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Touchdown! Iron Bowl posts massive ratings

1 December 2013 9:54 AM, PST

The huge finish to Saturday’s SEC West division game between the No. 4 ranked Auburn and the No. 1 ranked Alabama was matched only by the stellar ratings it generated for CBS. The game posted an 8.6 rating/18 share in overnights from 3:30-7:30 p.m., a mind-blowing 291% increase from last year’s match-up between the two rivals when Alabama trounced Auburn 49-0.

It was the second highest-rated college football game to date in the metered markets for the 2013 season, trailing only the 9.0/21 that CBS posted for the Alabama v. Texas A&M game on Sept. 14.

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- Lynette Rice

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Inside the 'Broadchurch' reveal

1 December 2013 9:02 AM, PST

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched BBC America’s gripping whodunit Broadchurch, stop reading now. When the season 1 finale aired in September, we asked creator/writer Chris Chibnall to take us inside the episode and the shocking reveal of 11-year-old Danny’s killer. Revisit that conversation below.

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage.

Entertainment Weekly: You were notoriously tight-lipped with the cast about the identity of the killer. When did actor Matthew Gravelle find out his character, Joe Miller, the husband of DS Miller (Olivia Colman), had strangled Danny? (Danny had threatened to tell »


- Mandi Bierly

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How 'Dallas' pieced together J.R. Ewing's final scene

1 December 2013 9:01 AM, PST

On March 4, 2013, Dallas fans once again found themselves asking, “Who shot J.R.?” But this time, they knew he wouldn’t survive. How did exec producers Cynthia Cidre and Michael R. Robin orchestrate J.R. Ewing’s final scene without their beloved star, the late Larry Hagman? How did they decide to alter the show’s iconic theme song for the following episode to honor both the character and the actor? They revealed all to EW.com last winter. Revisit the conversation below.

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Entertainment Weekly: What was the actual »


- Mandi Bierly

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Inside the 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding

1 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST

It’s been six months, and Game of Thrones fans still aren’t over the June 2 episode and its slaughter of Starks. In separate interviews with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, EW’s James Hibberd learned why Robb had to die and how the show pulled it off. Revisit them below.

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Entertainment Weekly: How early in the process of writing the book series did you know you were gonna kill off Robb and Catelyn?

George R.R. Martin: I knew it almost from the beginning. »


- EW staff

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Inside the 'Game of Thrones' Red Wedding

1 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST

It’s been six months, and Game of Thrones fans still aren’t over the June 2 episode, which made them witness a slaughter of Starks. In separate interviews with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, EW’s James Hibberd learned why Robb had to die and how the show pulled it off. Revisit them below.

Click here for more of EW.com’s Best of 2013 coverage.

Entertainment Weekly: How early in the process of writing the book series did you know you were gonna kill off Robb and Catelyn?

George R.R. Martin »


- EW staff

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): How 'Sons of Anarchy' pulled off the gloriously gory special effects of 'Los Fantasmas'

1 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST

Going into season 6, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter had warned fans that it would be the most violent one yet. And he wasn’t joking. That means the FX drama’s special effects supervisor, Chris Nelson, was a busy man. Back in October, we asked Nelson to take us inside two particularly graphic scenes in the deadly episode “Los Fantasmas.” Revisit the conversation below. You may never look at watermelon the same way again.

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In the episode, directed by Peter Weller, the Da (Cch Pounder) had it leaked »


- Mandi Bierly

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Best of 2013 (Behind the Scenes): Rob Lowe on his crazy transformation for Liberace biopic 'Behind the Candelabra'

1 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST

Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Behind the Candelabra is full of Wtf moments, but Rob Lowe’s physical transformation as Liberace’s plastic surgeon Dr. Startz might be the most jaw-dropping. Back in May, EW’s Stephan Lee got Lowe’s take on his disturbing yet fascinating makeover, the similarities between Dr. Startz and Lowe’s Parks and Recreation character, and what it was like to see “Gordon Gekko banging Jason Bourne.” Revisit the conversation below.

