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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' gets premiere date, teaser video

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Big FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show news. The fourth installment of horror anthology series suddenly has a premiere date, an official new description, and its first genuine teaser video.

First the date: AHS:FS will debut Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10 p.m.

The official new description: “Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.”

The freakiest thing about Freak Show may be that the show’s debut is less than two months away and until now there have been no official photos (save one in a snapshot tweet by co-creator Ryan Murphy) and no video. But here’s a super-short teaser, below, while the first official photos, I’m told, are likely coming later today. The season stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Michael Chiklis, and Angela Bassett. READ FULL STORY

Ron Rifkin, Hoda Kotb, Brian D'Arcy James, others head to 'SVU'

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is loading up on guest stars.

Today’s Hoda Kotb is set to appear as herself in an episode that includes Ron Rifkin (Alias), Brian D’Arcy James (Smash), Stevie Lynn Jones (Crisis), and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (Friday Night Lights), EW has learned exclusively.

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'Simpsons' writers explain how to survive FXX's 552-episode marathon

On Thursday at the strike of 10 a.m. ET, FXX will drop an absurdly daunting challenge into the laps of channel surfers by airing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons in a row. (In case you’re wondering, two people once made it 86 hours and 37 minutes through a Simpsons marathon before Fox ended the contest in a record-breaking tie.)

How can you binge 25 seasons of the animated comedy just 12 days, bearing witness to every Homer “Woo hoo!”, Barney belch, and grisly Scratchy disemboweling? Hydration, meal breaks, micro-naps, and multiple empty DVRs will help, for starters. But you also might want to check out these 15 survival tips, given to EW by the writers of The Simpsons. READ FULL STORY

'Monk' star Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Monk is checking into Nurse Jackie. Tony Shalhoub has landed a recurring role on the Showtime drama’s upcoming seventh season, the network announced Wednesday.

The Emmy winner will play Dr. Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has great bedside manner, a special touch with Akalitus, and offers Jackie friendship—something she desperately needs after the drama of the season finale.

Nurse Jackie is expected to return in 2015.

'Big Brother': Watch the Zingbot and Kathy Griffin join forces to insult people


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is a ridiculous television program. And at no point is it more ridiculous than when a sassy wisecracking robot named the Zingbot enters the house to start dishing out insults at all the contestants. Which is why we are completely obsessed with everything he does. Now, I’ve had my own personal run-ins with the Zingbot over the years. There was the time he compared Entertainment Weekly to toilet paper and the time he mocked my writing and personal income. But I simply can’t stay mad at the Zingbot. Plus, perhaps he’s mellowed since giving birth to the Baby Zingbot. Anyhoo, the Zingbot extended an olive branch by sending over this exclusive clip of his annual appearance tonight on the CBS reality show. So why wait until this evening to see how his visit begins when you can check it out right here?

BUT WAIT! Something is very, very wrong with the Zingbot. Click on the video below to see what is amiss, and if comedian Kathy Griffin can help this bot get his Ziiiiiiiiiiiing! back. UPDATE: Check out the second video below to watch Donny get zinged by Kathy Griffin! READ FULL STORY

'Manhattan' star Rachel Brosnahan joins CBS' 'The Dovekeepers'

House of Cards and Blacklist alum Rachel Brosnahan has joined the cast of the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers, EW has learned.

Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel, the four-part miniseries tells the story of four women whose lives intersect as they fight for survival when 900 Jews are besieged for months in a fortress at Masada.

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Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at Emmys

Monday’s Emmy tribute to Robin Williams will be presented by a fellow famed actor-comedian: Billy Crystal. Executive producer Don Mischer announced the programming decision on Tuesday morning, having previously promised that the award ceremony would honor the late performer with “the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves.”

Williams will be honored during the “In Memoriam” portion of the show. Sara Bareilles will handle the musical accompaniment to the segment. Bareilles recently dedicated her song “Hercules” to Williams (though the song choice for the segment has not yet been announced).

Last year, Williams honored Jonathan Winters during the same Emmy segment. The 63-year-old was found dead in his home on Aug. 11. The 66th annual prime-time Emmy Awards airs Aug. 25 night on NBC.

Ellen Pompeo developing police drama for ABC

Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is getting into the production side of things. First, Pompeo announced she would executive produce a financial meltdown drama titled Debt for ABC Family, and now, her production company, Calamity Jane, has made its first network sale.

