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Orlando Jones reveals the worst thing you can say on the 'Sleepy Hollow' set

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On Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, it’s all drama for Orlando Jones’ Frank Irving. He’s now a patient at Tarrytown Psychiatric with a lawyer he doesn’t realize is Ichabod’s son (John Noble), a.k.a. the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. But when Jones stopped by to talk Sleepy Hollow in our latest installment of First & Worst, it was non-stop laughs.

Watch the video and read a transcript below. Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox. READ FULL STORY

Charlie Hunnam on 'Sons,' 'Fifty Shades' fallout, and what's next

In this week’s EW cover story (read it online), Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam discusses his brotherly, head-butting relationship with show creator Kurt Sutter, the difficult decision Sutter faces in how Jax will respond if/when he learns Gemma (Katey Sagal) is the one who killed Tara (Maggie Siff), how he’d write Jax’s fate, and the kind of afterlife he hopes FX’s top-rated show will have following its Dec. 9 series finale. Here’s more of our conversation about season 7 of Sons, his decision not to do Fifty Shades of Grey, and the three movies he hopes to film next.

EW: Back in August, Kurt told EW that he believes two club members will die this season. Did that relatively low number surprise you?
Hunnam: There just are not that many club members left. If you want there to actually be a Sons of Anarchy at the center of Sons of Anarchy storylines, you can’t really kill anyone else, or else we need to start patching new members in at a very fast rate. For me, this show has always been about the Sons. I have a wonderful time working with Katey [Sagal], I loved with all my heart working with Maggie [Siff], and they’re obviously incredibly important characters. But to me, what has made this show so special is the brotherhood and the boys. It’s incredibly painful for me every time we lose one of the guys. As we get closer to the end and this little club has kinda become somewhat real to me, I just hope that there’s enough of the original guys [left] that we have a sense that this thing will continue once we stop watching their lives. I would love, at the end of the show, for a sense that the club is in tact and gonna move forward, but I don’t know if ultimately that will be the case or not.

What excites you about where the season is headed?
Jax’s psychology and where he finds himself in processing all of this. Because I think there’s a somewhat dishonest, easy default place that he’s allowed himself to settle into where it’s all about vengeance. His moral compass is gone, so he doesn’t have to answer or think about it: He’s an outlaw, and this is the way he his, and that’s just the f–king reality of it now, and everyone better f–king like it, you know. And that’s just total f–kin’ bulls–t because that’s not who he is. He’s a soulful guy, and he’s a real thinker, and I don’t think he’s giving himself the opportunity to really mourn Tara’s loss in a way that’s significant. Killing innocent Chinese men or guilty Chinese men or anyone is not gonna be the answer. We’re getting into that place now where there’s much more of an honest kind of reflection and exploration of what he’s doing, and who he is, and how this means manifested or was catalyzed by him seeing the perpetuation of this cycle in his children. I think that’s a really smart, beautiful way to hold the mirror up to Jax in Tara’s absence—with this children. That has been really, really lovely, satisfying stuff to play towards the end of the season. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' reaches the last fork in the road

An act of retaliation is under way. That’s nothing new for Sons of Anarchy, the FX show famous for doling out death sentences to beloved characters—except this bit of revenge is happening in between takes. It’s a September morning at Stevenson Ranch in California’s Santa Clarita Valley, and Charlie Hunnam is shooting a scene in which his character, Jax Teller, dodges gunfire from an angry redneck. After a break in the action, Hunnam delivers a quick and dirty punch to the arm of his costar Tommy Flanagan—payback for an earlier prank where Flanagan left a band of bruises on Hunnam’s bicep for fun. Hunnam runs for cover behind a gun-laden cart a few feet away from where EW stands. “I will find you!” Flanagan bellows. For a moment, there’s a temptation to rat him out. But as any Sons fan knows, you never, EVER rat.

