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So, who's dead on 'The Affair'? Fiona Apple helps us figure it out

The Affair has been labeled the Rashomon of marriage dramas, thanks to its he said/she said structure—but it’s also a pretty compelling mystery. The two main characters, Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson), are telling the story of their affair to a detective who appears to be investigating a murder. So far, all we know is this: Someone died. And that someone is a man, probably a local, though he was run down on a road that’s primarily used by tourists. And he died the night of a party. And Alison misses him now that he’s gone. A few (very small) clues!

So, who exactly is doomed? Well, listen to “Container,” the beautiful, unsettling theme song that Fiona Apple originally wrote as an unreleased track and revamped specifically for the show, and you’ll notice that Apple might be hinting at someone specific. “I was screaming into the canyon at the moment of my death,” she sings. “The echo I created outlasted my last breath/My voice it made an avalanche and buried a man I never knew/And when he died, his widowed bride met your daddy, and they made you.”

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Dane Cook talks 'Troublemaker,' Louis C.K., and all the haters

The mid-2000s were some pretty damn good years for Dane Cook. In ’06, the Comedy Central alum’s Retaliation became the bestselling comedy album in 28 years, going platinum; Rolling Stone named him Hot Comic of the Year. Cook was the comic messiah of frat boys.

Then in late ’07—the same year Cook became the second comedian ever to sell out at Madison Square Garden—the tides began to turn against him, as they often do. Of course, Cook always had detractors—but at some point, the loathing reached critical mass, tipping the scales of public consensus. Dane Cook-fatigue set in. Accusations of stealing jokes from the likes of Joe Rogan and Louis C.K. were hurled, and an ugly blitz of online haters ensued.

Then Cook, 42, hit a rough patch personally, too. “I lost both my mom and dad to cancer within nine months and it was brutal. I was close with them—my mom was my best friend. I took a year off in 2010, and my goal was [to] work as hard on myself as I ever have on my standup. And I’m glad I did that, because I can honestly say that I feel now very similar to how I felt before the first CD broke, which was all love.” READ FULL STORY

Showtime developing 'In the Heat of the Night' series with Tate Taylor

Showtime is looking to add a little heat to its nighttime lineup.

The premium network and MGM Television have begun developing a new TV project based on the 1967 film In the Heat of the NightEW has confirmed. Written and directed by The Help‘s Tate Taylor, the series will be “an exploration of character and race set in modern-day Mississippi.” Taylor, a Mississippi native, will also executive produce alongside Warren Littlefield (Fargo) and John Norris (Get on Up). The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

The movie starred Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier as two men working together against their racial differences to solve a murder investigation in a hostile Southern town. In the Heat of the Night won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Steiger. Based on John Ball’s 1965 novel of the same name, the property was previously adapted by NBC to television in 1988 starring Carroll O’Connor and Howard Rollins. The show, which later moved to CBS, ran for seven seasons and four made-for-TV movies.

Taylor’s involvement marks the second major television project for the film director, who is currently working on the Netflix comedy Grace & Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Warm up some damn good coffee: Showtime will revive 'Twin Peaks' in 2016 (Updated)

UPDATE: While casting for the new limited series has not been determined for the limited series, producer Mark Frost said he and Lynch would like to see old faces return. And, while it has not been confirmed, original series star Kyle MacLachlan tweeted a hint that, at the very least, he is open to returning to his Agent Dale Cooper suit.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fans of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks have spent years hoping for a continuation of the two-season series, taking virtually any mention of the show as a sign of life still left in the project. And now, thanks to Showtime, it finally looks like it’s time for some more damn good coffee.

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'The Affair' opening credits feature new Fiona Apple song: Listen

The opening title sequence for Showtime’s new drama The Affair should give Fiona Apple fans a reason to celebrate: it features a new song from Apple. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland': Your one-minute refresher

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After a status quo shift in the season 3 finale, Homeland returns for its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. Carrie, Saul, and Quinn all look to be moving on from last season. Life hasn’t settled down, however, as season 4 looks to put all three of them in harm’s way yet again.

But did they succeed last year, and at what cost was any of their success? Remind yourself of how things ended with our 60-second refresher:

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'Royal Pains' star Mark Feuerstein joins 'Nurse Jackie'

Royal Pains star Mark Feuerstein has landed a recurring guest role on the seventh season of Nurse Jackie, EW has learned exclusively.

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'Nurse Jackie' ending after season 7

Nurse Jackie is no more. Showtime announced Wednesday that the Edie Falco drama will return for a seventh and final season, which will begin production this week.

