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Do you need to watch 'Breaking Bad' before 'Better Call Saul'?

Those who have watched and loved Breaking Bad are likely plagued with a question going into its origin series, Better Call Saul: Can Saul live up to Vince Gilligan’s magnum opus?

In contrast, those who haven’t watched Breaking Bad (shame on you) are likely plagued with a question of a very different kind: Do I need to watch Breaking Bad before watching Better Call Saul?

The origin series will track debauched criminal lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in the time prior to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque. There, he eventually gives legal aid to Breaking Bad‘s Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul).

Rhea Seehorn, who stars alongside Odenkirk as ambitious lawyer Kim Wexler, answered the questions above, and more, while speaking at EW‘s Screen Actors Guild Awards party on Saturday. READ FULL STORY

The counselors are back in Netflix's 'Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp' teaser

Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series finally has a subtitle and a teaser. And while the teaser doesn’t contain much info aside from the names of cast members, that subtitle—First Day of Campsays a lot. READ FULL STORY

'Americans' producers on Russian spy ring bust: 'They must've been watching the show'

Life imitates art, which imitates life.

On Monday, authorities arrested Evgeny Buryakov, a New York-based employee of a Russian bank who is accused of working for the SVR, Russia’s version of the CIA. Two other accomplices that were part of a Russian spy ring reportedly got away. The news comes just days before FX’s Russian spy drama The Americans returns for its third season.

“Truthfully, our first question [after Buryakov’s arrest] was, we wonder if they were watching the show,” Americans executive producer Joel Fields tells EW. Adds the show’s creator Joe Weisberg: “They must’ve been watching the show. They had to be.” READ FULL STORY

Neil Patrick Harris to visit 'Actors Studio' before Academy Awards -- exclusive

Neil Patrick Harris will be James Lipton’s guest on Feb. 12 when Inside the Actors Studio premieres its 21st season. It’s fortuitous timing for Bravo, as Harris will be hosting the Academy Awards on Feb. 22. It will be the actor’s first solo sit-down on the show, though he did join the cast of How I Met Your Mother on the program last spring.  READ FULL STORY

Katie Holmes returning to TV with big Showtime role

Katie Holmes is returning to TV to join the third season of Showtime’s Ray Donovan.

Marking her first major series commitment since her breakthrough role on teen drama Dawson’s Creek, Holmes is set to appear in a season-long arc as a “shrewd and chic businesswoman and the daughter of a billionaire producer (played by another recent major hire for the drama series — acclaimed actor Ian McShane) who enlists fixer Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) services.

Holmes had a small-screen role in the 2011 cable miniseries The Kennedys and is known for film roles like The Ice Storm and Batman Begins. Ray Donovan is now Showtime’s second most-watched series after Homeland and is expected to return this summer.

Viewers would rather watch old Super Bowl ads than new dramas


Okay, this is a tad embarrassing for all involved: CBS’ annual special Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials delivered more viewers by far (10.8 million) than any other broadcast show Monday night, and was within a tenth of a point of matching the highest-rated series among the coveted adults 18-49 demographic (with a 2.1 rating).

Yup, re-watching old Budweiser and Doritos ads struck more viewers as a fine way to spend the evening than checking out ABC’s The Bachelor, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow or NBC’s State of Affairs. In fact, this was the special’s highest ratings since 2010, up 11 percent from last year. It’s unclear if this says something really positive about the craftsmanship of yesteryear’s big game commercials … or something rather negative about the current broadcast TV options on Monday night (or a little of both).  READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' IMAX ticket sales surprisingly strong -- exclusive


The power of Game of Thrones fandom is impressing the entertainment industry yet again. Sources say advance IMAX ticket sales have been strong for the premium theater chain’s highly unusual screening event showcasing two Thrones episodes along with the trailer for the show’s upcoming fifth season.

Though box office numbers are not yet available, we’re told some of the 200 theaters that have booked Thrones have sold out screenings, particularly theaters in larger cities. After an initial burst of fan interest, IMAX insiders expected sales to “hit the wall” and decline—instead, interest has been accelerating. Sources say an average weekend take for an IMAX theater is $4000-$5000 per screen, but Thrones is tracking like it’s going to easily exceed that—which is rather impressive for a screening that’s essentially a TV show’s repeats on Super Bowl weekend.  READ FULL STORY

CBS orders 'Rush Hour' pilot


CBS has officially given Rush Hour a pilot order, along with orders for comedies Joe Time and Greg Garcia’s Super Clyde, which was initially ordered to pilot back in 2013.


'Celebrity Apprentice': And the fired celebrities are...

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have watched Monday’s episodes of The Celebrity Apprentice.] READ FULL STORY

Nick Jonas joins Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens'

Nick Jonas has just been cast in the upcoming horror-comedy anthology series Scream Queens. READ FULL STORY

ABC orders Chevy Chase/Beverly D'Angelo comedy, Shondaland drama pilots

ABC will be staging a Vacation reunion after ordering a comedy pilot starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, EW has learned. The network also handed out pilot orders to a comedy from Dan Savage, a Shondaland drama and a cop project from Gossip Girl alums Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz.


'The Flash' boss on Pied Piper intro: He's the 'evil Harry Potter'

The Flash is bringing the Pied Piper to life.

During Tuesday’s episode, Broadway star Andy Mientus makes his debut as Hartley Rathaway, a former protégée of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), who seeks vengeance after being affected by the particle accelerator explosion—he’s created a way to manipulate sound waves. But Rathaway isn’t quite like the metahumans who have sought revenge on Wells after the explosion heard ’round Central City.


NBC orders Monica Potter, Jimmy Fallon comedy pilots

NBC has given pilot orders to a workplace comedy from Jimmy Fallon and a starring vehicle for Parenthood’s Monica Potter.



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