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'Hannibal' Showrunner Bryan Fuller Boldly Goes To New 'Star Trek' Series

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For devoted "Star Trek" fans who perhaps didn't dig that first "Star Trek Beyond" trailer, there's some hope to be found in the new "Star Trek" series brewing at CBS. Even though the show won't even air on the network, but instead, via their digital CBS All Access outlet, a pretty big gun has been hired to captain the ship. Bryan Fuller, whose credits include "Hannibal" and "Pushing Daisies" among many others, has been tapped as showrunner for the new series. It's not the first time Fuller has stepped into the world created by Gene Rodenberry, as he worked briefly on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and extensively on "Star Trek: Voyager." Needless to say, fans are very excited, and as for Fuller, returning to the franchise is something he's been talking up for years, and one of his goals is to ensure diversity in casting, which has played a »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: A Bevy of 'Archer' Season 7 Teasers Introduce the Team to Tinseltown

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Read More: 12 Recent Reminders That Women on TV Can Do Anything Men Can Do As was revealed in the last trailer released for "Archer" — no, not the brilliant "Magnum Pi" title recreation — Archer, Lana, Cyril and the rest of the former spies for hire are headed to Hollywood as detectives for hire. And there's a twist: Cyril is in charge now.  In the seven teasers (yes, seven — and really there were eight but one is just a shorter version of one of the 30-second spots) just released, we get a sneak preview of the new boss in action as well as a treasure trove of other hilarious one-liners. Don't worry. No actual plot points (aka, spoilers) are unveiled, so you can watch and enjoy without reservation. There's just enough here to wet the appetite for "Archer's" all-too-distant premiere.  "Archer" returns Thursday, March 31, only on FX. Read More: Watch: 'Archer' Season »

- Ben Travers

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Review: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Episode 2, 'The Run of His Life,' Gets Inside the White Bronco

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Opening Statement Given how iconic a moment it was not just for the O.J. Simpson trial but for the country as a whole, it's all too fitting that "American Crime Story" devoted an entire episode to Simpson's flight from justice. Covering every angle — from a gun-toting O.J. screaming at driver Al Cowlings, to the control room broadcasting the NBA playoffs, to the captivated audiences watching as that white Bronco weaved its way through the deserted freeways of Los Angeles — it's an hour of television devoted to one of the most incredible television events of all time.  Previously: 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' Episode 1 'From the Ashes of Tragedy' Kicks Off Star Witness (Best Actor)It's not a huge role, but Malcolm-Jamal Warner offers up the believable panic you'd expect from a man in Cowling's position, selling the hell out of his big line: "What kind of stupid-ass question is that? »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Bryan Fuller Named Showrunner of New 'Star Trek' TV Series

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Space: the final frontier...or, at least, the latest for Bryan Fuller. Fresh off of the (devastating) cancelation of "Hannibal" at NBC and in conjunction with another gig as showrunner of "American Gods" for Starz, the veteran TV scribe has now been named the showrunner for CBS's upcoming "Star Trek" TV series. Fuller announced the news with the below tweet: "My very first experience of 'Star Trek' is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire," Fuller said in a statement. "It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of 'Star Trek' with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before. »


- Ben Travers

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12 Recent Reminders That Women on TV Can Do Anything Men Can Do

9 February 2016 8:17 AM, PST

During a recent appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," Samantha Bee slayed us all with a simple and humble joke about becoming the only woman on television currently hosting a late night talk show: "I didn't even know women could talk!" Read More: What Time Is the Right Time For Watching Late Night TV? The joke comes rooted in the way so very much of the discussion about her new talk show for TBS, "Full Frontal," revolves not around her stellar comedy chops but her "Chamber of Secrets" (just one of the many euphemisms Bee and Colbert tossed around for her feminine bits). Bee's handling this media focus with an impressive level of grace. But because we can't seem to escape this discussion, let's get real about it. Listen up, everybody: There are an awful lot of things that women can do on television these days — and do awfully well, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee' Exposes Late Night's Freshest Voice

9 February 2016 7:55 AM, PST

The debut of "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee," the "Daily Show" alumna's new TBS show, was greeted with laughter and applause, but no emotion was stronger than the disappointment that set in when people realized they had to wait a week for the next episode. Airing weekly is Bee's choice, but 22 minutes every Monday night is going to leave viewers wanting a lot more (which is, needless to say, better than the converse).  Bee opened the show with a mock press conference in which reporters pelted her with questions about what it's like to be the only "female woman" in late night, but if she's weary of answering that question, it's clear Bee takes that status seriously: She's hardly the first comedian to ding Republican presidential candidates for their anti-choice stances, but she's the only one to compare Marco Rubio's hysterical rhetoric about late-term abortions to the suggestion that women »

- Sam Adams

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The Only Thing More Beautiful Than the Music of 'Star Trek' Is William Shatner Talking About It (Maybe)

9 February 2016 6:40 AM, PST

Okay, serious question: Should we call William Shatner a legend? An icon? Or just think of him as an actor, writer, director and producer whose connection to the "Star Trek" franchise will make sure that he's remembered for generations yet to come? Read More: The 13 TV Series Revivals We Least Expected to See Reborn That wasn't something Indiewire got a chance to ask Shatner about when we got him on the phone recently, because what Shatner wanted to talk about was the upcoming "Star Trek - The Ultimate Voyage 50th Anniversary Concert Tour," which brings the music composed by Gerald Fried, Jay Chattaway, Dennis McCarthy, Mark McKenzie, Cliff Eidelman, Ron Jones and Jerry Goldsmith to the United States and Canada as a live theatrical, orchestral experience.  Below, Shatner explains what an actor's relationship to the soundtrack is like, how that changes when you're also directing the project and what makes »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Missed It Last Night? Watch 'A Ballerina’s Tale' in Full Now

9 February 2016 5:58 AM, PST

Last night on PBS' Independent Lens film series, Nelson George's “A Ballerina’s Tale” made its TV premiere, and I'm sure many more of you finally were able to check out the documentary for yourselves, in the comfort of your homes. If you missed it, and didn't record it, you should know that PBS has made it available in full online, so watch it below. 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. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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

8 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST

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

8 February 2016 3:23 PM, PST

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?

8 February 2016 1:24 PM, PST

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 »


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

8 February 2016 1:07 PM, PST

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

8 February 2016 11:14 AM, PST

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

8 February 2016 10:44 AM, PST

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

8 February 2016 10:16 AM, PST

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

8 February 2016 10:02 AM, PST

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

8 February 2016 9:25 AM, PST

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'

8 February 2016 8:04 AM, PST

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

8 February 2016 6:05 AM, PST

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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