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'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

Emmy Watch: 'Sleepy Hollow' EP Alex Kurtzman on the epic reveal

Spoiler alert! If you intend to marathon Sleepy Hollow‘s first season before its fall return, stop reading now. Seriously. The finale’s closing nine minutes, which revealed one of the TV season’s most shocking twists, also made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the season’s 50 Best Scenes, which can be found in the issue on stands now. We spoke to exec producer Alex Kurtzman about the brilliance of John Noble and hiding a major reveal in plain sight. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Maggie Siff talks Tara's park confrontation on 'Sons of Anarchy'

We said it in our recap of Sons of Anarchy‘s season 6 finale, and now we’ll say it again: Every year, EW advocates for Maggie Siff to get an Emmy nomination. We hope this past season’s scene in the park — when Tara is convinced Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is going to kill her, but instead, he decides to set her and their boys free — will finally cinch her one. Here, Siff — a new mom who imagines she’ll “start sniffing around again in the fall” for her next role — talks about that scene, which was named one of the TV season’s 50 Best in the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now. READ FULL STORY

Matt Lauer extends contract with 'Today'

Today may be struggling to regain its stronghold on the morning audience, but apparently NBC still believes that Matt Lauer is the one who can help it return to the winner’s circle: The New York Times is reporting that NBC has extended the veteran newsman’s contract by a number of years.

Speculation had been rampant that Lauer would hit the road once his current deal expires in the next few months — especially given both the ribbing he took during Ann Curry’s much-publicized departure as his co-anchor and Good Morning America’s meteoric rise to No. 1. Nevertheless, NBC extended Lauer’s contract by more than two years, the NYT says.

GMA remains the most-watched morning news program, though Today has been closing the gap of late.

“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”

Lauer began at Today in 1997 and holds the record as the longest-sitting Today anchor.

'Jersey Shore' producer sells prank show to ABC Family

ABC Family has picked up a hidden-camera prank show dubbed Freak Out from Sally Ann Salsano, the producer responsible for MTV’s Jersey Shore.

The half-hour series will bow this fall as part of the net’s “13 Nights of Halloween.” ABC ordered 14 episodes.

Each episode will feature an unsuspecting mark, whose fears come to life with the help of special effects, makeup and actors. “Scary can be funny and this series is sure to deliver the sclaughing … the screaming and the laughing,” said President Tom Ascheim in a statement.

Salsano’s company, 495 Productions, is also responsible for  Snooki & JWOWW, Party Down South, Dance Your Ass Off and Design Star.

'Suits' postmortem: Creator Aaron Korsh on the season 4 premiere, what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Suits‘ season 4 premiere, stop reading now. Creator Aaron Korsh takes us inside the row between Harvey and Mike, the introduction of multiple new characters, and what’s to come.  READ FULL STORY

'Suits' creator Aaron Korsh teases season 4 premiere: Harvey and Mike go toe-to-toe

If you’ve seen the promo for Suits‘ season 4 premiere (airing June 11 at 9 p.m. ET on USA), you know it doesn’t take long for Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) to find themselves at odds now that Mike has left Pearson Specter to become an investment banker at a startup company that retains Harvey as its lawyer. That wasn’t always the plan. “We did think Mike was going to be a client of Harvey’s and they were going to be on the same side, but when I heard those [story ideas], they felt flat to me,” creator Aaron Korsh tells EW. “So I was like, ‘Let’s get them on opposite sides: He’s a client. They fall out. Let’s have them go toe-to-toe.'”

Look for the new recurring characters Walter Gillis (played by Family Ties‘ Michael Gross), the founder of a DVD distribution company trying to hold off a potential takeover attempt, and Logan Sanders (Betrayal‘s Brendan Hines), the son of a millionaire entrepreneur who wants to prove himself with an acquisition, to play key roles. READ FULL STORY

'Royal Pains' season preview: Mark Feuerstein talks a return to blue-sky basics (and Hank getting some)

Fans of USA’s Royal Pains may be happy to hear the dark days are over. As the show enters its sixth season (premieres June 10 at 9 p.m. ET), Mark Feuerstein fills us in. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' sneak peek: Winter is coming, with more pop culture references -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Suits returns June 11, as does the drama’s penchant for Game of Thrones references. Watch an exclusive clip below of Louis (Rick Hoffman) strategizing with Katrina (Amanda Schull) regarding a new threat — Jeff Malone (recurring guest star DB Woodside), a potential minion of Eric Woodall, who still has it out for Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and the firm.

