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‘Insecure’ Teaser: Issa Rae Is Torn Between Two Lovers In New HBO Comedy

12 hours ago

Everyone struggles at some point in life and tries to navigate it as best as they can. For best friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji), on the new HBO comedy “Insecure,” their own real-life flaws lead them to endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences, but thank goodness they have each other.

“Just when things are going good in your relationship, exes always have a way of popping back up,” says Issa in the first promo for the upcoming series.

Created by Rae and Larry Wilmore, the eight-episode first season explores the black female experience in an unclichéd and authentic way. Issa, like many of us, tries to figure out what – and who – she wants in life, and how to take control of it. Meanwhile, Molly is a successful corporate attorney who appears to have it all but struggles inside as she looks for external ways to fix her life. »

- Liz Calvario

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Ellen Page Talks Filming ‘Gaycation’ Orlando Special and How Coming Out Freed Her Creatively

14 hours ago

It may sound odd that a show called “Gaycation” would visit the site of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, but Ellen Page and Ian Daniel seem unfazed.

“We’re here because we just want to see how the community is feeling and dealing with this,” Page says, next to a pensive Daniel. “And just be here for those who feel like they want to share their story.” The two friends and co-producers are standing next to some yellow police tape outside Pulse night club, the site of the deadly shooting that took place on June 12, 2016. The opening credits roll on “Gaycation Presents: Orlando,” and Page’s voiceover begins.

Read More: Lgbtq Filmmakers Grapple With The Responsibility Of Eulogizing Orlando Nightclub Shooting

Gaycation” is a flagship series for Viceland, Vice Media’s television channel, which launched last year and is overseen by Spike Jonze. The four-episode first season »

- Jude Dry

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Emmy Predictions 2016: The Unconventional Dominate the Score and Sound Races

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If there’s a running theme in this year’s race for score and sound, it’s being unconventional.

For series dramatic score, look for “Chef’s Table’s'” Duncan Thum to get the win for the poignant “Grant Achatz” episode about a Chicago celebrity chef losing his sense of taste while undergoing cancer treatment. However, Thum faces stiff competition from Chris Bacon for the offbeat “Bates Motel” finale, in which Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Norma (Vera Farmiga) face the point of no return, and from Mac Quayle’s eerie “Mr. Robot” opener (“Hello Friend”).

Fargo” and “The Night Manager,” which go head to head in dramatic score for limited series, movie or special, offer a ’70s vibe and Mediterranean sense of romance, with the nod likely going to “Fargo’s” Jeff Russo.

Meanwhile, “Game of Thrones” and “Fargo” are the definition of unconventional. “Got” should win for series sound »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Narcos’ Season 2: Watch the First 11 Minutes Now

18 hours ago

Fans of Netflix’s drama “Narcos,” about the life of the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), don’t have to wait until the premiere of season two to see what’s next for the show. Netflix posted the first 11 minutes of the next episode on Facebook to get viewers hooked.

Watch: ‘Narcos’ Season 2 Trailer: Pablo Escobar Reigns Terror After Escaping Prison

Season two begins with Escobar escaping from prison and taking control of the drug business once again. At the same time, authorities are planning an ambush to bring him to justice. Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) are back in season two as DEA agents on the hunt for Escobar. “Putting an end to Pablo is a patriotic act,” says one member of Los Pepes, the vigilante group comprised of people who want the drug lord dead.

The series was co-created by Chris Brancato, »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Chef’s Table’ Season 3 Poster: Netflix Series to Showcase the Crème de la Crème of French Chefs

18 hours ago

“Chef’s Table” fans, get ready to binge watch the third season of the Netflix original series this Labor Day weekend. The upcoming four new episodes are a little different than what audiences have previous seen. Titled “Chef’s Table: France,” the upcoming episodes are dedicated to four of the world’s most renowned French chefs: Alain Passard, Adeline Grattard, Alexandre Couillon and Michel Troisgros.

This time, foodies are invited back to take another globe trot with the crew who will showcase the crème de la crème of French chefs. As the filmmakers embark on a personal look into the daily lives of these carefully curated chefs, the food connoisseurs will talk about what inspires them and how it translates into their individual styles. They will also talk about their diverse backgrounds and the evolution and craft of their chosen cuisine as well as their quests for sensory perfection.

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- Liz Calvario

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‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2 Trailer: Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Return for More Mockery

18 hours ago

The funniest fake documentary show on television now has a trailer for its second season.

