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'Bad Judge' taps Betsy Thomas to showrun after Liz Brixius' departure

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Bad Judge has found a new showrunner: Betsy Thomas has been tapped to takeover duties for Liz Brixius, who exited the new NBC comedy earlier this month, EW has confirmed.

The series stars Private Practice alum Kate Walsh as a respected judge whose personal life is often messier than the criminals she sentences. Will Ferrell, Anne Heche, Adam McKay, Jill Messick, and Walsh are executive producers.

Thomas (Whitney, My Boys) joined the comedy after four episodes had been filmed, but the showrunner swap isn’t expected to impact the show’s Oct. 2 (9 p.m. on NBC) launch, according to Deadline, »


- Natalie Abrams

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'The Simpsons' star Yeardley Smith heads to 'The Mindy Project'

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Lisa Simpson is popping up all over TV this fall. Yeardley Smith, who voices The Simpsons’ eldest daughter, will guest-star on an upcoming episode of The Mindy Project, EW has learned exclusively.

Smith will play Dr. Carolyn King, an Ob-gyn who Mindy has to blackmail to get Danny’s mom (Cheers alum Rhea Perlman) an appointment.

Aside from her long-running gig on The Simpsons, which returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on Fox, Smith will also appear in the season premiere of ABC’s Revenge (returning Sept. 28 at 10 p.m.) as a fellow patient at the mental hospital where Victoria is interned. »


- Natalie Abrams

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Gloria Steinem will guest star on 'The Good Wife'

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The strong women of The Good Wife are about to come face-to-face with a feminist legend. EW has confirmed that activist Gloria Steinem will guest star on the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. Steinem, who’s a fan of the show, will play herself in the season’s third episode. There’s no word yet on which characters she’ll interact with, but one can only hope she’ll offer Alicia a few words of wisdom.

The Good Wife returns Sunday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. »


- Samantha Highfill

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James D'Arcy cast as Edwin Jarvis in 'Agent Carter'

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When Agent Peggy Carter makes the transition to television this winter on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, a few Howling Commandos and Strategic Scientific Reserve agents will join her. And with the latest addition to Agent Carter’s cast, an important figure has been added that should tether the series even more firmly into the Marvel cinematic universe.

Marvel announced on Sept. 16 that James D’Arcy will join Agent Carter as Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. Jarvis will be an ally to Carter, helping her as she embarks on missions for the Ssr. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Bill Hader returning to host 'SNL' on Oct. 11

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Bill Hader is returning to his roots.

The comedian, who can currently be seen channeling his dark side on the big screen in The Skeleton Twins, will host Saturday Night Live’s Oct. 11 show with musical guest Hozier, NBC announced today. This is Hader’s first time as a host; one can only hope he’ll tap into the deep reservoir of characters and impressions he accumulated during his eight years on the show. And, yes, fingers crossed for Stefon. (Though, can he recapture the Stefon magic as a host? And without Seth Meyers at the Update desk?)

SNL’s 40th season premieres Sept. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Controversial 'Survivor' player John Rocker on what he'll do if recognized

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It always happens. Whenever someone even semi-famous comes on Survivor and hopes to fly under the radar, they are recognized. Former Facts of Life star Lisa Whelchel almost made it all the way through Survivor: Philippines, until Jonathan Penner forced her to reveal her secret at the final Tribal Council. Even Gary Hogeboom, who was mostly a backup quarterback in his NFL career, was recognized when he played in Survivor: Guatemala. All it takes is one person to connect the dots and your game could be through.

So will it happen to former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker »


- Dalton Ross

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'Nashville' sneak peek: Watch Juliette sing Patsy Cline's 'Crazy'

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Juliette may have a chance to turn her career around this season on Nashville.

The country singer will take a stab at acting when she auditions for the leading role in a Patsy Cline biopic. Naturally, she’ll sing Cline’s “Crazy” in a bid to get the role—which will eventually bring her into Noah West’s (Dancing with the StarsDerek Hough) orbit.

