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Lisa Kudrow on 'The Comeback' revival: Could there be even more?

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Valerie Cherish is coming back. But could she come back yet again?

HBO’s short-order Comeback revival doesn’t air until November, yet critics are already wondering if the limited series could be the start of a full series revival. Co-creator Michael Patrick King and star Lisa Kudrow told the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday that the six episodes will have a fully contained story with a beginning, middle and end.

“Even when we did the first season, we ended like it was contained,” King said. “This felt like a very full experience…I’m not sure how we did it this time.” And HBO comedy executive Casey Bloys says the show’s return deal was made for this one stint, without an option locking in King and Kudrow for a potential second round.

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Here's what Daniel Radcliffe has to say about the new 'Potter' story -- and playing grown-up Harry

Spoiler alert: It’s not much. But somehow, we doubt that matters to diehard Potterites.

The opening day of this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour featured a Radcliffe appearance (via satellite). He was beamed in to talk about A Young Doctor’s Notebook, airing later this year on the cable network Ovation—but naturally, the subject of J.K. Rowling’s all-new Harry Potter tale also came up at one point. According to HitFix, one journalist asked the actor about the possibility of playing the boy wizard again. “I don’t know,” Radcliffe reportedly answered. “My inclination is to say ‘no.'” READ FULL STORY

'Justified' cast pays tribute to Elmore Leonard

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard passed away in August, but his spirit remains ever-present on the set of FX’s Justified, according to the cast, who spoke about Leonard’s death Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.

“I loved the man. He’s going to be greatly missed — he is,” said star Timothy Olyphant. “I feel blessed to be able to do the show and that he got a kick out of it. I feel lucky to have known the man.”

Currently in production on the show’s sixth and penultimate season, co-star Walton Goggins said Leonard’s absence on set has been felt; they honor him with an empty chair in front of the filming monitors. The mini monument, he says, has at times been a source of strength. “There was one day in particular that was really kind of hard…there was this one scene and I just couldn’t get it right. I was tired because it was the end of the day. And I just said, ‘F— it. I’m going to sit in your chair, Elmore. I’m just going to sit down.’ And it was, for lack of a better word…special and comforting,” he said. “I think when it’s all said and done, we will be a small piece of cloth in Elmore’s coat. But it’s something I think for all of us…that we’re really going to hang our hats on. It’s a big thing at the end of your life to say you were part of a literary giant’s career.”

Leonard died at the age of 87 three weeks after suffering a stroke.
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'Broadchurch': Why not just air the UK original? Fox explains

Fans of Broadchurch are convinced the UK crime drama is near perfect. So naturally Fox is completely remaking it. After all, the 2013 show has accents! And U.S. viewers won’t heavily watch a drama that’s full of British accents.

Turns out, Fox’s chairman Kevin Reilly considered airing the UK version, though ultimately ruled it out. At the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena on Monday, the executive explained: “As great as Broadchurch is, 99.9 percent of the U.S. public would have never seen that show.” Which sounds like a reason in favor of airing the original, but Reilly continues: “[U.S. viewers] would be more comfortable seeing something made for America … there are cultural particularities [to the original] that would cap it off.”

Another point: Fox is changing the ending by adding a twist after the point in the story where the British version concluded. “We’re doing 10 episodes; they did eight,” Reilly said. “We have a different ending so there will be something to stay tuned for.”

Fox’s version is titled Gracepoint and stars David Tennant (who also starred in the original) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad). There’s no premiere date yet. As much as it’s tempting to mock Fox for this move, when Reilly adds that the original would get lower ratings than a reboot, he’s probably correct (sadly). There are major exceptions, as the story on the link above points out (Downton Abbey is a hit on both sides of the Atlantic). A sequel to Broadchurch is in the works overseas, but Fox will have more control over the show by making its own version in terms of the number of episodes, how many seasons are ordered, casting decisions, and so forth. So it’s an understandable decision, but not one you can make without getting a little grief about it.

Fox confirms 'Glee' moving setting exclusively to NYC

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At a TCA panel Monday afternoon, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed plans for the remainder of this season of Glee to be set entirely in New York.

The move has been rumored for a few months, but this marks the first confirmation from the network. Reilly also confirmed once again that next season, the show’s sixth, will be the last for the musical comedy. READ FULL STORY

Julia Roberts originally turned down role in HBO's 'The Normal Heart'

Ryan Murphy may have scored a star-studded cast for his HBO adaptation of the Tony-winning play The Normal Heart, but he almost had to do it without Julia Roberts.