Read More: ‘Documentary Now!’ Season 2 First Clip: Watch The Twisted & Morbid Spin on ‘The War Room

Season two of IFC’s “Documentary Now!” starring “Saturday Night Live” alums Bill Hader and Fred Armisen will parody films including Albert and David Maysles’s “Salesman,” Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads music documentary “Stop Making Sense,” D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ presidential election doc “The War Room,” and David Gelb’s “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.”

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, every episode is shot in a unique style of documentary filmmaking to honor “some of the most important stories that didn’t actually happen.” The seven-episode first season earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series. The new season will have a total of six episodes.

Season one parodied films including “Grey Gardens, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Ash From ‘Evil Dead’ Launches Presidential Bid: Watch His Amazing Campaign Ads

19 hours ago

In this contentious political election, it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees and forget the fact that sometimes we just need a candidate we can trust, and sometimes that candidate wields a chainsaw. Ash from Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” series, most recently in the Starz TV show “Ash vs Evil Dead,” has launched a political campaign and wants you to vote for him. Watch his unforgettable campaign ads below.

Read More: ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Season 2 Will Deliver ‘Fat-Ass Easter Eggs’ for ‘Evil Dead’ Fans

In the ads, Ash describes America as “that sad gal at the party no one wants to bang,” and that he promises to “life her purple mountain majesties and trim her fruity plains.” He also describes himself as a “real man,” who looks like “Mitt Romney from the waist up but is Barack Obama from the waist down.” He’s ready, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Emmy Predictions 2016: Editing Contenders Raise the Narrative Bar for TV

25 August 2016 2:49 PM, PDT

While “Game of Thrones” achieved epic greatness with the ambitious “Battle of the Bastards,” “Better Call Saul” got even better in Season 2 with a looser and more experimental vibe. They’re squaring off for best drama series editing, with “Got” the likely winner.

Meanwhile, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which captured the “Trial of the Century” as a telling precursor to current racial strife, has the edge over the trippy “Fargo” prequel in the limited series/movie editing race.

“The Battle of the Bastards” brings to a head the heated feud between Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and his army of Wildlings, and the Boltons, led by nemesis Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Director Miguel Sapochni used “Ran” as dramatic inspiration and the military strategy of Hannibal as reference with both armies trying to lure the other into the center and then attack from the sides.

Editor Tim Porter poured through 100 hours of footage, »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Single By 30’ Review: Harry Shum Jr. Is The Asian Heartthrob America Needs

25 August 2016 2:33 PM, PDT

As their first first viral video attests, Wesley Chan and Philip Wang have made it their life’s mission as filmmakers to prove one thing: Asian men are sexy. With Harry Shum Jr. (“Glee”) as the leading man in their new mini-series, “Single By 30,” the point is moot. In the series, Shum plays Peter, a nice guy living in Los Angeles working for the family business. With his thirtieth birthday approaching, and his parents thirsting for grandkids, Peter decides he needs to step up his dating game. When his party-loving friend Mark (Eric Ochoa) makes a Facebook event for what was supposed to be a quiet celebration, Peter’s high school crush shows up.

Read More: Anna Akana: How the Star of ‘Miss 2059’ Is Turning Online Fame Into an Empire 

The recently single Joanna (Kina Grannis) reminds Peter of a pact they once made: If they were »

- Jude Dry

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‘Now We’re Talking’ Trailer: Tommy Dewey Toplines Sports Parody Digital Series From LeBron James’ Production Company

25 August 2016 1:22 PM, PDT

What can two washed up quarterbacks do after their NFL careers are over? How about try their luck on a new playing field: broadcasting. Today go90, along with WB’s Blue Ribbon Content and LeBron James’ Uninterrupted, released the first trailer for the sports-themed comedy “Now We’re Talking.”

The short-form, digital scripted show stars Tommy Dewey and Tug Coker as former pro football quarterbacks, Tug Tanner (Coker) and Tommy Arondall (Dewey), who now find themselves falling from the top of their NFL game to the bottom of their class in sports broadcasting school. The first look shows the ex-rivals forced to work together in their new sportscasting careers.

