Michael Kenneth Williams Lands 2 New Shows, on Sundance and IFC

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Michael Kenneth Williams lands 2 new shows, on Sundance and IFC
The Wire and Boardwalk Empire alum will join Will Ferrell on IFC’s The Spoils Before Dying, a follow-up to The Spoils of Babylon. Plus, Williams will star in Sundance’s Hap and Leonard, a six-episode drama about race, class and friendship. Set in L.A.’s 1950s jazz scene, murder-mystery Spoils Before Dying will follow Williams as a down-and-out pianist who’s accused of killing his lover/lead singer of his band. On Hap and Leonard, Williams will play an openly gay Vietnam vet with anger issues who befriends a white Southerner who didn’t serve in Vietnam.

Netflix will ditch the binge-model for Jennette McCurdy drama Between
Netflix has opted to show the Canadian survivalist thriller, in which McCurdy plays a pregnant teen, one episode per week. PLUS: Watch a preview of Between.

Kevin Spacey to narrate and produce CNN’s Race for the White House documentary series
Each episode of the six-hour series, airing in 2016, will profile a different campaign.

Girls‘ big twist was inspired from real life
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Empire‘s Jussie Smollett comes out as gay on Ellen, but says he’s never been in the closet
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Poll: Tina Fey and Dennis Miller are the Top 2 choices to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
A Quinnipiac poll found people divided on The Daily Show replacement, with liberals favoring Fey and conservatives favoring Miller.

Game of Thrones bringing back an old cast member
Check out what the official Season 5 cast listing reveals.

Last Man on Earth‘s latest twist, explained
Last night’s ending was not a dream sequence. PLUS: Last Man‘s ratings fall, but it still performs well in Week 2.

At Paleyfest, Kerry Washington recalled the odd Scandal questions Shonda Rhimes asks her
At a panel moderated by Jimmy Kimmel, Washington said, “Occasionally I get these very strange questions…like ‘are you okay running barefoot’ or ‘Do you haves any negative history with this person.'” PLUS: “Scandal” cast also discussed the race-themed episode, and we’ll soon meet Cyrus’ ex-wife.

The Walking Dead discovers something worse than zombie attacks: Suburbia
Last night’s dinner scene felt particularly brutal. PLUS: Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride on last night’s episode.

John Oliver rants against Daylight Savings Time
Last Week Tonight asks: “Why is this happening?

AMC to present Mad Men Dining Week in NYC
AMC has signed up 34 restaurants to offer a Mad Men-themed menu the week of March 23.

The Good Wife sort of brings back Josh Charles
Charles’ voice made a cameo on last night’s episode.

Duplass brothers talk Togetherness season finale
“Well, we really are a fan of raising questions as opposed to giving answers on all fronts, I would say,” Mark Duplass says of the cliffhanger ending.