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Watch: The 'Mr. Robot' Pilot Is Streaming (For Free!) on USA Network's Website

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Those of us who can't wait any longer to get our summer TV fix are in luck -- USA has just released the pilot for "Mr. Robot," Sam Esmail's upcoming 10-episode thriller, online and on VOD.  Read More: Review: What is 'Mr. Robot,' and Why Did It Win the SXSW Audience Award? The series, which won the Episodic Audience Award at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, stars Rami Malek ("The Pacific") as a anarchist computer programmer taken in by a mysterious hacker group led by Christian Slater ("The Adderall Diaries"). Portia Doubleday ("Her"), Carly Chaikin ("Suburgatory") and Martin Wallström ("Easy Money III") also star. Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller reviewed the first episode when it screened at SXSW, calling the show "a testament to the blend of cinematic execution that's invaded episodic television in recent years." Click over to the USA Network website to watch the pilot »


- Becca Nadler

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Watch New Clip from HBO's 'Nightingale' Starring David Oyelowo (Premiere Set for Friday May 29)

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HBO has set the premiere date for the indie drama feature "Nightingale," which stars David Oyelowo, for this Friday, May 29, 2015, at 9Pm. In "Nightingale," Oyelowo plays a character named Peter Snowden, described as a man obsessing over an old army friend, whom he loves, as his life begins to spiral downward, with their reunion approaching. The film follows Peter as he records his private thoughts and feelings - his nightingale song - in the days leading up to his reunion with Edward. Before long, the hostile world outside Peter's door begins to threaten the idyllic future that he's so desperately trying to build. In literature, the nightingale often represents melancholy and joy, love and loss, life and death. In mythology, all species of bird typically represent a departed soul. Nightingales particularly suggest love and longing. It's a one-man show, as Oyelowo carries the entire film solo. Meaning, he's the only »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Louis C.K., Back on the Knife's Edge as 'Louie' Season Finale Looms

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"Did Louis C.K. go too far?" This was the question on the lips of more than a few media outlets this weekend, after the comedian's opening monologue on the season finale of "Saturday Night Live." In what amounted to a nine-minute excerpt from one of his stand-up routines (with the foul language edited out), C.K. tackled Middle Eastern politics, his own "mild racism," and the psychology of child molesters, setting off uncomfortable titters in the audience and a common debate in contemporary comedy. Was he provocative, or simply offensive? Did he go too far, or did he go just far enough? When it comes to C.K.—a humorist of privilege and its discontents—even framing one's response in these terms implies a certain success. As evidenced by the sterling fifth season of his FX series, "Louie," which concludes Thursday night, he's at his funniest, and his most insightful, »


- Matt Brennan

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Whether You Love or Hate Reality TV, Lifetime's Savage 'UnREAL' Is Required Viewing

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The upcoming drama "UnREAL" chronicles the making of a dating reality show called "Everlasting" from the point of view of a producer (Shiri Appleby) whose soul is dying in the name of creating "great TV." It's a show all about the manipulation of truth, so I will be honest: At a certain point in my conversation with the cast and creators of "UnREAL," we took a very short break so that I could eat a bite of a bacon chocolate chip cookie. That's because we were in the back room of a popular and bacon-obsessed Austin restaurant where the folks behind the upcoming Lifetime drama were celebrating a triumphant premiere as part of SXSW's Episodics line-up. Read More: SXSW: Film Festivals Need TV (And TV Needs Film Festivals) Watching me eat that bacon chocolate chip cookie bite were showrunners Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon, as well as stars Shiri Appleby, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Mad Men' 2015 Emmys Ads Aim to Get Jon Hamm His First Win — Will It Work?

