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Ryan Murphy debuts creepy, stop-motion 'AHS: Freak Show' main titles

American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy delivered a surprise for fans today: He debuted the Freak Show main titles on his Twitter feed. Different from previous years, the credits are all stop-motion animation and give the AHS theme music a slight circus twist. They’re stunning—somewhat reminiscent of A Nightmare Before Christmas. The elaborate opener is not surprising given that Murphy has said that this is AHS‘ biggest year yet. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy': Kurt Sutter, cast talk 'Poor Little Lambs' ending

After Sons of Anarchy‘s Sept. 30 West Coast airing, #TigandVenus was trending. (Read our postmortem with Walton Goggins, who returned as transgender escort Venus Van Dam.) Still, there were other huge developments in the episode as well. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' guest star Walton Goggins on that Venus-Tig moment

Venus Van Dam (Justified‘s Walton Goggins) has become a dear friend to Tig (Kim Coates) on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and their relationship took another step in the Sept. 30 episode. “He’s got that twisted, twisted deal in his head, but that’s pure care and love for her in that sort of protective way,” Coates says of the characters’ first kiss. Goggins tells EW about the emotional return—and teases Venus’ next appearance in the final season’s tenth episode. READ FULL STORY

'Manhattan Love Story' premiere react: Rom-com pilot offers little to love

The opening act of a TV show needs to grab the audience, give them a reason to stay after the opening credits roll. Even more so with a pilot, the first scene can set the tone for the entire show—and help a viewer decide whether a show is right or wrong.

Manhattan Love Story’s first scene is disappointing—on the verge of offensive—as it introduces two leads who will likely fall in love, and who the show hopes viewers will fall in love with, too. The problem is from minute one, the familiar Love Story makes it a chore to feel anything but disgust or pity for the two leads.

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Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Monday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your Fall Sunday night game plan:

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Ted Danson explains the secret to comedy, why actors keep working

Ahead of CSI‘s Sept. 28 season premiere (10 p.m. ET on CBS), Ted Danson joined EW’s Kyle Anderson for a SiriusXM Town Hall to talk about his lengthy career. Listen to two highlights below.

In the first clip, after an audience member asks him about being mocked on Seinfeld (he has neither as much money as George Costanza thought he had, nor a plane), Danson reveals the secret to comedy: “I’ve discovered that you don’t have to be the one telling the joke. As long as you’re in the room with funny, you get credit for funny,” he says. Thinking back to taping Cheers with multiple cameras in front of a live audience, which meant actors had to stay alive even when they weren’t the focus of a scene, he explains, “So you have a very funny joke, right. All of the sudden, you’d notice everybody in the cast is crossing behind you just at the right moment of the funny—so they were part of a very funny joke, they were part of that shot. If you had a dumb joke, it was like tumbleweeds. You couldn’t find anyone. All of the sudden, they’d all duck behind the bar to pick something up, or run off someplace else. You would be all by yourself with your non-funny joke.” (He goes on to reminisce about Cheers costar Woody Harrelson insisting he come to the premiere of his film Doc Hollywood, which includes a joke about Danson, and how he got him back in the film Ted.)

In the second clip, Danson admits that walking through airports is how an actor knows where they are career-wise. “Here’s my motto: Keep working. Because otherwise what happens is, somebody will have watched a rerun of Sam Malone when I’m 34 to 44, and then they’ll see me on the street now and go, ‘Geez, you look like s–t,'” he says. “But if you keep working, people realize, ‘Oh, no, that’s alright. I saw CSI. Alright, I get it. He’s aging.'” READ FULL STORY

Watch this, DVR that: Your guide to Sunday's perfect night of TV

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In our fall TV preview, we broke down each day into what to watch live and what to DVR. Here’s your fall Sunday-night game plan:

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'How to Get Away With Murder' premiere: Who killed [SPOILER]? Creator Pete Nowalk talks all the twists!

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE PREMIERE OF HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!!!]

One of the most anticipated new series of the fall, the Shonda Rhimes-produced How to Get Away With Murder, delivered a rollercoaster of a premiere that included the reveal of two dead bodies: Sam, (Tom Verica), the husband of Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), and Lila, one of Sam’s students. Who are the killer(s)? When will the mystery be solved? What would a season two of HTGAWM look like? EW sat down with the series’ creator Pete Nowalk and grilled him for answers!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There are two dead bodies revealed in the premiere—Annalise’s husband Sam and his student Lila. Will we find out their killers by the end of the first season? Or is this going to be like The Killing?
PETE NOWALK: By the end of the first season you’ll find out who killed both of those people and why. Obviously we’ve all learned a lot of lessons from The Killing. You have to move story along faster. It gives you a huge challenge for season two but you just figure it out and that’s the fun part.

I want to people to know and by the end of the second ep this will become more clear but the one body leads to the second body. Lila’s body will lead to Sam’s body.

What can you tease about the season?
I will say this: I think the central relationship of the show in this weird way is Wes and Annalise. I think the first season will be about the education of both of them and each of them teaching each other things that are surprising to each of them. The teacher learns from the students.

