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Ask Mo: Answering your questions on 'Justified,' 'Mad Men,' 'Doctor Who' and much more

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 26th 2010 2:45PM
I recently asked you to hit me with questions, via the comment area of this post and email. I didn't get to all your great questions in the list of answers below, but look for more discussions of some issues and topics that you raised in next week's 'Talking TV with Ryan & Ryan' podcast. Thanks for all the great queries -- and don't fret, I'll be soliciting your questions again soon!

Cyloncaprica: I love 'Justified.' Nothing against Walton [Goggins, who plays Boyd Crowder on the FX show], but the lack of Jacob Pitts and Erica Tazel bothered me a bit. Hopefully the creators find a way to integrate their characters a little bit better [in season 2].

Mo says: Nobody felt worse about the sidelining of actors Pitts and Tazel than 'Justified' executive producer Graham Yost. I spoke to Yost at the TCA Summer Press Tour in August, and he winced when I mentioned that we hadn't seen much of them later in the season.

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News Roundup: Simon Cowell Says Justin Bieber Wants to be 'X Factor' Judge, 'Lost' Star Joins 'Justified' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 22nd 2010 2:10PM
Justin BieberDo you think your life already has enough Justin Bieber in it? Well, if you're a fan of reality competitions, brace yourselves --more Biebs might be coming your way.

According to Simon Cowell, former 'American Idol' judge and the brains behind the talent competition 'The X Factor,' Bieber has asked to be a judge on the new American version of the series. "He put himself forward to judge some of the episodes," Cowell said on 'Extra.'

The American version of 'X Factor' will launch next September, and rumors have been flying left and right about who will be on the panel. So far, Cowell has not confirmed the judging lineup, but 'Dancing With the Stars' winner and former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger has been quite a popular rumor.

Additionally, Cowell told 'Extra' that one of the biggest singers in the world has approached him to appear on the series. The secret star will, in fact, appear on the series.

In other TV news ...

'Lost' veteran Jeremy Davies will join FX's 'Justified.' Look for Davies to recur as Dickie Bennett, a former high school rival and the season 2 villain to Timothy Olyphant's U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens. [Hollywood Reporter]

ABC is working on a sitcom about party planners. The project, 'Plan This,' is loosely based on the life of Hollywood party planner Mindy Weiss. So far the project only has a script commitment with 'Freaky Friday' writer Heather Hatch writing and executive producing. [Deadline Hollywood]

Starz is teaming with '24' creator Bob Cochran and Gerard Butler for a miniseries about real-life spy and detective Allan Pinkerton. The project would be an 8- to 10-hour limited series, a fictionalized retelling of Pinkerton's exploits. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Nate on 'Leverage' and Five Other Characters Living Dangerously

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 19th 2010 2:00PM
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Have you noticed that some of the most popular and dynamic TV shows have lead characters who like to court danger? Whether it's Nate Ford on 'Leverage' heading up a crack team that's on the run from Interpol, or Michael Westen on 'Burn Notice' inviting an enemy to kill him if he can, today's TV characters are precariously living their lives on the precipice of danger. Take a look at our six examples of TV characters that are living dangerously. Are they intrepid or just plain crazy?

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'Justified' Star Walton Goggins Talks Last Night's Season Finale

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 9th 2010 10:00AM

So, that happened. In other words, MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD if you have yet to watch the first season finale of 'Justified.'

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Boyd, Raylan Team Up on 'Justified' Season Finale (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jun 9th 2010 7:02AM
Boyd, Raylan Team Up on 'Justified'On the season 1 finale of 'Justified' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX), Boyd Crowder and Raylan Givens form an unlikely partnership -- especially considering Raylan nearly killed Boyd in the series premiere.

[Spoiler alert.]


Just as Boyd is about to fire upon his dad, mystery shooters take him out instead, and Boyd and Raylan run for cover together. Turns out it's the drug cartel after Raylan. They're willing to let Boyd go free, but he won't budge because they killed his father.

