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‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Is a Bingeworthy Horror Mindtrip That’s Helping Shape TV’s Brand New Rules

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Wednesday night’s installment of “Channel Zero: No-End House” was an episode-length dose of that universal feeling that comes with watching a piece of finely tuned horror: the tiny voice inside (or outside) that screams, “No! Don’t do it!” As with all on-screen tales of terror, the Syfy anthology series has mined plenty of moments like this in its second season, themed around the all-encompassing psychological consequences of an insidious haunted house. But while “The Damage” was a relative breather in the scope of what’s come before it, “No-End House” as a whole remains an ambitious series that’s building on the innovations of TV’s latest narrative wave.

As two friends who get sucked into the horror of No-End House, a literal end-of-the-road attraction with escalating horrors in each of its six rooms, Margot (Amy Forsyth) and Jules (Aisha Dee) have been fighting memories of their »


- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Review: Who’s in Ctrl and Other Key Takeaways From ‘eps3.1_undo.gz’

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[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3, Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz” follow.]

Booting Up

In an immediately classic opening montage, Elliot embraces his new job at Evil Corp, doing his best to blend into the corporate scene… while still using his hacker superpowers to try to prevent Stage 2 and along the way dish out his own brand of justice against the corruption within the company. But being normal isn’t easy for anyone, especially as he becomes aware that Mr. Robot isn’t gone — he’s just losing control of the moments when that aspect of himself arises.

Whiterose continues to lurk in the shadows, planning for Stage 2 — which will now coincide with a United Nations vote on annexing the Congo, though Phillip Price has his own political conditions. Meanwhile, Joanna Wellick’s plan to clear Tyrell’s name seems to work. Too bad that immediately afterward, her now-former lover Derek confronts her and her driver on the street, and she dies »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson’: Morgan Spurlock Documents ‘The Simpsons’ Baseball Legacy — Watch

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Twenty-five years ago, back in 1992, Homer Simpson did what was only possible for Homer Simpson, and that was singlehandedly win a big softball game for his power plant team. The Season 3 episode, “Homer at the Bat,” told the story of this tremendous athletic achievement, one which also involved Mlb players like Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, and Steve Sax in the city of Springfield.

Who doesn’t remember where they were on that fateful day? Now, Fox Sports is commemorating this historic anniversary with its own documentary, directed by Morgan Spurlock. “Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson” will feature highlights from the game and the events leading up to it, such as the moment Homer’s historic Wonder-Bat was first created.

“I love ‘The Simpsons’ so much and am proud to be reunited with them on this incredible special. A special so special that it not only celebrates Springfieldian Homer Simpson, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘You’re the Worst’: Season 4 is Thriving After its Break-Up Because of Exceptional Standalone Episodes

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“You’re the Worst” Season 4 began with a problem.

“There’s a sort of a writers room buzzword [called] ‘schmuck bait,'” series creator Stephen Falk told IndieWire. “It’s bait for schmucks. It’s like, ‘Oh, the hero’s son is in peril!’ But, well, they’re not actually in peril because, you know, they’re a major character. They’ll come back.”

The bait to start Season 4 — and thus the problem facing it — is that Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are broken up. Most real-life couples couldn’t come back from such a tragic split, but given that “You’re the Worst” is a romantic-comedy focusing on Jimmy and Gretchen’s relationship, the expectation persists: They’ll get back together, right?

Read More:‘You’re the Worst’ Review: Season 4 Transcends Romantic-Comedies with an Invigorating New Beginning

“The fact that there are these normal expectations shouldn’t stop »


- Ben Travers

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Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ Was Most Popular Streaming Show This Summer, According to New Audience Metric

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A few months ago, a Netflix exec mused to IndieWire that he was actually surprised that the streaming service’s viewership data hadn’t leaked out. Plenty of Netflix insiders know exactly who’s watching what, and when.

Yet, the streaming giant has managed to keep its ratings under lock and key. Accurate data remains a mystery to even top-level Hollywood execs outside of the Netflix bubble.

That’s starting to change, as more services chip away at the facade of Netflix ratings. Parrot Analytics has made headlines recently with its proprietary “Demand Expressions” metric, which looks at a variety of factors in determining a digital program’s popularity. And according to a new study revealed exclusively to IndieWire, the Jason Bateman drama “Ozark” led the pack among all streaming shows over the past 90 days.

“Demand Expressions” measures audience demand for a title — including streaming, social media, blogging, file sharing, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Stranger Things’: 19 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 2

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Stranger Things 2” returns just in time for Halloween, both in the real world and in the eerie town of Hawkins, Indiana conceived in the nostalgic minds of The Duffer Brothers. The action picks up three days before Halloween 1984, which means that the year will soon be coming to a close. For those who may not have been alive or perhaps have a shaky memory of the time, 1984 was a big year for memorable events and in pop culture.

The first season reveled in bringing the time period alive in all of its totally ‘80s glory, from Dungeons & Dragons gaming sessions and Eggo waffles to homages to “E.T.,” “The Shining,” and “Rambo.” Hell, even star Winona Ryder’s presence is a timely tribute since she made her early career in such iconic ‘80s films as “Lucas,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Heathers.”

