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MTV renews 'Finding Carter' for season 2

MTV has renewed Finding Carter for a second season, MTV announced Tuesday.

The drama stars Kathryn Prescott as a teenager who discovers that the mother she grew up with is actually her abductor. The network has picked up 12 episodes for the second season.

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'The Strain' renewed for season 2

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FX’s neo-vampire bio-terror drama The Strain is coming back next summer. The gory apocalyptic drama from producers Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse has just received a 13-episode renewal.

“I am thrilled!” said del Toro, who directed the pilot and co-wrote the The Strain books with Chuck Hogan Another season to spread the virus. Working with Carlton, Chuck and FX has been immensely rewarding and we have such sights to unveil in the upcoming episodes—the blood hits the fan on this one, mankind becomes an endangered species.” READ FULL STORY

Adrianne Palicki cast in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as Mockingbird

At last, Adrianne Palicki is going to play a TV superhero.

The Friday Night Lights actress has been cast in a guest star role as fan favorite Bobbi Morse (a.k.a. Mockingbird) in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., EW has confirmed. For fans of the comics, she’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent who used the costumed identity of the Huntress and also Mockingbird (image below). S.H.I.E.L.D. guest star Patton Oswalt first announced Morse was coming to the show in a video that played at Comic-Con panel, while THR broke the news of Palicki’s casting.

Palicki previously had the starring role in NBC’s infamous Wonder Woman pilot that didn’t got to series, plus had a role in the The WB’s Aquaman pilot. The plan is to introduce Morse in the fifth episode of the show’s upcoming second season, which gets underway Sept. 23. She’ll join fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. new hires Kyle MacLachlan as Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) father and Lucy Lawless as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartly.

Here’s Mockingbird from the comics: READ FULL STORY

Roku readies its streaming video TVs for launch

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For all the binge watching and cable-cutting going on, our actual television sets are kind of late to the streaming video party. That’s not to say they haven’t tried—it’s just that they’re terrible at it. But maybe they’re about to get better.

According to Variety, Roku, the company behind the eponymous set-top streaming box that competes with Apple TV, is prepping to launch a line of TVs with its streaming software baked in. Available in a range of sizes from 32″ to 55″, the TVs will be manufactured by TCL and Hisense USA, and will launch in late August and early September. Prices for TCL’s models will range from $229 to $649. Hisense has not announced price points for its models, as it plans to let retail partners set price points.

The Roku TVs will be preset to take users to their streaming services first (a setting that can be changed to have them function more like a traditional TV), letting users select from options like Netflix, HBO Go, and Hulu Plus. Then, of course, the real challenge begins: deciding what to watch.

Syfy's zombie drama gets full trailer: Could it rival 'Walking Dead'?

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There’s a new zombie drama coming to basic cable: Syfy’s Z Nation is a story of a band of survivors trekking across the country in the wake of an apocalyptic zombie plague, and the first full trailer is below. Syfy can only hope the show will deliver a healthy fraction of the audience that tune in to see TV’s highest-rated entertainment series—AMC’s The Walking Dead. There’s no Daryl Dixon, but there are zombie babies.

The 13-episode Z Nation picks up three years after a zombie virus has decimated the country and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. More from the official description: “Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all.With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.”

Sounds promising, but can it compare to Walking Dead? The series stars Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, and Keith Allan. The series premiere is Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas' returns with a bang in 'Denial, Anger, Acceptance'

Dallas resumes its third season with an episode that brings everyone to their knees—and, in the words of Judith Ryland, you feed the hurt until it’s powerful enough to take vengeance on those who’ve wronged you. This is Dallas, so people are hungry. Here we go… READ FULL STORY

'Reign' adds new princess to cast in season 2

When Reign returns on the small screen this fall, fans can expect plague, famine, and a feisty new character: British actress Rose Williams will join the cast as a recurring guest star.

Williams will play Princess Claude, the royal daughter of Catherine de Medici and the deceased King Henry and sister to the newly crowned King Francis. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' adds 'Lost' star Sonya Walger in season 4

If only Stephen Finch was still at OPA…

Lost alum Sonya Walger has landed a potentially recurring role on Scandal, EW has confirmed.

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'Rectify' renewed for third season

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Rectify is coming back for a third season.

