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'Spartacus: War of the Damned' premiere: Will Gannicus be the next gladiator leader? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The final season of Spartacus — slugged with the subtitle War of the Damned — doesn’t premiere until this Friday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m. on Starz, but EW has a sneak peek of the first episode for you.

In the clip, we find Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and Gannicus (Dustin Clare) having a meeting of the minds, but what’s really going down is that Spartacus is trying to convince Gannicus to take a leadership role in the gladiators’ fight against the ruling Romans. “A greater number, still, would follow you in battle,” Spartacus tells Gannicus, who seems extremely apprehensive at the proposition. Spartacus ends the clip by assuring Gannicus he isn’t leading the fight for vanity or deification: “Victory against the Romans is my only concern.” Click through to watch.

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MTV2's 'Guy Code' tackles the gays: 'Everybody's a little bit gay' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The third season of MTV2’s Guy Code premiered on Tuesday night to big numbers for the series and network — the episode was the highest rated and most watched original season premiere in the cable network’s history. In case you’re out of the loop: The reality-documentary mash-up show delves into everything surrounding the mythical special code that exists between bros, with input, quips, and jokes from pop culture entertainers, comics, sports folks, and other experts. (Like Best Week Ever but really dude-ed out.)

So what’s coming up on next week’s new installment? Gay stuff — and you know how EW likes that. Lucky for you, we have an exclusive clip from the coming Guy Code take on homosexuality when it comes to bros. As comedian Jordan Carlos says in the episode: “If you think about it…everybody’s a little bit gay.” True. Take a sneak peek at next week’s episode of Guy Code here:

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History's 'Vikings': How to decode the show's logo

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Viewers first glimpsed the logo for History’s Vikings series — which is set to premiere early this year — in the exclusive trailer posted here on EW.com about a month ago. And there it is above, again, in all it’s glory. At second glance, it’s a rather complicated logo. What’s behind it? EW did a little investigating, and History spilled the details about what’s inside the design. Here’s what we learned.

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AMC brings back 'The Killing'

It’s back after all! After announcing its cancellation in July, AMC pulled an about-face by announcing Tuesday that it has ordered a third season of The Killing — but this time, the drama will be resolved in 12 episodes. Mireille Enos will reprise her role as Sarah Linden and Joel Kinnaman will return as Stephen Holder.

Veena Sud will also be back as the show runner. Production will begin Feb. 25 in Vancouver.

In November, talks were revived to bring the show back for another year.

Here’s the logline for the new season: A year after closing the Rosie Larsen case, Sarah Linden is no longer a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind.

The Killing from Fox TV Studios first premiered to critical acclaim (and an audience of 2.7 million) in April of 2011. But AMC and Sud ended up angering fans by declining to solve a mystery that viewers believed would be cleared up by the end of the first season. Instead, viewers learned who killed Rosie Larsen in season two, when ratings dropped.

 

Six things to know about Cinemax's 'Banshee'

A studly New Zealand newcomer (who kind of looks like a younger Ray Stevenson from Rome) headlines Banshee, the latest drama from True Blood creator Alan Ball that bows tonight on Cinemax. We asked Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes to share six things that we need to know about the drama, which follows ex-thief Lucas Hood (Antony Starr, pictured above) who shows up to a fictional Pennsylvania town and ends up assuming the identity of the new town sheriff. (Crazy, right?)

 1. Why was Lucas Hood in prison? He got caught after committing a successful diamond heist many years ago. “As you invest in the series, you’ll learn why he got caught and who tipped off the police,” Yaitanes explains. “There is a 20-year mythology around it. There will be a back story to every character.”

2. Who is Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) and why is she dreaming of having sex with Lucas? She, like Lucas, was once his partner-in-crime but now she’s living under an assumed identity in Banshee — as the District Attorney’s wife. “They are upper middle class and living the life while raising their children. Then her past comes and finds her and their pasts collide .. Now he’s looking her for her, and wants the diamonds.” READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' is back tonight: 'What does Mona's return mean for the girls?'

ABC Family’s addictive hit drama Pretty Little Liars returns at 8 p.m. tonight to finish the second half of its third season. As always, there’s a bevy of gnarly twists and turns to come — especially in tonight’s installment titled “She’s Better Now.” (There’s a big hint of what’s to come for you.)

