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'Big Brother': Julie Chen defends Donny's big Team America decision

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Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

Entertainment Weekly: We had another unanimous vote this week as Amber was evicted. There have been a lot of unanimous or near unanimous votes this season. What is it about the house dynamic this year that has led to so much consensus?

Julie Chen: The house is being run by men who intimidate the women and those that are not in their alliance. No one is willing to put a target on their back and »


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NBC renews 'Undateable' for second season

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It looks like the men of Undateable will have another year to perfect their courting habits.

EW has confirmed that NBC has picked up the half-hour comedy for a second season. The show, which premiered in May, stars Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman as four friends who find the whole dating thing a bit challenging. But if D’Elia has his way, he’ll get a spaceship out of this:

Here to report – Undateable season 2 is a Go. Operation: Chris buys a spaceship is coming to fruition.— Chris D'Elia (@chrisdelia) August 01, 2014 »


- Samantha Highfill

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'America's Next Top Model' goes dark in spooky group swimsuit shot

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A lost work of Salvador Dalí? A post-apocalyptic swimwear campaign, paid for by Capitol Couture? A promotional image for an ill-fated reality show called Sexy Mass Grave Island?

Nope—the photo above is an exclusive group shot from The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, which begins its 21st (!) cycle later this month. The photo itself was inspired by a fashion shoot that Antm creator/executive producer/host/dictator for life Tyra Banks found on model Tiara Young’s Instagram: “I am obsessed with Instagram and came across this picture of this model/models intertwined with each other,” she tells EW via email. »


- Hillary Busis

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Chris Pratt talks end of 'Parks and Recreation': 'I think people are ready for it to be done'

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Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that Gotg is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, »


- Dalton Ross

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Which old 'Doctor Who' monsters does Peter Capaldi want to bring back?

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We know Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord will encounter both Daleks and Cybermen in the forthcoming season of science fiction show Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. But what other old monsters from would Capaldi like to see return during his tenure in the Tardis?

The Scottish actor and diehard Whovian has two beasties on his bucket list: The Axons, which Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor encountered in the 1971 adventure “The Claws of Axos,” and the original ’60s-era Cybermen. “Axons appeared as these kind of god-like creatures, but underneath they were festering bags of flesh,” says Capaldi. “I »


- Clark Collis

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'The Honorable Woman' deals deftly with a complex subject

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Nessa Stein is Batman. She’s born into a world of wealth and privilege. She’s lost both of her parents, and even watched her father’s gruesome death enacted before her. And now, bound to no specific law, she wields her parents’ power.

But Nessa doesn’t live in Gotham City. She’s a second generation Israeli. Her father wasn’t a do-gooder philanthropist but a Holocaust survivor–turned–weapons manufacturer. And while Nessa begins The Honorable Woman by donning a new costume (the ceremonial member robes of House of Lords), her actions are predicated not on some abstract ideal, »


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ABC's 'The Quest:' I'd rather be LARPing

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It’s a pretty good time for fantasy on television. Not since the heady days of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess have we had so many swords, fortresses, and leather jerkins on our TVs at once—during prime time nonetheless. Enter ABC’s The Quest, a reality show that promises something new: a carefully crafted fantasy world that 12 contestants enter to compete for the honor of being the One True Hero, who will wield the Sunspear and banish evil from the world of Everealm.

At first, I was worried the show was going to be condescending—look »


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Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren to star in Jay Roach's 'Trumbo'

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Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren are set to star in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, a film about Roman Holiday writer Dalton Trumbo, their reps confirmed to EW.

Cranston will play the titular character, who made a career as a screenwriter before he was blacklisted from Hollywood in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. After using a pseudonym, Trumbo was eventually able to claim his works, including 1960s Spartacus and Exodus, using his real name.

Helen Mirren will play Hedda Hopper, a gossip columnist who was against Trumbo and an avid supporter of his blacklisting. The Wrap reports that John Goodman, »


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'Sharknado 2' becomes Syfy's most watched original movie

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Sharknadoes might not be good for humankind, but they’re definitely good for ratings: 3.9 million viewers tuned in to Syfy Wednesday night to watch the premiere of Sharknado 2.

The first Sharknado aired in July 2013 and brought in 1.4 million viewers for its premiere, with 570,000 of those watching belonging in the coveted 18-49 age bracket. For Sharknado 2’s premiere, 1.8 million of the 3.9 millions viewers were in the 18-49 demo.

Because of these stellar ratings, Sharknado 2 is now Syfy’s most watched original movie ever. The flick will re-air on Syfy Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m. Et and Sunday, August 3 at 9 p. »


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Ben Stiller scales a wet rockface in 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

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In Bear Grylls’ newest reality show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert takes celebrities on 48-hour adventures to test their survival skills, get to know them, and hopefully teach them a thing or two. And after Zac Efron passed the test as Grylls’ first partner in survival on Monday’s premiere, Ben Stiller is next on the hit list.

We’ve got an exclusive clip from episode 2, in which Grylls and Stiller find themselves situated thousands of feet in the air, trusting their lives to one tiny rock.

Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays at 8 p.m. »


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Ben Scott calls 'Bachelor In Paradise' his 'redemption story' in deleted clip

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Ben Scott will forever be remembered in Bachelorette history as the guy who brought his kid to the first rose ceremony. And after that, he’ll be remembered as the guy who said hello to “Hollywood” on his exit limo ride, adding that the show had missed its shot at the perfect Bachelor. After all, he is a single dad from Texas, and does it get any better than that? Well, probably.

Regardless, Scott is now on his way to Bachelor In Paradise, and we’ve got an exclusive look at his introductory package, which was cut from the first episode. »


- Samantha Highfill

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The leading ladies of ShondaLand preview your Thursday night

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Starting September 25, Shonda Rhimes fans are going to get three straight hours of Omg moments… every week. On the ABC line-up, Thursdays this fall will consist of Grey’s Anatomy at 8 p.m., Scandal at 9 p.m., and How to Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. And to preview the big night, the women of ShondaLand created a promo to tease their upcoming seasons.

In the video, Rhimes is joined by stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, who divulge a total of zero spoilers while talking about their strong female characters—though they do give Davis, their newest addition, »


- Samantha Highfill

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What the hell is Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman'?

19 hours ago

Glad you asked.

1. It is, according to Netflix, “darkly hilarious, irreverent, serialized, animated comedy for adults.” The words “comedy for adults” are underlined.

2. It stars Will Arnett as the title character, “the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.” He is also a man with the head (and body?) of a horse.

3. It also features Aaron Paul as BoJack’s human sidekick Todd, Amy Sedaris as his agent/ex-girlfriend (she is a cat-person), and Alison Brie as another human person. »


- Hillary Busis

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'Doctor Who': Special TV programming and cinema screenings announced

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Do you want to watch Doctor Who on the big screen? Or on the small screen in a big way? Then we’ve got good news. BBC America announced today it is marking the start of the long-running science fiction show’s new season—the first to star actor Peter Capaldi at the controls of the Tardis—with both cinema screenings and special TV programming.

First, the small screen stuff: BBC America will premiere the feature-length first show of the new season, a Ben Wheatley-directed story called “Deep Breath,” at 8pm Et on Saturday, August 23. That broadcast will be »


- Clark Collis

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'The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman says 'I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying'

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The cast members of The Walking Dead live in almost constant fear that their character could be killed off at any time. Why, even when folks like Norman Reedus get calls from the producers hiring them for other jobs they still think they are getting bad news. Perhaps making them even more paranoid about their livelihood is the news that The Walking Dead creator already has the cast on death watch, complete with a timetable of all of their demises.

When Robert Kirkman stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, Channel 105) while out at Comic Con, Jessica Shaw and I asked »


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Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas throw punches in new 'Kingdom' trailer

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If Warrior were made into a TV show, swapping Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton for Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas, you’d have Kingdom, a new series from DirecTV.

In the first trailer for Kingdom, we’re introduced to a family drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. At the center of it all is Warrior star Frank Grillo, who once again plays a trainer and the owner of a gym. Jonas stars as Grillo’s prize-fighting son, while Jonathan Tucker plays Jonas’ older, slightly darker brother. Friday Night Light’s Matt Lauria also comes into play as »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' books Jenny Slate for season premiere

30 July 2014 1:55 PM, PDT

The season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is slated to air Sept. 28, and now it is Slated as well: Jenny Slate will guest-star in that episode of the Fox comedy, EW has learned.

Slate—who currently stars on new FX comedy Married and in the big-screen romantic comedy Obvious Child—will play a tough, street-smart mob mistress named Bianca who Jake (Andy Samberg) encounters while working undercover for the FBI. Bianca could turn out to be the one who helps Jake bring the last mobster to justice and close out his undercover case.

Slate previously cracked wise alongside Samberg as Saturday Night Live »


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Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener to star in HBO miniseries from 'Wire' creator David Simon

30 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT

Film stars Oscar Isaac and Catherine Keener are getting in on the miniseries game, and they’re doing it with The Wire creator David Simon.

The duo are set to star in Simon and William F. Zorzi’s upcoming HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, based on Lisa Belkin’s 1999 non-fiction book about the fight for housing desegregation in the late ‘80s.

Directed by Paul Haggis, the six-hour series follows the struggles of a young mayor ordered by the federal court to build low-income housing units in the city’s white neighborhoods—an effort that tears apart the city, the government, »


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Jenna Coleman of 'Doctor Who' talks about new season's guest stars

30 July 2014 11:46 AM, PDT

One of the great things about travel is the people you meet—especially if you’re traveling in a Tardis. From Timothy Dalton to David Morrissey to Michael Gambon to Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who has welcomed a raft of guest stars over the years. That tradition is being continued in the new season, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. EW asked Who actress Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s traveling companion Clara Oswald on the show, to talk about working with three of the season’s new faces.

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Andrew Lincoln says 'The Walking Dead' 'won't be without its share of death this season'

30 July 2014 11:35 AM, PDT

Lest you fret that everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic zombie drama was going to mellow with age in its fifth season, Andrew Lincoln has some news for you. When discussing The Walking Dead’s penchant for killing off characters during a visit to Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) at Comic-Con, Lincoln told us “It is an inevitable part of this show. It’s one of the great things, I think, that you have real jeopardy for favorite characters. It won’t be without its share of death this season.” Uh-oh, sounds like some necks may be on the line in season »


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