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Review: 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Episode 5, 'Alpine Shepherd Boy,' Is All About Brotherhood

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Read More: Review: 'Better Call Saul' Season 1 Episode 4, 'Hero,' Might Just Save the Day Case SummaryJimmy's recent burst of free publicity, courtesy of the paper's front page coverage of his heroism had his phone ringing off the hook last week. Well, not ringing off the hook, but he did have several messages waiting for him on his answering machine. Unfortunately, these lead to many dud clients: A crazy cliche of a "billionaire" (right down to the taxidermied endangered species decorating his lounge) looking to secede from the United States, an inventor with no ability to recognize double entendre and a few very complicated wills for the very elderly. His bonding session/pedicure with Kim, in which Kim tells him that he might consider focusing his legal practice on elder law, gets interrupted by news that Chuck's in the hospital after being arrested by cops investigating complaints about »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Interview: NBC's 'The Night Shift': A Medical Drama's Underdog Origin Story

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Some shows premiere big. Some sneak onto the screen. NBC's "The Night Shift" is definitely an example of the latter. While the medical drama premiered last summer without much fanfare, it built a solid viewership over the course of its eight episode run, locking down a Season 2 after just a few weeks on the air. Featuring an ensemble cast including Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr, Freddy Rodriguez and Scott Wolf, "Night Shift" takes a "M.A.S.H"-esque look at life in a San Antonio emergency room, staffed by a blend of civilian and former military doctors. During a visit to the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Indiewire sat down with executive producer Gabe Sachs (who created the show with partner Jeff Judah) to learn how two producers best known for "Freaks and Geeks" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" went from writing about teenagers to emergency room doctors, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: What Does A Graphic Designer Do? These Films and TV Shows Won't Tell You...

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If you watch enough films, you begin to see where filmmakers' creativity flags. There's the aerial shot of wooded landscapes that often precedes films of suspense; there's the rock music that blasts in first-day-of-school scenes during teen comedies; there's the ubiquitous shot of someone waking up and slapping an alarm clock right after the opening credits have finished. And, when someone is asked what their job is, it's often... "graphic designer." This job title has popped up in many films, from Prelude to a Kiss to Friends to Girls to Parenthood to Juno, and yet do we learn what the job entails? Not really. Is it a good job? Not sure. Does it fill out the script? Yes it does. This funny supercut by Ellen Mercer and Lucy Streule fills us in--or doesn't--on the recurrence of this job, from the small screen to the big screen. Enjoy!

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- Max Winter

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Release Date & Official Synopsis Revealed For The Wachowskis' Netflix Series 'Sense8'

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Okay, so "Jupiter Ascending" was a total nightmare and let's never talk about it again, but for those who still hope that The Wachowskis can truly deliver the kind of original sci-fi fans have been waiting for since "The Matrix," they have another shot with Netflix's "Sense8." And it already sounds fucking bonkers. "We told Netflix we were like, 'We're only interested in doing this. It's going to be so hard, it's not very much money. We're only interested in it if we can do anything. And I mean anything. Like crazy psychic orgies with all sorts of different bodies.' And they were like, 'Yeah sure, cool great,' " Lana Wachowski said last month, with Andy adding: "It's science fiction but it's more about humanity. It's about everything...we have live births…Babies coming out of vaginas…" Um, okay. Now here's an actual synopsis that sounds a little more manageable, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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TV One Delivers Best February Performance in Network’s History, Helped by the 46th NAACP Image Awards

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TV One today announced that its 2015 Black History Month schedule made ratings history, delivering the network’s best February performance of all time, in Primetime in key target demographics.  The network's acquisition of broadcast rights to the NAACP Image Awards has proven to be a great move, as the show was a primary driver for last month's record ratings, which also included a sneak peek episode of a new summer comedy, "Born Again Virgin, and the original movie, "White Water," as well as returning series "Unsung Hollywood" and "R&B Divas La."  "We knew the diversity of our Black History Month programming would be appealing to viewers seeking high-quality, star-studded and entertaining content," said Brad Siegel, President, TV One. "However, to deliver network history making results is an unexpected compliment from viewers which we are more than happy to...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Listen: 2 Hours Of Director's Commentary By David Fincher For 'House Of Cards' Seasons 1, Episodes 1 & 2

