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‘Twin Peaks’ Teaser Offers First New Footage of the Upcoming Revival — Watch

7 hours ago

We still don’t know what’s in store for us when “Twin Peaks” makes its long-awaited return next month, but we do finally have some new footage — kind of. Showtime has released a new teaser for the series, and though the 30-second ad consists of nothing more than a few establishing shots, it does serve to remind that this truly is happening and is just a few weeks away.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ New Teaser Sums Up the First Two Seasons in Less Than Three Minutes — Watch

Carrying the tagline “Something old is new again…,” the teaser returns us to a few familiar locations: the red room, the sheriff’s department, the Double-r Diner. We don’t actually see anybody — most of the main cast is returning, with a few notable exceptions; there are also a number of new additions — suggesting that they must all be in another place. »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Dear White People’ Review: How Biting Satire and a Sincere Love Story Make Season 1 Essential TV — Spoilers

9 hours ago

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Dear White People” Season 1. Please watch the 10 episodes, now available on Netflix, before continuing — or read the spoiler-free review.]

Romance is an all-encompassing experience. Once you’re in it, there’s nothing else out there. It’s just the two of you against the world, as they say. But generally, you’re not against anything: life, and everything in it, is improved. When you’re in love, the day-to-day is all sunshine and rainbows, leaving little time for concern, let alone cause.

This kind of overwhelming emotional state is why there’s a whole genre dedicated to romance, and why it can be hard for shows to establish a truly great relationship without letting it overwhelm everything else in the series. Viewers relate to the concept of a happy ending with a happy couple, and such an instinctual reaction can prove daunting if the will-they-won’t-they drama plays out as it does in many relationships: indefinitely.

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Spoiler-Free Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series »

- Ben Travers

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Why ’13 Reasons Why’ Actor Ross Butler Stopped Auditioning for Asian Roles

9 hours ago

Ross Butler has been making name for himself in teen dramas lately, first appearing as Reggie on The CW’s Archie Comics adaptation “Riverdale” and then as Zach Dempsey in Netflix’s drama “13 Reasons Why.” The 26-year-old actor also happens to be an Asian-American.

In an interview with Mashable, Butler revealed that in order to get the all-American parts he wanted, he had to stop going out for roles specifically written for Asians. Part of that was because most of the leading roles are not written for Asian men, and part of it is that Asian-Americans are still not perceived as Americans.

Read More: ’13 Reasons Why’: If Season 2 Happens, That Could Be Good News

Butler, who was born in Singapore and whose mother is Chinese-Malaysian, said, “[After] I started getting auditions and seeing that all the auditions I was getting were these stereotypical roles, that’s when I really first »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Geena Davis Reveals How Television Is Helping Fight Hollywood’s Sexism Problem

9 hours ago

As Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival readies for its third edition, the fledgling Arkansas event is already pivoting to embrace other entertainment mediums beyond just films, all the better to serve their mission of bolstering diversity in the industry.

“Our tagline has evolved to be ‘championing women and diverse voices in media,’ because the lack of female characters and diverse characters exists in pretty much any form of the media,” said Davis, who co-founded the festival with Trevor Drinkwater, in an interview. During its first two years, Bentonville aimed to champion those voices specifically in film, but 2017 will turn the focus of the festival on other entertainment options, including an episodic section and a shorts competition

Read More: The Bentonville Film Festival is Brought to You By Women, Diversity and Corporate Synergy

“One thing that has been apparent for a long time is how television is doing much better than »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Roseanne’ Revival in the Works As Stars and Producers Plot 8-Episode Event Series

10 hours ago

Add “Roseanne” to the list of 1990s series aiming for a short-order revival.

Insiders confirm that star Roseanne Barr has started to pitch an 8-episode reboot of the blue-collar ABC sitcom, which originally ran for nine seasons, from 1988 to 1997. The show helped brand a previous generation of ABC family sitcoms (including, later on, “Home Improvement”).

ABC is said to be in the running for the revival, but other outlets, including Netflix (where ABC’s “Full House” lives on as “Fuller House”) may also be in the mix.

