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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017

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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017
In the age of peak TV, there’s a lot of bad television out there. But rather than take the time to highlight what everyone should already be forgetting, IndieWire is examining the heartbreaking misses of 2017; the shows that felt like they had something special — either in concept, talent, or early episodes — but failed to fulfill that promise.

For the shows that weren’t cancelled, hope rings eternal. TV is a medium that allows for development, improvement, and the virtual erasure of bad first impressions. The shows below might be a long way from getting good, but their break bad hurt enough that even for the most disappointing, we still hope for the best.

And if you like any shows on the list, then good luck and godspeed. You found something there that we only wish we could have seen. Maybe next year.

Read More:The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017

  • Indiewire
The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017
In the age of peak TV, there’s a lot of bad television out there. But rather than take the time to highlight what everyone should already be forgetting, IndieWire is examining the heartbreaking misses of 2017; the shows that felt like they had something special — either in concept, talent, or early episodes — but failed to fulfill that promise.

For the shows that weren’t cancelled, hope rings eternal. TV is a medium that allows for development, improvement, and the virtual erasure of bad first impressions. The shows below might be a long way from getting good, but their break bad hurt enough that even for the most disappointing, we still hope for the best.

And if you like any shows on the list, then good luck and godspeed. You found something there that we only wish we could have seen. Maybe next year.

Read More:The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
See full article at Indiewire »

Hollywood’s Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

As a professional juggler, Michael Rayner has a lot of work-related tax deductions each year, including $700 for the cheeseburgers he spins atop parasols, 30,000 travel miles and $220 for liability insurance, just in case one of the pins or flaming torches he flips into the air should somehow stray into the audience.

His wife, actress and voiceover artist Moira Quirk, also has a wealth of business-related deductions, the most significant of which is the 10% commission she pays her agent. And they write off 25% of the mortgage and expenses for their North Hollywood house for their respective home offices, which include a recording booth for her and rehearsal and juggling supply storage areas for him.

Now, the massive tax bills passed by the House and the Senate (429 and 479 pages, respectively) earlier this month have thrown the future of these write-offs into question, casting a cloud of fear and uncertainty over the financial fates of Rayner and other workaday entertainment pros. The
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‘Ozark,’ ‘Smilf,’ and 5 More Shows That Could Really Benefit from an Awards Boost

‘Ozark,’ ‘Smilf,’ and 5 More Shows That Could Really Benefit from an Awards Boost
Whether or not award shows like the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards have an immediate impact on viewership, a strong night at either (or both) can drastically affect the future of a series. Low-rated shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” or even “30 Rock” and “Arrested Development,” may not have earned follow-up seasons without the repeated embrace of the HFPA, SAG, and other appreciative awards shows that boosted their profile (and their respective networks’).

What matters, in the end, is more seasons; more work; more of what at least someone considers to be TV’s best of the best. The fact that a golden sphere on top of a podium or a bronze statue of a performer can contribute to talented creators continuing their passion projects is pretty special.

Read More:The Best Holiday TV Episodes of the 21st Century, Ranked

In the peak TV age, it’s also important.
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TVLine Items: Lost Vet Joins Ftwd, Saoirse Ronan's SNL Promo and More

TVLine Items: Lost Vet Joins Ftwd, Saoirse Ronan's SNL Promo and More
Maggie Grace has something to fear.

The Lost alumna has joined the cast of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as a series regular for Season 4, the network announced on Wednesday.

RelatedThe Walking Dead‘s Lennie James Is Leaving to Cross Over to Fear Twd

No details about Grace’s role were disclosed.

Following Lost, Grace had an arc on Californication and guest-starred on Masters of Sex. She was also set to play the lead role of ER residency director Leanne on Code Black before exiting the medical pilot for creative reasons.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets?
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'StartUp' Renewed at Crackle for Season 3

StartUp is booting back up for a third season.

