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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

Fall TV Popularity Contest: Will You Make a Date with Manhattan Love Story or Selfie?

Jake McDorman, Analeigh Tipton

Will you make a date with Manhattan Love Story? Do you give Selfie a thumbs-up? Now that ABC's newest romantic comedies have debuted, we want to know: Did you fall in love?

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Will you continue to root for Manhattan Love Story's Dana (Analeigh Tipton) and Peter (Jake McDorman)? Or was their inner monologue just too damn loud for your liking? Did Selfie's twist on My Fair Lady win you over? read more

Mega Buzz: Walking Dead's Villain, a Grey's Secret and Fire's Replacement

Andrew Lincoln, James Pickens Jr., Taylor Kinney

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

I am dying for some Walking Dead scoop. Got anything? — Matt 
This season certainly doesn't waste any time getting into the action! Look for a very bloody first episode that offers some quick answers about the people of Terminus. Remember when executive producer Robert Kirkman told us that Terminus leader Gareth was not the season's major villain? That doesn't mean he isn't sufficiently creepy!

The conversation between Richard and Maggie on last week's Grey's Anatomy was so upsetting. Is he ever going to tell her that he's her father? — Karen
After her less-than-great first impression of Meredith, it's pretty clear that Maggie isn't jumping at the chance to incorporate more new relatives into her life.... read more

Jennifer Love Hewitt's "Fearless" Agent and a Jane Lynch Return? 7 Teases for Criminal Minds Season 10

Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, Jennifer Love Hewitt

Erica Messer can't think of a more perfect day for Criminal Minds to turn 10.

"Episode 10.1 airs on 10/1. How cool is that?" Messer tells TVGuide.com. "It wasn't planned. We didn't know that until we started back up and we were well in the swing of things, and [CBS] mentioned that the premiere would be a little later than usual because of Extant and Survivor. So it's great timing."

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But for Messer, "seven" is the magic number for Season 10. After Jeanne Tripplehornleft the series in the Season 9 finale, Messer told TVGuide.com at the time that she wasn't sure if they would replace her or just stick with the remaining six BAU members. "It was a really big, long conversation with the network and the studio, and they said, 'Let's go ahead and try to find someone new,'" she says.

Enter Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan. The actress was not only ...
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Michael Strahan Is the Latest Bizarre Addition to the Magic Mike XXL Cast

Michael Strahan

Apparently all of Hollywood wants to shake their stuff for the anticipatedMagic Mike sequel. Michael Strahan is the latest unexpected star to sign on to the stripper film.

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Kevin Williamson Defends Stalker's Violence: "I Enjoy Scaring People"

Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott

Kevin Williamson is no stranger to defending his work. At the Television Critics Association tour this summer, the creator of The Following and CBS' new thriller Stalker raised eyebrows by encouraging a critic to just "change the channel" if he didn't like what he was seeing on screen. ("I think some people are still kind of raw over The Following," Williamson admitted to TVGuide.com after the panel. "They're fair questions.")

And there's no question that Stalker won't be for everybody. Accusations of excess violence and even misogyny have been leveled at Williamson based on the pilot, whose opening sequence shows a woman screaming as she getting burned alive in her car. But he insists that Stalker is not as violent as The Following, and appeals to a different sense of fear.

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Exclusive: Meet the Real Drama Queen Behind This Week's Goldbergs

Sean Giambrone, Ana Gasteyer

It's getting really real on The Goldbergs.

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As is the case with most story lines on the ABC sitcom, Wednesday's episode (8:30/7:30c) will be based on creator Adam F. Goldberg's childhood. Like his namesake, Adam (Sean Giambrone) will audition for the school play — Jesus Christ Superstar, natch — as seen in the exclusive sneak peek below. But when he doesn't get cast as Jesus himself, Smother Knows Best Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) takes it up with his ...
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Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community

Yvette Nicole Brown

Shirley, Community fans are going to be disappointed with this news. But alas, it's true: Yvette Nicole Brown is departing the fan favorite comedy after five seasons.

Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.

The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown says. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."

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Exclusive: En Vogue Reunites for Lifetime Christmas Movie

En Vogue

Hold On: En Vogue is reuniting to star in a new holiday movie for Lifetime. In An En Vogue Christmas, the funky divas will play themselves, reuniting to perform a benefit concert to save the nightclub where they got their start.

An En Vogue Christmas opens with members Terry Ellis, Cindy Herron and Rhona Bennett having all gone their separate ways. But when the club that made them stars is forced to shut its doors, the trio organizes a Christmas-themed concert to raise money for the venue. read more

Bachelorette Alums Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum Welcome First Child

Ashley Hebert, JP Rosenbaum

Bachelorette couple Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum welcomed son Fordham Rhys Rosenbaum on Tuesday, Us Weekly reports.

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