Roberts, who took the stage today with the rest of the cast at the Television Critics Association press tour, said her initial hesitations to play Dr. Emma Booker, a doctor with polio who does HIV research, stemmed from what she felt was a lack of understanding about the character. That changed after she saw a documentary on polio. “It unlocked the door to who this woman is to me and where her ferocious pursuit of correctness comes from,” said Roberts. “That’s when Ryan received what he always gets, which is the answer he wants.”

When casting the male characters in the film — many of whom are gay — Murphy said that process involved simply going “after people who we thought would be wonderful and committed in the roles, and that’s what we got.” No thought went to sexuality of the actors themselves. “I don’t think of actors as gay or straight. I think of them as great actors, and I never went after anybody because of their sexuality. I went after what I considered to be the best actors for the part — the one who added the most nuance to it.” Above all, said Murphy, “Really this movie is about love and fighting for love and wanting to be treated equally, and I think that’s an incredibly modern idea. We read about it every day.”
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Romance, careers, and moving on at 'Downton Abbey': 10 things we learned about season four

It’s 1922 and all is not well at Downton Abbey. But how could it be? Still reeling from the loss of a few significant characters, season four picks up months after that fateful car wreck to find a house in mourning.

After airing a season four promo and some character specific clips, executive producer Gareth Neame took the stage at TCA alongside Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes), Joanne Froggatt (Anna), and Sophie McShera (Daisy) to tease season four and beyond. The notoriously tight-lipped cast didn’t give too much away, but we were able to glean a few key takeaways about what is in store for both the upstairs and downstairs crew in this time of transition.

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'Once Upon' team talks Jafar: No parrot!

How will ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘s version of Jafar differ from Disney’s Aladdin version?

Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz dropped some hints about how Naveen Andrews’ character will be integrated into the Once universe during their Television Critics Association press tour stop in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

“First off,  like any character we introduce, we approach it from [asking] how do we humanize [the character], what’s the way to make it real relatable and grounded, and then we find an awesome actor,” Horowitz says.

“We wrote this part for [Andrews],” Kitsis says. “We knew we wanted Jafar, we knew we wanted Naveen. Similar to what we do with Once Upon a Time, no villain is just born evil, they’re made evil. For us, that is the story of Jafar, the story of what is driving him to need this power. With Naveen, we know he can break your neck with legs — as we saw in Lost — but he can also make you cry.”

“It’s about two big things,” Horowitz adds. “What does he want? And how did he get the way he is in order to want that thing?” READ FULL STORY

'Super Fun Night': Rebel Wilson defends use of American accent on show

Rebel Wilson has no plans on changing her character’s American accent on her forthcoming ABC comedy Super Fun Night. 

The news came to the disappointment of some critics, who have lamented the fact that the Australian chose not to use her native accent.

“I started out in the theater as an actress doing all different characters in all different accents,” co-creator Wilson said today during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Really, when I first came to America, I was doing movies and thought I would be American all the time, but the way it worked out was that I was playing more international characters. So when I had the opportunity to do this TV show in America, the concept was three girls living in Manhattan who have known each other since they were 13 or 14 years of age, so I just really thought I had to make this character American.”

Wilson, who was on the panel with her co-stars, as well as co-creator Conan O’Brien, also elaborated on the self-deprecating humor in the series. “The purpose of the show, to me, is to really inspire girls who don’t think they’re cool or popular or pretty and all that, to get out there and [prove] that they can have fun and exciting lives, too. I think in order to do that, we have to present a very realistic version of what it’s like to be girl who looks like me and isn’t the coolest….there are some very sad storylines coming down the pipe, but I think we have to present that so that when we present the wins for my character it’s far more gratifying.”

Super Fun Night premieres Oct. 2 on ABC.

'Sons of Anarchy' boss: Violent premiere scene 'not meant to be sensational'

A scene that caps off the season 6 premiere of Sons of Anarchy reignited a conversation about television violence today at the Television Critics Association press tour, where Executive Producer Kurt Sutter urged critics to stay mum about the sequence “that’s not meant to be sensational.”

“I feel like if it gets leaked, it’s going to be like, ‘oh, they’re doing it to be controversial to bring more eyes to the episode,'” Sutter told reporters about the Sept. 10 episode on FX. “Honestly, I’m worried more about that kind of blowback than people finding out about that event.”

He then explained why he chose to feature such a shocking sequence that breaks from the typical action in Charming. “I’ve wanted to do that story for about three years,” Sutter said. “I knew obviously it would be somewhat controversial but I feel like as much as I wouldn’t do something just because it was controversial, I’m also not not going to do something because it’s controversial.

