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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: This Year’s Halloween Heist Reaffirmed Its Status as One of Broadcast’s Best Comedies
10 hours ago
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Season 5, Episode 4, “HalloVeen,” follow.]
If you were looking for further proof that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of the best comedies on television, “HalloVeen” was it. From the cold open of the episode, the show crackled with energy, letting the lighthearted heist competition that’s become a yearly tradition drive the pitch-perfect interactions of the ensemble.
Throw in probably the only good jokes we’re going to hear this fall about “The Handmaid’s Tale” (‘It’s relevant as hell!”) and the unending joy of Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) dismissing a corgi far inferior to his own beloved Cheddar as an “idiot,” and even before the pivotal final minutes this episode was pure joy.
The only disappointment from the actual heist portion of the episode: Andre Braugher saying “cummerbund” is not as funny as Andre Braugher saying “caboodle” during last year’s Halloween heist. (Though “in my belly!” from the opening sequence does lessen the sting to a great extent. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Amazon Studios Boss Roy Price Exits Following Harassment Allegations; What’s Next for the Streaming Service
16 hours ago
Roy Price has resigned as head of Amazon Studios, just days after being placed on “indefinite leave” by the company. Price’s exit followed allegations made by producer Isa Hackett, who revealed to reporter Kim Masters that the exec made sexual remarks to her in July 2015 at San Diego Comic-Con.
Hackett, the daughter of author Philip K. Dick, runs Electric Shepherd Prods. and is a producer on the Amazon series “The Man in the High Castle,” as well as another upcoming series for the streaming service, “Electric Dreams.” Among the things that Price said to Hackett, in propositioning her, was “you will love my dick.”
Price was suspended on Oct. 12. Since then, his fiancée, TV writer-playwright Lila Feinberg, also called off their wedding.
The allegations against Price were first posted »
- Michael Schneider
‘UnREAL’ Season 3 Trailer: A Female Bachelor Shakes Up Lifetime’s Fan Favorite Drama — Watch
16 hours ago
The craftiest women in fictional reality television may have finally met their match on “UnREAL.” The third season of Lifetime’s most addictively meta-theatrical drama will feature a female “suitress” named Serena, played by cast addition Caitlin FitzGerald (“Masters of Sex”). FitzGerald’s character poses new challenges for power players Rachel Goldberg (Shiri Appleby) and Quinn King (Constance Zimmer), who battled for control of the fictional dating show “Everlasting” during the first two seasons. In the trailer, Serena has ideas of her own about how to run the ship, and Rachel and Quinn must step up their game if they want to stay in power. If the slow takes of the many male contestants slowly disrobing are any indication, the queen bees of “Everlasting” will also struggle to keep things strictly professional.
- Jude Dry
Bob Weinstein Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former ‘The Mist’ Showrunner Amanda Segel
17 hours ago
Amanda Segel, a former showrunner and executive producer for The Weinstein Company’s television drama “The Mist,” has come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Bob Weinstein. Segel tells Variety that while she was working on the Spike TV series, Weinstein “repeatedly made romantic overtures to her and asked her to join him for private dinners.”
Moreover, Segel tells the outlet that the harassment began in the summer of 2016 and “continued on and off for about three months until Segel’s lawyer, David Fox of Myman Greenspan, informed TWC executives — including COO David Glasser — that she would leave the show if Bob Weinstein did not stop contacting her on personal matters.”
A representative for Weinstein “denied that he engaged in any inappropriate behavior” in a statement to Variety, adding that “Bob Weinstein had dinner with Ms. Segel in »
- Kate Erbland
‘Loudermilk’ Review: Peter Farrelly Comedy About Recovering Alcoholic Gets by with a Lot of Help From His Friends
18 hours ago
Credit “Loudermilk,” the recent Audience Network comedy from co-creators Peter Farrelly and Bobby Mort, for not being set in New York or Los Angeles. Following the day-to-day exploits of recovering alcoholic and former music critic Sam Loudermilk, the show makes its home in the damp climes of Seattle. As Sam navigates his way through recovery, helping those in his support group do the same, there’s a similar unorthodox way to how our antihero motivates the people around him.