Crackle has ordered 10 new episodes of the Martin Freeman-Adam Brody tech drama.

The season three pickup comes nearly two months after the launch of the hourlong's second season, which saw the addition of star and producer Ron Perlman. Edi Gathegi (The Blacklist), Otmara Marrero (Graceland) and Addison Timlin (Californication) round out the cast.

StartUp was created by Ben Ketai, who also serves as a writer, director and executive producer on the show. Gianni Nunnari, Shannon Gaulding, Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord and Anne Clements also executive produce. Brody also...
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Evan Handler Cast In ‘Foster Boy’; Alan Aisenberg Joins ‘Second Act’; Nicholas Galitzine Boards Pippa Bianco film

Evan Handler Cast In ‘Foster Boy’; Alan Aisenberg Joins ‘Second Act’; Nicholas Galitzine Boards Pippa Bianco film
Sex and the City and Californication alum Evan Handler has joined Foster Boy, the Youssef Delara-directed indie drama based on a script by Jay Paul Deratany. The film stars Matthew Modine as Michael Trainer, whose life as a condescending, elitist corporate attorney is turned upside down when he's ordered to take on a pro bono case representing a 19-year-old African-American youth who was victimized when a known sexual predator was placed into his foster home. Handler will…
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Gossip Girl actor Ed Westwick denies rape accusation

The British actor claims not to know Kristina Cohen, who alleges that he sexually assaulted her three years ago in a detailed Facebook post

The actor Ed Westwick has been accused of rape by fellow actor Kristina Cohen.

The 30-year-old British star of Gossip Girl and the BBC comedy White Gold allegedly assaulted Cohen three years ago at his apartment. Cohen, whose credits include Californication and the horror film Devil’s Night, was briefly dating a producer who was friends with Westwick.

Related: Claims of sexual harassment at BBC spike after Weinstein scandal

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American Horror Story: Did You Recognize Pastor Charles?

'Tis the Halloween season, and on the latest episode of American Horror Story: Cult, titled "Winter of Our Discontent," a real house of horrors is introduced to Kai and Winter as part of their online trolling. But did you recognize Pastor Charles, the evil minister who runs Judgment House? Pastor Charles is played by none other than '80s heartthrob Rick Springfield. The 68-year-old Aussie got his start as a singer, most famous for his 1981 No. 1 "Jessie's Girl," though he followed that up with a handful of other hits: "I've Done Everything for You," "Don't Talk to Strangers," "Affair of the Heart," and "Love Somebody." RelatedTwitter Lost It Over That Extremely Creepy Threesome on American Horror Story: Cult Back then, Springfield was also launching a prolific acting career. He did some TV guest spots in the 1970s, but then in 1981, he was cast as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital,
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Eva Amurri Martino’s Blog: What to Do When Your Toddler Refuses Preschool

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Eva Amurri Martino’s Blog: What to Do When Your Toddler Refuses Preschool
Please welcome back celebrity blogger and mom of two Eva Amurri Martino!

The actress, who has followed in her mother Susan Sarandon‘s footsteps, is best known for her roles in Saved and on Californication. She has also guest-starred on series like How I Met Your Mother, The Mindy Project and New Girl.

Two years after tying the knot in Charleston, South Carolina, Amurri Martino and her husband, sports commentator and 36 Hours host Kyle Martino, announced they were expecting their first child: a baby girl.

The couple welcomed their now-3-year-old daughter Marlowe Mae in August 2014. Their second child, son Major James,
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How Jay Pharoah Got Into His Jamie Foxx-Inspired Character for New Show White Famous

How Jay Pharoah Got Into His Jamie Foxx-Inspired Character for New Show White Famous
Jay Pharoah didn’t have to look far to find the inspiration to play his Jamie Foxx-based character on his new show White Famous.

The comedian, who is returning to the small screen after departing Saturday Night Live in 2016, stars in the half-hour comedy on Showtime about a rising African-American comedian, Floyd Mooney, who is worried about losing his authentic self as be becomes mainstream popular, or “white famous.”

