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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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'New Year's Rockin' Eve': Ariana Grande, The Fray, Capital Cities, and Daughtry set to perform -- EXCLUSIVE

Your last few hours of 2013 just got a lot more musical.

EW has learned exclusively that ABC has added four performers to the roster for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014. Capital Cities, Daughtry, Ariana Grande, and The Fray are all hitting the stage at the West Coast party, which will be hosted by Fergie. They join previously scheduled performers Jason Derülo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Enrique Iglesias, and Robin Thicke.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 will air on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

'The Mentalist': Lisbon's getting a [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

If you thought The Mentalist 2.0 was done with the introductions, think again. EW has learned that the second half of the season, which kicks off Jan. 5, will see the introduction of a new boyfriend for Lisbon (Robin Tunney)!

“In order for her to fulfill herself — even if she eventually fulfills herself with Jane, which she may or may not do — she has to find other relationships, other perspectives, other people who love her, just to feel fully who she is,” executive producer Bruno Heller says. “It’s very important for her to be able to step away from Jane and see herself for herself.”

Lisbon’s new beau, who is not currently cast, is set to appear in episode 15 or 16.

The news surely comes to the sadness of some fans who are eager to see Lisbon and Jane (Simon Baker) take their friendship to more, um, official levels. But Heller says they’re far from done exploring those two characters as a pair. In fact, the episode “Golden Hammer,” tentatively set to air Jan. 12, will show “a new side of the relationship between Jane and Lisbon.”
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'The Sound of Music': Stephen Moyer talks playing Capt. Von Trapp and tonight's live premiere

We’re only hours away from the highly anticipated premiere of NBC’s live adaptation of The Sound of Music. EW was on set for rehearsals a few weeks ago and got a chance to chat with True Blood star Stephen Moyer, who is playing the stern Captain Von Trapp. Moyer talked about working with Carrie Underwood and the perils of doing live television.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this come to you?
STEPHEN MOYER: Interestingly, I got the offer before. It came through at the end of the first week of rehearsals, so weird. I had just finished True Blood literally the week before. I was waiting on quite an interesting gig, and my agent rang me up and he said, “Hey, are you available for a minute for a chat?” I thought it was going to be something else completely and it was The Sound of Music Live! Not quite what I was expecting.
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'The Sound of Music': Carrie Underwood on tonight's live show and hate tweets from Julie Andrews fans

The hills are finally alive tonight with the premiere of NBC’s much-anticipated adaptation of The Sound of Music Live! EW was on set a few weeks ago to watch rehearsals for this live version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959 Broadway musical, which stars Carrie Underwood as Maria and Stephen Moyer as Capt. Von Trapp. The production will be broadcast live from a warehouse in Long Island that houses Music‘s seven working sets, including the Von Trapp house and the abbey. There will be no second takes, no audience except for the ones watching at home. In between scenes, leading lady Underwood talked to us about tackling such an iconic character and the challenges of her biggest acting role to date.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was it like getting the call for this? Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tell me you were their first choice.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Well, I mean, first I remembered hearing [about it], ’cause they announced they were going to do this before they had any idea where or how or who. I remember reading that press release and thinking, “Wow, like that’s ambitious like wow, how?” I had questions even before I knew they were interested in me. And then we got a phone call so I sat down with Neil and Craig and it all started coming together.
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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on chopping off [SPOILER]'s head and even more Stevie Nicks -- EXCLUSIVE

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

It was teased on EW’s recent American Horror Story: Coven cover but last night we saw Madame LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) literally lose her head. Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) lopped off her archenemy’s noggin and sent it in a box to Fiona (Jessica Lange), payback for the death of her minotaur boyfriend. But that was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of dramatic events. Joan (Patti LuPone) gave her son a toxic enema. Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) cut out the heart of a homeless man. And Fiona wore some really fabulous turbans. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about the latest AHS: Coven developments, including more Stevie Nicks!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you decide to chop off LaLaurie’s head? Was that decided from the beginning?
RYAN MURPHY: Well the interesting thing about that story was basically we’ve established that LaLaurie’s punishment is that she can live forever so she’s a character who can’t be killed. So at a certain point, as she even says in the episode, she learned like, “F*** you. You can do whatever you want.” So you’re like What could Marie do to her that would be heinous? And then what could we follow with that to make it even more heinous? So when we came up with the idea that she would definitely cut off her head, we decided that wasn’t enough and that Gabourey Sidibe had to do something that would make it even worse. Then we came up with that which is one of my favorite things we’ve ever done. Then we came up with a whole episode which is the winter cliffhanger called “Head” where we follow the travails of Kathy Bates’ head and things happen to other characters’ literal heads or intellects or brain power. She’s such a villain yet Kathy’s so empathetic so it’s become this weird thing where I’m shocked that people are rooting for Madame LaLaurie. I think what happens in the winter cliffhanger “Head” is beyond hilarious. READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story': 'Fringe' star Lance Reddick joining 'Coven' -- EXCLUSIVE

