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'Walking Dead' season 5 premiere is show's highest-rated episode ever

The Walking Dead is very much alive.

The show’s season 5 premiere marked the series’ highest-rated episode ever with 17.3 million viewers, up 7 percent from the previous record-holder, the season 4 premiere. The show was also up 6 percent in adults aged 18-49 with 11 million viewers.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon teaming up for 'Incorporated' on Syfy

The dynamic Good Will Hunting duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are once again teaming up: Affleck and Damon’s Pearl Street Films is developing Incorporated for Syfy along with CBS Television Studios, Syfy announced.  READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' slips, 'Mulaney' grows in ratings

Once Upon a Time slipped in the ratings in its third outing, but by how much remains to be seen since Nielsen has yet to send out updated numbers after finding an error in its system.

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'Gotham' stars and producer tease new friends and foes set to appear

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Gotham continues to populate its streets with familiar faces from the Batman universe. Villains like Two-Face and Victor Zsasz have already been announced, but the show’s producers and stars suggested a few more big names are on their way.

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Constantin Film producing 'Mortal Instruments,' 'Resident Evil' TV series

While production on a sequel to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones resumed after first being stalled, it seems that project has actually transformed from a film sequel to a television series.

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Sam Neill joins CBS' 'The Dovekeepers'

Sam Neill has joined the cast of the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers, EW has learned.

Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel, the four-part miniseries tells the story of four women whose lives intersect as they fight for survival when 900 Jews are besieged for months in a fortress at Masada.

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What should the final shot of 'Sons of Anarchy' be?

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter announced Sunday that he’d finished the series finale script with a screen grab of an “early draft” of the final shot. READ FULL STORY

Wilson Bethel joins 'The Astronaut Wives Club' as series regular

Wilson Bethel is leaving Hart of Dixie behind, but only temporarily.

EW has confirmed that Bethel has landed a series regular role on ABC’s 10-episode drama The Astronaut Wives Club from Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The series is based on Lily Koppel’s book and tells the real story of the women married to some of the nation’s biggest space heroes.

Bethel will play Scott Carpenter, an astronaut and husband to Yvonne Strahovski’s Rene Carpenter. According to Deadline, Bethel will appear in eight of the 10 episodes, which will allow him to continue filming Hart of Dixie.

Fox orders six additional episodes of 'Gotham'

It looks like the villains of Gotham will terrorize Jim Gordon and the GCPD for a little while longer.

Fox just announced that it has ordered six more episodes of the freshman series, raising its first season order to a total of 22 episodes.

While the Batman prequel series slipped slightly in the ratings in its second week, the show also enjoyed one of the fall’s strongest premieres.

'American Horror Story' renewed for fifth season after setting ratings record

It’s very good to be a Freak: FX has just announced that the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show has set a record as the most-watched TV episode in the network’s history(!), with 10 million total viewers (6.54 million 18-49), according to Live+3 numbers. That bests last year’s Coven premiere of 7.27 million by 38 percent.

Based on the success of AHS: Freak Show, the network also announced that it will deliver a fifth installment of American Horror Story in October 2015. Co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW last week that he’s already planted clues for next year in the first two episodes of this current season.

Christina Hendricks joins Comedy Central's 'Another Period'

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks is going back in time once again for Another Perioda Comedy Central series set in the early 1900s.

Hendricks is the latest addition to the show, which is written and stars roast frequenter Natasha Leggero and Garfunkel and Oates’ Riki Lindhome. Leggero and Lindhome will play sisters, who, as members of the wealthy Bellacourt family, have a ton of money—and that’s about it. The Emmy-nominated Hendricks is set to play a servant with a secret identity. READ FULL STORY

John Noble talks going full villain on 'Sleepy Hollow'

On tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) will tangle with a demonic take on the Pied Piper. Presumably, our heroes will best the beast before the hour is over. But even if they do, they’ll still have to tangle with season two’s true Big Bad: Henry Parrish, a.k.a. the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse, a.k.a. Ichabod and Katrina’s long-lost son. As played by John Noble, he’s a deliciously wicked foil for the two Witnesses—especially when he’s slinking around Sleepy Hollow pretending to be an innocent lawyer.

EW caught up with Noble on Sleepy Hollow‘s North Carolina set, where he told us all about how he and Mison tangle when the cameras are off—and the particular dangers of shooting this spooky show. (Think terrible heat and poisonous spiders.)