“When I read the script, I just related to the story immediately,” Pharoah, 30, tells People. “I’m familiar with, you know, the underground, urban comic who is getting put in front of mainstream America.
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‘White Famous’ Review: Jay Pharoah’s ‘Californication’ Knock-Off Is Shallower and Less Funny

‘White Famous’ Review: Jay Pharoah’s ‘Californication’ Knock-Off Is Shallower and Less Funny
Californication,” the David Duchovny-led Showtime comedy that ran for seven seasons (yes, seven) in the early aughts, had enough flaws that no one should want to copy it. For one, it may have been the last “woe-is-me rich white man” story to sneak in under the cultural cut-off point, and even Duchovny’s considerable charms couldn’t get it an extension past Season 4. Then there was the casual objectification of women (despite Hank Moody’s knightly intentions), rehashed romantic arcs, and truly awful supporting characters.

Read More:‘White Famous’ Trailer: Jay Pharoah Struggles With Selling Out in New Showtime Comedy — Exclusive

White Famous” fixes the first problem by focusing on an up-and-coming black actor (played by Jay Pharoah), but brings in a slew of new ones, all while creating a carbon copy of “Californication” that’s as flat as Duchovny’s abs and half as interesting. Tom Kapinos’ new
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‘White Famous’ Review: Jay Pharoah’s ‘Californication’ Knock-Off Is Shallower and Less Funny

‘White Famous’ Review: Jay Pharoah’s ‘Californication’ Knock-Off Is Shallower and Less Funny
Californication,” the David Duchovny-led Showtime comedy that ran for seven seasons (yes, seven) in the early aughts, had enough flaws that no one should want to copy it. For one, it may have been the last “woe-is-me rich white man” story to sneak in under the cultural cut-off point, and even Duchovny’s considerable charms couldn’t get it an extension past Season 4. Then there was the casual objectification of women (despite Hank Moody’s knightly intentions), rehashed romantic arcs, and truly awful supporting characters.

Read More:‘White Famous’ Trailer: Jay Pharoah Struggles With Selling Out in New Showtime Comedy — Exclusive

White Famous” fixes the first problem by focusing on an up-and-coming black actor (played by Jay Pharoah), but brings in a slew of new ones, all while creating a carbon copy of “Californication” that’s as flat as Duchovny’s abs and half as interesting. Tom Kapinos’ new
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Alonzo Bodden remembers his harrowing stint as host of America’s Worst Driver

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Best known for his stand-up comedy and his recurring role on Showtime’s Californication, Alonzo Bodden’s brief stint as a host on America’s Worst Driver is probably long gone from public memory. On the Travel Channel show, which lasted for 10 whole episodes, contestants competed to escape being named the series title.…

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New Celebrity Big Brother USA Cast Rumors Have Already Started Popping Up, New Details

According to a new report from the people over at the Christian Post , some new celebrities names have already started turning up as possible houseguests for the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother edition that's due to air this winter 2018. Before we start running off these names, we want to say that none of these people have been officially confirmed to appear on the show. Some of them are just rumored to possibly be in talks to appear on the show, but no official decisions have been made by CBS. It does make sense that the network would actively be in talks right now with multiple celebrities as they're trying to get the season put together in time for a possible January or February 2018 premiere date. With all that said, the Christian Post is reporting that Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach is reportedly in talks with the show to possibly participate.
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Here's the Perfect Austin City Limits Music Festival Playlist

