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Atx TV Festival: ‘Girls,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Americans’ and ‘Snowfall’ Panels Added to Lineup

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Peak TV is coming to Austin, Texas.

The Atx Television Festival announced Thursday a robust number of television panels and screenings joining its lineup of already impressive programming. John Singleton’s upcoming crack cocaine drama “Snowfall” gets the honors of being the Opening Night screening. Other FX programs that will be featured are “The Americans” and “Fargo.” Other new shows added include HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Girls,” in addition to “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

Read More: ‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival

Check out the full list of new TV panels and screenings below.

Premieres

Snowfall” (FX)

John Singleton’s new series set in 1980s Los Angeles traces the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic. “Snowfall” will be the festival’s Opening Night screening, followed by a panel discussion with producers and stars of the show.

Screenings

”Fargo”

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‘Funny or Die’ Skit: Watch ‘Orphan Black’ Star Tatiana Maslany Promote the Sexual Assault Survivor Utility Belt

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In this day and age, it seems as though sometimes the best way to put the absurd elements of our society into perspective is to humorously satirize them. That kind of social criticism is once again made humorous in a recent “Funny or Die” skit, which takes the form of an old, cheesy informercial in order to sell its product: the sexual assault toolbelt. You can watch the full video below.

Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) assumes the role of the product’s spokesperson, proving to her friend that this item will help her manage the complicated legal process following her sexual assault.

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The skit bounces between the hilarity and depressing nature of the situation, as the video takes on the form of an after school commercial as a way of talking down to »


- Michael Gonzalez

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

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Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’: Season 3 First Look Includes Some Exciting Guest Stars

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It’s a miracle! While we still have to wait a couple of months for its return, we now have our first look at Season 3 of the Emmy-nominated “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Netflix has released four new stills from the upcoming season, which will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, along with the official synopsis for the season premiere and a list of guest stars who will be appearing.

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After tracking down her long-lost mother, Season 2 ended with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) receiving a phone call from the man who held her and her fellow “Mole-Women” captive for 15 years —  The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm).  Shockingly, it turns out that Kimmy and The Reverend are in fact married, and the Reverend wants a divorce.

Read More: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks and More »


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‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Reunited In First Photos, And It Looks So Eerily Good

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Entertainment Weekly has released its cover shoot with the cast of “Twin Peaks” ahead of the limited series return of David Lynch’s cult classic, which will be directed by Lynch and written with original series writer Mark Frost. EW also obtained set photos and a few production stills.

In a behind the scenes video, the cast members mused on returning the project 25 years later.

“Some things have changed, but a lot hasn’t changed. A lot is still steady the way it was,” said Peggy Lipton, in her character Norma’s sea foam green waitress uniform. “Now we get to come back more grown up, with a level of wisdom that we didn’t have,” said an all grown up Sherilyn Fenn, who played femme fatale Audrey Horne in the original series.

Read More: ’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a »


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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Is Forced Into Sexual Servitude In New Hulu Original Drama Series

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Hulu has released a new trailer for its upcoming original drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 best-selling novel of the same name, the series stars Elisabeth Moss in the lead role.

Moss plays Offred, a woman enslaved as a handsmaid in the household of the Commander of the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime in which women are simply property of the state. Offred is part of a group of fertile women forced into sexual servitude in an attempt to populate the world.

Read More: New to Hulu in April: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and Many More Film and TV Titles

“I think the book’s been around for 35 years, and every time someone reads it, they say, ‘Wow, this is timely,'” said showrunner Bruce Miller at this year’s TCA convention. “And I think one of the things that is »


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‘The Leftovers’: Damon Lindelof Explains Why Bingeing Season 3 is a Bad Idea

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The Leftovers” may not premiere until April 16, but critics just received screeners for not one, not two, but seven of the eight total episodes in Season 3. And if you think I’m not racing home to watch them right now, well, you’re right — but only because Damon Lindelof asked me not to.

In a letter accompanying the screeners, Lindelof politely made his case against bingeing, starting off by saying, “Bingeing is bad,” and then invoking everything from fake spoilers — “Liv Tyler shoots lasers out of her eyes in Episode 4” — to over-indulging on Pringles as reasons not to plow through all seven episodes of “The Leftovers'” final season.

Read More: ‘The Leftovers’: An Oral History of the Finale’s Karaoke Scene, from Damon Lindelof & Justin Theroux

It’s not uncommon for showrunners to pen letters to critics before a new season. Often, we receive them accompanying the episodes for consideration, »


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‘Snowfall’ Teaser: John Singleton Tackles the First Crack Cocaine Epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles

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This summer, winter isn’t just coming on HBO. Over on FX, it’s going to snow.

John Singleton, known for “Boyz N the Hood,” “Higher Learning” and “Baby Boy,” is turning his lens to the small screen for FX’s “Snowfall.” As the series creator, he brings his knowledge of South Central Los Angeles to this examination of the first crack cocaine epidemic in L.A. and its ultimate impact on our culture.

