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Julian McMahon Joins Syfy Miniseries ‘Childhood’s End’

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Syfy has brought aboard Julian McMahon for the upcoming six-hour “Childhood’s End” miniseries, which is slated to premiere in 2015.

The “Nip/Tuck” actor will star opposite Daisy Betts (“Shutter”), the cabler announced Wednesday.

“Childhood’s End,” adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel, follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, who begin decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

McMahon stars as Rupert Boyce, an American entrepreneur, and Betts will play Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel), the most influential person in the world.

McMahon and Betts join previously announced cast members Vogel, Ashley Zukerman, Charles Dance, Osy Ikhile and Yael Stone.

“Childhood’s End” will be adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s “Life on Mars”). Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend,” “Paranormal Activity”), Mike De Luca (“Captain Philips,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) and Alissa Phillips (“Moneyball, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘The Flash’ Sets ‘Sleepy Hollow’s’ Nicholas Gonzalez in Guest Role

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The Flash” has added another DC Comics character to the second half of its freshman season.

Nicholas Gonzalez, who had a recurring role on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” will make his debut on the CW superhero show on episode 16, titled “Rogue Time” — the same episode on which “The Tomorrow People” alum Peyton List will first appear, Variety confirmed on Dec. 16.

Gonzalez will play Dante, the older, charming and savvy brother of Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), TVLine first reported. Dante is the family favorite child, but always secretly resented Cisco’s success.

Gonzalez recently guest starred on CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” He also had a recurring role on the network’s 2009 “Melrose Place” remake.

The Flash” returns to CW on Jan. 20.


- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Actor Stephen Collins Admits to Molesting Underage Girls

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“7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins has admitted to molesting three underage girls decades ago.

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret,” Collins told People magazine in a statement. “I have been working to atone for it ever since. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.”

The molestation allegations against the actor surfaced in October when TMZ published an audio recording of Collins talking about inappropriate contact with three underage girls between 1973 and 1994. The fallout was swift for the actor known for playing the wholesome minister and patriarch of “7th Heaven.”

Collins was quickly fired from a role in the comedy “Ted 2,” and he lost a guest shot on ABC’s “Scandal.” Reruns of “7th Heaven” were also pulled from Up TV’s lineup.

The Los Angeles Police Department had previously investigated an incident involving Collins in 2012 but closed it soon afterward. »

- Variety Staff

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Exclusive Covert Affairs Sneak Peek: Will Annie Kill Belenko?

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To kill or not to kill?

That's the dilemma Annie (Piper Perabo) is faced with on Covert Affairs' Season 5 finale (Thursday, 10/9c, USA). Joan (Kari Matchett) wants Annie to bring Belenko (Shawn Doyle) in alive, but with the Russian Vega Force cornering them in Buenos Aires, McQuaid (Nic Bishop) thinks they should cut their losses, so to speak, to ensure his and Annie's safe escape. Annie, though, is a bit torn.

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- Joyce Eng

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TVLine Items: Scorpion Recruits Jag Star, Amy Adams' SNL Promos & More

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Former Jag star David James Elliott is returning to the network he once called home.

Elliot will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Scorpion, according to The Hollywood Reporter, playing a former Secret Service agent named Bruce Jones. When terrorists threaten to break into a nuclear missile silo, Bruce turns to the Scorpion gang to recover an important, 15-year-old memory.

It’s possible Bruce could become a recurring character.

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* Dax Shepard (Parenthood) will pay a second visit to NBC’s About a Boy in the Jan. 13 episode, according to THR. Shepard »

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David Letterman’s ‘Late Show’ Farewell Starts Friday With A Simple Christmas Song

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Darlene Love gets lots of offers around this time of year to belt out her well-worn Yuletide hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” made famous by its appearance on a 1963 album of holiday songs produced by the legendary Phil Spector. She has given serious consideration to just one for the last 28 years: David Letterman’s.

Next year, she will have to make new plans.

When Love (pictured above) sings her song on CBS’ “The Late Show” this Friday, she will be sounding a different kind of note.  Letterman’s annual “Holiday Show” will mark the start of the durable late-night program’s farewell. Letterman has announced he will step down after CBS broadcasts its May 20 episode, which means that this Friday’s  telecast  will stand as “a real iconic moment, “ said Bill Scheft, a writer who has been with Letterman since 1991, during a recent appearance on a panel at The Paley Center for Media. »

- Brian Steinberg

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Covert Affairs Finale Sneak Peek: Can Calder Keep Auggie Safe?

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Auggie may be on his way home, but he’s far from out of danger on Thursday’s season finale of Covert Affairs (USA Network, 10/9c), especially when Calder loses track of one major threat to his safety.

