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‘Stranger Things’ to ‘Anne With an E’: The Secret Weapon Behind Netflix’s Latest Stunning Opening Sequence

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Stranger Things” and “Anne with an E” wouldn’t appear to have much in common. But both Netflix series boast iconic and impactful opening sequences created by the same design studio.

Imaginary Forces creative director Alan Williams, whose company earned lauds for its minimalist title design for “Stranger Things,” reached out to Netflix again when he learned that the streaming service was adapting the novel into a series, “Anne with an E.” Like many, Williams grew up captivated by Anne Shirley, the heroine from author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s book “Anne of Green Gables. The lonely orphan had an indomitable spirit, wild imagination, and affinity for the natural world that she brought with her to Green Gables, where she finally found a home.

Read More: ‘Anne With an E’ Review: A ‘Breaking Bad’ Producer Adaptation of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ Dares to Darken Its Cheery Outlook

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bloodline’ Review: Final Season Struggles to Find Meaning in a Confounding, Non-Committal Finale — Spoilers

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For those curious if the final season of “Bloodline” is worth it — the basest function of a review — I will quickly and succinctly answer: No.

Such efficiency feels refreshing after 10 redundant and listless hours spent with a family stuck in the Florida swamp, drifting through the guilty consciouses of characters who seem eager to move on from their own story, and the only thing holding them back is the need to fill one more season.

At its best, “Bloodline” found tension in the intense moral quandaries drawn out by its central conflict: John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler), the patriarch of the Rayburn family, and his younger brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), couldn’t resolve deep-seeded issues that divided them years before “Bloodline” began; not before it was too late, Danny was dead, and John was the one holding him under water.

Read More: ‘Bloodline’ Recap Video: Relive Every Essential Moment of the »


- Ben Travers

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These Are the 100 Most-Watched TV Shows of the 2016-17 Season: Winners and Losers

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It feels a bit antiquated to talk about ratings in 2017, when much of the television business remains transfixed on the streaming services – and it’s become accepted that Netflix and its competitors are never going to share any viewership data.

As viewers migrate to other platforms, ratings just tell part of the story. The numbers have become so deflated that CBS felt the need to point out in January that if you looked at “Live + 35” data that included more than a month’s worth of TV, DVR, VOD and streaming viewership, the network’s primetime entertainment series average is actually up vs. 16 years ago (when only live viewing was measured).

“We really need to make sure that we are finding a way to capture all the views and the viewers of our programs in this multi-platform landscape,” said ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey. “There is, at this point, no truly »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Bachelorette’ and Lionel Richie Re-Enacted, ‘Veep’s’ Best Insults — This Week’s Best Late Night TV

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With so many shows running every weeknight, it makes sense that you can’t keep up on everything. So here’s a recap of the week’s highlights, thanks to the magic of YouTube.

“Sing After You Cry”

Ben Platt, the star of the Broadway favorite “Dear Evan Hanson,” appeared on “Late Show” this week, and offered some amazing advice on why singing on stage can actually be helped by tears. That’s in the interview below:

And for a taste of what that means, just watch Platt singing a signature number from the show live:

Not bad, sir. Not bad.

Not That We’ll Admit to Watching “The Bachelorette,” But…

A truly horrific dude made his primetime debut during the season premiere, and the best way to process it is to watch two true gentlemen of The Roots reenact a key interaction on “The Tonight Show. ”

Coach Gonna Coach »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Veep’: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale and the Cast Pick Their Favorite Insults From Season 6

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Team “Veep” had a busy day on Thursday.

Bright and early, HBO announced the two-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Drama Series had been renewed for a seventh season. The cast and crew took to social media to celebrate.

Happy to spend another year with these clowns! Yay! https://t.co/7na2OEF4hI

Anna Chlumsky (@AnnaChlumsky) May 26, 2017

#Veep is returning for another season! pic.twitter.com/3AUwmRcEFh

Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) May 25, 2017

But they didn’t have long. The entire squad — including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Matt Walsh, Sam Richardson, Kevin Dunn, Anna Chlumsky, Gary Cole, and Reid Scott — made their way to Burbank to record “Conan” for air that night. Take a look at their appearance below.

