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David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, And Why He’s Glad It Has An Ending

32 minutes ago

Of all the roles that David Tennant has played, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in “Broadchurch” is perhaps the least likely to be associated with a catchphrase — and yet he has one. Or, at the very least, he acknowledges that when you think of Hardy, you think of him shouting “Millah!” in a strong Scottish accent.

It has significance to this reporter, given my byline, which was something I mentioned to Tennant when we spoke about the third and final season of the ultra-serious drama series. “I’m delighted,” he said when I told him how much I enjoyed the “Millah!” meme. “People shout it at me in the streets sometimes, actually,” Tennant said. “Which is a bit odd because it’s not actually my name. But it obviously pleases people for some reason.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: Let’s Talk About the Birth of Bob, Laura Palmer, the Woodsmen and Whatever That Critter Is

15 hours ago

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks” Episode 8 titled “Part 8 – Gotta Light?”]

What was only hinted at in the third episode of “Twin Peaks” became a full-blown surrealistic experience in Sunday’s avant-garde “Part 8.”

Despite the experimental filmmaking and very little dialogue, the 50-minute bombardment of sound and fury coalesced into an intriguing origin story that promised a lot more sense in the contemporary story to come. Giving historical context to some of the things we’ve seen so far anchors the story in a way that it hasn’t been before. But this wasn’t just the story of one birth, but of many. Let’s break those and a few other theories down:

Read More: ‘Twin PeaksReview: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

What About Bob?

The evil spirit (Frank Silva) we first met in the original series has been riding along with Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in some sort of weird, mutual symbiosis. It seemed that »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’ Part 8 Was the Closest We’ll Come to Seeing David Lynch’s ‘Tree of Life’

16 hours ago

“Some people go nuts for ‘Tree of Life,’” David Lynch said during a Los Angeles Times interview five years ago. “I love Terry Malick. But ‘Tree of Life’ wasn’t my cup of tea.” After being asked a follow-up question about why he couldn’t get into the film, Lynch simply repeated himself: “It wasn’t my cup of tea.”

If you’ve ever wondered what the Lynchian equivalent of “The Tree of Life” would look like, last night’s entrancing episode of “Twin Peaks” offers a clue. It might have been the most visually stunning 60 minutes of television ever produced — and certainly the revival’s best episode since last month’s two-part premiere — and most who tuned in have no earthly idea what actually happened.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

As fate would have it, that interview was about the fact that »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

17 hours ago

The X-Files” was always a show where the quality depended largely on the writing, so paying attention to who would sign up for the upcoming Season 11 has been a high priority for fans.

And now we know: TV Line is reporting that creator Chris Carter has re-enlisted writers Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong (who all worked on Season 10) for the new season, which is shooting this summer for a early 2018 release.

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In addition, three new writers have been selected to help complete the 10 episodes ordered by Fox earlier this year. And the new kids in town are Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen, and Brad Follmer — the first two were writers’ assistants on Seasons 9 and 10, while Follmer was Carter’s personal assistant during the show’s original run.

That’s right: In the year »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

18 hours ago

The term breakout is a tad misleading.

While implying that someone has broken free from the pack — a standout among standouts; that they’ve “made it” — there’s no guarantee of permanence. Many so-called breakouts have an expiration date on their spotlight, and plenty of these actors who’ve proven themselves in one way or another still fade away over time. Then they’re asked to do it all over again, sometimes for their entire career.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Producers Didn’t Want to Cast Alison Brie — Here’s How She Fought to Change Their Minds

Betty Gilpin, the electrifying spark of both “American Gods” and “Glow” in their debut seasons, is absolutely a summer breakout. She might even be a 2017 breakout, if buzz holds and fans continue to discover both shows (now available in full on Starz and Netflix, respectively). Her talent is undeniable and is being vouched for »

- Ben Travers

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‘Veep’: God Help Us All, Here’s Jonah Ryan’s Presidential Campaign Website

19 hours ago

The last time “Veep” launched a Jonah Ryan campaign, the show gave us a thirty second outtake reel of the hapless, failing-upward Congressman fumbling with an axe in the middle of a forest.

Now, after a shocking Season 6 finale, the next “Veep” frontier appears to be a…[gulp]…Jonah Ryan presidential campaign. In the wake of Sunday night’s episode, the show launched Jonah’s official campaign website and it’s everything you’d expect it to be.

