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Elijah's on the hunt in the first photos from 'The Originals' season 2

When we left New Orleans, things were not looking good for the Original family. Not only was Hope gone, but Mikael back was, along with Esther and a mystery son. Plus, Francesca seemed to think she was “running things.” But if season 1 taught us anything, it’s that Klaus isn’t one to lose a fight and not kill somebody because of it.

In the first photos from the season 2 premiere, we get a glimpse at Ester and Finn(?) roaming the town, as well as a look at new hybrid Hayley, who’s hopefully getting a little guidance from the Original Hybrid. As for Elijah, he appears to be ridding a werewolf of his moonlight ring, but only after ridding him of his pulse. And as the season 2 trailer showed us, Marcel is keeping busy by building a new vampire army, which apparently means fighting in the rain.

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Scott Glenn joins 'Daredevil' cast as Matt Murdock's mentor

Casting announcements for Marvel’s first foray into Netflix, next year’s Daredevil, continue to roll out one by one. While many of the major players in Hell’s Kitchen have been cast, Marvel today announced who will play an  piece of Matt Murdock’s story: his mentor.

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'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco explains why she chopped off her long locks

By now, fans of The Big Bang Theory have seen the season premiere photos that show Kaley Cuoco’s new ‘do will factor into the storyline on the CBS comedy—that’s right, Penny will be sporting a pixie cut when the show returns. But for those of you wondering why, EW has a new behind-the-scenes video where Cuoco reveals the catalyst for her extreme makeover. Plus: The rest of the cast shares what they’ve been up to all summer:

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Tyler has serious anger issues in first photos from 'Vampire Diaries' season 6

Here’s what we know about The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season: Elena really misses Damon, Jeremy really misses Bonnie, every supernatural being really misses Mystic Falls, and Stefan has a new bed buddy. Oh, and this might be Alaric’s new love interest.

But in the first photos from the season 6 premiere, titled “Fresh Starts and Second Chances,” the focus is on the boys of Mystic Falls, namely Alaric, who has found himself as both a vampire and a college professor. His first order of business? Stopping Tyler from reliving his mistakes of season 1. Only, instead of using his werewolf temper to beat up Jeremy at a bonfire, Tyler seems to get into a fight with a blonde at a football tailgate. And instead of Stefan stepping in to save the day, Alaric gets to be the responsible one to keep Tyler from re-triggering the curse. Oh, how times have changed.

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'Helix' season 2 trailer shows a very different series

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Goodbye snow! The first trailer for the second season of Helix shows a radically different setting. Leaving behind the Arctic Biosystems base, this time the CDC team investigates a deadly outbreak of a new disease on a Windjammer cruise ship. Their investigation leads them to a island inhabited by a cult with the hope of creating a Utopian society (hopefully it’s not the cast of Fox’s Utopia). In addition to star Billy Campbell, this season adds Steven Weber (Wings) as the cult’s charismatic leader and Matt Long (Mad Men) as the CDC team’s new member. Helix returns in January. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad,' 1 year later: Emmy-winning team tells 'Ozymandias' secrets

With the final four episodes of Breaking Bad looming last fall, Vince Gilligan hinted, “A great many chickens will come home to roost for Walt.” And, sure enough, in “Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode of AMC’s harrowing, Emmy-winning meth drama, many of said chickens knocked down the front door of his house and made themselves comfortable in his living room.

During that hour of punishing and mesmerizing television, Walt (Bryan Cranston) would lose much of his blood money and most of his family (except for his baby daughter, whom he kidnapped in a moment of desperation), the latter being the reason that he supposedly turned to a life of meth kingpinnery in the first place. READ FULL STORY

David Tennant, Anna Gunn interview on making 'Gracepoint'

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Imagine if a Time Lord and Skyler White teamed to solve a young boy’s murder in a small Northern California town? That’s what it’s like for fans of Doctor Who and Breaking Bad approaching Fox’s Gracepoint, which takes David Tennant and Anna Gunn, beloved for playing for iconic cable TV roles, and puts them into a big broadcast prime-time crime series. For Tennant, the role means embracing the unusual, perhaps unprecedented, step of reprising the same character he played in Broadchuch, the U.K. version of the show (though Fox has added a different ending for Gracepoint). For Gunn, it means leaving behind an Emmy-winning performance of a tightly-wound character that was both career-making and fan-divisive. Below the actors take our questions about Gracepoint, which debuts on Fox on Oct. 2.

EW: Let’s start before Broadchurch. What was each of your all-time favorite mystery show?
ANNA GUNN: We always said Cagney & Lacey was our inspiration. That was something that made us laugh nonstop, not because this is like Cagney & Lacey, though we could be a team like that—
DAVID TENNANT: And I’m playing Tyne Daly.
GUNN: Yeah, I’m the blonde and you’re the brunette. So that’s my ridiculous answer.
TENNANT: I’d go with Murder One. That was such a novelty because it was one story told over a number of episodes, like Gracepoint.
GUNN: That was great.

Is there anything you see actors doing in detective shows that you tried to avoid?
GUNN: I interviewed a couple different people and went on a ride-along. They pointed out clichéd things on TV shows, and I think the major thing for me was that so much of being a good detective is watching and listening very carefully and less about putting overt pressure on a suspect. It’s not really the way that’s done in the real world. So much of it was really about watching and listening and being an observer rather than cliché about the hard-boiled detective strong-arming anybody.
TENNANT: Because the story is as much an emotional story as it is a procedural story, and as much about people as murder, hopefully you avoid cliché by being true to that emotional life. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Murphy on 'AHS: Freak Show': 'This season, once you die, you're dead'

By now, avid TV watchers know that each season of American Horror Story is an entirely new plot but with much of the same group of actors. Each installment also most importantly stems from the brilliant and imaginative minds of co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. For EW‘s Fall TV Preview, on stands now, Murphy offered up some details from the New Orleans set of AHS‘s latest installment, Freak Show—about the titular group of entertainers in 1952 in Jupiter, Florida—which premieres Oct. 8 at 10pm on FX.

