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Stephen King's JFK assassination thriller gets Hulu series order

One of Stephen King’s most acclaimed novels in recent years is coming to Hulu as a limited series thanks to super-producer J.J. Abrams.

Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of King’s bestseller 11/22/63 from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot productions. The 2011 novel follows a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and discovers the past can become very tricky to change. Abrams, King, writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Friday Night Lights) and Bryan Burk are all executive producers.

“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it,” King said in a statement.

The project will be designed as a stand-alone story based on King’s novel. But if the show is successful, we’re told the opportunity exists to do additional seasons based on the same format. READ FULL STORY

If Jamie Dornan had returned to 'Once Upon a Time': What would've been

Once Upon a Time nearly got 50 shades hotter last season.

During season three, executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis revealed to reporters that they had a plan for Jamie Dornan to return as Sheriff Graham, a.k.a. the Huntsman, who died in season one after Regina crushed his heart. Ultimately, Dornan couldn’t make it work because the actor was busy shooting Fifty Shades of Grey. At the time, the Once bosses couldn’t even reveal their initial plans, and now it’s clear why: Sheriff Graham would’ve appeared in the season finale, which featured Emma and Hook accidentally traveling back in time to the Enchanted Forest that was.

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'Dallas' boss on the finale: 'Some people survive, some people don't'

All of the promos for Dallas‘ season-three finale are teasing the same thing: One Ewing will die. So now, the question is: Who will it be? And how many other non-Ewings will also be included in the death count? Considering that when viewers left off, Bobby was in Mexico trying to save Ann and Emma, things aren’t looking good. With a highly dangerous cartel in the mix, there are no limits on tonight’s two-hour finale, which executive producer Cynthia Cidre promises will quite literally blow your mind.

EW chatted with Cidre about the finale. Here’s what you need to know going in.

There will be a definitive answer on Nicolas. All season, Nicolas has been toeing the line between being a good guy and being a bad guy. In the last episode, he came clean to Elena about all of his lies, but that’s not the end of his story. Cidre says the finale will provide the answer to the question, “Is he good or bad?” “You’re going to find out, for sure,” Cidre says. “You’re going to find out big time.” As for him and Elena? He still believes there’s hope. As Cidre put it, “He didn’t poke that diaphragm for nothing.”

The cartel will come to an end… sort of. Although the cartel storyline might extend into season four—which isn’t technically picked up, though Cidre is hopeful—some of the cartel guys will wrap up their stories. “You will definitely get an end,” Cidre said. “The characters you’ve come to know, whether it’s Luis or El Posalero, the guy with the braid, all of those people—you will have definition on them so that you know exactly where it all ends.”

Hour one is about a rescue mission. The first half of the finale will focus on saving Ann and Emma. “The basis of the first hour of the last two hours is the family making moves and trying to be heroic to rescue these two women,” Cidre said. However, a few people might have different ideas on just how to do that, and there’s nothing worse than one rescue mission messing up another.

Nobody will walk away unscathed. “There are so many people in actual physical jeopardy,” Cidre said. And leading into the finale: “The physical jeopardy continues; there’s some shooting; there are people hurt,” she continued. “Some people survive, some people don’t, and in the end, no one’s unscathed. Everybody’s taking a huge punch to the gut, and some recover better than others, and some are going to have to wait for season four to fully recover, to first express their anger and grief and hopefully grow from there and recover.”

The two-hour Dallas finale airs Monday night at 9 p.m. on TNT.

The cast of 'Sleepy Hollow' explains season 1 in 30 seconds

In Sleepy Hollow, anything is possible. Seriously, the series started when Ichabod Crane woke up from a 250-year sleep. Cut to the end of the season, and Abbie’s stuck in purgatory, Katrina’s been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman, and Ichabod’s son is the Horseman of War. Yeah, it’s a lot to take in.

