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Stephen Colbert-Produced Comedy Animates Donald Trump for Showtime

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Stephen Colbert’s been more political than ever lately, a choice that is extending beyond “The Late Show” and into a more two-dimensional realm.

Read MoreStephen Colbert Compares Donald Trump, Jr.’s Russia Meeting to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ — Watch

Showtime announced Thursday that the host will be executive producing a 10-episode animated series about Donald Trump and his family — the official description, per Showtime:

“The fresh, cutting-edge comedy will present the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. It’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew.”

The series is inspired by the opening sequence »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Room 104′ Review: The Duplass Brothers’ Low-Budget HBO Experiment is a Grand Success

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When watching serialized TV, it’s one thing not to know what’s coming next; that’s exciting. So many mysteries chase that feeling, hoping to reward the audience as much as they shock them with a bevy of unexpected twists. But it’s a completely different proposition not to know what, who, or when, and “Room 104” invites these questions and more at the start of every episode.

Beyond the episodic anthology label assigned to it, the new HBO series from Mark and Jay Duplass changes everything but the room from episode-to-episode. In doing so, it creates a mystery box for viewers to unwrap every time they press play: What’s inside? You have to wait until the end to find out.

Read More‘Room 104’: Mark and Jay Duplass Miss ‘Togetherness’ and Made Their New HBO Show Very Differently

This curiosity alone is unique to television. Plenty »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Problem with Apu’ Trailer: New Documentary Looks at Negative Impact of Classic ‘Simpsons’ Character

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In the history of “The Simpsons,” few characters outside the title family have had as much cultural impact as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Springfield convenience store owner. Comedian Hari Kondabolu is out to show why that might be a problem.

The trailer for the upcoming truTV documentary “The Problem with Apu” shows Kondabolu’s conversations with a number of South Asian actors and comedians, including Kal Penn, Hasan Minhaj, and Sakina Jaffrey, all talking about how the character has affected their personal and professional lives.

Read MoreHari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell Get Political In New Comedy Podcast

In addition to these actors, this first look also shows a bit of Kondabolu’s conversation with Dana Gould, former “Simpsons” writer and current “Stan Against Evil” showrunner.

Listeners of “Politically Re-Active,” the podcast that he hosts with W. Kamau Bell, know that Kondabolu has been working on this project for a while. »

- Steve Greene

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‘Get Shorty’: Why Chris O’Dowd Is Uncomfortable With Violence, But Fine With Mocking Hollywood

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Get Shorty” might be about Hollywood, but is it a satire? Star Chris O’Dowd thinks so.

“Poking fun at truth is satire,” he said. “Us trying to extricate those things that we find ridiculous about Hollywood and putting them on film satirizes it. But we don’t have to fake it.”

The Epix original drama, the first three episodes of which can be watched online now, is “inspired by” the Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent Barry Sonnenfeld film. But, a la “Fargo,” the show has put its own spin on the material, creating the character of Miles (O’Dowd), a gangster who decides to pursue a new path in life after getting a taste of the Hollywood scene.

Read More‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

It’s an area that O’Dowd thinks has a lot of potential. “There »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Amy Sedaris is a Singing Martha Stewart in First Look at ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris’

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If you ever thought that daytime lifestyle shows needed more of Jane Krakowski belting, then Amy Sedaris has some wonderful news for you.

truTV released the first look at Sedaris’ upcoming domestic design show satire “At Home with Amy Sedaris” on Thursday, and it’s the kind of surreal you’d expect from a show with her name on it.

At first, what seems like a simple Martha Stewart-esque dissection of crafts materials and interior sprucing becomes a full-fledged musical number with a handy mnemonic for using glue on different surfaces. Krakowski even gets to show off her Broadway chops in the process.

Read More‘I’m Sorry’ Review: A Sweet and Filthy Tribute to the Messiness of Being a Constant Comedian

It’s what audiences can expect from the rest of the ten-episode season, which the network explained “will revolve around a traditional theme, such as: entertaining the grieving, »

- Steve Greene

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Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken,’ Starring Chris Pine

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Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins is set to direct the new TNT drama “One Day She’ll Darken,” which reunites her with star Chris Pine.