Read More:7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in October, and The Best »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck Coming to Television For Cult Horror Drama

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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck are joining forces for what is bound to be one of the hottest new television series in development. Deadline reports the two Oscar winners are developing an untitled horror television series that will track the origins of a cult. The project is being developed under Anonymous Content, the production company behind “Mr. Robot,” and is being shipped around to pay cable and streaming outlets. Multiple networks are reportedly interested.

Read More:Alfonso Cuarón Says ‘The Shape of Water’ is ‘Amazingly Sublime,’ Teases Why ‘Roma’ is Taking So Long

Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing the project. He won the Best Director Oscar for “Gravity” and last came to television as the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived NBC drama series “Believe.” The director is currently in post-production on “Roma,” his first Mexican production since “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” which is set for a »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series

17 hours ago

Netflix’s serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has become the streaming giant’s new must-binge series. Executive produced and co-directed by David Fincher, the show is inspired by the stories of real criminal profilers John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who headed the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and interviewed dozens of America’s most infamous serial killers throughout their careers. While the characters played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are only inspired by the real FBI agents, the serial killers featured in the 10-episode season are the real deal.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

Mindhunter” puts its characters face to face with real serial killers such as Edmund Kemper, the murderer and necrophiliac known as The Co-ed Killer, and Jerome Henry “Jerry” Brudos, who murdered four women in Oregon. The show’s lead casting director, Julie Schubert, had her »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’ Creators Are Giving One Fan the Chance to Record Season 3 DVD Commentary With Them

18 hours ago

Attention, “Rick and Morty” fans: Series creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are giving one lucky person the chance to join them to record DVD commentary for season 3 and share a meal of McDonald’s chicken nuggets and Szechuan sauce. This is not a joke, and it’s surely the best gift any “Rick and Morty” fan could receive as they continue to cherish Season 3 and look forward to whenever Season 4 will drop.

Read More:Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

Roiland and Harmon launched an official Omaze crowdfunding campaign in which fans can enter to win the grand prize by making a donation to Planned Parenthood. Donation amounts start as little as $10 and donation prizes include an outgoing voicemail from Roiland and autographed “Rick and Morty” books and skateboards. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles and put up in a four-star hotel as they help the creators record Season 3 commentary. »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

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Showtime has released the teaser trailer for “The Chi,” a new drama series from recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and Common. Waithe wrote, produced, and stars in the show, which takes place in (you guessed it) Chicago. Watch the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.”

Read More:Aisha Hinds, Tequan Richmond, Alex Henderson, More Cast in Lena Waithe-Created Showtime Pilot

Waithe, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Jason Mitchell, Sonja Sohn, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘House of Cards’ Set on Lockdown Due to Active Maryland Shooter

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The Maryland set of “House of Cards” has got into lockdown while police search for a suspect identified as Radee Prince, who is wanted for the shooting of five people in a business park close to the Netflix series’ set. Variety confirmed production has stopped on the series and that the set is in lockdown until the shooter is arrested.

Three of the five people shot have died, reports the Baltimore Sun. The shooter targeted a local business named Advanced Granite Solutions. The victims were all employees of the company and police are now investigating Prince’s connection to the business. Schools in the area are also on a “modified lockdown.”

Read More:‘House of Cards’ Reportedly Helped Russian Hackers Influence the Election, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

“There’s an individual out there on the loose who’s committed one of the most heinous acts in our county, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Lady Dynamite’ Season 2 Trailer Aims to Tell Maria Bamford’s Life Story in ‘Binge-able F—ing Installments’

20 hours ago

The official trailer for Season 2 of Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite” shows us that no matter how illusory Maria Bamford’s comedy appears, this series is also achingly real.

Following the release of her hour-long Netflix special, “Old Baby,” it’s clear that Bamford isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the star continues to tackle the stigma of mental illness — in an unconventional way, of course. Season 2 continues the story of how Maria (Bamford) struggled with mental illness while also struggling with the reality of being a working actor in Hollywood. Guest stars announced this morning include Andy Samberg, David Spade, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Judd Apatow, Judy Greer, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Like its first season, the show appears to continue its standard of blindingly bright, yet charming visuals to engage the audience in the story. However, we now know that the experiments are far from over, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Where To Find Halloween On The Small Screen: The Ultimate Guide to This Month’s Marathons and Specials

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Even if dressing up isn’t in your wheelhouse, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Halloween from the comfort of your couch. Thanks to Halloween marathons, your favorite networks are airing classic and contemporary films and television shows that’ll get anyone in the holiday spirit. Plus, platforms like Netflix are working hard by releasing enough Stephen King adaptations and serial killer dramas to keep you entertained for the next two weeks.

From AMC’s week-long FearFest to Freeform’s classic 13 Nights Of Halloween, there’s something on TV for those who get spooked easily and for those with witches’ blood in their veins.

Check below for the 2017 guide to everything that is televised Halloween, so you can make plans for your favorite movie or episode.

