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It's okay for Alicia and Kalinda to be apart on 'The Good Wife'

Female friendships are few and far between on television. And good female friendships are even harder to find. So when BuzzFeed brought up the point that The Good Wife‘s Alicia and Kalinda haven’t appeared in the same room together in more than 30 episodes (that is, a season and a half), I immediately felt as if the show were doing a injustice to women—and specifically, to the friendship that these two characters had formed.

But upon further thought, I realized that just the opposite was happening.

Alicia and Kalinda aren’t like most female friends on TV. Unlike the girls of The Big Bang Theory or just about any pairing on Glee, they don’t become fast friends because they need to gossip. At first, they barely speak about anything unrelated to a case. Their friendship is a slow burn: It starts as Kalinda offering Alicia a ceremonial drink after her first court case and evolves into drinks on a semi-regular basis, but it only ever gets personal after the two have spent hours and hours trying to get a read on each other. And even then, it’s never sappy or sentimental. These are two women who each need someone in their life who isn’t a liar, trying to sleep with them, or trying to ruin their careers. And it helps that they actually, you know, like each other.

So why isn’t it a travesty that such great friends haven’t been in the same room for a season and a half? Because it’s actually a testament to how strong they are as individual characters. The Good Wife has ensured that each character’s identity is not tied up in the other person. Both Alicia and Kalinda have compelling narratives on their own. They’re smart, and they’re funny, and viewers are invested in their individual stories. There’s more to them than the fact that they’re friends, and there always has been. Alicia has always been a mom first, and some of her richest stories come from balancing her family life while reestablishing her career. Not to mention that Kalinda’s relationship with Will and her original decision to quit her job have no overlap with Alicia. Even in the seasons they are together, most of their best storylines only sort of intersect, and usually only where work is involved.

Yes, watching Kalinda and Alicia’s falling-out in season two after Alicia’s discovery that Kalinda slept with Peter was difficult for fans of their friendship. But it was something most fans knew wouldn’t last forever. Now that time has passed, though, and Alicia has gotten over that event, why aren’t they back together? Why didn’t they hug and cry on each others’ shoulders when Will died?

Because it wasn’t necessary. Female friendships come in all forms, and there is no rule that says they need to involve late-night bottles of wine and girl talk.

Which brings me to another reason it’s perfectly all right for Kalinda and Alicia to have taken a break: They’re not the only strong female friendship on the show. Whether Diane and Alicia are having drinks after Will’s funeral or Diane and Kalinda are talking strategy, The Good Wife is full of dynamic female characters forming adult friendships, almost all of which extend beyond the typical “girl talk” that often stands in as shorthand for female friendship on TV.

And at this point in the show, these are two characters who are too damn busy to worry about getting together for a drink. In the wake of Will’s death, Alicia’s firm has been busier than ever, and Kalinda’s had to work that much harder to help Diane. To that point, they each understand the importance of what the other is doing, and they’re not about to get in the way of the other’s professional life to have a quick chat face-to-face when a phone call will do the trick. To conveniently add in extra hours in the day for Kalinda and Alicia to hang out together would undermine the show’s notably thoughtful and human portrayal of successful, career-oriented women.

But perhaps most importantly, their separation has in no way affected the quality of the show. In fact, the only full season they spent apart was season five—which many consider to be the strongest to date.

So, as much fun as it is to watch Alicia and Kalinda interact face-to-face, the notion that Alicia and Kalinda needed to be in the same room to do their friendship justice was wrong. Essentially, I worried that that their friendship couldn’t stand on its own. But upon further reflection, the fact that viewers still consider them friends after all this time spent physically apart is a testament to the solidity of both The Good Wife‘s characters and this pairing.

This Week's Cover: An inside look at season 5 of 'The Walking Dead'

Andrew Lincoln has a warning for you: All that gore and action and heartbreak and intensity we’ve seen before on The Walking Dead? Kid stuff. At least when compared to the upcoming fifth season, which is definitely not for kids. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” says Lincoln. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.”

Entertainment Weekly has your first exclusive look at that grown-up season. We went on set and spoke with the cast and the producers to give you an in depth look at what to expect in season five. And while things may have ended last spring on a cliffhanger with Rick and Co. trapped inside of train car, exec producer Robert Kirkman promises that the action is going to come fast and furious when things pick back up Oct. 12 on AMC. “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” says Kirkman, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.” READ FULL STORY

Do you know what HASN'T happened on 'True Blood'? Take EW's quiz

On Sunday, True Blood will meet true death after seven seasons of surprises, sex, surprising sex, and more supernatural beings than most shows could even attempt to incorporate. So to look back at all the craziness that vampires, werewolves, shifters, witches, fairies, and more brought to the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, here’s  a quiz comparing some of the most outrageous True Blood moments. Can you tell which of the four options is a lie? READ FULL STORY

How 'Saved by the Bell' changed after the pilot

Twenty-five years ago, Saved by the Bell began teaching teens important life lessons, and that didn’t just include how to “get yourself a look” or be on time for school. Rather, it demonstrated what it meant to be a true friend, how caffeine pills are always a bad idea, and of course, that wearing jean-on-jean is always acceptable.

