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'Forever' star Ioan Gruffudd recalls a Sarah Michelle Gellar prank

Just because his freshman ABC drama Forever has scored a full season order doesn’t mean star Ioan Gruffudd has forgotten about his one-season wonder Ringer on The CW. Visiting EW Radio’s TV Hour earlier today, Gruffudd told the story of how costar Sarah Michelle Gellar celebrated his birthday.

Listen below—you’ll also hear him embrace the fact that host Jessica Shaw insisted the pronunciation guide on his Wikipedia page say his Welsh name whenever it needed to be spoken.  READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: TV shows with bad special effects

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Special effects can be awesome. They can transport us to space with a stranded Battlestar or the USS Enterprise, take us everywhere from Metropolis to Middle Earth, make mythical creatures like dragons or sphinxes or three-headed dogs come alive — oh, I could go on forever. I love them, and I love what hardworking VFX teams are able to pull off.

But I’m not in love with unnecessary effects, especially when it comes to TV shows. When the special effects teams for certain shows are already tirelessly working away on a tight schedule (and often a tight budget), there’s no need to squeeze in elaborate shots that require green-screen heavy lifting. Fake backgrounds and awkward-looking scenes just take me out of what I’m watching. (Unless it’s Sharknado, of course.)

Exhibit A: Ringer. (Side note: Does anyone remember Ringer? …Bueller? Bueller?) The Sarah Michelle Gellar-helmed CW drama was axed after airing its first season, but aside from giving us plenty of groan-worthy lines between Gellar’s twin sister characters, it also gave us the following green-screened-to-death scene:
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'Orphan Black' series premiere react: Attack of the clone(s)

Judging by last night’s premiere, it’s a little confusing why the new Canadian series Orphan Black should be sandwiched between Doctor Who and Nerdist as part of BBC America’s Supernatural Saturdays. Most of the series opener served as a showcase for Tatiana Maslany, who played one character figuring out how to impersonate another. It felt a bit more like an identity swap dramedy than the sci-fi conspiracy thriller we were promised. But that’s forgivable, because we’re just getting started.

We didn’t waste any time getting to the moment that sets off the whole series. Sarah (Maslany) waits for a train that will shuttle her away from her checkered past. But as she waits, she spots a woman who looks exactly like her — and who jumps in front of the train to her death. Sarah impulsively decides to take on the deceased woman’s personality, and most of the fun in this episode comes from watching Sarah winging it as she tries to be Beth, whose life turns out to be even more complicated than Sarah’s. As Beth, Sarah has to figure out how to act like a cop who’s the subject of a messy internal investigation. And she also has to pretend be Dylan Bruce’s girlfriend, which must be so hard.

If you’ve read the logline for Orphan Black — and if you haven’t, spoilers ahead! — you know that Sarah has many more ringers out there, who are actually clones. I suspect once the Sarahs start to multiply, that’s when the show will really start getting fun. But right now, the highlight is definitely Maslany, who so far mostly has to look flustered and falsely confident in assuming her new identity. The low point is Sarah’s gay foster brother Felix (Jordan Gavaris), who shoots off some mood-lightening quips but embodies a number of ugly stereotypes.

Are you going to keep watching for more clones? Does anyone else think that Alia Shawkat and Tina Majorino are Maslany’s real-life ringers? Speaking of which, how does Orphan Black stack up against Ringer?

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Read more:
‘Orphan Black': Watch the first three minutes of BBC America’s newest thriller — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
David Tennant and Billie Piper to return for ‘Doctor Who’ 50th anniversary
Chris Hardwick previews ‘Nerdist’ on BBC America. Plus, EXCLUSIVE CLIPS

PopWatcher Planner: 'Revenge' returns, Zac Efron will have you unhooked, and adorable 'Wild' animals

National Smile Month will come to a close faster than you can imagine, and we PopWatcher Planners are determined to make sure you get your fair share of toothy grins during the latter half of April. From good reads to devilish deeds, we’ve got a week’s worth of ear-to-ear good times, including a season finale, a primetime sudser’s return, some playful baby elephants on DVD, National Record Store Day, and political yuks. Enjoy! READ FULL STORY

Fall TV post-mort: What are you still watching? DVR'ing?

