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'Supergirl': Jeremiah's Return Divides Danvers Sisters

Jeremiah Danvers returns during Monday’s episode of Supergirl — but not everyone will be happy about that.

Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) are divided after Jeremiah (Dean Cain) suddenly and mysteriously returns from Cadmus. After all, Kara had basically rescued Jeremiah when she, herself, was trapped in Cadmus, but he declined to leave with them. So why is he here now?

“Immediately, it’s just a joyous occasion that I think blinds them to a threat there because he was gone for so long that they don’t know what happened to him while he was with Cadmus, so there’s conflict,” Benoist says. “One of them is adamant that he’s innocent, and that he wouldn’t do anything to hurt anyone. The other is more suspicious, so there’s some butting heads.”

It’s probably not hard to guess which role each of the sisters take. “They haven’t seen Jeremiah in over a decade, so Alex almost goes back to seeing daddy again,” Leigh says. “They’ve wanted to find him, so the prospect of it actually happening and then him coming is this crazy, emotional, amazing ride.”

But it’s unclear whether Jeremiah can be trusted, with Mon-El (Chris Wood) being the first to actually point that out. “Mon-El is more suspicious about Jeremiah coming back, and that pushes Kara into going, ‘OK, he raises some questions,‘” Leigh says. “Kara says, ‘Maybe we need to vet this out a little more before diving straight in,’ but Alex is like no holds barred, she’s like, ‘No, dad’s back, this is it, family is family, ride or die.’ It does divide them a bit because Alex believes so wholeheartedly that he’s completely innocent and just wants to be a part of things.”

Jeremiah’s return provides for a sweet family reunion, in which both Alex and Kara are able to introduce their respective significant others — which is especially daunting for Alex. “It’s one of these moments where you see Alex, one by one, having to cross this road and see how people react,” Leigh says. “She hasn’t seen him in over a decade and, ‘Guess what? I’m gay!’ It’s great. His reaction is so wonderful. It’s a great, sweet, endearing moment: ‘OK, I’m being accepted for where I am.'”

Whether Jeremiah can be trusted or not, Cadmus is still very much a lingering threat. “There’s continuing attempts to just rid the planet of aliens — mass exodus of anyone that’s different on Earth, they want them out,” Benoist says. “Their threat is really ominous, and also, I think, quite relevant to things that are happening in the world, which I’m proud of this show for. Lillian Luthor is a constant dark cloud over National City for everyone at the DEO.”

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe Shares Her Favorite Season 2 Moment with Us
While we wait patiently for Season 3, Outlander star Caitriona Balfe told us what she loved most about last season.

“I think the last episode, even though it’s heartbreaking to watch, the goodbye at the stones was very moving,” Balfe told InStyle. “That’s one of my favorites. Even for us filming it, it was really special. That morning, there was the finest dust of snow everywhere and it looked like a Disney set. It was just really beautiful and really moving.”

“Anybody who’s ever worked with Kevin knows what a giant he is. With Kevin, you don’t get an apology with a performance. He plays that character right to the hilt, as if he were alive inside of him.” ~ Stephen J Cannell, writer and producer of Wiseguy. US Magazine, December 2, 1996

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'Supergirl': What's Next for Alex and Maggie?

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Monday’s episode of Supergirl. Read at your own risk!


Alex and Maggie weathered their first “fight” during Monday’s Valentine’s Day-centric episode of Supergirl.

Excited to celebrate her first V-Day with a girlfriend, Alex (Chyler Leigh) was disheartened to discover that Maggie (Floriana Lima) actually hates the Hallmark holiday. And when Alex planned something special anyway, she learned why: Maggie lied about her parents being supportive when she came out. In fact, the first girl crush she had not only rejected her on Valentine’s Day, but basically outed her to her parents, and she was subsequently kicked out of her house.

But relationships are about compromise, and with a little encouragement from Kara (Melissa Benoist), Maggie created a prom night for the two of them. So what’s next for this burgeoning couple? A shift in dynamics!

