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Jenna Coleman of 'Doctor Who' talks about new season's guest stars

One of the great things about travel is the people you meet—especially if you’re traveling in a TARDIS. From Timothy Dalton to David Morrissey to Michael Gambon to Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who has welcomed a raft of guest stars over the years. That tradition is being continued in the new season, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. EW asked Who actress Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s traveling companion Clara Oswald on the show, to talk about working with three of the season’s new faces.

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Syfy greenlights pilot based on Lev Grossman's 'The Magicians'

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Syfy announced on Wednesday that it is moving forward with a pilot for The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy series, Deadline reports. The pilot was written by John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural), with Michael London and Janice Williams onboard to produce.

Perhaps best described as Harry Potter for adults, The Magicians is the first book in a series focused on high-schooler Quentin Coldwater, who is surprised when he’s admitted to an exclusive college to study magic in upstate New York. While studying at the prestigious magic school, he and his friends indulge in drugs, sex, and alcohol. Upon graduation, Quentin and his friends move to New York City, where they find out that the Narnia-like world they read about as children is in fact very real.

This is the second time that a network has attempted to adapt Grossman’s best-selling series. In 2011, a pilot was in the works at Fox with London signed on as producer, but Fox decided to not pick up the series.

The Magician’s Land, the third and final installment in the series, is due to be published on August 5.

'The O.C.'s' Melinda Clarke will guest star on TNT's 'Dallas' in a classic role

The O.C.’s Melinda Clarke has signed on guest star in two episodes in the third season of TNT’s Dallas, The Wrap reports.

Clarke will assume the role of Tracy Lawton, a character who was introduced in the 12th season of the original series and was played by Beth Toussaint. In the original series, McKay was introduced in 1988 as a love interest for Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy), and it was later revealed that she was in fact the daughter of Ewing’s rival Carter McKay (George Kennedy).

Since leaving The O.C., Clarke has guest starred on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, HBO’s Entourage, and was a series regular on the recently canceled Nikita, which ran on The CW for four seasons.

Clarke will make her debut in the September 3 episode of Dallas‘s third season, which resumes on August 18.

Lifetime's 'Devious Maids' season 2 poster -- EXCLUSIVE

The ladies of Lifetime’s hit series Devious Maids are back – and by the looks of a new poster for season 2, with plenty of oh-so-juicy secrets. READ FULL STORY

HBO cancels 'Hello Ladies' and 'Family Tree'

HBO has decided not to move ahead with new seasons of Hello Ladies and Family Tree, two comedies that launched last year to favorable reviews but failed to capture the zeitgeist like Girls.

Hello Ladies was adapted by Stephen Merchant’s stand-up show of the same name. It starred the comedian as an Englishman looking for love in L.A. The series will end with a special.

Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy from Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock. It bowed in May and starred Chris O’Dowd as a young man investigating his lineage.

'Vikings' first look: A History Channel love triangle! -- PHOTO

In anticipation of the second season debut of Vikings on Feb. 27, History released some photos that tease the love triangle between Ragnar, Lagertha and Aslaug. (Now there are some monikers you’ll never see on a list of the most popular baby names, eh?)

History offers this tease: “Will Ragnar’s indiscretions with Lagertha threaten his marriage? Will Lagertha stay by her husbands’ side or leave him? In the premiere episode, Aslaug makes her way to Kattegat and brings with her a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament. Who will he choose?”

Take a gander…
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'Penny Dreadful': See a new image from Showtime's upcoming monster mash -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Showtime’s new horror-drama, Penny Dreadful, premiering this Spring, posits that Victorian London was one helluva town, in which characters from classic novels like Frankenstein and Dracula crossed paths with each other—and with an American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) and a mysterious woman (Eva Green) who’s battling her own demons (the pair can be seen in the above exclusive image) .

