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'Good Wife' star Josh Charles on his directorial debut, tonight's 'The Art of War' episode

4 November 2012 8:44 AM, PST

Tonight’s episode of The Good Wife (CBS, 9:30 p.m. Et) marks series regular Josh Charles’ directorial debut. It’s an hour that, in addition to the show’s regular cast, features recurring guests Nathan Lane, Maura Tierney, Denis O’Hare, Kristin Chenoweth, and Amanda Peet, who makes her first appearance as Capt. Hellinger, a female military officer accusing a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her in Afghanistan. The case is brought to Lockhart Gardner through Judge Kuhn (Linda Emond). Brian Dennehy also appears as Alicia’s opposing counsel, the wonderfully named Bucky. We talked to Charles, who »

- Mandi Bierly

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'Seal Team Six' director John Stockwell: Q&A

4 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST

Tonight, the film Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden premieres on the National Geographic Channel (8 p.m. Et) before becoming available to Netflix members in the U.S. on Nov. 5. Having already making headlines for its pre-election airdate — which director John Stockwell, distributor/Obama supporter Harvey Weinstein, and National Geographic have insisted is not politically motivated — the film uses composite characters to dramatize the events surrounding the killing of bin Laden. EW spoke with Stockwell.

Entertainment Weekly: Is there anything you’d like to make clear about Harvey Weinstein’s involvement with the film?

John Stockwell: Well, »

- Mandi Bierly

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Louis C.K. emails fans before his first 'SNL' hosting gig: 'I'm a pretty lucky guy'

3 November 2012 8:23 PM, PDT

Just hours before comedian Louis C.K. takes the stage as host of Saturday Night Live – in the midst of what has been a time of great tragedy and devastation to the city and surrounding areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — he e-mailed out the following message to his fans before his debut. Here below is his message in its entirety:

Hello. Its louis here. I’m clacking this to you on my phone in my dressing room here at studio 8H, right in 30 rockefeller center, in Manhattan, new york city, new york, america, world, current snapshot of all existence everywhere. »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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Reba McEntire sitcom gets strong ratings start

3 November 2012 9:11 AM, PDT

ABC rolled out its new comedy block Friday night, but it was the Sharks that made the biggest splash.

Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing (7.8 million, 1.9 adult demo rating) returned to its new time period, obviously down quite a bit from its Tuesday series debut last year, but still pulling a solid number for this slot. That led into Reba McEntire’s new comedy Malibu Country (8.9 million, 2.2), which notably improved upon its lead-in. Sure critics disliked this sitcom, whose studio audience laugh-track sounded like it was cranked to 11, but with these numbers ABC won’t care (EW’s Ken Tucker »

- James Hibberd

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Diablo Cody sells Gen X + Y comedy to ABC

2 November 2012 6:00 PM, PDT

A Diablo Cody comedy series might someday join ABC’s Wednesday-night lineup.

The Juno writer, United States of Tara creator, and former Entertainment Weekly columnist just sold a pilot script to the broadcast network called Alex + Amy. The logline: “Comedy about a romance between an ambitious 22-year-old Millennial guy and a 32-year-old Gen X woman who have just moved in together and are very much in love.” The project is produced by Warner Bros. TV and Amblin Entertainment, with the deal including a penalty if a pilot is not shot. Executive producers are Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Mason Novick. »

- James Hibberd

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'X Factor': 10 things we learned from the judges, hosts, and eliminated contestants after the show

2 November 2012 5:10 PM, PDT

The X Factor has wrapped up its first week of live shows, and all of the talent involved had plenty to divulge about the experience. After Thursday’s show, judges, hosts, and recently eliminated contestants made the rounds in the press lounge, which is lined with portraits of this season’s contestants and video screens displaying the show’s familiar turquoise-and-pink ‘X’ logo. EW has already told you what Simon Cowell and Khloé Kardashian had to say about the unexpectedly sheer top she wore on Wednesday night’s show. Here are 10 more things we learned on the scene about the »

- Emily Rome

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Cancelled marathon leaves Espn out of the running

2 November 2012 3:52 PM, PDT

This was supposed to be the year the NYC Marathon returned to national television. But like many other plans that were made for this week, Hurricane Sandy has changed all that.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and marathon organizers New York Road Runners called off the annual event in the face of mounting criticism about the race, which some have called inappropriate since the city is still scrambling to provide basic resources to residents. The race was supposed to start Sunday.

