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'Survivor: Cagayan': Jeff Probst weighs in on the latest blindside

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Each week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: Cagayan.’

Entertainment Weekly: One of the things that has amazed me most about this season is how some people seem to be playing with little to no regard for how their actions may hurt them later with a possible jury vote. Tony was so worried about Lj that he blew up his alliance to get rid of him, but when this went down — not knowing then how it would play out later — did you think at the time this was a bad move »


- Dalton Ross

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'The Vampire Diaries': Director Paul Wesley explains why he nixed a shirtless moment in this week's episode -- Listen!

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Paul Wesley stepped behind the camera to direct the April 17 episode of The Vampire Diaries, and while the hour will give viewers answers about new arrival Markos (Raffi Barsoumian) — “This guy is creating this alternate reality that is manifesting in Stefan and Elena’s mind, and that alternate reality is actually a set of clues leading to something,” he teases — there is one thing it won’t have: Stefan shirtless. The script originally called for it: “It was this beautiful scene where Stefan takes Elena, and he picks her up and kisses her, and they go on the kitchen counter »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Friends' creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane look back at the finale -- and why they won't do a reunion show

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Ten years ago, more than 50 million people watched one of TV’s all-time biggest comedy sensations sign off the air with a final answer to Ross and Rachel’s “Will-they-or-won’t they?” saga (They will!) and a surprise twist to Monica and Chandler’s adoption journey (Twins!). In the April 11 issue of EW, we revisited the sextet’s sign-off — along with many other classic finales — in “The Art of Saying Goodbye,” a story in which the masterminds of 10 iconic series discussed the heady challenges of creating a lasting last episode. Below, in a bonus Q&A, creators/executive producers David Crane »


- Dan Snierson

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'X-Files' vet Frank Spotnitz developing Sigmund Freud series

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X-Files fans, rejoice! Frank Spotnitz has a new project.

EW has confirmed that Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer have teamed up to create Freud: The Secret Casebook, a period drama about Sigmund Freud. The show will follow Freud in the early 20th century as he becomes the first-ever criminal profiler, using psychology to solve crimes. According to Deadline, which first reported the news, the show will balance murder mysteries with Freud’s personal life.

Carnival Films and Big Light are set to produce. »


- Samantha Highfill

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'The Simpsons' producers spill details on Lego episode; plus, first image of Lego Homer!

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You might want to block out some time for this episode of The Simpsons: On May 4, the long-running animated Fox comedy will journey into the world of Lego, as Homer finds himself transported into another yellow dimension. Will it be a snap for him to return to his old world? What happens when things like Kwik-e-Mart become the Brick-e-Mart? And how will this episode stack up against The Lego Movie, which has earned more than $250 million at the box office? “I think it’s just as good and it’s free,” quips executive producer Al Jean, who adds: “If »


- Dan Snierson

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'Roswell' reunites at Atx Television Festival

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Earth to Roswell fans: The Atx Television Festival is staging a 15-year anniversary reunion with stars Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler, Brendan Fehr, and Roswell creator Jason Katims this June.

The sci-fi show first premiered back in October 1999 on The WB and ran for three seasons (the last on airing on the Upn) before getting canceled due to poor ratings in 2002. The people who did watch the show really watched it, though — fans even sent The WB loads of Tabasco sauce (what the show’s aliens liked to snack on) in an attempt to convince the network to keep the show on during its first season. »


- Ariana Bacle

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'Fargo' premiere ratings lukewarm

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Ah geez: While FX’s Fargo miniseries is drawing strong praise from critics (including our own) and viewers, Tuesday’s premiere ratings were a tad slushy, don’t ya know: A total of 4.2 million viewers tuned in for the first episode, with 1.8 million adults 18-49 (and that includes the drama’s first two encore telecasts).

That’s about the same as the launch of FX’s The Bridge last summer, a title that lacked the name recognition and star power of Fargo (which has a cast that includes Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton). You could also compare it to FX’s The Americans, »


- James Hibberd

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Fox's 'X rated' Easter Bunny online video draws protest: Want to see it?

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Fox’s Nsfw Easter cartoon is drawing some holiday heat. The animated short on the network’s Animation Domination High-Def (Adhd) online channel is a raunchy (and quite catchy) music video titled “The Easter Bunny’s Coming” (video below).

The Parents Television Council, an independent watchdog group that monitors network programming and frequently protests content, called the video “X rated” and crowned it “the most explicit material we’ve ever seen produced by a broadcast television network.”

“We thought we had seen the worst of ‘Adhd’ when Fox aired a segment several months ago with high school characters gleefully taking »


- James Hibberd

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'The Ultimate Fighter' returns with Frankie Edgar leading the charge

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Back in 2006, up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter Frankie Edgar tried out for the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he could have competed under coaches Bj Penn and Jens Pulver. “I thought the tryout went well,” Edgar says. “The TV producers said, ‘We’ll give you a call back within a couple days,’ and then I flew home. I remember I went with a buddy of mine, and he got the call before we even landed, and I didn’t get it at all.”

Eight years on, Edgar is coaching a team on The Ultimate Fighter against Penn, one of his biggest rivals. »


- Kyle Anderson

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'Please Like Me': Josh Thomas teases season 2 -- Listen!

