this will be their first time meeting with the TCA as the heads of the fairly-newly reorganized Fox infrastructure. 

FOX had a rough fall, but the spring is off to a good start on at least one significant front: "Empire" premiered huge and actually went UP in Week 2.

So let's hear how FOX is going to continue the momentum...

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<p>Friday&#39;s &quot;Constantine&quot;</p>

Friday's "Constantine"

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TV Ratings: 'Fails' tops 'Constantine' as 'Shark Tank,' 'Blue Bloods' lead Friday

It's actually a series high audience for 'Shark Tank'

Fast National ratings for Friday, January 16, 2015.

At the top, Friday was business-as-usual, with "Shark Tank" hitting a season high to lead ABC to victory among young viewers and "Blue Bloods" helping CBS dominate overall.

In the lower reaches, though, there were a lot of notables.

NBC shifted "Constantine" to a new time period and the result was a weaker performance than the struggling drama's last 10 p.m. airing. 

On the more positive front, FOX's "Glee" continued to limp off in its final season, but at least relatively speaking, the Terry Crews-hosted "World's Funniest Fails" got off to an OK start.

And over on The CW, the time period season premiere of "Hart of Dixie" got off to what is, again relatively speaking, a solid start.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Zachary Levi</p>

Zachary Levi

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'Chuck' star returns to NBC for 'Heroes Reborn'

Zachary Levi and Jack Coleman are set for reboot series

Zachary Levi is returning to NBC for the reboot of one of the shows that shared network airtime with "Chuck."

NBC announced on Friday (January 16) morning that Levi will be one of the stars of the network's event miniseries "Heroes Reborn" playing... nothing we can discuss. The network release says only that Levi will play "a key yet undisclosed role."

Well OK!

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NBC's Robert Greenblatt on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog
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NBC's Robert Greenblatt on the State of the Network - Press tour live-blog

Jennifer Salke will also take the dais

Even though "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" flopped, "State of Affairs" and "Marry Me" are basically doomed, "The Voice" is down, "Peter Pan Live!" fizzled, "Constantine" will be done after 13 episodes and "Mysteries of Laura" is attracting mostly older viewers, it still wasn't a bad fall for NBC.

Certainly NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is likely to look on the bright side at Friday (January 16) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Late-Night and Alternative President Paul Telegdy.

Click through and follow along...

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<p>Johnny Arco of &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Johnny Arco of "American Idol"

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TV Ratings: 'American Idol" leads FOX Thursday as World Dog Awards tops 'A to Z'

'Big Bang Theory' repeat and 'Mom' actually top 'Idol'

Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Helped by a "Big Bang Theory" repeat on CBS, FOX and "American Idol" had no trouble winning Thursday night in all measures, despite a drop from last Thursday's show.

Nothing else was especially notable among Thursday's numbers, though NBC's "A to Z" doing half-a-Mulaney in the key demo remains impressive in a sad way.

Actually, The CW drawing nearly 2 million viewers for The World Dog Awards is at least semi-notable, especially since it outdrew "A to Z."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Adam Lambert on the &quot;American Idol&quot; panel</p>

Adam Lambert on the "American Idol" panel

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - New York City

Adam Lambert joins Harry and J-Lo in a two-hour audition episode

Welcome back for another night of "American Idol" auditions.

We wrapped up Kansas City last night.

And on Thursday (January 15)? We're off to New York City.

Click through and follow along...

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<p>Taraji P. Henson of &quot;Empire&quot;</p>

Taraji P. Henson of "Empire"

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TV Ratings: 'Empire' rises in Week 2, 'Idol' retains and FOX leads Wednesday

TV shows don't rise in their second weeks. All hail Cookie.

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

FOX's "Empire" bucked normal industry trending to post week-to-week gains from an already-outstanding premiere to help FOX rule Wednesday night in all measures. Solid retention from the second week of "American Idol" also contributed to FOX's big night.

Most of Wednesday's other movement was down. ABC's comedies all posted tiny declines, while NBC's "Mysteries of Laura" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" will both down double-digits.

The slight gainers were CBS' "Criminal Minds" and "Stalker."

On to the numbers...

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<p>Ellen Peterson auditions on &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

Ellen Peterson auditions on "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Auditions - Kansas City Part II

Everything's still up to date in Kansas City for J-Lo, Keith and Harry

Time for the first "American Idol" episode this season that I haven't seen in advance and therefore the first episode on which my time-code is going to be correct. Woot!

But that also means it's the first episode I can't pause if I'm in danger of misspelling somebody's oddly spelled name.

Be gentle and click through for all of the action from more Kansas City auditions...

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