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'Fridays': What really happened the night Andy Kaufman melted down on live TV

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Andy Kaufman was famous for taking things too far. He wrestled women! And taunted those who could easily twist him into a pretzel. With Andy, you simply never knew what was real and what was fake. In February 1981, he guest-starred on Fridays, the short-lived live sketch show that was trying to become ABC’s answer to Saturday Night Live. (Michael Richards and Larry David were among the talent that worked on the show for three seasons.)  In one of the show’s most memorable moments, Kaufman dead-stopped in the middle of a live skit about smoking pot, claiming that he wasn’t able to play a stoned character. “I feel stupid,” he said, as the audience chuckled awkwardly. But his scene partners didn’t much appreciate his refusal to stick to the script, and when Richards tossed the cue cards on Kaufman’s lap, television audiences were treated to a scuffle before the show finally cut to commercial. It was pure Andy Kaufman.

It was also completely staged.

In The Best of Fridays, which arrives on DVD tomorrow, the cast and crew look back on that night, and admit who else was in on the ruse. Click below for the skit, titled “Marijuana,” and then an exclusive clip from the DVD that clarifies who knew what and when. READ FULL STORY

Seth Green talks 'Robot Chicken DC Comics Special' DVD release (and Batman's ill-fitted briefs)

The first Robot Chicken DC Comics Special just hit DVD and Blu-ray, and along with an epic battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom (with Aquaman at its center), you get two hours of extras that include a making-of featurette, cast and crew commentaries, outtakes, deleted sketches, and a tour of DC Entertainment led by Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green, who directed the special, chats with us below. Look for scoop on the second DC Comics Special, which starts lensing next month, in the issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands July 19, the same day as Robot Chicken‘s Comic-Con panel (Indigo Room at Hilton Bayfront, 3:15 p.m.).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There’s a lot of talk in the commentary about Batman’s briefs in the first special. Will they be fixed for the second?
SETH GREEN: Yes, I’m gonna fix those pants for the second special. That was really hard to take in the first one. [Laughs] I didn’t realize it until we had it cut together and it was too late. There was no going back. He had these incredibly bizarre high-waisted, French-cut panties. I just don’t know how that slipped through.
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'Fringe' season 5 DVD: J.J. Abrams and company discuss bringing closure to the sci-fi saga -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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A series finale is like a laboratory-conceived psychotic porcupine monster: It has a very long tail, and it will make you cry. Nearly five months after Fringe said goodbye by sending Walter Bishop (John Noble) into the far future to save Peter (Joshua Jackson), Olivia (Anna Torv) and the rest of humanity (thanks!) by changing history, the cult classic squirrels back into our field of vision one more time to drop its last DVD and take a bow. READ FULL STORY

'Falling Skies': TNT unveils first footage from season 3, announces season 2 DVD/Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Fans of Falling Skies still have what feels like a long wait until the TNT sci-fi show returns this summer, but here are a couple things to whet your appetite for intense alien-fighting drama before the season 3 premiere.

Check out your first glimpse of season 3 in the EW exclusive video below. The writers and producers review questions left unanswered by season 2’s cliffhanger ending, followed by the debut of footage from the upcoming season at the end of the video.

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'Justified' season 3 Blu-ray: Quarles had Mel Brooks' stamp of approval -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Justified returns for a fourth season on Jan. 8 (look for scoop in EW’s Winter TV preview issue on newsstands Dec. 31), and if Ken Tucker naming the FX drama one of his Top 10 shows of 2012 isn’t enough ammunition for you to convince friends and family to tune in and make this show as popular as Sons of Anarchy, perhaps the two exclusive clips below from the season 3 Blu-ray and DVD, out Dec. 31, will do the trick. In the first, executive producers Graham Yost and Fred Golan, along with a gleeful, blood-splattered Neal McDonough, talk about season 3’s big bad, Quarles — and the famous fan, Mel Brooks, who agreed the show was due for an out-of-town villain.

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'Girls': The Maxim photo-shoot scene you never saw -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Do we really have to wait 36 and a half more days until HBO’s Girls returns for a second season? (The show comes back Jan. 13, if you don’t feel like doing the math.) That’s much too long to spend anticipating Lena Dunham’s make-out scene with Donald Glover (is that him at 0:16 in this trailer?), Allison Williams’ big karaoke performance of Sarah McLachlan’s “Building a Mystery,” and the sleazy-sexy return of Jorma “I Think You’re a Person Who’s About To Have Sex With Me” Taccone.

But until then, you can tide yourself over with reruns from the first season, which will be out on DVD on Dec. 11, with bonus scenes that didn’t make the first cut. In this one, Hannah (Dunham) and Marnie (Williams) run into Hannah’s college nemesis, Tally (played by Jenny Slate of SNL fame). Remember Tally from “Leave Me Alone,” the episode where she published her first book, and we learned that her boyfriend committed suicide by popping a Percocet and crashing his car? Well, here, she’s posing for a Maxim photo shoot, as part of the magazine’s “Women of Letters” series. And her barely-there bikini is, shall we say, very creative. Watch what happens below.