TNT has given a straight-to-series order to the six-episode hour-long show, which comes from author Sam Sheridan (“A Fighter’s Heart”), who will write all of the installments. Jenkins will direct the pilot and “potentially additional episodes,” TNT said, and serve as an executive producer.

Read More‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Most Successful Live-Action Film Directed By a Woman — and 4 More Records It Will Break

“One Day She’ll Darken” is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, a white woman who was given up by her teenage birth mother and ended up being raised in an African American family. She eventually discovers that she was actually the product of incest and that her real-life father was Dr. George Hodel, the man who is often »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Angie Tribeca’ Earns Fourth Season Renewal, While ‘Animal Kingdom’ Gets a Season 3 — Here’s When They’re Back

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TBS’ irreverent Rashida Jones comedy “Angie Tribeca” has been renewed for a fourth season, while TNT has given Season 3 greenlight to gritty drama “Animal Kingdom.”

The renewals were announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Angie Tribeca” will return with 10 episodes for Season 4 in 2018, while “Animal Kingdom’s” Season 3 will also premiere next year.

As part of the “Angie Tribeca” pickup, Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”) has joined the cast.

Read More‘Angie Tribeca’ Review: Season 3 Fully Harnesses the Power of A-List Guest Stars Chris Pine and Natalie Portman

TBS called the casting “a shameless attempt to grab some much-deserved awards attention,” given Cannavale’s past two Emmys. “He is irresistible to the academy,” the network quipped in its announcement. “Fingers crossed!”

Angie Tribeca,” from executive producers Nancy and Steve Carell, as well as showrunner Ira Ungerleider, ranks as one of cable’s Top 10 comedies for the quarter across all key demos, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite For A 1983 Romanian TV Series

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If you like your action-spy dramas like “The Americans” and “Homeland,” that is with serious political overtones and lots of high tension, then “Comrade Detective” probably isn’t for you. But if you love Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at their goofiest and are a fan of “Kung Pow! Enter the Fist” then you won’t be able to resist bingeing this new Amazon series.

Read MoreChanning Tatum Gets The ‘ArcherTreatment in R-Rated Animated George Washington Flick

As the hilarious first trailer makes very clear, “Comrade Detective” is the story of a hit 1983 Romanian buddy cop TV series that finds its way into Tatum and Gordon-Levitt’s hands. The two actors decide to bring the series to America, but not by starring in an adaptation themselves. Instead, they assemble an all star voice cast to lip dub the Romanian series. “Comrade Detective” is the result of this endeavor.

Take a deep breath, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Larry David Reveals Bernie Sanders Relation and The Secret Behind ‘TV Larry’

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Larry David would like you to know that there is very little difference between “TV Larry” and “real Larry.”

“TV Larry is about a quarter of an inch away from Real Larry,” the creator and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Real Larry plays golf, so TV Larry plays golf.”

TV Larry and Real Larry both get into their fair share of rude spots, but neither version of Larry, David said, really compares to Donald Trump. “I don’t consider myself to be a prick!” he said.

Read More‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9

Addressing the long-awaited return of the Emmy-winning comedy, which has been off the air for several years, led to one of the liveliest panels of the day – and not just because David and »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Deuce’ Creator David Simon: Porn Drama Isn’t ’Trafficking in Misogynistic Imagery or Objectification’

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The Deuce” producers and stars want to draw a line about the series: It’s about porn, but is not porn itself.

That means that all of the problems associated with porn — the misogyny, the abuse, the objectification – are featured on “The Deuce” as part of the exploration of the topic, not for gratuitous storytelling.

“You portray it by being direct,” co-creator David Simon told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It would be a mistake to look at this and think that we are in any way trafficking in misogynistic imagery or objectification as one of the currencies driving the show. That’s what the show is about. I’m not sure how you make the show and avert your eyes and clean it up.”

Read MoreThe Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before In David Simon’s Porn Drama — Watch

The Deuce, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-offs: George R.R. Martin Still Co-Writing Two of Them, But Nothing Will Be Ready for A Long Time

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As development of the “Game of Thrones” spinoffs get underway, HBO confirmed that two of the four projects are being co-written by author George R.R. Martin.

