“Suits” Stars Talk About The Roles That Transformed Their Careers

Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres, and Gabriel Macht reflect on their biggest, weirdest, and most memorable pre-Suits roles.

Gabriel Macht: Beverly Hills, 90210

Gabriel Macht: Beverly Hills, 90210

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Macht’s first on-screen credit, as high school student Tal Weaver in one episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 (which originally aired Oct. 10, 1991), still comes up frequently in interviews thanks, mostly, to the majestic mane seen above. “I always wore my hair in a ponytail, but the producers told me to pull my hair out,” Macht told BuzzFeed. “So I thought I would try it and now, 20-plus years later, we’re still talking about it.”

Much of that ongoing discussion is owed to the impact that 90210 had on pop culture, which Macht says was already in the air when he filmed the Season 2 guest spot. “The show had serious momentum going into Season 2; I remember the cast was on the cover of all the magazines at the airport.” That widespread attention also led to a pair of memorable on-set experiences for the then 19-year-old actor.

“I remember Jason Priestly being on his phone a lot and dropping all these F-bombs,” he said. “I thought that was funny because he was like America’s apple pie golden boy. I also remember having no idea what to talk about with Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth while we were hanging around the set.” So, in a bid to break the ice, Macht fell back on his theater training and decided to come up with a backstory he and Garth could share. (Their characters went to a Sting concert together.)

“I was coming from theater school, so I was coming up with backstory about our time at the Sting concert and she looked at me like I was crazy,” he laughed. “It was my first TV gig and I wanted him to be this sensitive guy — but I don’t think anyone named Tal Weaver, which is the greatest name in all of television, will ever come across like the good guy.”

Sarah Rafferty: Herbal Essences Commercial

 

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While you might not think it, Rafferty’s extensive theater training is actually what helped her land this still-memorable 1998 shampoo commercial. “I had just finished doing a play at an 800-seat theater, where I really had to use my full voice, so volume wasn’t an issue,” she said, laughing about the awkward audition.

“Let’s face it, the only thing more ridiculous than having an orgasm because you’re washing your hair, is to be in someone’s office auditioning to be the person who has the orgasm because she’s washing her hair,” Rafferty recalled.

“I was doing the tongue-in-cheek version of the Herbal Essences commercial: My eyes were rolling into the back of my head and I was practically falling to the ground. It was the most ridiculous orgasm that could possibly be happening. But when I walked out of the room, the other women who were waiting to audition gave me a little round of applause, as if to say, ‘I think you got it.’”

Rafferty jokingly blames the ad’s recent resurgence in popularity on Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams. “The cast was at Patrick’s lake house, talking about the job that allowed you to stop waiting tables, and I mentioned this. Well, Meghan [Markle] let out the biggest gasp and said, ‘That was like my sexual awakening!’ That’s when the real age divide occurred because I assumed the commercial was lost on a VHS tape in a storage unit somewhere, but Patrick pulled it up on his iPhone in the middle of nowhere in, like, 5 seconds — and then he tweeted it. Let that be a lesson; everything you do in this business will end up on the internet eventually.”

Patrick J. Adams: Friday Night Lights

Patrick J. Adams: Friday Night Lights

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While Adams ended up playing Connor Hayes, a banker who woos Tyra (Adrianne Palicki) in a pair of Season 1 episodes, he initially went after an entirely different role. “I auditioned to play Riggins, and it was terrible,” Adams told BuzzFeed, citing his ignorance of the show’s subtle storytelling style as a major reason for losing the gig.

“There’s this speech in the pilot where the guys are sitting around, drinking beers, and talking about how they’re going to run the world; I remember playing it so big. Later, when I watched the pilot, I saw the subtle, quiet way Taylor [Kitsch] played it and was like, ‘Oh man, I got that so wrong!’”

Luckily the casting director liked Adams, and called him back to audition for Hayes. This time, with a firmer grasp on the Friday Night Lights aesthetic, he nailed it. But Adams was still surprised by the free reign he was given on set to create his character.

“It’s unlike anything else on television, where you’re taken out of the creative process,” he added. “This show is designed around the performances and the actors; which was such a huge thing for me as a young actor, who was trying to figure out where he fit in this business and decide what kind of stories he wanted to tell.”

Meghan Markle: Fringe

Meghan Markle: Fringe

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Fringe’s second season premiere introduced FBI agent Amy Jessup, a new governmental foil for Olivia Dunham to spar with, and a potential love interest for Peter Bishop. But, after two episodes, the character inexplicably vanished. Five years later, Markle still lacks any concrete answers as to why the producers abandoned Amy — but she has a theory.

“That role was always crafted as being recurring or a series regular,” she told BuzzFeed. “Akiva Goldsman was directing those first two episodes, and he’d been doing all that DaVinci Code stuff [Goldsman wrote the screenplays for 2006’s The Da Vinci Code and 2009’s Angels & Demons], so this idea of how science and religion coexist was very much in the zeitgeist. I think it ended up being a storyline that scared off the studio or network, so Amy just evaporated. I was intending on being [in Vancouver, where Fringe filmed] for a while, but she was just phased out.”

While Markle came to terms with the decision long ago, and rightly asserts she likely wouldn’t have been free to play Rachel Zane on Suits if Amy Jessup continued on Fringe, she does feel bad viewers never got any answers about where Agent Jessup went. “Amy maintains this air of mystery and I kind of think fans assumed she was going to pop back up again — like Amy was the one behind all of the Fringe mysteries,” she said, laughing.

Rick Hoffman: Jake in Progress

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On the short-lived ABC sitcom (starring John Stamos as a philandering publicist in NYC), Hoffman played Patrick Van Dorn, a struggling magician who hated David Blaine, but pretty much copied everything David Blaine did. That character trait led to one of the most memorable interactions the actor has ever had.

“The cast traveled to New York City and [I ran into] David Blaine,” Hoffman recalled as a cheshire smile inched across his face. “Blaine make a beeline right for me and, given how much shit I talked about David Blaine on the show, I was nervous because you know what kind of character that guy is. He walks right up to me, without any hesitation, and says, ‘Hey man, I like the show. You know what you should do? You should swim the Hudson River. Seriously, man, swim the Hudson River. You can do it — even at your size.’ I was completely taken aback. It was the coolest thing ever.”

Gina Torres: One Life to Live

Gina Torres: One Life to Live

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Torres got her start in, as she put it, “off-off-off-off-off-off Broadway theater,” which is where a casting director for One Life yo Live caught one of her performances, and immediately called her in to audition for the ABC soap opera.

Torres was elated because “90%of the soaps shot in New York City at that time, and, if you didn’t get a commercial, it’s how you expected to break into television,” she said. “The soap world loves to tout how many film stars got their start in the soap world, so we all sucked down that Kool-Aid. Plus, growing up Latina, the novela is such a part of our culture.”

While she has nothing but fond memories — and utter appreciation — of her time in Llanview, Torres laughed about the sheer numbers of characters she played on OLTL. “Over the course of six years, I recurred as four different characters, which never happens,” she chuckled. “And I’m not talking about one-line characters you wouldn’t remember, I’m talking about four completely different, pretty developed, characters!”

“The first one was a nurse. Then I played another nurse in a different town because two of the characters had run away with a child, who got sick, and they had to bring them to a hospital. Then I came back as a lab tech/aerobic instructor, for four days, in the Max (James DePaiva) storyline. He had to change the results of a paternity test and had to distract me. Then, for my final appearance, I played La Contessa de Alba from Spain, opposite Tuc Watkins, who was a gigolo grifter. I mean, I always thought people must have been watching and thinking ‘What’s the deal with this crazy woman?!? She’s everywhere!’”

Suits premieres March 6 at 9 p.m. on USA.

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Sorry Kylie Jenner, Tyga Is Reportedly Dating A Girl Who Looks Just Like Kim K PHOTOS

Tyga has made it clear that he definitely has a type. The rapper was constantly in the public eye while dating the youngest of the Kardashian clan, Kylie Jenner. The two dated off-and-on for what seemed like forever. However, now people are wondering, “Is Tyga dating Kamilla Osman?” It seems that these two are starting to get very close.

