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Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Sarsgaard to star in provocative NBC miniseries

NBC has enlisted two acclaimed actors to star in its provocative upcoming miniseries The Slap. Mary-Louise Parker and Peter Sarsgaard will headline the complex family drama about what happens after a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. “The seemingly minor domestic dispute pulls the family apart, begins to expose long-held secrets and ignites a lawsuit that challenges the core American values of all who are pulled into it,” according to the show’s official description.

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) will play Anouk, a close friend of Hector’s who’s the head writer on a TV show and is now dating the younger leading man. Sarsgaard (The Killing) will play Hector, a husband and father who “loves his wife and family but shows signs of weakness when he finds himself succumbing to the advances of his wife’s teenaged receptionist during his own party.”

NBC has ordered eight episodes of the event series from writer Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers and Sisters) and director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right).

'The Walking Dead' season 5 trailer is here

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AMC has released the trailer for The Walking Dead‘s fifth season—and it looks like it’ll be action-packed.

The three-minute-plus trailer shows Rick Grimes and his team dealing with the villainous Terminus gang by apparently haggling a mission. The groups appear to force a trip to Washington, D.C., where they’ll try to cure the zombie plague. “From the opening tease in the premiere onward, season 5 is without question the most ambitious and satisfying season this amazing team has ever crafted,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “In the zombie apocalypse, event television is alive and well, and I am proud to acknowledge that this uniquely talented writing staff, production team, and cast have once again raised the bar (and the crossbow).”

AMC also announced a season 5 premiere date: Sunday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. Below, check out the season 5 promo that just debuted at TWD‘s Comic-Con panel: READ FULL STORY

Vera Farmiga doesn't get why that 'Bates Motel' kiss was a big deal

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When the Bates Motel cast stopped by EW‘s Comic-Con hangout, there was one central topic of discussion: that kiss.

Fans know the one. When Norman decided he wanted to kill himself in the season 2 finale, Norma found him out in the woods, gun in hand. There, she finally revealed the fact that he was behind his own father’s murder. But to stop him from pulling the trigger, Norma kissed him like she meant it. It was the moment fans had been waiting for, and it was one that executive producer Kerry Ehrin revealed to us was Freddie Highmore’s idea.

So now that the cast is further removed from the finale, how do they feel about it? Well, Vera Farmiga does not get what all of the fuss is about.

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'Bones' season 10 first footage: Booth struggles in prison

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Orange is the new Booth! The first footage from Fox’s Bones season 10 just debuted at Comic-Con. It shows Booth (David Boreanaz) struggling to survive in prison after last season’s cliffhanger.

As fans know, the now-married Booth and Brennan (Emily Deschanel) were cruelly separated after Booth was arrested for the murder of three Delta Force henchmen who are part of government conspiracy. How will he handle the agonizing hardship of incarceration? With fists and facial hair! Below is the first footage for the new season of Fox’s long-running fan-favorite procedural. The video just played in the show’s panel at Comic-Con in San Diego; it includes highlights from past episodes before going into the freshly shot new footage. Bones returns to Fox on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Exclusively on EW.com, here’s the teaser: READ FULL STORY

J. August Richards talks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' and who Deathlok should fight

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J. August Richards didn’t know he was going to be a superhero. At EW‘s Comic-Con Hideout, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor sat down with Darren Franich to talk about how surprised he was when he found out his character was being transformed into the unstoppable cyborg Deathlok. A big comics fan, Richards also engages in the grand tradition of imagining what comic-book villain would make for his dream Deathlok fight scene. It’s a doozy. READ FULL STORY

'Teen Wolf' cast says new and old villains will finish out season 4

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MTV’s hit show Teen Wolf was already renewed for a fifth season, but for now, fans are more focused on how season 4 is going to end. When the cast stopped by EW‘s Comic-Con hangout, they hinted at more fighting, scary monsters, and both new and old villains appearing before season’s end. They also chatted with Anthony Breznican about Jason Bateman’s Teen Wolf Too and… something about a tutu.

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'Hannibal' creator Bryan Fuller: Expect 'mayhem' in season 3

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As creator Bryan Fuller puts it, the last season of Hannibal “ended with everybody bleeding, and Hannibal dropping the mic and walking out,” but the next season is about to get even more intense. At EW‘s Comic-Con hideout, Fuller offered some hints about the next season, including clues as to how the series will incorporate Hannibal and Dr. Du Maurier back to the rest of the characters, and talked about the various Alien collectibles he’d like to pick up in San Diego. The big prize? Sigourney Weaver, who Fuller admitted he’d love to sign for a spot on the show. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' producer says that Olicity date is not a 'fake-out'

When Arrow fans first met Oliver Queen in season one, he was Laurel’s ex-boyfriend. You know, the one who had cheated on her when he took her sister, Sara, on a boat trip, only to have the boat sink and Sara die. Or, at least, that’s what viewers thought.