We chronicled the coming season in our Winter TV Preview issue, which is available on newsstands now, but here are a few teases from the upcoming 11 episodes:

–Mona is back! You probably knew that, and you probably even saw our exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s season premiere over on our Facebook page (Like it for access to the clip if you haven’t!), but is Mona good… or still bad? “What does Mona’s return mean for Rosewood and the girls?” Whether she’ll still be secretly (or not so secretly?) terrorizing Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) remains to be seen, but executive producer Marlene King says her motives are still dark. “She’s a villain out walking amongst the PLLs,” she says. Adds executive producer Oliver Goldstick: “She’s not coming back as Polly Purebread.”

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'Leverage' to end run on TNT

Farewell, Timothy Hutton: TNT announced that its five-year-old drama starring the Ordinary People star will end its run on Christmas Day.

Leverage has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its stand up for the little guy attitude and its terrific performances
from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge,” a TNT spokeswoman said in a statement. “But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. Leverage will come to a close on Christmas at 9 p.m., with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.

We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the passionately devoted fans of Leverage, who have been the driving force behind its success.” READ FULL STORY

The first trailer for History's 'Vikings' series is here! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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History scored earlier this year with a dramatic, mini-series retelling of the legendary drama between the dueling Hatfield and McCoy clans, and the cable network is once again dipping back into legend again with a new series Vikings, which will debut early next year. Following our first-look photo, EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the series — starring Gabriel Byrne, Travis Fimmel, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard (yes, brother of Alexander and son of Stellan), Clive Standen, and Katheryn Winnick — via the debut trailer.

The 30-second promotional clip is a smorgasbord of beards, long hair, shields, weapons, and general savagery that — depending on how it all pans out in series format — looks like it could be quite the juicy, battle-filled dive into a long-gone world. In previous press releases, History calls the series — which is created and written by The Tudors creator Michael Hirst — “high on adventure, exploration, conflict, warfare, and bloodshed,” as well as a “family saga.” Specifically, the actions follows historical figure Ragnar Lothbrok (Fimmel) as he rises up the ranks to become King of the Viking tribes.

Promises the trailer: “A storm is coming.” Indeed. See for yourself here:

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TLC gets southern-fried with shows about gypsies, a trailer park

Is this what the Confederacy meant when it said the south will rise again?

The record-breaking successes of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — both of which trade on regional stereotypes to varying degrees — has paved the way for at least two more reality shows that aim to shed more light on the beasts of the Southern wild: Welcome to Myrtle Manor (early 2013), which chronicles life in a South Carolina trailer park, and Gypsy Sisters (Feb. 10), which takes a deeper look at the American gypsy subculture by exploring the lives of a family based in West Virginia. Both will air on TLC. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Dylan McDermott talks his 'Asylum' debut and playing Bloody Face -- EXCLUSIVE

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Ryan Murphy promised the actors of American Horror Story that if they returned for season 2, they would be playing completely different roles. That was certainly the case for Dylan McDermott who made his debut on AHS: Asylum last night as deranged serial killer Johnny Thredson, aka Bloody Face, a stark change from his role as sex-addicted therapist Ben Harmon last season. EW talked EXCLUSIVELY to McDermott about the shocking role and what’s in store ahead.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this all work out?
DYLAN MCDERMOTT:
I loved doing the show. It’s like being home for me. We talked about it I think early in the season. He [EP Ryan Murphy] called me over the summer and we were trying to figure out what was the best plan and in what capacity. I wasn’t sure myself and obviously he’s the master and the genius that figures this s— out. So the day the show premiered he called me and he explained it to me because I hadn’t read any of the scripts. He explained to me what my character was going to be and I was like, “Are you f—ing kidding me? I love this! I love this! It’s beyond!” To play the modern day Bloody Face and to have this whole back story of a guy who’s thrown away and aborted and still lived! It was just like, are you kidding me? It was music to my ears, maybe nobody else’s. But to me? I couldn’t believe it. It’s so twisted and dark and f—ed up. That’s why I’m on the show because I love stuff like that.
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'Snooki & JWoww' trailer: Watch Snooki give birth -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Jersey Shore may be ending its run on Dec. 20, but thankfully, besties Snooki and JWoww will be continuing the party on the second season of their MTV spin-off, appropriately titled, Snooki & JWoww, premiering Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. The new batch of episodes will feature Snooki not only giving birth to new son, Lorenzo, but also dealing with motherhood.