Read More: Why Roseanne Barr Only Wants to Make Documentaries Now

According to Deadline, which first broke the news, series stars Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert have already been confirmed to join the revival, while others, including Laurie Metcalf, are in talks to join. Original executive producer Tom Werner is back (his Carsey-Werner shingle was behind the original show), as well as Barr and Bruce Helford, »

- Michael Schneider

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WGA Strike: Why This Time the Writers, Netflix, and the Public May Have the Upper Hand

10 hours ago

Like all labor disputes, the WGA’s strike threat is meant to ensure its members get an equitable share of profits. However, this one contains a particularly potent strain of deja vu. As they did 10 years ago, and even 30 years before that, studios argue that writers want in on a market that doesn’t wholly exist.

The gap between writers’ and producers’ terms are massive: Entertainment lawyer Jonathan Handel crunched the numbers for The Hollywood Reporter and estimated the gap to be somewhere in the region of $350 million. The healthcare issue is particularly staggering, with Variety reporting the WGA’s 2020 projected deficit alone to be $65 million.

It sounds dire. Only this time, the public’s rapidly evolving viewing habits could give writers the upper hand.

Read More: WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization, as Contract Negotiations Resume Tuesday

In 1985, the WGA went on strike over the then-burgeoning home video market based »

- Chris O'Falt

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Netflix’s ‘Legend of the Monkey’ Whitewashing Sparks Petition to Boycott Series

11 hours ago

“Iron Fist.” “Death Note.” Now you can add “Legend of the Monkey” to that list of Netflix projects that are feeling the heat from Asians who are crying whitewashing.

“Legend of the Monkey” is an Australian-New Zealand co-production based on the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West” and attributed to Wu Cheng’en. It tells of the pilgrimage of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang to obtain sacred texts, aided by three disciples from folklore: Sun Wukong the Monkey King, Zhu Bajie also known as Pigsy, and Sha Wujing, aka Sandy. The tale has been told many times on screen before under various names. Japan had a TV adaptation called “Monkey Magic,” and Stephen Chow released a “Journey to the West” film in 2013 with a sequel in 2017.

Read More: ‘Death Note’ Producer Responds to Whitewashing Claims, Says It’s ‘Somewhat Offensive’ to New Netflix Movie

In Netflix’s new 10-part series, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Catastrophe’ Review: Season 3 is the Perfect Comedy For Adults — Parents or Not

12 hours ago

Cat out of the bag: I’m not a parent, and that means two things when it comes to reviewing a show about parenthood. First, I don’t know what it’s like to have or raise a child, rendering my opinions on practicing parents utterly moot. But it also means buying into the idyllic qualities commonly associated with being a Parent (capital “p” intended) is difficult. It’s hard to believe the pain of childbirth is worth it the second you see your newborn’s face, or that you won’t sometimes miss the responsibility-free lifestyle you once had, or that you’ll happily do anything — anything — for your family.

Perhaps that’s why “Catastrophe” is the perfect comedy for both groups: parents and non-parents. Or dreamers and realists; the pure of heart and the skeptics. However you want to group people, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan’s Amazon series feels constantly authentic, »

- Ben Travers

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Mike Myers (Or Is It?) Transforms Into Another Naughty British Character to Host ‘Gong Show’ Reboot

12 hours ago

“Gong Show” fans (there have to be some of you, right?), your day has come. The Hollywood Reporter has just announced that Mike Myers is “believed to be” the host of of ABC’s upcoming reboot of the game show, which aired 501 episodes between 1976–89. There’s a twist to Myers’ duties, however: He’s being named in promotional materials as “Tommy Maitland,” suggesting the “Austin Powers” star will be in character while hosting the show.

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Chuck Barris originally hosted “The Gong Show,” serving in that capacity from the series’ beginning until 1980. This new iteration will feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will judge contestants’ talents, including Will Arnett (who’s also producing), Jack Black, Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie and Andy Samberg.

“When Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host ‘The Gong Show, »

- Michael Nordine

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Canceled or Renewed?: Take the Quiz to Find Out Whether Your Favorite Show Will Survive

12 hours ago

For shows on the bubble, survival comes down to one thing: Money.

If you’re generating solid revenue for the network, then other concerns can be addressed down the road. But if your ratings are low (honestly, that’s almost every show these days), your creative is weak and executive support is wavering… then you better at least be owned by the network and bringing in nice international or streaming dollars.

