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Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): How TeenNick -- and fans -- started 'The '90s Are All That'

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Keith Dawkins, the senior VP and general manager of TeenNick, discusses how the network’s block of retro programming, The ’90s Are All That, came to be and proved that, thanks to this viewer-driven ratings powerhouse, Gen Y nostalgia is far from a thing of the past. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Keith Dawkins

We noticed two things. One was that there was a whole viral, digital community that was just loud and proud about this idea of bringing back ‘90s Nickelodeon. We noticed this on various social media sites, from Twitter and Facebook to video-based sites where people were creating mash-ups of their favorite ’90s Nickelodeon content and creating their own user-generated content. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Glee' choreographer Zach Woodlee on his busy year -- and his most challenging dance yet

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements and among the deserving is Glee choreographer Zach Woodlee. This year has been particularly big for Woodlee — and not just because the show’s dances have been more challenging than ever. Oxygen’s The Glee Project highlighted Woodlee’s week-to-week contribution to the show in a way casual fans had never seen before.  After watching Woodlee turn a novice group of aspiring Gleeks into dancing machines, we were left wondering — much like we do after watching the cast perform their elaborate dance numbers — “How does he do it?” Below, Woodlee told us how. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

By: Zach Woodlee

To single out a year of Glee would be impossible. Most of the cast and crew have been together from the beginning, making it a tightly spun group of great people. When we are not shooting, we are touring. When we’re not working, we’re still together as friends. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Jason Katims on the most tear-jerking moment in the 'Friday Night Lights' series finale

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Jason Katims discusses the pivotal moment in the immensely satisfying Friday Night Lights series finale when Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) tells his wife Tami (Connie Britton) that he’s decided to go to Philadelphia with her so that she can finally follow her dream. Full hearts? Definitely. Clear eyes? Not a single dry one to be found. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Jason Katims

We knew it was the final season and we really wanted to do a great story for Coach and Tami. As writers, we were trying to figure out what to do that was different from what we had done before. When we came up with the notion that she gets offered this job that would relocate them, we thought that was really interesting. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Creepy Woman' Maria Olsen talks scaring audiences in 'Paranormal Activity 3'

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As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the unsung heroes of the year for their outstanding achievements in entertainment. Most women wouldn’t relish landing roles with names like “Creepy Woman,'” “Crack Whore Girlfriend,” and “Succubus,” but South African actress Maria Olsen welcomes the chance to scare the bejesus out of millions of moviegoers. Her wordless role as a member of a terrifying witch coven at the end of Paranormal Activity 3 certainly left an impression. So how do you tell a witch? Olsen shares her secrets below. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Maria Olsen

When I was starting off in film, I would watch the footage of the stuff that I shot. I realized I’m really intense on screen. It’s not something I set out to do specifically. It’s just how I come across. Not everyone can do those very intense and scary roles. When I went to the audition, I didn’t even know that I was going in for Paranormal Activity 3. It went out under a code name [Sports Camp], and everything was very hush-hush. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'The Walking Dead' makeup guru Greg Nicotero talks about the horrifying well zombie

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As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Makeup designer Greg Nicotero is unquestionably the off-screen hero of AMC’s zombie megahit The Walking Dead, since he and his team at KNB Efx Group are responsible for the gruesome hordes of gore-splattered undead. No walker stood out more in Walking Dead‘s second season than the bloated creature our heroes found lurking at the bottom of a well. Let Nicotero walk you through the making — and breaking — of this season’s Most Valuable Zombie.