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Conan O’Brien, citing how he’s always a bit hurt when a scripted insult aimed at his »


- Ben Travers

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Bryan Fuller Has Pitched ‘Hannibal’ Season 4 to Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and They’re ‘Keen On It’

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The road to “Hannibal” Season 4 continues with another very, very small step forward.

As a guest on Entertainment Weekly’s “Post Mortem” podcast (via The Playlist), Fuller revealed that he still intends on moving forward with new episodes of the acclaimed television adaptation, which ran for three seasons on NBC from 2013-2015. But the newest development is that he has actually pitched his “great idea” to leading men Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen, and it appears they’re on board with the direction as well.

Read More: Bryan Fuller Reveals How ‘Hannibal’ Could Continue In a Potential Fourth Season

“I have [had] conversations with Mads and Hugh,” Fuller said. “We’re are all excited about the prospect of returning to the story. There’s some hurdles to get through…[But] I just had a great idea for season 4. There’s an interesting next chapter in the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal »


- Zack Sharf

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Ted Danson Almost Spoiled ‘The Good Place’ Twist Because He Couldn’t Stop Telling All His Friends

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[Warning: this post contains spoilers for Season 1 of “The Good Place.”]

The mammoth bait-and-switch revealed in the season finale of “The Good Place” is still one of the best TV moments of the year. Ted Danson is happy he didn’t screw it up.

Speaking at a Writers Guild Foundation event on Thursday night in Hollywood, the show’s executive producer Michael Schur revealed that the legendary actor was less than secretive about the true nature of “The Good Place.”

“We were super, super careful,” Schur said, describing the efforts he and the writing staff went through to conceal the last episode’s big revelation. “Then after the finale aired, Ted was like, ‘I’m so happy that no one found out, because I told everyone. I literally told anyone who asked.’”

Danson, who was also on the panel, explained why the impulse to say more than he should have kept coming up. “You’d be telling your fellow actors or »


- Steve Greene

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‘Twin Peaks’: Matthew Lillard on His Breakout Role and Joining David Lynch’s Dysfunctional Family

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Last week’s premiere of “Twin Peaks” brought with it no shortage of surprises, but here’s probably the most unpredictable one we witnessed: a captivating performance by Matthew Lillard as William Hastings, a high school principal accused of murder, whose wife is tied up in the supernatural mystery surrounding Agent Dale Cooper’s (Kyle MacLachlan) evil doppleganger.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

Lillard’s career began in the early ’90s with roles in “Serial Mom” and “Hackers,” and his reputation is definitely rooted in some variation of comedy, from horror comedies like “Scream” to the live-action “Scooby-Doo” films (and subsequent animated projects, for which Lillard still provides the voice of Shaggy).

Twin Peaks,” while never lacking in funny moments, marks a bit of a departure for the character actor. That might be why, at the premiere last Friday, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Every Memorial Day 2017 TV Marathon — What to Watch the Weekend of May 26-28

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Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra. 

May 26-28

Usually, in this space, we give you a few of the best things to watch on TV every night. For Memorial Day, we’re offering up something a little different: a full list of every network marathon this holiday weekend. Below you’ll find a fairly comprehensive list of TV and movie marathons happening on May 28th, with a few other selections to get you through Saturday and Sunday.

(For those list-inclined, we’ve even ranked our favorites here.)

With channels and start times specified, here’s your Memorial Day 2017 TV Marathon Extravaganza:

A&E: “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”  Monday, 1 p.m. – Tuesday, 4 a.m.

AMC: “Better Call Saul” Monday, 5 p.m. – Tuesday, »


- Steve Greene

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6 Women of Color in Supporting Roles Who Deserve to Star on Their Own Shows

25 May 2017 5:11 PM, PDT

TV trends come and go, but who would’ve thought that, with all the focus on inclusion in the past few years, there would now be an uptick of, as IndieWire’s Michael Schneider puts it, “white dudes in crisis” on TV?

