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‘The Late Show’ Producer on Stephen Colbert’s Post-Convention Momentum

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” executive producer Chris Licht admits he’s “about to collapse” – but that’s a good thing.

Licht says he’s “energized and exhausted at the same time” as “The Late Show” concludes two weeks of live broadcasts timed to the Republican and Democratic conventions. By all accounts, it’s been a success: Critics, some of whom had expressed disappointment with Colbert’s transition from Comedy Central to CBS, are raving about the shows.

And inside “The Late Show,” Licht says, “there’s a nice energy amongst Stephen and the staff. Especially Stephen, who doesn’t read press, he’s getting pure enjoyment out of the shows we’re doing.”

The live telecasts gave Colbert the opportunity to comment, in real time, on each evening’s main speeches and news, giving the show real freshness each night. Colbert also made headlines by dusting off his »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Doctor Who’s’ Jenna Coleman Embodies the Vivacious and Very Short Queen ‘Victoria’

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Jenna Coleman is bringing the Victorian era to life on PBS.

The former “Doctor Who” companion plays the famed British monarch from the moment she becomes queen at the tender age of 18 in Masterpiece’s upcoming eight-part miniseries “Victoria.” Although Queen Victoria lived in the 19th century, more is known about her than many other historical figures, because she was an avid diarist and left a colorful paper trail of her thoughts and dreams.

“Her vivacious nature comes out in the page,” Coleman told reporters at the Television Critics Association on Thursday. The diaries included many all-caps and underlined portions. “What I found most interesting was her sketch work,” Coleman added. “She was quite a prolific watercolorist,”  Portraits figured regularly in Queen Victoria’s work along with landscapes. She as also a fan of the theater.

Novelist Daisy Goodwin, who wrote and created the series, read between the lines to »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Stranger Things’: Why Netflix Hasn’t Chosen to Renew the Hit Show Yet

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Netflix is known for many things, but transparency isn’t one of them. The streaming giant, which keeps ratings details private, has raised questions from “Stranger Things” fans for not yet renewing the throwback series, which has built an enthusiastic following since first being released three weeks ago. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos addressed these concerns yesterday at TCA.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Plans & How David Lynch Could Control the Ending

“We always want to take some time to be thoughtful about the (renewal) process,” Sarandos said of a potential season two for the show, which stars Winona Ryder in her first major television role. “Stranger Things” takes place in a small Indiana town in the early 1980s and centers around the disappearance of a little boy, the sudden appearance of a girl with strange powers and the apparent conspiracy linking these seemingly supernatural events.

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- Michael Nordine

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Notorious B.I.G. Series Based On The Rapper’s Lyrics In The Works At TBS

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TBS is working on a scripted comedy series based on the life and lyrics of the iconic rapper Notorious B.I.G.

The show, titled “Think Big,” follows an inner-city teen trying to earn a living for his young daughter and son. The network did not reveal which lyrics exactly are the basis for the series, but there’s a slew of good one-liners that fans could try and pinpoint. 

“Think Big” was created by Mass Appeal, which will produce the series along with Wayne Barrow from Bystorm Films and Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace for Notorious Big, Inc.

Read More: ‘All Eyez On Me’ Teaser Trailer: Tupac Stays True To Thine Own Self In New Biopic

The “Mo Money Mo Problems” rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997. Raised in Brooklyn, the hip-hop mogul is known as one of the greatest »


- Liz Calvario

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‘American Horror Story’ Season 6 Teasers: Lady Gaga Reveals Ominous Visuals

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“American Horror Story” is set to return for its sixth season in a little under two months. Lady Gaga, who won a Golden Globe for her performance in season five and will be returning along with the anthology series, today tweeted out three short teasers for its next go-round.

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Most prominently displayed in the series of spots is the as-yet untitled season’s logo, which mixes a 6 and a question mark. The symbol is first seen as a billowing cloud of smoke emanating from a large, “Days of Heaven”–esque home surrounded by vast fields, then as part of a mobile above a crying baby’s crib and once again as scratchy lettering in the third (and shortest) clip.

