Neil Patrick Harris
It's going to be legendary. Triple threat Neil Patrick Harris will step into the emcee spotlight at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles for the second time to host the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, Sept. 22 on CBS.
The How I Met Your Mother star's comic timing, Broadway song-and-dance dazzle and Old Hollywood panache (just watch him work a tux) have made Harris a go-to host for marquee awards ceremonies. His four times as the show-stopping emcee of the Tony Awards have won him two Emmys, and he's nominated for that gig again this year...
Get ready for more blood, sweat and fears. Turns out, the brutal first two seasons of HBO's Game of Thrones were just a warm-up. The beheading of Ned Stark? Like stretching your jousting arm. The high-body-count Battle of Blackwater Bay that nearly killed Tyrion Lannister? A quick jog around the tourney grounds.
A Viking raider caps off a growled command at his men by driving his ax into the ground. Hard. Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) is as strong as the steel blade — and just as lethal. He's a Norse legend brought to life in Vikings, History's first scripted series. "Ragnar is very ambitious," says Fimmel on set in Ireland, near the famous Powerscourt waterfall. "He starts out as a farmer, but it's not enough for him. He seeks adventure, knowledge and fame."
And to get it, he's gonna need a better boat. Ragnar secretly commissions the creation of a lighter, faster version of...
As the sun streams into an upper-class English drawing room, Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) — flame-haired, corseted, regal — stands up from her morning tea and hurls a plate at her husband, Christopher (Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch). She misses. He doesn't even flinch.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Tietjens. The deliciously snobby (and terribly unfaithful) socialite and her unfailingly decent husband are two sides of the love triangle in Parade's End, HBO's five-part miniseries about longing and lies in World War I-era Britain. The third is angelic Valentine (Adelaide Clemens), an idealistic suffragette and Christopher's soul mate. She's everything Sylvia's not: sensitive, faithful — and a virgin. "Valentine is this kernel of truth and innocence," Cumberbatch says. "She's incredibly sharp and...
Frankie Heck is not going to let the pinch steal Christmas.
The Middle's stretched-thin, harried mother (played by Patricia Heaton) has a scant $20 to spend on gifts for her three kids this year. Ever the problem solver, she cracks to her unflappable quarry-manager husband Mike (Neil Flynn): "I'll fake my own death!" This way, she says, when she appears very much alive on Christmas morning, her children will be so happy they won't care that there aren't any presents.
Stephen Moyer and Sam Trammell
All hail the Vampire King of Louisiana. Stephen Moyer, who plays vamp monarch Bill Compton on HBO's True Blood, makes his TV directing debut with the July 29 episode.
"It was a lot of fun to...
Christopher Meloni's face is splattered with blood. He's just shot his first staking scene for HBO's megahit True Blood — and he's seriously amped up.
"When that blood...
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington
It's late October and rain is pelting the windows of a small Belfast bar. Peter Dinklage is sharing a drink with his Game of Thrones costars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington. Dinklage could use the drink. He's just come from shooting an emotional scene for Episode 8 in which his character, clever imp Tyrion Lannister, bursts into his chamber calling out for the sequestered prostitute and love-of-his-life, Shae. He doesn't see her and the thought of her possible fate shakes him to the core. His eyes search the room. His voice quavers.
It's easy to see why Dinklage won an Emmy — one of many awards snagged by the HBO drama during its freshman year...
How I Met Your Mother
Talk about costume drama! Katie Holmes will guest star in the October 31 episode of How I Met Your Mother as the infamous Slutty Pumpkin. Fans will remember that at a rooftop Halloween bash in Season 1, Ted (Josh Radnor) met a girl in a jack-o'-lantern getup with "strategically placed holes." They had major chemistry, but he lost her number. Always the romantic, Ted returned to...