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Did you stumble into the office today bleary-eyed, perhaps with cheesy puff dust still under your fingernails? Then like many across the country and around the world, you spent the weekend hunkered inside, with your cell phone off, binging on "House Of Cards" season three. We'll have our take on it soon, but until then, why not take a trip back to the episodes that started it all? As you know, the show's executive producer is none other than David Fincher. He directed the first two episodes of "House Of Cards" way back in season one, and you can hear his commentary tracks for those shows below. The downside? You don't get the visuals to go along with his words. The upside? It's two hours of Fincher talking about about "House Of Cards." It's an interesting way to see how Frank Underwood was introduced and how he's evolved since, as well as the approach Fincher, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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June Will Be a Heavy Binge-Watching Month for Netflix - Release Dates Set for 'Orange Is the New Black,' Nina Simone Doc, More...

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Netflix has revealed premiere dates for its 2015 slate of original series and movies. Of note, its award-winning series, "Orange Is the New Black," returns for a 3rd season on June 12th (I haven't even watched season 2 yet). Also, the Nina Simone Sundance Film Festival documentary it picked up in January, "What Happened, Miss Simone," will premiere on the streaming platform on June 26. And finally, there's The Wachowskis new Netflix series titled "Sense8," which features an international ensemble cast that includes black British actors Aml Ameen, and Freema Agyeman. They join Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah, Brian J. SmithTuppence Middleton,  Tena Desae, Doona Bae, Max Riemelt, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann. The project's synopsis reads: "Eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Two-Color Conspiracy in 'House of Cards'

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You may think that "House of Cards" is Peak Quality TV or pseudo-sophisticated soap opera, but it's hard to deny that the show at least looks great. Although it's employed four different cinematographers over its three-season run — Martin Ahlgren shot all but two of the most recent 13-episode batch — the show has successfully stuck to the moody, not-quite-neo-noir look of David FIncher's pilot. So successfully, in fact, that Slate's Chris Wade was able to boil "House of Cards'" visual style down to a simple two-tone trick. In "Every Shot on 'House of Cards' Looks the Same," he scrolls through the first two seasons, pinpointing dozens of shots using the same basic trick: blue accent in the foreground, acid yellow in the back. Be forewarned: Once you've seen it, especially in the accompanying video, you can't unsee it. This being "House of Cards," the conspiracy doesn't stop there. »


- Sam Adams

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Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for 'Orange is the New Black' Season 3, 'Wet Hot American Summer,' Wachowskis' 'Sense8'

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"Orange is the New Black" may be switching categories at the Emmys, but it's keeping the same premiere schedule. Following the same trajectory as its first two seasons, Jenji Kohan's "drama" will return June 12 for its Season 3 premiere.  Netflix also announced premieres for three new original series: First and foremost, the hotly-anticipated "Wet Hot American Summer" television series — full title: "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp" — will unveil itself in the heat of summer, aptly, on July 17. Things developed quickly for the star-studded series set to reunite most of the gang from David Wain's cult classic film, as it's gone from rumor to release in just over a year. Check out the trailer for a full list of the returning cast. Read More: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Set For Netflix Series with Original Cast, But Is It a Mistake? Also set to make its »


- Ben Travers

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TV Series in Development About Modeling Industry Titan Eileen Ford

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An upcoming biography of Eileen Ford, the woman who invented the modeling business as we know it today, has been optioned for a TV series.  "Mistresses" creator K.J. Steinberg will adapt Robert Lacey's "Model Woman: Eileen Ford and the Business of Beauty" for the small screen. The book will be published on June 16, 2015.  A former model who founded her own agency in her mid twenties, Ford and her husband Jerry eventually turned their company into one of the largest institutions in the modeling world. Her entrepreneurial feats are all the more impressive considering that Ford made her success during the postwar years when "proper" women returned to the home in droves and that she had to contend with a domineering husband with whom she had eloped. Ford is credited with turning modeling, a "mostly part-time, poorly paid hobby, into one of the world's most glamorous occupations, turning attractive girls next door into multimillionaire. »


- Inkoo Kang

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Watch: SundanceTV Travels 'The Red Road' In Thrilling Season 2 Trailer

