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'Falling Skies': Noah Wyle teases an 'insane' mission in season finale

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As alien-filled as it is, Falling Skies has kept its characters Earth-bound throughout the show’s four years on TNT. But it appears that’s about to change. The 2nd Mass’ latest strategy for winning back their planet is rocketing themselves beyond Earth’s atmosphere — to the Espheni power converter on the moon.

The mission-to-the-moon storyline came from the show’s executive producer, a guy you may have heard of: “That was Mr. Spielberg’s idea,” Noah Wyle told EW.

Wyle (Tom Mason) admitted that crafting that storyline was a challenge. With Falling Skies’ fourth season nearing its big finish, »

- Emily Rome

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'Doctor Who' guest star Michael Smiley talks Capaldi, Daleks and 'Luther'

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Yesterday, we introduced you to new Doctor Who cast member Sam Anderson. Now tonight’s episode, which screens on BBC America, will find another person losing his Who-virginity: Michael Smiley.  The actor and comedian is no stranger to much-loved cult TV, having appeared in both the Edgar-Wright-directed sitcom Spaced and the Idris Elba cop show Luther. He also starred in the deranged 2011 horror movie Kill List, whose director Ben Wheatley oversaw tonight’s ominously-titled episode of Doctor Who, “Into the Dalek.”

“It was just a call out of the blue,” says Smiley. “Ben was asked to do the first two »

- Clark Collis

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'Red Oaks' needs to sharpen its '80s story

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Red Oaks, one of the new Amazon Studios pilots now available to watch, is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, but it’s certainly nothing like his current airing television project, the dark early-20th-century medical drama The Knick. Though Red Oaks could sound like a similarly bloody affair, Soderbergh’s never been one to stick to a genre, and the show is a small scale comedy named for a country club in New Jersey where the hero, David, gets a gig as a tennis pro one summer in the ’80s. There’s potential within Red Oaks if Amazon does decide »

- Esther Zuckerman

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'New Girl': Jess to woo 'Once Upon a Time' hunk

29 August 2014 5:02 PM, PDT

Move over, Nick: There’s a new man in Jess’ life.

Julian Morris has landed a recurring guest role on New Girl, EW has learned exclusively.

The Once Upon a Time and Pretty Little Liars star will play Ryan, a distractingly handsome teacher who replaces Jess in the classroom now that she’s the vice principal. His confidence and swagger rub her the wrong way as she attempts to assert her authority.

As we first reported in Spoiler Room, Jess will end up falling for him. “The complication is that she’s very much his boss,” executive producer Liz Meriwether says. »

- Natalie Abrams

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'The Greatest American Hero' is getting a reboot on Fox

29 August 2014 4:05 PM, PDT

Believe it or not, the “Greatest American Hero” is coming back.

Fox announced today that it has given a put pilot agreement to a reboot of Stephen J. Cannell’s 1981 dramedy series that starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a schoolteacher who finds a suit that gives him superhero powers. Rodney Rothman is writing the pilot and will executive produce alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directing duo behind “21 Jump Street.” (Rothman also worked with Lord and Miller on that film’s followup, “22 Jump Street.”) Deadline was the first to report the news.

Cannell’s daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, will also executive produce. »

- Emily Blake

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'Doctor Who': Meet new cast member Sam Anderson

29 August 2014 1:59 PM, PDT

When Sam Anderson booked the recurring role of teacher Danny Pink on the long-running British time travel show Doctor Who, he couldn’t wait to spread the good news. “I got the call and was like, ‘Woah, man, I got Doctor Who!'” the actor says. “My agent rang again. ‘Don’t tell anyone!’ I was like, ‘I just told a roomful of people!’ But luckily it was a couple of actors and some jazz musicians, who really couldn’t care less. So I wasn’t too worried.”

Anderson makes his debut on tomorrow night’s episode, “Into the Dalek, »

- Clark Collis

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This 'Game of Thrones' special effects reel shows the magic behind Westeros

29 August 2014 1:50 PM, PDT

Beloved blood opera Game of Thrones was shut out of the major Emmy Awards this week, but at least it justifiably cleaned up in the technical categories, taking home prizes for Costumes, Makeup, Art Direction, and Visual Effects.

