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Carrie Preston talks 'True Blood' tearjerker (and her next HBO gig)

Spoiler alert: If the July 13 episode of True Blood is still on your DVR, stop reading now. (Or, read our full recap.) We asked Carrie Preston to relive Arlene’s rescue.

And good news: Whether or not she makes it to the Aug. 24 series finale of the show, it’s not the last you’ll see of her on HBO. She’s set to guest star in a season 2 episode of Getting On, playing Denya Thorp, a cancer patient staying at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Facility who’s ready for a quick exit.  READ FULL STORY

'Suits' creator thinks you're being too hard on Mike

The battle for Gillis Industries has fans of Suits (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on USA) wondering just how low Mike and Harvey will go. To recap: Harvey revealed a portion of Mike’s questionable past to Gillis, and to retaliate, Mike momentarily kept Harvey’s father’s master tapes from him. To throw Harvey’s ally Louis off his game before a court appearance, Mike made Louis believe that his ex, Sheila, had gotten engaged. Letting his emotions distract him cost Louis the respect of his “best friend” Harvey, which made Louis angry enough to gloat when he cut off Mike’s best hope at an investor. Louis’ smack talk inadvertently gave Mike the idea to use one of Harvey’s enemies, Charles Forstman, against him—and Forstman will only give Mike the money he needs if Mike agrees to cut his new boss, Jonathan Sidwell, out of the deal in the end.

Bottom line: Harvey may have kindly warned Mike about getting into bed with Forstman (recurring guest star Eric Roberts), but he had harsher words for Louis, who screwed up yet again.

Creator Aaron Korsh breaks down the drama, which adds more layers in the July 16 episode (update: read our postmortem). READ FULL STORY

'Drunk History' co-creator recalls the day he cast Weird Al as Hitler

As Drunk History continues its second season on Comedy Central (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET), viewers keep learning fascinating stories of America’s lesser-known past—and how far co-creator/interviewer Derek Waters will go to both get his inebriated friends to tell them and actors to reenact them. Here, we discuss some of season two’s early highlights (like “Weird Al” Yankovic as Hitler).

As for what lies ahead, the July 15 “American Music” episode features Johnny Knoxville as Johnny Cash and Jon Daly as Kris Kristofferson, as well as Jack McBrayer as DJ Alan Freed. “He doesn’t scream DJ, but he does scream 1950s DJ, am I wrong?” Waters says. “David Wain of the State and other things narrates that. It’s gonna be a wild one.”

The July 22 “Baltimore” episode, which Waters directed, boasts Charlie Day (detective Allan Pinkerton) and Friday Night Lights alum Adrianne Palicki (detective Kate Warne), along with FNL‘s Jesse Plemons (Edgar Allan Poe). “It’s more Todd from Breaking Bad than it is Landry,” Waters promises. READ FULL STORY

Capt. Sig Hansen explains how you swap VHS tapes on the Bering Sea

As season 10 of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch continues, fans can see how Capt. Sig Hansen and his Northwestern crew are adjusting to having greenhorn Mandy Hansen, Sig’s 18-year-old daughter, on deck—and occasionally, in the wheelhouse. (Sorry, Jake Anderson.)

When Sig and Mandy stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on Monday, Sig explained why he’s never eager to have a woman onboard (a topic other Catch captains discussed with EW before the season began). Since this was the TV Editor’s Hour, we also discussed how crews entertain themselves when they aren’t on a grind. The guys on the Cape Caution may fight over Sons of Anarchy DVDs, but Suits is a popular pick on the Northwestern. And while we’ve seen the Northwestern trade deckhands while at sea, Sig explains the lost/tricky art of swapping VHS tapes. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' star Tara Buck talks Ginger's past -- and future

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of True Blood, “Death is Not the End,” stop reading now (or at least check out our full recap first). We spoke with actress Tara Buck, who’s billed as a regular for the first time this season, about fan favorite Ginger’s backstory, which, along with Fangtasia’s origin story, was revealed in a series of glorious flashbacks. READ FULL STORY

Christine Baranski also laments that 'Good Wife' Best Drama snub

The Good Wife started production on season 6 Thursday, but since Christine Baranski wasn’t on the call sheet, she distracted herself that morning with coffee and a swim as the Emmy nominations were announced. “One doesn’t want to invest too much in it, but that said, when you find out that you’ve got a nomination, it’s always a wonderful thing and a great privilege,” the 12-time nominee says. With one win for Cybill, this is her fifth consecutive nomination for The Good Wife. “I always get the biggest kick to hear I’m in a category with Maggie Smith,” she says. “It just kind of blows my mind.”

