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'The Walking Dead' star Lauren Cohan on why the season premiere 'gives me goosebumps'

Lauren Cohan has been having nightmares lately. It seems the move back to filming more in the city for season 5 of The Walking Dead has been messing with her mind and causing her to imagine doomsday scenarios in her sleep. But as disturbing as that sounds, there is plenty that Cohan is excited about when it comes to the return of The Walking Dead on Sunday, Oct. 12 — starting with a premiere that she promises is “the most action packed episode this show has ever seen.” Read on as the woman who plays Maggie Greene lets loose on what to expect coming up. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

Alfonso Ribeiro performs 'The Carlton' on 'Dancing With the Stars'

It’s not unusual … for Alfonso Ribeiro to dance to Tom Jones.

On Monday’s Dancing With the Stars, which was themed “Most Memorable Year,” the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star revived his signature dance move, which was born in the 1990s.

The good news: More than 10 years later, arms were swinging. Hips were swinging. The Carlton has not lost its magic.

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First look: Check out the 'NCIS: LA'-'Scorpion' crossover

NCIS: Los Angeles’ Hetty is going to lend the Scorpion guys a hand later this month, and EW has the exclusive first look.

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'Walking Dead' star Sarah Wayne Callies joins 'Colony' cast

There will be a meeting of the sci-fi minds as former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies will be joining the cast of Colony, the new USA Network pilot from former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse. Another Lost alum, Josh Holloway, will also be starring in the drama, which takes place in a modern day Los Angeles that is being occupied by alien invaders. READ FULL STORY

'The Originals': Where we left off, what's next in season 2

The Originals started as a show about three siblings, a thousand years of family history, and Klaus’ desire to regain control of New Orleans. But in season two, there are more Originals than ever, and Klaus is less about the city and more about revenge. “This [season] is about trying to clean up [season one's] mess and the hope that they can create an environment where they can bring their child home,” executive producer Julie Plec said. “Only what they do not yet realize in the beginning is that the new mess is in the form of their old family.”

Quickly, Klaus’ revenge mission will get a lot more complicated. “In the beginning, it’s vengeance against the wolves, but then slowly as more details start to appear to them and they realize oh our mother’s back, our father’s back, one brother at least is back, suddenly they realize, ‘What would happen if we all worked together against this entity that is here to cause us harm,'” Plec said. “And so we get to have a lot of fun with two species that shouldn’t necessarily get along, that shouldn’t be in cooperation with each other but trying to bring them together in all the different ways they can in hopes of building an alliance that is powerful enough to defeat the nasty side of the Original family that’s really in town causing all the trouble.”

That being said, don’t expect Mikael and Esther to be the only villains this season. “The family drama is the centerpiece of the season, but that is by no means the only outlet for enemies,” Plec said. “We have enemies brewing in the present; we have enemies brewing that are coming from the past. We’ve got all kinds of good additional problems to dump into the melting pot of New Orleans. And it’s just going to keep getting worse and worse as far as who’s coming into town to do what, and not all of them are going to be aligned with Esther and Mikael either, so they might find themselves up against an enemy of their own.”

As for what that means for the characters, get a rundown of their agendas below.

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'The Walking Dead' star Steven Yeun says Glenn 'is a leader' in season 5

Talking to Steven Yeun is always an enlightening experience. The guy tends to be quite thoughtful and candid when discussing The Walking Dead. Sure, we get into all the stuff you would expect, like what we will see from Glenn in the upcoming season. Yeun has plenty to say about all of that (as evidenced by the headline above). But he also enjoys veering the conversation into other directions, and they are always interesting. So read on to hear Yeun talking about not only about the show, but viewer reaction to it, and what it will take for The Walking Dead to remain a viable and vital program moving forward. Good stuff, folks. (Click through both pages to read the entire interview.) READ FULL STORY

'Once Upon a Time' first look: Elizabeth Mitchell makes her debut as the Snow Queen

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Elsa isn’t the only ice queen in Storybrooke.

At the close of Sunday’s episode of Once Upon a Time, Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell finally made her debut as the owner of the local ice cream parlor, which wasn’t affected by the town’s power outage caused by Elsa (Georgina Haig) thanks to similar magical powers that enable her to freeze things. That’s right, Mitchell is playing the Snow Queen, the real villain of the first half of the season.

