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‘Last Chance U’ Review: Netflix Series Proves That Football and TV Are Still a Perfect Match

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Last Chance U,” like any other show worth a sophomore season, carefully approaches both past and present. The East Mississippi Community College Lions, the football team profiled in the first season of the Netflix documentary series, are back again, but this new round of stories lives in the shadow of those that came before. This sequel keeps the established skeleton of a fall slate of games, brings back some beloved characters and checks in on departed favorites. The subject may be sports, but this is as TV as TV gets.

The show’s second season, tracking Emcc’s 2016 season, has the added layer of self-awareness. As a town shy of 1,000 people, director Greg Whiteley’s Netflix series has now created an identity for Scooba, Mississippi, one that not all its citizens are particularly happy with. Football players are never just football players, especially at any level above Pop Warner. But »


- Steve Greene

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Trailer: Rick and Negan Fight for the Kingdom, With a Hint Toward A Big Change

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The eighth season of “The Walking Dead” looks to be more intense than ever – it’s “all-out war,” AMC promises, as Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his gang take what could be their final stand against Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and prepare for their biggest clash yet, with the ultimate villain.

Read More‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Panels Open With Moment of Silence For Dead Stuntman

The Season 8 trailer premiered during the series’ panel at San Diego Comic Con, promising brutal battles and resolutions. “The Walking Dead” cast and creators have successfully amped everyone up for the fall premiere (which also doubles as the show’s 100th episode). The Season 8 trailer promised plenty of action, starting with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) barking, “I hope you got your shittin’ pants on because you’re about to shit your pants!” Watch it below:

“We’ve already won!” Rick proclaims »


- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ozark” Season 1. A spoiler-free review is available here.]

Now that’s how you make a thriller.

Anyone burned by the slow stroll to nowhere of recent Netflix dramas had to be pleased with the pins-and-needles tension — and shocking payoffs — of “Ozark,” Jason Bateman’s new original series for the streaming giant. From the first episode to the ending, Season 1 was filled with shocking twists and intense familial strife.

Below, we’ll break down why the near-constant darkness always felt grounded in reality, using big developments in the plot and key scenes throughout the series to illustrate how a horror story still felt relatable — and all the more terrifying for it.

Read More‘Ozark’ Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is the Most Brutal Business Lesson You’ll Ever Binge

Premiere – “Sugarwood”

The importance of the premiere episode was its power. While that may go without saying, given the first hour’s overall impact, it’s important to remember how many dramas start slow. »


- Ben Travers

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‘iZombie’ Season 4 Pays Tribute to George Romero With New ‘Cemetery to Table’ Restaurant Named Romero’s

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On a day when “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Walking Dead” stalked into Comic-Con, at least “iZombie” brought friendlier zombie faces to San Diego.

During the panel for the CW series on Friday, creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright answered questions along with cast members Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders, and Aly Michalka. The show had just wrapped up its third season in which a new world order was declared in the finale.

Read More‘iZombie’ Co-Creators Weigh the Possible End Games for Zombie TV Shows

When last we left Liv (McIver) and her friends, militant zombie leader Chase Graves (Jason Dehiring) had his Fillmore Graves employees taint all the vaccines in Seattle with zombie blood, which created a mass outbreak of zombie-ism. At the same time, news about Seattle becoming a zombie city broke on TV. So zombies are fully out now, no »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Panels Open With Moment of Silence For Dead Stuntman

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Hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” usually open their annual Comic-Con panels on a celebratory note. But this year, the shows struck a different tone, in light of the recent death of stuntman John Bernecker.

The Walking Dead” panel kicked off solemnly, as executive producer Scott Gimple read a tribute to Bernecker, sharing some of his credits – including “Looper,” “This Is The End,” “The Hunger Games,” “Get Out” and “Logan.”

“John passed away this week after he was injured doing something he loved,” Gimple said, “John was someone beloved in the stunt community. He was living his dream and he helped other people do the same thing.”

Gimple added that the cast and crew “didn’t know if we should do this panel today. But we wanted to be here for you. And we wanted to show you what weve all been working on.” He »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Marvel’s Inhumans’: 28 Thoughts We Had While Watching ABC’s Nutso New Trailer

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“Marvel’s Inhumans” is ABC’s next foray into the Marvel Universe, but it’s nothing like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” or “Agent Carter” (Rip!).

