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Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ to Premiere September 26 in U.S. and U.K.

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Amazon’s new original comedy “Transparent” will premiere on Friday, September 26 in the U.S. and the U.K. through Prime Instant Video, the site announced Wednesday. All ten episodes will be released at once.

The series is written, directed and produced by Jill Soloway and stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. The story centers around the Pfeffermans — a Los Angeles family forced to deal with their long-held secrets together. Tambor stars as Maura, who has spent her life as Mort — the Pfefferman family patriarch. When she reintroduces herself to her family, everyone’s secrets finally start to come out. This includes her ex-wife Shelly (Light), and their children; meandering Ali (Hoffmann), record producer Josh (Duplass), and sexually conflicted Sarah (Landecker). Each family member spins in a different direction as they begin to figure out who they are going to become.

Recurring guest stars include Bradley Whitford, »


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'Night Court' alum cast as Lindsay's mom on 'Chicago P.D.'

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We’re about to find out if Chicago P.D.’s Lindsay has mommy issues.

Night Court and Hearts Afire alum Markie Post has been tapped to play Erin Lindsay’s mom, Bunny, for a multi-episode arc on the NBC drama, EW has confirmed. A bartender in a dive bar, Bunny has been estranged from her daughter, but looks to reconnect now that she’s in a new relationship.

Post will first appear in the season 2 premiere, airing Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC. »


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The Next ‘Bachelor’ is Chris Soules

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ABC’s next “Bachelor” is Chris Soules, the network confirmed Wednesday morning. Soules was announced as the newest headliner of the long-running reality dating series on “Good Morning America.”

After making it to the final three in Andi Dorfman’s season of “The Bachelorette,” Soules will again vie for love in season 19 of the “Bachelor” franchise, and believes he can “absolutely” find love again after being rejected by Dorfman. “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t feel like that was a potential,” he insisted on “Gma.”

After getting the offer, Soules admitted that, “I was humbled, flattered, grateful. Coming from a small town, I’d never really expected to have this opportunity to be on either show, let alone be the lead on ‘The Bachelor,’ so it’s been awesome.”

The 32-year-old farmer hails from Arlington, Iowa and said that coming into the new season, “My focus is »

- Laura Prudom

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'True Blood' star Kristin Bauer van Straten returning to 'Once Upon a Time' for major arc

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Kristin Bauer van Straten has booked a return trip to Once Upon a Time.

EW has learned exclusively that the True Blood alum will reprise her dastardly role as villain Maleficent during the second half of Once’s upcoming season.

Could this mean that Maleficent will be season 4’s other big villain after the Frozen storyline? It’s unclear as of now, but Bauer will be back as a recurring guest star for a big arc, so here’s hoping this means the show will dive more into her past, as well as Aurora’s history.

The last we saw of Maleficent, »


- Natalie Abrams

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Exclusive: 'Friends' Central Perk pop-up coffee shop hits Manhattan

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It’s been 20 years since Friends first hit the airwaves, and TV has yet to produce as iconic a coffee shop as the one where Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and—Joey, I think?—spent most of their days.

Now, fans can get a chance to feel like one of the gang, so long as they travel to New York City this autumn. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to »


- Marc Snetiker

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New Survivor Cast Includes Race Twins, Baseball Bad Boy, Clay Aiken's Ex

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CBS on Wednesday unveiled the nine teams competing on the upcoming 29th season of Survivor — and it’s already clear this island is going to be no paradise.

Related Rising Star Finale Recap: And the ‘Winner’ Is…

Among the lot is former baseball star John Rocker — who famously badmouthed New York City and its gay, culturally diverse residents — and Broadway star Reed Kelly, who was romantically linked to former American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken. (Those two should get along swimmingly.)

Keep reading to see all 18 contestants, then drop a comment with your initial thoughts on the bunch.

Brothers:

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NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ Rises Tuesday; Special ‘Bachelor’ Boosts ABC

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NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was the dominant program in Tuesday’s ratings race, matching its August high and carrying the net to an easy victory in key demos.

The Peacock opened with “Food Fighters” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall), which was up a tenth for a three-week demo high. And from 9 to 11 p.m., the net swept all categories with “America’s Got Talent” (2.1/7 in 18-49, 9.4 million viewers overall), which was up 5% from last week’s national average and 11% above its prelim score (1.9). “Talent” hasn’t done a higher 18-49 rating since a July 29 installment earned a 2.4.