In true big-city form, the opening episode of “Loudermilk” finds Sam hooked on new object of affection Allison (Laura Mennell), palling around with roommate Ben (Will Sasso), and tasked with helping out recovering addict and audience surrogate Claire (Anja Savcic).
The show’s at its best when it uses that same spirit of curiosity to learn more about what makes these characters work. Often, it sidelines that more interesting show in »
- Steve Greene
Lena Headey Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Sexual Harassment: ‘I Felt Completely Powerless’
20 hours ago
Lena Headey has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in a series of four tweets posted to her official Twitter page that detail an encounter with the former head of The Weinstein Company that left the “Game of Thrones” star in tears. Headey first met Weinstein at the Venice Film Festival where she was promoting Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm.” Miramax was co-distributor of the movie that also starred Matt Damon and Heath Ledger.
“At one point Harvey asked me to take a walk down to the water, I walked down with him and he stopped and made some suggestive comment, a gesture, I just laughed it off, I was genuinely shocked,” Headey writes. “I remember thinking, ‘It’s got to be a joke.’ I said something like, ‘Oh come on mate?! It’d be like kissing my dad! Let’s go get a drink, get back to the others. »
- Zack Sharf
The Scariest Serial Killers on TV, According to Critics — IndieWire Survey
20 hours ago
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: Who is the scariest serial killer on TV? You define “scary.” Old and current shows fair game.
Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter
Landry from “Friday Night Lights.”
Damian Holbrook (@damianholbrook), TV Guide Magazine
Ok, so he wasn’t necessarily a serial killer, but “Nip/Tuck’s” The Carver gave me a serious case of the scareds. After his first appearance near the end of Season 2, the porcelain-masked serial-slashing maniac who was all about slicing up hot people (because “beauty is a curse,” of course!) ran amok in Season 3 and the amount of series-regular characters he went after was kind of unprecedented. All of the leads »
- Hanh Nguyen
The 25 Best TV Love Stories of The Last 25 Years
21 hours ago
Love stories are often hard to execute on TV, because ongoing shows will try to manipulate romances for plot purposes — yet at the same time, it’s so easy to get hooked on a tale of two people finding each other. The couples featured below have undergone no shortage of strife as they forged their own unique paths, but one thing these narratives all have in common is that they illustrate the ways in which romance can be found in the most unexpected of circumstances, and how it can become the foundation of something so much bigger and profound.
Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings, “The Americans”
They met as strangers, but the complicated relationship between these two Russian agents has never lacked for passion and love, even as they find themselves tied up with other partners. Their ultimate fate could go in a lot of different directions, but for right now »
- Liz Shannon Miller, Zack Sharf, Hanh Nguyen, Ben Travers and Steve Greene
‘Patton Oswalt: Annihilation’ Review: One Man’s Sincere, Selfless Search for Comedy in Times of Personal Tragedy
21 hours ago
Comedians have to be an open book. Even if they don’t share every tiny detail about their lives or their preferences or their shortcomings (or those of the people closest to them), there’s a certain unspoken audience/funny person contract that says, “In exchange for this ticket or my invested time, I get access to your brain.” Some performers guide audiences to the universal. Some shepherd the audiences right into a pool of personal uncertainty, sharing openly about stresses and personal misgivings and deep connections with confidants and family members.
The latest Netflix stand-up special “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation” finds one of the world’s most famous comedian in an attempt to blend those two in a way that few comics can. For anyone else dealing with the global anxiety about various world leaders, that last word in the title might seem like a tongue-in-cheek middle finger to a »
- Steve Greene
‘Samurai Jack’ Creator Genndy Tartakovsky On Putting Sex and Violence Into the Fifth Season
23 hours ago
After Genndy Tartakovsky’s cult animated series “Samurai Jack” was canceled by Cartoon Network in 2004, rumors swirled for years about a feature-length adaptation. Tartakovsky worked with four different studios to adapt his hyper-stylized blend of martial arts and sci-fi action for the big screen, including New Line, Sony and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, but none of them panned out. “As soon as we started developing it as a movie, they wanted to fit it into a box,” Tartakovsky told IndieWire. “I love ‘Jack’ as one of my creations and would never want to change it from what it was supposed to be. There was no reason to reinvent. It was working.”