Calamity Jane has sold an untitled hour-long drama to ABC. The project, written by Andy Stern, will be produced by ABC Studios with Pompeo and Laura Holstein of Calamity Jane Prods. signed on to executive produce.

The show follows Keira Burke, a Boston-area cop who was gravely wounded in the line of duty. According to ABC, “Six years later, she’s returned to the force as a police psychologist and now finds herself embedded in the very same precinct she left. She’ll bring along her new perspective on cops and solving crime, but she’s returning as an outsider, no longer a cop. Keira will have to reconcile her two worlds and overcome her own failings from years ago—even as she starts to suspect that what really happened all those years ago may not be what it seems, and the truth may be right under her nose.”

'Masters of Sex,' 'Ray Donovan' renewed for season 3

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Showtime has renewed its summer drama block: Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan are both coming back for third rounds. The will start production early next year on 12 episodes each. “Both Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” said Showtime president David Nevins. “These acclaimed shows are filled with complex and interesting characters and settings that will no doubt give audiences compelling television to invest in for seasons to come.”

Both perform solid-ish for the network. Ray Donovan starring Liev Schreiber as an L.A. fixer delivers around 5 million viewers once all forms of viewing are counted, while Masters starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as 1950s sex researchers gets about four million. Both also recently hit season highs. Moreover for Showtime, both shows received Emmy nominations this year, with Masters scoring five nods including one for Caplan’s performance, and Donovan being honored for Jon Voight’s performance.

Kurt Sutter reveals how many 'Sons of Anarchy' club members will die

In the Sept. 9 premiere of Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, a vengeful Jax (Charlie Hunnam) tells his brothers, “For me to move forward with all the things we now have to do, I need to know this table has no doubts, no mistrust, that every single one of you would kill or die for the man next to him.” With FX’s marketing campaign centered on Jax morphing into the Reaper, fans anticipate a high body count on the first front by season seven’s end (and they would be right).

But creator Kurt Sutter’s tally on the latter might be surprising: “Two club members will be dead,” he tells EW. “I don’t think there’ll be more than that.”

Before Comic-Con last month, EW asked readers to predict the fate of 15 characters. (Remember, there’s a large number of non-members fans are invested in: Gemma, Unser, Wendy, Nero, Lyla, Chucky, and even Marcus Alvarez and Henry Lin, who’ve been recurring since season one.) If Juice (Theo Rossi) is still considered a member, he topped fans’ hit list with 86 percent guessing he’ll meet Mr. Mayhem at some point. Rat (Niko Nicotera) and Tig (Kim Coates) were the next best bets, with about 64 percent and 63 percent believing they’d eventually be buried in their cuts, respectively. The club members viewed as safest—which could prove more unsettling—were Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) and Chibs (Tommy Flanagan).

With the new intel from Sutter, who starts writing episode nine of the final 13 today, it’s time for a recount.  READ FULL STORY

Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales returning for final season of 'Parks and Recreation'

It sounds like love will be in the air when Parks and Recreation returns for its final season.

Megan Mullally and Natalie Morales are both set to reprise their roles for the final season of Parks and Rec, EW has learned.

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Surprise: AMC renews 'Halt and Catch Fire'

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AMC has decided to take a chance on renewing the modestly rated freshman drama series Halt and Catch Fire.

The series set in the Texas computer industry in the 1980s has only averaged 1.3 million viewers across its first 10 episodes, including seven days of DVR playback. Yet AMC believes the show has potential for growth. “This is a show about invention, experimentation, and the inherent risks in trying to break new ground—themes that really resonate with us as a network and attracted a passionate audience,” explains AMC president Charlie Collier. “We have a history of demonstrating patience through the early seasons of new shows, betting on talent and building audience over time.” READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Selfie' pilot is now available to stream online

The pilot episode of Selfie, ABC’s new comedy inspired by My Fair Ladyis now available to stream on Hulu weeks ahead of its September premiere.

The show follows Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), a social-media maven who has thousands of followers in her internet life but no friends in her real life. To remedy this problem, she turns to marketing expert Henry (John Cho) to help her go from a technology-obsessed internet celebrity to someone who can connect with humans in the real world.

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