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’: Season 6 Unveils A Curious First Look

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Stranger Things’ Official Soundtrack Announced

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If you’re like most fans of “Stranger Things,” then you’re probably as enamored with the Netflix show’s soundtrack as you are with the show itself; you’ll also be happy to hear that said Ost is getting an official release soon. The news come from the show’s Facebook page, which threw in a Hawkins Av Club reference for the diehards.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Plans & How David Lynch Could Control the Ending

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, both of whom perform in the Austin-based S U R V I V E, are responsible for the synth-heavy compositions that have drawn comparisons to John Carpenter’s music for his own films. (Just listen to the iconic “Halloween” theme for comparison.)

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’: Listen to a Spotify Playlist of the Show’s Biggest Hits, from ‘White Rabbit’ to ‘Heroes

Stranger Things” also makes heavy use of incidental music, »


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‘Supergirl’ Unveils Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman Costume

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Here’s your first look at new “Supergirl” cast member Tyler Hoechlin as he dons the Superman outfit to fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

As previously reported, Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent will appear at the beginning of “Supergirl’s” second season, as the show moves from CBS to The CW. The plot hasn’t been revealed yet, other than Superman (Hoechlin) will be visiting his Krypton cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) in National City.

Read More: Tyler Hoechlin Takes Flight as Superman on ‘Supergirl

Per Warner Bros. TV, this version of the iconic costume was designed by “Supergirl” costume designer Kiersten Ronning.

Read More: Superman Is Coming to ‘Supergirl’ Season Two

Here’s how Hoechlin and Benoist look side-by-side in costume:

 “Supergirl” makes its second season premiere Monday, October 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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- Michael Schneider

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‘Beaches’ Remake: Idina Menzel To Take On Bette Midler’s Role In Lifetime Movie

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Garry Marshall’s 1988 classic “Beaches” is getting a small screen remake, courtesy of Lifetime, with Idina Menzel signing on to take over Bette Midler’s role of Cc, an aspiring singer who develops a lasting friendship with Hillary, a rich debutante that goes on to become a successful lawyer.

The Tony winner will also record new versions of the iconic songs “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love,” as well as additional ones for the remake. At this time the role of Hillary, portrayed by Barbara Hershey in the original, has yet to be cast.

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In the original movie, Cc and Hillary connect at the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in the new version they will meet at the Venice boardwalk in Los Angeles. Production is set to begin August 15 in Vancouver. »


- Liz Calvario

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Brilliantly Argues Why Comedy Belongs in the Abortion Debate

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[Editor’s Note: “BoJack Horseman” Season 3 is a feat of storytelling on both a serialized and episodic level. To honor the impressive accomplishment, IndieWire will be reviewing all 12 episodes over the next few weeks. Below, we delve into Episode 6.]

“It’s a joke. You get that it’s a joke, right?”

Of course, Diane did not “get” that Sextina’s pop song in response to internet feedback on her (fake) abortion, “Get That Fetus, Kill That Fetus,” was a joke. But that didn’t matter because the unnamed woman who defended Sextina did. Diane knew what she wanted to do as soon as she found out about her pregnancy and was vocal about it from the get go. Yes, she and Mr. Peanutbutter had a brief, difficult conversation, but that’s by far the best case scenario for a couple making this choice. More to the point, Diane never wavered once she spoke her mind. She didn’t flinch when the doctors told her she had to listen to the heartbeat — even if the news was rough on Mr. Peanutbutter — and she moved forward quickly with the procedure itself. »


- Ben Travers

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Meet Luke Aikins, The Man Who’s Going to Jump Out of a Plane With Just the Clothes on His Back

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“‘It’s not for me.’”

To be fair, that’s how 99.9999% of humans would respond to someone asking them if they’d like to jump out of a plane, traveling at 25,000 feet. With no parachute. And no wingsuit.

Yet, two years after the idea was first broached to him, that’s exactly what Luke Aikins will do on Saturday as part of Fox’s live “Stride Gum Presents Heaven Sent” event.

It’s there that Aikins will look to join a succession of escalating televised shows of athletic daring that has its DNA in the Evel Kneivel jumps of the ’60s and ’70s and that has continued through another massive televised event like Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 Red Bull Stratos dive. Aikins worked with Baumgartner as part of the training staff that prepared him to jump from the outer limits of space, nearly 25 miles from orbit to landing on Earth.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host PBS Festival Featuring ‘Hamilton’ Making-Of Special

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PBS is bringing “Hamilton” to the masses, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will be right there, leading the charge.