Elite Daily reached out to Tyga’s team, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

According to , Tyga and Osman were seen riding around together in Tyga’s Bugatti. Major suspect. Obviously, stepping out with each other doesn’t necessarily mean they’re exclusively dating, but people are definitely ‘shipping these two. If you don’t recognize Osman’s name, you’ll definitely recognize her face — it’s basically the same face Kim Kardashian has. This is what’s fascinating to people — Tyga and Kylie break up and he basically dates her older sister.

Kylie probably DGAF since she’s been happily dating rapper Travis Scott. However, when it comes to their breakup and Jenner’s new squeeze, Tyga is surprisingly cool with everything. During an interview with , he explained that he didn’t “lose” Kylie to Travis Scott. He said,

I mean, we started off as friends, and then we got into a relationship. It ain’t a losing thing. When you make a decision to not be in a relationship with somebody, you make that decision, you split ways.

He continued,

I have love for her, but I’m not in love no more… When you’re with anybody that first year, it’s magic and then after that you start realizing a bunch of s–t. I think the main thing was a lot of people—a lot of outside influences—and… she’s younger than me and she’s dealing with perception. I’m older so I can deal with perception. But for her, growing up how she grew up, image and perception was everything.

Tyga’s thoughts are actually really deep and make a lot of sense. YOU’RE WISE BEYOND YOUR YEARS, TYGA. I’m glad the two of them are able to move on and be in happy relationships. I guess if you’re picking someone new to date it’s good to stay in your wheelhouse.

Kardashian’s doppelgänger is so spot on, Osman has even been featured on an episode of .

One of Kardashian’s close friends, Jonathon Cheban, was feeling a little neglected by Kimmy for spending too much time with her family (the nerve). In retaliation, Cheban befriended Osman and sported her around town like some sort of Kim K stand in. I’m a little confused by his logic, but it does seem like a total rich-person-on-a-reality-show thing to do so I’ll roll with it. Cheban took it so far that him and Osman “accidentally” ran into Kardashian at the doctor’s office.

In the clip, Cheban half-heartedly (and kind of pathetically) says, “I thought that was your car outside.” Oh really, Jonathon? The hundreds of paparazzi that follow Kim around everywhere wasn’t a clue? No one runs into Kardashian by chance, it just doesn’t happen.

The encounter was funny, but extremely awkward. Kardashian just stares dumbfounded at the situation, and probably wonders why she bothered leaving the house that morning. Kim said,

This is super awkward. The fact that Jonathon would take it to this level is so bizarre to me.

It IS bizarre. Cheban’s weird behavior shouldn’t be a reflection on Osman — she seems like a perfectly nice person. After meeting Kardashian, she posted a photo on Instagram (that has since been taken down) with the caption,

Look who I ran into the other day – @kimkardashian, we can’t wait for you guys to see our episode of #KUWK and see what we were up to xo Kim is such a sweet person and so so gorgeous, my god! -Kami.

OK, I guess she’s low-key complimenting herself, but whatever. She’s a strong social media influencer with over 455,000 followers.

Who’s the real Kim K?! I CAN’T TELL. Although it may be a bit creepy strange that Tyga is dating his ex’s older sister’s look-alike, if it makes him happy that’s all that matters. I’m very interested to see what the future holds for this couple. Good luck, Tyga!

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Revenge Recap: Two More Episodes Left

Another week, another episode of the longest running, most dragging season of any series I've ever watched ever. Like fucking hell there's really TWO more episodes left!? This season has lasted longer than a typical winter on Game of Thrones.

But on to the actual show or at least the thirty percent of it which makes any fucking sense to me. The episode starts with this line: “oh a match” and woah, who knew David Clarke fancied himself some Tinder? The script writers were obviously trolling some old One Tree Hill for some reusable plot lines and thought giving a white girl a fake black brother was the way to go this episode. We meet Eli who's given quite possibly the worst coverup job I've ever heard. Rare books? What the fuck is this? Hogwarts? Next Emanda's foster uncles will probably show up claiming to own an emerging maple syrup conglomerate in New Hampshire.

Finally, we learn that young Emanda had a knack for burning down houses as a child. It would be great if she reverted back to the personality of fellow pyro, Phoebe's brother Frank Buffay Jr. I'd probably have a higher attention span for this show. 

Call Outs

Doesn't anyone wonder what Emanda does in the Hamptons….like breakfast meeting with WHO?

Everyone on this show speaks in such a low octave. Like SPEAK UP, I get that you're trying to be scheming and menacing but I need a fucking hearing aid to understand literally all scenes where Conrad's talking.

Sorry to be repetitive but there is no happy hour in the Hamptons for rich people who would obviously work in NYC after labor day.

Earth to Jack: Who just takes a mic and makes an impromptu speech at a party at someone else's house without asking?

On the infinity box: How do they allow a lockbox full of secrets in maximum security prison?

So Eli just hands over the check to Victoria that Emanda just gave him which obviously would have Emily Thorne's name on it?

Victoria literally JUST met this guy and is making him co-chair of her illegal foundation? I think NOT.

Emily and Nolan could easily be members of PLL with their proclivity towards not just telling Jack the fucking truth when that's obviously the move.

Does anyone actually do any work on this show amidst plotting to murder, kidnap, and extort people? Considering they're collectively in charge of like, billions of dollars, everyone's got a lot of free time.

LOL Moments

“I know ruining lives is in your DNA but I'm not allowing you to destroy more innocent lives to pay for our sins and/or spring break 2013.” – Daniel

But really, what IS the initiative? Like, get a Wikipedia page.

I feel like Emanda's brother would be better if Chris Rock played him.

Young Emanda burned down her house when really she should've just burned all her hair off. Look at those split ends.

As if Nolan is the only guy in the Hamptons with sandy hair and blue eyes. A better/more accurate description would be: “Tall, sandy hair, blue eyes, flaming homosexual.”

Jack is whining as always… “If you and Emily were my REAL FRIENDS!! Friends don't let other friends' wives die in freak boat fire accidents”

“Are you telling me Eli is a wolf in sheep's clothing? I'm just relieved he's not allied with Emanda and that he can add to the black people count at my party.”

Most completely ridiculous lines of the episode:

“Whoever wrote the code protecting this bank account is same person who sealed your father's fate.” Oh of course, the Falcon, hacker legend. 

Nolan: The man the myth the Falcon is back on the Grayson's payroll.
Emanda: Then lets go hunting.

Nolan: “Faux bro climbing mount Grayson like it ain't no thing” – Who the fuck approves these scripts?

[Side Note: Was it 'faux bro' as in fake bro or 'FoBro' as in foster brother? The world may never know.]

Ugh I cannot wait until next week when red sharpie returns from sabbatical to circle a pic of The Falcon.

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Beyonc And JAY-Z Are Headlining A Concert That Will Go To An Amazing Cause

We have tragically seen one natural disaster after another for the past few weeks. People have been joining together to help aid those in need. Beyoncé and JAY-Z have stepped up in a big way with their next plan of action for hurricane relief. The two are planning an epic benefit concert to help hurricane victims. Where will the proceeds of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s hurricane benefit concert go? According to , the proceeds will reportedly go to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida — a specific organization has not yet been named.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s hurricane benefit concert will go down on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. That date is just 10 days before JAY-Z kicks off his world tour for . Tickets for the hurricane benefit concert are not yet available for purchase.

This concert will be momentous for a couple of reasons. First, it will be Bey’s triumphant return to the stage since delivering her twins, Sir and Rumi. Second, this is the first time Beyoncé and her hubby will perform together since  was released.

The benefit concert is marked to be a really exciting night. Although not a ton of details have been released, speculation is high that Bey and JAY-Z will be joined by several other Roc Nation artists. This could include, Rihanna, HAIM, Willow Smith, DJ Khaled and more. Obviously, if Bey and JAY-Z are involved, it’s going to be unforgettable.

In particular, Queen B, has been extremely proactive to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. She was one of the A-list celebs featured in “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief” — these videos encouraged viewers to pay attention, all while highlighting truths about the political, social, and natural state of our country. The cause was broadcast live across 15 networks, streamed on social media, and aired on over 150 radio stations throughout the country. It raised over 44 million dollars — a staggering amount that will benefit literally thousands of people.