“Because Alex has newly come out and Maggie has been out for a while and is much more comfortable in her own skin, comfortable with her sexuality, and comfortable about being a gay woman in the world, there’s been a bit of a power imbalance within the relationship,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells EW. “Alex has been letting Maggie lead the way in the relationship. What starts to happen is, as Alex becomes more comfortable with herself and more comfortable with the relationship, some things happen that make Alex realize that they’re more partners than Alex perhaps thought, where she was like, ‘Well, Maggie’s in charge.‘”

Plus: We’ll learn more about Maggie’s background outside of her relationship with Alex soon. As Kreisberg recently told us, “There’s a story line coming up where it’s not really about Alex and Maggie’s relationship, it’s more about Maggie as a cop getting caught up in an art heist.”

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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'Westworld' Renewed for Second Season, Likely Returning 2018
Westworld 2.0 is officially happening. HBO has ordered a second season of the sci-fi robopocalypse thriller – along with renewing fellow fall...

Westworld 2.0 is officially happening. HBO has ordered a second season of the sci-fi robopocalypse thriller – along with renewing fellow fall freshman series Divorce and Insecure. All three will have another 10 episodes.

In A Promising Sign, ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Trailer Gives Carol A Gun

“I think it’s safe to say The Walking Dead stumbled out the gate in Season 7. Ratings dipped for the first time in years and many longtime fans — myself included — packed up their fandom bags and hit the old dusty trail. But AMC hasn’t taken the exodus lying down. Instead, they’ve come out swinging with everyone from the producers to the cast promising the back half of Season 7 won’t be a nihilistic slog for the audience or the characters.

But I, for one, still wasn’t convinced. Then The Walking Dead released this teaser trailer entitled “Fighting For a Future” and with a single frame of footage, I’m back in. Carol (Melissa McBride) has a gun. Multiple guns. And she’s shooting someone (or something) with said guns. Which is all I really asked for.

Fans were confused by Carol’s abrupt personality lobotomy at the end of Season 6, when her character arc suddenly veered off course from domestic abuse victim to Machiavellian survivor with a weird pacifist streak. A wrinkle that could’ve added an interesting layer to Carol’s character instead became an abrupt transition that felt like a was hamstringing one of the best and brightest of The Group. Before he abandoned the show to its own devices, our own Alan Sepinwall summed it up well:

“During all of the events involving the Wolves’ invasion and Alexandria’s walls toppling, Carol remained the group’s most hard-core member, willing to kill anyone or anything that threatened her family, and sneering at every one of Morgan’s suggestions that all life is sacred […] It’s such a sharp right turn for the show’s best, most complicated character – and one whose journey from house mouse to predator was chronicled step by careful step over multiple seasons – that I feel like we needed some kind of transition from the one to the other, rather than having the questioning begin while Carol was off-screen.
With the introduction of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), the reasoning behind the pacification of Carol became clear: She wouldn’t stand for his nonsense. This is a woman who covered herself in zombie guts, hid in a herd of the undead, and single-handedly took on the population of cannibalistic Terminus. How do you think a monologuing caricature of evil who murdered two of her friends would fare if Carol had been herself come the beginning of Season 7? It’s the only explanation that makes sense. By rewriting Carol from a meek and broken shell of a woman into Zombie Rambo, The Walking Dead had written themselves into a corner. It would’ve taken all of one episode for Carol to put a bullet in Negan’s head and assume leadership over the Saviors. Which, in hindsight, would probably have been better than what AMC went with.”

But there’s still time. Carol’s got a gun. Negan better watch himself.”

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How Will All The One Direction Members Make It As Solo Artists? Differentiation.
With five singers now all trying to make some noise where one band used to be, they will need to make music that is noticeably different from one another in order to survive.
By Hugh McIntyre

They may have conquered the world as a quintet (and then also as a quartet), but for over a year now, the gentlemen of One Direction have been on their own after declaring a hiatus, breaking millions of hearts in the process. Throughout the past year, there have been plenty of rumors and reports about which singer will come out with what and when, but after all this time, there is only a relatively small amount of music available from any of the singers. In fact, only one of them has dropped a full album, and that’s because he got a head start by leaving the group first.

