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'First Date' musical starring Zachary Levi -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST PHOTO

Okay, so we know Zachary Levi can sing Oscar-nominated tunes from hit Disney flicks, but are you ready for the Chuck star to lay it down in a brand-new Broadway musical? First Date, a new musical comedy, follows the real-time date of Aaron (Levi) and the vivacious, sarcastic beauty Casey (Smash‘s Krysta Rodriguez), but this being a comedy, we’re going to guess that it amounts to way more than awkward giggles and slight overshares. Early word on Mr. Levi’s performance is quite encouraging, so it seems that Broadway will fit as nicely as a CV bragging right as Charles “Chuck” Bartowski did with CIA mainframes.

First Date, with a score by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner and a book by Austin Winsberg, is currently in previews at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. It’s scheduled to open officially on Aug. 8. Tickets and additional information are available on the show’s official website.

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Get a first look at the new Broadway musical 'First Date,' starring Zachary Levi -- EXCLUSIVE

Who says there are no new Broadway shows in the summertime? Bucking that trend is the team behind the anticipated new musical First Date, which begins previews next month on Broadway and marks the long hoped-for Broadway debut of Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck, the upcoming film Thor: The Dark World…oh, and this duet).


Happy Pi Day! Who's your favorite TV math nerd? -- VOTE

Greetings, fellow nerds. Today is our most important holiday: Pi Day. (Also, who’s getting ready for two years from now when stuff is about to get really crazy?)

Here at EW we pay a lot of attention to the geeks, but on this oh-so-nerdy-day, we thought we should honor those with advanced degrees in mathematics. (Really get the party started, you know.)  To some, nerd may be a derogatory term, but think again. Nerds are the characters who get stuff done and solve problems. While everyone is flailing about, nerds are hacking computers, reasoning logically, and inventing awesome gadgets. So take pride in being called a nerd, you will one day rule the world.

To celebrate the nerdiest of holidays, let’s honor our favorite TV nerds. Since it’s a math holiday, we tried to stick to the nerds who would have won Math Olympiads, but if anyone wants to make a case for Abed in the comments (I mean, he did have a pretty logical and reasoned argument in his Who’s The Boss? debate), have at it. We included Sherlock, Bones, and Topher because we’re pretty sure they know their way around a geometry proof. Chuck and Huck can hack a computer with the best of them. Super agent Sydney Bristow had to bring Marshall along with her on a mission because she couldn’t do calculus in her head, so he definitely made our list.

Quit trying to convince your high school calculus teacher (or current boss) to buy you pie, and vote! READ FULL STORY

Thank you, Veronica Mars! What other TV show would you donate to for a movie version? -- VOTE

Well, that was quick. Just three hours after EW exclusively broke the news that a Veronica Mars movie is happening if fans can raise $2 million by April 12, the Kickstarter campaign has already raised over $700,000.

If this gamble is successful, fans are going to begin (well, continue) clamoring for big-screen versions of their favorite cult shows — which got us thinking about what we would be most willing to fund with our own hard-earned money. On the comedy front, Arrested Development knows there is always money in the banana stand when you heed to eager fans incessant demands. Netflix’s upcoming fourth season of the show means it’s already being revived, but rumors of a big-screen adaptation still remain in the “hopeful” stage with no deal officially announced. With a cast that obviously has no problem going back to those characters, could funding it ourselves help make it a sure thing?

Veronica and Arrested are far from the only shows obsessed fans would love to resurrect. I would certainly donate cash if it meant a return engagement to Stars Hollow (give fans the Luke/Lorelai wedding we deserve!) or McKinley High School — although the now-movie-star status of so many Freaks and Geeks cast members might present problems that even Kickstarter can’t yet solve.

But let’s ignore all possible “real world” scheduling issues. If the cast was assembled and you knew the script was great, which no-longer-on-the-air cult show would you kick in actual money to see on the big screen? READ FULL STORY

Brought to you by our sponsors: TV's most egregious product placements

What do you know about the 2013 Ford Fusion? If you watched last night’s New Girl, the answer is “all too much” — thanks to a two-minute sequence in which clumsy Jess struggled to model at a car show. As she stumbled about in her giant heels, a brand ambassador droned on and on about the new model’s many features. If the physical comedy hadn’t been so labored, the bit might have worked. But it didn’t.

