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‘Room 104’ Director Breaks Down the Mind-Boggling Ending to Episode 1 — Spoilers

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[Editor’s Note: The below interview and analysis includes spoilers for “Room 104,” Episode 1, “Ralphie.”]

Room 104” welcomed guests with an absolutely wild first episode, setting a high bar for the season to come (but one they do meet).

In “Ralphie,” a single father (Ross Partridge) leaves his adolescent son, Ralph (Ethan Kent), with a babysitter, Meg (Melonie Diaz), while he goes out on a date. The job seems simple enough: Feed the kid, get him in bed at a reasonable hour, and expect the dad to return relatively early. Granted, Meg wasn’t explicitly instructed not to strangle Ralph to death, but she also wasn’t warned of an evil, identical twin brother named Ralphie who terrorizes them both.

…if that’s what happened. Thanks to a few well-placed clues as to Meg’s mental state, including a lack of references, as well as the creepy vibes of the room itself, it’s plausible she might have imagined the whole thing. Ralph could have »


- Ben Travers

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Ratings Watch: ‘Descendants 2,’ ‘Phelps vs. Shark’ Made Waves Last Week

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Controversy be damned, Discovery’s “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White” took a bite out of the competition.

The special because Discovery’s highest-rated Shark Week telecast ever across adults 25-54, women 25-54, and women 18-49, and was last Sunday’s No. 1 basic cable show in primetime in the key adults 18-49 demo. Discovery’s “Shark-Croc Showdown” also made it into the week’s top 25 telecasts among adults 18-49.

Read More‘Phelps vs. Shark’ Racing Controversy: Discovery Chief Says ‘I’d Do It Again

Disney Channel also had reason to crow last week, as the premiere of “Descendants 2” on July 21 averaged 8.6 million viewers on Disney Channel alone after three days worth of DVR usage. The telecast was simulcast on ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Xd, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies, and Disney said it ultimately reached 21 million total viewers via various platforms.

Disney also reports that “Descendants 2” was the No. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Girlfriend Experience’: Season 2 Will Give Audiences More Choices in How to Watch It

12 hours ago

After one season on the air, “The Girlfriend Experience” has already established itself as one of the most innovative limited series on TV.

Season 2 will add something extra for viewers.

The Girlfriend Experience” Season 2 will follow two parallel storylines, with co-creators Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz directing their respective halves. The upcoming season will air its 14 episodes in hourlong sections over seven weeks, and each creator’s storyline will make up one half of the hour-long pairings.

Separating those storylines means that audiences will be able to select whether they’ll watch the show week by week or binge each storyline individually, all at once, after they’ve been released.

“Lodge and I both had conversations about thematic elements that we wanted to see and wanted to have that conversation with the audience,” Seimetz said. “Once they drop, you can also have the experience of watching a three-and-a-half hour movie »


- Steve Greene

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‘American Gods’: No Word on When to Expect Season 2, But Starz Sees It Going For Years

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Starz chief Chris Albrecht wasn’t able to confirm exactly when we might see another season of “American Gods.” However, he did tell journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that there’s no end in sight for the supernatural fantasy drama.

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

“We’re on board as long as the show makes sense for Starz,” he said of the series, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. “The vision of Neil Gaiman is the guiding light for all of us, and Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are the guiding lights of that.”

“Gods” has already been renewed for a second season, which is good news for fans, given that the first season didn’t even get through half of the story told in Gaiman’s original novel. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Girlfriend Experience’ Season 2 First Look: The Best Directed Drama on TV Returns This November

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Last month, IndieWire published its official ranking of the 20 best directed drama series of the 21st century, and sitting confidently in the #1 position was Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan’s “The Girlfriend Experience.” Despite only airing one season, the Starz adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s indie of the same name was so audaciously made and perceptively filmed that it more than deserved to top the list. Suffice to say, we’re extremely excited for Season 2.

Read More‘The Girlfriend Experience’ Season 1 Dares You To Judge It

Starz has confirmed the second season of “The Girlfriend Experience” will debut on Sunday, November 5 at 9pm Et. All episodes of the first season were available to stream on Starz on demand at once, with episodes airing Sunday nights each week on the network. Starz hasn’t said if it will roll out Season 2 in a similar fashion.