Let’s think back for a moment to the start of the fall TV season when we were giddy with hope and optimism about all the new (Hart of DixieNew Girl! The X Factor!) and old (Modern Family! Glee! Fringe!) shows we’d watch in the months ahead. Back then I posted a series of blog posts outlining what I planned to view live versus DVR every night of the week. At the time, I really did have every intention of sticking to my schedule, but naturally as the weeks wore on and plotlines developed my interests began to waver, for better and for worse. I’m sure you know what I mean, unless you’re one of those people who actually follows through with your goals, in which case we can’t be friends. Nevertheless, now that we’re in the midst of the dreaded hiatus period, I figured it would be a good time to reflect on where we started off this season and where we ended up. Check out my day-by-day post-mort below, beginning with all the shows I so naively intended to watch: READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Who's the biggest badass of the year?

You may be feeling warm and fuzzy with the holiday season, but we’ll knock that right out of you with our polls crowning the biggest movie and TV badasses of the year. Let’s take a look at the movie nominees first:  READ FULL STORY

EW's Bite of the Night for Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

We at EW scoured the TV line-up last night to find the best one-liners from your favorite shows. With several series gearing up for November sweeps, last night’s episodes offered a smorgasbord of quotable goodness. There was the meta (David’s Arquette’s parting shot at Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing With the Stars), the childishly adorkable (who else but the lovable goons of New Girl?), and even the downright sassy (Ringer, party of one!). See the best bites below.

Want more? You can read all three recaps: See what Tim Stack had to say about Ringer, check out Annie Barrett’s always hilarious Dancing With the Stars write-up, and get your bing-bong sing-song on while reading our take on New Girl.

Read more:
EW’s Bite of the Night for Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
EW’s Bite of the Night for Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011
EW’s Bite of the Night for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

TV Leaderboard: 'The Vampire Diaries' takes the lead again in EW.com reader ratings

With Breaking Bad — and its stranglehold of the EW.com reader rankings — now out of the picture, it should surprise no one that The Vampire Diaries has vaulted back to the top of the pack, thanks to a jam-packed episode that featured Elena getting her Buffy on. Meanwhile, a new addition to the EW recap ranks, ABC’s Happy Endings, makes a happy debut at no. 4. Here are the full standings:  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'American Horror Story' and eight other new shows you love

Do you like scary movies? Then you’ll love FX’s new series American Horror Story, the craziest new TV series of the fall season — and perhaps ever. Created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, AHS is a feverish, sexed-up reimagining of one of the most reliable tropes of the genre, the haunted house. And in this week’s issue, EW goes behind the scenes of the fabulously freaky frightfest. The Harmon family — father Ben (The Practice‘s Dylan McDermott), mother Vivien (Friday Night Lights‘ Connie Britton), and daughter Violet (newcomer Taissa Farmiga) — move from Boston to Los Angeles for a fresh start, but end up moving into a house that makes the Insidious abode look like a trip to Disneyland. Despite a warning that the previous owners have died in the house, the family still moves in and that’s when all hell literally breaks loose. Pretty soon, Vivien is having sex with someone/something in a rubber fetish suit, Ben is sleepwalking naked around the house, and Violet is encountering a basement-dwelling creature nicknamed the “infantata.” And that’s just in the first 50 minutes. “I read the script and I was like, ‘Um…whaat? I don’t understand,'” says Britton. “I kind of took a leap of faith.”  READ FULL STORY

What are YOUR picks for the three best (and worst!) new shows of the season?

A few weeks into the new TV season, we’ve already seen a few new shows fall victim to low ratings and overall stink. (Sorry, Free Agents.) But on the glass half-full side, we’re also slowly learning which shows have a strong pulse, and subsequently — if you’re one of those who waits to get invested — which ones we should be jumping on board.

Admittedly, that’s still a crap load of shows to sift through. Personally, three have floated to the top of my must-watch list (at least, this is the standing until Once Upon a Time premieres in two weeks): American Horror Story, 2 Broke Girls, and Hart of Dixie. My most controversial pick is easily Dixie — and not because Rachel Bilson’s microscopic shorts are basically illegal in Alabama. But it’s not a critically adored new show and hasn’t garnered huge ratings. (It has, however, gotten a full season pick up. WOO!) Whatever. I like it. And that’s the attitude we all have to adopt when talking about our new faves. Hold the torch even when it seems like there’s no one else who likes it. Spoiler: There’s always someone else.

That’s my official pep talk. Now, ‘fess up. What are your three favorite shows of the season, readers? READ FULL STORY

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