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On the Scene: 'Pretty Little Liars' season finale event

Got a secret, can you keep it? The cast and crew of Pretty Little Liars sure can.

The season 4 finale event in New York was all about secrets: What happened the night Ali disappeared? Who’s A? What is Mrs. D up to? Predictably, the Liars and Co. couldn’t say much about what we may or may not be finding out soon, but they did give some special fans a sneak peak at the season finale an hour before it aired. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at 'The Voice' semifinals: Cole Vosbury and James Wolpert say goodbye; plus, Cassadee Pope and the Swon Brothers

On Tuesday night, The Voice said goodbye to Cole Vosbury and James Wolpert before crowning season 5’s top three contestants. EW was on the scene at the live elimination show and got the chance to chat with the newly eliminated contestants right after the show wrapped.

Team Adam’s James Wolpert was the first of two contestants to be eliminated during the semifinals, and the Pittsburgh local said he wasn’t surprised. “I was super prepared for it, but it’s still painful when you’re up there and you have to say goodbye to everybody in the moment,” said Wolpert, who’s looking at being eliminated as “an opportunity to start looking toward the future.”

As for what’s next, it sounds as though Wolpert plans to hit the ground running now that his time on The Voice has come to an end. The singer said he already has “frameworks and very vague foundations” for his own original music. “I think the next goal is going to be to cut a record as soon as I can…and put that out into the universe and go on tour as soon as possible.”

Like Wolpert, Vosbury “just kind of sensed” that he would be going home this week. “Even though I was praying for a miracle, I knew my number was up today, so today was a different experience. I think me and James both were just kind of like, ‘Yeah, it’s us two. It’s going to be us two.’ We knew it all day long.”
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On the Scene: Aziz Ansari grows up in 'Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive'

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Growing up is hard to do, as they say, and Aziz Ansari agrees, hilariously so, in his new stand-up special, Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive (available on Netflix on Friday at 3:01 a.m. ET).

Netflix screened Buried Alive on Wednesday night for a theater of fans, friends, and Netflix all-stars, including the ladies of Orange Is the New Black. Though they mostly stayed tight-lipped about the second season, currently filming in New York, Yael Stone promised it will have “a different energy. … We’re learning things about our characters, we’re getting pretty deep, and it’s a wonderful thing in terms of grounding the stories.”

Also departing from form, Ansari told EW that if you liked his other comedy, you’ll enjoy Buried Alive — but expect it to be “totally different” from his previous stand-up specials: “I wanted to evolve as a comedian and not just repeat myself.” The Netflix special, filmed live at Philadelphia’s Merriam Theatre in April, finds Ansari turning 30, “dealing with adulthood and what to do if you’re someone who’s not ready to have babies or get married.”
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Jenny McCarthy makes 'View' debut, gets flirty with Donnie Wahlberg: On the scene

If one word could sum up The View‘s 17th season premiere this morning, it might just be the newly Miley Cyrus-approved ‘Twerk.’ Sure, the VMAs were a few weeks ago — but the ladies of the panel had much to catch up on. The gang also had a brand new addition: Jenny McCarthy, looking daytime-ready in a gorgeous, conservative houndstooth dress.

The goofy spirit that has helped McCarthy continue to get work — whether modeling, writing humorous autobiographical books, or starring in her eponymous, now-defunct talk show — was fully on display during her first hour as an official View co-host. As for her controversial (to say the least) opinions about childhood vaccinations? The show is clearly saving that for another day. Today, the program was all about silly McCarthy.

“I said to Jenny, ‘Have fun!’” Sherri Shepherd told EW after the taping. “That’s what Jenny is all about. She’s fearless. I don’t know if Human Resources really knew what they were doing when they hired Jenny McCarthy. I’ve known her for a decade and a half, so I don’t think they know the full impact yet. She’s just warming up!” READ FULL STORY

'The Soup' on the scene: Joel McHale's best one-liners you won't see on TV

When it comes to anniversaries, people like a nice, round number like 500 — but 499 is pretty cool too, right?