19 hours ago

Please Like Me, the coming-of-age comedy created by and starring Aussie comedian Josh Thomas, was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 shows of 2013 for its “spot-on portrayal of quarterlife confusion.” If you haven’t caught up – season 1′s six episodes are available on iTunes — you’ll want to before the second season premieres Aug. 8 at 10 p.m. Et on Pivot. Season 2 jumps ahead a few years and finds Josh living with best friend Tom (Thomas Ward) and new housemate/potential love interest Patrick (Charles Cottier), as seen in our exclusive photo of the three men and a baby (who »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Louie': Louis C.K. jumps in dark new teaser -- Video

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Louis C.K. is no stranger to dark material — in his FX show Louie, his character has found himself fearing for Parker Posey’s life as she discussed jumping off a building and trying to talk an old comedian friend out of committing suicide. But in the latest teaser for the show’s upcoming fourth season, Louie’s the one flirting with death.

After a 19-month hiatus, Louie is returning May 5 at 10 p.m. Et with special back-to-back half-hour episodes.

Watch the teaser below: »


- Ariana Bacle

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'The Americans' renewed for 3rd season

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FX has ordered a third season of its acclaimed drama series The Americans. The Cold War-era spy thriller starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys has been picked up for another 13 episodes.

Six episodes remain in the current second season, which has been pleasing critics (the debut season won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program) yet performing somewhat modestly in the ratings. When including seven days of DVR playback, The Americans has averaged 3.1 million viewers this year. The second season finale is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21. “Fans will be blown away by the rest of this season, »


- James Hibberd

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'True Blood' star Amelia Rose Blaire talks final season (and being turned by Eric) -- Listen!

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The stars of True Blood are halfway through filming their final season (which premieres June 22 on HBO), and according to Amelia Rose Blaire, who plays Willa, it’s already a “jaw-dropper.” While she she’s predictably tight-lipped on what’s to come, she will say Willa comes into her own as a vampire with Tara (Rutina Wesley) as her teacher, and that she’d like Sookie to end up single. (If she had to root for someone, it would be Bill or Eric. Sorry, Alcide.)

Stopping by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) this week for a chat on the TV Editor’s Hour, »


- Mandi Bierly

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'The View' to unite all 11 co-hosts in Barbara Walters' final week

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For the first time ever, all 11 co-hosts of The View will appear on the talk show together — live, on May 15 — to honor the woman who brought them to the daytime panel: Barbara Walters.

Walters — who created The View and is the only remaining host from the talker’s original lineup – will appear on her final broadcast the following day. Former hosts Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998), Meredith Vieira (1997-2006), Star Jones (1997-2006), Joy Behar (1997-2013), Lisa Ling (1999-2002), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003-2013), and Rosie O’Donnell (2006-2007) will join current stars Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy to bid farewell to the show’s matriarch. »


- Amber Ray

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'Orphan Black': Sarah was not originally British (and more fun facts from the creators)

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In what city does Orphan Black take place? What is the process of mapping out an entire season? And why the heck is Sarah British? While sitting in their joint office on the Toronto set, show creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson shed light on all of these topics as well as several others in preparation for season 2, which premieres April 19 on BBC America.

Entertainment Weekly: Season 1 for any show is all about getting viewers to come sit at your table. Now that you’ve got them there, season 2 is about keeping them there. What’s your approach this year »


- Dalton Ross

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Chris Carter looks back at 'The X-Files' series finale: 'We really came of age with the Internet'

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In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, we spoke to showrunners who’ve gone through the painstaking process of bringing a series to an end. The 2002 finale for Chris Carter’s nine-season sci-fi series The X-Files was special in many ways: Not only did it bring back a main character who’d exited the show (David Duchovny’s Agent Mulder), but it also gave fans a chance to see their heroes (Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Agent Scully) reunite in a full-circle type of scene that harked back to the show’s 1993 premiere. Furthermore, The X-Files was one of the »


- Ray Rahman

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'Fargo' premiere: Martin Freeman talks That scene

15 April 2014 8:05 PM, PDT

(This story features Martin Freeman talking about Tuesday’s episode of Fargo. Spoilers below!)

Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.

Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo’s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her. »


- Amber Ray

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Kevin Williamson looks back at the 'Dawson's Creek' series finale: The art of saying goodbye

15 April 2014 5:02 PM, PDT

For Entertainment Weekly’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic TV shows to learn how they crafted their series finales. No one’s story was quite like Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson’s. He’d stepped away from the drama earlier in its run. The series was set to end with the season 6 episode “Joey Potter and Capeside Redemption,” which sent Joey (Katie Holmes) off to Paris. But then the network had an idea: “Warner Bros. called Greg Berlanti up knowing we were friends and said, ‘See »


- Mandi Bierly

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Tina Fey and Robert Carlock on '30 Rock' finale, and why they screened 'iCarly'

15 April 2014 4:52 PM, PDT

If you liked the 30 Rock finale, thank The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Frasier … and iCarly.

For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, 30 Rock’s Exec Producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock talk about the challenges of sending off Liz Lemon and Co. — and what classic finales they screened for inspiration.

EW How long did you know how you wanted to end 30 Rock?

Tina Fey There were some things »


- Lynette Rice

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Maya Rudolph's variety show: Guest list and air date revealed -- Exclusive

15 April 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Maya Rudolph will make her return to NBC next month with some song and sketch — not to mention, a little help from her famous friends.

The network has slated her variety show special, titled The Maya Rudolph Show, to air on May 19 at 10 p.m., and the Saturday Night Live vet — who recently starred in another Peacock comedy series, Up All Night — will be joined by Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, and Chris Parnell.

Janelle Monáe will pop up as the musical guest, while Raphael Saaddiq will serve as bandleader.

The one-hour special, which also »


- Dan Snierson

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