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Meera Syal webchat – as it happened

30 June 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now

2.11pm BST

Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.

Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!

2.10pm BST

Youoffmyplanet asks:

Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?

Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully »

- Guardian Staff

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There's surely a funny way to depict waterboarding: The Brink didn’t find it

29 June 2015 11:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Polished Us foreign policy drama The Brink, starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black, lacked the most important element of satire – humour

The Brink (Sky Atlantic) actually started last week, but with a new comedy it’s sometimes worth waiting to see if it hits its stride in episode two.

A satirical take on Us government diplomacy – specifically geopolitical crisis, The Brink occupies territory normally squatted by straight drama: The West Wing, Homeland, House of Cards. Tim Robbins is secretary of state Walter Larson; Jack Black plays a scheming but ineffectual State Department functionary stationed in Pakistan, where a coup has taken place, interrupting Larson’s standing appointment with a prostitute.

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- Tim Dowling

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Watch: First Episodes Of HBO's 'Ballers' And 'The Brink' In Full

25 June 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With "True Detective" dominating audience eyeballs and media coverage this week, you may have forgotten that HBO debuted two other shows on Sunday night: "Ballers" and "The Brink." But now's your chance to catch up with them again for the first time. HBO has dropped the first full episodes for each show on Facebook. "Ballers" stars Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry and is basically "Entourage" in the world of sports. I didn't particularly care for it, but the glossy sheen makes it somewhat engaging, but not necessarily filling. As for "The Brink," Tim Robbins and Jack Black lead this one set in the world of geopolitics, following the personalities trying to stop Wwiii. Give them a look at "The Brink" below and "Ballers" right here, and let us know what you think in the comments section. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: First Episodes Of HBO's 'Ballers' And 'The Brink' In Full

25 June 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With "True Detective" dominating audience eyeballs and media coverage this week, you may have forgotten that HBO debuted two other shows on Sunday night: "Ballers" and "The Brink." But now's your chance to catch up with them again for the first time. HBO has dropped the first full episodes for each show on Facebook. "Ballers" stars Dwayne Johnson and Rob Corddry and is basically "Entourage" in the world of sports. I didn't particularly care for it, but the glossy sheen makes it somewhat engaging, but not necessarily filling. As for "The Brink," Tim Robbins and Jack Black lead this one set in the world of geopolitics, following the personalities trying to stop Wwiii. Give them a look at "The Brink" below and "Ballers" right here, and let us know what you think in the comments section. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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HBO to Release 'Ballers' and 'The Brink' Premiere Episodes on Facebook

24 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Move over YouTube. Facebook is stepping in as the new sampling service. In another first for the premium cable company that recently launched an over-the-top streaming service, HBO is set to release the premiere episodes of its new Sunday night comedies, "Ballers" and "The Brink" via Facebook. Starting Wednesday, June 24, Facebook users can visit Dwayne Johnson's page to watch his new dramedy and then check out Jack Black and Tim Robbins' political satire via the show's official Facebook page.  Read More: HBO's 'The Brink': What the Jack Black, Tim Robbins Comedy Isn't ('The Daily Show') and What It Is Unlike other sampling efforts made via YouTube (from HBO, Showtime and various other networks), videos on Facebook aren't shareable on other web pages. While one may think that could short-arm the reach of the free sampling — designed to hook viewers with one episode so they'll »

- Ben Travers

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HBO Launches Free Episodes on Facebook of ‘Ballers,’ ‘The Brink’

24 June 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the first time, HBO is offering free access to full episodes of its original programming on Facebook, a move that if nothing else shows the growing clout in the video space of the social-media giant.

The premiere episodes of “Ballers” and “The Brink,” the premium cabler’s newest comedy series, will be available starting Wednesday on Facebook for a limited time, after their June 21 TV debuts.

Ballers” star and exec producer Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson will host the episode directly on his Facebook page, which includes an intro by Johnson. “The Brink” can be seen on the series’ page on Facebook.

According to HBO, the episodes will not be available on YouTube or any other third-party digital platform, nor will they be available on cable, satellite or telco TV services (except to HBO subs). In addition to Facebook, the episodes are also available on HBO Now — its recently introduced over-the-top service — and HBO Go, »

- Todd Spangler

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The Brink: Season One Ratings

23 June 2015 10:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

People take their politics very seriously and political comedy TV series can be hit or miss in the ratings. Will The Brink attract enough viewers to be renewed for a second term season on HBO or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.

A dark comedy series, The Brink focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men -- womanizing Us Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot (Jack Black), and Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson (Pablo Schreiber), a drug-dealing ace Navy fighter pilot. Others in the cast include Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales, Carla Gugino, and Eric Ladin.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Ratings: True Detective Returns Strong

23 June 2015 9:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

True Detective copped a nice ratings gain in its return Sunday night.

The show’s Season 2 premiere drew 3.2 million viewers, a 36 percent increase over Season 1’s opener (2.3 million). It was the drama’s second most-watched episode to date, behind the Season 1 finale’s 3.5 million viewers.

