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'Americans' producers on Russian spy ring bust: 'They must've been watching the show'

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Life imitates art, which imitates life. On Monday, authorities arrested Evgeny Buryakov, a New York-based employee of a Russian bank who is accused of working for the Svr, Russia’s version of the CIA. Two other accomplices that were part of a Russian spy ring reportedly got away. The news comes just days before FX’s Russian spy drama The Americans returns for its third season. "Truthfully, our first question [after Buryakov’s arrest] was, we wonder if they were watching the show," Americans executive producer Joel Fields tells EW. Adds the show’s creator Joe Weisberg: "They must’ve been watching the show. »


- Natalie Abrams

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Neil Patrick Harris to visit 'Actors Studio' before Academy Awards -- exclusive

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Neil Patrick Harris will be James Lipton's guest on Feb. 12 when Inside the Actors Studio premieres its 21st season. It's fortuitous timing for Bravo, as Harris will be hosting the Academy Awards on Feb. 22. It will be the actor's first solo sit-down on the show, though he did join the cast of How I Met Your Mother on the program last spring. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Katie Holmes returning to TV with big Showtime role

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Katie Holmes is returning to TV to join the third season of Showtime's Ray Donovan. Marking her first major series commitment since her breakthrough role on teen drama Dawson's Creek, Holmes is set to appear in a season-long arc as a "shrewd and chic businesswoman and the daughter of a billionaire producer (played by another recent major hire for the drama series -- acclaimed actor Ian McShane) who enlists fixer Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) services. Holmes had a small-screen role in the 2011 cable miniseries The Kennedys and is known for film roles like The Ice Storm and Batman Begins. Ray Donovan »


- James Hibberd

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Viewers would rather watch old Super Bowl ads than new dramas

3 hours ago

Okay, this is a tad embarrassing for all involved: CBS' annual special Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials delivered more viewers by far (10.8 million) than any other broadcast show Monday night, and was within a tenth of a point of matching the highest-rated series among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic (with a 2.1 rating). Yup, re-watching old Budweiser and Doritos ads struck more viewers as a fine way to spend the evening than checking out ABC's The Bachelor, Fox's Sleepy Hollow or NBC's State of Affairs. In fact, this was the special's highest ratings since 2010, up 11 percent from last year. It's unclear if »


- James Hibberd

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'Game of Thrones' IMAX ticket sales surprisingly strong -- exclusive

5 hours ago

The power of Game of Thrones' fandom is impressing the entertainment industry yet again. Sources say advance IMAX ticket sales have been strong for the premium theater chain's highly unusual screening event showcasing two Thrones episodes along with the trailer for the show's upcoming fifth season. Though box office numbers are not yet available, we're told some of the 200 theaters that have booked Thrones have sold out screenings, particularly theaters in larger cities. After an initial burst of fan interest, IMAX insiders expected sales to "hit the wall" and decline—instead, interest has been accelerating. Sources say an average weekend »

- James Hibberd

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'The Flash' boss on Pied Piper intro: He's the 'evil Harry Potter'

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The Flash is bringing the Pied Piper to life. During Tuesday’s episode, Broadway star Andy Mientus makes his debut as Hartley Rathaway, a former protégée of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who seeks vengeance after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion—he’s created a way to manipulate sound waves. But Rathaway isn’t quite like the metahumans who have sought revenge on Wells after the explosion heard 'round Central City. »


- Natalie Abrams

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Fall TV pilots 2015: The full list

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You'll never see most of them. But that doesn't mean they don't exist—dozens of first episodes of prospective TV shows, all written, cast, shot and full of hope (and, largely, pretty lousy). Some will end up on the 2015-16 schedule as the shiny new broadcast lineup. Others will vanish into tax write-off infamy. We're still rooting for the big, traditional networks to put their pilots online, like Amazon, so we can properly judge them—rather than trusting network executives and mall focus groups to decide what gets on the air. (That's how we end up with Bad Judge). Until then, »

- James Hibberd and Natalie Abrams

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'X-Men' TV series may come to Fox

26 January 2015 10:52 AM, PST

Could Fox have a Gotham / X-Men block next fall? Perhaps. The network is in early talks to develop an X-Men TV series, but the deal is far from done. EW confirmed that discussions are underway for a small-screen version of the mutant franchise, with THR adding (unconfirmed) that Star Trek 3 writers Patrick McKay and Jd Payne would pen the script and 24 veterans Evan Katzand Manny Coto have been lined up as producers. »


- James Hibberd

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How Amazon plans to conquer Hollywood

26 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST

It's been a game-changing month for Amazon Studios. The online superstore announced plans last week to start producing original movies—not just a few, either, but 12 titles a year, each with a respectable indie budget ranging from $5 million to $25 million. The move came on the heels of Amazon solidifying its reputation as a major force in the TV industry by convincing Woody Allen to make a TV series and picking up two Golden Globes for its transgender dramedy Transparent—including the first-ever win by a streaming company in the best series category. And at least one of Amazon’s new »


- James Hibberd

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'House of Cards' cast talks (and jokes) about what's ahead for season 3

26 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST

House of Cards is a series about secrets. It should come as no surprise, then, that its cast is extremely tight-lipped about the show’s upcoming third season. This SAG Awards weekend, however, a few of the show's actors revealed the slightest hints of what’s to come. “I think that, if it’s possible, the end of  season is even more surprising than the last,” said Mozhan Marnò, who plays hotshot journalist Ayla Sayyad, at Entertainment Weekly’s SAG party Saturday. »


- C. Molly Smith

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David Tennant cast as Marvel villain in Netflix series

26 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST

Another Time Lord is coming to the Marvel universe. The studio has cast David Tennant as the major villain in its upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. The Doctor Who and Gracepoint star will play Zebediah Killgrave (also known as The Purple Man). The official series description: "After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter, ABC's Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23) is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave »


- James Hibberd

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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart to lip sync on post-Super Bowl 'Tonight Show'

26 January 2015 9:42 AM, PST

Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart had betterstart watching Emma Stone clips. The comedians, who co-star in the upcoming movie Get Hard, will appear on the post-Super Bowl Tonight Show, and will compete against host Jimmy Fallon in "Lip Sync Battle," NBC announced. The show, housed for Super Bowl purposes at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, will also feature Ariana Grande performing with The Roots. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Watch the first scene of the next 'Outlander' episode

26 January 2015 6:31 AM, PST

The return of Outlander is still all too far away, but Starz has taken pity on fans eager for more Scottish warfare and romance by releasing the first scene of the upcoming episodes. The scene, while not revealing much by way of plot, will please Jamie lovers: Executive producer Ronald D. Moore explains in an introduction that the episode is told from Jamie's perspective rather than Claire's. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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