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ABC will burn off the remaining episodes of The Assets on Saturdays starting on June 21. I rather liked ABC’s espionage mini-series when it got pulled, so I’m looking forward to seeing the remaining episodes.

Deadline reports that Ghost Hunters is losing out TAPS team member Adam Berry. Berry and fellow paranormal investigator Amy Bruni are leaving to work on their own show.

Adam Berry
Adam Berry

How will ABC singing competition Rising Star work? The series will conduct eliminations based on how viewers vote on a show app with results being counted during the live broadcast. But how will that work in a country with five time zones? In the Eastern, Central and Mountain time zones, the show will air live. Meanwhile, West Coast viewers will basically get to veto the other three time zones’ rejections. There’s no mention if viewers in Hawaii are included in the West Coast.

Enlisted creator Mike Royce talked with TV Guide and said that at least he can hope his show will live on, even with its short existence. “…in the Internet age our family lives on: Enlisted will always be streaming somewhere. The fact that Freaks & Geeks and Terriers and Arrested Development continue to attract new fans means maybe we can score a few too. My old boss Phil Rosenthal‘s philosophy about the end of Everybody Loves Raymond was that the audience wants to know these characters are still out there, living their lives. Nowadays that happens even when you only get to make a few episodes.” However, he says he still hopes Enlisted might be able to find a new home.

Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell and Parker Young in "Enlisted"

Fox boss Kevin Reilly resigned yesterday. Vulture speculates the issue may have been that Reilly was much more focused on making good television than on profits. Among the differences, Reilly wanted to continue with series like Enlisted and Almost Human which were made by outside studios and, therefore, did not offer as much potential for profit.

Is this cast photo for The Night Shift so terrible it ends up being the perfect expression of The Night Shift‘s worst traits?

NBC's The Night Shift
Yeah, that goes into some hall of shame.

I enjoyed the original How to Train Your Dragon so I meant to check out the TV series, except that I wasn’t looking for a show called just Dragons. However, the second season of Dragons will debut on Netflix instead of Cartoon Network. I have a feeling I’ll have an easier time catching up on the Dragons there.

Annabeth Gish will appear in the final season of Sons of Anarchy as a “smart and edgy” new sheriff. Gish will film her SoA role simultaneously with her role on The Bridge, so don’t take this as a hint that her Bridge character doesn’t have long to live.

Friday’s Listings

The Ellen Degeneres Show (syndicated) Check local listings
Next week Ellen goes into reruns but before she does, she’ll talk with Matt Bomer, who will discuss the opposing demands of Magic Mike and The Normal Heart on his physique. Plus, Wanda Sykes visits to discuss her new version of Last Comic Standing.

Matt Bomer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
As Will‘s family gathers at the Salem PD headquarters, Sonny just hopes this foolish confession doesn’t mean he’ll find himself waving from a chain link fence yelling “Ill wait for you Will! …Not now, Brian!”

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (OWN) 8:00 PM ET
Oprah talks with Margaret Cho, Sinead O’Connor, Lou Ferrigno and Corbin Bleu.

Crossbones (NBC) 10:00 PM ET
NBC brings us this pirate drama about an English spy (Richard Coyle) sent to work undercover on the pirate ship HMS Petrel to search for a legendary device. Leading the Petrel is the famous pirate Blackbeard (John Malkovich). I’m keeping my fingers crossed this one satisfies my husband’s enjoyment of pirate lore and naval tactics.

Richard Coyle and John Malkovich in "Crossbones"

Continuum (Syfy) 10:00 PM ET
There’s a “handsome amnesiac” in town and he needs Kiera to help him figure out his past. Raise your hand if you’ve already put your money on time traveler.

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) 12:35 AM ET
The amazing Jane Lynch is scheduled to chat with Craig tonight.

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