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Entertainment Weekly: Did any of your friends or family see you in costume? »


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'The Walking Dead': Chad Coleman talks about the 'jaw-dropping' midseason finale

1 December 2013 4:00 AM, PST

Even before this season of The Walking Dead started, Andrew Lincoln was warning us about the midseason finale on Sunday, Dec. 1 — saying that it was the doozy to end all doozies. Well, that day is finally here, and Chad Coleman (who plays Tyreese) called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to concur with his castmate, warning viewers to “fasten their seat belts” for an episode he promises is “gut-wrenching, epic, jaw-dropping, all of the above.” Now you can hear our entire conversation with the man who plays Tyreese by clicking on the video player below.

Among the other topics Coleman »


- Dalton Ross

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Garth Brooks concert tops Friday, doubles Gaga

30 November 2013 10:46 AM, PST

Garth Brooks has been playing to sold-out crowds for last four years in Las Vegas. On Friday, the country legend proved he can still draw an impressive national TV audience too.

CBS’ two-hour telecast of Garth Brooks, Live From Las Vegas delivered 8.7 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. That’s double the viewers and adult demo rating of a certain other music artist’s prime-time special this week — Lady Gaga’s romp with the Muppets, which aired on Thursday. Brooks easily had the highest-rated and most-watched show among the broadcasters last night. Competition was soft, to be sure, »


- James Hibberd

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'Breaking Bad': Saul Goodman spin-off might spend a lot of time in court

29 November 2013 8:08 PM, PST

Saul Goodman might bill a fair amount of time in the courtroom in the Breaking Bad prequel spin-off, hinted Breaking Bad writer and co-executive producer Peter Gould.

Which seems hugely obvious in retrospect, since the ethically challenged bus-stop legal eagle (Bob Odenkirk) is the star of the show. But it’s also a striking idea: We typically saw Saul in his strip-mall office during Breaking Bad. We didn’t really see him clocking a lot time in courtrooms (in fact … did we ever once see Saul in a courtroom? It’s like having a surgeon as a major recurring character »


- James Hibberd

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'Homeland': Damian Lewis talks Brody's risky mission, defends Dana

29 November 2013 11:24 AM, PST

Has the major star of a TV series ever spent so much time off-screen for strictly creative reasons? Damian Lewis only appeared in one of the first seven episodes of Showtime’s Homeland season 3 this fall. Then, on Sunday, his character Nicholas Brody came back to the foreground in a riveting hour. The episode depicted Brody withdrawing from heroin and then was getting built back up by a special-ops team charged with preparing him for a dangerous assassination mission in Iran. Despite winning an Emmy for his role on the show last year, Brody’s off-screen time reflects the conundrum »


- James Hibberd

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Lady Gaga Muppet special a ratings turkey

29 November 2013 8:40 AM, PST

Lady Gaga’s holiday special failed to generate much applause. The Artpop singer’s Thanksgiving special with The Muppets disappointed in the ratings Thursday night.

ABC’s 90-minute Lady Gaga & The Muppets Holiday Spectacular had only 3.6 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 at 9:30 p.m. That’s considerable less than ABC’s 8 p.m. annual repeat of a 40-year-old holiday special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (5.3 million, 1.6 in demo).

Perhaps a more telling comparison: Lady Gaga’s previous ABC holiday effort, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving, aired in this same slot two year ago, but had a 78 percent higher rating (5.4 million total viewers, »


- James Hibberd

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'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst on Laura's controversial move

27 November 2013 9:01 PM, PST

Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

Entertainment Weekly: Very interesting dynamic here at the Redemption Island duel as Vytas tries the old copy-off-the-person-that-has-already-finished trick, yet Laura not only spins her stacked cubes so he can’t copy, but also goes all Mom Power and gives the answers to Tina to get the threat of Vytas eliminated. A very sly strategic move to help control the competition you face in the future as you try to get back in the game. Tell me your reaction when you saw this going down. »


- Dalton Ross

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See Zooey Deschanel as Steve's dream girl on 'American Dad' -- Exclusive Video

27 November 2013 5:07 PM, PST

A certain New Girl is about to become Steve’s dream girl, as Zooey Deschanel lends her voice and quirky sensibilities to this week’s installment of American Dad. In an episode that sends up a few indie film conventions, Steve and his pals take Snot on a cross-country road trip to attend the funeral of his father. Steve, however, gets sidetracked when he meets an indie-cool chick (Deschanel) who believes that mustaches are t-shirts for lips. Click on the video below to watch Steve try to cozy up to his wonder woman in a hot tub.

