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Brandon Routh joins 'Arrow' as The Atom

Brandon Routh is trading in his blue and red tights for another pair of blue and red tights. EW has confirmed that the Superman Returns actor has booked a recurring role in Arrow‘s third season as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom.

According to TVLine, Ray Palmer, an “unparalleled scientist and inventor,” is Queen Consolidated’s new owner and has mysterious plans for Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division. He is rumored to be a love interest for Felicity.

In the comics, Ray Palmer/The Atom has the power to alter the size of his body and can shrink down to subatomic levels. This is not the character’s first live-action appearance: John Kassir portrayed the character in the failed 1997 CBS pilot/TV movie Justice League of America. The Atom has also been featured in both the Young Justice and Justice League Unlimited animated series.

The Atom is the second DC Comics superhero to join Arrow in its third season. As was previously reported, Devon Aoki was cast as the classic DC Comics hero Katana.

Arrow premieres on the CW on Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

'Chuck': Josh Schwartz on possibility of beloved spy series coming back -- EXCLUSIVE

Cult action comedy Chuck ended its five-season NBC run on Jan. 27, 2012. In the final moments, electronics store clerk-turned-superspy Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) attempted to reignite the memory of amnesia-plagued Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) with a kiss, but viewers never saw the resolution. With similarly beloved series Veronica Mars being revived as a movie through a Kickstarter campaign, EW called up series co-creator Josh Schwartz to see if there would be any chance for Chuck fans to see a return to Buy More. READ FULL STORY

'Castle' books 'Chuck' actor for ... time-travel episode (!?) -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s safe to say Castle and Beckett have never encountered a suspect-of-the-week quite like this.

EW has learned exclusively that Joshua Gomez (Morgan from Chuck!) has been recruited to guest star as a suspect in a grisly murder who claims to have traveled back in time to stop terrible events from unfolding — events that will change the course of human history. Yes, to answer the question you’re thinking, there’s a chance this man is simply a deluded killer. Or maybe not…

This is far from the first time Castle has staged a fun, zany episode. Last year, for example, Castle and Beckett worked a case where Bigfoot was briefly — in Castle’s mind — a suspect.

Gomez will appear in the fifth episode of the upcoming sixth season, which kicks off Sept. 23 on ABC.

Following 'Veronica Mars' success, Zachary Levi wants to make a 'Chuck' film more than ever

Chuck star Zachary Levi got all excited on Twitter when the Veronica Mars movie met its $2 million goal on Kickstarter (It has now earned $3.3 million) and got the green light.

Yep, you’re reading that hashtag correctly: a Chuck movie. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): Josh Schwartz says goodbye to 'Chuck'

Before the Chuck series finale aired in January, co-creator Josh Schwartz penned an ode to the power of sandwiches for EW, while looking back at the show’s wild, stop-and-start ride. For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.

By: Josh Schwartz

They say every end is a new beginning. In the spring of 2007, I was on set for the last day of shooting The O.C. when I got the call. I needed to immediately watch an audition for the lead of my new pilot Chuck. The actor who had just read? Zachary Levi.

And so began the most quixotic, satisfying, and, at times, surreal journey of my career. In the fall of 2007, I was lucky enough to have not only Chuck premiere but also another series I had co-created, Gossip Girl. What were the chances, given that there are seven days in a week, that both shows would air against each other? They did, and my parents upgraded to a dual DVR. READ FULL STORY

'DWTS' eliminated dancers: One's angry, one's resigned

Not one but two all-stars were sent packing from Dancing with the Stars on Monday. To read their parting words — and to find out who took it hard, and who took it in stride — head to the jump: READ FULL STORY

Zach Levi lands half-hour Fox pilot

Guess it was more like, “see you later.”

After closing out a five-season run on Chuck, Zachary Levi is back in the TV game, this time landing a half-hour comedy pilot with Fox. Levi is set to play one half of a married couple in Let It Go, an ensemble comedy that centers around the pair, his character’s best friend and his wife’s sister.

DJ Nash (Traffic Light, Til Death) penned the script and is set to executive produce along with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer.

Now the big question: Who should play Levi’s leading lady?

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'Chuck' co-creator Josh Schwartz says goodbye -- EXCLUSIVE ESSAY

With the series finale tonight, co-creator Josh Schwartz recently took some time to pen an ode to the power of sandwiches while looking back at the wild, stop-and-start ride that has been NBC’s Chuck.

By: Josh Schwartz

They say every end is a new beginning. In the spring of 2007, I was on set for the last day of shooting The O.C. when I got the call. I needed to immediately watch an audition for the lead of my new pilot Chuck. The actor who had just read? Zachary Levi.