You can get a good look at the latter in a new VFX reel released by Rodeo FX, the team responsible for creating much the world of Thrones. The marching armies are impressive, but what’s even more interesting is seeing how the digital effects transform a verdant countryside into the ruined warscape of post-Five Kings Westeros.


Got any geeky thoughts or questions? »

- Darren Franich

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'The Following' is getting new showrunners

29 August 2014 1:11 PM, PDT

The Following is getting a quick turnover in showrunners. Jennifer Johnson, who only recently replaced creator Kevin Williamson as showrunner, is leaving Fox’s serial killer drama. Deadline first reported the news.

In the wake of Johnson’s departure a group of three—Brett Mahoney, Alexi Hawley, and Marcos Siega—will share showrunning duties under creator Williamson. Mahoney and Hawley were previously co-executive producers on the show, but will now be executive producers. Marcos Siega is an executive producer and has directed a number of episodes of the show.

Johnson joined the show in June as Williamson ceded his showrunner »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Revenge,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Vampire Diaries' and more

29 August 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Got anything on Revenge? — Ciara

You may be asking yourself why Jack suddenly becomes friends with a cop (Client List’s Brian Hallisay) after finding himself on the wrong side of the law last season. That’s easy: Jack is actually putting on a badge. However, despite his new position, »

- Natalie Abrams

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Surprise! Fxx will air 'The Simpsons' A Lot after 12-day marathon

29 August 2014 11:50 AM, PDT

Fxx was so woo-hoo! thrilled to acquire the rights to The Simpsons that it programmed a 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes as well as The Simpsons Movie. (Only three-and-a-half-more days to go, sleep-deprived masses!)

The marathon, which has been a big ratings hit for the fledgling network, is actually just a training run, though: Fxx announced today that starting September 2, it will offer up Simpsons reruns on Mondays from 6 p.m. to midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.

That leaves you »

- Dan Snierson

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'CSI' books 'Heroes' star Greg Grunberg

29 August 2014 10:54 AM, PDT

Greg Grunberg has booked a guest-starring role on CSI, EW has learned exclusively.

The Heroes alum, who most-recently appeared on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, will play Len Bryant, a white-collar everyman battling addiction at a high-end rehab facility. Len is doggedly determined to finally get sober in the hopes of winning back his children.

CSI returns Sept. 28 at 10 p.m. Et on CBS. Grunberg’s episode is slated to air in early November. »

- Natalie Abrams

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Donny of 'Big Brother' says 'Team America voted me out'

29 August 2014 10:39 AM, PDT

They no longer have to fear the beard. 42-year-old groundskeeper Donny Thompson was evicted from the Big Brother house last night, voted out unanimously by his housemates — even fellow Team America members Derrick and Frankie. How does the fan favorite feel about his time in the game, why did he tear up at the very end, and does he blame Team America for his ouster? We slipped some questions to Donny on his way to the jury house, and here’s what he had to say about all of that and more.

Entertainment Weekly: First off, seven times on the block, »

- Dalton Ross

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'Dollhouse' and 'One Tree Hill' alums join 'Agent Carter'

29 August 2014 10:20 AM, PDT

Agent Carter has finally begun filling out its cast. Dollhouse alum Enver Gjokaj and One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray have joined the cast as series regulars, EW has confirmed.

Carter stars Captain America’s Hayley Atwell as the titular agent who deals with being marginalized once WWII ends. In the wake of losing her love, Steve Rogers, Carter navigates the world of the Ssr, the forebear to what we now know as S.H.I.E.L.D. Murray will play Ssr Agent Jack Thompson, while Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa, both of whom Peggy meets in New York. »

- Natalie Abrams

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Andrea Anders returns to ABC on 'Modern Family'

29 August 2014 9:55 AM, PDT

Modern Family has cast Andrea Anders for a recurring role in season 6, EW has learned exclusively.

