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'Sons of Anarchy': Meet the actor Jax tortured on season 7 premiere

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If you haven’t watched Sons of Anarchy‘s season 7 premiere, stop reading now. If you have, you’ve probably found yourself wondering about the actor who played Chris Dun, the Lin Triad member Gemma framed for Tara’s murder. It’s the first and only appearance for 32-year-old Tim Park on the show, but it sets the final season in motion. Not that he knew that when he landed the part.

He was just finishing up a recurring, non-speaking role as a member of the Yakuza on HBO’s True Blood when his agent sent him an email about auditioning for Sons. He knew the FX drama was huge, but he had to marathon episodes to catch up and learn its tone. He had his doubts going in: “They initially wanted a guy who was taller than what I am, and they wanted a character who had a shaved head,” he says. The audition piece was the bar scene with Gemma (Katey Sagal), but the draft he read made it sound like Chris Dun was flirting with her. “I was just trippin’ out because I grew up watching Katey on Married…With Children, and I thought, ‘If I book this, I’m gonna be doing this with Peggy Bundy,'” he says. He knows this will sound weird, but he tried to channel True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard when he was in the room: “I was on that show for like five weeks, observing how he operates and performs, and I learned so much. I was trying to mimic the way he talks, the intensity in his eyes,” Park says, laughing. “I wish I could tell Alex that, because I never got a chance to thank him. He probably won’t even remember who I am, but that’s the truth. I tried to copy that and make it my own.”

It was only after he won the role that he was told the character would be bound, gagged, brutally tortured, and murdered. “Part of me was thinking, ‘Man, they’re really taking a risk on a no-name.’ I actually went to law school. That’s what brought me to LA,” he says, laughing again. Moving there after graduating from Seattle University School of Law in 2011, he worked at a law firm for four months, decided it wasn’t for him and planned to go into the fitness field until he randomly met his agent at a park in Hollywood. He started his acting career last year. “For them to take a chance on such a dramatic scene, the pressure was on for me,” he says.

He credits the show’s head of makeup, Tracey Anderson, with helping him relax during his makeup test. “She was like, ‘Where did you study acting?’ And I told her, ‘I really didn’t.’ She’s like, ‘Listen, if you can’t really cry, don’t worry, I have fake tears for you. We can make it happen. If worst comes to worst, I can squirt something in your eye that will force you to cry,'” he says. “Ironically, having that comfort knowing there’s a backup plan, it frees you up to go for it. I just went for it.” READ FULL STORY

Yes, fan favorite Pepper will return to 'American Horror Story'

This season of American Horror Story: Freak Show is shaping up to be one of the most memorable so far, in part due to one majorly terrifying clown, conjoined twins, and a gal with three boobs. But now EW can exclusively confirm a rumor that fans have been buzzing about for months: AHS: Asylum fan favorite Pepper, a Briarcliff patient played by Naomi Grossman, will indeed appear on Freak Show. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' gets biggest audience ever for final season premiere

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FX’s murderous biker club is going out on top: Sons of Anarchy returned for its seventh and final season Tuesday night and posted the biggest audience delivery in the show’s history.

The 90-minute opener debuted to 6.2 million viewers at 10 p.m. and a whopping 3.2 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 5 percent from last year’s premiere. Moreover, Sons beats every show on cable and broadcast (especially Fox’s Utopia).

If Sons continues to pull these kind of numbers — and you know they’ll climb even higher for the series finale — the drama will likely win this slot throughout the fall, and even give broadcast’s Tuesday lineup some very steep competition once that gets underway in the next few weeks.

Read our recap of the season premiere, postmortem with exec producers Kurt Sutter and Paris Barclay, and breakdown of the end montage with composer/music supervisor Bob Thiele.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 2 premiere looks like a 'Captain America' reunion

Last week, it was revealed that Hayley Atwell will appear as agent Peggy Carter in the season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, it seems she won’t be the only Captain America: The First Avenger alum in the episode.

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'Sons of Anarchy' premiere: Kurt Sutter, Paris Barclay talk twists

This post contains plot details of “Black Widower,” the Sons of Anarchy season 7 premiere that aired on Sept. 9. Read our full recap.

Sons of Anarchy‘s final season got off to a bloody start as Jax took revenge on the Lin Triad member Gemma claimed she saw leaving his house the night Tara was killed. Below, creator Kurt Sutter, who wrote the episode, takes EW inside the turns, and executive producer Paris Barclay, who directed the premiere, tells us about shooting that final scene—and shares two photos from the set. READ FULL STORY

Keanu Reeves, Roland Emmerich to produce series about virtual reality

Keanu Reeves is taking a trip back to virtual reality. No, it’s not a Matrix sequel—instead, he’ll be co-producing a television series with blockbuster director Roland Emmerich called New Angeles.

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ABC orders second season of 'Bachelor in Paradise'

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Viewers enjoyed their summer romance with ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise so much that the network is renewing the reality TV spin-off for another season, which will premiere in summer 2015. The show, which follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast-offs as they look for “love” in a tropical setting, premiered August 4 and currently ranks as the No. 1 new summer series in the adults 18-49 demo. Bachelor in Paradise replaced Bachelor Pad, which ran for three debaucherous seasons on ABC before getting canceled. The BiP season 1 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Watch 'Key & Peele' characters come together in 'Where You At' music video

Comedy Central’s Key & Peele has debuted a number of memorable characters over its first three seasons, but few are more memorable than Luther, President Obama’s anger translator. He and the president are taking a break from their regular addresses to the American people, however, to premiere “Where You At,” an exclusive new music video that brings some of Key & Peele‘s favorites together for the first time.

