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'Big Brother:' Zach talks Zankie and says 'I am completely 100% heterosexual'

Zach Rance wanted to be noticed this summer on Big Brother. That much was clear. Whether he was parading around in that goofy pink hat, starting a showmance with Frankie (even though he says he is straight), or calling other contestants a “fruit loop dingus,” Zach liked to be noticed. Maybe he should have played a little more under the radar because his fellow alliance members had finally had enough and evicted him from the Big Brother house last night. Then, with a chance to reenter the game in a jury competition, he fell short, ending his dream of emerging as the winner. We were unable to chat with Zach because he is back sequestered on the jury, but we were able to sneak a few questions to him via email and here’s what that lunatic had to say. READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham topples over on bike in 'Girls' season 4 sneak peek

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Girls lovers and hate watchers can unite in enjoyment of this sneak peek of season four of the HBO show. Showrunner and star Lena Dunham released an Instagram video in which Hannah Horvath (Dunham) rides her bicycle through an idyllic pasture, only to topple over in a heap. Could it be that Horvath is thriving in the great outdoors of Iowa? Fans won’t know until early 2015, but at least the props crew was diligent enough to put a bike helmet on Dunham for the shot.

Lori Petty returning to 'Orange Is the New Black'

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Lori Petty is going back to prison: The Tank Girl and League of Their Own star will reprise her brief, but memorable role during the third season of Orange Is the New Black, EW has learned exclusively.

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Disney XD sets premiere for 'Lost'-themed 'Phineas and Ferb' episode

Phineas and Ferb are getting Lost.

Disney XD has set a premiere date for the upcoming Lost-themed episode, which features a story from Damon Lindelof and guest-star Terry O’Quinn, who played John Locke on the ABC drama.

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'Big Brother:' Julie Chen on her live ice bucket challenge and the death of Zankie

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, obviously we need to start with the Ice Bucket Challenge. How nervous were you about doing that on live television and how did it feel when Will Arnett dumped that water on you?
JULIE CHEN: I was sooooo excited to do this on live television. It’s the only way you can’t back out or run away….you must commit. I was adamant that the bucket had to be equal parts ice and water and to be very full. Unfortunately, most of the ice melted by the time the bucket was poured and that made the water temperature beyond cold. I also asked that the bucket really go straight over my head for full effect. It felt great and fun and funny for about the first 3 seconds and then it was like…am I going to catch pneumonia?!?!?  This is NOT fun anymore…it’s freezing and I am shaking. But well worth it for a great cause. READ FULL STORY

Syfy's 'Z Nation' gets September premiere date

Syfy’s new zombie show, Z Nation, finally has a premiere date. EW has confirmed that the show, which follows a group of survivors three years after a zombie virus has attacked the country, will premiere on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.

In Z Nation, a group of people has to work together to transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab is located. Z Nation was given a 13-episode order.

Watch the full trailer here.

CBS buys Silicon Valley medical drama from Jason Katims and Sarah Watson

CBS has given a pilot commitment for a medical drama set in Silicon Valley, created by writing duo Jason Katims and Sarah Watson—whose drama Parenthood will soon begin its sixth and final season.

According to Deadline, the drama will center on a controversial young tech titan who opens a cutting-edge hospital. The tech world has become  a hot selling point for development, as seen in the rise of tech-inspired shows, such as HBO’s Silicon Valley and AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Along with this project, Katims will continue as executive producer of About a Boy, one of the few freshmen comedies that NBC renewed for a second season.

Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara are leaving 'MythBusters' (Updated)

At the end of last night’s episode of MythBusters, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman announced that Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara were leaving the show. In the aftermath of the announcement, all involved took to Twitter to say their goodbyes; Byron also announced that the “show is taking a new direction.” READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies' cast members summarize four seasons in 30 seconds

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It’s hard to condense four seasons of alien invasions, drone warfare, and dystopic bloodshed into 30 seconds, especially when the aliens in said show go by the decidedly cutesy name of “Skitters.”

But at Comic-Con, EW recruited Falling Skies cast members Noah Wyle and Maxim Knight to summarize the last four seasons of the sci-fi show with the best of their capabilities in the time allotted, which might shed more light on whether things can ever look up in this dark, extraterrestrial world (probably not).

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Jim Parsons on 'Big Bang Theory' contract dispute and double Emmy nods

At the end of last season on The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon finally had to cope with not getting what he wanted in his career. That’s not a problem Jim Parsons is dealing with these days. In addition to his two Emmy nominations—one for playing Sheldon Cooper, the other for Tommy Boatwright in the gut-wrenching HBO movie The Normal Heart—Parsons’ salary for Big Bang skyrocketed from $350,000 per episode to $1 million after a contract dispute that pushed back production on the eighth season. After a week-long delay, production began on Aug. 6.

Parsons sees the whole brouhaha as a simple issue. “I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date [July 30],” he tells EW. “When it wasn’t, it certainly wasn’t a good feeling, but there was absolutely no getting around the fact that everything had to be dealt with and finished before we could get back.” He says reports of the dispute were overblown. “You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from,” he says with a laugh. “That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.'”

As for all those zeroes? “I came from a family in Texas who simply never spoke about money,” he says. “When suddenly everybody is guessing, or some even getting close, to the ballpark of what you’re earning—well, that’s interesting, that everyone knows what you make. It is what it is, and the job is so wonderful that those minor oddities are well worth the ride.”

Looking forward to the Emmys, Parsons has different feelings about his very different nominations. “To be nominated again for Big Bang, is at least as touching to me, if not more so now, than it was the first time,” he says. “Look, I’m only human and therefore there’s a part of me that’s waiting for people to say, ‘Enough of you!'”

As for his nomination for Normal Heart, “I would be lying if I said it didn’t feel really good to know that people had seen and thought it was also good work, because again, it is such a different ball of wax from the life of Sheldon.”

See how ABC is promoting Shonda Rhimes' Thursday takeover

As if the one-two punch of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal on one night wasn’t enough, this fall Shondaland will air three shows on Thursdays—otherwise known as “TGIT.”

In a new promo for the all-Shonda Rhimes night of television, ABC uses the casts of Grey’s, Scandal, and new drama How to Get Away with Murder to tout the block’s new slogan: Thank God It’s Thursday. It’s a nice nod to the network’s old Friday night TGIF block and even NBC’s former Thursday night domination with Must-See TV.

Are you ready for three hours of Shondaland? Watch the promo below:
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'The Millers' lands Billy Eichner, Rhys Darby in season 2

Billy Eichner and Rhys Darby have landed guest-starring roles on The Millers, EW has learned.

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'Criminal Minds' to pay tribute to the late Meshach Taylor

Criminal Minds is planning to pay tribute to Meshach Taylor in an upcoming season 10 episode, EW has learned.

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