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Joel McHale on 'The Soup' 500th episode: 'I never thought it would go this long'

After more than nine years of Mankini and chicken tetrazzini, The Soup airs its 500th episode tonight on E!, and host Joel McHale is more than a little nervous about broadcasting live for the big occasion.

“I’m very much looking forward to it — also, I have full-on dyslexia, so that should be great,” he told reporters after taping No. 499 last week. “You think I’m joking, but I am dyslexic, so it should be a really interesting live taping. I think it really brings a sense of danger.”

McHale definitely needed a few extra takes during last week’s taping (“Get ready to hear the jokes a third time!”), but he and executive producer K.P. Anderson are confident that things will go smoother for the live show. “This was the warm-up,” Anderson told McHale, who responded, “This was the warm-up? The last nine years have been the warm-up!”

So what kind of ingredients do the Soup chefs have in mind for the 500th serving?

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'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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E! unveils glitzy programming slate filled with boy bands, lady wrestlers, blinged-out babies

E! certainly knows its niche. At its upfront presentation today, the network that spawned a thousand Kardashian series will unveil a programming slate filled with shows united by three Gs: glitz, glamor, and gobs of cash.

Highlights include The Wanted Life, which documents the lives of One Direction rivals and Lindsay Lohan accessories The Wanted; Blinging Up Baby, a special designed to make normal people envy celebrity toddlers; a one-off peek behind the curtain of Hollywood’s “cults, cabals and underground clubs”; and 50 Hours with 50 Cent, which answers one of history’s age-old questions: “What is it like to be 50 Cent?”

E! will also announce a slew of projects still in development, including Flash — a Project Runway-esque reality competition for photographers — and scripted soaps from the likes of Gossip Girl‘s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and Smash‘s Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Comedy fans may be most interested in The Soup Investigates, a spin-off of E!’s acerbic clip show that will answer a series of burning pop-culture questions. (Example: “How DOES that rose get from the grower’s field to The Bachelor‘s hand just in time for the all important rose ceremony?”)

Find a full list of programming below.

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'The Walking Dead' cast members fight zombies at 'The Soup' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The impending return of AMC’s The Walking Dead can mean only one thing: The subsequent return of Soup of the Walking Dead!

Last year, zombies attacked the E! studios, and on tonight’s Soup, they’re back to make everyone dead inside.

Check out the clip below, which features Walking Dead actors Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun teaming up with Joel McHale to fight the likes of zombie Amanda Bynes. (<Greatest sentence ever?) You can watch the whole skit on a new episode of The Soup, tonight at 10 p.m. on E! READ FULL STORY

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