Beyoncé says in the thoughtful and truthful video,

It’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country.

Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage, and forever change lives, leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools, and nursing homes, and countless families are now homeless.

In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleanig supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers, and formula for babies, and of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids need books and toys so they can continue to dream.

Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from [Houston neighborhoods] Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.

Seeing everyone of different racial, social, and religious backgrounds put their own lives at risk to help each other survive restored my faith in humanity.

True healing is in helping.

Beyoncé has stayed active in her hometown of Houston, as well. On Sept. 8, Beyoncé paid a visit to St. John’s Church, where she attended worship as a child. The singer was accompanied by her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, her daughter, Blue Ivy, and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child.

In the heartfelt speech, Beyoncé gets emotional while talking about how much she cares for Houston and the safety of its residents.

Y’all are my family. Houston is my home. I thank God that you’re safe, your children are safe. I think that what really matters is your health and your children and your family. And I just wanna say I love you. I’ve been blessed so that I can bless other people, and I ask of God to continue to do that for other people.

She continued,

I was maybe 9 or 10 years old the first time I sat there where my daughter is sitting. I sang my first solo here and I just wanna thank you for lifting my family up, for praying for me, and for being such an incredible example of what light and love is.

It’s great to see people giving back — celebs included. Beyoncé and JAY-Z have truly led the example of what it means to help people in need.

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85 Things You Probably Don’t Know About "Lost"

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1. While on vacation with his family in Hawaii in the summer of 2003, the then-chairman of ABC Entertainment, Lloyd Braun, watched the network’s broadcast of Cast Away and thought the concept would make for an interesting show.

2. Braun had liked the name Lost ever since an NBC reality show launched with the name in 2001.

3. The room fell “dead silent” after he pitched the idea during an ABC corporate retreat shortly thereafter.

4. But ABC’s head of drama development, Thom Sherman, liked the idea and hired fledgling writer Jeffrey Lieber (Tuck Everlasting) to work on it.

5. In his first draft, Lieber changed the title of the proposed series to Nowhere. The draft did not live up to Braun’s expectations and Lieber was taken off the project. Braun reached out to J.J. Abrams, who was still working on Alias. (Lieber, however, would go on to receive a “created by” credit on the completed show.)

6. Because Abrams was so busy, the network also approached young writer Damon Lindelof, who wanted nothing more than to get a job on Alias. He had been in touch with ABC drama executive Heather Kadin, hoping she’d help make it happen.

7. Among Lindelof’s initial pitches to Abrams was the suggestion that the castaways discover a hatch in the middle of the jungle and spend the whole first season trying to open it.

8. Abrams originally wanted Michael Keaton for the role of Jack.

9. The character of Jack was supposed to die midway through the pilot episode.

10. Steve McPherson, the then-president of ABC, argued that killing Jack would make viewers not trust the show. When the plan changed, Keaton was out.

11. Jack’s death scene instead went to Oceanic 815’s co-pilot (played by Greg Grunberg, Abrams’ friend since kindergarten and a former star of two of his other series, Alias and Felicity).

12. Forest Whitaker was originally cast as Sawyer, but backed out to direct First Daughter, which coincidentally starred Michael Keaton as the president of the United States.

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13. The story goes that, though Sawyer was originally meant to be an older city con artist from Buffalo, N.Y., Holloway forgot a line at his audition and subsequently kicked a chair and loudly swore in frustration. The writers reportedly liked the edge he brought to the character and decided to write Sawyer as more of a Southern con man instead.

14. Yunjin Kim initially read for the role of Kate, since Sun didn’t exist at the time — there wasn’t even a Lost script yet.

15. The writers created the character of Sun after their first impressions of Kim.

16. Abrams first noticed Jorge Garcia on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and was determined to cast him.

17. Garcia initially read for the role of Sawyer because Hurley didn’t even exist yet either.

18. The writers then also created the character of Hurley based on him.

19. Dominic Monaghan also read for Sawyer, before being cast as Charlie.

20. The only member of the principal cast who didn’t have to audition was Terry O’Quinn, who had worked with Abrams on Alias. (He played FBI Director Kendall.)

21. The two-hour Lost pilot cost a reported $13 million.

22. It came in under budget.

23. The polar bear who charges at Sawyer in pilot was originally going to be a wild boar.

24. Some viewers thought the Dharma Initiative logo made an appearance in the pilot behind Walt in the plane wreckage. But it wasn’t created until Season 2.

25. In Season 2, Episode 2 (“Adrift”), there is a Dharma Initiative logo on a shark’s tail when Michael is pulling Sawyer back onto the raft.

26. And the Dharma Initiative was originally called Medusa Corp.

Walt, not with the Dharma Initiative logo.

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A shark with the Dharma Initiative logo on its tail.

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27. Remember Lloyd Braun, the then-chairman of ABC? Braun provided the voice of the “Previously on Lost” intro, which ran at the start of each episode.

28. Executive producer Carlton Cuse and Lindelof had wanted to cast Lance Reddick for the part of Mr. Eko, but he was unavailable due to The Wire. Reddick eventually joined the show in Season 4 as Matthew Abaddon, a mysterious employee of Charles Widmore.

29. With Reddick unavailable, the producers reached out to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, who was starring on HBO’s prison drama Oz.

30. The name Mr. Eko was Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s own creation. He suggested they change the original name of his character, Omecca, to Eko, which is consistent with the actor’s own Nigerian tribal lineage. He also noted they should add a “Mr.” “Carlton and I looked at each other like it was the silliest thing in the world,” Lindelof said. “Then we kept saying it, and we realized there was something really cool about it.”

31. The original plan was for Mr. Eko to stay on the show four seasons, but Akinnuoye-Agbaje was released from his contract after only one season because he wanted off the show.

Lance Reddick as Matthew Abaddon

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko

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32. Locke’s backstory was created because O’Quinn would take breaks in between scenes on the beach while listening to his iPod. “That guy has a secret,” Abrams told Lindelof. “You figure it out.”

33. Ian Somerhalder (Boone) was the first actor cast on the show.

34. Somerhalder was also the first to be killed off.

35. Cuse was stuck on the last number of the notorious 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 number combination. He came up with the idea of 42 as an homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in which it’s the “Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.” Lindelof had the same idea, which made it official.

36. Of the six numbers, 23 is used the most.

37. The first four numbers appear in ABC Studios’ logo.

38. In a flashback scene in Season 1, Episode 15 (“Homecoming”), Charlie’s at a bar with a fellow heroin addict friend, who points out Lucy Heatherton (Sally Strecker), a potential victim for a scam to score more drugs. She tells Charlie that her father is out of town buying a paper company in Slough, a reference to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office in the U.K.

39. Brittany Perrineau, the real-life wife of actor Harold Perrineau (Michael), appeared on the show as Mary Jo, Sawyer’s girlfriend, in Season 1, Episode 16 (“Outlaws”).

40. In Ben Linus’ flashback scenes, Carrie Preston — who is the real-life wife of Michael Emerson (adult Ben) — plays young Ben’s mother.

Michael Emerson and Carrie Preston

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Harold and Brittany Perrineau

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41. The first raft that was built sank in Season 1. And the second one was too fast and kept outracing the camera boat.

42. While shooting “Exodus,” the Season 1 finale, the guys on the raft all mooned Maggie Grace (Shannon) at once.

43. And in that scene, “Vincent” improvised and just swam out after them.

44. Walt’s dog Vincent was actually played by a female yellow Lab named Madison.

45. When filming their makeout scene, Grace pulled a prank on Somerhalder by smoking a cigar, filling her mouth with minced garlic, and stuffing an oversized athletic cup down her pants.

46. Evangeline Lilly (Kate) took home the original ”Dear Mr. Sawyer” letter as a keepsake during Season 1, but it burned in the fire that destroyed her home in 2006.

47. In “Everybody Hates Hugo” (Season 2, Episode 4), Hurley has a dream in which he chugs some milk from the hatch and on the carton, Walt’s picture is plastered under the word “MISSING.”

85 Things You Probably Don't Know About "Lost"

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Walt’s face on Hurley’s milk carton. ABC

48. O’Quinn would walk 12 miles to and from set.

49. The stand-in for Baby Aaron was a doll named Jane.

50. Lindelof is a fan of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and invited creator/star Rob McElhenney to play Aldo in Season 3 of Lost.

