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'Game of Thrones' actress joins ABC's 'Resurrection'

Michelle Fairley’s TV career is getting resurrected once again!

First the actress was killed off as Catelyn Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Then she had an arc on USA’s Suits. Then she played a terrorist on Fox’s 24: Live Another Day—and was killed off again.

Now Fairley is joining the second season of ABC’s Resurrection. She will recur on the show as Margaret Langston, described as “the formidable matriarch of the Langston clan … mother of Henry and Fred (Kurtwood Smith, Matt Craven), and dead for over three decades, she will reappear in Arcadia as one of the returned. Margaret brings with her knowledge of the Langston family’s dark past, a past she is determined to keep hidden. Her return will have consequences for the entire family.”

Resurrection returns to ABC on Sunday, Sept. 28.

'Toy Story' meets 'Jurassic Park' in poster for new TV special

Last fall, ABC aired a charming Halloween special starring the Toy Story franchise’s beloved playthings. Its ratings success has paved the way for another half-hour that’ll air on the network later this holiday season—and this one has more dinos than the first.

The second special, called Toy Story That Time Forgot, finds the heroes tangling with a gang of new action figures led by Reptillus Maximus (voiced by Grey’s Anatomy star Kevin McKidd). Much like Buzz Lightyear in the franchise’s first film, Reptillus and his crew don’t know that they’re just toys—which causes some major complications, especially among the gang’s prehistoric set (Kristen Schaal’s Trixie and Wallace Shawn’s Rex).

You can catch your first glimpse at the mighty Reptillus in the special Comic-Con poster above, which debuted on TVLine. If the image looks vaguely familiar, that’s because it was designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

McKidd and Schaal—not to mention copies of the poster—will be on hand for an hourlong Q&A about Toy Story That Time Forgot in San Diego Thursday, along with director Steve Purcell (who also helmed Brave), head of story Derek Thompson, producer Galyn Susman, and composer Michael Giacchino.

Though there’s no premiere date set yet, Toy Story That Time Forgot is expected to air in December.

Critics push ABC to explain diverse fall lineup—and how Jewish 'The Goldbergs' are

ABC has one of the most diverse fall programming slates in TV history, and critics want to know why.

At the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday, ABC chief Paul Lee fielded questions from reporters pushing for a more detailed explanation for why ABC greenlit three ethnic family comedies (Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, Cristela Alonzo’s Cristela, and Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off the Boat, coming midseason), plus another drama series starring a black actress, Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away with Murder.

“We’re taking a very good step along that journey,” Lee told critics at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. “To be able to pull this off, you need not just stars on air… you need storytellers and executives”—such as the ones present at that very panel. “I’m very proud—if you look at the back of the room [referencing the various executives in attendance], it’s a very diverse group of people,” Lee continued. “You need the people telling the stories to truly reflect America as it is.” READ FULL STORY

Anthony Anderson talks working with Morpheus -- er, Laurence Fishburne -- in 'Blackish'

The captain of The Matrix‘s Nebuchadnezzar hovercraft is great at fighting in slo-mo and giving exposition. But is he funny? The answer’s a definite “yes”—at least, according to Anthony Anderson, who stars with Laurence Fishburne (a.k.a. Morpheus) in the upcoming sitcom Blackish. “Laurence started out on Pee Wee’s Playhouse back in the day,” the actor told Essence magazine at this past weekend’s Essence Fest. “People forget about his sense of humor and his comedic timing and abilities.”

Click below for more on Anderson and Fishburne’s latest project, which premieres this fall on ABC—and check Essence for more fest videos. (Sadly, you won’t find any of Prince. And just when we thought he had made his peace with the Internet.)

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'Once Upon a Time' casts 'Frozen' characters Kristoff and Anna

Months after Once Upon a Time’s big season three finale reveal—Elsa has arrivedFrozen is joining the fairy tale fray!—the fantasy series has finally cast two key roles based on characters from Disney’s blockbuster musical.

Greek alum Scott Michael Foster will play Kristoff, the rugged mountain man who befriends Queen Elsa’s younger sister Anna, played by newcomer Elizabeth Lail. EW has confirmed that both roles will be recurring in season four. READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' exclusive: Watch Cody confront Nick

Nobody mocks Cody and gets away with it. Nobody.

For most rose lovers, Cody is just a body builder Andi barely associates with — yet doesn’t feel the need to send home. But on tonight’s Bachelorette, expect Cody to do more than sit back, flex his muscles, and blend into the background.