The move also puts ESPN2 in a lurch, which signed a five-year deal with New York Road Runners. This was going »

- James Hibberd

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'Modern Family': Elizabeth Pena to play Gloria's mother

2 November 2012 3:05 PM, PDT

It’s time to meet two new members of the Modern family: Elizabeth Pena (La Bamba, Rush Hour) will guest-star as Pilar, the mother of Gloria (Sofia Vergara), on Modern Family. She appears in the 12th episode of the season alongside Gloria’s sister Sonia, who will be played by Stephanie Beatriz (The Closer).

“There’s a bit of a competitive relationship between Gloria and her sister that will be fun,” executive producer Christopher Lloyd told EW. “The mother is the formidable, domineering character in the family, and has a complicated relationship with Jay (Ed O’Neill). I’m »

- Dan Snierson

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'Fox and Friends' accuses NBC of using hurricane benefit concert to boost Obama

2 November 2012 1:10 PM, PDT

Is NBC’s upcoming Hurricane Sandy telethon truly a benefit for victims of the superstorm — or is it actually a stealth benefit for Barack Obama?

The latter — according to Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy and guest host Eric Bolling — is a distinct possibility. During today’s episode, both questioned why NBC’s affiliates are airing the benefit tonight rather than waiting for New York City to “get its feet under itself”; Bolling called NBC’s timing “more than suspect.” Later, he elaborated: “This just seems like a rush job because the election is gonna be three days.”

Both Bolling and »

- Hillary Busis

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'Arrow' First Look: See the Huntress in costume! -- Exclusive Photo

2 November 2012 1:03 PM, PDT

The Huntress is on her way to CW’s Arrow, and EW has your exclusive First Look at the costumed antihero, played by Jessica De Gouw.

Additionally, scroll down for our chat with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about the character’s much-anticipated debut. De Gouw’s first episode airs Nov. 28.

Entertainment Weekly: Tell me what made you want to introduce the Huntress — and so early in the show’s run, for that matter.

Andrew Kreisberg: Geoff Johns was up on the set when we were shooting the pilot and while we were sitting in Vancouver outside freezing our butts off shooting the island sequences, »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Parenthood': 'Once' star Glen Hansard to guest -- Exclusive

2 November 2012 12:43 PM, PDT

Here’s some news that will be music to the ears of Parenthood viewers: Glen Hansard is guest-starring as himself on an upcoming episode of the NBC drama. The Oscar-winning singer/songwriter and star of Once will use the Luncheonette to record a few tracks. Hosting another famous musician at the studio poses problems for Adam (Peter Krause) and Crosby (Dax Shepard), as they are engaged in a legal battle with their ill-tempered neighbor, who is less than thrilled with all of the activity going on next door.

Hansard, who is a member of The Frames and The Swell Season, »

- Dan Snierson

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Espn's Bill Simmons on joining 'NBA Countdown' and his close encounter with Mike Francesa

2 November 2012 12:03 PM, PDT

When Bill Simmons first became the Boston Sports Guy, writing an obscure blog for AOL in the early days of the internets, he gradually cultivated a loyal audience who appreciated his exhaustive essays dissecting Beantown’s sport fandom while sprinkling in Karate Kid and Road House references. He wrote from a fan’s perspective, which is the only perspective he could afford at the time, but that voice ultimately made him famous and influential. He’s been at Espn now since 2001, and if he doesn’t yet run the network, he certainly is one of the Sports Leaders’ most important assets. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Hurricane Sandy aftermath: New York City officials issue update on TV production permits

2 November 2012 10:54 AM, PDT

New York City’s entertainment industry is taking the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy “in stride.” That’s according to a statement issued today from New York City’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, which also gave an update on filming permits within the city.

According to officials, permits for exterior locations will be issued on “a case-by-case basis” starting Monday. However, the office will not be allow filming in areas “severely affected by the storm.”

Meanwhile, permits for on-stage filming have been issued since Wednesday for almost a dozen TV shows filming in New York City, EW has been told. »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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'Touch' to stage a '24' reunion -- Exclusive

2 November 2012 10:39 AM, PDT

Jack and Renee will be back together again on Fox!