Sundance has renewed the quiet and contemplative small town drama series another round. The critically acclaimed series follows a man (Aden Young) released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row. It’s not yet clear how many epiosdes have been ordered — the first season was six episodes; the second season was 10 — though we’re hearing the order may come in on the short side.

Rectify is Sundance’s first wholly owned original series. The show is modestly rated, averaging 287,000 viewers.

'Hannibal' wins the Best Drama EWwy, creator Bryan Fuller thanks fans

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It was a decisive win for NBC’s Hannibal, earning the title of Best Drama Series in the 2014 EWwys—EW.com’s 7th annual awards for the Emmy-snubbed—with roughly 40 percent of the vote.

“We are in such a wonderful age where fans now have a face thanks to social media, and they have rallied around Hannibal with a Fannibal circle of protection, and love, and light,” creator Bryan Fuller told EW Radio while accepting the honor. “So grateful for them supporting the cannibal in every way that they do.”

As Fuller shared at Comic-Con, the season 3 premiere may feel like a pilot for a new show starring Mads Mikkelsen and Gillian Anderson as “a murder couple.” The action will jump ahead roughly eight months, with Fuller earmarking the season’s fourth episode to reveal everything that happened during that time span.

He also noted that unlike Best Actress in a Comedy winner Emmy Rossum (Shameless), who said she’d be placing her EWwy trophy on the back of the toilet in her guest bathroom, his will go over his headboard. READ FULL STORY

The 10 most insane things that happened on 'Top Model' this week

After 20 seasons, one billion nutty contestants (true fact: if laid end to end, they’d stretch all the way to Modelland and back), gallons of haircut-related tears, myriad delightful variations on “I’m not here to make friends,” countless instances of Tyra Banks randomly slipping into one of her four accents (“vaguely British,” “almost French,” “Oprah,” and “daaa-yum, girl!”), and challenges involving roaches, tarantulas, clouds of pheromone-crazed bees, and Fabio, saying “that crazy thing on America’s Next Top Model” is sort of like talking about suicide in Buffalo—it’s redundant.

And yet! While I would under no circumstances call ANTM‘s 21st cycle “good,” I would call it “kinda great”—mostly because from minute one, it dials the crazy up to 11. There’s a bisexual Wiccan contestant who immediately busts out a crisp pack of brand-new tarot cards. The semi-finalists have to stomp in an EDM-themed runway show. At one point, a voiceover declares that “the toochers and boochers are back,” as if that sentence actually means something in the English language.

So yes—even though the following 10 moments are all naked attempts to grab attention from people just like me (and that they indicate, for the nth time, that Top Model has abandoned all pretense at discovering any talent that could viably make a living by posing for cameras, let alone a “top model”), I have to give ANTM an “A” for effort. For a few seasons in the middle of the series’ run, its increasingly colorful antics seemed more desperate than deliciously ridiculous. But adding men to the cast last year really did revitalize the show, and the new season (so far, anyway) is firmly in the “deliciously ridiculous” camp. The proof is in the pot ledoms: READ FULL STORY

Pablo Schreiber, Carrie Preston, Pedro Pascal accept guest EWwys

New this year to the EWwys, EW.com’s annual reader-voted awards for the Emmy-snubbed, are guest actor and guest actress categories. We’ve already posted audio of Elizabeth Banks phoning EW Radio to accept Best Guest Actress in a Comedy for her return to Modern Family (hear it here), but the other winners—The Good Wife‘s Carrie Preston, Orange is the New Black‘s Pablo Schreiber, and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal—were equally as entertaining when they dialed.

The closest race in the 2014 EWwys was Best Guest Actress in a Drama: Preston topped Lisa Kudrow (Scandal) by just 37 votes. The best part about Preston’s call? She was dressed as Elsbeth Tascioni, taking a break during a wardrobe fitting to reprise her winning role yet again. She also lightheartedly lamented not being able to keep all the True Blood souvenirs she’d wanted. READ FULL STORY

Original 'Dragon Tattoo' director to helm USA hacker drama

If you liked the 2009 original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie and the pilot for CBS’ Under the Dome, this might interest you: Niels Arden Oplev has signed on to direct the USA pilot thriller Mr. Robot.

The Denmark writer-director, who helped introduce one of the most iconic hackers in pop culture history in Dragon Tattoo, will helm the first episode of the potential series about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. From the official description: “He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.”

The pilot is from executive producer and writer Sam Esmail (Comet) along with exec prods Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).

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