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'Mad Men': Jon Hamm, Jessica Pare, and Matt Weiner on Megan's 'threatening' independence

7 April 2013 6:00 AM, PDT

Hey, sad Don Draper. You’re at a bar. You’re alone. You’re perhaps disappointed with your young wife’s recent decisions. Enter: Attractive Woman. “Are you alone?” she asks coyly. Cut to black.

The last image of Mad Men’s fifth season is a hard one to forget. Though we don’t know anything concrete about what decision Don made that night, opening the door for another affair was at turns dismaying, ominous, and so familiar. And it’s hard not to trace it back to Megan and some sort of undefined, fundamental disconnect in their relationship. There »


- Lindsey Bahr

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InsideTV Podcast: Where's Jaime Lannister? We break down when all the missing 'Game of Thrones' faves will be returning

7 April 2013 4:00 AM, PDT

Game Of Thrones returned last Sunday with a premiere that put several storylines in motion for season 3. But with approximately 3,275 main characters, the show couldn’t manage to squeak everybody in. Where was Jaime Lannister (whom we haven’t seen a whole lot of in general since season 1)? What about poor Arya and Bran Stark? And what of that dirty traitor Theon Greyjoy?

When we have questions, we go to the man with all the answers — our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd. James calls in to the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to chat all things Westeros. »


- Dalton Ross

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Did 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' get a new title?

6 April 2013 8:19 PM, PDT

Joss Whedon fans found something intriguing buried in ABC’s website for advertisers: A page touting its heavily buzzed pilot S.H.I.E.L.D. revealing a new title and a more detailed description (below).

The title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A network representative tells EW that this title is not yet official. Keep in mind that titles often change during the development process (remember how Fox’s The Mindy Project was originally called It’s Messy?). At the very least, however, this title made it through enough layers of network approval to get previewed to Madison Avenue, and we hear this is »


- James Hibberd

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Kathy Griffin: Bravo canceled my talk show

6 April 2013 5:22 PM, PDT

Kathy Griffin’s chat show has been cancelled, according to the comedian herself. Griffin announced that Kathy would not be returning for a third season during a stand-up engagement in Cincinnati on Friday, a review of the show in the Cincinnati Enquirer reported, telling the audience that she’d been informed by Bravo of the decision the previous day.

The show’s second season debuted in January, although it was bumped from its primetime 10 p.m. slot in February. Reps for Griffin and Bravo did not immediately return requests for comment.

Griffin has been a Bravo staple since her breakthrough »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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'Dancing With the Stars': Lisa Vanderpump faints during rehearsal, okay to dance

6 April 2013 2:12 PM, PDT

Updated: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and Dancing With the Stars competitor Lisa Vanderpump is expected to return to the ballroom Monday after fainting at a rehearsal this week for Dancing with the Stars, a source close to the show tells EW.

Vanderpump, 52, is paired with newcomer pro Gleb Savchenko on season 16 of DWTS. Last week, the pair avoided landing in the bottom two of the competition, but a lackluster performance meant they were still “in jeopardy.”

Read more:

Recap: ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Episode 5

‘DWTS’ Hidden Gems

‘DWTS’: Sizing up the season 16 cast »


- Laura Hertzfeld

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Martha Stewart on new PBS series, her binge-watch picks, and returning to reality TV

6 April 2013 6:00 AM, PDT

Somewhere between tweeting, blogging, and bringing her instructional series Martha Bakes and Martha’s Cooking School to PBS (check local listings), Martha Stewart has managed to squeeze in a few more passions. Namely, marathon viewings of Homeland and Ryan Gosling.

But what elevates the domestic goddess’s binge-watching from that of your everyday entertainment junkie is her method: “I have a big TV in my kitchen, so I can do canning or make jam. That takes hours and hours, and I can watch Homeland, all 13 episodes .”

Fellow PBS program Downton Abbey is another addiction. “It’s a soap opera, but there are no grammatical mistakes, »


- Lanford Beard

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Paul Reubens cast in 'Once Upon a Time' spin-off

6 April 2013 12:28 AM, PDT

Paul Reubens is lending his voice to the forthcoming Once Upon a Time spin-off, Once: Wonderland.

EW has confirmed the actor, best known for playing Pee-Wee Herman, will voice the White Rabbit, who is among several characters set to appear test presentation being pulled together by Once creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, with help from former River Ep Zack Estrin and Once writer Jane Espenson.