In TVLine’s exclusive video, Calder goes after Langer, the man doing Belenko’s bidding on American soil, but unfortunately, the enemy is one step ahead of the CIA.

Press Play to watch the sneak peek, then hit the comments with your thoughts on Auggie’s well-being.

Related storiesWhite Collar's Matt Bomer & Tim DeKay on Series Finale 'Twists,' Movie »

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The Goldbergs Enlists Charlie Sheen to Reprise His Ferris Bueller Role

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Charlie Sheen is getting in trouble with the law again.

The former Two and a Half Men star will pay homage to his Ferris Bueller’s Day Off character during The Goldbergs‘ upcoming tribute episode to the 1986 film, People reports.

In the John Hughes classic, Sheen appeared as “Boy in the Police Station,” who was told by Bueller’s sister (played by Jennifer Grey) to “blow [himself].”

On the ABC comedy, it will be Barry’s sis, Erica, who runs into Sheen’s character after ratting out her brother for faking being sick in an attempt to create his own Bueller-esque day off. »

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Lena Dunham won the red carpet this year (by losing it)

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It's been 13 years since Björk laid an egg at the Academy Awards. And if the Oscars', Emmys', and Golden Globes' red carpets are the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Gowns, that's nearly 40 nights of appropriate and borrowed, jewel-toned and fish-tailed, corporate-sponsored parade floats accessorized with diamonds, security guards, and phonetically spelled designer names for E! Entertainment's "mani cam" (Moh-neek Luh-hoo-lee-ay). As award show arrivals have morphed into a shameless interstate billboard—stars can earn a cool million for their jewelry choices alone—red carpet fashion has in turn become a bland gated community filled with highly rehearsed Vanna Whites pretending they actually picked out their clothes. »

- Jason Sheeler

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Arrow, Once, NCIS, The 100, Vampire Diaries, Gotham, Bones, H50, Castle and More

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Who’s due for at least one NCIS encore? Will Arrow‘s Sara be back with a dramatic bang? Why is Gotham turning into a literal circus? Will Rumple‘s hostages be released? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

I missed seeing Dinozzo Sr. during NCIS‘ holiday episodes. Will he be back at all this season? –Diane

You have great timing, because when I asked showrunner Gary Glasberg about it the other day, he and the writers happened to be in the process of breaking the episode that brings Tony’s dad back for another encore, »

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Watch celebrities talk about their favorite holiday movies -- like, you know, 'The Big Lebowski'

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

As the holiday season rolls around, EW got around to asking film and television stars about the movies they like to watch around the holidays. We learned many things about stars' holiday viewing choices, like how depressingly enjoyable Alex Borstein finds the Charlie Brown movies, and how Amber Tamblyn enjoys an annual viewing of The Big Lebowski. Also, Lisa Edelstein does not like holidays! Girlfriends' Guide to Divorcing Holiday Movies is more like it, right? »

- Teresa Jue

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Broadway’s ‘Lady Day’ Will Air on HBO

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Didn’t get a chance to catch Audra McDonald’s Tony-winning (and history-making) performance as Billie Holiday in Broadway’s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”? HBO’s got your back.

The cable network will air a recording of a live performance of “Lady Day” that’s filming this month at New Orleans’ Cafe Brasil with a live audience. An exact air date has yet to be set.

McDonald became the winningest actor in Tony history in the spring when she picked up her sixth acting trophy for “Lady Day,” a biographical play-with-music that includes McDonald’s performances of well-known Holiday standards including “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”

HBO has a long history of airing Broadway fare, either in live performance (as with “Lady Day”) or in telepic adaptations of plays such as “Angels in America” and “Wit.” (“Private Practice” alum McDonald appeared »

- Gordon Cox

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Why You Should Be Watching Graceland

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Graceland, created by Jeff Eastin, and based upon real events, has recently been renewed for a third season by USA Network. However, for some reason, this summer show seemingly fell below most viewers’ radars, which is a shame. If you haven’t given this series a chance already, allow me to re-introduce it to you and present you with some arguments as to why it might be worth your while. Graceland follows the life and work of six undercover agents from the FBI, DEA and Ice, respectively, all of whom live under the same roof, a lavish Southern California beach house called Graceland. This upscale residence was confiscated from a Elvis-Presley-fixated drug lord, who named the property. The series stars Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Ferlito, Manny Montana, Serinda Swan and Brandon Jay McLarenm and these are some of the reason reasons you should be watching this overlooked show. It’s Friends in California and… »

- Chris King

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'Glee' Season 6 Cast Photos

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Official cast photos for the sixth and final season of Glee, which premieres Friday, January 9, 2015, at 8pm on Fox.

