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Carrie Preston is returning to 'The Good Wife'

With True Blood coming to an end, Carrie Preston already has more work lined up. EW has confirmed that Preston will reprise her role as fan favorite Elsbeth Tascioni in the upcoming sixth season of The Good Wife. There’s no word yet on how long Elsbeth will be sticking around, but let’s just hope that this time, she stays away from any and all anti-Semitic bears (or not).

The Good Wife isn’t the only place Preston’s fans will be able to find her. As EW previously reported, the actress is also set to guest star in a season 2 episode of HBO’s Getting On. Preston will play Denya Thorp, a cancer patient staying at the Billy Barnes Extended Care Facility. Let’s just say she’s looking to get out of that place ASAP. READ FULL STORY

Joseph Fiennes to star in new series 'Nostradamus'

After his most recent stint on American Horror Story, Joseph Fiennes is returning to TV in a new drama from Carnival Films, Anonymous Content, and NBC Universal.

Nostradamus, which Fiennes will produce and star in, is an hour-long drama from author Michael Boccacino and executive producer Andrew Cosby. The show will follow the well-known clairvoyant on a quest for vengeance after his family is murdered. Nostradamus is described as “a charismatic and self-destructive man who is plagued with dangerous and disturbing visions.”

The show will be set in the universe of the French Royal Court, where “Nostradamus’ pleasure-seeking impulses and passionate thirst for revenge runs headlong into the treacherous epicentre of social and political life of Renaissance era Europe.”

There’s no word yet on when the new series will premiere.

See Carol, Judith, and Rick of 'The Walking Dead' in new season 5 images

Last week we brought you an exclusive image from season 5 of The Walking Dead that likely sent shivers up the spines of Daryl Dixon fans, as the resident badass appeared gagged and bound. Now we have some more exclusive episodic images to tide you over.

In the first, we see Melissa McBride’s Carol holding an adorable baby Judith. Sooooo…good news, they’re still alive! When the season starts, that is. After that, who knows? But at least Carol is not telling Judith to “look at the flowers,” because we all know how that ends. Also, Judith does not appear to be a zombie. So that’s a positive…although she does appear to be rocking something of a devilock hairstyle. (Click on the Full Size magnifying glass tab to see a bigger high-res version of the photo.)

But wait, we’re not done. Now, let’s move onto page 2 for a look at what Rick Grimes is up to.

New 'Walking Dead' season 5 art features cast in handcuffs

AMC has released new The Walking Dead art for season five (which premieres in October) just in time for the show’s Comic-Con panel this Friday afternoon in San Diego. In it, we see Rick, Carl, Michonne, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, and Abraham ready to do battle. Just a few problems: First off, they are still in that damn train car. And secondly, they all appear to be handcuffed, which severely limits their collective ass-kicking capabilities. (To see the full image, just click on the magnifying glass icon on the picture above.) READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Norman Reedus thought Daryl Dixon was about to be killed off last season

Last week we brought you an exclusive photo from season 5 of The Walking Dead that showed Daryl Dixon gagged and bound. No doubt that sent shivers down the spines among fans of Dixon and the man who plays him, Norman Reedus. Of course, as a fan favorite, Daryl would seem to be the last person the show would ever dream of killing off. However, Reedus did actually think his number was being called near the end of season 4 when Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman…well, called his number. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' wins program of the year at TCA Awards

On Saturday, the 30th annual TCA Awards named Breaking Bad program of the year for the second year in a row. However, Bad did not face off against True Detective—its biggest rival in the upcoming Emmy race—which instead took home the award for outstanding miniseries. Matthew McConaughey was also honored for his work in True Detective.

Netflix hit Orange is the New Black won for best new program, and the Emmy-snubbed The Good Wife was named top drama.

In the comedy category, Veep tied with Louie for best comedy, while Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus was also honored.

Other winners included Saturday Night Live, which snagged the Television Critics Association’s Heritage Award, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which won for news and information, and RuPaul’s Drag Race, which was honored in reality programming.

Finally, ABC Family’s The Fosters won for youth programming, and James Burrows took home the Career Achievement Award.

All in all, HBO came out on top with the most awards of any network.

Steven Pasquale will appear on 'The Good Wife'

Well, if Alicia does decide to take Eli Gold’s advice and run for state’s attorney, it looks like she’ll have a little help.

EW has confirmed that Rescue Me‘s Steven Pasquale has signed on for two episodes of The Good Wife‘s sixth season. Pasquale will play a campaign expert that Eli enlists to help Alicia with her campaign should she decide to run. Considering the short episode commitment, it seems plausible that Alicia could decide against running; then again, she could also decide she doesn’t need any extra help (no matter how cute the helper might be). There’s no word yet on whether Pasquale’s run on the show could be extended.

Neil Patrick Harris wants to be on 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' (Updated)

Neil Patrick Harris is a man of many talents and many more projects. But after rumors spread that Harris could potentially take over David Letterman’s The Late Showwhich Harris shot down—he revealed another project he’d be more interested in.

Harris stopped by EW Radio (SiriusXM 105) and talked to Mario Correa about his love of variety shows, freak shows, and therefore, the upcoming American Horror Story: Freak Show. In the clip, Harris confesses that he actually wrote co-creator Ryan Murphy a letter asking to be on the new show, because that’s how much he loves the series (and freaks). Sadly, Murphy hasn’t responded.

UPDATE: Ryan Murphy responded to Harris on Twitter, claiming that there is a role available if Harris wants it.

'The Vampire Diaries' adds Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Marco James (Updated)

If there’s one thing that The Vampire Diaries desperately needs, it’s a good doctor (who isn’t a fan of torturing vampires). And considering we haven’t seen Meredith Fell in a while, season six is the perfect time to introduce a new medical expert.

EW has learned exclusively that Hit the Floor‘s Jodi Lyn O’Keefe has been cast as new character Jo, “a tough and accomplished doctor at the university hospital. She demands excellence from her students and has learned the hard way that there’s no room for error in her profession.”

O’Keefe’s casting follows the announcement that Colin Ferguson is joining the show as Tripp, the head of a community militia desperate to protect his town. So perhaps some of Tripp’s victims will be paying Jo a visit? We’ll find out soon enough, with O’Keefe first appearing in the season six premiere. There’s no word yet on how long she’ll stick around.

UPDATE: EW has confirmed that The Client List‘s Marco James will also join TVD in the season six premiere. James will play Liam, an upperclassman at Whitmore College who also happens to be a med student. The Wrap first reported the news.

The Vampire Diaries returns for season six on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

'The Walking Dead': Robert Kirkman talks season 5 and promises 'our best season yet'

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

Video: James Gordon reclaims his city in new 'Gotham' teaser

Gotham is James Gordon’s home, but after he left town for a bit, his eventual return wasn’t exactly what he’d expected. With his beloved city now at a “tipping point,” it’s up to the young detective to try and save the place he claims to care so much about. A new teaser trailer for the upcoming Fox series, Gotham, offers a glimpse at the crime and corruption that Ben McKenzie’s Gordon says is oozing from every corner. Surrounded by villains like The Penguin and The Riddler, there’s no wonder Gordon feels he has to be the hero.

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'24: Live Another Day' season finale: Everything comes with a price

[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 cancels Ariana Grande series 'Sam & Cat'

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.”

 

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