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This 'Game of Thrones' special effects reel shows the magic behind Westeros

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Beloved blood opera Game of Thrones was shut out of the major Emmy Awards this week, but at least it justifiably cleaned up in the technical categories, taking home prizes for Costumes, Makeup, Art Direction, and Visual Effects. READ FULL STORY

'The Following' is getting new showrunners

The Following is getting a quick turnover in showrunners. Jennifer Johnson, who only recently replaced creator Kevin Williamson as showrunner, is leaving Fox’s serial killer drama. Deadline first reported the news.

In the wake of Johnson’s departure a group of three—Brett Mahoney, Alexi Hawley, and Marcos Siega—will share showrunning duties under creator Williamson. Mahoney and Hawley were previously co-executive producers on the show, but will now be executive producers. Marcos Siega is an executive producer and has directed a number of episodes of the show.

Johnson joined the show in June as Williamson ceded his showrunner duties to focus on his new CBS show Stalker, starring Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q. Johnson is remaining at Warner Bros. Television, but will now focus on development.

 

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Revenge,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'Vampire Diaries' 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.

Got anything on Revenge? — Ciara
You may be asking yourself why Jack suddenly becomes friends with a cop (Client List’s Brian Hallisay) after finding himself on the wrong side of the law last season. That’s easy: Jack is actually putting on a badge. However, despite his new position, Charlotte has been unable to forgive him for his part in her kidnapping, which will put them at odds at the annual Memorial Day party. (Oh yes, the party is still happening, it’s just being hosted by someone else while Victoria is in the loony bin.) READ FULL STORY

Surprise! FXX will air 'The Simpsons' A LOT after 12-day marathon

FXX was so woo-hoo! thrilled to acquire the rights to The Simpsons that it programmed a 12-day marathon of all 552 episodes as well as The Simpsons Movie. (Only three-and-a-half-more days to go, sleep-deprived masses!)

The marathon, which has been a big ratings hit for the fledgling network, is actually just a training run, though: FXX announced today that starting September 2, it will offer up Simpsons reruns on Mondays from 6 p.m. to midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.

That leaves you two nights a week to find the show airing elsewhere in syndication, make some headway into your Springfield-overloaded DVR, or attempt to rebuild relationships with loved ones.

'CSI' books 'Heroes' star Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg has booked a guest-starring role on CSI, EW has learned exclusively.

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Donny of 'Big Brother' says 'Team America voted me out'

They no longer have to fear the beard. 42-year-old groundskeeper Donny Thompson was evicted from the Big Brother house last night, voted out unanimously by his housemates — even fellow Team America members Derrick and Frankie. How does the fan favorite feel about his time in the game, why did he tear up at the very end, and does he blame Team America for his ouster? We slipped some questions to Donny on his way to the jury house, and here’s what he had to say about all of that and more. READ FULL STORY

'Dollhouse' and 'One Tree Hill' alums join 'Agent Carter'

Agent Carter has finally begun filling out its cast. Dollhouse alum Enver Gjokaj and One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray have joined the cast as series regulars, EW has confirmed.

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Andrea Anders returns to ABC on 'Modern Family'

Modern Family has cast Andrea Anders for a recurring role in season 6, EW has learned exclusively.

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'Big Brother' host Julie Chen says 'Christine's husband has every right to be upset'

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

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I was positively riveted watching Christine’s husband and family talk about how uncomfortable they were watching her cuddle and flirt with Cody. What do you make of the whole Christine-Cody situation, and does her husband have a right to be upset?
JULIE CHEN: Christine’s husband has every right to be upset. In fact, he wasn’t upset enough. All I know is if I ever did what Christine did then I would be coming home to no husband at all!!! Then again Christine is a free spirit and he knew who he married in the first place.   READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' casts 'Supernatural' alum as lethal lovestruck fan

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The Arrow is going to meet No. 1 fan. The CW series is adding Carrie Cutter (a.k.a. Cupid) to season three and EW can exclusively report that Supernatural alum Amy Gumenick has been cast in the role. As in the comics, Cupid will be a lethal villainness with a dangerously obsessive crush on The Arrow. (Surely at least a few Arrow fans can relate?)

Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg created the character during his run on the Green Arrow/Black Canary comic book series. “I always loved the idea of Green Arrow having a crazed fan,” Kreisberg told EW. “When I was writing the comic book, my big goal was to create a villain who would last. Cupid has since appeared in the DC Nation shorts on Cartoon Network, and to have her fight our TV Arrow is so much more than I ever could have hoped for the character.”

Arrow has been booking a slew of guest stars for season three. There’s also Glee alum Nolan Funk as Felicity Smoak’s ex-boyfriend. Plus Brandon Routh as Atom/Ray Palmer, J.R. Ramirez as Wildcat/Ted Grant and David Cubitt as Mark Shaw/Manhunter, to name but a few.

Gumenick played young Mary Winchester in flashbacks on CW’s Supernatural and was recently seen in AMC’s Turn. Expect Cupid to make her debut in the sixth and seventh episodes of the season. Arrow returns to The CW on Oct. 8, with its spin-off The Flash premiering Oct. 7. Here’s a Gumenick and some fun images of Cupid from the comics: READ FULL STORY

Watch a 'Party Down' blooper reel in honor of its Hulu debut

Party Down, Rob Thomas’ excellent show about caterers/struggling actors and other show-business types, criminally lasted only two seasons. But as of today, all of its hilarious episodes are streaming on Hulu Plus; the first five episodes are also streaming for a limited time for free on Hulu.com. There’s just one way to celebrate: By watching Martin Starr hit Ryan Hansen a bunch of times in this exclusive blooper reel. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' exclusive: Watch the most twisted teaser yet!

It’s safe to assume that the characters of American Horror Story: Freak Show are…um…quirky. In this latest exclusive teaser, we meet a contortionist (Is it the same one seen in the trapeze teaser?) who’s not only quite flexible but also boasts an extra leg. Yep, a three-legged contortionist. Only in the weird world of AHS. Watch below.

American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 on FX and features Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Frances Conroy, and Denis O’Hare.

'The Walking Dead' cast reveals how they would like their characters to die

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Shane. Dale. Lori. Merle. Andrea… Need we go on? No character on The Walking Dead is ever safe. That much has been proven. But how would the still-living cast members like to see their characters go if and when their time comes? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Ask them. So I did. Here’s how many of The Walking Dead actors see their final moments on the show.

[NOTE & SPOILER ALERT: Some of these characters have already died in the comic book on which the show is based. A few of the actors may reference that, so if you do not want any clues as to who has died in the comic, then stop reading right now. But also keep in mind that the TV version often changes things dramatically. For instance, Hershel’s beheading at the prison actually happened to a different character in the comic that is still alive and well on the TV show. So things don’t always match up.] Okay, spoiler alert over. Now, let’s find out how the cast would like their various demises to go down. Also note that Norman Reedus kind of cheats on his answer. CHEATER! READ FULL STORY

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