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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.

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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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'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:

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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.

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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:

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'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

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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 www.amctv.com/breakingbad4dish. “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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Viacom yanks free online programming; spat continues with DirecTV
DirecTV-Viacom feud makes children cry (or at least the ‘No more Dora’ commercial did)
DirecTV customers lose MTV, Nick and other Viacom nets

Viacom yanks free online programming; dispute continues with DirecTV

As the dispute between Viacom and DirecTV continued Wednesday, the conglomerate yanked access to some of its more popular programming that was available free on company websites. Fans can no longer watch full episodes of shows like SpongeBob Squarepants and iCarly or Jersey Shore and The Daily Show, which is sure to further anger the 20 million DirecTV subscribers who continue to find a dark screen when they change the channel to Viacom-owned nets like Nick, MTV, Comedy Central and VH1.

“Viacom is now not only holding DirecTV customers hostage, but all online viewers as well,” according to a statement from DirecTV. “Is this just another underhanded negotiating tactic, or does this mean that Viacom will no longer offer its content free online?” READ FULL STORY

DirecTV customers lose MTV, Nick and other Viacom nets

At midnight on Tuesday, 17 Viacom-owned cable nets like Nickelodeon and Comedy Central went dark on DirecTV after the conglomerate failed to reach a new carriage deal with the satellite provider.

DirecTV customers who wanted their MTV (or their BET, or Spike, or VH1) were met with this message: “Viacom, the owner of this channel, forced DirecTV to suspend it despite our many requests to keep it on. We are working to bring it back as soon as possible without an unfair increase to your bill. Disruptions like this are brief. Go to DirecTVPromise.com for the latest info.” CEO Mike White also taped a message for customers by saying how Viacom wants them to “pay substantially more for all of their networks, even those you don’t watch or care about.”

Viacom described the impasse a little differently by saying it was DirecTV’s decision to drop the major cablers. “We are deeply disappointed that DirecTV dropped Viacom’s channels before our midnight deadline this evening, severing our connection with its nearly 20 million subscribers nationwide,” according to a company statement. “We proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day, per subscriber, and we remained willing to negotiate that deal right up to this evening’s deadline.”

The seven-year deal between Viacom and DirecTV just expired. DirecTV says Viacom wants a 30% increase in fees to carry the nets, while Viacom has accused the satellite provider of lowballing the conglomerate — which, admittedly, has seen double-digit ratings drops on its once shining star, Nickelodeon. The kiddie cabler used to routinely trounce the Disney Channel in total day and kids 2-11; now the Mouse House cabler is ruling in total day viewing and the young demo. It certainly helps that Disney has recently launched several new and popular shows like Good Luck Charlie and A.N.T. Farm while Nick hasn’t created a new hit since iCarly, which will go off the air on November.

If that’s not enough to raise the ire of DirecTV, there’s also the issue of how lots of Viacom programming can be accessed for free online.

DirecTV has roughly 20 million subscribers.

'Snooki and JWoww' First Look: The girls reunite with their 'Jersey Shore' housemates -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Snooki and JWoww have been doing the roomie thing for the last couple weeks on their MTV spin-off but in this week’s episode (the first of a two-parter that concludes on July 19), the ladies invite back their Jersey Shore housemates—Pauly D, Vinny, Sammi, Ronnie, and Deena—for a special dinner, seen here in this exclusive photo. The occassion? Snooki plans to reveal her engagement and pregnancy with Jionni. Let’s just say things don’t go exactly according to plan. “Their reactions were crazy,” says executive producer Sally Ann Salsano. “There are two episodes it plays out over. First she says she’s engaged and I’m not sure Snooki got the reaction from everyone that she wanted.”

Next, Snooki dropped the pregnancy bombshell. “There’s no confusion on how anyone feels,” teases Salsano. “Jenni and Snooki hung behind because they had to clean up the dinner and without saying anything the cast made plans right out the door, like ‘We need to have a drink.’ They instantly wanted to go talk about it and we went with them.”

To witness the drama go down and see what the Shore housemates thought of Snooki’s big news, be sure and tune into the two-part Snooki & JWoww episode airing July 12 and July 19 at 10pm on MTV.

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'Drop Dead Diva': Sneak peeks of Joan Rivers, Brandy ... and a Wimbledon winner!

Tonight’s an all-star edition of Drop Dead Diva, featuring Joan Rivers as a psychiatrist and Serena Williama as an attorney representing Brandy. From the winner’s circle at Wimbledon to center stage on a Lifetime hit; not a bad way to spend the weekend, Serena.

Here’s a sneak peek of tonight’s episode: READ FULL STORY

Nickelodeon sets premiere date for 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' -- EXCLUSIVE

Two weeks ago, EW premiered the trailer for Nickelodeon’s reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, and now we’ve got some more exclusive information for you: The children’s cable network will premiere the show on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in a one-hour special event. Nickelodeon will officially announce the premiere date on the network on Saturday.

The half-hour action series is set to consist of 26 episodes about the four, butt-kicking turtles who rise from the sewers: Leonardo (American Pie‘s Jason Biggs), Raphael (Lord of the Rings‘ Sean Astin), Michelangelo (Teen Titan‘s Greg Cipes), and Donatello (Planet Sheen‘s Rob Paulsen, who voiced Raphael in the original animated series during the ’80s and ’90s). The network describes the series as: “Funnier and with more Ninjutsu than ever before, the show will explore the companionship of four teenage brothers learning to rely on themselves and one another as they unravel the mystery of their existence and grow to become the heroes in a half-shell that they are destined to be.”

Rounding out key roles in the series include Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as the boys’ pal April O’Neil; Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as the Turtles’ sensei and father figure Master Splinter; and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as nemesis Shredder.

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