In October, veteran stand-up comedian Leslie Jones made headlines when she walked from the SNL writers’ room to the stage. (The show had never featured two black female cast members at the same time before.) We jumped on the phone with Jones to discuss the learning curve—and, by the way, the 47-year-old breakthrough knows it’s been steep. READ FULL STORY
There’s just one work day left before we find out out who the 25th winners of The Amazing Race will be. You can’t always count on the most deserving team to take the crown, or for taxi drama and karma to line up exactly the way you want them to. But there is one winner you can count on to pull through on every single season of the rrrrace around the world: the show’s faithful host, Phil Keoghan.
Phil has been there for it all, and though his distressed leather jackets have changed from year to year, his enthusiasm for the game remains steadfast in the face of TAR‘s Silver Jubilee season. The Pit Stop master took it upon himself to snap a few behind-the-scenes shots in the last two legs of this season’s race, giving fans a taste of the ex-Phil-arating life (yeah, I said it) of an Amazing Race host.
Check out the photos below, and tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET to watch the Dentists, Surfers, Wrestlers, and Scientists—the first Final 4 in TAR history!—battle it out for the Season 25 title. READ FULL STORY
Spoiler alert: The Covert Affairs season 5 finale, “Gold Soundz,” brought about big changes for Annie (Piper Perabo) and Auggie (Chris Gorham). After almost being killed, again, the latter decided he wants to leave the agency and travel the world with Natasha (Liane Balaban). If/when the show gets an order for a sixth season, would Auggie be in it? “Oh, he’ll be in it,” co-creator Matt Corman assures us. “It’s a slightly different dynamic for him at the outset. I think for now he’s trying this, trying something different. It’s interesting, he’s been so defined by his job. He has the CIA so dialed that for him, maybe more than any of our other characters, stepping out of that workplace is gonna be a real shift.”
With Arthur (Peter Gallagher) considering a run for Senate, Joan (Kari Matchett) heading up a new task force, and Annie debating whom to work for, whether to accept that mid-action sequence proposal from McQuaid (Nic Bishop), and what to do about her heart, season 6 could look a lot different. “It’s like any family, right, people go off in different directions, but they’re all still a family. There will always be things that unify them,” co-creator Chris Ord says. “And,” adds Corman, “pull them back together.” READ FULL STORY
Suits fans have been waiting months to see what will happen now that Louis (Rick Hoffman) has figured out that Mike (Patrick J. Adams) doesn’t have a law degree—and that those closest to him at the firm have been hiding that fact. In August’s midseason finale, Louis used the knowledge as leverage to make a demand: “Pearson Specter Litt.” Will Jessica (Gina Torres) and Harvey (Gabriel Macht) make him a name partner? And what might that mean for Mike? Get a sneak peek at the new promo below.
Suits resumes its fourth season Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET on USA. READ FULL STORY
Bust out the tissues, Parenthood fans: The series finale is upon us.
Of course Neil Patrick Harris is coming to American Horror Story, of course, of course. Since wrapping up How I Met Your Mother, NPH has been checking off his career to-do list: Writing a memoir, winning a Tony, taking a key role in Gone Girl, and signing a deal to host the Oscars. So it only makes sense that Harris will kick off 2015 by appearing on American Horror Story: Freak Show, aka American Horror Story: Let’s Just Cast Everybody This Season. READ FULL STORY
Good news: Hulu will enable its premium subscribers to catch one of the underappreciated gems of 2014—You’re the Worst.
One of the most talked about (and gif’d about) moments of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. occurred early this season, when Ming-Na Wen’s Agent May ended up in a fight with her own doppelganger (a.k.a. a brainwashed Hydra agent). The scene was a beautifully choreographed dance of stunt work that, like most sequences on the show, looked effortless—but in reality, took a village to pull off. “There was one solid 16 hour day, but there were also two half day and quarter days,” explained stunt performer Samantha Jo of the resulting two minute sequence. “So it really spanned over 3 full days.”
As former S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury taught us, nobody does it alone. EW spoke with members of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s creative team (Jo, fight choreographer Matt Mullins, and stunt coordinator Tanner Gill) as well as the real Agent May to get the scoop on everything that went into pulling this scene together.
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While Covert Affairs fans await word on whether USA will renew the globe-trotting drama, the intense fifth season comes to a close Thursday as Annie (Piper Perabo) and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) try to get villain-turned-potential asset Belenko (Shawn Doyle) out of Argentina. “It’s a classic Covert Affairs episode in that there’s high stakes, we’re abroad, they’re operating without a net, and they’re up against a tremendously savvy adversary,” co-creator Matt Corman says, referring to the Russian Vega assassins who want Belenko dead. As co-creator Chris Ord explains, “If anything, the bar is higher than last season when Annie’s goal was to kill Henry. In some ways, not killing someone—or at least trying to get him out of somewhere alive—is the tougher goal.”
Corman and Ord wrote the episode, which sets one particularly nail-biting sequence in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery. “That’s such an iconic location in that city, and to be able to set an action sequence there—trying to take advantage of all those twists and turns and little alley ways—was really a dream come true,” Ord says.
While they promise viewers will see Annie and McQuaid’s relationship evolve even further in the finale, there’s also plenty happening Stateside with Auggie (Chris Gorham) returning home to help Calder (Hill Harper) and Joan (Kari Matchett) continue their search for Belenko’s cohort Langer (Joel Keller). “It represents real danger for some of our folks at home, which is something we haven’t always done,” Corman says. “This is kind of a synthesis of danger at home and danger abroad.” READ FULL STORY
Last night, three women made it to the final three on Survivor for the first time in five seasons—and Natalie Anderson, who was clearly the best player, won. (Read Dalton Ross’s recap here.) You’d think that might be a victory for Survivor fans who like to see smart, tough women triumph. Right? But toward the end of the season finale, something happened that so enraged me, I wanted to snuff out my own torch and use it to stab my TV.
Finalist Missy Payne was attacked, very personally and nastily, for acting in a way that’s supposedly unbecoming for a mother. (Her daughter, Baylor Wilson, also competed this season.) First, jury member Alec Christy criticized Missy for not being “motherly” this season. Then Reed Kelly delivered a particularly nasty screed, calling Missy “the wicked stepmother” of the tribe. You can watch his speech below:
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