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The Best TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs Now – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs Now – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which character(s) on a TV show that aired in 2017 deserves their own spinoff?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

I would be down for a show built around Laura Dern’s one-episode role on “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as Wendy Hebert, the flaky “mystery bitch” who wanted to marry Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Mostly because Dern is the absolute shit and she should be doing more comedy. And secondly because this could be, as the theme song says, a fascinating transition from the lightly touched-upon trauma Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) endured at her kidnapper’s hand to a darker comedic exploration into the
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The Best TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs Now – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Characters Who Deserve Their Own Spinoffs Now – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Which character(s) on a TV show that aired in 2017 deserves their own spinoff?

Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine

I would be down for a show built around Laura Dern’s one-episode role on “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as Wendy Hebert, the flaky “mystery bitch” who wanted to marry Rev. Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Mostly because Dern is the absolute shit and she should be doing more comedy. And secondly because this could be, as the theme song says, a fascinating transition from the lightly touched-upon trauma Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) endured at her kidnapper’s hand to a darker comedic exploration into the
See full article at Indiewire »

The Strangest Stranger Things Mash-Up We've Ever Seen Is Here and It's, Welp, Strange

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Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to come up with the perfect mash-up of one '80s sitcom and a current show that has tons of '80s references. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reprised their roles as Larry and Balki from Perfect Strangers, and the boys from Stranger Things joined them for the ultimate blend of Perfect Stranger Things. Things are stranger than ever in the skit, especially because Jimmy Kimmel is playing "Dem O'Gorgon" (get it?). Watch it all go down above.
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Watch Epic ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Perfect Strangers’ Spinoff Mash-Up (Video)

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Watch Epic ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Perfect Strangers’ Spinoff Mash-Up (Video)
As if “Stranger Things” didn’t already have enough ’80s pop culture in its DNA, Jimmy Kimmel took it even further with a teaser for the mock spinoff series “Perfect Stranger Things.” In the clip from Monday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) and Balki (Bronson Pinchot) get a third roommate named Dem O’Gorgon (Kimmel, in a pretty convincing costume), adding a dose of streaming-era sci-fi to the Tgif sitcom. “Stranger Things” stars Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo and Noah Schnapp make an appearance as trick-or-treaters who get chased around the apartment by the monster.
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The 20 Best TV Episodes of 2017 (So Far)

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The 20 Best TV Episodes of 2017 (So Far)
At the halfway point of the year, it’s only right that we reflect on the best that 2017 TV has had to offer. But even though we’ve singled out our picks for the greatest shows from the past six months, that still leaves plenty of quality TV experiences unpraised.

Read More: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)

With that in mind, we singled out 20 of the best TV episodes of the year. Some are from shows we’ll already given high marks to, while others are standout installments from series that sadly flew under the radar as they aired. The result is a cross-section of TV that covers comedy, drama, tragedy, triumph and all the spaces in between.

20. “Legion” – Season 1, Episode 6, “Chapter 6”

It’s almost too fitting that a man named Hiro directed the best episode of FX’s non-superhero superhero series, “Legion.” An hour-long dance through David
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The 20 Best TV Episodes of 2017 (So Far)

  • Indiewire
The 20 Best TV Episodes of 2017 (So Far)
At the halfway point of the year, it’s only right that we reflect on the best that 2017 TV has had to offer. But even though we’ve singled out our picks for the greatest shows from the past six months, that still leaves plenty of quality TV experiences unpraised.

Read More: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2017 (So Far)

With that in mind, we singled out 20 of the best TV episodes of the year. Some are from shows we’ll already given high marks to, while others are standout installments from series that sadly flew under the radar as they aired. The result is a cross-section of TV that covers comedy, drama, tragedy, triumph and all the spaces in between.

20. “Legion” – Season 1, Episode 6, “Chapter 6”

It’s almost too fitting that a man named Hiro directed the best episode of FX’s non-superhero superhero series, “Legion.” An hour-long dance through David
See full article at Indiewire »

Goodbye, 'The Leftovers': How HBO's Show Went From Good to Canon-Worthy Great

Goodbye, 'The Leftovers': How HBO's Show Went From Good to Canon-Worthy Great
The Leftovers began as a portrait of a small New York town tearing itself apart after a national tragedy. It ended with a final season that revolved, in large part, around an international scientific conspiracy involving Cousin Larry from Perfect Strangers. And over the course of getting from bereaved jus' folks to Mark Linn-Baker, Damon Lindelof's mediation on mourning in America became one of the most moving and thrilling television dramas of the young century.

How the hell did that happen?

It's hard to believe now, after the merry
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The Leftovers Finale: Damon Lindelof Answers Almost All Of Our Burning Qs

The Leftovers Finale: Damon Lindelof Answers Almost All Of Our Burning Qs
The following story contains massive spoilers about this week’s Leftovers finale — proceed at your own peril

I’m a sucker for an unconventional, star-crossed romance, so when Justin Theroux’s unhinged Kevin and Carrie Coon’s damaged Nora began gravitating towards each other in Season 1 of The Leftovers, I was instantly smitten. While the HBO drama’s overriding themes of grief and healing resonated with me in a profound way, it was the love story between these two misfits that kept me coming back week in and week out.