Anders, who previously co-starred on ABC comedies Better Off Ted and Mr. Sunshine, will play Kim, the wife of the horrible family that moves in next door to the Dunphy clan. As previously announced, Treme’s Steve Zahn will play the husband, Ronnie.

Both will first appear in one of the early episodes of the upcoming sixth season.

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

- Natalie Abrams

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'Big Brother' host Julie Chen says 'Christine's husband has every right to be upset'

29 August 2014 9:44 AM, PDT

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: I was positively riveted watching Christine’s husband and family talk about how uncomfortable they were watching her cuddle and flirt with Cody. What do you make of the whole Christine-Cody situation, and does her husband have a right to be upset?

Julie Chen: Christine’s husband has every right to be upset. In fact, he wasn’t upset enough. All I know is if I ever did what Christine did then I »

- Dalton Ross

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'Arrow' casts 'Supernatural' alum as lethal lovestruck fan

29 August 2014 9:04 AM, PDT

The Arrow is going to meet No. 1 fan. The CW series is adding Carrie Cutter (a.k.a. Cupid) to season three and EW can exclusively report that Supernatural alum Amy Gumenick has been cast in the role. As in the comics, Cupid will be a lethal villainness with a dangerously obsessive crush on The Arrow. (Surely at least a few Arrow fans can relate?)

Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg created the character during his run on the Green Arrow/Black Canary comic book series. “I always loved the idea of Green Arrow having a crazed fan,” Kreisberg told EW. »

- James Hibberd

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Watch a 'Party Down' blooper reel in honor of its Hulu debut

29 August 2014 6:06 AM, PDT

Party DownRob Thomas’ excellent show about caterers/struggling actors and other show-business types, criminally lasted only two seasons. But as of today, all of its hilarious episodes are streaming on Hulu Plus; the first five episodes are also streaming for a limited time for free on Hulu.com. There’s just one way to celebrate: By watching Martin Starr hit Ryan Hansen a bunch of times in this exclusive blooper reel.

So before you start your binge, enjoy Jane Lynch’s hand motions, Lizzy Caplan’s door mishaps, and laughter all around. Are we having fun yet? Yes; yes, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' exclusive: Watch the most twisted teaser yet!

29 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

It’s safe to assume that the characters of American Horror Story: Freak Show are…um…quirky. In this latest exclusive teaser, we meet a contortionist (Is it the same one seen in the trapeze teaser?) who’s not only quite flexible but also boasts an extra leg. Yep, a three-legged contortionist. Only in the weird world of Ahs. Watch below.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 on FX and features Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, and Denis O’Hare. »

- Tim Stack

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'The Walking Dead' cast reveals how they would like their characters to die

29 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

Shane. Dale. Lori. Merle. Andrea… Need we go on? No character on The Walking Dead is ever safe. That much has been proven. But how would the still-living cast members like to see their characters go if and when their time comes? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Ask them. So I did. Here’s how many of The Walking Dead actors see their final moments on the show.

[Note & Spoiler Alert: Some of these characters have already died in the comic book on which the show is based. A few of the actors may reference that, so if you do not want any clues as to who has died in the comic, then stop reading right now. But also keep in mind that the TV version often changes things dramatically. For instance, Hershel’s beheading at the prison actually happened to a different character in the comic that is still alive and well on the TV show. So things don’t always match up.] Okay, spoiler alert over. Now, let’s find out how the cast would like their various demises to go down. Also note that Norman Reedus kind of cheats on his answer. »

- Dalton Ross

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'Glee' alum Nolan Funk joins 'Arrow'

28 August 2014 4:27 PM, PDT

Felicity Smoak has some explaining to do.

Glee and Awkward alum Nolan Funk has been tapped to guest-star in an upcoming episode of Arrow, EW has learned.

Funk will play Cooper Seldon, Felicity’s hacker boyfriend from her days at MIT. It’s unclear whether Cooper will appear in flashback or present-day, but Funk will pop up in the highly aniticipated Felicity-centric episode, aptly titled “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak,” which will also introduce her mother, played by NYPD Blue alum Charlotte Ross.

Funk first broke the news on Instagram when he posted a photo of himself with an Arrow script. »

- Natalie Abrams

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