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'Suits' renewed for fifth season

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USA’s Suits is dressing up for a fifth season. The cable network has renewed the legal dramedy for another 16 episodes for next year. “Suits continues to fire on all cylinders, delivering provocative storytelling and complex characters that viewers can’t get enough of,” said Chris McCumber, president of USA Network. “With some of the best writing on television, and a brilliant ensemble cast, we anticipate a spectacular fifth season for a series that has become a marquee property for USA.”

So far this summer, the current fourth season is averaging about 4 million viewers, including DVR playback. This current season included a big plot shift at the firm that left Harvey (Gabriel Macht) at odds with his legal associate Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) who left to head to Wall Street as an investment banker. The show’s midseason finale airs Wednesday, Aug. 20.

'True Blood' postmortem: Inside the twists of 'Almost Home'

This post contains plot details of “Almost Home,” the True Blood episode that aired on Aug. 10. Read our full recap here.

The writer of Sunday’s installment of True Blood, supervising producer Kate Barnow, took EW inside Violet’s torture dungeon, Bill’s life-or-death decision, Jason and Jessica’s sweet car conversation, and every other big moment.  READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: How Discovery chooses titles like 'Air Jaws: Fin of Fury'

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As Shark Week begins Sunday, Aug. 10, so does viewers’ amazement at the titles of Discovery’s new specials. “We have brainstorm meetings for titles on every show, and I’m telling you, when a brainstorm meeting on the next car show comes up, you go to a conference room and there’s like four people in it,” Michael Sorensen, VP of development and production for the channel, says. “Anytime we have a Shark Week brainstorm for titles, you have to get more seats. It’s packed, people throwing out mash-ups: One of my favorites that came out of one of these meetings was Sharkcano. I’m like, ‘I don’t even know what that is, but if we ever find sharks feeding around underwater volcanos, I’m sure there’s a show there.'”

A good title does often come first, he admits. “This might be a bit of a spoiler for next year, but Donna [Alessandro, VP of programming] came in, and she’s like, ‘I know one: The Bride of Jaws.’ I was like, ‘What is that show?’ She’s like, ‘I don’t know. That’s for you to figure out.’ So it took us like three or four months thinking, ‘Is The Bride of Jaws a love story? Is it about how great whites are mating? Is it the journey to bring two sharks together?’ And then finally, we met with this incredible science team in Australia who’s been working with this shark called Joan of Shark, which was a pretty big news story a couple months ago. She’s the biggest female great white they’ve ever seen. We’re like, ‘That could be it! That could be the focus here,'” he says. “Now it’s a show with a fantastic title, and I think it’s gonna have some incredible science.”

Here, Sorensen shares the stories behind some of 2014’s most noteworthy specials, including Air Jaws: Fin of Fury, Lair of the Mega Shark, and Zombie Sharks. READ FULL STORY

Shark Week: Inside two must-see 'Air Jaws: Fin of Fury' moments

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Discovery’s 27th Annual Shark Week officially kicks off Sunday, Aug. 10 with the premiere of Air Jaws: Fin of Fury (8 p.m. ET). Veteran filmmaker Jeff Kurr led his team on a two-year hunt for Colossus, the aggressive “mega-shark” with a deformed dorsal fin he famously captured breaching at Seal Island, South Africa, in 2011. Here’s a sneak peek of two of the hour’s most tense moments, with commentary from Kurr. READ FULL STORY

Who would win a Presidential race between Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer?

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They’re both the leads on political series. They both crave power. They’re both the focus of this week’s EW cover story on The 25 Best Characters on TV. But what would happen if House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) ever met Veep‘s Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)?

“I’m not even sure she’d be alive,” laughs Spacey. “First of all, Frank would probably find a way to manipulate the little guy that carries her purse around. So I’d have a mole in her office. I do have this hilarious notion that at some point on either of our shows we should be walking down a hallway and having a discussion and pass each other, and just stop, and then keep going.” READ FULL STORY

Sam Heughan talks 'Outlander' (and what's under his kilt)

Meet your new Scottish delight (sorry, Walkers Shortbread): 34-year-old Sam Heughan stars as hunky warrior Jamie Fraser in the upcoming Starz drama Outlander, debuting Aug. 9 at 9 p.m. Based on the bestselling book series by Diana Gabaldon, the adaptation follows English former army nurse Claire Randall as she mysteriously travels back in time from 1945 to 18th-century Scotland. Her only real ally in this unfamiliar land is the strapping young Jamie, who goes to great pains (literally!) to keep her safe…and satisfied.

