Television

Martin Scorsese is Making a ‘Shutter Island’ TV Show for HBO

Martin Scorsese will direct a pilot for HBO based on his 2010 film Shutter Island. The project, tentatively titled Ashecliffe, will… Read More

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The VMAs and the Emmys: The Show Is Always More Important Than the Awards

For what’s supposedly TV’s biggest night, the Emmys don’t make for great TV. Lengthy and depressingly behind the times — in terms of both winners’ relevance and cartoonish sexism — the ceremony still has the power to provoke the aural equivalent of keyboard-smashing by, say, ignoring Orange Is the New Black. That’s because the Emmys, particularly in an over-saturated TV landscape like today’s, are actually supposed to mean something. Which might explain why the far more enjoyable awards show of the last 48 hours was also the far less consequential one. … Read More

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Why the Hell Does ‘Modern Family’ Keep Winning the Best Comedy Emmy?

There are certain traditions that we can count on in popular culture. Super Bowl parties. Oscar red carpet gawking. Beyoncé idolatry. MTV VMA hand-wringing. And every year, when the Primetime Emmys hand out their award for Outstanding Comedy Series, you can reliably depend on a nation of television viewers slapping their foreheads, gritting their teeth, and growling, “Jesus Christ, Modern Family AGAIN?!” And last night, as reliably as Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, ABC’s family sitcom won the prize for the fifth straight year. It has won every year it’s been on the air. Why, oh why, does this keep happening? … Read More

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Watch Billy Eichner and Seth Meyers Scream at People in an Emmys Edition of ‘Billy on the Street’

Billy Eichner and Seth Meyers filmed a very special episode of Billy on the Street to hype up last night’s Emmy… Read More

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5 Emmy Moments Everyone is Talking About

Last night, NBC aired the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. It was, for the most part, boring and predictable, but isn’t that usually how these things go? There were some good parts: Key and Peele showed up or any time we got a glimpse of Amy Poehler. Seth Meyers told some jokes that Seth Meyers really liked. Weird Al Yankovic did a thing that killed some time. There was an icky and uncomfortable bit with Sofia Vergera. But really, the Emmys were basically a rerun: many of last year’s winners won again, Modern Family continues its baffling domination, Breaking Bad went out on top, and we were shown that women are meant to be ogled on pedestals. 2014! Anyway, here are five things everyone is talking about. … Read More

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How the Sexual Progressivism of ‘True Blood’ Imploded on Itself

I knew True Blood‘s series finale was bound to be terrible when there was no nudity warning on HBO Go. Three seasons past its deserved expiration date, True Blood had long held my attention on the strength of Ryan Kwanten’s abs and little else, so what was the point of watching last night’s final installment without the promise of another Eric/Jason scene (or some other form of blatant fan service)? “Thank You” wasn’t a godawful conclusion for its simple lack of sex, though. For a show that made its name on sexual liberation, True Blood‘s finale felt retrograde, conservative, and bizarrely off-tone. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 2014 Primetime Emmy Picks and Predictions

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards airs tonight at 9pm. You’d be forgiven if this catches you off guard; it’s about a month earlier than usual due to football, and it’s airing on a Monday, as if NBC was worried about the overlap between Emmys and MTV Video Music Awards viewers (but really because of how early Labor Day is this year). If you’re unprepared, there’s no need to worry! Flavorwire has you covered with a list of all the nominees in the big categories, our (mostly) informed predictions, and even our personal picks. Even if we’re wrong, we’ll still get a night of tipsy celebrities, meandering acceptance speeches, and awkward topical humor. We’re all winners! … Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Episode 9 Recap: “The Garveys at Their Best”

There is an alternate world where “The Garveys at Their Best” would be the pilot episode of The Leftovers. It’s the penultimate of the season but the way it sort of reintroduces the characters — putting them into a different context: pre-Sudden Departure, vaguely happier though not explicitly content — and the way it shows the events leading up to October 14th would work as the first episode. Instead it’s snuck in between last week’s bloody cliffhanger and next week’s season finale. It’s a better decision (and we all know Lindelof is skilled at these sneaky flashback episodes) and the episode as a whole is fantastic. … Read More

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