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Mariska Hargitay (‘Law & Order: Svu’) opens up about ‘culture of shame and isolation’ for abuse survivors in new interview

Mariska Hargitay (‘Law & Order: Svu’) opens up about ‘culture of shame and isolation’ for abuse survivors in new interview
“I think that for so long survivors have been living in a culture of shame and isolation,” reveals “Law & Order: Svu” cast member Mariska Hargitay in a new interview. After playing sex crimes investigator Olivia Benson for so many years, Hargitay tells “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah that fans now feel comfortable sharing their own stories of sexual abuse with her. “I think that this fictionalized character maybe was the first person that showed empathy and compassion, and they knew that Olivia was always for the victim first and felt safe there. Hopefully now that is indeed changing.”

See‘Law & Order: Svu’ reaches 400 episode milestone with Mariska Hargitay directing as well as starring

Hargitay continues on, “When I started the show, I’d come off ‘E.R.’ and so when you’re getting normal fan mail you get, ‘Hi, I love your show, can I get an autographed photo?
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True Detective season 3 changes up directors due to scheduling conflicts

Deadline is reporting that the third season of HBO and Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective has undergone a change of directors, with Daniel Sackheim coming in to replace Blue Ruin and Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier.

“Director and executive producer Jeremy Saulnier has completed the first two episodes of True Detective Season 3 and will be departing the production due to scheduling issues,” reads a statement from HBO. “Daniel Sackheim has come on board as a director and executive producer for the series alongside series creator and director Nic Pizzolatto.”

Sackheim has extensive TV credits, directing episodes of The First, Ozark, Better Call Saul, The Man in the High Castle, Fear the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.

The third season of True Detective is slated to air on HBO in 2019 and will tell the story of a macabre crime relating to missing children in the heart of the Ozarks, with
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Counterpart's J.K. Simmons Shares Intel on Espionage Thriller's Finale and 'Mind-Boggling' Season 2 Plans

Actual worlds are at risk of colliding this Sunday at 8/7c, as Starz’s Counterpart delivers a freshman finale that tees up a “mind-boggling” Season 2, says series star (stars?) J.K. Simmons.

In his first TV drama since bidding The Closer adieu — and after earning an Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award for his starring role in 2014’s Whiplash — Simmons portrays not one but two Howard Silks. One is a kindly desk jockey at the mysterious Office of Interchange in Berlin, whereas his counterpart from a parallel world is a master spy. To draw out a mole in this world, the doppelgängers traded sides,
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Leo on Days Of Our Lives — Everything You Need to Know About Him and Portrayer Greg Rikaart

Sonny thinks he knows who Leo is on Days Of Our Lives, but he has no idea! This brand new character is a shady guy who is up to no good. And for viewers who think Leo looks familiar, it’s probably because Greg Rikaart starred on The Young & The Restless for years! After giving up on his relationship with Paul, Sonny decided to check out a dating app on his phone and began exchanging messages with a guy named Leo. And while things were going great, it turns out that it was really Vivian Alamain on the other end of the phone! But in the March 27 episode, Leo shows up in the flesh to meet Sonny face to face. The only problem is that he’s been hired by Vivian to catfish Sonny as part of her grand scheme! Who knows if Leo is even his real name? No
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Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan join Bill Skarsgard and Maika Monroe in Villains

Deadline is reporting that Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) and Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice) have joined Bill Skarsgard (It) and Maika Monroe (It Follows) in the upcoming dark comedy thriller Villains.

Directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen from their 2016 Black List script, Villains sees Skarsgard and Monroe as two amateur criminals who break into a suburban home, only to stumble upon a dark secret, along with two sadistic homeowners who will stop at nothing to prevent it getting out.

Golden Globe-winner Sedgwick recently received a DGA nomination for her directorial debut, the Lifetime movie Story of a Girl, and last appeared on the small screen in the TV series Ten Days in the Valley. Donovan meanwhile will soon be seen in Sicario: Day of the Soldado, along with the Ted Bundy biopic Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
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Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan Become ‘Villains’

Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Donovan Become ‘Villains’
The Realm, a subsidiary of Bron, and Tim and Trevor White’s Star Thrower Entertainment announced today that Golden Globe and Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick (The Possession, The Edge of Seventeen, “The Closer”) and Jeffrey Donovan (Shot Caller, Lbj) will be joining Bill Skarsgård (who starred as Pennywise in It) and Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) in the darkly comedic thriller Villains, which Dan Berk and Robert […]
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John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr. Among Cast for CBS All Access Series ‘$1’

John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr. Among Cast for CBS All Access Series ‘$1’
CBS All Access has set the main cast for its upcoming original series “$1,” Variety has learned.

