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'Masters of Sex,' 'Ray Donovan' renewed for season 3

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Showtime has renewed its summer drama block: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan are both coming back for third rounds. The will start production early next year on 12 episodes each. “Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

Both perform solid-ish for the network. Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber as an L. »


- James Hibberd

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'Sons of Anarchy': Kurt Sutter reveals how many club members will die

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In the Sept. 9 premiere of Sons of Anarchy’s final season, a vengeful Jax (Charlie Hunnam) tells his brothers, “For me to move forward with all the things we now have to do, I need to know this table has no doubts, no mistrust, that every single one of you would kill or die for the man next to him….” With FX’s marketing campaign centered on Jax morphing into the Reaper, fans anticipate a high body count on the first front by season 7’s end (and they would be right). But creator Kurt Sutter’s tally on the latter »


- Mandi Bierly

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Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales returning for final season of 'Parks and Recreation'

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It sounds like love will be in the air when Parks and Recreation returns for its final season.

Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales are both set to reprise their roles for the final season of Parks and Rec, EW has learned.

Mullally (Will & Grace, Party Down) will make her annual trek to Pawnee as Tammy 2, the second ex-wife of Ron Swanson. Surely she’ll make one last pass at the now happily married father when she returns in the second episode.

As for Morales (Girls, Trophy Wife), she appeared on the NBC comedy way back in season 2 as Lucy, Tom »


- Natalie Abrams

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Surprise: AMC renews 'Halt and Catch Fire'

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AMC has decided to take a chance on renewing the modestly rated freshman drama series Halt and Catch Fire.

The series set in the Texas computer industry in the 1980s has only averaged 1.3 million viewers across its first 10 episodes, including seven days of DVR playback. Yet AMC believes the show has potential for growth. “This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground—themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” explains AMC president Charlie Collier. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, »


- James Hibberd

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ABC's 'Selfie' pilot is now available to stream online

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The pilot episode of Selfie, ABC’s new comedy inspired by My Fair Lady, is now available to stream on Hulu weeks ahead of its September premiere.

The show follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social-media maven who has thousands of followers in her internet life but no friends in her real life. To remedy this problem, she turns to marketing expert Henry (John Cho) to help her go from a technology-obsessed internet celebrity to someone who can connect with humans in the real world.

Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek is the show’s writer, with Julie Anne Robinson directing.

Selfie premieres September 30 on ABC. »


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'Sons of Anarchy' gets official book -- and series finale air date

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With the final season of Sons of Anarchy set to begin in three weeks, it’s never too early to start thinking about the end. Fans can now pre-order the official behind-the-scenes companion book, Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, which will be released the day after the series finale airs. So according to Amazon, that means we’ll be saying goodbye to Soa on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Mark your calendars.

Creator Kurt Sutter wrote a special introduction for the 208-page hardcover book, which will cover all seven seasons of the FX drama and the series finale with photographs, »


- Mandi Bierly

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Eva Longoria joins 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for three episodes

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A Desperate woman is coming to Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Fox announced today that Desperate Housewives vet Eva Longoria will guest-star on Andy Samberg’s cop comedy this season. Appearing in three episodes, Longoria will play a defense attorney named Sophia who draws the attention of Jake (Samberg) when she squares off with him in court. Jake, of course, was last seen confessing romantic feelings to Amy (Melissa Fumero) as he headed undercover with the FBI, so there’s that complication as well.

Longoria’s first episode is slated to air in November.

Kyra Sedgwick also will join Brooklyn for a multi-episode »


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Stephanie Jacobsen joins 'NCIS'... as a love interest for Dinozzo?

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This should make the Tiva fans go nuts.

Stephanie Jacobsen has landed a potentially recurring role on NCIS, EW has learned exclusively.

The Revenge and Melrose Place alum will play FBI Special Agent Leia Pendergast, who is partnered with Agent Dinozzo for a case involving an international terrorist threat targeting Navy researchers.

Could she be a new love interest for Dinozzo? The description of her character seems to imply as much: “Armed but feminine, sexy and single, cool and confident. A former U.S. Marshal-turned FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force leader, she is flirtatious and adventurous with a sense of humor. »


- Natalie Abrams

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'Outlander' ratings steady as 'Leftovers' rise

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A welcome sign for Outlander: The Scotland-set fantasy drama was steady the ratings for its second episode.

Saturday’s second hour averaged 900,000 viewers. That’s actually notably up from the season premiere’s 721,000. But over the course of a full weekend of repeats, the full tally was slightly under the premiere—2.2 million vs. last week’s 2.3 million.

Meanwhile over on Cinemax, Friday night’s new medical period drama The Knick had 600,000 for the evening and posted a an 18 percent gain from last week’s premiere.

On HBO Sunday night, The Leftovers had 1.6 million—the most-watched telecast since the show’s »


- James Hibberd

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Richard Branson to cameo on 'The Simpsons'

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Last month at Comic-Con, producers of The Simpsons announced that Tesla mastermind Elon Musk would be dropping into Springfield this season to serve as a thorn in Mr. Burns’ financial side. Now it appears that another extremely rich dude is going to match wits with the town’s terrible tycoon. Virgin founder Richard Branson has recorded a cameo as himself for an upcoming episode of the animated comedy, EW has learned.

Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “He’s Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.”

The episode featuring Branson—who was briefly depicted in »


- Dan Snierson

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Bow Wow joins 'CSI: Cyber' as series regular

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Shad Moss, better known as rapper Bow Wow, no longer wants to be like Mike. Rather, his newest role is that of an online hacker on the upcoming CSI spinoff CSI: Cyber.

