Television

Dominic Cooper Cast as Jessie Custer in Seth Rogen’s Comic Book-Based AMC Pilot, ‘Preacher’

Seth Rogen announced on Twitter that English actor Dominic Cooper — of The History Boys, An Education, and, who could… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: ‘GoT’s’ #TBT

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, HBO’s Sunday lineup returns while Netflix enters the superhero game.  … Read More

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Tig Notaro’s New Comedy Special Takes Her on a Dark and Funny Road Trip

If you’re looking for a straightforward stand-up comedy special, you’re not going to find it in Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro (though you can wait a few months to see her star in one for HBO). What you will find, however, is part stand-up, part buddy comedy, and part road trip documentary — and an oddly cathartic one, at that. If anyone needs catharsis, it’s Notaro herself, who, over the course of about four months, suffered from a major intestinal infection, found out her mother had suddenly died, endured a break-up, and then got diagnosed with stage two breast cancer (her now-famous set revealing her diagnosis is available for purchase here). Premiering tonight on Showtime, Knock Knock documents the next part of her life: a short tour that forgoes the normal comedy venues and instead finds Notaro performing in odd, intimate settings — a private lake house, an abandoned church/warehouse, and more. … Read More

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Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix Series ‘The Get Down’ Casts Herizen Guardiola in Female Lead

Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series, The Get Down, recently cast four male leads (Tremaine Brown Jr., Justice Smith, Shameik Moore and… Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 19 Recap: “I’m Just A Bill”

With Scott Foley’s track record on Shonda Rhimes shows, I have to wonder if he’s her new Katherine Heigl. Or is it that there’s just something so satisfying about killing off characters that seem so inherently good, despite being an assassin?

For the second time on one of Rhimes’s show, Foley — who also played Henry, a terminal patient who fell in love with his doctor, on Grey’s Anatomy — was offed by Rowan (via Olivia’s new boy-toy), to what I imagine will be the dismay of fans. It’s hard to hate a good guy, even if he isn’t so good. Jake Ballard’s death was not the right thing to do. And so, “I’m Just A Bill” spent the other subplots holding on tightly to those white hats, so much so that it came at a detriment to the episode. (Though real talk: Susan Ross insisting to critique the implementation strategy of a 1400-page bill before signing it made me feel good about the American legislative system for a second, which pretty much never happens on Scandal.) … Read More

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‘Louie’ Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: “A la Carte”

For a show about a stand-up comic, and with frequent inserts of its protagonist doing that job, Louie doesn’t often delve deep into stand-up comedy itself; as on Seinfeld, comedy is our title character’s job, and the particulars of that job are of only a passing interest, as in any workplace sitcom. But occasionally, Louie goes into the weeds: on the first-season “Heckler” episode (see title), in last year’s “Model” (where our hero badly bungles opening for, wouldn’t ya know it, Jerry Seinfeld at a charity function), and on last night’s “A la Carte,” an episode easily read as Louie’s take on the current vogue of “confessional comedy.” … Read More

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Critics of ‘Mad Men’s’ Workplace Sexism Are Picking the Wrong Fight With Matthew Weiner

For years, Matthew Weiner has been hearing two different reactions to the casual workplace sexism depicted on Mad Men — with men saying it was unrealistic and women saying it nailed their experience, he told Larry King this week. The gendered split remained just as pronounced after this month’s mid-season premiere, “Severance,” which featured an excruciating scene in which Peggy and especially Joan are the targets of blatant sexual harassment. After it aired, Weiner said, the reaction was as expected: “As usual, a bunch of men get on and say, ‘This is outrageous. You went too far, it’s too unbelievable,’ and all the women are [saying], ‘You’re nuts. It’s still like this. You have no idea.’” … Read More

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ABC’s ‘Cristela’ Is the Smart and Necessary Diverse Sitcom That You’re Not Watching

During the current 2014-15 television season, ABC successfully bet huge on diversity with three new sitcoms about multicultural families. Black-ish, about a well-off black family assimilating into the very white suburbs while struggling to maintain their cultural identity, and Fresh Off the Boat, about an Asian-American family trying to fit in when they move from DC to Orlando in 1995, have both received plenty of well-deserved praise and attention. The third, Cristela, about a multigenerational Mexican-American family living under one roof in Dallas, may not have received the same amount of buzz as its peers, but it’s no less deserving. In fact, while viewers were looking elsewhere, Cristela has stealthily become one of the smartest and funniest comedies on television, as well as one that deftly tackles race and gender.   … Read More

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