But reflecting back on how the series began, it wasn’t always about Zack Morris, A.C. Slater, Kelly Kapowski, and the gang. In fact, the kids were more of a secondary storyline.

In honor of the show’s anniversary, I went back and rewatched the pilot that started it all. Here are the biggest differences between the show it started as and the one we all remember it to be. UPDATE: While Good Morning, Miss Bliss was conceived as an entirely different show, it’s now more or less considered to be season 1 of Saved By the Bell. On Netflix, an episode of Good Morning, Miss Bliss is listed as episode 1 of Saved by the Bell; it even uses the Saved by the Bell theme song. READ FULL STORY

Conan O'Brien does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Last night, Conan O’Brien followed in Jimmy Fallon’s footsteps and took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which was designed to spread the word about ALS. Those who perform the challenge can then challenge someone else. If the person challenged doesn’t complete it in 24 hours, they have to donate $100 to ALS.

Only someone didn’t fully explain that to O’Brien. After trying to fake his way through the challenge to earn $100 bucks, O’Brien was in for a rude awakening when he realized that not only was he was supposed to donate the money, but a real bucket of ice water was waiting for him. After the traumatic experience, a very cold O’Brien passed the challenge on to Jimmy Carter, Pelé, and Haley Joel Osment. So I guess we’ll see how that goes.

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Watch Robin Williams open up about addiction on 'The Daily Show'

On Sept. 26, 2013, Robin Williams went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote The Crazy Ones in what would eventually become his last appearance on the late-night show after his death on August 11, 2014.

In the interview, Williams candidly discussed his battle with addiction, revealing details about the time he relapsed in Alaska and how he dealt with fear. Both men joked their way through a very honest discussion, with Williams quipping, “I went to rehab in wine country just to keep my options open.”

In a more serious turn, however, Williams called his sobriety a “total reboot” before delving into his experience with blackouts and more.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 2

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These days saying something is “inexplicable” is like saying something is great. The word is not only overused, it’s misused. If you want a good example of when to properly use the word “inexplicable” just watch the beginning of this week’s show. What Michelle K. did was more than a bit unusual. But what our crew member did was truly 100 percent inexplicable. The number of things Mr. Putz could have done before deciding the best option was to jump off a 25-foot balcony in the dark onto wet concrete is incalculable.

The fact that the option of jumping off a 25-foot balcony to escape detection is inexplicable in and of itself. We had a pretty clear idea about Michelle’s special relationship with our audio guy after she left the show and started making odd comments to us. At that point we figured “she’s already off the show let’s just let this go and move on.” A no harm, no foul situation. I wasn’t all that pleased she decided to take up a spot that first week, but the damage was done. READ FULL STORY

All the actors rumored to star in 'True Detective' season 2

The casting process for True Detective‘s second season has become just about as complicated as Rust and Marty’s search for the Yellow King in season one. And if you add in the 21st-century problem of social media—which the Yellow King was not a big fan of—one could argue that it’s an even more complicated puzzle. For months, there have been rumors surrounding the number of leads—two! three! four!—and from there, rumors surrounding who will play those leads—Josh Brolin! Brad Pitt! Jessica Chastain!

At this point, the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, has said that the second season will be set in California, but there’s still some debate as to the number of leads. Pizzolatto was hinting toward three; though now, if you add in the addition of a potential antagonist, it looks like there could be four. From there, other questions remain: Will there be a female detective? Who will play her?

Below, we’ve rounded up the many casting rumors that have circulated the internet—and weighed in on how true they seem, how plausible they seem, and how well each rumored star would fit into the landscape of the HBO series. READ FULL STORY

Watch Uzo Aduba teach Conan O'Brien how to make 'crazy eyes'

On Monday night, the cast of Orange Is the New Black went on its first-ever late-night appearance as a group when stars Kate Mulgrew, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Biggs, Laverne Cox, and Lea DeLaria joined Conan O’Brien to talk about their hit Netflix show.

Perhaps the highlight of their appearance was Aduba revealing the secret to Crazy Eyes’ signature facial expression. But when she tried to talk O’Brien through the process of making his eyes pop like Aduba’s do on the show, he looked less crazy and more creepy and confused.

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Bear Grylls on how to survive 'Sharknado,' other movie scenarios

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In his new show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, the outdoors expert teaches celebrities how to survive in the wild. So when Grylls stopped by the EW video studio, we had him teach us a thing or two about survival… in Hollywood.

We gave Grylls some of the toughest survival scenarios presented in movies and asked him for tips on how to deal with each one. From Titanic to Sharknado, he has a pretty good idea of how some characters could’ve made it out of their films alive.

Watch the video and read a full transcript below.

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