Season 6 of The Good Wife returns Sept. 21 at 9:30 p.m on CBS. (Note the special time, courtesy of football runover.) Season 5 was one of the best—and most dramatic—in the show’s history, and star Julianna Margulies walked away with an Emmy as proof. See where the show left off by watching EW’s 60-second refresher video. READ FULL STORY
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Last night saw the excellent two-hour premiere of the new season of The Ultimate Fighter. Subtitled A Champion Will Be Crowned, this new season pits 16 of the best 115-pound women in the world in a tournament, with the winner becoming the first ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. Last night’s premiere featured one of the best fights the show has ever seen, a three-round tilt between Randa Markos and Tecia Torres. Despite being seeded well above her opponent, Torres fell to Markos’ crafty striking and superior grappling, giving the show the first of what will probably be many upsets and classic moments. READ FULL STORY
Emmy-winning Sherlock actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman usually play their respective roles of Holmes and Watson with admirably straight faces. But the two stars of the PBS show are not immune to cracking up, as an outtake featured in the new Sherlock: The Complete Seasons 1-3 Limited Edition Gift Set demonstrates.
Katherine Heigl kind of disappeared for a while. She was busy raising two kids, loving on rescue dogs, and starring in the occasional ensemble movie or sleep aid commercial. This fall, she returns in a big way with the NBC drama State of Affairs, playing a hardened CIA analyst tasked with keeping the President (played with great steeliness by Alfre Woodard) informed of the most pressing threats to national security.
While Heigl might have been lying low the last several years, stories of her supposedly bad reputation took flight. Rumors of her “difficult nature”—a phrase, by the way, that one rarely sees pinned on a male star, as is it has the condescending whiff of a naughty girl refusing to act nice—hit a peak with a scathing 2013 story in The Hollywood Reporter that blamed Heigl’s lagging career on her bad attitude. Her crimes included, among other things, daring to question whether Judd Apatow occasionally underwrote his female characters and complaining about the quality of craft services on set. This counted as career suicide in a town inhabited by Charlie Sheen. READ FULL STORY
Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Julie, did you think there was any possible chance whatsoever that one of these people was not going to press the BB Rewind button?
JULIE CHEN: There was no chance in “you know where” that these houseguests were NOT pressing the button. These are hard core die hard fans! If they didn’t press the button, they wouldn’t deserve to be there. READ FULL STORY
Attention Star Wars fans: Want to see the new ships, locations, characters and weapons that will be in Episode VII? Some of them might make their debut appearance as early as this fall.
The team behind Disney’s other announced Star Wars filmed story, the one that’s being released next month—Star Wars Rebels, which premieres Disney Channel before moving to Disney XD—is creatively in cahoots with the Episode VII team, EW has learned exclusively. Even though Rebels takes place years before the events of the first-released Star Wars film (Episode IV), and is an animated series rather than a feature film, Disney wants to make sure any creative elements introduced in Rebels align with the rest of the Star Wars canon. That way, even with multiple Star Wars projects in various stages of development at the same time, the brand’s world-building will continue in a cohesive and consistent manner.
“It’s a very integrated process, there’s real communication between all the filmmakers because we’re all part of a larger timeline,” says Rebels executive producer Simon Kinberg, who is also a creative consultant on Episode VII. “There is absolutely communication and integration between the different stories. We are very aware of what they’re doing in VII, and we also have to click into place with Episode IV.” READ FULL STORY
What if Jack Bauer was a ghost hunter?
That’s sort of like the logline for a new drama project Fox is developing from 24 writer-producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto.
The pitch: “After a devastating supernatural attack, an Iraq war vet takes it as his mission to hunt down the most viscerally terrifying paranormal phenomenon.”
Should we call him Lord Clooney?
EW has confirmed that George Clooney will appear in a short Downton Abbey-related film. The film is part of Text Santa, a fundraising campaign initiated by ITV, the U.K. broadcaster of Downton Abbey. The film will air in December as part of the campaign, which supports six different U.K.-based charities each year.
This is real: Discovery Channel is stranding Republican and Democratic U.S. senators on a deserted island and filming what happens.
In an aisle-crossing new reality series titled Rival Survival, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) must put their political differences aside and work together for six days and six nights in an harsh isolated environment.
The senators released this joint statement about the surprising venture: “Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington right now. We can both attest that no one is more frustrated than those of us trying to get things done in this environment. We recognize how difficult it can be to cut through the partisanship. So we decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.”
We’re told the senators, weary of partisan politics, actually approached Discovery about the project rather than the other way around. Neither man is up for re-election.
Flake, deemed “a true conservative Republican” by the network’s release, served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six consecutive terms from 2001-2013 prior to his election to the U.S. Senate and “attacks government spending and is vocal on hot-button issues like immigration reform.” He was part of the “Gang of 8″ who teamed up to try to change immigration policies. Sen. Heinrich, a member of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is a “conservationist and a strong progressive voice from New Mexico on issues that include education, health care and social security.”
They were dropped on the island of Eru, Marshall Islands. More from the release: “Using only these limited resources and their wits, the pair must work together as they attempt to spear fish, build shelter and find enough water to survive for one week.”
At least, unlike on other cable survival reality shows, they’re not naked (we assume). Rival Survival premieres Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.
Ellen Pompeo is still going strong as Grey’s Anatomy lead character Meredith Grey after 10 seasons on the show, but she might be done acting when Grey’s is done airing.
The actress talked candidly about her future in the business when she appeared at a BuzzFeed Brews event Wednesday that also hosted the two leads of Shonda Rhimes’ other dramas, Scandal‘s Kerry Washington and How to Get Away with Murder‘s Viola Davis. READ FULL STORY
Start kvelling. Barbra Streisand, who only infrequently pays late night shows a visit, will be the only featured guest on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Monday, according to NBC. The singer, who is promoting an album of duets titled Partners, will be on hand Sept. 15 for what the network is billing as a “night of talk, comedy and performance.”
NBC is touting this as Streisand’s first guest appearance on a U.S. late night talk show in over 50 years, having last been a Tonight Show guest in 1963. She did, as The Hollywood Reporter noted, make a brief cameo on David Letterman’s The Late Show in 1994. (In 1993, Jay Leno sent Richard Simmons to report live from Streisand’s New Year’s Eve show at the MGM Grand and showed a clip of her performance.)
Streisand’s album, due out Sept. 16, features duets with the likes of Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, and Josh Groban. Somehow it seems likely that Fallon might decide to duet with her as well.
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