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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' exclusive: Watch the most twisted teaser yet!

It’s safe to assume that the characters of American Horror Story: Freak Show are…um…quirky. In this latest exclusive teaser, we meet a contortionist (Is it the same one seen in the trapeze teaser?) who’s not only quite flexible but also boasts an extra leg. Yep, a three-legged contortionist. Only in the weird world of AHS. Watch below.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 on FX and features Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, and Denis O’Hare.

New 'Sons of Anarchy' photos are appropriately unsettling

Two weeks from today, Sons of Anarchy‘s final ride begins. We’ve already seen a shot of Charlie Hunnam and Marilyn Manson in the Sept. 9 season premiere; now FX has released more images. Above, a not-at-all awkward shot of Jax (Hunnam) with Gemma (Katey Sagal), the mother he doesn’t know killed his wife, and Wendy (Drea de Matteo), his ex who checks herself out of rehab early and wants to help out with the boys. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' gets official book -- and series finale air date

With the final season of Sons of Anarchy set to begin in three weeks, it’s never too early to start thinking about the end. Fans can now pre-order the official behind-the-scenes companion book, Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition, which will be released the day after the series finale. FX confirms that the series finale will air Tuesday, Dec. 9. Mark your calendars.

Creator Kurt Sutter wrote a special introduction for the 208-page hardcover book, which will cover all seven seasons of the FX drama and the series finale with photographs, cast interviews, and the stories behind how the show was crafted—right down to the music, props, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and tattoos. The old ladies and rival gangs will also get their due. Plus, in case fans haven’t mastered biker lingo by this point (do not call it a vest), there’ll be a glossary and a guide to the bikes.

A Sons of Anarchy DVD and Blu-ray Collector’s Set has also been announced. The final season premieres Sept. 9 on FX.

This post has been updated to reflect that the series finale is Dec. 9. A new episode will not air the week of Thanksgiving. EW regrets the error.

'Sons of Anarchy' at Comic-Con: One SAMCRO story ends, others begin?

As the close of Comic-Con 2014 neared, the Sons of Anarchy family assembled in Hall H to discuss the FX show’s upcoming seventh and final season with EW‘s own Sons authority Mandi Bierly. On the panel were creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer/director Paris Barclay, and stars Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, and Drea de Matteo. Absent was Charlie Hunnam, who was unable to attend because he’s “doing important service for Vogue magazine,” as Sutter put it. But thanks to a crowd-pleasing video greeting Hunnam shot for Comic-Con, the afternoon wasn’t an entirely Jax-free affair.

(We’ll post the video as soon as it’s available online.)

Later in the session the opening sequence from season seven was screened, prompting Callie to say, “That just scared the hell out of me,” and prompting the crowd to lose its shit. The panel was equal parts emotional (Sutter teared up as Barclay described how rare it is to find a production, and show, as good as Sons) and interesting, with the discussion stoking plenty of anticipation for the roads ahead.  READ FULL STORY

Syfy greenlights pilot based on Lev Grossman's 'The Magicians'

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Syfy announced on Wednesday that it is moving forward with a pilot for The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy series, Deadline reports. The pilot was written by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), with Michael London and Janice Williams onboard to produce.

Perhaps best described as Harry Potter for adults, The Magicians is the first book in a series focused on high-schooler Quentin Coldwater, who is surprised when he’s admitted to an exclusive college to study magic in upstate New York. While studying at the prestigious magic school, he and his friends indulge in drugs, sex, and alcohol. Upon graduation, Quentin and his friends move to New York City, where they find out that the Narnia-like world they read about as children is in fact very real.

This is the second time that a network has attempted to adapt Grossman’s best-selling series. In 2011, a pilot was in the works at Fox with London signed on as producer, but Fox decided to not pick up the series.

The Magician’s Land, the third and final installment in the series, is due to be published on August 5.

Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' is coming to television

With Gone Girl well on its way to the big screen, Gillian Flynn has now set her sights on television.

