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Lily Rabe talks her return to 'American Horror Story' -- exclusive


The most recent episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show marked a homecoming of sorts for Lily Rabe. The actress, who appeared on all three previous installments of AHS but is now shooting her ABC thriller The Whispers, returned to play her Asylum character, Sister Mary Eunice. The kind nun was seen dealing with Pepper (Naomi Grossman), after she was sent to Briarcliff by her malicious sister (Mare Winningham). Though it was a brief appearance, it was also a marked difference from the demon-possessed woman last seen in Asylum.

EW talked exclusively to Rabe about returning to AHS and fan theories about further connections. READ FULL STORY

'Ascension' finale review: Lost in space, or 'Lost' in space?

The twists and turns of Ascension’s three-night mini-series flight landed the earthbound space ark’s most Right Stuffy space hero and the story itself in a mysterious place strewn with wreckage and reminders of other stories. And more mystery! In the final minutes of part three, we learned that Dr. Harris Enzmann (Gil Bellows) was using the decades-long psych experiment started by his father to trigger “punctuated” evolution and produce a next-gen X-Man—a “star child”—possessed with “morphic resonance” (i.e., telepathy, telekinesis, super-powers) capable of manipulating the vast energies located within the nuclear powered “Panopticon” to do even more amazing things, like… actually send someone across the universe! Why take a slooooooooow-boat generation ship when you can just grow a magic sea monkey in a skyscraper-sized fishbowl? NASA, you’ve been doing it wrong!

Enzmann found success in the form of young Christa (Ellie O’Brien), part Marvel Girl, part Firestarter, part Space Guild navigator from Dune. In the final moments, she used her abilities to channel the energies of a Glowglobe to produce a Holtzman effect and save Aaron Gault (Brandon P. Bell) from a baddie’s beat-down by instantaneously teleporting him to… a distant, dark planet? Another Enzmann simulation? The only thing we know for sure is that Ascension is perhaps best understood not as a response to the myth of the ’60, as I argued pretentiously on Monday (sorry). It is something very post-modern, a self-aware sci-fi saga born from an accumulation of sci-fi sagas over the past 50 years, and perhaps full of pining for better, more hopeful, more serious-minded sci-fi: I found something meaningful and provocative in the last image: Gault, a “space hero” with the Right Stuff, rising to his feet amid that trendiest, most dismal of things, a dystopian wasteland. A charitable read: Ascension was challenging a genre to dream better. More hope, less “No Future” cynicism. More big new ideas, fewer hyperlinks trapping us in old ones. More mind-expanding space odysseys, less self-absorbed geeking… like this review.

That’s what I got out of the interesting mess that was Ascension. How about you? READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Worlds Apart': Jeff Probst gives exclusive intel on NEXT season

Season 29 of Survivor is in the books. Which means it is now time to look ahead to season 30. At the end of tonight’s San Juan del Sur finale, Jeff Probst revealed the title and theme of the next installment to kick off with a special 90-minute premiere on Feb. 25. And now we’ve some got some exclusive background info and additional intel from the host to whet your appetite (as well as the fancy new logo above). READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' finale: And the winner is...

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: San Juan del Sur.] READ FULL STORY

Best of 2014: How Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski became the breakout stars of Sochi

Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned gold in Sochi, so we’ll say the second best performance delivered by U.S. figure skaters at the 2014 Winter Olympics was Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, who joined play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon in the booth. The trio have since been named NBC Sports Group’s new lead figure skating broadcast team, which means they’ll be calling the action through the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

We chatted with Weir and Lipinski to learn five secrets to their Sochi success.

Click here for more of’s Best of 2014 coverage. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' star Gina Torres joins 'Revenge' in recurring role

Suits star Gina Torres will be trading in the courtroom for a beachfront view when she joins the cast of ABC’s Revenge in a recurring role.


HBO: We're not releasing overnight ratings anymore


HBO isn’t going to reveal how many subscribers watched its shows anymore — at least, not right away.

The premium network just announced that starting Jan. 1, its press office would no longer distribute next-day ratings for its series. The move follows a similar decision by FX, which earlier this year likewise stopped releasing “live plus same day” ratings, numbers that only account for a episode’s first night of viewership. READ FULL STORY

Darlene Love talks singing 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' on 'Letterman' -- for the last time

David Letterman’s reign as host of The Late Show ends in May 2015—and Friday marks his last holiday broadcast. Which means the episode will also be the last one to feature Darlene Love singing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Love first performed the song on Letterman’s show in 1986, when he was still hosting Late Night on NBC. 28 years later, the tradition is still going strong…until the end of the week, at least.

In advance of the performance, EW talks to the vocalist about the origins of the tradition, the end of an era, and why the song won’t be leaving TV for good.  READ FULL STORY

Charlie Sheen to play his 'Ferris' role on 'The Goldbergs'

Though he never really seemed to leave them behind, Charlie Sheen is returning to his delinquent roots in an upcoming episode of The Goldbergs.


Broadcast ratings update: What's a hit, what's not


Big picture first: Fall was lousy for broadcast. Not one of the five major networks posted ratings gains, and three declined from last year (chart below).

NBC ranked first once again, but the network was down 9 percent overall among adults 18-49. CBS was down 7 percent. And Fox dropped a wince-inducing 16 percent. (Slotting three hours of Utopia didn’t help.) Only ABC and The CW managed to break even, with The CW also posting a 10 percent gain among total viewers.

Among individual shows, returning hits like CBS’ Big Bang Theory, ABC’s Scandal and Modern Family, and NBC’s The Blacklist and The Voice continued to top the chart. Best-performing first-season shows include ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder (the only new entertainment series to regularly reside in the Top 10 in the demo), along with Fox’s Gotham, CBS’ Scorpion, ABC’s Black-ish, CBS’ NCIS New Orleans and The CW’s The Flash. (That last one, of course, is graded on The CW’s own lower-standard ratings curve.)

On the other end of the spectrum, shows that are just barely surviving include The CW’s Reign, ABC’s Cristela, NBC’s About a Boy, and Fox’s The Mindy Project and NBC’s Constantine (which is semi-canceled; NBC has decided not to order more episodes beyond its initial 13, but is leaving open the possibility of another season). Other returning shows aren’t quite on death’s door yet, but notably tumbled compared to last season — like Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (which makes up some ground via DVR). Here’s a list canceled shows for more on who’s off the grid, and below are all the charts. READ FULL STORY

'Mythbusters' tackling 'The Simpsons' in season premiere -- exclusive


Mythbusters is looking to Springfield for its next big pop-culture cross-over event. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will seek to prove/bust Simpsons-inspired myths in their Discovery Channel hit’s 13th season premiere next month.

“We set out to test Bart throwing a cherry bomb into the toilet that makes all toilets in the school act like geysers,” Savage exclusively told EW, referring to the 1990 episode “The Crepes of Wrath.” “And then there’s one [from season five’s “Sideshow Bob Roberts] in which Homer’s house is about to be destroyed by a wrecking ball and Homer places his body between the wrecking ball and the house to keep it from being destroyed.”


'Game of Thrones' teaser delivers short, mysterious look at season 5

HBO is doling out the quickest of teases as viewers wait for Game of Thrones‘ fifth season, and a new clip offers a look at… well, it’s difficult to exactly say.


Holiday cheer, proposals, and One Direction fandom dominate Amy Adams's 'SNL' promos

Love is in the air in Amy Adams’s Saturday Night Live promos as she gears up to host the last show of the year. What love specifically? Well, Taran Killam’s love for Adams and Adams’s love for One Direction.



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