Tartakovsky knew exactly how he wanted to tell his story of the titular samurai, who’s thrown »
- Eric Kohn
‘The Good Doctor’ Is Destroying One Misconception About Autism at a Time
16 October 2017 10:07 PM, PDT
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers about “The Good Doctor” Episode 4 titled “Pipes.”]
Although autistic characters have been seen many times on the big screen, they’ve been seen less on TV. ABC’s freshman drama “The Good Doctor” is taking its time addressing some of the misconceptions about the autism spectrum, and in doing so has made headway in trying to foster greater understanding of how autistic people may not process the world the same way as neurotypical people.
Read More:‘The Good Doctor’ Boss Defends the Show’s Sentimental Tone: There’s an ‘Honest, Unabashed Emotionality’ to It
Maintaining stories about autistic characters is a challenge that can go very wrong if done without the proper understanding, and the usual caveats should apply in discussing “The Good Doctor’s” autistic surgeon, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore). Each autistic individual is different, and Shaun has savant syndrome as well, which adds another layer to his portrayal. Nevertheless, he does exhibit some of »
- Hanh Nguyen
Kevin James Justifies Erinn Hayes’ Character’s Death on ‘Kevin Can Wait’: ‘We Were Running Out of Ideas’
16 October 2017 4:45 PM, PDT
Kevin James spoke earlier this week about the reasons why Erinn Hayes’ character on “Kevin Can Wait,” wife Donna Gable, was written out of the CBS sitcom at the beginning of this season. What happened to Donna in the actual story, however, will apparently remain a mystery indefinitely.
According to James, speaking to the New York Daily News, the thought process behind Donna’s departure was to bring a new direction to the show, one that would allow for it to run for more seasons and be “lengthier.”
“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive. If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one,” James said before he admitted they “were literally running out of ideas.”
James revealed that the original idea for his character was to be portrayed as a single father, but the producers of the show »
- Alberto Achar
‘The X-Files’: Why a Future Without Scully is Impossible to Imagine
16 October 2017 4:24 PM, PDT
On October 8, when Gillian Anderson and other stars of “The X-Files” took part in interviews before the show’s New York Comic-Con panel, the actress told Screenrant she likely wouldn’t continue after Season 11.
“I think this will be it for me,” Anderson said.
If that’s true, then this should be it for “The X-Files,” too.
Read More:‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer: Our First Look at the Return of Mulder and Scully in 2018
There are many reasons that Scully is integral to the long-running “X-Files” franchise, ranging from narrative relevance to the thespian’s off-screen impact. Here are just a few of the most obvious factors:
“The X-Files” thrives on the yin and yang relationship between Mulder and Scully. He’s a believer, and she’s a skeptic. He pushes her to new heights, and she keeps him from drifting into space. They balance each other out, and the show needs that balance. »
- Ben Travers
‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances
16 October 2017 2:53 PM, PDT
One of the immediate takeaways from David Fincher’s new Netflix series, “Mindhunter,” is that there are a lot of creepy characters. Between the convicted criminals FBI Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) visit in prison and the suspects they try to send there, the list of people who give us the heebie-jeebies grows faster than Holden’s ego.
Behind these fascinating minds are a formidable ensemble of actors evoking the worst within us. Some of their faces may be familiar, others may be brand new, but each and every one offers a particularly striking performance — and not just because they talk about having sex with decapitated heads.
Read More:‘Mindhunter’ Season 1 Review: This Fascinating Textbook of a TV Show Thrives on Hidden Monsters — Spoilers
Below, IndieWire has listed each and every killer studied in Season 1, noting who played them, what they’ve done, and how »
- Ben Travers
‘Game of Thrones’ Guest Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94
16 October 2017 11:55 AM, PDT
Roy Dotrice, a British actor well-known for his role in Milos Forman’s Best-Picture Oscar winner “Amadeus,” has died at the age of 94. According to a family statement, he “died peacefully on Monday, October 16 in his London home surrounded by family,” as reported by BBC News.