51. During that same season, Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) called Lindelof and Cuse before he bought a house in Hawaii to ask them if they planned on killing Jin off.

52. Yunjin Kim approached Cuse and told him that her onscreen husband wasn’t actually speaking Korean.

53. In the Season 3 finale, Jack visits a funeral parlor called Hoffs/Drawlar, which is an anagram for “flash-forward” and this was the first episode that utilized that time-traveling storytelling devise.

54. Locke’s coffin is transported from the funeral parlor to Ben’s Canton-Rainier Carpet Cleaning van in “The Little Prince” (Season 5, Episode 4) — “Canton-Rainer” is an anagram for “reincarnation.”

55. And Mittelos Bioscience, the Others’ front science organization to recruit people from the outside world, is an anagram for “lost time.”

56. AND Ethan Rom (William Mapother) is an anagram for “other man.”

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57. When Jin is speaking with Byung Han, the Secretary of Environmental Safety, in “…In Translation” (Season 1, Episode 17), the latter’s daughter is watching TV and Hurley is on the news at the gas station.

58. Sayid (Naveen Andrews) can also be seen on TV while Kate is in Sam Austen’s (Lindsey Ginter) office in “What Kate Did” (Season 2, Episode 9).

59. Nikki (Kiele Sanchez) and Paulo (Rodrigo Santoro) came to the forefront of the show in Season 3 because fans wanted to know more about everyone else on the island.

60. But even before fans turned on the ill-fated Oceanic 815 survivors, Cuse and Lindelof realized they hated the characters too. “We had a very elaborate story worked out for them which would span one season or more, but we condensed it into one episode where we buried them alive,” Cuse said.

61. Nikki’s show Exposé can be seen in four episodes: Locke watches it while eating a TV dinner in “The Man from Tallahassee” (Season 3, Episode 13); Nikki films it in “Exposé” (Season 3, Episode 14); Sun watches it, dubbed over in Korean in “Ji Yeon” (Season 4, Episode 7); and Hurley’s dad is watching it before Hurley comes in with an unconscious Sayid in “The Lie” (Season 5, Episode 2).

62. Yunjin Kim and Cynthia Watros graduated from the British American Drama Academy together.

63. Michael Giacchino, who scored Lost, used some of the plane’s parts for percussion.

64. No cast member appears in every episode of Lost.

65. But Jorge Garcia was in the most episodes (118 of 121).

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66. Dominic Monaghan was snorting brown sugar in Charlie’s heroin-snorting scenes.

67. DriveSHAFT’s hit song “You All Everybody” plays in the background of an episode of Alias Season 4 when Sydney (Jennifer Garner) and Jack Bristow (Victor Garber) talk outside Weiss’ (Greg Grunberg, again!) birthday party.

68. Cuse does the narration in the commercials for the Hanso Foundation, which funded the Dharma Initiative.

69. Jennifer Jason Leigh was offered the role of Libby, which eventually went to Cynthia Watros.

70. Michael Emerson and Mira Furlan (who played Danielle Rousseau, the mother of Ben’s daughter) share the same birthday (Sept. 7), but Emerson is a year older.

71. Walt was 10 years old when the series started, but after two seasons, the actor who played him, Malcolm David Kelley, had grown tremendously. Hence, Walt being kidnapped at the end of Season 1. He was only able to return during flashforward scenes later on, since he’d aged appropriately by then.

72. In fact, Kelley had grown 10 inches from the Lost pilot to the series finale.

Little Walt

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73. “The Constant” (Season 4, Episode 5) is Cuse and Lindelof’s favorite episode.

74. They did write a scene that explained who the people were during the outrigger chase in Season 5, Episode 4 (“The Little Prince”). But ultimately, Lindelof said, they decided: “This is cool, but it would be much cooler if we never answered it.”

75. A Hawaiian priest was brought in to bless the set and crew before shooting for the sixth and final season began.

76. Also before Season 6 started, Kayak was listing Oceanic Airlines flights from Sydney to L.A. for $4,815.16.

77. During the filming of Season 6, Cuse and Lindelof didn’t even tell the actors about the flash sideways because they “felt it was the best way to get the performances [they] needed.”

78. Two extras were hired who looked like Sun and Jin while filming the series finale. They were dressed up in formal attire and asked to walk around outside the church where the final scene was filmed so photographers would think they were filming a version of Sun and Jin’s wedding.

79. Akinnuoye-Agbaje was reportedly offered a hefty amount of money to do one scene in the series finale, but he allegedly wanted five times the amount that was offered. So he turned it down.

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80. After filming on the series wrapped, Lindelof took the cover of the hatch and made it into a coffee table.

81. And Cuse now has the countdown clock from the hatch.

82. Meanwhile, Garcia took two of Hurley’s paintings from the mental institution.

83. The boots Sawyer wore on the show were Josh Holloway’s own. He had owned them for 12 years before the show.

84. Garcia had a locked mailbox installed in his Hawaii home so he could have scripts sent to his house.

85. And Garcia cried when he read the final script.

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Taylor Swift Explains Being A Zombie Was “Freeing” In “Look What You Made Me Do” Video

“Look What You Made Me Do” is the music video that keeps on giving. I mean, it’s provided us killer Instagram captions, Halloween costume ideas, and now… beauty tips. Well, according to Tay Tay in a recent video about her zombie-rific makeover. Taylor Swift’s zombie look in the “LWYMMD” video obviously took hours to achieve, but only seconds to frighten us all. In fact, Swift thinks we should all give it a try.

The music video opens on a spooky graveyard with thunder and lightening rattling the screen. The camera then zooms onto a tombstone that reads, “Here Lies Taylor Swift’s Reputation.” All of a sudden, Tay comes bursting out of the ground. I literally closed my eyes the first time I saw the video. She looks terrifying. By now, we’ve all seen the “LWYMMD” music video at least 50 times… maybe 60… so you know what I’m talking about.

Luckily, do you know what didn’t die with Swifty’s reputation? Her sense of humor. Buzzfeed News recently produced a video that gave viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Swift becoming zombie-fied. In the video below, you can catch a glimpse of how much work went into creating dead Taylor Swift.

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“I encourage everyone to look like a corpse at least once” —Taylor Swift on her zombie transformation for “Look What You Made Me Do”

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Actually, Swift was loving it. She jokingly said,

This is definitely a revolutionary look in beauty it’s called just… you know, just straight up dead.

I thought Swift in the music video was scary, but seeing her speaking normally in full zombie garb makes me feel weirder. Swift was able to look on the bright side of her creepy look.

You know what’s weird? When you look this gross you just have no physical insecurities… like none. They’re gone because, you know, it’s just really freeing. I encourage everyone to look like a corpse at least once.

Maybe I will, Swifty… Maybe. I . Will. The whole process was really amazing to watch and I can’t imagine how many hours it took to complete (and take off for that matter). How Swift was able to work on her album and not leak any of it is beyond me. I would be taking so many selfies of my super cool zombie transformation.

Swift has kept pretty quiet about things since releasing “LWYMMD,” I think she’s trying to keep the fog of mystery up. However, one of Swift’s back-up dancers, Todrick Hall, opened up to Entertainment Tonight about just how secretive Swift was while creating the project.

We became BFFs, and then she called and said, ‘I’m working on this project that’s super secret but I know I can trust you. Will you not tell anyone. And I didn’t tell anyone. It was the best! It felt like Christmas came early because when it came out my phone blew up more than it ever has before. Everybody was freaking out about it. It’s such an epic and iconic video to be a part of.

I think it was shot in May. And it was a huge secret to keep and it was very difficult … It speaks volume of what type of person Taylor is, that she could have all those people on set and then it not leak.

That is a HUGE secret. I would like more details… did he tell his parents? What kind of food was on set? Does Swift bring gifts? WE NEED DETAILS, TODRICK!

