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The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

18 July 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It hardly needs mentioning, but not all science-fiction is created equal. Even as a term, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what constitutes sci-fi, especially in a medium like TV that can change so much from week to week or season to season. So when we took stock of the best TV shows from the past two decades, we turned to one unimpeachable source as a guide for what we should include in our list.

Thanks, Roman.

That’s not to say that a few of the shows might have an odd sword or two, but most of what we tried to single out here imagines a world markedly different from our own. Some take place in reimagined futures, while others take a sharper focus on the present with some key, otherworldly changes.

Given the wealth of shows in this genre, we opted not to include animated or unscripted series in this particular list. »

- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

18 July 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It hardly needs mentioning, but not all science-fiction is created equal. Even as a term, it’s difficult to pin down exactly what constitutes sci-fi, especially in a medium like TV that can change so much from week to week or season to season. So when we took stock of the best TV shows from the past two decades, we turned to one unimpeachable source as a guide for what we should include in our list.

Thanks, Roman.

That’s not to say that a few of the shows might have an odd sword or two, but most of what we tried to single out here imagines a world markedly different from our own. Some take place in reimagined futures, while others take a sharper focus on the present with some key, otherworldly changes.

Given the wealth of shows in this genre, we opted not to include animated or unscripted series in this particular list. »

- Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller, Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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Riverdale Casts Supergirl's Brit Morgan in Recurring Season 2 Role

14 July 2017 7:58 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Supergirl bad girl Brit Morgan next will stir things up on Riverdale.

VideosRiverdale ‘s Kj Apa Recalls Breaking His Hand On Set, Previews Archie’s ‘Darker Side’ in Season 2

Our sister site Deadline reports that Morgan will recur during Season of the CW series as Penny Peabody aka “The Snake Charmer,” a crafty attorney on retainer with the Southside Serpents, and whom Jughead will enlist to help his dad.

The catch: Penny prefers that clients pay with favors, not cash. (Though — and I’m just spitballing here, late on a Friday night after a couple of adult beverages — she »

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How Donald Trump Impacted The Writers Guild Negotiations — And Helped Them Get a Better Deal

10 June 2017 6:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Donald Trump inadvertently got Hollywood writers an improved contract this year.

It sure wasn’t through anything he actually did on behalf of TV and feature scribes. But the resistance that began to pop up after Trump’s election inspired writers to demand a better deal from the studios, according to several showrunners on Friday at the Atx Television Festival.

Gathered on stage to discuss how Trump is impacting the world of storytelling, Beau Willimon (“House of Cards,” “The First”) mentioned his role on the Writers Guild of America negotiation committee, and how members became more motivated post-Trump.

Read More: Writers Strike Averted: Tentative New Deal with Producers Sealed Late Monday Night

“A lot of our meetings [discussions] were very much in the context of a Trump America,” Willimon said. “The sense that as organized labor, there was a political moment here. That the only way that things happen politically is »

- Michael Schneider

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How Donald Trump Impacted The Writers Guild Negotiations — And Helped Them Get a Better Deal

10 June 2017 6:05 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Donald Trump inadvertently got Hollywood writers an improved contract this year.

It sure wasn’t through anything he actually did on behalf of TV and feature scribes. But the resistance that began to pop up after Trump’s election inspired writers to demand a better deal from the studios, according to several showrunners on Friday at the Atx Television Festival.

Gathered on stage to discuss how Trump is impacting the world of storytelling, Beau Willimon (“House of Cards,” “The First”) mentioned his role on the Writers Guild of America negotiation committee, and how members became more motivated post-Trump.

Read More: Writers Strike Averted: Tentative New Deal with Producers Sealed Late Monday Night

“A lot of our meetings [discussions] were very much in the context of a Trump America,” Willimon said. “The sense that as organized labor, there was a political moment here. That the only way that things happen politically is »

- Michael Schneider

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Kathy Griffin Had a Right to Do Her Trump Photo Shoot, and Hollywood Should Have Defended It, Say Key Showrunners

9 June 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hollywood missed an opportunity to support free speech when the world was piling on Kathy Griffin last week.

That was the feeling among several major showrunners and TV producers on stage Friday morning at an Atx Television Festival panel. Griffin was widely criticized by both the right and the left, including many in Hollywood, for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied pumpkin head made to look like Donald Trump.

“What Kathy Griffin did, whether you like it or not, is a piece of political art,” said Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman,” Netflix’s upcoming “The Dark Crystal”). “For politically conscious art it was fairly mercenary and kind of banal but she did it, and we have to defend her right to do that. Or we will not be able to do much more milk-toast crap that is much less defensive than what she did.”

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- Michael Schneider

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Kathy Griffin Had a Right to Do Her Trump Photo Shoot, and Hollywood Should Have Defended It, Say Key Showrunners

9 June 2017 12:40 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Hollywood missed an opportunity to support free speech when the world was piling on Kathy Griffin last week.

That was the feeling among several major showrunners and TV producers on stage Friday morning at an Atx Television Festival panel. Griffin was widely criticized by both the right and the left, including many in Hollywood, for a photo shoot in which she held a bloodied pumpkin head made to look like Donald Trump.

“What Kathy Griffin did, whether you like it or not, is a piece of political art,” said Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman,” Netflix’s upcoming “The Dark Crystal”). “For politically conscious art it was fairly mercenary and kind of banal but she did it, and we have to defend her right to do that. Or we will not be able to do much more milk-toast crap that is much less defensive than what she did.”

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- Michael Schneider

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TV Producers on Trump Presidency: ‘It’s a Traumatic Event for the Country’

9 June 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Austin, Texas — A day after the nation was captivated by the James Comey hearings, some of TV’s top producers gathered at the Atx Television Festival to discuss the effects of Trump’s presidency on their storytelling.