Martin wrote in a blog post this May that he was working on all four “successor” shows, and he did indeed meet with the writers behind all four shows: Max Borenstein, Jane Goldman, Brian Helgeland, and Carly Wray. But as originally reported, Martin will actually co-write with two of them: Goldman and Wray.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs: George R.R. Martin Hints at Fifth Pilot In Works

“The four writers, he talked to all of them and we left it up to them whether they wanted George involved in the writing,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “Two have him co-creating and two don’t. That was their choice.”

Still, all four (not five at this point, even though Martin hinted at a »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Room 104’: Mark and Jay Duplass Miss ‘Togetherness’ and Made Their New HBO Show Very Differently

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“The casual sex of TV”; “the Russian roulette of TV”; “the opposite of ‘Game of Thrones.'”

These are the descriptors Mark and Jay Duplass threw out for “Room 104” during the new HBO series’ Television Critics Association press tour panel Wednesday afternoon. The episodic anthology series, set in the same dingy motel room with new characters and stories every episode, is a bit of an odd show, and the creators are embracing the weirdness.

“I was an actor in one of the episodes,” Jay Duplass said. “There were some surrealist, somewhat magical things happening, and it felt like anything was possible. Maybe that’s what’s special about hotel rooms. It’s almost like a floating pod where almost anything is possible.”

“You’re a slightly different version of yourself,” Mark Duplass said.

Right from the start, the Duplass brothers knew “Room 104” would be a “wilder, very different »

- Ben Travers

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‘Confederate’: HBO Exec Admits Mistake With Announcement, but Stands by Controversial Drama

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If he had the chance to do it all over again, HBO president Casey Bloys wouldn’t have announced “Confederate” via a press release.

“We could have done a better job with the press rollout,” Bloys said to critics at the Television Critics Association press tour, admitting that while they had anticipated triggering controversy, he wished they’d taken a different approach. Specifically, he said that he wished they had let executive producers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and Malcolm Spellman lay out their vision for the show right from the beginning.

Read More‘Confederate’: Why The ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ Next HBO Series Is Already Causing Controversy

Announced last week, “Confederate” aims to explore the question of what would happen if the South had won the Civil War, but immediately triggered massive debate given the issues regarding race invoked by the premise. (In the world of “Confederate, »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Hanh Nguyen

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‘True Detective’ Season 3: HBO is Talking to Directors After Reading 5 ‘Great’ Scripts

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HBO is moving ahead with “True Detective” Season 3.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys said he’s read “five great scripts” from Nic Pizzolatto and confirmed that Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will star in the third season. He also said the network is currently talking to directors in the hope of finding a partner for the project.

“All I’ll tell you is I’m very, very impressed and excited about what I’ve read,” Bloys said during his presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I think they’re terrific.”

Ali’s casting was first reported earlier this month, but his deal had not yet been finalized. It has now, and HBO is pressing forward with Season 3.

Read More‘True Detective’ Season 3 Might Star Mahershala Ali — Here’s Who Should Join Him

Bloys did not provide a timeline for when production would start or, »

- Ben Travers

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HBO Sets Chernobyl Miniseries Starring Jared Harris from ‘Breaking Bad’ Director

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HBO’s latest miniseries is going back to the ’80s.

The network announced that “Chernobyl,” their latest limited series, will follow the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear meltdown that devastated an entire region.

Jared Harris is set to star as Valery Legasov, a Kremlin-appointed scientist charged with looking into the accident that made global headlines.

Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Set for New HBO Series Following Alternate American Timeline Where Slavery Still Exists

“Chernobyl” will focus on the literal and figurative fallout from the incident, but will also highlight responders who went into the area to prevent further damage.

As HBO explained in a statement:

“The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the Chernobyl–2 nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, »

- Steve Greene

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Jon Stewart To Star in Two HBO Comedy Specials

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Now that Jon Stewart and HBO have scrapped his long-gestating animation project, the comedian will instead pick up the microphone and star in his first stand-up special in 21 years.

