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'Penny Dreadful' to make Comic-Con debut

EW has learned exclusively that Penny Dreadful will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut on the first of the convention.

Moderated by Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.

In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. Showtime has teamed with Titan Books to produce deluxe hardcover editions of the classic novels that inspired the series. The Penny Dreadful Collection will include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Penny Dreadful concluded its first season last week and has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

'Penny Dreadful': What you need to know before the premiere

Psychosexual horror drama Penny Dreadful weaves together the origin stories of (in)famous literary characters while reimagining them in Victorian London. It’s kind of like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but with Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, and Josh Hartnett leading the charge to understand the weird, unnatural world around them.

Dalton and Green play mysterious explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and supernaturally-in-touch sidekick Vanessa Ives respectively; in the first episode, the pair attempt to recruit sharpshooting American Ethan Chandler (Hartnett) in their quest.

Here’s what else you should know before the premiere: READ FULL STORY

'Masters of Sex' season finale: How does it compare to real life?

If you haven’t watched the season finale of Masters of Sex yet, go ahead and catch up before this post spoils everything and you’re forced to console yourself with help from Ulysses.

If, however, you saw Dr. Bill Masters (Michael Sheen) profess his love for Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in the pouring rain, you’re either dying to know what’s going to happen next, or you suddenly have an inexplicable craving to watch a Nicholas Sparks movie.

Me? I wanted to see how much of Masters and Johnson’s real story had been fictionalized in the service of a good cliffhanger. So I went straight to the book that inspired the series, Thomas Maier’s Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. Okay, so I also used Google. Here’s what I found.

Was Virginia ever conflicted about accepting Bill’s “indecent proposal” in the first place?
Not so much. According to Maier, Bill hired Virginia specifically to be his sexual partner, and Virginia was fully aware of this when she signed on in 1957. “I was not comfortable with it, particularly,” she told Maier in an interview. “I didn’t want him at all, and had no interest in him.” They had sex almost nightly for more than a decade, with Bill instructing Virginia to “remain as professional as possible” so that their encounters would not “venture beyond the scope of scientific inquiry.” Decades later, Virginia claimed that she’d agreed to this simply because, as a single mother, she needed a job.


Watch a supercut of Brody's best lines on 'Homeland' -- VIDEO

With the return of Homeland this coming Sunday, EW compiled the best of Brody’s (Damian Lewis) lines from the Showtime series. Watch the solider-turned-terrorist at his finest below.  READ FULL STORY

'Masters of Sex' series premiere react: 'Watch out for the dildo'

In 1956, a national renowned fertility specialist met a former nightclub singer. Ten years later, they published a scientific study, which revolutionized our understanding of human sexuality.

And so Masters of Sex starts off innocently enough — with title cards and an awards dinner. But soon after there’s a doctor hiding in a closet as he watches a man have sex with a woman prostitute. Ah, that’s why this is on Showtime. Based on the real Masters and Johnson scientific study on human sexuality, Masters of Sex follows Dr. William “Bill” Masters (Michael Sheen) as he builds his study on the questions that have plagued him over the years, such as “Why would a woman fake an orgasm?” He may not have needed a study to find out that question, but it’s a start. READ FULL STORY

Character Rehab: How to fix Frank Gallagher on 'Shameless'

Here at EW, we have a weekly series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.

Frank Gallagher is a shameless bastard. (Pun intended.) He always has been, and that’s why Shameless viewers love him, hate him, and love to hate him. But what makes this drunken vagrant of a father to Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam Gallagher such an interesting character to watch is also one of the show’s biggest problems. The Showtime dramedy, so far, has shown three seasons of the impish William H. Macy manipulate, scheme, and use anyone and anything to serve his own purposes, which mainly consists of drinking, ingesting drugs, and having sex.

With season 4’s premiere on Jan. 12, another 12 episodes of Macy acting drunk, self-serving, and occasionally funny will be repetitive and dull. By now, we get who Frank is and how he operates. So what else is there? Although Frank is due for a visit to an actual rehab, he can also use a character rehab to make him more complex and compelling. Before Showtime’s dysfunctional family dramedy returns early next year, here are four fixes to make the Gallagher patriarch a more dynamic — and watchable — character.

Fall TV Wish List: What we want from 'Homeland' this coming season

Here at EW, Fall TV Wish List is a new weekly series in which our TV critics Melissa Maerz and Jeff Jensen weigh in on what they hope the coming season will bring for some of their favorite shows. Today: Showtime’s Homeland, which premieres its third season on Sept. 29.

“Maybe all this will end in tears,” Brody (Damian Lewis) predicted during the season 2 finale. And that’s pretty much what happened. (Then again, it’s pretty much what always happens: Just watch the Claire Danes Cry Face Supercut.) After Quinn (Rupert Friend) declined to kill Brody, Brody’s car exploded right next to the memorial for Bill Walden (Jamey Sheridan), killing Estes (David Harewood) and much of the C.I.A. The followers of the late Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) leaked Brody’s old confession tape to the national news, implicating him (falsely) in the bombing, while also cluing in Jessica (Morena Baccarin) about her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s past. And Carrie (Claire Danes) made her big, romantic, “I’ve decided I want to be with you” speech to Brody, only to have their celebratory snogging interrupted by a massive boom! and a run for the Canadian border, where she and her terrorist boyfriend parted ways. (“Goodbye, love!”) The good news? At some point, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) actually smiled — ostensibly because Carrie survived the explosion, but maybe also because Patinkin knew that he’d earned that Emmy nod. The bad news? Now Brody will never get to be Carrie’s cabin boy.


'Ray Donovan' actress takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO


Ambyr Childers has had more than a few racy scenes in her role as a former teen star on Showtime’s Ray Donovan — most of them playing opposite Liev Schreiber. But off screen, the actress tends to fill her time with lighter entertainment, like Will Ferrell movies.

Watch below as Childers confesses her love for Talladega Nights and more.

This Week's Cover: 'Dexter,' the killer final season


The final season of one of the most successful and acclaimed cable dramas in TV history is coming this summer and EW has the behind-the-scenes scoop. The eighth and last outing of Showtime’s Dexter will take the Morgan siblings to darker places than ever before, as congenial serial killer Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his now-estranged sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) strive to recover from last season’s shocking cliff-hanger where Deb killed their Miami Metro captain to keep her brother’s secret safe.

Unlike on some shows where writers decide an ending when working on the final season, Dexter’s fate arc has been planned for years, and producers are unusually confident their show will have an ending will satisfy fans. “It feels like the exact ending we should be doing,” says showrunner Scott Buck. “Ideally it will make our audience sit back and see Dexter a little more clearly than before. It should absolutely make sense to everybody watching it.”

Why Nicholas Brody needs to die on 'Homeland'


Sunday night’s episode of Homeland ended with one of its trademark omigod nail-biter twists, after CIA operative Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) nearly bumped off series lead Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in the back of a limo. We’d been told Quinn was a mere mild-mannered analyst, but as the wily Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) discovered, Quinn is actually some kind of deep-cover black-ops agent with a spartan apartment, a sniper rifle cleaning kit, and a secret kid with a Philadelphia cop. He’d been brought into Operation Brody not only to keep an eye on our favorite former-POW-turned-sleeper-terrorist-turned-double-agent, but ultimately to kill Brody once he’d outlived his usefulness.

I, for one, really hope Quinn completes his mission.  READ FULL STORY

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