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Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump

Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump
2018 has been the year of the sophomore slump. The Handmaid’s Tale, Luke Cage, Westworld, Legion, 13 Reasons Why, Jessica Jones and Sneaky Pete were among the second-year shows to disappoint, frustrate and/or inspire reevaluations of their acclaimed debut seasons.

But ironically, it’s also been the year of the sophomore surge. Atlanta, The Good Fight, One Day at a Time, The Good Place, Brockmire and Timeless (Rip) were among the shows that managed to, at the very least, equal what made them so beloved to begin with. In some cases,
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Today in Soap Opera History (July 19)

1966: Dark Shadows' Roger crashed due to a missing bleeder valve.

1985: John Aniston debuted as Victor on Days of our Lives.

1990: General Hospital's Wendy was murdered.

2010: Scott Clifton debuted as Liam on Bold and the Beautiful."All true histories contain instruction; though, in some, the treasure may be hard to find, and when found, so trivial in quantity that the dry, shrivelled kernel scarcely compensates for the trouble of cracking the nut."

Anne Brontë in "Agnes Grey"

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1940: The first episode of radio soap opera The Carters of Elm Street, written by Mona Kent, aired on the Mutual Network.

1966: On Another World,
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‘Generation Wealth’ Review: Lauren Greenfield Follows ‘The Queen of Versailles’ With a Shallow Portrait of the Super Rich

“What is happiness?” Don Draper once asked in bitterly rhetorical fashion. “It’s a moment before you need more happiness.” Of course, that wasn’t the end of it. That memorable line came in the middle of a drama that spent more than 70 hours of television unpacking a question to which its protagonist only pretended to know the answer, as “Mad Men” exhaustively pressed through the latter half of the 20th century and peered behind the curtains of capitalism in search of a less elusive solution.

Who are we, and how do we measure our worth? Is enough ever enough, or is it fundamentally unAmerican to believe that someone can have too much money? If the show ever came to a simple conclusion, it was only that there are no simple conclusions — happiness is ultimately just an advertisement for itself, a catchy jingle for a product that isn’t for sale.
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‘Game of Thrones’ at Emmys: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams could turn snubs in 2018 into wins next year

‘Game of Thrones’ at Emmys: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams could turn snubs in 2018 into wins next year
Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Maisie Williams were snubbed in the 2018 Emmy nominations announced last week for their performances in the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.” However, history suggests that they will be nominated next year for the final season. It is a common phenomenon that actors who are overlooked for the penultimate season of a show are cited for the final season.

SEEour slugfest video on the Emmy drama nominations.

Clarke was first nominated in 2013 for the third season, then was nominated in 2015 for the fifth season and 2016 for the sixth season. “Game of Thrones” did not compete in 2017. Harington and Williams only broke through with nominations in 2016 for the sixth season. Clarke and Harington submitted in the leading categories this year, having submitted with Williams in supporting previously.

Game of Thrones” still has four acting nominations this year. Peter Dinklage is the only cast member who has
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‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Staying at Sony TV With New Three-Year Deal

‘Breaking Bad’ Creator Vince Gilligan Staying at Sony TV With New Three-Year Deal
Vince Gilligan has signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television, where his High Bridge Production company has been set up for the past 11 years.

Gilligan is the mastermind behind AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and co-created its spinoff, “Better Call Saul” with Peter Gould. He will continue to serve as co-showrunner on “Saul,” which returns for season 4 on Aug. 6.

Along with “Mad Men,” Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” helped AMC make its mark as a place for prestige television.

Also Read: 'Better Call Saul' Season 4 Trailer: Jimmy Is Up to No Good, Gus Has Scores to Settle (Video)

“Vince is a cornerstone of the success of Sony Pictures Television and could not be a more important member of the Sony family. He is a phenomenal talent and a true friend,” Spt president Jeff Frost and co-presidents, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter said in a joint statement Monday.
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From Lucille Ball to ‘Big Little Lies’ Ladies: 16 Biggest Style Icons in TV Series History (Photos)

From Lucille Ball to ‘Big Little Lies’ Ladies: 16 Biggest Style Icons in TV Series History (Photos)
I Love Lucy,” Polka Dotted As one of the first sitcoms on television, “I Love Lucy” became an enduring hallmark of the ’50s. And even though the show was televised n black-and-white, Lucy’s (Lucille Ball) architectural silhouettes and loud patterns, such as her trademark polka dot house dress, still seemed to pop out of the screen.

The Golden Girls,” Dorothy’s Suit Dress Dorothy and Blanche clash wonderfully not only in personality, but in style as well. Dorothy’s turquoise, crushed velvet tuxedo dress provides a sartorial foil to Blanche’s sequined, fiery dress.

Baywatch,” That Swimsuit C.J. Parker (Pamela Anderson) made waves with her high-cut, bright red one-piece, a style that has been echoed time and again, especially in recent summers.

