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'Dallas' finale postmortem: Producer, star talk about losing a Ewing

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In Dallas’ big season 3 finale, fans were forced to say goodbye to one member of the Ewing family. Specifically, they were forced to watch as Nicolas blew up Christopher’s car … with Christopher inside. But with one Ewing gone, there’s another on the horizon, because John Ross also discovered he has a sister. Needless to say, it was a gasp-worthy end to a season full of twists, turns, sketchy cartel members, and more.

Unfortunately, Jesse Metcalfe wasn’t able to hop on the phone, but the star did issue this statement about his departure from the series: “In classic »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Scorpion' premiere react: Wild action can’t save pilot issues

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[This post contains details from the premiere of Scorpion, which aired Sept. 22]

Television isn’t lacking for genius protagonists, procedurals centered around the proliferation of modern technology, or even a combination of the two… particularly on CBS. From The Big Bang Theory to Person of Interest, to the network’s new CSI: Cyber, viewers might start to think every CBS producer has a brilliant best friend with a penchant for hacking but ineptitude for small talk.

So the debut of another new CBS drama, Scorpion, bears little in the way of surprise when it comes to its smart hackers who need help communicating. There’s an undercurrent of important social discussion that is underserved in the pilot. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Let's Make a Deal' host Wayne Brady on how to win his attention

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Want a chance for Wayne Brady to sing a song about all the ways he could love you while playing for a cash prize? Get in line.

Let’s Make a Deal, the reboot of the classic game show, will return to CBS on Monday, Sept. 22. Now that he’s a couple years into hosting the show, Brady says he’s finally playing with the “big boys”—especially considering the fact that the show won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Original Song.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, I guess you’re around for a while and it means something,'” Brady »


- Jake Perlman

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Marvel's 'Agent Carter' to star 'Boardwalk Empire' alum

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A key actor from Boardwalk Empire is going from the 1920s to the 1940s.

Actor Shea Whigham has been cast as the male lead in Marvel’s Agent Carter, EW confirmed. Whigham will play the “tough but fair-minded Strategic Scientific Reserve Chief Roger Dooley, the man who will oversee agents Carter (Hayley Atwell), Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) and Sousa (Enver Gjokaj),” Deadline first reported. In other words, Dooley is sort of the Agent Coulson of the Ssr in this 1946-set series.

Whigham plays Nucky’s brother on Boardwalk, which is currently airing its final season. ABC’s Captain America spin-off »


- James Hibberd

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'Modern Family' sneak peek: The Dunphys had a great summer...without Alex

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For the first time in Modern Family history, the Dunphy family is actually getting along. There’s no sibling drama, Claire actually enjoys magic. Crazy, right?

However, it’s been an exceptional summer for one particular reason: Alex has been gone on a humanitarian trip building homes. How will the Dunphys handle her return? Watch a sneak peek from the season premiere:

Modern Family returns Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. on ABC. »

- Natalie Abrams

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Lena Dunham producing HBO doc about Brooklyn tailor

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Lena Dunham is bringing more Brooklyn to HBO. Vanity Fair has reported that the Girls auteur’s production company is behind a documentary about Bindle & Keep, a bespoke suit-maker based in the borough that has gained attention for its work making suits for transgender and female customers. Dunham, who will be an executive producer along with Girls’s Jenni Konner, tweeted:

So excited about this doc @campsucks and I are producing! Bindle & Keep: breaking down binaries, making smart suits: http://t.co/raHHLCMcv4

Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 22, 2014

“We were totally blown away when Lena’s team first reached out to »


- Esther Zuckerman

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The 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' are 'true underdogs' in season 2

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Being an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. these days is no easy feat. The organization has been driven underground in the wake of Hydra’s total infiltration, and the man in charge of rebuilding was brought back to life via a serum from a mysterious blue alien.