Watch an exclusive sneak peek from the season premiere below:

Nashville returns Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on ABC. »


- Natalie Abrams

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'New Girl' returns sexier, but loses viewers

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Critics say New Girl had a sexy, funny premiere Tuesday night for its fourth-season opener. Too bad more people didn’t see it.

The creatively refreshed, now-with-more-sexiness Fox comedy returned to only 3.1 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49, down 45 percent from last year’s debut. The third season return of companion comedy The Mindy Project had an even sadder story, with 2.8 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, down 32 percent. The New Girl rating is better than how each show was performing by the end of last season—both shows dropped a significant amount along the way last year—but »


- James Hibberd

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'Sleepy Hollow': Your One-Minute Refresher

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Magic, Masons, demons, devious plots, apocalyptic horsemen, appalling doughnut taxes, Paul Revere, purgatory, Sin-Eaters, skinny jeans… how can you possibly fit all that happened on Sleepy Hollow’s first season into a single one-minute video?

Well, you can’t. EW did, however, manage to break down the series’ jaw-dropper of a season finale without losing our heads. Check out our 60-second refresher before the spooky series returns on Fox Monday, Sept. 22—and find out everything else you missed by reading our detailed season one recaps. »

- Hillary Busis

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Aaron Sorkin: I didn't know how 'The Newsroom' was going to end

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The lights are about to dim on the HBO’s The Newsroom. The drama, created by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and focusing on fictional cable news channel Acn, begins its final season on Nov. 9, and will wrap up its story in a tight six episodes. “It was because of my schedule,” Sorkin says of the shortened season. “But, as it turned out, six was the right number. I don’t know what we would have done with a seventh episode.”

So what’s in these final hours? EW talked to Sorkin about weddings, power plays, and Twitter scandals.

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- Tim Stack

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Frankie of 'Big Brother' says he does not regret pushing the Rewind button and wants to marry Zach

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It’s a good thing VHS tapes are pretty much extinct because Frankie Grande may never want to Be Kind — Rewind ever again. The professional “YouTube personality” (and brother of current pop princess Ariana Grande) was running the Big Brother house last week as Head of Household yet could not stop himself form pressing the mysterious button that showed up in the house. Once pressed, the Bb Rewind button meant that the entire week in the house would be replayed, and Frankie went from Hoh to being evicted by his fellow houseguests and alliance partners. How does Frankie feel about their betrayal? »


- Dalton Ross

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'Sons of Anarchy': Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi talk 'Toil and Till'

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Tuesday’s episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Toil and Till,” saw Samcro strike the first blow to unravel Henry Lin’s business and Juice make a decision about captive Unser. Tommy Flanagan and Theo Rossi share their take on key moments. Read our recap here.

Tommy Flanagan on Samcro teaming with the Indian Hills charter to take down some of Lin’s crew and buyers.

Entertainment Weekly: Let’s talk about the scene where Jax and Chibs go after that guy trying to escape and—

Flanagan: Oh, when I’m flying in the back of the truck doing all my own stunts, »


- Mandi Bierly

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'American Horror Story' adds 'Chloe King' star to its freak show

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American Horror Story has added another act to its freak show.

The Nine Lives of Chloe King star Skyler Samuels has landed a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of the horror anthology, EW has confirmed. There aren’t many details on Samuels’ role, but The Hollywood Reporter describes her character as “a local who finds herself in a tough situation.”

American Horror Story: Freak Show, which premieres Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX, follows Elsa Mars (played by Ahs alum Jessica Lange) and her group of, well, freaky circus performers and their ill-fated arrival in Jupiter, Fla, in the 1950s. »


- Emily Blake

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'Ground Floor' quashes 'Scrubs' reunion, recasts Christa Miller

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Sorry, Scrubs fans: Ground Floor will not be reuniting Christa Miller and John C. McGinley.