Friends,” Rachel’s Overall Obsession Any mention of Rachel Green conjures up images of her eponymous hairstyle as well as different versions of overalls. In an SNL parody,
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TVLine Items: Take Two on the Move, Mad Men Vet Joins CW Drama and More

TVLine Items: Take Two on the Move, Mad Men Vet Joins CW Drama and More
Take Two‘s Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian will be on the case two hours earlier: Starting with next Thursday’s episode, the ABC detective procedural will air at 8/7c.

The series — from Castle executive producers Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller — stars Cibrian as a lone-wolf private investigator who partners up with a fresh-out-of-rehab actress (Bilson).

Next week’s installment features a mini Castle reunion, with guest star Seamus Dever (aka Castle detective Kevin Ryan) as a distraught husband and father who turns to the P.I. duo to help stop a hitman from fulfilling a contract.

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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ First Teaser: Let Salem Hypnotize You Into Watching (Video)

Welcome, witches. Something wicked this way comes — to your Twitter feed.

The official Twitter and Instagram accounts for Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” were activated on Friday the 13th, and with the new social handles came a bevy of photos and a teaser video to obsess over.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared the teaser video, which is decidedly much more dark than the original series that starred Melissa Joan Hart. It features a full blood-red moon, a book of spells, and yes, Salem the black cat.

Also Read: 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': See Salem and Sabrina in First Poster for Netflix's Reboot (Photo)

“Join the coven, we’re waiting for you,” the video ends. Over on its Instagram account, there’s a video of star Kiernan Shipka and other cast members urging the same.

“Hey, witches. Welcome to our coven,” the former “Mad Men” star said.

The Instagram
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‘In the Dark’: Rich Sommer To Co-Star On The CW Drama Series In Recasting

Mad Men alum Rich Sommer has been cast in a lead role opposite Perry Mattfeld on the new CW midseason drama series In the Dark, from CBS TV Studios and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films. He will play Dean, replacing Austin Nichols, who played the role in the pilot. Written by Corinne Kingsbury and directed by Michael Showalter, In the Dark centers on Murphy (Mattfeld), a flawed and irreverent woman who just happens to be blind and is the only "witness" to the murder of her…
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Blueprints: Emmy Nominees for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

Full swing into Emmy season! Jorge looks at drama series first...

Icymi: the nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Let’s take a look at the six shows that made the cut for Writing in a Drama Series. As in the Directing categories, writing categories highlight individual episodes rather than overall series, which makes it not uncommon for one show to have multiple nominations. However once "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men" were off the air, this category has not had any doubling up! This year every slot once again went to a different show, from newcomers, to established favorites, to people in their last round of eligibility.

Let's see the elevator pitches and the stats (we love a good round of statistics) after the jump...
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Skyscraper (2018) – Review

Alright, it’s roughly the Summer midpoint, so let’s escape the “dog days” by heading into the cool confines of the local multiplex and catch a flick that practically screams, “big, loud, blockbuster”. This isn’t a new thing, for the past several decades (maybe since the late 70’s), the Summer action extravaganza has been the domain of several stars that seem to be playing much the same character in every flick (that’s the case with “movie personalities” since the dawn of cinema), who seem to have almost been biological engineered for such “heavy lifting”. For the seventies it was Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson, then with the 80’s they “flexed” their talents to greater heights with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Toward the end of the decade we got TV stars like Bruce Willis and martial arts masters such as Jean Claude Van-Damn and Steven Seagal. Now
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How Multiple Emmy Nominee ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Made A Mark In #MeToo Times

In comedy, timing is everything, and for the comedy series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, its timing couldn’t be more perfect. In November, Amazon Prime dropped eight episodes of the period series, a sort of Mad Men meets Broadway Danny Rose, in its tale of a young uptown Manhattan divorcee who tries to take the mic as a stand-up comedienne in a chauvinistic 1958 with her female manager who also is being taken less seriously by her male peers. With its fairy tale billboards…
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AMC’s The Terror Season 1 Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on August 21st

One of the most celebrated horror series of the year is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this summer in the Us from Lionsgate, so if you missed the first season of The Terror (recently renewed for a second season) when it aired on AMC, then you can look forward to bringing its ice-cold horrors home on August 21st:

From the Press Release (via Home Theater Forum): "Prepare yourself for a “mad, self-perpetuating cycle of fear” (Indiewire) when Ridley Scott’s executive-produced “The Terror:” The Complete First Season arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 21 from Lionsgate. Inspired by the true story of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition in the late 1800s as he ventured into uncharted territory in an attempt to discover the Northwest Passage, a desperate game of survival begins when the Royal Naval expedition discovers a monstrous predator. The series debuted as the number one
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Emmys Best Drama: Five Second-Season Returnees All Got Better This Past Year

Last year, the Emmy Best Drama field was filled with brand-new nominees — five first-season shows, among them Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Stranger Things,” HBO’s “Westworld,” NBC’s “Stranger Things,” and the eventual winner, Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” made the cut. It was a marker of a particularly dynamic year in TV, one in which dominant player “Game of Thrones” was ineligible, other old standbys had begun to fade away, and a slew of diverse new shows, from period drama to mindbending sci-fi to dystopian drama, made their mark.

