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'True Blood' costume designer talks Eric and Pam's formal, flashback attire

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of True Blood, “Lost Cause,” stop reading now. (Or, at least read our full recap first.) The Pam and Eric show continued as the duo traveled to Dallas in search of Sarah Newlin at a Ted Cruz fundraiser hosted at the Bush Library. We spoke to True Blood‘s costume designer, Audrey Fisher, about their memorable formal wear. And because we’re still obsessed with those flashbacks to 1986, 1996, and 2006, we got the backstory on those looks as well.

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Seeing as how Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) would dress Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) in a purple sequin gown that Pam would joke makes her look like a “republic-nt,” and Pam would get even more joy out of dressing Eric up as the perfect Texan businessman, Fisher had one focus: “Try to get costumes that definitely were a big wink, but that weren’t too comical,” she says.

For Eric, she custom-made a traditional Western-style suit: “I had to make at least doubles of it, maybe even triples. I sketched it up. We found a great fabric that we could get enough of, because he’s a tall man—it’s a lot of yardage, more than just the average suit. And a wonderful tailor in Koreatown whipped up these beautiful suits that fit like a glove and have really beautiful Western detailing. We topped it off with not a 10-gallon hat—that would be too comical—but a really beautiful Western hat.” READ FULL STORY

'Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover to include 'Bob's Burgers' cameo

A few more details about the much-anticipated Simpsons-Family Guy crossover episode were spilled today at Fox’s comedy showrunners panel at Television Critics Association press tour. READ FULL STORY

'Gotham': 4 new-ish things about Fox's Batman prequel

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We had a deep-dive interview with Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller a couple months ago that answered many of the burning questions about Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series. But when Heller took the stage at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, he still revealed a few fresh-ish tidbits about the ambitious series, which premieres Sept. 22 on Fox: READ FULL STORY

Fox explains cutting 'Glee' final season order: 'It burned so hot and so fast'

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You already know the final season of Glee will only be 13 episodes. Now Fox Networks Group Chairman-CEO Peter Rice is going on the record as to why. Naturally the musical dramedy’s ratings are a giant factor — the recent fifth season fell sharply to all-time lows. But when asked about the cutback at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday, the executive had something else to add.

“I think Glee is one of the great shows in television history, and it was so hot and so big,” Rice said. “I remember being in this room, and while a lot of people assumed it was going to fail, you guys supported it. And it touched so many hearts and brought social issues to the forefront, and it burned so hot and so fast. But it’s been on for over 100 episodes now in six seasons, and we want to go out in a way that celebrates it. And we thought that finding 13 episodes and compacting it and doing it in a straight run was a better way to finish the show.”

The news comes a couple days after a court ruled that Glee would have to change its name in the UK. Seems the title Glee infringes on a similarly named stand-up comedy chain in the UK. Perhaps Fox could argue that viewers couldn’t possibly confuse the two since the show hasn’t really been funny in years?

Previous from Fox’s TCA day:
Fox: ‘American Idol’ contestants need to improve
‘Bones’ season 11? More ’24′? Fox chief gives odds

'Simpsons' character will die in season 26 premiere; 'Futurama' crossover to air in November

If you think the next new episode of The Simpsons will be casualty-free, you’ve made a grave mistake: The anticipated installment that features the death of a familiar face has been slated as the season 26 premiere. Speaking to EW last fall, executive producer Al Jean promised viewers “an emotional story” and dropped just a few hints about who will wind up pushing daisies. One, the actor who voiced this character claimed an Emmy for his/her performance in the role, and two, the character has appeared in more than two episodes. (UPDATE: During a Fox panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Jean noted that the soon-to-be-deceased character could return in a flashback or as a ghost.) READ FULL STORY

Fox: 'American Idol' contestants need to improve

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How can Fox improve American Idol? According to the network’s top executive, it’s the contestants that could use some upgrading.

Fox Networks Group chairman Peter Rice told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday that Idol is “aging gracefully,” and that increased competition from shows like NBC’s The Voice are a factor in the former ratings kingpin’s declining popularity. Yet the executive had one specific note for improving the show itself, which is carrying over last season’s judges panel of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. into next year’s 14th season. READ FULL STORY

Video: Zac Efron goes shirtless in 'Running Wild' clip because, of course

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By now, we’re all well-aware that Zac Efron has a penchant for taking his shirt off—he’s gone shirtless in a Nicholas Sparks romance, in a Seth Rogen comedy, even in Disney Channel Original Movies. But now he’s taking it off for… a show with Bear Grylls?

Famous survivalist Bear Grylls lured in some famous friends, including Ben Stiller and Channing Tatum, to go on remote adventures with him for new NBC reality show Running Wild. For Zac Efron’s episode, the two ventured into the Catskill Mountains of New York to repel down cliffs and jump out of helicopters—shirtless, of course.

