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'Once Upon' team talks Jafar: No parrot!

How will ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘s version of Jafar differ from Disney’s Aladdin version?

Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz dropped some hints about how Naveen Andrews’ character will be integrated into the Once universe during their Television Critics Association press tour stop in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

“First off,  like any character we introduce, we approach it from [asking] how do we humanize [the character], what’s the way to make it real relatable and grounded, and then we find an awesome actor,” Horowitz says.

“We wrote this part for [Andrews],” Kitsis says. “We knew we wanted Jafar, we knew we wanted Naveen. Similar to what we do with Once Upon a Time, no villain is just born evil, they’re made evil. For us, that is the story of Jafar, the story of what is driving him to need this power. With Naveen, we know he can break your neck with legs — as we saw in Lost — but he can also make you cry.”

“It’s about two big things,” Horowitz adds. “What does he want? And how did he get the way he is in order to want that thing?” READ FULL STORY

'Super Fun Night': Rebel Wilson defends use of American accent on show

Rebel Wilson has no plans on changing her character’s American accent on her forthcoming ABC comedy Super Fun Night. 

The news came to the disappointment of some critics, who have lamented the fact that the Australian chose not to use her native accent.

“I started out in the theater as an actress doing all different characters in all different accents,” co-creator Wilson said today during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Really, when I first came to America, I was doing movies and thought I would be American all the time, but the way it worked out was that I was playing more international characters. So when I had the opportunity to do this TV show in America, the concept was three girls living in Manhattan who have known each other since they were 13 or 14 years of age, so I just really thought I had to make this character American.”

Wilson, who was on the panel with her co-stars, as well as co-creator Conan O’Brien, also elaborated on the self-deprecating humor in the series. “The purpose of the show, to me, is to really inspire girls who don’t think they’re cool or popular or pretty and all that, to get out there and [prove] that they can have fun and exciting lives, too. I think in order to do that, we have to present a very realistic version of what it’s like to be girl who looks like me and isn’t the coolest….there are some very sad storylines coming down the pipe, but I think we have to present that so that when we present the wins for my character it’s far more gratifying.”

Super Fun Night premieres Oct. 2 on ABC.

'Once Upon a Time' has a new Robin Hood

Once Upon a Time is already set in a fantasy world, and the show is asking fans to suspend disbelief yet again: Robin Hood, who first appeared last season as played by Tom Ellis (Merlin), will return in season 3, but Sean Maguire will now fill the hood, ABC confirmed to EW.

The British actor, who had a two-episode arc this year on Criminal Minds and was a regular on UPN’s Eve, will take over as Robin for at least four episodes this season. As series co-creator Adam Horowitz explained to TVLine, scheduling conflicts kept Ellis from returning to the show.
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'Once Upon a Time' Comic-Con panel: The Little Mermaid to appear in season 3

The Panel: Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White/Mary Margaret), Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming/David), Emilie de Ravin (Belle/Lacey), Collin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook), Robert Carlyle (Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold), Lana Parilla (Evil Queen/Regina), Michael Raymond-James (Balefire/Neal) READ FULL STORY

'Castle': Lisa Edelstein in for multi-episode arc

Somebody’s trading up.

Ex-House inhabitant Lisa Edelstein is moving on to bigger and better digs — specifically, ABC’s Castle. EW has confirmed that Edelstein has booked a multi-episode arc on the crime drama’s sixth season. TVLine first reported the news.

Edelstein — who last appeared over the past TV season on ScandalHouse of Lies, and Elementary — will play hard-core federal investigator Rachel McCord. It’s safe to say that the new character will have ties to Beckett (Stana Katic), who was planning to move to D.C. in May’s finale — until Castle (Nathan Fillion) unexpectedly proposed.

Three 'Nashville' characters become series regulars

An O.C. star and a pair of musically inclined sisters are now series regulars on Nashville, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Chris Carmack, who played Luke Ward on The O.C., will continue as Will, a wannabe country star. Sisters and YouTube stars Lennon and Maisy Stella will remain on the show as the daughters of Rayna (Connie Britton) and Teddy (Eric Close).

Nashville, an ABC series about the world of country music, will return in the fall for season 2.

Emmy Watch: Jeff Perry on baring everything for 'Scandal'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Scandal is not a show for the emotionally faint. ABC’s soapy political melodrama reached dramatic heights in season 2, when creator Shonda Rhimes treated devoted viewers to a two-story arc full of murders, lies, secret identities, and an assassination attempt. But before the mole, Rowan, and Captain Jake Ballard, there was the original sin of Scandal — the election rigging.