As the title indicates, the majority of the series features a species of beings that were created when aliens started genetic tinkering with the human race when they were just still a primitive species. These Inhumans procreated and developed their own society separate from homo sapiens over millennia, and in present day, they’re ruled by the Royal family, which is where the series comes in.

Read More‘Game of ThronesIwan Rheon Joins ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ in a ‘Roguish’ Role

ABC released a brand-new trailer for “Inhumans” at Comic-Con on Thursday, and it’s all kinds of crazy. Take a look:

Here are the 28 thoughts we had while watching the trailer:

1. Marvel seriously let the “Iron Fist” showrunner take on another series?! This ought to be interesting. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Psych: The Movie’: Shawn and Gus Get Back Into Fist-Bumping Shape For What Could Be the First Of Many Films — Watch

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Shawn and Gus are coming back to TV, so of course they brought pineapples. And they won’t be alone, as “Psych” creator Steve Franks explained at the show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday. Not only will the central cast of the original series be returning for December’s “Psych: The Movie,” Jimmi Simpson will also be joining to reprise his character, Mary Lightly.

James RodayDulé Hill, Corbin Bernson, Maggie Lawson and Kirsten Nelson joined Franks on Friday’s panel to discuss other details of the upcoming TV movie, and also preview the first eight minutes of the film for the crowd, which featured Shawn investigating a new case on the streets of San Francisco.

The most exciting thing? The fact that Franks started working on the movie almost immediately after they finished shooting the series finale, because “I knew it had to be good, because I don’t »


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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Teaser: Season 7’s First Look at a Horrifying Clown Hivemind

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American Horror Story” characters have been jailed, shunned, abducted, murdered and attacked with a very specific drill bit apparatus. Looks like Season 7 is out to prove it’s just as scary to get stung.

After Thursday night’s unconventional dramatic reveal that the theme of this year’s season of the FX anthology series would be “Cult,” FX unveiled the first official teaser for the season. This is the frightening, clown-heavy look that folks in San Diego saw projected over the water outside Hilton Bayfront Park.

Read More ‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election

Production is currently underway on “Cult,” which probably explains Thursday’s mysterious water-based activation in lieu of a full Comic-Con panel. Even from afar, “Ahs” creator Ryan Murphy has still been busy breaking news on social media, posting cryptic “Cult” teasers and casting announcements.

Series regulars Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters »


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‘Arrested Development’ Season Five Will Be a Very Bluth Murder Mystery

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Arrested Development” star Jason Bateman has revealed the fifth season’s plot will revolve around solving the murder of Liza Minelli’s character Lucille Austero, also known as Lucille Two.

“The central spine of that story of is the death of Liza Minnelli’s character, and a bit of whodunit,” Bateman told Entertainment Weekly Radio. “That’s sort of a central thread around which [creator Mitch Hurwitz] is going to braid in all the colorful plot complications that he knows how to do.”

Read More‘Arrested Development’ Will Officially Return To Netflix For Season 5

Fans will recall that the fourth season ended with Lucille’s death, which appeared to be a murder. The show’s first season on Netflix after a long hiatus, the fourth season took a turn by telling each episode from a different character’s perspective, which received mixed reviews. Bateman opened up about the fourth season’s structural issues: »


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‘Death Note’: Controversial Netflix Adaptation Gets Mixed Reaction at Comic-Con

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As soon as the “Death Note” movie was announced, controversy came with it.

The Netflix original film drew early ire for relocating the Japan-set story to the United States and casting a largely white group of actors in the main roles. Whitewashing claims have dogged the picture ever since, so it’s no surprise that director Adam Wingard was eager to show the film to fans.

“This has been a long time coming,” Wingard said, speaking before a secret screening of “Death Note” at Comic-Con Thursday night. “I’ve been on this film for a better part of two years. This is a film that’s had a lot of assumptions and expectations built on it, and the best thing we can do at this point is just show you the goddamn movie. I think we’re very proud of the film.”

