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Watch Rob Lowe's delightfully bonkers Shark Week promo

You thought this guy was the King of Summer? Nope.

Clearly, only one man is truly awesome (and crazy) enough to trek across the ocean atop two great whites, nonchalantly tossing chum in the air as a hot mermaid hitches a ride by his side. That man’s name: Rob Lowe, erstwhile Parks and Rec star, once and future Lifetime luminary, and all-around swell guy. He isn’t appearing in any Discovery specials this year as part of the network’s annual Shark Week—but he is doing some splendidly ridiculous stuff in this exclusive promo.

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'True Blood' postmortem: Inside the twists of 'Karma'

This post contains plot details of “Karma,” the True Blood episode that aired on July 27. Read our full recap here.

 

The writer/director of Sunday’s installment of True Blood, Angela Robinson, took EW inside the big Sarah Newlin reveal and her personal inspiration for Bill’s legal consultation. READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin is going rogue with her own online news channel

After spending years criticizing supposed failures of the liberal media, Sarah Palin has decided to take matters into her own hands. On Sunday night, the former Republican vice presidential candidate announced the Sarah Palin Channel, a subscription-based news website where Palin promises to “talk directly to you” without a need to “please the powers that be.”

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USA picks up 'Colony' pilot from Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal

Carlton Cuse, the man behind Lost and Bates Motel, is teaming up with Hercules‘ Ryan Condal for a new pilot with the working title Colony.

USA just announced that it has officially picked up the pilot of Colony, which is described as a “naturalistic drama about a family torn by opposing forces and making difficult choices as they balance staying together with surviving the struggle of the human race.” The show will be set in Los Angeles in the near future, only this Los Angeles exists in a “state of occupation by a force of outside intruders.”

Colony is a gripping story that brilliantly weaves together an intense family drama in an authentic, yet unknown, world,” USA Network President Chris McCumber said in a press release. “We are pleased to be in business with Ryan Condal and Carlton Cuse, who is clearly one of the best in the industry when it comes to genre fiction.”

The pilot was written and is executive produced by both Cuse and Condal.

'Sleepy Hollow' producer previews new monsters, gives season 2 scoop

War is coming to Sleepy Hollow. And he bought a new outfit for the occasion.

As you’ll see from the following exclusive sketches, Fox’s delightfully insane supernatural drama is planning a second season that’ll be bigger (18 episodes, as opposed to last year’s 13), badder, and most definitely more terrifying. EW chatted with Sleepy executive producer Roberto Orci about some of the beasts who’ll be spooking Ichabod and Abbie this year—including a beefed-up Moloch, a creepy take on the Pied Piper, and a mysterious being known as the Kindred—as well as some burning questions about the season more generally. (And yes, that means Crane and Mills’ romantic status.)

EW: Is it fair to say that season two will be scarier than season one?
ROBERT ORCI: I think that is fair to say—but without losing its humor. Some of the best humor comes out of being scared.

Season one ended with everyone in peril—Ichabod is buried alive, Abbie is stuck in purgatory, Jenny might be dead. How do you pick up those threads for the premiere?
We pick up two years later… No, I’m kidding. We’re not going to cheat that way. READ FULL STORY

Watch 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter get emotional at Comic-Con

FX has released video of one of the highlights of Sons of Anarchy‘s Sunday Comic-Con panel: Creator Kurt Sutter being moved to tears as fellow exec producer Paris Barclay expressed his and the cast’s appreciation as they continue filming their final season. Below, see the cast give Sutter a standing ovation and Sutter’s equally moving response. READ FULL STORY

Enough, already: Why I'm quitting 'The Leftovers'

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That’s it. I quit. No more.

For weeks, I’ve stuck it out with The Leftovers, which many critics (including me) have described as one of the bleakest, most brutal, most depressing dramas on television. But it wasn’t until Sunday’s episode, “Gladys,” that I decided I’d had enough. I refuse to watch another minute of this show.

It wasn’t just that a woman (the Gladys of the title, played by Marceline Hugot) got stoned to death in the episode. I’ve seen worse on my all-time favorite show, Breaking Bad. What I objected to wasn’t the violence. It was the unnecessarily aggressive way the scene played out.

Gladys doesn’t just get hit with a rock. She gets hit thirteen times. First, you see her get hit in the face, ripping a gash on her cheek. Then the camera angle changes, and you see her head backlit by flashlights, illuminating the blood that sprays upward from her soft, grey-blonde hair. Then you see her in profile, as the stone smacks into her forehead and her neck snaps back like a crash-test dummy’s. There’s another whiplash shot. More face-smashing. More blood-spurting. Until her mouth bends into a sad-clown grimace. Her head hangs limp. You can actually hear bones and cartilage getting pulverized. The hard thwack of the first hit slowly gives way to a sickeningly soft thunk. There’s the unmistakable sound of blood dripping onto the ground. Then it’s gushing. Then it’s pouring down.

