Tonight on the Suits summer finale (USA, 10 p.m. ET), Ava Hessington (Michelle Fairley) is suing Pearson Specter and Edward Darby’s firm for malpractice and fans of the show will recognize her attorney — Harvey’s nemesis, Travis Tanner (Eric Close). “To be fair to Ava, if you find out that the firm that was defending you for murder is the firm that actually committed the murder, I don’t think you’re necessarily in the wrong for suing them,” creator Aaron Korsh says. ”The task for Harvey and Jessica is to try to convince Ava to not go after them and to just go after Edward Darby, because they didn’t have anything to do with these murders. They think it’s Tanner that’s keeping Ava from being reasonable and they may or may not be right about that.” Scotty (Abigail Spencer) is back, and, for a change, fighting on the same side as Harvey against Tanner. “That’s obviously going to have some ramifications for them,” Korsh says. (Expect to debate whether this episode is Tanner at his worst. “If you go back and watch that scene in 207 when he makes Harvey punch him, he was pretty much of a bastard there, too. I think you’d leave that to the audience decide,” Korsh says, with a laugh. “But yeah, he’s a bastard.”) READ FULL STORY
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On the Arrow season 1 DVD, which is out today, there’s talk of what the show might do down the line with Laurel (Katie Cassidy) as Black Canary. See an exclusive clip from the extras below. But in the meantime, producers will begin the Black Canary mythology in the Oct. 9 season 2 premiere with Caity Lotz in the role. “She’s a new player in town, a vigilante who avenges wronged women and seems to have a fixation on the Arrow and our team is trying to figure out why,” exec producer Andrew Kreisberg says. (Because it’s a mystery that may take a few episodes to solve, we’d encourage you not to read that particular spoiler online. It’ll be more fun to play along.)
As for what awaits Laurel in season 2, which picks up five months after the earthquake that leveled the Glades: “Both Laurel and Oliver are dealing with the death of Tommy. Even though Tommy had broken up with her, she really feels like she betrayed Tommy by sleeping with Oliver — and certainly after Tommy died trying to save her,” Kreisberg says. “So Laurel’s energy this season early on is to try to make amends for that. Unfortunately for Oliver, that means she wants to catch the vigilante in her new job as the District Attorney. So as she and Oliver are trying to deal with their respective grief at having betrayed and lost Tommy, their hunting each other at night. It’s a new and fun dynamic for us to put them in.”
Covert Affairs‘ tense summer run climaxes tonight as we finally reach that flash-forward moment that began the season: Annie (Piper Perabo) and Calder (Hill Harper) pulling their guns on one another and firing. We now know she’s in Germany trying to figure out who Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin) was meeting with on his layover to Copenhagen, where he committed an act of terrorism that he blamed on Teo (Manolo Cardona). And yes, Teo really did die during surgery for a bullet wound acquired during his escape with Annie. “It speaks of how much the audience enjoyed the character and Manolo that they don’t want him to die,” co-creator Chris Ord tells EW. “But unfortunately, for our story to go on, he needs to have passed.”
We’ll have a full postmortem with Ord and co-creator Matt Corman on Wednesday, but here’s what they’ll tease now: Auggie (Chris Gorham) now suspects that Calder isn’t working for Henry Wilcox after all. “We’re gonna get some real clarity as to whether Calder is a good guy or a bad guy,” Corman says. “Obviously, there are gradations within that, but we’re really going to understand him much more fully by the end of this finale.” The creators know Calder is a character that fans love to hate. “Hill is such an engaging actor to watch, and the character is so fun — we’re just happy that people are responding passionately about the character,” Ord says. “I think that’s what we all want out of television — to have visceral, passionate reactions — and if people are yelling at the TV, all the better.”
As you’ll see in our exclusive clip below of Arthur (Peter Gallagher) talking with Joan (Kari Matchett), word is out that Teo is his son and they need to find a way to communicate with Annie and get her home.
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The CW knows its audience, and since we’ve already posted one shirtless photo of Arrow star Stephen Amell today, we’re not complaining. Check out the four badass posters of Amell, David Ramsey, Manu Bennett, and Colton Haynes to promote season 2. The tagline is “Coming Back Strong,” so the gun (and abs) show is not gratuitous. At least that’s how we would have sold it in the pitch meeting. (Correction: We would have voted for our colleague Sandra Gonzalez’s suggestion: The CW’s Hump Day.) READ FULL STORY
Cousins Stephen Amell, 32, and Robbie Amell, 25, are used to having “Football Sundays” together, but starting Oct. 9, they’ll share something else: “Amell Wednesdays.”
