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'Hell on Wheels' star Anson Mount shares best advice Jon Hamm gave him

Hell on Wheels‘ season 4 finale (Nov. 22, 9 p.m. ET on AMC) finds Anson Mount’s Cullen determined to leave the railroad. While fans will have to wait to see how his decision plays out—the show has been picked up for a final season—we asked Mount a few questions he could answer.

EW: What’s some great advice you’ve gotten in Hollywood?
Anson Mount: My first Emmys party, I was introduced to Jon Hamm. I had just started doing Hell on Wheels, and I said, “Hey, man, do you mind if we talk?” “About working with AMC?” “No, just kinda about the whole thing.” He said, “Oh, okay.” So we go and bum a couple of cigarettes from Aaron Paul, and Jon says, “So, what I keep saying to myself is, ‘Why not me?’” I was like, “What do you mean?” He said, “Well, I grew up with this guy whose father was a professional baseball player, and then he got really into golf, and we would go golf with him sometimes. We were on this one hole, and I’m like an 8-iron shot away from the hole, and his father’s up on the green and says, ‘Put the ball right here,’ and points to this exact spot on the green. And I said, ‘Yeah, right.’ And he got really mad. And he said, ‘Why not you? Why not you? If not you? Somebody else. Why not you?’” So Jon said to himself, “Why not me?” And he hit the ball exactly where the guy had been pointing. So going through this whole craziness of work and fame, his mantra, I guess, has been “Why not me?” So I was handed a mantra by Jon Ham, I guess. A koan, as they say, in Buddhism. Yes, Jon Hamm is my spiritual leader. [Laughs] I don’t know if he even remembers it. Now, I see him at events and he’s like, “Oh, hey, man.” I must have really freaked him out. I must have been really needy. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' casts Broadway star Victoria Clark in big surprise role

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A Broadway veteran has been cast in a surprising and pivotal role on Showtime’s Homeland.

EW can exclusively report that Tony-winning actress Victoria Clark (stage versions of Sister Act, Cinderella) has shot a top-secret part on the show.

We’re going to reveal who she plays below, but first here’s a big spoiler warning: Do not keep reading if you don’t want to know about an unexpected key character coming this season.

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Tina Fey's NBC comedy moving to Netflix

Netflix has given a rare two-season order to the Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was initially slated to debut midseason on NBC.

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'Smallville' alum Allison Mack to guest-star on 'The Following'

The Following will stage a Smallville reunion in season three. Allison Mack has landed a guest-starring role on the Fox drama, EW has learned.

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Ellen Barkin to guest on Showtime's 'Happyish'

Another familiar face is joining the pilot of Showtime’s Happyish, a series that was originally set to star the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. (A pilot featuring Hoffman in the show’s lead role was filmed in 2013; the network has replaced Hoffman with Steve Coogan in its new iteration of Happyish.)

The pilot’s latest addition: Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Ellen Barkin, seen most recently on the small screen as The New Normal‘s staunchly right-wing, completely politically incorrect grandmother. Showtime says that Barkin will be playing Dani Kirschenbloom, “a headhunter who works closely with Thom Payne (Coogan). Dani harbors no illusions about the advertising industry, or life, and is best described as the sardonic prophet-philosopher of the project.” READ FULL STORY

Adam Pally to exit 'The Mindy Project'

Shulman & Associates is going to have to say goodbye to its awkwardly lovable, sweater vest-wearing Peter Prentice.  READ FULL STORY

Queen Latifah talk show canceled after two seasons

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Queen Latifah’s talk show has been canceled.

For the second time, the singer-actress’ syndication series is coming to an end. While The Queen Latifah Show will continue making episodes through the end of March, distributor Sony Pictures Television confirms its pulling the plug after that.

“We want to thank Dana [aka Dana Owens / Queen Latifah], the producers and the entire staff of The Queen Latifah Show for creating a program that we are all very proud of,” Sony said in a statement. “Thank you also to our terrific station partners and advertisers who supported the show.”

A previous The Queen Latifah Show ran from 1999 to 2001. This version launched in 2013.

Spoiler Room: Scoop on 'Murder,' 'Elementary,' 'Walking Dead' and more

Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com.

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Two channels will keep Bill Cosby sitcoms on the air

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Two channels are sticking with Bill Cosby.

While TV Land has stopped airing repeats of Cosby’s iconic NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, two niche basic cable channels that target black viewers have decided to continue running sitcoms starring the actor-comedian.

BET-owned Centric (formerly BET Jazz) confirmed to EW that repeats of Cosby Show will continue. Centric is available in 51 million homes. Asked for the channel’s reasoning behind the decision, a spokesperson replied that they’re not making any comments about the series at this time. READ FULL STORY

Spike TV, Jimmy Fallon team up for 'Lip Sync Battle' TV series

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Jimmy Fallon’s lip-sync battles have become one of his most recognizable and anticipated segments. Now, Spike TV is turning those intermittent appearances on Late Night and The Tonight Show into a series.

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'Scandal' scoop: Will Rowan return?

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

Papa Pope can’t be killed! Scandal’s slippery head of B613 escaped certain death once again in the winter finale.

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Charles Halford discusses how Chas' past will play out on 'Constantine'

If you work with John Constantine, there’s a good chance you might not make it out of a job alive.

That’s a refrain John (Matt Ryan) has proven to be true for several weeks on NBC’s Constantine, but death doesn’t always have to mean the end of a friendship for John. His oldest pal, Chas Chandler (Charles Halford), has the uncanny ability to revive himself after a dance with death.

Chas has to take advantage of his gifts on tonight’s episode, “Danse Vaudou.” In anticipation of this larger showcase for the character, Charles Halford spoke with EW about what it’s like to play a guy who can come back from the dead, his history with the comic book source material, and teased about what fans can expect to learn about Chas as the season continues.

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'How to Get Away with Murder': The victim speaks

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Thursday’s episode of How to Get Away with Murder. Read at your own risk!

From How to Get Away with Murder’s debut, Tom Verica has been a dead man walking.

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