From Fox: "Over the last five years, the series has followed a dynamic group of high school students from the halls of McKinley to the mean streets of New York City, as they embarked on life after high school. This season, after her humiliating failure as a TV actress, New Directions' original star, Rachel Berry, comes home to Lima to figure out what she wants to do next. Upon discovering that Sue Sylvester has banished the arts at McKinley, Rachel takes it upon herself to reinstate and lead the glee club. Meanwhile, Blaine Anderson, Sam Evans and Will Schuester have all found surprising new gigs in Ohio. Throughout the season, other alumnae also will return to McKinley." »

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Join in: Robbie Amell of 'The Duff' will answer your questions on EW's Facebook page

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Robbie Amell is getting ready for a busy year: In his spare time outside of playing the recurring role of Firestorm on The Flash, he's appearing alongside Mae Whitman in The Duff. On Wednesday, Amell himself will host a Q&A session at EW’s Facebook page—so come ask him your burning questions. Amell will start answering questions starting at 3:35 p.m. Et. »

- Teresa Jue

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Shonda Rhimes Selected for Writers Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Award

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Shonda Rhimes — creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal,” and executive producer of “How to Get Away with Murder” —  has been selected by the Writers Guild of America West for its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

The trophy will presented at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“Few writers in television have had the impact on the medium that Shonda Rhimes has,” said WGA West President Chris Keyser. “Her ability to create, consistently, television that is, at once, excellent, provocative and crowd-pleasing is almost the least of it. She is a breaker of barriers.”

Keyser noted that Rhimes has given voice to characters who had been voiceless and has been fearless in tackling issues.

“Offscreen, she has been a mentor to a generation of writers – some of whom are women, some of whom are writers »

- Dave McNary

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Fxx to Launch Latenight Animation Block

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Fxx is moving into latenight with an original animation block anchored by “Lucas Bros. Moving Co.” and “Stone Quackers.”

The latenight initiative will launch on Jan. 1 following a daylong “Simpsons” marathon. The block will settle into its regular Thursday midnight slot on Jan. 22.

The heightened presence of animation on Fxx is no surprise as the comedy-themed cabler was turbo-charged in September by the arrival of “Simpsons” reruns. Expanding into latenight animation has been a priority for FX Networks execs, no doubt inspired by the ratings garnered by Adult Swim’s out-there toons.

“Based on the successful launch of ‘The Simpsons’ on Fxx, this is the perfect time to expand our animation offerings and make Fxx the afterhours destination for animated shorts and series,” said Chuck Saftler, COO and president of program strategy for FX Networks.

“Lucas Bros.” and “Quackers” hail from Fox’s Adhd Studios banner, which is designer to »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Watch a spot-on 'Serial' parody from Funny or Die

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On Thursday, true-crime podcast Serial will release its first season's 12th and final episode. Along with producer Julie Snyder, host Sarah Koenig has attempted to determine whether Adnan Syed was wrongfully convicted of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee's 1999 murder. Listeners have started to question if Koenig will even try to cast judgment on the case, given the lack of conclusive evidence. Television and movies have conditioned us for tidy endings, which Serial might not have. A new Funny or Die short pokes fun at that. »

- Eric Renner Brown

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Award Shows Try to Balance Art and Commerce

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Award shows have always wrestled with balancing art and commerce — weighing the noble ability to recognize deserving fare that might not be widely viewed against lauding projects with which more of the audience is familiar, which is generally beneficial ratings-wise.

Yet as original TV series move into the “It’s not even just on TV anymore” phase, those considerations have become even more complicated — and, occasionally, unknowable.

The broadcast networks that share TV rights to the Emmys have long chafed at the bounties harvested by premium cable, particularly HBO, which has at times turned the industry’s annual bash into an extended commercial for pay TV. (The networks enjoyed a mini-resurgence at the most recent Emmys, thanks to such series as “Modern Family” and “The Good Wife.”)

The appetite for original programming, however, has expanded the balloting beyond even HBO’s and Showtime’s niche audiences to the “We’re »

- Brian Lowry

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Fox Faces Challenge to Make ‘American Idol’ Sing

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The red cups are off the judges’ table. Coca-Cola, which struck a landmark ad deal with Fox in 2002 that kept drinking cups emblazoned with the soft-drink company’s logos on the “American Idol” set, has dropped its sponsorship of the show just before it starts its 14th season.

“Coca-Cola and Fox have mutually decided to end their 13-year ‘American Idol’ partnership,” the advertiser and the network said in a statement. “We look forward to working together on new collaborations in the future.” Ford Motor, the last of what was once a troika of big “Idol” sponsors, will stay with the program, though it has trimmed its support in recent seasons. At&T ended its “Idol” association in January.

The departure of Coke underscores the challenge Fox faces to rehabilitate the show in the eyes of viewers and marketers. The pressure is even greater with Fox having a down year overall, »

- Brian Steinberg and Cynthia Littleton

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