“I feel like it’ll continue to play out and that’s the truth,” Sutter continued. “I will also say that there’s a lot of blood and guts in my show and it’s the signature of the show, but I also feel like — and I feel like I’m not lying to myself when I say this — is that nothing is done gratuitously. The events that happen in the premiere are really the catalyst for the third act of [the series].”

Sutter does have a history of incorporating certain story lines that could be misconstrued as a ploy to grab headlines. That’s why FX kept it on the down low that Walton Goggins (Justified) had filmed a guest spot as transgender escort Venus Van Dam until it aired last season.

'NCIS,' 'Supernatural,' 'NCIS: LA,' 'Sons of Anarchy': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Howdy, Roomies!

It’s that time of the week again. Excited? You should be! I am. I’ve also had a lot of caffeine this week while covering the Television Critics Association press tour with my colleagues, so … this should be interesting.

As always, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

‘NCIS’ BOSS: ‘EVERYONE HAS TO WATCH THE FIRST TWO EPISODES’
I hear ya, NCIS fans. The departure of Cote de Pablo is an unfortunate turn of events, to say the least. NCIS EP Gary Glasberg was “saddened” by the situation, too, telling me earlier this week during CBS’ annual bash for television critics that “it’s the last thing we planned on.” That said, he promised, “At the end of the day, I’m really happy with what we came up with. Everyone has to watch the first two episodes.”

Why? Well, for one, he teased, the episodes were completely reworked in order to accommodate this curve ball. “I literally had to lock myself away and everything I was planning on had to be blown out and I had to start all over again,” he says of the news, which came after plans for the season had already begun. “Again, it’s not what we had hoped for. This family — this NCIS family that exists between [the characters] — is so special and so unique, and this was Cote’s decision and we have to respect that … but some really fantastic work is going to come out of what occurred. We have some really terrific stuff planned for the year.”

So what ARE those plans? For one, Ziva will be “prominent” in the second episode of the season and “it’s a really touching, emotional story and I promise the viewers will not be disappointed — especially the Tiva fans, as we say. I hope it’s everything they want it to be.”

He adds: “I want some of it to be a surprise, but I think people will be pleased at the end of the day with where it’s left both emotionally and psychologically — and not only for Tony, but Gibbs, Abby, and everybody. That’s a big part of what I was taking into consideration — really understanding how the people and the fans are so connected to our characters. You really have to honor that.”

Who’s already crying?
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On set with 'The Mindy Project': Kaling teases hot guest stars and Mindy's [spoiler!] future with Pastor Casey

A parade of dudes marched through the first 24 episodes of The Mindy Project, and even though our girl was taken (engaged?) when we last saw her doesn’t mean season 2 is going to be any different.

The stars and writers behind the Fox comedy — including this week’s EW cover girl, Mindy Kaling — talked to reporters during a Television Critics Association set visit Wednesday, letting us know more about the many famous faces making a visit to Shulman & Associates. For one, there’s James Franco, playing a new doctor who starts working at Mindy’s practice while she’s in Haiti with Pastor Casey.

“I come back to my nemesis, played by James Franco,” Kaling teased of their adversarial relationship, with writer Ike Barinholtz (who also plays nurse Morgan) chiming in: “It’s kind of like James Franco is the anti-Mindy. He’s everything you’re not. He’s a man. He’s white … “

“This will take too long to go through all our differences,” Kaling quipped.

Another new man is played by Adam Pally of the dearly departed Happy Endings. So who will he be playing?
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Hulu CEO insists: We don't think like a network

To (incorrectly) paraphrase LL Cool J, don’t call it a network. The idea of TV is definitely shifting, especially given Netflix’s 14 Emmy nominations this year, and Hulu is helping push that concept even further, to the point that it doesn’t relate to the traditional network model.

“We’re not really a network, we’re not really a studio,” Hulu acting CEO Andy Forssell told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday. “We’re a distributor at heart.” Forssell says Hulu goes out “looking for voices,” as opposed to networks that try to find shows that fit their point of view. “If there’s a theme, it’s that there is no theme.”

But like a network, Hulu has a full slate of new shows, four of which had panels during today’s TCA presentation: The Awesomes, Quick Draw, The Wrong Mans, and Behind the Mask. And, as Forssell promised, the shows run the genre gamut from action-comedy and docuseries to western-comedy and animated superhero adventure.
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