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'Justified' EP Graham Yost teases Patton Oswalt guest spot, snake-handling church at New York Television Fest

Justified showrunner Graham Yost was the interviewee at Tuesday night’s New York Television Festival creative keynote conversation and offered a few teases for the show’s fourth season, which has been in production for two weeks. The highlights:

• Patton Oswalt, who nabbed a guest spot on the show after revealing he’s a fan, is currently filming his episode: He plays Constable Bob. “There’s this weird thing in Kentucky where each county has one or two constables, and it’s an elected position, but your salary is, like, $2,000 a year. You’ve got to pay for your own car, your own light bar, your own uniform. But what they get to do with that is serve papers,” Yost explained. “And they can charge $60 for serving papers, whereas the State Police has to charge $80. So they undercut the State Police, and that’s how they make money. So we just liked the idea of this sort of cop wannabe, who’s kind of a cop, interacting with Raylan some.”

• Nothing has been penned yet for Emmy winner Jeremy Davies (Dickie Bennett): They have four episodes written and another couple broken. “We don’t know what’s gonna happen with Dickie, nor do we know what’s gonna happen with Dickie’s hair,” Yost said. “In season 3, Jeremy showed up and that was his haircut. He had cut it himself, and we said, ‘Okay, let’s go with that.’” Storywise, Dickie is in prison now. “We may see him,” Yost said. “The feeling with Dickie is you want it to be a big arc, a real chunk, or it could be one episode, but not just a couple.” READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: 'Justified' EP Graham Yost talks 'Slaughterhouse' and not repeating yourself

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Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

Last year, FX’s Justified earned four acting Emmy nominations (including one win for supporting actress Margo Martindale). With writing that had us checking in with showrunner Graham Yost each week during season 3, isn’t it time the show break into the Best Drama category? “It would be delightful and we’d be incredibly happy, but I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think the competition in that category has ever been stiffer. I was talking to friends last night, and without breaking a sweat, you can name five shows that should be on that list: Homeland, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Good Wife. That’s just to start. Boardwalk Empire, on down the line, including us and Sons of Anarchy and a bunch of other things,” Yost says. “They never announce what show was in the sixth spot. Back when Boomtown didn’t get a nomination, I was told by someone at the Academy, ‘You know, we’re not supposed to talk about this, but suffice it to say you didn’t miss by much.’ So that could happen again. I try to be realistic…. For me, the reason you want success is that you get to keep doing the show. To be considered for something like the Emmy, that’s such wonderful icing.”

In our dreams, both Justified and SOA would get nominations. “We would all do a big dance, and [FX president] John Landgraf would lead us in the dance, a big conga line of gratitude,” Yost says. And if just Justified gets a nod, can we make that a Walton Goggins clog number? “I will guarantee you, we will get Walton to do a celebratory clog if we get a nomination.” Goggins, for the record, has promised EW.com the exclusive. But here are more reasons this show deserves its shot at Emmy. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: 'Justified' star Walton Goggins talks playing an outlaw betrayed, in love

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to return nomination ballots, EW.com is running a series called Emmy Watch, featuring highlight clips and interviews with actors, producers, and writers whom EW TV critic Ken Tucker has on his wish list for the nominations announcement on July 19.

Walton Goggins has made a name for himself playing the bad guy. When he phoned EW earlier this week to talk about the two scenes we’re hoping nab him his second Emmy nomination for his always interesting performance as Justified‘s eloquent Kentucky outlaw Boyd Crowder, he was at a loss for words to explain the project he’s currently shooting: Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era revenge western Django Unchained. “I will be really interested to see how people respond to this,” Goggins said, laughing at the understatement. He plays Billy Crash, the “Mandingo trainer extraordinaire” for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie, a deranged plantation owner who forces his toughest slaves to fight to the death. “I have literally spent the last five days of my life doing something that is so far outside my liberal worldview that it’s kinda hard for me to reconcile what has transpired. You’ll know what I mean when you see the movie,” he said. But he’s loving it. “I love simple dramatic stories, and I love when those stories are infused with humor — a dark humor, a very grounded humor.” And that, of course, brings us back to Justified.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First things first: When I talked to Graham Yost [exec producer of Justified] for an upcoming Emmy Watch item advocating for the show to break into the Best Drama category this year, he said there’d be dancing if that happens. He agreed to get you to clog on-camera for us. Are you in?
WALTON GOGGINS: (Laughs) Alright, alright. If the show gets nominated, I will clog for EW.com. You have my word. I may have to generate my own video. I may have to be in control of the shot and the lighting, but I promise you will have something you can upload to the site. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' season finale postmortem: EP Graham Yost dissects 'Slaughterhouse'

