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Sarah Silverman Is Joining ‘Masters of Sex’

Also in the Afternoon Links: Ancient Andy Warhol computer art discovered, Steven Spielberg signs on for a Roald Dahl adaptation, and ‘The Daily Show’ poaches its latest correspondent from the ‘SNL’ writers’ room.

Praise the mercurial deities of humor: Sarah Silverman is going to have a significant part on a steady, excellent series (with her current boo, no less)! Showtime’s Masters of Sex is bringing Silverman aboard to play Helen, a recurring role we know absolutely nothing about. Season 2 premieres July 13, so we’ve got a little more than two months to dream up some terrific Sarah Silverman/Lizzy Caplan buddy episodes.

SNL writer and stand-up comedian Michael Che is The Daily Show’s newest correspondent. Here, get acquainted:
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The Simpsons sunk to its lowest ratings ever, drawing 3.4 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demo.

Steven Spielberg is directing a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Exciting/nerve-racking!

Louie’s fourth season has four new promos. Jerry Seinfeld finally says some no-no words in this one.
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Paul Haggis: I couldn’t watch Crash for two and a half years after it was made. I think if people really like it then I’ll hate it, and if people don’t like it then I’ll love it. I’m just a contrarian.”

Unlabeled floppy disks reveal a bunch of art that Andy Warhol crafted on an Amiga 1000 computer.

True Detective director Cary Fukunaga will adapt The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, a Pulitzer-winning biography of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. And John Legend is producing.

R.I.P. DJ EZ Rock. He was 46.
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And another sad R.I.P. to Chicago’s DJ Rashad, who was found dead from a suspected drug overdose. He was 34.
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Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were arrested in Connecticut “with a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct Saturday night, after the couple — which has been married since 1992 — engaged in a minor altercation.”

Kevin Smith’s making a Christmas horror movie called Anti-Claus. It’ll star Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Michael Parks, and Genesis Rodriguez.

Fox is developing Nazareth, about … well, you know who.

And here’s a new, long trailer for HBO and Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers. (PS: It’s coming two weeks later than it was supposed to.)
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