Season 4 of The Walking Dead may have ended with a cliffhanger and many questions about the folks of Terminus that trapped our group of survivors, but creator Robert Kirkman says when the show returns in October that we will “very quickly deal with the situation that we left them in.” And that’s not all he told us. As Kirkman and Co. prepare to return to Comic-Con in San Diego (their panel is on Friday, July 25), the man who gave birth to the comic book and is an executive producer on the TV adaptation talked more about what — and whom — we can expect to see in season 5. (WARNING: Spoilers below. So now you’ve been warned.) READ FULL STORY
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[Spoiler Alert: Stop reading now if you haven't watched the season finale of 24: Live Another Day]
24 is a very noisy television show. For one, the show is structured around the sound of a ticking clock—it maintains the show’s rhythm. This clock serves not only to provide the series with structure and order, but with each tick it also reminds us of just how disorderly the world of 24 is and how close it is to full chaos if Jack doesn’t succeed in time. Additionally, most 24 episodes (especially this season finale) feature a musical score that runs throughout the episode along with the sound of gunfire and explosions. Essentially, there is a rarely a quiet moment.
It is because 24 is such a noisy that the silent clock is so important when it comes to honoring the passing of beloved characters. The silent clock helps mark a rest in the runaway plot and allows a moment for the death to register with the audience. It marks one of the few moments when there is nothing else happening on the show and there is just complete silence—something that is rare on 24.
All of this is a roundabout way of getting at what really stuck out in 24: Live Another Day‘s excellent finale: how important sound is to this show. Composer Sean Callery’s score plays an important role in creating tension, does a fair amount of the emotional heavy lifting, and helps make these character’s emotional responses more impactful. READ FULL STORY
Nickelodeon has canceled Sam & Cat, with last Saturday’s episode serving as its series finale. The show lasted one season.
Sam & Cat, a spinoff starring iCarly‘s Jennette McCurdy and Victorious‘ Ariana Grande, followed two best friends who had an after-school babysitting business. Created by Dan Schneider, the man behind All That and Drake & Josh, the show seemed like a sure thing. But after a successful series premiere, a 40-episode order, a production hiatus in April, rumors of co-star feuds, and more, Nickelodeon has pulled the plug.
Grande addressed the cancellation on social media, saying: “I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true, for being a family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and for of course introducing me to many of my fans however many years ago. I want to thank Dan Schneider for allowing me to play such a special, beautiful character who I hid behind for so long.”
“If Daryl dies, we riot” has been a familiar refrain from fans of the crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon. That means Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman could have a melee on his hands if he does indeed off Daryl as he promised on Entertainment Weekly Radio (although we’re pretty sure he was kidding). Regardless, Dixon devotees are likely to gasp at this exclusive new image from season 5 of the zombie drama, which returns in October on AMC. (Click on the Full Size magnifying tab to view the full image in all of its high resolution glory.)
In it, we see a bloodied and bruised Daryl, who has also been gagged and bound…and not in a sexy way as legions of ladies no doubt dream about on a daily basis. (Or maybe this is considered sexy. I have no idea. People are into some freaky stuff.) READ FULL STORY
The small-screen adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s vampire novel saga The Strain got off to a slow start during its premiere.
In fact, The Strain waited more than 20 minutes (without commercials!) to get gory—which is somewhat surprising considering the criticism of the horror show’s skin-crawling (and eye-slithering) billboards. If the show’s safe-for-the-street art was considered too extreme, then surely a series on the envelope-pushing FX network would delight fright-ophiles from its start? Well, yes and no.
Once The Strain got rolling, it featured some seriously squeam-inducing moments, as is only natural with a series led by epidemiologist Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll). Virus science is gross, y’all. Unlike Eph, viewers are already clued-in about the cause of hundreds of mysterious deaths thanks to a series of 10 scenes that, to paraphrase EW’s critic Melissa Maerz, would make you cover your eyes “if you weren’t already checking for worms in the sockets.”
Suffice it to say, there will be plenty of spoilers to come, so stop reading now if you don’t want full details on The Strain‘s series debut. READ FULL STORY
Up until now, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has been holding onto the secrets of the long-running British science fiction show’s new season with a Cyberman-like grip. Actually, the fact that Scottish actor Peter Capaldi’s first season at the controls of the TARDIS will feature Cybermen is one of the very few particles of information Moffat has let slip.
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About two-thirds of the way through the pilot episode of Working the Engels, Ceil Engel, the family’s matriarch, gestures toward her hardworking daughter, Jenna, and tosses off the line, “Where does she get that bossiness from?” It’s an ordinary enough punch line, and Tony winner Andrea Martin delivers it with a wry turn, but it’s hard to know where the joke is supposed to land. It seems designed to reflect back on herself, but Ceil’s more of a busybody than a boss. Everywhere else in the show, Jenna’s competence is played as a sort of out-of-nowhere genetic quirk as her brother and sister are struggling in the game of life. Working the Engels wants its characters quirky and unique, but the pilot tended to forget their personalities for sake of low-hanging, easy jokes (maybe easy laughs, but those don’t always come).