In an age of ad-skipping DVRs and pirated online streaming, viewers have learned to accept a certain degree of commercialization on their favorite shows — especially the ones that are ratings-challenged. At the end of the day, an episode of Fringe sprinkled with plugs for Sprint’s Google Wallet is better than no Fringe at all. And a few fourth wall-busting series have managed to win us over by turning product integration into a joke — think Arrested Development‘s “It’s a wonderful restaurant!” or 30 Rock‘s “Can we have our money now?”

But even if it did make sense for Jess to step in for her sick model friend Cece at a car show, it didn’t make sense to insert her into a two-minute car commercial. Of course, New Girl‘s attempted Ford/comedy fusion isn’t the first egregious example of commercial-addled TV — remember these five product placement pioneers?


'Chuck' series finale react: Were you satisfied with the ending?

So much can be — and has been — said about the resilience of NBC’s Chuck. In fact, television circles will, I humbly predict, refer to it exactly how EP Josh Schwartz described it to EW: “Saved by sandwiches.”

The show always found itself facing cancellation (Chuck Vs. The Bubble, if you will), and yet, somehow, be it fans or footlongs, found a way to come back. And when it came time to close out the series, it seems only fitting that Chuck, the character, displayed the same resilience as the universe he existed in.

We always knew that tonight’s finale would pose challenges to the title hero. (They’d never let him off easy.) But even I never expected what they threw at him. [If you didn’t catch the series finale of Chuck, don’t read on until you do!] READ FULL STORY

Who's to blame when a rabid Internet fanbase doesn't help a show?

There’s been good news and bad news coming out of NBC’s day at the TV critics’ semi-annual press tour. NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt assured reporters that Community will return this season — he’s just not sure when. Asked about its odds of renewal for a fourth season, however, he became cagey: “I don’t know. Those are hard questions to answer at this point … we’ll make that decision closer to the upfront.” His views on Chuck, which airs its series finale Jan. 27, were more clear. “Did you see the ratings?,” he asked when questioned about the decision to burn episodes over the holidays. “That rabid fanbase going crazy on the net didn’t come to the show. Chuck’s time had come. Chuck is over, let’s alert the masses.”

If you’re a fan of Chuck, those words are tough to take. You will have invested roughly 91 hours in the show, and while you can understand why the network bean-counters looking at the big picture would see it as “over,” that doesn’t diminish your disappointment and loss. Why’s it so hard to accept? READ FULL STORY

Fall TV post-mort: What are you still watching? DVR'ing?

Let’s think back for a moment to the start of the fall TV season when we were giddy with hope and optimism about all the new (Hart of DixieNew Girl! The X Factor!) and old (Modern Family! Glee! Fringe!) shows we’d watch in the months ahead. Back then I posted a series of blog posts outlining what I planned to view live versus DVR every night of the week. At the time, I really did have every intention of sticking to my schedule, but naturally as the weeks wore on and plotlines developed my interests began to waver, for better and for worse. I’m sure you know what I mean, unless you’re one of those people who actually follows through with your goals, in which case we can’t be friends. Nevertheless, now that we’re in the midst of the dreaded hiatus period, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on where we started off this season and where we ended up. Check out my day-by-day post-mort below, beginning with all the shows I so naively intended to watch: READ FULL STORY

TV Season Finale Awards: The winners are announced!

The results of our 2nd annual fan-voted TV Season Finale Awards are in! Check out the winners gallery here for the Top 5 finishers in each of our 20 categories. A total of 718,838 votes were cast. SPOILER: Parks and Recreation‘s Li’l Sebastian was named fifth best death.  READ FULL STORY

Did you catch the eerie Osama bin Laden appearance on 'Chuck' last night?

If you, like me, were blinded by the sight of Ellie rubbing suntan lotion on a shirtless Awesome last night on Chuck, then you probably missed the next scene, which featured an aptly timed, second-long Osama bin Laden appearance.

The moment was as Casey was showing his best shooting targets to the rest of the guys going to Chuck’s bachelor party in “Las Vegas.” (It turned out to be “Las Vecas,” a camping ground.) Ironically, reports say bin Laden was shot in the head and chest, as shown on the target.

Was I the only unobservant one who missed this on first watch, PopWatchers? Or did you see it the first time around? Does it give you the heebie-jeebies, too? Also, anyone else totally curious about whose face is on the rest of the targets in that book of his?

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