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Cast includes Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Freddy Rodriguez, Ken Leung

By MSN TV Partner May 6, 2014 1:09PM
Catch this first look of the new NBC medical drama "The Night Shift," which will feature a cast that includes Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") and Ken Leung ("Lost").

The show centers around a medical staff working overnight in the E.R. and the high-intensity situations they have to manage (with some comedy and pranks thrown in as well). Eoin Macken plays T.C. Callahan, a doctor using his army experience in Afghanistan to guide his medical decisions back in San Antonio. T.C.'s army buddy, his boss/ex-girlfriend, a shrink and a suit-and-tie help round out the cast of familiar and new faces.

"The Night Shift" premieres Tuesday, May 27, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Best-selling book series coming to Starz

By MSN TV May 2, 2014 7:34PM
Photo Credit: StarzFans of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling "Outlander" books can finally catch a glimpse of the television series, set to premiere this summer. Today, Starz released the official trailer as well as some photos from the much anticipated romance/sci-fi/fantasy story starring Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, and produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica").

In 1940s Britain Claire is a nurse married to Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies).
When she is transported to a time two centuries earlier, Claire is forced to marry Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).
Credit: Her struggle to understand her love for both these men (not to mention the impossible existence of time travel) has had fans swooning for years. 

Watch the trailer:


Plus, host Nate Berkus shares his thoughts on the week's challenge

By MSN TV Apr 25, 2014 3:54PM
Renovation fanatics, don't miss the competition show "American Dream Builders", hosted by renowned designer Nate Berkus. In Sunday's episode you'll be blown away by the reveal of a colonial home's new kitchen.

“With a colonial home it’s always about striking that right balance between old and new," says Berkus, sharing his thoughts about this challenge. "Some of the contestants landed that perfectly this week…some not so well. Team Red’s kitchen was a judge’s favorite for sure. It absolutely hit the mark. Beautiful, elegant and yet nothing had been sacrificed in the way of functionality. I feel like in this episode we start to see how some of our designers have really evolved throughout the competition. I love that.”

Watch this clip of the kitchen reveal (we love judges Eddie George and Monica Pederson's reactions):

What? You didn't know this Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowler is also a landscape architect? Then you need to tune in Sunday night for more reveals, including a fantasy bathroom and high-sophistication living room.

"American Dream Builders" airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

There's a new grimm in town

By MSN TV Partner Apr 24, 2014 9:57AM
This week on "Grimm", trouble comes to Portland. A young grimm named Trubel (Jacqueline Toboni) is discovered, and she's sure to shake things up in Nick's life.

In this first look catch a glimpse of Trubel coming to grips with the realization that there are others like her out there.

Toboni was studying at the University of Michigan when she was discovered by executive producer Jim Kouf and his wife, show producer Lynn Kouf.  A Hollywood (via Ann Arbor and Portland) dream come true!

"Grimm" airs Fridays at 9PM ET/PT on NBC.


Are Sarah and Hank getting back together?

By MSN TV Partner Apr 11, 2014 10:51AM
In this sneak peek of the "Parenthood" season finale, Hank (Ray Romano) impresses Amber (Mae Whitman) and Sarah (Lauren Graham) with his Hank-like concern as they deal with Ryan's hospitalization.

Watch it first on MSN TV:

This clip, along with the promo clip NBC showed for next week's episode, hints at a reunion for Sarah and Hank. Are you rooting for the couple? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The season finale of "Parenthood" airs Thursday April 17 at 10PM ET/PT on NBC.

Get a glimpse of Marsden’s character in the animated show starring Jack McBrayer

By MSN TV Partner Mar 25, 2014 10:04AM

In a new episode premiering March 31, James Marsden will guest start on Disney XD’s “Wander Over Yonder”.

Marsden reunites with "30 Rock" co-star Jack McBrayer in this episode where the hero Sir Brad Starlight (Marsden) enlists Wander (McBrayer) as his goofy sidekick and Sylvia as his noble steed on his quest to save Princess Demurra from the evil Dragon King, King Draykor.

See this pic first on MSN TV: Wander is ecstatic to fulfill his fairytale dream of rescuing a princess, but Sir Brad Starlight is not interested in sharing the spotlight and reminds Wander at every turn that there's only room for one hero.

