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Season Finale Awards: 'Big Bang Theory' EP talks show's serious win

Seven seasons in, The Big Bang Theory has scored its most-watched finale and its first award for being “not funny.” Or so joked exec producer Steve Molaro, who phoned Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept our reader-voted Season Finale Award for Best Serious Moment in a Comedy for the train station scene.

The goal of the finale, as Molaro puts it, was to “chip away at Sheldon and break him down to the point where he just needed to leave to process everything.” The university wouldn’t let him change his field of study. Newly-engaged Leonard wanted to talk about new living arrangements (as did Amy). And the comic book store burned down. Leonard and Penny found an overwhelmed Sheldon at the train station and decided they needed to let him go. With the writers not yet back to work, Molaro won’t say how much the experience will change Sheldon, only that it will affect him.

Watching Penny kiss Sheldon’s cheek goodbye got Molaro choked up. But the half hour also packed enough laughs for readers to vote it Funniest Finale. Molaro shares his favorite joke in the interview below. READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: 'Arrow' stunt team vows to somehow do it even better

When Arrow star Stephen Amell teased the show’s second season finale to EW, he said, “If we can’t win the stunt Emmy for this episode, then the system is broken, for sure. I’m starting a campaign, because it’s movie s— that we do in this finale.” Well, it’s working. The show’s stunt coordination was voted Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy in our 5th Annual Season Finale Awards.

Stunt coordinator J.J. Makaro and fight coordinator James Bamford phoned in to Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept the honor and chat about the blowout tunnel battle and the dual showdown between Oliver and Slade. “Both fights actually became more of a practical, on-the-day kind of situation,” Makaro says. “We really, really strongly rehearsed the final fight where we had to figure out where the editing points were gonna be [between past and present], but [the tunnel] was more a logistical planning situation where we just put James in a room and he just sat there and he planned. He sat for hours staring at the tunnel [thinking] where he was gonna put his people, where the camera was gonna move.”

Makaro is quick to point out that his team succeeds because of the respect the show’s other departments have for what they do. He also says he and Bamford are used to hearing the question we asked them: How in the world do you top this?

“We have that question asked of us every episode,” Makaro says. “We’ve got the most incredible writers. They come up with terrific ideas, they use them to fuel our imaginations and leave us open to take that and make it even bigger. So they keep pushing the bar higher and higher and higher for us. And that’s the fun and thrill of doing the show…. ‘Try to top this, try to top this.’ Greg Berlanti, our producer, has a mantra that says, ‘Never leave anything behind.’ Don’t save anything for tomorrow. Give it your best, give it your all, and then figure out tomorrow how to do it better.”

Listen to the interview below (at one point we lose Bamford, who was kind enough to call from Italy). Then watch those epic fight scenes again. READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: 'Revenge' EP talks winning cliffhanger, most disturbing image

Spoiler alert! That’s something we forgot to say to Revenge EP Sunil Nayar when he phoned in to Entertainment Weekly Radio today to accept his show’s Season Finale Award for Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger and heard the list of nominees. Lucky for you, the clip below is all about his decision to have David Clarke be alive (and to stab Conrad Grayson), as well as the show’s second win in our fifth annual reader-voted awards, Most Disturbing Image. That, of course, would be Victoria’s “gift” to Emily — Aiden’s dead body sitting and waiting for her in front of the fireplace.

“To the credit of Barry [Sloane], who played the part, and to Ken Fink, who directed [the finale], and just the makeup department, it was so much more wonderfully creepy than I even thought it was gonna be,” Nayar says. “Even on the day we shot it, Barry just sitting there and the mouth kinda vaguely open, and how he managed to just stay committed to the moment while being dead was really remarkable. I love the image, and I thought Emily [VanCamp's] performance just seeing it was so tremendous. Her screams, and Victoria turning — it all turned out almost more wonderful and terrifying than we thought it could have been.”

The Revenge writers returned to work May 27, with David’s return and Emily’s reaction to Aiden’s death (she had Victoria, who’d figured out she’s Amanda Clarke, committed!), and more fun lies ahead. “One of the ideas was to reboot [the show], and one of the ideas was to really just kind of boot it in the ass, and I think we did both things really well,” Nayar says. READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: 'Vampire Diaries' director takes us inside Damon's goodbye and that final shot

The winners of EW.com’s fifth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards were announced today (see them here), and The Vampire Diaries earned five prizes: Most Rewound Moment, Most Unforgettable Line, and Best Use of Music for Damon’s goodbye to Elena; and Best (Presumed) Death or Exit and Best Final Shot for Damon’s mysterious disappearance with Bonnie.