Moss has joined CSI: Cyber as a series regular, playing the role of Brody “Baby Face” Nelson. His character is described as “a cyber-intrusion savant,” or in other words, a really, really good hacker who’s ordered by a judge to work with Patricia Arquette’s Special Agent Avery Ryan. With jail as his only other option, Nelson agrees to help on with a cyber case. His series-long »


- Samantha Highfill

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The Hot Seat: 'Once Upon a Time' bosses answer burning questions

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With Frozen’s Elsa and Anna coming to Once Upon a Time next season, it’s easy to forget there’s still a whole town of Storybrooke residents who are dealing with their own issues next season. Has Emma changed more of the past than she meant to? Is Will Scarlet connected to anyone else in town? Does Snow want to move her family back to the Enchanted Forest?

To find out the answers to that and more, EW put executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis in The Hot Seat, where they have the option of answering your questions from Twitter with “Yes, »


- Natalie Abrams

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Patton Oswalt to return to 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

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Are you ready for some more football on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? With Patton Oswalt?The comedian will reprise his role as Fire Marshall Boone on the Fox cop comedy, EW has learned. Oswalt guest-starred in two episodes last season—including the post-Super Bowl installment that featured an NYPD-fdny football game—and his upcoming appearance puts him in another cop-versus-fireman gridiron showdown, along with ex-nfl wide receiver Terrell Owens, whom Boone recruits to help neutralize the dominant Terry (Terry Crews).

And, yes, the relationship between Boone and Jake (Andy Samberg) will heat up again on the field. “More of the most terrible »


- Dan Snierson

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'Arrow' casts DC Comics villain Komodo

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Arrow is loading up on its villains for season three. Matt Ward (Tron: Legacy and Hellcats) has been tapped to play Simon Lacroix, otherwise known as DC Comics villain Komodo, EW has learned exclusively.

In DC Comics’ New 52, Simon is an archer and adversary of Green Arrow. On Arrow, he’s a deadly mercenary using the code name Komodo, who wreaks havoc in Starling City.

Komodo’s introduction comes as the show makes a move to connect the villains-of-the-week more closely to the overarching story. “Yes, he’s the villain-of-the-week for the second week of the show, but you’ll »


- Natalie Abrams

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MTV renews 'Finding Carter' for season 2

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MTV has renewed Finding Carter for a second season, MTV announced Tuesday.

The drama stars Kathryn Prescott as a teenager who discovers that the mother she grew up with is actually her abductor. The network has picked up 12 episodes for the second season.

“The creative minds behind Finding Carter did an exceptional job bringing this story to life and drawing our audience in,” President of MTV Programming Susanne Daniels said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to another season following Carter on her journey.”

The season-one finale airs Sept. 16 at 10 p.m. on MTV. »


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'The Strain' renewed for season 2

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FX’s neo-vampire bio-terror drama The Strain is coming back next summer. The gory apocalyptic drama from producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse has just received a 13-episode renewal.

“I am thrilled!” said del Toro, who directed the pilot and co-wrote the The Strain books with Chuck Hogan Another season to spread the virus. Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes—the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.”

The pickup is not remotely surprising given the show’s ratings. »


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Adrianne Palicki cast in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as Mockingbird

19 August 2014 9:29 AM, PDT

At last, Adrianne Palicki is going to play a TV superhero.

The Friday Night Lights actress has been cast in a guest star role as fan favorite Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., EW has confirmed. For fans of the comics, she’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent who used the costumed identity of the Huntress and also Mockingbird (image below). S.H.I.E.L.D. guest star Patton Oswalt first announced Morse was coming to the show in a video that played at Comic-Con panel, while THR broke »


- James Hibberd

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Roku readies its streaming video TVs for launch

19 August 2014 8:59 AM, PDT

For all the binge watching and cable-cutting going on, our actual television sets are kind of late to the streaming video party. That’s not to say they haven’t tried—it’s just that they’re terrible at it. But maybe they’re about to get better.

According to Variety, Roku, the company behind the eponymous set-top streaming box that competes with Apple TV, is prepping to launch a line of TVs with its streaming software baked in. Available in a range of sizes from 32″ to 55″, the TVs will be manufactured by Tcl and Hisense USA, and will launch »

- Joshua Rivera

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Syfy's zombie drama gets full trailer: Could it rival 'Walking Dead'?

19 August 2014 8:44 AM, PDT

There’s a new zombie drama coming to basic cable: Syfy’s Z Nation is a story of a band of survivors trekking across the country in the wake of an apocalyptic zombie plague, and the first full trailer is below. Syfy can only hope the show will deliver a healthy fraction of the audience that tune in to see TV’s highest-rated entertainment series—AMC’s The Walking Dead. There’s no Daryl Dixon, but there are zombie babies.

The 13-episode Z Nation picks up three years after a zombie virus has decimated the country and a team of »


- James Hibberd

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'Dallas' returns with a bang in 'Denial, Anger, Acceptance'

19 August 2014 6:46 AM, PDT

Dallas resumes its third season with an episode that brings everyone to their knees—and, in the words of Judith Ryland, you feed the hurt until it’s powerful enough to take vengeance on those who’ve wronged you. This is Dallas, so people are hungry. Here we go…

Biggest Bastard: Definitely Nicolas. Although it’s too soon to tell if he’s gotten Elena pregnant by punching a hole in her diaphragm, he agrees to have Drew shot and killed because he won’t let his vendetta against the Ewings go. The cartel find him with a letter addressed »


- Mandi Bierly

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