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'American Horror Story': 'Precious' star Gabourey Sidibe signs on for season 3

American Horror Story‘s season three Coven is slowly adding new members: AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy took to Twitter today to announce that Oscar-nominee Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) will be joining the cast of the third season of the FX hit. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' First Look: Blaine checks out engagement rings for Kurt! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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Fox

Gleeks, this one is gonna get you misty-eyed: EW has an exclusive first look at the Glee season finale, airing May 9 at 9 p.m., in which Blaine (Darren Criss) goes engagement-ring shopping for Kurt (Chris Colfer)! Commence swooning. Does this mean that Blaine will pop the question?

While at the store, Blaine meets an employee, played by guest-star Patty Duke, who’s part of a long-term lesbian couple (the other half is played by Family Ties‘ Meredith Baxter). The pair befriend Blaine and Kurt and give them some advice on love.

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‘Glee Project’ to consider renewal

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'American Idol' eliminated contestant: 'I'm trying to contact Ryan Murphy'

Does it hurt more when Randy Jackson tells you you’re not being saved? Or when Ryan Seacrest tells you it’s time to go home?

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Ryan Murphy sells sexy pilot to HBO

How many scripted series can one man shepherd at the same time? For Ryan Murphy, at least, the answer may soon be “four.” EW has confirmed that the mastermind behind Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal has sold yet another pilot: Open, a “modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships” co-written with Dexter co-executive producer Lauren Gussis. HBO has ordered the pilot; Deadline first reported the sale Wednesday night.

This marks the cable net’s second project with Murphy. His TV movie adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart will premiere in 2014, the same year that could also see the third installment of AHS (subtitled Coven), the fifth of Glee, and the second of The New Normal, assuming the latter two are picked up for additional seasons.

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'The New Normal': Justin Bartha talks tonight's episode on the Boy Scouts' gay ban

Timothy White/NBC

Timothy White/NBC

NBC’s The New Normal definitely does not shy away from tackling social issues and, in tonight’s episode, the Ryan Murphy-Ali Adler comedy takes on the Boy Scouts and their ban on gay members. It’s a timely topic — Madonna just criticized the organization’s policy a few weeks ago at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York (and even dressed up in a Scout uniform).

Normal approaches the controversy from the perspective of Justin Bartha’s David. “David is an Eagle Scout and you’re an Eagle Scout for life,” says Bartha. “Since they’re having a boy, he is very much interested in looking back at his time with the Boy Scouts and kind of getting back into it because he’s very proud of his membership and what he learned. Then, that current topic of sexuality within the Boy Scouts is raised. But it’s not dealt with in a preachy way. It’s brought up and it’s open for a conversation as hopefully the show will be.” EW talked to Bartha about the hot-button episode. READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Sue confronts Blaine about his Cheerios duties -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It looks like Sue has a pretty rigorous contract in place to keep her Cheerios in check.

In an exclusive clip from this week’s episode “Feud,” Sue reads Blaine the contract he allegedly “signed” that basically binds him to the Cheerios forever (and there’s something in there about performing at the RNC).

She also calls him a “young Burt Reynolds,” which, you know, seems pretty spot on.

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'American Horror Story': Jessica Lange confirmed to appear at PaleyFest panel -- EXCLUSIVE

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Byron Cohen/FX

Exciting news for American Horror Story fans: EW can exclusively reveal that Sister Jude herself, Jessica Lange, has now been confirmed for AHS: Asylum‘s PaleyFest panel on March 15. The closing night event, moderated by yours truly, now has an updated line-up:

  • Ryan Murphy, Co-Creator & Exec Producer
  • Brad Falchuk, Co-Creator & Exec Producer
  • Dante DiLoreto, Executive Producer
  • Tim Minear, Executive Producer
  • Jessica Lange, “Sister Jude Martin”
  • Frances Conroy, “Dark Angel”
  • Evan Peters, “Kit Walker”
  • Lily Rabe, “Sister Mary Eunice”
  • James Cromwell, “Dr. Arthur Arden”
  • Plus additional guests to be announced

Tickets are still available for the event and can be purchased here. If you’re unable to make it to L.A., the panel will also be live streamed that night at http://new.livestream.com/paleyfest. In addition. all the panels are available on Hulu and Hulu Plus the next day.

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‘American Horror Story’: Oscar-winner Kathy Bates joining season 3
‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy talks the season finale and an even ‘more ambitious’ season 3 — EXCLUSIVE
‘American Horror Story’: Taissa Farmiga in talks to return for season 3 — EXCLUSIVE

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Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch join Ryan Murphy's 'Normal Heart'

Ryan Murphy’s upcoming adaptation of the play The Normal Heart for HBO just got more star-studded.