The top 40 pop world might be the field that receives the most attention, but it can only support so many musicians at a time. Plenty of artists never quite make it to that tier, while others do so only for a moment and then see their popularity fade. Reaching the top and staying there is incredibly difficult, and if an artist has managed it once or twice, that’s already a huge win for them.

Adding five male pop singers where one unit used to be is a tough game to play, but the boys of One Direction are giving it a go. Thankfully, it seems as if the labels and managers they’re working with understand that if they are all going to succeed, they can’t release material that is similar to what the others are doing. The key to seeing all five singers score hits and sell albums is differentiation, and it has already begun.

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Andrew Kreisberg on Supergirl/Flash's Musical Crossover, Black Flash & More

Andrew Kreisberg is one of the few people with real power to control both Supergirl and The Flash – that’s because he executive produces both superheroes’ TV series on The CW, charts their respective destinies, and occasionally brings them together in the fight for justice.

During The CW’s press day for the Television Critics Association, Kreisberg was on hand to join a handful of reporters for a quick, rapid-fire Q&A session addressing a hodgepodge of inquiries related to both shows, and in several cases provided some eye-opening responses.

On the upcoming “The Flash”/”Supergirl” musical crossover:

Andrew Kreisberg: Hearing Melissa [Benoist] and Grant [Gustin] sing — it’s funny. You guys only ever see the episode. To me it’s like, I think about every episode, it’s also the experience of making it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on set with Melissa, or when Melissa and Grant were there. They were just singing between takes. So it’s like, I hear Melissa sing all the time. So for you guys to get to hear that finally will be so great.

What I love about it, and it’s what I always loved about what Joss Whedon would do like with “Hush,” or “The Body,” he’d have these very special episodes, but they were intrinsic to the storytelling, the ongoing storytelling that was going on. So when we get to the musical episode, both Barry and Kara will find themselves at pivotal crossroads on their respective series, and the experience of going through the musical will have a great impact on both series moving forward.

There are going to be people from both shows singing. It’s going to start on “Supergirl,” and it’s going to resolve on “Flash.”

We’ve had singing on “Flash” before. We had Barry sing karaoke. We had Jesse sing in the alternate universe. But to be able to have a full-fledged musical episode, as much as we hope these shows speak to people, whether socially, or Alex’s storyline and what it means to people, at the end of the day, we’re trying to entertain people. We feel like no one is trying harder to just flat-out entertain people than this quartet of shows. So to be able to do a musical episode is so exciting.

On the prospect of bringing Neil Patrick Harris, the voice of the animated villain the Music Meister, in to play the live-action version:

We’re certainly huge fans of his. As the casting process proceeds, we’ll see what happens.

On whether the songs featured will be original works, covers or a mix of both:

We’re still working that out right now. We’re still writing the script and trying to figure out exactly what we’re going to do.

On finding story paths and consistent tones that differ from the DC films in production and development that often feature overlapping characters while still not limiting things to “ligher” interpretations:

I don’t really know what the future holds for DC movies. I only know what’s happened. Whether it was a DC movie, or a “Star Wars” movie, or a Marvel movie, we try to avoid things that are sort of already out there.

I think that we have such an amazing cast on “Supergirl.” They can handle just about anything. I think that the darker tones sometimes work a lot better once you’ve got a few years under your belt, where you really do care about these people. So that when things take a bit of a darker twist, it feels a little bit more earned and it doesn’t just feel like, “Now it’s time to torture your characters.” So I think the tone of “Supergirl” will stay consistent throughout the season. So we’ll see what happens in the future.

