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Fox cuts 'Mulaney' order to 13 episodes

Get ready for less of Fox’s Mulaney.

EW has confirmed that the network has cut its initial 16-episode order to 13 episodes, wrapping production just in time before starting work on its 14th episode. READ FULL STORY

Fire rages in this exclusive 'Downton Abbey' trailer

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Secrets and fire are consuming the halls of Downton Abbey in this exclusive early trailer for the upcoming season documenting the further scandals of the Crawley family and their downstairs counterparts.  READ FULL STORY

Elena agrees to leave town with Stefan in 'Vampire Diaries' sneak peek

For five seasons, The Vampire Diaries took place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, where animal attacks were a common occurrence and the Founding Families had more than one secret up their sleeves. But thanks to the Travelers spell that ended season five, vampires can no longer enter Mystic Falls—which means that suddenly, the small town is no longer prone to animal attacks, and its population has decreased by at least 15 percent.

Most importantly, for some of our favorite supernatural characters, it means starting over. Although Elena, Alaric, and Caroline can simply run off to Whitmore, Stefan made a choice to relocate to Georgia. And in an exclusive sneak peek from this week’s episode, he tries to return to his “new home” when Elena intervenes.

Elena isn’t quite buying Stefan’s “it’s easy to start over” bit, so she makes a deal with him. If she tags along and is convinced that he can really start over, she’ll let him stay away. If not, she’s dragging his hero hair back to Mystic Falls. But according to the episode description, Stefan’s process of starting over will get interrupted by an unexpected visitor.

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'Manhattan' finale: Deconstructing the atomic bomb drama with creator Sam Shaw

Implosion. Pre-detonation. Radioactivity. Meltdowns.

The terms that define WGN’s atomic bomb drama Manhattan also apply to its characters, a mix of men and women trying to stop a world war by creating a weapon that could destroy the planet completely. There isn’t a simple equation among them.

Throughout season one, which came to an end Sunday night with its thirteenth episode (“Perestroika”), the show mastered the art of contradiction, presenting heroes you root for even as they betray their own better natures. In the finale, the scientists of Los Alamos are still far from the breakthroughs they will need to successfully trigger a nuclear explosion, but the earth has been pretty well scorched emotionally speaking.

A second season of Manhattan is already in the works, and creator Sam Shaw chatted with EW to recap the events of his fictional take on the atomic project.

Warning: Spoilers await. For those who have yet to catch up with the show, the full season can be binge-watched on Hulu. For Fanhattanites out there eager for classified details, read on … READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' star Michael Cudlitz talks about the big mission to Washington, D.C.

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.]

The man is persistent, give him that. Sgt. Abraham Ford wants to get to Washington, D.C. and is pretty insistent on recruiting Rick and Co. to join them. But, as we saw on Sunday’s “Strangers” episode of The Walking Dead, that persistence may have paid off as Judith kinda, sorta convinced daddy to sign on. However, there is now the whole Gareth situation to consider. After losing Terminus to zombies, Gareth and a few of his cannibalistic cohorts kidnapped Bob and feasted on his leg. How much is Abraham responsible for that since he and the others would not let Rick go back and finish the job? We asked the man who plays Abraham, Michael Cudlitz, about that, the mission to D.C. and more. (Also check out our interview with ‘Walking Dead’ star Steven Yeun.) READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' star Steven Yeun on if Glenn would have kept Tara's secret from Maggie

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead.]

Blame it on Glenn. Well, not just Glenn. But blame it on the whole group for not letting Rick go back and finish off the Terminus folks when they had the chance. As a result, Gareth is now finishing off a tasty meal consisting of Bob Stookey’s leg. But therein lies the dilemma of season 5 of The Walking Dead. How far is too far in a world now dealing almost exclusively in extremes? We chatted with the man who plays Glenn, Steven Yeun, to get his thoughts on season 5’s first two episodes, whether they were wrong to not exterminate the “Termites” and whether Glenn would have kept Tara’s secret had not she not revealed it herself to Maggie. (Also make sure to read our interview with ‘Walking Dead’ star Michael Cudlitz.) READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' Paleyfest panel: 10 delicious tidbits

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All week long, the Paley Center for Media has been hosting PaleyFest New York, its annual East Coast TV extravaganza celebrating a number of notable shows. Its penultimate night featured a panel celebrating an EW reader favorite: the beautiful, macabre psychological thriller Hannibal.

The panel included showrunner Bryan Fuller, as well as cast members Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas. Amid plenty of jokes directed at both each other and the audience, the Hannibal panel spoke pretty openly about the show and what’s in store for next season. Here’s what we learned. READ FULL STORY

Watch Gina get danced out of Floorgasm in 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

For those Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans who like to groove to the beat in addition to being on one, watching the next episode may be your move. READ FULL STORY

Amy Sedaris to star in scripted PopSugar web series

Amy Sedaris is starring in Seriously Distracted, the first scripted series from PopSugar, playing a role that seems perfectly tailored to her comedy strengths: Sedaris will star as JD LeGrande, a narcissistic boss at a PR firm. READ FULL STORY

'Sonic Highways' premiere react: Foo Fighters dig into musical roots for impressive documentary

Recording an album is tough, but after 20 years of producing music, the most difficult aspect may be keeping the process fresh. The Foo Fighters took that concept to a new level while creating their latest album, due out in November–they toured the United States, recording each song in a different city, hoping that the music scene of the area would influence the track.

But Dave Grohl didn’t just want to record Sonic Highways–he decided to document the experience, interviewing figures important to each city’s musical history for a documentary series that shares the album’s name. In turn, those interviews shaped the album, as Grohl fashioned his lyrics out of the words of his documentary subjects.

So Sonic Highways attempts to be three different things–a history of music in America, the story of what inspired the Foo Fighters, particularly Dave Grohl, and a behind-the-scenes look at the music production process. Having to serve so many masters unfortunately detracts from the ultimate impact of each story thread, but the show’s ambition and actual construction are fascinating enough for anyone interested in American music, Foo Fighters fan or not, that Sonic Highways is still a unique and enjoyable look into the country’s defining musical history.

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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'The Flash,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Sons of Anarchy' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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DirecTV picks up 'Kingdom' for 20 more episodes

DirecTV’s newest original show Kingdom has only aired two episodes of its 10-episode first season, and it’s already made its mark on the network.

DirecTV has ordered 20 more episodes of the MMA-centric series from creator Byron Balasco. Although DirecTV hasn’t released ratings, it said in a release that Kingdom “has proven to be one of Audience Network’s most popular shows of all time.”

Production on the new episodes will begin in spring 2015, with the first round of 10 episodes airing that fall. The following 10 episodes will then air in 2016.

NBC gives put-pilot commitment to 'Marley & Me' TV series

NBC has given a put-pilot commitment to Marley & Me, a single-camera comedy that will serve as a sequel to the 2008 comedy-drama film of the same name, EW has confirmed.

The film’s director, David Frankel, is set to direct the pilot; Jenny Bicks will write the script. Bicks, Frankel and film producer Karen Rosenfelt will executive produce the show under the 20th Century Fox Television banner. READ FULL STORY

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