When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for its second season, newly installed Director Coulson will have an uphill battle to prove that his agents are actually the good guys—which is made all the more difficult with most of S.H.I.E.L.D. scattered to the wind, »


- Natalie Abrams

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'Forever' react: This looks awfully familiar (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)

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A handsome man boards the subway, choosing a seat next to a beautiful woman. They make eye contact, then look away. He says “good day” to her (in Russian), she responds in kind—and then the onslaught begins:

Woman: “How did you know I was Russian?”

Man: “Korovka. Russian chocolate. You have a smudge.”

[Woman wipes her face. There's a pause.]

Man: “Good luck at the performance tonight.”

[She looks at him quizzically.]

Man: “Sorry. I noticed the indentations on your fingers. At first I thought violin, but the spacings are a bit too wide, and there’s no markings under your chin. So, cello.”

Woman: “How did you know I have a performance? »


- Hillary Busis

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11 things you'll want to know about the 'Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover

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It’s finally time for Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin to bro down and drink up. On Sept. 28, from 9 p.m. all the way to 10 p.m., the animated worlds of Fox’s The Simpsons and Family Guy will collide colossally when Family Guy’s season premiere features the Griffins breaking bread/donuts with the Simpsons. Friendships are formed between the two families before Homer and Peter get in a massive fight over their respective beer of choice.

Dying to know how this crossover came to life? Wondering what to expect when the Quahog crew cruises over to Springfield? Still »


- Dan Snierson

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'NCIS' First Look: Meet Young Ducky

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Young Ducky is coming to NCIS—and we’ll get to meet him in the swingin’ 70s.

Later this season, Mixology alum Adam Campbell is set to play a younger version of NCIS’ loquaciously charming and universally beloved medical examiner Ducky (David McCallum), and EW has the first look.

In an episode slated for Oct. 7, Special Agent Bishop (Emily Wickersham) and Ducky travel to the U.K. when an estranged friend from his youth is connected to a case. Naturally, flashbacks abound. “To cast a young David McCallum and set it in 1970s London, we had a terrific time,” executive producer Gary Glasberg says. »


- Danielle Nussbaum

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'Faking It' stars address polarizing hookup: 'We totally understand why you're angry'

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Here’s what you may have missed last season on Faking It: In order to gain popularity, best friends Amy and Karma pretended to be a lesbian couple, but Karma was secretly hooking up with cool guy Liam, while Amy slowly started to realize that she has feelings for Karma. It all imploded when Liam discovered they weren’t actually lesbians, and Karma rebuffed Amy’s true feelings. Drunk and angry, Liam and Amy hopped in the sack in what is best described as one of the most polarizing scenes this year.

Now that you’re all caught up, »


- Natalie Abrams

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'Peter Pan Live!' casts its Wendy and Tiger Lily

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Allison Williams’ Peter Pan finally has a Wendy!

Taylor Louderman, known for her lead role on Broadway’s Bring It On: The Musical, has been cast as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan Live!, NBC’s follow-up to its successful 2013 telecast of The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood. Wendy is, of course, one of the three Darling children, whose mother will be portrayed by Kelli O’Hara.

Along with Louderman, Alanna Saunders has joined the cast as Tiger Lily, the Native American who rules her “islanders” on Neverland before being captured by Captain Hook (and later rescued by »


- Samantha Highfill

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For the 10th anniversary of 'Lost,' Doc Jensen looks back... and forward

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On September 22, 2004, a wild pop romance—a torrid affair between audience and story—took flight. 18.65 million viewers tuned into ABC to watch Oceanic 815 crash on a strange island, leaving an eclectic cross-section of archetypes on a vast spit of mystery. Here, on the 10th anniversary of Lost’s premiere, we remember a first date for the ages.

Produced for $14 million and shot by director J.J. Abrams with Spielbergian verve, the two-hour pilot immediately sucked us into an exotic survival saga and a shrewdly formulated allegory for a fractured, catastrophe-frazzled world. It captured your imagination by promising a journey with global vision, »


- Jeff Jensen

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MGM is launching the United Artists Media Group (again)

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios is trying to make United Artists happen … again. Originally launched in 1919, the United Artists banner has been through its ups and downs. Its most recent revival came in 2006, thanks to Tom Cruise, Paula Wagner, and MGM. But after Wagner left in 2008, and Cruise’s stake disappeared a few years later, it is now fully owned by MGM. And now, the studio is planning a relaunch.

