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'Penny Dreadful' Exclusive: Meet Dr. Victor Frankenstein

'Penny Dreadful' Exclusive: Meet Dr. Victor Frankenstein

HitFix has the new poster featuring Harry Treadaway as the notorious scientist

We're still over a month away from the May 11 premiere of the new supernatural drama "Penny Dreadful," but you've probably seen the ultra-creepy ads for the eight-episode series popping up before and after your current Showtime favorites..

Showtime has been gradually unveiling seven character posters for some of the iconic characters featured in the John Logan-created drama, which was directed in its first two installments by "The Orphanage" helmer Juan Antonio Bayona.

The cast features Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper and Reeve Carney.

Here, exclusive to HitFix at least for a little bit, we have your first look at Harry Treadaway ("The Lone Ranger") as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. We don't know much about how the character will be depicted in "Penny Dreadful," but it's safe to say he has a lot of heart.

Check it out:

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<p>Mindy Kaling in &quot;The Mindy Project&quot; and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in &quot;Veep.&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling in "The Mindy Project" and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in "Veep."

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Review: 'The Mindy Project' & 'Veep' return stronger than ever

Various tweaks have enhanced both the FOX comedy and the HBO one

Television shows are evolving organisms, which is one of the most exciting things about them, but also one of the scariest. Mediocre pilots can one day lead to great series, and vice versa. Brilliant shows can abruptly fall off a cliff, and mediocrities can stun you with leaps forward. Characters can die, settings can be abandoned, and even genres aren't sacrosanct. You just never know.

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Why the 'How I Met Your Mother' finale was so terrible

Why the "How I Met Your Mother" finale was so terrible
Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas had a plan from the beginning, a plan they couldn't deviate from, which led to misdirection, says Alan Sepinwall. "The problem is that at a certain point the misdirection became vastly more entertaining than the illusion it was designed to facilitate, and as a result we just wind up feeling tricked, and annoyed, and wondering why we went along with all of it, when we should have known from the very first episode — from the Aunt Robin joke that got us into this gigantic mess — that this was a show that would not hesitate to make us feel tricked. And once upon a time, when we and 'HIMYM' were younger, that was fun, but at a certain point, like the idea of Barney Stinson still having a Playbook in his 40s, it's just sad." PLUS: The finale bailed on the entire show, the finale turned the entire series into an elaborate con job, what a hackney last-minute plot twist, this was the worst possible ending, and it should've been called "How I Settled For Your Mother."

"HIMYM" gave fans the perfect ending -- the one they've wanted to see since the pilot
"Anyone who stuck with 'How I Met Your Mother' for nine seasons knew, or should have realized, that in the end it would never be about the mother," says Miriam Krule. She adds: "If Ted hadn’t ended up with Robin, that would have been an enormous disappointment. The way Ted ended up with Robin—the ending set up, clearly, years ago—was far more interesting and romantic than anything the show could have told us about the mother in 45 minutes or less. This ending was a tribute to the fans who’d been watching for years...." PLUS: Romance-minded viewers should be satisfied, the story all along wasn't about the mother, what made this finale so beautiful was that Ted was so happy, give the creators credit for sticking with their plan, one nagging question from the finale may be released as a DVD extra, and about that finale song.

Stephen Colbert tackles "#CancelColbert" controversy
"The Colbert Report" opened with a cameo by BD Wong, as Colbert proclaimed, "“The dark forces trying to silence my message of core conservative principles mixed with youth-friendly product placement have been thwarted." PLUS: "#CancelStewart" appears on "The Daily Show."

Could Josh Elliott end up replacing Bob Costas and/or Matt Lauer?
The "GMA" star's move to NBC will create new tension on "Today" and on NBC Sports, according to NY Daily News, which adds that Elliott's replacement, Amy Robach, doesn't get along with "GMA's" Lara Spencer.

"Sam & Cat's" Season 2 in jeopardy by behind-the-scenes tensions
The 40-episode 1st season was not only grueling, but it appears that both
Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande are ready to move on from Nickelodeon.

"Scandal's" Columbus Short may escape punishment for alleged beating
The alleged victim is refusing to press charges, according to TMZ, and it's possible a settlement may be reached outside of the criminal justice system.

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" promotes Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker
Detective Hitchcock and Detective Scully will become series regulars next season.

Mindy Kaling: "It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal/chubby woman"
Kaling tells Jimmy Kimmel that she does a lot of exercise to achieve her current body shape.

Nat Geo pulls controversial "Nazi War Diggers"
The cable channel plans to review accusations that the four-part documentary series brandished human remains as trophies, which is not proper procedure.

Jimmy Kimmel hires David Spade as a producer to interview Spade's ex-girlfriend Julie Bowen
Spade was tapped to do the pre-interview of the "Modern Family" star, who dated Spade in the early 2000s.

Conan becomes a Texas deputy
Watch the first installment of "Conan" in Dallas.

