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‘The Simpsons’ Writer Reveals Cut Scenes From ‘Who Shot Mr. Burns?’ 22 Years Later

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We’ve known for many years now who shot Mr. Burns, but way back when it was the biggest mystery to ever hit Springfield. 22 years after answering that question, “The Simpsons” writer Josh Weinstein has revealed cut lines from one of the show’s most famous episodes.

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Grampa Simpson, Homer’s Brain, and Milhouse all appear in the excised scenes, which revolve around, you guessed it, figuring out who shot Mr. Burns. (Spoiler alert: It was Maggie!) “That’s right,” Grampa Simpsons says at the beginning. “We all gotta stick together if we’re going to have any hope of bringing that awful Homer to justice.” Homer finds himself in the woods hours later and complains, “When I agreed to this plan, I didn’t know there’d be so much running.”

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- Michael Nordine

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‘SNL’: James Franco Gets Some Help With His Monologue From Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin — Watch

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Oh hai, “Saturday Night Live.” James Franco hosted the show for the fourth time last night, an occasion that, according to the director and star of “The Disaster Artist,” isn’t treated as a big deal. Lorne Michaels and the other higher-ups didn’t even write him a monologue, Franco said, and so he was simply there to take questions from the audience — which included Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and even Steve Martin.

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The bit included much ribbing between the old friends, as Rogen and Hill claimed to not even know (or care) that Franco was on hosting duty — they were mostly just there to see Sza, the evening’s musical guest. “I’m just here to see the show in general,” Rogen said. “I didn’t realize you were hosting it. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: James Franco Plays Himself, and Plays It Safe, in 4th Hosting Appearance

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There’s still one more week to go before “Saturday Night Live” breaks for the holidays, but the show is still ramping up the yuletide cheer. In addition, like other “SNL” episodes with an experienced host at the helm, the tone this week felt more driven by their skill set than that of first-timers. And when it comes to this week’s host… well, it’s a very specific sort of tone.

Host: James Franco

Let’s be honest: James Franco is always at his best when he’s committing to a clear sort of character. It’s something we’re seeing right now with his performance as Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist,” and something we’ve seen before as he embodied known figures like James Dean or the dual roles of “The Deuce.”

In his fourth hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” the role that Franco seems most comfortable playing is James Franco, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Release Date and Trailer: Your Favorite Defender Returns to Netflix Next Spring — Watch

9 December 2017 1:52 PM, PST

Now that she’s teamed up with the other Defenders, Jessica Jones is ready to take center stage again. Netflix has announced that its Marvel drama will return on March 8, and even included a trailer to go along with the announcement video. Watch below.

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Here’s a brief synopsis of what’s in store this time around: “New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.”

Accompanied by Heart’s “Barracuda,” the trailer makes it clear that she’s the same Jessica Jones: “If you say ‘With great power comes great responsibility, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Making a Murderer’s Brendan Dassey Has Conviction Upheld: ‘A Profound Miscarriage of Justice’

9 December 2017 10:30 AM, PST

Few exemplars of the true-crime craze have compelled viewers to the same extent as “Making a Murderer.” Netflix’s miniseries focuses on Steven Avery, who spent 18 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of murder and was later put behind bars for another killing; his nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also charged with the second murder. The rulings have been highly controversial, but Dassey just had his conviction upheld by a federal appeals court in Chicago.

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Dassey’s defense contends that he was coerced into confessing his participation in the murder and was not actually involved. He was sentenced to life in prison 10 years ago. “The state courts’ finding that Dassey’s confession was voluntary was not beyond fair debate, but we conclude it was reasonable,” said the 39-page ruling in the 4-3 decision.

Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Crown’: Matt Smith Knows If The Royal Family Has Seen The Netflix Drama, But Doesn’t Know How It Will Handle Trump

9 December 2017 10:22 AM, PST

When “The Crown” star Matt Smith was asked if he knew whether or not the Royal Family has watched “The Crown,” he gave IndieWire a line from classic spy thrillers: “If I’d told you, I’d have to kill you.”

That’s an unusual thing for an actor to say while promoting their show, but Smith did at least clarify that “I’m pretty certain that someone has seen it. In fact, I know that someone else has seen it.”

Then he repeated: “But if I told you which ones, I’d have to kill you.”

