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'The Mentalist': How the 'Red John' mystery captured the imagination, then lost it

24 November 2013 10:16 AM, PST

It was Rebecca that made me pay attention to The Mentalist. I had never seen the CBS crime drama starring Simon Baker until the eighth episode of season 2. “His Red Right Hand” was the one where a secretary in the Sacramento offices of the California Bureau of Investigation shot Sam Bosco (Terry Kinney) and two other agents on behalf of a serial killer — Red John, a brilliant phantom with a blood-drawn smiley face insignia, powerful influence and connections, and a scores of similarly brain-sick and unnervingly gleeful devotees.

In the last act, an assassin — presumably Red John himself; we never »

- Jeff Jensen

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Katie Couric leaving ABC News for Yahoo: report

24 November 2013 9:22 AM, PST

Katie Couric’s next move appears to be online.

An ABC News executive who requested anonymity because talks aren’t complete said the veteran news anchor has an opportunity at Yahoo that is too good to pass up.

Couric has been working at ABC News, but published reports have said that Yahoo is seeking her to host an interview show to be aired on the company’s website.

A spokesman for Couric declined comment.

Couric is in her second season on an ABC daytime talk show, which is not expected to be renewed. »

- Associated Press

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'Sherlock' season 3 teaser trailer: Watson sees Holmes alive

23 November 2013 4:12 PM, PST

Sherlock lives! Doctor Who fans got an unexpected surprise during the 50-years-in-the-making “Day of the Doctor” anniversary special (talk about that here): Teaser trailers for Sherlock season 3 And Orphan Black season 2 (see the Orphan Black teaser here). Below, the Sherlock teaser is very skimpy on new footage, but gives us a tad bit from the big moment that fans are most eagerly anticipating: Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) revealing himself to be very much alive to Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman). Sherlock returns to PBS Masterpiece on Jan. 19 (more Sherlock premiere details). »

- James Hibberd

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'Orphan Black' season 2 teaser trailer

23 November 2013 4:11 PM, PST

Black is back (or will be, anyway). Here’s the first teaser for season 2 of Orphan Black. The trailer was revealed during BBC America’s Doctor Who special (talk about that here), along with a teaser trailer for Sherlock season 3 (see the Sherlock teaser here). The Orphan Black teaser is pretty skimpy on footage, and announces the show’s BBC America premiere date: April 19, 2014. Be sure to watch this copy of the trailer below — accept no clones!

Update: Added another Orphan Black teaser, this one for BBC America (the first was for the Canadian channel Space … which I momentarily thought »

- James Hibberd

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'Once Upon a Time' casts 'Covert Affairs' star in key guest star role -- Exclusive

22 November 2013 6:57 PM, PST

The star of USA’s Covert Affairs is returning to ABC to visit Once Upon a Time. His appearance may be relatively brief, but we’re told it’s an important role that just might lead to future appearances.

Christopher Gorham, who was on Ugly Betty before taking the lead on Covert Affairs, will guest star in the 12th episode of the current Once Upon season. As usual, producers are keeping quiet about the details of the role. All we’re told is Gorham plays an “important character in the life of Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison).”

So you know what »

- James Hibberd

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Meet the '#Richkids of Beverly Hills': New series shows the sweet lives of spoiled offspring -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 3:07 PM, PST

Those housewives better make some room, because a much younger crowd is about to take over Beverly Hills. At least in reality TV terms.

Meet Dorothy, Morgan, Roxy, Brendan, and Jonny, aka, the #Richkids of Beverly Hills. They’re just like normal 25 year olds…oh who are we kidding? There isn’t anything normal about washing your hair with Dom Perignon or having a bar tab of over $10,000.

The show is loosely inspired by the popular Tumblr page “Rich Kids of Instagram”, where star Dorothy Wang was first discovered by casting directors. Now she and best friend Morgan Stewart are welcoming E! »

- Jake Perlman

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'Bob's Burgers' Thanksgiving sneak peek: 'Turkey's in the toilet' -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 2:30 PM, PST

There’s nothing more stressful than preparing a Thanksgiving meal, especially because there are so many things that can go wrong. You can burn something, over-salt, under-cook, or, if you’re Bob, find the turkey in the toilet?

