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The Walking Dead Season 5: What happened to Beth? Emily Kinney talks!

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When last we saw Beth Greene — the once fragile blossom who wanted to kill herself in her mama’s bed in Season 2 of AMC’s pop culture phenomenon The Walking Dead — she was being swept away in a big, black, cross-bedecked car after a liberating few days in the woods with Daryl (Norman Reedus). While the Season 5 trailer reveals that Beth is holding her own — and proving she can take a punch — in what appears to be a brutal asylum of some sort, rumors of the arrival of Negan and other baddies from the comic book … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead: Does Dr. Eugene really have a cure? We ask Josh McDermitt


No question about it: As The Walking Dead‘s upcoming Season 5 unspools, Dr. Eugene Porter has his work cut out for him. Trapped in a Terminus train car with comrades old and new,  the survival of the ever-growing Grimes gang appears to hinge on the mulleted M.D. not being a fibber about the actuality of that cure in Washington, D.C. • MORE: The Walking Dead Season 5: Where is Beth? We ask Emily Kinney! “This is the only thing that’s giving them hope,” says Josh McDermitt, who plays the mysterious Dr. Porter. “We see in the trailer that they’re all tied up … Continue reading

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The Walking Dead Season 5 preview: Terminus isn’t terminal


Here’s what we know about Season 5 so far, Walking Dead faithful. The action picks up right where Season 4 left off, and co-executive producer Robert Kirkman promises that we’ll learn more about the residents of Terminus from the get-go in a season that will adhere closely to the comic-book storylines. And yes, despite horrific snippets of what looks like a human slaughterhouse in the lightning-paced Season 5 trailer, our captives in that train car do appear to escape, thanks to Dr. Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) promise of a cure in Washington, D.C. • MORE: The Walking Dead Season 5: Does … Continue reading

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Exclusive clip: Mellie returns to the pole (sort of) in an all-new Gypsy Sisters

Exclusive clip: Mellie returns to the pole (sort of) in an all-new Gypsy Sisters

With one week to go until the Gypsy Sisters finale, Kayla calls the gang with some happy news. All their prodding for her to reestablish communication with her estranged husband Richard has done the trick and the two are planning to recommit to one another. • MORE: We talk a new season of Gypsy Sisters with Kayla Williams and Nettie Stanley! “It’s just been a rough road with Richard for the past year, but it’s all extremely self-explanatory for the very beginning of our season clear to the end,” Kayla told us in a recent interview. “It wasn’t easy filming … Continue reading

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5 Questions with … CCH Pounder of NCIS: New Orleans


In an era of short television attention spans, CBS’ NCIS franchise enjoys remarkable success. The flagship series has been a Nielsen Top 10 staple for more than half of its 11-year run and NCIS: Los Angeles, its 5-year-old spinoff, fares well for the network, too. This information is not lost on CCH (that’s short for Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder, who will play Jefferson Parrish coroner Dr. Loretta Wade in the newest NCIS outing, NCIS: New Orleans, which premieres tonight. • MORE: NCIS: New Orleans explores crime in the Crescent City “I don’t want to be part of slowing that franchise … Continue reading

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State of Affairs on NBC: Katherine Heigl returns to TV in expanded role


State of Affairs NBC Premieres: Nov. 17 Airs: Mondays at 10pm Who’s In It? Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard After a four-year hiatus from the small screen to spend time with her growing family, Heigl returns to TV as the star and co-executive producer of this political thriller from The Blacklist’s Joe Carnahan that aims to make U.S. politics and international unrest just a little bit sexy. Heigl plays Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a beautiful, ballsy CIA analyst entrusted with assembling the President’s Daily Briefing — or PDB for short. But Charlie’s relationship with President Constance Payton (Woodard) goes much deeper than … Continue reading

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When does Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie premiere?


Lifetime’s long-awaited Aaliyah biopic will premiere November 15 at 8/7CT, the network announced today. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp who replaced Disney star Zendaya in the role of the ill-fated songbird and actress, is based on the bestseller Aaliyah: More Than a Woman by former Time Magazine music editor Christopher John Farley. The film also features Anthony Grant (Love Thy Neighbor) as music impresario Damon Dash, Izaak Smith (Mirror, Mirror) as record producer Timbaland, Elise Neal (The Soul Man) as soul legend Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille (Home Away) as Missy Elliot. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B … Continue reading

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Madam Secretary on CBS: Tea Leoni returns to TV!

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Madam Secretary CBS Premieres: Sept. 21 Airs: Sundays at 8pm Who’s In It? Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Bebe Neuwirth The Naked Truth’s Leoni returns to series television after a 16-year absence, playing Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst turned college professor (and a married mom) who unexpectedly rises to the role of U.S. secretary of state, in this drama co-executive produced by Morgan Freeman and Judging Amy’s Barbara Hall. “I’ve always really enjoyed a fish out of water — a lively fish out of water — and by about page 2 of the script, I knew that’s what this was going … Continue reading

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Syfy goes to zombie camp with The Asylum’s Z Nation

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Z Nation Syfy Premieres: Sept. 12 Airs: Fridays at 10pm ET/PT If you are heading into tonight’s premiere of Syfy’s Z Nation wondering who in their right mind would attempt a zombie show at the zenith of The Walking Dead’s popularity— uh, well, the Sharknado guys, that’s who. This is important information for several reasons. For one, it gives us e’er faithful Dead fans — and I am Activities Director of that camp around here — permission to tune in and blame it on curiosity about that pedigree. And for two, it also gives us permission to not be entirely … Continue reading

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Survivor’s Remorse — LeBron James and “Glee’s” Mike O’Malley team up on Starz

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Survivor’s Remorse Starz Premieres: Oct. 4 Airs: Saturdays at 9pm Who’s In It? Jessie T. Usher, RonReaco Lee, Erica Ash, Teyonah Parris Starz’ new six-episode laugher about the personal and professional travails of young Boston basketball standout Cam Calloway (Usher) — whose multimillion-dollar pro contract is his family’s ticket out of poverty and into a fresh set of problems — is executive produced by the sports-meets-entertainment dream team of LeBron James, his business partner Maverick Carter, sitcom guru and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner (The Cosby Show, Roseanne) and Glee’s Mike O’Malley, himself a Boston native. “Ever since I … Continue reading

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