And so began the most quixotic, satisfying, and, at times, surreal journey of my career. In the fall of 2007, I was lucky enough to have not only Chuck premiere but also another series I had co-created, Gossip Girl. What were the chances, given that there are seven days in a week, that both shows would air against each other? They did, and my parents upgraded to a dual DVR. READ FULL STORY

'Chuck' star Yvonne Strahovski: Chuck and Sarah will have 'something taken away from them'

Before shows take their final bow, it’s not uncommon for them to pump up the final adventure with talk of higher-than-ever stakes and grand risks. But the important thing to remember about Chuck is that they’ve never shied away from risks and genuine danger. (One such example of that danger resulted in the death of Chuck’s dad in season 3.) So it’s hard not to imagine the grave possibilities of what star Yvonne Strahovski meant when she ominously teased what’s to come on the final episodes of the cult-favorite action-adventure series.

“Something very unexpected happens,” she says. “When I read the script, I was really surprised myself. Chuck and Sarah have this great relationship, but I think in these last episodes, you’ll see that they’ll have something taken away from them, and it sort of causes some trouble in a big way.” READ FULL STORY

'Fringe,' 'Castle,' 'The Secret Circle,' 'The Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Friday, all!

What a week it’s been. If you, like me, are suffering from this strange, post-holiday walking coma, then hopefully this week’s column puts a little skip back into your step.

Thanks to everyone who has been answering the call for questions. (Remember, no question is stupid! Unless it is. Kidding!) So keep it up! spoilerroom@ew.com

Oh, and I just figured out how to make one of these nifty Twitter buttons! (Don’t tease — I know I’m ridiculously late to the cool button party.)

‘FRINGE’ BOSSES ANSWER YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS! READ FULL STORY

'Chuck': Comic book legend Stan Lee puts the moves on [spoiler] in Christmas episode -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Stan Lee, you sly dog.

In this week’s Christmas episode of Chuck, the comic book legend makes a quick cameo — with a twist. As you’ll see in the exclusive clip below, we learn that Lee is actually a spy! (Oh, in a perfectly awesome world, this would be 100 percent true.) And he’s got his spy eyes on none other than General Beckman, who, I should mention, doesn’t give him the time of day.

You’ll also notice in the clip that Chuck is dressed as Santa. There’s a story behind that. But you’ll have to tune into the episode, airing Friday, for that little piece of info. Until then, enjoy my present to you: READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Chuck,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Happy Thanksgiving, Roomies!

As I’ll likely be in a Turkey coma on Friday, here’s something to be thankful for a little early… Spoiler Room: Special Wednesday/Pre-Holiday/Yay For a Long Weekend Edition! Yup, just a few scoops to take you into your hopefully lovely holiday.

But before the 411 — and at the risk of sounding very sappy — I have to say that I’m very thankful for your readership and highly entertaining comments and questions this year. Here’s to another great one!

On that note, don’t slack! Send questions and ponderings to spoilerroom@ew.com or Tweet ‘em to me @EWSandraG. Be well!

‘HIMYM': ABOUT THE NEXT EPISODE…
The logline for next week’s How I Met Your Mother is incredibly teasey. Observe: When “Robin receives bad news, she decides to lie about it to the gang. Meanwhile, Marshall hangs Christmas decorations on the house in the ‘burbs with help from his neighbor.” But still unsatisfied, I hopped on the phone yesterday with HIMYM executive producer Carter Bays, who talked about the next episode. (To read part of our chat, click here.)

What I left out about the Dec. 5 episode, however, is something that truly sent chills of anticipation down my spine: While Bays said he believes it’s “one of the best episodes we’ve ever done,” he also expressed a little apprehension, saying he hopes viewers will see it the same way. “You know, honestly, I hope people stay on board after the next episode,” he tells me. “I think there’s some incredible acting in it, and it’s a really nicely told story that we’re very pleased with. But… this Barney and Robin stuff is a third rail for our show in a good way. It’s nice to get a little jolt every now and then, but it is so divisive among fans from what I’ve gathered. So hopefully people will enjoy the story for what it is. But yeah, we’re nervous about where the story goes. Excited, and very proud of it, but I hope people stay on board. I think they will.” READ FULL STORY

'Chuck': The lowest-rated show in primetime?

Oof, some ratings hit hard, and the ones for Chuck are no exception: The comedy’s second episode earned a mere .9 rating/3 share on Friday, making it the least watched show of the night, according to final national ratings released today. The good news: Zachary Levi’s beloved character (at least among TV critics) isn’t THE lowest rated show on broadcast television. That distinction belongs to Nikita on the CW, which is averaging an anemic .7/3. READ FULL STORY

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