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Review: 'Vinyl' is Like 'Mad Men' on Drugs, But Do We Need Another Don Draper Story?

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The premiere episode of Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter's first project together since "Boardwalk Empire" isn't even an episode. It's a movie. The two-hour premiere of "Vinyl," the duo's hard-cutting, deliberately jarring and louder than loud HBO music drama, features such elaborate filmmaking techniques it's hard to consider the pilot merely an introduction to what could be a 100-hour series. Scenes are bookended by transitionary shots of various artists crooning rhythmic melodies. Random signifiers of the era pop up to set the mood, like a close-up on a cigarette lighter catching fire followed by hundreds of lights filling a crowded audience. Shaking zooms and quick cuts provide an edge — an attitude — for every inch of the frame, while rock 'n roll fills the would-be quiet moments and often overwhelms scenes traditionally built to run without such boisterous accompaniment.  And then there are the Martin Scorsese trademarks. Our story begins at the. »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: 'The Americans' Season 4 Trailers Return to the Sexy, Sleek Roots of FX's Best Drama

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Read More: Watch: 'The Americans' Season 4 Trailer Teases Big Trouble "The Americans" has never been a show afraid to push boundaries. From Episode 1 on, the series has pushed the boundaries of what's allowed on cable television with its brutal violence and heated sex scenes. Of course, it's all portrayed with the utmost class and character, but the family drama is also one of the more adult offerings airing right now.  In two new trailers for Season 4, fans should be reminded of just that. Though no new footage from the upcoming season is included, stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell are as fresh as ever while seducing two new marks. The second video is all atmosphere, harkening back to the Cold War tensions the period drama is built on. Together they're quite the tease for what we've been missing these past few months, making Season 4 all the more eagerly anticipated. »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Highlights The Many, Many Film References In ‘The Simpsons’

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At this point, it’s safe to say “The Simpsons” has changed television forever. The animated series — which, in case you’ve forgotten, premiered way back in 1989, and is now in its 27th season — has seen its fair share of ups and downs, and become a sort of hotbed of critical debate, with some quick to write off every season after thirteen, and others clinging to the endless nostalgia of Homer and company. Granted, certain seasons have wound up unanimously reviled, while certain episodes have becomes staples of the genre. Throughout it all, though, the show has quite simply remained a wildly popular cultural staple. Read More: ‘The Simpsons’ Turns 25: Watch An 80-Minute Talk With Conan O’Brien & The Show’s Writing Team No matter where you stand on “The Simpsons,” one thing has been true since the beginning: the show’s love of movies. Over the 27 good years »


- Gary Garrison

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HBO Drops First Trailer for 'Confirmation'

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HBO has set the debut date for "Confirmation," the original movie written by Susannah Grant and directed by Rick Famuyiwa, which details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and modern-day race relations.  The telepic will premiere on April 16 at 8pm Et/Pt on HBO. Kerry Washington portrays law professor Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, with Wendell Pierce as Judge Thomas. and Greg Kinnear as Democratic Senator Joe Biden, who presided over the hearings as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Joining them, Jeffrey Wright plays Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, Professor Hill's lead attorney during the hearings, and Eric Stonestreet portrays Ken Duberstein, a Washington lobbyist hired by President George H. W. Bush to promote Judge Thomas'...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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The First Apple Original Series Stars Dr. Dre and Is Already Challenging Emmy Rules

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Apple is a brand known for breaking new ground, and — despite following in the footsteps of Netflix and Amazon by creating its own original series — the tech giant's first foray into TV seems primed to do just that.  According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Dre is producing and starring in a six-episode series loosely based on his own life. Each episode of "Vital Signs" will deal with a different emotion and how the series' central character, played by Dre, will handle it.  Read More: Get To Know the New 'House of Cards' Season 4 Cast in New Photos, Poster & Teaser While the popular rapper and music producer starring in Apple's first TV series is breaking news enough, what's potentially fascinating about the series is its direct rebuttal of conventional TV law; laws made literal by the TV Academy just last year. Despite being made up of half-hour episodes, »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Kerry Washington Challenges D.C. in HBO's Powerful 'Confirmation' Trailer