“Wander Over Yonder” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD


Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams hear what regular folk really think about them

By MSN TV Partner Mar 18, 2014 9:18AM
In the the new series from Oxygen, "Celebrities Undercover" will feature two celebrities concealing their true identity with the use of prosthetic make-up to find out what unsuspecting fans and friends really think of them without the distraction of their famous personas.

The season premiere will feature Kim Kardashian, and executive producer Wendy Williams will get a taste of her own medicine as well. In this clip watch Kim K. undergo an impressive make-up overhaul in prep for undercover work: going to a group job interview as a Kardashian fan hoping to become her own new assistant. 

Watch the video:

Other stars features this season include T-Pain, Fantasia, Joey Fatone, Lil’ Kim, Chili, Anthony Anderson, Jaleel White, Adrienne Bailon, Ice-T and Coco.

"Celebrities Undercover" premieres March 18 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on Oxygen.


Host Justin Willman and Disney stars dish on the new show and offer up advice

By MSN TV Partner Mar 14, 2014 11:15AM

(Disney's Win, Lose or Draw /Adam Taylor, Disney Channel)By Minh Nguyen

It didn’t take long for memories of the original “Win, Lose or Draw” game show to come flooding back as soon as we stepped foot on the set of Disney’s resurrected show of the same name.  Gone was the ‘80s living room set, replaced with bright vibrant colors, fun props and technology everywhere. Host Justin Willman (“Cupcake Wars”) commanded the stage as Disney stars Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg from “Liv and Maddie” battled it out against each other with their teammates.

The premise is pretty simple: two teams of three players (with the Disney stars on each side) compete in drawing contests to win prizes. Thrown into the mix are special challenges (like Shake, Rattle and Draw; Sit and Spin; The Wand) that take advantage of oversized props and fun gadgets. This season will also feature stars from Disney shows "Kickin' It," "Lab Rats," "I Didn't Do It,"  "Austin & Ally," "Jessie," "Dog With a Blog" and "Mighty Med" as well as stars from "Teen Beach Movie."

Over lunch, we were able to speak to Willman, Cameron and Bragg.

For people that aren’t familiar with the original game, how are you describing this to them?

Willman: The simple idea is just that it’s drawing Charades. You get your teammates to guess what you’re drawing. We have a team of writers who write these clues, and the words that they have to draw are so clever.

It's super high-tech, so the old original version was more markers on pads of paper, which was great at the time but here they have these massive touch screens and tons of software they designed just for the games that’s completely interactive.

Contestants have to do a bunch of crazy challenges in round two. Like drawing with a helmet on, where they can’t see anything or drawing with a unicorn stylus and that makes it way tougher but also much more entertaining to watch.

How are you enjoying being a part of the show?

Willman: As a live performer, I’m used to having that instant gratification of a live audience and this feels a lot like that. We’ve got 150 screaming kids, who are having the time of their lives just being there. It’s great because the jokes get instant payback. The excitement, I feed off of it. Even if it’s first thing in the morning, I don’t even need to have my coffee. As soon as that crowd starts to roar, I’m ready to go. It’s a blast.

Bragg: I like the rapid round. I can’t remember what it’s called. Where there’s one person drawing, and two people guessing, then we just switch.

Cameron:  I think the best part for me has actually been, (I know this sounds like such a canned answer), but has been getting to meet these kids. There was this great moment where, it was at the end of the first round when they all kind of flooded in and they hugged us. And some of them were crying, and I wanted to cry. We didn’t realize the gravity of how huge this really is, and “Win, Lose, or Draw” has been great that way. We’ve gotten to interact with a lot of kids.

Justin, what’s the best advice you ever received?

Willman: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Dove and Joey, you guys seem really polished. What kind of advice do you have for kids that get stage fright?

Bragg: Well, I was doing stand-up comedy, and I don’t mean to be that guy, but it’s one of the hardest things to go up there and say stuff that you’ve written. You don’t have music backing you. I wanted to do something that I’m going to remember. And I think a lot of that is “I’m going to embarrass myself,” but you’re never going to see those people that are watching you ever again. Just do it!

Cameron: I always had a fear of cameras because I grew up on stage. Most things in life are one of those things where once you try it, you realize how OK it is. I just don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways. So, yeah. Just have fun. Do what you please.

“Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw” airs Mondays through Thursdays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.