RelatedTrue Detective Premiere: Grade It!

At 10/9c, Dwayne Johnson’s sports satire Ballers got off to a strong start with 2.2 million viewers — the cabler’s best half-hour launch in six years. The premiere of the Tim Robbins-Jack Black war comedy The Brink followed at 10:30/9:30c with a decent 1.6 million viewers.

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Ratings: HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Strong in Return; ‘Ballers’ Off to Solid Start

23 June 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO’s crime drama anthology series “True Detective” returned strong on Sunday with about 3.2 million viewers — its second largest audience to date — for its initial telecast.

The high for “True Detective” remains the show’s first-season finale in March (3.52 million), according to Nielsen. The series debuted in January of last year with 2.33 million.

The first season of “True Detective,” which was set in Louisiana and starred Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, captured five Primetime Emmy Awards. Season two of the series, starring Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn, is set in California.

Review: ‘True Detective,’ Season 2

Airing after “True Detective” on Sunday, the series premiere of Dwayne Johnson football comedy “Ballers” drew 2.16 million. This edges out the second-season premiere of “Silicon Valley” (2.13 million) as the network’s most-watched comedy episode since the series finale of “Entourage” in 2011 (2.61 million). Among current comedies, the highest for “Veep” has been »

- Rick Kissell

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - True Detective, Made in Chelsea

22 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm

In the last episode of the series, the group head into the country for a music festival.

Spencer regrets cheating on Lauren and attempts to re-build their relationship, while Jamie has been overheard talking about how his relationship with Jess is on the rocks. Also tonight, Sam makes a grand gesture, much to the dismay of his friends.

True Detective: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

This is the UK premiere fans have been waiting for following the success of True Detective season one.

Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch, the second season introduces a whole new story in a new location with new characters who are brought together after a murder turns messy.

My Mad Fat Diary: E4, 10pm

The award-winning show returns for a new and final offering.

Change is in the air for Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney) who »

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The Brink

22 June 2015 1:21 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: HBO

Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: June 21, 2015 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Pablo Schreiber, Aasif Mandvi, Maribeth Monroe, Geoff Pierson, Esai Morales, Carla Gugino, and Eric Ladin.

TV show description:      

This dark comedy series focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.

Us Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) is a womanizer and frequently drinks too much. Alex Talbot (Jack Black) is a lowly Foreign Service officer who's stationed at the Us embassy in Islamabad. And Zeke "Z-Pak" Tilson (Pablo Schreiber) is a drug-dealing ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The Brink: Is Jack Black's New War Comedy Da Bomb or Just a Bomb?

21 June 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In HBO’s The Brink, which premiered Sunday, a low-level bureaucrat, a drug-dealing navy commander and the U.S. Secretary of State were faced with the rise of a schizophrenic dictator and the dawn of World War III.

RelatedKerry Washington as Anita Hill: Get a First Look at HBO’s Confirmation

The dark comedy, starring Jack Black (School of Rock), Tim Robbins (Mystic River) and a pornstache-less Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black), is meant to serve as an over-the-top satire on present-day geopolitical affairs. Unfortunately, its heightened reality and trio of drugged-up caricatures make it hard »

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Aasif Mandvi on Leaving The Daily Show for The Brink

21 June 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Spoilers ahead for Sunday night's premiere of The Brink. Regular viewers of The Daily Show may have noticed a sharp decline in appearances by “Senior Middle East” correspondent Aasif Mandvi over the past year. The absence was largely due to Mandvi’s acting, writing, and producing work on The Brink, the new Dr. Strangelove-meets-Veep comedy that premiered Sunday tonight on HBO. Mandvi joins a cast headed by Tim Robbins as a philandering U.S. Secretary of State, Orange Is the New Black’s Pablo Schreiber as a pill-popping fighter pilot, and Jack Black as a low-level State Department functionary – stationed in Pakistan – with outsized ambitions to be a major player. Mandvi’s character, Rafiq, is the driver for Black’s Alex Talbot, and provides an arch, non-American prospective on the unfolding story of the American response to military coup in Pakistan. In the pilot, when Black and Mandvi get »

- Ivan Cohen

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‘The Brink’ Review: Tim Robbins, Jack Black Lead Smart Sex, Drugs and Drone Strikes Comedy

21 June 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

HBO’s new series “The Brink” is a dark comedy set in the world of U.S. government and foreign affairs. Creators/executive producers Roberto Benabib (“Weeds”) and Kim Benabib skewer those who vie, lust and live for power. With a strong cast led by Tim Robbins, Jack Black, Pablo Schreiber and Aasif Mandvi, “The Brink” aims to be closer in tone to “Dr. Strangelove” than “The West Wing,” and that bodes well for the rest of the season. As “The Brink” opens, a political crisis unfolds in Pakistan. The pilot episode examines that situation’s effect on three men: »

