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Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Murder,' 'Elementary,' 'Walking Dead' 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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FX sets premiere dates for 'Justified' and more

Justified fans awaiting that final showdown between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Boyd (Walton Goggins) finally have a date to mark on their calendars: FX has announced the show’s sixth and final season will premiere Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

Speaking to EW earlier this month, Goggins sounded as excited as viewers: “It’s interesting when Raylan chooses to insert himself into Boyd’s life, and it’s electric. I have always waited for this. I’ve wanted this experience with Tim since we did the pilot. Six years ago, I was looking forward to these interactions between these two men, and they are complicated and they just turn me on, man,” he said. “Graham [Yost] and all the writers, the crew, everybody understands that we have something to protect here—and we’re doing it for Elmore [Leonard] and for his legacy as much as we’re doing it for ourselves. So nothing has been taken for granted. Every scene that Boyd has had with Ava [Joelle Carter] has blown me away because so much is happening from word to word, from sentence to sentence. So much is changing all the time. Everything is loaded. It’s just a pleasure to be a part of. It leaves you exhausted mentally at the end of the day. A lot’s happenin’ in Harlan County,” he continued, laughing. “I mean there’s so many pieces movin’, I forget which game we’re playing sometimes.”

FX also announced the return of The Americans. Season three debuts on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Archer, meanwhile, is back for its sixth season on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET.

Over on FXX, the tenth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will begin Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of the new comedy Man Seeking Woman at 10:30 p.m. ET. That stars Jay Baruchel as a twentysomething on a quest for love. READ FULL STORY

Frank Langella to appear on 'The Americans'

Oscar nominated actor Frank Langella is joining The Americans in a recurring role to oversee Philip and Elizabeth Jennings.

Langella will play “Gabriel,” Philip and Elizabeth’s previous KGB handler, who emerges from retirement to assume duties from Margo Martindale’s Claudia. (Martindale also appears on the CBS sitcom The Millers.) In the second season finale—spoiler alert—Claudia explained the Center’s intentions to turn Philip and Elizabeth’s daughter, Paige.
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Here's why Philip Jennings is the best character on 'The Americans'

For fans of The Americans, it’s tough to pick between the Jennings parents. Both Philip and Elizabeth are so essential, so scary, so Russian. Yet we must choose only one to be the show’s best character, because, well, who doesn’t love a good game of spy-vs.-spy? And as great as both are, I’d say Matthew Rhys’ Philip has the edge over Keri Russell’s Elizabeth. Even if just by a (wig) hair.

Like his wife, Philip contains murderous multitudes: He’s a walking, running, snarling one-man show with own dense cast of characters. There’s Clark Westerfeld, the square C.I.A. bureaucrat who sometimes treats his wife—yes, a second wife—to wildly passionate romps in the hay. There’s Scott Birkeland, a Swedish intelligence officer who also plays the long con with women (all in the name of intel, natch). Those are just a few of his best undercover personae—only the most diligent KGB desk jockey could keep count of the countless wigs, mustaches, and turtlenecks Philip has sported to fool his marks.

But that’s not why he’s the best character on the show. READ FULL STORY

'The Americans': Is Keri Russell's Elizabeth a bad mother?

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Abandoning her kids at home without a babysitter. Leaving them to defend themselves from some creepy guy with a beer bottle. Failing to lock the door when she’s tangled up with their dad in a position that might scar those young’uns for life.

Some might say that choices like these make Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) a terrible mother. Well, tonight’s season finale of The Americans probably won’t help her reputation. [Spoiler alerts ahead!] READ FULL STORY

'The Americans': Noah Emmerich on Stan's 'dark and difficult' season 2 journey

You would think that as an FBI agent, Noah Emmerich’s Stan Beeman would have it a little easier than most of the characters on FX’s hit spy drama — but not so much. Last season, he became involved with Russian informant Nina Sergeevna (Annet Mahendru), who turned out to be a double agent of sorts. And as we saw from his reactions in Wednesday night’s episode, “New Car,” his personal and professional life are pretty close to disintegrating completely. “It’s sort of a painful place that we find him in,” Emmerich admits, speaking about his character’s journey so far in season 2. “He’s struggling.”

EW spoke with Emmerich about how Stan is adapting to his painful struggle, how his relationship with Nina has affected him, and what he thinks is in store for Stan as we head into the home stretch of the season.

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'The Americans': Hair department spills 8 tidbits about the show's outrageous '80s wig

One of the best parts of watching FX’s rollicking spy drama The Americans is getting to see just what Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell wear next — on their heads, that is.