The Soup is one week shy of show No. 500 (that’s more than nine years of Joel McHale in front of a green screen, for those keeping track), and for the big occasion, the E! show is going all the way live, for both an East Coast and West Coast airing. McHale and executive producer K.P. Anderson invited reporters to watch this week’s taping and talk about the big 5-0-0 (more on that next week, when the show goes live Wednesday, Aug. 21). But before you watch tonight’s episode, we went inside the studio for the penultimate party.

The Community star was nonstop during the taping, with commercial breaks used to improve jokes with the writers or just to warmly banter with the audience. We’ve compiled McHale’s best offscreen one-liners below:
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On set with 'The Mindy Project': Kaling teases hot guest stars and Mindy's [spoiler!] future with Pastor Casey

A parade of dudes marched through the first 24 episodes of The Mindy Project, and even though our girl was taken (engaged?) when we last saw her doesn’t mean season 2 is going to be any different.

The stars and writers behind the Fox comedy — including this week’s EW cover girl, Mindy Kaling — talked to reporters during a Television Critics Association set visit Wednesday, letting us know more about the many famous faces making a visit to Shulman & Associates. For one, there’s James Franco, playing a new doctor who starts working at Mindy’s practice while she’s in Haiti with Pastor Casey.

“I come back to my nemesis, played by James Franco,” Kaling teased of their adversarial relationship, with writer Ike Barinholtz (who also plays nurse Morgan) chiming in: “It’s kind of like James Franco is the anti-Mindy. He’s everything you’re not. He’s a man. He’s white … “

“This will take too long to go through all our differences,” Kaling quipped.

Another new man is played by Adam Pally of the dearly departed Happy Endings. So who will he be playing?
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On the scene: Family, friends, and fans remember James Gandolfini at Manhattan funeral

They came in suits and shorts, heels and flip-flops, somber dresses, casual T-shirts — and at least one black tank top embellished with a message hand-written in alternating red, white, and green paint: “Riposa in Pace, Capo.”

“I have to show my respect,” the tank top’s designer — Assunta, a silver-haired woman from Yonkers — said, gesturing to her handiwork. “You can read it, if you like: ‘Rest in peace, Boss.’ That’s what he is. He was the boss.”

Assunta had gathered with what seemed like all of New York City’s Italian-American community — not to mention Mario Batali, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Chris Christie, a gaggle of Sopranos cast members, and fans of countless other ethnic backgrounds — to say goodbye to James Gandolfini, who died suddenly of a heart attack June 19.

The funeral was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, which stands just south of Columbia University. (“It’s by Meadow [Soprano]!” Assunta explained.) Saint John also happens to be the fourth-largest church in the world, making it one of the only sites in New York capable of holding hordes of Gandolfini’s mourners.
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PaleyFest 2013: 'Arrow' cast, producers talk secrets, Bludhaven, and 'The Dark Knight'

Arrow fans at PaleyFest got quite a show on Saturday night. Though the audience didn’t get to see an entire upcoming episode, the sizzle reel proved enticing enough, providing a number of big revelations (read: spoilers).

The most shocking reveal happened during a conversation between The Huntress and Detective Lance, but you’ll have to wait until the episode airs to find out what it is… or check back in with Spoiler Room.

Unlike many of the other panels here, there were only four actors from the show on hand, and much of the conversation was dominated by the three producers, but the audience didn’t seem to mind. Moderated by DC Comics’ Geoff Johns (who has also written for the CW series), the conversation was an in-depth look at the world of comics and the inspirations drawn for Arrow. One audience member even stood up to ask if Stephen Amell was ready for the commitment required to star in a genre show. He said he’s trying, and often looks to fellow cast mate and genre show veteran John Barrowman (who was not in attendance) for guidance.

Click past the jump to read 10 of the best insights and teases from the stars and producers.

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PaleyFest 2013: The top 5 nuggets from the cast of 'The Mindy Project'

Fans of The Mindy Project were treated to a lively Q&A with some of the core members of the cast and producing staff, and a chance to see “Mindy’s Birthday” (airing March 19), Friday in Los Angeles at the PaleyFest.