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Patrick Stewart on 'Star Trek: TNG,' returning to 'X-Men,' and Wil Wheaton's beard

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The Blu-ray edition of season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation — available starting today — includes an extended cut of one of the show’s earliest top tier episodes: “The Measure of a Man,” in which Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) defends Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), an android, and his rights as a sentient being.

The trial gave Stewart a chance to show off his Shakespearean chops with a series of stirring speeches about the nature of free will and self-awareness — Star Trek: The Next Generation at its most challenging and thought provoking. So we couldn’t resist the chance to speak with the 72-year-old actor about that episode, as well as what the 25th anniversary celebrations of the show have been like. We also asked Stewart about his recently announced return to the X-Men franchise, and his answer was quite surprising to say the least. Check out our conversation below:  READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek: The Next Generation' deleted scene: Picard has surprising counsel for Data in 'Measure of a Man' -- EXCLUSIVE

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It is well-established Trek gospel that the first truly great episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is “The Measure of a Man” from season 2. In it, a snotty scientist specializing in robotics declares Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) to be the property of Starfleet, and therefore must submit to an experimental procedure that could very well eradicate his memory — all in the hope of cracking the code to be able to make more androids like him.

Data is not terribly fond of the idea. In the version of the episode that aired in 1989, neither was Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who fought the decision with a stirring oration on the very nature of personhood. But in this exclusive deleted scene from the upcoming ST:TNG season 2 Blu-ray edition (out Dec. 4), we can see that Picard’s initial feelings about Data’s obligations to Starfleet were quite different.

Finding the deleted material was only possible after the team that has been remastering ST:TNG into high definition for Blu-ray release contacted the episode’s writer, Melinda M. Snodgrass, who had the only remaining VHS copy of the extended cut.

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'Star Trek: The Next Generation' reunion: Marina Sirtis has a confession -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

For the season 2 Blu-ray box set of Star Trek: The Next Generation (out Dec. 4), practically the entire cast of the beloved sci-fi show — Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Commander William T. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) — reunited to share their fondest memories of their time about the U.S.S. Enterprise D.

Well, and also some of their bad memories too. In the clip below, Sirtis reveals what happened when she decided to blow off memorizing her lines for the next day. Keep an eye on Stewart — his expressions during her confession are priceless:  READ FULL STORY

'Smash' season 1 DVD release date revealed -- EXCLUSIVE

NBC’s behind-the-scenes Broadway drama Smash will come out on DVD January 8, 2013 — just in time to catch up with Karen, Ivy, Julia, and Tom before they return for the mid-season show’s revamped sophomore effort. The DVD version will also feature a gag reel, a behind-the-scenes feature with songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and additional deleted and extended scenes from the first season.

Check out the trailer for the DVD and the box art below:

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Steve Martin DVD unearthes wild and crazy hidden treasures -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Steve Martin has been making people laugh so hard for so long that some — especially younger audiences — might not fully appreciate just how pure and fresh his early comic work was. Before the Oscars, before Father of the Bride, before Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, even before The Jerk, Martin was a total force of nature whose main platform was television, beginning with writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In his wild and crazy prime, an appearance by Martin on Johnny Carson or other primetime showcase was insane, yet so carefully crafted. When he hosted Saturday Night Live or had a stand-up special, there was such an element of unpredictability that you simply had to watch.

Shout! Factory has packaged together some of those classic TV moments in a new DVD out today. Steve Martin: The Television Stuff is three discs packed with hard-to-find bits and TV specials, including Homage to Steve, which features his entire 1979 live performance at the Universal Ampitheatre. Also included in the set is an new interview with Martin.

For those who need a quick taste of some vintage Martin, Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of one of HBO’s On Location stand-up specials from 1976. Enjoy. READ FULL STORY

'Castle' season 4 deleted scene: Another tense moment between Castle and Beckett -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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We know you still have that May season finale on your DVR, but on Sept. 11, you can rewatch Castle‘s entire fourth season when it hits DVD. Below, a deleted scene from the finale in which Castle (Nathan Fillion) asks Beckett (Stana Katic) to let her mother’s murder go, again.

Season 5 of Castle debuts Sept. 24 on ABC. READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' season 8 deleted scene: 'Use your words, Karev!' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

One of the great joys of Grey’s Anatomy‘s last season was watching the relationship between Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) develop further, as the doctors worked together on the smallest patients inside Seattle Grace Mercy West’s neo-natal unit. The special kinship between the pair is on display in the upcoming, Sept. 4 DVD release of Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Eighth Season in a fun little deleted scene that EW has here for you exclusively.

The never-before-seen scene comes from the January episode “Suddenly” and finds Karev and Robbins performing surgery on one of the hospital’s newborns. “Huh,” Karev says unceremoniously, in the middle of operating. And that’s what Robbins takes issue with: “‘Huh’? You don’t ‘Huh’? when you have an open newborn baby on the table,” the motherly/teacherly doctors scolds Karev. “You know what? I’m taking over.” Karev continues his mumbling, and that’s where the funny comes in between this pair: “Hey! Use your words, Karev!” Robbins implores him. “Or you’re not making another cut.”

Watch the whole scene here:

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