As part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, “Hamilton’s America” — a look into the making of the Broadway phenomenon through the three-year creative process that led up to the musical’s debut — will air October 21 and the musical’s star, Miranda, will host the 2016 festival.

“The PBS Arts Fall Festival spotlights some of the best of the arts across our great country. For this sixth annual Festival, I am thrilled to announce that Lin-Manuel Miranda will be our host,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said in a statement. “I truly admire how Lin-Manuel Miranda has redefined the musical genre, inviting audiences to explore our nation’s history in groundbreaking new ways. As our host, I know that he will bring tremendous creative energy and help us attract new audiences to this year’s festival. »


- Ben Travers

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Stephen Colbert Introduces Identical Cousin of ‘Colbert Report’ Persona To Dodge Viacom Lawyers — Watch

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Last week Stephen Colbert brought back an old friend to “The Late Show,” and no it wasn’t Jon Stewart, it was his “Colbert Report” alter ego Stephen Colbert. Though, on Wednesday night he told viewers that while many enjoyed the return of his “Report” character he stated, “You know who didn’t enjoy it so much? Corporate lawyers.” 

“Because, and this is true, immediately after that show, CBS’s top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character ‘Stephen Colbert’ is their intellectual property, which is surprising, because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual,” he added. Those corporate lawyers would be from Viacom, Comedy Central’s parent company.

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The heartbreaking moment for many fans came when he continued by saying, “So it is with »


- Liz Calvario

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Review: ‘Mr. Robot’ Struggles To Activate Single User Mode

27 July 2016 7:30 PM, PDT

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Hack The Planet

This week’s episode belongs to Darlene, and its a great showcase for Carly Chaikin. We get the clearest view yet behind her facade during a scene set before the start of the series — she suffers from panic attacks, barely remembers their father and shares a sibling shorthand with her brother. Darlene’s cry for help comes in the form of the Linux command that gives the episode its title: “init1” is their code for “Emergency Mode.” It’s enough to make Elliot put his fog aside and act like a big brother, letting her in for a viewing of their favorite bad 80s movie. The hysterically titled “Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie” turns out to be the source of the now-iconic fsociety mask. When Elliot puts it on, »


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‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Details: Rashida Jones and Mike Schur Co-Write New Episode

27 July 2016 4:14 PM, PDT

For those captivated by the first seven installments of the UK anthology series “Black Mirror,” there’s an awful lot more to come. Today at Netflix’s TCA press day, executive producers Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones promised that the upcoming Season 3 — premiering October 21 — would maintain that “special ‘Black Mirror’-y unpleasantness,” but also a wider variety of tones across the six new stand-alone installments.

Read More: Why ‘The Crown’ Went To America To Find Its Winston Churchill

In classic “Black Mirror” style, the secrets behind these episodes were kept under wraps, beyond some basic details:

“San Junipero” features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris “Shut Up and Dance” features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins “Nosedive” features Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright “Men Against Fire” stars Michael Kelly, »


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Why ‘The Crown’ Went To America To Find Its Winston Churchill

27 July 2016 3:28 PM, PDT

Winston Churchill is one of Britain’s most internationally famous figures; a man who epitomizes England beyond the realm of the royals. He’s thus a prominent figure in Netflix’s upcoming drama “The Crown,” which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascendance to the throne. But when it came to casting, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry went with John Lithgow — an undisputed star, but also an American.

Morgan’s reasons for that made a lot of sense, as revealed at the TCA Summer Press Tour this morning.

“There’s a point where every Knight of the Realm does his Winston Churchill,” Morgan said. Thus, within the British acting community, “there’s a little bit of Churchill fatigue.”

Morgan credited casting director Nina Gold with the suggestion of Lithgow, who he described as “so startling and imaginative that it was an unanimous yes.”

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‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Plans & How David Lynch Could Control the Ending

27 July 2016 2:48 PM, PDT

It seems like more and more inspirations for “Stranger Things” are being discovered every day, and Wednesday’s notable — and confirmed — influences is none other than David Lynch. And he could factor into the series’ finale, too.

“We love David Lynch,” co-creator Matt Duffer said during the series’ TCA panel. “We’re big David Lynch fans. […] So many of these guys, we grew up watching and idolizing. They were big influences on us. They’re part of our DNA now, I think.”