Meanwhile, JWoww and Roger will attempt to take their relationship to the next level. Plus, some very familiar faces from the Shore show up to celebrate the little guy’s arrival. Watch the exclusive trailer debut below… READ FULL STORY

'Prison Break' creator to pen Discovery miniseries

Discovery Channel is going into the scripted biz. The cabler is working with Scott Free TV (The Good Wife) and writer Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) on its first-ever scripted miniseries titled Klondike, which is based on Charlotte Gray’s novel Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike. The tome is aboutsix strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town.

Scheuring will serve as executive producer, along with Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker. “We’ve been developing scripted for some time, but wanted to find the perfect fit.  When we read Gold Diggers, we knew we finally found it,” said Eileen O’Neill, Group President of Discovery and TLC Networks, in a statement. “Discovery created and owns the ‘gold’ narrative with several of our hit series and we’re elated to partner with Scott Free Television and eOne Television on a subject we know so well as our first, scripted project.”

Added Scott in a statement, “Klondike was the last great gold rush, one which triggered a flood of prospectors ill-equipped, emotionally or otherwise, for the extreme and grueling conditions of the remote Yukon wilderness. The personal adventures are as epic as the landscape, where ambition, greed, sex and murder, as well as their extraordinary efforts to literally strike it rich, are all chronicled by a young Jack London himself.”

Here’s the official logline from Discovery: Klondike follows the lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they undertake the next, gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs.

Production begins in March on location in Alberta, Canada.

 

 

 

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks the Angel of Death's arrival to Briarcliff and teases season three -- EXCLUSIVE

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[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM!]

The Angel of Death, in the form of American Horror Story season one star Frances Conroy, visited AHS: Asylum last night but ended up only taking a few cast members with her, most notably Grace (Lizzie Brochere). Meanwhile, Jude discovered that she did not actually kill the little girl in the blue coat and realized that Sister Mary Eunice was possessed by the devil. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about all these developments, Dylan McDermott’s Bloody Face role and details on season three.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did the inspiration come from for this episode?
RYAN MURPHY: Well the episode is one of my favorites because I think it just has great performances and I really love what it’s about. I love Franny and she and I were presenting at the Creative Arts Emmys and I said, “I think I have something really good for you, sort of the opposite of what you did last year.” She and Jessica loved working together. So we came up with this character and I like that she’s around in all the individual stories at that pivotal moment of are you going to fight or are you going to die.

But when we were coming with the idea of it, I was meeting with hair and make up and Lou Eyerich, the costumer, and we at first came up with this idea that she was the black version of Miss Havisham. But I didn’t like that. I thought let’s do something unexpected. So our inspirations were very bizarre. We took sort of like 1940s , hard-boiled noir women and mixed it with a sort of Comme de Garcon meets Japanese thing. I was very proud of that look and I thought Franny was very yummy. You could see why people would want her to kiss them.

Was her name and the idea based on fact?
Yes we took things from several religions. I also love the Angel of Death’s relationship to the Devil. And Franny will come back in several episodes.

I loved the scene in the diner with Jude and the Angel of Death. So Jude has tried to kill herself several times before?
Yes.

Will we meet the man she was going to marry?
No. He was sort of her backstory. I really wanted to see how did Jude get to the nunnery. I love Jessica as the faded chanteuse in the run down hotel room. She really loved doing that stuff. What was her dark night of the soul that got her to the nunnery? And I love that literally she drank herself into a stupor and woke up and there she was outside the Cloisters nuns.

And the twist with the girl being actually alive was great.
I know! I felt so bad for Jude. I think so many people run from secrets and I thought what happens if the thing you’re running from turns out to be completely a lie?

The Lana storyline is just like a sad train to Sadtown. She escapes Bloody Face and then gets in a car with that crazy guy. Is there any happiness in sight for her?
Well I don’t wanna give too much away.

