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'Looking': Creator Michael Lannan on the finale and plans for season two

HBO’s freshman dramedy Looking, about three gay best friends in San Francisco, wrapped up its first season tonight with some break-ups and hook ups. EW talked to the series creator Michael Lannan about all the drama as well as plans for the recently announced season two.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The big twist was that Kevin and Patrick hooked up. Did you always plan for that to happen?
MICHAEL LANNAN: I don’t think it was too pre-meditated. It was just something that came about as we were working through the room and just got through more episodes. I think Richie and Kevin both offer Patrick such different things and I think we always thought Patrick would be in this place where he’s so connected to Richie in this one way and so connected to Kevin in another and this was going to create big problems for him. So I think we were just excited to see how it would play out as we wrote it. Richie and Kevin just access Patrick in different ways and offer him different thigns and I think that’s really exciting for Patrick and also very problematic.

I was surprised they didn’t use one of those swinging chairs in the office for that scene.
That was a brilliant idea of our production designer Todd Fjelsted. That subconscious suggestion isn’t just in your head.

Good. I’m glad I’m not the only one.
Hardly.

One of the things that’s so different about Looking is that the sex on the show is very realistic.
That was always the goal. We made a decision early on that we wanted the show to be very frank and show sex as something really exciting and awesome and also sometimes awkward and much trickier than it can sometimes be on TV. So we just wanted to show all those sides of it and not just have it be punishing or humiliating or not just have it be amazing and super sweaty and hot. You can learn so much about a character by how they approach sex and how they do it and what they do afterwards. Along with that, we just decided we’d show sex for storytelling purposes. Really, half an hour is so short you don’t have much time so we just wanted it all to be very integrated into the story and always say something about the characters and the situation.

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'Once Upon a Time': Lana Parrilla previews 'a very different' Regina

Neverland is ancient history for the gang on Once Upon a Time, which returns tonight after a three-month hiatus. Lana Parrilla, for one, is happy to have the island behind her. “It was getting quite dirty for everyone,” jokes the actress who plays The Evil Queen/Regina.

Emotionally, though, things remain as messy as ever for these characters. In this second half of the third season, they will find themselves contending with Zelena, the Wicked Witch (Rebecca Mader), a villain the likes of which has never been seen on the show, according to Parrilla. “She’s fighting for different reasons,” she says. “The Evil Queen wanted revenge — something happened to her and and she wanted to hurt [someone] because of it. This is a different situation because Zelena wants what other people had that she didn’t have….She has a connection to a character on the show, and that’s why she’s arrived. She’s out to hurt someone.” READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural' spinoff changes title: Which do you like best?

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Supernatural spinoff double scoop! You know how The CW’s new Supernatural series is called Tribes? Forget about that. The official title is now Supernatural: Bloodlines. Also, the show has cast actress Melissa Roxburgh in a series regular role to play Violet, a member of the werewolf pack. We’re told “Violet hides her true nature because of her forbidden love for family rival David (Nathaniel Bozulic), but when cornered, her inner wolf breaks free.”

Roxburgh was previously seen playing Blake in a couple episodes on The CW’s Arrow, and was even once in a Supernatural episode in 2012 as Lila Taylor, a love interest for Chronos. The Supernatural spinoff pilot will air as part of the regular CW series later this season. It’s described as a “sweeping drama about the various mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, run the underbelly of Chicago and who are being tracked by a newly minted Hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural.”

But the Supernatural name change does lend itself to a question: Which title do you like better? Take our poll: READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Frenemies Rachel and Santana battle on 'Flashdance' number -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last week, Glee‘s Rachel (Lea Michele) and Santana (Naya Rivera) basically ended their relationship as friends. Based on this exclusive clip from tonight’s episode, airing at 8 p.m. ET on Fox, things have not cooled down. The pair duet on Laura Branigan’s “Gloria,” which you may remember from Flashdance, along with Elliot (guest star Adam Lambert). READ FULL STORY

CW's 'Labyrinth' miniseries gets a premiere date; season finales for 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural' also set

The CW’s summer season will kick off with the premiere of the network’s four-hour miniseries Labyrinth. The miniseries, which stars John Hurt and Jessica Brown-Findlay, will air over two nights: May 22 and 23 (8-10 p.m. ET).

Announced back in January, the miniseries — an adaption of the Kate Mosse best-seller — will jump back and forth between modern and medieval France to show the lives of two women who, despite being separated by centuries, are united in their search for the Holy Grail. Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, and Vanessa Kirby also star.

