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Review: 'Aquarius' Gets Enough Wrong Things Right to Create an Oddly Compelling Cop Story

11 hours ago

One of the trickier aspects of shooting a period drama — especially on television — is including enough authentic markers of the time period to distinguish the setting without going overboard. Too few, and the show feels specious. Too many, and it risks spilling over into parody, not to mention losing what makes it identifiable to modern audiences. "Mad Men" is perhaps the best example of a perfectly captured tone: Matthew Weiner's recently departed opus incorporated so many retired practices into its story, it made them cool again in the real world. (Who among us doesn't wish they could knock back a whiskey at the afternoon board meeting?) While "Aquarius" is a far cry from its '60s-era sister series, John McNamara approaches the love generation with an astute and particular vision that translates to a fascinating, if uneven, new series. Read More: Summer TV Preview 2015: 15 New Shows You Need »


- Ben Travers

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Who Will (and Who Should!) Win 'Ru Paul's Drag Race'

14 hours ago

Here we are once again, squirrel friends. The end of an era. No longer will we kiki about who has the most charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. No more will we answer drag trivia at the bar for a free shot of Fireball. And, whether we like it or not, in no time at all, we will bow down to a new queen: America’s Next Drag Superstar! Who should it be? Who will it be? I think the answers to these two questions are different, and that makes me shed a little tear. Let’s discuss our options:  First up: Violet Chachki! This fashion queen from Atlanta, Ga has been dominating the runway all season with her versatile looks and thoughtful presentations. She is the only queen who never had to lip sync for her life—save for in the last episode, when she showed she has some serious »


- Joe Ehrman-Dupre

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Ballers: The Reinvention of a Man—Watch the Trailer

14 hours ago

Who wouldn’t be excited to see what a producing team, who gifted viewers with the much lauded Entourage, has in store for a show involving the game of good ole’ American football. Ballers, the HBO half-hour series kicks off its ten-episode run June 21, 10pm Et/Pt. The theme: Former football super legend, Spencer Strassmore, (Dwayne Johnson) needs a new gig. He puts together a core team and sets up shop in the exciting, adventurous setting of Miami. What could go wrong? Ha! Sports, in particular football, is a major leisure national pastime.  There have been few enough series to utilize the subject as its foundation. Friday Night Lights, the most recent that comes to mind, was a high school set football drama. It hung in for five seasons due to, among other reasons, incredible scripting, directing and a first-rate acting ensemble. It was given its due by critics and award nominations, »


- Darwyn Carson

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"Legends Don't Retire; They Reinvent" in 2nd Longer Trailer for 'Ballers'

17 hours ago

HBO's new comedy series "Ballers" will kick off a 10-episode season starting on Sunday, June 21, at 10pm (it's a 30-minute show).  Looking at the lives of former and current football players, "Ballers" follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore (played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement, while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.  Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son, in his first major acting role), Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Rob Corrdry, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star in the series, which is set in Miami, Fl, and is created and executive produced by Steve Levinson, with executive producing duties by Mark Wahlberg, Peter Berg, Dany Garcia, Julian Farino, Evan Reilly and Rob Weiss. As if Dwayne Johnson wasn't already busy enough... John David Washington is also a former college football. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Keke Palmer Will play Marty Maraschino in Fox's Live Staging of 'Grease'

18 hours ago

Busy Keke Palmer, who next stars in Fox’s horror comedy series "Scream Queens," has joined the cast of the network's live staging of Grease, BuzzFeed reports. Palmer will play Marty Maraschino, a character that was originally played by Dinah Manoff in the 1978 movie. Palmer joins the previously-cast Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens (who will headline the musical as Sandy and Rizzo, respectively). The 3-hour "Grease" live event airs Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 7/6c. It'll follow NBC's live musical staging of "The Wiz" this Christmas.

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch First Promo for 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' + Comedy Central Sets Debut Date

19 hours ago

How will Trevor Noah do as Jon Stewart's replacement on "The Daily Show"? We'll find out on September 28, 2015, which is the date that Comedy Central has announced as the day that Noah, the South African comedian tapped in March as the show's new host, will make his debut. It's a Monday night by the way. Stewart's final appearance will happen on August 6.  No word yet on who his first guest(s) will be. Following the announcement of Noah's hiring, he was subjected to expected scrutiny via the web, as some scoured his past work and his social media accounts for information about the comedian, finding a number of posts on his Twitter account that they deemed to be offensive, to women and Jews. Noah and Comedy Central I'm sure expected this. I'd suspect that Comedy Central vetted him thoroughly before they selected him as Stewart's successor, and were likely »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Highlights from The Hollywood Reporter's Amazingly Candid TV Comediennes Roundtable