Of course, it would be hard to jam a lot of humor into a pilot that has so much to accomplish. First, Working the Engels has to introduce the problem that will bring the family together—the deceased father who’s passing along his business and his $200,000 debt—and then the family: the well-meaning mom, the over-driven good daughter, Sandy, the pill-popping daughter who says she’s found Jesus, and Jimmy, the kleptomaniac brother who’s kind of a sleaze. Ceil decides the only way to save the family from massive debt is to jump off the roof. After she’s up there, she changes her mind, but trips and falls anyway. READ FULL STORY
Glee won’t be returning for its final run until 2015, but it will be a shorter season than previously expected. EW has confirmed that the Fox series’ last batch of episodes will be 13 instead of the previously announced 22.
Former Fox head Kevin Reilly told reporters in May that the order for the series could change. “We need to sit down with [creator] Ryan Murphy on how to end it,” Reilly said. “The advantage of airing it later in the season is that it doesn’t have to feel the pressure of delivering.”
Joe Morton entered the Scandal world in season two, but it wasn’t until Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope identified him as her “Dad” in the finale that Papa Pope really came to life. In season three, Morton perfected the art of powerful monologues as Papa Pope, delivering mesmerizing speech after mesmerizing speech all while slowly taking over Olivia’s entire world (and that of B-613). But after this morning’s news—that Morton has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama—the actor could be delivering a new type of speech come August 25.
EW spoke with Morton soon after his nomination to get his reaction—and find out how he’s so good at being so evil.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where were you when you found out this morning?
JOE MORTON: I was down in the basement working out, watching CNN on the television and going through the morning news trying not to think about what might or might not happen today. Of course, they moved into their Emmy segment and the first thing they was, “Well, the Emmy announcements have been made. The announcements are over.” And I thought, “Oh, well…” And then they talked about who was going to be best actor nominations, best actress nominations, best show so on and so forth, and I thought, “Well, the phone hasn’t rung; I must assume that I didn’t get a nomination.” No sooner than I think that and it was Lauren, my publicist on the phone, with the good news. READ FULL STORY
When Taylor Schilling put her phone on airplane mode this morning, she had no idea what she was missing. But eventually, Schilling realized her mistake, called her publicist, and got the good news that she’d been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy in the 2014 Emmy race. The Orange is the New Black star is a first-time nominee, and we got her on the phone to chat about the nomination, her favorite OITNB scene and more.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How are you?
TAYLOR SCHILLING: I’m doing pretty well. I had a really good morning. I’m not having a bad day.
Where were you when you found out?
I was at home. I don’t know. I like to put my phone on vibrate—I mean my phone on airplane mode—and I left my house. I don’t know what I was doing. I was late for work, and I was like, “I don’t want to be inside when I find out,” so I went outside. I was walking by the Hudson river.
Oh, that’s nice.
Yeah I guess so. I don’t know what I was doing. I was late for work. I don’t know what I was doing. I just started walking. READ FULL STORY
After 42 years in this crazy acting business, Orange is the New Black‘s Kate Mulgrew has received her first Emmy nomination for her work as Red in the first season of Netflix’s hit show.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where were you when you found out this morning?
KATE MULGREW: I was in bed fast asleep.
So this was the perfect way to wake up.
Yeah, it really was. I had taken an Advil PM ’cause I burned my hand on the stove last night. So I was awakened this morning and I thought, “Oh, what’s the news?” And I said, “Oh how great! I’m jumping out of bed; the pain is gone!” [Laughs]
This is such an amazing character. Looking back, what has been one of your favorite moments or scenes to film with her?
There’s a scene in the kitchen where I describe the chicken. I have a dream about the chicken, and I loved this. I just loved the way I describe the chicken, how the chicken looks, its sensibility, its mysteriousness. And in that moment Red, herself, is transformed, and you see not only her wonderful eccentricity, but [also] the depth of her complexity. And you realize that this woman is living on many, many different levels at all times, not the least of which is this [said in character] “mysterious chicken whose power I must have.” READ FULL STORY
Veep‘s Amy had a roller coaster of a year, what with losing (and then winning) the role of Selina’s campaign manager—but for the actress that plays her, things are looking up. We caught up with Chlumsky, nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for the second year in a row, right after she found out about her nod.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations!
ANNA CHLUMSKY: Thank you very much!
Where were you when you found out this morning?
I was actually about to take a little morning nap, because I had already been up for a few hours with my daughter. I was like, “Oh, do I do yoga, or do I nap, or do I do both?” And so I was planning on doing both, and really, I was just about to put my head on the pillow and then my phone rang.
So now you don’t get to nap, but do you get to do yoga?
I will tonight after rehearsal. This is worth it. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY
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