Episode director Chris Grismer called into Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept Best Final Shot for that fade to white as the Other Side crumbled, and frenemies Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) held hands to accept their unknown fate. In the end, he took a low-tech approach. “We just sort of over-exposed it, just old-school, and used smoke, and then I just had them grab the cameras and shake them,” he says, with a laugh. “The weird thing about it was the actors couldn’t hear each other because we had fans going and it was just pure chaos. So they kinda had to guess when it was their turn to talk, and then we dubbed their voices afterward.”

Damon’s emotional farewell to Elena (Nina Dobrev) had its own challenges. Somerhalder could look at Dobrev for his close-ups — but since Elena wasn’t supposed to be able to see dead Damon, Dobrev had to spend more time acting without Somerhalder in the frame. “To have her hair move [as though Damon was touching it], I had to have a green rod come in in the middle of the scene and move her hair, and she had to just keep in the moment, even though we were throwing all these curveballs at her,” Grismer says. “She did a great job.”

And for those wondering, he believes Somerhalder did improvise the “baby.”

Listen to the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Remaining 'Enlisted' episodes to air in June

Enlisted was one of the Upfronts’ most-lamented casualties, but Fox is making good on its promise to run four unaired episodes. The network confirms new episodes will premiere Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, starting June 1. Which means you can mourn the show again after the finale on June 22.

But we’ll always have this: READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' season finale: EP Julie Plec answers burning questions

Spoiler alert! After a traumatic season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries, fans were left wondering if they’d seen the last of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) — and who may have returned from The Other Side as a human. Exec producer Julie Plec provides EW with some answers, and teases where we go from here. READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': Ryan Murphy cried at the sight of Matt Bomer's severe weight loss -- LISTEN

No one expects to get through HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semiautobiographical play about the rise of AIDS in New York in the early 1980s, without sobbing. But just listening to director Ryan Murphy describe Matt Bomer’s severe weight loss to play Felix Turner, a New York Times style writer whose body is decimated by the disease, will likely get you misty. HBO allowed Murphy to shut down production from July to November last year so Bomer could lose 40 pounds. “I literally think I burst into tears when I saw him, I was so worried for his health,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “I was so worried for his health, because he had taken it taken it to such a level. He was in a chair getting a haircut, and he could barely turn to greet me, he was so weak. But he carried the weight of all the ghosts of those people who had died. I remember he had a very big nude scene in the shower scene, where he had to basically collapse. And that was always the height of his thinness. And we’re like, ‘Okay, after this scene, you’re gonna be in clothes, so you can start to bulk up again hopefully….’ So to celebrate, he had a cracker. He threw up the cracker. His body had been so deprived for so long that he couldn’t hold any food.”

Listen to a clip of Murphy’s chat with EW Morning Live host Dalton Ross below. He also explains why Bomer and Mark Ruffalo, who plays Felix’s partner Ned, cried for 20 minutes after filming Bomer’s final scene.  READ FULL STORY

Zoe Saldana talks 'Rosemary's Baby,' reveals how tight script security is with 'Avatar' and 'Star Trek' -- LISTEN!

There are three things that helped Zoe Saldana decide to take on the role of Rosemary in NBC’s two-part remake of Rosemary’s Baby, premiering Sunday (Mother’s Day, how nice!) and concluding May 15: She liked the people she’d be working with, she found a way to remove the pressure of worrying about how fans of the classic 1968 Roman Polanski film would receive the update; and oh yes, she’d be spending three months in Paris, where this version of the horror story is set. It may have been that last one that sealed the deal, which she jokingly admitted when she stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105). Listen to her chat with EW Morning Live hosts Dalton Ross and Jessica Shaw below. You will also learn that the French do not take it easy on gorgeous movie stars who don’t speak their language.

In the second clip, Saldana gives updates on the next Avatar and Star Trek films, reveals just how crazy script security on J.J. Abrams and James Cameron movies can get, and is very happy to hear Dalton say he’s genuinely looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy (she got up at 3:30 a.m., six days a week, for five months, to spend four hours in the makeup chair to play Gamora). READ FULL STORY

'Gang Related' star Ramon Rodriguez talks one memorable ride-along

As if the launch of 24: Live Another Day didn’t have enough drama on its own Monday night, Fox also used the two-hour premiere to debut a new trailer for its scripted summer series Gang Related, created by Chris Morgan, writer of The Fast and the Furious franchise since Tokyo Drift. (Watch the trailer below.)