Oct. 6 begins the first of two weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas, headlined by Jay-z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Killers. The roster of performers for the longstanding festival is massive and varied, so you're guaranteed to find something you like. Whether or not you're headed to Austin this weekend or next to see the festival, this playlist featuring 35 of the artists will get you in the mood - or convince you to buy the ticket next year so you don't miss out. RelatedAll the Snacks to Pack For a Music Festival So You Don't Go Broke "Izzo / In the End" - Jay-z and Linkin Park "Californication" - Red Hot Chili Peppers "Mr. Brightside" - The Killers "White Flag" - Joseph "I Know a Place" - Muna "Pumped Up Kicks" - Foster the People "Clint Eastwood" - Gorillaz "Don't Touch My Hair" - Solange Knowles
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‘Ghosted’ Review: Adam Scott’s ‘X-Files’ Comedy Gives You Just Enough Reasons to Believe

‘Ghosted’ Review: Adam Scott’s ‘X-Files’ Comedy Gives You Just Enough Reasons to Believe
There’s a blunt charm to the exposition dump throughout “Ghosted’s” 22-minute pilot that probably shouldn’t come across. Characters relentlessly badger each other for information. Introductions are made without set-up, and the inexplicable is explained in just a few words. So much emotional backstory is spat out so quickly that it’s hard to see the first episode as anything more than set up. But hey, it’s still fun. Why? For the reasons you already know — all two of them.

Tom Gormican’s (“That Awkward Moment”) new series about an ex-cop and a former professor brought together to investigate paranormal activity lets its main draws shine through in the first episode, as Adam Scott and Craig Robinson prove to be just the pair of gumshoes needed to save the show from itself. Even with welcome comparisons to a comedic “X-Files,” the “Ghosted” pilot relies completely on the
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‘Ghosted’ Review: Adam Scott’s ‘X-Files’ Comedy Gives You Just Enough Reasons to Believe

‘Ghosted’ Review: Adam Scott’s ‘X-Files’ Comedy Gives You Just Enough Reasons to Believe
There’s a blunt charm to the exposition dump throughout “Ghosted’s” 22-minute pilot that probably shouldn’t come across. Characters relentlessly badger each other for information. Introductions are made without set-up, and the inexplicable is explained in just a few words. So much emotional backstory is spat out so quickly that it’s hard to see the first episode as anything more than set up. But hey, it’s still fun. Why? For the reasons you already know — all two of them.

Tom Gormican’s (“That Awkward Moment”) new series about an ex-cop and a former professor brought together to investigate paranormal activity lets its main draws shine through in the first episode, as Adam Scott and Craig Robinson prove to be just the pair of gumshoes needed to save the show from itself. Even with welcome comparisons to a comedic “X-Files,” the “Ghosted” pilot relies completely on the
See full article at Indiewire »

The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years

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The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years
In the days before premium cable, television was a squeaky-clean place for the most part. The traditional networks rarely dared to push boundaries when it came to graphic sexual content for fear of pissing off advertisers. (And when they did, as with ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” affiliates and advertisers did indeed balk on cue.)

But then came HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and a slew of other networks, which asked for a little extra subscriber cash, but offered in exchange unfiltered violence, language, and sex. Without that creative freedom, it’s doubtful that television as a storytelling art form would have evolved in the same way, especially when it comes to sex — one of the most primal aspects of humanity that the broadcast networks kept behind closed doors for far too long.

Because different things are sexy to different people, this list is unranked — streaming platforms and ad-supported cable networks will be saved for future lists.
See full article at Indiewire Television »

The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years

  • Indiewire
The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years
In the days before premium cable, television was a squeaky-clean place for the most part. The traditional networks rarely dared to push boundaries when it came to graphic sexual content for fear of pissing off advertisers. (And when they did, as with ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” affiliates and advertisers did indeed balk on cue.)

But then came HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and a slew of other networks, which asked for a little extra subscriber cash, but offered in exchange unfiltered violence, language, and sex. Without that creative freedom, it’s doubtful that television as a storytelling art form would have evolved in the same way, especially when it comes to sex — one of the most primal aspects of humanity that the broadcast networks kept behind closed doors for far too long.

Because different things are sexy to different people, this list is unranked — streaming platforms and ad-supported cable networks will be saved for future lists.
See full article at Indiewire »
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