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Emmy Watch: 'Arrow' stunt coordinator breaks down Arrow vs. Deathstroke, reveals his dream fight sequence

Leading up to the June 20 deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com is featuring interviews with some of the people whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 10.

When The CW decided to take on a comic book show with Arrow, we never imagined that the stunts would be even half as good as they’ve ended up being. And no fight was more impressive than the long-awaited battle between Arrow and Deathstroke in the season 2 finale. Entertainment Weekly has named it one of the year’s 50 Best TV scenes.

Cutting back and forth between present day and Oliver’s time on the island, this fight added a layer of complexity that we’d never seen on the show before. And that complexity came from a lot of hard work. We chatted with stunt coordinator JJ Makaro to talk about how they created this fight (and what he wants to do next season) below: READ FULL STORY

Season Finale Awards: 'Arrow' stunt team vows to somehow do it even better

When Arrow star Stephen Amell teased the show’s second season finale to EW, he said, “If we can’t win the stunt Emmy for this episode, then the system is broken, for sure. I’m starting a campaign, because it’s movie s— that we do in this finale.” Well, it’s working. The show’s stunt coordination was voted Most Likely to Earn Someone an Emmy in our 5th Annual Season Finale Awards.

Stunt coordinator J.J. Makaro and fight coordinator James Bamford phoned in to Entertainment Weekly Radio to accept the honor and chat about the blowout tunnel battle and the dual showdown between Oliver and Slade. “Both fights actually became more of a practical, on-the-day kind of situation,” Makaro says. “We really, really strongly rehearsed the final fight where we had to figure out where the editing points were gonna be [between past and present], but [the tunnel] was more a logistical planning situation where we just put James in a room and he just sat there and he planned. He sat for hours staring at the tunnel [thinking] where he was gonna put his people, where the camera was gonna move.”

Makaro is quick to point out that his team succeeds because of the respect the show’s other departments have for what they do. He also says he and Bamford are used to hearing the question we asked them: How in the world do you top this?

“We have that question asked of us every episode,” Makaro says. “We’ve got the most incredible writers. They come up with terrific ideas, they use them to fuel our imaginations and leave us open to take that and make it even bigger. So they keep pushing the bar higher and higher and higher for us. And that’s the fun and thrill of doing the show…. ‘Try to top this, try to top this.’ Greg Berlanti, our producer, has a mantra that says, ‘Never leave anything behind.’ Don’t save anything for tomorrow. Give it your best, give it your all, and then figure out tomorrow how to do it better.”

Listen to the interview below (at one point we lose Bamford, who was kind enough to call from Italy). Then watch those epic fight scenes again. READ FULL STORY

The CW's new fall shows (all two of them!): A snap judgment (and a punt)

The CW apparently likes what The CW does, because TV’s YA fantasy aisle isn’t making radical changes to its fall lineup. Just two new shows and a scheduling shift, with The Originals moving to Mondays. But count me among those bummed that The Tomorrow People became a thing of the past too soon: I admired the perspective and the storytelling of the network’s take on super-powered outsiders, especially in its early going. That said, I like the looks of the superhero saga that aspires to fill the void… READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' cast discusses finale, reveals which character the writers originally wanted to be Merlyn's child

After last night’s heart-stopping, shocking, action-packed Arrow finale, we caught up with some of the show’s stars on the red carpet at the CW Upfront to talk about what just happened, what comes next, and all things Canary.

Stephen Amell on Olicity: “Think back to what Oliver said in the sixth episode, which is, ‘Because of what we do, I can’t be with someone I could really care about,’ and I think that that remains true. So I don’t necessarily think that it was a total bait-and-switch.”

Amell on how Oliver will react to losing Thea: “Based on the fact that Oliver has lost both his mother and his father, Thea’s going to be incredibly important to him, so if she’s not what he expects, that’s going to be really difficult for him to deal with.” READ FULL STORY

'The Flash' First Look: Grant Gustin suits up for new promo -- VIDEO

Just days after the announcement everyone knew was coming, CW has unleashed a flashy new promo for its next superhero smash, The Flash.

The spot, which features Grant Gustin in full costume glory, aired after the season finale of Arrow and had a cameo from leading man Stephen Amell.

Game on, indeed. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Amell previews the 'Arrow' finale: Oliver does 'the unthinkable;' plus, the ending nobody could predict

When we last left Starling City, it was being terrorized by Slade’s Mirakuru soldiers. Oliver and his team had injected Roy with the cure, Thea had fired a gun, and Amanda Waller had scheduled a drone strike to level the entire city. And that was just in Arrow‘s penultimate episode.