HBO announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour that Stewart will also host the latest “Night of Too Many Stars” autism benefit on Saturday, Nov. 18, live from Madison Square Garden.

Stewart’s comedy special will be shot on a date and location to be announced later. It’s his first stand-up special since HBO’s “Jon Stewart: Unleavened,” which aired in 1996.

Read MoreJon Stewart and HBO Made The Right Call to Kill Their Animated Cable News Parody, and Here’s Why

“We’re excited to bring Jon back to the network with this pair of specials,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “We’ve all missed his uniquely thoughtful brand of humor.”

The specials are a part of Stewart’s deal with the channel, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9

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Larry David’s been away for a while, but he’s bringing plenty of friends with him when he comes back.

HBO announced a few additions to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” cast for Season 9, including Bryan Cranston, Nick Offerman, Jimmy Kimmel and Elizabeth Banks.

Read More‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9: Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen Returning to HBO Comedy

Details are still tight on what/how to expect these cast members to fit into the ongoing adventures of everyone’s favorite misanthrope, but the 10-episode season debuts on HBO in October.

Returning mainstays Cheryl Hines, J.B. Smoove, and Jeff Garlin were already confirmed to be back, alongside other favorites like Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

The boatload of additional Season 9 guest stars includes Elizabeth Banks, Carrie Brownstein, Lauren Graham, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins.

You can watch the Roman-inspired teaser trailer for Season 9 below:

Curb Your Enthusiasm” Season 9 premieres October 1 on HBO, »

- Steve Greene

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Matt Groening and ‘The Simpsons’ Producers on 30 Years, Beating ‘Gunsmoke’ and Taking On Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Read MoreLAST Week’S Episode: Zachary Levi on Returning to Comic-Con In a New Role For Syfy — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

At this past weekend’s annual San Diego Comic-Con, IndieWire’s Turn It On moderated the Simpsons panel in Ballroom 20, in front of thousands of fans. Listen to the festivities below:

The Simpsons” has already been renewed for Seasons 29 and 30, which means that the show sometime next year will hit episode 636 –

breaking the record for most episodes of any scripted show, among both animated and live-action series. Previously, that record was held by “Gunsmoke,” the Western drama that aired from 1955 to 1975, hitting 635 episodes.

Read More‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

That’s not the only big landmark this year for “The Simpsons.” Creator Matt Groening recently marked the 30th anniversary of the first time they appeared on television, as »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Ozark’: Jason Bateman on Season 2 Plans and How to Make Viewers Believe the Unbelievable Can Happen

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It’s easy to get lost when you’re surrounded by darkness, and “Ozark” is one of the darkest shows on TV. The story of a financial advisor who gets mixed up cleaning money for a Mexican cartel features many, many scenes where characters are forced into impossible choices.

And that’s why Jason Bateman wanted to make it.

“It’s either going to be something horrific or something wonderful,” Bateman said of the show’s many perilous decisions during a recent interview with IndieWire. “As a director, I’m really excited about the challenge to create the visual and musical elements leading up to and in those moments that make either scenario possible.”

Read More ‘Ozark’ Spoilers Review: Jason Bateman’s Netflix Drama is a Stunner From Start to Finish

What “Ozark” does well, especially in an era of needlessly dark dramas, is how it makes each bad situation, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Phelps vs. Shark’ Racing Controversy: Discovery Chief Says ‘I’d Do It Again’

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The Shark Week stunt with Michael Phelps racing a shark didn’t go quite swimmingly, as some viewers complained that they felt robbed of seeing man vs. fish in the flesh.

But Discovery Channel group president Rich Ross told IndieWire on Wednesday that the network made it clear several times that Phelps was not literally swimming next to a shark (that would be a bit dangerous, after all) and that he was a bit surprised by the controversy.

“Every Shark Week show is an experiment and everyone is handled as safely as we possibly can do it. So was this,” Ross said. “Certainly of a scale and a scope that was far bigger. People came away with it understanding more about him, more about the sharks, about how they work together. We would never put people’s life at risk.”

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On Sunday, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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