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'Rectify' season 2 First Look: Daniel recovers from brutal beating -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

SundanceTV’s Rectify — a drama that follows one man’s journey to rebuild his life after being released from death row — left fans with quite the cliffhanger at the end of season 1, and if you just can’t wait for season 2 to start back up in June, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at the two exclusive stills we have from premiere. READ FULL STORY

'The Originals': Leah Pipes talks Cami's (sort of) love triangle, more fire stunts, and 'our darkest episode yet'

Being a human in New Orleans isn’t something most people would see as a problem. But in the world of The Originals, it’s a major disadvantage, especially if your uncle has a hex that’s literally driving him mad and you’ve got some sort of weird almost love triangle happening with a vampire and a hybrid. Welcome to Cami’s world.

Last week, we watched Cami beg for Genevieve to help Kieran only to have Klaus ruin it all. And let’s not forget that bit where Klaus found out about Cami and Marcel’s night together. So where do we go from here? Is this thing with Marcel and Klaus a real love triangle? Is there hope for Kieran?

We caught up with Leah Pipes to talk about all of those things, as well as a few O’Connell family secrets, her favorite scene that never aired, and more. Here’s what we learned:

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John Turturro replaces Robert De Niro in HBO's 'Criminal Justice'

John Turturro has replaced Robert De Niro as the star of Criminal Justice, the seven-hour HBO miniseries that was once conceived as a James Gandolfini vehicle. Based on a 2008 BBC drama of the same name, Justice was slated to be The Sopranos‘ star’s high-profile return to an HBO series, and he had filmed the pilot before he died last June. HBO recruited De Niro in September to assume the lead role, but as the Hollywood Reporter initially wrote, he’s now out, as is his Tribeca Films production company.

Turturro will play Jack Stone, an unscrupulous New York City lawyer who defends a Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) accused of murder. Bill Camp, Peyman Moaadi (A Separation), and Poorna Jagannathan also star. Steve Zaillian (All the King’s Men) will direct a script written by novelist Richard Price (The Wire).

 

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to cover the Kentucky Derby for NBC

NBC is adding Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to its Kentucky Derby telecast as fashion correspondents next week, illustrating how the network’s coverage now reflects one of the most female-friendly televised sporting events of the year.

The two figure skaters, who were the breakout stars of NBC’s Sochi Olympics broadcast team, will comment on the fashionable outfits worn by members of the rich and celebrity-filled audience who try to avoid spilling mint juleps on their designer duds, the network said Tuesday.

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George R.R. Martin reacts to 'Thrones' adding rape scene

Game of Thrones fans are used to being shocked by deadly plot twists. But Sunday night’s episode divided viewers in a very different way with an incestuous rape scene. In the fourth season’s third episode, titled “Breaker of Chains,” Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) forces himself on his former lover/sister Cersei (Lena Headey) while they’re beside the corpse of their murdered son (Jack Gleeson).

Back in September, Coster-Waldau described the scene to EW as “a very dark encounter, [a] passionate encounter” and explained that “on a visceral emotional level, she feels disgusted by his [metal] hand. It goes from bad to worse. I [Jaime] want to help her, and finally she reaches out and needs Jaime, and she’s just disgusted with him. It’s a great scene.”

Much of the online uproar stems from the way the show altered the original Jaime/Cersei scene, which appears in George R. R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords. In the novel, Cersei is only briefly hesitant before quickly reciprocating Jaime’s advances. To some, the scene in Sunday’s episode represents adding an unnecessary act of violence against a woman, and an act that’s out of character for Jaime — who has seemingly been on a rocky path to redemption since last season. To others, Jaime’s mounting frustration with Cersei and history of solving problems with violence make this moment quite believable, suggesting his character is not evolving in a straight calculated line but rather taking a more fractured path.

While HBO and Thrones producers have declined to comment, Martin (who wrote the previous week’s episode) weighed in on the matter on his blog, adding some context to the conversation: READ FULL STORY

Mrs. Brady, Mrs. C, and more classic TV mothers gather on 'Instant Mom' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Instant Mom isn’t going the flowers-and-brunch route to celebrate Mother’s Day next month: The Nick at Nite comedy has signed up classic TV matriarchs Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch), Marion Ross (Happy Days), and Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) to guest-star in its May 8 episode. To sweeten the cookie jar, they’re also including Jackée Harry — who played Instant Mom star Tia Mowry-Hardrict’s adoptive mother on Sister, Sister — as well as a famous TV daughter, Tempest Bledsoe (The Cosby Show). READ FULL STORY

Netflix to increase prices

Haven’t signed up for Nextflix yet? You might want to get on that sooner rather than later if you ever plan on becoming One of Us.