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James Spader talks 'The Blacklist' season premiere, loving the strange

The Blacklist returns Sept. 22 (10 p.m. ET on NBC), and as fans were informed in the teaser below, war is coming. Berlin (Peter Stormare), the Big Bad revealed in the season-one finale to be the reason Red (James Spader) turned himself into the FBI in the first place—because he couldn’t lure him out and fight him alone—will make it very personal very quickly, executive producer Jon Bokencamp says. “I told Peter we wanted the character to be dangerous and strange,” he says. “He’s constantly emailing back and forth with little questions, nuances, line changes, and ideas to make the character more specific, more grounded, and more fun.”

Season two picks up a few months after the season-one finale, and the task force members are living paranoid lives and feeling hunted. When Red gets a lead, they finally have a reason to get back together. Bokencamp is tight-lipped about his recurring guest stars—which will include Mary-Louise Parker, who is introduced in the premiere as a woman with a deep history with Red, and Paul Reubens, who’ll first appear in episode three as a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld. But talking with Spader (before that promo was released), EW got a few more insights into Red. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' host Jeff Probst names his favorites for this season

He’s already defended the casting of controversial baseball player John Rocker. And he told us why the show imported Amazing Race duo Nadiya and Natalie. Now,  host Jeff Probst names his favorites going into Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Of course, whether these people will be his favorites when all is said and done is anyone’s guess. Several people that Probst thought in the past would be stars on the show turned out to be total duds. Conversely, often people that didn’t really impress him all that much in casting ended up popping big time once cameras started rolling. So it’s an inexact science to be sure. READ FULL STORY

'Madam Secretary' premiere draws large (yet older) audience

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CBS’ new drama series Madam Secretary got off to a rather interesting start in the ratings Sunday night, while The Good Wife had its lowest-rated debut yet.

Secretary stars Tea Leoni as a Hillary Clinton-inspired Secretary of State dealing with D.C. politics and global challenges. The premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday night had a rather huge 14.3 million viewers, yet a merely fair 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. That’s about on par with The Amazing Race premiere last fall in the demo. But CBS says this is the most-watched fall drama premiere in three years among total viewers. An older-skewing audience was expected for the show — 81 percent of the Secretary audience is over 50 years old — especially given its big 60 Minutes lead-in (18.2 million, 3.6)—itself boosted by some NFL overrun. (In fact, the NFL overrun may have also inflated the Madam Secretary numbers).

At 10 p.m., the sixth season return of The Good Wife (10 million, 1.3) slumped 13 percent from last year’s already sluggish premiere. That downturn is in the demo, however. Once again, among total viewers Good Wife was actually up. The Good Wife is the rare example of a broadcast network show that survives thanks to critical prestige and awards more than numbers.

New 'Walking Dead' baddie Gareth (a.k.a. Andrew J. West) speaks

After following the signs promising safety and sanctuary to Terminus for half a season, Rick and Co. were trapped in a box car thanks to the seemingly diabolical dealings of the train yard’s leader, Gareth. Even worse, several clues appear to hint that Gareth and the folks of Terminus plan on EATING their guests. But just who is this Gareth? And who is the man who plays him? We caught up with actor Andrew J. West after his epic road trip to Terminus to find out how he joined The Walking Dead, what he knows about what’s coming up when the show returns on Oct. 12, and how he views the man holding the keys to train car A. (Click though both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

How to Dance like a Star, according to Len Goodman

After 40 years of teaching dance, Len Goodman has lost a little bit of patience — especially considering the Dancing with the Stars judge has been going back and forth between the U.S. and U.K. for the original British version of the show. But the jetlag didn’t stop Goodman from spending one afternoon in Hollywood teaching a small group of reporters how to move like a star.

Last week, I, along with a few other unsuspecting journalists were given a salsa lesson with the help of some of the show’s professional dancers, including Keo Motsepe, who has a little more time on his hands after being eliminated last week with partner Lolo Jones, and Anna Trebunskaya, looking gorgeous as ever only eight months after giving birth to her daughter. Knowing that, like the show’s competitors, a sparkly numbered paddle would be the ultimate judge, we got our game faces on and dance shoes tied up. (Well, not all of us.)