- Diane Gordon

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HBO's 'The Brink': What the Jack Black, Tim Robbins Comedy Isn't ('The Daily Show') and What It Is

21 June 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Created by Roberto and Kim Benabib, and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib and Jay Roach, HBO's "The Brink" stars Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Aasif Mandvi and Pablo Schreiber (most recently quite memorable as Pornstache on "Orange is the New Black") as part of an ensemble caught up in geopolitical turmoil on a global scale.  Read More: Watch: HBO Sneaks 'Westworld,' 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 in Annual Ad HBO has labeled "The Brink" a dark comedy, but bleak would be more accurate -- the first two episodes screened for critics are tonally on a level with "Dr. Strangelove." This, it turns out, is not a coincidence, as the cast and producers revealed at the winter TCA press tour today. The creators got inspired by a museum trip. Roberto Benabib, who wrote the pilot with his brother Kim, credited the initial inspiration for "Brink" to visiting »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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The Brink Review: HBO’s New Political Comedy Is a Misfire

21 June 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now that Veep has finished up its exceptional third season run, it will be replaced by The Brink, HBO’s new political comedy. But the timeslot comparison may not be a favorable one for The Brink, which — though doubling down on star power — lacks Veep’s nuanced humor and grounded sense of Washingtonian ineptitude. The Brink, created by Roberto and Kim Benabib follows three characters who represent different aspects of the United States’ involvement with a geopolitical crisis taking place in Pakistan. Not exactly a situation ripe for comedy at the outset, but like Veep, The Brink takes a hard, cynical approach to politics, and finds humor in the absurdity of petty people making potentially Earth-shattering decisions. [caption id="attachment_471913" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via HBO[/caption] And indeed, the stakes of The Brink are set up as Earth-shattering in scope. Pakistan is threatening to wipe out Israel, but their threats are also shown as merely »

- Allison Keene

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Welcome to Me movie review: the ultimate selfie

21 June 2015 6:58 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A sort of miracle. A black comedy about a not-well woman saving herself is a savage satire on a not-well world that doesn’t realize anything’s wrong. I’m “biast” (pro): love Kristen Wiig

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Everyone wants to be on TV,” Alice Klieg firmly believes, and this is a supposition about our world that is difficult to disprove. It’s also a supposition that is easy to send up… but Welcome to Me does not take that easy road. It takes a uncomfortable road paved with raw, uncensored emotion that is startling for the portrait it creates of the woman at its center — one of the more realistic depictions of mental illness I’ve seen, though I cannot claim to have a lot of direct experience of the particular affliction she is coping with »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Review: HBO's clumsy 'The Brink' isn't a worthy successor to 'Veep'

20 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Armando Iannucci has left the building. Since mid-April, HBO has housed probably the best 90-minute comedy block on television, with the tech world satire of "Silicon Valley" transitioning into the political satire of "Veep" and closing with the sharp-eyed comedic advocacy of "Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver." With those three comedies and even a lackluster-by-its-high-standards "Game of Thrones" season, HBO has had the Sunday quality TV crown on lockdown for months. But change is in the air. Iannucci, TV's keenest tweaker of governmental process, announced earlier this spring that he was stepping back from his showrunning responsibilities on "Veep." I've resisted panic, because the "Veep" creative bench is deep and I believe a solid foundation is in place to maintain much of the momentum beyond last Sunday's season finale.  Sadly, the momentum of HBO's Sunday is in free fall and nowhere is that more evident than in the 10:30 comedy slot, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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The Brink Season 1 Review

19 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Five episodes were provided for review prior to broadcast.

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and the politicians are as useless as you’d expect. In HBO’s broad yet biting geopolitical satire The Brink, a military coup in Pakistan sends Secretary of State Walter Larson (Tim Robbins) and the rest of the President’s war room into crisis mode, but even the prospect of nuclear armageddon isn’t enough to stop them from lobbing crude insults across the table like verbal hand-grenades.

A sturdy companion piece for the network’s Veep, which shares The Brink‘s jaundiced views of world politics, the series is essentially a lower-brow Dr. Strangelove tackling today’s thick-headed foreign policy in the Middle East. Absurdist with a feather-light touch, it features a cast of characters for whom doomsday is at the push of a button – and whose fingers are perpetually hovering over said button, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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7 Questions with … Eric Ladin of HBO’s “The Brink”

19 June 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

HBO’s new half-hour dark comedy series, The Brink focuses on a political crisis and its effect on three men: The Us Secretary of State (Tim Robbins); a low-level Foreign Service Officer (Jack Black); and a Navy fighter pilot (Pablo Schreiber). These three extremely flawed characters must wade through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Related: read more about The Brink Actor Eric Ladin plays Glenn “Jammer” Taylor, the country-fried co-pilot of Zeke “Z-Pak” Tilson (Schreiber). “I love how much he looks up to, respects and idolizes Z-Pak. They’re peers,” says Ladin, “but he really … Continue reading →

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- Kellie Freeze

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