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Season Finale Awards: 'Once Upon a Time' creators on Regina's misfortune, casting Elsa, and that Hook-Emma hook-up

One of the big winners of EW.com’s fifth annual Season Finale Awards (voted on by readers like you!) was Once Upon a Time, ABC’s fantasy fairy tale which took home five awards* including Best Romantic Cliffhanger, Funniest Moment in a Drama, and Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It, I Just Heard or Read About It.

To accept the awards, show creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz called in to Entertainment Weekly Radio on Sirius XM 105, where we quizzed them about all things season finale — including that steamy kiss between Hook and Emma, the misfortune of Regina, and what’s coming next in season four.

On Hook being jealous of Hook (Funniest Moment in a Drama): “I think all of us inside have jealousy and sometimes that even includes ourselves in past lives. For us, we kind of look at Captain Hook as our Han Solo. We say he’s Han Solo with guyliner.”

On the Robin-Regina-Marian triangle (Best Romantic Cliffhanger): “[Lana Parilla, who plays Regina] was like, ‘Oh, I’m really enjoying this, I’m falling in love,’ and we said, ‘Great, enjoy it, because we are going to destroy you.'”

On surprising fan love for Regina: “What’s amazing for us is that this is a woman who started the show trying to kill all the lead characters, and now everyone’s mad at us for ripping away her boyfriend.”

On whether Elsa, whose arrival was teased in the final moment of the finale, is more Frozen or fairy tale (Biggest Regret That I Didn’t See It…): “For us, I think this is Elsa from Frozen. That was kind of the inspiration… Will there be our own elements put to it? Yes. Like all things like we do with Snow White or Peter Pan or Captain Hook, we take our own kind of twist on it but remaining faithful to the actual essence of the character.”

Listen to the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: 'Revenge' EP talks winning cliffhanger, most disturbing image

Spoiler alert! That’s something we forgot to say to Revenge EP Sunil Nayar when he phoned in to Entertainment Weekly Radio today to accept his show’s Season Finale Award for Best Non-Romantic Cliffhanger and heard the list of nominees. Lucky for you, the clip below is all about his decision to have David Clarke be alive (and to stab Conrad Grayson), as well as the show’s second win in our fifth annual reader-voted awards, Most Disturbing Image. That, of course, would be Victoria’s “gift” to Emily — Aiden’s dead body sitting and waiting for her in front of the fireplace.

“To the credit of Barry [Sloane], who played the part, and to Ken Fink, who directed [the finale], and just the makeup department, it was so much more wonderfully creepy than I even thought it was gonna be,” Nayar says. “Even on the day we shot it, Barry just sitting there and the mouth kinda vaguely open, and how he managed to just stay committed to the moment while being dead was really remarkable. I love the image, and I thought Emily [VanCamp's] performance just seeing it was so tremendous. Her screams, and Victoria turning — it all turned out almost more wonderful and terrifying than we thought it could have been.”

The Revenge writers returned to work May 27, with David’s return and Emily’s reaction to Aiden’s death (she had Victoria, who’d figured out she’s Amanda Clarke, committed!), and more fun lies ahead. “One of the ideas was to reboot [the show], and one of the ideas was to really just kind of boot it in the ass, and I think we did both things really well,” Nayar says. READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: 'Vampire Diaries' director takes us inside Damon's goodbye and that final shot

The winners of EW.com’s fifth annual reader-voted Season Finale Awards were announced today (see them here), and The Vampire Diaries earned five prizes: Most Rewound Moment, Most Unforgettable Line, and Best Use of Music for Damon’s goodbye to Elena; and Best (Presumed) Death or Exit and Best Final Shot for Damon’s mysterious disappearance with Bonnie.

Episode director Chris Grismer called into Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept Best Final Shot for that fade to white as the Other Side crumbled, and frenemies Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) held hands to accept their unknown fate. In the end, he took a low-tech approach. “We just sort of over-exposed it, just old-school, and used smoke, and then I just had them grab the cameras and shake them,” he says, with a laugh. “The weird thing about it was the actors couldn’t hear each other because we had fans going and it was just pure chaos. So they kinda had to guess when it was their turn to talk, and then we dubbed their voices afterward.”

Damon’s emotional farewell to Elena (Nina Dobrev) had its own challenges. Somerhalder could look at Dobrev for his close-ups — but since Elena wasn’t supposed to be able to see dead Damon, Dobrev had to spend more time acting without Somerhalder in the frame. “To have her hair move [as though Damon was touching it], I had to have a green rod come in in the middle of the scene and move her hair, and she had to just keep in the moment, even though we were throwing all these curveballs at her,” Grismer says. “She did a great job.”

And for those wondering, he believes Somerhalder did improvise the “baby.”

Listen to the clip below. READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart' ratings solid

The Sunday premiere of The Normal Heart — Ryan Murphy’s stellar adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the HIV-AIDS crisis in early ’80s New York City  —  was a solid hit for HBO. 

The movie, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer, averaged 1.4 million viewers across two plays Sunday. The premiere at 9 averaged just under one million viewers, with an additional 434,000 at 11:15.

Its premiere ranks fifth in viewership among the 17 films that HBO has premiered since 2010.

 

Top 50 most-watched shows of 2013-14

Which show had you gathering around the TV the most this season? The results probably won’t surprise you Mark Harmon lovers, but there are plenty of bragging rights to go around for the James Spader and Blake Shelton fan clubs.

