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‘The Bold Type’: 7 Ways This Fictional Teen Vogue Became the Summer’s Most Insightful Series About Young Women

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When Teen Vogue began covering the current administration with pieces like Lauren Duca’s op-ed “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America,” media observers were shocked that a teen magazine would make such a gutsy political statement. But Teen Vogue editors knew something that those pundits didn’t: The younger generation could care about fashion, pop culture, dating and current events.

That’s why Freeform’s “The Bold Type” couldn’t have come at a better time. The show offers up its own take on the classic fashion magazine-meets-feminism genre made popular in films like “The Devil Wears Prada” and TV shows like “Just Shoot Me” and “Ugly Betty.” Sure, it’s glossy, youthful, and wildly unrealistic about what it’s like to work in journalism and publishing, but it’s still ultimately a rom-com, and therefore subject to those fantasy trappings.

Read MoreSummer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Dramas That You »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Confederate’: Why The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next HBO Series Is Already Causing Controversy

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David Benioff and D.B. Weiss don’t do anything the easy way. The “Game of Thrones” creators are still busy wrapping up the final two seasons of HBO’s lavish fantasy epic, including a final season that will film across multiple continents, but their follow-up project has already been given the green light.

It’s also already generating controversy.

Announced late Wednesday afternoon by HBO, Benioff and Weiss will serve as showrunners, executive producers, and creators on “Confederate,” a war story set in an alternate timeline leading up to the “Third American Civil War.” The new original series exists in a world where the southern states never seceded from the Union. Slavery is still legal and has “evolved into a modern institution,” per the release from HBO, and the story will track “a broad swath of characters” in both the North and South, including freedom fighters, slave hunters, politicians, abolitionists, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Game of Thrones’ Behind the Scenes: See Photos from Season 7 and Beyond

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Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, and more actors take over beaches, castles and other scenic landscapes in Europe.

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- William Earl

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‘I’m Sorry’: Andrea Savage Created a Comedy Filled With Uncomfortable Moments, But Is Never Dark

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“The whole show is not about buttholes, I promise you.”

An unconventional reassurance, but Andrea Savage is right. “I’m Sorry,” the latest, freshest comedy from TruTV, is about family, love, and the strange ways we have of sharing strange moments with each other. Savage stars as a comedy writer in La, making her way through the colliding perils that come with being a parent and living with a minimal filter. Andrea (the character’s name, as well) has a loving family, made up of husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott) and daughter Amelia (Olive Petrucci).

This particular day on set, though, they’re filming a scene at a poker table where the between-hands banter turns to some unconventional bedroom habits. We’ll let guest star Jason Mantzoukas take it from here.

Kyle's idea of the perfect date is also a great way to get brain freeze. Watch a sneak peek from Wednesday's all-new #ImSorryTV! »


- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Set for New HBO Series Following Alternate American Timeline Where Slavery Still Exists

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As HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” sets course for its surely explosive ending, the cable outfit is apparently eager to stay in business with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programmning, has announced that the pair are now signed on for a new original series, entitled “Confederate,” which will imagine an alternate American timeline in which a third civil war has irrevocably changed the fabric and landscape of the United States.

Read More‘Gemini Man’: Ang Lee Might Direct ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunner David Benioff’s Sci-Fi Script

Per an official announcement, “Confederate” will follow “the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The story »


- Kate Erbland

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Comic-Con 2017: Why The Annual Blending of Pop Culture Still Matters

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Two years ago, if you were wandering the streets of San Diego, you might have come across this sight:

Like Dorothy once said: “Sharknadoes, Outlanders and ‘Colony’ paratroopers, oh my.” But the collision of street teams has now become a fairly common occurrence during the five days of San Diego Comic-Con, still the reigning champion of pop culture expos.

Over the last decade, long-time Comic-Con attendees have seen what was once a relatively subdued celebration of all things nerdy explode into an all-encompassing Hollywood-fueled bonanza of what any casual fan might care about. Even “Twin Peaks” has a serious Comic-Con presence planned this year, including a Hall H panel featuring the cast and a sneak preview of this Sunday’s upcoming episode.

