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'GMA' shakeup again: Josh Elliott out

Good Morning America’s winning team is about to get even smaller.

On the heels of Sam Champion’s high-profile departure to The Weather Channel, Josh Elliott is leaving ABC’s morning show to take a gig at NBC Sports. Elliott has been with the morning show since 2006.

Amy Robach will replace him, effectively immediately. Robach was already a member of the GMA team.

Elliott, whose contract was about to expire with ABC, was in negotiations when his GMA colleague Lara Spencer signed a new deal worth a reported $8 million-plus a year.  Elliott was making just over $1 million a year and was apparently looking for parity, especially in light of the new, $14 million contract recently inked by Robin Roberts, Deadline reports. (George Stephanopoulos’s deal isn’t up until the end of this year).

Elliott now becomes the second staffer on the morning show to jump to an NBC-Universal-owned network.

Newly-appointed Disney/ABC TV TV Group president Ben Sherwood sent out this note Sunday to the ABC News division:

“I’m excited to let you know that we have promoted Amy Robach to News Anchor on Good Morning America effective immediately. Amy is a world class anchor and correspondent who is beloved by our morning audience and all who know her. READ FULL STORY

'Suits' postmortem: Rick Hoffman talks 'Heartburn'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Suits, stop reading now. Rick Hoffman talked to EW about the health scare, those emotional scenes with Harvey and Donna, and (gulp!) the break-up. READ FULL STORY

Mindy Kaling talks using tongue with Chris Messina, where Danny and Mindy's relationship could go next -- LISTEN

Using tongue isn’t something trained actors are encouraged to do, but as Mindy Kaling joked when she stopped by EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM 105), she and her Mindy Project co-star Chris Messina are Method — “or we’re just perverts or whatever.” She breaks down Mindy and Danny’s cliffhanger airplane kiss in the interview excerpt below (Messina grabbing her butt was not scripted).

Asked if the characters join the Mile High Club, Kaling teased, “The attempt is made. I won’t say if it’s successful or not successful. I will say that it’s funny. And kind of hot, in its own way.”

She goes on to explain all the different ways the show, which returns with a one-hour spring premiere April 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox, could go with the duo in its third season this fall. Have a listen. And yes, we would totally watch them shopping at Costco. READ FULL STORY

'Enlisted': Could it be going out in Mondo Spider-style? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

We’d be hard-pressed to name a cast and crew who’ve fought harder for their freshman show than the tweeting, app-ing, contest-participating gang of Fox’s funny, affecting comedy Enlisted. This week’s episode (Friday at 9 p.m. ET) is a big one: partly because it features the platoon being tricked into becoming test dummies for the Mondo Spider – watch a sneak peek below – and partly because the show’s time slot will be invaded by the hour-long Raising Hope series finale on April 4 and the new season of Kitchen Nightmares starting April 11.

Without airdates for Enlisted‘s remaining episodes (yet), enjoy this one while you can. READ FULL STORY

'Psych' series finale postmortem: James Roday on landing that dream guest star and the ending

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched Psych‘s series finale, stop reading now. James Roday spoke to EW about the “big get” and that pitch-perfect ending.

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'The Good Wife': Julianna Margulies explains how she negotiated Josh Charles' season 5 contract

Julianna Margulies has no desire to direct, but she definitely earns her producer credit on The Good Wife.

CBS hosted a screening of the drama’s March 30 episode Wednesday night in New York, followed by a discussion with Margulies, co-creators Robert King and Michelle King, and Josh Charles, who makes his final appearance in the hour. By now, fans know his departure has been a year in the making. His contract expired at the end of the show’s fourth season, and the decision of whether or not to renew it coincided with when he was proposing to his wife and doing some soul-searching about his future. “Look, it’s a very long season doing a network television show, and somewhere in year 4, I kinda felt burnt out. Michelle and I had a long conversation about it, and I just felt a little fried and that I was ready for something different for me. That’s no reflection on how I feel about the show, it’s just more about what I want to do in my life,” he told moderator Charlie Rose. (“How much I’ve learned from working with Robert and Michelle about storytelling, the quality and depth of the writing — I mean, I’m afraid going out into the world,” he later admitted. “You don’t see that every day. That’s not something that I take lightly.”)

Margulies first learned Charles was thinking of not renewing his contract in March of 2013. “I got a call from Michelle and Robert, and they said, ‘We need to tell you something. Josh is gonna be leaving the show.’ And I said, ‘Why?‘ And they said, ‘Well, his contract is up, and he doesn’t want to renew.’ My head just started spinning. I said, ‘Well, well, well, wait. Did you see if he could do less episodes? Maybe offer him more directing gigs,” she recalled to much laughter. “I just became the Alicia lawyer trying to figure out how to negotiate this contract. And [the Kings] were both incredibly open about it. They said, ‘We’re open for anything. We don’t have enough time to say goodbye to his character properly in this short amount of episodes.’ Because we shoot so in advance, and they’ve written episodes and have a storyline planned. So it kinda meant his character was gonna just disappear, or someone was just gonna talk about him leaving, and I couldn’t accept that. I thought he’s been such an integral part of the show, such an integral part of my character, and I felt like if this is gonna happen, let’s do it right. And they said, ‘Good luck.’”