“Every show is its own little business,” said one network scheduling executive. “You look at each and its profit or loss at the end of the year.”

Added a rival network exec: “The strategy is, how can we make the most money from all of our assets? [Renewal] discussions these days are very different.”

Read More: Ten Ways to Figure Out Which TV Shows Will Be Renewed or Canceled

With so much more data to parse, some networks (especially ABC »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Dear White People’: Why the ‘Scandal’ Parody Isn’t Just Fun, But an Essential Part of the Show

12 hours ago

Dear White People” creator Justin Simien wants to be clear about this: When IndieWire brought up “Defamation,” “Dear White People’s” fictional show-within-a-show, we were the ones who made the obvious comparison.

“I didn’t say ‘Scandal,'” he said, laughing. “You said that.”

Read More: ‘Dear White People’ Review: Justin Simien’s Netflix Series Sets the Standard for Movie-to-tv Adaptations

But between the “black political fixer in love with the President” narrative, the fabulous coats, and the distinctive camera-shutter sound effects, it’s pretty obvious what “Dear White People” is referencing with “‘Defamation’ Nights,” a staple of black culture at Winchester University, which finds itself rocked by racial politics over the course of the first season.

Starting in the first episode, group-watching the primetime soap adventures of “Olive Bishop” are clearly a regular part of the lives of Sam (Logan Browning) and her fellow students, as well as a »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman’s Guide to The Show’s Incredible Cast

12 hours ago

American Gods” might be one of the most exciting series launching this spring. Adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from Neil Gaiman’s novel, the supernatural drama leans way into the weird for a highly imaginative tale about Shadow (Ricky Whittle), a former convict who finds himself drawn into a strange world of old gods and new by Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane).

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Bryan Fuller Paints a Beautiful, Bloody, and Unblinking Portrait of American Duality

Whittle and McShane are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the cast accumulated for this show, representing some of today’s greatest talents — and Gaiman himself will not hesitate to sing their praises. In fact, when IndieWire got the chance to speak to the lauded author via phone, we took the opportunity to find out exactly what he thinks of his equally lauded cast.

For the record, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Kurt Russell Stalks James Corden in Hilarious ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch

14 hours ago

James Cordon can’t escape Kurt Russell. In the hilarious new sketch “Escape from Kurt Russell” that aired Thursday on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Russell and Corden run into each other in an office building, where Russell engages in some friendly sparring and jabbing.

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“Let’s see it!” Russell says, throwing up his hands like a fighter while Cordon awkwardly tries to play along. “Come on baby. Get em up. Let’s see what you got. You still got it?” Russell then lands a thunderbolt of a dead arm on Cordon, before saying a friendly goodbye. “Ow!” Cordon says, writhing in pain and clutching his arm.

The pair run into each other twice more, with each encounter more violent than the last. We won’t spoil it, but Russell makes a references to both “Enter the Dragon »

- Graham Winfrey

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’13 Reasons Why’: If Season 2 Happens, That Could Be Good News

16 hours ago

When it was announced that Netflix would be adapting Jay Asher’s novel “13 Reasons Why,” many people assumed was that the show would be one-and-done — a miniseries adaptation, rather than an ongoing story.

This isn’t the case with all adaptations. Both “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the upcoming “American Gods” expand and build upon their original novels to create narratives that could last multiple seasons. But “13 Reasons Why” seemed to have a finite end to it, given its premise: Clay’s (Dylan Minnette) discovery of Hannah’s (Katherine Langford) first-person narrative describing why, exactly, she killed herself a few weeks prior. Once Clay has listened to all of Hannah’s tapes, what comes next? Hannah’s incapable of narrating the story any further. There’s no coming back from that.

Read More: ’13 Reasons Why’ to ‘Riverdale’: What Former Teen Stars Add to Teen Shows, When They Return as Adults

At least, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Bubble Shows 2017: Here Are 70 Broadcast TV Comedies and Dramas That Aren’t Locked For Next Season

16 hours ago

Some shows simply await a complicated licensing deal (“Modern Family”). Others need to be renewed en masse (NBC’s “Chicago” quartet). And then there are the series you need to start worrying about. Get those #SaveOurShow hashtags ready – here is the current status of 70 broadcast network series that haven’t yet been given a firm order for the 2017-2018 TV season.