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SundanceTV has dropped a new trailer for the second season of their action-packed drama "The Red Road," starring "Game of Thrones" veteran and the new Aquaman, Jason Mamoa. Season 2 of "The Red Road" jumps straight into the action following the Season 1 finale, with tensions building between Mamoa's Philip Kopus, a dangerous member of the local Native American tribe and local cop Harold Jensen, played by Martin Hendersen. As characters piece their lives together, rumors arise that the tribe's new federal recognition will lead to the building of a casino, which could lead to dangerous consequences and rivalries.  "The Red Road" returns April 2 at 10pm on SundanceTV. Viewers can catch up or rewatch Season 1 on DVD March 10. SundanceTV will also air a marathon on March 28. Watch the new trailer below.  Read More: Sundance TV Renews Aaron Guzikowski's 'The Red Road' Starring Jason Mamoa for Season Two

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- Travis Clark

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‘Broadchurch’ Returns, a Disappointing Shell of Its Former Self (Trailer)

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The morning after screening the first four episodes of the sophomore season of “Broadchurch,” I noted my initial impressions on Twitter, an assessment of which I am only more convinced after a few days of reflection. “Review: ‘Broadchurch,’ Season Two,” I wrote. “Kill it. Kill it with fire.” Having spent the five months since I reviewed the extraordinary first season praising the small-town mystery to everyone who would listen, a bit of hyperbole seems only fair: shunning the unassuming precision of its debut for high dudgeon and overwrought dramatics, the crime drama, which returns to BBC America Wednesday, is now but a shell of its former self. Read: “‘Gracepoint’ vs. ‘Broadchurch,’ or the Problem with Remakes” The new season courts the danger of high expectations from the opening minutes, setting the table for the trial of accused child molester and murderer Joe Miller (Matthew Gravelle) with a superb, fleet-footed sequence »


- Matt Brennan

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Emerging Black TV Network Bounce TV to Broadcast Live Boxing in New Multi-Year Deal w/ Premier Boxing Champions

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Bounce TV has announced that the black TV network has inked a multi-year deal to televise live boxing events of the new Premier Boxing Champions (Pbc) series, joining NBC Sports Group, CBS Sports and Spike TV as television partners for the Pbc series. "Pbc The Next Round" will be a monthly series, with two hours of live boxing, featuring the most exciting prospects in the sport and boxing's future stars.  The series will premiere on Bounce TV in July, with a schedule of fights and on-air talent to be announced shortly.  "This series provides future stars of boxing frequent nationwide exposure on over-the-air television, and will benefit the African-American audience who I believe miss watching this great sport on free TV," said co-founder Martin Luther King, III. Co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young commented, "Many legendary boxing champions have been heroes to the African American community, whose love of, and...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Jodie Foster and Darlene Hunt to Team Up on a Comedy About a Recovering Alcoholic

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If there's anyone out there who can mine humor from addiction recovery, it might well be Jodie Foster and Darlene Hunt.  Foster helmed the tonally challenging psychosis dramedy "The Beaver" and two sad-but-hilarious episodes of "Orange is the New Black," for which she was nominated for a DGA Award. (She was also nominated for directing "House of Cards.") As the creator of Showtime's "The Big C," Hunt told a story about terminal illness with deft but respectful levity. Now the two will collaborate on "Charlie," a comedy about a "self-destructive, emotionally-stunted alcoholic who vows to get her life on track after rescuing a dog she believes to be her reincarnated mother," per Deadline. Based on that logline, we're all in.  Hunt created "Charlie" at Sony TV. Foster is set to come aboard as executive producer and may shoot the pilot. The actress-turned-director is also currently working on the...

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- Inkoo Kang

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In the Age of Auteur Television, What Does It Mean to Be a Director?

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The role of the director in television has, historically, always come second to the writer. In the words of Marcos Siega, director/executive producer of "The Following," there's a perception of them as "traffic cops." But in an era when television keeps getting better and better, there's a shift in that perspective, especially thanks to the influx of A-list directors like David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh.   Siega comes from the other side, having worked for over 10 years on shows including "Dexter" and "The Vampire Diaries," but he doesn't mind it when the feature guys come to play. At this year's ATVfest, Indiewire sat down with him to discuss what it can mean to be an "executive producer," what he feels he does as the lead director of a show and the valuable lessons he learned from being a guest director on "Veronica Mars." Talk to me a little bit about »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Dakota Johnson's Controversial Isis Spoof From 'Saturday Night Live'