Peg Schierholz, who leads the show’s hair department, has plenty to say about the fun that goes into creating the gorgeous 1980s styles that adorn Phillip, Elizabeth, and the rest of their Russian-American spy friends. And in fact, that’s why their hair is so big: it’s full of secrets.

Read on for eight little factoids we learned from Schierholz in anticipation of Wednesday night’s episode, which might answer a few questions fans have about one character’s locks in particular. READ FULL STORY

'The Americans' season 2: Six scoops on the new season

The Americans returns Feb. 26, and during a panel Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour, the cast and producers teased what the season has in store for TV’s Russian spy couple next door.

This season will turn the focus back on the family.
“We felt like [season 1] had been so focused on the marriage,” says EP Joe Weisberg, “and the natural place to go next was the family.” Particularly with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth’s (Keri Russell) marriage on more solid ground, they wanted to move on to exploring “the next point of fracture” — the family unit.
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'The Americans' sets season 2 premiere date

FX has set the return of The Americans: Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed Cold War spy drama will premiere Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET. The network previously announced the Jan. 7 return of Justified.

Will Arnett open to returning to 'Arrested Development'

Will Arnett may be starring in CBS’ The Millers this fall, but he’s still open to returning to Arrested Development.

“I think that for all of us, Arrested is something that we love doing and we love working together,” Arnett told EW about the series, which might return to Netflix for a fifth season. “Whatever sort of incarnation comes up, I’m very open to it.”

On The Millers, Arnett plays a recently divorced reporter whose plans for bachelorhood get sidetracked when his overbearing mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him after separating from his father (Beau Bridges).

He’s not the only actor on the CBS sitcom willing to pull double duty: Martindale, who played Russian spy Claudia on FX’s The Americans, told reporters this morning at the Television Critics Tour in Los Angeles that she hopes to return to the role.

So how does The Millers creator Greg Garcia feel about sharing his actors?
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'The Americans,' 'Breaking Bad' lead TCA Awards nominations

Well done, “Elizabeth” and “Phillip” — you’ve played the part of average American citizens well enough to help your FX drama snag three Television Critics Association Awards nominations.

You might want to call the KGB for reinforcements, though — The Americans will face stiff competition from the likes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and The Walking Dead, all of which are also up for Program of the Year. AMC’s drug drama, which begins its final run of episodes Aug. 11, also won three nominations overall — in the same three categories as The Americans.

This year’s TCA Awards will be presented Aug. 3, during the summer’s TCA press tour. A full list of nominees is below.

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
House of Cards, Netflix
The Walking Dead, AMC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
The Americans, FX
Breaking Bad, AMC
Game of Thrones, HBO
Homeland, Showtime
Mad Men, AMC
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InsideTV Podcast: Is 'The Following' really worth following?

Image Credit: David Giesbrecth/FOX

Image Credit: David Giesbrecth/FOX

My coworkers all seem to love The Following. And although the ratings dropped off a bit last week, there seems to be a solid audience for the show as well. So am I the only person to find the show both riddled with clichés (the erudite British serial killer and flawed anti-hero) and laughably implausible (cult followers acting as covert double agents for years on end)? I don’t even hate the show, I just find it super frustrating at times. On the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast, Following fan Jessica Shaw and I discuss and debate the show. And in a truly Freaky Friday moment, I name the one character on the show I do really love — only to then have Jessica attempt to refute that person’s particular awesomeness. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Click on the audio player icon below, listen in, and then tell us what you think.

While we’re on the subject of new dramas, Jessica and I also share our thoughts on FX’s new cold war espionage drama The Americans. How do we feel about Felicity playing an icy cold KGB spy? We talk all about what’s working on the show, as well as some slight concerns going forward. And then the podcast turns momcast as we welcome Survivor fan-turned-favorite John Cochran and his mother Arlene to the program. Arlene was very upset last time John played about some of the things I wrote about her son. Now that he is returning to play Survivor: Caramoan, is she ready to handle her son being both out on the island and back in the public spotlight? It’s a candid, revealing, funny, and heartwarming chat featuring mother and son. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: It's the first ever 'Survivor' Momcast, starring John Cochran and Cochran's mom!

survivor-momcast-john-cochran_510x510He’s one of the most colorful and controversial Survivor contestants ever. John Cochran burst upon the Survivor scene demanding Jeff Probst address him by his last name and then flipping on his tribe rather than pulling colored rocks in a tiebreaker. Fans either loved or loathed him. Now, as Cochran returns to play Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites (premiering Feb. 13 on CBS), we hear not only from the man himself, but from the woman behind the man. That’s right — Cochran’s mom! John and Arlene Cochran (as seen above) join us for our first ever Survivor Momcast! READ FULL STORY

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