He joins a cast that already includes Sophie Lowe (Road Kill), Being Human’s Michael Socha, and Peter Gadiot.

Set in pre-curse Wonderland, the project is set to film soon in Vancouver. »


- Sandra Gonzalez

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HBO to make Nora Ephron documentary directed by her son

5 April 2013 2:08 PM, PDT

Late filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died last summer at age 71, will soon have her life and career memorialized on HBO. The cable network is planning to make a documentary about Ephron, EW has confirmed. The Hollywood Reporter first announced the news.

Ephron’s son Jacob Bernstein (also son of famed Washington Post Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, to whom Ephron was married for four years) will direct and co-produce the documentary, which HBO describes as “an intimate portrait” of his mother.” The film will be called Everything is Copy, a lesson taught to Ephron by her mother, who also used her »


- Emily Rome

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'Angel' alum J. August Richards joins Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D'

5 April 2013 1:56 PM, PDT

More casting news for Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. to share: EW has confirmed that Angel star J. August Richards has joined the cast,but, true to form for the top-secret series, no one is saying much about the role he will play.

A pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. was shot earlier this year with Whedon directing and co-writing with his brother Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Richards joins Clark Gregg, who will appear as Agent Coulson, a role he’s played across several films in Marvel’s mega-grossing superhero universe. Ming-Na, Brett Dalton, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Chloe Bennet also »


- John Mitchell

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Hallmark Channel to air 'Kitten Bowl' on Super Bowl Sunday; Animal Planet responds

5 April 2013 1:30 PM, PDT

Looks like the claws are out: Hallmark Channel announced today that it will air a three-hour Kitten Bowl special on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2, 2014), which will compete against Animal Planet’s popular Puppy Bowl, whose annual spectacle features a “Kitty Halftime Show.”

Kitten Bowl is being billed by Hallmark Channel as “the greatest feline showdown in cable television history.” The cats who hail from animal shelters — and have their paws crossed for adoption — will compete in a obstacle course that boasts “hurdles of varying heights, A-frame Alpine Scratchers, tunnels, hoop jumps, and weave poles.  Lures, like laser pointers, and toys »


- Dan Snierson

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History renews 'Vikings'

5 April 2013 10:54 AM, PDT

History has ordered another season of Vikings, its first scripted drama series.

The cable net ordered another 10 episodes for its second year. Four episodes remain in its current season, with the season finale set for April 28.

Over the last five weeks, the drama has averaged 5 million viewers, 2.2 million adutls 25-54 and 1.9 million adults 18-49 on Sundays at 10. The period show focuses on (duh?) Viking society.

“Vikings is a win-win for us, said Dirk Hoogstra, Evp, Development and Programming, in a statement. “As our first scripted series, Vikings has paid off in a big way with critical acclaim, strong ratings and a passionate, »


- Lynette Rice

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'Community', 'Shark Tank' stars to guest on 'American Dad' -- Exclusive

5 April 2013 9:30 AM, PDT

Mr. Burns may have blocked the sun on The Simpsons, but Mark Cuban is taking it one step further on American Dad: He’s planning to blow the thing up. The Shark Tank star/Dallas Mavericks owner will lend his voice to the animated Fox comedy, playing an evil genius named Mark Cuban who’s hell-bent on being the No. 1 force in the universe. The only people that can stop him are Stan, Francine, and four sexy flight attendants with a Charlie’s Angels vibe that are played by Gillian Jacobs (Community), Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II »


- Dan Snierson

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Sara Bareilles leaving 'The Sing-Off' -- Exclusive

5 April 2013 9:28 AM, PDT

The X Factor and The Voice aren’t the only singing shows shaking up their judging panels this year.

Sara Bareilles is leaving NBC’s competition series The Sing-Off. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter wants to “focus on her music,” says a source close to Bareilles. She replaced original Sing-Off judge Nicole Scherzinger for the show’s third season after Scherzinger departed to Fox’s X Factor.

The move creates at least one opening on the judges panel for the lively a cappella competition. The show is  being overhauled for its upcoming fourth round by its new executive producer — The Voice and Survivor guru Mark Burnett. »


- James Hibberd

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'Hannibal' ratings: Better than NBC expected?

5 April 2013 8:29 AM, PDT

Hannibal performed better last night than many had feared given its brutal time period.