Read More‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, »


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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators on Slavery Backlash in New Series: ‘We Might F*ck It Up, But We Haven’t Yet’

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HBO and “Game Of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss quickly came under fire on Wednesday, July 19 after the announcement of their new television drama series, “Confederate.” The series will imagine an alternate American timeline in which a third Civil War has changed the fabric and landscape of the United States. Per the official announcement, the alternate timeline will include southern states that have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution.

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

The idea that Benioff and Weiss, two white men, would be tackling a series in which “slavery remains legal” caused instant backlash across the internet. High profile writers such as journalist Pilot Viruet and author Roxane Gay sounded off, criticizing HBO for  letting “two white men envision modern day slavery. »


- Zack Sharf

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BBC Hits Back at Wage Gap Critics, Saying New ‘Doctor Who’ Will Earn Equal Pay

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The BBC has been accused of sexism after releasing its top stars’ earnings, which revealed a major disparity between the salaries of women and men.

According to the pay data, which the broadcaster released for the first time in its history, only one third of top-paid stars are women, and a small fraction are non-white. The numbers revealed that the highest-paid male celebrity, BBC Radio host Chris Evans, earned at least four times as much as the highest-paid woman, “Strictly Come Dancing” host Claudia Winkleman.

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

It was a stark contrast from the week’s earlier news that “Broadchurch” star Jodie Whittaker would follow Peter Capaldi as the next “Doctor Who,” the first time a woman had landed the beloved role. Many were wondering if Whittaker would suffer the same fate as the network’s other female stars. »


- Jude Dry

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‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election

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American Horror Story” took months to get to Roanoke in 2016, but series creator Ryan Murphy made this year’s journey a little clearer.

Murphy revealed on Thursday night at a Comic-Con stunt that the upcoming season of “American Horror Story” is subtitled “Cult.” The series’ seventh season will premiere on FX Tuesday, September 5. This confirmation follows months of speculation about how the events of last November would play out in his anthology horror series. Based on the video reveal from San Diego, this season may play out as a cross between a campaign rally and a ritual sacrifice.

American Horror Story: Cult Announcement! #AHS7 pic.twitter.com/iWhXCaxJiZ

— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFXCult) July 21, 2017

Murphy first hinted at a possible election-themed season back in February, explaining that filming would commence in June. He later walked back his comments that the upcoming season might have a literal Trump figure as part of the story. »


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‘Krypton’: Superman’s Grandfather Will Redeem the House of El — Watch

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As Comic-Con kicked off in earnest on Thursday, Syfy traveled across the galaxy to land on Superman’s home planet.

In the “Krypton” sneak peek teaser below, the action takes place two generations before the Man of Steel was born and the titular planet was destroyed. Seyg-El (Cameron Cuffe) is his grandfather, seen here as a young man who looks to be in his 20s.

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Although Superman, born Kal-El, is a hero to us mere humans, his family didn’t enjoy that kind of appreciation. The House of El was ostracized and shamed, and it was up to Seyg-El to fight to redeem his family’s honor and save his world.

That isn’t the only house name we may recognize. Among the cast are also Georgina Campbell (“Broadchurch”) and Ann Ogbomo, who play Lyta Zod and Alura Zod, respectively. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, More Episodes, and Teases Professor X

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Legion” fans showed up in droves for FX’s Comic-Con panel Thursday evening, and even though production on Season 2 has yet to begin, the audience was treated to a number of new details.

First and foremost, the second season has received an expanded episode order from FX. Season 1 consisted of eight episodes, but the follow-up will feature 10. John Solberg, the network’s executive vice-president of communications, also announced production is slated to begin in early 2018.

Joining the existing cast will be a new face playing an existing villain. Said Taghmaoi (“Wonder Woman,” “Three Kings”) will play the Shadow King, also known as Amahl Farouk. Able to possess human bodies, the Shadow King is a being made of pure psychic energy which feasts on the hatred within humans. He (or it?) has already possessed Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny and Jemaine Clement’s Oliver, but now the three of them will form »


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‘Stargate Origins’: New Prequel Series with Female Director and Lead Goes Back to Where It All Began – Watch

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At Comic-Con on Thursday evening, MGM announced a new “Stargate” TV series, one heading straight online.

