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InsideTV Podcast: Stars from 'New Girl,' 'Orphan Black,' 'Scandal,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' call in to thank fans


The 6th Annual EWwy Awards — in which readers on vote for the most egregious Emmy snubs in the 10 key categories — got the royal treatment this year. We announced the winners live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) and we had some very special guests to help us with the festivities. That’s right, several of the winners called into the show to formally accept their awards, thank the fans who voted for them, and slip a few spoilers about upcoming plotlines on their shows. The call-in sheet reads like a primetime all-star lineup. Joining the show were:

Amy Poehler (with Adam Scott in the background) (Best Comedy Series, Parks & Recreation)

Zooey Deschanel (Best Actress in a Comedy, New Girl)

Jake Johnson (Best Actor in a Comedy, New Girl)

Showrunners John Fawcett and Graeme Manson (Best Drama, Orphan Black)

Tatiana Maslany (Best Actress in a Drama, Orphan Black)

Tony Goldwyn (Best Actor in a Drama, Scandal)

John Noble (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama, Fringe) READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: The evolution of Julie Chen on 'Big Brother'

We’ve always liked Julie Chen. She has an amazing way with words (especially when those words happen to be “But first…”), and she’s never had any problem poking fun at her own Chenbot persona. However, unlike Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is known for grilling contestants until they are charred, Chen has usually employed a much lighter, friendlier tone upon greeting the Big Brother house-guests right after they have been evicted. However that all changed last week when Aaryn Gries was voted out of the house. Gries had spent her time on the show making numerous racist and homophobic comments, including many disgusting digs at Asians. Chen, who is Asian-American, took the unusual (for her) step of revealing her personal feelings about the comments while hosting her other CBS show, The Talk. But the question remained: Would she call Aaryn out when the two were finally face to face? The answer was an indisputable yes. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jon Voight says he'd like to work with daughter Angelina Jolie again

Jon Voight is a busy man. He’s currently stealing scenes as the vile — and yet oddly charismatic — Mickey Donovan on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, and he’ll play another seemingly nefarious sort when he threatens to kill Ethan Hawke’s wife unless he does lots of fancy driving for him in Getaway, which opens in theaters this weekend. But when he popped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM channel 105) studios the other day, he told Jessica Shaw and me that there is someone else he would like to work with soon — his own daughter, Angelina Jolie. While the two Oscar winners were estranged for a bit, they are currently on much better terms.

The subject of Jolie came up when Voight was asked if there was any particular role from his career that held special meaning for him, and he mentioned Angelina’s favorite. “My daughter’s favorite role for me was in Conrack,” said Voight, “a movie I made in the seventies, where she sees her father as a young man, just married her mom [Marcheline Bertrand], just before Jamie, my son, came in. And that’s a charming picture. I play a teacher in the south and it’s a great picture so that’s one of hers, so I like it because of that.” Then Voight referenced his acting past — and perhaps future — with his daughter. “But I also liked working with Angie when I did Tomb Raider and I hope I get to work with her again. And my son too. I’d like to work with both of them.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: 'Sharktopus' producer Roger Corman names his favorite Roger Corman movie ever

Roger Corman has made hundreds of the cheesiest, craziest, cheapest, most far-out movies you’ve ever seen. In other words, he rules. So when we had the man responsible for everything from biker classic The Wild Angels to killer car classic Death Race 2000 to recent camptastic Syfy movies like Sharktopus stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio studios recently to appear on EW Morning Live, we had to find out which of his movies was his absolute favorite. (You may be surprised by the answer.) We also asked the living legend about working with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including James Cameron, Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Sylvester Stallone, and Gale Anne Hurd. Now you can hear his anecdotes for each on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast.