Read More: Web Series ‘Spring Street’ Sets a Musical Thriller Against a Diverse NYC Backdrop

In addition to Dewey and Coker, the cast of includes Malcolm Barrett, Molly Ephraim, Fred Melamed, Kevin Bigley and Eamon Sheehan and features a number of »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Versailles’ Exclusive Clips: Historical Series Follows The Construction of Versailles During Louis Xiv’s Reign

25 August 2016 12:52 PM, PDT

The TV network Ovation first came to prominence when it broadcast the British dark comedy “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, back in 2013. Now, Ovation will broadcast another acclaimed international series for U.S. audiences, Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft’s historical series “Versailles.”

Read More: James Franco Heads to TV with Ovation Docuseries

The series follows the 28-year-old Louis Xiv (George Blagden), who decides to make the rebellious nobility submit by moving the court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge, in order to impose his absolute power. Not long after Louis launches the construction of the palace, the nobles realize that their castle resembles a gilded prison, and as the king’s viciousness becomes more and more apparent, the plethora of secrets and the nastiness of politics reveal themselves in all their glory. Watch two exclusive clips from the series: »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Gaycation’ Season 2 Trailer: Ellen Page Explores Lgbtq Issues in India and Ukraine in Viceland’s Documentary Series

25 August 2016 12:00 PM, PDT

Gaycation” has been a staple of Viceland’s programming since the network launched earlier this year, making it little surprise that the documentary series is already set to return for a second season. Ellen Page and Ian Daniel will once again travel the globe to explore Lgbtq issues, as they did in a recent special made shortly after the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Watch the trailer for season two below.

Read More: ‘Gaycation Presents: Orlando’ Trailer: Ellen Page Co-Hosts Special Focused On Aftermath Of Florida Shooting

This second go-round will take the duo to India, Ukraine (where they’re told “homosexuality is simply a sin”) and Georgia, where a police officer explains that that they don’t have hate-crime laws despite the fact that hate crimes are perpetrated daily.

Read More: Why Ellen Page and Ian Daniel Traveled the World For ‘Gaycation,’ But Ended Things »

- Michael Nordine

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Ben Schwartz Admits Steve From ‘Stranger Things’ Is Jean-Ralphio’s Father — Watch

25 August 2016 10:56 AM, PDT

What could be stranger than if “Parks and Recreation” was directly linked to “Stranger Things?” How about if two characters from the the shows were related? 

Since the released of the hit Netflix series created by the Duffer brothers, fans couldn’t help notice that there is a striking resemblance between Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) and “Parks and Rec’s” Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz). They both share similar looking hair, the pronounced nose and eyebrow arch, which led many to come up with the fan theory that Steve is Jean-Ralphio’s dad.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Composers S U R V I V E Debut New Song “Wardenclyffe” and Announce Fall Tour Dates

Now, the truth has finally come out thanks to Schwartz who has admitted (or implied) that indeed, Nancy’s boyfriend is the “Parks and Rec’s” character’s father.

In a hilarious video for “The Late Late Show with James Corden, »

- Liz Calvario

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Snapchat Comedian James Davis Lands Comedy Central Series About Growing Up in South Central La

25 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT

Comedy Central wants to turn comedian James Davis into its next homegrown star. The network has ordered a new series set to be created by and star Davis. His weekly show, still untitled, will premiere in January 2017.

Davis already stars in Comedy Central’s most-watched Snapchat original series, “Swag-a-Saurus with James Davis.”

Read More: Amy Schumer Hints That Season 5 Of Her Comedy Central Show Isn’t Coming Anytime Soon

Here’s how Comedy Central describes the new show: “Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, one block away from where ‘shit goes down,’ Davis will explore contemporary urban topics and share his perspective on the world he grew up in and the world he grew up next to through a unique, hybrid style of comedy that bridges the gap between urban and mainstream comedy.”

Davis created the show with Doug Karo, while Troy Miller and Stoney Sharp directed the pilot. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Anne of Green Gables’ Netflix Reboot: 8 Essential Things We Demand to See

25 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” — Anne Shirley, “Anne of Green Gables

Let’s hope Netflix keeps it that way. Upon learning the news that the streaming service is rebooting the beloved Canadian children’s book series from the 1890s into another TV show, fans simultaneously cheered and feared. Both Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne” novels and the 1980s miniseries adaptations are some of the most beloved Canadian exports ever (sorry not sorry, Justin Bieber). Much is at stake here, and Netflix, showrunner/writer Moira Walley-Beckett and director Niki Caro cannot, dare not mess this up.