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SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t watched Justified‘s bloody, emotional season 3 finale “Slaughterhouse” (story by showrunner Graham Yost, teleplay by exec producer Fred Golan), stop reading now. As we’ve done each week throughout the season, we asked Yost to take us inside the writers room. Bonus: He also looks ahead to season 4. (Jump straight to that scoop here.) READ FULL STORY

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Coalition,' offers five teases for next week's season finale

SPOILER ALERT! This week’s episode of Justified, “Coalition,” written by Taylor Elmore and directed by Bill Johnson, revealed who really had Mags’ money, set Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) on a collision course designed by Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), and gave Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) another reason to want Quarles dead. As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked executive producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers’ room. Bonus: This week he also offers five teases for next week’s season 3 finale. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Measures' in weekly postmortem

SPOILER ALERT! In this week’s episode of Justified, “Measures,” written by Benjamin Cavell and directed by John Dahl, Dickie’s search for Mags’ money resumed. Errol (Demetrius Grosse) told Dickie (Jeremy Davies) he’d tell him where Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) hides the money for a share of it — but said they’ll have to get Boyd (Walton Goggins) involved to fetch it. That’ll be fun!

Meanwhile, the target on the back of Quarles (Neal McDonough) grew. Theo Tonin (Alan Arkin) sent hit men to Kentucky to off him, but Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Art (Nick Searcy) stopped them because they assumed Raylan was the mark. Napier (David Andrews) obliged when Quarles asked him to suggest a dealer under Boyd’s protection that he could rob, but Napier also happily suggested that Quarles take those stolen drugs to Audrey’s to exchange them for cash. (Having Boyd threaten to put a letter opener up your nose will make a man cooperative.) Last we saw Quarles, Boyd had tasered him in one of the whores’ trailers. Instead of killing him immediately for the $100,000 price on his head, Boyd plans to keep Quarles kicking so he can collect the $200,000 Theo’s offering if Quarles is delivered alive. Something tells us Boyd should have listened to Duffy (Jere Burns), who wants to step up when Quarles is gone, and gotten right to it: “Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked executive producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers’ room. READ FULL STORY

'Suits': Margo Martindale to guest in season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE

Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Justified‘s stone-cold Mags Bennett and starred on CBS’ A Gifted Man, will appear in an episode of USA’s legal drama Suits this summer. She will play Nell Sawyer, a nurse who proves unflappable in the face of Harvey’s hardball tactics after her union threatens a strike against the hospital he represents.

“I am a huge fan of Justified. I never miss an episode and I thought Margo’s performance last year as Mags Bennett was utterly riveting,” Suits creator Aaron Korsh tells EW. “As soon as she was suggested, I jumped all over the idea. In spite of the fact that Mags killed that girl’s father. That poor little girl who really had no one else. No one at all. Alone in the world… You know what, forget it, that woman is a horrible, murderous hillbilly and I want nothing to do with her.”

Season 2 of Suits will premiere in June. Martindale will guest in its third episode. USA is now airing repeats of season 1, which earned star Patrick J. Adams a SAG nomination, Fridays at 11 p.m. ET.

Read more:
‘Suits’ season finale: Creator Aaron Korsh talks cliffhangers, chemistry, and of course, that can opener
‘Suits’: Gabriel Macht takes us inside the mind and office of Harvey Specter
‘Suits’ star Patrick J. Adams talks love triangle, nails the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Guy Walks Into a Bar' in weekly postmortem

SPOILER ALERT! This week’s episode of Justified, “Guy Walks Into a Bar,” written by VJ Boyd and directed by Tony Goldwyn, did more than put Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) in a standoff. It revealed the dark truth of Quarles’ past, landed Raylan in bed with the barmaid, and proved that sexual favors don’t always win you an election (which is why Walton Goggins’ Boyd always has a plan B). As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked executive producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers’ room. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Loose Ends' in weekly postmortem