This year? They’re all back. The five
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Bruna Papandrea, Endeavor Content to Develop Novel ‘Pieces of Her’ With Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt

Bruna Papandrea’s company Made Up Stories has acquired the rights to Karin Slaughter’s novel “Pieces of Her” and will develop a television series project based on the book with Endeavor Content. Writer Charlotte Stoudt will adapt the novel and serve as an executive producer for the project. Lesli Linka Glatter is attached to direct and exec produce. Papandrea will produce for Made Up Stories, with the company’s production team Jeanne Snow, Casey Haver, and Steve Hutensky.

A suspense thriller, “Pieces of Her” follows Andrea, a woman who thought she knew everything about her mother, Laura, until a
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Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories Developing Karin Slaughter’s Novel ‘Pieces Of Her’ For TV; Lesli Linka Glatter To Direct

Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories is partnering with Endeavor Content to develop Karin Slaughter’s upcoming thriller novel Pieces of Her for television, with Lesli Linka Glatter attached to direct and Charlotte Stoudt to pen the adaptation. Pieces of Her asks: What if everything you thought you knew about your quiet, middle-age mother was wrong? What if she has spent the past 30 years hiding in plain sight? What if, when…
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"Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina"

Sneak Peek more casting breakdowns from the upcoming live-action TV series "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina", based on "Archie" Comics characters, starring Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") that will air 20 episodes over two seasons on Netflix:

The new series is based on writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's "Sabrina" comic book series, delving into the occult origins of the teenager who tries to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.

Producers cast actors to play the following series regulars:

"'Harvey Kinkle', Male, Legal 18 or 18+. Sabrina’s boyfriend, the Prince Charming of this dark fairy tale. Harvey is a young man in a small town starting to figure out his place in the larger world. He is politically minded, idiosyncratic, attractive, charismatic, and fun. Handsome and romantic, Harvey’s also smart and compassionate. In the present-day, he is part of Greendale’s counter-culture youth.
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Rick Astley Loved the ‘Westworld’ Rickroll: ‘I Was Freaked’

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Rick Astley Loved the ‘Westworld’ Rickroll: ‘I Was Freaked’
For the many fans who expressed seething anger after “Westworld” creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan “Rickrolled” them ahead of the HBO show’s Season 2 premiere, the man who inspired the trolling phenomenon had something else to say about it.

“I was freaked, because I love that show,” Rick Astley told Metro UK on Tuesday. “The fact the pair of them had to learn it. I was made up with that.”

Astley, whose hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up” is used time and again to troll people by playing it when it’s totally unrelated to the topic at hand, is referring to a video released before the “Westworld” Season 2 premiere that features stars Evan Rachel Wood and Angela Sarafyan singing the song, juxtaposed with Jeffrey Wright waking up on a nondescript beach.

Also Read: Amy Adams' 'Sharp Objects' Scores 1.5 Million Viewers in HBO Debut

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‘Tales from the Hood 2’ Trailer: Mr. Simms Returns 23 Years Later for an Eerie, Campy Sequel from Producer Spike Lee — Watch

‘Tales from the Hood 2’ Trailer: Mr. Simms Returns 23 Years Later for an Eerie, Campy Sequel from Producer Spike Lee — Watch
Fantasia Festival will host the world premiere of “Tales from the Hood 2” this Friday, and the film’s first trailer has arrived. Like its 1995 precursor, the ghoulish feature is executive produced by Spike Lee, and summons funeral director Mr. Portifoy Simms to narrate four vignettes based on grim realities of the modern African-American experience. The 35-second debut clip includes a blow to the head, burning crucifix, and zombie invasion, not to mention shots of nefarious-looking dolls.

Armageddon” actor Keith David replaces Clarence Williams III in the Simms role, while “Mad Men” veteran Bryan Batt plays a clairvoyant in need of an exorcism. Both films were written by former “Chappelle’s Show” director Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. Cundieff directed the original while Scott served as its producer; this time, they share directing and producing credit.

Per its official synopsis, horror fans can expect “bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride, and
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Netflix unveils teaser poster for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Streaming service Netflix has unveiled a poster for its upcoming live-action Sabrina, the Teenage Witch reboot The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which teases the titular character and her cat Salem. Check it out here…

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Based upon the hit Archie comic book series of the same name, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina features a cast that includes Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Sabrina, Jaz Sinclair (Slender Man) as Rosalind Walker, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Aunt Hilda, Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) as Aunt Zelda,
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