The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and John Carter alum Taylor Kitsch have joined Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer in the television movie, EW has confirmed. Parsons will portray gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival; Kitsch will play Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist, according to Deadline, who originally reported the news.

The television movie, based on Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play that Kramer himself will adapt for the small screen, follows the onset of the AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Roberts will play “Dr. Emma Brookner, the doctor who treats several of the earliest victims, while Ruffalo will portray Ned Weeks, a man who witnesses first-hand the mysterious disease that claims the lives of many. Matt Bomer (White Collar) will play a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Oscar-winner Kathy Bates joining season 3

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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Season 3 of American Horror Story is shaping up to be a master class in acting: EW has confirmed that Oscar-winner Kathy Bates will be squaring off against Oscar-winner Jessica Lange in the third installment of FX’s horror anthology. This marks somewhat of a horror homecoming for Bates who won the Academy Award for her role as cray cray fan Annie in Misery.

EW previously announced that AHS season one alum Taissa Farmiga would be returning along with Lange, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Frances Conroy. Of season three, Murphy told EW, “What we’re doing is more ambitious than what we’ve ever done.” He added, “This one will be shot on location in three different cities in the country.”

The Bates casting was originally reported by TVLine.

Read more:
‘American Horror Story’: Taissa Farmiga in talks to return for season 3 — EXCLUSIVE
‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy talks the season finale and an even ‘more ambitious’ season 3 — EXCLUSIVE
‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson on the finale and why she signed up for season 3

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'The New Normal': See 9 year-old Shania dressed up as the Dowager Countess -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Bebe Wood, who plays Goldie’s precocious daughter Shania on NBC’s The New Normal, is building an impressive resume of impersonations thanks to her role on the sitcom. Shania has already channeled Little Edie from Grey Gardens, Cher, and even Honey Boo Boo. Now, in tonight’s brand new episode of Normal, she takes on one of TV’s most-discussed characters: Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey. EW has an exclusive first look at the young actress dressing up like the beloved character.

Turns out, Wood is a huge fan of the British hit. “It’s my favorite show ever,” exclaims the 11-year old, who tonight also does Smith’s Mother Superior (Sister Act) and Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter). “I was on the red carpet for the People’s Choice Awards and they said, ‘What’s your favorite TV show?’ and I said, ‘Downton Abbey!’ Then the writers wrote the script that night and sent it to me but they hadn’t even had seen the interview!” Wood used a dialect coach and repeat viewings of Abbey to nail the impersonation. Click below for the finished result. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' scoop: Frances Conroy to return for season 3

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FX

The American Horror Story alums continue to re-sign for the next season of FX’s hit. Today, series co-creator Ryan Murphy tweeted that Frances Conroy, who appeared this past season as the Angel of Death, will return for the third installment of American Horror Story. Conroy joins Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Lily Rabe for the third season.

Additionally, season one star Taissa Farmiga has now been confirmed to return after EW exclusively revealed that she was in negotiations for AHS 3.

Read more:
‘American Horror Story’: Taissa Farmiga in talks to return for season 3 — EXCLUSIVE
‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy talks the season finale and an even ‘more ambitious’ season 3 — EXCLUSIVE
‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson on the finale and why she signed up for season 3

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Lily Rabe will return for 'American Horror Story' season 3

Looks like Lily Rabe’s about to complete an American Horror Story hat trick. Series creator Ryan Murphy tweeted last night that the actress will return for his anthology’s upcoming third season: “So thrilled to announce Lily Rabe is onboard for American Horror Story Season Three!” he wrote. “So talented, love her!”

Previously, Rabe played suicidal socialite Nora Montgomery on American Horror Story: Murder House and possessed nun Sister Mary Eunice McKee on American Horror Story: Asylum. She’s joining a third season cast that already includes returning repertory players Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, and Evan Peters. Murder House star Taissa Farmiga is in talks to headline the series’s next installment as well.

Read more:
‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson on the finale and why she signed up for season 3
‘American Horror Story’: Ryan Murphy talks the season finale and an even ‘more ambitious’ season 3 — EXCLUSIVE
‘American Horror Story’ season finale recap: Legacy

'American Horror Story': Sarah Paulson on the finale and why she signed up for season 3

Byron Cohen/FX

Byron Cohen/FX

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE FINALE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM]

Last night’s finale of American Horror Story: Asylum was great for many reasons, most notably the award-worthy performance of Sarah Paulson as Lana Winters. Paulson’s Lana was the only character to survive the season and finally ended her own nightmarish journey by killing her serial killer son, played by Dylan McDermott. EW talked to Paulson about the role of her career and why she signed on for another round of American Horror Story.

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