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New 'Homeland' season 4 teaser reveals juicy plot details

Showtime has released a new official trailer for Homeland‘s fourth season, premiering with a double episode on Oct. 5. The action-packed two-minute preview unveils plot details not included in the first two shorter and tamer Homeland teasers, released in July and August.

In the season-three finale, viewers learned that in the aftermath of Brody’s successful counterterrorism mission and subsequent public hanging, Carrie was appointed CIA Station Chief in Istanbul. (Check out EW‘s coverage for season-three recaps and more)The trailer kicks off six months later in Pakistan, and it makes several things clear.

Carrie and Saul are back to co-kicking ass. Carrie and Saul had a rocky relationship last season, to say the least; in the finale, Saul announces he’s leaving the CIA for the private sector. But what is Homeland without Mandy Patinkin? We see Carrie reluctantly accepting longtime friend Saul’s help—it looks like there’s a chance they’ll become the formidable team they once were.

There’s a lot of Corey Stoll. We get a closer look at the dubious role of newcomer Corey Stoll, the Golden Globe-nominated actor known for playing tortured politician Peter Russo on Netflix’s House of Cards. Stoll will play Sandy Bachman, the ambitious CIA Station Chief in Pakistan. Officially billed as a guest star, Stoll’s Homeland appearance looked to possibly be a limited engagement—but the new preview suggests viewers will be playing familiar season-long game of is-he-or-isn’t-he-a-double-agent with Bachman.

Carrie had Brody’s baby. The preview offers a few glimpses of a conspicuously red-haired little one, the baby of the now deceased Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) that Carrie was pregnant with last season. Carrie’s sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) accuses Carrie of finagling her way into a position overseas in order to avoid raising her daughter. Harsh, but not out of character for our embattled protagonist.

The CIA will see the s–t hit the fan again. We see Saul watching a viral YouTube video titled “American Missile Strike on Wedding”—devastating footage of a CIA-led mission, ostensibly a drone strike, that becomes a PR nightmare for the agency.

Quinn is back. But so is Senator Lockhart. Fan-favorite CIA agent Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) returns as Carrie’s coworker, confidante, and sometimes-savior. We see Quinn roughing up a baddie and protecting Carrie from an angry mob. And Tracy Letts is back to being the meddlesome jerk fans love to hate as good old Senator Lockhart.

Carrie is still the same rough-around-the-edges hero. True to form, Carrie is trying to get to the bottom of an epic, terrorism-fueled international mess. She offers to help protect a teenaged Pakistani boy whose family was kidnapped—before yelling at pretty much every single character in the preview.

Patti LuPone to guest star on 'Penny Dreadful'

Patti LuPone is getting in deep with the psychological horror shows.

After a memorable turn as the God-fearing Joan Ramsey on American Horror Story, EW has learned that LuPone will be heading over to Showtime to guest star on Penny Dreadful. Details about LuPone’s character are being kept under wraps for now, only being described as a “mysterious character in Vanessa’s (Eva Green) past.”

Along with LuPone, Showtime announced a slew of new guest stars for the show’s sophomore season, which include Douglas Hodge, who will play a Scotland Yard investigator assigned to follow the murder cases in London; Sarah Greene, who will play Evelyn Poole’s (Helen McCrory) daughter Hecate; and Jonny Beauchamp, who will play a mysterious man with a distinct past.

Penny Dreadful is currently in production in Dublin and is set to return in 2015 on Showtime.

Showtime hints that online-only subscriptions may be on the way

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Ever since HBO Go launched in 2010, bringing streamable premium programming to its cable subscribers, the network has been hounded by one question in particular: Will they ever uncouple HBO Go from a cable subscription? While the network has long held out against making this beautiful ideal a reality, one of its competitors might beat it to the punch.

According to Forbes, CBS COO Joseph Ianniello teased the possibility of an online-only subscription to the network’s premium channel Showtime. While the executive wouldn’t say any such plan was being developed or tested, he took a moment during his talk at New York’s Nomura Digital Media Conference to note that nothing about its contracts with cable/satellite providers preclude such a service.

While cord-cutters might be elated to know that executives are thinking of them, it still might be some time before the platonic ideal of streaming TV becomes a reality. As Forbes notes, while demand for such services are there, they don’t benefit cable providers—a group of companies that’s likely to act swiftly to defend its interests.

Showtime's 'The Affair' turns dangerous in new teaser

Showtime’s new drama The Affair is becoming more and more intriguing.

The provocative series stars Dominic West as Noah, a New Yorker who begins to have an affair with local waitress Allison (Ruth Wilson) while vacationing for the summer in Long Island. However, both of them are married: Allison to a tough cowboy (Joshua Jackson), and Noah to his college sweetheart (Maura Tierney), whose lives are turned upside down by the affair.

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