But that’s not all! We also welcomed the hilarious Jennifer Coolidge to the show. A favorite from her turns in Christopher Guest films like Best in Show and her role as Stifler’s Mom in American Pie, Coolidge now can be found busting out the funnies on 2 Broke Girls as well as her new movie Austenland. Listen in as she obsesses over the size of Keri Russell’s face and the pros and cons of good on-set catering. You will not be disappointed. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Casts of 'Game of Thrones', 'Walking Dead', 'True Blood' and 'Orphan Black' spill the beans


Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM channel 105) made the trek to Comic-Con last week where we spoke to all the biggest casts — in terms of both sheer numbers of cast members and popularity — in television. In fact, some casts — Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, True Blood — were so big we had to split them into two groups. Now, we can bring you some of those interviews right here on the InsideTV Podcast and you can hear them by clicking on the audio player below at the bottom of the post.

Listen in as Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden talk about what it was like to be killed off on Game Of Thrones. Geroge R.R. Martin also discusses the future of the books and show and the danger of the latter catching up to the former. Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead reveals how Andrew Garfield stole his Comic-Con disguise, while costar Danai Guria chats about Michonne’s new horse. Anna Paquin talks all things True Blood while show newcomer Rob Kazinsky breaks down his first Comic-Con experience. And finally, the cast of Orphan Black (including star Tatiana Maslany) drops by to talk about the hottest new series on television. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Dean Norris promises 'big Walt-Hank showdown' on 'Breaking Bad'

Dean Norris just might be the most important man on television this summer. His new CBS series Under the Dome just premiered to over 13 million viewers. Plus, he returns as perhaps the key player for the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad on August 11, for when we last saw his character, he was on the toilet finally connecting the dots that his brother-in-law was involved with the blue meth making the rounds in New Mexico. Well, Norris called in to the EW Morning Live show on Entertainment Weekly Radio (channel 105 on SiriusXM) and confirmed that a big Breaking Bad confrontation is indeed on the horizon. “There’s going to be a big Walt-Hank showdown,” Norris revealed. “Obviously now that Hank is on to it, he needs to deal with that situation. It’s like a freight train, man.”

Norris had plenty more to say about the final run of TV’s best drama (there, I said it!). “These eight episodes, I think, are possibly the best eight in the whole series,” said Norris. “And that’s saying a lot because it’s a great series. They just power right through.” And while talking about ssying goodbye to the cast and crew, Norris also may have inadvertently dropped a hint about how — and where — the series may finish up. “We got to spend a lot of the last couple of episodes filming in kind of an out of the way place, so we all stayed in the same hotel and had dinner after dinner and reminisced about where we were when the show started and where it is now. It was really tough to say goodbye.” Hmmm…out of the way place? New Hampshire, perhaps? For more from Norris on both Breaking Bad and Under the Dome, just click on the audio player below for the full interview. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Amy Schumer reveals the too-offensive sketch Comedy Central wouldn't let her show

Amy Schumer has no problem pushing buttons on her new show Inside Amy Schumer. But there are a select few buttons her channel, Comedy Central, deemed simply unpushable. Schumer stopped by the TV Recap show on Entertainment Weekly Radio (channel 105 on SiriusXM) and revealed to Jessica Shaw and me one controversial sketch for her program that Comedy Central wouldn’t let her air. “I wanted to write a sketch where a guy tried to kill himself and had a failed suicide attempt, but then still had to come to work on Monday,” said Schumer. “And everyone knew, but he didn’t get his work done and he is like, ‘Well, I didn’t think I was going to be here.’ And we wanted it to be like he was a hipster — like, what would a failed suicide be as a hipster? And I think they were like, ‘that’s too sensitive’ or ‘too personal’.”

