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'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Shot All to Hell'

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Shot All to Hell” written by supervising producer Chris Provenzano and directed by Adam Arkin, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room.  READ FULL STORY

Study: Jay Leno's favorite target was Clinton

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Hey Jay Leno: the ’90s want their jokes back!

According to a study from the Center for Media Affairs at George Mason University, the outgoing host of The Tonight Show relied heavily on yuks about Bill Clinton while delivering his monologue over the last two decades. In fact, one out of every 10 political jokes was about the 42nd President.

The center’s study covered 43,892 jokes about public figures and public affairs that were told by Leno between 1992 and 2014. “Leno’s monologues focused on power and scandal, and Bill Clinton was the top two-fer,” said Prof. Robert Lichter of the CMPA.

All told, Leno made 4,601 Clinton jokes. Democrats, as a whole, were the target of 10,885 yuks — 15% more than the 9,465 jokes that were lobbed against the GOP.

Here were his top 10 political targets:

1. Bill Clinton (4,607)
2. George Bush (3,239)
3. Al Gore (1,026)
4. Barack Obama (1,011)
5. Hillary Clinton (939)
6. Dick Cheney (673)
7. Monica Lewinsky (454)
8. Bob Dole (452)
9. John McCain (426)
10. Mitt Romney (361)

Besides Simpson (795 jokes), Leno’s top celebrity targets were Michael Jackson (505), Martha Stewart (208) and Paris Hilton (153). Leno’s last day on The Tonight Show is this Friday.

'Walking Dead' star to appear on 'Archer' for multi-episode arc -- EXCLUSIVE

The survivors on The Walking Dead haven’t had a lot to laugh about lately, what with one of their own being executed and the loss of the prison fortress they called home. However, one of the actresses on the show recently had an opportunity to explore her comedic side when she went in to record a multi-episode arc for FX’s Archer. Who is that mystery actress? Well, judging by the photo above you’ve probably already figured it out: It’s Lauren Cohan, who plays farmer’s daughter turned complete badass Maggie Greene on the zombie drama. READ FULL STORY

EW Radio talks to Baby-Daddy TV pioneer Maury Povich

In a special installment of tonight’s Inside TV show on EW Radio, I’ll focus on three of TV’s most enduring programs — America’s Funniest Home Videos, COPs and Maury.

After talking with AFHV founder Vin Di Bona and COPS creator John Langley, Maury Povich will come on to not only chat about tabloid TV but to answer this burning question: who is the true pioneer of Who’s Your Daddy TV?

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Leno hits another ratings high as end nears

Jay Leno, no surprise, is pulling in great ratings in anticipation of his Feb. 6 goodbye. Last night’s installment of The Tonight Show equaled its best overnight rating in 15 months: Leno scored a 3.9 rating in metered markets, his best performance since Oct. 24, 2012, according to Nielsen.

Last night’s episode, which featured a visit by heir apparent Jimmy Fallon, was also the highest Monday rating since March 1, 2010 (when it earned a 5.4).

Afterwards, Fallon earned a 2.0 in overnights, his highest rating for a Monday since March 1, 2010.

 

Fred Armisen, Marc Maron join Austin's Moontower Comedy Festival lineup -- EXCLUSIVE

The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival announced their full headliner lineup this morning, adding Fred Armisen and Marc Maron to a billing that already includes the likes of Dennis Miller, Kids in the Halls, Mike Birbiglia, and Demetri Martin. The Austin-based festival, presented by the Paramount Theatre, will run from April 23-26. This is the third annual Moontower event, which celebrates the best and weirdest in stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy.

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'Dancing With the Stars': No more Harold Wheeler Band

Dancing With the Stars has confirmed the departure of music director Harold Wheeler as the ballroom dancing series heads into its 18th season on ABC. READ FULL STORY

'Enlisted': Geoff Stults talks moving fan reaction and the fun of promoting a new show (cue target practice!)

Live-tweeting episodes, partying with contest winners over Super Bowl weekend, facing off with EW staffers in a Nerf gun challenge (see proof below) — there’s not much Geoff Stults won’t do to promote his well-reviewed Fox comedy Enlisted (Fridays at 9 p.m. ET). “I love this job, and I want it to continue,” he says.Doing whatever it takes it takes to get the word out about a new show comes with it, but it’s made easier when the audience responds. “If people show up, they’re tuning back in because they’re finding all the things that make us excited about the show,” he says.

It’s funny and it’s heartfelt, just like the timely Jan. 31 episode, “Homecoming,” which centers on a highly anticipated football game — the annual Army/Marine flag football game — and an elaborate plan to bring a deployed father (Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh) home to surprise his son (so Chris Lowell’s Derrick looks good in the eyes of the boy and his mother, the soldier’s ex, who Derrick fancies). Meanwhile Pete (Stults), the former All-American, “dusts off the old rocket launcher” to quarterback the Army team. “He’s wearing his old jersey from high school, and you think he’s gonna be amazing, and it turns out to be quite the opposite,” says Stults, who actually played quarterback and wide receiver in a European league. (“I was really good at throwing the ball, I just threw it a lot of times at the wrong people,” he explains. “That’s why they moved me to receiver.”)

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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the Supreme reveal and plans for season 4...and season 5! -- EXCLUSIVE

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE SEASON FINALE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN!!!!]

The Supreme has been crowned!!! On the season finale of FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, Cordelia was named the Supreme, following in the footsteps of her mother Fiona. But people with M names had a rougher night with the deaths of Myrtle, Misty, and Madison. EW talked to co-creator Ryan Murphy about the wrap-up plus his plans for season four…and five!
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'Enlisted': Randy knows how to pull the heartstrings -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

The Friday episode of Fox’s Enlisted, “Homecoming,” looks like it will hit the comedy sweet spot once again. After Derrick (Chris Lowell) promises a woman he likes that he’ll get her son’s soldier father back Stateside, he has to convince Cody (Keith David) to do it. Luckily, Randy (Parker Young) has vision.

Meanwhile, Pete (Geoff Stults) and Jill (Angelique Cabral) will find themselves having to work together again when it’s game time — and by that, we mean time to play flat football against the Marines.

Watch an exclusive clip below. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Over the Mountain' and teases what's next

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched this week’s episode of Justified, “Over the Mountain,” written by Taylor Elmore and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton, stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room. READ FULL STORY

NBC orders gay-themed pilot from Ellen DeGeneres

NBC hasn’t given up developing something in the vein of The New Normal. Now the net has ordered a pilot called One Big Happy, a comedy that involves a Will & Grace component.

Here’s the official logline from the comedy that’s being developed by Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres: “When gay and straight best friends decide to have a baby together, things get complicated when one of them finds the love of their life.”

The script is from Liz Feldman, a scribe who’s written for DeGeneres in the past as well as CBS’ current comedy 2 Broke Girls.

Despite earning kudos from critics, NBC yanked The New Normal – which was about a gay couple who recruit a surrogate mom so they can start a family — last May.

Brit comedian Steve Delaney talks about his new Hulu sitcom 'Count Arthur Strong'

Never heard of veteran vaudeville star Count Arthur Strong? Don’t feel bad. He was never exactly a household name in his native U.K. Also? He doesn’t exist.

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