While it remains a mystery as to whom Smith was referring, he was otherwise relatively candid about shooting Season 2 of Netflix’s “The Crown.” Smith plays Prince Philip, husband to Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), in the series.

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Saoirse Ronan Defends Controversial ‘SNL’ Sketch: ‘The Show Is a Comedy’ — Watch

9 December 2017 9:32 AM, PST

Saoirse Ronan’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend was well received, at least on this side of the Atlantic. Some back home were unimpressed with a sketch in which the Irish actress plays an Aer Lingus flight attendant, regarding the bit — which featured heavy accents, several references to potatoes, and lots and lots of dogs — as relying too much on stereotypes. During an appearance on “The Late Late Show,” the “Lady Bird” star responded.

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“It’s fun, and it was — the show is a comedy show,” she said when asked about the minor uproar. “One of the things that was really, really important for me throughout the week and Lorne Michaels, the creator of the show, there’s numerous meetings that you have throughout the week, there »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Donna Lynne Champlin on Paula’s Big Decision and Those Suggestive Vegetables

8 December 2017 6:00 PM, PST

[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for this week’s episode of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Getting Over Jeff.”]

First, let’s quickly talk about the gourd.

“Manuel [Baca], our props guy, was so proud. He had actually found that gourd at some festival the weekend before and he had bought it and picked it up because he thought it was so fantastic and phallic-looking,” Donna Lynne Champlin told IndieWire, explaining one of the inanimate stars of this week’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

The squash in question is one of the centerpiece flourishes in “The Very First Penis I Saw,” the impossibly fun sequence from a pivotal episode for Paula, Champlin’s character. But aside from the grocery-store frolicking and innuendo, the song actually helped focus a lot of the emotion that made this another vital step in Paula’s journey on the show.

A trip back home in to Buffalo in “Getting Over Jeff” brings her face to face with her personal one-that-got-away version of Rebecca’s Josh Chan (appropriately »

- Steve Greene

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Charlie Brown vs. Rudolph: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Battle of the Classic Christmas Specials — Ratings Watch

8 December 2017 4:15 PM, PST

Good grief! Christmas specials are in full swing, and the networks dusted off some of their biggest classics last week: ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and CBS’ “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” In their inaugural 2017 runs, “Rudolph” (2.1 among adults 18-49) edged out “Charlie Brown” (1.8), giving a ratings edge to the reindeer with a very shiny nose.

“Rudolph,” which premiered in 1964, and “Charlie Brown,” which first bowed in 1965, are considered the key staples in a sea of primetime holiday specials, some of which have come and gone over the years. But both specials were overshadowed this year by a newcomer: “DreamWorks Trolls Holiday,” which averaged a 2.4 rating when it aired on Nov. 24, during the Thanksgiving weekend.

But there are plenty of caveats to all of this, since none of the specials actually faced off in the same time slot. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” performed respectably considering it aired in a tough Thursday 8 p. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Crown’ Season 2: Episode 2 Tackles the Philip Problem Head-On and Proves His Story’s Relevancy — Spoilers

8 December 2017 4:11 PM, PST

Though serialized overall, “The Crown” is a notable Netflix series in that it regularly delivers impeccably strong episodic arcs. Episodes stand out on their own and often feel constructed as a time capsule for that specific story. Season 2 continues this tradition, and IndieWire will explore select episodes via individual reviews. After all, the best standalone episodes deserve standalone analyses. Below, we take a look at Episode 2, “A Company of Men.”

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Crown” Season 2.]

Just because a character is unlikable — or downright repugnant — doesn’t mean he’s a bad character. The soon-to-be Prince Philip, after the third episode of Season 2, is the epitome of this conundrum. Many viewers complained about Matt Smith’s character in the first season, though few were mad enough to fault the actor’s performance (and they shouldn’t, given how wholly Smith gives himself to the role). They just didn’t like him, especially compared to the vastly »

- Ben Travers

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‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Furthers the Sexual Assault Conversation From a Woman’s Perspective

8 December 2017 3:00 PM, PST

It’s been two years since the explosive first season of Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” hit Netflix, only the second show in the superhero franchise’s growing roster original series, which also includes “Iron Fist,” “Luke Cage,” “The Punisher,” and “The Defenders.” When “Jessica Jones” finally returns for a second season sometime next year (no date has been announced), it will be in a world more ready than ever to embrace its message of women fighting back against sexual harassers and abusers. Action-packed, funny, and deeply addictive, the series followed Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), a private detective with special powers, and her quest for revenge against Kilgrave (David Tennant), a man who manipulated and abused her through mind-control.