EW has confirmed that Entertainment One Television is currently working to turn Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects, into a one-hour serialized drama. Sharp Objects follows Camille Preaker, a reporter who leaves her stay at a mental hospital and is immediately thrust back into the world with a tough assignment that forces her to return home to cover a murder involving two preteen girls. Suddenly back in her old room, surrounded by a mother and half-sister she hasn’t exactly kept up with, Camille has to look into her own past to discover the story in front of her.

Flynn will executive produce the show alongside Jason Blum and Charles Layton. Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Marti Noxon will write the script and serve as showrunner.

'The Leftovers' TV Book Club: What changed from page to screen

Seen HBO’s The Leftovers, and want to chat about how it compares to Tom Perrotta’s original novel? You’re in luck—so do EW‘s Hillary Busis and Neil Janowitz. Their spoiler-heavy conversation—filled with thoughts on bleakness, the new Kevin, and creepy bronze baby statues—is below. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' miniseries announces cast

Dumbledore and J.K. Rowling are reunited once again! Well, kind of.

The BBC and HBO have announced the cast for the upcoming miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy. Leading the cast is Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Howard Mollison, as well as Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, Ashes To Ashes), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Penny Dreadful), Monica Dolan (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa), Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal), and newcomer Abigail Lawrie.

The story focuses on a local election in Pagford after a sudden death. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' adaptation will come to HBO

Muggles on both sides of the pond will be able to watch the upcoming Casual Vacancy miniseries.

HBO has come on board as a co-producer of BBC’s previously announced miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, EW has confirmed. The three-hour miniseries will be written by Sarah Phelps (EastEnders) and will be directed by Jonny Campbell (In the Flesh). READ FULL STORY

Pluto.TV: Is this the new world of online video?

It started with Elmo. A little over a year ago, web entrepreneur Ilya Pozin was working on his computer with his two-year-old daughter perched in his lap. To keep her entertained, he was searching for online Sesame Street videos. He’d put one on, but after each one ended, his daughter would yell out, “More Elmo, Daddy!” —  and Pozin would have to go on the hunt for another video. “I’m sitting there thinking, ‘Why am I having to DJ for her every three minutes?'” Pozin says, laughing. “I should be able to just throw on a channel for my daughter that plays videos she loves constantly.”

So he and co-founders Nick Grouf and Tom Ryan built a new web platform, Pluto.TV, to do just that. The platform, which launched today, March 31, essentially sifts through the millions of online videos available on Youtube and elsewhere, finds the best ones, and then put them into channels, and shows on those channels, that run 24/7. It’s like a cable menu for online video. So, for instance, if you’re really, really into cute cat videos (and let’s face it, who isn’t), you can click on Pluto’s Cats channel, and watch a curated list of the best of those  —  everything from shows on “Big Cats” to “Kitten Zone” — all.day.long., for free. You can also DVR stuff and invite friends via Facebook to watch videos with you (and chat about them) live.

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Brit comedian Steve Delaney talks about his new Hulu sitcom 'Count Arthur Strong'

Never heard of veteran vaudeville star Count Arthur Strong? Don’t feel bad. He was never exactly a household name in his native U.K. Also? He doesn’t exist.

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'Walking Dead' exec producer Robert Kirkman talks about new cast member Michael Cudlitz

The big news out of the The Walking Dead panel at this weekend’s New York Comic-Con was the announcement of three new cast members: Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, and Southland actor Michael Cudlitz, who will play Sgt. Abraham Ford. The latter character is a favorite among fans of the Walking Dead comic, which is written by Robert Kirkman, one of the TV show’s executive producers. So why did he and his fellow zombie overlords think Cudlitz was right for the role of the hyper-capable military man?

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'Walking Dead' executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's season premiere

Watching the season 4 premiere of The Walking Dead, it was easy to imagine you had fallen into a Rick Grimes-esque coma and missed a few shows. When did Andrew Lincoln’s much-tortured cop become so handy with a hoe? When was David Morrissey‘s depth perception-challenged maniac The Governor going to make an appearance? And, perhaps most bewilderingly, when did it become okay for Carol to call Daryl “Pookie”?

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