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Chris Pratt talks end of 'Parks and Recreation': 'I think people are ready for it to be done'

Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that GOTG is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, they rhymes!) about the impending ending (again, rhymes!) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which will sign off after one final season. So how does Pratt feel about gearing up for the last go round in Pawnee? READ FULL STORY

Which old 'Doctor Who' monsters does Peter Capaldi want to bring back?

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We know Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord will encounter both Daleks and Cybermen in the forthcoming season of science fiction show Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. But what other old monsters from would Capaldi like to see return during his tenure in the TARDIS?

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'The Honorable Woman' deals deftly with a complex subject

Nessa Stein is Batman. She’s born into a world of wealth and privilege. She’s lost both of her parents, and even watched her father’s gruesome death enacted before her. And now, bound to no specific law, she wields her parents’ power.

But Nessa doesn’t live in Gotham City. She’s a second generation Israeli. Her father wasn’t a do-gooder philanthropist but a Holocaust survivor–turned–weapons manufacturer. And while Nessa begins The Honorable Woman by donning a new costume (the ceremonial member robes of House of Lords), her actions are predicated not on some abstract ideal, but a series of compromises. You wonder whether she can do any good at all. READ FULL STORY

Ben Stiller scales a wet rockface in 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls'

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In Bear Grylls’ newest reality show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert takes celebrities on 48-hour adventures to test their survival skills, get to know them, and hopefully teach them a thing or two. And after Zac Efron passed the test as Grylls’ first partner in survival on Monday’s premiere, Ben Stiller is next on the hit list.

We’ve got an exclusive clip from episode 2, in which Grylls and Stiller find themselves situated thousands of feet in the air, trusting their lives to one tiny rock.


Running Wild with Bear Grylls airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Ben Scott calls 'Bachelor In Paradise' his 'redemption story' in deleted clip

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Ben Scott will forever be remembered in Bachelorette history as the guy who brought his kid to the first rose ceremony. And after that, he’ll be remembered as the guy who said hello to “Hollywood” on his exit limo ride, adding that the show had missed its shot at the perfect Bachelor. After all, he is a single dad from Texas, and does it get any better than that? Well, probably.

Regardless, Scott is now on his way to Bachelor In Paradise, and we’ve got an exclusive look at his introductory package, which was cut from the first episode. The biggest takeaway: He considers his time in paradise to be his shot at redemption.

Bachelor in Paradise premieres Monday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

'Doctor Who': Special TV programming and cinema screenings announced

Do you want to watch Doctor Who on the big screen? Or on the small screen in a big way? Then we’ve got good news. BBC America announced today it is marking the start of the long-running science fiction show’s new season—the first to star actor Peter Capaldi at the controls of the TARDIS—with both cinema screenings and special TV programming.

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'The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman says 'I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying'

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The cast members of The Walking Dead live in almost constant fear that their character could be killed off at any time. Why, even when folks like Norman Reedus get calls from the producers hiring them for other jobs they still think they are getting bad news. Perhaps making them even more paranoid about their livelihood is the news that The Walking Dead creator already has the cast on death watch, complete with a timetable of all of their demises.

When Robert Kirkman stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, Channel 105) while out at Comic Con, Jessica Shaw and I asked him about how tough it is to say goodbye to someone when they are killed off the show. “It’s kinda worse than that,” says Kirkman. “Because I got a pretty good idea when all of them are dying. To a certain extent, if we follow the comic, like possibly even more than [showrunner] Scott [Gimple] knows.”

Kirkman then began pointing at imaginary bodies around the room to illustrate his point. “So I’m always like…two years, three years, six months, two weeks, oh, God this is awful! It’s really rough. Doing the comic, it was fine because it was just lines on a paper. Whatever. We’re killing that guy. Cool. But the show, it sucks because we all work together, we hang out, and have a great time. But, you know, the story’s gotta get done and people gots to die, as I like to say. It’s pretty rough.”

