USA is bringing ancient conspiracy theories to life in its new thriller, Dig.
Good news: Hulu will enable its premium subscribers to catch one of the underappreciated gems of 2014—You’re the Worst.
One of the most talked about (and gif’d about) moments of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. occurred early this season, when Ming-Na Wen’s Agent May ended up in a fight with her own doppelganger (a.k.a. a brainwashed Hydra agent). The scene was a beautifully choreographed dance of stunt work that, like most sequences on the show, looked effortless—but in reality, took a village to pull off. “There was one solid 16 hour day, but there were also two half day and quarter days,” explained stunt performer Samantha Jo of the resulting two minute sequence. “So it really spanned over 3 full days.”
As former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury taught us, nobody does it alone. EW spoke with members of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s creative team (Jo, fight choreographer Matt Mullins, and stunt coordinator Tanner Gill) as well as the real Agent May to get the scoop on everything that went into pulling this scene together.
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While Covert Affairs fans await word on whether USA will renew the globe-trotting drama, the intense fifth season comes to a close Thursday as Annie (Piper Perabo) and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) try to get villain-turned-potential asset Belenko (Shawn Doyle) out of Argentina. “It’s a classic Covert Affairs episode in that there’s high stakes, we’re abroad, they’re operating without a net, and they’re up against a tremendously savvy adversary,” co-creator Matt Corman says, referring to the Russian Vega assassins who want Belenko dead. As co-creator Chris Ord explains, “If anything, the bar is higher than last season when Annie’s goal was to kill Henry. In some ways, not killing someone—or at least trying to get him out of somewhere alive—is the tougher goal.”
Corman and Ord wrote the episode, which sets one particularly nail-biting sequence in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery. “That’s such an iconic location in that city, and to be able to set an action sequence there—trying to take advantage of all those twists and turns and little alley ways—was really a dream come true,” Ord says.
While they promise viewers will see Annie and McQuaid’s relationship evolve even further in the finale, there’s also plenty happening Stateside with Auggie (Chris Gorham) returning home to help Calder (Hill Harper) and Joan (Kari Matchett) continue their search for Belenko’s cohort Langer (Joel Keller). “It represents real danger for some of our folks at home, which is something we haven’t always done,” Corman says. “This is kind of a synthesis of danger at home and danger abroad.” READ FULL STORY
Last night, three women made it to the final three on Survivor for the first time in five seasons—and Natalie Anderson, who was clearly the best player, won. (Read Dalton Ross’s recap here.) You’d think that might be a victory for Survivor fans who like to see smart, tough women triumph. Right? But toward the end of the season finale, something happened that so enraged me, I wanted to snuff out my own torch and use it to stab my TV.
Finalist Missy Payne was attacked, very personally and nastily, for acting in a way that’s supposedly unbecoming for a mother. (Her daughter, Baylor Wilson, also competed this season.) First, jury member Alec Christy criticized Missy for not being “motherly” this season. Then Reed Kelly delivered a particularly nasty screed, calling Missy “the wicked stepmother” of the tribe. You can watch his speech below:
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: San Juan del Sur.] READ FULL STORY
When Jennifer 8 Lee was prepping for her 2008 interview on The Colbert Report, she didn’t know what to expect. A friend who wrote for The Daily Show gave the author some good advice: Don’t try to out-funny Stephen Colbert; “just be calm and roll with the weirdness.”
Over the past nine years, Colbert—in character as a fact-free conservative pundit—has commanded a powerful perch at his round interview table, keeping guests off kilter four nights a week. In especially brilliant moments, he has asked tougher questions than real journalists. After all, Colbert’s the guy who asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—appearing on the show to discuss his 2006 Rolling Stone piece, “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?”—if it was easier for George W. Bush to steal the 2004 election, or for Kennedy’s uncle, John F. Kennedy, to steal the 1960 presidential election. Colbert also asked Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow if she believed that the CIA purposely misled her to make torture techniques seem worthwhile.
Truthiness be told, Colbert might be best remembered for the cringe-inducing awkwardness of so many of his Colbert Report interviews. He often seemed to delight in the moment when an unsuspecting interview subject would get a telltale look of cornered confusion. That confused, annoyed look was definitely more prevalent in the early Report years—but not exclusive to them. We’ve rounded up some of Colbert’s most awkward interviews for you to watch, squirm, and laugh through all over again. READ FULL STORY
The clones are coming back. BBC America has set a return date for Orphan Black and released a teaser in which the clones (including boy ones) declare war. READ FULL STORY
Fargo is going back in time to 1979 for season two, and EW has a first-look at a page from the season premiere script.
Expect another snow-swept rural crime drama loosely inspired by the Coen brothers’ film, only this time the action is set in Luverne, Minnesota, where humble married couple Peggy and Ed Blomquist (Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons) find themselves caught in an escalating war between a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. (A character in season one cryptically described the 1979 case as “savagery, pure and simple,” with a massive pileup of bodies.)
“The scope of the story- telling this season is a lot bigger, it has more of an epic feel to it,” saysshowrunner Noah Hawley, who adds that the earlier time period and even more rural setting gives the show an almost Western-like quality. “It’s not the ’70s in a Boogie Nights kind of way,” he assures.
The script page below is an excerpt from a scene that occurs halfway into the season-two premiere, featuring Peggy and Ed—and a mysterious bloodstain. Click for a larger version.
In EW’s Forecast issue, we profile Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, who’s helming Comedy Central’s newest late-night series. The show premieres after The Daily Show on January 19—which happens to be Martin Luther King Day. (Wilmore told EW that he already has his first joke: “Yeah, I gotta work. I know!“)
It’s Jon Stewart, though, who actually came up with the concept for the show, with Wilmore in mind to host. “He pitched the idea of a show that would give a platform to underrepresented points of view and underrepresented voices, whether that’s African-Americans, women, first-generation Americans, any group that’s underrepresented,” remembers Comedy Central President Michele Gainless. We spoke with Stewart about his vision for The Nightly Show, and why there aren’t more diverse voices in late-night television. READ FULL STORY
The last time viewers saw Mary’s mother on Reign, it was at Mary’s wedding to Francis and things didn’t exactly end well. More specifically, Mary found out that her mother had delivered false news of the Queen of England’s death in order to speed up the process of Mary getting married. Mary then proceeded to kick her mother out of France.
But that might not last long. EW has learned exclusively that Amy Brenneman is set to reprise her role as Marie de Guise in an episode airing in early 2015. READ FULL STORY
It’s extreme makeover, Westeros edition: Game of Thrones fan favorite Arya Stark is undergoing a dramatic appearance change for season five (exclusive full image below). The vengeful teen survivor gets her first major costume upgrade since the show’s first season, finally ditching those raggedy brown threads in exchange for a lighter, more feminine dress.
“I love Arya’s new look,” actress Maisie Williams told EW. “It’s very neutral, very plain, but clean! I have clean hair that actually moves.”
The transformation helps Arya stay anonymous while roaming the streets in her new home across the sea in the free city of Braavos. READ FULL STORY
From True Detective and Fargo to American Horror Story, everybody is getting into the anthology game, and this March, ABC debuts its contribution to the TV trend, American Crime, which is not to be confused with Ryan Murphy’s O.J. Simpson series with Cuba Gooding Jr. (That’s American Crime Story.)
The new limited series from Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) follows the investigation and trial surrounding the racially-charged murder of a veteran in Modesto, California from multiple perspectives. Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton lead an impressive cast as the victim’s parents, and EW has the exclusive first look at Emmy nominee Lili Taylor’s character. READ FULL STORY
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