Some people may love to hate on Swift, but I think the fact that she could keep “LWYMMD” so under wraps is pretty spectacular. Swift is known for surprising her fans. Her second song off , “Ready For It,” was also unexpected. It dropped on Sept. 2 during a Saturday night showdown between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Florida State.

will be released on Nov. 10 in its entirety. What will happen between then and now? Who knows. Taylor could up and decide to drop it right this second for all I know. Ha, made you look!  Keep it weird, Tay.

Check out the entire Gen Why series and other videos on Facebook and the Bustle app across Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV.

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Fox Is Mixing Up Its Sunday Night Of Animation With “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” And “Mulaney”

Will the sophomore and freshman live action comedies survive amidst the longstanding cartoon night? Plus, Glee won’t return until 2015.

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Animation is no longer dominating Sunday nights on Fox.

The network revealed its fall 2014 schedule and Andy Samberg and John Mulaney are bringing live action to the previously cartoon-controlled Sunday night lineup. Samberg’s sophomore comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine will follow The Simpsons at 8:30 p.m. and Mulaney’s new eponymous series will close out the night at 9:30 p.m., taking over for American Dad (which was canceled by Fox, but picked up by TBS for an 11th season).

“We’re returning back to our roots,” Fox Chairman Kevin Reilly said during a conference call with press the morning the network announced its new lineup. “Our biggest live action comedy successes really came out of our animation lineup back when Fox didn’t have as many comedies to play with,” he added, citing Married…With Children, Malcolm in the Middle, and That ’70s Show as examples.

“The Simpsons and Family Guy are still two of the most potent comedies on television so we think putting in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Mulaney is going to really give those shows some protection there,” Reilly added, noting that having “some sort of lead-in protection is very important.” He continued, “I just couldn’t face it again having [our comedies] exposed without some protection.”

That said, the last time Fox introduced a live action series to its Sunday night lineup — 2010’s Sons of Tucson — the series only survived for four episodes before it got the ax and the remaining installments were burned off over the summer.

Meanwhile, the network axed Almost Human and Rake as far as its 2013-2014 dramas and Reilly admitted Fox was lacking as far as dramas go. “We needed a strong crop of one-hour dramas this year,” he said. “I’m very happy to say we got what we needed.”

Sleepy Hollow, Fox’s breakout hit of the 2013-2014 season, will be sticking to its 9 p.m. Monday time slot with the Batman prequel Gotham, which Reilly expects to be one of the seasons’ “biggest and nosiest hits,” becoming its new lead-in. It’s a risky move from Fox, which clearly has a lot of faith in the comic-based series. (They’re all the rage this season.) Reilly said it’s already been picked up for 16 episodes and that, unlike Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it is “sure-footed” and has the advantage of being based on characters from the actual Batman franchise (though there will be some new ones as well).

Good news for Sleepy Hollow fans, too! Season 2 will be 18 episodes as opposed to its freshman season’s 13. And they will air almost consecutively. Sleep Hollow’s previous lead-in Bones will move to Thursdays, where it’s previously lived (along with almost every other slot on Fox’s schedule). “It has been on Thursday night before and performed there,” Reilly said. That night is intended to be the evening of “female-appeal dramas,” with event series Gracepoint following.

But noticeably absent from Fox’s fall lineup is Glee, which is expected to return for its sixth and final season in 2015. Reilly said creator Ryan Murphy has a very clear plan and though currently, Season 6 is expected to be 22 episodes, the Fox exec hinted that could change.

There are also some noteworthy changes to come with American Idol, which will enter it fourteenth season next year. It will only air 37 hours next season, as opposed to its usual 50-plus, and it may end up being a two-hour show on one night, Reilly noted.

Here are a few other notable details about Fox’s 2014–2015 schedule:

• The network’s event series Wayward Pines from M. Night Shyamalan is also holding until 2015. Instead, Fox will dip into the world of event television with Gracepoint, a ten-episode series starring big names David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver, and Nick Nolte, based on the U.K. series Broadchurch. But, the series will have a “new twist and a new ending” from the series from which it originated.

• Other series holding until 2015 include the Lee Daniels hip-hop musical series Empire, the ancient Egypt–set Hieroglyph, and the Rainn Wilson–fronted Backstrom, which Fox picked up after CBS passed on the pilot. On the comedy front, Will Forte’s The Last Man on Earth, Becki Newton’s Weird Loners, and the animated comedy Bordertown will debut midseason. Returning shows The Following, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance will also return in 2015.

• Stephen Spielberg’s Red Band Society is debuting after Hell’s Kitchen (“one of the heroes of our schedule,” Reilly said) on Wednesdays. Reilly said it follows in the younger skewing networks’ tradition of big teen hour-long dramas (a la Beverly HIll, 90210, The O.C., and Glee), but time will tell how it does against Modern Family.

• Fox is also betting on Utopia, its new reality series that moves 15 average Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location for a year. It will air twice a week for its first six weeks. These people have potentially no idea that Kim and Kanye are getting married, you guys. The show will kick off on Tuesdays, leading in for New Girl and The Mindy Project, which are staying put from their 2013–2014 timeslots.

• Grease Live is still in the works. Praise (punish?) the TV gods.

The full schedule is at the bottom of the story, and the new shows are now arranged in night-of-the-week order.

3. Gotham (Mondays at 8 p.m.)

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Who’s in it? Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Jada Pinkett Smith, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Clare Foley, and David MazouzWho made it? Bruno Heller (The Mentalist), Danny Cannon (director/executive producer), and John Stephens (executive producer)What’s it about? The Batman prequel series sees former O.C. star McKenzie return to Fox as Gotham City Police Department detective James Gordon, who’s assigned to the case of Thomas and Martha Wayne’s murders. In the process, he finds himself spending a lot of time with their son (and witness) Bruce (Mazouz), who, of course, grows up to be Batman. The series will also explain the origins of Penguin (Taylor), Catwoman (Bicondova), The Riddler (Smith), and Poison Ivy (Foley).First impression? Woe to the viewer who gets too excited about the highest concept and biggest bet of the new TV season. Ask the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. people how that went. Because who knows? But geez. Gotham looks good, right? Moody and sad in a Christopher Nolan-like way, but not a copycat. And it’s tangential enough to the Batman story that there should be opportunities for originality here. Also, Bruno Heller, the executive producer in charge, has done both ambitious spectacles in HBO’s Rome and lasting stories in The Mentalist. Sigh. I’m excited. Don’t let me down, Gotham! —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=0d1zpt6k5OI. youtube.com

5. Utopia (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m. for its first six weeks)

Utopia (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 9 p.m. for its first six weeks)

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Who’s in it? Some very brave real people.Who made it? John de Mol (Deal or No Deal), who executive produces with Conrad Green (Dancing With The Stars), Jon Kroll (The Amazing Race), and David Tibballs (Dragons’ Den)What’s it about? Based on the Dutch hit of the same name, this unscripted series send 15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location for a year and forces them to create their own civilization. So it’s like Big Brother, sans the house. Who would do this?First impression? The clip was cobbled together from “potential” cast members and the international edition of the show, so it’s hard to say. It’s been so long since network television has had a big, new reality hit that we have to be skeptical here. My main thought as I watched was that it’s good they haven’t started filming yet, because if the show bombs, these people really need to be let out before the year is up. Anyway, Utopia. Maybe it will be great and life-changing! —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=e3fu7j02Mks.

7. Red Band Society (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.)

Red Band Society (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.)

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Who’s in it? Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Ciara Bravo, Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Charlie Rowe, and Nolan SotilloWho created it? Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank (both of The Americans and Falling Skies), Sergio Aguero (Y Tu Mama Tambien), and Margaret Nagle (Boardwalk Empire), who also wrote the pilotWhat’s it about? A diverse group of teenagers become unlikely allies and friends in the pediatric wing of a hospital. Frequent Ryan Murphy collaborator Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed the pilot. Presumably, Spielberg will not be venturing back into the world of the musical drama. (RIP Smash)First impression? Totally cried in this trailer. Cried, cried, cried. Also, that is meaningless: I am a crier. But how could this show not be moving? Fingers crossed it’s dimensional too. And that Octavia Spencer has some real things to do here. (For some reason, Fox showed Red Band Society during its upfront presentation, but it’s not included among its trailers. Stay tuned; we’ll post it when it’s available.) —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=JPEI4CnAC4c.

