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This week's cover: 125 shows pack EW's fall TV preview

It’s the issue you’ve been waiting all summer for: Entertainment Weekly’s fall TV preview is here! And quite frankly, we’ve really outdone ourselves this time with 125 shows packed in the pages. Pick up your copy and find the scoop on where your favorite returning shows left off, and where new ones begin.

Need a little taste of what’s in store? EW has everything you want to know about the much anticipated new season of HBO’s cult favorite comedy The Comeback, given a second season nine years after its cancellation; a peek inside the dark world of Fox’s comic-inspired crime procedural Gotham; our visit behind the scenes with Viola Davis on the set of ABC’s new Shonda Rhimes legal thriller How to Get Away with Murder; or your first look at the colorful characters on the new season of American Horror Story: Freak Show.

More, you say? How about scoop on the new characters gracing this season of Homeland? Or a glimpse at the opening scene of The Good Wife? Or flashbacks in Bob’s Burgers, a deep dive into the design of The Flash, and a close look at some of the new baddies coming this year on Grimm? It’s all here! Plus, our TV critics pick the six best new series to watch this fall.

This week’s special double issue also comes packed with news and reviews (like the new Tina Fey-Jason Bateman comedy This Is Where I Leave You), as well as our tribute to late comedy icon Joan Rivers. It’s one super-sized issue that will guarantee you’re well-prepared for anything the watercooler throws at you this fall.

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For more, check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday. 

This week's cover: Inside the 'Simpsons'-'Family Guy' crossover

It’s happening. No, really. Crack open a cold one (Duff, Pawtucket, whichever you prefer), because Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin are finally going to hang out. The Sept. 28 season premiere of Family Guy will send the Griffins to Springfield for a hour of comedy power—and a chicken fight to remember between Peter and Homer. You may have come to EW.com in July when we premiered nearly five minutes of footage from the episode, and now you may be itching for more info about this massive mash-up and how it came to be.  Well, this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly will scratch(y) it.

The new cover features the one-time-only union of two legendary animated Fox comedies: The Simpsons and Family Guy. The two guys responsible for these bold characters—Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane—agreed to sit down and talk toons with each other (and EW) as part of a Q&A that touches on the crossover event, the shows’ rivalry with each other, the animated series that has caught their attention, and much more.

Wondering what the key to a good crossover episode is? MacFarlane will tell you: “It’s really about the character interaction. People want to see Peter interact with Homer. They want to see Bart interact with Stewie. In a way, the story in a crossover episode, while it has to be there, is never quite as important as how the characters interact with each other.” Curious as to what the folks at The Simpsons thought when they first watched Family Guy? Groening has this to say: “My first take was: Oh my god, we got competition. And they’re outflanking us. This show is wilder and harsher and nastier. We used to get in trouble. We used to be the cause of the downfall of the United States.” Want to know which character they’d like to steal from each other’s show? Sorry, you’ll have to read the piece for that one.

In addition to the interview with Groening and MacFarlane, Family Guy executive producer Richard Appel, who oversaw this fusion of franchises, explains how he was able to borrow Springfield’s finest for the hourlong episode. And Simpsons executive producer Al Jean tells us a little about that other crossover that his show will be involved with this fall: “Simpsorama,” in which Futurama‘s Planet Express crew time-travels to Springfield.

The only thing that would make this issue even better is if there were different covers for it. So here, we present not one, not two, and not four, but three new Family Guy/Simpsons covers. You’ve got Homer and Peter mmm’ing over some donuts, Bart and Stewie taking dead aim at your face, and Meg taking Lisa’s sax out for a spin. Pick up any one—or the entire pack—by clicking on the link below. Bye, everybody!

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For more on the Simpsons-Family Guy crossover episode, check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday. 

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

This week's cover: A tribute to Robin Williams, plus our Fall Movie Preview

A sparkplug performer at the microphone and a chameleonic talent on screen, Robin Williams improvised his way into Hollywood fame. In this week’s issue, Entertainment Weekly looks back at the career highlights and personal lows of the Oscar-winning actor. Williams, who died in an apparent suicide on Monday at age 63, struggled for much of his life with both substance abuse and depression.

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This week's cover: Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus swap POTUS places

It seems that no two TV presidents have held the same job while being as drastically different as Frank Underwood and Selina Meyer, played to patriotic perfection by House of Cards’ Kevin Spacey and Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus. That’s why we’ve elected these two outrageous officials to rule over this week’s jam-packed issue of Entertainment Weekly.

We’ve got two covers to swap this week—one featuring Louis-Dreyfus as the vicious Frank from Netflix’s gritty D.C. drama, and the other showing off Spacey as the hapless Selina on HBO’s comedy hit. In both issues, you’ll go deep inside the minds of both actors: Louis-Dreyfus lays down the law with her 11 commandments of comedy (Number 9: The F-word is a beautiful word), while Spacey walks us through all the influences (like Morgan Freeman) who helped him create the most insidious POTUS in TV history. READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: New 'Doctor Who' star Peter Capaldi clocks in

Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on Aug. 23. “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,” says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. “He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”

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This week's cover: Meet the new boss in Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

If you’re part of a group that has already saved the world nine times, eventually you can’t help but wonder: Isn’t it somebody else’s turn?

Unfortunately, that kind of thinking directly leads to the latest global threat in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Entertainment Weekly‘s Comic-Con 2014 preview gives you an exclusive First Look at the big, bad robot causing all the grief in next summer’s superhero team-up.

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This week's cover: Chris Pratt goes from zero to hero in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

A lot of people think EW writers spend their days boozing it up with stars. In the case of this week’s cover profile of actor Chris Pratt, that’s 100 percent accurate. The Parks and Recreation star already has one box office hit under his belt this year thanks to The LEGO Movie, and he might well have another when the latest Marvel spectacular, Guardians of the Galaxy, arrives in theaters Aug. 1. On a break from shooting next summer’s dinosaur fourquel Jurassic World, Pratt hoisted some beers with EW’s Clark Collis in New Orleans while recounting his unlikely career trajectory. READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Halle Berry lands on 'Extant'

Cop shows, doctor shows, courtroom-based dramas–for years, Halle Berry had heard pitches for just about every iteration of what’s already on TV. Nothing seemed invigorating enough for her to briefly abandon a still-thriving film career. Then, in the fall of 2013, a spec script called Extant started a feeding frenzy in Hollywood, with just about every major TV player–ABC, FX, Netflix, you name it–trying to buy the sci-fi thriller. As soon as CBS prevailed, CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tasser knew exactly who she wanted to play Molly Woods, an astronaut who returns from a year-long solo mission in space with a baby (possibly alien in origin) in her belly. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: First look at 'Mad Max: Fury Road' with Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy

Thirty-five years ago, George Miller re-imagined the action movie with his visceral, dystopic 1979 debut Mad Max, starring a 23-year-old Mel Gibson in one of his first movie roles. Flash forward two sequels and many decades later and the 69-year-old Miller returns with a new cast and a story  that is sure to take the road chase to an entirely new realm of chaos and carnage.

In an exclusive first look at the the May 2015 film in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, we talk to Miller about what prompted his return to the beloved franchise: a story that popped into his head fully formed back in 2000 but that took more than a decade to realize. This time, Tom Hardy takes over for Gibson as the very damaged road warrior Max Rockatansky, while a shaved-headed Charlize Theron plays a bad-ass commander named Imperator Furiosa. The stars spent a harrowing seven months in the desert of Namibia to shoot the film. “It was mental in a brilliant way,” says Hardy. “You have no concrete, no coffee shops. We were in the middle of a sandpit.” READ FULL STORY

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