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We guarantee you won't guess Sarah Shahi's first celeb crush -- VIDEO

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Producers of CBS’ Person of Interest may be promising a dramatic episode Tuesday night, but it was all comedy when costar Sarah Shahi (Shaw) stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality test. Get to know her better below. READ FULL STORY

NBC exec says there's no time to nurture TV shows anymore. Is she right?

Back in 1991, 9.7 percent of television households watched George Costanza embarrass himself via answering machine on Feb. 13, when the fourth episode of Seinfeld’s second season aired. By today’s standards, that number — and the 13 million viewers that came with it — would make Seinfeld the most-watched show on TV. Even Sunday Night Football, last season’s biggest eyeball-grabber, earned a rating of just 8.2 — two full points above the season’s second place show, CBS’s The Big Bang Theory.

But before the days of DVRs, increased cable competition, and the vast wilds of the Internet, a 9.7 rating wasn’t so impressive — especially coming after weeks of dwindling viewership. NBC would have been within its rights to can the show then and there. Instead, the network chose to hold onto Seinfeld — after putting it on a two-month hiatus.

The rest, of course, is history. Barring a few dips here and there, Seinfeld returned stronger than ever, racking up ratings as well as Emmy nominations. By season 5, it was the third-most watched show on television; by season 6 it was number one.

The Seinfeld story should be a comfort to any showrunner with a beloved but under-watched program. Unfortunately, according to NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, it’s a trajectory that’s just not possible anymore. “With deteriorating ratings the tolerance for a show that’s struggling is just shorter than it’s ever been,” she told TV critics at TCA over the weekend. “So it’s frustrating for all of us that you can’t take the time to nurture a show and grow the audience as much as you might want to.”
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EW.com's 4th Annual Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

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Yes, there are a few season finales to go, but with the rush of surprise twists, cliffhangers, and exits behind us, it’s now time for EW.com’s fourth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards. After taking your suggestions under advisement — and extending the cutoff date to March 31, because so many of you wanted to (dis)honor the passing of The Walking Dead‘s Andrea — here are this year’s nominees. UPDATE: Polls are now closed. Winners will be announced Friday. READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: Vote now!

The polls are officially open in our third annual readers’ choice Season Finale Awards. Now through Monday, vote for your favorites — or least favorites — in 20 categories. We’ll crown the winners Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

'Person of Interest' second look: Are you still interested?

Last week, we were introduced to the crime fighting duo of Jim Caviezel and Benjamin Linus Michael Emerson on CBS’ Person Of Interest. I was intrigued by the pilot and thought it nicely tiptoed the line of presenting its heady premise — two men fight crime based on information generated by a machine that sees and hears everything — without falling too deep into it’s high-concept plot. I had assumed that the story would venture into Minority Report-esque questions about the moral ambiguity of preemptive action, but so far the show has avoided that whole argument by proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bad Guys really are bad guys and intend to do bad things to good people. POI deals with premeditated crime — not spontaneous crimes of passion — so in these days of electronic correspondence and surveillance, I suppose it’s plausible that an eavesdropping machine could sort through the din and generate information on what individuals were about to do. Course, maybe that’s just me being paranoid… moving on.

If you haven’t watched last night’s episode, tread carefully. There are some Spoilers ahead. READ FULL STORY

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