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‘Agents of Shield’ Casts Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Marvel’s Agents of Shield” has cast Adrianne Palicki as Marvel hero Bobbi Morse (aka Mockingbird) in season 2, Variety has confirmed.

Mockingbird is described as a super-spy who will make her first appearance in the fifth episode of “Shield’s” second season — but she may not be an ally to the newly promoted Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team.

It’s not Palicki’s first superhero role — the “Friday Night Lights” alumna starred as the titular heroine in NBC’s ill-fated “Wonder Woman” pilot, and appeared in The CW’s scuttled “Aquaman” pilot in 2006. She reunited with “Fnl” showrunner Jason Katims last season for a recurring role on NBC’s “About A Boy,” which she will reprise in season two.

Palicki joins other season 2 cast additions including Lucy Lawless as Isabelle Hartley, a veteran Shield agent; Nick Blood as mercenary Lance Hunter; Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, a Hydra »

- Laura Prudom

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FX Renews The Strain

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In what could probably be considered a no-brainer type of decision, FX has picked up “The Strain” for a 13-episode second season. Based on a series of books co-written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, “The Strain” follows the Center for Disease Control’s New York-based Canary Team, consisting of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll),  Dr. Nora …

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- Melanie McFarland

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Law & Order: Svu Season 16 First Look: Meet Olivia Benson's New Protégé

18 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s never easy being the new guy on the team — a fact Peter Scanavino‘s character will learn the hard way when Law & Order: Svu returns next month.

TVLine has an exclusive first look at the NBC procedural’s Season 16 squad, which includes guest star Scanavino (Person of InterestThe Blacklist) as Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr., newly assigned to Manhattan Svu after a few months working in other boroughs’ special victims units. Olivia will reluctantly take him under her wing »

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Richard Branson to cameo on 'The Simpsons'

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

Last month at Comic-Con, producers of The Simpsons announced that Tesla mastermind Elon Musk would be dropping into Springfield this season to serve as a thorn in Mr. Burns’ financial side. Now it appears that another extremely rich dude is going to match wits with the town’s terrible tycoon. Virgin founder Richard Branson has recorded a cameo as himself for an upcoming episode of the animated comedy, EW has learned.

Richard Branson is the Flanders to Mr. Burns,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “He’s Mr. Burns’ nosy neighbor.”

The episode featuring Branson—who was briefly depicted in »

- Dan Snierson

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Bow Wow joins 'CSI: Cyber' as series regular

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

Shad Moss, better known as rapper Bow Wow, no longer wants to be like Mike. Rather, his newest role is that of an online hacker on the upcoming CSI spinoff CSI: Cyber.

Moss has joined CSI: Cyber as a series regular, playing the role of Brody “Baby Face” Nelson. His character is described as “a cyber-intrusion savant,” or in other words, a really, really good hacker who’s ordered by a judge to work with Patricia Arquette’s Special Agent Avery Ryan. With jail as his only other option, Nelson agrees to help on with a cyber case. His series-long »

- Samantha Highfill

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TV Review: ‘The Intruders’

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Very “X-Files”-ish in tone (and featuring some prominent alums of that show among its producers), “The Intruders” is another moody, macabre drama that proves too stingy about disgorging its secrets. Adapted from Michael Marshall Smith’s novel, the series involves, as the press notes explain, “a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others,” without really making clear the rules through two rather violent episodes. Fans of the genre might be more patient about where this serialized story is heading, but those confined to one lifetime should think twice before potentially squandering some of it on this.

Set in the Pacific Northwest, this British production has most of its cast adopting Yank accents, presumably for the practical purpose of securing Canadian tax credits. Developed by Glen Morgan (and counting his brother Darin, another “X-Files” veteran, among its producers), the series stars John Simm »

- Brian Lowry

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Halt and Catch Fire Gets Season 2

44 minutes ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There will be no Blue Screen of Death for Halt and Catch Fire. Rather, AMC has renewed the retro drama about PC pioneers for Season 2.

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“This is a show about invention, experimentation and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground — themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” AMC president Charlie Collier said in a statement. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see »

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AMC Renews ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ for Season 2

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AMC has ordered a second season of drama “Halt and Catch Fire,” to air next summer.

“Halt” had been on the fence for a pickup as total viewership was modest. But AMC execs said the period drama set in the world of the 1980s computer biz  had enough of a hard-core following coupled with a generally strong reception from critics to warrant a renewal. Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe and Mackenzie Davis star.