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After courting a sort-of controversy with the sexytimes hit "Fifty Shades Of Grey," Dakota Johnson grabbed more headlines this weekend with her stint hosting "Saturday Night Live." And even with the show celebrating its fortieth year, they showed that they still know how to provoke. The internet erupted following a spoof of this Toyota ad, in which a father (Taran Killam) seems to be dropping off his high school graduate daughter (Johnson) at the airport before she leaves for college. Instead, she jumps into a jeep with a bunch of shifty Isis dudes. Aristocrats! Or, ha! Personally, I find it unfunny rather than offensive, and in defense of 'SNL,' with news of teenage girls in western countries becoming radicalized making headlines, it's a cheeky take on it. It's just not very good. But hey, see for yourself below.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'House of Cards' Season 3 Episode 1, 'Chapter 27,' Reverses the Twist

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[Editor's Note: These reviews are written without knowledge of what's to come, meaning, the author has not seen past the episode he's writing about.] Morning Briefing:Did you hear that rap? Much like when "Arrested Development" got the stair car to introduce its distributor before Season 4, "House of Cards" has incorporated its own spin to the Netflix logo, adding Frank's trademark knuckle rap to kick off each episode. Cute easter eggs aside, "Chapter 27" began with the newly inaugurated President making a ceremonial trip to his father's gravestone. Why? To piss on it — literally.  After Frank's tribute to his not-so-dear-Dad, we take a trip back in time with — surprise! — Doug Stamper, alive and not-so-well after last being seen face down in a ditch due to a brain-whacking by Rachel. Turns out he survived the brutal blows and has gone through a lengthy rehab regiment to make his way back to Frank's side...only to find out Frank isn't as eager to...

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- Ben Travers

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Live Forever and Prosper: Leonard Nimoy, Rip

21 hours ago

Leonard Nimoy was many things. He was an actor, poet, director, photographer, philosopher, and singer. To most he was Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human chief science officer of the USS Enterprise in the 23rd Century on several different iterations of Star Trek. Nimoy was even part of a plastic model kit from the 1970s, pointing his phaser at this three-headed snake-thing that never appeared in any episode of classic “Trek” that I can remember. The box for this model kit declares that Mr. Spock is “Star Trek’s most popular character,” and this is true.   Nimoy wrestled with being made into the kind of icon that begets action figures in his 1977 book I Am Not Spock, before throwing in the towel with his 1995 follow-up, I Am Spock. And Spock endured. He died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), only to come back to life in Star Trek III: the Search for Spock »


- Bob Calhoun

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' Season 5, Episode 12, 'Remember': Welcome To The Family

1 March 2015 9:19 PM, PST

Previously: 'The Walking Dead' Season 5, Episode 11, 'The Distance': Hope Springs Eternal Whose Episode Is It? Rick's, primarily, although most of the major players have their moments, too. Even Tara and Noah get some lines! Not Eugene, though, who has apparently gone mute since the group re-unified. A Shred of Humanity Since "The Walking Dead" is survival horror, it only has so many cards it can play with its plotting before it starts repeating itself. So the writers really needed to make the most of their "The Ricketeers meet genuinely nice people" idea. The good news is that the episode succeeds admirably. This is possibly the best episode of the season so far, because it sets up so many intriguing possibilities for the future, while remaining entertaining and engaging on its own. The Ricketeers enter Alexandria, and it's exactly as Aaron promised, and then some. Turns out the community »


- Jeff Stone

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The "Adventure Time" Film May Be Too Little, Too Late

1 March 2015 9:01 PM, PST

Deadline says that Cartoon Network juggernaut Adventure Time is headed to the big screen. It's not the first series from the network for do so, but has the studio learned from the harsh lessons of 13 years ago? Despite a lowly start as a mere broadcast outlet for the hundreds of Hanna-Barbera shows that Ted Turner had acquired, Cartoon Network successfully managed to establish itself with innovative and exciting original content. Their first big hit was Craig McCracken's Powerpuff Girls, and it became the network's first bone fide phenomenon. Unfortunately the network was unprepared by the success they were suddenly saddled with, and they struggled to capitalise on the show's runaway fame. In the true spirit of a fad, the show's mainstream popularity came and went relatively quickly; but not before a feature film (The Powerpuff Girls Movie)  was produced and released in 2002. By then the show was definitely on »


- Charles Kenny

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