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Alyssa Milano's "Mistresses" Premieres Monday

ABC(NEW YORK) -- It’s still officially spring, but things get hot on ABC Monday night when the new summer drama Mistresses debuts.

ABC describes the show as a “provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery.”

Alyssa Milano stars as Savi, a successful attorney who is also trying to start a family with her husband Harry, played by Brett Tucker.

Milano acknowledges the show is “racy and juicy and scandalous,” but hopes viewers will be “pleasantly surprised by the heart that the show has.”

Mistresses also stars Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes and Yunjin Kim.

ABC’s Mistresses premieres at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, June 3.

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"Baywatch" Actress Hurt on Set of "Splash"

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Baywatch actress Nicole Eggert may be the latest celebrity to succumb to injury on ABC's celebrity diving competition, Splash.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Eggert was injured after a bad landing during a dive. The dive, which reportedly involved multiple backflips, ended with Eggert landing back-first in the water.

Eggert was helped out of the water, according to the Los Angeles Times, and taken to a nearby hospital. While she does not appear to have broken any bones, there was concern that she may have suffered internal injuries.

Eggert is not the first star to get hurt on the diving reality show. Comedian Chuy Bravo, assistant to Chelsea Handler on her show Chelsea Lately, dropped out before the first episode aired due to a fractured heel he suffered in practice. According to the Los Angeles Times, Miss Alabama Katherine Webb left the show after suffering a back injury.

Skier Rory Bushfield ruptured his eardrum during a dive, but did not leave the show.

Eggert, along with Bushfield, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Actor Drake Bell, and former soccer star Brandi Chastain are still competing to win.

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TV Drama "Zero Hour," Starring Anthony Edwards, Premieres Thursday

ABC/NICOLE RIVELLI(NEW YORK) -- ABC’s conspiracy drama Zero Hour premieres Thursday night. 

It stars former ER actor Anthony Edwards as Hank Galliston, the editor of fictional magazine Modern Skeptic.  Galliston's wife Laila, played by Jacinda Barrett, is abducted from her antique shop.

The unfolding story line includes a treasure map, secret symbols and a sinister, mysterious man only known as White Vincent, played by Michael Nyqvist.  Galliston and two young associates try to track down his wife while saving humanity.

This is Edwards' first major television role since he played Dr. Mark Greene on ER in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Zero Hour premieres Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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New Cooking Competition "The Taste" Premieres Tuesday Night

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- ABC has cooked up a new competition for its primetime schedule.

In The Taste, premiering Tuesday night, 16 pro and amateur chefs will be divided into four teams, each one mentored by a coach.  They will face various cooking challenges throughout the season.

At the end of each episode, the contestants will serve dishes to the four coaches, who will sample them in a blind taste test and then send someone home.

The coaches are TV chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef and author Ludo Lefebvre, and restaurateur Brian Malarkey.

The Taste debuts with a two-hour episode on ABC Tuesday, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  It will be followed at 10 p.m. by the series finale of Private Practice.

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Robin Roberts to Return to "Good Morning America"

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Robin Roberts made a live appearance on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, announcing plans to return to the show.

“I’m coming home,” Roberts said in a live interview from her New York City apartment.  “We’re talking now a matter of weeks, not months.”

Roberts announced that her most recent test, 138 days after the bone marrow transplant she underwent in September, showed no sign of abnormality, meaning she can begin the process of returning to GMA.

“I’m so happy to be sharing this news with everybody,” Roberts said.  “We’re going to take it step by step…I’m listening to my doctors.  I’m taking everything into account but this is a next step and I’m so excited to be sharing it with everyone.”

Roberts, a former ESPN anchor, likened the process of her return to an athlete coming off the injured reserve list, easing their way back into the game as opposed to jumping into the starting lineup.

“Part of the process of reentry is I got up at 4 a.m. this morning,” Roberts said.  “That’s one thing I have not missed is that alarm clock.”

Roberts told her fellow anchors she will be doing a “dry run” next week, coming to the GMA studio in Times Square and going through hair and makeup but staying off-air as she adjusts to being back in her surroundings.

“My skin is very sensitive and so we have to see how it reacts to the studio lights.  My vision is still a little blurry from the treatment,” she said.  ”All of this is getting better day by day so that is the next step.”

“After I go through this dry run, my doctors will sit down with me again and we’ll evaluate where I am,” Roberts said.  “I should be back sometime in February.  Now, I have a date in mind that’s very personal and very important to me but I will ultimately listen to, of course, what my doctors say and, of course, we have to remember we’re in the height of flu season.  There’s a lot of factors still.”

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ chief health and medical editor who has been working with Roberts throughout her treatment, also highlighted the importance of protecting Roberts from the flu.

“Her immune system, what protects her from infections, is still rebuilding,” he said Monday on GMA.  “She can’t get a flu shot yet.  Her body won’t respond to that.  It’s not affecting it, which is why it’s important for other people to get that flu shot to protect her and I can’t tell you how many people here at Times Square studio have told me this is the first year they got a flu shot and they got it for Robin.”

