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'Justified': EP Graham Yost talks 'Cut Ties' in weekly postmortem

SPOILER ALERT! Episode 2 of Justified‘s third season, “Cut Ties,” gave us the answer to whether Boyd got Raylan to arrest him last week so he could kill Dickie in prison or just threaten him until he revealed where Mags’ money is (the latter, it turns out). But we also got a tense introduction of the hill-country banker/badman Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson), who’ll be sticking around, and a much-anticipated visit from Assistant Director Goodall (Carla Gugino, not being TV’s Karen Sisco), who won’t. As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked exec producer Graham Yost to take us inside the writers room.   READ FULL STORY

'Justified': EP Graham Yost dissects season 3 premiere in first of our weekly postmortems

SPOILER ALERT! The season premiere of Justified brought us a new villain (Neal McDonough’s Taxi Driver-loving Quarles), a gunfighter almost as cool as Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan (Desmond Harrington’s Fletcher “the Ice Pick” Nix), and the beginning of a beautiful new friendship (Jeremy Davies’ Dickie Bennett and Damon Herriman’s Dewey Crowe). As we’ll be doing each week throughout the season, we asked EP Graham Yost, who wrote the episode with fellow EP/writer Fred Golan, to take us inside the writers room.  READ FULL STORY

'Justified': Timothy Olyphant talks season 3's big bad, why the show's writing is that good

When FX’s Justified returns tonight with its season 3 premiere (catch up here), Timothy Olyphant’s Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens will be uncharacteristically a bit off his game. “It can only continue for so long, because I have to continue to live,” Olyphant says. “I think it was more or less the idea that we’re starting with a guy who’s just got a lot of things up against him: He’s recovering from a gunshot wound, he’s got a pregnant girlfriend who he used to be married to. He’s got a lot on his mind.” In addition to Raylan missing a few things that he wouldn’t normally let slip past him (enjoy the fun elevator scene in tonight’s episode, which should make Elmore Leonard proud), there is another upside: Raylan’s bandage needs to be changed. Shirtless scenes! “That was my idea,” Olyphant jokes. “I thought if we’re gonna go shirtless, let’s do it in the first episode, and I’ll really prepare for it. And then after that, I can just let myself go, and we’ll just wear lots of coats. I would just want to say also, for the record, that Natalie Zea has her shirt on in the sex scene. That was not my idea, and I don’t want to hear any complaints coming my way. I don’t think she has a problem with it, I just think someone, for some reason being polite, didn’t mention it. I know certain people are very upset about it.” Here’s more to look forward to in the season premiere and beyond (besides, as Olyphant puts it, “a lot of bullets flying right off the bat and bodies dropping”): READ FULL STORY

Timothy Olyphant talks 'Justified,' Christina Ricci on 'Pan Am' in Spoiler Room: Video Edition

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There’s a lot to say about the upcoming season of Justified. But rather than hear me blabber about it, wouldn’t you like a visual aid, courtesy of Timothy Olyphant? Of course you would.

Welcome to another rousing episode of Spoiler Room: Video Edition.

In addition to the aforementioned teases (there’s also more available in the regular edition of Spoiler Room), Pan Am star Christina Ricci talks about what’s coming up on the ABC drama. Now, it’s no secret that Pan Am is having a tough time in the ratings game. But, surprisingly, the news out of ABC’s TCA panel (read Lynette Rice’s report here) wasn’t dreadful. Ricci was singing a similar tune when I chatted with her last month, but also offered some advice to fans.

Check it all out below. Enjoy the teases, the stars, and my self deprecation.

'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Justified,' 'Once Upon a Time,' 'White Collar': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Welcome back, friends! Hope the holidays were as fattening for you as they were for me.

As winter hiatus comes to a close, it’s time to get back into the swing of things. (Although, I hope you still enjoyed the special Once Upon a Time edition of Spoiler Room that was served up last week!) And this week, there’s a little bit of something for everyone, I hope. If not, there’s a simple way to solve that: Hit me up! E-mail SpoilerRoom@ew.com or Tweet me @EWSandraG. And if you don’t see your question, keep trying! (I do read them all!)