SPOILER ALERT! This week’s episode of Justified, “Loose Ends,” written by Ingrid Escajeda and directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton, found Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) asking Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) to team up with him to take down Quarles (Neal McDonough) to no avail, Boyd (Walton Goggins) winning the debate between the candidates for sheriff, and Ava (Joelle Carter) putting a bullet in pimp Delroy (William Mapother) to save junkie prostitute Ellen May (Abby Miller) and deciding to become the girls’ new madam. As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked executive producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers room. Special bonus: We also talked to Carter about Ava’s first onscreen kill and flip-flop on her “no whores” policy. (For more with Carter, including her thoughts on Raylan kissing Ava — a callback to the pilot — click here.) READ FULL STORY

'Justified' preview: Joelle Carter on Raylan kissing Ava, Ava packing heat

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As you can tell from the promo for tonight’s episode of Justified, “Loose Ends” (watch it below), the feud between Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Quarles (Neal McDonough) continues to escalate. And equally exciting for fans of Joelle Carter, Ava gets a shotgun back in her hands when whore Ellen May (Abby Miller) comes to her for help. Oh, and also, Raylan kisses her. What did Carter tell EW about what lies ahead? For starters, the kiss harkens back to the series’ pilot, when Raylan showed up to see her on business after she killed her abusive husband and she laid one on him. “It’s like when he came to her door, she was like, ‘Ohmygod, Prince Charming!’ He’s just like, ‘Oh great, it’s Ava! Let’s just make out!’” she laughs. “It’s like the reverse side of that coin. He’s mentally in the same kind of place. His whole life has just been uprooted. Winona’s not there anymore. He’s sitting there, and in comes this familiar face. They still like each other. They still have that sexual chemistry. They’re just not right for each other.”  READ FULL STORY

'Justified' EP Graham Yost dissects 'Watching the Detectives' in weekly postmortem

SPOILER ALERT! This week’s episode of Justified, “Watching the Detectives,” written by exec producer Graham Yost and directed by Peter Werner, found Quarles (Neal McDonough) framing Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) for the execution of Gary (William Ragsdale) on Winona’s lawn, and Sheriff Napier (David Andrews) booking Boyd (Walton Goggins) on trumped-up charges of attempted murder. (Though doesn’t it feel about time for Boyd to blow up something?) As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked Yost to take us inside the writers room.  READ FULL STORY

'Justified' renewed for fourth season

FX has renewed Justified for a fourth season, ordering another 13 episodes of the Kentucky-set drama starring Timothy Olyphant as Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. Six episodes remain in season 3, which has been averaging 4.3 million viewers (up 8 percent from season 2) and concludes its run on April 10.

As the season comes to a close, someone will be killed. While executive producer Graham Yost won’t say who, he told EW, “It provides an engine for Raylan to get the bad guy. That becomes the drive for the last episode. The last episode is get Quarles. I’ll tell you that. How that plays out with Quarles, and Raylan, and Limehouse, and Boyd, and Arlo — that’s our season.”

Read more:
‘Justified’: Adam Arkin to guest as Detroit mobster Theo Tonin — EXCLUSIVE
‘Justified’ EP Graham Yost dissects ‘The Man Behind the Curtain’ in weekly postmortem
‘Justified’ EP Graham Yost talks ‘When the Guns Come Out’ in weekly postmortem

'The Office,' 'Revenge,' 'Southland,' 'Justified,' 'HIMYM': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

It’s that time of year again, Roomies! I’m headed west (like Fievel!) from my home base here in NYC to hit up the annual PaleyFest celebrations in Los Angeles.

So if you’re a fan of Community, New Girl, Parks and Recreation, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, The Vampire Diaries, Castle, and Revenge, you’ll want to be following my moves on Twitter for the next week for the latest from all those panels. (My colleague Tanner Stransky will also be out there, covering Revenge, Parks, and more!) Be on the watch for plenty of goodies coming your way. (And there will also be a few more treats in store if your favorite show’s not mentioned in the sentence above. Just sayin’!)

Until then, enjoy this week’s offerings. I have to pack.

THE OFFICE: B.J. NOVAK PREVIEWS ARRIVAL OF KELLY’S ‘HERO’

Post-Florida fun, Ryan Howard is going to be in for a big (and completely unwelcome) surprise. Though he ever-so-briefly had his eye on Erin (Ellie Kemper), he’ll soon find that Kelly has a new crush of her own — except from the sounds of it, this is much more serious. Enter Heroes alum Sendhil Ramamurthy. READ FULL STORY

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