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What to binge-watch this week: 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Doctor Who,' 'The X-Files'

Last week, we pretty much realized that we had an illegally elected, alcoholic figurehead for a president on Scandal. This week, we march forward on our 30 Days of Binge calendar to season 3 of Scandal, and all that wine Pope drinks will sure come in handy as we see the fallout from Olivia Pope being uncovered as the president’s mistress to the media.

We also became acquainted with Michael Emerson’s excellence in creepiness as “Henry Gale” on season 2 of Lost, and watched as the islanders continue on pressing that damned button in the hatch. This week, we see what happens when the button isn’t pushed, which somehow leads to Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick) getting his clothes blown off. We guess this is where ABC had to pump up that 18-49 ratings demographic. Stock up on the tissues though: things get real sad, real fast by the end of this week’s Lost binge.

Midweek is the time to start Sleepy Hollow, which stars an unusually fine Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), considering he was just risen from the dead and all. Continuing on the science fiction theme, find out how the Daleks got their start in classic Doctor Who, watch William Shatner as a young lad in the original Star Trek series from the ’60s, and see the original stuck-on-an-island television drama, The Prisoner. Also, catch up on the 1985 anime Robotech, a space opera about an alien spaceship crashing to Earth that spans across three series.

Another animated series to hit up: Batman: The Animated Series. The animated series from the ’90s was a highlight in the midst of the notoriously kitschy and nippled Batman adaptions at the time. Continue on the ’90s bandwagon and watch the awesomeness of Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess, and then catch up with our favorite monotone FBI agents Scully and Mulder in choice episodes of The X-Files, one of which was written by a fresh-faced writer by the name of Vince Gilligan.

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Scandal,' 'Hawaii Five-0' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

Will Peralta and Santiago get together on Brooklyn Nine-Nine? — Constance
It won’t be long before Jake returns to the 9-9, but he’ll be a little busy taking down mobsters to focus on his love life. Of course, the big elephant in the room is addressed, but you’ll be surprised by what route Paralta takes once he’s back on the squad. However, the real shocker is how Gina handles what happened with Boyle in the finale.

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'Scandal' recasts the First Daughter with 'Body of Proof' alum

There’s a new First Daughter in town. Scandal has tapped Body of Proof’s Mary Mouser to play Karen Grant, who was previously portrayed by Madeline Carroll, EW has learned exclusively.

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What to binge-watch this week: 'Daria,' 'NYPD Blue,' 'Lost' season 2

If you’re one of those people who nods politely during a heated debate about Lost without knowing what the heck a smoke monster is and how Jack is the worst sometimes, then the 30 Days of Binge is for you. EW has compiled a month-long itinerary of shows that you should watch—nay, binge—before fall TV commences.

This past week, the calendar compelled viewers to begin with Lost (the pilot did cost $13 million to produce), watch Olivia Pope get it on with the President in the most inappropriate places on Scandal, and hit up classic cop shows like Dragnet, Columbo, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, and Miami Vice.

Next week, we finally delve into the hatch in season two of Lost, meet the other half of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, and realize why Lost fans treat Michelle Rodriguez with scorn. On Scandal, we see more lip quivers and an election scandal that breaks about a million laws. We also recommend a pair of long-running cop shows, NYPD Blue, whose central character Detective Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) is totally underrated in the pantheon of classic antiheroes, and perennial favorite Law & Order. Later in the week, we move onto classic cartoon favorites like The Flintstones, Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends, Dexter’s Laboratory, and a show about a beloved late-90s teenager—Daria.

'Mistresses' star Matthew Del Negro heads to 'Scandal'

Mistresses hunk Matthew Del Negro has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of Scandal, EW has learned exclusively.

Del Negro, whose credits also include NCIS: LA and Criminal Minds, will join the cast in a secret, yet juicy role. The actor is the latest new addition for season 4, which also includes guests Sonya Walger, Portia de Rossi, Mary McCormack, and Josh Randall.

