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‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs: Fifth Prequel Series in Works at HBO From Long-Time Writer and Producer

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Winter isn’t even remotely over. Entertainment Weekly reports that yet another “Game of Thrones” prequel series is in the works at HBO — though there are no guarantees that any, let alone all of them will get the green light — joining the four that were previously announced in May. This one comes from long-time “Got” writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who reportedly “worked closely” with author and creator George R.R. Martin in developing the drama spinoff.

Cogman has been with the hit HBO series since its very first season, when he was initially hired as an assistant to showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. Over the years, Cogman has penned a number of the series’ signature episodes, including “Stormborn,”  “The Laws of Gods and Men,” and “Kissed by Fire.” He’s also on deck to pen a new version of the Disney classic “The Sword in the Stone.”

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- Kate Erbland

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‘The Good Place’ Review: Season 2 Finds Comedic Paradise in Plenty of Fresh Surprises

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[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for Season 1 of “The Good Place.” If you have not yet seen said season, we highly recommend that you do so before reading any further. Thank you.]

In a year filled with on-screen clowns of all kinds, none are as satisfying as the ones in the foyer of “The Good Place” home of Eleanor Shelstrop. During the opening minutes of the pivotal Season 1 finale, Michael (Ted Danson) delivers an ultimatum to the small group gathered, and is immediately undercut by a pair of sliding doors that close to reveal a giant, painted Pagliacci. Everyone who saw the rest of that episode certainly had some big revelations to take away from it, but it’s tiny moments like that (and the accompanying carnival music, of course) that made “The Good Place” Season 1 one of the most satisfying TV experiences in recent memory.

Good news (or mixed, depending on your level of coulrophobia): those garish paintings are just a handful of the many Good Place details that make their return in Season 2. But despite those returning characters and scenic details, »


- Steve Greene

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FX Prods. to Develop ‘Framed,’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s Crusade to Clear His Cousin’s Murder Conviction — Exclusive

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. believes his cousin Michael Skakel was wrongfully convicted and spent 11 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. His book “Framed” investigated who might have really killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975, and has now been optioned by FX Productions to be developed as a multi-part TV series.

Skakel was arrested in 2000 for the murder and was later convicted, before being released on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a Connecticut judge found that he had not received a fair trial because his counsel was ineffective. But at the end of 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reinstate his conviction.

A motion for reconsideration is now in the works, and Kennedy is optimistic that Skakel has a good chance of permanently going free. But he also believes a TV adaptation of “Framed” will expose the story to a wider audience, helping his case. “The more people »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Tales From the Tour Bus’ Review: Mike Judge’s Clever Cartoon is Outlaw Country’s ‘Drunk History’

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“You don’t like country music, do you? You think it’s corny and twangy and kind of stupid? Well, you could be right, but it’s always good to keep an open mind.”

Like most fans of country music, Mike Judge is sick of people dismissing his musical genre of choice. A New Mexico native and consistent chronicler of working class folks from small American towns, it should come as no surprise to even casual fans that the “King of the Hill” creator has a penchant for musicians like Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, and George Jones; so much so, he’s created a new, unique documentary series to honor their most madcap memories.

Though it’s unlikely to win over any of the haters Judge repeatedly alludes to, his latest primetime animated venture should entertain and inform devotees on the creator or country music.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Trailer: Frank Castle Is Ready to Avenge His Family One Bullet at a Time

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When “Marvel’s Daredevil” introduced Frank Castle in Season Two of the series, fans had every right to be skeptical. The violent, anti-hero of the comics had faltered in two previous big screen interpretations, but the third time was truly the charm. Jon Bernthal’s tortured and disgraced war hero blazed a bloody and bullet-ridden trail through Hell’s Kitchen, bringing along an intriguing mystery and backstory that eventually lured Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) onto his side.

