Does Adam Driver’s Success Herald a New Kind of American Masculinity in the Movies?

It’s weird to see the actor Adam Driver wearing a shirt on the cover of the September issue of GQ. The man who plays Girls‘ topless, brutal, physically imposing weirdo alcoholic — a character who does physical labor when he isn’t acting on Broadway — has “made it,” turning from jolie laide oddity to hot commodity. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Boomer Audit: Trying to Make Sense of ‘The Flying Nun’

From 1967 to 1970, ABC aired a strange little sitcom called The Flying Nun. The very existence of this show, which I discovered in passing just a few years ago, doesn’t make much sense at first. The title reads like a throwaway joke from an episode of 30 Rock, which routinely took clever potshots at NBC (and television in general) by expertly creating fake, empty programs that revolved around a hilariously straightforward title. The Flying Nun would surely fit right in with the fictional shows Tank It or, more appropriately, God Cop. The Flying Nun isn’t a punchline, though. It was a very real show, and even a somewhat successful one, that spent three seasons detailing the adventures of, well, a flying nun. … Read More

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Showtime Renews ‘Masters of Sex’ and ‘Ray Donovan’

Both Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan were big hits for Showtime during their first seasons — especially Masters of Sex, which rightfully ended up on… Read More

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Watch ‘Breaking Bad’ Duo Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite to Neg Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Maybe your Emmy can’t leave you warm at night as Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus learns in this short comic video brought… Read More

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Peter Capaldi Goes Victorian in New ‘Doctor Who’ Season 9 Photos

If you’re an ardent Doctor Who fan — or even just sort of casually interested in the venerable British sci-fi series — you’re probably rather excited at the prospect of seeing Malcolm Tucker as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor. By the looks of these photos, which were released by BBC America earlier this morning in advance of Saturday’s Season 8 premiere, he’ll be joined by old friends and foes alike — notably, it seems that the Paternoster gang will feature again, which is always a welcome throwback to the earliest days of the series. Beyond that, there’s not a great deal to be gleaned, but still, just imagine Peter Capaldi denouncing his foes as being as useless as marzipan dildos, and giggle heartily. … Read More

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‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook’ Season 2 Unites Harry Potter and Don Draper in a Black-hearted Character Study

A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a show that risks being overwhelmed by its own premise. The SparkNotes version: Harry Potter and Don Draper! Harry Potter and Don Draper, playing the same person! Harry Potter and Don Draper, playing the same person, based — sort of — on Mikhail Bulgakov! The high-profile casting and source material, however, belie the series’ stakes (small) and its scope (smaller). Such cognitive dissonance may make A Young Doctors Notebook a disappointment to some, but when taken on its own terms, the show is a brilliant, black-hearted character study that’s only improved in its second four-episode run, which premieres tonight on Ovation. … Read More

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Sundance TV’s ‘Rectify’ Is Renewed For a Third Season, You Can Join the Bandwagon Now

Oh, it is a lonely thing to be banging the drum for Sundance TV’s excellent Rectify, a show that finishes… Read More

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Summer 2014 TV’s Biggest Winners and Losers

During the past few months, television has given us so many reasons to ignore the nice summer weather and instead remain planted in front of a TV set — or a computer. Even though the 2013-2014 TV season officially ended in May, there has been no shortage of programs to fill up the DVR. Many of the shows were surprisingly good considering they were relegated to summer months, but, of course, many of them were pretty bad. Here’s a look at some of the biggest winners and losers of the summer television season.  … Read More

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