It also sounds too hilarious. So what other topics has her channel deemed off-limits? “The sort of hot-button stuff switches,” said Schumer. They want you to stay away from Muslim stuff a little bit. And, like, rape, I guess. And domestic violence.” So there you have it! To hear the entire interview with Schumer — in which she also discusses her take on penis photos and reveals whom she smoked pot through an apple with — just click on the audio player below. It is soooooo worth the click. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst talks about a possible all-winners edition of 'Survivor'

Just two weeks ago on Entertainment Weekly Radio, Jeff Probst broke news about the next season of Survivor: Blood vs. Water, revealing that it would involve former contestants returning to play alongside their loved ones. Probst called into EW Morning Live again from the undisclosed filming location this week to discuss the big twist and how producers had to wrap their heads around the new concept. But he also talked to former Survivor contestant Jenna Morasca and me about another potential twist: an all-winners edition in which former champs would battle it out for the ultimate title. So, is this something we’ll actually see?

“We’ve talked about an all-winners season quite a few times and it really comes down the cast,” revealed Probst. “A: Do you have enough winners that will come back and play? Of those winners, are there enough of them that are good characters, because not all winners make for great TV? And then, do you have enough men and women, and then, is there enough diversity in age and all that stuff? And so it takes a lot. But yes, if we knew it was our last season and the network told us ‘this is it,’ I’m sure we would try to do something to go out in a way that would please the audience.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Mike Fleiss reveals he wants to bring 'Bachelor Pad' back in 2014

While Desiree is spending this summer avoiding bad white boy rapping and suitors obsessed with hashtags and high fives on The Bachelorette, fans of the franchise have been mourning the loss of the guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Bachelor Pad, which will not be returning to ABC’s schedule this August, where it has resided for the past three years.

But Bachelor/Bachelorette exec producer Mike Fleiss dropped a bombshell on Jessica Shaw and me when he called in to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105. “I love Bachelor Pad,” said Fleiss. “I thought it might be good to give it a break for a little while — let the fans starve for it a little bit so that next summer when it comes back…” WAIT, WHAT?!? Bachelor Pad is coming back? “I have a good feeling it will be back next summer,” revealed Fleiss. “I really wanted to give it a break because I did not feel like we had enough superstars to populate the pad.” By “populate” we’re pretty sure he means spread sexually transmitted diseases, but there’s no need to get into technicalities. The point is, plenty of bimbos and himbos could be back in work in 2014! Mike Fleiss: job creator!

To hear Fleiss talk about the return of Bachelor Pad, the biggest differences between The Bachelor and Bachelorette, the horrific “Right Reasons” rap from last week, and all the drama set to go down on Monday night with the arrival of one of the suitor’s girlfriends, then click on the audio player below for more. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Norman Reedus previews season 4 of 'The Walking Dead': 'They've introduced a way to make the zombies scary again'

We still have over four months until the return of The Walking Dead, but it’s never too early to check in with one of the survivors as to what’s going on and what to expect. Daryl Dixon himself, Norman Reedus, called in from Senoia, Georgia (where the show is filming) to talk to Jenna Morasca and me on EW’s SiriusXM channel and update us on the progress of season 4. “The scripts this season are just amazing,” says Reedus. “It feels like we’ve shot about three movies already. It’s super intense.”

Reedus also backs up exec producer Gale Anne Hurd’s comment about the zombies becoming more of a threat when the show returns. “They’ve introduced a way to make the zombies scary again,” he says. “They’re terrifying. The new threat is just unreal.” Reedus also tells people not to worry about the show now being on its third showrunner in four seasons, with Scott Gimple replacing Glen Mazzara (who replaced Frank Darabont). “The structure of the writing is a bit different,” says Reedus. “It’s so intense. These are our best scripts so far.” To listen to our entire interview with Norman Reedus, just click on the audio player below.

But that’s not all. Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany called in to EW Radio before the BBC America clone drama’s season finale to chat with Jessica Shaw and me about playing seven different distinctive characters — often in the same scene. What was her audition like? Which clone is her favorite to play? What music does she listen to in order to get in the mood for each character? And which clone is most like the actress herself? Fans of the show will definitely want to check out our chat with Tatiana.