We’ve got an exclusive clip of Cody’s first confrontation with none other than series frontrunner Nick. After the guys decide to call out the way Nick feels he deserves more than, well, everyone else, Cody takes things one step further: Putting those muscles of his to good use, Cody get in Nick’s face and makes sure that Mr. Perfect knows that it’s never OK to mock a man in a pink/purple shirt. READ FULL STORY

'Bachelor in Paradise' cast revealed

If you’re still mourning the loss of Bachelor Pad, we have some good news: Although that specific Bachelor spin-off isn’t making a return, there’s another headed your way, and this one promises even more shirtlessness.

ABC has officially announced the cast of Bachelor in Paradise, the network’s latest reality TV endeavor, during which contestants will travel to Mexico and live together for seven weeks in an “isolated romantic paradise.” For seven episodes, we will get to watch all of their romantic explorations. We can’t promise kissing competitions, but ABC’s press release did mention something about “new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests, and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history.” Let’s all just hope none of that means Kasey is going to show up with a new tattoo.

Check out the full cast list below (with the Bachelor/Bachelorette season they appeared on in parentheses): READ FULL STORY

'Rising Star' trailer: Ludacris is tired of waiting for results

Rising Star made sure to cover its genre bases when selecting its judges: Country singer Brad Paisley, pop star Kesha, and rapper Ludacris will all critique performances on the new ABC singing competition show, hosted by Josh Groban.

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Watch Sebastian Bach transform into Adam Levine -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Have you ever wanted to become Whitney Houston, Adam Levine, Kesha, or Kelly Clarkson? Are you already famous? If so, the sky’s the limit on America’s latest singing competition, which debuts this week on ABC.

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'The Bachelorette': Watch the guys' deleted introduction videos

When The Bachelorette premiered last week, there was a little something missing. Thanks to a 90-minute time frame, the show had to cut its usual “Meet the Guys” videos, which meant viewers had to pick their favorite suitors based on nothing more than a limo arrival and a cocktail party.

But now, the guys’ introductions are available online, so before you head into tonight’s episode, you can properly educate yourself on a few of the men, their jobs, their passions, and how very excited they are that Andi is the Bachelorette. And perhaps most importantly, you can find out why Marquel made Andi eat cookies last week.

Watch a few of the best introductions below, and find the rest of them here:

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Fall's five toughest time slot battles (and which shows will win)

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With 25 new shows flooding the broadcast schedule this fall — and networks making all sorts of crafty time slot changes for existing shows — the TV chessboard has once again been dramatically rearranged. Let’s run down some of the most intriguing new rivalries in the making and determine–

What? What did you say? “Time slots don’t matter”?! Okay; usually, now’s the time I’d explain why that assumption is wrong. Yet because DVR playback and streaming have become so prominent, even those who are paid to obsessively dissect broadcast network scheduling strategy are agreeing that time period almost doesn’t matter nowadays. Except, of course, those times when it does — like how The Voice is used to help fuel The Blacklist, or how The Big Bang Theory seems to crush rival comedies into only having five seasons and no movie. But even if the impact of shows on other shows has waned considerably, somebody has to win each of these slots. So let’s have some fun and look at some of this year’s most intriguing showdowns (the full fall schedule is below for reference): READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette': Chris Harrison explains the show's handling of Eric Hill's tragic death

Fans of The Bachelorette have now seen how the show decided to handle the tragic death of 31-year-old contestant Eric Hill, who fought for Andi Dorfman’s heart before dying of injuries sustained in a paragliding accident. The accident occurred in April 2014, after Hill had already left the show, but figuring out how to honor Hill’s time with Dorfman was something the show did not take lightly.

And as viewers saw in the season premiere, Hill’s passing was addressed immediately, with a quick dedication, before the show kicked off, still featuring Hill as one of the 25 men competing for Dorfman’s heart. READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'Rising Star' team revealed: Kesha, Ludacris, Groban join music competition

ABC’s new singing competition has lined up a high-powered host and panel of experts.

Rising Star has signed singer-songwriter Josh Groban as host of the summer series. In addition, pop sensation Kesha and hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris have come on board as experts, along with country star Brad Paisley, who was previously reported as likely joining the series.

ABC hopes to break into the singing competition game with Rising Star‘s unique live format, which has proven popular in other countries. Here’s how it works: The singer takes the stage with a big video wall separating her from the audience. She starts to sing, and viewers vote on her performance using a smartphone app in real time. As the song progresses, photos of the fans voting for her are shown on the giant video screen. If she reaches a certain level of votes, the screen goes up and reveals her to the audience — thus, a “rising” star. ABC previously tried to crack into the genre two years ago with the short-lived Duets. ABC’s teaser promo below illustrates the concept.

Since viewers determine if a singer advances in real time, Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris will not make elimination decisions like on other talent shows. Instead, they’ll simply offer guidance and feedback. The Rising Star team is set to appear for the first time together during ABC’s presentation of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 18 (which Ludacris is hosting). Rising Star will premiere Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. Here’s that promo: READ FULL STORY

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