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Caro – the “Whale Rider” filmmaker who will direct the two-hour first episode – clearly has experience telling the story of a young, plucky girl. But she also »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Anoints A New Madam Executioner

24 August 2016 8:08 PM, PDT

Last Week’S Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Gives Us A Literal Garbage Fire

In Elliot’s Head, Two’s A Crowd

Having revealed that Elliot has been in prison, with his release imminent, you might think that this week’s installment would drop him back into the world and start moving all of the various storylines towards a convergence, or at least the start of a new phase. But Elliot and Mr. Robot are nowhere to be seen, nor are Tyrell or Joanna Wellick; instead we get an fsociety-centric episode.

Some Kind Of A Revolutionary

With the stars of the show taking a break, we get more time with Mobley (Azhar Khan) and Trenton (Sunita Mani). In a flashback to the beginning of the series we see their hacker version of a meet-cute, which involves her pwning him while waiting to meet Elliot. Instead, it’s Darlene who arrives, and reads »

- Jay Bushman

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Emmy Predictions 2016: Period Pieces Dominate the Cinematography Race

24 August 2016 3:28 PM, PDT

Four of the top cinematography contenders— “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride,” “The Man in the High Castle” and the “Downton Abbey” finale — play with period in ways that are eye-catching and often unusual.

Cinematographer Nelson Craig (“Homeland”), nominated  in the limited series/movie category for the “O.J.” opener (“From the Ashes of Tragedy”) , wanted a naturalistic look that made it contemporary and brought us closer to the players from “The Trial of the Century.” That is why he’s the favorite to win the Emmy.

What Craig had in mind was Michael Mann’s “The Insider”: not stylistically showy because the drama and performances were sufficiently heightened already. In fact, director Ryan Murphy initially wanted to shoot on film for the grain and the period look, but Craig found it too cumbersome shooting four or five cameras (for navigating »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Underground’ Season 2: Aisha Hinds Cast as Harriet Tubman

24 August 2016 3:09 PM, PDT

Harriet Tubman has been an iconic figure in American history and is revered for her grit, perseverance and unrelenting will to help a number of enslaved people reach their freedom. Now – aside from becoming the new face of the $20 bill – Tubman’s story will be told on Wgn America’s hit series “Underground.”

On Wednesday, the network announced that Aisha Hinds has joined the Season 2 cast in the role of Tubman, the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor. Born a slave, Tubman is a devout Christian who, after escaping herself, risks her life again and again in order to free her family members and lead anyone willing to journey north across hostile territory, to freedom—a task she believes is her God-given mission. 

Read More: Wgn Renews ‘Underground’ for Second Season + Kicks Off Emmy Campaign for the Series

The upcoming 10-episode Underground Railroad thriller follows an unremitting struggle for freedom »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Gomorrah’ Review: Italian Drama is a Darker, Grown-Up Version of ‘The Sopranos’

24 August 2016 2:54 PM, PDT

Gomorrah,” an Italian crime series imported by SundanceTV after finding much success overseas, is largely set at night. That darkness may be the first — and possibly most significant — change that fans of the 2008 film notice.

Matteo Garrone’s original feature used light to boldly depict the violence overwhelming his home country. But the series from Leonardo Fasoli, Giovanni Bianconi, Stefano Bises, Ludovica Rampoldi and Roberto Saviano (yes, they’re all credited as creators) uses shadows to its advantage, providing stark contrast between the hidden lifestyle of a mafia family and the stark realities of its results.

It’s not the only change from the Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, but the shift affects more than just the challenge of watching in daylight. The serialized take on “Gomorrah” — which has aired two seasons already in Italy, with two more on the way — feels like a much more straightforward crime story; one »

- Ben Travers

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‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Exclusive Clip: Cam And Reggie Discuss The Newly-Clean Dealer Joe

24 August 2016 2:23 PM, PDT

Starz has had quite a bit of success with its original programming lately, with such popular and critically acclaimed shows like “Power,” “Outlander,” and “The Girlfriend Experience.” But the network comedy series “Survivor’s Remorse” has had great success lately. The series’ third season premiered this past July and has seen record increases in its audience, over 20% above season two and 60% above season one. The series has already been renewed for a fourth season.

Read More: Starz Renews ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ for 3rd Season

From executive producers Mike O’Malley (“Glee”), LeBron James, and Chairman of the Boston Red Sox Tom Werner, “Survivor’s Remorse” follows Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a hardworking, young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro team in Atlanta. The third season has followed how the Calloway clan deals with the fallout from Uncle Julius’ (Mike Epps »

- Vikram Murthi

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