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'Orphan Black' season 2: Star teases brewing 'war'; plus, five more scoops

BBC America’s breakout hit Orphan Black may not return until April 19, but the anticipation is already building for its second season.

During the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, co-creator Graeme Manson and stars Tatiana Maslany and Jordan Gavaris fielded a bevy of questions from eager critics about the new season, and thankfully, they were more than willing to delve out the scoop.

Highlights below:

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'Doctor Who' alum cast as lead in BBC America's 'Intruders'

BBC America has found its lead for the upcoming paranormal drama The Intruders.

John Simm, best known for playing the latest incarnation of the iconic Master on Doctor Who and his starring role on BBC’s Life on Mars, will play Jack Whelan, a Los Angeles cop turned writer who is plunged back into a life he thought he left behind after his wife goes missing. The character is based on the one seen in Michael Marshall Smith’s novel of the same name.

“After reading Glen Morgan’s brilliant script, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to play this complex character,” Simms said in a statement. “It is also a great opportunity to reunite with [executive producers] Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, and with BBC America.”

During a Television Critics Association panel, BBC also announced a six-part Cold War spy thriller from Being Human creator Toby Whithouse called The Game, set in the world of 1970s espionage. The Game tells the story of the invisible war fought by MI5 as it battles to protect the nation from the threats of the Cold War. It is set to premiere fall 2014.

'The Carrie Diaries' EP Amy B. Harris previews tonight's episode, surprising new friendships

Remember when Carrie Bradshaw’s biggest problem was being banned from New York City because of her secret adventures? That’s small potatoes compared to what Carrie and her friends have endured during the second season of The CW’s The Carrie Diaries, which has dealt with everything from homosexuality to virginity loss to teenage pregnancy. In advance of tonight’s episode, EW talked with executive producer Amy B. Harris about some surprising new friendships, where the rest of the season is headed, and those fun Sex and the City homages.
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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy talks Stevie Nicks' debut on 'Coven' and which witches are actually dead -- EXCLUSIVE

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LATEST AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!!!!!]

The “White Witch” finally made her much-anticipated debut last night on American Horror Story: Coven. Yes, the one and only Stevie Nicks popped up as a pal of Fiona’s and gave the Miss Robichaux ladies a little private concert. Elsewhere, Nan, Joan and (maybe?) Misty perished. Plus, Marie did an awesome thing her tongue. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about all this and more, like which witches are gone for good.
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'Being Mary Jane': Gabrielle Union on her racy new BET series and auditioning for 'Scandal'

Four million viewers got a taste of BET’s first hour-long drama series Being Mary Jane, from Girlfriends creators Salim and Mara Brock Akil, last summer with a TV movie. Now Gabrielle Union returns on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. for Jane‘s first full season as the titular Atlanta news anchor who struggles with her loved ones (including a friend who tries to kill herself), romance (she’s torn between a married suitor and a playboy), and career (contending with journalistic ethics in the face of a Katrina-like disaster). Not exactly lightweight fare.

“I’ve shot a lot of stinkers, and you’re just like, ‘Eh,'” admits the star. “But this one, every day I was like, ‘This is so good.'” She adds, “It’s authentic and it’s brutally honest. You’ll see characters that within an episode you may love, you may hate, you may cry with.”

EW talked to Union, who just got engaged to NBA star Dwayne Wade, about playing such a complicated woman and Jane’s many sex scenes.
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'Downton Abbey' preview: What to expect for each character in season 4

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Six months have passed since Matthew’s death when Downton Abbey returns tonight for a new season, and while Lady Mary — and much of the house — are still mourning the loss, life must also go on. And for some characters, 1922 and beyond will prove to be tough.

For details, click through our handy guide below where we tease the action you’ll see in season 4.

UPSTAIRS
Mary
Robert and Cora
Edith
Cousin Rose
Tom Branson

DOWNSTAIRS
Bates and Anna
Daisy
Alfred
Carson
Thomas

'Revenge': A sneak peek of the show's January return -- VIDEO

After being shot twice in the stomach by [spoiler alert] her new husband, Daniel, Emily Thorne is in rough condition when Revenge returns Jan. 5 for a new batch of episodes. The most pressing issue? She doesn’t remember a thing!

