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'American Horror Story: Freak Show' exclusive: New teaser takes viewers under the big top

Ready for a look at American Horror Story‘s latest incarnation, Freak Show?

We already knew that this season, set at a 1950s Florida freak show, will feature a bearded lady and a scary clown. Over the past few weeks, more details have emerged: Sarah Paulson’s character has two heads. The smallest woman alive has been cast. The handsomest man alive has been cast. Now EW can exclusively reveal the latest teaser for the series, which takes viewers under Freak Show‘s big top. Needless to say, this ain’t the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Who would win a Presidential race between Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer?

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They’re both the leads on political series. They both crave power. They’re both the focus of this week’s EW cover story on The 25 Best Characters on TV. But what would happen if House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) ever met Veep‘s Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)?

“I’m not even sure she’d be alive,” laughs Spacey. “First of all, Frank would probably find a way to manipulate the little guy that carries her purse around. So I’d have a mole in her office. I do have this hilarious notion that at some point on either of our shows we should be walking down a hallway and having a discussion and pass each other, and just stop, and then keep going.” READ FULL STORY

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.

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 final season of 'Glee' will be 13 episodes

Glee won’t be returning for its final run until 2015, but it will be a shorter season than previously expected. EW has confirmed that the Fox series’ last batch of episodes will be 13 instead of the previously announced 22.

Former Fox head Kevin Reilly told reporters in May that the order for the series could change. “We need to sit down with [creator] Ryan Murphy on how to end it,” Reilly said. “The advantage of  airing it later in the season is that it doesn’t have to feel the pressure of delivering.”

First look: Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston in Lifetime's biopic

Lifetime’s early-2015 biopic Whitney Houston (working title)—directed by the singer’s Waiting to Exhale costar Angela Bassett and starring ­former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta—just began shooting. But DaCosta has already re-created the iconic cover of the pop diva’s 1987 Whitney album. And her ­modeling background came in handy for the quick shoot. Laughs the star, “I just looked at the picture and did the pose!” Somewhere Tyra is smizing proudly.

'East Los High' builds on Hulu's success among Hispanic audiences

You can’t set your DVR for East Los High, one of the most popular shows among Hispanic youth. But you can stream the show online on your laptop or tablet (or even TV, if you insist)—now in its second season on Hulu—as a nod to not only the changing nature of television, but as a telling insight on how a streaming content company has managed to build a sizeable audience among one of television’s most coveted demographics: Latino 20-somethings.

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Sarah Jessica Parker may star in a drama from the producers of 'True Detective'

Sarah Jessica Parker may be returning to the city—but this time, there could be less sex and more crime.

Sydney Kimmel Entertainment has acquired the rights to Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker’s non-fiction crime thriller Busted: A Tale of Corruption And Betrayal In The City of Brotherly Love, and Deadline reports that Sex and the City‘s Sarah Jessica Parker is expected to appear in one of the two main roles. SKE will produce the show with Anonymous Content, the producers of HBO’s True Detective.

Busted tells the story of two investigative journalists, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, whose investigative reporting helped bring to light one of the biggest police corruption scandals in Philadelphia’s history. Their reporting earned them a Pulitzer Prize.

“Wendy and Barbara have written an amazing true story, and we’re thrilled for it to be SKE’s first television project,” said SKE President of Production Carla Hacken and SKE President Jim Tauber in a statement. “Sarah Jessica Parker’s coming on board, along with David Frankel and Don Roos is simply a perfect combination that we couldn’t be happier about.”

David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada, is expected to direct and executive produce the pilot, and Don Roos, husband of Scandal‘s David Bucatinsky, will write it.

Since Sex and the City ended its groundbreaking run in 2004, Parker has guest-starred on FOX’s Glee and has appeared in several feature films. If picked up, this series would mark Parker’s first full-time return to television since the HBO comedy ended.

Matt Lauer extends contract with 'Today'

Today may be struggling to regain its stronghold on the morning audience, but apparently NBC still believes that Matt Lauer is the one who can help it return to the winner’s circle: The New York Times is reporting that NBC has extended the veteran newsman’s contract by a number of years.

Speculation had been rampant that Lauer would hit the road once his current deal expires in the next few months — especially given both the ribbing he took during Ann Curry’s much-publicized departure as his co-anchor and Good Morning America’s meteoric rise to No. 1. Nevertheless, NBC extended Lauer’s contract by more than two years, the NYT says.

GMA remains the most-watched morning news program, though Today has been closing the gap of late.

“I consider this the best job in broadcasting,” Lauer said in a statement. “I love people I work with every day and I have such respect and gratitude for the people I work for. I couldn’t be happier to be staying.”

Lauer began at Today in 1997 and holds the record as the longest-sitting Today anchor.

Arsenio Hall show is yanked for good

The Arsenio Hall Show — which already earned a second season renewal – will not go on as planned.

“While there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” said a spokesperson for CBS TV Distribution, which produced the talk show for the Tribune Station Group.  “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

“When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge,” continued Hall in a statement. “I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created.  I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”

Hall’s show debuted last September on 17 stations including WPIX, New York, at 11 p.m.; KTLA, Los Angeles, at 11 p.m.; and WGN, Chicago, at 10 p.m. Its median age was 50.1.

 

 

'The Strain': Guillermo del Toro on the creation of his FX series' big bad vampire -- EXCLUSIVE

Getting the flu is a major bummer. But it’s waaay preferable to a contagious virus that turns you into a vampire, the all-too-creepy premise behind FX’s July horror epic The Strain. Based on the book trilogy by director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and author Chuck Hogan, and executive-produced by Lost’s ­Carlton Cuse, the 13-episode series focuses on an epidemiologist (House of Cards’ Corey Stoll) who must battle a parasitic sickness threatening to transform New Yorkers into plasma-loving monsters.

The main carrier of the ­disease? The Master, one of the oldest vampires in existence. The Strain’s brutal behemoth is so complicated to operate that it takes two men (actor Robert Maillet and dancer Roberto Campanella) plus several visual-effects artists to bring him to life on screen. Del Toro shares this exclusive early sketch of the villain and talks about creating the ultimate bloodsucker. READ FULL STORY

Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly stepping down

Fox’s programming chief is stepping down: Kevin Reilly, the network’s entertainment chairman and top prime-time decision maker for the past seven years, will leave his post by the end of June.

“21st Century Fox is a great company that has provided me with choice seats at the head table of pop culture over two very rewarding stints both at FBC and FX, and I am grateful to have benefited from the leadership of Peter Rice, Chase Carey and Rupert Murdoch,” Reilly said in a statement. “Peter and I have been discussing this transition for a while, and now with a robust new slate of programming for next season and strength in the FBC ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be. I couldn’t be more thankful to my team — a group of creative, tireless and fun people whose fellowship I will miss.” READ FULL STORY

Logo announces 'Trailblazers' special to honor gay activists, with Daniel Radcliffe, Jared Leto, Ariana Grande

Logo has announced a new annual special called Trailblazers, which will pay tribute to gay rights activists who have paved the way for the LGBT community. The one-hour show, airing June 26 at 9 p.m., will feature appearances by longtime Trevor Project supporter Daniel Radcliffe as well as stars like Jared Leto, Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, Rita Ora, and Iggy Azalea. A Great Big World will also perform.

Airing during the week that marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and the one-year anniversary of DOMA being overturned, the inaugural Trailblazers will honor many LGBT champions, including gay marriage advocates Edie Windsor and Roberta Kaplan.

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