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'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

'Covert Affairs' producers hint at a secretive Annie (and Auggie's return to being a ladies' man)

When Covert Affairs returns on June 24 (USA, 10 p.m. ET), season five picks up four months after Annie (Piper Perabo) shot and killed Henry Wilcox. She’s ready to come back to work, but no one at the agency—including Auggie (Christopher Gorham)—knows where she’s been.

“This is a show about secrets. But up until this point, Annie hasn’t really had a secret that she’s harboring from the folks that she works with at the CIA,” co-creator Matt Corman says. “It’s another layer.”

Viewers will get their first clue as to what Annie’s hiding in the season premiere, which also introduces a new character, Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop). “He’s a private spy essentially, a private military contractor,” co-creator Matt Ord says. “This is an area of espionage that exists that we haven’t really explored up until this point. We brought in McQuaid as a way to examine what it’s like to work as a spy in the private sector. Annie will get to see that world—the advantages and disadvantages. Nic Bishop’s got that swagger that comes with being in a position like this. The chemistry between them, so far, has been off the charts. We’re really excited about what’s going on between Annie and McQuaid.” READ FULL STORY

Meet 'Project Runway' Season 13's designers

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Modern Family’s Julie Bowen and Olympian Lindsey Vonn are among the guest judges who will decide who’s in and who’s out when Project Runway returns for a 13th season.

Previous contestants Ken Laurence (Season 12), Alexander Pope (Season 12), and Amanda Valentine (Season 11) will post their portfolios on Instagram to have the chance to compete against this season’s designers, who are: READ FULL STORY

Rutina Wesley talks 'True Blood' season premiere twist (and what Tara should sing in that 'True Blood' musical)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched True Blood‘s season 7 premiere, stop reading now (or at least read our recap first). Rutina Wesley talked with EW about the opening twist.  READ FULL STORY

Video: 'Orphan Black' creators share their Origin Stories

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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' EP Brian Buckner talks final season: 'Heads are gonna roll'

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

Emmy Watch: View the score for Carrie's goodbye on 'Homeland'

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

'Big Brother' scoop: Chenbot reveals summer twist

This summer’s edition of Big Brother is about to get a lot more complicated twisty.

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 are finally ready to roll with 'Roadies' pilot

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.”

In a sneak peek of tonight's 'Suits,' Louis practices his pitch to Jessica (with visual aids)

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

Emmy Watch: See the storyboards for Danny Crowe's 'Justified' demise

There were a lot of great scenes in Justified‘s fifth season: Art being badass in the dinerthe 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

'Heroes Reborn' to bring back Mr. Bennet, aka HRG

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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

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