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Christian Slater Joins USA’s Cyber Crime Pilot ‘Mr. Robot’
USA is continuing its focus on adding household names to its roster, announcing today that Christian Slater will play the title role in the pilot for its cyber crime thriller “Mr. Robot.”
The project focuses on a young programmer (“24’s” Rami Malek) who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. Slater plays a mysterious anarchist who recruits him into an underground organization intent on bringing down corporate America. It hails from Universal Cable Productions and is executive produced by Sam Esmail (“Comet”), Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (“True Detective”) and Chad Hamilton (“Breakup at a Wedding”), and Niels Arden Oplev (Sweden’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Under The Dome”). Portia Doubleday (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”) also star.
- Whitney Friedlander
Humane Society to honor Darren Aronofsky for using CGI animals in 'Noah'
Darren Aronofsky, who opted to use CGI animals rather than film live ones in Noah, will receive the Humane Society of the United States's first Humane Filmmaker Award at the organization's Nov. 21 "To the Rescue! New York" benefit. According to a press release, the award was "created to recognize Aronofsky’s leadership and commitment to animal protection and welfare." Back in March, the Humane Society hailed Aronofsky's Noah for not using live animals in its depiction of those boarding Noah's ark, and named him the recipient of the inaugural Humane Filmmaker prize. In a statement, Aronofsky said that it became »
- Esther Zuckerman
Showtime Mixes Internet Sensation Rachel Bloom With Seasoned Writer for ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’
Showtime couldn’t be happier that you’ve probably never heard of Rachel Bloom, 26, the star of their new half-hour comedy pilot (with songs!), “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” about a smart lawyer turned self-deluded stalker. For the premium cabler, the freedom to cast a talented unknown signals its growing success.
“It’s a function of the evolution of our network and brand that we no longer have to put pre-established stars into shows to get people to take us seriously as a place for original programming.” says Showtime president David Nevins. “We have shows that get nominated for awards that critics take seriously: ‘Homeland,’ ‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘Shameless’ and ‘Masters of Sex,’ ” he ticks off quickly.
Clearly, premium cabler’s profile has added luster.
But not just anyone can follow in the footsteps of the household names that have traditionally anchored Showtime’s signature, edgy, female-centric comedies — awards-show magnets like Edie Falco, Laura Linney and Toni Collette. »
- Kate Hahn
MTV orders 10 episodes of 'Faking It' for season 2B
Good news for Karmy shippers. MTV has ordered an additional 10 episodes of its boundary-shattering romantic comedy Faking It, which follows two best friends who pretend to be lesbians in order to gain popularity until real feelings get in the way of the charade. The handful of episodes will act as the season 2B when it returns next year. The series stars Katie Stevens, Rita Volk, Gregg Sulkin, Michael Willett, and Bailey De Young, whose character was revealed to be intersex in the second-season premiere. Faking It was the network’s highest-rated new series launch when it debuted its first season in April. »
- Marc Snetiker
'Sons of Anarchy': Inbar Lavi on Jax-Winsome chemistry and her return
Spoiler alert: The Oct. 21 episode of Sons of Anarchy introduced Winsome (Gang Related's Inbar Lavi), a prostitute who trades information Jax (Charlie Hunnam) needs on her abusive pimp's whereabouts for a new job at Diosa. As executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, tells EW in our full postmortem, it wasn't until showrunner Kurt Sutter saw the chemistry between Jax and Winsome that he decided to play with it again in episode 10. Lavi initially turned down the chance to audition for the show, only because she had the flu when she got the call. But hearing that the casting department was rooting for her, »
- Mandi Bierly
'Sons of Anarchy' director Paris Barclay on that 'Greensleeves' scene
Spoiler alert: The Oct. 21 episode of Sons of Anarchy, "Greensleeves," ended with Jax (Charlie Hunnam) receiving a box from August Marks that will haunt Samcro and viewers. Exec producer Paris Barclay, who directed the episode, takes EW inside filming that tragic twist and the other big moments. EW: Let's start at the beginning with Juice being given back his cut at the site of John Teller's death and set off on his mission to get himself arrested so he can kill Lin inside. What is the significance of that site now? Barclay: I believe that it's going to be an »
- Mandi Bierly
Best 'Supernatural' Quotes from 'Soul Survivor'
Official synopsis from the CW: ?Sam (Jared Padalecki) continues his efforts to save Dean (Jensen Ackles) from the Mark of Cain. Crowley (Mark Sheppard) realizes Dean?s demonic antics are starting to cause problems for him in Hell so he searches out an unlikely ally - Castiel (Misha Collins)." »
'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': How long will Mockingbird be sticking around?
