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Hulu's 'Deadbeat': See three vintage horror trailers for the supernatural comedy -- EXCLUSIVE

Hulu is amping up its original programming game with a new bingeworthy series, set to premiere in its entirety on the web April 9.

The show is Deadbeat, a quirky supernatural comedy that follows Kevin (Tyler Labine), described as “a hapless medium who will do anything to finish New York City ghosts’ unfinished business.”

Joining Labine (a breakout on The CW’s Reaper, also a supernatural comedy) are Tropic Thunder’s Brandon T. Jackson, Melissa & Joey’s Lucy Devito, and So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley making her scripted comedy debut as a celeb psychic named Camomile. The series comes from co-creators Cody Heller and Brett Konner (FX’s Wilfred) and Troy Miller (Arrested Development).

Deadbeat will make its world premiere at SXSW on March 11. Until then, EW’s got your exclusive first look at a trio of trailers themed around various major moments for the horror genre — particularly the 1940s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. The trailers are a nod to the sort of genre fans Hulu hopes to grab on April 9 when the series debuts.

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'Star Wars Rebels': Final hero revealed plus ALL the new characters together for first time -- EXCLUSIVE

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Here’s the seventh and final major new character for Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, plus all seven of the new character photos and profile videos in one place for the first time.

First up: Meet Hera, the pilot for the Ghost crew of rebels fighting the Empire. She’s a Twi’lek (having those long head-tail things) and is voiced by actress Vanessa Marshall (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy). “She is a very strong-minded character,” says Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni, “kind of the heart of the group, keeps everyone together when they would otherwise fall apart.”

“Every time we get a script I’m breathless with anticipation,” Marshall adds, “because I want to see where we’re going too.” Check out Hera’s video intro:

Rebels tells the origin of the Rebel Alliance and is set between Episode III and IV in the Stars Wars timeline; the show premieres on Disney XD later this year. While this concludes the major new characters being introduced for the show’s launch, we suspect there will be some familiar faces popping up in the series, and other new characters being revealed once the show gets underway.

Below are the rest of the previously announced new Star Wars Rebels characters: READ FULL STORY

'Teen Wolf': Tyler Posey talks Stiles, 'Dexter,' and the 'most intense, unforgettable season ever'

Teen Wolf fans, prepare to sink your teeth into Tyler Posey.

The winter premiere of TV’s craziest, wildest, bloodiest high school drama is at hand, and EW chatted with the Teen Wolf himself to find out what’s in store for the second half of the show’s third season. Posey promises an unforgettable installment of the devilishly dark thriller—and if the totally crackers first episode is any indication, then we’re in for one hell of a ride in 2014. (This season will also mark the premiere of Wolf Watch, a post-mortem interview show that will feature guest spots by cast members and celeb superfans.)
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's variety show 'HitRECord on TV': Watch the trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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As if Joseph Gordon-Levitt hasn’t charmed you enough this year, the dimpled multi-hyphenate is bringing his talents — and those of dozens of regular people like you — back to television.

HITRECORD ON TV is JGL’s updated take on the variety show, extended from his popular online production community hitRECord, which features open collaboration among artists, writers, photographers, musicians, and basically any other creative type you can dream up. Each episode will feature standout segments created by the site’s everyday contributors — the pilot, for instance, is themed around “The Number One” and includes a short film, animation, music, live performances, and more, all of which were created by regular users.

EW has the exclusive first look at the trailer for the innovative new series, which premieres Saturday, Jan. 18, on Pivot at 10 p.m. ET. Also, scroll ahead for a look at the key art for the show.
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Joss Whedon: The definitive EW interview

This is a Joss Whedon story.

Which means this is the story of an overlooked underdog who rises up, embraces destiny, and strives to make the world a better place as part of a powerful team. It means there will be heartfelt speeches, smart humor, frequent pop culture references, and tales of fighting bullies and sinister corporations. There is also darkness— or at least the fear of it. Whedon arrived as a blockbuster filmmaker with last year’s top-grossing superhero mash-up The Avengers, which he’s spinning off into an ABC series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres tonight. But as his devoted fan base knows, Whedon struggled to tell his wondrous stories in Hollywood’s trenches for years. A third-generation TV writer (his grandfather and father worked on shows ranging from Leave It to Beaver to The Golden Girls), Whedon created beloved culty TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as the online musical smash Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog; he’s also directed other films including this year’s indie darling Much Ado About Nothing.

