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‘Sense8’ Series Finale Special: Screenwriters and Potential Locations Revealed

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For those looking for proof of what fandom can achieve, behold: The script for the “‘Sense8 Special,” which will wrap up the fan favorite Netflix drama following its abrupt cancelation this spring, physically exists!

While initially canceled following the release of Season 2, fan outcry led Netflix to reverse that decision and produce a two-hour finale, and as seen in the Instagram photo above from star Miguel Angel Silvestre (who plays no-longer-closeted movie star Lito on the show), watermarked scripts have been distributed to the actors.

Beyond proof-of-life, the cover page reveals a number of important details about the upcoming production. For one thing, Lana J. Wachowski (the first time she’s used the letter J with her name?) is credited with writing the script alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon. Both men are novelists, with Mitchell having a pre-established connection to the Wachowski tribe: He wrote the original novel “Cloud Atlas, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Paley Center to Host Historic Event Celebrating Women in Television

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In recognition of the astounding work of women in television since its inception, The Paley Center for Media will host a historic, one-of-a-kind event: “The Paley Honors in Hollywood: A Gala Celebrating Women in Television,” an event which will recognize the outstanding achievements have made across all the different fields within the medium — not just in comedy, variety, and drama, but also in music, news, talk, and sports.

The benefit will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Pt. It will include exceptionally influential presenters and participants such as Kristin Chenoweth, Allison Janney, Nadia Comăneci, Rita Moreno, Debra Messing, Wanda Sykes, Lynn Whitfield, among many others, as well as a very special tribute to the legendary Betty White, whose decades-long career on television has had a tremendous impact on the industry.

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- Alberto Achar

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‘The Opposition’: Jordan Klepper’s InfoWars Spoof is Already in Danger of Becoming One-Note

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Usually, it’s a bit unrealistic to piece together what a comedy show is after only one episode. Especially in the world of late night, each successive half-hour brings host, writers, and assorted crew alike a chance to really drill down on a show’s strengths.

But “The Opposition,” the latest 11:30 slot-holder on Comedy Central, took its first episode as a chance to deliver what seemed like an effective mission statement for what this conspiracy-adjacent satire would be going forward. Not only did host Jordan Klepper take the opportunity to define some of the edges of this particular brand of late-night blowhard, he introduced the various members of his staff and doubled down on the logical loopholes that will theoretically provide most of the laughs as the show progresses.

In doing so, the show might not be the show at its funniest, but it did indirectly touch on the »

- Steve Greene

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‘Kevin Can Wait’: Former Star Erinn Hayes Is Liking Tweets Grieving Her Dead Character

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It’s never easy to lose a job, especially a nice sitcom gig, but when Erinn Hayes was let go from “Kevin Can Wait” at the end of Season 1, she handled it with relative grace on Twitter:

True, I've been let go from the show. Very sad, I had a great experience season 1. Thank you for all the support from our wonderful fans. https://t.co/HfYKzVuSnT

— erinn hayes (@hayeslady) June 3, 2017

Since then, especially following the reveal that the character of Donna would be killed off to make way for the re-introduction of Leah Remini, Hayes has been relatively quiet about “Kevin Can Wait” in every way except one: Her use of the “like” button.

Like many people on Twitter, Hayes’s feed these days is largely dominated by political discussion and imploring followers to help disaster victims. But over the last 24 hours, she’s also been actively liking Tweets »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Directors Revealed: ‘Battle of the Bastards’ Helmer Miguel Sapochnik Returning

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Let the final game begin. HBO has confirmed the final batch of directors set for “Game of Thrones” Season 8, and they include creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss and two gentlemen responsible for some of the most epic hours in the show’s history: Miguel Sapochnik and David Nutter. Benioff and Weiss will be behind the camera for the series finale, while Sapochnik and Nutter will split the remaining five episodes. Rumor has it Sapochnik could be directing three, with Nutter taking two. Season 8 will be the fourth season in a row not to feature a female director.

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Sapochnik’s return to the series should delight fans. The director won an Emmy and a DGA Award for “Battle of the Bastards,” often cited as one of the best hours of “Game of Thrones” ever. He was also responsible for another classic episode, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series Could Come as Early as 2019, According to George R.R. Martin

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George R.R. Martin believes one of the five “Game of Thrones” spinoffs in development could air by 2019, assuming everything goes according to plan. “We could possibly see two or even three make it to the pilot stage, with one series emerging on air in 2019 or 2020… and the others maybe later, if they come out as well as we all hope,” wrote Martin of the five successor show currently in development at HBO.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Directors Revealed: ‘Battle of the Bastards’ Helmer Miguel Sapochnik Returning

The novelist sounded off about the various prequels on his personal Facebook page, singing the praises of series co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who will pen the fifth spinoff. Cogman has been with the series wince season one, beginning as an assistant and working his way up from “staff writer, to story editor, to co-producer and producer and supervising producer,” wrote Marrin. “If »

- Jude Dry

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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Lena Dunham Compares Donald Trump to Charleston Mass Shooter Dylann Roof

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Lena Dunham has never been one to follow rules. That includes the Goldwater Rule, which dissuades mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures if they have never treated them in person. Luckily, the “Girls” creator has no such obligation, and the outspoken mental health advocate tweeted yesterday: “Not only is [Donald Trump] a racist, but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under diff[erent] circumstances, he’s Dylann Roof.” The comment came in response to a thread by “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” writer Travon Free urging journalists to call out Trump’s blatant racism.

