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'Sons of Anarchy' reaches the last fork in the road

An act of retaliation is under way. That’s nothing new for Sons of Anarchy, the FX show famous for doling out death sentences to beloved characters—except this bit of revenge is happening in between takes. It’s a September morning at Stevenson Ranch in California’s Santa Clarita Valley, and Charlie Hunnam is shooting a scene in which his character, Jax Teller, dodges gunfire from an angry redneck. After a break in the action, Hunnam delivers a quick and dirty punch to the arm of his costar Tommy Flanagan—payback for an earlier prank where Flanagan left a band of bruises on Hunnam’s bicep for fun. Hunnam runs for cover behind a gun-laden cart a few feet away from where EW stands. “I will find you!” Flanagan bellows. For a moment, there’s a temptation to rat him out. But as any Sons fan knows, you never, EVER rat.

When Sons of Anarchy debuted in 2008, the adrenalized drama was quickly dubbed “Sopranos on wheels,” thanks to its darkly complex portrait of the gunrunning club known as Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO). But over the course of six ­seasons, fans began using “Hamlet on Harleys” to describe the Shakespearean drama of creator Kurt Sutter’s story about a son (Hunnam) who rises to lead his late father’s motorcycle club but can’t escape the grasp of his manipulative mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal). Now, as the show barrels toward its Dec. 9 finale, it’s earned the right to stand on its own. Sons may well go down as one of the most savage—and addictive—family dramas, even if the family is ­bonded by honor instead of blood. After all, in addition to TV’s fiercest matriarch, it features the most moving man-hugs (fan and onetime guest star ­Stephen King has crowned it the “best bro show ever”); the most brutal-but-beautiful montages (“ballets of death,” ­executive producer Paris Barclay likes to call them); and the only leading man with both the looks to land a Calvin Klein ­fragrance ad and the street cred to get props from tattooed fans in East L.A. (“You keep the hood safe on Tuesday nights,” one recently told him.)

That strange, special mix draws an average of 8.1 million viewers a week—an audience as loyal to the series as the members of SAMCRO are to their outlaw brothers. Blockbuster ratings and ­profitable merchandising (from branded bikinis to cigars) have made the show not just FX’s ­biggest hit but also its most ­valuable one. All eyes are now on the Men of ­Mayhem and Queen Gemma, with fans ­anxiously awaiting the answers to two looming questions: What’s going to happen when Jax finds out it was his mother who killed his wife with a carving fork to the head in one of the most gruesome deaths in TV history? And how will Sutter drive his series into the sunset? “I know how I want it to end,” says the showrunner. “I think the legacy is already out there: People have embraced the world. They love that they can have fun watching it, yet the next scene they can be bawling. If we can continue to do that, that’s really what I’ll be most proud of.” READ FULL STORY

'How I Met Your Mother': Meet The Mother, Cristin Milioti, for the first time -- EXCLUSIVE

Through the years we’ve seen her umbrella, her apartment, and even her foot. But finally, in the last seconds of season 8, we came face-to-face with The Mother. EW has the first interview with the woman who landed the titular role on the CBS hit How I Met Your Mother: Cristin Milioti, a 28-year-old Cherry Hill, N.J., native and Tony-nominee for her role as “Girl” in the Broadway smash Once. We were on set when Milioti filmed her first scenes of the new season, premiering Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. (Spoiler alert: Said scenes involve cookies and a catfight.) The actress has an exciting few months coming up;  along with circling her future on-screen husband on HIMYM, she’ll appear opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street out Nov. 15.  Check out our Q&A with the incredibly sweet, rising star and watch her play a game of “Finish The Line: HIMYM version” in the video below. READ FULL STORY

The Women Who Run TV: Amy Poehler on the best show she never pitched; plus, who's on her inspiration board?

Amy Poehler is showing Knope signs of slowing down in Hollywood. In addition to her starring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, she’s producing a pilot for Comedy Central based on the web series Broad City, appearing in three upcoming movies (A.C.O.D, They Came Together, You Are Here), overseeing her online network Smart Girls at the Party, hosting shiny  events like the Golden Globes, and writing a book. For those reasons — and just because she’s, you know, funny — Poehler is highlighted in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly as part of our Women Who Run TV feature. During our interview, we asked the 41-year-old actress/writer/producer for the best TV show pitch she ever brainstormed that never saw the light of day, and she shared an intriguing one with us. READ FULL STORY

'The Big Bang Theory': Howard and Bernadette argue...in spaaaaace! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In the season 5 finale of The Big Bang Theory, Howard (Simon Helberg) blasted off to the International Space Station after his rooftop wedding to Bernadette (Melissa Rauch). When the show picks up at the start of season 6 (airing Thurs., Sept. 27 on CBS), Howard’s still floating up in the great beyond — but that doesn’t mean he’s out of reach of his newly betrothed. In this exclusive clip from the season premiere, Howard video chats with Bernadette, and while she’s happy to see her husband, her immediate concerns are much more, shall we say, earthbound. Check out the clip below:  READ FULL STORY

James Van Der Beek on playing himself in the new sitcom 'Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23' and his 'Dawson's Creek' past

The Beek from the Creek is back! James Van Der Beek, who for six seasons played the wavy-haired Dawson Leary on The WB’s phenom Dawson’s Creek, is back on television and playing a role perfect for him: himself. Following a series of self-spoofing spots on the comedy website Funny or Die and in Ke$ha’s “Blow” music video, the 35-year-old actor has a new scene-stealing role as James Van Der Beek — ­albeit a smarmy, douche-bag version of James Van Der Beek — on ABC’s slightly twisted sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 (debuting April 11 at 9:30 p.m.). The ­comedy focuses on naive New York newcomer June (Dreama Walker), who moves in with the possibly sociopathic Chloe (Krysten ­Ritter), whose ex-boyfriend/best pal just happens to be James Van Der Beek. The Apartment 23 incarnation of the Beek is a womanizer who ­seduces fans to the strains of Creek’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” theme song and launches his own line of jeans with the slogan “Put your cheeks in a Beek.”

“I love doing it,” says the actor. “I love the ego assassination that comes with it. It’s just so healthy and so good for me.” EW talked to Van Der Beek about his Creek castmates, whether he would do a Creek reunion, and what it was like working with Ke$ha and some very unlucky unicorns. READ FULL STORY

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