The episode, “Independent Movie, »


- Dan Snierson

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BBC America renews 'Atlantis' for second season

27 November 2013 1:03 PM, PST

BBC America has picked up a second season for its new original series Atlantis. The show, which premiered Saturday, is a fantasy-adventure with characters such as Hercules, Pythagoras, and Medusa populating the supposed lost city. Following the mega Doctor Who 50th anniversary special event, the series premiered to 838,000 total viewers — a series-premiere record for the network’s Supernatural Saturdays programming block.

It seems BBC America’s good fortune has continued after the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode “Day of the Doctor” broke records with 2.4 million total viewers during the first American telecast. The special also received a Guinness World Record »


- Maricela Gonzalez

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'Glee' fans to choose songs featured on 100th episode

27 November 2013 11:42 AM, PST

Glee fans, affectionately known as Gleeks, will finally get the chance to directly impact what happens on the musical series, now in its fifth season. Fox has announced Gleeks Choice, an online initiative that calls for fans to vote for the songs to be “remixed” for the show’s upcoming 100th episode. The episode airs March 18, so there’s plenty of time for Ryan Murphy and Co. to craft a story around the top 10 chosen songs. Fans can vote for up to 10 songs at a time and can submit votes as many times as their Gleekish hearts desire.

The choice »


- Maricela Gonzalez

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John Corbett to reprise role on 'Parenthood'

27 November 2013 10:24 AM, PST

For Parenthood’s Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham), the ghosts of exes’ past will continue to reappear with the return of John Corbett. TV Guide reports that Corbett is slated to reprise his role as Seth Holt, Sarah’s ex-husband and Amber (Mae Whitman) and Drew (Miles Heizer)’s father, in an upcoming episode of the NBC dramedy. According to TV Guide, he will appear on episode 13, where Amber unexpectedly visits the restaurant in which he works and causes a scene with a fellow customer. Amber has been going through a tough time recently as her fiancé, Iraq War vet Ryan »


- Maricela Gonzalez

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'Agents of Shield' ratings stabilize and ... improve?

27 November 2013 9:05 AM, PST

Finally, some much-needed relief for the S.H.I.E.L.D. gang!

This has been a rough fall for this ambitious and crucial Marvel and ABC drama, which had a huge launch in late September (rating a 4.7 among adults 18-49). Then its rating dropped for the second episode (3.3). And dropped (2.9). And dropped (2.8). And dropped (2.7). And dropped (2.5). And dropped (2.2).

Writers pondered how to improve the show. Readers pondered too. With its average in decline, Shield grudgingly surrendered its “No. 1 new fall show!” claim to NBC’s The Blacklist.

Whatever course corrections were made along the way, they may be working »


- James Hibberd

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'Homeland' showrunner talks final stretch: Brody could die in Iran

27 November 2013 8:40 AM, PST

Brody’s on a potential suicide mission. Carrie’s pregnant and off her meds. Saul is, once again, impressing us with his Langley warrior’s code of honor. Showtime’s Homeland is having its most-watched season yet and heating up for its home stretch, which will spend the bulk of its time following Brody’s assassination attempt on a high-ranking government official in Iran. We talked to showrunner Alex Gansa after Sunday’s riveting ninth episode that included Brody (Damian Lewis) coming off heroin, reuniting with Carrie (Claire Danes) and departing on his dangerous mission. Will Brody ever return?

Entertainment »


- James Hibberd

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'Bob's Burgers' animates The National singing Thanksgiving song in boatloads of gravy -- Exclusive Video

27 November 2013 8:13 AM, PST

Fans of The National, Bob’s Burgers and, well, gravy, you are in for a treat: The Fox comedy has animated the Brooklyn indie rockers singing “Sailors in Your Mouth,” the wistful ode to the savory sauce that was heard in Sunday’s Thanksgiving episode. That wasn’t the first time that the band and Bob’s Burgers bonded: The National contributed a rendition of “Kill Your Turkey” to last year’s Thanksgiving episode, and Bob’s Burgers writer Scott Jacobson directed the video for The National’s “Conversation 16,” which stars… Bob’s voice actor Kristen Schaal.

Press play for a trippy, »


- Dan Snierson

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