Whedon’s story opens on the run, which is how you find him nowadays. We accompanied the 49-year-old writer-producer-director as he trekked from an EW photo shoot, raced along a Los Angeles freeway to the Marvel offices (where he’s plotting The Avengers: Age of Ultron), and then took a much-deserved breather at a coffee shop. The instant our interview concluded, a fan asked, “Is your name Joss?” and his attention spun away again.

EW Did you spend a lot of time by yourself as a kid?
JOSS WHEDON I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist, I had a terrifying father, and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren’t allowed to make a sound. “Quiet time” is what we called it, because my mom was writing. So what are you doing? You’re either writing, or you’re eating, or you’re walking up and down your driveway creating giant science-fiction universes and various elaborate vengeance schemes upon your brothers. At our apartment in New York, I’d stay in my room and listen to [Star Wars composer] John Williams and make up stories. I was afraid because every time I went outside in Manhattan, I got mugged. I remember being in my room and going, “Oh, I’m alone, but not lonesome. I have a family. They are people. But I’m all alone.” For me, that’s a defining trait.

Were you beaten up?
Only once. The first time I got mugged. They kicked me around a lot.

How old were you?
Thirteen. A tiny 13-year-old. I was small for my age.

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'Agents of SHIELD' echoes government privacy debate -- EXCLUSIVE

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A slippery roving hacker is devoted to revealing the secrets of a mysterious government organization. But the unit’s agents argue their work should remain private from prying civilian eyes. They dismiss the blogger as one of those “pseudo-anarchist hacker types” and insist there are some things the general public is better off not knowing.

“People keep secrets for a reason,” one agent declares.

This is not the plot from the inevitable Edward Snowden movie. It’s a story thread in ABC’s highly anticipated fall drama Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D., the heavily buzzed TV-sized spin-off of 2012′s hit film The Avengers about a team of government agents protecting mankind from super-powered threats. The pilot was shot this spring, before the former NSA contractor revealed the U.S. government’s vast data collection program and sparked a worldwide debate about secrets and privacy.

The upcoming show’s unintentional similarities to the current headlines is not lost on those working behind the scenes on the series. “In a world of Wikileaks and the NSA, this show could not be more topical if we timed it,” says Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, who will present a first-look at footage from the show’s pilot at Comic-Con on Friday. “The world that’s in the story asks: ‘When is it appropriate for us to know secrets and why? And how much do we need to know?’ It all comes back to secrets.”

It’s worth pointing out the secrets being defended in the show are quite different than the real-life debate. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team deals with exotic threats and considers itself “the line between the world and the much weirder world.” Which is a fair conversation, too: How much do we really want to know about the dangers our country faces? READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' getting more episodes -- EXCLUSIVE

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Alice might want to pack an extra bag before going down the rabbit hole this fall.

ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is going to be more than 13 episodes. In fact, it’s not really a limited series at all.

Here’s the scoop. Depending on what you’ve previously read, some of this may sound familiar and some will be new. The model that’s being formed behind the scenes for Wonderland is really unique and there’s been some understandable confusion out there as the plan has come together.

When Wonderland was announced as a limited series in May, it received 13 episodes — the standard order for a new drama. But ABC is about to add some additional episodes to that order (we can’t tell you how many, but the total is not 13 episodes and it’s not 22).

Now with a typical new series pickup, producers hope and pray their ratings in the fall are big enough to get an additional “back 9″ order so they end up with a full 22-epsiode season. But Wonderland creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have a different vision for this show: a self-contained epic romance that’s planned in advance from start to finish — no filler! That means there will be no additional episodes ordered for the season beyond the first order, so the showrunners can break down the entire story before the first episode ever airs. That’s why there are more episodes being ordered now-ish, because the writers have figured out how many hours they need.