Stargate Origins,” a new 10-episode series continuing the story of Roland Emmerich’s 1994 film “Stargate,” is set to premiere on a brand-new dedicated platform. “Stargate Command” will serve as the exclusive streaming home for “Origins,” in addition to hosting content from previous series.

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All 10 episodes of “Origins” will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan and will follow the adventures of young Catherine Langford, a character from both the film and TV versions of “Stargate.” MGM’s official statement explains that the new series “will explore a brand new chapter in Catherine Langford’s early history surrounding the extraordinary portal. Young Catherine embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Adam Scott Says He’s Game to Return, as No One’s Storyline (Including His) Is Tied Up

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As “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty kicks around ideas for a sequel to the hit – and now Emmy-nominated – limited series, star Adam Scott said he’s up for a return.

Scott, in San Diego to promote his new Fox series, “Ghosted,” with co-star Craig Robinson, told IndieWire that he thought the show’s entire cast (well, at least the ones still alive) would be game for an encore if the story was right.

“I think everyone would,” he said. “I think it’s a matter of finding [the right idea]. I don’t know if its something that theres even an idea for, I have no idea. I was just proud to be a part of it. It was a great experience working with [director] Jean-Marc [Vallée], Reese [Witherspoon] and all those incredible people. It was really rewarding.”

Read More‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2? The Book’s Author Reveals Her Plans for What Happens Next »


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‘Timeless’ Cancellation Was a ‘Mistake,’ and Fans Get Thank You Video at Comic-Con – Watch

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The Time Team is grateful to its newest recruits.

After NBC’s “Timeless” was canceled on May 10 after only one season, fans raged and took to social media with the hashtag #RenewTimeless in order to get their show back. Three days later, history was made when NBC reversed course and renewed the show for another 10-episode season.

Read More’Timeless’ Is Saved! Time-Travel Series Joins Elite Club of Shows Renewed by the Network That Canceled Them

At Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, series executive producer Eric Kripke addressed a crowd of adoring fans and said, “I got a call from NBC and they said, ‘We made a mistake and we’re picking up the show.’”

The panel billed as “NBC’s Timeless: Fan Tribute Celebration,” was held in gratitude to those vocal viewers who helped save the show. A special thank you video was also released specifically for the event. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Van Helsing’ Trailer: Season 2 Is a Fleshy Nightmare Even Vanessa Can’t Escape Unscathed

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In the not-too-distant future of Syfy’s “Van Helsing,” vampires and humans alike are battling to survive any way they can, and it doesn’t look like diplomacy is their strong suit.

When last we left vampire hunter Vanessa (Kelly Overton) in the Season 1 finale, we learned that the source of her strange powers is that she’s a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, the doctor-turned-monster hunter from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” It was actually more of a confirmation, since that’s been obvious from the start, but her father’s identity still appears to have some mystery surrounding it.

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We also left off on a couple of cliffhangers: Vanessa finally found her missing daughter Dylan (Hannah Cheramy), who has been turned into a vampire. We’re not quite sure what that means, though. (Since she’s descended from Vanessa, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Stan Against Evil’ Teaser: Season 2 Promises a Weirder, Wackier Parade of Killer Demons — Watch

20 July 2017 3:25 PM, PDT

After a debut season that wrapped up with surprise deaths, time loops and plenty of ugly-looking demons, “Stan Against Evil” is ready for a follow-up.

Show creator Dana Gould joined cast members Janet Varney and John C. McGinley for a preview of what’s to come in the show’s second season. The IFC show is set in the town of Willard’s Mill, a quiet New England community suddenly overrun by vengeful spirits. Last season’s cliffhanger showed that the story was bigger than Stan or Sheriff Evie imagined, but the show would keep its focus on Willard’s Mill.

Read More ‘Stan Against Evil’ Creator Dana Gould Mixes Laughs and Frights, With a Little Help From His Friends

That final episode also left Evie’s fate somewhat unresolved. Anyone worried that she wouldn’t be returning was reassured by a set of pins that included her, Stan and »


- Steve Greene

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