Watch Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" studio construction in 60 seconds
Fallon's Studio 6B was designed to make it look bigger on screen.

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<p>Frankie Knuckles Way in Chicago.</p>

Frankie Knuckles Way in Chicago.

Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music, passes away at 59

There will never be another

An American music pioneer died yesterday.  Chances are you never heard of him.  His name was Frankie Knuckles and he was the Godfather of House Music.  

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Reunion Pt. 3

This episode is so meta your head might explode

I suppose somewhere in the world there's someone who believes reality TV has a fair amount of reality in it. That's such a sweet, innocent ideal I would direct said person not to watch the third part of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"'s reunion, because the level of meta nattering will not only destroy that idea, but it could cause spontaneous combustion or a head explosion. When the ladies start talking about how they strategize what to say in front of the cameras, the gig is pretty clearly up on the whole "reality" thing. 

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<p>Aden Young of &quot;Rectify&quot;</p>

Aden Young of "Rectify"

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Interview: Aden Young discusses SundanceTV's 'Rectify'

One of 2013's best dramas is now available on Netflix

"One Daniel to another. Perfect," Aden Young says as we're connected on the phone.

It's no surprise that Young feels a deep connection to Daniel Holden, his character on SundanceTV's "Rectify." A 35-year-old man freed after spending 19 years on Death Row for a murder we're not quite sure if he committed, Holden is the sort of deeply tortured and intriguingly internalized character who I suspect must be hard to set aside at the end of the day. It's a bit of a shock, in that light, to be reminded that Young, like seemingly half of the leading men on network and cable TV, is Australian by residency and upbringing and Canadian by birth.

While Young has a strong roster of Aussie film, TV and stage credits, "Rectify" is his biggest America TV role, which offers the pleasant pleasure of enjoying Daniel Holden without a decade of screen baggage. It's similar to Jon Hamm's breakout as Don Draper and, in a perfect world, it would be receiving the same level of acclaim and awards attention.

"Rectify" premiered last spring as part of a breakout year of original programming for SundanceTV and it has just become available on Netflix so that y'all can catch up before Season 2, 10 episodes rather than six this time, premieres on June 19.

In our chat, Young explains why he almost prioritized pulling Chinese noodles over "Rectify," the challenges of stillness and how much he does or doesn't know about what the crime that nearly cost Daniel his life. I did a little goading to try to get Young to talk about the shocking first season finale and although his answer is 100 percent spoiler-free (really, the whole interview is), I put it on a second page, just in case.

Click through for the full Q&A.

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"Dancing with the Stars"

"Dancing with the Stars"

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'Dancing with the Stars' recap: It's tug on your heartstrings week

Not every dance is quite so poignant, though

Robin Roberts is the season's first guest judge. She's a huge fan and not a dancer, so she'll probably just gush over everything and talk about how much she likes her future guests, I mean, the performers. Also of note, this week each celebrity had to pick a song to illustrate their most important year, giving them an excuse to well up for the cameras. Some people have moving, emotional stuff. And some people really don't. Sorry, kids. 

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<p>Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the &quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; series finale.</p>

Josh Radnor and Cristin Milioti in the "How I Met Your Mother" series finale.

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Series finale review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Last Forever'

The series concludes with a variety of awful decisions that were likely hatched years ago

Well, here we are at the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," and I have a review of everything that went down, coming up just as soon as I post the Boner Joke of the Day...

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Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

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'American Horror Story's Angela Bassett on Jessica Lange's exit plan

Plus, playing another real life character was right in her wheelhouse

Fans were crushed when Jessica Lange announced she'd be doing just one more season -- the upcoming "Freak Show" -- of "American Horror Story." Before the PaleyFest panel for "American Horror Story: Coven" I got a chance to ask Angela Bassett what she thought about the "queen bee" leaving. The short answer? She's got her co-star's back. 

Bassett also knows a little something about playing real-life characters. She's been Tina Turner ("What's Love Got to Do with It"), Betty Shabazz ("Malcolm X"), Rosa Parks ("The Rosa Parks Story"), Katherine Jackson ("The Jacksons: An American Dream") and Voletta Wallace ("Notorious"). Last season on "Coven" she tackled yet another real person -- Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess in Louisiana in the 1800s. Unsurprisingly, she told me she takes playing real people pretty seriously -- and had to face the high standards of New Orleans' dwellers. Yeah, I think she did fine, don't you? 

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'HIMYM' was once a struggling sitcom, saved by Britney Spears
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'HIMYM' was once a struggling sitcom, saved by Britney Spears

"HIMYM" was once a struggling sitcom, saved by Britney Spears
At first, "How I Met Your Mother's" innovative sitcom format didn't appeal to viewer, so much so that the show was on the bubble when it filmed its series finale scene during Season 2. It took a Season 3 appearance by Britney -- accompanied by gobs of media attention and paparazzi -- to make "HIMYM" a certified hit. PLUS: Looking back at "HIMYM's" rating highs and lows, director Pam Fryman recalls her favorite moments, 10 "HIMYM" jokes as infographics, Ted Mosby was a slut, fans are having trouble coping with the end, a political history of "HIMYM," ranking Ted's girlfriends, looking back at the pilot episode, and how the co-creators met in a band.