The new season follows two separate storylines, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Outlander’ Season 3: What’s Next for Claire And Jamie, According to Cast and Producers — Live Blog

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Of the shows currently on the air, none have blended period drama, passionate romance, sweeping battle sequences, and some of the most explicit (and explicitly feminist) sex scenes on television like Starz’s “Outlander” — a potent combination that has helped create a rabid fanbase.

Read More‘Outlander’ Season 3: Cast Teases the Print Shop Scene as a ‘Huge Moment’ for Fans

And it’s a fanbase that’s had to deal with some major bumps in the road, as the time travel epic delivered some major twists last year. In Season 2, we saw Claire return to the year 1948 after Jamie sent her away prior to the Battle of Culloden, where they knew Jamie would likely die. But after 20 years in the 20th century, a now-50-year-old Claire discovered that Jamie was not killed in action, and that there was a chance he was alive. “If that’s true, then I have to go back, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Rook’: Starz Orders Thriller About Supernatural Spies From ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Night Manager’ Producers

14 hours ago

“Twilight Saga” creator Stephenie Meyer and “The Night Manager” executive producer Stephen Garrett will join forces on the new Starz supernatural spy thriller “The Rook.”

The series centers on a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries. Per Starz, the show “tells the story of a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia – surrounded by dead bodies, all wearing latex gloves. Pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries, grappling with peculiar ‘abilities’ of her own, she must fight to uncover her past, and resume her position at the head of Britain’s most secret (supernatural) service… before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.”

Read More‘Outlander’ Season 3: Cast Teases the Print Shop Scene as a ‘Huge Moment’ for Fans

Screenwriters Sam Holcroft (“Rules for Living”) and Al Muriel (“Precious & Rich”) will adapt the series, which is based on the novel by Daniel O’Malley. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Howards End’ Photos: Kenneth Lonergan and Hayley Atwell Bring the Classic Novel to Television

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Nearly a year after the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of “Howards End” returned to theaters, Starz is set to premiere its miniseries version of the classic E.M. Forster novel. Kenneth Lonergan is writing the new limited series, which will air next year. Find four new photos from “Howards End” below.

Read More‘Howards End’ Photo: Kenneth Lonergan–Written Adaptation Heads to the Small Screen

Here’s the official synopsis, in case you’re not up to date on your classics: “Margaret Schlegel (Hayley Atwell) is an intelligent, idealistic young woman who is courted by the older Henry Wilcox (Matthew Macfadyen), a self-made conservative businessman, after his wife Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond) dies unexpectedly and he becomes owner of Howards End.

“Meanwhile Margaret’s passionate and capricious younger sister Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) takes up the cause of Leonard Bast (Joseph Quinn) a young bank clerk who falls on hard times at work »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Gemma Whelan on Whether Yara Is More Valuable to Euron Dead or Alive

14 hours ago

On the most recent “Game of Thrones,” Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) met her match when her power-mad uncle Euron (Pilou Asbaek) boarded her ship, and after a prolonged and bloody battle, took her prisoner.

What comes next could literally be a matter of life or death. After losing the Kingsmoot, Yara had fled the Iron Islands since her uncle wanted to kill her for challenging his claim to the crown, but now that he has her back in his clutches, her fate is uncertain.

“I don’t know if she’s got any currency. I really don’t know at this point,” Whelan told IndieWire. “but I imagine she’s more valuable to him alive because he can torture her; whatever the psychopath that he is wants to do. But he’s keeping her for a reason. I guess only he knows why as yet.”

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Archer: Danger Island’: Watch the Cast Discover the First Details of Season 9

15 hours ago

Few times in history has someone been this excited to be a parrot.

Earlier this month at their Comic-Con panel, the cast and producers of “Archer” gathered to give fans an early glimpse at Season 9 of the animated show. Following the tradition of past themed seasons, like “Archer Vice” and the most recent “Dreamland,” “Archer: Danger Island” will once again take the central crew of the show and bring them to unfamiliar territory.

