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‘Crisis In Six Scenes’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers Not Impressed With Woody Allen’s TV Debut

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“Crisis in Six Scenes” is Woody Allen’s first television venture which is set to debut on Amazon this Friday, September 30. The six-episode series stars Allen, alongside Elaine May, as a suburban New York couple who take in a young hippie (portrayed by Miley Cyrus) caught up in the ’60s movement and inspired by radical communist leaders. Here’s what the critics are saying about the half-hour comedy.

IndieWire’s Ben Travers gave the series a C- and wrote:

“To say ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’ is a disaster would be an overstatement…There’s simply little new or striking in the six half-hour episodes, much of which constitute Allen recycling old caricatures spouting the same philosophies and debates we’ve heard from him over the last six decades.”

Read More: ‘Crisis in Six Scenes’ Review: Woody Allen Takes the Money and Bombs in TV Debut

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- Liz Calvario

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Nerdist’s Kyle Hill to Host Science Channel’s ‘MythBusters: The Search’

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The Science Channel has named Kyle Hill as the host of its upcoming show “MythBusters: The Search,” which will premiere in 2017. Hill is a science editor for Nerdist, the host of YouTube’s “Behind Science” and has contributed to Science Channel’s 2016 series “How to Build…Everything.”

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MythBusters: The Search” will feature never-before-seen stunts and myth-busting challenges that will focus on contestants’ build skills, science know-how, ingenuity and “resolve,” according to a statement.

MythBusters is the most iconic science series in the history of television, and Kyle is an enormous talent and the ultimate MythBusters super fan,” Marc Etkind, General Manager of Science Channel, said in the statement. “With his encyclopedic knowledge of every MythBusters episode and stunt ever attempted, he is the ideal host to introduce our all-new myths and potential future mythbusters. »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘The Last Man on Earth’ Season Premiere Features Surprise Celebrity Cameo [Spoiler]

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[Warning: This post contains a spoiler about the premiere of “The Last Man on Earth.”]

Fans of the “The Last Man on Earth” were treated to an ever-so-brief “Mad Men” reunion Sunday during the Fox comedy series’ season three premiere. During the episode, Melissa (January Jones) shoots an intruder named Darrell who’s wearing a hazmat mask and suit, and when one of his colleagues takes off the mask, we see that Darrell is played by none other than Jones’ former “Mad Men” co-star Jon Hamm.

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“We weren’t going to shoot you,” Hamm’s Darrell said. “We come in peace.”

And with that, Darrell dies and the surprise cameo is over almost before it began, resulting in one of the most underused guest appearances since the show killed off Will Ferrell literally seconds after he turned up in the series a year ago.

The Last Man on Earth’s” Will Forte »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Alexander Siddig Slams Show’s Low Pay and Scheduling Woes

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(Reader beware: “Game of Thrones” season six spoilers ahead.) Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and the other top-billed actors on “Game of Thrones” are recognized as being among the highest-paid on TV, but it would appear that they’re the Westerosi 1%. Alexander Siddig, Aka Prince Doran Martell, exited the show in shocking fashion in this spring’s season premiere, one of many departures from the George R.R. Martin novels on which “Thrones” is based. According to Siddig, leaving that world might not have been such a bad thing.

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“I was like, ‘Okay, life goes on,'” he said after learning he was being killed off, according to an interview with StarTrek.com. “But there was something wrong about that because I had been contracted for four episodes in the following season, so if they »

- Michael Nordine

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John Oliver Dissects Clinton, Trump Scandals in Epic 20 Minute Takedown — Watch

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“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver put the current presidential election in perspective for HBO viewers Sunday by pointing out how unprecedented the stories surrounding the two candidates truly are.

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Monday’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could be watched by more than 100 million people, but interestingly, both candidates and their campaigns have been defined less by questions about their policies than concerns about their ethics, Oliver pointed out.

“Polls show that less than half the electorate sees either candidate as honest or trustworthy,” Oliver said, adding that if Clinton loses, she will likely “sit there motionless not speaking until she eventually dies.”

After briefly making up a fake scandal about Hillary Clinton just to test out his audience, Oliver began recapping the various scandals following both candidates, starting with Clinton.