Network Marathons:

AMC FearFest, AMC

FearFest will run for the week before Halloween, from October 23 to October 31. The marathon will include airings »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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#RejectTheNRA: Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, and More Call on Citizens to Help in New PSA — Watch

21 hours ago

If you’ve been wanting to do something in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, a new PSA from the gun advocacy nonprofit Everytown, which features a pack of concerned and involved celebrities doing their part, shows just how easy it can be to get involved.

In the new PSA, built around the movement to #RejectTheNRA, a slew of celebs — including Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Laura Dern, Melissa McCarthyBill Hader, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, John Slattery, Sheryl Crow, and Adam Scott — offer up a step by step process that allows citizens to easily contact their reps and ask them to vote against efforts supported by the NRA to roll back safety laws on gun silencers and concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

Read More:Jimmy Kimmel Reacts to Las Vegas Shooting By Calling Out 56 Senators Who Voted Against Gun Control — Watch

In the new video, the celebs lay out »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Broad City’ Co-Creator and Star Ilana Glazer Reveals She’s ‘Fired a Couple Dudes’ for Sexual Harassment

22 hours ago

Ilana Glazer has zero tolerance for sexual harassment on her sets. The actress, comedian, writer, and executive producer and creator behind such series as “Broad City” and “Time Traveling Bong” recently took to her Instagram to sound off on both the burgeoning #MeToo movement and the ways she’s personally hit back at sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. As Vulture shares, Glazer posted on her Instagram a compelling two-fer, not just one that speaks to her own experiences with sexual harassment, but also how it has impacted her work.

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Glazer wrote on Instagram: “I’ve been sexually harassed countless times, in middle school, in high school — by more teachers than students! at work as a waitress, at work as a showrunner! same same same – i was a woman in both places. »


- Kate Erbland

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Nickelodeon Suspends ‘Loud House’ Creator After Numerous Sexual Harassment Claims — Report

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Chris Savino, the creator of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series “The Loud House,” has reportedly been suspended by the network after numerous sexual harassment allegations made against him. Cartoon Brew first reported the creator’s leave of absence.

The website has learned that as many as 12 women have accused Savino of harassment, which includes the creator reportedly making unwanted sexual advances on employees. He would also reportedly threaten co-workers with industry blacklisting after their consensual relationship ended. The harassment claims go back at least a decade.

IndieWire reached out to Nickelodeon for comment. A network spokesperson said: “Viacom is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, and to fostering a workplace free from harassment. As a matter of policy, we do not comment on specific employee matters, but we take »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: This Year’s Halloween Heist Reaffirmed Its Status as One of Broadcast’s Best Comedies

17 October 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Season 5, Episode 4, “HalloVeen,” follow.]

If you were looking for further proof that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of the best comedies on television, “HalloVeen” was it. From the cold open of the episode, the show crackled with energy, letting the lighthearted heist competition that’s become a yearly tradition drive the pitch-perfect interactions of the ensemble.

Throw in probably the only good jokes we’re going to hear this fall about “The Handmaid’s Tale” (‘It’s relevant as hell!”) and the unending joy of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) dismissing a corgi far inferior to his own beloved Cheddar as an “idiot,” and even before the pivotal final minutes this episode was pure joy.

The only disappointment from the actual heist portion of the episode: Andre Braugher saying “cummerbund” is not as funny as Andre Braugher saying “caboodle” during last year’s Halloween heist. (Though “in my belly!” from the opening sequence does lessen the sting to a great extent. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Exits Following Harassment Allegations; What’s Next for the Streaming Service

17 October 2017 1:47 PM, PDT

Roy Price has resigned as head of Amazon Studios, just days after being placed on “indefinite leave” by the company. Price’s exit followed allegations made by producer Isa Hackett, who revealed to reporter Kim Masters that the exec made sexual remarks to her in July 2015 at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick, runs Electric Shepherd Prods. and is a producer on the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle,” as well as another upcoming series for the streaming service, “Electric Dreams.” Among the things that Price said to Hackett, in propositioning her, was “you will love my dick.”

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Price was suspended on Oct. 12. Since then, his fiancée, TV writer-playwright Lila Feinberg, also called off their wedding.

The allegations against Price were first posted »


- Michael Schneider

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‘UnREAL’ Season 3 Trailer: A Female Bachelor Shakes Up Lifetime’s Fan Favorite Drama — Watch

17 October 2017 1:02 PM, PDT

The craftiest women in fictional reality television may have finally met their match on “UnREAL.” The third season of Lifetime’s most addictively meta-theatrical drama will feature a female “suitress” named Serena, played by cast addition Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex”). FitzGerald’s character poses new challenges for power players Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn King (Constance Zimmer), who battled for control of the fictional dating show “Everlasting” during the first two seasons. In the trailer, Serena has ideas of her own about how to run the ship, and Rachel and Quinn must step up their game if they want to stay in power. If the slow takes of the many male contestants slowly disrobing are any indication, the queen bees of “Everlasting” will also struggle to keep things strictly professional.

Co-created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon, “UnREAL” captivated audiences for its fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the »


- Jude Dry

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Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel

17 October 2017 12:11 PM, PDT

Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”

Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”

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A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »


- Kate Erbland

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