And, man, was my devotion rewarded in the series finale.
See full article at TVLine.com »

How Carrie Coon Quietly Became TV's Most Valuable Player of 2017

How Carrie Coon Quietly Became TV's Most Valuable Player of 2017
If you've been watching television for the last few months, you have probably seen Carrie Coon cry. This is not unusual, considering that, throughout her tenure on the three seasons of The Leftovers, HBO's bleak, brilliant drama has required the actress to turn on the waterworks numerous times. Also, she's an excellent crier, the kind who can run the scales from single-silent-tear-running-down-a-cheek to full-out crumbling, crinkle-faced ugly sobbing. A wise showrunner knows that when you've got someone on your team who can bring it like that on a series about trauma and tragedy,
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The Leftovers Boss Damon Lindelof and Star Carrie Coon Defend Nora's Unspeakable Act of Cruelty

The Leftovers Boss Damon Lindelof and Star Carrie Coon Defend Nora's Unspeakable Act of Cruelty
Nora Durst, how could you?

In Sunday’s The Leftovers, Carrie Coon’s wounded yet resilient heroine embarked on something of a wild goose chase in search of her Departed husband and children, completely icing out current love Kevin (Justin Theroux) in the process (read full episode recap here).

As a longtime acolyte of the Kevin-Nora relationship, it was difficult to sit back and watch her emotionally and physically detach from her life partner (and, as far as I’m concerned, soul mate) as she pursued this Mark Linn-Baker-fueled fantasy. Intellectually, I (mostly) understood why she needed to untether herself from Kevin.
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Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?

Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?
Much has been made about Carrie Coon this month, and rightfully so. The Ohio native (but devout Chicago Cubs fan) has taken our televisions by storm with starring roles in the final season of “The Leftovers” and the latest chapter of “Fargo.” In the HBO drama, she plays Nora Durst; a fraud investigator who lost her entire family when 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared. Over on FX, she’s police officer Gloria Burgle who’s busy investigating the death of her step-father.

The two roles are very different, linked only by the actress who plays them (as well as great, dynamic writing). But there is one more common thread tying together Coon’s characters to one another: Machines don’t work for either of them.

Read More: ‘Fargo’ Review: How Good Manners Cause Major Trouble In Every Season of Noah Hawley’s Minnesota Mystery

Now, before you start thinking,
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Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?

Why Do Machines Hate Carrie Coon on ‘Fargo’ and ‘The Leftovers’?
Much has been made about Carrie Coon this month, and rightfully so. The Ohio native (but devout Chicago Cubs fan) has taken our televisions by storm with starring roles in the final season of “The Leftovers” and the latest chapter of “Fargo.” In the HBO drama, she plays Nora Durst; a fraud investigator who lost her entire family when 2 percent of the world’s population disappeared. Over on FX, she’s police officer Gloria Burgle who’s busy investigating the death of her step-father.

The two roles are very different, linked only by the actress who plays them (as well as great, dynamic writing). But there is one more common thread tying together Coon’s characters to one another: Machines don’t work for either of them.

Read More: ‘Fargo’ Review: How Good Manners Cause Major Trouble In Every Season of Noah Hawley’s Minnesota Mystery

Now, before you start thinking,
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When Breaking Bad Meets Perfect Strangers: A Mashup

Ever since I posted that article talking about Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reuniting for the first time in 25 years, I cannot get the Perfect Strangers theme song out of my head. So far I’m not sick of it yet, as in I kind of like that it’s in my head. But it’s only a matter of time before “standing tall, on the wings of my dreams” starts to get to me. However, until I get to that point, I’m just singing away in my office here. I have a feeling that other Perfect Strangers fans out there are

When Breaking Bad Meets Perfect Strangers: A Mashup
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The Leftovers: Damon Lindelof Talks About that Perfect Strangers Homage

Warning: The Leftovers Spoilers Ahead!Perfects Strangers has been all over the news recently. First, stars Bronson Pinchot and Mark Linn-Baker reunited on the radio. And most recently, The Leftovers executive producer Damon Lindelof spoke with TVLine about his homage to the '80s sitcom on the latest episode of the HBO TV show.Based on the Tom Perrotta novel, the drama explores what happens when 2% of the world’s population inexplicably vanishes. The cast includes Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, and Lindsay Duncan.Read More…
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‘The Leftovers’ Offers Up a ‘Perfect Strangers’ Homage in a Stunning Nora-Centric Episode (Spoilers)

‘The Leftovers’ Offers Up a ‘Perfect Strangers’ Homage in a Stunning Nora-Centric Episode (Spoilers)
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched season three, episode two of “The Leftovers,” titled “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”

Of all the things one might expected of “The Leftovers,” no one could have predicted a tragic homage to “Perfect Strangers,” the 1986-1993 sitcom. It’s so telling of the grace of “The Leftovers” is so aware that it is a television show — and more precisely, that it is aware of the sometimes terribly banal distance between television shows and real life.