9. Gracepoint (Thursdays at 9 p.m.)

Gracepoint (Thursdays at 9 p.m.)

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Who’s in it? David Tennant (Doctor Who), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Nick Nolte (Luck), Michael Peña (American Hustle), Virginia Kull, Josh Hamilton, Kevin Rankin, Kevin Zegers, Jessica Lucas, Stephen Louis Grush, Madalyn Horcher, Sarah-Jane Potts, Jack Irvine, and Kendrick Sampson Who made it? Written and created by Chris Chibnall (Doctor Who), who executive produces alongside Anya Epstein (In Treatment), Dan Futterman (Capote), Jane Featherstone (The Hour), John Goldwyn (Dexter), and Carolyn Bernstein (The Bridge). Futterman and Epstein will serve as showrunners and James Strong (Downton Abbey) directed the pilot. What’s it about? This mystery event series centers on the death of a young boy, and the major police investigation that follows in a seemingly picture-perfect seaside California town. It’s based on Broadchurch, which also starred Tennant. The Doctor is back in, y’all.First impression? Not to be all, Oh, but the British one… But guys. The British one was really recent. As in, it aired last summer. And starred David Tennant in the same role. Now, I know very few people in the U.S. saw Broadchurch (it did not do very well on BBC America) and during Fox’s upfronts call, Kevin Reilly said that the ending is different from the U.K. version. But it’s just disconcerting to see clips from the show that look identical to Broadchurch, not to mention what it’s like to hear Tennant’s American accent. On the other hand, Anna Gunn! Anna damn Gunn! She’s playing a wonderful character here (a local detective who’s never dealt with an actual homicide, but knows everyone in town). And most people will be seeing this for the first time. And the story is great. So, let’s watch it. —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=s9IWvbbZPZc. youtube.com

11. Mulaney (Sundays at 9:30 p.m.)

Mulaney (Sundays at 9:30 p.m.)

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Who’s in it? John Mulaney, (Saturday Night Live), who also created and executive produces the projectWho made it? Mulaney, as well as SNL guru Lorne Michaels, David Miner (30 Rock), Dave Becky (Louie), Jon Pollack (30 Rock), Andrew Singer (Portlandia), and Andy Ackerman (Seinfeld), who also directed the pilotWhat’s it about? This multi-camera comedy focuses on a stand-up comedian who wants to take his career to a new level…and the friends and family members who manage to hold him back.First impression? These comedy cutdowns can seem so front-loaded that they resemble what I imagine my future nervous breakdown to look like: just keyed up, desperate people and screaming laughter. Mulaney, though, somehow seems easy and unforced. Suspicious! Just kidding. I’m totally looking forward to seeing this show; I’ve heard really good things, and the setup and humor are appealing and simply funny. If you can imagine that. —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-3P19ICEYfI. youtube.com

13. Empire (Midseason TBD)

Empire (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Malik Yoba, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday, and Gabourey Sidibe (who will recur)Who made it? Lee Daniels (executive producer, director, and writer), Danny Strong (executive producer and writer), Brian Grazer (executive producer), and Francie Calfo (executive producer). Ilene Chaiken (The L Word) will serve as showrunner.What’s it about? The family drama follows hip-hop empire mogul Lucious Lyon (Howard) with Henson playing his ex-wife and business partner, reuniting the former Hustle & Flow co-stars. Plus, Timbaland will serve as a songwriter and song producer. Think of it as Nashville for the rap world.First impression? Empire looks soap-y and fun and Lee Daniels-y enough — and then Taraji P. Henson shows up halfway through the trailer, and whoa. Considering the fact that she played the buttoned-up Carter on Person of Interest for two and a half seasons, here she will be portraying Carter’s opposite: Is she part Faith Evans, part Kimora Lee Simmons maybe? Regardless, I am all-watching. Also, I don’t think it was clear before seeing the trailer that Lucious Lyon has ALS, and therefore there’s a ticking clock on his empire building (and empire bestowing). Also, one of his sons is gay. It’s gonna be a lot over at Empire! —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dBzu_jKLJek. youtube.com

15. Bordertown (Midseason TBD)

Bordertown (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Voices TBD! Who created it? Mark Hentemann (creator) and Seth MacFarlane (executive producer). Alex Carter and Dan Vebber are co-executive producers. What’s it about? Bordertown, from the MacFarlane world, tells the story of a white border patrol agent and a Mexican immigrant. As BuzzFeed’s Adrian Carrasquillo wrote after the show was picked up in the fall, Latinos are excited about the show.First impression? No trailer available yet.

16. Last Man on Earth (Midseason TBD)

Last Man on Earth (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Will Forte (Saturday Night Live, Nebraska)Who made it? Forte, who has a creator credit on the show, along with Seth Cohen and The Lego Movie’s Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who directed the pilotWhat’s it about? This midseason single-camera comedy revolves around two strangers who are forced to work together in order to ensure that the human race survives.First impression? It is currently unclear who the second stranger is in this show, but I don’t even care because this four-minute look at the new Fox series really hooked me and had me smiling widely. Forte’s Phil Miller exists in a world where he doesn’t need to wear pants because there is no one to see him (see title). He is living my dream, you guys! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to make a Pop Tart, peanut butter, and jelly sandwich. —Jaimie Etkin

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=K_xNvdptsXY.

18. Weird Loners (Midseason TBD)

Weird Loners (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Becki Newton (Ugly Betty), Meera Rohit Kumbhani, Nate Torrence, Zachary Knighton (Parenthood)Who made it? Michael J. Weithorn (The King of Queens) and Jake Kasdan (Ben & Kate), who directed the pilotWhat’s it about? Four relationship -phobes form a very unlikely bond when they are forced to co-exist in a townhouse in Queens, N.Y.First impression? No trailer available yet.

19. Hieroglyph (Midseason TBD)

Hieroglyph (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Max Brown, Reece Ritchie, Condola Rashad, Caroline Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Antony Bunsee, and Kelsey ChowWho created it? Travis Beacham (creator/executive producer), Peter Chernin (executive producer), Katherine Pope (executive producer), Anna Fricke (executive producer), Miguel Sapochnik (executive producer and director)What’s it about? The ancient Egypt–set drama follows master thief Ambrose (Brown), who’s plucked from prison to track down the person who stole a dangerous scroll called the Book of Thresholds from Egypt’s most secure vault. To be honest, this feels like Hebrew school to me a little.First impression? I streamed the Fox upfront sitting by myself in a room, but that didn’t stop me from laughing aloud during the Hieroglyph trailer. Does that mean the show is terrible? Or will it be campy, fun, and smart like Sleepy Hollow, which is totally over the top, but also great? We’ll see! TBD! Let’s hope! I have the same question about the potentially troubling white man/Middle Eastern people things going on here. But again, the glass is half full until it is not! —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=JC2Nn0lPmfc. youtube.com

21. Backstrom (Midseason TBD)

Backstrom (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Rainn Wilson, Genevieve Angelson, Beatrice Rosen, Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Thomas Dekker, and guest star Camryn Manheim (Ellenor Frutt!)Who created it? The show comes from Bones creator Hart Hanson, who executive produces with Kevin Hooks, Leif G.W. Persson (who created the underlying material), and Niclas Salomonsson. Mark Mylod (Shameless), who directed the pilot, also executive produces.What’s it about? This subversive and comedic crime procedural (Hanson hails from Bones) follows Everett Backstrom (Wilson), an offensive, but brilliant detective who is brought back from a five-year exile to run Portland’s Special Crimes Unit (SCU). CBS originally bought Backstrom, which is based Swedish criminologist Leif G.W. Persson’s best-selling books of the same name, but that network passed on the pilot last season. Fox picked it up in January. Hopefully, the SCU suits Dwight because he’s due for a success.First impression? Rainn Wilson looks totally different here from his Office appearance, and the character of Backstrom seems to be as far from Dwight Schrute as you can get. Hart Hanson is an able constructor of weekly crime dramas, and this one seems like it’s exactly what you imagine it would be. And that could be a good thing for people who like character-driven mysteries. —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=BgPUO2XlcA8. youtube.com

23. Wayward Pines (Midseason TBD)

Wayward Pines (Midseason TBD)

