Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis is Inspiring an NBC Drama series

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Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis is inspiring an NBC drama series

Davis, who lost the Texas governor’s race in 2014 and who famously filibustered an abortion bill for 11 hours in 2013, will be used as inspiration for a Good Wife-like drama about a fictional female Democratic senator who pieces her life together after losing the Texas governor’s race. Davis will serve as a producer.

Study: Law & Order may help deter rape

People who watch Law & Order have a better understanding of sexual consent, researchers at Washington State University found.

Why Fresh Off the Boat’s kissing parents scene was so revolutionary

Jeff Yang (father of Hudson Yang) explains: “Not only have we rarely seen Asian American parents kiss on TV, many of us have never seen them do it in real life either.”

American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson‘s new promo is set outside Nicole Brown Simpson’s home

Featuring Bundy Drive and a barking dog.

The Vampire Diaries boss explains Season 7’s format twist

“It really mixes up the format a great deal, which makes it fun,” says Julie Plec. PLUS: Meet the new arrivals.

Jay Leno’s Garage premieres to nearly 1 million viewers

The 916,000 who tuned in Wednesday amounts to CNBC’s most-watched viewership for an original series.

American Horror Story: Hotel is just so hard to physically watch

“There’s so much rape, so much f*cking, and so much blood that even normal things in the show begin to look disgusting,” says Puja Patel. “You squirm at the sight of a perfectly regular plate of sushi, and cringe at the sight of a drug addict slathering lipstick all over her face. Some might say that’s a success of the show—that it’s so viscerally gross that even fans can only prepare themselves for the worst—but it mostly plays like the sort of torture porn that fit better when it showed up in Coven (via a racist women torturing her slaves) or Asylum (via the cruel experiments carried out on the mentally unsound). Here, without context, watching someone get raped while being forced to declare his love to the person allowing it is a less logical and even cruder display.” PLUS: Ryan Murphy needs to stop with his unpleasant shock-and-awe storytelling of attrition, and Hotel has a huge debut with 5.8 million viewers.

Which late-night shows are best suited for presidential candidates?

Jimmy Fallon, of course, is the least challenging. But what about Jimmy Kimmel?

Watch Amy Schumer’s SNL promos with Kate McKinnon and The Weeknd

McKinnon can’t wait to become pals with Schumer.

TruTV renews Impractical Jokers

The hidden-camera reality show will be back for Season 5.

Kim Zolciak to undergo heart surgery following her mini-stroke

“I have one of the top cardiologists in the country who’s amazing,” says the Real Housewives star. “Anything that has to do with you heart and brain is pretty scary, but heck, I’ve been through it. I’m okay.”

The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XXVI will feature a twisted homage to Hanna-Barbera

Ren & Stimpy mastermind John Kricfalusi returned to make this year’s Halloween-themed couch gag.

NBC developing a family band comedy with Bruno Mars and Brian Grazer

The proposed series will follow a Bronx family band who takes in their 10-year-old nephew.

See Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ water color poster

Also, a new teaser reveals David Tennant as Kilgrave.

Ernie Hudson joins Epix’s Graves, Ari Graynor is headed to Showtime

Former Bad Teacher star Graynor has signed on for Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here.

Check out Nathan For You’s magazine cover billboard

Comedy Central created special Time, Wired, New Yorker and Rolling Stone covers for Nathan Fielder.

Jack Black and Dwight Yoakam team up for Fox’s Belles & Whistles

The comedy project follows a Silicon Valley techie who moves to Nashville to follow his music dreams.

Cooking Channel renews Tiffani Thiessen’s show

Dinner at Tiffani’s will return for a second season. PLUS: Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s kids are binge-watching Saved by the Bell.

Introducing The Muppet Empire

Miss Piggy is Cookie in this Empire-Muppets mashup.

Rumer Willis stunned her “awful” audition almost landed her on Gossip Girl

“You know, it was actually totally news to me,” Willis said of  this week’s revelation by CW casting director David Rapaport. “I felt like I did an awful audition back then. I was so young and it was, like, one of the first things I’d ever auditioned for.”