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POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:24 PM

It’s been 20 years since Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting ended after an 11-year run, but the man’s presence in our pop culture consciousness still remains. So much so that, in fact, we now have a full statistical breakdown of every “happy tree” or “almighty mountain” the man ever painted. Finally, the world’s prayers have been answered.

Compiled by FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey, the study into Bob Ross’ beloved TV program found that across 381 paintings during his The Joy of Painting run, there is a 91 percent chance that he would have painted a tree. But, what’s more, if Ross painting has one tree, there’s a 93 percent likelihood that it contains a second one as well. Among other observations:

What percentage of Bob Ross paintings contain an almighty mountain?

POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:29 PM
Wow, did you see Thursday night’s season finale of Scandal? Insane, right? Like five seasons of plot jammed into one hell-for-leather hour.

If you didn’t watch it, and don’t want to know what happened, go right to the blooper reel (below) that Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes brought on Jimmy Kimmel Live after her show imploded, um, ended.

Just us now? OK, anytime your opening act is a bomb blowing up a funeral service at a church, you know it’s going to be a wild episode. But how wild? The First Kid keels over dead on stage. Fitz somehow gets reelected. Olivia quits and flies off with Jake. Rowan and Maya, Olivia’s parents, are crazier and far more powerful than we ever dreamed. I mean, look who’s running B613! This is nuts.

POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:00 AM
Scene from "Orange is the New Black" season 2.

Yesterday, we got a remarkably dark glimpse at the upcoming season of Louie. Today, it looks like that trend is continuing with the similarly dark new trailer for the second season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black

Perhaps, in season two of a show that takes place entirely in a prison, it is not surprising that that things are getting more serious than usual. True, the show’s first season had its harrowing moments, but the trailer for season two seems to go out of its way to show us that Piper Chapman’s problems are about to get worse.

“Sadly,” she says the start of the trailer, “it’s starting to feel like home in here.”

POSTED: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 4:04 PM

It hasn’t been long since we saw him appear on SNL, but Louis CK is set to return into America’s comedy consciousness on May 5, when season four of his hit Louie debuts. The show hasn’t aired since 2012, but judging by its new trailer, this season of Louie isn’t going to be any less dark.

Many of the early promos for Louie’s fourth season have opted to not show the comedian’s face—a trend broken with the latest, titled “Head Over Heels.” In this spot, Doris Day’s “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” flows in the background while Louis prepares himself for an imminent swan dive off the Brooklyn bridge.

It’s about as surreal as a promo can get, with the CK holding a bouquet of roses that diminishes down to one lone, beat up flower once he emerges from the water below. Given that type of tone—and the fairly direct grappling with suicide—it’s pretty clear that this season should be one that’s different, even for Louis. 

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 3:43 PM

We may have wanted Tina Fey, but we’re getting Stephen Colbert. And, as CBS announced today, we’ll get to see Dave’s reaction when Colbert guests on the Late Show this coming Tuesday, April 22. 

Letterman announced he’d be retiring on the show’s April 3 broadcast, prompting a flurry of suggestions and wishlists for the show’s new host. CBS announced Colbert as a replacement last week, shortly after Letterman revealed his retirement’s 2015 start. The Colbert Show host’s appearance on Tuesday will be his first on the Late Show since CBS announced him as next in line to the throne.

The full release from CBS is below:

POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 11:58 AM

We first saw Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis team up in 2009’s The Hangover, but as a newly surfaced clip proves, the pair were actually, erm, very well-acquainted as far back as 2002. Behold, ladies and gentlemen, Cooper’s appearance on Late World with Zach

Featuring Galifianakis without his trademark beard, the show followed the usual talk show format we’re familiar with, but aimed at a younger, probably more stoned audience. Think a pre-Adult Swim live action, complete with non-sequiturs and hilariously awkward humor. Perhaps not surprisingly, Late World with Zach only lasted nine episodes.

Fortunately, though, the stunted run was able to produce this now-vintage internet gem, which shows Cooper humping Galifianakis’ belt buckle (at his request), doling out a nice foot massage, a chat about whales, and referencing Philadelphia as his hometown. So, something for everyone.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 3:39 PM
FILE - In this March 11, 2014 file photo, Tina Fey, a cast member in "Muppets Most Wanted," poses on the red carpet at the premiere of the film, in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday, April 10, 2014, that Stephen Colbert will succeed David  Letterman as "Late Show" host, but there were other performers who could have been contenders, including Ellen DeGeneres, Jamie Foxx, Fey, Amy Poehler, Louis C.K., Neil and Patrick Harris. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)

The dust has settled, a victor has emerged, and it’s all over but the crying—Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as host to the Late Show. We found out CBS’ choice last week, but science recently found out the leading choice among Late Show viewers: Tina Fey.

The Keyhole blog crunched the social media data to find America’s Late Show replacement, using hashtag trackers and word clouds and all manner of other internet-y sounding tools to find the winner. As it turns out, Tina Fey is not only the the public’s Late Show host choice, she’s that choice by an extremely wide margin. Check out the chart:


POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:42 PM
John Winkler, 30, was shot and killed Monday night by LA police after being mistaken for a stabbing suspect. Photo via Facebook.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department accidentally shot and killed a Tosh.O production assistant on Monday after they mistook him for a stabbing suspect. John Winkler, an aspiring producer and temporary assistant on the show, was 30.

The Los Angeles Times was among the first to report on the incident, which went virtually unknown until yesterday when the Sheriff’s Department released a statement. Evidently, Winkler had gone to a neighbor’s apartment in an effort to help three people being held at knifepoint at the time. Police who responded to the same situation shot Winkler after he emerged from the apartment with a victim:

“As deputies continued attempts to contact the people in the apartment, the apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out. He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Victim Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies. Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt. Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him.”

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