Fresh off the news that The Mindy Project would be returning to Fox for a second season, the cast seemed grateful and at ease, and spent the majority of the panel doing their Chris Messina impressions. Show creator Mindy Kaling was sweet, gracious and self-deprecating, and admitted that she loves to look at Messina and that she was excited to play a character with style and a disposable income.

The real star of the panel, though, was Ike Barinholtz, who writes for the show and plays male nurse Morgan Tookers. Funny, charming, and larger than life, he always had a joke or a lively anecdote at the ready. (He also does a killer Alan Arkin impression.) The only time Barinholtz paused was when Kaling kissed him, after he teased her that maybe if he talked like Messina, she’d be interested in him.

Click past the jump for five fun things we learned at the PaleyFest panel.

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'Bunheads': Behind the scenes of 'Makin' Whoopee' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

In Amy Sherman-Palladino’s world, the men are furniture. Well, at least in the dance sequence featured in the season finale they are.

Season 1 of ABC Family’s delightful Bunheads came to a close Monday, and the word is still out on whether or not there will be a second season to follow. Throughout this season, the four bunheads have been coming into their own — growing up, growing apart, and becoming interested in boys — hence, a dance set to “Makin’ Whoopee” performed by Sherman-Palladino favorite Sam Phillips (the singer/songwriter responsible for much of the music in Gilmore Girls). Check it out below:
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On the scene: E L James talks 'Fifty Shades' with Katie Couric

Katie may be daytime’s most colorful show. The greenroom is literally painted a soft mint green. Deep blues adorn the high-tech, mechanized set. Audience members are decked out in numerous brightly hued cardigans. And today, the show’s stage was bathed by sultry red lights in honor of Couric’s guest — Erika Leonard, a.k.a. Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James. (Fifty Shades hero Christian Grey does his dirtiest deeds in a chamber known as the Red Room of Pain.)

The kinky theme didn’t stop with that crimson glow. For one day only, the usually demure Katie logo was adorned with a pair of handcuffs naughtily looped around the “k.” And Couric herself drew whoops from the audience when she appeared at the top of the hour in a sleeveless black leather dress and sky-high stilettos — to the tune of Rihanna’s “S&M,” naturally. “Relax — this won’t hurt at all,” Couric joked, introducing herself as our “mistress” for the day. What would Matt Lauer think?!

Given all this, audience members probably expected James to emerge wearing an American Horror Story-style rubber fetish suit — or at least to be as boisterous and open as Anastasia Steele’s inner goddess.  READ FULL STORY

Jeffrey Ross attempts Joe Paterno, Aurora shooting jokes at Roseanne roast

Comedy Central’s taping of the Roast of Roseanne on Saturday night was a relatively tame affair – except for the appearance by the self-proclaimed king of roasts, Jeffrey Ross.

The comedian, who has now appeared in 10 of Comedy Central’s roasts and who is currently the Roastmaster General at the New York Friar’s Club, clearly stepped into the Hollywood Palladium with intent to push the envelope on Saturday, and if the audience’s reaction is any indication, he succeeded. READ FULL STORY

'Roast of Roseanne': Tom Arnold makes 'surprise' appearance on a not-so-mean night

On The Late Show with David Letterman last month, Roseanne Barr said of her upcoming roast that hosting network Comedy Central “told me they’re trying to do a whole new classy thing like the old Dean Martin roasts.” EW was on the scene for the taping of the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Saturday night at the Hollywood Palladium, and while it might be a bit of a stretch to label it “classy,” with one notable exception, the event was definitely tamer than more recent roasts. (It’s set to air on Sunday, Aug. 12.)

The network’s last roast was for Charlie Sheen, who was fresh off of his Unforgettable Meltdown of 2011. It is a tough act to follow. During Barr’s rebuttal at the end of her roast, she pointed out that Comedy Central, who invited her to an event in her honor, needed to “get a f—ing dictionary and look up the word ‘honor.’” But her roast was probably the closest a roast can be to feeling like a true honor.  READ FULL STORY

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