Even worse, Kirkman and Gimple cannot tell the castmembers in question when their number is up in case plans change last minute. “You can’t tell ’em,” says Kirkman. “Because we change our minds all the time. And that’s the other really bad thing about it. We can’t really give them that much warning because there’s always a chance that we’ll get into actually writing the scripts after we plan things out and we’re like, ‘Nope, that character’s living.’ Which has happened many times. So we don’t want to have many false news giving situations.”

To hear more from Kirkman about season 5 of The Walking Dead, his new movie AIR (with Norman Reedus), and why he loves The Walking Dead Monopoly, click on the audio player below to hear our entire interview. And for more Walking Dead intel, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.


Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas throw punches in new 'Kingdom' trailer

If Warrior were made into a TV show, swapping Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton for Matt Lauria and Nick Jonas, you’d have Kingdom, a new series from DirecTV.

In the first trailer for Kingdom, we’re introduced to a family drama set in the world of mixed martial arts. At the center of it all is Warrior star Frank Grillo, who once again plays a trainer and the owner of a gym. Jonas stars as Grillo’s prize-fighting son, while Jonathan Tucker plays Jonas’ older, slightly darker brother. Friday Night Light‘s Matt Lauria also comes into play as a fighter recently released on parole and trying to come back into their world.

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Jenna Coleman of 'Doctor Who' talks about new season's guest stars

One of the great things about travel is the people you meet—especially if you’re traveling in a TARDIS. From Timothy Dalton to David Morrissey to Michael Gambon to Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who has welcomed a raft of guest stars over the years. That tradition is being continued in the new season, the first to star Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord, which premieres on BBC America Aug. 23. EW asked Who actress Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s traveling companion Clara Oswald on the show, to talk about working with three of the season’s new faces.

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Andrew Lincoln says 'The Walking Dead' 'won't be without its share of death this season'

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Lest you fret that everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic zombie drama was going to mellow with age in its fifth season, Andrew Lincoln has some news for you. When discussing The Walking Dead’s penchant for killing off characters during a visit to Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) at Comic-Con, Lincoln told us “It is an inevitable part of this show. It’s one of the great things, I think, that you have real jeopardy for favorite characters. It won’t be without its share of death this season.” Uh-oh, sounds like some necks may be on the line in season 5…which is not to imply that Rick Grimes is set to continue his gnarly throat-chomping binge (R.I.P., Claimers.)

Lincoln was joined by his castmates Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney and Chad Coleman, along with executive producer Gale Anne Hurd as the group infiltrated the EW Radio studio to discus their latest conquest of Comic-Con, and you can hear the entire conversation right here and right now by clicking on the audio player icon below. (The rest of the cast — Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Michael Cudlitz, as well as producers Scott M. Gimple and Denise Huth — stopped by as well, and you can listen to that visit right here.) READ FULL STORY

Krysten Ritter will guest star on 'The Blacklist' season 2

At Comic-Con, it was revealed that Mary-Louise Parker is coming to The Blacklist‘s second season as recurring character Naomi Hyland, someone with some ties to Reddington. And now, there’s another woman joining the fun.

EW has confirmed that Krysten Ritter will guest star in The Blacklist‘s season-two opener. According to TV Fanatic, which first reported the news, she will play Rowan Mills, “a troubled analyst at a data security firm.” There’s no word yet on whether Ritter will appear in more than one episode.

Why Peter Capaldi of 'Doctor Who' thought he'd never play the Time Lord

On August 23, Peter Capaldi will begin his first season starring in Doctor Who when the long-running British science-fiction show returns to BBC America. But it wasn’t so long ago that the Scottish actor and lifelong Who fan was certain he would never get his hands on the controls of the Time Lord’s TARDIS. “I wouldn’t have thought I would be the guy,” Capaldi says. “I wouldn’t have thought it would be me.” Why not? “Because of my age. I would have thought they were automatically heading younger.”

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TV Land cancels 'Kirstie'

TV Land is saying goodbye to Kirstie.

EW has confirmed that Kirstie Alley’s latest sitcom has been canceled. Kirstie followed a Tony Award-winning diva (Alley) whose life was turned upside down when the son she gave up for adoption 26 years prior showed up on her doorstep. The series aired for one season, which ended in February.

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