Roberts took to Twitter last week, writing, “See you VERY soon,” to her fellow GMA anchors, prompting speculation about her return to GMA.  In a blog post, entitled “Wonderful Wednesday,” she shared the “very encouraging news” that her doctors are pleased with her recovery.

“I am excited but there’s a range of emotions,” Roberts said on Monday.  “I haven’t been live on television since the end of August.  My heart is beating so fast right now but, you know what, it means I’m alive, I’m alive and I’m so grateful to be excited as I am and I can’t wait to be back.”

In late December, Roberts celebrated the crucial 100-day benchmark, a milestone in her recovery from the September bone marrow transplant, according to her doctor, Dr. Gail Roboz, the oncologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

“What we know now is that we can’t see any of the disease that prompted this whole process right now,” Roboz said.  “That’s really, that’s what we were looking for.  For right now, did we get rid of what we started out getting rid of?”

Roberts, a breast cancer survivor, underwent the transplant to treat Myelodysplastic Syndrome or MDS, a rare blood disorder that affects the bone marrow.  The transplant was a five-minute procedure in which the donor cells from Roberts' sister, Sally-Ann, were injected into Roberts' system through a syringe.

Roberts first announced her diagnosis on GMA in July and has been on medical leave from the program since Aug. 30.

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Justin Bieber Sitcom Might Be Coming to TV

ABC/RANDY HOLMES(NEW YORK) -- ABC has revived its efforts to bring a sitcom based on the life of pop superstar Justin Bieber to the small screen.

ABC began developing the show last year, and now it’s back on deck and under consideration for next season, according to a network spokesperson.  The untitled family-friendly comedy would focus on Bieber’s background before he got famous and chronicle his adolescent years.

Bieber would stay behind the camera.  He’s slated to executive produce the show with his manager, Scooter Braun, and two EPs who worked on HBO’s Entourage, according to TV Guide.

The burning question: who should play Bieber?

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ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Date for "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- One week after the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars ended, ABC on Tuesday announced the return date for the competition.

The 16th season of Dancing with the Stars will premiere on March 18, 2013.  The first results show won't air until March 26. Presumably, the new season will not feature all-stars, but rather new celebrities.

ABC also announced that Body of Proof will return on Feb. 5, and Suburgatory will move to a new time slot of 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on April 3.

The network has six new series lined up for the spring season:

  • The Taste, a cooking competition that ABC will unveil on Jan. 22.
  • Zero Hour, featuring former ER actor Anthony Edwards as a man who investigates his wife’s mysterious disappearance.  It debuts Feb. 14.
  • Red Widow, starring Radha Mitchell and focusing on a woman who enters the world of organized crime.  It premieres March 3.
  • The self-explanatory Celebrity Diving, which debuts March 19.
  • How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), with former Scrubs actress Sarah Chalke playing a divorced mom who moves back in with her parents.  Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett play the parents in the comedy, which bows April 3.
  • Family Tools, a comedy about a family business starring Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons and Leah Remini, premiering May 1.

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ABC Cancels "Last Resort," "666 Park Avenue"; CBS Yanks "Partners"

ABC/MARIO PEREZ(NEW YORK) -- It was a black Friday last week for three new TV series.

ABC cancelled the Andre Braugher drama Last Resort, which airs on Thursday night and follows a nuclear submarine captain and his crew.

In addition, it pulled the plug on the Sunday-night supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue, which stars Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams.

Both shows will remain on TV until their episode order runs out.

CBS is also making a change to its primetime lineup.  It cancelled its freshman comedy Partners, which revolved around two best friends/business partners -- one straight, one gay.

Partners' Monday-night time slot will be filled by comedy reruns for the time being.

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ABC Ending "Private Practice" After This Season

ABC/RICHARD FOREMAN(NEW YORK) -- ABC is shutting down Private Practice.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes has announced on Twitter that the Grey's Anatomy spin-off will end after its current sixth season.

She writes, "There was a lot of discussion and debate but, in the end, the guys at the network and the studio and I all decided that Private Practice was reaching its finish line."

She also tells fans, "It's heartbreaking to end...It's rare for a show to go for more than 100 episodes and we are incredibly proud to have been such a show."

Her statement was accompanied by a photo of the show's cast and crew celebrating the recent 100th episode.

ABC last spring ordered 13 episodes of Private Practice for the current season.  The show's star, Kate Walsh, was set to leave the show following those episodes.  She brought her Grey's Anatomy character, Dr. Addison Montgomery, to Private Practice when it premiered in 2007.

Private Practice has also starred Taye Diggs, Amy Brenneman, Benjamin Bratt and Tim Daly, the latter of whom departed the show after last season.

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ABC Wins "Bachelor" Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC has prevailed in a class-action lawsuit brought by a group of Nashville residents who alleged the network's Bachelor franchise discriminated against people of color.

The lawsuit was led by Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, both of whom are African-American.  They claimed they weren't given a fair shake during auditions for The Bachelor.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal judge dismissed the complaint on Monday, ruling that casting decisions and the resulting "end product" are both protected by the First Amendment.

The lawsuit had sought the implementation of policies that would better enable African-Americans to participate in The Bachelor, as well as punitive damages and attorney's fees.

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