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TV Land's 'Happily Divorced': Molly Shannon tapped to guest star -- EXCLUSIVE

Fran Drescher isn’t the only one who will be Happily Divorced come next year: EW has just exclusively learned that SNL alum Molly Shannon will guest on the TV Land sitcom, in an episode set to air not long after the new year.

Shannon is set to play the Maggie, the sister of Peter (John Michael Higgins), the gay guy who used to be married to — and still lives with — florist Fran (Fran Drescher). Like Fran, Shannon’s character is recently divorced and moves to LA to stay with the odd couple. The casting actually pits Shannon against Drescher, as Drescher’s character doesn’t like Shannon’s Maggie because of an infraction that dates back to the wedding day between Fran and Peter. Some new things come to light about that day after Maggie surfaces in LA.

Shannon is set to tape her episode in the coming weeks.

Happily Divorced returns to TV Land with new episodes on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 p.m.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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'Fairly Legal' cancelled

The gang on Fairly Legal has fought their last case.

After two seasons, the USA legal drama starring Sarah Shahi has been cancelled, USA confirms to EW.

“Sarah Shahi is undoubtedly a star and we’re thrilled she’ll be joining our sister network NBC on Chicago Fire,” USA said in a statement. “We are proud of Fairly Legal and thank the very talented cast and crew for two fantastic seasons.”

Shahi, who is said to have a multi-episode arc as a love interest for Taylor Kinney’s Lt. Kelly Severide on Fire, isn’t the only cast member keeping busy these days. Michael Trucco has been appearing steadily on the current season of How I Met Your Mother as Robin’s boyfriend, Nick.

Just yesterday, USA lowered the ax on another drama — freshman buddy-cop show Common Law.

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Key and Peele on 'Key & Peele': The comedy duo discuss their favorite sketches

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Last week we offered up an exclusive sneak peek of a hilarious sketch from tonight’s episode of Key & Peele. But if you’re like us, you’re still not done enjoying memorable skits from the Comedy Central series’ past. Luckily, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele aren’t either.

The duo have been buddies since their days as MadTV players, and over time they developed a unique comedy rapport. Together, they’ve seen their sketch series — now in its second season — become a favorite amongst fans and presidents alike. (When visiting Jimmy Fallon, Obama said that the Key & Peele skits featuring Obama’s Anger Translator were “good stuff.”) And in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which you can pick up on stands now, we asked Key and Peele to break down four of their most popular sketches to date.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll find in the magazine, plus videos of each skit:

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'Walking Dead' executive producer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's action-packed episode 'Walk With Me'

Tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead had pretty much everything a fan of AMC’s zombie show — and the original comic book series — could want. The long-awaited return of Michael Rooker’s maimed maniac Merle? Check. The long-awaited introduction of David Morrissey’s power-crazed villain The Governor? Check. The long-awaited appearance of decapitated zombie heads bobbing around in tanks of water? Hell, this show might as well have been called “Decapitated Zombie Heads Bobbing Around In Tanks Of Water.”

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'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween episode: Join our live tweet chat with star Janel Parrish (aka 'A')!

Wanna know what goes on in the mind of “A” on ABC Family’s addictive hit Pretty Little Liars? Well, then you’re in luck: Tonight, all the Little Liars out there who will be tuning in for the show’s special Halloween episode at 8 p.m. ET can chat about everything that goes down with star Janel Parrish — a.k.a. Mona, a.k.a. the super-sleuth “A” — right after the show airs, via a tweet chat brought to you in part by EW. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars': Stars Tyler Blackburn and Keegan Allen to answer fan questions in Ustream event with EW today

Prepare your burning questions, Pretty Little Liars fans: Today at 6 p.m. ET, PLL stars Tyler Blackburn and Keegan Allen will be taking queries from fans during a live, one-hour Ustream event, hosted by EW’s own Tanner Stransky.

The event will be streamed live on ABCFamily.com, the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page, the official Ustream site, and right here on EW.com in this very blog post, which will update with the Ustream module just before the chat begins.

It’s a perfect time for such a chat, considering that tomorrow is the premiere of Pretty Little Liars‘ much-anticipated annual Halloween episode, which was previewed on EW.com last week.

