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Showrunners Documentary Chronicles the Rise of TV's Top Creators

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

For TV fans, showrunners like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Kurt Sutter and J.J. Abrams are just as famous as the stars on their shows. A new documentary, available Friday on iTunes and Video On Demand (and in select theaters), takes an inside look at their jobs and what it takes to make a hit series.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the brainchild of Irish filmmaker Des Doyle, who spent more than four years shooting the documentary. "It was borne out of the fact that I'm a huge, über TV fan," Doyle says.... read more

Ask Matt: Big Bang, Homeland, Utopia, Mysteries of Laura, Midseason TV, Sons of Anarchy, and More

Jim Parsons

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: Let me preface this by saying The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows, and I have been with them since Day 1, but after watching the premiere episodes on the first Monday of the season, I see a very disturbing trend. Sheldon is rapidly becoming the next Fonzie/Urkel. In the early days of the show, Sheldon was odd but likeable, and you always rooted for him. Now as he is being written, he is becoming more and more obnoxious, as evidenced in the way he treated Amy and the others in the two episodes last week. When shows have a breakout star like Jim Parsons, that person becomes the go-to guy in almost every episode, at the expense of the remaining cast members. Am I wrong in my assessment, or do you think a little less Sheldon and maybe a little nicer Sheldon would be better for the show and the audience? — Terry

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Sons of Anarchy: Walton Goggins Tells Us About That Kiss

Walton Goggins, Charlie Hunnam, Kim Coates

Guess who's back?

Tuesday's episode of Sons of Anarchy featured the return of Venus Van Dam, the transgender escort played by Justified's Walton Goggins in each of the FX drama's last two seasons. But this time things went to a whole new level.

Sons of Anarchy: Walton Goggins on playing the softer side of Venus Van Dam

When Jax (Charlie Hunnam) needed to track down the wife of a preacher the club had killed, he called on Venus to help. (Turns out the dead man was one of Venus' frequent clients.) According to Goggins, coming back for Sons' final season was a no-brainer. "I look for any opportunity to put on high heels honestly," Goggins tells TVGuide.com with a laugh.... read more

Mega Buzz: A Once Couple, Sleepy Hollow's New Threat, and an SVU Romance

Jennifer Morrison, Tom Mison, Mariska Hargitay

Each week, executive editor Adam Bryant satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What will Emma and Hook's dating life be like on Once Upon a Time? — Val
The good news: The producers are going to let them go out somewhere other than Granny's Diner. The bad news: "It's going to be tricky for the two of them," executive producer Adam Horowitz says. "Just because we saw their feelings reach a new level at the end of last season doesn't mean that that's the end of the story." And Emma may be the problem. "Emma is obviously a person who has a tough time trusting people and letting her guard down," executive producer Edward Kitsis says. "Sometimes you may feel something for somebody but your feelings hold you back."

What sort of monsters will Abbie and Ichabod face when Sleepy Hollow returns? — Andre
Remember how Judas was paid in silver to betray Jesus? What happens when someone in Sleepy Hollow literally gets their hands on the same silver? ... read more

Sons of Anarchy's Final Ride: Jax No Longer Cares About Being the Good Guy

Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

On a sunny mid-July day on the Sons of Anarchy's North Hollywood set, there's a lot of people talking about the end. And, surprisingly for a show this bloody, they're not talking about death.

That's because, come November, the cameras will stop rolling for good and the bikers of FX's highest-rated drama of all time will ride off — sunset TBD — for the final time. Many have put thinking about the end of the series out of their minds. "I think everyone is in a healthy state of denial," Katey Sagal says with a laugh

Sons of Anarchy's final season: Jax has a "huge amount of vengeance in his heart"

Well, not everyone. "I've been having some pangs of sadness and also kind of panic," star Charlie Hunnam says... read more

Sons of Anarchy's Final Season: Jax Has a "Huge Amount of Vengeance in His Heart"

Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

As any longtime fan of Sons of Anarchy might expect, the final season of FX's flagship drama is going to be a bumpy ride. 

The show's swan song, which kicks off Sept. 9 at 10/9c, picks up 10 days after the end of last season, when Jax (Charlie Hunnam) was found in his home cradling the corpse of his brutally murdered wife Tara (Maggie Siff). Although the new season begins with Jax behind bars, he's eventually freed and sets out to punish the person responsible for Tara's death.

FX announces premiere date for Sons of Anarchy's final season

"Jax is in a very schizophrenic state," Hunnam told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Monday. "He's obviously very sad and vulnerable and broken with this huge amount of revenge and anger in his heart."

There's just one problem.... read more

Walton Goggins Returning to Sons of Anarchy for Final Season

Walton Goggins

One of Sons of Anarchy's most beloved recurring characters is returning to help say goodbye.

Justified star Walton Goggins, who has played transgender escort Venus Van Dam the... read more

The Writers' Room Goes Behind the Scenes With Comic Book Adaptations

Jim Rash, Robert Kirkman and Blair Butler

Zombies have treated the brains behind AMC's The Walking Dead very well. But Robert Kirkman, who originated the comic book series that inspired the show, admits the early days of his career were slower than, well, the undead. "You have to be crazy to get into [writing]," Kirkman tells SundanceTV's The Writers' Room, which digs into the art of creating some of TV's biggest series. "I went massively into debt."

On April 25's special comic book-themed episode, Kirkman recounts some of the obstacles he faced in getting the TV adaptation of... read more

Sons of Anarchy Boss on the "Tragic" Season 6 Finale and What's Next for Jax

Sons of Anarchy

[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Season 6 finale. Read at your own risk.]

Sons of Anarchy's bloodiest season yet delivered even more carnage on Tuesday's Season 6 finale.

After learning that Tara (Maggie Siff) took his sons, Jax (Charlie Hunnam) started a manhunt to find Tara before she could rat out the club to D.A. Patterson (CCH Pounder). However, when SAMCRO found Tara playing with her sons at the park, Jax delivered surprising news... read more

Sons of Anarchy Postmortem: Maggie Siff Breaks Down the "Heartbreaking" Season 6 Finale

Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy

[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from the Season 6 finale. Read at your own risk.]

In the world of Sons of Anarchy, betrayal comes with serious consequences... read more

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