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First look: Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime's biopic

Lifetime’s early-2015 biopic Whitney Houston (working title)—directed by the singer’s Waiting to Exhale costar Angela Bassett and starring ­former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta—just began shooting. But DaCosta has already re-created the iconic cover of the pop diva’s 1987 Whitney album. And her ­modeling background came in handy for the quick shoot. Laughs the star, “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” Somewhere Tyra is smizing proudly.

First look: Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman in 'Doctor Who'

Brace yourselves, Whovians: Long-running cult obsession Doctor Who returns to BBC America on Aug. 23 with a new star, Peter Capaldi, and a new attitude. Compared with Matt Smith’s previous Doctor, Capaldi’s lead character is “a lot fiercer,” says Jenna Coleman, who plays his traveling companion, Clara Oswald. “This man is a total adrenaline junkie.”

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'True Blood' EP Brian Buckner talks final season: 'Heads are gonna roll'

True Blood‘s final season begins this Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, and a warning to viewers: Prepare for major Blood-shed. “It’s the final season of True Blood, so gone are the days where we pull our punches,” teases showrunner Brian Buckner. “Heads are gonna roll.”

The premiere picks up immediately after the events of the season 6 finale, which found Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill under siege by a group of Hep-V-infected vamps. “Mayor Merlotte, Sheriff Bellefleur, and Jason Stackhouse are going to have their hands full, because not only do they have to fend off these H-vamps, but also they have to fend off this [Bon Temps] vigilante group,” he explains. In a deliberate nod to Hurricane Katrina, adds Buckner, Blood‘s tiny Louisiana town will be left on its own in the wake of the Hep-V outbreak, getting no support or protection from the government. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Watch Sookie and Bill make a dramatic decision about their relationship -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Anna Paquin’s Sookie and Stephen Moyer’s Bill were not together at the end of True Blood‘s sixth season; the faerie waitress was dating Alcide (Joe Manganiello). Sookie wouldn’t even enter into a vampire/human protection agreement with Bill. But based on this exclusive clip from episode 3 of the final season of Blood, little miss Stackhouse appears to have changed her mind. What does this mean for the future of Sookie and Bill’s relationship? Truebies will have to wait and see. Watch the tease below… READ FULL STORY

'The Strain': Guillermo del Toro on the creation of his FX series' big bad vampire -- EXCLUSIVE

Getting the flu is a major bummer. But it’s waaay preferable to a contagious virus that turns you into a vampire, the all-too-creepy premise behind FX’s July horror epic The Strain. Based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and author Chuck Hogan, and executive-produced by Lost’s ­Carlton Cuse, the 13-episode series focuses on an epidemiologist (House of Cards’ Corey Stoll) who must battle a parasitic sickness threatening to transform New Yorkers into plasma-loving monsters.

The main carrier of the ­disease? The Master, one of the oldest vampires in existence. The Strain’s brutal behemoth is so complicated to operate that it takes two men (actor Robert Maillet and dancer Roberto Campanella) plus several visual-effects artists to bring him to life on screen. Del Toro shares this exclusive early sketch of the villain and talks about creating the ultimate bloodsucker. READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Are Lea Michele and Ryan Murphy teaming for a real 'Funny Girl' Broadway revival? -- EXCLUSIVE

This season of Glee has seen Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) win her dream role as Fanny Brice in a Broadway revival of Funny Girl. But are Michele and series co-creator Ryan Murphy, who owns the rights to the show, planning their own real-life revival of the iconic musical? Earlier this year, Michele gave interviews saying that the pair were indeed interested in bringing Girl to the stage.

Now, Murphy is confirming those discussions. While sitting down with EW for this week’s cover on his adaptation of HBO’s The Normal Heart, Murphy revealed, “I have the rights to it. It’s something that we’re talking about. I’ve never done Broadway. I’ve always wanted to. Right now, we’re just sort of testing the waters with different people.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Freak Show': A bearded lady? A scary clown? Details on the new season -- EXCLUSIVE

FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, about a 1950s Florida freak show run by a German (Jessica Lange, naturally), won’t premiere until later this year — but co-creator Ryan Murphy is revealing some more details on what he and the writers have in store for the series’ fourth iteration.

“It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on,” says Murphy of Freak Show. “It was always her favorite one, which I thought was funny. I’ve had many different versions that I’ve run by her. I just love it. It feels really right. I thought it was going to be light but it’s turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it’s going to be dark.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee' season finale: Watch Mercedes & Brittany perform an original song -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Glee wraps up its fifth season next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. In the episode, called “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project,” Mercedes (Amber Riley) begins a mall tour and gets a little backup-dancer help from her pal Brittany (Heather Morris). Watch the exclusive clip from the upcoming season finale as the two perform the original song “Shakin’ My Head” below! READ FULL STORY

Four 'Grey's Anatomy' actors score new, two-year deals

Four Grey’s Anatomy faves have inked new contracts that would ensure their return to the series through season 12, EW confirms.

Sara Ramirez, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, and James Pickens Jr.’s new two-year deals come as series regular Sandra Oh prepares to exit the medical drama at the end of the current season. Official word of the show’s 11th season renewal is expected in the coming weeks. READ FULL STORY

'The Following' post-mortem: EP on who's REALLY dead, that cliffhanger, and what you WON'T see in season 3

The Following closed out its second season Monday night with a finale that closed some chapters, left several people dead, and had an ending that, executive producer Marcos Siega says, was always meant to be a taste of something different.

In the conversation below, Siega opens up about said finale, telling us who’s really dead, what we’ll see more of next season, why they filmed two endings, and why fans’ reaction to the ending surprised him and creator Kevin Williamson. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow': What you didn't know about [spoiler]'s death

Even after the Arrow writers made the tough choice to [Spoiler Alert times a billion] kill off Queen family matriarch Moira Queen (Susanna Thompson) in the episode that aired Wednesday night, there was still one more detail to hash out: How would Slade Wilson end Mama Queen’s life?

They knew the scenario — Slade (Manu Bennett) was going to eerily re-stage the tragic death of his beloved Shadow and, in a full circle moment, force Oliver (Stephen Amell) to pick his mother or his sister. (Ultimately, Moira would take that decision out of her son’s hands.) But the actual act of killing came down to one question: sword or a gun? And that decision came with more discussion than you might imagine. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' post mortem: Boss opens up about the shocking [spoiler]!

WARNING: This post contains major Arrow spoilers.

Shocked? Stunned? Heartbroken? Join the club.

The 20th episode of Arrow‘s second season dealt a huge personal blow to the hooded hero — one that’s going to affect him and those around him forever. I guess what we’re saying is… READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Is Sue moving in with Kurt and Rachel? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tonight’s Glee is a major one for Lea Michele’s Rachel — it’s her opening night on Broadway in Funny Girl. But a visiting Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) may ruin it all when she arrives in NYC and refuses to share a bed with Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) in their hotel. Could Sue be Rachel and Kurt’s new roommate in the loft? Watch below. READ FULL STORY

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