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It seemed like a no-brainer that Marvel and Netflix would give The Punisher his own series (can Elektra be next?), and the new series promises to dive deeper into what turned Frank Castle into The Punisher. According to the official synopsis, after exacting his revenge on those responsible for the death of his family, Castle uncovers »


- Jamie Righetti

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‘Twin Peaks’ Fans Are Flocking to Laura Palmer’s Home, and the Owner is Letting Them In

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Not every homeowner wants people ringing on their doorbell and asking if they can come inside and take pictures, but not every homeowner lives in Laura Palmer’s house. Mary Reber is a resident of Everett, Washington and has lived in the home David Lynch used for the Palmer’s house for the last three years. Ever since the “Twin Peaks: The Return” finale earlier this year, more and more Lynch fans just can’t stop knocking on Reber’s door.

The Palmer household was always one of the most important locations featured on “Twin Peaks,” but the finale of “The Return” really cemented its legacy. The majority of the final hour found Dale Cooper, now called Richard, and Laura Palmer, now called Carrie Page, venturing back to Twin Peaks to visit the Palmer home. When they knocked on the door, a woman named Alice Tremond answered and had »


- Zack Sharf

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Trump, Hurricanes, Football, and Peak TV Force Networks To Rethink How They Promote Fall Lineups

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A year ago, the broadcast networks were forced to promote their fall TV lineups during the height of the election, as panicked audiences were instead glued to the real-life presidential derby playing out on their screens. But a year later, the networks face even bigger distractions.

A bevy of late-summer mega-hurricanes hit portions of Texas and Florida hard, with potentially more on the way, and Americans in several major markets (including Houston and Miami) rightfully have bigger concerns right now than what new medical dramas are coming to television.

But the real storm threatening the fall TV launch, yet again, is Hurricane Trump. At Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, host Stephen Colbert pointed out that “the biggest TV star of the last year is Donald Trump.” And as the networks attempt to launch their new fall lineups, they’re having to break through the clutter of a real-life White House »


- Michael Schneider

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David Lynch Explains David Bowie’s Return to ‘Twin Peaks,’ Wishes He Could Work With Him Again

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Twin Peaks: The Return” may be over, but David Lynch isn’t done talking to the press just yet. In a new interview with Pitchfork, the filmmaker gets more candid than usual while talking about his process, and he gets downright sentimental while remembering David Bowie and what it took to bring him back as Phillip Jeffries in the new batch of episodes. “Twin Peaks” executive producer Sabrina Sutherland revealed on Reddit earlier this month that Bowie gave Lynch his approval, but now the director is explaining Bowie’s appearance in his own words.

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“I never even talked to him, but I talked to his lawyer, and they weren’t telling me why he said he couldn’t do it. But then, of course, later on we knew,” Lynch said. “We got permission to use the old footage, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’: 10 Reasons Why ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ is a Great Place to Start for New Viewers

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First, a disclaimer: If you’re looking for a place to start with “Rick and Morty,” the greatest place will always be the pilot. From the jokes about Rick’s inherent distrust of bureaucracy to the immortal closing monologue, it’s the truest litmus test of whether even the most skeptical of first-time viewers are liable to get hooked.

With only a few episodes left in Season 3, however, people on the Internet who keep seeing these two interdimensional explorers pop up in memes (and an increasing number of think pieces) might now be curious about the show. And Sunday night’s episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers” isn’t a bad place to pick up either.

It’s certainly not the best episode of the season. (That honor goes to “The Ricklantis Mixup,” an episode most decidedly not best for beginners.) But as an encapsulation of the show’s episode-to-episode strengths, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Once Again Air Live This Year On The West Coast

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Live across the country, it’s “Saturday Night”! After NBC experimented last year with finally airing “Saturday Night Live” live across the country — meaning it aired in primetime in the Pacific time zone — the Peacock appears to be making the move permanent.

Like last spring’s final four episodes, “Saturday Night Live” will air at 8:30 p.m. Pt, live with its 11:30 p.m. Et telecast, and then be rebroadcast again later that night at 11:30 p.m. Pt. The news also allows the show to air at 9:30pm in the Mountain time zone. The 43rd season of “SNL” will premiere on September 30 with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-z.

The announcement comes after “Saturday Night Live’s” huge Emmy haul on Sunday night. Between the Primetime Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys, “SNL” picked up eight wins this year, more than any other program.