On what’s ahead on the villain front for Supergirl:

She’s still facing Cadmus. There’s going to be a couple of other returning villains. Livewire is coming back and Parasite’s coming back. She’s going to face off against Mr. Mxyzptlk, so we’ve got a bunch of classic DC comics characters.

I think a lot of the pull of the next episodes is the mystery of Mon-El, and what is he hiding? And who are these people who are tracking him? That coincides with the two of them growing closer and seeing where that relationship goes.

On the real-world response to Alex’s coming out story:

I’ve seen [Twitter threads] of people saying that watching the show, they were able to start the conversation with their own families. It’s beyond humbling and beyond gratifying to know that this show has the ability, not only to entertain, but to really create a safe haven in opening discussions with people. What could possibly be more important?

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Supergirl's Chris Wood Previews Mon-El vs. Mr. Mxyzptlk: 'He Hates That This Guy Wants Kara to Marry Him'
By Andy Swift

It sounds like Monday’s Supergirl (The CW, 8/7c) will more than make up for this week’s interrupted moment between Kara and Mon-El.

Notorious DC prankster Mr. Mxyzptlk turns National City upside down and inside out as he wreaks magic havoc in an attempt to woo the Girl of Steel. Of course, there’s one small development he isn’t taking into consideration: Kara’s already been wooed!

“Mon-El hates this guy,” Chris Wood tells TVLine of the tongue-twisting baddie (played by Once Upon a Time in Wonderland‘s Peter Gadiot). “He hates that he’s ruined this moment where they’re finally going to connect, and he hates even more that this guy wants Kara to marry him and is trying to manipulate the situation into making her almost feel like he has no choice.”

As seen in the ridiculously fun — and just plain ridiculous — promo for the episode, titled “Mr. & Mrs. Mxyzptlk,” Mon-El eventually comes to blows with the magical menace. And there’s a lot more than just anger going into those punches.

“When he ends up fighting Mr. Mxyzptlk, he definitely has all of [those feelings for Kara] fueling his blows,” Wood says. “Every punch is filled with ‘Don’t touch her! She’s mine!‘”

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'Supergirl' Boss Addresses Maggie-Alex Chemistry

Could Supergirl’s Alex be The CW superhero show character who will be exploring her sexuality this season?

This summer, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg — who works on The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow in addition to Supergirl— revealed that a character on one of the shows would explore their sexuality and come out, but declined to reveal who.

During last week’s episode of Supergirl, Floriana Lima made her debut as DC Comics character Maggie Sawyer, an openly gay cop whose chemistry with Alex (Chyler Leigh) was off the charts. Could Maggie potentially help Alex come out? To note, in the first season, Alex didn’t have a relationship with anyone in particular, though there was some flirtation with Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli).

Ahead of the CW Superheroes panel at EW PopFest on Saturday, we pressed executive producer Greg Berlanti on the budding dynamic between Alex and Maggie, and while he didn’t directly confirm Alex as the character who will be exploring her sexuality, he did offer a glimmer of hope.

“If people suspected chemistry, they’ve got good instincts,” Berlanti told EW. “I love that people are already really invested in their dynamic. If they are, they’ll hopefully continue to be really pleased.”

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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'Supergirl': Is J'onn Falling In Love With M'Gann?
David Harewood talks J’onn and M’gann’s relationship and teases the returns of Lena Luthor and Cyborg Superman

We’ve seen J’onn J’onzz do everything from read minds to shape-shift into Supergirl. Now Supergirl fans are set to see him do something new: fall for someone.

In “The Martian Chronicles,” Monday’s aptly titled installment, J’onn (David Harewood) starts to confront his burgeoning feelings for M’gann (Sharon Leal) as he and the rest of the team find themselves trapped in the DEO headquarters with Armek (Terrell Tilford), a White Martian intent on capturing M’gann because she betrayed their side during the war. How does our favorite Green Martian actually feel about falling for a White Martian? EW turned to Harewood to answer that question, tease the intense bottle episode, and talk about the returns of Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath) and Cyborg Superman (Harewood).