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- Michael Schneider

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‘La 92’ Clip: National Geographic Documentary Revisits the Tumultuous Times of the Rodney King Riots — Watch

17 hours ago

With the recent heavy media spotlight placed on police brutality, “La 92” does not seem as though it consists of footage from 25 years ago. The new National Geographic Documentary film finds itself immersed in the tumultuous period of the Rodney King trial and riots.

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The official synopsis states, “…after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles, ‘La 92,’ revisits the period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.”

The film is produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (“American High”) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and Tj Martin (“Undefeated”), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day. »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘Veep’ Flips the Script as Julia Louis Dreyfus and Tony Hale Swap Roles in this Hilarious Video — Watch

19 hours ago

HBO has finally answered the question that has been on the minds of “Veep” fans since the very beginning: What if Tony Hale and Julia-Louis Dreyfus swapped roles? Okay, it’s probably never come up, but it is still fun to imagine, what if?

Of course, it’d be difficult to imagine anybody in the role of Selina Meyer other than Louis-Dreyfus. After all, she’s received critical acclaim, a number of awards as the focal point of a successful six-season run on “Veep.”

The same could be said for Tony Hale whose portrayal as Selina’s incredibly loyal personal aide, Gary Walsh, has led to two Emmys. But as the video below shows, the two show a surprising ability to inhabit each others’ roles as they reenact a classic scene from Season 4 of the show.

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- Juan Diaz

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How Former Teen Idols Are Getting Second Lives on Ya Shows Like ‘Riverdale’ and ‘13 Reasons Why’

27 April 2017 2:36 PM, PDT

More than 30 years after enduring “16 Candles,” Molly Ringwald is heading back to the school dance, and “Riverdale” couldn’t be happier.

The former teen icon, known for her membership in the ‘80s Brat Pack and her John Hughes pedigree, guest stars on Thursday’s “Riverdale” as Archie’s mom Mary. She and her estranged husband Fred (Luke Perry) will be back together temporarily to see their son perform at the high school dance. While the casting was a natural fit because of Ringwald’s red hair, her teen star cred also helped. Both “Riverdale” and “13 Reasons Why” are two teen-centric shows that have been bringing back former teen stars to play the older generation, and reaping the benefits.

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While this type of casting isn’t exactly groundbreaking, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Episodes’ Creators Preview the Final Season of Matt LeBlanc’s Showtime Comedy and Unveil Why It Had To End

27 April 2017 1:43 PM, PDT

When “Episodes” premieres its final season at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, April 30, it will mark the first time new episodes have aired in over two years. The Season 4 finale of Matt LeBlanc’s scathing Hollywood satire debuted in March 2015, and even though the award-winning Showtime comedy has taken year-plus breaks before, we still don’t have an official release date from Showtime for Season 5.

If the wait has been hard on fans, they should know the creators are pained, as well.

“It’s been torturous, actually,” co-creator Jeffrey Klarik said in an interview with IndieWire. “We finished on June 3 [2016]. The show is done and ready to air. As soon as Showtime finds a time for us, we’ll be on.”

“We can’t wait to get back on the air,” fellow co-creator David Crane said. “It’s been a drawn out process because Jeffrey and I write all the episodes. »

- Ben Travers

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Bill Nye: How the ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Dimension Can Exist — Watch

27 April 2017 12:24 PM, PDT

When Netflix has a resident rock star scientist like Bill Nye on the payroll, you can bet the streaming service will put him to good use beyond just hosting his show, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

In the video below, Nye takes on one of the scientific theories seen in Netflix’s breakout hit “Stranger Things.” On the show itself, teacher Mr. Clarke (Randall P. Havens) took a stab at explaining how to travel to an alternate dimension. His interpretation involved drawing on a paper plate and an elaborate metaphor involving an acrobat, a flea and a rope (no, they didn’t walk into a bar). The rather simplistic explanation, however, didn’t really say how said alternate dimension could exist, which is understandable. There’s no way that Mr. Clarke knew that the boys were dealing with the Upside Down.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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