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- Michael Schneider

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Jen Kirkman Defends Louis C.K. Against Sexual Assault Rumors: ‘Sometimes There’s Nothing There’

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In 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman told a story on her podcast about an unnamed successful comedian whom she called a “known perv,” widely assumed to be Louis C.K. “This guy didn’t rape me, but he made a certain difficult decision to go on tour with him really hard,” she said. “Because I knew if I did, I’d be getting more of the same weird treatment I’d been getting from him.” She has since deleted the podcast, but her quotes can be found here.

The rumors remained largely under the radar until recently, when comedian Tig Notaro called on C.K. to “handle” the allegations against him. Notaro addresses sexual assault on the second season of her show, “One Mississippi,” and insisted C.K. had “never been involved” with the show, despite being listed as an executive producer.

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- Jude Dry

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‘Gotham’ Season 4 Extended Trailer Goes Full ‘Dark Knight’ — Watch

19 September 2017 11:20 AM, PDT

Get ready to catch the Bat-light this Thursday, as “Gotham” returns for its Season 4, subtitled “A Dark Knight.” Judging by the new extended trailer that Fox released on Monday, it looks like it is going to be a very wild ride.

The “dark band” trailer (approved for “Gotham citizens ready for a Dark Knight”) reminds us of last season’s craziness by featuring some of the most important moments, but it leads into even more craziness as more and more villains join the ranks to disturb the already-damaged stability of Gotham City.

Related:  ‘L.A. Confidential’ Series in the Works at CBS From ‘Gotham’ Writer

The most notable villain to be introduced this season is Scarecrow, whose interaction with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is spotlighted more in this trailer than the one released during Comic-Con in July.

As more villains pop up in the streets of the fearsome metropolis, there »


- Alberto Achar

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Critics Pick the Best Documentary TV Series Ever, From ‘The Jinx’ to ’30 for 30’ – IndieWire Survey

19 September 2017 10:58 AM, PDT

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best documentary series you’ve seen on TV? Opening this up to past series, current ones, and those that you may have seen screeners for that are coming up soon.

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

While we debate whether or not it technically counts as a TV show (certainly that Oscar it won would suggest otherwise), “O.J.: Made in America” was without question a seminal work, and one which owed a lot to its episodic structure while proving to be an addictive binge. Documentaries aren’t exactly my favorite genre, but “Made in America” was as gripping as any scripted series — and we have definitive proof of this, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Transparent’ Review: Season 4 Tries to Do Too Much in the Series’ First Notable Misstep

19 September 2017 10:02 AM, PDT

Much has been made about what category — and therefore what genre — “Transparent” fits into; a counterproductive twist, considering the series’ purpose is about being yourself and fighting to protect what makes you you, no matter what. To decry or detract from the series because it’s not funny enough to be a comedy or not long enough to be a drama seems especially silly after watching Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) and her striver family seek acceptance for being beautifully, wonderfully weird; for standing out; for not fitting into boxes.

And yet, Season 4 has a genre problem. It’s not that Jill Soloway’s new episodes dip too far into drama. Individually, a lot of the more emotionally intense stories carry great resonance. Many haven’t been told before — like the central engine of Season 4, a family trip to Israel — or they at least haven’t been depicted in such an »


- Ben Travers

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’30 Rock’: The 25 Episodes You Need to Watch Before Tina Fey’s Iconic Comedy Leaves Netflix

19 September 2017 8:58 AM, PDT

Picking favorites when it comes to “30 Rock” is an awful proposition because the whole series, barring a handful of exceptions, remains an extremely watchable and fascinating comedic journey. But with the show leaving Netflix at the beginning of October (and thus becoming completely unstreamable), we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of having to choose favorites.

Twenty-five episodes equates to less than 10 hours, so you should be able to make the time before September 30. And the adventures of Liz Lemon, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Jack Donaghy, and beyond are worth it.