Enjoy, and it’s truly lovely to be back in the swing of things! (Side note: Anyone else sort of love what’s going on in this week’s Spoiler Room blend? Now that’s a trio!)

‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES': STEFAN CHANNELS… JACK BAUER AND CHUCK NORRIS?
The year 2011 hasn’t been the easiest for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Co., on The Vampire Diaries, and, as Julie Plec told Mandi Bierly, the first new episode of the season doesn’t do much to indicate changing winds in 2012. READ FULL STORY

AFI's top 10 TV shows: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Louie' in; 'Glee' out

The American Film Institute has been releasing a top 10 movie list since 2000, yet one more volley in the heady awards season hullabaloo. But since 2001, the AFI has also released a list of its top television programs of the year, and their selections have often recognized shows overlooked by other awards groups, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Wire, Battlestar Galactica, and Party Down.

This year’s list recognizes several shows for the first time, including HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime’s Homeland, FX’s Justified and Louie, and CBS’ The Good Wife. Notably absent: Fox’s Glee, which was on the ’09 and ’10 lists; AMC’s The Walking Dead, which made last year’s list; and any miniseries or made-for-TV movies, which usually make up a healthy portion of the list.

Check out the full top 10 below:  READ FULL STORY

'Justified' new season 3 teaser -- VIDEO

Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins play off their frenemy relationship in FX’s Justified with this new teaser trailer for the show’s January premiere. As longtime fans know, Groggins’ character Boyd Crowder originally died at the end of the show’s pilot, but test audiences rather liked the nefarious white supremacist so Boyd stuck around. Now here we are, coming up on third season and he’s co-starring in the teaser trailer. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

'Revenge,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'NCIS,' 'Bones,' 'Supernatural': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Wow, this week’s Spoiler Room photo has so much pretty…

Sorry. Back on track!

There’s a lot for you to eat up here, so I’ll make this brief. Thanks for all your questions! Keep it up! Tell me what you’re loving, what you’re hating, what you ate for breakfast (kidding!…or…) and what you’re dying to know! E-mail all your fabulous ponderings to spoilerroom@ew.com or find me on Twitter: @EWSandraG.

On to the scoop, featuring goods on the likes of Parenthood, Sons of Anarchy, Castle, Persons of Interest, Parks and Recreation, and a Titanic reference. (God, help us all.)

‘GOSSIP GIRL': EP TALKS MORE ON ‘SLEEP NO MORE,’
How much did you love this news? I was so excited I even circled Nov. 14 in my calendar and drew a creepy mask by the date to remind myself. But in case you need even more reasons to be excited about the impending romantic entanglements in this very special episode, executive producer Josh Safran told me that much “like masked balls in the past, there are multiple kisses — between multiple people” in the episode. “Like, quadratic couples, I’d say,” he teases. Could that have something to do with the “big kiss” everyone has been asking me about? Possibly… READ FULL STORY

'Justified' casts Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson as season 3's baddies -- EXCLUSIVE

Fans of FX’s Justified have been wondering since May’s second season finale how producers would match Margo Martindale’s Emmy-winning performance as Mags Bennett. Well, now we know: Desperate Housewives‘ Neal McDonough and 24‘s Mykelti Williamson, who both starred on Justified EP Graham Yost’s brilliant-but-canceled NBC drama Boomtown, have been cast as the awesomely named big bads of season 3. McDonough will recur as Quarles, a Detroit mobster in a sharp suit who comes to Kentucky with visions of becoming a crimelord. Williamson will play Limehouse, a man who lives in a small black town in Harlan County and who will do whatever it takes, legal or otherwise, to protect his holler.

We’ll meet both characters early in season 3, which premieres in January. The show — which also earned Emmy nominations for stars Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins and guest actor Jeremy Davies, who’ll return — began production on the first of 13 new episodes Monday.