Once fans got their first glimpse of the Snow Queen during the promo for next week’s episode, but you can check out Mitchell in all her Snow Queen glory below:

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'Buffy' alum Nicholas Brendon heads to MTV's 'Faking It'

Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum Nicholas Brendon has landed a guest-starring role on Faking It, EW has learned.

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'The Walking Dead' producer Gale Anne Hurd on 'the most ambitious episodes we've ever done'

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The Walking Dead season 5 premiere is now a mere week away. We already provided a One-Minute Refresher to get you all caught up on everything that happened last season. Now, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd spills some intel on what to expect coming up when the show returns on Oct. 12.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Gale, what can you say about the overall story or theme we’re looking at this season, or at least during the first eight episodes?
GALE ANNE HURD: Well, certainly what we’re seeing is that Rick Grimes is accepting the mantle of leadership in a way that is unlike he’s ever done in previous seasons. And that tends to have a ripple effect, with his relationships across the board in this show. We’re also embarking on the most ambitious episodes we’ve ever done in terms of not only the action set pieces, but also the level of emotional weight that’s brought to bear on the characters. READ FULL STORY

NBC adds Thandie Newton, Melissa George to miniseries 'The Slap'

NBC is getting a little slap-happy.

The network has added Thandie Newton and Melissa George to its upcoming miniseries, The Slap, which is based on the 2011 Australian project of the same name. Written by Jon Robin Baitz (The West Wing), The Slap is described as “a complex family drama that explodes from one small incident where a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child.” From there, secrets are exposed, a lawsuit is filed, and all kinds of drama ensues in the miniseries, which has an eight-episode order.

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Nina Dobrev says things get 'complicated' for Tatia on 'The Originals'

At this point, Nina Dobrev has played three doppelgangers on The Vampire Diaries. There was Elena, Katherine (pictured above), and the one who spawned them all, Amara. But when news broke that Dobrev was headed to season 2 of The Originals as Tatia, fans instantly flashed back to season 3 of TVD, when we first heard mention of Tatia’s name.

Over dinner with Stefan and Damon, Klaus and Elijah reflected on the time they had both fallen in love with the same girl when they were humans: Tatia, the first doppelganger of Amara. In fact, it had been Tatia’s blood that Esther used to bind Klaus’ werewolf side and keep him from becoming a hybrid. But other than that, there isn’t much we know about the woman who captured both of the brothers’ hearts, and that’s exactly why she’s headed to The Originals.

Originals executive producer Michael Narducci revealed that Tatia will appear in episode 5 of season 2 in a flashback that will take viewers back to the time of the Vikings. “[Nina Dobrev] got to be in scenes with both of our leads, both Daniel [Gillies] and Joseph [Morgan],” Narducci said. “We tell a story that will make you understand her fate, what happened to her, her relationship with both brothers and why what happened between her and the two brothers is so beautiful but also tragic.”

And when we spoke with Dobrev about how Tatia differs from her other doppelgangers, she said, “I feel like she’s the purest of them all because she is the original original doppelganger. She doesn’t have anyone that proceeded her that affects her life and that she has to live up to or whose history will haunt her in the future, so she has no preconceived notions. She doesn’t have all the vampire drama before her existence, so she’s just pure love and hope and innocence in a way … until things get complicated, as they always do.”

Speaking of things getting complicated, when asked about additional crossovers this season, Narducci made it clear that it isn’t likely to see anyone else (even Caroline) in New Orleans anytime soon. “It doesn’t feel like there’s an easy way to make people drop what they’re doing in Mystic Falls and come to New Orleans,” he said. “And certainly, once our storylines get rolling, it’s going to be very obvious that it will to be very impossible for our characters to take a vacation and go to Mystic Falls, but we are always looking, if it makes sense for story, to honor the fact that this is a shared universe.”

As for Caroline? “You’ll see pretty quickly that Klaus is going to have his hands full with the return of [his family] in his life and if anything, the last thing he would want is to involve someone else in that. There’s a lot of dirty family business to deal with first.”

The Originals returns for season 2 Monday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Additional reporting by Natalie Abrams

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Walking Dead,' 'Gotham,' 'Originals' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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