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Fox Picks Up a Comedic Horror Anthology Series from Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Fox has ordered comedy-horror anthology series from — who else? —Ryan Murphy.

Scream Queens, described as a "gender-bending, comedy-horror" show, tells the story of a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders. The first season will include 15 one-hour episodes and each subsequent season will feature a new setting and story line.

"I knew I wanted to work with Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens," Murphy said in a statement. "We hope to create a whole new genre — comedy-horror — and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We've already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles, and we're very grateful to Dana [Walden] and Gary [Newman] for their enthusiastic support."

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Report: American Music Awards Producers Say Sinead O'Connor Lied About Pope Duet

Sinead O'Connor

The American Music Awards producers say a duet between Sinead O'Connor and  Pope Francis was never going to happen.

In a lengthy post on her official website, O'Connor said that she was approached to perform at the American Music Awards — but that her invitation was rescinded after Dick Clark Productions couldn't get the Pope to agree to come on stage with her. According to TMZ, the producers say the singer's claims are completely made up.

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Bethenny Frankel Officially Returning to Real Housewives — Who Else Is Joining Her?

Bethenny Frankel

Bethenny Frankel is officially returning to The Real Housewives of New York City, Bravo has announced.

"I'm genuinely excited, with a side of slightly nervous, for my return to The Real Housewives of New York City," Frankel. said in a statement. "Bravo has always been the place on television where I have the freedom to be unfiltered, honest and inappropriate, with an audience who has been with me from the beginning. I can't wait to see what this next chapter brings for all of us. Watch what happens!"

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Peyton Manning Breaks NFL Record for Touchdown Passes! How Did His Team Trick Him After the Big Moment?

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning has set a new NFL record for career touchdown passes.

On Sunday night, the Denver Broncos' quarterback threw his 509th career touchdown pass, breaking Brett Favre's previous record. Denver went on to beat the San Francisco 49ers 42-17, with  Manning throwing four touchdowns to set the record at 510. (He only needed three TDs to break the record.)

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Exclusive Covert Affairs Video: Go Behind the Scenes in Istanbul

Piper Perabo

Covert Affairs is on the road again.

The USA drama returns to Istanbul for the Season 5 midseason premiere as Annie (Piper Perabo) follows a lead on Belenko (Shawn Doyle). And she's even got reinforcements in ...
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Ask Matt: Twin Peaks, A Season of No Cancellations (Yet), Person of Interest, Grey's, NCIS, Arrow, Black-ish

Michael Ontkean, Kyle MacLachlan

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

Question: My curiosity is piqued: What's your take on Showtime's plans to revive Twin Peaks in 2016 with David Lynch at the helm, along with Mark Frost? Looking back at the cultural impact it had, despite its ultimate ratings failure, it seems odd that it took 25 years for this to happen. Are you excited? Skeptical? What does your log have to say about this? — John Patrick

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Exclusive Sneek Peek: MasterChef Junior Gets Sticky in Season 2

Joe Bastianich

Ready to feel inadequate in the kitchen?

On Tuesday, Nov. 4, MasterChef Junior returns for its second season to show that children ages 8 to 13 can cook better than you or I can. But we won't begrudge them that because they look so darn cute in their miniature aprons and toques.
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Find Out When Prince William and Kate's Second Baby Is Due!

Prince Williams, Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton and Prince William might have an extra special fourth wedding anniversary. The royal couple's second child is due in April, the Royal Palace said in a statement.

Last month, it was announced that Middleton, 32, was pregnant and had been experiencing bad morning sickness. She's currently still suffering from Hyperemisis Gravidarum, but the Palace says "her condition is steadily improving."

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The Walking Dead Postmortem: Andrew J. West on His "Meaty" Monologue and That Final Scene

Andrew J. West

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Sunday's The Walking Dead and the comic books that inspired it. Read at your own risk.]

"At the end of the day, no matter how much we may detest this ugly business...a man's gotta eat."

The Walking Dead's Season 5 premiere finally confirmed that the people of Terminus are indeed cannibals. But Sunday's episode revealed Gareth & Co. to be something else.... read more

Was Sinead O’Connor Set to Appear with Pope Francis at the AMAs?

Sinead O'Connor

Under the category of "dream duets," Sinead O'Connor and Pope Francis probably don't spring to mind.

But according to O'Connor (who infamously ripped up a portrait of then-pontiff John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in 1992), the pairing almost happened.

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