As EW first reported, Miller was slated to play the wife of McGinley’s Mr. Mansfield, but she had to back out because of production demands on the final season of TBS’ Cougar Town.

In her stead, Emily Rutherfurd (The New Adventures of Old Christine) will take on the role of the brassy and artistic Allie Mansfield, who is the only person able to control her husband.

Ground Floor is slated to return Dec. 9 on TBS. »


- Natalie Abrams

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Rosie O'Donnell kicks off 'The View' to best ratings in 8 years

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With numbers like this, Rosie can wear whatever she wants. Powered by the return of Rosie O’Donnell to the chat panel, ABC’s daytime veteran The View had its biggest premiere rating in eight years.

Monday’s return had 3.9 million viewers — the best since O’Donnell first joined the cast in 2006. The show also hit three-year highs among women 18-49. O’Donnell made additional headlines by doing the show barefoot (thus the above photo).

The 18th season of the show also had two newcomers on the panel — actress Rosie Perez and Republican political analyst Nicolle Wallace — in addition to moderator Whoopi Goldberg. »


- James Hibberd

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'Falling Skies' halts production after security guard killed

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Production on the final season of TNT’s Falling Skies has halted after a security guard was killed on the set, EW confirmed.

On Monday night, a security guard was reportedly struck by an unattended truck rolling down a hill on the Vancouver-based production, Deadline wrote. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic event, and on behalf of the producers and TNT, we wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the security guard,” TNT said in a statement. The accident is currently being investigated.

Falling Skies is shooting its 10-episode fifth and final season, which is expected to debut next summer. »


- James Hibberd

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Fox orders DC Comics' 'Lucifer'

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Warner Bros. TV is really bringing the comic book world to life.

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Lucifer, based on the property from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, EW has confirmed.

The one-hour drama stars—you guessed it—Lucifer, who resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous and shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux.

Californication’s Tom Kapinos will write and executive-produce the project, which hails from Warner Bros. and Kapinos’ Aggressive Mediocrity.

Warner Bros. will have five primetime comic book series on air this season, including Arrow, »


- Natalie Abrams

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'Arrow' casts 'Spartacus' actor as Captain Boomerang

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A Spartacus fan favorite is coming to The CW’s Arrow as a major supervillian.

Nick Tarabay (Star Trek Into Darkness) has landed a multi-episode role as Digger Harkness (aka Captain Boomerang), EW can exclusively report.

In the DC Comics, Boomerang/Harkness is a recurring foe of the Flash whose signature weapons are specialized boomerangs that he wields with incredible skill. On the page, he has also been associated with the Suicide Squad. On Arrow, Harkness will be a former A.R.G.U.S operative, highly skilled in martial arts and espionage, with a deadly thirst for vengeance against his former employers. »


- James Hibberd

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'Private Practice' alum Brian Benben heads to 'Scandal'

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Brian Benben is returning to Shondaland. The Private Practice alum has landed a guest-starring role on Scandal, EW has learned exclusively.

It should come as no surprise that details on his role are being kept under wraps because the upcoming fourth season has been shrouded in secrecy—though we now know that Olivia has been chilling on some exotic beach.

This is far from the first time that a Shondaland star has crossed shows. In fact, most of the Scandal cast previously appeared on Grey’s Anatomy or Private Practice before starring on the ABC political fixer drama, including Jeff Perry, »


- Natalie Abrams

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Billy Eichner remembers Joan Rivers: 'A friend, and my greatest champion'

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Can we talk?

Whenever Joan Rivers asked that question, she wasn’t really seeking permission. Right up until the moment she died on Sept. 4 at age 81 in New York City, following complications during throat surgery, it was clear that she was going to talk, loudly and often, and you were going to listen. And love it. One of the first truly transgressive female comedians, both on the stand-up circuit and in her countless TV appearances (from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson to Fashion Police), she was famous for bringing her whip-smart wit to any subject, no matter how taboo. »


- EW staff

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