We have an exclusive sneak peek from Bob’s Burgers Thanksgiving episode, which shows the family waking up on Thanksgiving morning to find that their uncooked turkey is somehow wedged in the toilet. And trying to get it out? Well, that’s a bad idea for a number of reasons.

Watch the clip below:

Bob’s Burgers airs Sunday at 8:30 p. »

- Samantha Highfill

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'The Simpsons': Eva Longoria plays Lisa's Republican friend/rival -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 1:54 PM, PST

Eva Longoria may have given a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of Barack Obama, but on the next episode of The Simpsons, she’s taking the stage as a Republican.

Longoria plays the role of Isabelle Gutierrez, who becomes Lisa’s new best pal. However, the glow of new friendship may flicker out quickly as liberal Lisa discovers that Isabelle’s political animal is an elephant, not a donkey. Worse yet, they are opponents in the campaign for second-grade class rep. You can preview the Lisa-Isabelle debate from “The Kid is All Right” (Fox, 8 p.m., Sunday) in the clip below. »

- Dan Snierson

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John Rich and Wayne Brady 'Save a Horse' for holiday special -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 1:07 PM, PST

For his upcoming holiday special Rich At Night on the TV Guide Network, country superstar John Rich got some of his friends and fans to celebrate with him Nashville style. Filmed at Mount Richmore, the singer’s home in Tennessee, the 90-minute show will feature live performances, celebrity interviews, surprise guests, and lots of audience interaction. Co-hosted by Sophie Monk, the special will include appearances by Wynonna Judd, Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Wayne Brady, Gilbert Gottfried, and more.

Watch this exclusive clip below of Rich and Brady performing the Big & Rich hit “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy »

- Jake Perlman

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'Smash' actor to guest on 'The Good Wife'

22 November 2013 12:39 PM, PST

A Smash bad boy will put on a white hat for The Good Wife.

Jack Davenport — last seen playing Derek Wills on the NBC drama — will play an upstanding assistant U.S. attorney in the CBS drama.

His episode will air next year.

Davenport also starred in the ITV drama Breathless this year. Set in Britain in 1951, the drama is similar to Showtime’s Master of Sex in that it focuses on the world of reproductive medicine.


- Lynette Rice

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'American Horror Story': Jessica Lange on why next season will be her last -- Exclusive

22 November 2013 11:38 AM, PST

It’s hard to imagine American Horror Story without Jessica Lange—she has appeared in all three seasons after all. But Lange has confirmed that next year’s fourth season will be her last. “It ends up being a lot of time during the year being committed to something,” admits the actress. “I haven’t done that for a long time. It’s like doing a stage play between the rehearsal and the run. This is a 6-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row. I want to have more time to myself I guess. Once »

- Tim Stack

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NBC's Thursday lineup falls to sad new low

22 November 2013 10:42 AM, PST

When looking at Thursday’s prime-time ratings, NBC’s numbers bring to mind an apocalyptic wasteland; some smoldering ruinous city, once glamorous, where a devastating bomb has crumbled the skyline into gray ash.

Or, in NBC’s case, four bombs: Parks & Recreation, Sean Saves the World, The Michael J. Fox Show and (sorry, know you love it) Parenthood. Every show hit or tied its all-time series low rating last night. This is NBC’s lowest-performing Thursday this season. In fact, this matches NBC’s worst performing in-season Thursday in the network’s history with first-run regularly scheduled programming. These are »

- James Hibberd

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'Breaking Bad': Watch Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris film the 'tread lightly' scene -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 10:06 AM, PST

When Breaking Bad returned for the second half of its final season back in August, everyone seemed to have a pretty good idea of how the Walt-Hank story line would unfold. Still reeling from that bathroom-reading revelation in the midseason finale that Walt (Bryan Cranston) was actually the crystal meth kingpin that he’d been tracking, Hank (Dean Norris) would methodically plot to take down his brother-in-law over the next few episodes before some sort of showdown occurred toward the end of the season.

Everyone was wrong.

Instead, in the season 5.2 premiere, Hank wound up confronting (and cold-cocking) Walt in »

- Dan Snierson

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'Girls' season 3 trailer: Jokes! Hugging! Hannah twerking on a tombstone! Video

22 November 2013 9:48 AM, PST

Forget that “teaser for a teaser for a trailer” stuff — though Lena Dunham said on Instagram that the trailer for Girls’ third season would drop Sunday, HBO actually posted it online today. Even better news: It looks pretty funny!