Read more:
‘Justified’ season 2 finale: Walton Goggins talks ‘Bloody Harlan’
It’s official: ‘Justified’ renewed
Graham Yost talks Bennett-Givens feud
Timothy Olyphant talks ‘Justified’ and his evolving career

'Dexter,' 'Fringe,' 'Criminal Minds,' 'The Vampire Diaries': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

System failing. Too much TV. Abort! Abort!

Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed by all the amazing television this week? Well, buck up, sissy pants! Fall TV is not for the weak. It’s for the bravest, strongest, most wonderfully reclusive individuals. Together we will conquer.

That said, I need your help. Be sure you’re sending in your scoop requests, sharing your TV ponderings, and telling me your general shows of interest so I can make sure I’m filling your need for scoops during this hectic TV time. (Send e-mails to spoilerroom@ew.com or follow me on Twitter: @EWSandraG) Until next week!

(Side note: In case you missed it, we also had a special Emmy scoops edition earlier this week that you can read here.)

DEXTER REVISITS THE PAST IN AWESOME PREMIERE

Last season of Dexter ended with the door open for anything to happen. Lumen lost her darkness and left, Dexter had taken down the season’s villain, and there was even a small note of optimism on his part that he could one day live without his own darkness following him.

On Oct. 2, we pick up with Harrison starting pre-school and Dexter very much at peace with his darkness. And, dare I say, enjoying it again.

Without ruining too much (because I honestly felt incredibly psyched by the premiere and want you to experience it for yourself), much of the episode centers around Dexter tracking down a potential victim at his 20th high school reunion. There, we not only get a great picture of who Dexter was as a high school student, but also get a good laugh out how his classmates perceive him now. (He’s… popular!)

We’re also introduced to Colin Hanks and Edward James Olmos’ demented characters. I can happily report that the first murder they are responsible for is one of the most disgusting ones I’ve ever seen on the show. Congrats, newbies! READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'House': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Welcome to Spoiler Room: Jen’s Edition. Kidding. But also not really. After wrapping up today’s column, I realized I chose four questions from people named Jen. I promise you, this is not an act of favoritism. But now I’m really curious how many of you are out there.

Regardless, if you ask, I’ll answer. So get askin’! Send your questions, ponderings, new show scoop requests, and post-premiere reactions to spoilerroom@ew.com. And if many of your names happen to be Jen, fantastic. (Your move, Sarahs.)

‘GREY’S ANATOMY': FINALLY SOME MER/DER FOR YOU

I can’t tell you how often I get harassed lovingly asked for Meredith and Derek scoop, and after sitting through next week’s two-hour premiere with my mouth hanging open for 80 minutes (two hours, minus commercials), here’s what you’re going to get out of me on Mer/Der, Crowen, and Alex (who is sans nickname because he’s all alone. Poor Alex). READ FULL STORY

Emmys: Walton Goggins on Emmy nod for 'Justified' (not 'The Shield')

For fans of The Shield, today’s nomination for Walton Goggins probably felt ridiculously past due. The actor never got the attention he deserved for co-starring as Det. Shane Vendrell in the FX cop drama The Shield, but he was no less thrilled about today’s nod from the TV Academy for his portrayal of Boyd Crowder in the cabler’s Justified. The drama earned four nominations in all, including one for star Timothy Olyphant.

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'Mad Men,' 'Modern Family,' John Noble, and Christina Hendricks among Critics' Choice Award winners

The Critics’ Choice Television Awards — created by the recently established Broadcast Television Critics Association — were designed in part to be a counterpoint to the annual Emmy Awards (and the more established TCA Awards). The winners of the first annual CCTAs, however, echoed several Emmy winners of the recent past: AMC’s Mad Men took home Best Drama; ABC’s Modern Family won Best Comedy; Best Actress in a Comedy went to 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey; and The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons earned Best Actor in a Comedy.

The majority of winners, however, have not snagged an Emmy award — or, in some cases, even a nomination — but remain long-standing fan favorites.  READ FULL STORY

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