The “Television in a Trumped Up America” panel, which was moderated by Michael Schneider, IndieWire’s executive editor and Variety’s editor-at-large, featured Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains,” “Instinct”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Beau Willimon (“House of Cards,” “The First”), Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), and Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar,” “Underground”).

“It’s become a negotiation in terms of what you’re able to do as an artist creatively in terms of being able to hold a mirror up to society,” said Willimon. “But that process is not immediate. It takes time.” He added, “Whether you support Trump or not, it’s still a traumatic event for the country in terms of the schisms. We »

- Debra Birnbaum

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TV Producers Discuss Ripple Effects of "Traumatic" Trump Election

9 June 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

It was only fitting that the Television in a Trumped Up America panel Friday at the Atx Television Festival started out with a reading of the president's latest tweet, centered on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony Thursday.

TV writer-producers including Liz Tigelaar (Casual), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), Paul Garnes (Underground), Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) and Beau Willimon (House of Cards) gathered to dive deep into the impact of the presidential election on TV, specifically Donald Trump's rise from Celebrity Apprentice host to the 45th president of the United States.

Looking back on Nov. 8, Plec recalled »

- Kate Stanhope

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‘Sweet/Vicious’ Heads to Atx Festival (Exclusive)

1 May 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The MTV drama “Sweet/Vicious” will be among the shows celebrated at the Atx Television Festival in June, Variety has learned exclusively.

The show was canceled by MTV on Friday, but its creative team has vowed to look for a new home for the program, which tells the story of two women who take on secret identities to fight the scourge of sexual assault on a college campus. The Atx Festival panel for “Sweet/Vicious” will take place at the Austin event on June 10. 

Creator and executive producer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson will be on hand for the Atx Festival event, which will consist of a screening of an episode of “Sweet/Vicious” and a post-screening Q&A. Other panelists include executive producer Stacey Sher, executive producer Amanda Lasher, and Taylor Dearden, who plays Ophelia on “Sweet/Vicious.”

“It is an honor to be a part of this year’s Atx Festival. Although »

- Maureen Ryan

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Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive

26 April 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Atx Television Festival has added two additional newsmaker panels to this year’s ever-expanding lineup.

One panel, “Television in a Trumped Up America,” promises a spirited discussion about how writers and TV shows are handling stories in a Donald Trump administration. Another, “The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom,” will examine the recent growth of comedies aiming to recapture the progressive spirit of Norman Lear.

Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Monica Owusu-Breen (“Midnight, Texas”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), and Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) are on board for the Trump panel, while Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon-Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) are set to join the sitcom panel. (“One Day at a Time” is also executive produced by Lear, but he will not be attending.)

Read More: ‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New »

- Michael Schneider

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Trump TV and Norman Lear-Inspired Panels Added to the Atx Television Festival Lineup — Exclusive

26 April 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Atx Television Festival has added two additional newsmaker panels to this year’s ever-expanding lineup.

One panel, “Television in a Trumped Up America,” promises a spirited discussion about how writers and TV shows are handling stories in a Donald Trump administration. Another, “The Revival of the Socially Conscious Sitcom,” will examine the recent growth of comedies aiming to recapture the progressive spirit of Norman Lear.

Liz Tigelaar (“Casual”), Monica Owusu-Breen (“Midnight, Texas”), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (“The Middleman”), and Michael Rauch (“Royal Pains”) are on board for the Trump panel, while Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (“The Carmichael Show”), Bob Daily (“Superior Donuts”), Justin Simien (“Dear White People”), and Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon-Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) are set to join the sitcom panel. (“One Day at a Time” is also executive produced by Lear, but he will not be attending.)

Read More: ‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New »

- Michael Schneider

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Powerless Season 1 Episode 7 Review – ‘Emergency Punch-Up’

7 April 2017 3:49 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rachel Bellwoar reviews the seventh episode of Powerless

Like Superman appearing on Supergirl, could a series regular who’s a superhero usurp Powerless from the powerless? The show has been pretty consistent each week about leaving Crimson Fox and Jack O’Lantern in the background for guest appearances. Maybe Crimson Fox has spoken to Emily twice (plus saved her life from the train in the pilot) but she’s not somebody we know much about. It’s strange. Second tier hero or not, the local pride of having a local hero is missing, and last week’s announced departure of Crimson Fox was almost not a big deal. There are two possible explanations. One, a hero ditching your city for the bigger stage might not be someone you miss. Two, we’re used to shows that come from the point of view of heroes—maybe they’re a little out of touch on their PR. »

- Rachel Bellwoar

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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

3 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

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- Ben Travers

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‘Alias’ Reunion, ‘Parks and Recreation’ Screening Party Highlight New Additions to Atx Television Festival

3 February 2017 12:00 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve been missing Sydney Bristow, better book a ticket to Austin, TX. The Atx Television Festival announced today it will be hosting an “Alias” writers’ room reunion featuring many of the show’s long-time scribes, including Ken Olin, Lawrence Trilling, Sarah Caplan, Monica Breen, Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, and Josh Appelbaum.

Creator J.J. Abrams has yet to be confirmed, but additional panelists will be announced at a later date. Last year, the Atx Festival hosted a writers’ room reunion for “The O.C.” that included creator Josh Schwartz.

Also announced this afternoon was a “Parks and Recreation” community screening. For the first five seasons of the festival, the Austin-based event celebrated an Austin-based show: “Friday Night Lights.” But last year marked the final tailgate party / community screening for the beloved series, and festival programmers found a more than fitting replacement in “Parks and Recreation.”

Read More: ‘Puppy Bowl’: Adoptions, »

- Ben Travers

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