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'Bones' season 11? More '24'? Fox chief gives odds

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What are the odds that Bones will get an 11th season?

What about Jack Bauer returning to fight yet another day?

Fox chairman and CEO Peter Rice was asked by critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Sunday on the chances of both shows getting another season.

On 24, which had a somewhat modestly rated return this summer for Live Another Day, Rice said: “I loved this year’s season of 24 … I’ve always been a fan …we haven’t had a specific conversation…I’m sure we will in the future … It’s a wonderful franchise … they did a great job this year … when you look at the show itself, it has many more stories to tell.”

Rice noted in a huddle with reporters after the panel that 24‘s ratings saw plenty of gain from DVR playback. Yet since star Kiefer Sutherland says he considers Live Another Day to be the final season, the executive would presumably have to convince the actor to return. READ FULL STORY

Video: Ruth Wilson and Dominic West get steamy in new 'The Affair' trailer

Showtime’s upcoming drama The Affair is about, well, an affair, but not just any affair: In the show’s latest trailer, Ruth Wilson’s Alison and Dominic West’s Noah speak to a detective about a supposed accident, hinting there’s a lot more to the story.

The series starts off with the happily married Noah meeting Alison, also married (to Joshua Jackson’s Cole) but seemingly not as happily, at a restaurant where he’s dining with his family—wife (Maura Tierney) and four children included. Things escalate quickly when Noah sneaks out of his in-laws’ beachfront home to meet Alison and begin their summer fling. READ FULL STORY

James Garner, TV legend from 'Maverick' and 'Rockford Files,' dies

James Garner, the rugged leading man who charmed generations of audiences with his roles in Maverick, The Rockford Files, and The Notebook, died of natural causes on Saturday night in Los Angeles, according to TMZ and the Associated Press. The Emmy winner—and 14-time nominee—had suffered a stroke in 2008 and was 86.

The persona he first projected in Maverick in 1957—handsome, charming, genial, a bit of a rogue, mostly a mensch—established Garner as America’s leading television actor. Born James Scott Baumgarner in Norman, Okla., in 1928, he survived an upbringing that was at best knockaround and often, at the hands of a cruel stepmother, abusive. “By the time I was 14, I’d become an independent little bastard,” he says. “Nobody was going to tell me what to do.” The attitude ebbed; the independence remained. As a young man, he played football, migrated to California, flunked out of Hollywood High, spent a semester at the University of Oklahoma, served in the Merchant Marines, won two Purple Hearts in Korea, modeled Jantzen swimsuits, and eventually fell into acting.

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'Breaking Bad' wins program of the year at TCA Awards

On Saturday, the 30th annual TCA Awards named Breaking Bad program of the year for the second year in a row. However, Bad did not face off against True Detective—its biggest rival in the upcoming Emmy race—which instead took home the award for outstanding miniseries. Matthew McConaughey was also honored for his work in True Detective.

Netflix hit Orange is the New Black won for best new program, and the Emmy-snubbed The Good Wife was named top drama.

In the comedy category, Veep tied with Louie for best comedy, while Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also honored.

Other winners included Saturday Night Live, which snagged the Television Critics Association’s Heritage Award, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which won for news and information, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, which was honored in reality programming.

Finally, ABC Family’s The Fosters won for youth programming, and James Burrows took home the Career Achievement Award.

All in all, HBO came out on top with the most awards of any network.

Video: Another 'Sons of Anarchy' teaser, another anxiety attack

FX has released a second teaser for the final season of Sons of Anarchy, which premieres Sept. 9. Watch “Final Ride” below. READ FULL STORY

Showtime swears Cameron Crowe’s new show isn't 'Almost Famous' (except it totally is)

Showtime has some billionaires, rock stars, and crazy exes for you to meet.

Network president David Nevins announced three new pilot orders for the pay-cable channel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. First, Billions, a drama about an aggressive New York attorney who deals exclusively with obnoxious hedge fund billionaires. The show comes from a script by Andrew Ross Sorkin, with Brian Koppelman and David Levien on board to produce.

My Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, a half-hour comedy with musical elements, stars Rachel Bloom as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy woman who impulsively leaves her life in Manhattan to chase her ex-boyfriend to West Covina, California. Marc Webb will direct and executive produce, with a script by co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Bloom.

Finally, there’s the previously announced Roadies, the on-the-road band comedy written and directed by Cameron Crowe which Nevins all but confirmed is basically the TV sidekick of Crowe’s 2000 dramedy Almost Famous (which, let’s remember, was pretty fantastic). READ FULL STORY

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