Taking on difficult issues like sexual assault and trauma with sensitivity, “Jessica Jones” couched its powerful message in an entertaining detective story palatable to a wide-ranging audience. Perhaps more ahead of the »

- Jude Dry

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‘Dark’ Theories and Burning Questions: Jonas’ Fate, the Wallpapered Room, and That Massive Back Tattoo

8 December 2017 1:33 PM, PST

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the entirety of Netflix’s series “Dark.”]

Netflix’s German supernatural mystery thriller doesn’t fit neatly into any puzzle box, but it sure is addictive and intriguing. Initially built around the case of a missing boy in Winden, “Dark” quickly bursts through the confines of the small town — not by reaching beyond its borders, but beyond its time. The curious time travel element, however, is a tricky one, and two warring forces are trying to control it. Unfortunately, it seems that many young boys have been caught in the middle.

The time travel occurs in 33-year increments, which creates a curious connection with Winden’s past, present, and future. In particular, viewers have gotten to know the young, middle-aged, and older versions of the same characters that hail from a few major families. Trying to keep the various surnames, generations, and each person’s secrets straight is difficult enough, but throw in a kidnapping priest, arcane references, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Queer Eye’ Returns: Get To Know The New Fab 5, Including ‘Gay of Thrones’ Host Jonathan Van Ness

8 December 2017 11:36 AM, PST

Netflix has announced the cast of its reboot of Bravo’s 2003 hit series, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” featuring five new stand-out personalities. The group will serve as a modernized Fab 5, finding new faces to revitalize the show with a political agenda (and current food trends, of course).

Bobby Berk will lead in all things design, Karamo Brown will serve as culture expert, Antoni Porowski, former Fab 5-member Ted Allen’s personal chef, will handle everything food and wine, Tan France will be the show’s fashion guru, and stylist/“Gay of Thrones” host Jonathan Van Ness is, of course, there to share his knowledge on personal grooming. (Van Ness actually shot the series last summer, while “Gay of Thrones” was also in production.)

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The Emmy Award-winning series revolutionized television in the early 2000s, »

- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Set at HBO: Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman to Star, Andrea Arnold to Direct

8 December 2017 11:30 AM, PST

Big Little Lies” is officially coming back. After months of speculation over whether or not the hit limited series would return, HBO has officially given the green light to Season 2.

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star. No other cast members have been confirmed, but the “most of the cast is expected to return and negotiations are underway.”

David E. Kelley — who wrote all of Season 1 — will pen Season 2, as well, “partially” based on a story by the book’s author (and series producer) Liane Moriarty. But he’ll be working with a new director: Andrea Arnold will direct all seven episodes of Season 2. She replaces Jean-Marc Vallee, who won an Emmy for directing Season 1, but expressed disinterest in returning for more episodes.

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Vallee remains attached as an executive producer, »

- Ben Travers

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Ed Helms Returns to Comedy Central With a Mission: Making ‘Fake News’ Fake Again — Turn It On Podcast

8 December 2017 9:33 AM, PST

It took “fake news” to bring Ed Helms back to Comedy Central. Since leaving “The Daily Show” in 2006, Helms has found plenty of success as a comedic actor in both TV and film, starting with “The Office,” and then, of course, “The Hangover” trilogy and a successful voice over career in animated hits like “The Lorax” and “Captain Underpants.”

But Helms missed his time satirizing the news, especially given his experience working alongside legendary talent like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Samantha Bee, and many more. Now he’s back behind the desk, at least for one night, as the fictional host of Comedy Central’s “The Fake News with Ted Nelms.”

“I’ve just been missing being a part of the media commentary world ever since I left ‘The Daily Show,’ Helms said. “I really feel back in the saddle in a way. It’s really scratching that itch. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Sopranos’ Strip Club Location Satin Dolls Is Closing Amid Criminal Investigation

8 December 2017 8:55 AM, PST

In a case of life imitating art, the New Jersey location of Tony Soprano’s infamous Bada Bing! strip club has been shut down amid pending criminal investigation, the AP reports. The Lodi, New Jersey strip club Satin Dolls has been accused of solicitation of prostitution, lewd activity, and failure to account for “large amounts of cash moving in and out of the businesses.” “Illegal activity was glorified at the ‘Bada Bing’ in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey,” said New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino in a release. “It’s time to shut it down.”

