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'Veronica Mars', 'American Horror Story: Coven' set for PaleyFest 2014

PaleyFest 2014 will be full of marshmallows this year.

No, not literally. But the annual TV conference will kick off its March 13-28 schedule with a panel reuniting the cast of Veronica Mars. The cast, including titular Kristen Bell, will surely have lots to tease: The Kickstarter-funded movie continuation of the tale will be released the following day. Other panels announced so far at the annual festival include American Horror Story: Coven and Pretty Little Liars. The full lineup will be announced Jan. 8.

But a reunion panel isn’t the only good news for Veronica Mars fans today. Pivot announced that it will begin airing reruns of the show, as well as repeats of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, in a new block featuring back-to-back episodes Mondays through Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET beginning Jan. 13, 2014. READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon: The definitive EW interview

This is a Joss Whedon story.

Which means this is the story of an overlooked underdog who rises up, embraces destiny, and strives to make the world a better place as part of a powerful team. It means there will be heartfelt speeches, smart humor, frequent pop culture references, and tales of fighting bullies and sinister corporations. There is also darkness— or at least the fear of it. Whedon arrived as a blockbuster filmmaker with last year’s top-grossing superhero mash-up The Avengers, which he’s spinning off into an ABC series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres tonight. But as his devoted fan base knows, Whedon struggled to tell his wondrous stories in Hollywood’s trenches for years. A third-generation TV writer (his grandfather and father worked on shows ranging from Leave It to Beaver to The Golden Girls), Whedon created beloved culty TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as the online musical smash Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog; he’s also directed other films including this year’s indie darling Much Ado About Nothing.

Whedon’s story opens on the run, which is how you find him nowadays. We accompanied the 49-year-old writer-producer-director as he trekked from an EW photo shoot, raced along a Los Angeles freeway to the Marvel offices (where he’s plotting The Avengers: Age of Ultron), and then took a much-deserved breather at a coffee shop. The instant our interview concluded, a fan asked, “Is your name Joss?” and his attention spun away again.

EW Did you spend a lot of time by yourself as a kid?
JOSS WHEDON I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist, I had a terrifying father, and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren’t allowed to make a sound. “Quiet time” is what we called it, because my mom was writing. So what are you doing? You’re either writing, or you’re eating, or you’re walking up and down your driveway creating giant science-fiction universes and various elaborate vengeance schemes upon your brothers. At our apartment in New York, I’d stay in my room and listen to [Star Wars composer] John Williams and make up stories. I was afraid because every time I went outside in Manhattan, I got mugged. I remember being in my room and going, “Oh, I’m alone, but not lonesome. I have a family. They are people. But I’m all alone.” For me, that’s a defining trait.

Were you beaten up?
Only once. The first time I got mugged. They kicked me around a lot.

How old were you?
Thirteen. A tiny 13-year-old. I was small for my age.

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Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): 'Game Change' (and 'Mockingjay') writer Danny Strong on his biggest year

Don’t fret, Buffy and Gilmore Girls fans. The guy behind lovable nerds Jonathan Levinson and Doyle McMaster hasn’t completely bid acting farewell. These days, though, Danny Strong is much busier working behind the camera, penning the scripts to Emmy Award-winning HBO movies (like this year’s Game Change), a Forest Whitaker flick lovingly nicknamed “the black Forrest Gump” (The Butler, out in 2013), and the last two films in the Hunger Games franchise (Mockingjay, parts one and two). Suffice it to say, Strong has had a good year. Here’s how he went from character actor to Hollywood’s hottest screenwriter.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverageREAD FULL STORY

'Fringe,' 'Supernatural,' 'Doctor Who,' 'The Cleveland Show,' and Buffy scheduled for Comic-Con

Things wind down on the final day of Comic-Con as many attendees start exiting San Diego laden with the goodies they’ve picked up at the convention, but there’s still plenty of programming on Sunday for the diehards who stick around. The newly released Sunday schedule is largely packed with kid-focused and comic-book-specific offerings but there are also a few big panels that will be of interest to TV fans.

Fringe will make its final appearance at Comic-Con with a panel in Hall H featuring stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, John Noble, Blair Brown, and Lance Reddick, among others, discussing the series’ fifth and final season and screening footage.

Supernatural will also hold a panel in Hall H to tease its upcoming eighth season, which starts in October. On hand will be stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, among others.

The stars and creative team behind the BBC fanboy favorite Doctor Who will present footage from its next season in Hall H, and The Cleveland Show panel will feature a screening of the season 4 premiere episode, “Menace II Secret Society,” with series co-creator Seth MacFarlane and others taking questions.

Finally, for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans (or just anyone who wants to feel old), there will be a special retrospective panel called “Buffy Turns 20: Celebrating 20 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Series cast members Nicholas Brendon and Clare Kramer and the original movie Buffy, Kristy Swanson, among others, will be on hand to share stories and discuss the legacy of the teenage vampire hunter in TV, film, comics, and video games.

For the full Sunday schedule, visit the official Comic-Con site, and keep checking back here for more updates.

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