Scandal returns Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

See how ABC is promoting Shonda Rhimes' Thursday takeover

As if the one-two punch of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal on one night wasn’t enough, this fall Shondaland will air three shows on Thursdays—otherwise known as “TGIT.”

In a new promo for the all-Shonda Rhimes night of television, ABC uses the casts of Grey’s, Scandal, and new drama How to Get Away with Murder to tout the block’s new slogan: Thank God It’s Thursday. It’s a nice nod to the network’s old Friday night TGIF block and even NBC’s former Thursday night domination with Must-See TV.

Are you ready for three hours of Shondaland? Watch the promo below:
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'Scandal' adds 'Lost' star Sonya Walger in season 4

If only Stephen Finch was still at OPA…

Lost alum Sonya Walger has landed a potentially recurring role on Scandal, EW has confirmed.

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Meredith can't move to Washington, D.C. on 'Grey's Anatomy' because...

Now that most of the Fab Five have left Grey Sloan Memorial, it seems the time could be ripe for Meredith to finally move on from the hospital she’s called home for the last 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy—despite telling Derek she didn’t want to move to Washington, D.C. in the season finale. However, Ellen Pompeo thinks there’s a very plausible reason why Meredith cannot follow her husband to Capitol Hill.

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Mary McCormack, Josh Randall to guest-star on 'Scandal'

Mary McCormack and Josh Randall have landed guest-starring roles on Scandal, EW has learned.

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The leading ladies of ShondaLand preview your Thursday night

Starting September 25, Shonda Rhimes fans are going to get three straight hours of OMG moments… every week. On the ABC line-up, Thursdays this fall will consist of Grey’s Anatomy at 8 p.m., Scandal at 9 p.m., and How to Get Away With Murder at 10 p.m. And to preview the big night, the women of ShondaLand created a promo to tease their upcoming seasons.

In the video, Rhimes is joined by stars Ellen Pompeo, Kerry Washington, and Viola Davis, who divulge a total of zero spoilers while talking about their strong female characters—though they do give Davis, their newest addition, a bit of advice: “Buckle up!”

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Portia de Rossi joins season 4 of 'Scandal'

When last we saw Olivia Pope, she was flying off into the sunset (or maybe just flying off) with Jake by her side—leaving behind a broken Fitz, who’d just lost his son and realized some horrible things about his father. D.C. now rests in the hands of Olivia’s own father, who once again took over B-613. So what awaits the team when season four starts up? How about a new face?

EW has confirmed that Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi will join Scandal‘s fourth season for a multiple-episode arc. Ellen DeGeneres first announced the news on Twitter, bragging about her wife’s “top secret” storyline:

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'Scandal' star Joe Morton reacts to Emmy nom, reveals the secret to evil Papa Pope

Joe Morton entered the Scandal world in season two, but it wasn’t until Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope identified him as her “Dad” in the finale that Papa Pope really came to life. In season three, Morton perfected the art of powerful monologues as Papa Pope, delivering mesmerizing speech after mesmerizing speech all while slowly taking over Olivia’s entire world (and that of B-613). But after this morning’s news—that Morton has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama—the actor could be delivering a new type of speech come August 25.

EW spoke with Morton soon after his nomination to get his reaction—and find out how he’s so good at being so evil.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where were you when you found out this morning?
JOE MORTON:
I was down in the basement working out, watching CNN on the television and going through the morning news trying not to think about what might or might not happen today. Of course, they moved into their Emmy segment and the first thing they was, “Well, the Emmy announcements have been made. The announcements are over.” And I thought, “Oh, well…” And then they talked about who was going to be best actor nominations, best actress nominations, best show so on and so forth, and I thought, “Well, the phone hasn’t rung; I must assume that I didn’t get a nomination.” No sooner than I think that and it was Lauren, my publicist on the phone, with the good news. READ FULL STORY

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