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'Roswell' reunites at ATX Television Festival

Earth to Roswell fans: The ATX Television Festival is staging a 15-year anniversary reunion with stars Shiri Appleby, Nick Wechsler, Brendan Fehr, and Roswell creator Jason Katims this June.

The sci-fi show first premiered back in October 1999 on The WB and ran for three seasons (the last on airing on the UPN) before getting canceled due to poor ratings in 2002. The people who did watch the show really watched it, though — fans even sent The WB loads of Tabasco sauce (what the show’s aliens liked to snack on) in an attempt to convince the network to keep the show on during its first season.


'Fargo' premiere ratings lukewarm


Ah geez: While FX’s Fargo miniseries is drawing strong praise from critics (including our own) and viewers, Tuesday’s premiere ratings were a tad slushy, don’t ya know: A total of 4.2 million viewers tuned in for the first episode, with 1.8 million adults 18-49 (and that includes the drama’s first two encore telecasts).

That’s about the same as the launch of FX’s The Bridge last summer, a title that lacked the name recognition and star power of Fargo (which has a cast that includes Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton). You could also compare it to FX’s The Americans, which delivered 4.7 million viewers for its series premiere last January, and was just renewed for a third season Wednesday. READ FULL STORY

Fox's 'X rated' Easter Bunny online video draws protest: Want to see it?


Fox’s NSFW Easter cartoon is drawing some holiday heat. The animated short on the network’s Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) online channel is a raunchy (and quite catchy) music video titled “The Easter Bunny’s Coming” (video below).

The Parents Television Council, an independent watchdog group that monitors network programming and frequently protests content, called the video “X rated” and crowned it “the most explicit material we’ve ever seen produced by a broadcast television network.” READ FULL STORY

'The Ultimate Fighter' returns with Frankie Edgar leading the charge


Back in 2006, up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighter Frankie Edgar tried out for the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he could have competed under coaches BJ Penn and Jens Pulver. “I thought the tryout went well,” Edgar says. “The TV producers said, ‘We’ll give you a call back within a couple days,’ and then I flew home. I remember I went with a buddy of mine, and he got the call before we even landed, and I didn’t get it at all.” READ FULL STORY

'Please Like Me': Josh Thomas teases season 2 -- LISTEN!

Please Like Me, the coming-of-age comedy created by and starring Aussie comedian Josh Thomas, was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 shows of 2013 for its “spot-on portrayal of quarterlife confusion.” If you haven’t caught up – season 1′s six episodes are available on iTunes — you’ll want to before the second season premieres Aug. 8 at 10 p.m. ET on Pivot. Season 2 jumps ahead a few years and finds Josh living with best friend Tom (Thomas Ward) and new housemate/potential love interest Patrick (Charles Cottier), as seen in our exclusive photo of the three men and a baby (who belongs to Josh’s dad and Mae).

Though Thomas finds the idea of teasing his show funny — “It’s not Lost…. Josh wakes up and tries not to piss people off, and then that’s it, right? Bakes at some point,” he jokes – we did get a few more details out of him when he stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio’s TV Editor’s Hour on Tuesday. Josh’s mum is now living in a psychiatric hospital. Geoffrey, Josh’s ex, will make an appearance. Claire and Tom go through a “rough time.” And Niamh, of course, finds something to get upset with Tom about.

Listen to the clip below to find out more: What Thomas’ beloved dog John is up to in season 2 (and why John shouldn’t be threatened by the press release touting “a puppy” on the show); why Thomas is happy Ward has had a tough year; how successful Thomas was at increasing Josh’s number of love interests; which classic ballad actors were mistakenly told to prep for their auditions; and which viewers have Thomas a bit nervous.  READ FULL STORY

'Louie': Louis C.K. jumps in dark new teaser -- VIDEO

Louis C.K. is no stranger to dark material — in his FX show Louie, his character has found himself fearing for Parker Posey’s life as she discussed jumping off a building and trying to talk an old comedian friend out of committing suicide. But in the latest teaser for the show’s upcoming fourth season, Louie’s the one flirting with death.


'The Americans' renewed for 3rd season


FX has ordered a third season of its acclaimed drama series The Americans. The Cold War-era spy thriller starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys has been picked up for another 13 episodes.

Six episodes remain in the current second season, which has been pleasing critics (the debut season won the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program) yet performing somewhat modestly in the ratings. When including seven days of DVR playback, The Americans has averaged 3.1 million viewers this year. The second season finale is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21. “Fans will be blown away by the rest of this season,” promised FX original programming president Eric Schrier.