“This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground – themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” said AMC prexy Charlie Collier.  “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time. We see that opportunity here and look forward to a second season of ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ from »

- Cynthia Littleton

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ABC's 'Selfie' pilot is now available to stream online

46 minutes ago | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

The pilot episode of Selfie, ABC’s new comedy inspired by My Fair Lady, is now available to stream on Hulu weeks ahead of its September premiere.

The show follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social-media maven who has thousands of followers in her internet life but no friends in her real life. To remedy this problem, she turns to marketing expert Henry (John Cho) to help her go from a technology-obsessed internet celebrity to someone who can connect with humans in the real world.

Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek is the show’s writer, with Julie Anne Robinson directing.

Selfie premieres September 30 on ABC. »

- Ariana Bacle

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See Mark Wahlberg with the real Turtle and Johnny Drama (in China)

50 minutes ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Tonight’s episode of Wahlburgers finds esteemed youngest child Mark Wahlberg in Hong Kong promoting his new movie. And he’s not alone: As you can see from the photo above, he’s joined by best pals Henry “Nacho” Laun and Johnny “Drama” Alves. Or should I say: Real-Life Turtle and Real-Life Johnny Drama. The guy on the far right is Henry Penzi, who let’s pretend is Real-Life Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

While they’re in Hong Kong, Wahlberg sends Johnny Drama to audition for a local commercial, while Nacho scouts out a new restaurant location. So, confirmation: Mark Wahlberg’s life is Entourage, »

- Darren Franich

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Saved By the Bell Turns 25: Tara Reid and 14 Other Forgotten Guest Stars

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With Lifetime’s hot-mess biopic on the way, much negativity is being shone upon the late, great Saved By The Bell. So on this, the 25th anniversary of the franchise, TVLine is choosing to remember the good times.

Related Lifetime’s Saved By the Bell Tell-All Teaser: Hot TV Event or Hot Mess?

Specifically, we’re freaking out over how many now-familiar faces we didn’t realize were part of the Bell universe. Sure, everybody remembers Mark-Paul Gosselaar as lovable d-bag Zack Morris, but does anyone remember Scott Wolf in the pivotal role of unnamed glee club member? Or a »

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Jessie's Debby Ryan Reflects on Her 'Fulfilling,' Landmark Directing Debut

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For this Friday’s episode of Jessie, Debby Ryan not only starred as the titular nanny but also served as director — making her, at age 21, the youngest female to ever helm a Disney Channel project.

Related Disney Channel Renews Jessie for Season 4

In the above exclusive featurette, Ryan (who also is a producer on the show) reflects on the road that led to her Jessie directing debut, discusses some of the decisions one must make when shaping a sitcom, and all in all hails the experience as “the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done.”

“We knew Debby would do a good job, »

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The Walking Dead Video: The Carol-Tyreese Horror You Didn't See!

1 hour ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Just when the shocks were wearing off, the countdown to the Aug. 26 release of The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD, Blu-ray and Limited Edition Blu-Ray (with “Tree Walker” packaging!) brings a new jolt: a deleted scene in which we glimpse still more of the horrors that befell Carol and Tyreese during their doomed stint as surrogate parents to Lizzie and Mika.

Video The Walking Dead Trio Preview the “Most Intense Six Minutes Ever”

I’d warn you that it’s icksome, but since we both know you’ll be ordering the five-disc set with its plentiful extras, »

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Univision Wins Second Straight Week Among Young Adults

2 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC again edged ahead of its Big Four rivals in adults 18-49 last week, but Univision has made it two straight frames as the top-rated network overall in the key demo.

With its year-round slate of firstrun telenovelas, the Spanish-language Univision typically stacks up better relative to the major networks in the summer than during the traditional TV season. It won a couple of times last summer too.

The network is especially dominant among the younger 18-34 segment of the prime 18-49 demo, and has now won four consecutive weeks in this age group.

Discovery, meanwhile, led cable in key demos with its Shark Week — setting ratings records for the event in women 18-49, women 25-54 and adults 25-54. It also stood as the No. 1 network on all of television in men 18-49.

Overall, according to “live plus same-day” Nielsen estimates for the week of Aug. 11-17, Univision finished on »

- Rick Kissell

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Suits Midseason Finale: Where Does Louis Go From Here?