When Sons of Anarchy debuted in 2008, the adrenalized drama was quickly dubbed “Sopranos on wheels,” thanks to its darkly complex portrait of the gunrunning club known as Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO). But over the course of six ­seasons, fans began using “Hamlet on Harleys” to describe the Shakespearean drama of creator Kurt Sutter’s story about a son (Hunnam) who rises to lead his late father’s motorcycle club but can’t escape the grasp of his manipulative mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal). Now, as the show barrels toward its Dec. 9 finale, it’s earned the right to stand on its own. Sons may well go down as one of the most savage—and addictive—family dramas, even if the family is ­bonded by honor instead of blood. After all, in addition to TV’s fiercest matriarch, it features the most moving man-hugs (fan and onetime guest star ­Stephen King has crowned it the “best bro show ever”); the most brutal-but-beautiful montages (“ballets of death,” ­executive producer Paris Barclay likes to call them); and the only leading man with both the looks to land a Calvin Klein ­fragrance ad and the street cred to get props from tattooed fans in East L.A. (“You keep the hood safe on Tuesday nights,” one recently told him.)

That strange, special mix draws an average of 8.1 million viewers a week—an audience as loyal to the series as the members of SAMCRO are to their outlaw brothers. Blockbuster ratings and ­profitable merchandising (from branded bikinis to cigars) have made the show not just FX’s ­biggest hit but also its most ­valuable one. All eyes are now on the Men of ­Mayhem and Queen Gemma, with fans ­anxiously awaiting the answers to two looming questions: What’s going to happen when Jax finds out it was his mother who killed his wife with a carving fork to the head in one of the most gruesome deaths in TV history? And how will Sutter drive his series into the sunset? “I know how I want it to end,” says the showrunner. “I think the legacy is already out there: People have embraced the world. They love that they can have fun watching it, yet the next scene they can be bawling. If we can continue to do that, that’s really what I’ll be most proud of.” READ FULL STORY

Jax and Jarry have a talk in exclusive 'Sons of Anarchy' sneak peek

After the tragic events of “Poor Little Lambs,” it’s no surprise that Sheriff Althea Jarry (Annabeth Gish) asks for a few moments of Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) time in the Oct. 7 episode of Sons of Anarchy. Our exclusive sneak peek shows his reaction. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Kurt Sutter, cast talk 'Poor Little Lambs' ending

After Sons of Anarchy‘s Sept. 30 West Coast airing, #TigandVenus was trending. (Read our postmortem with Walton Goggins, who returned as transgender escort Venus Van Dam.) Still, there were other huge developments in the episode as well. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' guest star Walton Goggins on that Venus-Tig moment

Venus Van Dam (Justified‘s Walton Goggins) has become a dear friend to Tig (Kim Coates) on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and their relationship took another step in the Sept. 30 episode. “He’s got that twisted, twisted deal in his head, but that’s pure care and love for her in that sort of protective way,” Coates says of the characters’ first kiss. Goggins tells EW about the emotional return—and teases Venus’ next appearance in the final season’s tenth episode. READ FULL STORY

Ted Danson explains the secret to comedy, why actors keep working

Ahead of CSI‘s Sept. 28 season premiere (10 p.m. ET on CBS), Ted Danson joined EW’s Kyle Anderson for a SiriusXM Town Hall to talk about his lengthy career. Listen to two highlights below.

In the first clip, after an audience member asks him about being mocked on Seinfeld (he has neither as much money as George Costanza thought he had, nor a plane), Danson reveals the secret to comedy: “I’ve discovered that you don’t have to be the one telling the joke. As long as you’re in the room with funny, you get credit for funny,” he says. Thinking back to taping Cheers with multiple cameras in front of a live audience, which meant actors had to stay alive even when they weren’t the focus of a scene, he explains, “So you have a very funny joke, right. All of the sudden, you’d notice everybody in the cast is crossing behind you just at the right moment of the funny—so they were part of a very funny joke, they were part of that shot. If you had a dumb joke, it was like tumbleweeds. You couldn’t find anyone. All of the sudden, they’d all duck behind the bar to pick something up, or run off someplace else. You would be all by yourself with your non-funny joke.” (He goes on to reminisce about Cheers costar Woody Harrelson insisting he come to the premiere of his film Doc Hollywood, which includes a joke about Danson, and how he got him back in the film Ted.)