Last but not least, the evil genius behind The Bachelor and Bachelorette, Mike Fleiss, called in to talk about the new season, unfortunate white boy rapping, the differences between the two franchises, and dealing with spoilers. He also broke some news: Bachelor Pad may be back in 2014! Find out why it’s taking the summer off in 2013 but should return next year. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Joss Whedon talks about bringing Agent Coulson back from the dead and the possible appearance of Rage in Marvel's 'The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Does Joss Whedon ever sleep? One has to wonder with everything he has going on. Not only is he busy writing The Avengers 2, but he also has a new series (Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., coming this fall on ABC) and a new movie (a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, opening in theaters June 7). We asked him about all three things and more when he stopped by to chat on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, and in case you missed it there, you can listen in right here on the InsideTV Podcast.

Why spend his 12-day vacation after filming The Avengers shooting a Shakespeare movie in his own house? And what Shakespeare work would he like to tackle next? Whedon tells us all about his new film and the familiar faces that pop up in it. And then I grill him on Marvel’s The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. How is Agent Phil Coulson — who we clearly saw bite it at the hands of Loki in The Avengers — alive and kicking for the new series? Whedon promises all will be explained when the show premieres. “We’re gonna earn it,” he says of coming up with an explanation that will meet fans’ approval. “That’s not something you take lightly.”

I also try my darndest to get Whedon to reveal the identity of the J. August Richards character seen in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer. Is it that of vigilante Rage, as has been speculated online? “I’m not going to say who he’s playing,” teases Whedon. “But he’s certainly cranky, as you can tell from the trailer.” We also get updates on the future of a Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog sequel and some of the other projects Whedon would like to pursue, including…a ballet? Just click on the audio player below to hear the whole conversation for yourself. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jeff Probst reveals the big 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' twist. Plus: Joss Whedon and Gillian Anderson!

Jeff Probst was cagey when he announced the title of the next season of Survivor as Blood vs. Water and showed a clip of blood mixing with water that looked vaguely like a promo for Showtime’s Dexter. But he is cagey no longer! When I traveled on location last week for filming of the upcoming season and spoke to Probst for an interview that ran today on Entertainment Weekly’s new SiriusXM channel 105, I was shocked to hear him go ahead and reveal the big twist for all to hear. “I think it’s okay to say that it is going to be family members,” said Probst of the next season’s cast. “And they’ll end up playing against each other.” Whose family members? you may ask. Well, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler tells EW that Survivor: Blood vs. Water will indeed feature “the return of great characters and their relatives.” So there you have it: The cast will be a mix of returning players and their loved ones. Which returning players? Well, Probst isn’t quite ready to spill on that, but you can hear him talk about the new season and twist right here on the InsideTV Podcast replay of that EW Radio chat. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Marilu Henner spills secrets from the 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Boardroom

You better not cross Marilu Henner. Because that woman remembers EVERYTHING! No, seriously, she does. The former Taxi star possesses some sort of super memory power worthy of X-Men mutant status. So we put her special powers to the test when she dropped by the InsideTV Podcast studio to tell us about her All-Star Celebrity Apprentice experience.

Why was Marilu assaulting people at Universal Studios by yelling out what day of the week they were born on? What’s this about Celebrity Apprentice pimp daddy Farouk Shami trying to fly her down to Houston? What are some things we didn’t see because they never made it onto the show? And most importantly, if Marilu has some sort of superhuman memory, why does she not remember meeting me?!? It’s a fun, freewheeling conversation that also somehow manages to include Tony Danza and a orangutan. To listen in, just click on the audio player below.

But that’s not all. First up, blindsided Brenda Lowe calls in to talk about the “painful eye-opener” of being voted out by her friend Dawn on the last episode of Survivor: Caramoan. Turns out she has refused to communicate with the woman who blindsided her since they returned from the game last June. What will happen when they share the stage at tonight’s reunion? Brenda tells us how she plans to approach the awkward situation. Looking for the perfect way to pre-game for tonight’s finale? Then have a listen! READ FULL STORY


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