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Hulu’s ‘Resident Advisors’ Continues the Curse of Unwatchable Collegiate TV Shows

College should be a place that lends itself well to television, and doubly so when it comes to comedies, because it’s the second coming-of-age moment for most people. It can be another form of adolescence, and a time when young adults find themselves free of parental supervision and preparing for the “real world” — but mostly just screwing around and hooking up. With a college comedy, you can take more risks and explore more subjects — particularly sexuality — than you normally would in a high school drama. But collegiate sitcoms rarely do that well (especially when it’s a later season following an existing group of characters off to the dorms) and Hulu’s new acquired series Resident Advisors is no exception, though it at least takes a unique approach of filtering college life through the RAs’ perspective.  … Read More

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Hulu Orders Drama Series From ‘Friday Night Lights’ Creator

Jason Katims (creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood) and his company True Jack Productions just landed a ten-episode straight-to-series order for his… Read More

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Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Neighbors’ Sucks All the Fun Out of Hate-Watching

Maybe the only thing harder than making a great television program is making one that is both horrible and highly enjoyable to watch. The “so-bad-it’s-good” genre of culture can be infuriating at times. It’s hard not to feel like you’re supporting terrible art and therefore encouraging more of it, instead of championing what’s good. But it’s easy to succumb to the fun of it — the most prominent example of the 21st century being Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 disaster The Room, a movie so bad that we still can’t stop talking about it. It inspired a devoted cult following who, I’m sure, helped to give Wiseau the encouragement he needed to make a follow-up: a sitcom called The Neighbors. The Neighbors is bad — that much was to be expected — but it’s bad in such an awful, unwatchable, and joyless way that it doesn’t even merit an ironic appreciation. … Read More

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The Confident ‘Selfie’ Finale Sets Up A Promising Future That We’ll Never See

Back in September, Selfie burst out of the gate with a confidence that was unwavering, even when its first episode was far from perfect. It was this confidence — and the obvious potential found within that first half-hour, largely due to its two irresistible leads John Cho and Karen Gillan — that kept me (and a group of loyal viewers) returning week after week, first to ABC and then, after its frustrating cancelation, to Hulu. ABC decided to burn off the rest of the episodes on Hulu, a move that provides mixed feelings: Yes, we get to see the conclusion of a series but also we get to see how positively that series has progressed after it was deemed not good (see: popular) enough for television. In Selfie‘s particular case, we saw how important confidence was for the series — and the protagonist, Eliza Dooley. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Smash’ Musical Heads to Broadway, ‘Girls’ Casts Shoshanna’s Parents

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: Sarah Silverman’s HBO pilot, Hulu gets the rights for FX/FXX shows, and Girls casts Shoshanna’s parents. … Read More

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9 Great Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

As the long holiday weekend looms, the to-do checklist stretches out in front of us: buy food, buy booze, attempt insanely complicated recipe that sounded so delicious in the Times, drink, toss recipe away half-finished and just make a goddamn ham, drink more, order a pizza because the ham couldn’t possibly take that long, drink more, fill up with pizza and go buy a Christmas tree, drink more, leave the Christmas tree half-decorated to deal with the ham we totally forgot about, spend the rest of the night in a drunken stupor trying to decide what the hell to watch on Netflix. Well, we can help with the very last item on that list; watch or queue our suggestions now by clicking the title link. … Read More

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Hulu Orders Full Comedy Series, ‘Casual,’ From Jason Reitman

Hulu, the green-hued streaming service best used for hunting down clips of NBC shows, is broadening its original content. It… Read More

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13 Great Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween Weekend

There are four kinds of adults on Halloween night: the ones who take their kids trick-or-treating; the ones who stay home to give those kids candy; the ones who go out to parties dressed as sexy Ebola nurses or whatever; and the ones who shut off their lights, pretend they’re not home, and binge on horror movies. If you’re in the latter category, this post is for you. Earlier this month, our fringe horror expert Alison Nastasi offered up a few off-the-beaten path Netflix picks. If you’re still looking, here are a few more conventional picks, along with a couple of recent faves and some choices from other streaming services as… Read More

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