Without spoiling too much, creator Aaron Korsh tells EW you’ll also find Jerry Maguire and Crimson Tide mentions, a Princess Bride reference, and an homage to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the premiere. “What a lot of people don’t know is The Princess Bride and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were written by the same guy [William Goldman],” he says. “I didn’t even remember that when I put those two movies in there.” READ FULL STORY

Miss 'Downton Abbey'? Try Spain's hit period drama, 'The Time In Between'

While there are dozens of new summer shows on the horizon, there’s still nothing that quite fills the void left in the wake of British imports Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife. Enter The Time In Between, a delicious spy drama chock-full of intrigue, sex, betrayal and politics set against the exotic backdrop of Spain and northern Africa.

Based on the international bestseller El Tiempo Entre Costuras by María Dueñas, the 11-episode miniseries tells the story of Sira Quiroga, a poor young seamstress from Madrid who leaves her dependable (if slightly boring) fiancé for rogue salesman (played by hottie Rubén Cortada). They escape together to exotic Morocco; eventually their money runs out, and Sira’s fiancé unceremoniously leaves her to fend for herself and their unborn child. Then, as World War II begins, Sira returns to her native Spain to sew haute couture clothing for the wives of Nazi operatives — and in the process, becomes an undercover spy for the British Secret Service.

Check out this exclusive clip from the first episode of The Time In Between, which features the moment sweet Sira meets Ramiro. With one gaze into his deep green eyes, Sira is smitten — and you might just be too. (Matthew Crawley, who?) Subtitled episodes of The Time In Between will be available on DramaFever and on Hulu’s DramaFever channel July 4. READ FULL STORY

OWN to simulcast Maya Angelou funeral

The Oprah Winfrey Network will simulcast the private memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou on Saturday.

The celebration of her legacy will air at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on OWN. It will also be available via Oprah.com.

“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20s,” Winfrey said in a statement. “She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life.  The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher.  ‘When you learn, teach.  When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.

“She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration,” Winfrey continued. “But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life.  She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace.  I loved her and I know she loved me.  I will profoundly miss her.  She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

Angelou, who was 86, died last month

Morgan Freeman recalls that time he got into a fight with a physicist

Through the Wormhole, the Science Channel series Morgan Freeman hosts and exec produces, returns for a fifth season June 4 with an episode asking the question, “Is poverty genetic?” You’ll have to wait until the July 2 episode, “Is Gravity an Illusion?”, for the hour that features him on helium — a clip that has more than a million views on EW.com alone.

“Things go viral on the Internet. You don’t know what will happen. It’s just one of those things, like rainfall,” the Oscar winner says. (No, the bit wasn’t his idea; yes, it was his first time sucking helium from a balloon.) Here, Freeman talks about other upcoming episodes that will have you talking — including one about a potential zombie apocalypse and one that involves the ocean possibly killing us with a metaphorical fart (his word). READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Redemption Island axed for new twist -- EXCLUSIVE

As Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Survivor Week continues, the scoops keep coming from host Jeff Probst: Turns out Redemption Island won’t be a part of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water after all.

Probst had told EW back in May that the polarizing twist would return. But producers ended up having a change of heart and came up with a new addition to the game, much to the surprise of the players (which number 18 after two left the show for medical reasons, just 48 hours before shooting began). “We decided, we have this arena being built: What if instead of [Redemption Island], we use it for something else. Something that will make Blood vs. Water a little more… interesting,” Probst tells EW, directly from the set of the 29th season now filming in Nicaragua. Listen to the interview below. READ FULL STORY

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