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'Homeland' scoop: Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham to appear in season 2 as [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

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Homeland, Showtime’s critically acclaimed series (which is up for a network record nine Emmy awards this weekend), is expanding the world beyond main characters Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis).

EW has exclusively learned that Homeland’s producers have cast a very familiar face in a big recurring role: Academy Award-winner F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) will be appearing later this season as Dar Adul, described as “a brilliant intelligence operative in his 60-70’s. He has worked all over the world for the Special Activities Division of the CIA.”

Details are scarce but I’m wondering if Dar Adul is perhaps a mentor to Saul (Mandy Patinkin) in the same way Saul is to Carrie? READ FULL STORY

'The Exes': Judith Light returns as Kristen Johnston's mother -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can there ever be too much Judith Light on television? In a word: no. Which is why it’s good that the Who’s the Boss? legend is returning to her guesting gig on TV Land’s sitcom The Exes, where she plays the over-bearing mother to Kristen Johnston’s divorce lawyer character Holly Brooks. EW has an exclusive clip of Light’s reappearance on The Exes in tomorrow night’s new episode, titled “Sister Act,” which also stars Amanda Detmer as Light’s other, more beloved, perfect daughter Jill.

Just like last time, the appearance of Light’s motherly character ruffles Holly’s feathers, largely because she’s so often pushed to the side in favor of her perfect — and married — sister. The full episode apparently finds Holly inventing an alternative lifestyle for herself that spirals out of control (to impress Mommy Dearest maybe?), but until it airs Wednesday evening at 10:30 p.m., whet your appetite with a preview clip of Light’s return — and the fireworks it causes — here:


'Rizzoli & Isles' ends summer run on high note

Rizzoli and Isles ended on a high note Tuesday: The drama’s season ender averaged 6 million, up 36% over the previous episodes and up 7% versus last year’s summer finale.

The drama that stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander currently ranks behind The Closer and Major Crimes and TNT’s most-watched scripted series this summer. Overall, the show averaged 5.4 million viewers over the last few months, as well as 1.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54.

Rizzoli & Isles will return in November to finish up its third season.

'True Blood': Deborah Ann Woll teases 'bloodiest' season finale yet in Spoiler Room Video Edition

This season of True Blood has certainly had its share of twists, turns and shockers. (No, Chris Meloni! NOO!) But as per usual, it seems they’ve saved the best for last!

At least, that’s what I was led to believe after chatting with the lovely Deborah Ann Woll, who took your questions about the last three episodes of the season in the latest Spoiler Room Video Edition. So click below for some scoop on all the hunky men in Jessica’s life, to learn whether Hoyt will be crying ‘wee, wee, wee’ all the way home after being thrown to the pigs (that was grim), and two great teases for what Woll calls the “bloodiest” finale yet.

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Susan Lucci gives cheeky cheating advice to promote new series 'Deadly Affairs' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Who better to host a new series titled Deadly Affairs than the queen of daytime Susan Lucci? No one, honestly. Come September, the former All My Children legend will lead the aptly-named new Investigation Discovery show that takes an inside look at dalliances gone wrong, everything from “love triangles that implode to office romances exposed,” says the network’s official description for the series. “They happen in real life and, sometimes, are stranger than fiction.” Lucci’s Erica Kane might take issue with that.

To give you a taste of what’s to come on the show, Investigation Discovery has produced a series of web shorts that will premiere this weekend on the network’s website and feature Lucci doling out cheeky advice about how to spot an affair. EW has an exclusive sneak peek at the first one, which focuses on grooming. “In marriage, there are always distractions,” Lucci says. “I know it’s shocking, but one in five spouses will cheat. Could you be headed toward a deadly affair?” Then comes the advice about how to spot an affair by renewed interest in grooming.

Catch Lucci in the series when it premieres Sept. 8 at 10 p.m., but for know watch a glimpse of her cheeky fun here:


'American Horror Story' scoop: Franka Potente joins season two cast

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The casting news keeps coming for American Horror Story. Earlier in the week EW announced that Jenna Dewan had been cast on the FX thriller’s second season. Now, we can confirm that Run Lola Run‘s Franka Potente will be featured in a two-episode arc on the show as a patient at the asylum run by Jessica Lange’s character. The actress, who appeared opposite Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy, will also be seen in this summer’s new drama series Copper, premiering Aug. 19 on BBC America.

Potente joins a star-studded ensemble for AHS‘ second season including Lange, Dewan, Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, Lizzie Brochere and Mark Consuelos.

The news was first reported by TVLine.

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'American Horror Story' scoop: Jenna Dewan set to get freaky with Adam Levine in season two -- EXCLUSIVE

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American Horror Story has finally found the other half of “The Lovers,” a major couple on the series, to act opposite Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. EW has learned exclusively that Step Up star—and Channing Tatum’s wife—Jenna Dewan will play the pivotal role.

Season two of AHS has been shrouded in secrecy, aside from the reveal of its star-studded cast that also includes Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Chloe Sevigny and French actress Lizzie Brochere.

Production has already begun on the series’ second season and is slated to air in October on FX. The first season of AHS just recently garnered a whopping 17 Emmy nominations, tied for the most this year with Mad Men and a record for FX.

