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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.

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' teaser: What is in that cage?!?

Yesterday, EW delivered one of the first teasers for this fall’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. Now, here’s a glimpse of possibly one of the attractions of the titular freak show in this latest exclusive new teaser. What in the hell is in that cage? Who is the other man keeping the thing in the cage? What’s up with his scary hands? Why can’t this show premiere now? READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' trailer asks if Jax does bad things (Spoiler: Yes)

When Kurt Sutter told EW how many club members will die in Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, which premieres Sept. 9, the number may have seemed low. But a new trailer debuted today on People.com proves that there will definitely be plenty of other targets. “Lot of people gettin’ killed, mama,” Nero tells Gemma. Watch it below to see the bullets fly, as well as to get a first look at the new sheriff in town—Annabeth Gish’s Althea Jarry. READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann to switch ESPN2 timeslots, return to 'SportsCenter'

Keith Olbermann had some big news on the first anniversary of his ESPN2 show, Olbermann.

Starting on Sept.8, Olbermann’s timeslot will shift from 11 p.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET, and switch from a hourlong format to a half-hour-long format, freeing up time for the commentator to host segments of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Olbermann previously hosted SportsCenter from 1992 until 1997, when he left under contentious circumstances with ESPN.

'Covert Affairs' bosses discuss the traitor reveal and the new Big Bad

This post contains plot details of the Covert Affairs midseason finale, “Sensitive Euro Man,” which aired on Aug. 26.

Was Annie right to trust McQuaid? Who was behind the Chicago bombing? Creators Matt Corman and Chris Ord talk to EW about season five’s midseason finale and what to expect when the show returns. READ FULL STORY

New 'Sons of Anarchy' photos are appropriately unsettling

Two weeks from today, Sons of Anarchy‘s final ride begins. We’ve already seen a shot of Charlie Hunnam and Marilyn Manson in the Sept. 9 season premiere; now FX has released more images. Above, a not-at-all awkward shot of Jax (Hunnam) with Gemma (Katey Sagal), the mother he doesn’t know killed his wife, and Wendy (Drea de Matteo), his ex who checks herself out of rehab early and wants to help out with the boys. READ FULL STORY

'Covert Affairs' bosses promise a death in midseason finale

Last week’s episode of USA’s Covert Affairs saw Annie (Piper Perabo) coming to believe that McQuaid (Nic Bishop) orchestrated the Chicago bombing, then having second thoughts when she had the chance to bring him in. “She trusts her gut instinct, and her gut instinct is telling her to trust McQuaid,” co-creator Chris Ord says. “We’ll see where that leads her.”

“If she does go ahead and trust McQuaid,” co-creator Matt Corman adds, “it’s gonna complicate things between she and Auggie even further. Throughout the season, the issue of trust between Annie and Auggie has been showcased, and it’s something the two characters are still working through.”

As the promo for the Aug. 26 midseason finale hints, not everyone will make it to the second half of season five. “Fans of this show have come to expect twists and turns, and this episode delivers. Without getting too specific, yes, a character that the audience has come to know will die,” Corman confirms. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' producer Brian Buckner answers burning finale questions

This post contains plot details of the True Blood series finale, “Thank You,” which aired on Aug. 24. Read the recap

True Blood showrunner Brian Buckner has done some post-finale reading and knows fans have questions. During a conference call with reporters, he answered some of them. Here’s what you need to know: READ FULL STORY

Kristin Bauer van Straten talks Pam's 'True Blood' ending

This post contains plot details of the True Blood series finale, “Thank You,” which aired on Aug. 24. Read the recap

Amidst all the happy endings as True Blood concluded its seven-year run, Pam’s was perhaps the happiest. Kristin Bauer van Straten talked to EW about Pam and Eric’s final scenes, the way the crew tortured her throughout the season, and what Pam’s reaction would have been to Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Ginger (Tara Buck) finally having sex had we seen it. And yes, she cried. READ FULL STORY

'Lost Girl' star Anna Silk on the show ending after season 5

Anna Silk has announced via a teary-eyed video on Twitter that Lost Girl, the Canadian Showcase original series imported to Syfy, will end after the upcoming 16-episode fifth season. Producers learned of the show’s fate early enough in the season to craft a satisfying conclusion for fans. “Honestly, I thought we might get one more, but I knew that this could be the last season,” Silk tells EW. “It’s time, in a way. In terms of the story, I think we could have done another. But I’m happy that we’re saying goodbye in a particularly strong season, and I’m pleased that we’re gonna go out with a bang.”

What excites her most about season five? “There’s just something very clear-headed about my character this year. She’s been through so much on this show. My god,” Silk says of succubus Bo. “It’s almost like she went through so much that she’s just pushed it all to the side. Even though she’s still dealing with a lot of the supernatural things that happen in her world, she’s operating at the height of her intelligence, and I love that.” READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' series finale: The ending you expected?

This post contains plot details of the True Blood series finale that aired on Aug. 24. Get our quick take—and add your own—while our full recap is in the works. Update: Read the recap here.

The producers of True Blood wanted the series finale to be unpredictable, and it definitely was—other than Jason and Brigette ending up together with kids in the time jump. But is unpredictable always a good thing? READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Inside 20 of the final season's best moments

With the end in sight—True Blood‘s series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO—here’s another look inside some of season 7’s most fun and memorable scenes, which have led us there. READ FULL STORY

Paul Reubens to play bad on 'The Blacklist'

The guest list for NBC’s The Blacklist continues to grow: Paul Reubens has been cast as Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld, EW has learned exclusively. He’ll first appear in season two’s third episode, with the arc slated for at least two episodes. “We’re forgoing the bow tie and the bicycle, and it’s going to be something totally different, and it’s gonna be awesome,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says. “It can’t get strange enough for me. One of the most fun things is being able to write for actors who I’ve admired and think are interesting and try to play against expectations. I think this will be a fun one. I’d say he’s gonna shake things up a bit when he enters Red’s orbit.”

“It started with the character,” he says. “We knew what he would feel like and sound like, and then as we started kicking around names, Paul’s name came up as, ‘Well, that would be cool. That will never happen, but we might as well ask.'”

Reubens started work on the show Friday. Other guest stars in season two include Mary-Louise Parker, Lee Tergesen, and Krysten Ritter. Peter Stormare will, of course, return as Berlin.

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