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PopWatch Planner: CMT Awards, 'Graceland,' 'Much Ado About Nothing,' and more

Get out your original cast albums and sing to the rafters, theater lovers. It’s almost Tony time! Until you can hear a lovable little redhead dream about tomorrow (it’s only a day away), perk your ears up as a slightly more polarizing redhead makes fun of Justin Bieber. Before you grab some nachos during the Best Play section (fingers crossed they’ll figure out how to not make it boring this year), check out thespians from the Whedonverse perform Shakespeare at Joss’s own house. Before you scope out your next Broadway crush, check out your favorite superboy all grown up. Have I lost you? Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones! READ FULL STORY

Happy Pi Day! Who's your favorite TV math nerd? -- VOTE

Greetings, fellow nerds. Today is our most important holiday: Pi Day. (Also, who’s getting ready for two years from now when stuff is about to get really crazy?)

Here at EW we pay a lot of attention to the geeks, but on this oh-so-nerdy-day, we thought we should honor those with advanced degrees in mathematics. (Really get the party started, you know.)  To some, nerd may be a derogatory term, but think again. Nerds are the characters who get stuff done and solve problems. While everyone is flailing about, nerds are hacking computers, reasoning logically, and inventing awesome gadgets. So take pride in being called a nerd, you will one day rule the world.

To celebrate the nerdiest of holidays, let’s honor our favorite TV nerds. Since it’s a math holiday, we tried to stick to the nerds who would have won Math Olympiads, but if anyone wants to make a case for Abed in the comments (I mean, he did have a pretty logical and reasoned argument in his Who’s The Boss? debate), have at it. We included Sherlock, Bones, and Topher because we’re pretty sure they know their way around a geometry proof. Chuck and Huck can hack a computer with the best of them. Super agent Sydney Bristow had to bring Marshall along with her on a mission because she couldn’t do calculus in her head, so he definitely made our list.

Quit trying to convince your high school calculus teacher (or current boss) to buy you pie, and vote! READ FULL STORY

Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' bus is why Vine exists

The Much Ado About Nothing bus trip to SXSW (which has affectionately been named “Bus Ado About Nothing”) has taught us a whole new way to live vicariously through social media. Since Joss Whedon tweeted “it begins” late last afternoon, we’ve been inundated with photos upon photos from the MAAN cast. We’ve squealed with glee and cowered with terror, but mainly we’ve just been really really jealous.

Some of the best social media to emerge from this trip is the Vine videos mainly “produced” by comedy duo BriTANicK (aka Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher). Here are some of our favorites from the road.

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'Dollhouse' star Fran Kranz talks 'The Cabin in the Woods,' 'Death of a Salesman' and Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

It is hard to think of two projects more different than the horror-comedy The Cabin in the Woods, which hits cinemas April 13, and the new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, which opened a couple of weeks back (to a rave review from EW’s Thom Geier). But they do have a couple things in common. Both productions have an impressive amount of behind-the-scenes talent: Cabin was cowritten by Buffy creator Joss Whedon while Salesman is directed by the legendary Mike Nichols. And both feature ex-Dollhouse actor Fran Kranz, who plays the role of Bernard in Salesman and that of a conspiracy-obsessed stoner named Marty in Cabin (FYI: that’s a giant bong he’s holding in the picture to the left).

Kranz recently visited the EW offices to talk about working with Whedon (three times) and being shouted at by his Salesman costar Philip Seymour Hoffman (pretty much all the time).

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