Creator John Logan (Skyfall) says he drew inspiration from ’40s monster mash-up movies. Says Logan, “I thought there was incredible excitement to slamming all those myths together so that’s what we’re embracing in Penny Dreadful.” Though his take has a premium-cable bent — “It’s highly erotic, very bloody” — there’s a humanity to the horror. “It’s about building a family,” says Logan. “Admittedly, the creepiest family you can imagine.”
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'Reliable Sources': Three things to know about Sunday's premiere

CNN this morning will premiere new host Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources, a show that examines how journalists do their jobs and how the media affect the stories they cover. Stelter’s guests include The New York Times’ Bill Keller and Ryan Seacrest. EW asked Stelter, a former TV reporter for The New York Times, to answer a few questions about his new gig. READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary show to be screened in more than 300 theaters

This November’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary show really will be bigger on the inside — the inside of cinemas, anyway. BBC America announced today that on Nov. 23, the 75 minute-long “The Day of the Doctor” will be screened in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Minneapolis at the same time the special is being simulcast around the world. The screenings will be 3-D with tickets going on sale Oct. 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

'Best Funeral Ever' returns to TLC -- EXCLUSIVE

Dying to see more of those crazy parties for the dead on Best Funeral Ever? You’re in luck: TLC will air seven more half-hour episodes beginning Oct. 23

The unscripted show that launched Jan. 6 focuses on the Dallas-based Golden Gate Funeral Home that organizes unique (a nice way to put it) funerals that are dubbed “home-going celebrations.”  The elaborate farewells are expected to continue this season with a track and field-themed funeral, a tribute for a sweet tooth that involves a chocolate-covered coffin, and a party for a youth who liked to eat breakfast three times a day.
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TVGN's docuseries 'Mother of All Talent' puts kids talent agents in reality spotlight -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Pageant moms, take note: A new stage-obsessed mom is invading reality television. TV Guide Network has set an Oct. 22 premiere date for Mother of All Talent, a new eight-episode original series starring casting agents Nikki and Lorri, a mother-and-daughter duo and partners of Tribune Talent, a kids talent agency based out of Staten Island, New York. Below, EW has an exclusive first look at the coming drama, via a promo for the series.

Daughter Lorri describes herself as “diplomatic” whereas mom Nikki does not mince words or her opinion — even in front of the underage talent. Nikki tells a potential client to whiten her teeth “so this way they’re not so yellow.” Brutal, sure, but that is what whitening teeth is meant to do.

Nikki and Lorri’s good cop-bad cop partnership is put on display while working with and coaching wannabe child stars and their ambitious parents. (Lorri’s son, she reveals played the character of Brady, son to Cynthia Nixon’s Miranda, on Sex and the City.) The mother-daughter team encounters stage parents of every variety, including one woman who wants her daughter to follow in her footsteps “except for like the Playboy stuff.”

Check out the exclusive sneak peek of Mother of All Talent below:

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'American Horror Story': First 'Coven' clip with Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett -- VIDEO

Fans of FX’s American Horror Story finally get their first peek at the cast in the teaser for the latest incarnation of the mini-series, this time subtitled Coven.

Set in New Orleans at a finishing school for young witches, the teaser gives viewers a look at stars Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Roberts, and Jamie Brewer. Watch the clip below:
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Style to become Esquire Network

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The home of Giuliana & Bill and Jerseylicious is about to get a new image — as a destination for men.

NBCUniversal — which entered a partnership with Hearst — will turn Style into the Esquire Network on Sept. 23. The original plan was to transform NBCUni’s male-skewing G4 into Esquire but the conglomerate decided to upend the female-loving Style instead.

According to an internal memo obtained by THR, NBCU Chairman Bonnie Hammer explained that Style was “redundant” in the company’s profile. “One of the hallmarks of our success is brand clarity. Our goal has always been delivery of compelling content by means of distinct, complementary brands, each in its clearly defined lane. With Bravo, E! and Oxygen, we offer unique takes on popular culture for an ever-broadening audience, including the all-important female demo. In pursuit of that same demo, Style presents brand overlap within our portfolio. Esquire Network, on the other hand, offers an opportunity to introduce a lifestyle network that speaks to an upscale male audience underserved in the current marketplace.”

Style confections like Giuliana & Bill will probably move to E!, THR says, while others will continue on the Esquire schedule.

The hope is that the Esquire Network will appeal to mature and affluent men.

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