“I »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Luke Cage’ Trailer: Mahershala Ali Goes To War With The New Defender

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With less than a week to go before “Luke Cage” arrives to Netflix, the streaming service has released a killer new trailer that shows villain Cornell Stokes, portrayed by Mahershala Ali, proclaiming himself as king.

In the new Marvel series, Stokes will be going to war with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) a superhuman, unkillable fugitive, who is trying to rebuild his life after a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin. With Stokes raising terror in Harlem, Cage must come out of the shadows and ultimately face his superhero duties. Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley and Rosario Dawson also co-star.

Read More: ‘Luke Cage’ Trailer: Mike Colter Is the Third Defender in Netflix’s Latest Superhero Series

Luke Cage” is the third show in Marvel/Netflix’s series of superheroes, which will lead to the release of “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” and ultimately, “Marvel’s The Defenders. »

- Liz Calvario

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Donald Trump: By Roasting Him, We May Have Validated Him

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Tonight, America will be riveted by the first U.S. Presidential debate of 2016. In a campaign season that has contained all the absurd drama of reality TV, the 56-year-old television tradition will provide voters the clearest and most sober presentation of the candidates and their views. It has tremendous potential to shape the choices we make November 8.

Hilary Clinton is the more experienced orator, but our perception of Donald Trump as a candidate could be shaped by another television institution in which he was on stage while facing opponents who cast aspersions upon him: The Roast of Donald Trump.

First popularized by Dean Martin in the 1970s, the celebrity roast mocks iconic performers and was initially designed as TV’s way of saying: We love you enough to put you through this. Now an annual Comedy Central tradition, in 2011 its subject was a businessman and reality star who is now »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Crisis in Six Scenes’ Review: Woody Allen Takes the Money and Bombs in TV Debut

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There’s a scene in the third episode of “Crisis in Six Scenes” in which Woody Allen’s character, Sidney “S.J.” Mussinger, sits down to pitch a TV series to a couple of network executives. Mussinger is a published novelist in good standing, if not high demand, who’s been convinced to try his hand at television because of its lucrative financial rewards. So in he goes, wide-eyed and eager, with nothing but thinly sketched out characters open to a “myriad” of possibilities. The pitch is…interesting, though it’s hard to fault the executives for checking their watches and staring skeptically at Mussinger, unclear as to why he’d think this series about a family of cavemen would be fit for modern audiences.

Perhaps these are the executives who should’ve heard the pitch for “Crisis in Six Scenes.”

To say “Crisis in Six Scenes” is a disaster would be an overstatement. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Ballers’ Season Finale Review: Here’s How Hard The Rock Balled in Season 2

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For those who have been following “Ballers” Season 2, you don’t need to be told the level of baller-dom that’s been achieved over these 10 episodes. But not every day was smooth sailing for these gladiators of the game that is life, as we’ve been privileged enough to observe.

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Ricky Jerret (John David Washington) struggled to make perhaps the most important decision of his entire career — picking his next, and perhaps final, deal as a player. Charles (Omar Miller) suffered a devastating blow after being cut by the team, but found new opportunities after getting a job working in the front office with Larry (Dulé Hill). Joe (Rob Corddry) was confronted by the knowledge that he was only seen as secondary to his partner.

All of those issues, of course, are »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Son of Zorn’ Review: Jason Sudeikis Brings Animated ’80s Masculinity to the Modern World

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Perhaps the most striking element of “Son of Zorn” – Fox’s live-action family sitcom with an animated disruptor tossed in – isn’t the giant, He-Man-esque “Defender of Zephyria” with the body of a Greek god and the voice of Jason Sudeikis. It’s Tim Meadows.

Now, stick with me here: Tim Meadows plays Craig, the online psychology professor engaged to Edie (Cheryl Hines!) and the man set to become the de facto father of Alan (full name: Alangulon). Much to the fury and mockery of Zorn, Alangulon’s birthfather, Craig is a weak, self-effacing authority figure, even when compared to people less stereotypically masculine than Zorn himself. I mean, Zorn has to be animated in order to fully capture his Schwarzenegger-ian male prowess.

Read More: ‘Son of Zorn’ Producers Have Made Their Non-Traditional Animated/Live-Action Comedy As Traditional As Possible

But what makes Craig so impactful isn’t how he »

- Ben Travers

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