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'Empire' is on fire. Should we be sweating burn-out?

This season, Fox has been trying to field new hits by making shows based on pop culture its adult audience can recognize—from the comic book pulp of Gotham to the YA tragicomedy of Red Band Society, the next gen House of Backstrom to the next gen Seinfeld of Mulaney. In many of these efforts, we see the Fox-Backstrom Theory of Contemporary Generational Conflict at work: Optimistic, crusading Millennials suffer or revolt against the worldview of those miserable, narcissistic elders.

In Gotham, idealistic, reform-minded Jim Gordon and older, cynical, that’s-just-the-way-it-is Harvey Bullock bicker and brood as they vainly try to bring justice to Dystopiatown. With Red Band Society, Fox gambled that a nation of John Green-reading adults would see themselves in a ward of plucky teenagers doing the carpe diem thing while trying to beat back the toxic zeitgeist spirit-sapping afflictions. The show failed out of the gate for any number of reasons—like trying to make sickness noble fun, or perhaps just failing at that goal. Sure, we want inspiration in these gloomy times—but when you feel like the world is burning, what you also want is some good fiddling.

Empire is good at fiddling. READ FULL STORY

Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews join 'RuPaul's Drag Race' judging table

RuPaul’s Drag Race has announced that the judges’ table will be getting two new seats this season—and they’ll be occupied by fashion expert Carson Kressley and TV personality Ross Mathews.

“I have never been more qualified to do anything in my entire life,” Mathews said in a statement. “As quite possibly the biggest super fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race in the entire galaxy, I take my position as a judge very seriously and will proudly serve as a voice for my fellow super fans—albeit a very high-pitched voice.” READ FULL STORY

Daryl, Eugene, and Rosita look super-intense in new 'Walking Dead' photos -- exclusive

The Walking Dead returns on Sunday, Feb. 8 with its midseason premiere, “What Happened and What’s Going On.” Written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero, the episode will show us how and where the group picks up after the hospital tragedy that left Beth dead. And to get you ready, we have three new exclusive gallery photos of the cast, starting with Mr. Daryl Dixon himself, Norman Reedus. (Click the magnifying glass icon above to see the full image in all of its high-resolution glory.) READ FULL STORY

A history lesson from 'The Americans'

With the FX spy drama heading further into the 1980s for season 3, The Americans executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg tease the historical reference points superspy couple Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) will encounter as they face the very real possibility of their daughter joining the cause.


'Arrow' star Katie Cassidy on suiting up as Black Canary: 'It's messy'

The moment Arrow fans have been waiting for finally came to fruition during last week’s episode as Katie Cassidy suited up as the Black Canary.

“I can’t tell you how happy it made me,” Cassidy gushes to EW. “I remember at the end of season 2, they needed to fit Sara’s [Caity Lotz] jacket on me and I started to cry when I put it on. I’ve been waiting for this for so long. I’m so happy and honored. From Day 1, I knew that eventually that’s where they were planning to go with the character, but I didn’t know when and it’s television, anything can happen. Honestly, there’s no words that can even explain how lucky, excited, grateful, thrilled I am. For the Black Canary fans, I hope they’re happy with my performance and my take on the character. I hope people are happy.”


'The Flash' boss answers burning questions

The Pied Piper uncovered some new secrets—just not the ones we were hoping for.

Though it seemed like the introduction of Hartley Rathaway (Andy Mientus) during Tuesday’s episode of The Flash would lead to Harrison Wells’ (Tom Cavanagh) big yellow secret coming out, the Pied Piper only outed Wells’ decision to launch the particle accelerator despite knowing there was a chance it could explode.

Never fear, it sounds like we’ll get more information on the Reverse Flash soon, according to executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who answered some burning Flash questions following a screening of “The Sound and the Fury”:


'Walking Dead' actor joins 'Criminal Minds' spinoff

A familiar face from the current season of The Walking Dead has joined CBS’ new Criminal Minds project. Tyler James Williams, who plays the caring hospital-cult survivor Noah on the AMC hit, has landed a series regular role on the as-yet-untitled Minds implanted spinoff.

Williams’ character is described as “sweet and incredibly smart. As the team’s tech analyst, Monty stays at home while the team works abroad. His attention to detail and kind manner are invaluable as he liaises with the families of those in trouble and uses his tech savvy to help the team fill in the holes as they search for a killer far from home.”

The actor previously starred on The CW’s Everybody Hates Chris and co-starred on NBC’s Go On. The Minds spinoff stars Gary Sinise as the leader of a division of the FBI that helps American citizens who find themselves in trouble abroad. The pilot will air in the regular Wednesday night Minds slot later this season.

'Grey's Anatomy' boss teases new doctors and new relationships

When Grey’s Anatomy returns, some doctors may be on the rocks, while others will be finding new relationships—oh, and there will also be some new doctors coming to Grey Sloan Memorial, according to executive producer Shonda Rhimes, who gives EW a rundown of what’s in store for the second half of the season:


HBO renews 'Togetherness'

HBO has already decided that we all need a little more Togetherness: The network has renewed the Duplass brothers’ comedy after airing only three episodes.


Christopher Reeve's son among 3 new correspondents coming to 'SportsCenter'

SportsCenter will bring in some young blood, as ESPN has announced three new correspondents will be joining the sports news show.


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


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