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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

'Deadliest Catch': The Cornelia Marie is finally coming -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s the moment Deadliest Catch fans have been waiting for since hearing that the Cornelia Marie would return in season 10: The beloved blue boat is back in the Bering Sea in the June 10 episode. Watch the opening of the hour below. The clip serves as both a tribute to the late Capt. Phil Harris and a recap of son Josh’s journey to follow in his dad’s footsteps.

Warning: it’s wonderful to hear Phil’s voice again, but you will see him exchange “I love you”s with Josh in the hospital — a moment that will simultaneously warm and break your heart all over again. READ FULL STORY

NBC fall premiere dates; 'Constantine' held until October

NBC will hold off premiering its new comic book series Constantine until late October, according to its latest schedule update out today.

As previously announced, Katherine Heigl’s new drama State of Affairs won’t start up until November.

Here are the premiere dates: READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Two contestants left show before filming began in Nicaragua -- EXCLUSIVE

The 29th season of CBS’ Survivor has begun filming in Nicaragua, and host Jeff Probst says that two contestants left the show 48 hours before the competition began for medical reasons.

“We just lost two contestants [Friday],” Probst tells EW’s Dalton Ross, who’s hosting EW Morning Live with Jessica Shaw from the set of Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water all week on Entertainment Weekly Radio. “We came out here with 20. We spend months casting our show — months. I mean, this is like….who you’re gonna ask to prom. All year you’re like, ‘Is it her or her?’ and ‘Will she say yes?’ And you finally get your 20 people, and then through no fault of their own — just a medical situation — they can’t play…. So instead of 20, it puts us at 18. Instead of equal men and women, it puts us uneven men and women.”

Listen to Probst explain why the show must go on in the clip below. Bonus: You’ll also hear a Survivor helicopter pass overhead. READ FULL STORY

'The Good Wife': Hear the music that makes it great

Now, Good Wife fans can hear the score that accompanied the extraordinary drama this season: The drama is releasing a soundtrack.

Music from the CBS drama is now available on Amazon MP3. Ardent fans should recognize many of the pieces from season five on the soundtrack, including the very short title sequence to the series — all of which comes courtesy of Composer David Buckley.

“The music was re-arranged and re-recorded for this release using a 50-piece orchestra and various soloists,” Buckley told EW. “I focused on Season 5 music as there has been an overwhelming enthusiasm for it from viewers, and I felt that this material could stand up on its own for a listening experience. The tone is largely Classical in style — with some obvious exceptions including the very silly I Wanna Kiss Peter Florrick —  and I hope the music reflects some key themes of the show … office politics, current affairs, love, betrayal and death, each often mingled with humor.

“Hitting the Fan is a really important cue in the show …  the bonds between the main characters are shattered as Alicia and Cary leave Will and Diane to set up their own firm,” Buckley continued. “We wanted a different musical language to express this momentous shift, and so we hit on this Baroque/Classical style and it turned out that this track would inform the sound for the rest of the season.”

Here’s a sample: READ FULL STORY

'24: Live Another Day': Don't second-guess momma

In this teaser for Monday’s episode of Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, Michelle Fairley — aka Margot Al-Harazi — explains how hell hath no fury like a terrorist mother scorned. READ FULL STORY

Arsenio Hall show is yanked for good

The Arsenio Hall Show — which already earned a second season renewal – will not go on as planned.

“While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” said a spokesperson for CBS TV Distribution, which produced the talk show for the Tribune Station Group.  “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

“When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge,” continued Hall in a statement. “I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created.  I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”

Hall’s show debuted last September on 17 stations including WPIX, New York, at 11 p.m.; KTLA, Los Angeles, at 11 p.m.; and WGN, Chicago, at 10 p.m. Its median age was 50.1.

 

 

Before 'Crossbones,' 'CSI' was the only series John Malkovich considered -- LISTEN

John Malkovich has done TV movies and miniseries, but the May 30 premiere of NBC’s Crossbones marks his first role as a series regular. As Malkovich, who stars as the pirate Blackbeard in the drama from Luther creator Neil Cross, tells Entertainment Weekly Radio, he’d only ever been approached about starring in one other show: CSI, when William Peterson left the CBS procedural. “I had a conversation with Billy. I had a conversation with Gary Sinise, who’s also an old friend and does the other CSI. Sort of about what that was, what it meant, what the life was, etc.,” he says.

In the end, he couldn’t imagine losing his freedom to do other projects for nine months of the year. “I really had to think about it because I was doing two operas, I still direct plays all the time, doing other little films that interested me — I mean, that, okay, nobody saw and you don’t get paid for and blah, blah, blah, but that interested me. I didn’t know if I could see myself doing that. And both Billy and Gary thought they could not see me doing that, but go ahead if you want,” he adds with a laugh. READ FULL STORY

'The Strain': Guillermo del Toro on the creation of his FX series' big bad vampire -- EXCLUSIVE

Getting the flu is a major bummer. But it’s waaay preferable to a contagious virus that turns you into a vampire, the all-too-creepy premise behind FX’s July horror epic The Strain. Based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and author Chuck Hogan, and executive-produced by Lost’s ­Carlton Cuse, the 13-episode series focuses on an epidemiologist (House of Cards’ Corey Stoll) who must battle a parasitic sickness threatening to transform New Yorkers into plasma-loving monsters.

The main carrier of the ­disease? The Master, one of the oldest vampires in existence. The Strain’s brutal behemoth is so complicated to operate that it takes two men (actor Robert Maillet and dancer Roberto Campanella) plus several visual-effects artists to bring him to life on screen. Del Toro shares this exclusive early sketch of the villain and talks about creating the ultimate bloodsucker. READ FULL STORY

'Sons of Anarchy' casts Annabeth Gish as new sheriff

It’s a big day for Sons of Anarchy casting news: After the announcement that Marilyn Manson will be recurring in the final season, FX confirms that The Bridge‘s Annabeth Gish will play new sheriff Althea Jarry. The veteran of Stockton’s Organized Crime Unit will be tasked with solving the murders of Sheriff Eli Roosevelt and Tara Knowles. TVLine was the first to report the casting.

Like the sheriffs who’ve come before her, Jarry will learn she has to work with SAMCRO to keep bullets from flying — but she’ll be no pushover. (Here’s hoping she fares better than Agent Stahl.)

Gish, who’ll remain on The Bridge, won’t appear in the season 7 premiere, which features the debut of Manson as Ron Tully, a white supremacist prison shot-caller who Jax uses to expand his power base.

'Sons of Anarchy' casts Marilyn Manson in recurring role

Filming of Sons of Anarchy‘s final season got underway May 28. Here’s something to look forward to: Marilyn Manson will recur as Ron Tully, a white supremacist prison shot-caller who Jax uses to expand his power base. He’ll make his debut in the season 7 premiere this fall.

Sons has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,” Manson says in FX’s announcement. “So I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of SOA is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”

UPDATE: The Bridge‘s Annabeth Gish has been cast as the new sheriff.

'The Bachelorette' sneak peek: Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris tolerates Andi's vocals -- EXCLUSIVE

Sometimes you want to hide your eyes when you watch The Bachelorette. Other times, you need to wrap that pillow around your head and cover your ears.

The two-night Bachelorette event that begins Sunday, June 1 apparently will be the latter, as 12 men get the “[group] date of a lifetime” when they have the opportunity to sing with Boyz II Men live in concert. In our exclusive sneak peek below, Boys II Men’s Wanya Morris tells Andi she sucks while practicing “I’ll Make Love to You.” He is not wrong. But they both seem to be having a great time nevertheless. READ FULL STORY

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