Twin Peaks” might feel slightly like an odd duck this week (though, to be fair, “Twin Peaks” feels like a bit of an odd duck no matter the »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Doctor Who’: Jodie Whittaker Casting Complaints Prompt BBC Response: ‘The Doctor Is an Alien’

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On Sunday, many cries of joy were heard across the Whoniverse when “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whittaker was cast as the very first female Doctor in the long-running BBC science fiction series “Doctor Who.”

The groundbreaking decision was the next logical step for the evolution of the alien character, but not unusual for the show itself, which had already established that Time Lords could switch genders. It was also long overdue. The series started over 50 years ago and has always featured a straight, white male in the starring role through 12 different incarnations (13, if you count the “Hurt Doctor” or “War Doctor” John Hurt).

Read More‘Doctor Who’: Why Jodie Whittaker Is Such an Exciting Choice for the 13th Doctor

But for every advancement comes resistance from those who want to go back to the status quo. Critics of the casting immediately began airing their grievances, and on Twitter, the hashtags #NotMyDoctor and, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’: Daenerys’ Visitor and 8 More Clues for the Next Two Episodes

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Now that “Game of Thrones” has returned, the premiere has provided far more context for the upcoming episode descriptions than we’ve had before. Add that to the preview of Sunday’s upcoming episode, and you have many clues that add up to some intriguing conclusions.

[Editor’s Note: It should be noted that the following is all speculation without any insider knowledge. Nevertheless, on the off-chance that some of these predictions come true, they could constitute spoilers for those who would rather, like Jon Snow, “know nothing.”]

As a reminder, here are the official descriptions from HBO for Episodes 2 and 3:

Episode 2: “Stormborn”

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) receives an unexpected visitor. Jon (Kit Harington) faces a revolt. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) plans the conquest of Westeros.

Episode 3: “The Queen’s Justice”

Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.

And finally, the Episode 2 sneak peek, which aired Sunday after the premiere:

Let’s break it down:

1. Daenerys Receives an Unexpected Visitor

This visitor could be a number of people, but since the sneak peek shows that her allies — Varys (Conleth Hill »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’ Director Defends Ed Sheeran’s Cameo: ‘He Did a Lovely Job’

19 July 2017 6:55 AM, PDT

Ed Sheeran may be in love with your body, but he’s got no love for “Game of Thrones” fans right now. The British pop star was barraged of negative reactions on social media following a cameo in HBO’s blockbuster fantasy series, which evidently prompted him to quit Twitter for a day (he has since re-activated his account). Fortunately for Sheeran, Jeremy Podeswa, who directed the episode, rode in like Brienne of Tarth to gallantly defend his honor.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’: Ed Sheeran Wasn’t the Most Controversial Aspect of the Premiere

“I think Ed did a lovely job—he’s a lovely actor and a lovely person,” the director told Newsweek. “He was appropriate for the part because he needed to sing. If people didn’t know who Ed was, they wouldn’t have thought about it twice.”

Sheeran’s casting was a gift for actress Maisie Williams, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Kingdom’: Talia Shire on Why She Returned to the World of Professional Fighters — and Acting

19 July 2017 6:45 AM, PDT

If you’re going to make a movie about fighters, you can’t skimp on the details. So says Talia Shire, an actress who knows a thing or two about the genre.

“You notice everything,” Shire said during an interview with IndieWire. “I am terribly aware of [everything]. If you’re going to do a fighting movie, I’m looking at the scars.”

Shire noticed just that when she first came across “Kingdom.” Now, the actress who earned Oscar nominations for her two iconic turns in “Rocky” and “The Godfather: Part II,” has joined the cast of the Audience Network original series — with just three episodes remaining.

Read More‘Kingdom’ and ‘American Gods’ Star Jonathan Tucker Bled for His Art, and That’s Just the Beginning

“She’s a very interesting woman,” Shire said of her role as Alvey Kulina’s mother, Annette. “She’s very interesting, and I wanted to »


- Ben Travers

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Tiffany Haddish: Why The ‘Girls Trip’ Star Is This Year’s Comedy Wonder Woman

19 July 2017 6:30 AM, PDT

To watch Tiffany Haddish is to get the vicarious sense that you, too, can do anything, be anything, including yourself. It comes down to just two words: “She ready.”