Perfect Strangers” and Mark Linn-Baker have been mentioned in “The Leftovers” before — in the world of “The Leftovers,” star Linn-Baker is the only one of the four regular leads not to have disappeared on October 14. For a while, the world thought all four had disappeared. But in the Season 2 premiere, a news item on a tabloid show is that Linn-Baker faked his own disappearance to start over — kind of — in Chihuahua, Mexico
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The Leftovers Recap: Nothing's Gonna Stop Her Now (It's Her Life)

The Leftovers Recap: Nothing's Gonna Stop Her Now (It's Her Life)
“I think I’m going crazy,” Nora admitted in Sunday’s (as-usual) intriguing episode of The Leftovers. And by the time the hour was through, you might have felt like you were starting to lose it, too. For, although we got some big answers — about, for instance, what happened to Lily and what Mark-Linn Baker has been up to since “departing” — we were left with some even bigger questions. Such as? Read on…

RelatedThe Leftovers Boss Talks ‘Ridiculous, Exhilarating’ Perfect Strangers Homage

‘Can’T You Give A Man A Little Grace?’ | As “Don’t Be Ridiculous” began, the infamous
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‘The Leftovers’: How The Producers Enlisted a ‘Perfect Stranger’ For Season 3’s Most Important Scene

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‘The Leftovers’: How The Producers Enlisted a ‘Perfect Stranger’ For Season 3’s Most Important Scene
[Editor’s note: This piece contains spoilers for “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Mark Linn-Baker started watching “The Leftovers” because he was in it — though he didn’t know why.

Before the first season of the HBO drama began airing, the veteran actor got a call from his agents informing him that the show wanted to use clips from “Perfect Strangers,” the classic 1980s sitcom he starred in from 1986-1993. However, they didn’t provide any context.

“So that first season, I was watching, because I was curious what this show was,” Linn-Baker told IndieWire via phone. And his attention was definitely rewarded by the supernatural drama, which wonders what would happen to the world if two percent of the population just suddenly vanished.

“It was a fascinating show,” Linn-Baker said. “Extremely well-produced, extremely upsetting — in a good way! Very engaging, and extremely imaginative.”

One of the first season’s most imaginative conceits: That the entire cast of “Perfect Strangers” was included in the Great Departure.
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Leftovers’: How The Producers Enlisted a ‘Perfect Stranger’ For Season 3’s Most Important Scene

‘The Leftovers’: How The Producers Enlisted a ‘Perfect Stranger’ For Season 3’s Most Important Scene
[Editor’s note: This piece contains spoilers for “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Mark Linn-Baker started watching “The Leftovers” because he was in it — though he didn’t know why.

Before the first season of the HBO drama began airing, the veteran actor got a call from his agents informing him that the show wanted to use clips from “Perfect Strangers,” the classic 1980s sitcom he starred in from 1986-1993. However, they didn’t provide any context.

“So that first season, I was watching, because I was curious what this show was,” Linn-Baker told IndieWire via phone. And his attention was definitely rewarded by the supernatural drama, which wonders what would happen to the world if two percent of the population just suddenly vanished.

“It was a fascinating show,” Linn-Baker said. “Extremely well-produced, extremely upsetting — in a good way! Very engaging, and extremely imaginative.”

One of the first season’s most imaginative conceits: That the entire cast of “Perfect Strangers” was included in the Great Departure.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control

‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for the “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Immediate Reaction:

Another episode of “The Leftovers,” another mind-blowing last-second twist. After an episode spent entirely with Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), we took a trip to the Outback in the final minutes and watched a police officer named Kevin get drugged, tied up, and drowned by a group of women on horseback who are somehow connected to Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn).

Now, it appears as clear as anything in “The Leftovers” can be that this was a case of mistaken identity: The women, led by the tremendously talented Lindsay Duncan, thought Australian Kevin was American Kevin (Justin Theroux). They believed he would rise from the dead, as Kevin has, but why they wanted him to briefly die and how they found out about him in the first place remain mysteries. Does Kevin Sr. know them? Did he have a copy of Matt’s book? Is this even the present day,
See full article at Indiewire »

‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control

‘The Leftovers’ Review: Episode 2 Redefines the Series as Carrie Coon Delivers an Astounding Solo Show — And Takes Control
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for the “The Leftovers” Season 3, Episode 2, “Don’t Be Ridiculous.”]

Immediate Reaction:

Another episode of “The Leftovers,” another mind-blowing last-second twist. After an episode spent entirely with Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), we took a trip to the Outback in the final minutes and watched a police officer named Kevin get drugged, tied up, and drowned by a group of women on horseback who are somehow connected to Kevin Sr. (Scott Glenn).

Now, it appears as clear as anything in “The Leftovers” can be that this was a case of mistaken identity: The women, led by the tremendously talented Lindsay Duncan, thought Australian Kevin was American Kevin (Justin Theroux). They believed he would rise from the dead, as Kevin has, but why they wanted him to briefly die and how they found out about him in the first place remain mysteries. Does Kevin Sr. know them? Did he have a copy of Matt’s book? Is this even the present day,
See full article at Indiewire Television »
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