“We really want to tell the story without having to worry about how to stretch it for five years,” Kitsis tells EW. “The upfront order will be it for the season.” Horowitz adds, “This is not meant to be a 22-episode season. Whatever it ends up being, we’ll have told a complete story, with a beginning, middle and end.”
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'True Blood' returns with less bite

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HBO’s True Blood returned with less bite in the ratings this summer, though competition from the NBA Finals might have been to blame.

The sixth season of the vampire drama debuted to 4.5 million viewers Sunday evening, down 13 percent from last year. But last summer the show wasn’t against ABC’s coverage of the basketball championships.

The premiere number is on par with the third season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones, a show that’s frequently stacked against True Blood in ratings comparisons (Blood‘s first telecast Sunday was slightly higher than the first airing of Thrones in April, yet its full Sunday night tally, including a repeat, was lower than the fantasy drama). Thrones recently edged out TB to have HBO’s second most-watched drama season ever behind The Sopranos.

'Golden Boy' stays on Tuesdays; 'Vegas' moves to Fridays

The new drama Golden Boy passed its tryout on Tuesdays at 10. CBS will keep the drama about a young police commissioner on the night and move Vegas — which used to air in the time slot — a new home on Fridays.

CBS was originally planning to move Golden Boy to Fridays after the preview broadcasts on Feb. 26 and March 3. (An original episode will still air this Friday at 9 as planned).

Now Vegas will air Fridays at 9 beginning April 5, following coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. The new night should give Vegas a better chance to survive for a second season since the threshold for success is lower on Fridays than Tuesdays, where it was
averaging a 1.7.

In its two Tuesday broadcasts, Golden Boy won its time period in viewers (9.98 million) and in 18-49 (1.7/5).

CBS orders first comedy pilot for fall 2013

It’s never to soon to start thinking of the next fall season. CBS announced its first pickup for fall 2013 — a single -camera comedy called Ex-Men.

Written and directed by Rob Greenberg, it’s about a young guy who finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex.

Judge not expected to block premiere of 'Glass House'

It appears that CBS failed to convince a federal judge Friday that ABC’s Glass House should not premiere Monday because it’s too much like Big Brother.

Saying he is inclined to deny the temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said the differences between the two reality shows are enough to demonstrate that ABC didn’t flat-out rip off the CBS franchise. “The audience involvement playing a constant role is very likely to induce quite different behavior than one would see on Big Brother,” the judge said.

He also disputed the idea that “trade secrets” were swiped from the CBS show, since they are “generally known in the business.” He even cited a Wikipedia page that says there have been 24 copies of Big Brother made for TV. “When I first heard of Big Brother, I thought it was Survivor in a house,” the judge admitted. READ FULL STORY

'NCIS' 200th episode: EP talks Sasha Alexander's 'return.' Plus, more behind-the-scenes burning questions answered

The 2o0th episode of NCIS easily dominated the competition in ratings last night with an episode that honored nine years of triumphs and tragedies with Gibbs and his team. But it was no small task for executive producer Gary Glasberg.

“It was really an homage to fans. I hope it works in that respect. It’s very hard to encapsulate nine seasons of television into 42 minutes and I hope that I was able to pull off even a little bit of that,” he says. “I just wanted to touch on not only the heart and pathos and history of what NCIS has accomplished but also give people a little more insight into who Gibbs is as well.”

Doing so, however, required a few tricks, a lot of thought, and many tough decisions — for example, which moments from Gibbs History to highlight. Glasberg spoke with EW today to give a little behind the scenes insight:

+ How were the “what-if” scenarios chosen?
GLASBERG: “Well, it’s hard to look back over nine seasons and pick particular moments and things that we wanted to touch on. But there was lots of discussion about the writers and the other producers of the show and we tried to hit moments that we thought were relevant to him and his life — not only  looking back but as he moves forward as well.” READ FULL STORY

'Justified': Kevin Rankin talks Devil's [spoiler!] -- VIDEO

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched last night’s Justified, stop reading now. Earlier today, we visited Kevin Rankin on the New York set of his regular gig, the CBS Poppy Montgomery procedural Unforgettable, to talk about Devil’s fate. READ FULL STORY

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