Read More‘Girls Trip’ Review: Tiffany Haddish Is the Summer’s Biggest Breakout In This Raunchy Comedy

You hear Haddish say “she ready” a lot, in interviews, in her upcoming Showtime stand-up special — Haddish’s production company is even called She Ready Productions. When she says it, don’t think of it as a catchphrase. Really, it’s a mantra.

“Me and my cousins, we came up with it when we were young and trying to sneak into clubs,” she told IndieWire in a phone interview. “When we would come out of the house and you looked cute we’d be like, ‘Yeah, she ready.’ And if you looked bad, we’d be like, ‘Uh uh, she not ready, go back in the house. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Keegan-Michael Key Resurrects Obama’s Anger Translator Luther to Rant About Trumpcare

18 July 2017 7:17 PM, PDT

We miss the Comedy Central sketch series “Key and Peele” for no shortage of reasons, but high up on the list was Luther, as the “Obama’s Anger Translator” sketches might have been one of pop culture’s most coherent and wise takes on President Obama during his years in office.

Read MoreKeegan-Michael Key On Why Less Money Means Smarter Movies, and Why the Whole Country Needs Anger Translators — SXSW 2017

The sketch concept didn’t officially retire after the end of the series in 2015, but it’s only reappeared irregularly — like, say, during a talk show appearance Keegan-Michael Key (who, as Luther, voiced the more angry side of Obama) made during this interview on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Colbert cues Key up with one of Obama’s rare public comments regarding the health care debate, made via Facebook, and he only needs a few moments to sink into the role. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Family Guy’s’ Adam West Tribute Is a Hilarious and Heartfelt Farewell — Watch

18 July 2017 5:52 PM, PDT

Adam West’s passing last month at the age of 88 led to a tremendous outpouring of love and affection for the treasured actor, and TV’s “Family Guy” is keeping his spirit alive with a hilarious highlight reel from West’s 17 years on the animated series.

Read MoreAdam West’s Unaired ‘Powerless’ Episode Released on YouTube — Watch

The clips of West’s fictional version of himself feature the enthusiastic lunatic mayor of Quahog behaving in his unique and utterly unpredictable way, chasing a pizza delivery man with a “cat launcher,” playing 20 questions with himself, and pardoning a supermarket turkey. There’s even one animated clip of West dressed up in his costume from the “BatmanABC television series that made him famous in the late 1960s.

West voiced the character of Mayor Adam West in 111 “Family Guy” episodes. On June 15, after West succumbed to leukemia, Los Angeles shone the bat-signal on City Hall, »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Rick and Morty’ Season 3: Susan Sarandon, Christian Slater, Danny Trejo, Gillian Jacobs and More Revealed as Guest Stars — Exclusive

18 July 2017 3:02 PM, PDT

Today, “Rick and Morty” creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon stopped by the IndieWire offices to talk about philosophy, comedy, and which guest stars they’re most excited for fans to see in the upcoming Season 3.

Read More: ‘Rick and Morty’ Claymation Shorts Riff on ‘Aliens,’ ‘Blade Runner’ and More — Watch

From Pickle Rick to the Lighthouse Keeper, Roiland and Harmon discussed the process in which some of the most out-of-this-world concepts make it into the final cut of the show. “It’s like we’re laughing, we’re crying, but we’re like ‘okay no but seriously, we can’t have a second act where they go and sit listening to an old man in a lighthouse read a screenplay,’” Roiland said. “Like, come on, let’s really fucking figure out this second act here… and then we just kept on going back to the lighthouse. Like, we would »


- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘Outlander’ Season 3 Trailer: Claire Struggles With Lost Love Separated by Centuries — Watch

18 July 2017 11:51 AM, PDT

Starz just released the official trailer for season three of its time-travel drama series “Outlander.” Based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling eight-book series, the show follows Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a married British Army nurse from the 1940s who is mysteriously taken back in time to 1743, where she marries a young Scottish warrior named Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Read More‘Outlander’ Season 3 Teaser Plays Up Heartbreaking Separate Timelines — Watch

Here’s the official synopsis for season three:

“The third season of ‘Outlander’ picks up right after Claire travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. »


- Graham Winfrey

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Sundance Adds Standalone Episodic Section For 2018 Festival

18 July 2017 11:20 AM, PDT

With just six months to go until the opening of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (unbelievable, but true), Sundance Institute has today announced the creation of a standalone Episodic section, further expanding television’s reach into the festival world.