EW has learned exclusively that Annie Wersching — who portrayed FBI Agent Renee Walker in seasons 7 and 8 of 24 — will guest star in the second season of the Kiefer Sutherland starrer Touch. Wersching will play Dr. Kate Gordon, a smart and caring family therapist specializing in early childhood trauma and behavioral issues. Her episode will air sometime in the spring.

Touch returns to Fox on Feb. 1.

As 24 fans can recall, Wersching’s Annie died from a sniper shot just minutes after she shared an oh-so-intimate moment with Jack…  in bed.


- Lynette Rice

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'Sons of Anarchy' star: Storm aftermath 'a lot worse than how it's being portrayed by media'

2 November 2012 10:03 AM, PDT

EW spoke to Sons of Anarchy — and Staten Island native — Theo Rossi (Juice Ortiz), who was home visiting family and friends when Sandy hit. He’s remained there ever since and gave us this first-hand account of the devastation.  

“It’s so bad here, a lot worse than how its being portrayed by the media. They are finding bodies left and right, elderly people who don’t even watch the news or who knew the storm was coming. I was just with one of my best friends from high school and college, and his house is completely gone. One story »

- Lynette Rice

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'Mythbusters' to do 'Breaking Bad'-themed episode with Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan -- Exclusive

2 November 2012 9:39 AM, PDT

Critics praise Breaking Bad for its authentic characters and storytelling, but is it scientifically accurate? Mythbusters is breaking out the Hazmat suits to find out.

EW has learned that the Discovery reality series — in which everything from urban legends to Hollywood scenes are scrutinized in the name of science — will put AMC drug drama Breaking Bad under the microscope with an episode that includes appearances by star Aaron Paul and creator Vince Gilligan. “We’ve been wanting to do a Breaking Bad episode for awhile,” says Mythbusters host Adam Savage. “Obviously there’s a lot of fertile material to play with, »

- Dan Snierson

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'Political Animals': Network not going forward with more episodes

2 November 2012 9:23 AM, PDT

It was fun while it lasted.

EW has confirmed that the USA Network has decided against ordering more episodes of its political nail-bitter Political Animals.

The Greg Berlanti drama starring Sigourney Weaver, which ended its six-episode run in August, was initially billed as a limited series run and according to the network, they have decided to stick to those plans.

“We are proud of Political Animals, our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer,” the network said in a statement. “It was a pleasure to work with Greg Berlanti and Laurence Mark and a powerful cast led by Sigourney Weaver. »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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In the wake of Disney/Lucasfilm deal, will 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' leave Cartoon Network?

2 November 2012 9:07 AM, PDT

After Disney staged their bloodless coup of the Star Wars universe earlier this week, there’s been a lot of talk about the next wave of movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. Lost in the shuffle, though, is the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the popular prequel-era series which is currently airing its fifth season on Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network, of course, is owned by Turner, which is owned by Time Warner — which is decisively not owned by Disney. That means that Clone Wars is currently caught in the neutral zone between two megacorporations, »

- Darren Franich

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Cma Awards viewership drops

2 November 2012 8:51 AM, PDT

Country music fest The Cma Awards dropped in the ratings from last year. Are we still accepting Hurricane Sandy power-loss explanations for viewership declines? Sure, okay, but CBS improved last night and ratings haven’t been abnormally low in general during the past few evenings.

The 46th Annual Cma Awards hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley delivered 13.4 million viewers and a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, down 21 percent from last year’s Wednesday telecast. That was still easily enough to put ABC in first place for the evening.

Fox’s live X-Factor (6.2 million, 2.3) tied its series low.

NBC aired a »

- James Hibberd

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Becki Newton's new Fox comedy halts production

2 November 2012 8:00 AM, PDT

Fox is scaling back its commitment to a new comedy series from the creators of How I Met Your Mother.

Midseason sitcom The Goodwin Games has halted production after the network reduced its order from 13 episodes to 7. The show is from Himym’s Craig Thomas and Carter Bays along with Chris Harris, and stars Scott Foley and Becki Newton as estranged siblings who return home after their father’s death and learn his $23 million inheritance can only be obtained by playing an elaborate game of Trivial Pursuit.

A Fox spokesperson attributed the change to the network’s abundance of half-hour comedy material this season, »

- James Hibberd

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