‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Premiere Recap

Despair comes early in The Leftovers. A frazzled mother juggles doing laundry, buckling up her crying baby in the backseat, and talking on the phone. The crying subsides, providing a brief sense of relief, but then she realizes that her child is gone from the carseat, seemingly vanished into thin air. In the same parking lot, a young boy tries to find his missing father. A car that lost its driver smashes into another. All around, people are screaming, calling 911, and searching for loved ones who have suddenly disappeared — unaware that they’ll never see them again. … Read More

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The Awe-Inspiring Bleakness of HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’

Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers shouldn’t make a good television show. An author who spends most of his time exploring the darkest parts of suburbia, Perrotta writes books that seem to lend themselves better to film adaptations such as Election or Little Children. The first time I read The Leftovers, I thought it would make a fantastic movie. The second time I read it, earlier this week in preparation for Sunday’s premiere, I wondered how the hell this mysterious narrative was going to work as a weekly drama. Based on its first few episodes, The Leftovers is bleak and depressing. It’s a haunting and heartsick show, and one that’s full of frustration and longing. Its debut episodes are also the most promising I’ve seen this year, and I won’t be surprised if it becomes one of the best series of 2014. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘True Blood’ Musical, Beatles Event Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Showtime considers a Cameron Crowe comedy, HBO considers a True Blood musical, and AMC considers everything related to The Walking Dead… Read More

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HBO to Air 10-Episode Beyonce Concert Series

Beyoncé will return to HBO with BEYONCÉ: X10, a series of concert performances from the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Every Sunday… Read More

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Steven Spielberg Turning Bryan Cranston’s LBJ Play ‘All The Way’ Into an HBO Movie

Steven Spielberg knows an opportunity when he sees it, and Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play about Lyndon B. Johnson, All The Way,… Read More

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10 Potentially Great TV Shows That Never Aired

Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of programming, recently talked with Vulture about the status of some of the network’s projects. Among them was the scrapped adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. The series, which was originally supposed to be six seasons long, didn’t come to fruition because “we couldn’t craft the script as good as we needed it to be.” It’s definitely disappointing, but this isn’t the first time a highly anticipated show was dead before it even started. Here are ten other potentially great shows that never made it to… Read More

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Why Can’t We Let a ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Move Past Her History in Porn?

When I was at a bar a couple of Sundays ago, I got to talking with a guy in front of me in the bathroom line. I don’t remember how we got on the subject — perhaps a little Game of Thrones versus Mad Men talk, maybe I joked about boobs and “sexposition” and fantasy — but he told me, “Game of Thrones gives a second chance to former porn stars.” Specifically, he mentioned that German actress Sibel Kekilli, who plays Shae, had been in porn. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Finale Recap: “The Children”

Two major character deaths anchor “The Children,” and they read like a sick version of “Would You Rather?” As in: would you rather die staring down an extremely slow fight to the death between blood loss and infection, begging for your preteen surrogate child to kill you as she walks away? Or would you rather die at the hands of your actual child, ending a long career of military and political victories on the toilet? Either way, the children get their revenge. … Read More

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The Best 2014 Emmys For Your Consideration Ads

It’s Emmy season! Or, more specifically, Emmy nomination season. The ballots went out on June 9, and by the 20th, the TV Academy will place their votes for the 2014 Emmys. It’s a tough decision — even tougher than usual this year, with so many fantastic programs to choose from — and networks are pulling out all the stunts when it comes to For Your Consideration advertisements. Here’s are the funniest billboards, the oddest stunts, and the most passive-aggressive mailers. … Read More

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