“What connects Lynch to Spielberg is […] how ordinary people encounter extraordinary — or strange — things,” Ross Duffer added. “That was really the threat that connected all of our favorite things in the world.”

“People like David Lynch and Clive Barker […] showed how weird that stuff is,” Matt said. “If you encountered something like another dimension, it would be beyond comprehension. So [seeing their vision of it] is why this stuff is still with us. »


- Ben Travers

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Netflix Boss Says Don’t Believe the Ratings You See for His Shows

27 July 2016 2:44 PM, PDT

Ted Sarandos is not impressed with the ratings he’s seeing reported for Netflix.

In recent months, both Symphony Advanced Media and Nielsen have released data that purports to tally how many people are watching Netflix series. But Sarandos pointed out that the services claimed very different numbers for “Orange is the New Black.”

“Both Symphony and Nielsen claim accuracy,” Sarandos said, before pointing out that one service’s “Oitnb” viewership was two times the other’s. “Either number, if true, would be great for Netflix. Especially since it’s only U.S. viewing and it’s only for the first 35 days of release.”

Sarandos points out that ratings, and reporting on ratings, is an “important piece of the business puzzle for ad-supported networks, for sure. But subscriber growth, not advertising, drives our revenues. We’ll do great by attracting more members… The performance of any given title in the U. »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Wolf Creek’ Trailer: John Jarratt Is Back To His Murderous Ways In New Miniseries

27 July 2016 2:12 PM, PDT

Wolf Creek” fans are having a g’day, mate.

Pop TV, along with Lionsgate Television and Screentime, is launching a six-episode miniseries based on the 2005 cult classic directed by Greg McLean.

The new series, airing this October, stars John Jarratt as he reprises his movie role as the murderous psychopath Mick Taylor, wreaking havoc in the Australian Outback—except this time, things are different. 

The series begins when an American family is vacationing in Northern Australia and becomes the unsuspecting prey of Mick Taylor. Immediately things take a turn for the worse when Eve Thorogood, a 19-year-old American college student, played by rising star Lucy Fry, survives the massacre of her parents and little brother and sets out to hunt down the killer and avenge her family. The six-part chapters follows her tormenting journey as she vows to bring the killer to justice or die in the attempt.

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- Liz Calvario

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Netflix Renews ‘Lady Dynamite,’ ‘Real Rob,’ ‘Chelsea’ For Season 2

27 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT

Netflix has given a green light to second seasons of comedies “Lady Dynamite” and “Real Rob,” while new talk show “Chelsea” has been picked up for 90 more episodes.

The streaming service announced the renewals Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Also announced: an untitled Motown-themed animated kids series from writer/director Josh Wakely, while Jennifer Garner has been tapped to voice the lead character in the kids’ animated show “Llama Llama.”

Read More: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Teaser Trailer: Lauren Graham & Alexis Bledel Dive Back Into Their Banter

Meanwhile, the series “Scrotal Recall” has been given a much tamer name: Now titled “Lovesick,” the show returns for an eight-episode second season on Nov. 17.

Also: the third edition of “Chef’s Table,” dubbed “Chef’s Table: France,” premieres on Sept. 2 featuring these chefs:

Alain Passard, L’Arpege Michel Troisgros, Maison Troisgros Adeline Grattard, Yam’Tcha Alexandre Couillon, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Get Down’: How Shameik Moore Had to Relearn Hip-Hop for Baz Luhrmann’s New Netflix Series

27 July 2016 12:55 PM, PDT

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann wasn’t the only person on set who had to get schooled on hip-hop for his Netflix musical drama “The Get Down.”

Its young stars, including “Dope” breakout Shameik Moore, had to relearn what hip-hop is in the context of 1970s New York, when the drama takes place. Moore, who is a rapper, singer and dancer in his own right realized that all of his moves were wrong for the period.

The show created a hip-hop bootcamp where world-renowned choreographers and brothers Rich and Tone Talauega recruited B-boys Phantom and Samo to teach Moore how to breakdance. The lessons were all-encompassing: “The thing about the show is not just acting,” said Jimmy Smits at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday. “The had to relearn hip-hop, how to stand, how to move —“

“— how to hold a mic,” chimed in music and culture writer Nelson George. “There »


- Hanh Nguyen

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