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. scored a new team member during Tuesday’s episode—but she almost came at a steep price. Determined to get the obelisk back from Skye’s father (Kyle MacLachlan), Raina (Ruth Negga) attempted to blackmail Coulson (Clark Gregg). Unless he handed over Skye (Chloe Bennet), she’d send an email ousting Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) as a S.H.I.E.L.D. mole within Hydra. Coulson called her bluff because he had a backup plan: The very Hydra security agent tasked with »
- Natalie Abrams
Supernatural Season 10 Episode 3 Review: “Soul Suvivor”
Well, that was quick. I really expected Supernatural to take its sweet time with the Demon!Dean storyline, but they’ve already cured him of his initial demonness. Its kind of disappointing; I really wanted to see them delve deep into some Winchester conflict through the bluntness and danger of Demon!Dean but why would we do that? Pretty meh episode, but it had some good parts. It had a lot of really interesting and refreshingly-different bits (or at least they feel different; it’s hard to remember a frickin’ decade of television). Crowley saving Cas showed his desperation; his need to take care of Dean and do something with him shows that, despite his brushing off of his subjects mockery and self-immolation, he is worried. I like Worried!Crowley. Cas being back in the game is a lovely development in its own right. We all knew that he wasn »
- Hunter Bishop
Person of Interest Season 4 Episode 5 Review: “Prophets”
Oh my god, I am so excited to be here. I love Person of Interest so much, but never live. I feel like I’ve taken my life to a whole new level. That’s a little extreme. Forgive me; I’m new here and I am so glad to have a reason to watch this show all the time. What’s always fascinating about this show to me is how much the characters drive my enjoyment. Now, I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right (whoever you are): aren’t characters supposed to drive the enjoyment of a show? The answer is, of course, yes! Yes they are! But how many times do that actually happen? How many times have we seen a show get wrapped up in plot and forget that nobody really cares? Lost was a show that was a character drama wrapped in »
- Hunter Bishop
'Arrow': Will Oliver find out about the Thea-Malcolm partnership?
What’s left of the Queen family will be reunited this week as Oliver (Stephen Amell) travels to Corto Maltese—also the name of Wednesday’s Arrow episode—to track down his missing sister, Thea (Willa Holland). The youngest Queen heir left Starling City at the close of season 2 with her real father, Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), otherwise known as the Dark Archer, Ollie’s sworn enemy whom he believes to be dead. Joined by Diggle (David Ramsey) and Roy (Colton Haynes), Oliver sets his sights on being open with his sister in hopes of bringing her home. "They didn »
- Natalie Abrams
See the first photos of Nina Dobrev's 'The Originals' crossover
Nina Dobrev will cross over from The Vampire Diaries to guest star on The Originals in an upcoming episode. Prepare for love-triangle deja vu... Dobrev has played multiple doppelgängers—Elena, Katherine, and Amara—but this time she will play Tatia, a woman both Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) fell in love with. As executive producer Michael Narducci told EW, “We tell a story that will make you understand her fate, what happened to her, her relationship with both brothers and why what happened between her and the two brothers is so beautiful but also tragic.” The Originals airs »
- C. Molly Smith
Sons of Anarchy Recap: Eye for an Eye
Anytime you’re watching Sons of Anarchy — especially this final, gruesome season — you’ve got to prepare yourself for a few casualties. It’s just par for the course with the FX drama, which has racked up an impressive body count in the past six episodes alone.
But there are some Sons characters you just hope will never be in the line of fire, and when they are, it’s all you can do to remember that this is a work of fiction.
This week, I’m of course talking about Bobby, who found himself caught in the crosshairs of an outraged August Marks. »
Pretty Little Liars Video: 'A' Spreads Holiday Fear in New Christmas Promo
With Pretty Little Liars‘ Halloween special now behind us, it’s time to focus on the scariest holiday of all: Christmas!
Related Pretty Little Liars Christmas Episode Sneak Peek: Meet Alison’s New Army
Following the hour-long “We Love You to Death” fan tribute, ABC Family on Tuesday released the first official promo for the Dec. 9 Christmas episode, which finds all of the liars — but especially Ali — on high alert.
