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Robert Knepper's Clock King headed to 'The Flash'

Fans of Arrow and The Flash know all about the upcoming crossover event that will happen in the eighth episode of both shows. But before we get that far, there’s another crossover of sorts happening just one episode earlier on The Flash—perhaps it sets the entire dual-show plot in motion?

EW has confirmed that Robert Knepper’s Clock King, first seen on Arrow, is heading to Central City in episode 7 of The Flash. And according to TVLine, who first reported the news, the Clock King won’t be working alone. Yeah, it definitely sounds like Barry might need to call on his superhero buddies for a little help.

The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kyle MacLachlan joins 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' as Skye's father

Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first premiered, the show has been hinting at the identity of Skye’s parents. It’s been an ongoing topic of discussion between May and Coulson, and one that climaxed in the season 1 finale, when Raina handed an unknown person a photo of Skye claiming that she’d found his daughter.

Although we don’t know how he will fit into the context of the show, Skye’s father will definitely enter the mix in season 2. Sources confirm that Kyle MacLachlan has been cast in the role, though there’s no word yet on how long he’ll be sticking around.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m ET on ABC.

Netflix passes HBO in subscriber revenue

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Which team are you on: Netflix or HBO? No, it’s not so much a direct competition—but that doesn’t make it any less impressive that Netflix, which was founded in 1997, just passed HBO, founded in 1972, in subscriber revenue in the last quarter.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook to share what he called the “minor milestone.” According to Hastings, Netflix earned $1.146 billion in subscriber revenue in the last quarter, where HBO only took in $1.141 billion. As Hastings put it, “They still kick our ass in profits and Emmys, but we are making progress. HBO rocks, and we are honored to be in the same league.”

Netflix, of course, is home to hit original shows Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, while HBO houses more shows, including Game of Thrones, Girls, True Detective, and Silicon Valley, which even Hastings admits to loving. But with more original programming in the works, including Daredevil, it seems safe to say that Netflix won’t go away anytime soon.

Ben McKenzie is 'the last good man' in new 'Gotham' teaser

Thus far, a lot of the talk surrounding Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham has been about the villains—like the introduction of a new villain, Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney, and the highly anticipated origin stories of other fan favorites like The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, and more.

But what does a world full of villains and potential villains mean for the citizens of Gotham? Well, it means their lives depend on the guy Ben McKenzie calls “the last good man in Gotham” in a new teaser for the show: James Gordon.

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NBC reaches a deal on new Bill Cosby comedy

Bill Cosby is returning to television.

EW has confirmed that NBC has made a deal for an untitled family comedy starring Cosby and written by Mike O’Malley. According to Deadline, the show will follow Cosby as Jonathan Franklin, “a patriarch of a multi-generational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives.”

The show is reportedly being eyed for summer or fall of 2015 with O’Malley set to executive produce alongside Mike Sikowitz.

Janeane Garofalo exiting 'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' in first season

Janeane Garofalo is leaving Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Bravo’s first-ever scripted drama, in the series’ first season.

The show, which is based on Vicki Iovine’s bestselling series, follows Abby (Lisa Edelstein) and her career as a self-help book author who’s hiding something: her separation from her husband. Garofalo plays Lyla, Abby’s entertainment lawyer and friend.

According to TV Line, which first reported the news, Garofalo will continue shooting through October to give her character a proper exit.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce premieres Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Kate Burton returning to 'Grey's Anatomy' as Ellis Grey

Grey’s Anatomy fans had a love-hate (but mostly hate) relationship with Meredith’s mother, Ellis Grey. On the one hand, we had her to thank for the fact that Meredith was dark and twisty in the first place, not to mention the great drama that came along with her Alzheimer’s, generally crappy parenting, and, of course, her love affair with Richard. But in season three, both fans and Meredith let go of Ellis for good when she died, met up with Meredith in the afterlife, and finally approved of her daughter. So you can imagine our surprise when we found out that we’ll be seeing Ellis again fairly soon.

EW has confirmed that Kate Burton will reprise her role as Ellis Grey in the upcoming season 11 premiere of Grey’s. According to TV Guide, Ellis will appear in flashbacks. And based on the fact that the season 10 finale introduced a new head of cardio who also just happened to be Richard and Ellis’ long-lost love child, it’s possible the flashbacks will have something to do with new doc Margaret Pierce (played by Kelly McCreary).

Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Who's the best character on TV right now? Vote for your favorite -- and tell us who we missed

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In an age when everyone and their old email server is producing quality short-form entertainment, how can anyone possibly whittle down all of the best characters on TV right now into a 25-entry list?