At ABC, a special two-hour episode of Monday reality series “Bachelor in Paradise” (1.3/5 in 18-49, 4.8 million viewers overall) outperformed in the demo every episode of “Extreme Weight Loss” to air in the 8-10 p.m. time period since its May 27 premiere; it also bested every “Weight Loss” in total viewers. The »


- Rick Kissell

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Welcome to Sweden Exclusive Sneak Peek: Amy Poehler Is A Real Douche

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For Thursday's big Welcome to Sweden season finale, star Greg Poehler once again enlisted his sister, Parks and Rec's Amy Poehler, to play a douched-up version of herself. In this exclusive sneak preview of the first of two back-to-back episodes, Amy berates Bruce for wanting to return to his fiancé in Sweden. (Imagine if the passion and tenacity of Leslie Knope were used for evil instead of good.)

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Watch the 'Grey's Anatomy' cast dance it out in the season 10 gag reel

1 hour ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Grey’s Anatomy fans might not believe it, but Sandra Oh’s last season on set wasn’t overflowing with “remember when” stories and goodbyes. In fact, things at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital were the same as they’ve always been: Full of drama onscreen, and full of laughter (and strange noises) offscreen.

Before season 10’s DVD release Sept. 2, we’ve got an exclusive first look at its gag reel—in which Oh may or may not fire someone. (Spoiler: She’s kidding.) »


- Samantha Highfill

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Full 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' cast and twists (Exile Island) revealed

1 hour ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed six of the players who would be competing on Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Now the rest of the cast — which is comprised of pairs of loved ones — that will be challenging for the million dollars can be announced as well. In addition to previously disclosed controversial former baseball player John Rocker and his girlfriend Julie McGee, Amazing Race twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, and Broadway boyfriends Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, there will be 12 other contestants.

Originally there were supposed to be 20 contestants total, but one pair was forced »


- Dalton Ross

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Controversial Mlb Player, Amazing Race Twins Join the Survivor: San Juan del Sur Cast

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It's a family affair this fall as Survivor storms the beaches of Nicaragua for Survivor: San Juan del Sur. The 29th season of the CBS reality franchise (premiering Wednesday, Sept. 24, 8/7c) resurrects last year's fan-favorite Blood vs. Water twist, this time pitting 18 brand new contestants against each other and their family members. But fans of reality television will recognize two faces: twin sisters Natalie and Nadiya Anderson, who have already appeared on two cycles of The Amazing Race.

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- Rob Moynihan

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Hulu Acquires ‘Party Down,’ Will Stream Entire Series

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Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to Starz’s cult comedy “Party Down,” it was announced Wednesday.

From Friday, August 29, every episode of “Party Down” will be made available on Hulu Plus, while the first five episodes will be available for a limited time on Hulu.com, which is free and ad-supported for non-subscribers.

Party Down” premiered on Starz in 2009, and features an enviable ensemble of actors, including Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr and Megan Mullally. The show was created by “Veronica Mars” mastermind Rob Thomas and follows the story of a group of Hollywood acting wannabes who make ends meet by working for a Los Angeles catering company.

“Hulu is a top destination for great, cult comedies, which is why ‘Party Down’ is the perfect addition to the Hulu library. We know our viewers will enjoy watching some of their favorite actors »


- Laura Prudom

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David Chase finally reveals Tony's fate on 'The Sopranos'

1 hour ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

For the past seven years, the final scene of The Sopranos has had viewers and fans scratching their heads over what the heck happened. It was perhaps the most divisive series finale of all time, leading legions of people to think their televisions went out and spawning a plethora of close readings of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Did the guy in the ‘Members Only’ jacket whack him? Were the onion rings a crispy and delicious source of symbolism about the circle of life for Tony? What was up with Meadow’s parallel parking? Questions about that scene never ceased, »


- Teresa Jue

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Young & Hungry's Emily Osment Teases 'Huge' Wedding Finale Cliffhanger

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Josh’s wedding day finally arrives (early!) on Wednesday’s Young & Hungry finale (ABC Family, 8/7c), and star Emily Osment admits to TVLine that her character is “not exactly as ready as everybody else is for him to get married.”