Ramon Rodriguez (Need for Speed, The Wire) stars as Det. Ryan Lopez, a member of Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force who also has ties to one of the city’s most powerful gangs, the Los Angelicos. Its leader (Cliff Curtis) raised him as a son and masterminded his entry into the police force. “What I ended up learning on the gang side is that it’s incredibly organized — scary almost, how organized it can be,” Rodriguez tells EW. “There are cops, unfortunately, that are active gang members — or who are former gang members — and they’ve been caught and kicked out of the department. This happens. Gangs do send their members to the military to learn tactics and strategy to implement when they come back, which is the backstory of my character.” READ FULL STORY

'Hit the Floor': Summer's sexiest promo has arrived -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Hit the Floor, VH1′s sexy summer soap revolving around the Devil Girls — the dancers for a fictional Los Angeles pro basketball team — returns May 26 for a second season. We’ve got your first look at the sexy, sweaty promo now. Watch it below. Fans will notice one new face: She’s All That‘s Jodi Lyn O’Keefe joins the show as Lionel, the estranged starlet wife of Coach Pete Davenport (Dean Cain). Other additions include Adam Senn’s Zero, a God-loving player who has eyes for bad girl Jelena (played by scene-stealer Logan Browning); and Brent Antonello’s Jude, an ambitious junior agent with mysterious motives.

The show was last summer’s top-rated new scripted cable series among adults 18-49. Cain tells EW he expects the ratings to continue to rise. “It is scandalous and wonderful, there’s a lot of beautiful youngins, the drama is good, and it’s set in a really fun, glamorous world, so I think we’re gonna pick up steam,” he says. Cain gets his first sex scene of the season less than 10 minutes in. “It’s a little slow for us,” he jokes. How will Lionel factor into Pete’s existing love triangle on the show? “It’s more of a diamond shape now. We’re gonna go for an octagon, maybe see what happens,” he says, laughing. “Let’s put it this way, when he was a [basketball] player, Pete Davenport was a prolific scorer. And now as a coach and as a lover, Pete Davenport is a prolific scorer.” READ FULL STORY

Kiefer Sutherland explains why one CIA operative wanted him to call his mom -- LISTEN!

Jack Bauer is almost back. Ahead of the May 5 debut of 24: Live Another Day, Kiefer Sutherland sat down with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean for a SiriusXM Town Hall premiering May 2 at 7 p.m. ET on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105). Sutherland took questions from the audience, including one that led him to recount the story of a real CIA operative recognizing him on a ski lift and the conversation that ensued. The gentleman was a fan of the Fox drama but had one request: “He said, ‘I would really like it if you could call my mother and explain to her why I can’t get everything done in 24 hours,’” Sutherland says. “And so I apologized to him profusely.”

Listen to the clip below. Another fan, who’d marathoned 24, asked Sutherland which shows he’s binge-watched. Find out the answer in our second sneak peek. READ FULL STORY

'Drop Dead Diva' welcomes back Ben Feldman -- EXCLUSIVE

If Jane (Brooke Elliott) and Grayson (Jackson Hurst) finally making it to her bedroom in the April 27 episode wasn’t enough reason for Drop Dead Diva fans to be happy, we have another: Fred (Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman), Jane’s original guardian angel, will make a return in the final season. He’ll appear in an episode airing in June. Enjoy your first look (and pray no one touches any buttons).

Drop Dead Diva airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

'Sons of Anarchy': Theo Rossi looks ahead to the final season (and more anxiety)

It’s less than a month until cameras start rolling on the final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and while Theo Rossi (Juice) hasn’t yet read the script for the premiere, fans know from creator Kurt Sutter’s WTF Sutter web series that it’s been turned in to the network with “a few disclaimers in terms of the tone.” 

That’s the kind of tease that makes die-hards both nervous and excited — a state Rossi himself has been in since the identity of Juice’s father became a plot point in season 4. “For anybody who’s had to be near me, live with me, be friends with me, family members, it’s been a nightmare, because it’s been anxiety ever since,” he jokes to EW. “The truth is, what I’ve gotten to do on this show I don’t think I’ll ever match on any job ever, because I’ve literally gotten to play every single emotion an actor can play. I’ve been the funny guy, the loyal guy, the guy fearing for my life, the guy trying to take my own life, the guy taking a lot of other people’s lives as a stone-cold killer, to this guy who’s kinda floating in the abyss now and you don’t know where he’s going – which I think is the most dangerous part about him,” Rossi says. “It’s why you do this, it’s why you get into this racket. Kurt gave me that all in one character. So for this year, I don’t expect that to be any different. If anything, I expect it only to be intensified, really heavily.” READ FULL STORY

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