19 hours ago

The Hollywood Reporter hosted an especially candid and entertaining roundtable interview with some of TV's best and brightest comic actresses, and the results speak for themselves. The participants (and probable Emmy nominees) -- Lena Dunham ("Girls"), Ellie Kemper ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), Kate McKinnon ("SNL"), Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Black-ish") and Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer") -- spoke out about what it's like to be a prominent woman in comedy and, in some cases, running their own TV shows.  Here are the best bits of the roundtable, in which the actress-comediennes discuss nudity and sex on set, overt and covert sexism at the workplace, the difficulty of actually asking for higher pay, death and rape threats on social media, the limited roles for women of color, the late-night gender gap and the ongoing issue of "fuckability."  THR: Is there...

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- Inkoo Kang

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Patricia Highsmith's 'Ripley' Books in Development to Become TV Series

20 hours ago

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara's "Carol" didn't take home the top prize at Cannes, but the lesbian romance was undoubtedly one of the highest-profile films of the festival.  Perhaps it's author Patricia Highsmith's renewed caché that has led to the development on a TV show around her most famous character, the homicidal social chameleon Ripley. The five books about him -- "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1955), "Ripley Underground" (1970), "Ripley's Game" (1974), "The Boy Who Followed Ripley" (1980) and "Ripley Under Water" (1991) -- will be turned into a TV series. Executive producers are searching for the right creator/director and star before shopping the project around to premium cable networks and streaming services. Ripley has already "starred" in the films "Purple Noon" (1960) and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). Highsmith's debut novel was "Strangers...

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- Inkoo Kang

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Watch: 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' Sets Premiere Date for New Host

21 hours ago

We've known it was coming for some time now, but we didn't know exactly when until today. Trevor Noah will be taking over for Jon Stewart starting September 28. Stewart will be leaving the show he's built into a satirical and political powerhouse on August 6, and whether fans stick with the program after his departure remains to be seen. Read More: Who is Trevor Noah, and Why Did Comedy Central Hire Him as the New Host of 'The Daily Show'? Noah faced some early controversy when he was announced as Stewart's successor. A debate surfaced over the relevancy of old jokes made by the South African comedian on his Twitter feed. More recently (and less controversial), Noah appeared on "The Daily Show" in a random, unexplained and largely unfunny bit during another correspondent's segment. Whether the spotlight on the largely unknown host helps or hurts the tentpole Comedy Central series will be unveiled soon, »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: 3-Minute 'The Wire' Tautology Supercut

21 hours ago

tautology noun tau·tol·o·gy \tȯ-ˈtä-lə-jē\ needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness Or, to give that dictionary definition a clearer example: "Murders stay murder" or "The king stays the king." Those are just a couple examples of tautology across the television landmark "The Wire," and someone has decided to collect them all, and put them in chronological order no less. It's a device David Simon and his team clearly returned to more often than you thought, with pretty great effect. It's impressive how much dramatic weight these somewhat redundant phrases had in the show. Read More: Watch: Compare New Wide Screen 'The Wire' HD Transfers With Originally Framed Versions So check 'em out below, and obviously, some spoilers perhaps if you haven't seen the show (and really should have by this »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Dwayne Johnson Gets In The Game In New Trailer For HBO's 'Ballers'

22 hours ago

This weekend, Dwayne Johnson tries to outrun Mother Nature in "San Andreas," a big, dumby and sorta goofy fun disaster movie (read our review). But that won't be the last of The Rock you see this summer. He's bringing his People's Elbow and boundless charisma to HBO for the comedy series "Ballers," and a new trailer is here. Read More: Watch: First Trailer For Disaster Flick 'San Andreas' Starring Dwayne Johnson Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star in this one about a former athlete who mentors football players through the choppy waters of professional sports. But this basically looks like "Entourage v.2" with more gridiron and less Johnny Drama. Not that it's a bad thing necessarily, but one does wonder how many shots of babes partying on yachts someone needs. "Ballers" gets in the game on Sunday, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bounce TV Acquires Rights to 'The Bernie Mac Show' - All 5 Seasons Coming in June

22 hours ago

Bounce TV - the nation's first and only broadcast television network designed for African American audiences - has announced that it has licensed the broadcast television rights to all five (5) seasons and 104 episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show," in a multi-year agreement with Twentieth Television. Bounce TV will air the "The Bernie Mac Show" Monday-Friday, with back-to-back episodes from 8 to 9pm (Et) beginning June 1st. The sitcom joins "The Hughleys" (7-8pm) and "The Parent 'Hood" (6-7pm) in Bounce TV's early evening line-up. In the series, the late Bernie Mac (he died August 9, 2008) stars as a famous stand-up comedian living large in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Wanda (Kellita Smith). However, their world changes when they suddenly must take custody of his sister's three children when she is ordered into rehab.  The critically-acclaimed show, loosely based on Mac's stand-up comedy act,...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Meet The Characters In The Wachowskis' 'Sense 8' In New Series Of Videos