By the end of the first season, Ollie is a changed man, and he and Laurel rekindle their flame—for a time. But by that point, another girl had caught the audience’s eye. Enter Felicity Smoak, the witty IT girl who nearly drooled every time Oliver walked into a room. Their relationship seemed so impossible that fans started rooting for it.

But as time went on, romance didn’t seem so impossible anymore. To recap: By the penultimate episode of the second season, Oliver and Felicity have exchanged loving glances, had loaded conversations, and even hugged, but it wasn’t until the season-two finale that fans got something bigger. When Slade kidnapps Laurel in the season-two finale, Oliver hides Felicity at the Queen mansion, where he tells her that Slade is after the woman he loves and that Slade had taken the wrong woman when he took Laurel. He then tells the awestruck Felicity that he loves her. READ FULL STORY

Julie Chen on 'Big Brother's Zach-Frankie showmance, Cody's 'wrong move'

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

Between Cody’s will-he-or-won’t-he nomination, Frankie’s tragic news, Brittany’s hanging toenails, Donny’s gentle eyes, Jocasta’s dumb bowties, Hayden and Nicole’s hook-up (finally), and Derrick’s heroic—and perhaps very savvy—throwing of the HoH competition, there was a lot going on this week in the world of Big Brother. Thankfully, Julie Chen is here to help take some of the mystery away.  READ FULL STORY

The Black Death hits France in the first footage from 'Reign' season 2

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When we left Reign at the end of season 1, King Henry was dead, a plague was spreading, and Mary had just shut the gates on her beloved Francis as he rode off to be with Lola during the birth of their bastard child. Naturally, when we pick up in season 2, life inside the castle is as dramatic as ever (with an extra layer of intrigue, thanks to the large quantity of dead bodies).

Reign‘s Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and Megan Follows stopped by our Comic-Con video hangout Thursday, where they teased new villains and “lots of death” for the upcoming season. But only those in attendance at the show’s Comic-Con panel got to see new footage from season 2… until now. READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars Rebels' fight scene: The Inquisitor has a tricky lightsaber

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It’s The Inquisitor in action! Here’s the first clip from Star Wars Rebels that gives us a long look at the galaxy’s new big bad (voiced by Jason Isaacs). Not just any look, either — the Jedi hunter is having a lightsaber fight with rebels Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray) in this exclusive scene. The footage from Disney XD’s hotly anticipated new animated series just debuted at Rebels Comic-Con event Thursday.

Rebels tells the story of the formation of the Rebel Alliance and is set between the Star Wars prequel films and the original trilogy. The series is scheduled to premiere this fall as a one-hour special on Disney Channel, and will then air as a series on Disney XD channels worldwide.

Check out the video below which introduces a new spin on lightsaber design:  READ FULL STORY

'Reign' cast teases 'lots of death,' new villains in season 2

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When the cast of Reign hit their Comic-Con panel, we discovered a few things about what to expect from season 2, including more on the plague, future famine, and potential new love interests for Catherine. (Also: More sex!) But when stars Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, and Megan Follows stopped by EW‘s video hangout, we got further information on what will be happening when royal viewers return to France this fall.

Follows talked about season 2′s focus on the conflicting religious factions, while Kane teased new villains—or, more specifically, “new gentlemen.” Aside from the show, we also got the actors to talk about their own personal villains and the fact that Kane is a stealth nerd. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' new blooper reel plus season 3 scoop

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The most deadly serious drama on TV once again has a funny gag reel: Below, EW has the exclusive outtakes from season 2 of NBC’s acclaimed thriller, PLUS details about the season 2 DVD release, PLUS season 3 scoop from the show’s Comic-Con panel.

First, the gag reel: The scenes include dancing in the morgue, Mads Mikkelsen forgetting how to tie his tie, Gillian Anderson losing her microphone down her shirt, and plenty of crack-ups during the show’s signature terse dining scenes. The clip (which was briefly leaked online earlier this year) is part of Hannibal‘s season 2 home video package, which we can reveal will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on Sept. 16. The disc packages will feature audio commentary with cast and crew on select episodes, a feature-length documentary on the making of episode 205, deleted scenes, and more.

Check out the gag reel below—which is a cut-down of the longer DVD version—which just played at Hannibal‘s Comic-Con panel. As you’ll see, Hannibal is so creepy that even when the cast is messing around, it’s still kinda creepy. READ FULL STORY

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