Take note future “stars”: Use the following as an example of what to do (and sometimes what not to do) in order to get “a 10 from Len!” READ FULL STORY

'Forever' creator previews the newest show about immortality

The idea of immortality has been explored in a number of ways on screens both big and small. But for Dr. Henry Morgan in ABC’s new series Forever, immortality has a few twists. For one, Henry views it as a curse, something he’s spent more than 200 years trying to cure. And then there’s the idea that Henry does technically die. He just doesn’t stay dead for long.

As a medical examiner in New York, Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) spends his days examining dead bodies and trying to find a solution for his inability to stay dead. And as viewers will see in the pilot, his years of practicing medicine and genius-like knowledge quickly get him pulled into helping a detective (Alana De La Garza) on a number of cases.

We caught up with Forever‘s creator, Matt Miller, to talk about the idea behind the show, what viewers can expect, and more.

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'Madam Secretary' react: The new face in DC and on CBS

[This post contains details from the Madam Secretary premiere, which aired Sept. 21]

CBS’ new drama Madam Secretary can best be described as the D.C. follow-up to The Good Wife. They both feature spectacular-looking actresses in their late 40s playing women essaying roles often depicted on television by men, with a supportive husband (though in this case, for now anyway, hubby keeps it in his pants) and a winsome daughter and bright, could-be-trouble son. And both feature marvelous ensemble casts filled with TV veterans and newbies with their eyes on stardom. READ FULL STORY

Killed off 'Game of Thrones' actor promises season 5 return

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We may not have seen the last of Tywin Lannister.

Actor Charles Dance told MTV UK while promoting the film Dracula Untold that his scenery chewing sinister Lannister patriarch will be in season 5 (video below). “I’m not completely missing out on the next series,” he said. “More than that, I’m not going to say. You haven’t seen the last of Tywin Lannister, is all I’ll say.”

His quote is pretty unambiguous in terms of making clear that Tywin will appear next year, yet also raises a bunch of questions. At least one major outlet reported that his quote must mean Tywin is still alive — but that’s extremely unlikely. Dance could appear as the deceased body of his character — just like Jack Gleeson in the episode after Joffrey’s death. And while Thrones doesn’t often use flashbacks, that standard device is possible too. Given that Tyrion is going to be pretty haunted by his actions in last season’s finale, my bet would be on some sort of memory, vision or dream sequence — like Daenerys Targaryen had of her deceased lover Khal Drogo, which brought back Jason Momoa for an additional scene.

So weirdly enough: It sounds like dead Tywin will be in Thrones next year — yet very much alive Bran Stark will not be. (And we won’t even bring up that other character some expected to be resurrected, if only to keep the comment boards civil). Sounds like we’re in for an interesting season. READ FULL STORY

Colin Farrell confirms he's in 'True Detective' season 2

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Looks like Colin Farrell really is starring in True Detective season 2.

The actor himself confirmed he’s on board to Irish newspaper The Sunday World. “I’m doing the second series,” Farrell (Fright Night, In Bruges) reportedly said. “I’m so excited.” And we hear Farrell’s deal with the network is indeed either done, or very close to it.

HBO, however, officially remains mum on what’s become a rather torturous casting process (in the press anyway), as the network and creator Nic Pizzolatto seek to fill several key roles on the show in the wake of the first season’s stunning performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Also reportedly in the mix for the new season: Swingers actor Vince Vaughan, Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch, The Notebook‘s Rachel McAdams, and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. HBO is hoping to get filming underway this fall on a contemporary story set in California. Farrell also confirmed the new season will once again consist of eight epiosdes. The season 1 cast and Emmy-winning director Cary Fukunaga are not returning for the second round. True Detective will likely return next summer.

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