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Sam Neill joins CBS' 'The Dovekeepers'

Sam Neill has joined the cast of the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers, EW has learned.

Based on Alice Hoffman’s novel, the four-part miniseries tells the story of four women whose lives intersect as they fight for survival when 900 Jews are besieged for months in a fortress at Masada.

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Wilson Bethel joins 'The Astronaut Wives Club' as series regular

Wilson Bethel is leaving Hart of Dixie behind, but only temporarily.

EW has confirmed that Bethel has landed a series regular role on ABC’s 10-episode drama The Astronaut Wives Club from Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The series is based on Lily Koppel’s book and tells the real story of the women married to some of the nation’s biggest space heroes.

Bethel will play Scott Carpenter, an astronaut and husband to Yvonne Strahovski’s Rene Carpenter. According to Deadline, Bethel will appear in eight of the 10 episodes, which will allow him to continue filming Hart of Dixie.

Fox orders six additional episodes of 'Gotham'

It looks like the villains of Gotham will terrorize Jim Gordon and the GCPD for a little while longer.

Fox just announced that it has ordered six more episodes of the freshman series, raising its first season order to a total of 22 episodes.

While the Batman prequel series slipped slightly in the ratings in its second week, the show also enjoyed one of the fall’s strongest premieres.

'American Horror Story' renewed for fifth season after setting ratings record

It’s very good to be a Freak: FX has just announced that the premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show has set a record as the most-watched TV episode in the network’s history(!), with 10 million total viewers (6.54 million 18-49), according to Live+3 numbers. That bests last year’s Coven premiere of 7.27 million by 38 percent.

Based on the success of AHS: Freak Show, the network also announced that it will deliver a fifth installment of American Horror Story in October 2015. Co-creator Ryan Murphy told EW last week that he’s already planted clues for next year in the first two episodes of this current season.

'The Originals' star Daniel Gillies on Elijah's great curse, more wars

For the Originals, immortality comes with a lot of baggage, particularly in the form of family members. But it also comes with a wealth of knowledge, and in Elijah’s case, a thousand-year-old sense of understanding and forgiveness. It’s something that Elijah’s brother Klaus has come to rely on over the years. But new hybrid Hayley is still not quite sure what to expect from Elijah.

In last week’s premiere, fans watched as Hayley battled with the transition, as she put it, from mother to monster. For Hayley, her new status as a hybrid means more than losing her baby and her wolf family. It also means losing Elijah. At least, that’s how she feels.

“I think if there’s one thing he is it’s forgiving,” Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah, told EW. “I think it’s one of the most lovely things about Elijah. I don’t think he believes that she’s a monster at all. His capacity for empathy is enormous, and I think that that’s one of the great gifts that time has bestowed him with, but I think it’s also one of the curses as well. I’ve always said that Elijah’s great disease is his capacity to empathize and his enormous threshold for forgiveness. To a certain extent, he does believe that her acts were monstrous, but that doesn’t mean that he sees himself as any better than her. In fact, if anything, it will make them closer knowing that they’re sort of in the same realm of understanding.”

But it isn’t Elijah’s relationship with Hayley that’s the focal point of the current story. Rather, with the return of Elijah’s parents, along with his brothers Kol and Finn, there are many questions to be answered in terms of Elijah’s familial ties. Fans know how Klaus reacts to the arrival of his family members, but it’s yet to be seen what Elijah’s other relationships really mean to him. “I wish there was more definition regarding what Elijah’s feelings are,” Gillies said. “I think the writers are still discovering the show, and I don’t think they have all the answers, nor should they at this point. There’s only so much universe they can supply from week to week and they’re doing a marvelous, marvelous job. But I think that they’re still discovering and creating the very complicated and soiled labyrinth that has led us to this day. These protagonists are mentally complicated, and Elijah’s no exception.”

However, Gillies did say that viewers will get a deeper look into Elijah’s individual history with his family. “There is a strange ambiguity about what his sentiment is towards his mother and father. We will reveal a lot of Elijah’s history with his mother in the coming weeks and those chapters are extraordinarily enlightening and revealing regarding his history with his parents, and it is definitively his own.”

Along with flashbacks to Elijah’s time with his mother, fans know to expect a glimpse into the time when Elijah and Klaus both fell for original doppelganger Tatia. And with that, they’ll get to know human Elijah a little better. So how does human Elijah differ from the noble vampire fans know? “It’s an innocence,” Gillies said. “Speaking to Elijah’s great curse and blessing—this enormous sense of understanding—it comes directly from that love of innocence. From the moment we met him, even within The Vampire Diaries, he always had this adoration of Elena Gilbert, and understanding that the finite human life—as vulgar as it might look to someone like Niklaus—Elijah holds it within great reverence. The way Elijah might look at a Stephen Hawking or Mahatma Gandhi or an Albert Einstein, he has a deep love of not just human excellence but also of human compassion and what a human being can achieve within a human lifetime. And I think that innocence, i.e. the ability to die, in a way is something that’s become more and more precious, and dare I say it, probably even more and more of a temptation to him as he’s aged.”

But for the time being, Elijah is less caught up in a quest for innocence and more focused on helping his family move on. And despite the family’s recent triumph over the Guerrera wolves, healing is something that Gillies doesn’t see happening until baby Hope is safely home. “Whenever protagonists are discussing violence to solve a problem, not just as a person and a new father, it sort of sickens me. And it probably sickens the writers too, but they know that that’s the way that these worlds work. But even they understand that it’s only a temporary fix. Julie [Plec]’s the biggest lover of family of all time. Anything she writes comes back to the unity of family and desire to have that communion. But she knows, as do all the writers, that these wars are only a temporary fix, and they only beget further wars.”