This development, which you can see below in a brand new clip from the show’s Jan. 5 episode, was teased by star Emily VanCamp when she spoke exclusively to EW about the big shooter reveal. “She’s so lost, she’s so confused, she’s so vulnerable,” VanCamp said of her amnesia-stricken character. “It’s a whole different side we’ve never seen.”

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'Supernatural' boss on mid-season shocker, what comes next

The end of the first half of Supernatural’s impressive ninth season ended with a shocker that sent fans of the series into a state of shock — the death of beloved nerdy prophet Kevin Tran (Osric Chau).

With the mid-season break now in full swing (the show returns Jan. 14), we spoke with executive producer Jeremy Carver about Tran’s sad departure and his plans for the second half of the season for a recent edition of Spoiler Room in Entertainment Weekly. Below is our full chat, presented as a special edition of the online column: READ FULL STORY

'The Normal Heart': Inside Ryan Murphy's HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play -- EXCLUSIVE

Larry Kramer’s Tony award-winning 1985 play The Normal Heart—which details the ominous spread of HIV/AIDS among a group of gay men in 1980s New York City—is finally getting a movie adaptation on the small screen. Directed by American Horror Story and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, Heart will premiere this spring on HBO and features a star-studded cast including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, and Taylor Kitsch (below, in a photo Ruffalo tweeted out this summer). “It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Gabourey Sidibe talks Queenie's future on 'Coven' and doing a sitcom with Kathy Bates

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED THE LATEST AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!!!!]

Last night’s American Horror Story: Coven was a pivotal episode for Gabourey Sidibe’s Queenie. Not only did she get to school Madame LaLaurie’s decapitated head in black  history via a screening of Roots (and Halle Berry’s B*A*P*S) but she also (seemingly) killed herself in order to protect Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) from witch hunter Hank (Josh Hamilton). EW talked to Sidibe about whether or not Queenie is really dead and her dream sitcom with co-star Kathy Bates (they even have a theme song). READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the latest 'Coven' and whether [SPOILER] is dead -- EXCLUSIVE

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE LATEST AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!!!!!!]

The dead bodies are starting to pile up on American Horror Story: Coven. As is typical for this franchise, characters begin to get the ax as the season winds down and last night was no exception.
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'Arrow' mid-season finale post-mortem: Scoop on all those surprises!

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Wednesday’s midseason finale of Arrow, do not read on!

Barry Allen is on the welcome mat of his Flash destiny as of the end of tonight’s mid-season finale of CW’s Arrow. But the moment — where Allen was embraced by a jolt of electricity — was far from the only big development in the hour.

Below, executive producers Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, and Colton Haynes break down all of the episode’s biggest twists.

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'Grimm': Alexis Denisof teases 'charismatic' new villain -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Alexis Denisof is trying to rule the world. But as his character will learn quickly after making his debut on NBC’s Grimm on Friday, it’s much easier said than done.

“His goal is the be the center and ruler of the entire universe and so he’s eliminating all obstacles,” Denisof says of his character, Viktor, cousin of Sean Renard and the late Eric. “It’s not easy to rule the world and there are quote a few steps along the way….He’s stepping into a very complicated situation.”

For one, he’s out for revenge for the death of Eric, who was killed earlier this season. “He has his suspicions of the who, what, when, and where of the murder, and he brings Adalind into his alliance to figure out the details of that.”

In all, taking on the role of Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendor (say that three times…) has been a joy thus far, says Denisof, who reunited with “old pal” Angel executive producer David Greenwalt in taking on the role. “He’s sort of a charismatic megalomaniac,” he says. “I like the character because he’s doing everything with confidence and panache. He’s the poshest character I’ve ever attempted.”

Denisof will first appear on Friday but has shot four episodes so far, with more in the works. “I hope he’ll be the villain you love to watch,” he says. “There are villains who are just creepy, they do the job of scaring you and they leave. But in this case, I think there’s much more to relish.”

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