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'Frankenstein' drama coming to Fox

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Frankenstein is being reincarnated at Fox... kind of. Fox has given a put-pilot agreement to the one-hour sci-fi drama named after Mary Shelley's classic monster tale, EW has confirmed. Executive produced by Homeland's Howard Gordon and Crisis' Rand Ravich, who will also pen the script, Frankenstein will focus on the story of Adam Trouble, a "morally corrupt" FBI agent who is brought back from the dead and "will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose." He'll also have to deal with the complex relationship with the people who created him, an »


- Emily Blake

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'Survivor': And the eliminated contestant is...

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There was both a tribe swap and an attempted food swap in tonight’s episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur. But when all was said and done, another contestant’s million-dollar-dream came to end. What happened and who went home as a result? My full recap will be up later, but to find out and sound off on what happened, read on for more. [Spoiler Alert: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.] Jeff Probst ordered the contestants to publicly strip down in tonight’s episode of Survivor, meaning he told them to “Drop your buffs.” That signaled a tribe switcheroo, and once new buffs had been selected, »


- Dalton Ross

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Will Smith bringing 'Hitch' comedy series to Fox

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The date doctor is coming to television. EW has confirmed that Fox is developing a comedy series based on 2005's Hitch, starring Will Smith and Kevin James. The half-hour, single-camera series is being described as "a workplace comedy that explores dating and sexual politics." Will Smith and Jada Smith will executive produce alongside Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who will write the script, and Overbrook Entertainment's James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. Hitch raked in close to $370 million worldwide at the box office. It follows Smith's Alex "Hitch" Hitchens, a professional dating consultant put to the test when Albert Brennaman »


- Emily Blake

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Jim Carrey introduces us to his 'girlfriend' in new 'SNL' promos

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Promos are out for this week's Saturday Night Live with host, Jim Carrey, and musical guest, Iggy Azalea. The videos show Carrey, who is hosting for the third time, and Aidy Bryant, who are apparently dating now. Carrey, for example, treats viewers to one of his world-famous impressions, this time with Bryant as his subject. Oh, and did we mention this is the Halloween episode? Carrey dons a Jason-esque mask, knife in hand. Other frights are in store. Watch the promos here, if you dare: »


- C. Molly Smith

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'Bewitched' follow-up about Samantha's granddaughter lands at NBC

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The highly sought-after followup to Bewitched has finally found a home at NBC, EW has confirmed. The network confirmed on Wednesday that it has given a pilot commitment to the followup, penned by The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. It follows Daphne, Samantha’s granddaughter and Tabitha’s daughter, who is now a single twentysomething with magical powers. According to Deadline, who first reported the news, she soon realizes that her seemingly perfect life is missing one thing: love. The original series starring Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha aired from 1964 to 1972. Tabitha, an ABC spinoff centering on her daughter Tabitha, »


- Emily Blake

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Christina Ricci to play Lizzie Borden again for Lifetime

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After playing the infamous Lizzie Borden in a Lifetime movie, Christina Ricci is returning to the role for a limited series on the network. Ricci and Clea DuVall, who also appeared in the movie as Lizzie's sister, will star in Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles, a fictionalized take on Borden's life after she was acquitted of the axe murders of her father and stepmother. In The Fall River Chronicles people start to "mysteriously die" around Borden, prompting Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo to try to prove that she had some responsibility, according to a press release. Cole Hauser will play Siringo. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Grey's Anatomy': Can Callie and Arizona's marriage survive?

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Calzona fans are in for a roller coaster ride during this week’s Callie and Arizona-centric episode of Grey’s Anatomy. After years of skirting around their issues—from Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) leaving for Africa, during which time Callie (Sara Ramirez) got knocked up by Mark, to Arizona losing her leg and eventually cheating on her wife—the couple will finally sit down for a much-needed therapy session. "Everything leading up to this point has been a series of band aids," Ramirez tells EW. "Callie and Arizona are basically not communicating. Callie has some resistance towards therapy, but therapy turns »


- Natalie Abrams

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Fox orders more 'Red Band Society' scripts

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Potentially good news for fans of Fox's Red Band Society: The network has ordered four more scripts of the Wednesday night Glee-meets-The Fault in Our Stars drama series. The move keeps the production's momentum underway should the network want to fully commit to more episodes. In renewal/cancellation terms, such a decision typically means the network hasn't made up its mind yet on a show's fate (previously, Fox ordered six more episodes of new Monday night drama Gotham). Red Band Society has struggled in the overnight ratings, with the most recent episode delivering 3.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating »


- James Hibberd

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ABC picks up 'Shark Tank' spin-off

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ABC is increasing its investment in Shark Tank. The network announced on Wednesday that it was moving forward with a spin-off titled Beyond the Tank, which will follow up on the financial adventures of the companies that wind up cutting a deal on the show. (Shark Tank often shows brief updates on the businesses, but this would be a deeper, hourlong look at what happens after entrepreneurs partner up with the show's moneyed investors such as Marc Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Barbara Corcoran. Including whether or not the deal even comes to fruition.) The »


- Dan Snierson

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See Adrianne Palicki of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' in super-spy mode as Mockingbird

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(Minor spoilers for the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Last night's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featured the debut of Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent better known by her superhero codename, Mockingbird. While Morse was introduced as a Hydra agent in last night's episode, it was all a clever ploy by Coulson to extract Simmons from Hydra HQ when her cover was blown. But the question remained—when would Morse go full Mockingbird? Turns out the answer is very, very soon—next week, in fact. On Wednesday, »


- Joshua Rivera

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Steve Coogan to take over Philip Seymour Hoffman's role in 'Happyish'