The Originals airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on The CW.

'The Walking Dead' star Chad Coleman on Tyreese's 'pretty raw' moment

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's season premiere of The Walking Dead.]

He refused to kill a zombie. He said nobody was going to die today. But then a dude in a cabin pushed one too many of Tyreese’s buttons and the fury of the gentle giant was finally unleashed. We spoke to Chad L. Coleman about what went down on Sunday’s big Walking Dead season premiere and what it means for Tyreese going forward. (Also make sure to check out our season premiere interviews with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott M. Gimple, as well as director Greg Nicotero’s exclusive storyboards for the Terminus raid scene.) READ FULL STORY

'Battlestar Galactica' star Jamie Bamber joins The CW's 'The Messengers'

The Messengers, one of the CW’s midseason shows, tells the story of five strangers affected when a mysterious object hits Earth. After collapsing, all five individuals come back to life just hours later with inexplicable powers, including strength and the power to heal. But once things begin to become more clear, those affected realize that they might be Earth’s only hope for stopping the Rapture … or perhaps, they’re causing it.

The Messengers currently stars Shantel VanSanten, Jon Fletcher, Sofia Black-D’Elia, JD Pardo, Joel Courtney, Anna Diop, and Diogo Morgado. And now, EW has learned exclusively that two others have joined the mix.

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'The Walking Dead' showrunner Scott M. Gimple answers premiere burning questions (like that secret scene)

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's season premiere of The Walking Dead.]

The Walking Dead just unleashed one of its most violent and emotional episodes ever with the season 5 premiere on Sunday night. And because apparently that wasn’t enough, it topped things off with a first for the show — a post-credits secret scene showing the return of Morgan. We tracked down showrunner Scott M. Gimple to get his take on the big Terminus raid, those emotional reunions, the unique flashback structure, a first ever secret scene, and what to expect next week. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman breaks down the violent and emotional premiere

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's season premiere of The Walking Dead.]

There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears on Sunday’s season premiere of The Walking Dead. Especially blood. We spoke to comic creator and TV exec producer Robert Kirkman to get his take on all the mayhem — including those emotional reunions, a secret post-credits scene, and the stuff they didn’t think would make it to air. READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' star Elizabeth Mitchell spills scoop on the Snow Queen

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time.

The Snow Queen has arrived!

During Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time, a chill continued to hang over Storybrooke—but Elsa (Georgina Haig) wasn’t to blame when Maid Marian (Christine Laing) suddenly turned to ice. Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Charming (Josh Dallas) discovered that the real culprit worked at the local ice cream parlor, thanks to the help of cunning thief Will Scarlet (Michael Socha).

But Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Elsa found the source first, discovering the Snow Queen (Elizabeth Mitchell) in the middle of the woods, tinkering with some sort of mini ice castle. The Snow Queen admitted that she was framing Elsa to prove a point—every “normal” person would eventually look at her as a monster. Then SQ attempted to kill Hook to prove her point, but Emma and David arrived in time to save the day.

Surprisingly, SQ actually knows both Emma and Elsa from their pasts, though both of them are unaware of that fact. The Emma connection remains to be seen, but Elsa and SQ first crossed paths when Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) set out to locate a magical urn that would capture Elsa. However, when he went to use it, SQ came spilling out. She promptly turned Hans into a popsicle and found a kinship with Elsa: She’s apparently Elsa’s aunt! We say “apparently” because, honestly, can she really be trusted? EW turned to Mitchell to find out.

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Transgender Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace talks about her new 'True Trans' series

Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace made headlines in 2012 upon announcing she was transitioning from Tom Gabel to a woman. Now she is ready to share her story and the stories of fellow transgender men and women in her new AOL Originals series True Trans. Grace called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) from the road during her current Against Me! tour to discuss her own experience of coming out to friends, family, and bandmates, as well as to explain her new show. And you can hear the entire thing right here on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

Lauren Cohan calls the 'Walking Dead' premiere 'our best episode yet'

Today is the day. The Walking Dead finally returns with a season 5 premiere that will require you to pick your jaw up off the floor…unless your hands are too busy covering your eyes. The episode is crazy and violent, yet also has some touching emotional moments as well that will no doubt have fans talking. While audience reaction will come after the episode airs tonight on AMC, one cast member has already filed her review. “I feel like this is our best episode of the show yet,” said Lauren Cohan when she stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) on Friday. “It took me on such a journey, which is so funny because I was there when we made it and I was still so floored. I felt so much trepidation and then such excitement about the strength of the group. It’s been really exciting the levels we can take the show too now. It’s been like feature films every time, but this time it’s just a bigger and much deeper, darker expensive movie.” READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' star Josh McDermitt got the creepiest gift imaginable from a fan

We thought Norman Reedus took the prize for weirdest gift from a Walking Dead fan with the silicone breast implant he received, but now we’re starting to rethink our drink. That’s because Josh McDermitt, who plays Eugene on the zombie drama, stopped by our Entertainment Weekly Radio studio (SiriusXM, channel 105) the other day, and by the time he left, we were all deeply disturbed. READ FULL STORY

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