Still, the day is a little bittersweet, Baranski admits. “The anticipation, for me, was my really great hope that the show would be recognized and get a nomination this year, because I thought, as so many people did, that it was an extraordinary year for the show. The Kings, Robert and Michelle, and our writers did an extraordinary job of crafting season 5 and taking the show in that brave place—so much drama, so much emotion, so much craftsmanship went into those 22 episodes. The audience was really invested in it,” she says. “We’ve got three actors with nominations [including supporting actor Josh Charles and guest actor Dylan Baker], and that’s largely because we’re just given such great writing. I don’t follow Twitter or anything,” she continues, with a laugh, “but I guess the show’s getting a lot of press for being snubbed.” READ FULL STORY

Josh Charles on his Emmy nomination -- and the 'Good Wife' Best Drama snub

Josh Charles received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination this morning for playing (the late) Will Gardner on CBS’s The Good Wife. Sick with a cold and cough, he went back to bed after getting up early to let out his dog, Zeus—and learned of his nod when he rolled over and saw a congratulatory email on his iPhone. “Nothing super fancy or exciting, sorry,” he jokes to EW. “I’m really excited about it even if my voice doesn’t sound normal.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Lead and supporting actors don’t have to choose an episode to submit until after they’re nominated. Will you go with “Hitting the Fan”?
Josh Charles: The two episodes that stick out to me, as an actor, would be “Hitting the Fan” and “The Decision Tree.” So one of those, probably. I’ll just have some people who I really trust watch them both and tell me which one they feel is best. Or however that works. READ FULL STORY

Video: 'Blossom' cast reunion gets personal

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Blossom reruns started airing on Hub Network this week (weekdays at 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET), and if the ’90s bug hasn’t bitten you, it could happen Friday night: The cast reunited for the first time in 20 years to film spots that will air during a three-hour marathon (starting July 11 at 9 p.m. ET).

We’ve got a few sneak peeks below at Mayim Bialik (Blossom), Joey Lawrence (Joey), Michael Stoyanov (Anthony), and Jenna von Oy (Six) reminiscing. Lawrence drops some trivia about his character name, which Bialik tops it by revealing who got her period first—her or Blossom. They also reveal their favorite episode (cue the Neil Patrick Harris cameo). READ FULL STORY

Neal McDonough talks new 'Suits' stint (and 'Justified' return?)

Things are only going to get more tense on USA’s Suits as Mike continues to battle Harvey (and uses Louis in the process—see a sneak peek of this week’s episode below). But Harvey has another opponent on the horizon. Justified‘s Neal McDonough makes his debut on the show in the July 9 episode as SEC bulldog Sean Cahill. He’ll face-off with Jessica and Jeff Malone first, but as McDonough tells EW, it’ll be high noon with Harvey sooner or later.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Suits creator Aaron Korsh is a Justified fan and says this role isn’t unlike Robert Quarles, the gangster you played in season three: You’re a hired gun, but this time you’re a lawyer gunning for Harvey (Gabriel Macht). How do you see Sean Cahill?
NEAL McDONOUGH: That’s exactly it. [On Justified], I’m from Detroit and I come to town, and I’m gonna take down anybody I need to take down. No one’s gettin’ in my way. It’s the same kind of character on Suits, except I’m kind of a good guy tryin’ to take down the bad guys. But there’s so much gray matter in Aaron’s writing, that’s it hard to differentiate, at times, who the good guy is and who the bad guy is in Suits.

That’s what I love about the show: Sometimes you’re rooting for the guy who really isn’t the nicest guy on earth and vice versa. So I’m tryin’ to do my job for the United States government, which is to take down guys who I think are doing off-color or wrong things. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you like that character; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you dislike that character, either. That area is my wheelhouse when it comes to acting.

It’s interesting to hear you think of him as a good guy because fans won’t.
Technically he is a good guy; however, he isn’t. Things that Harvey does are certainly not the most legal of things, at times. So Sean’s gonna use anything he can to take down this horrible human being that is Harvey, in his mind. In the audience’s mind, it’s a whole different thing. But in my mind, that’s how I’m playing it. It’s really steely-eyed, and I get to mess with everybody a little bit, and then finally the table starts to turn later on. I won’t go into what happens, but it’s pretty awesome.