Read More‘Archer: Danger Island’: Season 9 Title and Premise Revealed, as Archer Heads to the South Pacific

But the big moment came when producer Matt Thompson provided some fresh Season 9 details.

The highlight of Thompson’s “quicksand, cannibals, super-intelligent monkeys, a volcano, and a talking, fucking parrot.” (The latter of that list will be voiced by Lucky Yates. Yes, Krieger’s spirit will now inhabit a tropical bird.)

Watch the full video of the »


- Steve Greene

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 is Almost Done Filming, Creators Still Open to Making Sequels

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It’s a great time to be a “Black Mirror” fan. The anthology series’ third season debuted on Netflix last October and earned serious buzz, with episodes like “Nosedive” and “San Junipero” breaking out and becoming some of the series’ most talked about installments. The latter even earned two Emmy nominations, one for Outstanding TV Movie and another for Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic special.

Sign Up‘Black Mirror’: Why Charlie Brooker Wrote ‘San Junipero’ To Screw with His Netflix Critics

Fans have been wondering when the series will return for a fourth season, and unfortunately it doesn’t seem likely that it will be this year. Joining Variety on its Remote Controlled podcast, co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones confirmed they are currently in the middle of filming the sixth and final episode of Season 4. Because of the lengthy post-production process required for each episode, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Last Tycoon’ Review: Amazon’s Newest Drama is ‘Downton Abbey’ for Fans of Old Hollywood

16 hours ago

The era of prestige television dramas has ushered in a mentality that a high-stakes period piece, in order to be an artistic success, must have a raw intensity to justify a full series’ existence. Ostensibly, “The Last Tycoon” offers the perfect opportunity for just that, a cutthroat look at life in Old Hollywood as a nation reels from the effects of the Great Depression and hurtles toward World War II.

Instead, the latest interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished 1941 novel is more akin to the high melodrama that characterized many of the most popular dramas of that era. The result is a glossy look at the time period that, despite leaning on some familiar emotional and story territory, still makes for an engaging, enjoyable viewing experience.

At the heart of “The Last Tycoon” is Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer), a dapper and charming Hollywood jack-of-all-trades of the fictional Brady-American studio, »


- Steve Greene

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Elisabeth Moss: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Gave Her a Louder Industry Voice, and It Was ‘Like Crack’

17 hours ago

Watch the credits for many of your favorite shows or films, and you might notice that the stars aren’t just listed for the parts they play; some of them might be credited as a producer on the project. Sometimes, this is because the stars in question played an integral role in getting the project made. And sometimes this is because the stars have requested something known as a “vanity” credit.

But when it came to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Elisabeth Moss’s producer credit has nothing to do with vanity.

Read More‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Soars With 13 Emmy Nominations, Proving The Power of Its Message

Moss revealed this to IndieWire last January, well before the show became an Emmy-nominated success story. “At the very beginning, I said, ‘I want you guys to know that this is not a vanity credit. I actually want to be involved in this »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘UnReal’ Season 3 Doesn’t Premiere For Months, But Lifetime Has Already Ordered a Fourth Season

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Lifetime is giving a vote of confidence to “UnReal,” giving the show a fourth season renewal, even as the show’s third season premiere is still several months away.

The network also renewed drama “Mary Kills People” for a second season, and greenlighted two new made-for-tv movies: “Faith Under Fire,” starring Toni Braxton, and “The Simone Biles Story.”

Read MoreHow ‘UnREAL’ Is Really Helping Female Filmmakers Break Into TV

UnReal” Season 3, which was originally scheduled to air this summer, has been pushed to early 2018, as previously announced. Production on Season 3 has already wrapped, but the delay will allow Lifetime to pair it with “Mary Kills People” next year.

Season 4 of “UnReal” is the first to be produced under new showrunner Stacy Rukeyser. In Season 3, Rachel (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn (Constance Zimmer) must deal with a new feminist “suitress,” Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald), on their dating competition show-within-a-show, “Everlasting.”

Besides “UnReal” and “Mary Kills People, »


- Michael Schneider

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The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’

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[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]

Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.

The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.

Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’: Season 5 Proves ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs Cats to Defeat Dragons — Watch

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Read below… if you dare! Everyone’s favorite feline is back just in time for summer with the Season 5 premiere of “The Adventures of Puss in Boots.” The new season is full of adventure, as well as some very interesting guest stars.

Read More: ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ Season 4 Exclusive Clip: Puss Shows Off His Many Powers

Things ended pretty crazily last season, and Puss is back with an exclusive clip to give a sneak peek at what’s to come this season featuring Jane Lynch (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as “Sully,” a dragon squaring off against our hero in a high-flying action scene. Check out the video below.

The series follows the famous smooth-talking assassin-turned-sidekick Puss in Boots from the “Shrek” film series, who later went on to star in his own original film, “Puss in Boots.” The famous kitty Casanova now protects the city of San Lorenzo, a »


- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘The Mindy Project’ Final Season: Chris Messina Returning to Give Danny and Mindy ‘Clarity’

27 July 2017 5:45 PM, PDT

Mindy Lahiri will get her happily ever after, and Danny Castellano will be part of it … somewhere.

At the Hulu TCA panel for “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz and executive producer Matt Warburton revealed details about who will return for the rom-com’s final season. Among those names is Chris Messina, who played the father of Mindy’s child and her ex-fiancee.

Read More‘The Mindy Project’s’ Lang Fisher on Writing Mindy as a White Man in the Age of Trump

But when the sixth season begins on Sept. 12, both Danny and Mindy will have moved on. He will be married to Greta Gerwig’s character Sarah, while Mindy has tied the knot with Ben (Bryan Greenberg). Despite these attachments, Kaling acknowledged that the fans “still hope that Danny and Mindy are the end game, romantically.”

Warburton said the show will give “a little bit of clarity »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Sarah Silverman on Trying to Unite The Country With Hulu’s ‘I Love You, America’

27 July 2017 5:06 PM, PDT

Sarah Silverman is on a mission.

“I want to get to the root of humanity in this country,” the comedian told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Silverman, showrunner Gavin Purcell and executive producers Adam McKay and Amy Zvi are still ironing out what her new Hulu talk show, “I Love You, America,” will look like.

But here’s what they do know: “I Love You, America” will be shot weekly in Hollywood and feature an opening monologue, in addition to taped pieces shot around the country. In one early remote, Silverman will sit down with a family in Georgia that has never met anyone Jewish.

“We’re not looking to make them look like assholes,” she said. “We’re exposing the fact that we’re actually the same. We may be listening to two different sets of lies right now.”

In the studio, “I Love You, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Game of Thrones’: Inside the Making of Cersei’s Westeros Conquest Map

27 July 2017 3:50 PM, PDT

Game of Thrones” featured two maps in the season premiere beyond its iconic opening credits. Both Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) used the maps to study and plan for their eventual conquest of Westeros.

Read More ‘Game of Thrones’: 5 Crazy Reasons Why The Hound Is the Prince Who Was Promised, Not Daenerys

Although we’ve seen the 3-D map at Dragonstone before, the one at King’s Landing in the Red Keep was brand new to fans, and wasn’t even complete on the screen. Cersei needed a map to match her outsized ambitions and the one she commissioned covered the entire floor a large courtyard. At the beginning of the scene, a craftsman is seen working on the almost-finished map before the queen dismisses him.

“It’s what we’ve been waiting for our all lives,” Cersei tells her brother Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau). “It’s ours now. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon to Star in New TV Series About Morning Shows

27 July 2017 3:31 PM, PDT

In what can only be interpreted as a delayed response to the phenomenal success of 2010’s “Morning Glory,” Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are attached to an untitled new TV series about the world of morning shows. The series is based on an original idea from Michael Ellenberg, who formerly served as head of drama for HBO, and Jay Carson (“House of Cards”) will write the script. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

Read More‘Big Little Lies’: Reese Witherspoon Teases Season 2, Fans Still Hate Alexander Skarsgård, and More from the Cast

Aniston is no stranger to the small screen, though she’s been a more frequent big-screen presence in recent years; she won an Emmy and received five more nominations for her starring role on “Friends.” Witherspoon just earned an Emmy nod of her own for “Big Little Lies,” the HBO limited series based on Liane Moriarty »


- Michael Nordine

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