"SNL's" Taran Killam went on his 1st date with Cobie Smulders the day after "HIMYM's" pilot table read
In a 2 1/2-hour interview with Kevin Pollak, Killam recalls how much his life with Smulders has coincided with "How I Met Your Mother." Killam met Smulders thanks to his Canadian co-star Paul Campbell on the failed Bill Lawrence WB pilot "Nobody's Watching."

George Lopez's "Saint George" looks like it's going to be canceled
FX has an option to pick up 90 episodes after the initial 10-episode run, like Charlie Sheen's sitcom. But Lopez's comedy has been performing poorly.

Binge-watching study: D.C. is No. 1, most viewers prefer binging on current shows
A Harris Poll commissioned by Comcast also found that 11% of viewers would pick Rick Grimes from "The Walking Dead" as their "binge buddy."

Why "Cosmos" disappoints: Neil deGrasse Tyson is too annoying
The acclaimed astronomer talks to viewers like their little kids, and the entire presentation is too cartoonish.

If Chelsea Handler exits E!, then late-night will become all-male again
Not only all-male, but almost entirely white males (except Arsenio).

"Raising Hope" was Martha Plimpton's only steady job in her long acting career
She says of her role on the Fox comedy : “There were things about doing that character every week — every day — that were incredibly freeing and confidence-building and gave me a new relationship to work, and how to work, and how to be present and available and game. I will miss it. But I cannot complain. I don’t feel in any way robbed of anything. Do you know what I mean?”

Asian females are dropping like flies on network TV this season
By the end of the season, three Asian-American characters will be gone from their shows.

Anderson Cooper talks to Howard Stern about "The Mole," Alec Baldwin and Kathy Griffin
The CNN host even uttered a bad word during his nearly 1 hour and a quarter interview.

How "Game of Thrones" is handling its child stars aging
“I’m happy Bran is a cripple,” says co-creator D.B Weiss, who notes that Isaac Hempstead-Wright is now almost as tall as him.

Here's some advice for Josh Charles
What should he do now that he's no longer part of a hit show?

Does FX have the best TV show promos?
Are FX's promos better than AMC's or HBO's?

Drew Carey wanted to keep his April's Fools swap with Craig Ferguson a secret
"Well, that’s what I thought we were going to do, but then CBS had to approve it all," says "The Price is Right" host. "Originally when I heard the concept I thought, 'That would be a fun thing to spring on people.' And then once CBS found out about it, they were like, 'No, we’re going to publicize the hell of it and get people to watch.'"

Watch a supercut of every "Community" movie reference
Where's "Robocop"?

Universal Orlando opens a hotel that looks like it was inspired by "Mad Men"
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort takes advantage of the '60s theme.

See a preview of CBS' "Bad Teacher"
Ari Graynor takes over the Cameron Diaz role in the remake of the 2011 film.

VH1 spoofs reality TV tonight with "This Is Hot 97"
As the NY Times describes it, "Hot 97" is a "workplace comedy masquerading as a hip-hop-insider tour masquerading as a reality show, and not particularly successful at any of them."

CBS' "Friends with Better Lives" really does want to be the new "Friends"
The comedy starring James Van Der Beek and Kevin Connolly has "a professional, even a grim efficiency to the jokes," says Robert Lloyd, "which approach like B-52 bombers, drop their punch lines and head back to base. There are breast jokes, genital jokes, a long oral sex joke, an alcoholic-sorority-girl-defecating-in-a-closet joke. A few hit, many miss. The war goes on." PLUS: The pilot is so awful it has nowhere to go but up, it's wrapped in 100 percent market-proven cardboard humor, and what Van Der Beek learned from "Don't Trust the B---."

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<p>Keanu Reeves in &quot;The Matrix&quot;</p>

Keanu Reeves in "The Matrix"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Thoughts on 'The Matrix' 15 years later and 1999 as a great year for movies

The Wachowskis' wire-fu ride celebrates an anniversary today

On March 31, 1999, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski's "The Matrix" hit theaters. That's 15 years ago today, and it was a pretty significant event.

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Michael Jackson
Credit: Epic Records

'Xscape,' Michael Jackson album of previously unreleased material, set for May 13 release

What does 'contemporized' mean?

We’ve long known at Michael Jackson left unreleased material before he died on 2009. Now the world will get to hear eight of the songs on “Xscape,” an 8-song collection featuring “contemporized” versions of the tunes. Epic Records will release the set May 13 in conjunction with Jackson’s estate.

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