The supernatural world of American Horror Story: Coven just got a little more crowded: EW has learned that Fringe‘s Lance Reddick will be joining the FX show as Papa Legba when the horror anthology returns in January. The character, described as Coven‘s version of “voodoo Satan,” plays a pivotal role in the life of Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett) and will be an important figure in the series’ remaining four episodes. Show co-creator Ryan Murphy teased Legba’s involvement in our recent EW AHS: Coven cover story: “You find out that’s how come Marie Laveau looks so good — because she sold her soul!”

'American Horror Story': Watch Cordelia and the 'Coven' plot Fiona's murder -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s survival of the fittest witch on Wednesday night’s American Horror Story: Coven. With Fiona (Jessica Lange) killing anyone in her path, Cordelia (Sarah Paulson) and the rest of the coven — Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), Madison (Emma Roberts), Nan (Jamie Brewer) — plot to take her down. Miss Robichaux’s also gets a visit from a surprise guest. Watch this exclusive clip from tomorrow’s “The Sacred Taking” below…
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'Once Upon a Time' sneak peek: Rumple's prediction -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

As the gang on Once Upon a Time races to stop Pan from gaining full magical powers after coming into possession of the heart of the truest believer, via flashback, this week’s episode will delve into the story of Henry’s adoption. But exactly what led to Regina’s desire for a tiny bundle of her own?

A clue may be in the exclusive sneak peek below from Sunday’s episode, in which the Evil Queen pays Rumple a visit in jail, where he reveals to her a startling fact and prediction.

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'American Horror Story': Jessica Lange on why next season will be her last -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s hard to imagine American Horror Story without Jessica Lange—she has appeared in all three seasons after all. But Lange has confirmed that next year’s fourth season will be her last. “It ends up being a lot of time during the year being committed to something,” admits the actress. “I haven’t done that for a long time. It’s like doing a stage play between the rehearsal and the run. This is a 6-month commitment every year. That will be four years in a row. I want to have more time to myself I guess. Once it’s over and I have a full year ahead of me with nothing to do, who knows? It might not have been the best decision. But I think four years doing something is a sufficient amount of time.” READ FULL STORY

'Glee': Watch Chord Overstreet's Sam pose as an underwear model -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

While tonight’s Glee, airing at 9 p.m. on Fox, is a tribute to the music of Billy Joel, it’s also a tribute to the handsome good looks of star Chord Overstreet.

It seems that Overstreet’s Sam doesn’t want to go to college or so he tells Rachel (Lea Michele) in this exclusive scene from the latest episode, “Movin’ Out.” Sam actually has always dreamed of being a male model and sees himself starring in an ad where his “junk is as big as a car.” Such ambition! Watch the clip below…
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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the latest 'Coven' and what's next for Madame LaLaurie -- EXCLUSIVE

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

The latest installment of American Horror Story: Coven (which also happens to grace this week’s cover of EW) saw an immortal sadist having her first hamburger, a dead-dead-alive menage-a-trois, Angela Bassett handling fish heads and Denis O’Hare in a kimono. But there’s still even more to talk about so EW chatted with co-creator Ryan Murphy about the latest Coven developments and how Stevie Nicks fared with her guest-spot.
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Katrina Law joins 'Arrow' as Nyssa al Ghul

As if one of Ra’s al Ghul best trainees isn’t enough of a handful, it looks like another powerful female is headed to Starling City.

EW has confirmed that Spartacus alum Katrina Law will be joining the Arrow cast as Nyssa al Ghul, yet another member of the League of Assassins who arrives in Starling City looking for fellow Assassin Sara Lance, otherwise known as The Black Canary. The news was first reported by TV Guide.

Based on the comics, fans know Nyssa as Ra’s al Ghul’s love child from his travels through Russia, which means she’s the half-sister of Talia al Ghul, who we’ve yet to meet … unless, of course, Isabel Rochev isn’t who she says she is. After all, she does speak some pretty impressive Russian.

Law will make her entrance in episode 13 of Arrow‘s second season.

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