In the second clip, Danson admits that walking through airports is how an actor knows where they are career-wise. “Here’s my motto: Keep working. Because otherwise what happens is, somebody will have watched a rerun of Sam Malone when I’m 34 to 44, and then they’ll see me on the street now and go, ‘Geez, you look like s–t,'” he says. “But if you keep working, people realize, ‘Oh, no, that’s alright. I saw CSI. Alright, I get it. He’s aging.'” READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' stars Theo Rossi, Tommy Flanagan talk that scene

In the Sept. 23 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Playing with Monsters,” Juice (Theo Rossi) used Unser (Dayton Callie) to get Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) alone to ask him if there was anything he could do to earn his way back into SAMCRO. Chibs’ response was brutal: “If I were you, I’d get that gun, put it in my mouth, and pull the trigger.” Rossi and Flanagan talked to EW separately about the moment that Rossi says is a game-changer for Juice. READ FULL STORY

Here's your first look at Venus Van Dam's return to 'Sons of Anarchy'

No matter how dark things get on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, just remember that Venus Van Dam is on the way. The transgender escort played by Justified‘s Walton Goggins makes her return in the Sept. 30 episode when SAMCRO, in need of information, pays her a visit. As fans know, the cast lights up any time her name is mentioned, and Goggins feels that each time he steps on set.

“I really do, and it’s weird. Because I personally, Walton Goggins, don’t feel that—I feel it as Venus,” he says. “Venus feels it and recipocates that with her boys—all the guys on the show. She just considers them brothers, like seeing family that she hasn’t seen in a while. They’re so kind and so gentle to Venus. It’s so refreshing. There’s no competition, there’s just enjoyment on all sides.”

Venus, who was introduced in season five and returned in season six, will also appear in the final ride’s 10th episode. As creator Kurt Sutter told EW, “We find out what’s been going down off-screen between Venus and Tig [Kim Coates]. It’ll be our love story for the season.”

Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

 

James Spader talks 'The Blacklist' season premiere, loving the strange

The Blacklist returns Sept. 22 (10 p.m. ET on NBC), and as fans were informed in the teaser below, war is coming. Berlin (Peter Stormare), the Big Bad revealed in the season-one finale to be the reason Red (James Spader) turned himself into the FBI in the first place—because he couldn’t lure him out and fight him alone—will make it very personal very quickly, executive producer Jon Bokencamp says. “I told Peter we wanted the character to be dangerous and strange,” he says. “He’s constantly emailing back and forth with little questions, nuances, line changes, and ideas to make the character more specific, more grounded, and more fun.”

Season two picks up a few months after the season-one finale, and the task force members are living paranoid lives and feeling hunted. When Red gets a lead, they finally have a reason to get back together. Bokencamp is tight-lipped about his recurring guest stars—which will include Mary-Louise Parker, who is introduced in the premiere as a woman with a deep history with Red, and Paul Reubens, who’ll first appear in episode three as a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld. But talking with Spader (before that promo was released), EW got a few more insights into Red. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' adds Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt for final season

It doesn’t sound like Justified will go gently into that good night. The FX drama, which premieres its sixth and final season in January, has added Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt in recurring roles.

Per the network’s announcement, Elliott will play Markham, a legendary gangster who returns to Kentucky with a private army and plenty of cash, which he earned growing legal weed in Colorado. He wants to win back both his empire and his lost love, Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen). He’ll rub up against Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), as well as Boyd (Walton Goggins), who seemed poised to re-enter the world of bank robbing with Hale and Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) in season 5’s finale. Another wrinkle: Katherine secretly believes Markham is the rat who turned on her husband. READ FULL STORY

'Good Wife' creators tease a secret, guest stars, and more Eli-Alicia

The Good Wife returns Sunday, Sept. 21 (CBS, 9:30 p.m. ET) with a premiere that picks up right where season 5 left off: with Eli (Alan Cumming) suggesting that Alicia (Julianna Margulies) run for State’s Attorney. Creators Robert and Michelle King are mum about whether she’ll ultimately decide to enter the race, but we were able to get a few teases out of them about what’s to come.

EW: First question: Are you currently hiding a secret on the level of Will Gardner getting shot?
ROBERT KING: I wouldn’t say at that level, but there is a secret we’re hiding about the first episode. Sorry. We don’t like doing that. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi talk 'Toil and Till'

Tuesday’s episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Toil and Till,” saw SAMCRO strike the first blow to unravel Henry Lin’s business and Juice make a decision about captive Unser. Tommy Flanagan and Theo Rossi share their take on key moments. Read our recap here. READ FULL STORY

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