The series is a mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. Production of the series is set to begin in late March on location in Pittsburgh, Penn.

The “$1” cast members announced today include:

-John Carroll Lynch as Bud Carl, owner of the family business, Carl Steel, and beloved around town. He’s known to most of his employees as “Pop.”

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True Detective season 3 fills out its cast

HBO and creator Nic Pizzolatto have been filling out the cast of the upcoming third season of True Detective, with Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace), Emily Nelson (Code Black), Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why) and Michael Graziadei (Good Girls Revolt) all joining the anthology series.

The new additions join the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Stephen Dorff (Blade), Scoot McNairy (Godless), Mamie Gummer (Side Effects), Ray Fisher (Justice League), Michael Greyeyes (Fear the Walking Dead), Jon Tenney (The Closer) and Rhys Wakefield (The Purge).

The third season of True Detective will tell the story of a macabre crime relating to missing children in the heart of the Ozarks, with the case spanning decades and playing out over three decades. Ali is set to play Wayne Hays, a state police detective from Northwest Arkansas assigned to the case, with Dorff as his partner Roland West.

True Detective season three is
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‘True Detective’: Ray Fisher Joins Cast of HBO Anthology Series As Regular; Three More Set To Recur On Season 3

‘True Detective’: Ray Fisher Joins Cast of HBO Anthology Series As Regular; Three More Set To Recur On Season 3
Exclusive: HBO is rounding out the cast for the third season of Nic Pizzolatto's HBO crime series True Detective. Ray Fisher (Justice League) has been added as a series regular, joining previously set Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, Stephen Dorff, Scoot McNairy and Mamie Gummer. Additionally, Rhys Wakefield (The Purge), Michael Greyeyes (Fear the Walking Dead) and The Closer alum Jon Tenney have been cast in recurring roles on Season 3 of the anthology drama. The next…
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Starz's Counterpart Premiere: Grade It

Starz's Counterpart Premiere: Grade It
Having previously dabbled in time travel with Outlander, Starz this Sunday got into the alternate universe business. Was the spy-fi drama Counterpart compelling enough to make you do a… double take?

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Counterpart stars J.K. Simmons (you say Whiplash, I’ll say The Closer) as Howard Silk, a low-level cog at a Berlin-based U.N. agency dubbed The Office of Interchange, where he for decades has diligently toiled as an Interface. Howard’s day is routine in every way, starting with a game of Go at the park with his friend Andrei, after which he reports to work,
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‘Major Crimes’: Why Was the Star Killed Off a Hit Show? (Column)

‘Major Crimes’: Why Was the Star Killed Off a Hit Show? (Column)
The saga of the final season of “Major Crimes” has had more twists than many a crime procedural — but the most perplexing ones didn’t necessarily occur onscreen.

Mary McDonnell’s character, Sharon Raydor, died on the show — several episodes before the series finale, which aired on Jan. 9. Even more unsettling was the fact that, in the final three episodes, the actress’ name was removed from the credits of the show she’d been the star of for six seasons.

Yes, actor’s names often do get taken out of a show’s opening credits when that character has been killed off (or when producers want the audience to think that the character’s dead). But it’s rare for that to happen to the undisputed lead of a show — and certainly as the show is reaching its conclusion.

The move drew outrage on social media from the show’s fans, who noticed
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Major Crimes

Network: TNTEpisodes: 105 (hour)Seasons: SixTV show dates: August 13, 2012 -- January 16, 2018Series status: EndedPerformers include: Mary McDonnell, G. W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Robert Gossett, Jonathan del Arco, Kearran Giovanni, Jon Tenney, and Graham Patrick Martin.TV show description:      This TV series is a continuation of The Closer, following the departure of Deputy Chief Brenda Lee Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick).The detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes division are still reeling from Brenda's leaving and this creates a tough transition for the newly appointed head of the division, Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell). Unlike their previous chief, Raydor is determined to lead the department with a rule-based, more team-oriented approach, sharing the credit with the people with
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Major Crimes Series Finale Recap: Who Died? And Who Left the Team?

TNT’s Major Crimes wrapped its six-season run — and brought the franchise born of The Closer in 2005 to a close — on Tuesday night, with Provenza & Co. closing in on the slithery, slipper Phillip Stroh. In the end, who was not left standing? And what changes did the team go through along the way?

RELATEDMajor Crimes Boss: Cancelled Series Won’t Be Rescued

In the wake of discovering Stroh’s latest kill, the McD team got a lead from a passerby that Stroh is scampering around via motorcycle, and released (blurry) security cam captures of their prey to solicit public IDs.
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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Jan. 8, 2018

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Major Crimes” ends its six season run, and Amazon debuts “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.”