EW spoke with Heughan—just days before his first Comic-Con—about the pressures of portraying such a beloved character, Outlander boot camp, and whether he wears his kilt the “traditional” Scottish way. READ FULL STORY

Watch the 'Sons of Anarchy' final season trailer (with actual footage)

After a round of ominous 20-second teasers, FX has released the first trailer for Sons of Anarchy’s final season with actual footage. “The desire for revenge is a part of grieving,” DA Patterson tells Jax. “In my world, violent desires will never become real. In yours, it’s a very likely outcome.” Watch it below:  READ FULL STORY

'Deadliest Catch' producer on arctic storm that threatens the fleet

Season 10 of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch comes to an epic close tonight with a two-hour finale that finds the fleet facing an Arctic storm with hurricane-force winds. Each boat deals with its own form of danger and drama, but fans who were happy to see the Cornelia Marie back in the Bering Sea will be especially tense.

Having finished its Opie season, the Cornelia is docked at Dutch Harbor when the storm strikes. All the camera equipment is already off the boat when Ben Staley, a producer with Original Productions who’d been embedded with the Cornelia, hears from Capt. Casey McManus that 100 mph gusts are snapping lines at the dock and they have to get down there. Unable to reach boat owner Josh Harris, who’s already caught a flight out, McManus has to decide whether to keep the Cornelia put and risk all the lines snapping, sending her into the rocks some 200 feet away, or to try to run the boat to a safer location (and risk ending up in the rocks in the process anyway).

Phoning in to Entertainment Weekly Radio, Staley said the entire ordeal—which is edited down to an excruciating 15 minutes—actually lasted four or five hours. “Casey, who has been a fisherman since he was about eight or nine years old, [has] finally got the chance to captain a boat—and it’s the Cornelia Marie, which is kind of a legendary boat,” Staley said. “And here he is at the end of the season having to make these life or death decisions on if he’s gonna destroy the boat or not. Nobody would want to be in those shoes, and one error would be disastrous.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' postmortem: Inside Sookie's 'May Be the Last Time' choice

This post contains plot details of “May Be the Last Time,” the True Blood episode that aired on Aug. 3. Read our full recap here.

The writer of Sunday’s installment of True Blood, Craig Chester, took EW inside the big Sookie and Bill reunion, Arlene’s sexy, emotional scenes with Keith, the joys of researching Violet’s sex dungeon, and the moment he and showrunner Brian Buckner (aka Bucky) first felt like the series was truly coming to an end. READ FULL STORY

See the 'Sons of Anarchy' final season poster that will haunt you

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FX has released a poster for Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, and it alters one of the show’s iconic images—Jax’s back tattoo. Click on the magnifying glass to see the full shot.

At Comic-Con, creator Kurt Sutter said, “This season will be the most proactive for Jax. He’s driven, with a singular purpose. Rather than being a reactor to chaos, he will be the inciter. It’s almost like writing a brand new character.” So how to interpret the art: Does Jax’s determination to avenge Tara’s death turn the club into one collective Reaper? Will his personal pain ultimately lead to the death of his brothers and his club? Will three club members die—one for each eye and nose, which you could easily imagine as large bullet holes?

If you missed the results of our final season death watch polls, here’s how roughly 30,000 fans predicted 15 characters’ fates: READ FULL STORY

Watch Charlie Hunnam greet 'Sons of Anarchy' fans in Comic-Con video

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When Charlie Hunnam couldn’t make it to Sunday’s emotional Sons of Anarchy panel at Comic-Con, the actor knew he had to make it up to the fans. After all, this was the show’s last visit to Hall H.

Now, everyone can see the video Hunnam scripted himself to fill the void his absence left behind. SOA executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the short, told the crowd it was his all-time favorite scene to shoot because the guys—including castmates Tommy Flanagan, Mark Boone Junior, and Kim Coates—had so much fun making it. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' postmortem: Inside the twists of 'Karma'

This post contains plot details of “Karma,” the True Blood episode that aired on July 27. Read our full recap here.

 

The writer/director of Sunday’s installment of True Blood, Angela Robinson, took EW inside the big Sarah Newlin reveal and her personal inspiration for Bill’s legal consultation. READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter get emotional at Comic-Con

FX has released video of one of the highlights of Sons of Anarchy‘s Sunday Comic-Con panel: Creator Kurt Sutter being moved to tears as fellow exec producer Paris Barclay expressed his and the cast’s appreciation as they continue filming their final season. Below, see the cast give Sutter a standing ovation and Sutter’s equally moving response. READ FULL STORY

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