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Last night at PaleyFest 2014 in Hollywood, the cast of  Showtime’s acclaimed drama, Masters Of Sex, were present for a Q&A at the Dolby Theater to celebrate the series, which returns for its second season this summer. Here are chats I had on the red carpet with creator Michelle Ashford and stars Lizzy Caplan, Teddy Sears and Caitlin Fitzgerald. (There are more chats on XFinityTV’s LGBT site and AfterEllen with stars Michael Sheen and Annaleigh Ashford).

Series creator Michelle Ashford

Lizzy Caplan (Virginia Johnson)

Teddy Sears (Dr. Austin Langham)

Caitlin Fitzgerald (Libby Masters)

Masters Of Sex returns for season 2 on July 13th on Showtime.

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[SPOILER ALERT: Only watch the following if you've already watched last night's The Good Wife]

The Good Wife airs Sundays at 9pm on CBS.

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Da Vinci's Demons cast: Season 2 (Starz)

Da Vinci’s Demons: Season 2 cast

(l-r) Laura Haddock, Elliot Cowan, Tom Riley, Blake Ritson, Lara Pulver

From the first moments of the second season of the Starz series DaVinci’s Demons, viewers will be surprised in that we find Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) alongside of his enemy, Count Riario (Blake Ritson) and they are actually working together for, well, some reason of either greater good or just to survive.

While part of the fun of the new episodes is figuring that puzzle out, know that f you thought the series, created by David S. Goyer, was ambitious during last year’s first season, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

I sat down with star Tom Riley recently to talk about the second season and some of the surprises that are in store for viewers.

Jim Halterman: Tell me about Season 2. In that first scene, we’re in a different place and Leonardo and Riario are working together in a tough situation.

Tom Riley: We throw you a curve ball. It’s interesting but we were nervous at the top at the idea when David said the characters were going to go on personal journeys physically as well as mentally and we’re going to throw you together in combinations that you wouldn’t necessarily expect and you’ll all come back together and you’ll be different because of it. We spent eight hours formulating the tone of the show so now we can go anywhere as long as we keep within those boundaries.

But it’s very exciting. It’s very cool. The South America stuff was intimidating and we didn’t think we’d pull it off but we actually have. By the time you get to episodes 5 and 6…it’s good stuff.

JH: As difficult as season one was, was season two on the same level for you?

TR: I’d say it’s more intense for all of us but we were better prepped. With my knowledge that the last time I pulled my hip going in the harness but this time I stretched. Before, last year, you have a crew and you don’t’ want to do a lot of stretches and look like an idiot but this year I preferred to look like an idiot.

JH: Going into the first episode, is Leonardo’s relationship with his father still coming up? I know we see the sheep, which we saw in the first season…

TR: They’re separated by consequence but certainly Leonardo’s presence is very heavy in every character’s life and they’re constantly referencing him. For Piero (Da Vinci), you get some really interesting stuff not just about Leonardo but also why he has such antagonism towards Leonardo and why the mother left him…that’s all still going, very much so.

JH: What was the biggest surprise this season?

TR: I would say episode 6 is the most surprising episode. When I read that script, which is by Matt Fraction, who is a comic book writer, he’s the nexus of bat shit! I absolutely love it and full of surprising things, surprising characters…

JH: Is Da Vinci developing any new emotional attachments, not just sexual, but people he’s leaning on?

TR: Yes! His relationship with Zoroaster, why are they friends, why does this man follows him, they may have had history together, they may have been together and certainly Gregg [Sulkin] and I were keen to play up on moments of that and that there’s something deep between them.

And then he meets people in the New World, Ima (Carolina Guerra), who is a priestess, who is not an unattractive woman, but his mind is constantly in pursuit of knowledge, that’s where his heart lies really and the only person to infiltrate it is Lucrezia (Laura Haddock) and she is incredibly present and he can’t work it out because he knows there more.

JH: Does that piss him off a little bit?

TR: I think so but, for me, Lucrezia and Leonardo are really similar in that they’re both following something they truly believe in to the detrement of everything about then. They both leaving collateral damage in their wake. They’ve both been told what to do by a whispering man in a dark corridor. For her, it’s the prisoner. For Da Vinci, it’s the Turk. They’re both following blindly so he has a strange connection to her even though she’s not there. And Riario, of course, maybe they’ll start to respect each other a little bit.

JH: So why are they together in the beginning? What can you tell me?

TR: All I’ll say is that in the first season, Riario saw the benefit of Leonardo whereas Leonardo had absolutely no respect for Riario. He was a pain, he was condescending and he had nothing but malicious ideas with what he wanted to discover with the Book Of Leaves and I think Leonardo still believes that to a certain degree but he begins to understand why Riario is who he is and they build a begrudging respect when they both have to fight for the same thing.

DaVinci’s Demons airs Saturdays at 9pm on Starz.

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They’re not only one of the best looking casts on television but they’re also having the time of their lives making the wonderful Fox series Sleepy Hollow.

Last night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, the cast and creative team came together to celebrate the show. Here are a few photos from the red carpet and the panel itself. (I’ll be posting my red carpet videos on TVFanatic this morning so watch my Twitter feed for the link!)

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Watch First 2 Minutes Of NBC’s ‘Believe’ Now!

March 8, 2014

@NBCBelieve Bo’s not your typical 10-year-old. She’s an extraordinary girl… about to change the world. And the world’s about to meet her this Monday, March 10 during the special premiere of Believe at 10/9c. But you don’t have to wait until Monday’s special premiere (directed by Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón) to meet Bo – we […]

“Saint George” Debuts Tonight On FX! Preview The New George Lopez Sitcom Here!

March 6, 2014

George Lopez may have lost his talk show last year but, always one to bounce back, he’s back in sitcom land with a new series on FX, Saint George. In the comedy, Lopez plays a newly divorced working class Mexican American turned successful entrepreneuer caught between two cultures. Fist, he has parenting demands from his All-American Anglo […]

Looking Good, Grant Gustin! First “Flash” Photo Revealed!

February 28, 2014

#TheFlash @grantgust The shooting of the much-anticipated pilot for The Flash is just getting started in Vancouver and while it will be some time before we hear whether it will make it onto the CW schedule this fall (it’s kind of a no-brainer, though, right?), Warner Brothers today released the first image of Grant Gustin in the iconic […]

Toasting “Dallas” Premiere With New JR Ewing Bourbon!

February 23, 2014

@Dallas_TNT @JesseMetcalfe Thursday night in Dallas a screening of the Season 3 premiere of TNT’s Dallas took place along with a reception for the new JR Ewing Private Reserve Bourbon that will be available in select markets in March. Distilled in the heart of Kentucky’s bourbon country, the 4-year-old, 80-proof light amber-colored bourbon will initially launch in 14 states across […]