The CW will air their action-packed dramas back-to-back (the returning Arrow at 8 p.m., followed by The Tomorrow People at 9 p.m.). We chatted with them for EW’s Fall TV Preview issue, on newsstands now. Read that Q&A to find out who’s shirtless in more episodes this season (so far) and where Robbie falls on the list of people Stephen will call to babysit (his wife, Cassandra Jean, is expecting their first child later this year). In the meantime, here’s more.
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Things are never easy in Hell on Wheels (except on the rare occasion that Anson Mount’s Cullen is drunk and doing the Two-Step). In this week’s episode, a cholera epidemic strikes, and Cullen must find fresh water before his workers die. Watch a sneak peek below. He’s not looking so good himself. READ FULL STORY
Nashville‘s first season hits DVD on Sept. 17, which gives you plenty of time to marathon it before the drama returns to ABC on Sept. 25. View a deleted scene below, and watch Rayna (Connie Britton) take an extraordinarily long time to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Speaking to EW for our Fall TV preview issue on stands Friday, Nashville exec producer Dee Johnson offered a couple of teases for the formerly happy couple of Rayna and Teddy (Eric Close) in season 2: She will — surprise! — survive that car crash with Deacon (Charles Esten), have a “love/mostly hate” relationship with the hot new head of her record label (played by Oliver Hudson), and perhaps get involved with a country star whose stature in the business is even bigger than hers (played by Will Chase). And Teddy, well, last we saw him, he’d just found out that Peggy (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) was pregnant. ”He’s not very happy about it,” Johnson said, laughing. “It continues to be a story point for them moving forward, and he and his whole family have to wrestle with how best to handle that.”
Spoiler alert: Sons of Anarchy‘s season 6 premiere featured many scenes that got fans talking, one of which was Jax (Charlie Hunnam) cheating on his wife Tara (Maggie Siff) with maternal madame Colette (Kim Dickens), someone with whom he’s also jumping into business. In a conference call with reporters today, Siff explained why Tara didn’t want to see Jax while she’s in jail awaiting her bail hearing and teased the character’s arc this season.
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Last week, BBC America’s brilliant whodunit Broadchurch took another tragic turn when Jack Marshall (David Bradley) was found dead on the beach, presumably having committed suicide after being hounded by both the press and the town about the past he never wanted to revisit. We learned he went to prison for having sex with a girl just shy of her 16th birthday. When he got out, he married her. She was 17, he was 40. They had a son together. The boy died in a car accident when he was 6. His mother had been driving. The grief tore Jack’s marriage apart, and he moved to Broadchurch for a fresh start. He did like to hug the boys in the Sea Brigade — not because he’s a pedophile, but because he missed holding his son. (Now we know why we saw Danny’s mother, Beth, ask to hug Tom before. This show is so good about threading things in that only afterward do you realize were tiny clues.)
Because we have three more episodes in the season, including tonight’s, it’s safe to assume Jack truly wasn’t the killer. We’re also prepared to rule the family out (how lovely was it to see Beth and Mark not fight for a moment?) and have narrowed our suspect list. Watch our sneak peek of this evening’s hour below. The clip is a manual on how producers captivate us. Then name the killer in our weekly poll!
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What could make the dissolution of the law firm Pearson Darby Specter even more fun to watch? Jessica (Gina Torres) putting Louis (Rick Hoffman) in charge of the negotiations. Watch our sneak peek of this week’s Suits to see her surprising directive (and Louis’ predictably awesome response). The penultimate hour in the USA drama’s summer season also finds Harvey (Gabriel Macht) battling with his old flame Scottie (Abigail Spencer) and Mike (Patrick J. Adams) asking Rachel (Meghan Markle) to take a step forward in their relationship.
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Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the Luther season (series?) finale, stop reading now. READ FULL STORY
She may be the star of ABC’s Mistresses now, but Alyssa Milano had no qualms reminiscing about her days on Melrose Place as Jennifer Mancini, Michael’s sister, when she stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio’s TV Editor’s Hour. Asked for her favorite Melrose memory, Milano didn’t hesitate: “I have a great visual memory of Heather Locklear being pregnant and adorable, and passing her trailer — ’cause we used to share a two banger — and she was in denim overalls, with a black lace bra, nothing else, eating a tub of chocolate frosting.”
Listen to her interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Henry Goldblatt below. There’s also talk of a Charmed reunion (at her house) and a discussion about why she’s drawn to shows that combine drama with comedy. “Because that’s life. What is life without laughter? No matter how hard things get in your world, you have to be able to laugh at the situation,” she says. “I remember someone once telling me before I married my husband, ‘You know you found the one if you can laugh no matter what the situation is.’ And that is truly what I have with my husband. So yeah, I think that those types of characters are really relatable — where you’re just able to look at yourself and be like, Ohmygod, what is my world — it’s hilarious.” READ FULL STORY
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