<p>Stephen Amell of &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

Credit: The CW

'Vampire Diaries,' 'Arrow' lead early 2014-2015 renewals from The CW

'Supernatural,' 'Originals' and one surprise also get pickups
Getting way out ahead of the spring curve, The CW renewed half of its primetime lineup on Thursday (February 13), led by four shows you already knew they were going to renew, plus one small surprise.
 
The not-surprises first: The CW has ordered a sixth season for "The Vampire Diaries," a 10th season for "Supernatural," a third season for "Arrow" and a second season for "The Originals."
 
What? you figured any of those dramas were going to be on the bubble? No.
 
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Exclusive 'From Dusk Till Dawn' image finds the Gecko Brothers doing some banking

Exclusive 'From Dusk Till Dawn' image finds the Gecko Brothers doing some banking

El Rey Network's first original debuts on March 11
I'm mighty curious about Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network, which he has described as basically a curated network driven by the sensibility of the "El Mariachi" and "Spy Kids" creator. 
 
Starting on Friday (February 14), El Rey Network will be doing the 24-hour programming thing, driven by cable rights to shows like "Starsky & Hutch," "Dark Angel" and "The X Files." Then on February 28, El Rey will begin Grindhouse Fridays.
 
El Rey gets really serious, though, on Tuesday, March 11 with the premiere of "From Dusk Till Dawn," an expansion of the universe created for the vampire film. 
 
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<p>This happens on Wednesday's &quot;American Idol&quot;</p>

This happens on Wednesday's "American Idol"

Credit: FOX

Recap: 'American Idol' S.13 - 'Hollywood Round, Week #2'

The judges begin to reveal the season's Top 30

We're back for more of the same as Hollywood Week continues on "American Idol."

Last week, we got solos and Group Night. Does that mean we've got even more solos still to come tonight?

Will we begin the process of unveiling the season's Top 30?

What excitement is in store?

Click through for two full hours of live-blogging excitement!

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<p>Cristin Milioti</p>

Cristin Milioti

Credit: CBS

'How I Met Your Mother' Mother lands an NBC pilot lead

Cristin Milioti will topline 'A to Z' for NBC
So "How I Met Your Dad" has found its Mother, but The Mother from "How I Met Your Mother" has found a new sitcom gig. 
 
Got it?
 
Yesterday, amidst much gnashing of teeth and wailing, it was revealed that Greta Gerwig will be the lead in CBS' "HIMYM" kinda-spinoff "How I Met Your Dad."
 
And today, WBTV and NBC announced that Cristin Milioti will play one of the leads in "A to Z," a new comedy pilot from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
 
That wasn't so complicated at all, was it?
 
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<p>Will Forte</p>

Will Forte

Credit: Bravo

Will Forte, 'Lego Movie' team land FOX series order

'Last Man on Earth' is slated for midseason 2014-2015
Continuing its "Pilot season is dead" theme, FOX has given yet another direct-to-series order, this one to a comedy project from Will Forte and the team behind the critically adored hit "The Lego Movie."
 
FOX announced on Wednesday (February 12) that it has ordered "Last Man on Earth," a single-cam comedy that will begin production this summer for a midseason slot in the 2014-2015 broadcast season.
 
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<p>Donal Logue</p>

Donal Logue

Credit: Getty

'Terriers' star officially lands key 'Gotham' role

Donal Logue is set for regular mentor turn on FOX's Batman prequel
Yup. We're just casting up a storm now on FOX's Batman origin story "Gotham" and we appear to have stopped casting "O.C." stars entirely. However, you're probably a fan of two or three shows featuring the latest "Gotham" addition.
 
FOX and WBTV confirmed on Wednesday (February 12) that Donal Logue has been cast as Detective Harvey Bullock in "Gotham," which received a direct-to-series order. Donal's involvement has been rumored for a couple weeks, with some reports even suggesting he might be playing Future Commissioner Gordon. Now we have the final word.
 
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<p>Shaun White eyes the Olympics scoreboard</p>

Shaun White eyes the Olympics scoreboard

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: Shaun White's disappointing Olympics night gives NBC a big Tuesday

'New Girl,' 'Brooklyn' and 'Dads' all droop against the Olympics
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
 
Even though reports had already broken earlier in the day that Shaun White failed to make it to the medal podium, NBC's Tuesday coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi still rose slightly from Monday and, of course, dominated in all measures.
 
Once again, the Olympics crushed most of the original programming in its path, sending the "Dads" finale, "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" to impressively low numbers.
 
The one show that proved impervious to the Olympics steamroll? ABC's "Killer Women," which did almost exactly the same dismal numbers it did last week.
 
On to those numbers...
 
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<p>Greta Gerwig</p>

Greta Gerwig

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Greta Gerwig lands the lead in CBS' 'How I Met Your Dad'

'Frances Ha' star will serve as a producer-writer if it goes to series
The TV pilot season is in its early casting phases, but we already have our first genuine shocker. 
 
HitFix can confirm that indie film stalwart Greta Gerwig has landed the lead in CBS' high profile "How I Met Your Mother" not-exactly-spinoff, somewhat discordantly titled "How I Met Your Dad."
 
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<p>John Wesley Shipp of &quot;The Flash&quot;</p>

John Wesley Shipp of "The Flash"

Credit: CBS

The CW's 'The Flash' pilot lands TV's original Flash for mystery role

John Wesley Shipp lands what would be a recurring role going forward
It's not that we weren't excited about Jesse L. Martin and Tom Cavanagh joining "The Flash."
 
And Grant Gustin was good enough in his "Arrow" stint that we're totally on-board with him as a lead.
 
But here's a piece of casting news for The CW's "The Flash" that has us really geeking out a little.
 
On Tuesday (February 11), The CW and WBTV confirmed that John Wesley Shipp is going to guest star in the "Flash" pilot. 
 
That's right, y'all. The Flash is going to be in "The Flash."
 
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<p>Erin Richards</p>

Erin Richards

Credit: FOX

FOX's Batman prequel 'Gotham' casts The Penguin, Alfred

Barbara Kean and a Gotham Homicide captain have also been cast
Sadly, it appears that FOX's "Gotham" is not, in fact, casting only veterans of "The O.C." However, the high-profile DC Comics adaptation has added a quartet of actors for regular roles, including the The Penguin and Alfred.
 
News broke over the weekend that "The O.C." and "Southland" veteran Ben McKenzie will play Jim Gordon, the detective who will eventually become the Commissioner Gordon of "Batman" lore. 
 
McKenzie will be joined by Robin Lord Taylor, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee and Erin Richards.
 
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