The owners of Satin Dolls have been under investigation for six years, according to the Ag’s report. One of the owners, Anthony Cardinalle, admitted to federal income tax evasion in 1995, and pled guilty in 2013 to a racketeering conspiracy linked to the Genovese crime family. »

- Jude Dry

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‘The Terror’ Trailer: Ridley Scott’s AMC Series Channels ‘The Thing’ in the Best Way Possible

8 December 2017 7:28 AM, PST

AMC has debuted the chilling first trailer for its new drama series “The Terror,” executive produced by Ridley Scott.  The series stars “Mad Men” actor Jared Harris and “Outlander” star Tobias Menzies as members of the Royal Navy who succumb to the paranoia of isolation during a dangerous mission discovering the Northern Passage.

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“‘The Terror’ captures a rare combination of fascinating history, complex and flawed characters, the inextinguishable human spirit and the horror and promise of an uncharted world,” executive producers and co-showrunners David Kajganich and Soo Hugh tell Entertainment Weekly. “We are looking forward to bringing viewers into this world in March.”

The 10-episode first season of “The Terror” premieres March 29. The chilly setting and the men-gone-mad story conjures up feelings of “The Thing” in the first trailer below.

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- Zack Sharf

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‘Doctor Who: Twice Upon A Time’ Trailer: Peter Capaldi Says Goodbye in Epic Christmas Special

8 December 2017 6:53 AM, PST

Doctor Who” fans are getting the ultimate Christmas present when this year’s Christmas special debuts on December 25. The special, entitled “Twice Upon a Time,” is bringing together Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor and David Bradley’s first Doctor for a “Doctor Who” Christmas special that will surely set the bar for all “Doctor Who” Christmas specials.

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Twice Upon a Time” will be extra notable for marking the final episode of Peter Capaldi’s run as the 12th Doctor. When “Doctor Who” returns for another season following the Christmas special, Jodie Whittaker will be starring in the lead role as the first female Doctor in franchise history.

BBC will honor Capaldi’s run with a special titled “Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi,” which will air immediately following the Christmas special. »

- Zack Sharf

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Golden Globes 2018 TV Predictions: Bold Picks in Every Category

8 December 2017 6:05 AM, PST

Best Drama Series “The Crown” “The Deuce” “The Handmaid’s Tale” “Game of Thrones” “Stranger Things

Spoiler: “This Is Us

Since the above predictions feature three returning series and a virtual lock in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” there’s a lot of room for spoilers. Not only could “This Is Us” very easily land its second straight nod for Best Drama Series, but series like “Mindhunter,” “The Good Doctor,” “Ozark,” “Mr. Robot,” “Better Call Saul,” and, yes, even “The Leftovers” could find their way into the final five. The Golden Globes like spotlighting new series, which benefits shows like “Mindhunter” and “Ozark” which haven’t been crowned by other awards shows just yet. The Globes could be the first, but we’re betting they won’t be able to resist David Simon’s “The Deuce” — given that all-star cast — and last year’s winner, “The Crown.” “Game of Thrones” and »

- Ben Travers

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‘Family Guy’ Slammed ‘Perverted Hollywood Director’ Bryan Singer Two Years Ago — Watch

8 December 2017 6:03 AM, PST

Family Guy” has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to calling out Hollywood’s alleged sexual predators and abusers, and that holds true with “X-Men” and “The Usual Suspects” director Bryan Singer.

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A “Family Guy” joke from Season 14 in which the dog Brian refers to Singer as a “perverted Hollywood predator” is resurfacing after news that Singer was fired from directing the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The director is also now facing a lawsuit from Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who alleges Singer sexually assaulted him on a yacht in 2003 when he was 17 years old.

In the episode “The Peanut Butter Kid,” Stewie becomes an overnight celebrity after starring in a peanut butter advertisement. But Brian warns Stewie that being a star at such a young has its downsides: “There are tons of actors like this. »

- Zack Sharf

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