It sounds like no one is who they seem.
Yes. I think it’s just the way you meet them in life. Yeah I want it to be an engaged viewing experience, like we show our masks but when we go home there’s a different thing under the mask. If people are like, “Oh Michaela is sort of type A and an overachiever, there’s more to that than meets the eye.”

Is it possible some of these characters will die?
That’s always possible. But we have a dead body—we have two actually. It’s about figuring out how those people died.

This is something you should know: the first few episodes we’re gonna focus on the students. We’ll learn more about each of the students.

Will every episode have a flash forward to the night of Sam’s death?
It’s kind of just like the pilot. But yeah we keep going and we tell a story over the course of the night. We’ll find out things that we thought seemed one way that actually were another way.

Will the flash forwards and the present catch up at the very end of the season?
Right now it’s going to catch up before then because I think there’s a lot of interest how that happened. But also what happens after.

We don’t know where Annalise or Frank or bonnie were on the night of murder.
Right. We’ll find out. Eventually you’ll see every character in the flash-forward.

Do you know what season two would be?
Yeah. But in order for me to tell you that you would need to know a lot of what happens. The great thing about what happens to these kids and Annalise is that’s something that changes you for life so there’s ripple effects that can give us seasons and seasons.

So it’s not a series that will reboot completely, like True Detective or American Horror Story?
No.

So season two would involve…
Annalise. I’ll tell you that because who would kill off Viola Davis?

'Homeland': Your one-minute refresher

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After a status quo shift in the season 3 finale, Homeland returns for its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. Carrie, Saul, and Quinn all look to be moving on from last season. Life hasn’t settled down, however, as season 4 looks to put all three of them in harm’s way yet again.

But did they succeed last year, and at what cost was any of their success? Remind yourself of how things ended with our 60-second refresher:

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'Sons of Anarchy' stars Theo Rossi, Tommy Flanagan talk that scene

In the Sept. 23 episode of Sons of Anarchy, “Playing with Monsters,” Juice (Theo Rossi) used Unser (Dayton Callie) to get Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) alone to ask him if there was anything he could do to earn his way back into SAMCRO. Chibs’ response was brutal: “If I were you, I’d get that gun, put it in my mouth, and pull the trigger.” Rossi and Flanagan talked to EW separately about the moment that Rossi says is a game-changer for Juice. READ FULL STORY

Here's your first look at Venus Van Dam's return to 'Sons of Anarchy'

No matter how dark things get on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, just remember that Venus Van Dam is on the way. The transgender escort played by Justified‘s Walton Goggins makes her return in the Sept. 30 episode when SAMCRO, in need of information, pays her a visit. As fans know, the cast lights up any time her name is mentioned, and Goggins feels that each time he steps on set.

“I really do, and it’s weird. Because I personally, Walton Goggins, don’t feel that—I feel it as Venus,” he says. “Venus feels it and recipocates that with her boys—all the guys on the show. She just considers them brothers, like seeing family that she hasn’t seen in a while. They’re so kind and so gentle to Venus. It’s so refreshing. There’s no competition, there’s just enjoyment on all sides.”

Venus, who was introduced in season five and returned in season six, will also appear in the final ride’s 10th episode. As creator Kurt Sutter told EW, “We find out what’s been going down off-screen between Venus and Tig [Kim Coates]. It’ll be our love story for the season.”

Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

 

James Spader talks 'The Blacklist' season premiere, loving the strange

The Blacklist returns Sept. 22 (10 p.m. ET on NBC), and as fans were informed in the teaser below, war is coming. Berlin (Peter Stormare), the Big Bad revealed in the season-one finale to be the reason Red (James Spader) turned himself into the FBI in the first place—because he couldn’t lure him out and fight him alone—will make it very personal very quickly, executive producer Jon Bokencamp says. “I told Peter we wanted the character to be dangerous and strange,” he says. “He’s constantly emailing back and forth with little questions, nuances, line changes, and ideas to make the character more specific, more grounded, and more fun.”

Season two picks up a few months after the season-one finale, and the task force members are living paranoid lives and feeling hunted. When Red gets a lead, they finally have a reason to get back together. Bokencamp is tight-lipped about his recurring guest stars—which will include Mary-Louise Parker, who is introduced in the premiere as a woman with a deep history with Red, and Paul Reubens, who’ll first appear in episode three as a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld. But talking with Spader (before that promo was released), EW got a few more insights into Red. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' adds Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt for final season

It doesn’t sound like Justified will go gently into that good night. The FX drama, which premieres its sixth and final season in January, has added Sam Elliott and Garret Dillahunt in recurring roles.

Per the network’s announcement, Elliott will play Markham, a legendary gangster who returns to Kentucky with a private army and plenty of cash, which he earned growing legal weed in Colorado. He wants to win back both his empire and his lost love, Katherine Hale (Mary Steenburgen). He’ll rub up against Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), as well as Boyd (Walton Goggins), who seemed poised to re-enter the world of bank robbing with Hale and Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) in season 5’s finale. Another wrinkle: Katherine secretly believes Markham is the rat who turned on her husband. READ FULL STORY

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