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‘Broadchurch’ Review: Final Season Redeems the Series With a Devastating Examination of Rape and Rape Culture

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Broadchurch” wraps up a three-season arc by pulling off an ambitious storyline about rape that is as devastating as it is instructive.

It’s a fitting capper to a series that uses the sleepy Dorset town of Broadchurch as a microcosm to examine society’s ills. On the show, it’s been five years since the killing of local boy Danny Latimer, a devastating storyline that consumed “Broadchurch’s” excellent Season 1. [The less cohesive Season 2, which took place three years later, went off the rails a bit with Danny’s subsequent murder trial.]

Creator and writer Chris Chibnall guides “Broadchurch” steadily back home to finish off the trilogy with the help of his detective duo Alex Hardy (David Tennant) and Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), who provide the only humor on the show through their comfortable and mutually irascible personalities. We’re going to miss their banter.

Read More: David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, and Why He’s Glad It Has an Ending

In a letter to journalists, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Michael K. Williams on Why ‘The Night Of’ Doesn’t Need to Return, and His ‘Emotional Void’ After ‘Black Market’ — Turn It On Podcast

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There aren’t many actors as busy as Michael Kenneth Williams. Probably still best known as Omar on HBO’s classic “The Wire,” these days he’s all over the place: Playing Leonard Pine, opposite James Purefoy, in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard”; as Ken Jones in the ABC limited series “When We Rise,” about the gay rights movement; or as Freddy Knight in HBO’s “The Night Of,” playing a Rikers inmate who befriends Naz (Riz Ahmed).

All of those roles are Emmy-eligible. But possibly the most personal work Williams has done recently wasn’t an acting gig at all. On Viceland’s “Black Market,” the actor served as a real-world journalist – entering the dangerous world of illicit trade, such as gambling underworld in New York, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11: Chris Carter Is Failing His Show By Rejecting Diversity and New Voices

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When Fox revealed this week who exactly would be writing the next season of “The X-Files,” the reaction was relatively polarized: excitement over the return of fan favorites versus dismay that creator Chris Carter had passed up the opportunity to bring new voices into the mix. The creator brought in three former assistants to join returning Season 10 writers Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

For anyone who believes a variety of diverse voices can do a lot to improve the quality of a show’s writing, this move came as a real blow. But it wasn’t really anything new for “The X-Files.” As noted by Carly Lane at Nerdist, over the course of the show’s original nine seasons, only six women in 202 episodes ever received a writing credit:

Marilyn Osborn (“Shapes”) Sara B. Charno (“Aubrey, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Downward Dog’ Finale: Saying Goodbye to a Show That Was More Human Than Anything Else on TV

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On Tuesday night, “Downward Dog” bid farewell to TV. For now.

The short-lived ABC sitcom only got eight episodes on network television — still surprisingly more than you would expect for a show co-anchored by a dog pontificating on the true nature of “loyalty” or “boundaries.” But what makes the show’s disappearance from the airwaves so disheartening is that it had much more to offer to an audience beyond the bevy of dog owners who watched the show with their four-legged friends at their side.

It’s impossible to boil down this show to one simple takeaway, but “Downward Dog” did truly capture the worth of seeing the world through different eyes. Martin the dog became the conduit through which the audience reevaluated many of Nan’s (Allison Tolman) interpersonal relationships as well. But despite having an animal in the title, the lasting ways this show will resonate for fans »

- Steve Greene

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‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Season 4 Trailer Is All About Connection — Watch

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All good things must come to an end, and that includes television shows like “Halt and Catch Fire,” which will air its fourth and final season in late summer.

Read More: ‘Mr. Robot’ and ‘Halt and Catch Fire’: Producers Say the Depiction of Hackers Isn’t Always Realistic, and That’s Okay

The series starring Lee Pace (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “The Book of Henry”), Mackenzie Davis (“That Awkward Moment,” “The Martian,” “Black Mirror”), Scoot McNairy (“12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Kerry Bishé (“Scrubs,” “Argo,” “Billions”) and Toby Huss (“Feud,” “Colony,” “Veep”) is set in the 1980s and depicts the personal computer revolution, and later the growth of the World Wide Web, through the eyes of five different people.

AMC also announced that actress Anna Chlumsky (“Veep,” “My Girl,” “In the Loop”) will be joining the cast as Dr. »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’-Themed Protesters Shame Republicans on Behalf of Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood held a demonstration inspired by Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, with demonstrators dressed in red cloaks and white bonnets to protest the Senate’s proposed health care legislation. Republicans on Tuesday delayed a vote for the bill, which would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and prevent women from using federal tax credits to buy insurance plans covering abortion services.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Intriguing Season 2 Secrets Revealed After Brutal Season Finale

Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” revolves around a woman named Offred (Elisabeth Moss), one of the few fertile women left in Gilead, a dystopia where the birth rate is dangerously low and women no longer have rights. Offred is therefore a “vessel” for the Commander (Joseph Fiennes) and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski), but clings to her past, when she was »

- Graham Winfrey

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The Ultimate Summer Binge Guide: Where to Stream The Best Summer TV, Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