The streaming service announced Monday plans to hike up the price of new memberships by one or two dollars, depending on your country — a measure set to take effect “later this quarter,” according to a letter to investors. Existing members would be allowed to stay at their current pricing — $7.99 for those in the U.S. — for “a generous time period” before eventually paying the new higher price.

“These changes will enable us to acquire more content and deliver an even better streaming experience,” the letter from CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said.

Elsewhere in the note, the company touted its “big hit” House of Cards but declined to provide specific streaming numbers, per usual, saying only it “attracted a huge audience that would make any cable or broadcast network happy.”

Netflix added 4 million subscribers in the first quarter of the year, bringing its total subscribers to 48 million worldwide.

Complete fall 2014 pilot list

In just four weeks, we’ll find out if Anthony LaPaglia and David Schwimmer will stage comebacks to prime time, or if Flash will really fly for the CW. Chances are it will, but what about those comic book-inspired dramas in the works at Fox and NBC?

Here’s your chance to see all the possibilities, but don’t get your hopes up too high: A majority of these pilots won’t make the cut for fall.

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DRAMA

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS: The NCIS New Orleans office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans with its rich setting of music, fun, and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble. It is a natural backdrop for a unique character driven spin-off. Cast: Scott Bakula (Special Agent Dwayne Pride); CCH  Pounder (Dr. Loretta Wade).

BATTLE CREEK: When two detectives with very different world views are teamed up, they must answer the question: is cynicism, guile, and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan in the face of a complete lack of resources; or is the exact opposite true – it takes naïveté, trust and a boatload of resources? Cast: Josh Duhamel (Milton Chamberlain); Dean Winters (Det. Russ Agnew); Kal Penn (Det. Fontanelle).

MADAM SECRETARY: About the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics, and balances a complex family life. Cast: Tea Leoni (Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord); Tim Daly (Henry McCord); Bebe Neuwirth (Nadine Tolliver).

STALKER: Psychological thriller centered around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the LAPD. Cast: Maggie Q (Detective Beth Davis); Dylan McDermott (Detective Jack Larsen).

FIELD OF PLAY: When a terrorist event rocks Washington, D.C., a retired CIA operative is pulled back into action, forced to investigate closer to home where the next generation of terrorists are being bred. Cast: Anthony LaPaglia (Coach Holden Weller); Samantha Mathis (Olivia Jordan).

SCORPION: An eccentric genius and his international network of super-geniuses form the last line of defense against the complex threats of the modern age. Cast: Robert Patrick (Agent Cabe Gallo); Eddie Kaye Thomas (Toby); Katharine McPhee (Paige).

UNTITLED CUSACK/McCABE/ELMORE/CAVELL PROJECT: Series set in the world of Wall Street power and money. Charlie Cox (Jackson Holliday); Maggie Grace (Jamie Fields); David Morse (J.D. Conklin); John Cusack (guest star).

UNTITLED DAVID MARSHALL GRANT PROJECT: Soapy medical show centered around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis (Evelyn Lang); Ashton Holmes (Jason Lang); Anna Brewster (Dani).

CSI PLANTED SPIN-OFF: Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button.  Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA, is tasked to solve high octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world. Cast: Patricia Arquette (Special Agent Avery Ryan)

COMEDY

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HOW I MET YOUR DAD: Kindred spirit of How I Met Your Mother, telling the story from a female point of view.  A brand new story with new characters and a new voice at its center. Cast: Greta Gerwig (Sally).

McCARTHY’S: Family comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston clan. Single camera. Cast: Laurie Metcalf (Majorie McCarthy); Joey McIntyre (Gerard McCarthy).

UNTITLED JIM GAFFIGAN PROJECT: Jim Gaffigan stars as the happily married and harried NYC father of five as he is in real life. Cast: Ashley Williams (Jeannie Gaffigan); Michael Ian Black (Daniel); Adam Goldberg (Dave).

SAVE THE DATE: Newly single, Katie drunkenly books a wedding venue and is now faced with the task of meeting the right man in time. Cast: Maggie Lawson (Katie); Michelle Trachtenberg (Hillary).