To fill the diversity void, the networks have added actors of color to supporting roles. It’s heartening to see that this has created a more realistic picture on TV of what the world looks like, such as the marriage between Zach Braff’s and Tiya Sircar’s characters on “Alex Inc.” representing the growing number of mixed-race marriages in America. Unfortunately, it’s also disappointing to see so many of these favorite actresses get shunted from one supporting role to the next.

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It’s time for many of these actresses to move out »


- Hanh Nguyen

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David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Receives Standing Ovation at Cannes

25 May 2017 3:14 PM, PDT

David Lynch returned to the Cannes Film Festival to unveil the two-hour premiere of the Showtime series “Twin Peaks” on Thursday, which received a five-minute standing ovation, an impressive debut for a revival of a television show at the world’s most famous film festival. The standing ovation was one of the longest seen at the festival this year, Deadline reports. 

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Lynch won the festival’s Palme d’Or award in 1990 for “Wild at Heart,” served as jury president in 2002, and won Best Director for 2005’s Mulholland Drive.

“It’s wonderful to have friends in town who have helped write the history of the event,” Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux said at the premiere. “If he had done a two-minute animated documentary we would have invited him. The return »


- Graham Winfrey

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‘Shimmer Lake’ Trailer: Rainn Wilson Turns Into a Clueless Criminal in New Netflix Comic Crime Thriller

25 May 2017 2:56 PM, PDT

Netflix has released the trailer for its original comic crime thriller “Shimmer Lake,” starring Rainn WilsonBenjamin Walker and Wyatt Russell. The film marks the directorial debut of “22 Jump Street” and “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” writer Oren Uziel.

Read More: Netflix: Full List of Movies Arriving in June 2017 Includes ‘Okja’ and ‘The Sixth Sense

Written by Uziel, “Shimmer Lake” follows local sheriff Zeke Sikes (Walker) as he attempts to untangle the mystery of three small-town criminals and a bank robbery gone wrong. Wilson plays Andy, the sheriff’s brother who recklessly attempts to rob a bank, and the two unknowingly embark on a game of cat-and-mouse. The story, which involves many shady characters, is told backwards, reversing day by day through a week. The film also stars Rob Corddry, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Sigman, Adam Pally, John Michael Higgins, Mark Rendall, Angela Vint and Isabelle Dove as Andy’s daughter Sally.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Seasons 2 and 3 Were Unforgettable

25 May 2017 1:19 PM, PDT

This week marks the tenth anniversary of the “Veronica Mars” finale, which we previously celebrated with a list of the 10 most amazing episodes from the show’s first season.

Read More: ‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Kristen Bell and Season 1 Were Perfect

While the first season of “Veronica Mars” was a pretty much perfect season of television, the following two seasons weren’t quite as consistent. However, there was still plenty to enjoy, including more mysteries, a Paul Rudd guest appearance, cameos by Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon, young Tessa Thompson and Krysten Ritter, and some truly dark twists and turns. You can experience it all now on go90.com, the show’s new streaming home, but for a quick taste of the best episodes from Seasons 2 and 3, check out the curated list below.

“Normal is the Watchword” (Season 2, Episode 1)

Written by: Rob Thomas

Directed by: John Kretchmer »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller Part Ways: How Season 5 Can Survive Without Him

25 May 2017 12:46 PM, PDT

Silicon Valley” without Erlich Bachman sounds a little too quiet for our comfort.

Vulture is reporting Season 4 will be the last for T.J. Miller. Despite a renewal for Season 5, which was announced Thursday morning, the series’ producers and star have mutually agreed to move forward without Miller.

“In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations,” an unnamed HBO representative said.

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The news comes in the middle of the show’s Season 4 run and ahead of Miller’s first HBO stand-up special, “Meticulously Ridiculous.”

Miller has always brought a jolt of energy to “Silicon Valley,” and he’s arguably the show’s biggest breakout. The latter fact could »


- Ben Travers

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‘Broadchurch’ Season 3 Trailer: Olivia Colman and David Tennant Return to Solve One Last Crime

25 May 2017 12:26 PM, PDT

Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller and Detective Inspector Alec Hardy are back to investigate one last case. BBC America has released the trailer for the third and final season of its drama series “Broadchurch,” which centers on the murder investigation of 11-year-old Danny Latimer in the once-sleepy seaside town of Dorset, England. The series is created by Chris Chibnall (“Camelot,” “Gracepoint”) and stars Olivia Colman and David Tennant as the detective duo.

