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Ratings prediction: 'Walking Dead' finale vs. 'Game of Thrones' premiere

31 March 2013 10:50 AM, PDT

There is a crazy night of epic TV coming your way: The wildly anticipated Walking Dead finale on AMC vs. the wildly anticipated Game of Thrones premiere on HBO vs. the not-wildly-anticipated-yet-surprisingly-popular The Bible finale on History.

It’s zombies vs. dragons vs. crucifixion!

Now I’m not a fan of making ratings predictions. Because I’m not a fan of being wrong. And my last prediction, for the American Idol season 12 premiere, was spot-on. So why mess with that? I guess I’m messing with that because tonight’s TV lineup is the stuff that trips to Best Buy »


- James Hibberd

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'Under the Dome' producers: Stephen King book is 'a jumping off point'

31 March 2013 9:02 AM, PDT

Producers from CBS’s upcoming summer series Under the Dome, based on the novel by Stephen King, took to the WonderCon stage Saturday night to give the crowd a taste of what to expect from the series, starring Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, and Rachelle Lefevre.

On the show, premiering June 24, a small New England town is inexplicably cut off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome, leaving the town to deal with both the larger implications of their new predicament (dwindling resources, how the heck it got there) and smaller, character-based conflicts (lovers are split, personalities »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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HBO: 'Game of Thrones' piracy is a compliment

31 March 2013 6:04 AM, PDT

How does HBO feel about having the most pirated show on TV?

Not too bad, apparently.

HBO programming president Michael Lombardo spoke to EW about the rampant illegal downloading of the network’s fantasy hit drama Game of Thrones, which returns for its third season tonight.

The show’s second season was recently released to record-setting DVD sales for the network. But in December, Thrones topped another chart that is far more dubious — Thrones ranked as the most illegally downloaded TV series for 2012. “I probably shouldn’t be saying this, but it is a compliment of sorts,” Lombardo said. “The demand is there. »


- James Hibberd

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'True Blood' season 6: Intense first trailer

30 March 2013 9:31 PM, PDT

The first trailer for the first season of True Blood without creator Alan Ball in the driver’s seat was just released by HBO. Below we have the intense teaser video for the upcoming 10-episode sixth season, which premieres June 16 under new showrunner Brian Buckner (who replaced the previously announced Mark Hudis). This trailer will also air on HBO before the Game of Thrones premiere Sunday night. »


- James Hibberd

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'Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke says Dany gets fast-paced season 3

30 March 2013 12:32 PM, PDT

Were you frustrated by Daenerys Targaryen’s season 2 progress on Game of Thrones?

Emilia Clarke understands. Sitting in the lounge of a hotel in West Hollywood, her natural dark hair effectively hiding her TV alter ego as the dragon queen to passing guests, Clarke says her character had a “very frustrating season two.” The exiled heir to the Iron Throne spent the season in the wealthy city of Qarth, getting the runaround from its rich patrons, battling a warlock and even losing her precious trio of young dragons for a time (say it with me now, “Where are my dragons! »


- James Hibberd

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Chris Hardwick previews 'Nerdist' on BBC America. Plus, Exclusive Clips

30 March 2013 10:03 AM, PDT

Chris Hardwick’s weekly Walking Dead post-mortem, Talking Dead, has become a staple of the Sunday night viewing experience. And starting tonight, he hopes BBC America viewers make time for him once again as he launches his weekly Nerdist chat show.

“It’s basically like a network-level chat show when you look at the guest list,” Hardwick says of the lineup for his ten-episode talk show, which includes Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, Seth Rogen, Dominic Monaghan, Elijah Wood, and on the afternoon EW visited the set, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Community’s Gillian Jacobs.

But Hardwick, also known for his »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary

30 March 2013 9:47 AM, PDT

Just before tonight’s season premiere, the Time Lords at Doctor Who have decided to answer one of the fans’ long-burning questions about the 50th anniversary special. BBC America announced this morning that David Tennant and Billie Piper will join current Doctor and companion, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, in the special, which begins filming this week in the UK. John Hurt of the Harry Potter series will also co-star.