There’s one scene between Gabriel and I, it was just so much fun to play. Every once in a while as an actor, you get to work with an actor and watch him really groove, and enjoy his work, and think through it, and make fantastic choices. And that’s what Gabriel does. And in this scene in particular, he makes some phenomenal choices that made the rivalry between the two of us that much greater. It’s like an Ali-Frazier fight. I’m beatin’ him in a couple of rounds, and he’s the champ, and he thinks he’s coming back to win the fight at the end. Everyone who watches Suits understands how great Suits is, and it’s almost like this hidden gem on television. The numbers on the show are fantastic, but people may not realize that after this is all said and done, Gabriel’s gonna be around for a long time. If they’re gonna cast an American James Bond, cast him. He’s just a great guy to work with, a super family guy. I can’t say enough about Gabriel Macht.

Sean doesn’t come face-to-face with Harvey in his first episode. Does that happen soon?
[Sings in taunting manner] I’m not telling. This isn’t my first clam bake. With five kids now, I need job security also; let’s remember that. You ain’t gettin’ that one out of me.

People think of Harvey as the one with bite on the show, but I love how strong Gina Torres plays Jessica.
As soon as you’re on set with her and look in her eyes, you’re like, “Oh… oh, it’s on today. That’s right.” I think I have the upper hand against her, and then later on, she thinks she has the upper hand against me. It’s just so much fun. Everyone—it’s a great cast. I’m blessed to be a part of it for the time that I’m there.

I’m guessing you won’t say when or how Sean will finally interact with Louis (Rick Hoffman). I look forward to that dynamic.
I’m sorry. You’re breaking up. I can’t hear you. [Laughs]

Last question, then: Justified showrunner Graham Yost always insists that Quarles could still be alive. How is that possible?
Oh, Quarles isn’t dead. Graham and I had talked about me coming out of prison with my one arm, and seeking revenge or just wreaking havoc on the whole cast—and if it’s the last season, taking a few down. We’ve talked about it. Whether he can make that happen or not—are you kidding me? To jump back into Robert Quarles’ skin one more time for a last hurrah would be the joy of my career. It really would. Because he was such a fantastic, flawed human being. To go from this Oxy businessman to a complete degenerate, drug-addled nutbag [laughs].

Hopefully we’ll get one more chance at that, and I’ll take Raylan down, or Boyd down—I’m takin’ somebody down. Graham has been so good to me with Band of Brothers and Boomtown and then Justified. The famous saying I have is, “In Graham I trust,” and I always do. If he decides he wants me to come back one more time, I’m saddlin’ up.

Suits airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on USA. Watch that sneak peek of Mike and Louis below.


'Sons of Anarchy' casts Courtney Love

The guest cast for Sons of Anarchy‘s final season continues to grow. Courtney Love, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt, will do a multi-episode arc as Jax’s son Abel’s preschool teacher, Ms. Harrison. FX confirms she’ll make her first appearance in season 7’s fourth episode and that the character’s interest in Abel will rub his biological mother Wendy (series regular Drea de Matteo) the wrong way. TVLine first reported the casting. READ FULL STORY

Listen: Patrick J. Adams reveals why he really guest starred on 'Pretty Little Liars'

Suits star Patrick J. Adams visited EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) on Monday, and while he started The Editor’s Hour off right by singing along to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”—he has a lovely falsetto—his performance during our “You Said It!” game is what you really need to hear. How it works: We read lines from some of his previous TV credits, and he tries to identify the show and provide an interesting anecdote about shooting the role.

Listen to highlights below, which include Adams sharing how he guested on Pretty Little Liars in 2010 to win back series star Troian Bellisario, who’d broken up with him (it worked, they’re engaged), failed to play it cool alongside Lost‘s Terry O’Quinn, and almost got his own Ghost Whisperer spin-off. And psst, Orphan Black fans: He also describes how Helena’s hair really feels. READ FULL STORY

Video: Watch the first teaser for the final season of 'Sons of Anarchy'

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Update: FX will debut the first teaser for Sons of Anarchy‘s seventh and final season tonight during Tyrant, but EW has an exclusive sneak peek now. The 20-second spot, titled “Hell Awaits,” shows Jax (Charlie Hunnam) riding solo at night… READ FULL STORY

Video: 'MythBusters' takes on Hollywood bomb scenarios

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Discovery’s MythBusters loves to take on Hollywood (see: the settling of whether Jack had to die at the end of Titanic). The show’s July 10 return, an hour called “Fire in the Hole,” focuses on one of the hosts’ favorite subjects: blowing crap up.

The team tackles some of Tinseltown’s favorite TNT scenarios—namely whether you can contain an explosion and survive a blast by tucking the dynamite inside ordinary objects like an aquarium or file cabinet. What about under a bed? Could that save you? Watch our sneak peek below for the answer.  READ FULL STORY

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