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HBO is auctioning off Richard Harrow's mask and more from 'Boardwalk Empire'

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One of Boardwalk Empire's saddest images—spoiler alert–was that of the mask of Richard Harrow, the show's facially disfigured World War I vet and hit man with a heart, lying in the sand following the character's death at the end of the fourth season. A Boardwalk fan can now have that mask. It is being auctioned off as part of a Screenbid auction beginning today. Since Terence Winter's expansive drama about the world of 1920s gangsters both real and imagined came to an end last fall, it is now following in the footsteps of other shows like »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'MasterChef' dumps chimp scene after PETA complains

23 January 2015 5:07 PM, PST

No, Gordon Ramsay wasn't going to cook a chimp. But PETA was still irked about an upcoming chimpanzee-related episode of Fox's MasterChef Junior and the show's production company has decided not to air the episode as originally planned. Here's the story: An as-yet-unaired episode of Fox's successful kids' cooking competition series featured a segment with a chimpanzee. PETA heard about the episode (a Facebook photo was apparently involved) and sent a complaint to the producers claiming show-business chimps are terribly mistreated in Hollywood. »


- James Hibberd

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NBC orders ex-sniper drama from 'Blacklist' producers

23 January 2015 4:20 PM, PST

NBC is taking aim at a high-concept drama from two producers of its espionage hit The Blacklist. The network has ordered a pilot called Endgame, about a former sniper who now works as a Las Vegas security expert. According to NBC, the character is "drawn into a  mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic challenges in order to save innocent lives." John Rogers (Leverage) is the writer and executive producer with John Davis and John Fox (The Blacklist) executive producing. It's unclear from the logline how much the character's sniper past plays into the storyline, but »


- James Hibberd

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'Glee' exclusive clip: Blaine teaches a lesson on smack talk

23 January 2015 2:36 PM, PST

Glee has brought new faces, relationships and enemies to the sixth and final season, and on tonight's episode, "The Hurt Locker: Part 1," a very—uh, fuzzy?—intruder will be making a surprise cameo. The New Directions are warming up for sectionals through a little friendly competition with Blaine (Darren Criss) and the Warblers and Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) and Vocal Adrenaline, and Blaine isn't afraid to throw around some smack-talk (who else wants nice-Blaine back?) But, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) have a lot of work to do if they want the New Directions to be ready for sectionals. »


- Megan Daley

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'Westworld' producers hint HBO's drama has great, freaky potential

23 January 2015 2:10 PM, PST

Here's what you already know: HBO's upcoming Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film written and directed by visionary author Michael Crichton. Like the author's best-known work, Jurassic Park, it's about a theme park where rather unique attractions (in Westworld's case, lifelike androids) break from their assigned roles and kill the guests. HBO's series version is from Intersteller and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonathan Nolan (brother of director Christopher) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice), along with mega-producer J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk. It boasts an impressive cast led by Anthony Hopkins (in his first TV series regular role), James Marsden, »


- James Hibberd

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Watch a cryptic teaser for Patrick Stewart's new series, co-produced by Seth MacFarlane

23 January 2015 11:55 AM, PST

Starz is introducing Walter Blunt in a brief teaser for its upcoming series Blunt Talk starring Patrick Stewart. The series is created by Jonathan Ames, best known in the television world for HBO's Bored to Death. Ames executive produces alongside Seth MacFarlane. The series follows the British Blunt, who has a nightly interview show in American cable news and is "on a mission to impart his wisdom and guidance on how Americans should live, think and behave," according to Starz. (Sound familiar?) The teaser reveals that "Walter Blunt will do a line *if politely offered." Starz has already given the show two seasons, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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TruTV gives pilot order to 'Shaq Inq.' starring Shaquille O'Neal

23 January 2015 11:40 AM, PST

Let's hope you have a big TV screen, because Shaquille O'Neal is headed straight for it. TruTV announced today that it's ordered the pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title). With a pilot written by Jeremy Garelick, the show is described in a press release as "a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal." The half-hour comedy will follow O'Neal and his team as they work to balance O'Neal's many business ventures and impress the superstar. Mike Tollin is set to executive produce alongside O'Neal. »