The 50th anniversary will mark the first time Tennant has appeared as the Tenth Doctor since Jan. 1, 2010, and also the first time Piper has appeared in the series since Tennant’s final episode. »


- Stephan Lee

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WonderCon 2013: 7 fracking nuggets from the 'Battlestar Galactica' panel

29 March 2013 5:18 PM, PDT

The notorious fracking L.A. traffic did its best to derail the 35th Anniversary Battlestar Galactica panel that kicked off WonderCon 2013.

Thankfully, star of the original and re-imagined BSG Richard Hatch, scientific advisor Kevin Grazier, and Producer Michael Taylor soldiered on even without Ellen Tigh and Lili Bordan (who arrived about halfway through — just in time for the favorite episode question). Right after a special encore showing of the 30th Anniversary tribute, Hatch and crew went straight to audience questions which ran the gamut from the nostalgic to the technical.

Below, check out a few of the things we learned from the panel. »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Death Watch: Spring TV Survival Predictions II

29 March 2013 3:59 PM, PDT

The TV industry is less than two months from the New York upfronts, when the broadcast networks unveil their new fall lineups to advertisers. Several pickups have already been announced (as if anyone expected CBS to not say yes to another season of Hawaii Five-0 and Person of Interest.). But many more remain on the proverbial bubble. Here’s an update to our recent rundown of current show survival odds, with each show’s current season-to-date rating among adults 18-49 (including DVR).

NBC

Revolution (5.0): One of the few freshman success stories this season. This lights will stay on.

Animal Practice »


- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd

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'The Killing' season 3 gets premiere date

29 March 2013 12:54 PM, PDT

AMC’s back-from-the-dead crime show The Killing has a return date.

Season 3 will debut on Sunday, June 2 at 8 p.m. with a two-hour premiere.

The rain-and-murder drama series brings back stars Mireille Enos (Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder) along with new cast members Peter Sarsgaard, Elias Koteas and Amy Seimetz. The story picks up a year after the close of the Rosie Larsen case with Sarah no longer working as a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to one of her previous murder investigations, »


- James Hibberd

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'True Blood' will return to HBO on...

29 March 2013 11:59 AM, PDT

Raise your bottles of True Blood!

HBO has announced that Sookie, Bill, Eric and Co. will return June 16.

One of the notable new players that’s expected to join True Blood this summer is Rutger Hauer, who will play a sinister dude named Macklyn. Want to see him in full costume? Click here.

For more:

Special coverage of ‘True Blood

‘Dead Ever After’: Charlaine Harris on Sookie Stackhouse’s final chapter — Exclusive Video

True Blood’ season finale: What was the ‘bonus scene’? Find out here — Video Update »


- Lynette Rice

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'Game of Thrones' producers Q&A: Why season 3 is the most epic yet

29 March 2013 10:48 AM, PDT

Two more days. Just a couple more days until HBO’s Game of Thrones unveils its season 3 premiere. Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss spoke to EW during our Belfast set visit last fall and shortly after filming concluded in January about the eagerly anticipated third season.

Entertainment Weekly: Most consider George R.R. Martin’s third Ice and Fire novel A Storm of Swords to be his best book. Will this likewise be the best Game of Thrones season yet?

Benioff: Based on what we’ve seen so far, yeah, I think it will be a Game of Thrones season where, »


- James Hibberd

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Lifetime cancels 'America's Most Wanted'

29 March 2013 10:20 AM, PDT

Lifetime has canceled long-running, crime-busting show America’s Most Wanted, EW has confirmed. Though there’s another show on the horizon for host John Walsh, who is developing a pilot with Lifetime. (TV Guide exclusively reported the news.)

Most Wanted premiered on Fox in 1988 and since has helped lead to the capture of over 1,100 fugitives both in the United States and 30 additional countries. Lifetime picked up the series in 2011 after Fox canceled the program, citing a lack of profitability.