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‘American Horror Story’ scoop: Joseph Fiennes in talks for season 2 — EXCLUSIVE
Jessica Lange will return to ‘American Horror Story’ — EXCLUSIVE

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'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith previews the new season -- plus an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo


Take a look at the new issue of Entertainment Weekly (left) and you’ll see that the travel-heavy habits ways of a certain Doctor have finally landed him on the cover of EW. Yes, the 49-year-old British time travel show Doctor Who has hit the big time — and in more ways than one, as stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill and executive producer Steven Moffat reveal in the cover feature.

Alas, unlike the Doctor’s time- and spaceship the TARDIS, Entertainment Weekly is not “bigger on the inside,” which meant we couldn’t include everything Moffat and crew had to say. But worry ye not, Whovians! Over the next few days we’re going to post Q&As with the Who folks as well as notable super fans Craig Ferguson and Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.

First up? The “Doctor” himself, Matt Smith, whom I spoke with earlier this month in his trailer while he was shooting a new, Victorian era-set episode of Doctor Who in South Wales. Below, Smith previews the new season (which BBC America will start screening later this summer), discusses his Who future, and recalls filming the final episode to feature the Doctor’s companions Amy and Rory. You’ll find an exclusive, behind-the-scenes shot from that episode at the bottom of the page.


'Homeland' season 2 teaser goes inside Carrie's mind -- VIDEO

The first season of Showtime’s Emmy-nominated, hit drama Homeland was quite the trip into the mind of Claire Danes’ character Carrie Mathison. And season 2 looks to be much the same, as evidenced by the new teaser — it’s embedded below — the cable network just released.

It doesn’t feature any footage from the coming season, but the teaser — which shows the Emmy-nominated Danes as dialogue and imagery from the first season engulf her — points heavily toward Mathison’s mental health issues.

The second season is supposed to pick up after Mathison has been in the psych ward for about six months, after having gone through a series of shock treatments.

Homeland premieres on Showtime Sunday, Sept. 30, at 10 p.m.

Watch the teaser here:


Emmy Awards: 'Homeland' star Damian Lewis on his nomination, and singing with co-star Mandy Patinkin

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It was a big morning for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Homeland, which netted nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series, Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Claire Danes, and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Damian Lewis. The noms were a record for the network and the most for any freshman series this year. “I’m really thrilled,” says Lewis, celebrating on a day off from the series currently shooting season two in Charlotte, N.C.. “Over the moon. I was asleep. So I was just getting some extra zzzzs and I woke up with my phone buzzing next to my head.” EW talked to Lewis about Homeland as well as season two and carrying a tune with his co-star Mandy Patinkin.


TLC's 'Big Tiny': Meet the world's smallest siblings -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The world’s smallest siblings — Bri and Brad Jordan — are about to take one giant step… into the limelight on TLC’s new docu-series Big Tiny.

EW has an exclusive first look at the upcoming show, which will premiere on TLC Aug. 13 at 10 p.m. Big Tiny chronicles the tiny Jordans — 23-year-old Bri is 18 pounds and 27 inches tall; 21-year-old Brad is 35 pounds and 38 inches tall — as “they make something big out of being tiny,” according to the series’ description.

Cameras follow the two primordial dwarf siblings as they go about their daily lives: Brad is a cheerleader who likes to sing and do gymnastics and karate, while Bri spends her time baking cupcakes and gossiping with friends. Joining them on the show is older sister Brandi — the self-proclaimed outcast of the family for being average height — and their mother Christy, who’s a registered nurse.

In the exclusive clip below, Christy takes Bri and Brad out for a shopping trip to the grocery store, where the pair encounter a particularly pesky, and large, bag of sugar. Watch — and get to know the pair a little bit — here:


'American Horror Story' scoop: Mark Consuelos joins season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Season 2 of FX’s American Horror Story begins production this week, but it looks like they are still adding folks to the asylum: EW can exclusively reveal that former All My Children star Mark Consuelos (also the husband of daytime’s Kelly Ripa) is joining AHS as a patient named Spivey.

Consuelos joins Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Zachary Quinto, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, and Lizzie Brochere in the new season, which centers around an institution for the criminally insane.

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AMC to stream 'Breaking Bad' premiere online


AMC’s battle with Dish continues, but at least Breaking Bad fans won’t have to suffer: The basic cable net will offer a special live stream of the drama’s season 5 premiere to Dish subscribers on its website July 15.

Starting tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET, Dish subs can register for access at “Every cable, phone and satellite company other than Dish carries AMC and its popular programming, including Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Mad Men in their basic package,” the network said in a statement. “AMC wants its loyal Dish viewers to experience the excitement of the Breaking Bad premiere at the same time as their friends and neighbors and we want to give Dish customers an extra week to switch providers so they can enjoy the rest of the season.”

Dish, which has more than 14 million subscribers, dropped all of the AMC nets at the end of June after the two sides failed to sign a new carriage agreement. Dish has said that low ratings on IFC and WE, in particular, didn’t justify the high rates that AMC Nets wants to continue charging. AMC, however, believes the blackout has less to do with a carriage dispute and more to do with an ongoing lawsuit between the two companies that involves a bunch of high-definition channels that no longer exist.

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