During the broadcast, viewers can submit questions to the official Pretty Little Liars Facebook page and on Twitter using #PLLChat.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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'Pretty Little Liars' Halloween episode: Garrett returns with details about Alison's death! -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You didn’t think Garrett (Yani Gellman) was just going to disappear after being sprung from jail in Pretty Little Liars‘ summer finale, did you? Nope.

In fact, Garrett is not only back in this Tuesday’s special Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars – he’s got some info to share, too. Turns out the cop is ready to spill what he knows about Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) final hours, per a fun little teaser clip that EW is happy to exclusively debut below.

In the clip, Garrett is about give up what he knows to Spencer (Troian Bellisario), just as Toby (Keegan Allen) arrives and kicks him out. However, we here at EW have seen the full Halloween episode and can tell you that it’s all just a preview of coming attractions: Garrett does make good on his promise to tell Spencer what he knows about Alison’s final hours — just not until later in the episode. And: The reveal is good. And well… the episode itself is — as all PLL episodes are — especially juicy, tasty, deadly, and all that good stuff.

Until Tuesday at 8 p.m., though, satiate yourself with this exclusive clip of Garrett’s return:

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'American Horror Story': Ryan Murphy on the 'Asylum' premiere, his inspirations, and if [SPOILER] is dead -- EXCLUSIVE

SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE PREMIERE OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM!!!!

Nuns! Aliens! Bloody Face! Adam Levine! No one can accuse American Horror Story: Asylum of playing it safe in its wild premiere. A complete reboot of the previous season, AHS: Asylum took viewers inside Briarcliff Manor for a roller-coaster hour that saw Jessica Lange’s Sister Jude getting sexy in red lingerie and Adam Levine’s Leo losing an arm to something sinister. EW talked to series co-creator Ryan Murphy about the jam-packed hour, his inspirations, and what this means for Levine on the series.  READ FULL STORY

ABC Family ends 'The Secret Life of an American Teenager'

Now Shailene Woodley can pursue that film career fulltime: ABC Family has decided not to renew the five-year-old The Secret Life of an American Teenager for another season.

The drama from Brenda Hampton (7th Heaven) will air the first of its final 12 episodes beginning in March, according to Deadline.

Teenager not only served as a springboard for the Golden Globe-nominated Woodley — who starred in The Descendants opposite George Clooney — but served as a beacon of light for the Down Syndrome community because it cast Luke Zimmerman as Tom, the high-functioning son of Kathleen (Josie Bissett).

The drama that addressed teen pregnancy first bowed in 2008.

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This season broadcast networks feature most gay characters in TV history, says GLAAD report

After a decrease last year, the number of LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded, according to the “Where We Are on TV” report released today by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The report released today lauded the cable networks for also increasing their overall LGBT character count this year, too.

Which networks are the most inclusive? After Fox lead the broadcast networks last year, ABC — with shows like comedy Happy Endings (above) featuring gay characters — has been named as the most gay-friendly network, with 10 of 194 (5.2 percent) regular characters identifying as LGBT. Over on cable, last year’s victor HBO was dethroned by Showtime, which this year had 12 LGBT characters, seven of which are series regulars on shows like Shameless and Weeds.

“This year’s increase of LGBT characters on television reflects a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”

The report — which studied 97 broadcast shows, as well as cable offerings — also delivered a slew of other facts and figures. EW has pulled out the most fascinating tidbits for you here:

• LGBT characters account for 4.4 percent of scripted series regulars on the broadcast networks in 2012-13. This is up from 2.9 percent in 2011, 3.9 percent in 2009, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 1.1 percent in 2007.

• There are a total of 31 LGBT characters on the five broadcast networks, as well as 19 recurring characters.

• ABC leads the broadcast networks with 10 of 194 characters (5.2 percent). Fox is in second with six of 118 (5.1 percent), followed by The CW with four of 81 (4.9 percent), NBC with seven of 166 (4.2 percent), and CBS with four of 142 (2.8 percent). The report singles out CBS’ “authentic and conscious effort” to increase diversity, as it is up from 0.7 percent LGBT characters last season.