Set in the summer of 1983, the series follows multiple characters and storylines that converge over crack cocaine. Franklin Saint (Damson Idris) is a young South Central drug dealer who realizes that weed isn’t really getting him where he wants to be, and Mexican wrestler Gustavo Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta) is caught up in a power struggle with a crime family. Meanwhile, Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios) is a daughter of a crime lord. Finally, a CIA operative »


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‘Survivor,’ ‘NCIS’ Trilogy, ‘Scorpion,’ More Series Renewed in Massive CBS Pickup for Fall 2017

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CBS has given an early renewal for next season to 18 of its top shows, including newcomers “Bull,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “MacGyver,” “Man with a Plan” and “Superior Donuts.”

Also back: “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Life in Pieces,” “Madam Secretary,” “Mom,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Scorpion,” “Survivor,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

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Previously announced to return were “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory,” which was recently renewed through the 2018-2019 season in a two-year agreement between CBS and Warner Bros. TV.

CBS announced 18 renewals in all on Thursday. Most of the shows renewed are produced by CBS’ in-house unit, CBS Television Studios. (“Kevin Can Wait” is a co-production with Sony, while “Big Bang” and “Mom” come from Warner Bros. TV and “Life In Pieces” is produced by 20th Century Fox TV. »


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‘The Knick’ Cancelled: Steven Soderbergh’s Medical Series is ‘Done,’ Says Co-Star Chris Sullivan

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Bad news for fans of “The Knick:” Cinemax may be canceling the series after its second season. Although there is no official word from the network, it seems like Steven Soderbergh’s medical drama, starring Clive Owen, may not be returning for a third season.

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“Yeah, I’ve heard it’s done,” Chris Sullivan, who played ambulance driver Tom Cleary, told TVLine. “They were gonna try [to do a third season], but I’ve heard it’s done.”

The “This Is Us” star added, “I kind of love that British style: two seasons of tight, compact, good television. The more episodes you have, the thinner the episodes get. So I kind of dig that.”

Read More: ‘This Is Us’ Finale: Why It’s Wrong to Obsess Over Jack’s Death, But Right to Be »


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‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

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The Magicians” went into battle on Wednesday night and pulled out the ultimate weapon: a Broadway musical song.

In the episode, Fillory’s High King Eliot (Hale Appleman) is about to enter into mortal combat with the King of Lauria, who has never been defeated. Eliot’s right-hand magician and partner in every crime imaginable Margo (Summer Bishil) gives him a pep talk and reminisces about how well he did in a production of “Les Miserables.” Inspired by that success, she used magic to force him and others to perform the number “One Day More” from the musical in order to get him pumped up for his duel.

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“I just had this idea that going into a life and death battle, there is a great tradition in feudal societies of soldiers »


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‘Teachers’: Why Six Bold Women Named Katie Aren’t Afraid to Get Ugly for Great Comedy

22 March 2017 2:29 PM, PDT

If you’re wondering what the future of women in comedy might look like, consider Caitlin Barlow’s armpits. “We’re painting my armpit hair on for this episode,” she said to IndieWire. “I grew it out for a week, but it wasn’t dark enough.”

That’s just one example of the sort of creative choice made regularly in the course of making “Teachers,” the bold, profane and hilarious comedy created by sketch comedy group the Katydids and executive produced by Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (“Key and Peele”). Having just wrapped the first half of its second season, the TV Land series features Katydids members Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas as an eclectic group of educators who work at an elementary school, doing their best not to warp young minds with their outrageous behavior.

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David Lynch and Kyle MacLachlan Start the ‘Twin Peaks’ Reunion Early in New Short Film — Watch

22 March 2017 2:04 PM, PDT

May 21. Is there a more important date this year? The return of “Twin Peaks” is now under two months away, and we’re getting extremely anxious over any new footage, trailers, clips or posters that could possibly drop over the next several weeks. David Lynch has gone on record saying nothing will be revealed until the first episode airs, so consider the new short film “A New Sunrise Over Sunset” a gift.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a Secret Even From His Own Cast

The five-and-a-half minute short has absolutely nothing to do with “Twin Peaks,” but it does bring Lynch and star Kyle MacLachlan back together and throw them into quite a surreal space. Sound familiar? The short debuted this week as a joint production between the David Lynch Foundation and Dazed Media. The two groups partnered to »


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’Twin Peaks’: How David Lynch Kept Details of the Year’s Biggest Revival a Secret Even From His Own Cast

22 March 2017 1:06 PM, PDT

David Lynch has notoriously kept any information about the “Twin Peaks” revival a secret, so much so that even Showtime has had to go to great lengths to come up with creative ways to promote the series.

In a profile with GQ, Watts called shooting with Lynch “a game of guessing and torture, but in a sort of pleasant way, and then not knowing becomes part of the fun.”

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In the interview, Lynch, the cast and even writing partner Mark Frost some of the ways the auteur has fanatically kept his secrecy about the project:

1. Don’t Even Tell the Cast the Revival Is Happening: Most of the returning cast members had no clue that “Twin Peaks” was returning until they read about the news online and emailed Lynch. His response? “I’ll »


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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Trailer: Watch Ewan McGregor Talk to Himself in First Full-Length Look at Year 3

22 March 2017 12:03 PM, PDT

Fargo” has been teasing us endlessly with cryptic, 10-second teasers for its hotly-anticipated third chapter, but the FX anthology series has finally released a legitimate trailer.