EW: How’s your day going so far?
John Noble: We’re having a fabulous day out here in Fredericks Manor. We love this location. It’s an old rice plantation that actually stopped functioning as a rice plantation after the Civil War. The house itself is so old, too. So it’s really exciting to come out here for a change. Apart from the mosquitos and the ticks. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

'The Originals' star Daniel Gillies on Elijah's great curse, more wars

For the Originals, immortality comes with a lot of baggage, particularly in the form of family members. But it also comes with a wealth of knowledge, and in Elijah’s case, a thousand-year-old sense of understanding and forgiveness. It’s something that Elijah’s brother Klaus has come to rely on over the years. But new hybrid Hayley is still not quite sure what to expect from Elijah.

In last week’s premiere, fans watched as Hayley battled with the transition, as she put it, from mother to monster. For Hayley, her new status as a hybrid means more than losing her baby and her wolf family. It also means losing Elijah. At least, that’s how she feels.

“I think if there’s one thing he is it’s forgiving,” Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah, told EW. “I think it’s one of the most lovely things about Elijah. I don’t think he believes that she’s a monster at all. His capacity for empathy is enormous, and I think that that’s one of the great gifts that time has bestowed him with, but I think it’s also one of the curses as well. I’ve always said that Elijah’s great disease is his capacity to empathize and his enormous threshold for forgiveness. To a certain extent, he does believe that her acts were monstrous, but that doesn’t mean that he sees himself as any better than her. In fact, if anything, it will make them closer knowing that they’re sort of in the same realm of understanding.”

But it isn’t Elijah’s relationship with Hayley that’s the focal point of the current story. Rather, with the return of Elijah’s parents, along with his brothers Kol and Finn, there are many questions to be answered in terms of Elijah’s familial ties. Fans know how Klaus reacts to the arrival of his family members, but it’s yet to be seen what Elijah’s other relationships really mean to him. “I wish there was more definition regarding what Elijah’s feelings are,” Gillies said. “I think the writers are still discovering the show, and I don’t think they have all the answers, nor should they at this point. There’s only so much universe they can supply from week to week and they’re doing a marvelous, marvelous job. But I think that they’re still discovering and creating the very complicated and soiled labyrinth that has led us to this day. These protagonists are mentally complicated, and Elijah’s no exception.”

However, Gillies did say that viewers will get a deeper look into Elijah’s individual history with his family. “There is a strange ambiguity about what his sentiment is towards his mother and father. We will reveal a lot of Elijah’s history with his mother in the coming weeks and those chapters are extraordinarily enlightening and revealing regarding his history with his parents, and it is definitively his own.”

Along with flashbacks to Elijah’s time with his mother, fans know to expect a glimpse into the time when Elijah and Klaus both fell for original doppelganger Tatia. And with that, they’ll get to know human Elijah a little better. So how does human Elijah differ from the noble vampire fans know? “It’s an innocence,” Gillies said. “Speaking to Elijah’s great curse and blessing—this enormous sense of understanding—it comes directly from that love of innocence. From the moment we met him, even within The Vampire Diaries, he always had this adoration of Elena Gilbert, and understanding that the finite human life—as vulgar as it might look to someone like Niklaus—Elijah holds it within great reverence. The way Elijah might look at a Stephen Hawking or Mahatma Gandhi or an Albert Einstein, he has a deep love of not just human excellence but also of human compassion and what a human being can achieve within a human lifetime. And I think that innocence, i.e. the ability to die, in a way is something that’s become more and more precious, and dare I say it, probably even more and more of a temptation to him as he’s aged.”

But for the time being, Elijah is less caught up in a quest for innocence and more focused on helping his family move on. And despite the family’s recent triumph over the Guerrera wolves, healing is something that Gillies doesn’t see happening until baby Hope is safely home. “Whenever protagonists are discussing violence to solve a problem, not just as a person and a new father, it sort of sickens me. And it probably sickens the writers too, but they know that that’s the way that these worlds work. But even they understand that it’s only a temporary fix. Julie [Plec]’s the biggest lover of family of all time. Anything she writes comes back to the unity of family and desire to have that communion. But she knows, as do all the writers, that these wars are only a temporary fix, and they only beget further wars.”

The Originals airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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