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Based on the promo, “The Martian Chronicles” looks like it’ll be a bottle episode. Is that a fair assessment?

DAVID HAREWOOD: It is a bottle episode. Fortunately, we really do have some tremendous acting on the show. It’s great to play something that is so contained and I hope we do it more because it allows you to really play these long, tense scenes where the outcome isn’t specific, in that it could go anyway. I think it’s a really enjoyable thing to play, and the whole DEO becomes a bit of a playground. We get to see areas of the DEO that we haven’t seen before and it just becomes a really exciting episode, almost kind of Blair Witch [Project]-esque where you just never know what’s going to happen next and what’s around another corner. I think they can be really, really fun episodes for the audience to watch.

The promo actually teases a lot of exciting stuff that happens: Winn using a makeshift flamethrower, J’onn and M’gann fighting said White Martian. Who would you should say is the MVP of the episode?

Well, I think that’s what makes the show so successful is that the MVP becomes the collective. We all end up doing our bit to rescue each other, and I think that’s the lesson that we’re left with: If the collective work together strongly, we can overcome anything. I think that’s what the thrust of the show is. Although, M’gann comes through brilliantly at the end and she’s just such a fierce fighter. She’s really, really vital and I think without her, J’onn would perhaps be in a very difficult situation.

You recently teased on Facebook that you shared some “lovely” scenes with Sharon Leal in this episode. What can you tell us about those scenes and the status of J’onn and M’gann’s relationship in the episode?

I don’t want to give too much away, but J’onn is trying to protect M’gann. So, he follows her and shape-shifts into different people to kind of make sure he can keep an eye on her, and she’s aware of that. We get some wonderful comedic moments when she keeps finding him as a little old man or something like that. So, there are moments where she knows that he’s following her and trying to protect her and look out for her because he cares for her. I think that surprises J’onn; I don’t think he ever thought he would care for a White Martian, but I think she’s forcing him to confront the reality. I think that’s very destabilizing for J’onn, but also, it’s nice to see him kind of fall for someone. It’s nice to see him have those heart flutters when he sees her. He’s obviously very concerned for her, so those are nice moments. He’s definitely putting himself on the line and you see him [be] vulnerable. We’re not used to seeing J’onn be vulnerable with anybody, but he’s vulnerable with his feelings and it’s surprising to him that he has feelings for M’gann.

Just to clarify: Is there a romantic connection developing between J’onn and M’gann, or are they strictly platonic and familial?

I like to think it’s a little bit more than that. I think her courage, her strength, her personality — I think all of those, perhaps, speak to a feeling he hasn’t allowed himself to feel in a very, very long time. I’m sure people who’ve lost loved ones or know what that’s like when they start feeling for somebody else [know] it’s very difficult to move on from somebody you’ve loved and lost. Sometimes that can be a very difficult decision to make and I think J’onn will experience a little bit of that next week. 

In season 1, the team fought another White Martian, who said there were millions of White Martians back on Mars waiting to invade Earth. Does Armek’s arrival in “The Martian Chronicles” represent the first wave of an invasion?

Possibly. That’s very possible. I think these White Martians are specifically looking for M’gann to come back and answer for war crimes. But, yes, perhaps it’s the first wave and there could be more because they’re pretty formidable.

In an upcoming episode, Lena Luthor is accused of breaking her mother out of prison, and despite the evidence,  Kara still tries to clear her name. Where does J’onn fall when it comes to Lena? Does he think Kara should trust her?

I think J’onn is very astute and I don’t think he’s going to cross [Kara]. I think he believes in Supergirl and believes she’s on the right path, so I think he’ll allow her to make her own decisions when it comes to Lena Luthor. I think he’s always very much about caution and I think he has faith in her. So, I think if she wants to go ahead and trust her, I think he’s prepared to sanction her.

We know we’ll see Cyborg Superman again this season. What can you tell us about his return and where we’re going with the Cadmus storyline?

