If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Covert Affairs, stop reading now. Chris Gorham takes us inside a very shirtless hour for Auggie that may have some fans of the show looking at the character differently. READ FULL STORY
Another Oscar winner is coming to HBO: Anthony Hopkins has been cast in the cable drama’s TV reboot of the sci-fi classic Westworld.
The casting will mark the first potential regular TV gig for the acclaimed Silence of the Lambs and Thor actor, and continues the trend of Academy Award winners taking small-screen roles. He will be joined in the project by actress Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood).
No, Hopkins is not playing “the Yul Brynner role.” But the descriptions for both his character and Wood’s shed some insight into the secretive project’s storyline. READ FULL STORY
Apparently, the answer is total focus… combined with the total collapse of America.
This October, FXX will launch “Simpsons World,” a portal/wormhole that will allow viewers to access every single freakin’ episode of the series—552, at last count—through their computers, phones, or Krusty the Klown Alarm Klocks (warning: gets extremely hot when plugged in). All seasons of the animated comedy—25, at last count—will be searchable (bring me… every Barney belch????), and you will be able to both create your own playlists with the archive and share your favorite clips.
Check out this FXX promo to see the end of the world as you know it… and the birth of “Simpsons World.” And remember, it’s never too early to start training for the toughest marathon in the world, which begins on Aug. 21 when FXX starts showing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in a row. READ FULL STORY
History’s Vikings has a pillage-worthy comic book debuting at Comic-Con this week, and here’s a first look at the cover. The image has Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) and Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) front and center with the Viking gods Loki and Thor are depicted on the top of the page. The comic is being given out to fans who visit the Vikings behind-the-scenes exhibit in downtown San Diego (450 2nd Avenue) during the fan convention. Guests will be treated to viking makeovers (the hair, the make-up, the weapons) and placed into backdrops from the shows to get a share-worthy photo. History’s Vikings is returning for a 10-episode third season next March. READ FULL STORY
After Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season ended with the unforgettable (and very cryptic) image of Agent Coulson waking up in the middle of the night to scribble some mysterious symbols on the wall, fans have been dying to know what season two will hold. And as far as Coulson is concerned, the jury’s still out. However, there’s at least one new person in town: EW has confirmed that Lucy Lawless will guest star on the second season.
What her role is and how long she’ll stick around is, as most things are, classified. But based on her past as Xena, it’s likely she could give Agent May a run for her money on the battlefield.
TV Guide first reported the news.
What’s that? You say you need to know what’s going to happen on this season of Arrow after last season’s absolutely bonkers finale that saw the greatest freighter-based showdown this side of Lost?
EW caught up with Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg—who now has his hands full with The CW’s other new flashy (get it?) superhero show The Flash (now you get it). But since Kreisberg is pulling double duty with the DC Comics heroes, that means he’s got double the scoop to offer.
Perhaps most pressing is the question of which villainous threat Oliver Queen will face this coming season, which picks up six or seven months after the season-two finale. Crime is down and the police aren’t hunting Ollie—but peace never lasts that long in Starling City. Despite last season’s startlingly sinister Slade, this year’s villain will have to up the ante even more. READ FULL STORY
In May, MTV picked up an as-yet untitled comedy pilot about a 22-year-old who finds an unlikely advice guru after accidentally rear-ending a celebrity’s car. Now the pilot has a star, and it’s ready to Chang—er, change—its name.
EW has confirmed that Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) will star in said pilot, now known as Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. The script follows Andy, who catches his girlfriend cheating, accidentally damages Jeong’s fancy car, and then gets advice from the star on how to
Chang change his life for the better. Jeong will play himself.
Those who have seen the pilot of Gotham agree: TV fans are going to be tweeting about Robin Lord Taylor this fall. The young actor and relative newcomer nabbed the role of Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) on the upcoming Fox series, which details the origins of iconic characters in the Batman universe. In the first episode, we meet Cobblepot as an abused but ambitious underling for gangster Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith). Taylor brings a desperate, jittery energy to the role that’s far more compelling than his campy predecessors—and with a first name like “Robin,” the actor seems destined to play the avian-themed crime lord. We caught up with the enthusiastic Taylor on the Gotham set after watching the Penguin murder an innocent man for his sandwich. (It was tuna, of course.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you land this part?
Robin Lord Taylor: It’s pretty standard. It was pilot season, and I got the call, and I went in and did just one take. I got a call at some point, “You’re going to LA to test.” So it’s been this series of hurdles. And from where I’m coming from, it’s like a series of gold medals—just to test [for a pilot] is huge thing, at least for me. Then to have it be this project … it’s just amazing.
Were you a fan of the comics?
I wasn’t a big comic person. I was raised on the Tim Burton films. I think one of the first films I ever saw was the first Batman. Superman had happened before that, but this was a groundbreaking moment in terms of bringing superheroes back to something serious and legendary. READ FULL STORY
With True Blood coming to an end, Carrie Preston already has more work lined up. EW has confirmed that Preston will reprise her role as fan favorite Elsbeth Tascioni in the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. There’s no word yet on how long Elsbeth will be sticking around, but let’s just hope that this time, she stays away from any and all anti-Semitic bears (or not).
The Good Wife isn’t the only place Preston’s fans will be able to find her. As EW previously reported, the actress is also set to guest star in a season 2 episode of HBO’s Getting On. Preston will play Denya Thorp, a cancer patient staying at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Facility. Let’s just say she’s looking to get out of that place ASAP. READ FULL STORY
This week’s episode of Covert Affairs (Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on USA) continues the search for the Postman and puts Auggie (Chris Gorham), who’s in a new relationship with Hayley (Amy Jo Johnson), in the field in Paris to approach an asset with whom he has an emotional history. Annie (Piper Perabo), meanwhile, tags along as his handler and finds herself cozying up to someone as well for the sake of the mission.
Combine their efforts with the revelation that the woman Calder (Hill Harper) has been sleeping with is an escort, and it’s shaping up to be Covert Affairs‘ steamiest season. Gorham gave EW a tease of what’s ahead. (Come back to Inside TV after the episode airs for a postmortem.) READ FULL STORY
After his most recent stint on American Horror Story, Joseph Fiennes is returning to TV in a new drama from Carnival Films, Anonymous Content, and NBC Universal.
Nostradamus, which Fiennes will produce and star in, is an hour-long drama from author Michael Boccacino and executive producer Andrew Cosby. The show will follow the well-known clairvoyant on a quest for vengeance after his family is murdered. Nostradamus is described as “a charismatic and self-destructive man who is plagued with dangerous and disturbing visions.”
The show will be set in the universe of the French Royal Court, where “Nostradamus’ pleasure-seeking impulses and passionate thirst for revenge runs headlong into the treacherous epicentre of social and political life of Renaissance era Europe.”
There’s no word yet on when the new series will premiere.
Ever wondered how well your favorite home cook would stack up against a Food Network star? That’s the question at the center of NBC’s new series Food Fighters.
Hosted by Man v. Food‘s Adam Richman (who recently made news when he went on an anger-fueled Instagram rant), Food Fighters pits home cooks against professional chefs in a battle to win over a dinner party full of taste testers—think Throwdown with Bobby Flay, but with bigger prizes than just being able to say, “My dish was more popular than Bobby Flay’s!” The winning home cooks do get bragging rights, but they also win cash prizes that increase as the competition goes on.
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