Rhimes shrewdly structured the first part of season 2 as a series of flashbacks and present-day moments to reveal the details of Defiance, the town in Ohio that a small committee decided to manipulate to ensure the presidential victory of Fitzgerald Grant III. And in a season full of incredible character reveals and origin stories, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), the master manipulator of the West Wing, stole the show when he stripped down to nothing, literally, and for once, told the truth.
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'Mistresses': Star Alyssa Milano talks about her seductive new role

ABC’s sudsy new series Mistresses is not Desperate Housewives — but it does have some things in common with the dearly departed soap.

Based on a British series of the same name, Mistresses – which debuts tonight at 10 p.m. — centers around four friends (including Charmed star Alyssa Milano and Lost’s Yunjin Kim) who find themselves entangled in not so wholesome — and, in some cases, even illicit — relationships. At the center of the series is Milano’s Savi, a (mostly) happily married lawyer who has an impulsive one-night stand with her long-time co-worker. “I look at Savi as being a really good person who makes a really bad decision and then sort of has to deal with the repercussions of that,” says Milano, who explains that Savi’s life will take a devastating turn as the series progresses. “It’s not only the potential end of her marriage, but also her friendships. She becomes very alone.”

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'The Bachelorette' extended season promo: 'I never thought this could happen' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Now that we’ve met this season’s hopeful bachelors and said goodbye to those who couldn’t master the art of the first impression, it’s time to get Desiree’s run as The Bachelorette rolling with group dates, one-on-ones, and almost as many roses as there will be tears. In our exclusive extended season promo, fans will find everything they have come to love from the show: boats, helicopters, private concerts, hot tubs, secret girlfriends, the guy who is “definitely here to win this competition,” and the guy (Hint: James) who wants to be the next Bachelor. Plus, there are a few new additions this time: A castle! Dodgeball! Fist fights! But at the end of it all, it looks like Desiree turns the “worst possible scenario” into feeling “so loved.” Yay!

Watch Chris Harrison confront a contestant about his “not telling the truth” in the extended promo below: READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' finale post-mortem: Shonda Rhimes on that crazy Quinn moment and Olivia's [SPOILER]

Last night’s wild season 2 finale of Scandal featured a number of shocking revelations and a big moment for our girl Quinn. We caught up with Scandal creator and showrunner Shonda Rhimes after an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences cast reading of the finale to ask her a few questions. Be warned, though, if you haven’t seen the season finale of Scandal, there are only spoilers below.

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ABC's Fall Schedule Announcement: A snap judgment

Maybe Olivia Pope needs to do some damage control for ABC, which brought back only two of the 10 shows it premiered last season. At the network’s upfront presentation on Tuesday, Kerry Washington appeared in a pre-taped clip as her character from Scandal, and offered advice to Anne Sweeney, the president of Disney/ABC Television Group, alongside Jimmy Kimmel. Discussing the problem of Dancing With the Stars, which took a ratings dip this season, Kimmel quipped, “For one thing, they’re not really stars.” There aren’t a ton of stars in ABC’s new lineup, either — but there are a whole lot of new shows. So if you can’t find something to watch between the comic-book blockbuster Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the soapy infidelity thriller Betrayal, and almost a dozen other projects, don’t go crying to Olivia. She’s already preparing to slam down the phone and tell you, “It’s handled!”


MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
Genius biochemists, martial arts experts, and regular mortal nerds, prepare to program your DVRs, because the geek pedigree here is so strong, you’d need extra-thick coke-bottle glasses to read it. Executive producer Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengers) has tapped Clark Gregg to reprise his feature film role as Agent Phil Coulson, the leader of an exclusive team of scary men in dark suits known as S.H.I.E.L.D. who investigate unexplained mysteries around the world. Other things to look forward to? Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) dislocating some kneecaps. Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) flying adorable little sci-fi miniplanes. Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) constantly marveling at some scientific creation or another. (“It’s not of this Earth!”) Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) perfecting his “I’m a very handsome man, and I don’t have time for this nonsense” smirk. And you, super-excited Marvel fan, losing your mind just a little.

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ABC's new fall shows get trailers: Watch them here

The trailers for ABC’s new shows have arrived!

To see them all, scroll down. And to see ABC’s new fall schedule, click here. READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' finale: Showrunners Kitsis & Horowitz talk season 2 -- and what's next

[Obvious Note: Spoilers for Once Upon a Time's second season finale -- "And Straight On Till Morning" -- follow!]

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