Coming in third place in NBC’s 10 p.m. Thursday “death slot” against original episodes of ABC’s Scandal and CBS’ Elementary, the new crime drama had 4.3 million viewers and a 1.6 in the adult demo. That’s NBC’s best rating in the hour with entertainment programming in more than a year. It’s up 78 percent from the debut of the short-lived Do No Harm in January and climbed 45 percent from its special Go On lead-in.

What’s surprising is that NBC decided not to give »


- James Hibberd

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'Veronica Mars' movie update: Rob Thomas has first draft, shares where the money is going

5 April 2013 8:28 AM, PDT

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas has sent the film’s Kickstarter backers a lengthy status update. Top news: He has just finished a first draft of the movie. “There’s a lot of work left to do, but it’s a movie I can’t wait to make. I think it’s also the movie you’ve been waiting to see,” he writes.

With one week left in the Kickstarter campaign that has raised more than $4.5 million, Thomas took the opportunity to encourage more fans to donate: The only Kickstarter record the project hasn’t yet broken is the total »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Sons of Anarchy' star roars into 'Glee'

5 April 2013 7:55 AM, PDT

A nice bit of imaginative casting announced for Glee: Sons of Anarchy co-star Katey Sagal will join the cast as Artie’s mom!

Sagal will appear in episode No. 421 dubbed “Wonder-ful,” which will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder.

“So thrilled to announce my friend Katey Sagal is playing Artie’s mom on Glee!” Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter. “There is nothing this woman can’t do!”

The Glee casting folks may have found inspiration from Artie’s alter-ego Kevin Hale. He mentioned during last summer’s Comic-Con panel that Sagal is his dream mom, while Harry Connick Jr. should play his dad. »


- Lynette Rice

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'American Idol' eliminated contestant: 'By the time I'm 25 I better have at least six Grammys'

4 April 2013 9:51 PM, PDT

Idol’s latest fallen singer had a feeling this wasn’t going to be his night.

“This whole week, it was basically God giving me a sign so that I could be prepared,” said 19-year-old New Orleans native Burnell Taylor.

Although he had the opportunity to redeem himself, he said he knew the judges wouldn’t go for the save. Nonetheless, he sang his heart out in his final song, India.Arie’s “Ready for Love.” And what about that kiss with rumored crush Amber Holcomb?

“I wanted to keep it PG-13. I’ve said it once before — a crush only involves one person, »


- Amanda Taylor

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MTV paying for 'Buckwild' star's funeral

4 April 2013 5:31 PM, PDT

MTV is covering the funeral expenses for Shain Gandee, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning early Monday.

Ashley Gandee Lewis, a cousin of the Buckwild star, told EW on Thursday that the cable net is paying for the service and burial that’s scheduled for Sunday in Charleston, West Virginia. Gandee, 21, was found in his truck with two others about a mile from his home near Thaxton Hollow in Sissonville, West Virginia. Authorities ruled the death as accidental.

Lewis posted an obit for her cousin that read, in part, that Gandee “loved to four wheel, loved anything that involved mud, »


- Lynette Rice

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NBC's 'Hannibal' contains 'The Shining' shout-outs

4 April 2013 5:18 PM, PDT

Heeeeeeere’s Hannibal!

Tonight’s premiere of NBC’s Hannibal (see Jeff Jensen’s review here) is probably one of the most Stanley Kubrick-ian hours of TV ever made. Showrunner Bryan Fuller was heavily influenced by late filmmaker genius and has filled his new series with subtle (and not-so-subtle) homages to Kubrick’s work. Hannibal is particularly influenced by one of Kubrick’s most commercially successful films — 1980′s The Shining. In fact, there’s even one set (photos above) that’s directly inspired by a famous moment in the film. Below Fuller talks about Kubrick and the filmmaker’s influence on the show, »


- James Hibberd

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Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio developing Gorbachev pic with HBO Films

4 April 2013 4:36 PM, PDT

The Cold War has captivated our imaginations and taken over our television sets. But instead of stylish spies in disguise, HBO Films is taking the biopic route.

HBO Films confirmed Thursday they are developing a movie about former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with the help of Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Neither actor will be donning that distinctive birthmark, though. They’re just helping to make sure the project comes to life through their respective production companies — DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and Hanks’ Playtone. This news was first reported by Deadline.

The film will chronicle Gorbachev’s time as president »


- Lindsey Bahr

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