Fans (and/or hatewatchers) may remember that last season, Girls got dark enough to make some viewers wonder whether the show was even a comedy anymore. From the lighthearted tone of this trailer, though, it seems as though season 3 may mark a return to season 1-style levity. Unless, of course, it’s all a clever ruse, and the promo’s meant »

- Hillary Busis

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The aXe-Factor: Simon Cowell's renewal odds are better than you think

22 November 2013 9:18 AM, PST

Fox renewed The X Factor by early November during its first two years on the air.

So far this fall … [crickets].

The industry’s widespread assumption is that the bombastic competition series will be canceled due to low ratings. That’s been our assumption, too. Yet we’re hearing Factor’s fate is not yet sealed. In fact, sources say Fox and Factor producers have started renewal discussions on a potential fourth season. The negotiations are for a reduced number of episodes (more on that later). Mind you, these talks are just that — talks — and no guarantee of a pickup. But »

- James Hibberd

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ABC announces three 'Bachelor' specials to kick off in 'Juan-uary' -- Exclusive

22 November 2013 9:09 AM, PST

We are just a little over a month away from 2014, and more importantly, Juan-uary, when sexy soccer player Juan Pablo Galavis starts his (hopefully shirtless) journey to find love. Juan Pablo’s season of The Bachelor will premiere on Monday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. on ABC. But just in case you can’t wait that long to get your J.P. fix — which we completely understand — ABC has told us exclusively that they have a few other treats planned for their trusty viewers. It looks like Juan-uary comes complete with three hour-long Bachelor specials.

First up, on Sunday, Jan. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Chris Lilley on 'Ja'mie: Private School Girl,' quiche, and 'Summer Heights High' fans

22 November 2013 8:30 AM, PST

Australian comedian Chris Lilley made a giant splash in America when his series Summer Heights High aired on HBO, introducing fans to a trio of incredible characters: bossy drama teacher Mr. G, unruly delinquent Jonah, and vicious exchange student Ja’mie King. Lilley hit again with the follow-up Angry Boys, and now he’s back for another round, but only one character is taking the spotlight this time.

In Ja’mie: Private School Girl (premiering Nov. 24 on HBO at 10:30 p.m. Et), Lilley explores the school, family and romantic life of the offensive teen queen in full detail. EW »

- Marc Snetiker

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'Doctor Who': 15 facts you probably didn't know

22 November 2013 7:52 AM, PST

Who better to reveal the secrets of Doctor Who than an actual doctor? Meet Doctor Who expert Dr. Piers D. Britton. He might sound a Doctor Who expert we just totally made up, but he’s a real person who wrote a book on Doctor Who titled TARDISbound and teaches a class on the iconic show at the University of Redlands in California (if you’re a hardcore Doctor Who fan who had to sit through dull college electives, you’re probably feeling a surge of envy for Redlands students right now). With Doctor Who’s eagerly awaited 50th Anniversary »

- James Hibberd

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'Castle' sneak peek: Baby bundle puts Castle into 'ruggedly handsome dad' mode -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 7:00 AM, PST

Castle’s got baby fever!

In Monday’s episode of Castle, the team is going to find themselves working a murder case in which the deceased leaves behind a babbling bundle of adorable that, as evident in the exclusive clip below, instantly makes Castle go into Rhd mode, or Ruggedly Handsome Dad mode.

When EW spoke with exec producer Andrew Marlowe recently about the episode, airing at 10 p.m. Et, he teased that this bundle of joy will bring with it a bundle of hard questions for engaged couple Castle and Beckett. “Through the course of the series so far, »

- Sandra Gonzalez

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Presenting a teaser for the 'Girls' season 3 teaser -- Video

22 November 2013 6:35 AM, PST

Sorry, everybody — we’ve officially entered a world where teasers of teasers of trailers for actual works of entertainment are a thing. But hey, at least this one has a shot of Adam Driver shirtless.

Last night, Lena Dunham took to Instagram to post a shortened version of the teaser for Girls season 3. (The full-length preview of a preview debuts Sunday.) Though the whole thing is only 15 seconds long, it contains pretty much everything you’d expect from a full episode of Girls — namely, Hannah being self-absorbed, Marnie looking gorgeous but also like an asshole, Shoshanna making us wish she had more screen time, »

- Hillary Busis

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