EW: Where did this come from? I know it’s something you and Jessica talked about it right?
RYAN MURPHY: It’s something that Jessica she had always talked about it. Jessica’s a photographer so she had always been interested in that carny world. If you look at her photography, she’s always interested in the lost and the forgotten and the beautiful survivor of it all. We talked about it like every couple of weeks. She sent me a book actually. I once I started investigating it I really loved the idea of it because I felt it was such a ripe world. The carny world, the freak show really ended for the most part when television began. So one freak show replaced another so that was always the idea.

I always was very interested in Tod Browning’s Freaks. I loved that movie and Carnival of Lost Souls so there’s a lot of horror tropes to pull from and admire. It’s also our biggest year so I think it took a while and it took success for us to earn the money to do what we had to do. We had to build an entire city. We built an entire huge compound and then we had to build the interior of all those buildings on set. It’s all period. And it’s all based on [production designer] Mark Worthington’s immaculate research. Jessica went she first walked in said she was brought to tears. She kept saying, “It’s like a poem. It’s like a poem.” It’s a very romantic, sad place. READ FULL STORY

'Frozen' hit to be sung on 'Glee' (not 'Once Upon a Time')

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Disney is letting their big hit go—over to Fox. The network confirmed Monday that Lea Michele will sing the Frozen smash “Let It Go” on Glee‘s final season.

That’s particularly interesting in the light of Disney-owned ABC rolling out a major Frozen arc for fairy tale hit Once Upon a Time this fall, with live-action versions of Elsa (Georgina Haig) and Anna (Elizabeth Lail) in Storybrooke for the first half of season four. Producers have already ruled out attempting any musical numbers in their Frozen arc.

Of course, since Glee isn’t expected back on the air for its final 13 episodes until next year, it’s not like they’re likely the two shows will be throwing chilly looks across the broadcast schedule at each other at the same time. Bonus coincidence: Frozen star and “Let It Go” original vocalist Idina Menzel has played the birth mother for Lea Michele’s character on Glee.

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Spike TV to air memorial special for fallen 'Cops' crew member

Cops crew member Bryce Dion died Aug. 26. He was killed by gunfire while filming the police responding to an armed robbery in Omaha, Nebraska. To remember Dion, Spike TV will air a one-hour special featuring the sound mixer’s work, Deadline reports.

Dion is the first crew member to die while filming Cops, a show that’s been on the air since 1989. “We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping the family in any way we can,” Langley Productions, the company behind Cops, said in a statement after Dion’s death. “Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated person.”
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Bryan Fuller makes science fiction fun again with 'High Moon'

Tonight, Americans have the choice between watching Dancing with the StarsMonday Night Football, and … a SyFy movie with gay Russian spies on the moon. Curious? You’re not alone: SyFy executives thought the same thing of Bryan Fuller’s newest creation, High Moon. For four years, Fuller and the channel entered into an on-again, off-again relationship. At first it was a pilot, then a miniseries, then back to a pilot, then back to… you get the idea.

“[B]ecause of how strange the development process was at the network, I don’t think anybody was surprised [that it wasn't made into a series],” Fuller said. “Right before we were ordered, the highest guy at the network told us he didn’t think this was science fiction. So we were like, ‘OK, this is gonna be interesting.’ [laughs] I think the bigger issue with them was just the tone because it was fun…and science fiction for them has to be serious because they need to be taken seriously as a network.” (SyFy declined to comment.)

In the end, Fuller and the network settled on a TV movie that airs Monday night at 9 p.m ET.  READ FULL STORY

'Z Nation' ratings tie 'Walking Dead' (if you move the decimal point)

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Z Nation ratings came in much, much lower than that other zombie drama’s average — as of course you would expect. But how can we compare Syfy’s new walker zombie drama Z Nation to its most obvious inspiration?

Z Nation debuted to 1.6 million for its Friday night premiere, which is fairly low wattage for a Syfy drama series. But Syfy points out this is a record premiere number for an acquired show produced by an outside part (Sharkado production company The Asylum made Z Nation). The network further noted more viewers watched Z Nation than the most recent telecasts of The Leftovers on HBO, Teen Wolf on MTV and Doctor Who on BBCA — so there.

But let’s look up that dizzying comparison to AMC’s mega-hit The Walking Dead anyway. It’s interesting that Z Nation pulled 1.6 million viewers because that’s the same as The Walking Dead‘s fourth season fall premiere — if you move the decimal point over a notch (16 million viewers). The 2010 series premiere of Walking Dead delivered 5.4 million viewers.

There was one place that Z Nation was an unqualified hit, however: BitTorrent! The show reportedly strongly surged in online pirating after its premiere.

'A Different World' cast reunites for 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?'

In 1987, A Different World debuted as simply a Cosby Show spinoff. But by 1991, the show starring Jasmine Guy and Kadeem Hardison had surpassed Cosby in the ratings and earned an EW cover story touting it as “an ensemble comedy about black college life that’s brightly acted, politically and socially attuned, idiosyncratic, and yes, even funny.”

The cast members are reuniting for the Oct. 26 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which returns with new installments on Oct. 5. Watch a sneak peek below, in which they talk about inspiring a generation to attend college and fondly recall how creator Bill Cosby ends conversations. READ FULL STORY

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