Read More: ‘Veep’: Timothy Simons is Giving the Most Politically Relevant Performance on TV, and He’s Impersonating a Toddler

Like the site that the show made for the Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy, AIDS, the Advancement of Global Democracy, Assistance to our Military Families, and Fighting Childhood Obesity after Selina’s disastrous memoir rollout, this is chock full of Jonah’s trademark accidental insults — only he would have a curated Twitter »

- Steve Greene

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John Oliver Calls Out Anti-Vaxxers On ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Including Rob Schneider And His Hat — Watch

21 hours ago

The anti-vaccination movement has many celebrity advocates: From Jenna Elfman to Jenny McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Donald Trump. In an exhaustive “Last Week Tonight” segment debunking the so-called links between vaccinations and autism, John Oliver singled out one anti-vaxxer particularly ripe for parody: Rob Schneider.

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Playing video of an interview Schneider gave about why the government can’t force parents to do anything, noting that it is “against the Nuremberg Laws,” Oliver gleefully explained why we shouldn’t be taking medical advice from Deuce Bigalow: “Yes, that is Rob Schneider performing an impromptu rendition of his famous character, The Annoying Guy Who Is Wrong,” Oliver said. He then added that we shouldn’t “sully the good name” of Deuce Bigalow just because of something Schneider said.

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- Jude Dry

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The Best Summer Television Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

21 hours ago

In the not-so-good old days, summer used to be a break for more than just students. It was time off from great TV, as broadcast networks aired reruns, sports, and reality competitions while they assumed people were outside having fun. But since the new golden age began, all these TV shows have had to fit in somewhere, and many networks chose to run them during the less competitive summer months.

That’s led to a boon of TV’s best shows popping up when no series dared debut before. So, to honor the latest summer sensation — Netflix’s “Glow” — we’ve gathered the elite qualifiers below and ranked the seasons by overall quality, summer spirit, and re-watchability. To be eligible, seasons needed to be released in the months between June 1 and August 31 during the 21st century. After all, there’s plenty of new options to consider, but sometimes you want »

- Ben Travers

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‘Veep’: Matt Walsh on the Proper Age to Introduce Your Kids to the Hysterically Inappropriate HBO Comedy

22 hours ago

Matt Walsh’s three kids don’t know what he does or says on “Veep.” Yet.

But he doesn’t want to keep the joy of the comedy – and its inadvertently prescient take on modern Washington politics – away from them forever. That’s why he’s planning to screen the show for them when they turn 12 or 13.

“The language is horrendous, but it’s not as damaging as watching a terrible Disney show,” said Walsh, who has played press secretary Mike McLintock for six seasons. “Please don’t be like those snotty kids. Don’t idolize a smart-mouth 12-year-old because then I’m going to start having to deal with it at home!”

Walsh said his son Emmett saw “Veep” billboards around town this spring, and he was happy for his dad. “He’s like, ‘Dad, “Veep” is getting more popular,’ just by seeing more billboards,” he said.


- Michael Schneider

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‘Silicon Valley’: T.J. Miller Appears to Despise Producer Alec Berg and Will Never Return to the Show

22 hours ago

Silicon Valley” Season 4 came to its conclusion last night on HBO, and with it came the end of an era for Erlich Bachman. The notorious investor played by T.J. Miller had been one of the most popular and quotable characters on the Mike Judge-created comedy series, and he said his final goodbye as the series left Bachman stoned out of his mind in an opium den in Tibet. Miller was an iconic presence on the series, and the announcement of his departure last month came as a huge surprise for fans. Many were left wondering what exactly caused Miller to leave the series, and he finally teased why in a wide-ranging exit interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Read More: How ‘Silicon Valley’ Swapped Its Hero and Its Villain And Saved the Show’s Future

One point Miller kept returning to throughout the interview was his complete dislike of executive producer Alec Berg. »

- Zack Sharf

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Gillian Anderson Ruled ‘American Gods’: How the Many Faces of Media Were Chosen

23 hours ago

The first season of “American Gods” featured many highlights, including the captivating work of Ian McShane, some groundbreaking nudity and sexual content, and a fascinating breakout episode that brought unexpected depth to one of the show’s most complicated characters. But Gillian Anderson, with maybe 30 minutes of screen time total, may be the ultimate highlight.

Playing the “new god” Media, Anderson appears in several forms over the course of the season, all extremely recognizable to fans of pop culture. In depicting Lucy Ricardo, David BowieMarilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, the veteran TV star demonstrated a spectrum of ability which people only familiar with her more serious drama work might not have anticipated.