12 hours ago

While Showtime has been quiet for a while on any news following its decision to move forward with its show Happyish after the death of its star Philip Seymour Hoffman, the network has finally announced a replacement for the show's main role. Steve Coogan has been revealed as the new star of the Showtime half-hour comedy, with a new pilot to be shot in New York City in December of 2014. A pilot had previously been shot with Hoffman in the starring role, backed by a supporting cast that included Kathryn Hahn and Rhys Ifans. Ten episodes of the show had »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Game of Thrones' season 5 rumors debunked

12 hours ago

Time for a Game of Thrones big rumor rundown. Below are eight misconceptions about the HBO hit's fifth season (and the show in general) that have been debunked to varying degrees. Disclaimer: Fans who read plenty of online Thrones coverage may already know these points as they've all been previously reported on EW.com and beyond. Who appears (or doesn't) in the season is discussed, but I'm deliberately not including any plot spoilers from the new season that have leaked, or otherwise adding anything new to the rumor mill. Still, if you wish to know absolutely nothing about season five »


- James Hibberd

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A first look at the Duplass brothers' new HBO comedy 'Togetherness'

13 hours ago

The writer-director brother team of Mark and Jay Duplass (Cyrus, The Puffy Chair) shift their attention to the small screen for a moment of Togetherness. Debuting in January, the HBO comedy series focuses on Brett and Michelle (Mark and Melanie Lynskey)—a weighed-down L.A. couple with kids—and the unlikely friendship formed between Michelle’s sister (Amanda Peet) and Brett’s best friend (Steve Zissis). In the exclusive photo above, you can see the herculean effort it takes for a simple day in the sand. “When you have kids, it takes several outings to the beach to realize that »


- Dan Snierson

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'Gotham' casts Morena Baccarin in major role

13 hours ago

Firefly and Homeland actress Morena Baccarin becoming a Gotham resident. Baccarin been cast in the Fox drama series in a recurring role this season that's expected to become a series regular in a presumed season two. EW has confirmed that she'll play Dr. Leslie Thompkins, "a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of Thomas and Martha Wayne.  She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham's most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum's Home for the Criminally Insane. In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her »


- James Hibberd

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Netflix picks up animated comedy from Bill Burr

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Bill Burr is getting animated for Netflix. The streaming service announced on Wednesday that it has ordered six episodes of F is for Family, an animated series based on the comedy of the oft-incensed stand-up. Created by Burr and Simpsons writer-producer Michael Price, the series focuses on the exploits of the Murphy family in the '70s, "a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport." Burr, whose TV resume includes such credits as  Breaking Bad and New Girl, will provide the voice for the family's patriarch, Frank, while Laura Dern will »


- Dan Snierson

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'Goodfellas' actor Frank Sivero sues 'The Simpsons' for $250 million

13 hours ago

The Simpsons' Louie acts a lot like Frank Sivero's character does in Goodfellas—and Sivero is filing a lawsuit against The Simpsons. In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday and obtained by Deadline, Sivero claims that he and some Simpsons writers lived next door to each other when Sivero was preparing for his role in Goodfellas, which came out in 1990. In 1991, The Simpsons debuted the character of Louie, a member of the Springfield mob who resembles Sivero in both looks and mannerisms. Louie has appeared in multiple episodes since then. The lawsuit acknowledges that "over the years, The Simpsons were known »


- Ariana Bacle

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From Mma training to tattoo design: Creating the look of 'Kingdom'

16 hours ago

Setting a scripted television show in the world of mixed martial arts means accurately portraying a very physical subculture of society. So when Byron Balasco created Kingdom, he made sure to craft every detail, from the setting down to the individual tattoos each of the characters would wear with pride. It was a job Balasco took very seriously, because he knew that through Kingdom, he was not only introducing many fans to a new world, but he was also creating an accurate portrayal for those already familiar. With that in mind, Balasco decided he had to focus just as much »


- Samantha Highfill

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'The 100': Will Clarke's detainment at Mount Weather drive her mad?

17 hours ago

If you thought the Grounders were bad, just wait until you meet the residents of Mount Weather—at least that’s how Clarke feels when The 100 returns for its second season. Desperate to escape her cell in the underground bunker that houses the Mountain Men, Clarke will go to great lengths to find out if her people are alive. "The arc of season 1 was really great because you start with Clarke in a cell and end with Clarke in a cell," Eliza Taylor tells EW from within the walls of Mount Weather up on the Vancouver set. "The difference »


- Natalie Abrams

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'Sons of Anarchy': Inbar Lavi on Jax-Winsome chemistry and her return

23 hours ago

Spoiler alert: The Oct. 21 episode of Sons of Anarchy introduced Winsome (Gang Related's Inbar Lavi), a prostitute who trades information on her abusive pimp's whereabouts to Jax (Charlie Hunnam) in exchange for a new job at Diosa. As executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, tells EW in our full postmortem, it wasn't until showrunner Kurt Sutter saw the chemistry between Jax and Winsome that he decided to play with it again in episode 10. Lavi initially turned down the chance to audition for the show, only because she had the flu when she got the call. But hearing that »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Sons of Anarchy' director Paris Barclay on that 'Greensleeves' scene

21 October 2014 10:42 PM, PDT

Spoiler alert: The Oct. 21 episode of Sons of Anarchy, "Greensleeves," ended with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) receiving a box from August Marks that will haunt Samcro and viewers. Exec producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, takes EW inside filming that tragic twist and the other big moments. EW: Let's start at the beginning, with Juice being given back his cut at the site of John Teller's death, then setting off on his mission to get himself arrested so he can kill Lin inside. What is the significance of that site now? Barclay: I believe that it's going to be an »


- Mandi Bierly

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