And speaking of tonight’s fan tribute, Pll executive producer Marlene King revealed that we’ll learn the identity of “A” before Season 7! (I’m choosing to remain cautiously optimistic. »
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Post Mortem: Bobbi's Status, Skye's Origin, Fitz's Fate and More Burning Qs Answered
That was an episode of television.
ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this Tuesday unleashed Bobbi Morse, raised more questions about Skye’s 0-8-4 status and served up a reunion that was weeks (and yet so long) in the making.
The eventful hour ended with The Doctor (aka Skye’s father) — who was revealed to be a hair-trigger psychopath capable of brute strength — forming an alliance with Daniel Whitehall, given their shared interest in the Obelisk/Diviner. The Doc’s prescription: To kill Coulson, “along with, you know, everyone else.”
After screening the episode this weekend for a »
The Voice Recap: It's Just a Noisy Hall, Where There's a Nightly Brawl
Heaven help me, I’ve taken to using lyrics from the Broadway musical Chicago in my recap headlines for The Voice. (Sample comment from my husband, reading over my shoulder, “I don’t get that reference. At all.” #GayCardRevoked)
But I swear, there’s good reason for my flight of fancy. After all, Season 7’s Blind Auditions yielded exactly one promising jazz vocalist — and yet after a Battle Rounds process that whittled the field from 48 down to 32 contestants, that chica is as extinct as the dodo emu, as defunct as the Walkman in your “shame-shame closet,” as mopped up as »
ABC Gives Put Pilot to Project Based on Tom Hanks’ ‘Bachelor Party’
Doubling down on two TV trends — mining nostalgic movies for TV source materials and the new fall shows’ infatuation with romantic comedies — ABC has given a put pilot with a heavy penalty to a half-hour comedy anthology series based on the raunchy Tom Hanks comedy “Bachelor Party.”
The project, which hails from Small Dog Picture Co. and the Walcott Company in association with 20th Century Fox Television, plans to examine relationships and the institution of marriage through the lens of three couples: one about to get married, another recently divorced and a third just falling in love. They will experience the trial-by-fire that is the modern day, co-ed bachelor/bachelorette extravaganza.
“Bachelor Party” is co-created by Jj Philbin and Josh Malmuth, with Philbin executive producing and Malmuth co-executive producing. Additional executive producers are Jason Winer, Max Winkler, Jake Johnson and Renate Radford, with Mary Lee serving as producer. Winer and »
- Whitney Friedlander
Mega Buzz: Scandal's Misdirect, The Newsroom's New Outlook and a Sons Death?
Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now that Jake has been arrested, please tell me that Olivia will finally find out that Rowan was behind Jerry's death on Scandal. — Denise
Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like that reveal is coming any time soon. "You always think it can't go on any longer, but they twist it in a way you didn't even think of," star Brian Letscher, who plays Tom, teases of the (inevitable?) reveal. "Rowan is a master manipulator .... and the ripple effects of Tom [saying Jake ordered him to kill Jerry] affect a lot of people in ways he never imagined."
Got anything about the final season of The Newsroom? — Ashley
The season premiere is set around the events of the Boston Marathon bombing and, owing to Acn's screw-up with the Operation Genoa story last season, everyone is appropriately gun shy »
- Adam Bryant
Toys R Us Pulls ‘Breaking Bad’ Action Figures After Parent Petition
Toys R Us is sending its “Breaking Bad” action figures on a trip to Belize, if you catch the drift.
Following a Change.com petition from a Florida mom that called for the retailer to stop selling its line of action figures based on the AMC drama, the toy company announced it would pull the collection from its shelves and online store. The petition claimed that the toys were a “dangerous deviation from (Toy R Us’) family friendly values.”
“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical,'” a Toys R Us rep said in a statement, referencing a line from the show.
The toys, which the petition says included “a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth,” were intended for consumers 15 and up. As of Tuesday evening the petition had over 8,700 signatures.
Though Toys R Us seems to have bowed to the backlash, »
- Kevin Noonan
The Flash Recap: The 'Chosen' One
This week on The CW’s The Flash, the latest adversary was a real gas, flashbacks revealed how Caitlin’s fiance was felled on a stormy night, The Old Flash “met” the new one and we learned a shocking truth about how Barry landed on the fast track.
Whereas last week I took issue with the kiddie-centric flashbacks, this time around I couldn’t get enough of the particle accelerator backstory. In fact, it almost had me wishing the series had picked up with events a day or two prior, though I suspect the sum total of flashbacks still to »
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