More recently, Dotrice was most known for voicing the audiobook version of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, the source for HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” For the first novel, “A Game of Thrones,” he voiced no less than 224 different characters. Thanks to this astonishing feat, Dotrice was awarded the Guinness World Record for most character voices in an audiobook back in 2004.
Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From
However, it was not just on paper and voice that Dotrice contributed to the high-fantasy world of Westeros. »
- Alberto Achar
‘House of Cards’ Reportedly Helped Russian Hackers Influence the Election, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction — Watch
16 October 2017 11:50 AM, PDT
“House of Cards” may have helped sway the election. Russian trolls paid to criticize Hillary Clinton online watched the Netflix drama in order to better understand American politics, according to a Yahoo report written by Michael Isikoff and discussed on CNN.
Read More:‘House of Cards’ Review: Season 5 Might Be TV’s Biggest Casualty of the 2016 Election (Spoiler-Free)
“It was necessary to know all the main problems of the United States of America,” said Isikoff. “Tax problems, the problem of gays, sexual minorities, weapons.” This happened largely in the comment sections of such newspapers’ websites as the New York Times and Washington Post.
- Michael Nordine
‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’
16 October 2017 11:43 AM, PDT
After a weekend when “Mindhunter” was the buzz of TV fandom, TNT is throwing its hat into the serial killer drama ring with “The Alienist.” The network has released their latest look at their newest series (well, as long as you’re not counting the promos during the weekend’s baseball playoff games) and it seems as sumptuous as it is unsettling.
Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans star in the 1890s-set New York story about the fledgling work of criminal psychology in the big city. Bruhl stars as Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, who teams with a local newspaper employee (Evans) and a police secretary (Fanning) who begin to conduct some covert operations to catch the perpetrator behind a series of grisly killings. (And remember, the important question isn’t “what” or “who,” but “Why.”)
Read More:Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken, »
- Steve Greene
‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From
16 October 2017 11:00 AM, PDT
What is dead may never die, and so it is that “Game of Thrones” won’t really be over when it’s over. The show itself is concluding with the eighth and final season, which will air either next year or in 2019, but several different prequel series are in development. We aren’t likely to know which of them will actually make it to series for some time, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says there’s “an embarrassment of riches” to choose from.
Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: More Young Ned and 7 More Spin-Offs We’d Like to See
The people working on them represent a “fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the ‘Thrones’ eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies,” he said. “I think we will find with this embarrassment of [writing] riches an exciting property for us to moves forward with. »
- Michael Nordine
‘Godless’ Trailer: Netflix’s Steven Soderbergh-Produced Western Rides into No Man’s Land
16 October 2017 8:34 AM, PDT
It didn’t take long, but just two years after the untimely demise of “The Knick,” Steven Soderbergh has partnered with director Scott Frank for “Godless,” a new Netflix limited series that’s set to take over your family’s Thanksgiving weekend.
“Godless” stars Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin, a criminal who’s seeking revenge on Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a young ex-partner who deserted Griffin’s posse. Both of them converge on the women-run frontier town of La Belle, New Mexico, where Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery) gives Roy protection from Griffin’s approaching hoards. (Presumably, Griffin is an outlaw and if he tells you any different, you punch him in the face.)
- Steve Greene
‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Anthony Rapp On Why It Was ‘A Blast’ To Drop ‘Trek’s’ First-Ever F-Bombs
16 October 2017 7:34 AM, PDT
“Star Trek: Discovery” broke a new barrier for the franchise in Episode 5, “Choose Your Pain.” While prior to now, both “Star Trek” shows and films have lived in a very PG-13 space, “Discovery” featured a scene where not just one, but two characters said the word “fuck.”
According to Anthony Rapp, who plays Lt. Paul Stamets, getting to echo the F-bomb initially dropped by Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) wasn’t just fun, but very much in the spirit of scientific breakthrough — Aka the spirit of “Star Trek.”
“We were aware of it, and we embraced it, and we had a blast with it,” he said. “These people just put their brains to work in a really tough way and they had a breakthrough. And I imagine there’s scientists in their labs who might do that any time. We didn’t drop the F-bomb in ‘Star Trek’ by telling something to go fuck themselves. »
- Liz Shannon Miller
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