Once everyone finished laughing again, she continued. “I called Josh, and I gave him terrible Jew guilt. I knew he was about to get married. I’m good friends with his wife, and they’re dear friends of ours. I said, ‘Josh, how about this: 15. Think about it. Wait. Think about it. Money in the bank for 15 episodes. Do you know how expensive it is to have a baby in New York City?’ I went right to the kid thing, and it was disgusting, honestly,” she said. “We were looking at kindergarten for our son at the time, and I was like, ‘Do you know how much private school is in New York?’ I went on this whole thing about kids and family, and he was like, ‘Well, 15? Let me think about that.’ And I said, ‘And two directing slots!’ And then I hung up and called [the Kings], and I was like, ‘How about 15?’ And immediately they both said, ‘If we have an arc, and we know we can write starting next season and finish up this season as planned, we can do this.’ And so I said [to Josh], ‘They’re gonna write amazing stuff!’ And the next thing I knew, it happened.”

“No baby, yet,” she added, looking at Charles, “but that will happen, too.”

 

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Why 'Archer' star H. Jon Benjamin isn't always in the 'Danger zone!'

Want to do Archer star and comedian H. Jon Benjamin a solid favor should you ever recognize him on the street? Then resist the temptation to request he say “Danger zone!” — the catchphrase with which his character Sterling Archer has become synonymous with during the five seasons-and-counting run of FX’s spy spoof.

 

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'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'The Toll' (and another gory surprise)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t yet watched this week’s episode of Justified, “The Toll” written by Benjamin Cavell and directed by Jon Avnet, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. An additional warning this week for fans of The Good Wife: the big twist in that show’s March 23 episode is referenced, twice.

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'The Vampire Diaries': Damon and Elena's next problem? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The promo for the March 27 episode of The Vampire Diaries hinted that while Damon and Elena may have admitted their relationship is toxic, they’re not exactly ready to stop having sex. Our sneak peek, which finds them back at Mystic Falls High awaiting some kind of parent-teacher conference for Jeremy, reveals they need to focus some of their attention back on Jeremy – and his new witch friend Liv. (Oh, and also that Damon has seen Ghost.) Watch it below.

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'The Good Wife': Hunter Parrish on how he became part of the series' most shocking twist (and #hatemail)

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t yet watched the March 23 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife (or had it spoiled for you on social media), stop reading now.

Actor Hunter Parrish (Weeds‘ Silas) returned as Jeffrey Grant, a college student whose murder trial took a tragic turn that forever altered the course fans expected the series to take. Speaking to EW a day after the episode aired, Parrish — who is about to wrap the indie film Still Alice with Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth — proved he has a good attitude about shocked fans of Will Gardner (Josh Charles) working through their stages of grief. “#Hatemail has been on my Twitter feed,” Parrish said with a laugh. “People have been saying, ‘I really love Silas, but now it’s really gonna be difficult for me to look at him the same.’ That’s a compliment to the work that you’re putting in, and appreciation for the characters, and writers, and actors on The Good Wife that they have given five years of their lives to watching as fans. It’s a great reception. Even though it’s negative,” he continued, with another laugh, “it’s still supportive in a sense.”

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'Archer: Vice' R.I.P.? Creator reveals plans to 'unreboot, or whatever' next season

On the current, fifth season of FX’s animated sitcom Archer – the rebranded Archer: Vice — the members of ISIS have transformed from spies into drug dealers as they try to sell a literal (not a figurative!) metric tonne of cocaine. But creator and writer Adam Reed has good news for fans who miss the espionage-themed shenanigans of yore. “I think this next season we will sort of unreboot, or whatever — deboot,” he reveals to EW, “and get back to the basics of some spy missions.” READ FULL STORY

ABC Family drops controversial pilot about Saudi Arabia

ABC Family has abandoned a drama pilot called Alice in Arabia after advocacy groups expressed concern that it would perpetuate negative stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims.

The pilot followed an American teen who is kidnapped by her relatives and taken to Saudi Arabia, where she is kept as a prisoner in her Muslim grandfather’s home and forced to “find a way to return home while surviving life behind the veil,” according to an official network logline read. The script’s from Brooke Eikmeier, a former cryptologic linguist in the Arabic language for U.S. Army who trained to support NSA missions in the Middle East. It was one of three new drama pilots announced by ABC Family earlier this week. READ FULL STORY

'Archer' love scene breakdown -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly boasts a six-page article on the hit FX spy spoof Archer, an interview with star H. Jon Benjamin, and creator Adam Reed’s favorite episodes. (Elsewhere on EW.com you’ll find an exclusive photograph of the entire Archer “cast” and a guide to the show’s running gags.) But how exactly does the Archer behind-the-scenes team create the show’s remarkable animation? Using a recent sex scene between Sterling and supposed Colombian drug cartel godmother La Madrina as an example, art director Neal Holman details the crafting of the Sterling sausage. (Phrasing!!!) READ FULL STORY

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