In previous years, Sundance has offered limited episodic and television offerings, one that just last year played home to series like “I Love Dick,” “Downward Dog,” and “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” and boasts other major titles like “O.J.: Made in America,” “Transparent,” and “Top of the Lake” as additional alumni.

Read MoreIs It Television? The Rise of Episodic Storytelling

Yet this announcement marks a major sea change in the way Sundance approaches episodic entries. Last year’s episodic screenings were unfurled across a wide spectrum of sections, from the vaguely defined “Special Events” section to their forward-thinking Independent Pilot Showcase. 2o18 will play home to the newly created “Indie Episodic” section. »


- Kate Erbland

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‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

18 July 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

It’s now been more than 30 years since the Simpson family first showed up on TV, as interstitials on “The Tracey Ullman Show.” Fox had only been in existence for a few months when Matt Groening and James L. Brooks first introduced the world to a crudely-drawn version of what would eventually become one of the most successful franchises in television history.

The Simpsons” has generated billions of dollars of revenue over the years, and remains the crown jewel for Fox and 20th Century Fox TV. Now, the network and studio are celebrating the characters’ 30th anniversary at San Diego Comic-Con with a poster that highlights that evolution.

Read More‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Poster Gets Graphic By Explaining How Digestion Works — Exclusive

The one-sheet can be hung either way – depending on whether you’d rather have modern-day “The Simpsons” or its circa 1987 ancestors as the focal point. As Comic-Con tradition, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic-Con Poster Gets Graphic By Explaining How Digestion Works — Exclusive

18 July 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Not only is Fox’s new poster for “Bob’s Burgers” entertaining, but it’s also educational.

The one-sheet, which Fox will pass out to fans this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con, features the Belcher clan – Bob, Linda, and children Tina, Gene, and Louise – as they share a tale of “What Happens Inside You When You Eat a Burger.”

All stuff you probably learned in middle school biology. But “Bob’s Burgers” lays it all out for you in an easy-to-understand body map – from the esophagus and stomach, to the intestines and anus. And yes, you also get to learn about the “bottom burger.” Who’s hungry?

Read MoreComic-Con 2017: 6 Panels That Could Get Controversial, From ‘Doctor Who’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Fox will hold the Comic-Con panel for “Bob’s Burgers” on Friday, July 21, at 4:15 p.m. in the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom. Panelists include creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard, »


- Michael Schneider

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Amazon Picks Up Romantic Drama ‘White Fur,’ Sets Drake Doremus to Direct First Television Series

18 July 2017 10:32 AM, PDT

Drake Doremus is heading to the small screen. The indie director behind such hot-and-heavy romances as “Like Crazy” and “Equals” is taking his talents to a newly announced series that sounds very much in line with his taste.

FilmNation Entertainment has announced today that it has sold one-hour romantic television drama “White Fur” to Amazon, with Doremus on board to direct the so-called “transgressive and epic love story.” Author Jardine Libaire will adapt her own novel of the same name for the series, marking her first entree into the entertainment space. FilmNation Entertainment’s Ben Browning, Brenda Vogel and Glen Basner will executive produce with Doremus. Libaire is co-executive producer.

Read More3 Key Questions for Indie Filmmakers Building a Career in the Age of Netflix and Amazon

The series will follow “a young couple who battles the class divide and social conformity in 1980s New York.”

“Amazon is building an »


- Kate Erbland

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The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

18 July 2017 9:57 AM, PDT

It hardly needs mentioning, but not all science-fiction is created equal. Even as a term, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what constitutes sci-fi, especially in a medium like TV that can change so much from week to week or season to season. So when we took stock of the best TV shows from the past two decades, we turned to one unimpeachable source as a guide for what we should include in our list.

Thanks, Roman.

That’s not to say that a few of the shows might have an odd sword or two, but most of what we tried to single out here imagines a world markedly different from our own. Some take place in reimagined futures, while others take a sharper focus on the present with some key, otherworldly changes.

Given the wealth of shows in this genre, we opted not to include animated or unscripted series in this particular list. »


- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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