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Review: 'The X-Files' Season 10 Episode 4, 'Home Again,' Stirred Up Secrets and Sadness

9 hours ago

Previously, on "The X-Files"...Mulder and Scully are FBI agents investigating weird crimes. About 14 years ago, they had a son that Scully gave up for adoption (to keep him safe from the crazy alien conspiracy that might still be trying to take over the world).   Last Week's Review: 'The X-Files' Season 10 Episode 3, 'Mulder and Scully Meet The Were-monster' Is A Treat to Be Treasured This Week's DossierMulder and Scully head to Philadelphia to investigate the death of a city official who was mysteriously ripped apart in his office by a very tall and ominous figure. More deaths follow, all of them being people who are exploiting or abusing homeless people in some manner. Mulder and Scully eventually track down an artist who claims that he's created "the bandaid nose man," whose murderous rampage to protect the indigent he says was made possible by Tibetan Buddhism. At the end, the Trashman »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Essence Atkins Books Female Lead in NBC's Marlon Wayans Comedy Pilot

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Essence Atkins has booked the female lead role in NBC's new comedy pilot from Marlon Wayans, titled "Marlon," which is inspired by the actor/comedian's life.  Wayans will star in (and produce) the series that will follow the escapades of an unfitting but loving father who is committed to successful co-parenting with his polar opposite ex-wife. Atkins will play his ex-wife. The comedy series will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts and Wayans Brothers Entertainment. Chris Moynihan will pen the script and executive produce alongside Rick Alvarez and Michael Rotenberg. Wayans and Atkins previously worked together in the first "Haunted House" horror comedy a couple of years ago, which was a sleeper hit and spawned a sequel that was released last year.  Deadline was first to report the news of Atkins' casting.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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What Time Is the Right Time For Watching Late Night TV?

14 hours ago

Boasting a regular viewership of more than 100 million viewers, the Super Bowl is an ideal launching platform for primetime TV. So who gets to capitalize on the coveted post-game slot can get a bit contentious. CBS saw fit to give their spot to a first-timer — Stephen Colbert, in his first season as the helmer of "The Late Show" — in a first for the late night genre. Never before had a late night series benefitted from such a lead-in directly, as other networks chose to first show a scripted series after the game and then follow that up with some late night entertainment. Read More: Why Netflix Renewed 'Orange is the New Black' for Three Seasons So how did Colbert do? It depends on who you ask. "The Late Show" pulled in a solid 21.1 million viewers — which is just over what "Elementary" drew for CBS in its post-Super Bowl »


- Indiewire

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How John Ridley and Company Create the Emotional Resonance of 'American Crime'

14 hours ago

In the most recent episode of "American Crime" (ABC), forty minutes of frank, uncomfortable closeups capped by a virtuosic, one-shot dance sequence, high school student Taylor Blaine (Connor Jessup) encounters a classmate, Luke (Taylor John Smith), in the restroom. With a long, intense stare reflected in the mirror, the moment is at first threatening, then alluring, as the characters nearly — but not quite — kiss. Later, in his bedroom, Taylor conjures up the meeting in his mind, and a frame dropped from the initial exchange reappears on screen, a potent expression of this season's nuanced, empathic understanding of sex and sexuality. It's but one of several formal coups that have made creator John Ridley's limited series, now in its second season, the best drama currently on television. Read More: "The Impressive Evolution of 'American Crime'"  "We call these 'emotional cutaways,'" says editor Liza D. Espinas. "You...

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- Matt Brennan

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'Mavis!,' The First Feature Documentary About Legendary Soul and Gospel Singer Mavis Staples, Debuts Feb. 29, Exclusively on HBO

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Celebrating the extraordinary gospel and soul music legend and civil rights icon, who rose to fame as lead singer of the legendary family group The Staple Singers, the first feature documentary on her life, "Mavis!", debuts Monday, February 29, 9:00-10:25 p.m. Et/Pt, exclusively on HBO, the network announced today. Jessica Edwards directs. In conjunction with the film's HBO debut, her new album, "Livin' on a High Note," will be released by Anti- on Feb. 19. Highlighted by dynamic live performances, recent behind-the-scenes video, rare archival footage and recordings, and conversations with friends and collaborators, among them Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Tweedy, Levon Helm, Chuck D, Al Bell, Julian Bond and Sharon Jones, "Mavis!" explores the struggles and triumphs of a remarkable artist's ongoing journey. Mavis Staples got her start in music singing with her family, including sisters Cleotha and Yvonne, brother Pervis, and their father,...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Tonight: Nelson George's Misty Copeland Doc - 'A Ballerina’s Tale' - Premieres on Independent Lens

17 hours ago

Tonight on PBS' Independent Lens film series, Nelson George's “A Ballerina’s Tale” makes its TV premiere, so many, many more of you will finally be able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes. The film explores the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater. It gives audiences an intimate look at a groundbreaking dancer during a crucial period in her life, as she makes the transition.  On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in Abt's 75-year history. After it made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, Sundance Selects acquired U.S. rights to George's documentary last year, and released in a limited theatrical and on VOD in October. It's produced by Leslie Norville and executive produced by Dorria L. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Everyone's Favorite Characters From Everyone's Favorite Season of 'The Wire' Reunite For Super Bowl Ad