Yeah, that goes on throughout the whole of the show. He comes in and out of the next four or five episodes. He’s up to no good, basically. I don’t think it’s the most well-delineated character. That’s the one character that strays, really for me, away from the mythology, and that’s sometimes difficult because I have many questions that aren’t necessarily being answered by the script. So with Cyborg Superman, I pretty much read what’s on the page and just go on with it. At the moment, he’s just a bad guy, but I would love to know why he’s a bad guy, how he became a bad guy, and what are his abilities as this bad guy; those are the things that I really want to start getting into the nitty-gritty of. At the moment, it’s all very much shrouded in mystery, so I can’t quite make any character decisions, because I don’t quite know where he’s from and what he’s about. That’s the one character that’s straying quite far from the mythology in the comic books that we should make concrete decisions about.

Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

New style for a new (old) fandom. I finally got around drawing some Final Fantasy.

Ofc it had to be Seifer. Who else. I just.. can’t … so much love for this boy. His hair’s a nightmare though. Funny enough I never thought about what he’d look like with his hair in a .. ‘natural’ state, not slicked back, until Bo and co came around. X) .. god bless the hq fandom. *ruffles Seifer’s hair*

Reasons for this thing: I’m not really happy with my art style so i went random google hunting for styles that had things i liked. That’s the outcome a wild mix of.. whatever. We’ll see where I go from here.

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Supergirl Director Kevin Smith Previews 'Beautiful' Alex/Maggie Moments, Laments Kara/Mon-El's Doomed Love

“We go to space, we have special effects, she even blows up a ship at one point,” director Kevin Smith tells TVLine of Monday’s Supergirl (The CW, 8/7c). “But my favorite scene we did was just Kara and Mon-El sitting on the couch.”

A self-proclaimed Arrow-verse fanboy, Smith — who has also directed two episodes of The Flash — believes the shows are at their best when the characters lift their masks (where applicable) and relate to each other as people, resulting in “relationship dramas that just happen to have costumes in them.”

“What you’re seeing on Supergirl is this budding relationship between Kara and Mon-El that’s starting to feel [like The Flash‘s Barry and Iris],” Smith explains. “The writers are going to make us fall in love with these guys, and I hope they really nourish that story, because I think they’re wonderful together. There’s something very exciting and star-crossed there. … And the actors! Whenever Melissa [Benoist] and Chris [Wood] film a scene, it’s Charm City.”

But Smith is also aware of the relationship’s built-in tragedies, assuming the writers decide to stick with Kara and Mon-El’s original storyline from the comics.

“Unfortunately, I don’t know if we’ll get them forever, because I know the comic books,” he says. I’m not saying they can’t be together, but… yeah, they can’t be together. But I’m hoping we get the best of both worlds: We’ll watch the dance as we lead them towards a relationship, then deal with them when they can’t be together — if they end up playing things out like they do in the comics. The good news is that they can take liberties on the show. They’re not beholden to particular storylines.”

Of course, Kara wasn’t the only Danvers sister whose love life Smith couldn’t wait to explore. In many ways, he says, “Alex is the heart and soul of this show.”

“The Alex and Maggie relationship starts turning into something really beautiful,” he teases. “We got to do a couple of scenes with them, early in the relationship, where they start to figure out who they are as a couple.”

Another highlight for Smith was getting to film at the DEO with J’onn J’onzz, “one of [his] favorite characters in the DC pantheon,” as the gang discusses how to rescue Supergirl and Mon-El from Roulette’s clutches on Slaver’s Moon.
“Hank turns to Alex, and in that perfect intonation — deep and rolling — he says that Slaver’s Moon has a red sun,” Smith recalls. “Me and Eric [Carrasco], who wrote the episode, our nipples got hard. We lost our fluids.”

At the end of the day, Smith says, “I’m there because I watch the show on a regular basis, so getting to go up there was a privilege. For me, it’s dream-come-true territory. I often describe it as being like Make-A-Wish. It’s ridiculous that they cut you a check for this sort of thing.”