- Samantha Highfill

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See an exclusive poster for 'Secrets and Lies' -- with intel from Ryan Phillippe

23 January 2015 9:01 AM, PST

In ABC's upcoming drama Secrets and Lies, Ryan Phillippe plays Ben Crawford, a regular guy who finds the body of a neighborhood child during his morning run. By the end of the day, he's somehow become the police's number one suspect for the crime. Co-starring Juliette Lewis as the straight-laced detective determined to get to the bottom of the child's death, the show is set for a 10-episode run starting on March 1; the end of season one will wrap up Ben's storyline and reveal the young boy's murderer. So what was it about this show that intrigued Phillippe, an actor known mostly for film? »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Backstrom' premiere ratings: Well, they're not bad...

23 January 2015 8:26 AM, PST

Fox rolled out its second big new midseason drama series Thursday night, this one starring Rainn Wilson as a brilliant detective who is also total jerk (or, if you live in the Los Angeles area, a "total dick," per Fox's marketing team). Backstrom delivered 8 million viewers and a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49. Nowadays, broadcasters are relieved by any ratings with a least a "2" in front of it, so this one squeaks over the bar by that measure. Backstrom also out-performed the premiere of Fox's last "brilliant professional who's not a nice person" Thursday drama—last year's short-lived Rake—by 18 percent. »


- James Hibberd

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We drink three rounds with the guys from 'Workaholics'

23 January 2015 6:32 AM, PST

The title of their show is meant to be ironic—or at the least a portmanteau of "working" and "alcoholics"—but the three stars of Comedy Central's ­Workaholics show up late at night and sober, having just pulled a double shift. We're on the patio of Hollywood's Black bar, and the boys are relaxing after a grueling day of shooting a fifth season, which premiered Jan. 14. Adam DeVine, 31, Blake Anderson, 30, and Anders Holm, 33, play Adam, Blake, and Anders: three inveterate bros who have mastered the art of underachievement. But these comedians aren't slackers, pursuing individual careers with spots on »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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'Backstrom' react: The Fox anti-hero trend continues

22 January 2015 7:00 PM, PST

Fox loves protagonists who audiences hate to love, and at times, the prickly but brilliant anti-hero motif has been a huge hit for the network. House was a cornerstone of Fox for years, with smaller hits like Lie to Me lasting only a few seasons, and duds like Rake… well, even Fox has forgotten about Rake. Backstrom follows in that mold with another surly but brilliant mind at the forefront. Detective Everett Backstrom, played by Rainn Wilson, is a Portland detective in the Special Crimes Unit who makes wild leaps based on intuition, has an attitude more prickly than a hedgehog's back, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Behind the Scenes: Mark Duplass' 'Togetherness' spanking scene involved 3 cameras, 0 flesh-tone thongs

22 January 2015 12:32 PM, PST

Before shooting the spanking scene in last Sunday's episode of Togetherness, Mark Duplass, the show's co-creator and star, had a discussion with Melanie Lynskey, who plays his on screen wife. "I was like, look, due to the blocking of this, which is the right blocking choice, you're going to be seeing things that I don't think even my wife has seen necessarily," he told EW. "I just want to apologize to you off the bat for that. She was like, 'Oh, please. I live to do scenes like this; this is my favorite stuff.'" The scene required Duplass to »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Couples get it on -- then learn how to do it better -- in 'Sex Box' trailer

22 January 2015 11:43 AM, PST

A box might not seem like the most romantic place to have sex, but that's where We tv show Sex Box sends couples who need to work on their intimacy issues—and in front of a live studio audience, no less. The titular sex box is soundproof and camera-free, though, so viewers don't actually see the action happen. But the couple does exit the box post-sex—silk pajamas and all—to talk with a panel of experts, including a sex therapist and a couples' counselor, about their relationship experiences both in and outside the box. »

- Ariana Bacle

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Benedict Cumberbatch finally goes full Sherlock in new photo