27 June 2017 11:55 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 is the perfect summer show? Why? (Note: This doesn’t have to be a current show)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

When you’re picking the perfect summer show, you first have to define your terms. “The Oc” and “American Idol” debuted in the summer, but so did “The Wire” and “Mad Men.” So your definition can be wide and varied. And with most of TV history available to us with a few clicks, almost anything can become a summer binge on a boiling day when you really need to stay indoors. That said, while some of the greatest series ever aired at times while school was out, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney Have to Go On The Run In Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ — Watch

27 June 2017 11:16 AM, PDT

Things get intense in the latest clip released by Netflix for their upcoming original series “Ozark.” The series follows the aftermath of financial advisor Marty Byrd’s fallout with a drug cartel that leaves him and his family in danger.

Read More: ‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Breaks Bad in Netflix’s Cartel Crime Drama, With Some Help From Kanye West

The dark drama stars Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses,” “Arrested Development,” “The Gift”) and Laura Linney (“The Truman Show,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Primal Fear”) as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a couple who lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Their seemingly picturesque lives take a turn when Marty’s dealings with a drug cartel go awry and the family has to relocate  to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks.

Bateman takes a hands on approach with this new series as its star, as well as executive producing and »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow’: Wilmer Valderrama Uses Marionettes to Depict Real-Life Drama — Watch

27 June 2017 10:57 AM, PDT

Fuse brings a new meaning to HollyWOOD in their new series “Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow,” an adult confessional puppet show. The network released its first look at the series recently, as well as an exclusive clip giving viewers an inside look into a day in the life of Wilmer Valderrama.

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“Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow” is an original six-episode series that is funny and edgy, “starring 3D-printed puppets and celebrities telling their untold wildest adventures, while the marionette puppets re-enact them,” according to Fuse’s official release. The series features the stories of celebrities including Joe Jonas, Lil Jon, Terry Crews, Amber Rose, and executive producer Wilmer Valderrama himself.

In addition to the series premiere, on Monday, July 11 Los Angeles residents will get a chance to interact with a »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘The Path’ Season 3: Freida Pinto Joins the Cast as Hulu Gears Up for a Big 2018

27 June 2017 10:00 AM, PDT

The Meyerist movement just snagged a new recruit.

Freida Pinto has joined the cast of “The Path” for its upcoming third season. Production began Monday, June 26 in New York on 13 new episodes, and Hulu has slated an early 2018 release for Season 3.

Pinto signed on as a series regular, playing a mysterious new character named Vera. Hulu’s official statement described her character as such: “A sleek new publicist for the Meyerist movement, Vera forges a personal connection with Eddie (Aaron Paul), but may have her own secret agenda.”

Read More: ‘The Path’ Cast and Creator on the Season 2 Finale and Plans for Season 3 (Which is Officially Happening!)

The Path” examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.

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- Ben Travers

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The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked

27 June 2017 9:17 AM, PDT

Ah, the 2000s — an indefinable decade of war, social progression, and an explosion of prestige TV. With so much great television came many, many great television characters. The best shows were built on battles of quality characters: Is Don Draper better than Peggy Olson? Lorelai Gilmore or Rory? Walter White or Jesse Pinkman? Or is there a third, less-referenced character who’s the secret star?

These aren’t problems by any stretch of the imagination: Great characters lead to better episodes, seasons, and series, so having too many is hardly a handicap in a medium with so much time. But before standalone episodes started trending, these were the best characters during the onset of TV’s new golden age.

A few rules, to keep things sane: Characters had to be created between 2000 and 2009. So even if the show was created before we knew Y2K wasn’t worth the worry, »

- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The 20 Best TV Characters of the 2000s

27 June 2017 9:17 AM, PDT


- Hanh Nguyen and Ben Travers

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Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ Yanked From Streaming Site in China — Report

27 June 2017 9:00 AM, PDT

BoJack Horseman” has been taken down from China’s streaming site iQiyi just two days after Netflix made its debut in the country, Bloomberg reports. Three episodes of the animated comedy series became available on the site on June 19, thanks to a recent licensing deal between Netflix and iQiyi, but now are no longer available.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Argues Awards Are Meaningless — But Its Creator Still Wants an Emmy

In an email to Bloomberg, iQiyi said simply that “Adjustments need to be made to the content.” Netflix wasn’t immediately available for comment. “BoJack Horseman” follows a washed up actor, voiced by Will Arnett, who navigates the sleazy world of show business.

China has previously censored U.S. shows on streaming sites, taking down “The Big Bang Theory” in 2014. Last week, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication Radio, Film and Television reportedly forced multiple outlets to stop »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Watch This Supercut of Every Trailer HBO Has Released So Far

27 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT

When it’s come to “Game of Thrones,” HBO loves to toy with our twisted hearts. They know fans are chomping at the bit for any scrap of information about the fantasy blockbuster, and they keep as tight a grip on new footage as Cersei Lannister does on the Iron Throne. Luckily, fans can now enjoy an uninterrupted look at season 7 in a thrilling new mash-up of every trailer HBO has released (so far).