"You came here to kill your daddy yourself," says a confused Raylan. Explains Boyd: "You got to kill the two men that came after your daddy. You give me the same courtesy."

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'Justified' - 'Bulletville' Recap (Season Finale)

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 9th 2010 1:50AM
Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder on 'Justified'(S01E13) "There's more than one way to kill a man: you can kill his physical body, or kill his spirit within." - Boyd Crowder

"You gonna pull the trigger or are you gonna talk me to death?" - Bo Crowder


Boyd Crowder's faith has been the most interesting and mind-twisting mystery of the season.

It's also made him the most interesting character, not just in this show but all of current television. He's a lost soul trying to find redemption for a lifetime of evil deeds and hateful actions, but he's also a conniving criminal with a penchant for causing more destruction and mayhem than a runaway car on an offshore oil rig.

Has he been just wearing the face of a devout man for some grand criminal plan, or is he truly a changed man? And if it's the answer behind "Door No. 2," does being a changed man necessarily make him a better one? The season finale gave us the answers to all of those questions and so much more.

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Walton Goggins Talks About the 'Justified' Season Finale, 'The Shield' Series Finale and Being a Lovable 'Predator'

by Kim Potts, posted Jun 8th 2010 5:15PM
Walt Goggins, Justified'Justified' has unfolded in a nice, slow manner throughout its first season, but tonight's season finale (10PM ET) of FX's latest hit offers a big payoff for fans, with action and character revelations that make for a satisfying capper and new developments that will have you wishing season 2 was starting next week.

At the center of it all: 'The Shield' alum Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder, the complicated Kentuckian who started off the series as a swastika-ed white supremacist, but, thanks to a near-death experience (and some Emmy-worthy acting by Goggins), has turned into one of the most compelling characters in primetime, and, yes, one you can't help but like, or at the very least, be completely fascinated by.

Goggins, who's already been bumped to series regular for the show's second season, called TV Squad from Los Angeles to talk about how he almost turned down the role of Boyd, how he helped saved the character's life -- literally -- in the pilot, how he felt about the way the storyline wrapped for his other complex TV alter ego, Shane Vendrell, and how he's going to make movie fans fall for his death-row inmate character in 'Predators,' the Robert Rodriguez-produced big-screen 'Predator' sequel.

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'Justified' - 'Fathers and Sons' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 2nd 2010 1:20PM
Timothy Olyphant and Raymond Barry on 'Justified'(S01E12) "I'm the Chief. This is my office, it's my informant and this is my call...and that's my bottle, and I'm not gonna let you drink it all just because you're daddy didn't hug you much when you were little." - Chief Mullen to Raylan on hiring Raylan's father as an informant on the Boyds

Former ABC entertainment president Tony Thomopoulous famously stated that the reason the Zucker Brothers' cult cop comedy spoof 'Police Squad!' failed is because viewers actually had to sit down and watch it.

It may sound like the most idiotic statement since someone let Dan Quayle step in front of a microphone, but he had a point. Television can be a very passive form of media consumption. You're not locked into your favorite chair when the TV is on like you are at the movie theater where the screen is the only thing forcing your line of attention. You can leave it on while you eat dinner, check your email or clean your guns.

If, however, you left last night's 'Justified' on in the background, you missed one hell of an interesting twist. Replay it and watch it from start to finish. Hot glue yourself to your Barcalounger if you have to.

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A Rocket Launcher in Action on 'Justified' (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 2nd 2010 10:16AM
JustifiedDon't mess with Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) on 'Justified' (Tue., 10PM ET on FX).

[Possible spoilers ahead]

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'Justified' - 'Veterans' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 26th 2010 8:27AM
Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins in 'Justified'(S01E11) "You strike at the shepherd, and the sheep may scatter." - Boyd's followers to the U.S. Marshals

Boyd Crowder has been a hard nut to crack and that's just one of the many reasons why 'Justified' is so damn fun. He started out as the typical good ol' boy, white supremacist criminal with a penchant for blowing things up either in the name of robbing banks or just good clean fun.

