The clones are coming back. BBC America has set a return date for Orphan Black and released a teaser in which the clones (including boy ones) declare war. READ FULL STORY
Fargo is going back in time to 1979 for season two, and EW has a first-look at a page from the season premiere script.
Expect another snow-swept rural crime drama loosely inspired by the Coen brothers’ film, only this time the action is set in Luverne, Minnesota, where humble married couple Peggy and Ed Blomquist (Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons) find themselves caught in an escalating war between a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. (A character in season one cryptically described the 1979 case as “savagery, pure and simple,” with a massive pileup of bodies.)
“The scope of the story- telling this season is a lot bigger, it has more of an epic feel to it,” saysshowrunner Noah Hawley, who adds that the earlier time period and even more rural setting gives the show an almost Western-like quality. “It’s not the ’70s in a Boogie Nights kind of way,” he assures.
The script page below is an excerpt from a scene that occurs halfway into the season-two premiere, featuring Peggy and Ed—and a mysterious bloodstain. Click for a larger version.
In EW’s Forecast issue, we profile Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, who’s helming Comedy Central’s newest late-night series. The show premieres after The Daily Show on January 19—which happens to be Martin Luther King Day. (Wilmore told EW that he already has his first joke: “Yeah, I gotta work. I know!“)
It’s Jon Stewart, though, who actually came up with the concept for the show, with Wilmore in mind to host. “He pitched the idea of a show that would give a platform to underrepresented points of view and underrepresented voices, whether that’s African-Americans, women, first-generation Americans, any group that’s underrepresented,” remembers Comedy Central President Michele Gainless. We spoke with Stewart about his vision for The Nightly Show, and why there aren’t more diverse voices in late-night television. READ FULL STORY
The last time viewers saw Mary’s mother on Reign, it was at Mary’s wedding to Francis and things didn’t exactly end well. More specifically, Mary found out that her mother had delivered false news of the Queen of England’s death in order to speed up the process of Mary getting married. Mary then proceeded to kick her mother out of France.
But that might not last long. EW has learned exclusively that Amy Brenneman is set to reprise her role as Marie de Guise in an episode airing in early 2015. READ FULL STORY
It’s extreme makeover, Westeros edition: Game of Thrones fan favorite Arya Stark is undergoing a dramatic appearance change for season five (exclusive full image below). The vengeful teen survivor gets her first major costume upgrade since the show’s first season, finally ditching those raggedy brown threads in exchange for a lighter, more feminine dress.
“I love Arya’s new look,” actress Maisie Williams told EW. “It’s very neutral, very plain, but clean! I have clean hair that actually moves.”
The transformation helps Arya stay anonymous while roaming the streets in her new home across the sea in the free city of Braavos. READ FULL STORY
From True Detective and Fargo to American Horror Story, everybody is getting into the anthology game, and this March, ABC debuts its contribution to the TV trend, American Crime, which is not to be confused with Ryan Murphy’s O.J. Simpson series with Cuba Gooding Jr. (That’s American Crime Story.)
The new limited series from Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) follows the investigation and trial surrounding the racially-charged murder of a veteran in Modesto, California from multiple perspectives. Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton lead an impressive cast as the victim’s parents, and EW has the exclusive first look at Emmy nominee Lili Taylor’s character. READ FULL STORY
Every week, host Jeff Probst will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water.’ READ FULL STORY
[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW.]
The most recent episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show marked a homecoming of sorts for Lily Rabe. The actress, who appeared on all three previous installments of AHS but is now shooting her ABC thriller The Whispers, returned to play her Asylum character, Sister Mary Eunice. The kind nun was seen dealing with Pepper (Naomi Grossman), after she was sent to Briarcliff by her malicious sister (Mare Winningham). Though it was a brief appearance, it was also a marked difference from the demon-possessed woman last seen in Asylum.
EW talked exclusively to Rabe about returning to AHS and fan theories about further connections. READ FULL STORY
The twists and turns of Ascension’s three-night mini-series flight landed the earthbound space ark’s most Right Stuffy space hero and the story itself in a mysterious place strewn with wreckage and reminders of other stories. And more mystery! In the final minutes of part three, we learned that Dr. Harris Enzmann (Gil Bellows) was using the decades-long psych experiment started by his father to trigger “punctuated” evolution and produce a next-gen X-Man—a “star child”—possessed with “morphic resonance” (i.e., telepathy, telekinesis, super-powers) capable of manipulating the vast energies located within the nuclear powered “Panopticon” to do even more amazing things, like… actually send someone across the universe! Why take a slooooooooow-boat generation ship when you can just grow a magic sea monkey in a skyscraper-sized fishbowl? NASA, you’ve been doing it wrong!
Enzmann found success in the form of young Christa (Ellie O’Brien), part Marvel Girl, part Firestarter, part Space Guild navigator from Dune. In the final moments, she used her abilities to channel the energies of a Glowglobe to produce a Holtzman effect and save Aaron Gault (Brandon P. Bell) from a baddie’s beat-down by instantaneously teleporting him to… a distant, dark planet? Another Enzmann simulation? The only thing we know for sure is that Ascension is perhaps best understood not as a response to the myth of the ’60, as I argued pretentiously on Monday (sorry). It is something very post-modern, a self-aware sci-fi saga born from an accumulation of sci-fi sagas over the past 50 years, and perhaps full of pining for better, more hopeful, more serious-minded sci-fi: I found something meaningful and provocative in the last image: Gault, a “space hero” with the Right Stuff, rising to his feet amid that trendiest, most dismal of things, a dystopian wasteland. A charitable read: Ascension was challenging a genre to dream better. More hope, less “No Future” cynicism. More big new ideas, fewer hyperlinks trapping us in old ones. More mind-expanding space odysseys, less self-absorbed geeking… like this review.
That’s what I got out of the interesting mess that was Ascension. How about you? READ FULL STORY
Season 29 of Survivor is in the books. Which means it is now time to look ahead to season 30. At the end of tonight’s San Juan del Sur finale, Jeff Probst revealed the title and theme of the next installment to kick off with a special 90-minute premiere on Feb. 25. And now we’ve some got some exclusive background info and additional intel from the host to whet your appetite (as well as the fancy new logo above). READ FULL STORY
[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the season finale of Survivor: San Juan del Sur.] READ FULL STORY
Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned gold in Sochi, so we’ll say the second best performance delivered by U.S. figure skaters at the 2014 Winter Olympics was Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, who joined play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon in the booth. The trio have since been named NBC Sports Group’s new lead figure skating broadcast team, which means they’ll be calling the action through the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
We chatted with Weir and Lipinski to learn five secrets to their Sochi success.
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