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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.














'East Los High' builds on Hulu's success among Hispanic audiences

You can’t set your DVR for East Los High, one of the most popular shows among Hispanic youth. But you can stream the show online on your laptop or tablet (or even TV, if you insist)—now in its second season on Hulu—as a nod to not only the changing nature of television, but as a telling insight on how a streaming content company has managed to build a sizeable audience among one of television’s most coveted demographics: Latino 20-somethings.

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'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

Why Halle Berry was drawn to 'Extant' and that (alien?) baby

On Wednesday, Halle Berry will make her TV comeback in Extant, a new futuristic drama on CBS about a married astronaut who returns to earth pregnant after a year-long mission in space. Here, Berry (whose first acting jobs were in old TV shows like Living Dolls and Knot’s Landing) talks about her character and that thing growing in her character’s belly.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Talk about when you first discovered the script for Extant.
HALLE BERRY:
The minute I started to read it, I couldn’t put it down. Every step of the way, as I read that script, I thought, wow. This is different, it’s innovative, it’s got a strong female character. I want to do this. This was a complicated woman, a complicated family. Who is a woman who goes away to space for a year and leaves her husband? Who is a woman who comes back pregnant and tries to handle it somehow on her own? 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

'American Horror Story' comes to Comic-Con, alongside '24' and others

Something wicked must be brewing in San Diego, as Fox Television has promised a first-time appearance from FX series American Horror Story during Comic-Con. In fact, the members of last season’s coven—including Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, through to Sarah Paulson and Emma Roberts—will make an appearance.

In a press release, Fox also promised 24‘s Kiefer Sutherland, who will arrive for a 24 retrospective, as well as more first-time witchery from Salem and Witches of East End. 

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Brandon Routh joins 'Arrow' as The Atom

Brandon Routh is trading in his blue and red tights for another pair of blue and red tights. EW has confirmed that the Superman Returns actor has booked a recurring role in Arrow‘s third season as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom.

According to TVLine, Ray Palmer, an “unparalleled scientist and inventor,” is Queen Consolidated’s new owner and has mysterious plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division. He is rumored to be a love interest for Felicity.

In the comics, Ray Palmer/The Atom has the power to alter the size of his body and can shrink down to subatomic levels. This is not the character’s first live-action appearance: John Kassir portrayed the character in the failed 1997 CBS pilot/TV movie Justice League of America. The Atom has also been featured in both the Young Justice and Justice League Unlimited animated series.

The Atom is the second DC Comics superhero to join Arrow in its third season. As was previously reported, Devon Aoki was cast as the classic DC Comics hero Katana.

Arrow premieres on the CW on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Joe Manganiello talks 'True Blood' shocker

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of True Blood, stop reading now (or update: check out our full recap first). We spoke to the actor behind the final season’s latest casualty. READ FULL STORY

Video: Sneak a peek at Morgan Spurlock's '7 Deadly Sins' docuseries

“You gotta have some strange to make life worth living,” Morgan Spurlock says. And his darkly comic Showtime docuseries 7 Deadly Sins, premiering Aug. 7, certainly celebrates that idea. Get an exclusive first look below.

You’ll spot “cougar hunter” Kyle Jones, the 31-year-old who made headlines last month for dating a very satisfied 91-year-old. But the teaser previews how exec producer/host Spurlock will explore each of the seven deadly sins—lust, gluttony, sloth, envy, pride, wrath, and greed—one per episode. READ FULL STORY

Walton Goggins' Venus Van Dam will return to 'Sons of Anarchy'

Sons of Anarchy fans are nervous heading into the show’s final season, but here’s something good to look forward to: Walton Goggins will return as transgender escort Venus Van Dam. Creator Kurt Sutter confirmed it on Twitter (in NSFW language that properly conveys his own excitement).

Goggins, who could earn a guest performer Emmy nomination June 10 for the character’s emotional return in season six, had been vocal about wanting to play the role again. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you see her again before this show is done. I’ll just say that,” he told EW last October. “She’s like a drug for me. And I think she’s like a drug for Kurt. Kurt and his writing staff did such a good job of creating this woman who is as strong as they come and now simultaneously as vulnerable as they come. I just… I miss her. I missed her the day that we wrapped, and I miss her now. I hope to be six inches taller than some of the members of the gang on Sons of Anarchy again, but we’ll see.” READ FULL STORY

'Man v. Food' host Adam Richman rants on Instagram, new show delayed

Adam Richman–the formerly fluffy host of Man v. Food who irked online folks by using the word “thinspiration” to describe his recent weight loss–may be on the cusp of losing his new show too.

The Travel Channel recently announced that it was postponing the July 2 debut of Man Finds Food, a new show that would have sent Richman on the hunt for off-the-beaten-path restaurants and menu items. A spokesman for the cable network wouldn’t provide a reason for the decision, though the timing is suspect given Richman’s recent online tirade. After he posted a photo on his Instagram account that showed his weight loss, he included the hashtag #thinspiration. He quickly learned via his followers that the term “is very popular in pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia circles,” according to blogger Amber Sarah. The online fight escalated, with Richman hurling expletive-fueled digs–some of which he took down.

Richman has become a big personality for The Travel Channel, even though he hasn’t produced fresh episodes of Man v. Food–a show that featured him eating massive quantities of food–for years.

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