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Read More: HBO's Anita Hill Film 'Confirmation' Starring Kerry Washington to Debut in April HBO Films' released the first trailer today for their upcoming movie "Confirmation," written by Oscar-nominated Susannah Grant and directed by Rick Famiyima ("Dope"). The movie stars Kerry Washington, Wendell Pierce, Greg Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Eric Stonestreet and Jennifer Hudson. The timely and relevant film details the explosive 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which captured the country's attention and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims' rights and contemporary race relations.  "Confirmation" will air April 16 on HBO. Watch the trailer above.  Read More: HBO's New Highlight Reel of New 2016 Shows Includes Teases of Issa Rae's New Series, 'Confirmation' + More

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- Kristen Santer

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Watch: New Trailer For AMC's 'The Night Manager' Starring Tom Hiddleston

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The migration of top-shelf filmmakers and A-list talent to television continues, with the possibility of going long and deep (get your mind out of the gutter) seemingly enticing everyone at the moment. The latest iteration of this phenomenon is “The Night Manager” mini-series directed by Susanne Bier and starring Tom Hiddleston. An adaptation of John le Carré’s novel of the same name, it's about an ex-soldier working undercover to convict one of the world’s most powerful arms dealers under the watchful eyes of Britain’s MI6. However, he is not just driven by honorable motives but also by a personal vendetta. Here’s the synopsis from AMC: Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 A contemporary interpretation of le Carré’s espionage drama – and the first television adaptation of a le Carré novel in more than 20 years – The Night Manager mini-series will bring together love, loss »


- Edward Davis

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Fox Orders 'Lethal Weapon' TV Series Starring Damon Wayans, Sr

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What's old is new again; We already know about CBS's TV series adaptation of the "Rush Hour" buddy-cop franchise, which is coming later this spring. Now Fox has announced its order of a TV pilot based on the "Lethal Weapon" movie franchise, and has cast Damon Wayans, Sr. in the lead role of Roger Murtaugh, which was originated by Danny Glover in the films. Fox's TV series version will center on Texas cop and former Navy Seal, Martin Riggs, who moves to Los Angeles after losing his wife and baby. He is partnered with Lapd detective Murtaugh, who, having recently suffered a heart attack, must avoid stress. In the 1987 film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Mel Gibson played Riggs. It spawned three sequels. An actor has yet to be cast for that role in Fox's TV pilot. Lin Pictures and Good Session Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television, are producing the one-hour drama, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Apple Is Backing a Dark TV Series Starring Dr. Dre With No Shortage of Sex & Violence

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You've seen him act in films like "Set It Off," "Training Day," and "The Wash;" now Dr. Dre is about to make his debut headlining a TV series that will be backed by Apple - the company he sold Beats Electronics to, 2 years ago, for a whopping $3.4 billion. So this is a continuation of that relationship. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dre will star in what will be a scripted series that is, as of today, being kept underwraps; meaning, no details on what exactly it's about, other than it might be semi-autobiographical in nature.  All we know with certainty is that it will be titled "Vital Signs" - a dark drama that will unfold over 6 half-hour episodes, with Dre starring and executive producing, and Apple financing it. More from THR's report: "... It is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex. In fact, an episode »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: First Trailer For Cameron Crowe’s New Showtime Series 'Roadies' With Luke Wilson, Carla Guigino & Imogen Poots

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Having started out as a Rolling Stone and Cream journalist at the precious age of 15-years-old, and directing iconic music films like “Almost Famous,” it’s safe to say that filmmaker Cameron Crowe knows about a little bit about rock n’ roll. While Crowe took some lumps last year for his poorly-received rom-com “Aloha,” the director is bouncing back with his new Showtime series, “Roadies,” which centers on the behind-the-scenes worker bees who keep rock shows on time, on schedule, and operational. Read More: The 25 Most Anticipated New TV Shows Of 2016 “It happened about eight years ago,” Crowe told EW of the show’s inception. “J.J. [Abrams, an exec producer alongside ‘My So-Called’ Life creator Winnie Holtzman and Crowe] and I both came up at the same time working with Jim Brooks, so we became friends. And then one time we just started pitching. He said, ‘I went to this show, and I looked up, and I saw this girl on a rigging tower, »


- Edward Davis

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Watch: Cameron Crowe Showtime Drama 'Roadies' Gets Rockin' First Trailer and Summer Tour Date