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After eight years, it's either painfully redundant or painfully eye-opening to remind people the man behind Don Draper has never won an Emmy. Sure, Hamm snagged one Golden Globe for his work on "Mad Men," but the repeated snubs by the TV Academy have stacked up over the years to a preposterous point. He's now on the infamous level of Jason Alexander — the "Seinfeld" star who went zero for seven at the Emmys — and Steve Carell (0-6 for "The Office," plus three more misses if you count his losses as the show's producer) as unrewarded actors who nailed iconic roles. Read More: 2015 Emmys Predictions: Best Actor in a Drama Series AMC is looking to change that in the series' final year of eligibility. With its new Emmys ads — rolling out in Los Angeles on June 1 — the network has created a special campaign designed to play up nostalgia for its unjustly ignored star. »


- Ben Travers

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Exclusive Preview: Disney's "Future Worm"

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Here comes Future Worm! Earlier this year we previewed Disney's Future-Worm! a new short-form and full-length series, created by Emmy Award-winning "South Park" director Ryan Quincy and starring comedian Andy Milonakis ("Kroll Show") and James Adomian ("The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"). The show is about a boy, Danny (Milonakis), who befriends a fearless worm from the future, Future Worm (Adomian). It has a very different vibe from the usual Disney content and to prove it, the studio has allowed me to sneak the first short here in this post. Titled "No Anchovies!", it will premier today on Disney Xd's YouTube Channel at noon Pt. Disney Xd will debut new episodes of Future-Worm, beginning Wednesday May 27th (3:00 p.m., Et/12:00 p.m., Pt) on its YouTube Channel.  New shorts will then premiere Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next two consecutive weeks on Disney...

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- Jerry Beck

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Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda's 'Grace and Frankie' Renewed for Season 2

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Netflix has renewed its septuagenarian sitcom, "Grace and Frankie," for a second season.  Starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as two very different women who turn to each other for comfort when their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) divorce them to marry each other, "Grace and Frankie" is created and executive produced by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris. The series also co-stars Brooklyn Decker and a scene-stealing June Diane Raphael.  In her review of the series, Women and Hollywood TV critic Sara Stewart praised the show's two leads: "Tomlin and Fonda really are living it up in these roles, getting in some great digs about the invisibility of old age and the cosmic Wtf of having your life uprooted at an age when you thought everything was more or less settled. They look terrific, and their comic timing is impeccable." Unfortunately, their sparkling performances haven't been adequately remunerated -- a situation the two. »


- Inkoo Kang

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David Duchovny on an Nc-17 'Aquarius' Cut and Why Mulder is a 'Very Bad Cop' on 'The X-Files'

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With "Aquarius," NBC is doing two things never done before on broadcast TV: releasing an entire season of television simultaneously and making David Duchovny play a real cop. Much has been made about the Peacock's decision to distribute the full first season of John McNamara's period cop drama the day after its traditional broadcast debut, but some may be surprised to hear Duchovny doesn't think of his past characters as cops. Yes, even that character. Read More: Watch: David Duchovny Is So Not Groovy With Murderous Hippie Cult Leaders In 'Aquarius' Preview "Aquarius" marks the actor's first role on broadcast television since playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on "The X-Files" — a role he'll be reprising for a new season in 2016 — but he's not straying far from cable. "Aquarius" is a hard-edged network drama, and Duchovny (as well as series creator John McNamara) said there's more than what you'll see on NBC. »


- Ben Travers

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Read: The Insane Secrets Behind Adult Swim's Anti-Comedy 'The Eric Andre Show'

26 May 2015 2:57 PM, PDT

Read More: 'The Eric Andre Show' Getting Weird With Chris Rock, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Rogen and more in Season 3 (Exclusive) In this interview with the site "Hopes&Fears," "The Eric Andre Show" supervising producer Joshua Cohen talks candidly about the ins-and-outs of one of the craziest shows on TV. Adult Swim has brought us some of the most talked about absurd, anti-comedy series like "Too Many Cooks" and "Children's Hospital", but rarely do we ever catch a glimpse of the mechanisms behind seemingly chaotic and unplanned shows. Cohen helps mend that gap, and we've picked out some of the most intriguing, sometimes disturbing, tidbits from his interview.  "Typically, we take about $10,000 and we all go to the Commerce Casino... We see how much money we walk away with at the casino and that's typically how much we'll put into one season's worth of set destruction."  "I would say Lauren Conrad. »


- Sarah Choi

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Exclusive: Hear 2 Tracks By Composer Charlie Clouser From This Week's Episode Of 'Wayward Pines'