GOOD SESSION: A happy couple decides to see a therapist to help them decide if they should have a baby but quickly discover they have more to discuss. Single-camera. Cast: Mandy Moore (Lindsay); Tracey Ullman (Ellen).

MORE TIME WITH FAMILY:  Tom Papa stars as a husband and father making a career change to spend more time with his family. Cast: Alyson Hannigan (Cindy); Joe Pantoliano.

THE MISTAKE: A couple who just “finished” raising their kids discover they are pregnant.

CUZ-BROS: A successful, suave ladies man’s perfect life gets turned upside down when his mess of a cousin needs a place to stay. Cast: Geoff Stults (Nick); Debra Jo Rupp (Merle); Andrea Anders (Stacey).

THE ODD COUPLE: A half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot based on Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Cast: Matthew Perry (Oscar Madison); Thomas Lennon (Felix); Wendell Pierce (Teddy).

NEXT: ABC….

'Orphan Black' season 2 premiere clones more viewers

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BBC America’s Orphan Black returned to slightly higher ratings for season two.

The thriller starring Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany came back to 785,000 viewers on Saturday night, including 391,000 adults 18-49. That’s about 15 percent more viewers than its first season premiere last year. BBC America points out the premiere is up a more impressive 97 percent from the show’s season one average, but it is considered standard when calculating these things to compare premieres to premieres.

Frankly, given all the catch-up streaming and social media buzz, we were expecting a bit more of a pop. But then again, Orphan Black does air on Saturday, so it will likely defer a ton DVR playback from busy viewers. Black did win the social media prize, ranking as the top basic cable drama in Twitter mentions for the week. See Dalton Ross’ interview with Tatiana Maslany about the premiere shocker.

'Salem' debut brews potent ratings

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Witches! Yeah, they’re still in: WGN America’s Salem had a rather surprisingly potent premiere. Salem delivered 1.5 million for its first airing, a tally that grew to 2.3 million with repeat airings.

As always, ratings are all about context and expectations. In this case, Salem is the first original series ever produced by a cable network that many viewers have never even heard of and only covers 62 percent of the country. The first airing was up 635 percent from WGN’s Sunday night time-period average. When you have HBO’s Silicon Valley doing about the same number of viewers with a lead-in from Game of Thrones, you look at this result as pretty good.

“These numbers far exceeded our expectations, especially given that we are currently only in 72 million homes,” said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America. “We look forward to seeing these numbers grow over the next few days with time shifting. Salem will be followed by the network’s second original drama, Manhattan, which premieres in July, and the miniseries Ten Commandments, debuting in 2015.

'The Blacklist': Who is the real Tom Keen? Ryan Eggold talks music, spy secrets, and those glasses

The epic machinations of Red Reddington have been spinning out of control on The Blacklist and after two brutal weeks off, we finally get a new episode tonight. The question on everyone’s mind is, who is Tom Keen? We now know that the sexy/scary husband of FBI Agent Liz Keen is an undercover spy, but we don’t know who he’s working for, what he wants, or how far he’s willing to go to get it. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Ryan Eggold to get some insight on his mysterious character, what we can look forward to tonight, and what the deal is with those amazing glasses he wears. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' ratings rise after last week's shocker

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Game of Thrones ratings bounced up for the third episode of the season and matched the series-high viewership for the HBO hit.

Sunday night 6.6 million viewers tuned in for the 9 p.m. airing (Thrones recap), up 5 percent from last week’s wedding shocker and tying the record-setting fourth season premiere. Another 1.6 million watched the two replays.

Meanwhile, HBO’s post-Thrones comedy block of Silicon Valley and Veep both took a slight dip, with Mike Judge’s latest delivering 1.6 million / 2.1 million and Julia Louis-Dreyfus‘ comedy posting 775,000 / 1.3 million. Both shows don’t have to worry, however, they were just renewed for a second and fourth season, respectively.

'Falling Skies': New trailer warns of great battle

Post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama Falling Skies is coming back this summer with its fourth season, and its latest trailer promises that it’s going to be as crazy as ever.

The TNT series, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and created by Robert Rodat, follows the aftermath of the human race after a disastrous alien invasion and how one history professor (Noah Wyle) takes charge of the remaining (human) survivors.

Falling Skies returns June 22 at 10 p.m. ET on TNT. Watch the trailer below:

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