CW also announced the season-finale dates for its existing series Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and The Originals, all of which recently scored early renewals. Those dates are listed below: READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Watch Santana do an epic 'Don't Rain on My Parade' -- VIDEO

Tuesday marks the return of Glee after their winter hiatus and a new night (Tuesday) and time (8 p.m. ET) for the Fox musical hit. The new episode, fittingly titled “Frenemies,” finds Santana (Naya Rivera) playing understudy to Rachel (Lea Michele) in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl. Naturally, this does not bring them closer. Watch Santana nail “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (which Rachel previously performed at Sectionals in season 1) in the clip below! READ FULL STORY

Bonnie Bedelia talks 'Parenthood,' why she won't do 'Die Hard'

Bonnie Bedelia has a message for those Die Hard producers: Dudes, youz ageist!

On tonight’s edition of Inside TV on EW Radio, the Parenthood star who plays matriarch Camille Braverman talks about why we’ll probably never see her reprise her iconic role as Holly McClane in the Die Hard series. She also talks about Camille’s meaty story arc this season — her best one yet.

Also on tonight’s show: Mark Green promotes his latest talk show that airs on Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, and Jeff “Doc” Jensen shares his feelings about NBC’s decision to bring back Heroes. (Hint: he’s kinda sorta optimistic).

Here’s a bit from my talk with Bonnie:

Inside TV airs at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on EW Radio, Sirius XM 105.

'Glee' returns! New scoop from the cast about NYC move, 100th episode

The wait for Glee fans is finally over!

The Fox musical comedy returns Tuesday night with a brand-new episode titled Frenemies, where Santana auditions and snags the role of Rachel’s understudy in Funny Girl, causing a feud resulting in Rachel moving out. Back in Lima, Tina and Artie battle to be the class valedictorian. Last month, Fox confirmed the show would be moving permanently to New York City for the remainder of the current season and for season 6, which will be the series’ last. EW talked to the cast on the Glee set while celebrating their special two-part 100th episode airing March 18 and March 25, when several past members of the New Directions come back to McKinley for a week to celebrate what the now-disbanded (!) glee club did for them. Read on to find out exactly when we will be saying goodbye to Lima, plus some teases about upcoming performances. Can you say foam party? READ FULL STORY

'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

Lifetime orders dystopian thriller from 'Children of Men' author

Lifetime is getting into the thriller genre, picking up 10 episodes of conspiracy drama The Lottery.

Written by Children of Men author Timothy J. Sexton, The Lottery is set in a dystopian future when women have stopped having children and the human race is on the verge of extinction. But when a fertility specialist (Marley Shelton) successfully fertilizes 100 embryos, the government sponsors a lottery to find suitable surrogates.

The Lottery is one of the most provocative and original concepts we’ve ever seen,” the network’s executive vice president Rob Sharenow said. “Tim Sexton’s unique dystopian thriller represents an exciting new direction for Lifetime and continues cable’s position on the leading edge of bold, high-quality scripted drama.”

The series also stars Michael Graziadei (American Horror Story), David Alpay (The Vampire Diaries), and Martin Donovan (Homeland). Sexton is set to executive produce along with former Prison Break EP Dawn Olmstead.

Not even the Mother on 'How I Met Your Mother' knows her name yet

Though it has remained an abstraction for most of this TV season, the final episode of How I Met Your Mother is slowly coming into focus. This week, co-creator Craig Thomas tweeted a photo of the cover of the 95-page HIMYM finale, which is titled “Last Forever,” and production is already underway on the show’s final batch of episodes.

But don’t expect very many spoilers or leaks to surface just because the script is now in circulation. “It exists, but I have not glimpsed it,” admits actress Cristin Milioti, who joined the cast this season as the titular Mother. “There’s been discussion. It’s CIA-level lockdown. Our scripts are watermarked, and it feels really cool.” READ FULL STORY

'Full House' stars Candace Cameron and Scott Weinger to reunite on 'The Neighbors'

The Neighbors is staging a Full House reunion!

EW has confirmed that Candace Cameron Bure and Scott Weinger — who played teenage lovebirds DJ and Steve, respectively, on the ’90s ABC sitcom — are set to reunite on The Neighbors, playing new visitors to the alien neighborhood. The episode in which they appear is set to air as the season finale.

Weinger is a writer on The Neighbors and Cameron Bure, who in recent years has appeared in a number of TV movies, just published her second book.

The Neighbors is currently in its second season, airing Fridays on ABC. The next new episode airs Feb. 28.

This news comes only a few weeks after Full House‘s John Stamos, Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier reunited in an Oikos Super Bowl commercial.

'Reign': Caitlin Stasey talks Clarissa's 'startling' backstory, Mary's 'misleading' mother, and Kenna's future

So far, Reign has taught us all about the lives of royals (and, of course, the Queen’s ladies). Inside the castle walls, things are complicated, sexy, dangerous, elaborate, creepy, beautiful, suspicious, poisonous, and, of course, well dressed. However, with Bash and Mary’s potential marriage threatening Catherine’s family, things only promise to get more dramatic in the future. In the remaining episodes, fans can expect new faces, new backstories, and an uncertain future for Kenna.
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