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Season 1’s Finale Is a Beautiful Sensory Nightmare That Finally Answers the Show’s Biggest Question

“We forget how good she is because she plays characters who are a bit like her, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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How ‘Silicon Valley’ Swapped Its Hero and Its Villain And Saved the Show’s Future

26 June 2017 5:00 AM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Silicon Valley” Season 4 finale, Episode 10, “Server Error.”]

After a season of departures, setbacks and the central team of aspiring tech moguls ending up way farther away from their goals than they had expected, Season 4 of “Silicon Valley” could really only have ended one way. In a mirror of a Season 2 cliffhanger, newly shaven Gavin Belson sat across from Richard Hendricks, the former offering a sweetheart acquisition deal to the person he gifted a industry-changing patent to just a few weeks before.

Rather than accept the offer from the newly reinstated Hooli chairman, Richard declined, even after being reminded that the only reason his company is still viable is by a rare bit of Gavin Belson altruism. Richard began the series as a lovable pushover, an unlikely CEO in the Silicon Valley world, where tech bros play pickup basketball games on the same court as the NBA champions. But whether it was a gradually built up thicker skin »

- Steve Greene

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‘Veep’ Showrunner on the Season 6 Finale, Plans for Season 7, and Who’s Coming Back After That Wild Ending

25 June 2017 11:22 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for the “Veep” Season 6 finale, Episode 10, “Groundbreaking.”]

And “Veep” is back in the race.

After a year largely spent outside the political arena, Selina Meyer declared her candidacy for President of the United States for the second fourth time in “Veep” history. The Season 6 finale experimented with a new, time-jumping structure, revealed a number of whopping secrets, and ultimately saw Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ politician choose the pursuit of power over the pursuit of happiness once more.

Showrunner — as well as episode writer and director — David Mandel spoke with IndieWire shortly after the finale ended and immediately made two things clear:

“It was always the plan,” Mandel said of Selina running for office again. “In some ways, it was just about giving Selina the happy ending anyone would want — the library at Yale, the fabulous guy, Jaffar, with who she has a shared interest and shares true happiness — and then she throws it all away because she can’t help herself. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

25 June 2017 8:38 PM, PDT

Were there more than 20 lines of dialogue spoken in tonight’s “Twin Peaks”? All signs point to no. In perhaps what was the most existential and absurd installment yet of the surreal drama’s return, David Lynch’s attention shifted from a bloody confrontation in the woods to a journey through time and space that barely touched on the modern day. Instead, “Part 8” tripped back to the past for a largely silent (dialogue-less) series of events (it feels a bit much to refer to them as “a story” at this stage) that of course did not skim on harsh violence and strange mannerisms.

Everyone is going to come to Part 8 with their own interpretations and theories; it’s an installment which seems to welcome that. And pieces of it are more successful than others. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Silicon Valley’ Finale Review: An International Incident Gives Everyone a Hard Reset, Which Is What The Show Does Best

25 June 2017 7:30 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Silicon Valley” Season 4 finale, Episode 10, “Server Error.”]

In a season filled with tech metaphors, none of them were as apt as an overheated garage server being lightly attended to with hand-operated fans. As Anton slowly broiled under the weight of unwieldy Melcher data, it was a fitting encapsulation of the monumental stress that “Silicon Valley” put on its main characters this year. The road to technological relevance has never been easy for these guys, but this season finale gave them a solution and a ticket out of the rut they’ve been in for the past few weeks.

It’s a solution that didn’t seem likely at the outset of this episode, as Dinesh looped videos of more Hooliphone explosions caught on surveillance cameras. The Pied Piper gang has been forced to face consequences in the past, but watching potential users in physical pain brought about by their actions seem to be a tipping point for »

- Steve Greene

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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Teaser: Spike Lee’s First Joint Gets the Netflix TV Treatment, Sets Release Date — Watch

25 June 2017 6:42 PM, PDT

After making a deal with Amazon for his last directorial feature, “Chi-Raq,” Spike Lee is transitioning to TV on Netflix.

“She’s Gotta Have It,” an adaptation of Lee’s first joint (per Netflix’s official release), will be released on the streaming giant this Thanksgiving. The release date was set in a teaser trailer (below) first shown during the Bet Awards.

Read More: ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series Based On Spike Lee Film Coming To Netflix

Lee is directing every episode of the first season, which centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself. She’s dividing her time among her friends, her job, and her three lovers — labeled as proper nouns — The Cultured Model, Greer Childs; The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet; and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.

The series serves as a contemporary update of the original 1986 film. »

- Ben Travers

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