That’s when she gets hit again.

Now she’s bleeding from the hair. The nose. The mouth. Thunk. Her glasses are crushed. Thunk. Her mouth hangs agape. Thunk. Finally, Gladys, who has taken a vow of silence, starts begging. “Don’t.” she says. “Please. Don’t. Please don’t. Please. Please don’t. Don’t. Please. Stop. Please.” (Or something like that. It’s hard to understand her with all of that blood in her mouth.) Thunk.

And then it’s over. But it’s not really over. It’s not enough that Gladys is dead. Later in the episode, we’re treated to a close-up view of the corpse, still tied to that tree. Then a flashback replays the murder as it’s imagined by Laurie (Amy Brenneman), who is Gladys’s vigilance partner in a cult called The Guilty Remnant. The closing scene even revisits Gladys’s dead body, as it’s being cremated. There’s a close-up of her caved-in face as it disappears into the fire. READ FULL STORY

Anna Paquin celebrated 'True Blood's end by dyeing her hair purple

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True Blood is full of fantastical beings: Witches, fairies, werewolves, and, of course, vampires. But Stephen Moyer still wishes were-tigers could have been included in the HBO show’s seven season run. “I was a bit sad that we didn’t get to see that,” he said of a scene from the original books where Sookie rides through a swamp on a were-tiger. Spin-off, anyone?

Rutina Wesley, Anna Paquin, Chris Bauer, and Moyer stopped by EW‘s Comic-Con Hideout to talk about the what other creatures they wanted to see on the show, the series’ final season, and how Paquin (colorfully) celebrated the end of filming.

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'Sons of Anarchy' at Comic-Con: One SAMCRO story ends, others begin?

As the close of Comic-Con 2014 neared, the Sons of Anarchy family assembled in Hall H to discuss the FX show’s upcoming seventh and final season with EW‘s own Sons authority Mandi Bierly. On the panel were creator Kurt Sutter, executive producer/director Paris Barclay, and stars Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Junior, Tommy Flanagan, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera, and Drea de Matteo. Absent was Charlie Hunnam, who was unable to attend because he’s “doing important service for Vogue magazine,” as Sutter put it. But thanks to a crowd-pleasing video greeting Hunnam shot for Comic-Con, the afternoon wasn’t an entirely Jax-free affair.

(We’ll post the video as soon as it’s available online.)

Later in the session the opening sequence from season seven was screened, prompting Callie to say, “That just scared the hell out of me,” and prompting the crowd to lose its shit. The panel was equal parts emotional (Sutter teared up as Barclay described how rare it is to find a production, and show, as good as Sons) and interesting, with the discussion stoking plenty of anticipation for the roads ahead.  READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' cast compares upcoming season to 'Three's Company'

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The Walking Dead might seem like a serious show, but it’s getting a sitcom makeover next season: “It has like a Martin slash Three’s Company feel,” star Danai Gurira deadpanned to EW at Comic-Con.

As you can probably guess, The Walking Dead is most likely not getting a laugh track anytime soon, but the cast was happy to elaborate on some rumors that the show would become more light-hearted when they stopped by the EW Hideout. Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Michael Cudlitz, Steven Yeun, and Gurira also joked about potential Comic-Con disguises and more unlikely Walking Dead scenarios—like picnics.

Watch the recently released season-five trailer for yourself, then watch their interview to compare notes. Moral of the story: Don’t trust anything the cast says.

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The villains come out to play in new 'Gotham' trailer

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The latest trailer for Fox’s upcoming Gotham is essentially an introduction to the city’s villains before they were famous: Someone tells Oswald Cobblepot he walks like a penguin and Selina Kyle sneaks around all cat-like as a caption warns “villains will rise.” Gotham City sure sounds like a fun place to be!

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Updated 'Arrow' season 3 trailer reveals the new Big Bad

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Batman’s enemy is becoming Oliver Queen’s: A new Arrow trailer reveals that Ra’s al Ghul will be the season-three villain.

The Arrow team released a trailer yesterday—sans villain—and then released an updated trailer featuring some mysterious shots of Ra’s al Ghul, who Liam Neeson played in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, later that evening at Comic-Con.
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'Mythbusters' reveal Comic-Con costume, show how to make Indiana Jones' bullwhip

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The Mythbusters gang once again invaded San Diego for Comic-Con and among the footage screened for fans Saturday night was this tutorial showing how to make a bullwhip. Not just any bullwhip, either. This is for a special episode from next season taking on myths from the Indiana Jones saga (a subject the team has tackled before, but not as a full episode). In the exclusive video below, Adam Savage meticulously makes the whip used to try and debunk some Dr. Jones’ stunts. And below that, a bonus: Adam strolls the #SDCC exhibit floor in one of his two new incognito costumes this year — a Mercury astronaut:  READ FULL STORY

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