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Season 1, Episode 7

The first season of “30 Rock” was a bit rocky, but “Tracy Does Conan” does a few important things: It introduces Dr. Leo Spaceman (Chris Parnell), casts Conan O’Brien as himself, and features Aubrey Plaza as an NBC page (a job she actually held in real life). More importantly, it features a breathless sense of anarchy, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Neo Yokio’ Review: This Futuristic Netflix Story is The Greatest Robot Butler Anime of 2017

19 September 2017 8:43 AM, PDT

In the broad scope of anime history, it would be inaccurate (and maybe even a little unfair) to call “Neo Yokio” an unprecedented series. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a batch of six TV episodes with quite the same subject matter overlap as the latest Netflix animated effort. Starring the voice talents of Jaden Smith and executive produced by Ezra Koenig, “Neo Yokio” is a hyperspecific blend of neo-futurist metropolises, prep school drama, and high-society intrigue, all with a dash of field hockey and weekend jaunts to the Hamptons. The result is a bespoke anime that’s confounding at times, but always in search of new layers to its insulated universe.

Wisely, “Neo Yokio” doesn’t spend more than a narrated intro explaining the origins of its title city, an alternate futurist New York of sorts. Instead it revels in a slew of off-kilter details in the life »


- Steve Greene

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Let Nick Offerman Take You to Camelot in ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ — Exclusive

19 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT

You might remember that around this time last year, “Parks & Recreation” star Nick Offerman brought to life Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in a unique audiobook narration performance through Amazon’s Audible. Now, once more, you can listen to his lulling voice narrating another Twain classic in Audible’s new audiobook: “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”.

The 1889 novel follows Hank Morgan, a mechanic living in 19th-century New England, who (after hitting his head) travels back in time 1300 years to Camelot during the years of King Arthur. Being a mechanic living in a progress-driven atmosphere, Hank feels compelled to teach the citizens of Camelot the modern way of life. As he sets out on his endeavor, he encounters several obstacles like an arrogant, devious wizard. While time-travel narratives were not as usual as they are today, the novel says something crucial to readers about social »


- Alberto Achar

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‘Midnight Texas’ Finale: Boss Talks Switching Up That Sexy Ending and Cueing the Danger Up for Season 2

18 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Virgin Sacrifice,” the season finale of “Midnight, Texas.”]

In a surprisingly romantic season finale, “Midnight, Texas” took a significant departure from the books it’s based on by moving one love scene back behind closed doors. On the show, a demon wants to mate with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) because she’s a powerful virgin witch. Her plan is to go through with it but kill the demon in the act, since she’s accidentally killed someone once before when she was in the throes of passion. Her love interest Bobo (Dylan Bruce) has other ideas though, and realizes that if he sleeps with her, she will no longer be a virgin. Therefore, the budding couple move to the next level of intimacy while a war between good and evil is waged outside.

In the novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired the series, Fiji’s plan plays out more dramatically and in a far ickier way. She makes the »


- Hanh Nguyen

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The 10 Returning Shows Left in 2017 You Need to Know About

18 September 2017 2:06 PM, PDT

TV seasons are a thing of the past, but the fall still sees a lot of new releases. Among the flurry of untested series — a.k.a. brand new shows — there are quite a few returning favorites ready to top their already stellar past seasons. They’re reliable picks for an audience already overwhelmed with options, but even these highly anticipated entries can still get lost in the shuffle.

So fear not, dear readers. The Very Good TV Podcast has got your back. On this week’s episode, IndieWire TV Editor Lisa Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers have collected the 10 most important, exciting, or intriguing returning series to make sure your favorites don’t go overlooked. Or, if you missed some of these the first time through, maybe there’s a new favorite to be had.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Rick and Morty’ Composer Ryan Elder on How to Write a David Bowie Song For a Fart

18 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

If the infinite alien worlds and timelines in “Rick and Morty” weren’t wild enough, imagine writing music fit to accompany Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s bizarre-o universes. The Adult Swim show flew under the radar when it debuted in 2013, but it has finally been recognized as one of the smartest, weirdest animated comedies on television. Composer Ryan Elder has been involved with the series since before Harmon; he scored Roiland’s short, “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti,” a loose “Back to the Future” parody that caught Harmon’s eye and would eventually become “Rick and Morty.”

“The idea of creating something that you’re supposed to have never heard before is very difficult,” Elder recently told Pitchfork. “That’s not something composers usually have to do. But it’s also very liberating.” Elder originally wrote the eerily catchy theme song for a different show of Roiland’s, »


- Jude Dry

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