The answer: Slowly, carefully, and by following a rigid set of criteria. As EW‘s TV editors wrote in their call for submissions, for the purposes of this list, “characters must be current, fictional, recurring, and awesome. No reality, no one-offs, no finished shows, no pilots, no scrubs (a scrub is a guy who can’t get no love from me).” We also enacted a strict one-character-per-show policy, and decided that only characters whose arcs are ongoing would be eligible. And while these rules meant disqualifying several staff favorites—sorry, Rust Cohle, Molly Solverson, Yvonne “Vee” Parker, and Walter White—we’re still plenty happy with our final results.

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See Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock on the set of 'Daredevil'

Last we heard of  Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series, True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll had just joined the cast as Karen Page, the longest-running love interest of Matt Murdock in the Daredevil comics. And in the first photos from the set of the Netflix drama, sure enough, there’s a glimpse of Page’s love.

The photo, above, features Charlie Cox getting into character as Murdock, the Irish Catholic lawyer who was blinded in childhood and uses his heightened senses to fight crime as the vigilante Daredevil. And said crime-fighting could likely be the reason behind those cuts around his eye.

Plot details about the series are being kept secret, though it’s known that Elden Henson will join Woll and Cox as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner, as will Vincent D’Onofrio (as crime lord Kingpin) and Rosario Dawson, whose character’s identity is being kept a secret.

Daredevil is expected to launch on Netflix in 2015.

Retro bleak: Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence are 'Partners' in groaners

In 2012, CBS premiered a new show about two odd-couple male pals. It was called Partners, and on the surface, it seemed to have everything going for it—a prime slot following How I Met Your Mother, a great pedigree courtesy of two ’90s sitcom wizards (it was created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan of Will & Grace fame), two charismatic stars (Michael Urie and David Krumholtz). Even so, Partners failed to gain traction. Critics griped that its old-fashioned jokes were tired rather than appealingly retro; just a few weeks into the 2012-2013 TV season, it became one of the first shows to get the ax.

Clearly, those who don’t pay attention to TV history are doomed to repeat it.

FX’s newest offering, like the CBS series, is a lowest-common-denominator comedy with a laugh track. It was also created by two men whose careers peaked in the ’90s—Robert Horn produced Living Single and the short-lived CBS sitcom High Society; Robert L. Boyett’s last name will be familiar to anyone who grew up watching Miller/Boyett family comedies like Full House, Family Matters, and Step by Step. It, too, stars two veteran actors, albeit ones significantly more seasoned than Urie and Krumholtz: five-time Emmy Award winner Kelsey Grammer and ex-Martin star (and onetime Big Momma) Martin Lawrence. Like that other show, Partners is also called, uh, Partners.

Most importantly: Both are stereotype-laden throwbacks to a simpler time when multi-cam sitcoms ruled and no joke was too broad. And both are, well, not that good. READ FULL STORY

Will Peter Jackson ever direct 'Doctor Who'?

Director Peter Jackson is a longtime fan of Doctor Who, and last year told EW he would dearly love to direct an episode of the long-running British science-fiction show, which returns to BBC America on Aug. 23. “They don’t even have to pay me,” Jackson said. “But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks.”

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'The Awesomes' proves that superheroes don't have to be perfect

Watching The Awesomes after watching Guardians of the Galaxy is a bit jarring: Both the cartoon show and the Marvel movie focus on unlikely superheroes who crack jokes while stumbling through life, making The Awesomes almost the perfect companion piece to the movie. If only it were funnier.

The show, co-created by Saturday Night Live alum and current Late Night host Seth Meyers, premiered a year ago on Hulu with 10 episodes and was liked enough to get a second season. It’s easy to see why it was popular: Its cast features a roster of past and present SNL players, including Taran Killam and Kenan Thompson, and it’s about superheroes—quirky, clumsy superheroes at that. And, as the success of Guardians of the Galaxy goes to show, all superheroes don’t have to be perfect. READ FULL STORY

Nickelodeon launching live-action 'School of Rock' series

Nickelodeon has signed up for the School of Rock.

Based on the 2003 film of the same name, the kid-focused network is launching a new live-action musical-comedy series also titled School of Rock. Nickelodeon has already ordered 13 episodes of the series, which will follow Dewey Finn, the “down-on-his-luck rocker who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school as he teaches his eccentric, unconventional, and overachieving students to play and love rock ‘n’ roll.”

The straight-to-order series marks studio Paramount Television’s first foray into kids programming. The series will be written by Jim and Steve Armogida, who will also serve as showrunners. The movie’s director, Richard Linklater, and producer Scott Rudin are on board as executive producers.

“With Dewey’s outrageous personality and rock star sensibilities taking center stage, School of Rock will be an irresistibly fun show for the whole family,” president of Paramount Television Amy Powell said in a press release.

School of Rock is expected to premiere in the spring of 2015.

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