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Netflix acquires 'The Blacklist' for $2 million per episode

It looks like The Blacklist will be rolling in the dough.

Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to the NBC crime procedural from Sony Pictures Television in a hefty $2 million fee per episode, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The $2 million price tag will be the largest per-episode fee paid by a subscription-based video-on-demand company for a television show. While Netflix gets the first window on the streaming rights to the show, Sony TV will also be selling The Blacklist to broadcast and cable networks for syndication. The show was a ratings hit for NBC, garnering strong viewership for a freshman drama, and securing a full 22-episode renewal for a second season.

'Big Bang Theory' scoop: Where did Sheldon go on the train?

Big Bang Theory fans won’t have to wait long to find out where Sheldon ended up after disappearing on a train in last season’s finale. CBS has just revealed that he’ll be somewhere very hot when the long-running comedy returns this fall.

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Netflix developing French original drama 'Marseille'

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After experiencing success with its original programming, Netflix is branching out to add a French drama to its schedule.

Netflix’s first original French production, Marseille, will tell the story of Robert Taro, the French city’s mayor. According to a press release, “The coming elections have him face the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly. Marseille stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city.”

Created and written by Dan Frank, Marseille will feature eight episodes, with the first two directed by Florent-Emilio Siri.

“Creating a series for an enormous audience and without any constraints will let us push to its limits a story about the Shakespearean theater of politics in a city where Alexandre Dumas and Jean-Claude Izzo, among others, have planted many spears,” Franck said in a press release. “Netflix has given us a blank page to create a House of Cards in French that breaks through unspoken hypocrisy. This is a writer’s dream and a great opportunity for French producers and creators to enter a new world.”

Producer Pascal Breton added: “Marseille will take the audience right into the political arena where the old regime of traditional politicians are getting ready to face the younger generation of predators, thugs, and sometimes their own heirs. Netflix is giving us the perfect opportunity to tell this story from a uniquely French viewpoint, in association with some of France’’s best writers and directors. Produced entirely in France, Marseille has the potential to become one of the most gripping television events of the coming years.”

Production on Marseille is expected to start in the spring of 2015, followed by a series debut later that year.

First image from 'Reign' season 2 stars Mary, Francis, and Mary's legs

So far, the biggest teases fans have gotten for season two of Reign have involved a plague, famine, sex, a baby, more sex, and lots of death. Oh, and a new princess joining the fun. But now, EW has an exclusive first look at season two with a promo shot of the king and queen of France.

Although Mary and Francis didn’t leave things on good terms—she locked him out of the castle as he rode into a plague-infected land to visit his baby mama—there’s no reason to believe their marriage is in jeopardy just yet. For one thing, the love triangle is a thing of the past. At Comic-Con, Adelaide Kane was asked about the relationship between Mary and Bash—who’s now married to her best friend Kenna—to which she simply said, “They’ll always have a special relationship. I just don’t think they’ll bang.”

And based on the first footage from season two, it seems the biggest thing coming between Mary and Francis will likely be his newborn child and her struggle to produce an heir of her own.

Then again, that “struggle” is what Kane has said will lead to more nudity for Mary, and in the above promo shot, we get a glimpse at the, er, relaxed attitude of the queen. Although the couple still manages to look royal, there’s a definite undertone to the photo, with Mary showing a bit more skin than usual. Clearly, these two won’t be all business this season.

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Matt Letscher of 'Scandal' to guest star on 'Castle' season 7 premiere

Matt Letscher, whom Scandal fans will recognize from his role as Billy Chambers, is heading to (fictional) New York City.

EW has confirmed that Letscher will guest star in the season-seven premiere of Castle as Henry Jenkins, a security consultant. According to TVLine, which first reported the news, Jenkins will give Beckett information “on the most important case of her life.” READ FULL STORY

Amazon's new test pilots take flight

Not so long ago, reality TV promised us that anyone could be a famous singer,
or chef, or alligator wrestler, or Amish craftsman. Now it’s not enough to be onscreen talent: We want to be development execs, too.

We have that chance with Amazon presenting its third round of pilots, which can be found on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review the five new shows, and their feedback will help the streaming site decide which pilots to pick up as original series. (Last time around it ordered six series, including Chris Carter’s The After and Jill Soloway’s Transparent.) Here’s our guide to what to watch and what to skip—because, as a busy exec, you need a lowly assistant to do the dirty work. READ FULL STORY

Fox orders Rivers Cuomo project

Fox has given a put-pilot commitment for DeTour, a project based on the life of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Cuomo’s real-life “detour”—when he returned to study at Harvard University in the midst of his musical career—the single-camera comedy will focus on a middle-aged rock star who leaves success on stage in order to rediscover himself.

Steve Franks, the creator of USA Network’s Psych, will write the pilot and executive produce along with Cuomo.

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' teaser: What is in that cage?!?

Yesterday, EW delivered one of the first teasers for this fall’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. Now, here’s a glimpse of possibly one of the attractions of the titular freak show in this latest exclusive new teaser. What in the hell is in that cage? Who is the other man keeping the thing in the cage? What’s up with his scary hands? Why can’t this show premiere now? READ FULL STORY

Tyler Posey and Dylan O'Brien of 'Teen Wolf' on fans, first impressions

In four seasons, Teen Wolf has morphed from a guilty pleasure into a bloody thrill ride, making teen-scene royalty out of leads Tyler Posey (as titular teen wolf Scott McCall) and Dylan O’Brien (as his trusted friend Stiles). Offscreen, the 22-year-old actors are real-life pals who display an easy rapport despite some philosophical differences on things like sports and tattoos.

EW visited the show’s Los Angeles set recently for scoop on the sexiest, scariest, most bonkers show on MTV. Check out the extended interview below:

EW: This year, you premiered the season while still working on it. Did that throw you off to watch the premiere then come to work?
TYLER POSEY: It caught me completely off guard. We never really had a season start filming as we’re shooting it. It’s hard to be focused on both, but it’s exciting. The next day, I’ll always wake up to a text from Dylan like, ‘The episode was great, you kicked ass.'”
DYLAN O’BRIEN: I watched it at like 3:30 in the morning. READ FULL STORY

Watch the 'Friends' cast reunite on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Jimmy Kimmel lived out his fantasy on Wednesday after staging a mini-Friends reunion on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Watch the 'Walking Dead' cast prank Andrew Lincoln

The Walking Dead cast is like one big happy family. But that doesn’t mean these folks are above having some fun at each other’s expense. Just take our Entertainment Weekly Walking Dead cover shoot, for example. During a hot summer day on the Terminus set — where the shoot took place — we asked the actors to tell us something about Andrew Lincoln that he doesn’t want anyone to know. We weren’t sure if they would answer that. After all, Andrew Lincoln is a swell guy! Everyone loves Andrew Lincoln! Would they really betray his trust like that? It turns out they were all too happy to comply.

Check out Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, and Danai Gurira totally selling their costar out. Is what they say true, or just all made up in an effort to further embarrass the man who plays Rick Grimes? Watch the video below and judge for yourself. Also, click here to purchase any or all of EW’s special Walking Dead collector’s edition covers. And for more Walking Dead scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' creator Shonda Rhimes to cameo on 'The Mindy Project'

Shonda Rhimes is heading to The Mindy Project.

The Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator, who is a big fan of the Fox comedy, will make her acting debut when she makes a cameo as herself in an upcoming season 3 episode. Details on her appearance, first reported by TVLine.com, are being kept under wraps.

The Mindy Project returns Sept. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

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