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Ask a director what his influences were during film school and the answer probably won’t surprise you: “At a certain point, all I wanted to make was Goodfellas, and then at another point, I was heavily inspired by Spielberg,” Orphan Black co-creator John Fawcett says. But get him to talk about the TV shows and movies he was obsessed with as a child, and that will change. (Killdozer, anyone?)
EW sat Fawcett and co-creator Graeme Manson down for our new video series Origin Stories to chat about both their earliest influences and the movies and TV series that inspired them as they developed their hit clone drama (which airs its season 2 finale June 21 at 9 p.m. ET on BBC America). Watch it below. Then read on for more about the movie Fawcett shot in high school, when they discovered they could work together, and which Breaking Bad scene Fawcett demanded Manson watch immediately. READ FULL STORY
True Blood‘s final season begins this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, and a warning to viewers: Prepare for major Blood-shed. “It’s the final season of True Blood, so gone are the days where we pull our punches,” teases showrunner Brian Buckner. “Heads are gonna roll.”
The premiere picks up immediately after the events of the season 6 finale, which found Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill under siege by a group of Hep-V-infected vamps. “Mayor Merlotte, Sheriff Bellefleur, and Jason Stackhouse are going to have their hands full, because not only do they have to fend off these H-vamps, but also they have to fend off this [Bon Temps] vigilante group,” he explains. In a deliberate nod to Hurricane Katrina, adds Buckner, Blood‘s tiny Louisiana town will be left on its own in the wake of the Hep-V outbreak, getting no support or protection from the government. READ FULL STORY
Even if you don’t watch Homeland, you’re probably aware that Claire Danes’s Carrie is known for her emotional outbursts. But it’s her quiet goodbye to Brody—inking a star on the CIA’s Memorial Wall to commemorate his covert sacrifice—that Entertainment Weekly named the most emotionally devastating scene in the series, as well as one of the 50 Best TV scenes of the year. Watch it again, then look below to find the sheet music for composer Sean Callery’s unconventionally wistful score. READ FULL STORY
This summer’s edition of Big Brother is about to get a lot more
Julie Chen used her gig on The Talk today to announce this summer’s big change – that two head of households will be chosen each week to nominate four, not two, housemates for eviction. Goodness!
Viewers will also play a role in the eviction process. We’ll let the Chenbot do the ‘splaining: READ FULL STORY
Cameron Crowe and J.J. Abrams have long wanted to do a TV series focused on the crew behind a large rock tour, and now they’re getting their chance: Showtime is set to produce an hour-long pilot for their potential half-hour comedy Roadies. The network describes the show as “an inside look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of characters who live for music and the de facto family they’ve formed along the way.”
Crowe, who won an Oscar for writing Almost Famous, will pen and direct the pilot, which he’ll exec produce with Abrams, Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe), and My So-Called Life creator Winnie Holzman, who’ll also serve as showrunner.
“Roadies is Cameron Crowe at his most musically passionate, colorful character best,” Abrams says in the announcement. “We had been talking about the series for so long, but when he actually handed me the script, it was funnier and sweeter and wilder than I had ever imagined. Showtime is the perfect home for these characters—and there is no one I’ve been hoping to work with more than the truly brilliant Winnie Holzman.”
It’s clear from our sneak peek at tonight’s episode of Suits (below) that when we start the hour, Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman) has yet to learn that Jeff Malone (DB Woodside) has joined Pearson Specter. As he preps his long overdue pitch to Jessica on why he should be the one to lead the charge against Eric Woodall’s (former) minion, just imagine the intrigue when they presumably team up to face off with Woodall’s new SEC bulldog—played by recurring guest star Neal McDonough—later in the season. READ FULL STORY
There were a lot of great scenes in Justified‘s fifth season: Art being badass in the diner, the United Nations of A–holes, and Dickie Bennett’s map monologue come to mind. But it’s Danny Crowe (AJ Buckley) finally testing the 21-Foot Rule on Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) that made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 50 best TV scenes of the year, which can be found in the issue now on stands.