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With "Vinyl" readying for its series premiere this Sunday on HBO, Showtime wasn't about to let people forget about the other rock 'n roll drama set for 2016, debuting today the first trailer for Cameron Crowe's highly-anticipated new drama, "Roadies." Following the lives of the people who make all your favorite concerts actually happen, "Roadies" stars Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino and Imogen Poots as a tight-knit crew of a legendary band and their complicated lives on the road. Romance and business blend to the tunes of some all-time great songs, and the Oscar-nominated "Almost Famous" writer is there to set the soundtrack.  Crowe's first television show hit some early setbacks, as a key role — now played by Gugino — was rewritten, losing original cast member Christina Hendricks in the process. But while scripts were still in development when the cast and creators spoke at the TCA Winter Press Tour in January, »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: 'House of Cards' Season 4 Teaser Keeps Up the Bloody Good Visual Gags

12 February 2016 7:55 AM, PST

Read More: 'House of Cards' Renewed for Season 5, But Creator Beau WIllimon Won't Return First, we saw a bouquet of flowers lying on the subway tracks. Next, there was a shovel striking freshly dug ground. Now, we've got a splash of paint that looks an awful lot like blood underneath yet another ad for Frank Underwood's presidential campaign. These "House of Cards" teasers are certainly hinting at plenty of trouble to come, even if they aren't quite as telling as the full trailer (released yesterday). The latest ad comes with some additional information, though. This Presidents' Day weekend, Frank Underwood's 2016 campaign headquarters are opening in Greenville, South Carolina with special events for all of his constituents. Stop by 257 S. Main Street on Friday from noon to 11pm and on Saturday, February 13 from 8am to 12am for unique photo and .gif opportunities. "Free stuff" has also been promised, so »


- Ben Travers

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The CW Announces Premiere Date for Atlanta-Set Deadly Epidemic Series, 'Containment' (Trailer)

11 February 2016 5:23 PM, PST

I wondered what The CW had done with this new series; I thought maybe the network had decided to shelve it, since the last time we heard anything about it was last May - 2015. But it's still very much alive, as The CW today announced its midseason schedule, including the midseason premiere of the series in question, titled "Containment." I'd readily admit that, before the current TV season, I was never a CW viewer (I'm just not in their target audience), but I've actually been watching the network a lot more than I ever have before; although not religiously. One series I've kept up with is "The Flash," which is in its 2nd year (although, to be frank, I really don't know if I would've given it any attention to begin with if Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton weren't cast in key roles; so kudos on "colorblind casting" there CW. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Master Of None' Season 2 Will Arrive In 2017, Plus Watch First Teaser For 'Silicon Valley' Season 3

11 February 2016 1:51 PM, PST

Greeted with critical acclaim and love from audiences, Aziz Ansari's Netflix series "Master Of None" was a big hit. However, while many expected the streaming service to quickly announce a new season last fall, that didn't quite happen. In fact, things went a bit quiet around the show, but there's some good news. Read More: The 25 Best TV Shows Of 2015 Ansari announced on Twitter today that "Master Of None" season 2 will arrive in 2017. Those are the only details at the moment. Given how involved he is in the writing of the show, in addition to starring, I'd wager the length of time is needed just to get all the creative pieces in place. And that's fine by me. "Master Of None" turned out to be one of the most refreshing shows of last year. Much ink has been spilled about its diverse casting, and tackling of topics you won't »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Game of Thrones' Season 6 First Look: 20 Photos to Get Your Blood Boiling

11 February 2016 1:25 PM, PST

Watch out — dragons and spoilers lurk below. Actually, that's only half-true. None of the 20 photos featured below actually showcase the legendary beasts that make "Game of Thrones" so distinctive and instead spotlight the large ensemble cast that's the show's real source of drama and terror.  Read More: Into 'The Expanse': How 'Game of Thrones' Guided The Making of '"Chinatown" in Space' While there's no sign of Jon Snow, nearly all of your other living favorites can be seen wearing various degrees of dirt and hinting at key changes to their characters — like Cersei's haircut and Arya's eye issues.  The biggest spoiler of all: Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) grew the hell up. (Though for those tempted to analyze why he might be standing in this shot, HBO notes that this scene is "from a vision sequence.") Season 6 of "Game of Thrones" premieres April 24 on HBO. Check out the photos below. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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First Look: 24 Images From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6