'True Blood' star Amelia Rose Blaire talks final season (and being turned by Eric) -- LISTEN!

The stars of True Blood are halfway through filming their final season (which premieres June 22 on HBO), and according to Amelia Rose Blaire, who plays Willa, it’s already a “jaw-dropper.” While she she’s predictably tight-lipped on what’s to come, she will say Willa comes into her own as a vampire with Tara (Rutina Wesley) as her teacher, and that she’d like Sookie to end up single. (If she had to root for someone, it would be Bill or Eric. Sorry, Alcide.)

Stopping by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105) this week for a chat on the TV Editor’s Hour, Blaire relived one of our favorite scenes from season 6 — Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) turning Willa — and shared her friends’ reactions. Listen to the clip below. READ FULL STORY

'The View' to unite all 11 co-hosts in Barbara Walters' final week

For the first time ever, all 11 co-hosts of The View will appear on the talk show together — live, on May 15 — to honor the woman who brought them to the daytime panel: Barbara Walters.

Walters — who created The View and is the only remaining host from the talker’s original lineup – will appear on her final broadcast the following day. Former hosts Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998), Meredith Vieira (1997-2006), Star Jones (1997-2006), Joy Behar (1997-2013), Lisa Ling (1999-2002), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003-2013), and Rosie O’Donnell (2006-2007) will join current stars Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy to bid farewell to the show’s matriarch.


'Orphan Black': Sarah was not originally British (and more fun facts from the creators)

In what city does Orphan Black take place? What is the process of mapping out an entire season? And why the heck is Sarah British? While sitting in their joint office on the Toronto set, show creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson shed light on all of these topics as well as several others in preparation for season 2, which premieres April 19 on BBC America. READ FULL STORY

Chris Carter looks back at 'The X-Files' series finale: 'We really came of age with the Internet'

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, we spoke to showrunners who’ve gone through the painstaking process of bringing a series to an end. The 2002 finale for Chris Carter’s nine-season sci-fi series The X-Files was special in many ways: Not only did it bring back a main character who’d exited the show (David Duchovny’s Agent Mulder), but it also gave fans a chance to see their heroes (Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Agent Scully) reunite in a full-circle type of scene that harked back to the show’s 1993 premiere. Furthermore, The X-Files was one of the first series to fully engage with its fans online — as Carter puts it, “We really came of age with the Internet.” Read on for our full conversation with Carter about his experiences putting together the X-Files finale and how it might affect his new Web series, The After. READ FULL STORY

'Fargo' premiere: Martin Freeman talks THAT scene

(This story features Martin Freeman talking about Tuesday’s episode of Fargo. Spoilers below!)

Aw, jeez — we didn’t see that coming.

Yes, Martin Freeman’s mild-mannered Lester Nygaard was in the middle of one very bad day when we met him in Fargo‘s premiere. And encountering a dangerous drifter like Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) — while you’re in the hospital, thanks to your old high-school bully — would be enough to put anyone on edge. But even when Lester’s wife seethed, “You’re not a man, Lester. You’re not even half a man,” we didn’t think he’d kill her.

Freeman unleashed Lester’s frustration in a thrilling display of desperation and pent-up rage — then offered a glimpse at the insurance salesman’s potentially devious side when Lester concocted a plan to actually get away with murder.

We talked to Freeman about the scene and Lester’s motivations, as well as how a taste for sin changes this unlikely criminal. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Williamson looks back at the 'Dawson's Creek' series finale: The art of saying goodbye


For Entertainment Weekly‘s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic TV shows to learn how they crafted their series finales. No one’s story was quite like Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson’s. He’d stepped away from the drama earlier in its run. The series was set to end with the season 6 episode “Joey Potter and Capeside Redemption,” which sent Joey (Katie Holmes) off to Paris. But then the network had an idea: “Warner Bros. called Greg Berlanti up knowing we were friends and said, ‘See if you can talk Kevin into doing the finale.’ I went to lunch with Jordan [Levin], president of The WB, and they had the conceit: Why don’t we do five years in the future? They were like, ‘Let’s push ahead and show how everyone ended up.’ I thought about it, and I went, ‘Okay. That frees me up. That allows me to tell a new story,’” Williamson says. Below, in our extended Q&A, he details how he decided what that new tale would be (RIP, Jen), when he changed his mind about who Joey would end up with romantically, and why you shouldn’t hold your breath for a reunion movie. READ FULL STORY

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