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Who’s in it? Matt Dillon (Crash), Carla Gugino (Entourage), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Toby Jones (the Harry Potter franchise), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Juliette Lewis (August: Osage County), Shannyn Sossamon (How to Make It in America), Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, and Reed DiamondWho made it? Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch, the series was developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club). He executive produces with Donald De Line (Green Lantern), Ashwin Rajan (After Earth), and M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense), who directed the pilot.What’s it about? Based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by the once-touted master of suspense Shyamalan, this 10-episode thriller stars Dillon as a secret service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the eponymous Idaho town.First impression? This “event series” is explicitly derivative of Twin Peaks, with some others thrown in as well (you can’t leave Wayward Pines, a la the Once Upon a Time pilot). Those of us who loved Twin Peaks are not against the idea of there being another one, especially if it didn’t fall apart and descend into madness. But we are a tired people, having been disappointed so many times. And I felt tired watching this trailer, which is trying hard. I also wanted to feel compelled by Matt Dillon at the center of this, and did not. I’ll watch it, though, and hope that it’s a David Lynchian wonderment. —Kate Aurthur

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=2z-b3Nw6Znw. youtube.com

MONDAY8–9 p.m. — Gotham (new) 9–10 p.m. — Sleepy Hollow

TUESDAY8–9 p.m. — Utopia (new) 9–9:30 p.m. — New Girl 9:30–10 p.m. — The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAY8–9 p.m. — Hell’s Kitchen 9–10 p.m. — Red Band Society (new)

THURSDAY8–9 p.m. — Bones 9–10 p.m. — Gracepoint (new)

FRIDAY8–9 p.m. — Masterchef Junior 9–10 p.m. — Utopia (new)

SATURDAY7–10:30 p.m. — Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY7–7:30 p.m. — NFL Game7:30–8 p.m. — Bob’s Burgers8–8:30 p.m. — The Simpsons 8:30–9 p.m. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9–9:30 p.m. — Family Guy9:30-10 p.m. — Mulaney

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/jaimieetkin/fox-picks-up-new-series-from-steven-spielberg-and-lee-daniel

Alicia And Kalinda Haven’t Shared A Scene In 30 Episodes

The two characters on CBS’ The Good Wife — once inseparable — haven’t appeared together in a season and a half. Kalicia ‘shippers, this is a crisis! BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409268322); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3431237”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409268322); });

1. This is Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). When fans of The Good Wife first met her in the pilot episode, she was starting as an associate lawyer at the law firm Stern, Lockhart & Gardner.

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2. And this is Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi). She is an investigator whose work is invaluable to Stern, Lockhart & Gardner.

Alicia And Kalinda Haven't Shared A Scene In 30 Episodes

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3. They’re friends.

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4. In fact, Kalinda went to the courthouse with Alicia in the pilot for Alicia’s first case on her first day back on the job.

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5. And when she won, Kalinda took Alicia out for the firm’s “traditional” alcohol shot after your first big win.

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6. It quickly became their own special tradition to grab a drink at a bar after work.

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7. In the first two seasons of The Good Wife, Alicia and Kalinda spent many late nights working together at the office.

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8. Or sharing information with each other immediately. (They were so close that Alicia could have been Kalinda’s emergency contact at this point.)

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9. They also shared a lot of personal stuff about their friends and family.

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10. And themselves.

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11. Kalinda has even spent the day working with Alicia in her bedroom.

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12. A notoriously closed-off person, what Kalinda had with Alicia is the closest thing to a real friendship the investigator can handle.

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13. And they really balance each other.

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14. At the end of Season 2, when Alicia found out Kalinda had slept with her husband, Peter (Chris Noth), their friendship was very strained and the duo didn’t work together for most of the action in Season 3.

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15. However, in Season 4, Episode 11, Kalinda takes a bag of clothes to Alicia in Minnesota when her case runs long and it seems the two might finally be on a good path again.

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16. So it’s strange that just three episodes later it is the last time Alicia and Kalinda appear in a scene together. That final appearance? It’s in Season 4, Episode 14, when Kalinda helps Alicia and Cary (Matt Czuchry) with a mock trial.

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17. However, after setting up the agreement at the beginning of the episode, the two don’t speak again. Rather, Kalinda delivers her updates to Cary.

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18. Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi have not filmed a scene together since then. Or at least not one that has aired on television.

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19. Even in the aftermath of the unexpected death of Will Gardner (Josh Charles), the two only speak on the phone; they’re never in the same room together.

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20. In fact, in the last 30 episodes — over a full season and a half — the two characters have solely communicated over the phone, if at all.

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21. An obvious explanation would be that they no longer work at the same law firm. However, Alicia has returned to the Lockhart/Gardner offices many times and Kalinda has made a point to see Cary at Florrick, Agos and Associates. Suspiciously, neither woman is at their respective office when the other visits.

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22. So what does this mean? Multiple requests for comment from showrunners Robert and Michelle King about the matter went unanswered.

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In a 2013 interview, when asked about whether the duo could repair their fractured relationship, Robert King said, “When you’re playing with a full deck of cards with a lot of characters you’ll find that there is a potent mixture that you can create that you didn’t expect. We can only say to the fans that we don’t close any door at all.”

So it’s still possible that Alicia and Kalinda might actually appear in a scene together in Season 6, which begins Sept. 21. But that was over a year ago and the two haven’t been on screen in that time. Ultimately, we’re not holding our collective breaths, given that for the past 30 episodes, these two formerly inseparable women can’t seem to wander into the same frame.

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As The End Of “Mad Men” Looms, John Slattery Starts Something New

The actor, who has played Roger Sterling on seven seasons of the AMC drama, moves into the director’s chair with his new film, God’s Pocket.

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John Slattery’s first screen credit is from 1988, on a drama series called Dirty Dozen in Fox’s earliest days as a network. The show was filmed in Yugoslavia, a country that no longer exists, during the writers’ strike of that year. “That was wild,” he said in an interview this week in downtown Los Angeles, near the set of Mad Men. “The show itself was a bit of a mess, but I went from never having a real job to being with a bunch of guys in Zagreb, being paid.”

Twenty-six years later, after an accomplished acting career in theater, on television, and in movies, Slattery is facing the end of his longest and most recognizable role — as Mad Men’s Roger Sterling, whose good-time approach to work and barking familial style disguise that he is a complicated, decent man. We won’t see the final seven episodes — the second half of Season 7 — until next year, but the show, created by Matthew Weiner, is wrapping up now.

Less than a year ago, Slattery began directing his first feature, God’s Pocket, which is based on Pete Dexter’s 1983 novel about a working-class, urban neighborhood. The movie is a crime story, and a character study: In the aftermath of the death of his adult stepson, Mickey Scarpato (Philip Seymour Hoffman) has to overcome a zillion obstacles in order to get the stepson buried and try to satisfy his bereft wife (Christina Hendricks). It’s a comic drama, and it opens in theaters this weekend and on VOD on May 14. In an unexpected and tragic circumstance, God’s Pocket will also be one of Hoffman’s final performances.

Slattery and I discussed his years on Mad Men, what appealed to him about God’s Pocket, and working with Hoffman.

Where are you in filming the final Mad Men episodes right now?

John Slattery: Almost done. We finish at the end of June. We’re about halfway through shooting the second half of the final season. It’s getting close.

What’s it like as things are coming to a close?

JS: I’m going to a table read now, and it’s at those table reads when there’s another sort of hash mark, and it becomes more and more apparent. I can only speak for myself, but it’s the kind of thing where you don’t want to deal with it until it happens. It will be very emotional, I think. We’ve all been together for a long time. We all like each other, and have been through a lot in our personal lives throughout this period.

Did you ever consider moving out here? You’ve lived in New York the whole time.

JS: When we first started shooting, my wife was playing my wife on the show. Our kid was little, and it was shooting during the summer. We would come out here and rent a house. I’ve lived out here, and my wife went to school out here, and some of her family’s out here. I loved L.A., but we’d been living in New York — school, and you just get dug in to a place. The commute is difficult. I won’t miss that part of it. Everything else I’ll miss.

How did you think of Roger when you first started playing him?

JS: Matt Weiner said I was in a bad mood the whole time, the whole pilot.

Really? Why?

