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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.

Watch Halle Berry's steamy space encounter in 'Extant' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The creepy mysteries come fast and furious in Extant, CBS’ new sci-fi drama from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, premiering July 9. Exhibit A: Marcus (Sergio Harford), the handsome ex-lover of Molly Woods (Halle Berry), unexpectedly shows up during her year-long solo space mission.

The series begins with the news that Molly came back from space pregnant–the question is how. Is Marcus the father? And how did he show up in space? And is he actually…human? Watch an exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

Inside that Eric-Jason 'True Blood' sex dream you can't stop watching

If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of True Blood, “I Found You,” stop reading now (or, at least check out our full recap first). We spoke separately with writer Kate Barnow, director Howard Deutch, and actor Ryan Kwanten for an oral history, if you will, of Jason’s much-anticipated—and so very Jason—sex dream about Eric (Alexander Skarsgard).

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Zendaya Coleman exits Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic

Lifetime has confirmed that Zendaya Coleman, the 17-year-old best known as the star of Disney Channel’s Shake It Up! and as a breakout on Dancing With the Stars, will no longer be starring in the cable channel’s upcoming Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (working title).

“We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah. Production is currently on hold,” the network’s PR team confirmed Sunday on its Twitter feed. The casting of Coleman, whose own 2013 single “Replay” spent 21 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, was announced June 16. READ FULL STORY

FX yanks gross billboards for 'The Strain'

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If this image creeps you out, you’re not alone.

FX has learned that some people just can’t stomach billboards that promote The Strain, the cable net’s new horror show that’s based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and author Chuck Hogan.

Turns out the only way FX could worm itself out of this predicament was to just yank ‘em.  “We are in the process of replacing the key art for The Strain on outdoor media in several locations,” according to a network statement. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels' season 4 scoop: Does Elam survive?

In the season three finale of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, Elam (Common) went searching for kidnapped Cullen (Anson Mount) and stumbled upon a bear instead. Out of bullets, he was last seen losing that battle. Considering Common’s not in the first official cast photo released for season four (click here for the full version), fans might worry he’s off the show for good. Those who caught him photographed at the cast and crew’s season 4 kickoff dinner, though, may assume Elam’s back. Exec producer John Wirth confirms it: “He survives the bear attack, but I think you will be surprised to see the manner in which he survives,” he tells EW. “The circumstances of his survival are unique.”

If that—combined with our scoop on Cullen’s relationship with new bride Naomi (now played by MacKenzie Porter)—isn’t enough of a tease for the show’s Aug. 2 return, here’s more from Wirth, including details on the arrival of a few new characters and the episode in which you can expect to see a cameo from Mac Mount, Anson’s rescued French bulldog and social media darling. READ FULL STORY

Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth reunite for 'Mystery Girls' (and jokes about nipple reconstruction and weed)

Ab Fab meets Scooby-Doo“—that’s how Tori Spelling pitched ABC Family on Mystery Girls, which premieres June 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET and finds her and fellow Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Jennie Garth playing former costars of a popular ’90s detective series (also called Mystery Girls) who decide to solve crimes in real life. “That part comes from my love of old mystery shows,” Spelling says. “I loved Remington Steele, and Moonlighting, Hart to Hart, Charlie’s Angels—women solving crimes. I had never really seen it done in a sitcom. I thought that would be really fun.”

Fun and risqué, it turns out. Here the actresses talk about the jokes they can get away with, the literal pains of doing physical comedy, why they used to sweat on the 90210 set, and more. READ FULL STORY

Video: It's three men, a baby, and talk of magical sperm in new 'Please Like Me' clip -- Exclusive

The second season of Please Like Me, the endearing Aussie import that Entertainment Weekly named one of 2013′s Top 10 shows, won’t premiere until August, but you can watch the first clip now. As star Josh Thomas previously told EW, season two jumps ahead a few years and finds Josh living with his best friend Tom (Thomas Ward) and his new housemate/potential love interest Patrick (Charles Cottier).

Josh also has a new baby sister. Enjoy his warm interaction with her below.

Also, Niamh alert. READ FULL STORY

Allow Morgan Freeman to teach you about zombie ants, which are totally real -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you thought nothing could top Morgan Freeman talking on helium, you might want to reconsider. The June 25 episode of his Science Channel series Through the Wormhole explores the question, “Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?” Frightened? As Freeman told EW earlier this month, you don’t really have to be: “This whole thing with zombies is BS, for the most part. However, there is another side to that one coin: There are zombies, at least in the insect world.”

Watch a sneak peek below to learn how an ant foraging for food can pick up a spore of the colloquially-termed “zombie ant fungus”—which multiplies, infects its brain, and releases mind-controlling chemicals. It’s equal parts amazing and horrifying, so feel free to rewind. We’ve made a GIF to haunt you. READ FULL STORY

Diane Sawyer is leaving ABC's 'World News'

Diane Sawyer will leave her high-profile anchor post on ABC’s World News to focus on new programming, while 20/20 Anchor David Muir will replace her starting Sept. 2.

ABC News says Sawyer will lead a team to create and commission original reporting and major interviews for all ABC News programs and platforms.  She will anchor and produce television specials and continue to conduct interviews.

In a memo to staffers, ABC News President James Goldston said this about Sawyer, who led World News for nearly five years: “For many years to come Diane will be a driving force at ABC News with her exceptional storytelling genius.  She will create innovative television specials and events, and, of course, continue to conduct the biggest interviews with the most important and extraordinary people in the world.  Starting this summer she will begin to develop these new stories.” READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' season premiere postmortem: Producers talk Annie's secret, what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched the season 5 premiere of USA’s Covert Affairs, stop reading now. Co-creators Chris Ord and Matt Corman take us inside the twists and tease what’s to come. READ FULL STORY

'Hell on Wheels' EP John Wirth explains the recasting of Cullen's bride -- FIRST LOOK

Hell on Wheels returns Aug. 2, and the AMC Western—which parlayed Saturday night success into an expanded 13-episode fourth season—will have more than one new face. One that might surprise fans is that of Cullen’s young Mormon bride, Naomi. Originally played by Siobhan Williams, the character was introduced early last season when the railroad carved its way through her family’s Nebraska homestead. Cullen (Anson Mount) had sex with her once in the barn, but then had to hang her brother after her trigger-happy father blamed his son for killing of a member of the railroad police. In the season 3 finale, a kidnapped Cullen avoided being hanged by the Mormons (and masquerading Swede) at Fort Smith and married Naomi, who he’d learned was carrying his child. Canadian actress/singer MacKenzie Porter steps into the role for season 4. Here, showrunner John Wirth explains the switch and teases what’s to come. READ FULL STORY

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