As Told By: Greg Nicotero

Right when they opened the writers’ room at the start of season 2, they said, “We want to do a field trip.” And I said, “Yeah! You should bring all the guys to KNB. They can walk around the shop, see what we’re building, what we’ve built, maybe get a little inspiration.” We had a whole bunch of stuff on display from other films that we had done. We had a mask that we made for Grindhouse of this infected guy, all bloated and distressed and disgusting. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Bridesmaids' co-writer Annie Mumolo on the airplane scene that took off with audiences

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Annie Mumolo, co-writer of this year’s runaway comedy hit Bridesmaids, discusses what it was like writing — and briefly appearing in (as writing partner Kristen Wiig’s jittery seat mate) — the other big moment that had everyone in stitches: The airplane scene. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Annie Mumolo

When we wrote [Bridesmaids], we originally had a different sequence where they all go to Las Vegas. It was in the [script] for years. We began writing the film in 2006 and as time passed, other movies came out that involved Las Vegas. So when we were coming close to shooting the movie, [producer] Judd [Apatow] said, “There’s too much Las Vegas. It’s in every movie now. We have to come up with something more original and think of something different.” READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Riley Griffiths shares his memories from the set of 'Super 8'

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the unsung heroes of the year for their outstanding achievements in entertainment. As Super 8‘s driven filmmaker Charles Kaznyk, 14-year-old Riley Griffiths (far right) made his big-screen debut in one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Below, he talks about landing the role, horsing around with Kyle Chandler, and how J.J. Abrams worked his magic (literally). For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Riley Griffiths

I had no idea what the project was. The script that they sent me to audition with had nothing to do with Super 8. I remember seeing the Super 8 trailer and thinking, “Oh man, that looks like a cool movie!” It turns out I was auditioning for it at the time and didn’t even know! READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'Revenge' writer Nikki Toscano on the line that had everyone buzzing

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Nikki Toscano, a writer on this year’s addictive new drama Revenge, is one of many people behind the scenes at this show whom you might not know by name, but you certainly know her words — particularly because she’s responsible for one of EW.com’s favorite soundbites of the year. Read on as she talks about the season’s 5th episode, “Guilt.” For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

By: Nikki Toscano

“Never underestimate the power of guilt, Amanda. It compels people to some pretty remarkable places.” These were David Clarke’s words to his daughter, and the theme of “Guilt” — the lengths we will go to get rid of guilt, the length we will go to embrace it, and of course, the fun of doing it Revenge-style.

“Guilt” was a rocking episode from the start. You kind of can’t go wrong when you have to craft your episode around one of your main characters doing a swan dive off a building onto a taxicab. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): 'American Horror Story' co-creator Brad Falchuk names his scariest scene of the season

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk has been behind some of this fall‘s most shocking television. With so many murders and revelations under his belt (or Rubber Man suit as it were), how can Falchuk (pictured, right, with creative partner Ryan Murphy) pick a single scene as the most chilling of all? It was surprisingly cut-and-dried. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Brad Falchuk

The idea of horror in the show is that people have all these fears that manifest themselves in so many different ways — in our imaginations, as monsters like the Bogeyman. We’re exposing ourselves and our vulnerabilities, the pains and pleasures of our lives — it’s all very personal. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011 (Behind the Scenes): Louis C.K. on the origins, personal ties, and accuracy of the 'Duckling'

As 2011 comes to a close, EW.com wanted to honor some of the hardworking names and faces from behind the scenes for their outstanding achievements. Here, Louis C.K., who contributes both on- and offscreen to his critically acclaimed FX series Louie, opens up about the groundbreaking, hour-long season 2 episode “Duckling,” which brought viewers an unfiltered look at life on the decidedly unglamorous USO tour in Afghanistan. With television like this, we’ll always wait for Louis… and follow him wherever he may go. For more behind the scenes access to the year’s best TV and movie scenes, click here for EW.com‘s Best of 2011: Behind the Scenes coverage.

As told by: Louis C.K.

The idea for “Duckling” came from my daughter, who was 4 years old at the time. We had these ducklings that she took home from school, and they were a lot of work. I’d been to Afghanistan for a USO tour, so she told me, “You should do an episode where you take a duckling to Afghanistan.” And that sounded so crazy to me. But I just thought, “If there’s a way to logically make that work, that’s going to be a great episode.” READ FULL STORY

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