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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 »


- Joshua Rivera

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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, »


- Ariana Bacle

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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. »


- Ariana Bacle

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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. »


- Samantha Highfill

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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'?

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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 »


- Dalton Ross

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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 »


- Dan Snierson

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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, »


- Marc Snetiker

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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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- Clark Collis

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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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Krysten Ritter will guest star on 'The Blacklist' season 2

30 July 2014 11:20 AM, PDT

At Comic-Con, it was revealed that Mary-Louise Parker is coming to The Blacklist’s second season as recurring character Naomi Hyland, someone with some ties to Reddington. And now, there’s another woman joining the fun.

EW has confirmed that Krysten Ritter will guest star in The Blacklist’s season-two opener. According to TV Fanatic, which first reported the news, she will play Rowan Mills, “a troubled analyst at a data security firm.” There’s no word yet on whether Ritter will appear in more than one episode. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Why Peter Capaldi of 'Doctor Who' thought he'd never play the Time Lord

30 July 2014 9:42 AM, PDT

On August 23, Peter Capaldi will begin his first season starring in Doctor Who when the long-running British science-fiction show returns to BBC America. But it wasn’t so long ago that the Scottish actor and lifelong Who fan was certain he would never get his hands on the controls of the Time Lord’s Tardis. “I wouldn’t have thought I would be the guy,” Capaldi says. “I wouldn’t have thought it would be me.” Why not? “Because of my age. I would have thought they were automatically heading younger.”

It was a reasonable assumption to make. At 56, Capaldi »


- Clark Collis

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Kim Cattrall, Billy Joel talk about their generation in 'The Boomer List'

30 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

This fall, PBS is planning to release a new documentary that specifically chronicles the history of those born between 1946 and 1964. Titled American Masters: The Boomer List and created by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the documentary follows the tumultuous history of the post-World War II generation through first-hand accounts and interviews.

In our exclusive first-look trailer, watch Samuel L. Jackson, Kim Cattrall, John Leguizamo, David Lachapelle, Maria Shriver, Amy Tan, Eve Ensler, Tommy Hilfiger, and others comment on the triumphs and anxieties of their generation. The Boomer List will air Tuesday, September 23 at 9 p.m.

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Allison Williams to play Peter Pan in NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'

30 July 2014 6:41 AM, PDT

Girls star Allison Williams, who briefly demonstrated her singing chops last season on the HBO comedy, has been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming presentation of Peter Pan Live.

She’ll join previously announced star Christopher Walken as the elegant Captain Hook in the Dec. 4 telecast.

“I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true,” said Williams in a press statement. “It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. »


- Marc Snetiker

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TV Land orders Jim Gaffigan's CBS sitcom pilot to series

29 July 2014 5:07 PM, PDT

TV Land may be kicking a Kirstie to the curb, but it’s gaining a Gaffigan.

The network announced Tuesday that it has ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, starring Jim Gaffigan. The single-camera sitcom, which was a pilot at CBS, is inspired by the comedian’s real life and will chronicle “one man’s struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy, and an insatiable appetite.”

The cast is full of familiar faces: Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother) will play Jim’s wife, Adam Goldberg (Fargo) will assume the role of his best friend, »


- Dan Snierson

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'CSI' casts Mark Valley as private detective (and potential love interest)

29 July 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Mark Valley is going to Vegas: The ruggedly handsome TV actor is joining CBS’ CSI.

The Fringe and Human Target actor has signed on for a recurring role this fall as a former detective who now works as a private investigator. When Valley’s partner goes missing, he teams with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue) to try and solve the case. We’re told “while their relationship may be a bit prickly, the attraction between them is undeniable.”

CSI is entering its 15th season on a new night—Sundays at 10 p.m.—starting Sept. 28. The veteran drama’s new spin-off, CSI: Cyber starring Patricia Arquette, »


- James Hibberd

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