Related Young & Hungry‘s Ashley Tisdale on Playing Gay, Leaving Sharpay Behind

After all, a ring on Josh’s finger would mean the end of his will-they-won’t-they (again) relationship with Gabi, which Osment hopes to explore in future seasons.

“Because Josh is a little older, and a little out of her league, being with him might mature her,” she says of Gabi. »


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First look: Joan Collins on the set of 'The Royals'

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Yesterday, we got a look at the trailer for E!’s first ever scripted drama, The Royals, and the life of Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley), who has her hands full trying to keep her royal children’s names—and sometimes, their body parts—out of the tabloids. But behind every powerful woman is the powerful woman who raised her, and for Helena, that’s the Grand Duchess of Oxford, played by Dynasty star Joan Collins.

Now, EW has an exclusive first look at Collins on the Royals set with Hurley and Alexandra Park, who plays Collins’ granddaughter (and tabloid star), Princess Eleanor. »


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Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani, more say goodbye to 'Chelsea Lately'

2 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Ellen DeGeneres never appeared on Chelsea Lately during the show’s seven-year run, so she took the series finale as an opportunity to ask host Chelsea Handler why—while Handler was showering.

“Is it because I’m a lesbian?” DeGeneres asks a completely naked Handler, who then acts like she had no idea DeGeneres is gay. “I thought you were married to Ryan Seacrest,” Handler replies before claiming she herself is a lesbian. “I live with a lesbian, actually, a confirmed lesbian. We have two dogs.” The argument continues until Handler insists she’s totally cool with being in a »


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Keith Olbermann to switch ESPN2 timeslots, return to 'SportsCenter'

3 hours ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Keith Olbermann had some big news on the first anniversary of his ESPN2 show, Olbermann.

Starting on Sept.8, Olbermann’s timeslot will shift from 11 p.m. Et to 5 p.m. Et, and switch from a hourlong format to a half-hour-long format, freeing up time for the commentator to host segments of Espn’s SportsCenter. Olbermann previously hosted SportsCenter from 1992 until 1997, when he left under contentious circumstances with Espn.

Video: The announcement – we're moving to 5 pm as of 9/8, and I'll be doing some SportsCenters too #BigShowRedux j.mp/1tBGqcr— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 27, 2014 »


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Discovery’s Andrew Jackson Joins Plimsoll Productions

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Plimsoll Productions has added veteran unscripted TV producer Andrew Jackson as executive vice president of international production and has signed with William Morris Endeavor for representation, the UK-based production company announced Wednesday.

Jackson will report directly to Plimsoll chief executive Grant Mansfield, working with Mansfield and the company’s agents at Wme to to develop a U.S. expansion strategy for Plimsoll.

“Andrew is a leader in factual/non-fiction documentary filmmaking, has more than two decades experience of working in the U.S. market and is the perfect executive to help Plimsoll expand Stateside,”  said Mansfield. “He is a respected producer, an inspiring storyteller and has a successful track record of innovative programming.”

Jackson joins Plimsoll from Discovery Channel, where he served as Evp of production and development of landmark series and specials. Prior to Discovery, Jackson worked as managing director for Tigress Productions before serving as head of the »


- Kevin Noonan

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This Week's Cover: An inside look at season 5 of 'The Walking Dead'

3 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Andrew Lincoln has a warning for you: All that gore and action and heartbreak and intensity we’ve seen before on The Walking Dead? Kid stuff. At least when compared to the upcoming fifth season, which is definitely not for kids. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” says Lincoln. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.”

Entertainment Weekly has your first exclusive look at that grown-up season. We went on set and spoke with the cast and the producers to give you »


- Dalton Ross

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The Next Bachelor: Farmer Chris Soules

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Will the farmer take a wife? (Did anyone beat me to that lede…?)

Recent Bachelorette finalist Chris Soules has been anointed ABC’s next Bachelor, for the dating series’ 19th edition (premiering in January 2015).

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Having made it to the final three of Bachelorette Andi’s picks this summer, the 32-year-old, 6-foot-1, blue-eyed Soules is described as a “humble but enormously successful farmer from tiny Arlington, Iowa (pop. 427).”

That’s the sum total of what I could possibly say on the matter. Your thoughts, if any?

Related storiesHas Once Upon a Time's Season 4B Villain Been Revealed. »


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