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ABC Family ends 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager'

Now Shailene Woodley can pursue that film career fulltime: ABC Family has decided not to renew the five-year-old The Secret Life of an American Teenager for another season.

The drama from Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven) will air the first of its final 12 episodes beginning in March, according to Deadline.

Teenager not only served as a springboard for the Golden Globe-nominated Woodley — who starred in The Descendants opposite George Clooney — but served as a beacon of light for the Down Syndrome community because it cast Luke Zimmerman as Tom, the high-functioning son of Kathleen (Josie Bissett).

The drama that addressed teen pregnancy first bowed in 2008.

For more:

EW report: Actor’s with Down Syndrome

This season broadcast networks feature most gay characters in TV history, says GLAAD report

After a decrease last year, the number of LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded, according to the “Where We Are on TV” report released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The report released today lauded the cable networks for also increasing their overall LGBT character count this year, too.

Which networks are the most inclusive? After Fox lead the broadcast networks last year, ABC — with shows like comedy Happy Endings (above) featuring gay characters — has been named as the most gay-friendly network, with 10 of 194 (5.2 percent) regular characters identifying as LGBT. Over on cable, last year’s victor HBO was dethroned by Showtime, which this year had 12 LGBT characters, seven of which are series regulars on shows like Shameless and Weeds.

“This year’s increase of LGBT characters on television reflects a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”

The report — which studied 97 broadcast shows, as well as cable offerings — also delivered a slew of other facts and figures. EW has pulled out the most fascinating tidbits for you here:

• LGBT characters account for 4.4 percent of scripted series regulars on the broadcast networks in 2012-13. This is up from 2.9 percent in 2011, 3.9 percent in 2009, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 1.1 percent in 2007.

• There are a total of 31 LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks, as well as 19 recurring characters.

• ABC leads the broadcast networks with 10 of 194 characters (5.2 percent). Fox is in second with six of 118 (5.1 percent), followed by The CW with four of 81 (4.9 percent), NBC with seven of 166 (4.2 percent), and CBS with four of 142 (2.8 percent). The report singles out CBS’ “authentic and conscious effort” to increase diversity, as it is up from 0.7 percent LGBT characters last season.

• Regular LGBT characters on scripted cable television also rose this year to 35 (up from 29) for the 2012-13 season.

• Showtime leads the cable pack, with 12 total characters, seven of whom are regulars. The runners up include: HBO (9 characters), FX (8), Adult Swim (5), and ABC Family, MTV, Syfy, and TeenNick (4 each).

• As it was in 2010 and 2011, HBO’s True Blood is the most inclusive show on cable television with six gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters.

• GLAAD also analyzed the race/ethnicity and gender demographics of all 701 series regular characters in primetime television. There are more males (55.5 percent) to females (44.5 percent), and 78 percent of all series regulars are white. Compared to last year, African American representation has increased from 9.9 percent to 12 percent, followed by Latino (4.1 percent) and Asian-Pacific Islander (4.7 percent).

• Of the 31 announced LGBT regular characters in the 2012-13 season, 11 are people of color (35.5 percent). GLAAD counted seven regular or recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast television, up from zero last year.

• Lastly, GLAAD counted people with disabilities, of which there are four (0.6 percent) regular characters on broadcast television.

The full “Where We Are on TV” report can be viewed on the GLAAD website.

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'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks prequel novel 'The Road to Woodbury'

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It is no secret that the new season of The Walking Dead — which debuts Oct. 14 — will introduce the character of the Governor, the much feared ruler of Woodbury. But how did he become that town’s dictator? Good question! And one that Walking Dead comic writer — and TV show executive producer — Robert Kirkman has been answering in a series of prequel novels with coauthor Jay Bonansinga.

Last year saw the publication of The Rise of the Governor and now comes the sequel-to-that-prequel, The Road to Woodbury, which arrives in stores Oct. 16, and in addition to telling us more about the back story of the G-man, also fills in the biographies of several other characters found in the comic books.

Below, Kirkman talks about The Road to Woodbury, ninjas, and a recent, shocking Walking Dead comic book demise. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' scoop: Will Carrie get her memory back? Could Brody die? The cast and creators talk season 2

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Expectations are crazy high for season 2 of Showtime’s Homeland, this year’s Emmy winner for Best Drama, Best Actress (Claire Danes) and Best Actor (Damian Lewis) in a Drama Series. Thankfully, EW has seen the first two episodes and can confirm they are as nerve-jangling and tense as season 1. Tonight’s premiere, airing at 10 p.m., picks up six months after the finale with Carrie (Danes) living at home with her sister and father. “She’s created this very controlled cocoon-like existence,” explains Danes. “She’s teaching English to Arabic students. Her health is pretty tenuous.”

A call from Saul (Mandy Patinkin) brings her back into the CIA fold but only off the books. Says executive producer Alex Gansa, “If she’s not officially back in the CIA, she could be unofficially doing their bidding.”

The first two episodes find Carrie in Beirut (the show actually shot in Tel Aviv for 10 days this past spring). The big question though is whether Carrie will regain her memory of Brody screaming out Issa’s name. “It may, but it doesn’t come back in the way we had thought,” says executive producer Howard Gordon.

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'Awkward.' season finale preview: Jenna spins the bottle and lands on... -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The big question on MTV’s comedy Awkward has always been: Team Matty or Team Jake? And that big debate for Jenna (Ashley Rickards) will still be front and center in the show’s season finale, titled “The Other Shoe,” which is set to air tonight.

EW has an exclusive clip from the finale, which finds Jenna playing what appears to be a harmless game of Spin the Bottle. It’s harmless, of course, until she takes her spin. “While I was past my prime to play, it seemed fitting given all the spiraling I’d done throughout the year,” Jenna explains in the clip.

Of course, the game doesn’t help Jenna with any choice between her two boys, Jake (Brett Davern) and Matty (Beau Mirchoff), as it points just between them. But, she makes it clear she knows what she wants: “The bottle didn’t know what I wanted, but I did.” The episode’s logline teases that Jenna has indeed made her decision about which boy she wants to be with, but as you might imagine, something goes wrong that “leaves Jenna questioning if getting everything she wants is really what she needs.” Watch the teaser clip here:

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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:

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'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:

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'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.

Read more:
‘American Horror Story’ scoop: Mark Consuelos joins season 2 — EXCLUSIVE
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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

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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.

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