2 hours ago | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Suits creator Aaron Korsh is guessing you had the same thought he did after last week's episode.

"After we finished shooting it, I was like, 'Can this just be the summer finale?'" Korsh tells TVGuide.com. "It really could've ended right there and it would've made sense."

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Despite saving the firm from the SEC last week (watch it here), Louis (Rick Hoffman) couldn't get back into Jessica's (Gina Torres) good graces for his ...

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- Joyce Eng

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China’s Xi Jinping Seeks Launch of New Media Clusters

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China’s president Xi Jinping has called for the establishment of several new media companies, and a possible reshaping pf China’s media landscape.

“Several new media groups that have strength, communication capacity, credibility and are influential should be established,” Xi said, in a report carried by official news agency Xinhua.

Xi said that the new groups should be “diversified,” “advanced,” and “competitive” and said that state authorities should properly integrate and manage traditional and new media.”

He was speaking after the annual closed door meeting of top Communist Party leaders in the seaside resort of Beidahe and following a succession of arrests of senior managers and editors suspected of corruption at the state-owned broadcast behemoth China Central Television.

His plans were kept vague, uncosted and without a timetable.

They appear to suggest that the Communist party and central government are intent on maintaining a controlling voice in Chinese media »

- Patrick Frater

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'America's Got Talent' Predictions: Who Will Be the Final 5 to Advance from the Quarterfinals?

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It's the end of an era, or at least the end of the quarterfinals for America's Got Talent's season 9. The last 12 acts took aim and fired their performances in the direction of all those in attendance at Radio City Music Hall and across the screens of millions of viewers. And those watching at home either found it very easy or very hard to vote this week.

Full disclosure, people: sadly, I expected a lot more high-quality entertainment than we've seen these past several weeks, and this week was no exception.


- editor@buddytv.com

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Mega Buzz: The New Doctor Who and Sons' and Boardwalk's Final Seasons

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Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What can you tell me about Twelve and Clara's dynamic on Doctor Who? — Aisha

Things will be very different between the pair now that the Doctor — to put it gently — has a few more years on him. In fact, without her schoolgirl crush influencing her, Clara begins to come into her own and be more assertive in their relationship. "I think she succeeds in dominating him, telling him what to do," Peter Capaldi teases. But don't expect him to be a total pushover. "She can only get so far with that," Capaldi says. "Then he'll turn. He often turns."

What is Juice up to when the new season of Sons of Anarchy begins? — Luke

Since he both "betrayed" Jax and killed the sheriff to protect Gemma, he's understandably keeping a low profile. »

- Adam Bryant

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Emmys Host Seth Meyers: Jokes, Not Selfies, Will Determine Show’s Success

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Less than a year into his tenure at NBC’s “Late Night,” Seth Meyers will take the stage Monday night as host of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. The job has plenty riding on it: Last year’s Neil Patrick Harris-hosted ceremony brought in the kudofest’s highest ratings in eight years, while this year’s Oscars– complete with Ellen DeGeneres’ famous selfie photo — was the highest rated of that ceremony in 14 years. Is Meyers up to the task? He recently spoke with Variety about the upcoming awards show, which airs live at at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on NBC.

Jimmy Fallon had success when he hosted the Emmys in 2010 and “SNL” vets Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did so well at the Golden Globes. Is there something about  “Saturday Night Live” that prepares you for being a good awards show host?

The “SNL” schedule certainly helps »

- Whitney Friedlander

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Eva Longoria to Guest Star on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

13 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Eva Longoria has been tapped to guest star in a three-episode arc in the second season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

Longoria will play Sophia, a defense attorney who battles Jake (Andy Samberg) in court, catching his eye in the process. She joins other confirmed guest stars for the Fox comedy’s upcoming season, including Kyra Sedgwick, Terrell Owens and Jenny Slate.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” second season will see dramatic changes from its season one plotlines. It will follow cliffhangers during season one’s finale that involve Jake’s admittance of his feelings for detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) and Jake’s new assignment to go undercover for an FBI investigation.

Known for her Golden Globe-nominated role in “Desperate Housewives,” Longoria stars in the border film “Frontera,” which will receive U.S. distribution by Magnolia Pictures in 2014. She also exec produced the Screen Gems farm worker documentary “Food Chains” and the Lifetime series “Devious Maids. »

- Sebastian Torrelio

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