Here are the top 50 most-watched shows among viewers (not to be confused with the top 50 shows in the 18-49 demo, which you can see by clicking here): READ FULL STORY

Top 50 broadcast TV shows of 2013-14

The 2013-14 TV season for the broadcast nets ends this week — and no surprise, football continues to reign supreme for NBC. Here are the top 50 top 55 shows (because lots are tied) among adults 18-49 for the TV season that began Sept. 23.

Each rating point in the 18-49 demo equals 1.3 million viewers.  READ FULL STORY

Remaining 'Enlisted' episodes to air in June

Enlisted was one of the Upfronts’ most-lamented casualties, but Fox is making good on its promise to run four unaired episodes. The network confirms new episodes will premiere Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, starting June 1. Which means you can mourn the show again after the finale on June 22.

But we’ll always have this: READ FULL STORY

'The View' farewell to Barbara Walters rates big

Barbara Walters’ last day on The View was a ratings bonanza: The star-studded show that featured appearances from Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey averaged 5.2 million viewers — the show’s fourth-ranked broadcast of all time, Nielsen says.

It was also the most-watched telecast in over a year and a half among women 18-49 (818,000) and women 25-54 (1 million).

Thursday’s telecast averaged 4.2 million and featured 11current and former View co-hosts for the first time on stage together.

On Friday, several female TV journalists filled the stage to pay tribute to Walters, including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Jane Pauley, Connie Chung, Joan Lunden, Paula Zahn and Robin Roberts.

 

Billboard Music Awards most watched in 13 years

ABC took the winner’s trophy on Sunday thanks to a decent turnout for the Billboard Music Awards. The two-hour ceremony was the No. 1 show of the night in viewers (10.4 million) and adults 18-49 (3.5 rating), Nielsen says. It was also the most-watched Billboard telecast in 13 years.

CBS just edged out a second place spot in 18-49 (at least according to early estimates) by airing the season finales of The Amazing Race (1.7/5); The Good Wife (1.2/3, down 25% from last season’s finale) and The Mentalist (1.5/4, down 12% from last season’s finale). CBS’ most-watched show of the night was 60 Minutes at 9.8 million.

Fox had the second-highest rated program on the night in 18-49 in Family Guy (2.0). Bob’s Burgers got a .9, American Dad a 1.2; The Simpsons a 1.6, and Cosmos a 1.1. At 3.8 million, Family Guy was the net’s most-watched show.

NBC came in fourth with the special Coldplay: Ghost Stories (.4), American Dream Builders (.4) and the repeat special Women of SNL (.8), which was also the net’s most-watched show for the night at 2.8 million.

 

'River Monsters' renewed by Animal Planet

Jeremy Wade will be back with his scary underwater creatures: Animal Planet has renewed River Monsters for a seventh season.

The unscripted show that sends Wade sleuthing for freshwater mysteries is Animal Planet’s best-performing series ever. It’s sixth season debut was its most-watched-season premiere and also ranked as the most-watched network season premiere among key demos.

The two-hour opener, dubbed “Amazon Apocalypse,” averaged 1.7 million viewers.

The sixth season finale of River Monsters will air Monday, May 26 at 9 ET with “Body Snatcher,” an episode in which Wade investigates rumors of a body-snatching spirit and predatory freshwater mermaid that is said to drag men deep into the river, never to be seen again.

'Vampire Diaries' season finale: EP Julie Plec answers burning questions

Spoiler alert! After a traumatic season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries, fans were left wondering if they’d seen the last of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) — and who may have returned from The Other Side as a human. Exec producer Julie Plec provides EW with some answers, and teases where we go from here. READ FULL STORY

'The View' says goodbye to Barbara Walters

Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey joined just about every female anchor currently on network TV to bid farewell today to Barbara Walters, who is retiring this week from The View and ABC News.

After taping a reunion with current and former co-hosts of The View (welcome back, Star Jones, Rosie O’Donnell and Lisa Ling!) that aired earlier today, Walters, 84, rejoined current hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd for one last lovefest behind the desk for a final show that’ll run Friday. Dressed in a white jacket and black skirt, Walters walked on stage for one last time as the crowd chanted “Barbara! Barbara!” Pictures from her long broadcast history (Walters and the Carters; Walters and Hugh Downs) flashed in the background. READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': Ryan Murphy cried at the sight of Matt Bomer's severe weight loss -- LISTEN

No one expects to get through HBO’s adaptation of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semiautobiographical play about the rise of AIDS in New York in the early 1980s, without sobbing. But just listening to director Ryan Murphy describe Matt Bomer’s severe weight loss to play Felix Turner, a New York Times style writer whose body is decimated by the disease, will likely get you misty. HBO allowed Murphy to shut down production from July to November last year so Bomer could lose 40 pounds. “I literally think I burst into tears when I saw him, I was so worried for his health,” Murphy told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “I was so worried for his health, because he had taken it taken it to such a level. He was in a chair getting a haircut, and he could barely turn to greet me, he was so weak. But he carried the weight of all the ghosts of those people who had died. I remember he had a very big nude scene in the shower scene, where he had to basically collapse. And that was always the height of his thinness. And we’re like, ‘Okay, after this scene, you’re gonna be in clothes, so you can start to bulk up again hopefully….’ So to celebrate, he had a cracker. He threw up the cracker. His body had been so deprived for so long that he couldn’t hold any food.”

Listen to a clip of Murphy’s chat with EW Morning Live host Dalton Ross below. He also explains why Bomer and Mark Ruffalo, who plays Felix’s partner Ned, cried for 20 minutes after filming Bomer’s final scene.  READ FULL STORY

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