22 January 2015 11:36 AM, PST

Benedict Cumberbatch has played Sherlock Holmes for years, and occasionally donned that famous deerstalker cap. But has the actor ever looked so... Sherlock-ian? Here's the actor filming the BBC/PBS fan favorite series at Gloucester Cathedral in Britain on Thursday in extremely Arthur Conan Doyle / Victorian-esque garb (full photo below). Sherlock is likely to return sometime this year for a special one-off episode (which Cumberbatch and co-star Martin Freeman are currently filming) and then we'll probably get season four in 2016 (though neither date has been confirmed). Now all he needs is a magnifying glass. »


- James Hibberd

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'Time' examines the political message of 'Parks and Recreation'

22 January 2015 11:11 AM, PST

Parks and Recreation has entered its final season, leaving fans and critics wondering what it all means. Over at Time, James Poniewozik writes that the adventures of Pawnee's civil servants are really about "about the importance of community, the idea that people need each other, that when you help someone, you’re also helping to make yourself better." The last remnant of NBC's era of sitcom greatness is unquestionably a political show, but not in the same way as Aaron Sorkin's idealistic The West Wing or the Machiavellian drama of House of Cards. Instead, Poniewozik writes, the sitcom provides »


- Christian Holub

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'Supergirl' found: CBS casts 'Glee' actress

22 January 2015 10:30 AM, PST

After an extensive search, CBS has cast its Supergirl. The network has signed Glee actress Melissa Benoist in the starring role of Kara Zor-El in its series version of the classic comic-book story. Benoist played Marley Rose in seasons four and five of Fox's Glee and was also in the 2014 indie film Whiplash. The show's official description: "Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the »


- James Hibberd and Natalie Abrams

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'Backstrom,' '12 Monkeys,' and why toxic Gen Xers just need to die already

22 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST

From Homer Simpson to Gregory House, Profit to Rake, Lie To Me to Gracepoint, the Fox Broadcasting Company has a history of trying to amuse Americans with protagonists who act like total dicks—to varying degrees of prickishness, and with varying degrees of success. They aren't alone in this, of course. In fact, television has turned the total dick into such a thing that Fox can market Backstrom, the network's latest offering in the genre, with the line "Brilliant Detective, Total Dick"—at least in Los Angeles. Other cities get "Brilliant Detective, Total Jerk." Appreciate that Fox thinks only Angelenos can handle dick humor. »


- Jeff Jensen

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'Hannibal' season 3 first trailer -- exclusive

22 January 2015 9:59 AM, PST

Ready for an amuse-bouche from Hannibal season three? Below is a teaser trailer with the first batch of footage from the third season of NBC's acclaimed, cult-favorite thriller. The trailer shows Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) obsessively hunting Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) in what we assume is Florence, Italy. Expect the new season to mine elements from Thomas HarrisHannibal novels, including Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon. According to showrunner Bryan Fuller, the series will mash up elements from the books in a unique way—including revealing a very different origin story for the good doctor. Though you're going to »


- James Hibberd

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There's hope for Elena's memories: 'Vampire Diaries' producers share 8 tidbits of what's to come

22 January 2015 9:55 AM, PST

When we last left Mystic Falls, Liz had been diagnosed with cancer, and Elena had found herself trapped with a very powerful Kai behind a cloaking spell. And when we pick back up the next morning, not much has changed: Caroline is still trying to find a supernatural way to save her mother, and Elena is still trying to get to Damon. Add in the introduction of Sarah Salvatore and a farewell to Jeremy, and you've got a pretty packed hour—even with the subtraction of a few shirtless Stefan scenes. We sat down with Vampire Diaries executive producers Julie Plec »


- Samantha Highfill

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Adam Brody flirts with his stepsister in first 'Billy & Billie' teaser

22 January 2015 8:39 AM, PST

In Billy & Billie, Adam Brody and Lisa Joyce play two people who have fallen in love. The only issue: They're stepsiblings. The new show from Neil Labute, which has already been given a 10-episode order from DirecTV, will follow Billy and Billie as they navigate the ups and downs of a relationship, with the added complication of the whole possible-incest thing. EW has an exclusive sneak peek of the show's first teaser, in which Billy and Billie try to hide their relationship. Billy & Billie premieres Tuesday, March 3 at 8 p.m. on DirecTV's Audience Network. »


- Samantha Highfill

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