As to the possibility that Walsh’s production company or 20th Television will shop the show around to other networks, reps »


- Sarah Caldwell

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'Vampire Diaries': Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies on filming Originals spin-off pilot in New Orleans -- Exclusive Photo

29 March 2013 10:00 AM, PDT

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands today, we have the exclusive first look at the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries, which serves as a backdoor pilot for an Originals spinoff set in The Big Easy. In that hour, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) return to New Orleans — a city they helped build, then fled about 100 years ago when Mikael chased them out — and find that Klaus’ former protégé Marcel (The Game’s Charles Michael Davis) has turned it into a town where, for all intents and purposes, vampires walk the streets freely. “Marcel’s »


- Mandi Bierly

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'General Hospital': See how it began in 1963 -- Exclusive Video

29 March 2013 10:00 AM, PDT

To help celebrate General Hospital’s 50th anniversary on April 1, EW obtained an exclusive look at the very first scenes from the long-running ABC sudser — which, naturally, begins with images of busy nurses (and a fairly ominous soundtrack). Brace yourself for the Twilight Zone feel of the original black and white episode, and see if you recognize anyone!

Want more? You’re in luck: SOAPnet will air a 50-hour marathon of the series, starting with the Entire first episode, beginning tonight at 10 Et/Pt and continuing through April 1, when a special 50th anniversary episode of Gh will air from 2-3 p. »


- Lynette Rice

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Barbara Walters to retire in 2014

29 March 2013 9:37 AM, PDT

Cue Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bookends”: Barbara Walters is expected to retire in 2014.

EW has confirmed that Walters, 83, will sign off from ABC in May 2014. A series of specials are set to air that will pay tribute to her long career in broadcast news.

Walter’s decision to retire comes at a time when the 17-year-old The View is preparing to make significant changes. Joy Behar announced that she was leaving the network talk show at the end of the season, and rumors persist that Elisabeth Hasselback may join her out the door.

Walters co-created the show in 1997. »


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'Bates Motel': Check out drawings from Norman's creepy sketchbook -- Exclusive

29 March 2013 9:00 AM, PDT

Bates Motel, A&E’s new show that serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, has no shortage of the unsettling, the creepy, and the disturbing.

One source of show’s terrors is the sketchbook a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) finds hidden under the carpet of one of the motel’s rooms. Inside is Chinese writing and manga-style drawings of women being tortured. Norman and classmate Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) soon find that the sketches lead to a bigger mystery that will come into play in upcoming episodes.

EW has an exclusive closer look at two pages from Norman’s sketchbook. »


- Emily Rome

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'Grey's Anatomy' tops Thursday ratings chart

29 March 2013 8:57 AM, PDT

With CBS airing basketball semifinals last night, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy managed to score the best overnight rating by the narrowest of margins.

Grey’s dipped slightly this week, but had 8.8 million viewers and a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, a performance that was narrowly followed by Fox’s American Idol and ABC’s Scandal.

Idol was down another tenth this week, though will probably rise to match Scandal in the afternoon numbers. Fox also tried a couple episodes of Raising Hope, including the show’s season finale, in the 9 p.m. hour. Both performed pretty modestly, though the 9: »


- James Hibberd

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Amazon's 'Zombieland' pilot, now with promo images: 'A new dead is dawning'

29 March 2013 7:12 AM, PDT

That news you first heard about Amazon reviving Zombieland with a pilot? It’s coming back to life a little quicker than you expected.

The website released two images for the series, which will continue the adventures of our intrepid apocalypse survivors, now played by Kirk Ward, Tyler RossMaiara Walsh, and Izabela Vidovic. We don’t learn much from either, except that things are basically as we left them back in 2009: cities still burning, undead still roving, and guns still loaded. It’s not not nothing, right?

Zombieland will premiere alongside Amazon’s dozen other projects, after which »


- Adam Carlson

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'The Good Wife': Dylan Baker teases Sunday's all-new episode

29 March 2013 7:00 AM, PDT

Why is it that The Good Wife writers give such lovable actors such despicable roles? The proof is in the guest stars. See: Michael J. Fox as the infuriating Louis Canning, Matthew Perry as the pathological liar Mike Kresteva, and Dylan Baker as the notorious wife killer Colin Sweeney. Baker—who’s already nabbed two Emmy noms for his portrayal of Sweeney—reprises his role in Sunday’s all-new episode, “The Wheels of Justice.” In the ep, Alicia (Juliana Margulies) and Will (Josh Charles) go to trial to keep Sweeney from receiving a life sentence. Baker called in to tease »


- Breia Brissey

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