Now that he's out of prison on a technicality, he's found Jesus and wants to use his talents of wanton destruction and mayhem in service of His name, forever and ever. Amen.

Screw 'Lost.' Boyd Crowder is TV's greatest mystery.

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'Justified' - 'The Hammer' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 19th 2010 10:21AM
Walton Goggins and Timothy Olyphant on 'Justified'(S01E10) "All of us here, every single one of us have repaid our debts to society." - Boyd Crowder referring to him and his new "congregation"

"Not you, not by a long shot." - Raylan Givens


I've been itching in my britches to know what Boyd has up his sleeve now that he's out and about as a free man with some assumed moral convictions.

He seems to have found a new way of life as a glowing ball of religious fervor with legs, but he also doesn't seem to have completely embraced his new way of life. Something always told me his Bible came with a lot of extra footnotes.

Last night confirmed it.

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'Justified' - 'Hatless' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 12th 2010 11:00AM
Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens on 'Justified'(S01E09) "Marshal, I don't mean to be rude but wouldn't it be easier to just go and buy yourself a new hat?" - Bartender

"Probably, but it ain't easy I'm after." - Raylan


It happens in every action series. The hero loses his inanimate sidekick.

Det. Sipowicz lost his gun. Thomas Magnum lost his Ferrari (twice). This week, Raylan lost his beloved hat.

However, the entire episode didn't feature Raylan in an hour-long quest to take back his beloved ten-gallon noggin holster. Instead, it offered a very engaging and tense showdown between Raylan and his ex-wife's new squeeze in one corner and some very cold and ruthless mafioso in the other.

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Walton Goggins Promoted to 'Justified' Regular

by Allyssa Lee, posted May 6th 2010 11:50AM
The last episode of 'Justified' ended with criminal Boyd Crowder at large. Now, so is the guy who plays him.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Walton Goggins has been raised from guest star to series regular on FX's critically acclaimed series, which was just renewed for a second season.

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'Justified' - 'Blowback' Recap

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 6th 2010 7:33AM
Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins on 'Justified'(S01E08) "You know a box of chicken ain't gonna resolve this." - Wallace to Raylan on their hostage situation

The running joke about Raylan blowing away some poor perp per episode can finally be put to rest.

Raylan went out of his way to spare the life of a man determined to let himself die. His gun barely spent more than five minutes out of its comfy home on Raylan's hip.

His actions and the ensuing events surrounding this gripping episode not only set up another interesting cliffhanger, but it also opened up the psyche of a man who has a much deeper mind than his cowboy hat can contain.

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What to Watch May 3-9

by Kim Potts, posted May 2nd 2010 3:00PM
MONDAY, MAY 3
'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' (10PM, Bravo) season 2 premiere
Ha: the season premiere is called 'Water Under the Table,' a nod, of course, to last season's table-flippin' situation, one of the most memorable reality TV moments ever. And if you think things have calmed down between "bad girl" Danielle and the Manzo clan, think again. In fact, tensions are at an all-time high for round two, as Danielle has to maneuver her way through her dealings with Caroline, Teresa and Dina without the friendship of her one-time ally, Manzo sister-in-law Jacqueline. The birth of babies by Teresa and Jacqueline have made the circle (minus Danielle, of course) of women even tighter, and even more determined to keep others (Danielle, of course) out. In the premiere, Caroline throws fuel on the drama when she hosts a fund-raising event and neglects to send an invitation Danielle's way.

'Chuck' – Newbie couple Sarah and Chuck are trained by a pair of married CIA agents, played by awesome guest stars Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz. And Casey has to do some training of his own: Morgan. A Jeffster! tune would make this a darn near perfect episode (8PM, NBC)

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