“We stretched [the finale] out this year. It was a long three episodes because essentially, our last three episodes — save for the last act of the season — take place over the course of one night,” Stephen Amell tells EW. “So the wardrobe department had it relatively easy because no one changed. But yeah we did absolutely save the best for last. This is our best episode of the season for sure.”

What exactly does Arrow‘s season 2 finale have in store for viewers? Check out our chat with Amell below:

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'Arrow' bosses hint at season finale deaths (and draw an awesome teaser for the episode)

Before season finale season kicked into high gear, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY reached out to some of your favorite shows for some unconventional teases. Check out the latest installment of our Season Finale Survey below:

Show name/My name, title:
Arrow/Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, –Executive Producers READ FULL STORY

'Arrow': Katie Cassidy on fighting back, Laurel and Oliver as 'soul mates;' plus, a game of 'Arrow or Canary'

Starling City is under attack in tonight’s episode of Arrow – and running is no longer an option.

With Slade’s Mirakuru army invading the entire city, everyone is forced to suit up — even Laurel, who can be seen holding a bow and arrow in tonight’s episode. “She does have it in her hands, but whether she knows how to use it or not, we’ll find out,” Katie Cassidy says with a laugh.

All jokes aside, it’s time for Team Arrow (and all the help they can get) to fight back. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow': Paul Blackthorne on the Lance family's new crusade; plus, a game of 'Laurel or Sara'

Our favorite Starling City residents are reeling in tonight’s episode of Arrow.

Following the death of Moira in the last new episode, Team Arrow is down for the count in a major way and, according to Paul Blackthorne, experiencing, “a little bit of a shock to the system.” “Lance and Moira obviously weren’t bosom buddies, but there was some respect and their relationship was warming up in recent months,” says the actor. “And, obviously, the effect it has on this daughter — particularly Laurel — is huge for Lance. It’s a sad moment.”

But even in the group’s grief, there’s a major threat to be dealt with, as Slade Wilson is on the run. And while Oliver certainly has his sights set on his nemesis, Det. Lance is on a slightly different — but, unbeknownst to him, related — trail. “Laurel approaches Lance with this news that she thinks Sebastian Blood is involved with it, and sort of painting him as a bad guy — just as she did a few months ago when she was all doo-daddley on the drugs and the drink,” he says. “So for Lance to sort of have faith in her again is a bit of a leap for him, but considering where they’re both at right now between the two of them, she’s in a much cleaner purer, better state than before, he can just sense there’s something going on here and she’s on to it.” READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' sneak peek: Felicity makes an emotional plea to Oliver -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The following clip is rated “O” — for Olicity.

In this exclusive sneak peek from Wednesday’s Arrow, everyone’s favorite computer maven (Emily Bett Rickards) makes an plea so full of heart and passion and concern that it’s likely to make you well up. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' finale First Look: Nyssa returns! -- PHOTO

Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) is coming back to Starling City…and she’s bringing some friends!

At the end of the most recent episode of Arrow, fans were left wondering exactly what Sarah (Caity Lotz) meant when she said she was leaving town to go see “an old friend.” Now the mystery has been officially solved: “She went to go get help,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. “Because when you’re fighting an army, you need an army.”

The finale, titled “Unbreakable,” is an all-out war, says Kreisberg. “It’s the Arrow, Canary and Roy and the League of Assassins versus Slade and his Mirakuru army for the city.”

The comic book drama’s closer — which Kreisberg also calls “f—ing insane” — airs May 14.

'Arrow': What you didn't know about [spoiler]'s death

Even after the Arrow writers made the tough choice to [Spoiler Alert times a billion] kill off Queen family matriarch Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) in the episode that aired Wednesday night, there was still one more detail to hash out: How would Slade Wilson end Mama Queen’s life?

They knew the scenario — Slade (Manu Bennett) was going to eerily re-stage the tragic death of his beloved Shadow and, in a full circle moment, force Oliver (Stephen Amell) to pick his mother or his sister. (Ultimately, Moira would take that decision out of her son’s hands.) But the actual act of killing came down to one question: sword or a gun? And that decision came with more discussion than you might imagine. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' post mortem: Boss opens up about the shocking [spoiler]!

WARNING: This post contains major Arrow spoilers.

Shocked? Stunned? Heartbroken? Join the club.

The 20th episode of Arrow‘s second season dealt a huge personal blow to the hooded hero — one that’s going to affect him and those around him forever. I guess what we’re saying is… READ FULL STORY

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