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Scary clown alert: See 3 new 'American Horror Story' teasers

Well, we all knew it was coming. American Horror Story: Freak Show co-creator Ryan Murphy had warned EW back in May that the next iteration of his horror anthology would include “the most terrifying clown ever!” Now, FX has released three new teasers for the series and there’s at least one scary clown—maybe even two. Best to watch these with the lights on.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 on FX and features Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, and Denis O’Hare.

'Mindy Project' teaser promises awkward romance for Danny and Mindy

The Mindy Project‘s second season ended in grand romantic-comedy style, as Mindy and Danny kissed—at the top of the Empire State Building, no less. While fans have had to wait several months to see the pair as an actual couple after the two professed their love for each other, Fox has released the first teaser of the third season, and it’s replete with all the awkward romance viewers should expect from the titular doctor.

In the sneak peek, Mindy and Danny are about to have sex for the first time, but, unsurprisingly, the night gets off to a less than ideal start as Danny can’t seem to stop talking, much to Mindy’s frustration.

The Mindy Project‘s third season debuts on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and with it comes a string of big guest stars including Scandal creator Shonda RhimesFargo‘s Allison Tolman, and Cheers’ Rhea Pearlman as Danny’s mother.

Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace round out panel on 'The View'

It looks like there will be two Rosies sitting on the panel on The View this season.

Actress Rosie Perez and political analyst Nicolle Wallace will be rounding out the panel of hosts on The View, joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell. A performer on stage and screen, Perez is best known for her roles in Do The Right Thing, The Counselor, and Fearless, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

“I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join The View,” Perez said in a statement. “Knowing that I’ll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable.  The opportunity to connect with our nation’s audience on a daily basis… icing on the cake! Very happy.”

Wallace is an author and political analyst for MSNBC, and she worked as communications chief for George W. Bush’s administration and was the senior advisor for the McCain-Palin ticket in 2008.

“I am honored to join the tradition of compelling conversations that has been the signature of The View for the better part of two decades,” Wallace said in a statement. “I have watched The View for many years and now to be seated alongside three women that I have admired is both humbling and incredibly exciting.”

Along with the two new hosts comes a new executive producer, Bill Wolff, who will replace long-running exec Bill Geddie. Wolff recently served as vice president of programming at MSNBC and was executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show. These changes come as The View reinvents itself for the new season with a new logo, studio design, and color scheme.

The View returns with a live premiere on Monday, Sept. 15 at 11 pm ET on ABC.

FXX sees ratings boom thanks to 'The Simpsons' marathon

Having taken the crown as the longest TV marathon ever, The Simpsons can add another achievement to its trophy case—launching FXX as a viable network.

While many at FX expected the “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon to draw viewers, the results proved to be beyond anyone’s expectations. Bill Carter at The New York Times has a breakdown of the 12-day marathon’s viewership, and the results would even make Comic Book Guy crack a smile.

Simpsons episodes screened in prime time averaged 1.32 million viewers over the course of the marathon, a huge jump from the network’s previous average of 206,000 viewers at the same time. These numbers not only catapulted FXX to third place among all cable networks in the 18-to-49 demo during the marathon, but it also made it the highest rated network in all of cable television for three out of the 12 nights.

Somewhere, Mr. Burns is whispering “Excellent” to himself as he looks over the marathon’s results.

The marathon also proved to be a hit with fans. The Every Simpsons Ever Twitter profile tweeted along with each episode, retweeting viewer photos and tweets from Simpsons writers, artists, and others involved with the show’s production.

Only a year old, FXX was, prior to the marathon, a struggling network that took over what had previously been Fox Soccer. The Simpsons marathon gave the channel a needed jolt in the ratings and paved the way for FXX’s nightly programming in the months to come.

Visit the Times for a full analysis of the ratings, along with input from FX executives and James L. Brooks, who helped develop the show with Matt Groening and described viewer affection for the marathon as “emotional in ways that we didn’t anticipate.”

Patton Oswalt to guest on CBS' 'Battle Creek'

Battle Creek, CBS’ upcoming buddy cop drama co-created by Breaking Bad‘s Vince Gilligan and House‘s David Shore may not have a premiere date, but it does have a noteworthy guest star.

Patton Oswalt joins stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as the unorthodox mayor of Battle Creek, Mich., in the freshman season’s sixth episode, “Cereal Killer,” EW has learned exclusively. The character’s full name? Mayor Scooter Hardy. There really was no other casting choice.

Duhamel stars as Milton Chamberlain, a handsome, charismatic FBI agent with unlimited resources, who opens a field office at the underfunded police station in Battle Creek and chooses a gruff local detective, Russ Agnew (Winters), to be his partner. Janet McTeer, Kal Penn, Edward Fordham, Jr. and Aubrey Dollar also star.

Oswalt, who’s become a go-to guest star, is also set to reprise his role as Fire Marshall Boone on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine this fall. Other recent turns include appearances on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Modern Family, Drunk History, Justified, and  Parks and Recreation.

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