MGM announced in a press release that is has acquired a 55 percent interest in Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Hearst Entertainment’s One Three Media and LightWorkers Media, which includes hit shows Survivor, »


- Samantha Highfill

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John Krasinski returns to NBC with two comedies in development

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His days as Jim from The Office may be over, but John Krasinski is still firmly rooted at NBC, this time as producer.

EW confirms that Krasinski and his production shingle, Sunday Night, sold two comedies to NBC in an overall deal with Universal TV. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will executive produce both single-camera, untitled projects, working closely with Sunday Night’s Mike Sablone.

The first project comes from writer Shawn Wines and executive producer Aaron Kaplan, and focuses on a failed law student who turns to a career in garbage collecting in New York City. The second project is »


- Teresa Jue

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'New York Times' public editor denounces Shonda Rhimes article

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The New York Times public editor has called television critic Alessandra Stanley’s controversial piece about Shonda Rhimes “at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” Stanley, among other offenses, called Rhimes an “angry black woman.” 

Despite an ultimately positive assessment of Rhimes, Stanley’s piece was itself reductive—Viola Davis was described as “less classically beautiful” than African-American actresses like Kerry Washington and Halle Berry—and appeared misinformed about Rhimes’ work and other depictions of black women on television. (She initially called Nicole Beharie, the co-lead on Sleepy Hollow, a “sidekick.”) The article prompted vocal pushback from both Rhimes, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Kenan Thompson leaving 'Saturday Night Live'? Not so fast...

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Though TMZ is reporting that Kenan Thompson is leaving Saturday Night Live at the end of this season, an SNL spokesperson tells EW that the report is “inaccurate as the season hasn’t even started and cast decisions aren’t made until the end of the season.”

Thompson joined the show back in 2003, making him the most veteran member of the current cast, and the longest-tenured African-American cast member in the history of the show. According to TMZ, Thompson is in talks for a new show and has plans to move to Los Angeles once the SNL season is over. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Syfy's next movie: Fire-breathing tarantulas attack 'Police Academy' cast reunion

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Syfy’s next creature film film will give us many gifts. Let’s list each of them in turn:

The movie has giant fire-breathing tarantulas.

Its title is Lavalantula.

The lavalantulas attack Los Angeles, a city that’s always worth picking on.

The movie has an awesome poster (below) including the nearly nonsensical tagline “Fire Burns. Lava Bites.”

The movie stars Steve Guttenberg, who was in the Police Academy films.

The movie co-stars Leslie Easterbrook, who was also in the Police Academy films.

The movie co-stars Michael Winslow, who was also in the Police Academy films.

So, yes: Giant fire-breathing tarantulas attack Los Angeles and, »


- James Hibberd

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Stephen King's JFK assassination thriller gets Hulu series order

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One of Stephen King’s most acclaimed novels in recent years is coming to Hulu as a limited series thanks to super-producer J.J. Abrams.

Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of King’s bestseller 11/22/63 from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot productions. The 2011 novel follows a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and discovers the past can become very tricky to change. Abrams, King, writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Friday Night Lights) and Bryan Burk are all executive producers.

“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, »


- James Hibberd

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If Jamie Dornan had returned to 'Once Upon a Time': What would've been

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Once Upon a Time nearly got 50 shades hotter last season.

During season three, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis revealed to reporters that they had a plan for Jamie Dornan to return as Sheriff Graham, a.k.a. the Huntsman, who died in season one after Regina crushed his heart. Ultimately, Dornan couldn’t make it work because the actor was busy shooting Fifty Shades of Grey. At the time, the Once bosses couldn’t even reveal their initial plans, and now it’s clear why: Sheriff Graham would’ve appeared in the season finale, which featured Emma and »


- Natalie Abrams

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