JS: I don’t know. I guess I wasn’t convinced. I mean, I was convinced of the whole thing, but not my part in it. That might be true.

You don’t remember?

JS: I do remember having kind of one foot in and one foot out. I’m older than most of the people in it, and I had been in that situation before. They promise you the world, and then it’s, Why did I do this? There wasn’t much evidence of Roger. What was there was great, and the whole script was brilliant.

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Slattery as Roger Sterling in Season 1 of Mad Men (left); Slattery as Roger Sterling in Season 7 of Mad Men (right).

How do you think of Roger now?

JS: I started out with no idea of what it was. And then years later, you go, it’s a person. You’ve created a person. “You,” meaning everyone. Everyone who had anything to do with it, between the clothes and the office and my contribution to it, and certainly the writing has been incredible.

In the most recent episode, Roger went to try to get his daughter from the cult. But a little story like that — it’s why you want to watch a show for years and years. These characters completely evolve.

JS: I haven’t seen that episode yet, but just the visual of it: Talia and I in these get-ups in this car, showing up at this place. We looked like birds. We looked like weird, exotic birds from the city. Context: The context is so completely full now, and everything everyone does has some significance, or some callback to some prior situation. It’s like a crazy, 3D, Star Trek chess game that he’s concocted.

You’ve directed five episodes of Mad Men. Had you always wanted to direct?

JS: I remember 20 years ago thinking, I would shoot this a different way, or asking questions: How come you don’t do it like this? I was curious about it. Mad Men was a situation where it was going to be around for awhile, and clearly people knew what they were doing. If you’re going to try, it’s a good place to try. I asked, and they said yes. After awhile.

That sounds easy?

JS: There was a little bit of an apprentice program. You follow directors around, you spend time asking questions and learning the way that they want it done.

Matt Weiner is known for having a very precise vision. Does that play out while directing Mad Men episodes?

JS: Matt’s vision is very precise, but I find that with that precision, it opens it up to interpretation. Its foundation is so strong that you can play those lines, those scenes, in about five different ways, and the writing will support you. They want coverage, they want it done a certain way, but they want you to put your spin on it.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman in God’s Pocket. IFC Films

I read God’s Pocket a long time ago after I read Paris Trout, which won the National Book Award.

JS: Me too. Same thing.

Had it just stuck with you? Pete Dexter is kind of a forgotten writer these days.

JS: When I read it, I’d never had that experience specifically — I finished it, and I thought, This seems like a film to me. I did a little digging around, and I was told it was owned by someone else, and I forgot about it. Then, years later, someone reminded me of it, and I inquired again and was told it was available. So I thought I’ll outline it first, and that turned into a draft. I thought, This works as well as I remember it working. I liked the story, I was invigorated by the process of it. I don’t see myself as a writer, and I was daunted by that. I’ve tried to write various things over the years and never finished anything. For whatever reason. I’d edit myself, no discipline, lazy — whatever. So I wanted to finish it. Even if it stunk, I wanted to finish it. It was a great resource, that book, because the whole story was in there. I didn’t need to do too much adapting.

What was it that kept calling you back to writing if you don’t consider yourself a writer?

JS: Maybe I’m just a lazy writer. I’ve been given a lot of writing to speak. A lot of good writing. I read a lot of fiction. I know what I like. Oftentimes, you’re in the middle of a job, and you think, I could do better than this. Not oftentimes, but sometimes. You want to have some input. I thought I’d have more input if I just did it myself. And I have visual preferences. I have movies that I like, I have my own tastes. It’s never what you want unless you do it yourself.

How would you describe your taste?

JS: Somebody asked me, “What do you want to do after you finish this?” And I thought, “A Noel Coward play would be interesting.” When I was a kid, I was glued to the TV, but it wasn’t because of any one thing. I would get a little pop of this, or that — The Odd Couple, or Derek Jacobi on I, Claudius. Adam’s Rib or My Man Godfrey; Raging Bull and The Godfather — every time that comes on, my day is ruined. This story just had it. It was visual, it was detailed, it was character-driven. And yet there was a ticking clock, as it were — Mickey’s mission to get this kid in the ground and save his marriage had a shelf life. It seemed like a contained period of time and place.

I read that you thought Philip Seymour Hoffman would be interested in the part that ended up going to Richard Jenkins, but he actually wanted to play Mickey. Were you surprised?

JS: I was surprised at myself for not realizing what a good idea it was. You have these notions in your head. I thought, “Of course.” Physically he’s right, temperamentally he’s right. And he’s an imposing figure — that’s what I needed. He’s not the kind of person you trifle with.

Had you known him?

JS: Yeah. We lived near each other. We’d see each other around. New York’s kind of a small town, the New York theatrical community. We had mutual friends. And I worked with him once in Charlie Wilson’s War, which was fun.

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Christina Hendricks in God’s Pocket. IFC Films

Obviously, you’ve worked with Christina Hendricks for years, and this is a very different part for her. What did you think she’d bring to this?

JS: The most attention she’s gotten is from Mad Men. But I’ve seen her do other things, and I know how capable she is. Physically, she was right for the part — I needed someone who could cause that kind of commotion. And I needed someone who could look like the queen of wherever she was. But also, I needed an actress who could play slightly less than 100% pure of heart. She’s not an angel. She decides to use the power she has to get what she wants — she wants to find out the truth. I find that part maybe the trickiest part in the whole thing, because there’s a danger she’ll come off like a broken record. I don’t think she does. Plus, she’s also someone you project onto. She has that kind of a face that good movie actors have.

The character of Mickey is a sad person —

JS: I don’t know if he’s sad. It’s a difficult place. But I don’t see him feeling sorry for himself. That’s the first thing we talked about — he has no self-pity. He’s just trying, he’s just struggling. Which is to me where the hope comes from. I don’t think it’s an entirely hopeless place; they don’t think that they’re in the worst place in the world. They’re not. It’s just a place. I didn’t want this guy to be a sad sack. He’s trying to hang on to this marriage to this woman. There’s a line in the book that says, “If he lost this woman, he knew this would be the last woman he ever got that he didn’t pay for.”

What other conversations would you have with him about the character?

JS: Everything from hair color to clothing to gait and walk and the way he’d sit and stand. Did he smoke, did he not? It was an amazing experience seeing someone you’ve admired for so long put it together like anybody else would. Then at some point along the way, that unnamable thing flashes — he puts all the pieces together. I was just looking at one of those ESPN 30 for 30 things, and they were talking about Bo Jackson, and the coaches were, like, “You can’t tell people how to do those things.” With Phil, he had all kinds of skills and abilities.

There’s obviously a weight to the movie that you didn’t intend and couldn’t have anticipated. What is it like to watch now?

JS: Yeah. Well, it isn’t what I thought it would be. It’s still shocking. I watch it less and less, because I’ve watched it so many times now, and it’s soon to be out. I go to screenings, and I see a bit here and there, but I haven’t sat through the whole things in a couple of weeks. Every scene, I’ve pieced it all together — I have all kinds of memories of shooting it, and cutting it, and all that. I talk about him in the present tense. Yeah. I don’t know. I don’t even know what to say about it. I don’t know. Everything sounds corny. Everything sounds like a bullshit cliché. I’ve read stuff that I’ve said about it, and I sound like an idiot. I don’t know.

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Are you working on something else now?

JS: No. I don’t have a clue. Don’t say that I don’t have a clue! No, I don’t have a story. I’m looking.

You’d want to adapt something again?

JS: Yeah, I like that. Because it allows you to personalize it. Even if there’s not much adapting to be done, spending that kind of time with the material, you vet it that much more thoroughly. In my brief experience, I’ve had some pretty good material to direct. If you can get that kind of material which then attracts the kind of people to execute that material the way you see it, there’s a lot less work to do.

Is there anything else you want to talk about?

JS: No. I just want people to go see the movie! We just screened it, and Elvis Mitchell said how funny the movie was. And I was grateful to him, because given the circumstances, I don’t want the humor to be lost. It was intended to be funny in a lot of places. Obviously, it’s not funny in some places — but it was intended to be darkly funny. And of all people, Phil knew that. Phil was a producer on the movie. He’s the reason it is funny. And I don’t want that to be lost.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

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