Will she at least get some kind of comeuppance?
Oh yeah. I mean Sarah and I talked about that when we first started to write this stuff. I didn’t wanna do something that was just so awful and then there’s your bad ending. There are many characters in the show and most of them don’t survive. But I thought the Lana story was really about the power of the spirit to survive any and all horrors. I thought that there’s great scenes in the one after Dark Cousin which is the most f****ed up Christmas episode of all time where instead of praying for Lana, you’ll be cheering for Lana. It’s a script I think Sarah loved playing. We’re writing the ending right now so I think people will love what happens to Sarah and what she ultimately does.

Lily Rabe is just having a ball clearly.
Yeah next week has my favorite that Lily Rabe’s character does where she decorates the Christmas tree. It’s sort of like Well how would the devil decorate a Christmas tree? So that’s just a laugh riot.

The fun thing in doing a show like this is for the most part I just hire my friends and I say Well what have you always wanted to play and haven’t played? In Lily’s case, I think people know her for her Broadway ingénue Tony nomination stuff but she’s very f***ing funny.

Is this the last we’ve seen of Grace? Will she appear in ghost form?
Well there are no ghosts. The big question with Grace is what happened to her body?

And that’s answered next week?
Yes.

So now that Jude knows Mary Eunice has been possessed, is she basically going to go back to Briarcliff and battle the devil?
Yes and it’s all wonderfully contained in our fabulous Christmas episode. The Christmas episode is a very interesting episode because when we were plotting out the season I really wanted to do a Christmas episode because I always thought, based on my research, that 1964 was a very interesting year in terms of the secular and the commercial. That episode has a scene where it’s Santa Claus vs. Sister Jude.

And Santa is Ian McShane right?
Yes! I can’t believe that he did it. We wrote it and I kept saying, “We need an Ian McShane sort of guy for this.” He was a fan of the show so I’m like, “Well I wonder if he would do it?” So we sent him the first five pages, which is the darkest Santa Claus story of all time, and he thought it was great. He and Jessica have this amazing scene together.

So is he the devil?
No he’s like this crazy psychotic. No more devil-jumping this season. No Ian McShane plays a crazy person who was victimized so badly in prison that he made a psychotic break and decides he’s Santa Claus and he knows who’s been naughty and who’s been nice. But the next episode also has a lot of hilarious Lily Rabe/What does the devil want for Christmas?

Where does Thredson go from here now that Lana knows his secret?
Well that’s in the next episode. In this episode, Lana comes back in the insane asylum just like Kit goes back. No one knows yet that they’re back there. The question in the next episode is what happens to Thredson and obviously he has to shut Lana up because she holds the keys to the kingdom.

It sounded like Dylan McDermott’s voice as modern day Bloody Face. Is he modern day Bloody Face?
Yes. Dylan is modern day Bloody Face. So the question is Why is he the modern day Bloody Face? What is he doing? And that’s revealed in episode nine.

Is the previous episode the last we see of Mark Consuelos’ Spivey?
Oh God no! No no no! He has a very romantic scene coming up with Sister Mary Eunice. Mark wrote me after that and he said, “Well I just busted my no nudity cherry.” No I love Mark. I think he did such a great job and he was so unexpected and he really got down and dirty with that part.

You got greenlit for a season three so does that mean you have a plot already for it?
Yes. I do. I have an idea and I went to Jessica and she was very excited about the idea and possibly where it would film and how we would make it. I did the same thing last year—we almost work a year ahead. It’s a very dense script and it’s a lot of prep time. I do—I know what next year is.

Last year, Billie Dean gave that speech in the finale about asylums, which was a clue to this season. Are you planning on putting clues in the finale this year?
I think so. We haven’t decided what lead actors are coming back. I know what it is and I know that there will be clues in the final episode. Last year we didn’t announce what it was about—we waited til the summer to do it. I think we’ll announce it earlier this year.

Read more: 
‘American Horror Story’ scoop: Does this mean [SPOILER] is Bloody Face too?!?
‘American Horror Story’ recap: The Untouchables
‘American Horror Story': Sarah Paulson talks about last night’s shocking episode and what will be revealed next week

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