At last we were going to see if a knife-wielding nutjob really would win a duel with a gunslinger if he charged him from a distance of 21 feet or less. But in an abrupt and uproarious twist, Danny takes a few steps, falls headfirst into the grave dug for his beloved male dog, Chelsea, and stabs himself through the chin instead. As showrunner Graham Yost told EW in our weekly postmortem, Olyphant had been pitching the death since the start of the season: “He wanted the dog to die. He wanted a grave to be dug. And he wanted Danny to fall in it,” Yost said. “And it’s suggested by something in Out of Sight, one of the great Elmore Leonard film adaptations. There’s a scene in the climax where this character named White Boy Bob is running up the stairs with a gun, and he trips and falls and shoots himself in the head. It’s actually not in Elmore’s book, I don’t think. It was something that was suggested by someone on the set. But it felt very Elmore, and we’ve always loved that moment. So it’s a little bit of our tribute to White Boy Bob.”
Yost and fellow EP Fred Golan happened to be in a meeting with Olyphant when Taylor Elmore, who cowrote the episode with Keith Schreier, called them into his office to view director John Dahl’s storyboards for the scene. Check them out for yourself below. “There was a giddiness,” Yost recalled. “The way Dahl shot it with those feet sticking up, you know, that’s Elmore. It’s funny and it’s horrifying.” READ FULL STORY
The man in the horn-rimmed glasses is returning to NBC.
Mr. Bennet, better known as HRG, is the first role cast for the network’s production of Heroes Reborn. Deadline reports that Jack Coleman has signed on the 13-episodes miniseries that will reconnect with the basic elements of the show’s first season about ordinary people with extraordinary abilities.
The saga behind the 2006 series will return in 2015 with creator Tim Kring adding new layers to his original superhero concept. The series will be preceded by a new digital series that will introduce audiences to the new characters and storylines that will take the Heroes phenomenon to new places. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert! If you intend to marathon Sleepy Hollow‘s first season before its fall return, stop reading now. Seriously. The finale’s closing nine minutes, which revealed one of the TV season’s most shocking twists, also made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the season’s 50 Best Scenes, which can be found in the issue on stands now. We spoke to exec producer Alex Kurtzman about the brilliance of John Noble and hiding a major reveal in plain sight. READ FULL STORY
We said it in our recap of Sons of Anarchy‘s season 6 finale, and now we’ll say it again: Every year, EW advocates for Maggie Siff to get an Emmy nomination. We hope this past season’s scene in the park — when Tara is convinced Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is going to kill her, but instead, he decides to set her and their boys free — will finally cinch her one. Here, Siff — a new mom who imagines she’ll “start sniffing around again in the fall” for her next role — talks about that scene, which was named one of the TV season’s 50 Best in the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now. READ FULL STORY
Today may be struggling to regain its stronghold on the morning audience, but apparently NBC still believes that Matt Lauer is the one who can help it return to the winner’s circle: The New York Times is reporting that NBC has extended the veteran newsman’s contract by a number of years.
Speculation had been rampant that Lauer would hit the road once his current deal expires in the next few months — especially given both the ribbing he took during Ann Curry’s much-publicized departure as his co-anchor and Good Morning America’s meteoric rise to No. 1. Nevertheless, NBC extended Lauer’s contract by more than two years, the NYT says.
GMA remains the most-watched morning news program, though Today has been closing the gap of late.
“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”
Lauer began at Today in 1997 and holds the record as the longest-sitting Today anchor.
ABC Family has picked up a hidden-camera prank show dubbed Freak Out from Sally Ann Salsano, the producer responsible for MTV’s Jersey Shore.
The half-hour series will bow this fall as part of the net’s “13 Nights of Halloween.” ABC ordered 14 episodes.
Each episode will feature an unsuspecting mark, whose fears come to life with the help of special effects, makeup and actors. “Scary can be funny and this series is sure to deliver the sclaughing … the screaming and the laughing,” said President Tom Ascheim in a statement.
Salsano’s company, 495 Productions, is also responsible for Snooki & JWOWW, Party Down South, Dance Your Ass Off and Design Star.
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