“Major Crimes,” TNT, Tuesday, 9 p.m.

The popular police drama will conclude after six seasons. In the finale, Lt. Tao, (Michael Paul Chan) is stuck in a room with a potential bomb. Provenza (G.W. Bailey) finally identifies the real Ms. Bechtal, and Major Crimes comes face-to-face for the very last time with Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke).

“Disjointed,” Netflix, Friday

The multi-camera pot comedy resumes its first season this week. The series is a workplace comedy starring Kathy Bates as a lifelong advocate for legalization who’s finally living her dream as the owner of an L
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Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme Train a Fighter to Battle a Beast in Kickboxer: Retaliation Trailer

"The strongest man doesn't always win, but the smartest one does."

The first trailer has been released for Kickboxer: Retaliation, which is a sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance. If you enjoy these kinds of low-budget action films, this one actually looks like it might be worth checking out. If you don't enjoy these kinds of movies, then it's probably not going to look very good to you. It features Mike Tyson and Jean-Claude Van Damme training a fighter, who is forced to battle a 6'8" 400 lbs monster. Here's the synopsis:

One year after the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a Mma title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there because the ones responsible want him to face a 6'8" 400 lbs. beast named Mongkut and in return for the fight,
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Major Crimes: Season Six Ratings

In its move toward an "edgier" brand, last year, TNT ended its most watched drama, Rizzoli & Isles. Prior to the Major Crimes TV show's sixth season premiere, the cable network followed its own lead and announced it would be the final season for this now most-watch show. Since we don't have to wonder if it is cancelled or renewed, why track the ratings during Major Crimes' sixth and final season on TNT? Well, it keeps us out of trouble, but also, the ratings provide a benchmark against which we can assess other TV shows, so stay tuned. A TNT crime drama and spinoff of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, Major Crimes stars Mary McDonnell, G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz, Phillip P. Keene, Graham Patrick Martin, Kearran Giovanni, Jonathan Del Arco, Leonard Roberts, Jessica Meraz and Daniel di Tomasso. Jon
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Major Crimes Aftermath: Who Feels Most Guilty? And Was Stroh Involved?

It’s all over but the crying, as they say.

TNT’s Major Crimes, with another doubleheader starting tonight at 9/8c, explores the aftermath of last week’s sudden death before revisiting a familiar threat and then, in time for the series finale, doling out some happy endings.

RELATEDPerformer of the Week: Major Crimes‘ Mary McDonnell

In the wake of Raydor’s tragic death, series creator James Duff tells TVLine that he and star Mary McDonnell “both thought that there will be a lot of grief in this moment, and that will help people grieve the end of the show.
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Outlander Finale: Jamie and Claire Race to Thwart Geillis' Plan in New Photos

Outlander Finale: Jamie and Claire Race to Thwart Geillis' Plan in New Photos
Know what’s scarier than a mad witch with a mission? A mad witch with a mission… and a deadline.

In these newly released photos from Outlander‘s upcoming season finale (Sunday, 8/7c), Geillis Duncan Abernathy looks nonplussed as Young Ian struggles with his captor and seems to curse her very name. And why should the time traveler worry? As we saw in the previous episode, she’s unlocked the Brahan Seer prophecy — thanks to Margaret — and the events of the finale will help the crazy murderess clarify her plan.

So it’s no wonder, then, that Jamie and Claire
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Kyra Sedgwick Wants To Direct Full Time And Isn’t Happy With ABC [Podcast]

Savannah – Kyra Sedgwick knows what she wants. The longtime actor best known for her roles on TNT’s “The Closer,” “Something To Talk About,” “Phenomenon” and, most recently, “The Edge of Seventeen” had revelation while making her directorial debut on “Story of a Girl” which aired in Lifetime in July. Sitting down to record an episode of the 4 Quadrant podcast (which you can listen to below or on iTunes) at the 2017 Savannah Film Festival, Sedgwick made it clear if she had the choice she’d just direct.

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TVLine Items: Once Casts Originals Vet, Baskets Premiere Date and More

TVLine Items: Once Casts Originals Vet, Baskets Premiere Date and More
A wolf is headed to Once Upon a Time.

Nathan Parsons — who played werewolf pack leader Jackson on The Originals — has booked a recurring role on Season 7 of the ABC fantasy drama, reports.

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The actor will make his debut in Episode 8 as Nick, a charismatic slacker-turned-successful lawyer, who might be a potential love interest for one of the regular characters.

Parsons’ other TV credits include General Hospital, True Blood and Bunheads.

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* The Zach Galifianakis-led comedy Baskets
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