And it does not disappoint.

While light on spoilers (thankfully, in our humble opinion), the charming cast is out in full force for the minute-long spot. With a two-for-one deal on Ewan McGregor — sporting a springy perm as Emmit Stussy and an impressive bald cap as his twin brother Ray — and Carrie Coon’s Gloria Burgle hunting down criminals, the new trailer (below) offers our best look yet at what’s to come in “Year 3.”

We’ve got official photos below (and even more in the gallery above) as well as the trailer, but here’s FX’s official synopsis, in case you’ve missed it:

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Trailer: See Jonah Ray and Patton Oswalt in New Netflix Revival

22 March 2017 10:36 AM, PDT

Netflix has released the trailer for its revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” The cult favorite is making a big return this April for a 12-episode season on the streaming giant.

Read More: ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Gets First Look Photo, Netflix Release Date

The revival sees some new cast members, including Jonah Ray (The Nerdist Podcast) as the latest unfortunate host who is forced to watch terrible movies, in the company of his robot friends Crow and Tom Servo. Joining Ray in the Satellite of Love, is Felicia Day as evil scientist Kinga Forrester who terrorizes him, assisted by Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. Dan Harmon and Joel McHale of “Community,” and Justin Roiland are among the writers for the revival.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Trollhunters’ Get Mashed-Up In Inspired New Netflix Trailer — Watch

The revival has been funded by a Kickstarter »


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Southpaw Regional Wrestling: John Cena Stars in Hilarious WWE Comedy Miniseries

22 March 2017 10:03 AM, PDT

WWE may have a digital hit on its hands thanks to a miniseries called “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” that stars John Cena. The video has been viewed roughly 1.5 million times on YouTube and has a 9.6 out of 10 on IMDb through 72 ratings. Here’s the official synopsis from IMDb:

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A mini-series that parodies 80’s southern Wrestling, “Southpaw Regional Wrestling” is a low budget wrestling show set in February 1987 featuring current WWE superstars playing 80’s wrestling stereotypes building up to the PPV “Lethal Leap year.”

The original WWE four-part miniseries introduces itself by claiming to be footage from a video cassette discovered in the WWE archives of a “renegade promotion” called Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Cena stars as Lance Catamaran, a wrestling announcer in the vein of Ron Burgandy who repeatedly hints at an impending emotional collapse.

“What a week it’s been! »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Shots Fired’: How George Zimmerman’s Acquittal Led to Fox’s Powerful New Series — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

22 March 2017 9:36 AM, PDT

Last Week’S Podcast: ‘Planet Earth II’ Producers on Showcasing Our Fragile Planet in Troubled Times – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Fox’s “Shots Fired” dives into the explosive subject of race-related police shootings by throwing everything you know about recent real-life incidents up in the air.

The new 10-part series kicks off with a police shooting — but in this case it’s an African-American cop who shoots a young white man. Department of Justice investigators are brought in, and they encounter resistance from everyone, including cops and witnesses.

What really happened? We’ll find out by the end of the series, promise creators and executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood.

Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Moyer, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, Jill Hennessy, and Dennis Haysbert are among the stars.

The show originated from something that happened within the Bythewood family, after George »


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Diddy’s Revolt TV Sued for Discrimination Against Caucasian Employees

22 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT

Diddy’s Revolt TV is facing legal action over claims of racist treatment.

In a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit obtained by Page Six, a group of white employees are taking on Sean CombsRevolt TV, claiming they were fired because they weren’t young and black. Douglas Goldstein and four other white producers on “The Breakfast Club,” Revolt’s small-screen version of their popular talk-radio program, say that they were treated “worse than other employees who were younger and African-American.”

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Among the complaints are Executive Vice President Val Borland treating the white team with rudeness and condescension, while black employees who exhibited unprofessional behavior were never chastised, her brother Anthony Borland harboring “animosity” towards them, and production manager Charisse McKenzie allegedly defending the lack of punctuality of the show’s guests by claiming a white producer “did not understand the »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Trailer: Netflix’s Internet Porn Docuseries Explores How Technology Changes Us

22 March 2017 8:54 AM, PDT

Hot Girls Wanted” was just the start.

Netflix is releasing “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” which is a six-part anthology series based on the acclaimed feature documentary. Produced by Rashida Jones, Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, this unflinchingly candid series goes inside six true and personal stories about those affected by the explosion of the Internet, and how it can promise sex and intimacy with just a click.

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One story will follow a young woman who works for Hussie Models, a pro-amateur porn agency out of North Miami Beach. Another story explores the fantasy role playing aspect of the business. One young woman is a cam girl who feels that she fulfills the role of a psychiatrist: “I’m making a difference.” We’ll also meet some of the men who consume this online fantasy, including one guy who »


- Hanh Nguyen

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