23 hours ago

Are you ready for another trip with The Wachowskis? After "Jupiter Ascending" and—depending how you felt about it—"Cloud Atlas," perhaps not. But there is something to be admired in the ambition of the filmmakers who are taking their multithreaded storytelling approach to Netflix for "Sense8." And after the first trailer landed earlier in the month, a batch of new character videos have arrived to take you even deeper into the show. Described as a "global thriller," the show follows eight individuals who learn they are connected to seven other selves. And that's about all we know as any further official plot details aren't forthcoming and I'd imagine it's not the kind of story that can be unboxed easily in one or two paragraphs either. Or for that matter, in character spots, with these little promos certainly teasing something mindbending, even if I'm not sure exactly what. Read More: »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Full Trailer for 'Extant' Season 2 Promises Answers to Life's Most Elusive Questions

23 hours ago

Warning: if you're a fan of the series, and you don't like spoilers, you probably should skip this post. CBS' sci-fi summer series "Extant," starring Halle Berry, returns for a second season this July, with Berry back in the lead, as astronaut Molly Woods, as she discovers that she has unwittingly put the human race on a path to destruction and that she and mysterious stranger J.B. Richter (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) may be the only hope for survival.  Discussing what fans can expect in season 2, producers of the series spoke to Yahoo TV, sharing a handful of details on what's to come. Here are a few of note: -  "I think Season 2 is a little sexier, a little soapier,” said Kruger, adding, “It’s a substantial reboot, in that we’re going to come in, in this time and place, several months [after the Season 1 finale], and that puts Molly in a completely different head space. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Patricia Highsmith's 'Ripley' Series Will Get Deadly On TV

28 May 2015 6:34 AM, PDT

Patricia Highsmith's literary creation Tom Ripley has been featured in five books, and five subsequent movies. Everyone has seen 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," everyone should see 1960's "Purple Noon," while the other films are perhaps less well remembered. Indeed, a decade has passed since Barry Pepper took the title role in "Ripley Under Ground" for Roger Spottiswoode. But the character is coming back to life, in a whole other medium. Read More: 5 Things We Learned From Criterion's Stunning Bly-Ray Of Renee Clement's 'Purple Noon' Starring Alain Delon THR reports that Highsmith's Tom Ripley is headed to TV. The plan by producers Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, and Philipp Keel is to "expand" on both "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Purple Noon," though what that exactly means isn't clear, except that this developing take will probably focus on the younger years of the con artist and killer. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in June 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each)

28 May 2015 6:30 AM, PDT

1) "Orange is the New Black" Season 3 (available June 12) Why Should I Watch It? "Orange is the New Black" has become one of those shows you just have to watch. Like "Mad Men," "True Detective," and newcomers like "Transparent" or "Daredevil," some series just dominate the cultural conversation for weeks, months and years after they debut. "Orange is the New Black" is about to take over June, and the discussion will run long into September thanks to the new Emmys rules. What better way to decide what genre Jenji Kohan's dramedy should compete in than watching the new season? Well, watching Season 2 would probably be better, as that's the eligible season at this year's Emmys — even though nominations don't come out until July, the month after Season 3 is released. Man, the TV Academy sure makes some confusing policies. Hopefully this doesn't cost "Oitnb" a spot... Best Episode: Without breaking any. »


- Ben Travers

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Creators Of 'Orange Of The New Black' And 'Mad Men' Aren't Keen On Binge TV Watching Trend

28 May 2015 6:05 AM, PDT

We live in an era of immediate accessibility to almost any kind of media, and that includes movies and television, with entire seasons and franchises just a click away. Feel like watching "The Wire" again this weekend? Yep, you can. Want to settle in with "Friday Night Lights"? Go for it. How about revisiting all the "Star Wars" movies? You can make it happen. But are we really digesting what we're watching when it's consumed buffet style? Is there something to be said for the old television model which had us wait patiently each week for a new episode of our favorite show? The creators of two of the biggest shows on television think so. Speaking with THR, "Orange Is The New Black" writer/creator Jenji Kohan does miss the old school method of TV viewing. "I miss having people on the same page. I do miss being able to »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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

27 May 2015 1:32 PM, PDT

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)

27 May 2015 1:16 PM, PDT

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

27 May 2015 12:21 PM, PDT

"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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