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’: 7 Things You May Have Missed From the New Season 7 Trailer

The highly-anticipated seventh season is the second one to forge ahead without George R. R. Martin’s books as a guide, and it’s especially exciting as storylines that have been builidng up over the last six seasons are finally starting to converge. Daenerys will cross into Westeros  with an army of Dothraki and dragons by her side, Jon Snow »

- Jude Dry

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Alec Baldwin Confirms Return To ‘Saturday Night Live’ As Donald Trump

27 June 2017 6:46 AM, PDT

Political satire has had to do a lot of heavy lifting lately, but audiences can sleep a little easier knowing Alec Baldwin will return his Donald Trump impression to “Saturday Night Live” in the fall. “Yeah, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” Baldwin told CNN, adding that the number of Trump sketches will be fewer than audiences might expect. “There will be a couple celery sticks of that every now and then. But not a whole meal.”

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The actor had previously been cagey about whether he could make an “SNL” appearance work with his busy fall schedule. In March, he thought fans might be tiring of the popular impression: “I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open: »

- Jude Dry

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David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, And Why He’s Glad It Has An Ending

27 June 2017 6:15 AM, PDT

Of all the roles that David Tennant has played, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in “Broadchurch” is perhaps the least likely to be associated with a catchphrase — and yet he has one. Or, at the very least, he acknowledges that when you think of Hardy, you think of him shouting “Millah!” in a strong Scottish accent.

It has significance to this reporter, given my byline, which was something I mentioned to Tennant when we spoke about the third and final season of the ultra-serious drama series. “I’m delighted,” he said when I told him how much I enjoyed the “Millah!” meme. “People shout it at me in the streets sometimes, actually,” Tennant said. “Which is a bit odd because it’s not actually my name. But it obviously pleases people for some reason.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: Let’s Talk About the Birth of Bob, Laura Palmer, the Woodsmen and Whatever That Critter Is

26 June 2017 3:45 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks” Episode 8 titled “Part 8 – Gotta Light?”]

What was only hinted at in the third episode of “Twin Peaks” became a full-blown surrealistic experience in Sunday’s avant-garde “Part 8.”

Despite the experimental filmmaking and very little dialogue, the 50-minute bombardment of sound and fury coalesced into an intriguing origin story that promised a lot more sense in the contemporary story to come. Giving historical context to some of the things we’ve seen so far anchors the story in a way that it hasn’t been before. But this wasn’t just the story of one birth, but of many. Let’s break those and a few other theories down:

Read More: ‘Twin PeaksReview: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

What About Bob?

The evil spirit (Frank Silva) we first met in the original series has been riding along with Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in some sort of weird, mutual symbiosis. It seemed that »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’ Part 8 Was the Closest We’ll Come to Seeing David Lynch’s ‘Tree of Life’

26 June 2017 2:11 PM, PDT

“Some people go nuts for ‘Tree of Life,’” David Lynch said during a Los Angeles Times interview five years ago. “I love Terry Malick. But ‘Tree of Life’ wasn’t my cup of tea.” After being asked a follow-up question about why he couldn’t get into the film, Lynch simply repeated himself: “It wasn’t my cup of tea.”

If you’ve ever wondered what the Lynchian equivalent of “The Tree of Life” would look like, last night’s entrancing episode of “Twin Peaks” offers a clue. It might have been the most visually stunning 60 minutes of television ever produced — and certainly the revival’s best episode since last month’s two-part premiere — and most who tuned in have no earthly idea what actually happened.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

As fate would have it, that interview was about the fact that »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

26 June 2017 1:32 PM, PDT

The X-Files” was always a show where the quality depended largely on the writing, so paying attention to who would sign up for the upcoming Season 11 has been a high priority for fans.

And now we know: TV Line is reporting that creator Chris Carter has re-enlisted writers Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong (who all worked on Season 10) for the new season, which is shooting this summer for a early 2018 release.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Deal Finally Done; Revival Set to Return For Second 10-Episode Season

In addition, three new writers have been selected to help complete the 10 episodes ordered by Fox earlier this year. And the new kids in town are Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen, and Brad Follmer — the first two were writers’ assistants on Seasons 9 and 10, while Follmer was Carter’s personal assistant during the show’s original run.

That’s right: In the year »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

26 June 2017 12:09 PM, PDT

The term breakout is a tad misleading.

While implying that someone has broken free from the pack — a standout among standouts; that they’ve “made it” — there’s no guarantee of permanence. Many so-called breakouts have an expiration date on their spotlight, and plenty of these actors who’ve proven themselves in one way or another still fade away over time. Then they’re asked to do it all over again, sometimes for their entire career.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Producers Didn’t Want to Cast Alison Brie — Here’s How She Fought to Change Their Minds

Betty Gilpin, the electrifying spark of both “American Gods” and “Glow” in their debut seasons, is absolutely a summer breakout. She might even be a 2017 breakout, if buzz holds and fans continue to discover both shows (now available in full on Starz and Netflix, respectively). Her talent is undeniable and is being vouched for »

- Ben Travers

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