• Regular LGBT characters on scripted cable television also rose this year to 35 (up from 29) for the 2012-13 season.

• Showtime leads the cable pack, with 12 total characters, seven of whom are regulars. The runners up include: HBO (9 characters), FX (8), Adult Swim (5), and ABC Family, MTV, Syfy, and TeenNick (4 each).

• As it was in 2010 and 2011, HBO’s True Blood is the most inclusive show on cable television with six gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters.

• GLAAD also analyzed the race/ethnicity and gender demographics of all 701 series regular characters in primetime television. There are more males (55.5 percent) to females (44.5 percent), and 78 percent of all series regulars are white. Compared to last year, African American representation has increased from 9.9 percent to 12 percent, followed by Latino (4.1 percent) and Asian-Pacific Islander (4.7 percent).

• Of the 31 announced LGBT regular characters in the 2012-13 season, 11 are people of color (35.5 percent). GLAAD counted seven regular or recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast television, up from zero last year.

• Lastly, GLAAD counted people with disabilities, of which there are four (0.6 percent) regular characters on broadcast television.

The full “Where We Are on TV” report can be viewed on the GLAAD website.

Tanner on Twitter: @EWTanStransky

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'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks prequel novel 'The Road to Woodbury'

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It is no secret that the new season of The Walking Dead — which debuts Oct. 14 — will introduce the character of the Governor, the much feared ruler of Woodbury. But how did he become that town’s dictator? Good question! And one that Walking Dead comic writer — and TV show executive producer — Robert Kirkman has been answering in a series of prequel novels with coauthor Jay Bonansinga.

Last year saw the publication of The Rise of the Governor and now comes the sequel-to-that-prequel, The Road to Woodbury, which arrives in stores Oct. 16, and in addition to telling us more about the back story of the G-man, also fills in the biographies of several other characters found in the comic books.

Below, Kirkman talks about The Road to Woodbury, ninjas, and a recent, shocking Walking Dead comic book demise. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' scoop: Will Carrie get her memory back? Could Brody die? The cast and creators talk season 2

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Expectations are crazy high for season 2 of Showtime’s Homeland, this year’s Emmy winner for Best Drama, Best Actress (Claire Danes) and Best Actor (Damian Lewis) in a Drama Series. Thankfully, EW has seen the first two episodes and can confirm they are as nerve-jangling and tense as season 1. Tonight’s premiere, airing at 10 p.m., picks up six months after the finale with Carrie (Danes) living at home with her sister and father. “She’s created this very controlled cocoon-like existence,” explains Danes. “She’s teaching English to Arabic students. Her health is pretty tenuous.”

A call from Saul (Mandy Patinkin) brings her back into the CIA fold but only off the books. Says executive producer Alex Gansa, “If she’s not officially back in the CIA, she could be unofficially doing their bidding.”

The first two episodes find Carrie in Beirut (the show actually shot in Tel Aviv for 10 days this past spring). The big question though is whether Carrie will regain her memory of Brody screaming out Issa’s name. “It may, but it doesn’t come back in the way we had thought,” says executive producer Howard Gordon.

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'Awkward.' season finale preview: Jenna spins the bottle and lands on... -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The big question on MTV’s comedy Awkward has always been: Team Matty or Team Jake? And that big debate for Jenna (Ashley Rickards) will still be front and center in the show’s season finale, titled “The Other Shoe,” which is set to air tonight.

EW has an exclusive clip from the finale, which finds Jenna playing what appears to be a harmless game of Spin the Bottle. It’s harmless, of course, until she takes her spin. “While I was past my prime to play, it seemed fitting given all the spiraling I’d done throughout the year,” Jenna explains in the clip.

Of course, the game doesn’t help Jenna with any choice between her two boys, Jake (Brett Davern) and Matty (Beau Mirchoff), as it points just between them. But, she makes it clear she knows what she wants: “The bottle didn’t know what I wanted, but I did.” The episode’s logline teases that Jenna has indeed made her decision about which boy she wants to be with, but as you might imagine, something goes wrong that “leaves Jenna questioning if getting everything she wants is really what she needs.” Watch the teaser clip here:

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