11 February 2016 1:21 PM, PST

The fate of Jon Snow, and more, will be revealed with "Game Of Thrones" returns for its sixth season on April 24th, though, for now, the secrets will stay hidden. But HBO has given fans a President's Day weekend gift to pore over — twenty-four images from the upcoming season. Read More: The 25 Best TV Dramas Since 'The Sopranos' Five directors are handling the upcoming ten episodes, including series veterans Jeremy Podeswa, Mark Mylod, and Miguel Sapochnik, along with newcomers to Westeros, Daniel Sackheim ("Miami Vice," "The X-Files," and "House") and Jack Bender ("Lost").  So there will be some strong talent behind the camera for what may be the most exciting season yet for fans. "Game Of Thrones" returns on April 24th.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch First Trailer for 'Roots' Reboot

11 February 2016 1:06 PM, PST

The cast of the planned four-night, eight-hour scripted event miniseries already includes Forest Whitaker as “Fiddler,” a slave who tries to mentor Kunta Kinte and risks his life to help him escape; Anika Noni Rose as “Kizzy,” the cherished, smart daughter of Kunta Kinte who maintains her family pride and warrior spirit; Chad L. Coleman as “Mingo,” a stern no-nonsense slave who keeps the Lea plantation afloat; Erica Tazel as “Matilda,” a preacher’s daughter and love interest to “Chicken George”; Derek Luke as “Silla Ba Dibba,” the military trainer of Juffure, charged with transforming teen boys into powerful Mandinka WarriorsAnna Paquin as “Nancy Holt,” the wife of a Confederate officer who has her own agenda when it comes to the handling of slaves; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as “Tom Lea,” an uneducated slave owner desperate to claw his way into the elite company of Southern gentility. Rounding out the cast, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 'Silicon Valley' Season 3 Teaser Gives You One Truth and a Lie With Equal Hilarity

11 February 2016 12:48 PM, PST

Read More: For Your Consideration: Tom Hardy and Alicia Vikander Deserve Oscars — But Not For These Roles After two seasons of cleverly navigating the complex world of California's technology scene, "Silicon Valley" has established itself as a destination for sharp-witted insights into some of today's most fascinating tech quandaries. It's also proven to be quite good at crafting unforgettable dick jokes. No matter which reason for tuning in you prefer, the upcoming season can't arrive soon enough. Enter our first look at Season 3. HBO released this initial peak at what's going on in the world of Pied Piper, and it appears the new episodes will focus on the biggest twist of last year's finale: [spoilers ahead] Richard's dismissal from the CEO position of his own company. Despite his occasional dalliances with passivity, it appears Thomas Middleditch's character won't be taking the news lying down.  Tune in to see what happens »


- Ben Travers

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Candice Bergen to Return to TV in ABC's Cancer Comedy 'Pearl'

11 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST

Candice Bergen is the latest '90s TV icon making a comeback.  The "Murphy Brown" star will play the titular character in the ABC comedy "Pearl," about a matriarch who decides to take control of every aspect of her family's lives when she discovers she has terminal cancer.  The series will mark Bergen's first regular small-screen role since ABC's "Boston Legal," which ran from 2005 to 2008.  The actress has lately made the news with the release of her memoir last year.  [via THR]

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- Inkoo Kang

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We tv Sets Groundbreaking Legal Docu-Series 'Sisters in Law' for March Premiere

11 February 2016 9:55 AM, PST

We tv is set to premiere what the network calls an "unprecedented, unscripted docu-series," titled "Sisters in Law," on Thursday, March 24 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Set in Houston, the 8-episode one-hour series follows a group of top black female attorneys as they tackle some of the toughest cases in Texas, seeking justice for their clients.  "In Texas, being a female attorney in a field dominated by men is hard enough but being a black female attorney is even harder. However, these strong-willed and strong-minded women, many of whom have been in each other's lives for decades, are united by a professional and social group they have christened the "sisters in law." Although close-knit they often find themselves allies one moment and rivals the next. Ultimately, what keeps these women bonded is the common ground that they share - their race, their gender, the ability to win cases and an »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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