26 May 2015 12:17 PM, PDT

"Wayward Pines" is earning quite a lot of chatter with only a couple of episodes having been broadcast. Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Juliette Lewis and Melissa Leo are among the cast, while M. Night Shyamalan directed the pilot and is executive producing the series. But another key player establishing the mood of the show has been composer Charlie Clouser, and today we have a couple of exclusive tracks from this week's episode "Our Town, Our Law." Clouser might be best known as a one-time member of Nine Inch Nails, but he's made a strong footprint in the television- and film-composing fields. He's scored seven "Saw" films, "Resident Evil: Extinction" and "Death Sentence," as well as the main title theme music for "American Horror Story." And the tracks below from "Wayward Pines," "Please Stay" and "Forest Kitchen," highlight his ability to conjure stirring, eerie and...

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Empire's' Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Will Duel on 'Lip Sync Battle' Season Finale + Host Spike's 'Guys Choice 2015'

26 May 2015 12:14 PM, PDT

Announced this afternoon, “Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are heading to Spike to host the ninth annual "Guys Choice" - the unfiltered, unpredictable event where all your "mantasies" come true, as men of the year and the women who love them are honored. "Guys Choice" will tape on Saturday, June 6 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA and premieres on Thursday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt on Spike TV. “We just worked with Terrence and Taraji on the upcoming season finale of ‘Lip Sync Battle’ and I can promise you that adding their off-the-charts chemistry into the Guys Choice mix will make for one of the most unpredictable nights of the year,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer of Guys Choice. “Gird your loins boys, Cookie is coming to town!” A-list attendees being honored with the coveted "mantlers" include: host Taraji P. Henson accepting »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Marvel's 'Daredevil' Gets 'Night Court' And 'Law & Order' Themed Mashups

26 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT

Is it still cool to talk about "Daredevil"? By now, you've probably binged on, digested and forgotten about Marvel's Netflix series that earned rave reviews and marked a new, grittier chapter for the comic book studio. Indeed, the procedural nature of the show was a change of pace, which wasn't lost on many. And so the inevitable mashups have arrived. First up is goofier recut, one that brings together "Daredevil" and "Night Court." That one has been kicking around the internet for a while, but the mashup that truly gets it right is the next, which puts Matt Murdock and co. into the world of "Law & Order." Not only is it closer in tone, but Kingpin Vincent D'Onofrio of course was featured on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Check 'em both out below. [Polygon/Av Club]

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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British Nigerian Actor Ot Fagbenle Leads a State-of-the-Art Law Enforcement Team in 'The Interceptor' (First Trailer)

26 May 2015 11:26 AM, PDT

British Ghanaian actor David Gyasi was originally set to star in the new BBC One drama "The Interceptor," but, due to a leg injury which will require a period of rest, the actor had to exit the project last year, and was replaced by British Nigerian actor Olatunde Olateju (aka O-t) Fagbenle. "The Interceptor" is a new gripping and high-octane 8-part series about a state-of-the-art law enforcement team whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals. The series is written by Tony Saint and made by BBC Drama Productions for BBC One. It delves into the adventures of a dedicated surveillance team known as the Unit. Keeping their quarries under ultra-tight surveillance, they take us into the real world inhabited by the criminals of today. Fagbenle leads the cast and plays Ash, whose dream of bringing down the biggest fish in the »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Twin Peaks' Will Return With 18 Episodes, Angelo Badalamenti Composing All New Music

26 May 2015 7:01 AM, PDT

Now that a détente has been reached between David Lynch and Showtime over the upcoming "Twin Peaks" revival, we can return to wondering just what's going to be coming in the latest adventures of the cult TV show. And as promised, it will be bigger than anticipated.  During the "Twin Peaks" panel at Crypticon in Seattle, Sherilyn Fenn and Sheryl Lee revealed two big pieces of news: there will be eighteen new episodes of "Twin Peaks," all directed by David Lynch, and his longtime collaborator Angelo Badalamenti would be composing all new music. Yep, we'll take a slice of cherry pie to go with that. This effectively doubles the nine episodes that were announced when the Showtime deal was first revealed, and suggests this will be more than just your standard waltz through the past. Read More: Watch 'Sesame Street' Takes on 'Twin Peaks' With 'Twin Beaks' Production is scheduled to begin in September, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné

25 May 2015 2:16 PM, PDT

So, in case you haven’t heard, it’s been reported that talks are underway with ABC and the producers of “The View,” for Raven-Symoné to join the show as a permanent co-host. It seems, in just a blink of an eye, that she has gone from the cute little Olivia on “The Cosby Show,” to her new status as everyone’s favorite wacky aunt. But, the fact of the matter is that, no matter what you may think of her, and some of the nutty things she’s said (like being from “every continent in Africa” - see below), the network and "The View" need her badly. Why? Because of ratings of course. "The View" has been one of ABC's flagship programs since it first premiered 18 years ago, in 1997. However, it shouldn’t be any surprise that, after all these years, its ratings have gradually dropped. The network has »


- Sergio

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Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5, Episode 7 Has A 'Gift' For You

25 May 2015 5:11 AM, PDT

Following last week’s bombshell final scene, this week’s “Game of Thrones” ("The Gift") was always going to be in a tricky situation. On the one hand, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have established the world as one that is just always going to be filled with horrible sexual violence, where murder and/or assault happen at nearly every single wedding (they and George must have some strong feelings about the institution of marriage). On the other hand, it’s so obvious that rape has become this storytelling crutch for them, this thing that they lean on to show deep, deep evil, or motivate female rage, bitterness, power. But it's such a loaded device, and they play very fast and loose with it, pretty irresponsibly at times. It’s very confusing and complicated to suss out without seeing the whole season and how it’s going to tie together. »


- Katie Walsh

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After Years of Talking, Here's What Marc Maron Will Say -- And What He Won't

25 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

One of the first things Marc Maron said to Indiewire when we sat down over coffee in his Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park was "I'm not freaking out about anything."  Read More: FX's 'Louie' Is an Important Show, But Is IFC's 'Maron' More Fun? And our half-hour conversation lived up to it -- after decades in the business and much discussed ups and downs, Maron seems almost zen-like about the current state of his career, which includes the return of his IFC series "Maron" for a third season, a vibrant stand-up career and of course, his podcast "Wtf," which just crossed the 600-episode mark. Below, Maron reveals what Academy Award nominee he'd like to bring on as a "Maron" guest star, the Fox pilot idea that never happened, the primary reason why he'll censor his podcast these days and the intricacies of balancing a TV »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 7 'The Gift' Doesn't Bounce Back From Last Week's Trauma

24 May 2015 9:35 PM, PDT

Previously: Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Episode 6 'Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken': When the Series Betrayed Sansa Stark Post-"Game" AnalysisAt the beginning of this episode, as Jon Snow and Tormund Gianstbane began prepping their horses and readying to head out north of The Wall, one fact became evident: We haven't seen Ghost at all this season. Thankfully that omission was finally remedied; perhaps HBO had been saving all of their budget for the dragons this season, but hopefully we'll be seeing more of Ghost now that he's back in the game. In Dorne, Myrcella rejected Jaime's instruction that she return to King's Landing -- naturally, because she's a teenager in love and her stupid uncle knows nothing about her anyway. Elsewhere, Stannis rejected both Davos's proposal that they turn back to Castle Black and Melisandre's proposal that they somehow use Shireen in another of her magical spells. Team Stannis on both »


- Casey Cipriani

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Review: ‘Veep’ Season 4, Episode 7 'Mommy Meyer' Nails It ('Like Streisand Hitting a High C')

24 May 2015 8:00 PM, PDT

Last Week's Review: Review: 'Veep' Season 4 Episode 6 'Storms and Pancakes' Raises Suspicion Immediate ReactionOh, poor Mike. After four years of ineptitude, Selina’s long-time press rep has finally realized the sad, hard truth: He’s not very good at his job. We, of course, have known this all along, but to see it dawn on Mike made for many laughs blended with drawn out "Awwwww's." What will that mean going forward? Will Mike attempt to improve, or is he next for the axe on this dismissal-heavy season? Here’s hoping for the former.  Even with Mike’s empathetic humor playing a small part, the campaign scenes of "Veep" are running along as though they’re Tom James himself: infallible. Every note struck just the right chord, from the surprise(s) of intruders in the White House to Selina’s predictably disliked Mommy Meyer bill. We even got to know a little bit more about Tom, »


- Ben Travers

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