17 hours ago

Read More: Watch: The Best Super Bowl Moment Was Will Ferrell Not Talking About 'Zoolander 2' One of the few good adds from last nights Super Bowl was Toyota's "Chase of the Century," displaying their Prius' ability to outmaneuver the police — just in case you're in a bind. But even more surprising than the Prius' speed were its passengers. At the helm of the vehicle was James Ransone, or Ziggy Sabotka from HBO's "The Wire," joined by Pablo Schreiber (Nick Sobotka) and Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka). The brothers from Baltimore's dock have taken up robbing banks in pink ski masks since Season 2 ended, but when their driver takes off without them, what's left for them to escape with? A countrywide car chase ensues with the rogue Prius taking America's heart away. Unfortunately, this is probably as much of a reunion as "Wire" fans will get, but who knows? »


- Jake Spencer

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Bet Networks Partners with Abff to Produce and Televise the 2016 Abff Awards

17 hours ago

As TV One and the NAACP Image Awards say goodbye to another year of celebrations of black culture (over the weekend), Abff and Bet have announced that they have teamed up to produce the “Abff Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood,” which will be hosted by Mike Epps, and will premiere on Bet and Centric on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, following a taping on Sunday, February 21st at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The Abff Awards will celebrate black performers, movies and television shows of the past year that have had a significant impact on American entertainment, as well as the people who have been proponents in championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. In addition to recognizing the top television shows and films of the year, the awards will pay tribute to film legends, and industry leaders of tomorrow, like actress Diahann Carroll...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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I Love 'The Good Wife,' and I'm So Glad It's Ending

18 hours ago

While most shows' endings are announced in quiet on a Friday afternoon, CBS set aside 30 seconds of the most valuable airtime in television to announce that "The Good Wife" would be wrapping up at the end of its seventh season, on May 8. As someone who's long considered "The Good Wife" of the best shows on television, my reaction is: Thank God it's ending now. "The Good Wife" had five thoroughly strong seasons, with many great episodes among them, but the last two years — the sixth season, and what we've seen of the seventh — have been its weakest. The sixth was hampered by the absurdly distended departure of Archie Panjabi's Kalinda, culminating in a tepid, green-screened farewell to protagonist Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), and centered around an equally drawn-out storyline about Alicia running for political office, which everything we'd known about the character to that point suggested she was too savvy to undertake. »


- Sam Adams

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Watch: The Best Super Bowl Moment Was Will Ferrell Not Talking About 'Zoolander 2'

19 hours ago

Read More: 'Saturday Night Live' Review: Host Larry David Kicks Off First Stop on New (And Necessary) Political Tour All publicity is good publicity, but can no publicity be great publicity? That's the question that came to mind after Will Ferrell stopped by "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," following the Super Bowl Sunday night. Dressed in the duds of a true outdoorsman, Ferrell was technically there to promote "Zoolander 2," in which he co-stars as the evil clothing designer Mugatu. But he didn't want to talk about "Zoolander 2." In fact, he made a point not to talk about it despite Colbert prodding him a number of times to do just that. Instead, Ferrell wanted to audition for "The Late Show's" new "Exotic Animal Expert," a tradition dating back to "The Tonight Show," Letterman's "Late Show" and beyond, but has since been largely retired on the late night talk circuit. »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Super Bowl Ads Featuring Seth Rogen, Amy Schumer, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Christopher Walken, And More

21 hours ago

There was a game last night between two teams, and one of them took home a trophy, but the real winners of Super Bowl Sunday were the advertisers, whose various multi-million dollar campaigns arguably dominated the social media sphere more than the sports match. And as per usual, the campaigns were expensive, and star-studded. Read More: Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis, And Bill Hader Team For Space Comedy 'The Something' Seth Rogen, Amy Schumer, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Christopher Walken, Kevin Hart, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, and more all cashed some likely decent sized checks to put their faces to everything from beer to Apartments.com, and we've gathered them all below. And oh yeah, that Audi commercial featuring David Bowie's "Starman"? It was directed by Craig Gillespie ("Lars And The Real Girl," "The Finest Hours") so we've included that below to. Watch 'em all, and let us know your favorites in the comments section. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Downton Abbey' Season 6 Episode 6 Tries To Get Meta

7 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST

The last couple of episodes were enlivened by surprise returns and bloody mayhem, but this week's episode doesn't have any pyrotechnics to distract from a return to the lackluster form of earlier in the season. Previously: 'Downton Abbey' Season 6 Episode 5 Spills Blood On The Linen UpstairsIn order to raise funds for the hospital trust, Downton holds an open house, allowing paying "normal people" to get a look at the inside. The occasion sparks numerous conversations about why people would even want to bother to see how they live. Since the show is only a few episodes away from its conclusion, after a very successful and very lucrative run, this seems an odd time to pose that particular question. There's also a lot of on-the-nose discussion of "how much things have changed" and "what will happen in the future?" Yes, show, we know. Robert is home resting after his successful surgery, »


- Jay Bushman

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