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Season 3 picks up three years after the end of the second season, and five years after the beginning of the series. The new chapter finds the detectives investigating a new crime: a violent sexual assault that may or may not be related to Danny’s murder. The returning cast includes Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan as Beth and Mark LatimerArthur Darvill as Vicar Paul Coates, Carolyn Pickles »


- Yoselin Acevedo

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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

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Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »


- Ben Travers

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‘American Gods’: Here’s Gillian Anderson As David Bowie, and The Resemblance Is Uncanny — Watch

25 May 2017 10:11 AM, PDT

The Starz series “American Gods,” created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and based on the book by Neil Gaiman, explores the definition of worship as rooted in both ancient religions as well as modern-day culture. And no character perhaps best emulates this than the goddess Media, portrayed by Gillian Anderson.

Read More: ‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman and Bryan Fuller on Fixing The Story’s Most Important Female Character

Per Starz, “Gillian Anderson stars as the New God Media in the critically acclaimed series ‘American Gods.’ Media assumes whatever form will deliver her message most effectively and is often personified by iconic celebrities.” Which is another way of saying that Media is a chameleon of a character, invoking the concepts of famous figures from pop culture in her scenes. In her first appearance, viewers saw Anderson emulate Lucille Ball, and the show has hinted that future episodes will feature »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Breaks Bad in Netflix’s Cartel Crime Drama, With Some Help From Kanye West

25 May 2017 8:29 AM, PDT

The Byrdes aren’t bad people, they just did a bad thing.

Ok, maybe that’s the wrong Netflix crime drama about a family that finds itself in over their head after some poor decision-making by a character played by someone who previously starred in one of the greatest TV shows of the 2000s.

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“Bloodline” jokes aside, this is a fine-looking teaser for “Ozark,” the latest drama series from Netflix, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Bateman plays Marty, your ordinary family man, who just so happens to be in charge of a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel. When Marty’s unconventional occupation suddenly shifts from a viable way of supporting a family to a surefire way to endangering one, the race is on to flee their comfy Chicago life into the wooded, aerial-photography-friendly environs of the Ozarks. »


- Steve Greene

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The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Bingeing, Part 2

25 May 2017 8:29 AM, PDT

Netflix continues to have such a vast array of acquired TV series from around the world that it’s difficult to know what to give a chance. While British shows like “Peaky Blinders” have recognizable faces and don’t require translation, it’s a bit more daunting to commit to a foreign-language series.

Read More: The Best Netflix Foreign Language Shows Worth Bingeing, Part 1

As part of IndieWire’s ongoing mission to uncover some of the best global series that aren’t getting the attention they deserve, here are some of the best foreign language shows available for streaming on Netflix right now. (For more recommendations, check out Part 1.)

“Atelier”

Premise: Think “Devil Wears Prada” set in the world of Emotion, a boutique lingerie company in Tokyo’s fashionable Ginza district. Mayuko is an ingenue who rhapsodizes over fabric (Omg, is that jersey with rayon and polyurethane?! I die!), but her boss Ms. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’: Why It Shouldn’t Have Changed Its Opening Titles

25 May 2017 8:19 AM, PDT

There’s more than a few cast members from the original “Twin Peaks” who did not return for the latest batch of episodes that dropped late Sunday night. Some have retired from acting, while a number of others are memorialized in the episodes’ closing scrolls.

But there’s one non-holdover from the original “Twin Peaks” run that might indicate the biggest change in what the show has become: the opening credits bird.

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When Showtime unveiled the first look at the opening credits, gone was the unassuming footage of a quiet Washington logging town, replaced by a more overtly ominous intro. While the updated opening credits prime the audience for an aggressively weirder spin on this otherworldly murder mystery, it loses some of the subtle punch and the humble, twisted-fairytale rhythms that used to kick off each installment. »


- Steve Greene

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