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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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.
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
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.”
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 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.
I still remember the first time a spoiler truly failed me. It was the season 3 finale of The O.C., and I had read that someone was going to die. Everything I found online pointed to Sandy Cohen having a heart attack. The rumors crushed me to read—but after weeks of preparation, I was ready to try and come to terms with it. But as I sat on my couch, two minutes before the finale was scheduled to end, I realized that Sandy was nowhere to be seen. Instead, the show was focused on a car containing Ryan and Marissa. I started to panic. Sure enough, the spoiler had led me astray: Marissa died, and my favorite couple was torn apart. I’ll never let that go.
So why am I telling you this? Because I promise you, roomies, that I will do my very best never to lead you astray. With the return of Spoiler Room, you have my word that you will know what I know—because that’s how being roommates works, right? Just be sure not to, you know, open my mail or anything. Deal?
As always, you can tweet questions to me @samhighfill or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor fans know Clare Crawley well. After all, she was often the center of attention in one of the show’s most controversial seasons, featuring Bachelor Juan Pablo. From her late night/early morning swim with Juan Pablo to her feud with his eventual pick, Nikki Ferrell, Clare made her presence known. But will she do the same on Bachelor In Paradise?
We’ve got an exclusive deleted clip from the Bachelor In Paradise premiere, in which Clare talks about putting Juan Pablo’s “bullsh–” behind her and still believing love is waiting for her. READ FULL STORY
Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We had another unanimous vote this week as Amber was evicted. There have been a lot of unanimous or near unanimous votes this season. What is it about the house dynamic this year that has led to so much consensus?
JULIE CHEN: The house is being run by men who intimidate the women and those that are not in their alliance. No one is willing to put a target on their back and no one is strong enough to start forming an alliance against the Detonators. It’s pure intimidation. It started out as brawn that intimidated everyone — i.e. Devin and Caleb — and it morphed into the other men in the Bomb Squad running the house now: Derrick, Zach, Frankie, and Cody. READ FULL STORY
It looks like the men of Undateable will have another year to perfect their courting habits.
EW has confirmed that NBC has picked up the half-hour comedy for a second season. The show, which premiered in May, stars Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rick Glassman as four friends who find the whole dating thing a bit challenging. But if D’Elia has his way, he’ll get a spaceship out of this:
Chris Pratt will officially become a big time movie star with today’s release of Guardians of The Galaxy (my personal pick for best film of the summer). And considering that GOTG is coming on the heels of The Lego Movie and will be followed by next year’s sure-to-be-massive Jurassic World…well, let’s just say Pratt (who stars in all three) has a lot of things to talk about. And we talked about all of those things when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio this morning. But we also wanted to chat with Pratt (hey, they rhymes!) about the impending ending (again, rhymes!) of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which will sign off after one final season. So how does Pratt feel about gearing up for the last go round in Pawnee? READ FULL STORY
Nessa Stein is Batman. She’s born into a world of wealth and privilege. She’s lost both of her parents, and even watched her father’s gruesome death enacted before her. And now, bound to no specific law, she wields her parents’ power.
But Nessa doesn’t live in Gotham City. She’s a second generation Israeli. Her father wasn’t a do-gooder philanthropist but a Holocaust survivor–turned–weapons manufacturer. And while Nessa begins The Honorable Woman by donning a new costume (the ceremonial member robes of House of Lords), her actions are predicated not on some abstract ideal, but a series of compromises. You wonder whether she can do any good at all. READ FULL STORY
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