Dunham was referring to the convicted murderer responsible for the 2015 mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Not only is he a racist but he’s a racist with untreated mental illness. So under »

- Jude Dry

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‘Ghosted’ Review: Adam Scott’s ‘X-Files’ Comedy Gives You Just Enough Reasons to Believe

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There’s a blunt charm to the exposition dump throughout “Ghosted’s” 22-minute pilot that probably shouldn’t come across. Characters relentlessly badger each other for information. Introductions are made without set-up, and the inexplicable is explained in just a few words. So much emotional backstory is spat out so quickly that it’s hard to see the first episode as anything more than set up. But hey, it’s still fun. Why? For the reasons you already know — all two of them.

Tom Gormican’s (“That Awkward Moment”) new series about an ex-cop and a former professor brought together to investigate paranormal activity lets its main draws shine through in the first episode, as Adam Scott and Craig Robinson prove to be just the pair of gumshoes needed to save the show from itself. Even with welcome comparisons to a comedic “X-Files,” the “Ghosted” pilot relies completely on the »

- Ben Travers

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‘Rick and Morty’: Season 3’s Penultimate Episode Perfected the Art of the ‘Inception’-Style Cliffhanger

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Rick and Morty” Season 3 has been defined by thrilling narrative risks (see “The Ricklantis Mixup” and “Morty’s Mind Blowers”), so it was a bit of a shock to see the show return to its more traditional A-story/B-story structure in its penultimate episode, “The ABCs of Beth.” The episode may have felt a little safe in terms of narrative, but it represented a huge milestone for Rick and Beth, the father and daughter whose tumultuous relationship has given the series one of its defining emotional arcs.

Beth took center stage with her own adventure in “The ABCs of Beth,” and the storyline acted as a payoff to the groundwork laid in “Pickle Rick” earlier this year. In that episode, Beth took the kids to therapy in order to help them process her divorce from Jerry, but the session ended up serving as a reckoning for Beth’s own disappointment with her father. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Vietnam War’: Why the Filmmakers Delayed the My Lai Massacre Portion of the Documentary

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains a graphic image and disturbing descriptions of atrocities perpetrated during the Vietnam War that are discussed in Episode 8 of PBS’ “The Vietnam War.”]

Although Ken Burns and Lynn Novick had been taking a chronological approach to “The Vietnam War,” the filmmakers delayed the coverage of the horrifying My Lai Massacre, which occurred in 1968, until Episode 8 of the series, which takes place over the course of April 1969 through May 1970. IndieWire spoke to Novick to discuss how the series decided to handle the most shocking and incomprehensible events of the war.

“The My Lai Massacre happened in March of 1968, soon after the Tet Offensive [covered in Episode 6], so it could have been the next episode,” said Novick. “But we chose to tell the story of the events when the American public found out about it, which was in the fall of 1969, almost a year and a half afterwards. That’s when the photograph and newspaper article by Seymour Hersh came out and shocked the American public.”

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’: How Vietnamese Women Saw Combat and »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Spent Less Than One Minute Mourning Erinn Hayes’ Character in Season 2 Premiere

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Erinn Hayes’ last episode of “Kevin Can Wait” was not only shared with her Season 2 replacement, Leah Remini, but it was titled “Sting of Queens” — as if the creators’ long con to swap out Kevin James’ wives was already underway.

The series got such a bad rap after announcing it was letting Hayes go, viewers might have expected them to deal with her character’s departure with grace and respect. After all, even fans who weren’t overwhelmed by the news would need a good reason to forget about a woman they spent 24 episodes getting to know during Season 1.

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Instead, in the blunt tradition of CBS sitcoms — which tackle off-camera issues with the subtlety of a piano being dropped on Charlie Sheen — the “Kevin Can Wait” Season 2 premiere spent less than »

- Ben Travers

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‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Premiere: Unremarkable Start Leaves Viewers Wondering What’s The Point of All This

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Psst, Megyn Kelly: I know what you did last summer. And last year. And the year before that.

NBC’s attempt to give the former Fox News host an extreme non-partisan makeover got off to a bumpy start earlier this year, as Kelly’s primetime newsmagazine “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” drew fire for lackluster chats with Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones, both controversial figures intent on undermining American democracy.

It was a lose-lose situation for Kelly, who has alienated both sides of the political aisle: The left, by years of race baiting on Fox News; the right, by disavowing those Fox years (ironically, just before racism became a cornerstone of the new presidential administration).

Read More:How the Alex Jones Debacle Has Exposed NBC’s $18 Million Megyn Kelly Problem

Kelly had a lot of baggage to unpack in her move to 30 Rock, which made Monday’s premiere of “Megyn Kelly Today »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Brave’ Review: What if NBC’s Dull Military Drama Actually Follows Through on Its Big Twist? — Spoilers

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[Editor’s Note: The following review of “The Brave” Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot,” contains spoilers.]

The Brave” may chronicle the actions of courageous men and women, but, as a series, it’s anything but. The pilot is a paint-by-numbers kidnap-and-rescue story with an unrealistically happy ending, and the military drama only approaches any kind of haunting authenticity with an ending as dark and terrifying as it is likely not to come true.

Beginning in Syria, the first episode picks up Dr. Kimberly Welles (Alix Wilton Regan) as she’s getting a ride home from her posting with Doctors Without Borders. But when her driver takes an alternate route and then abandons the car, gunmen descend on the car and take Kimberly by force.

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Enter Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche), the Deputy Director of Intelligence at the D.I.A. who finds out about Dr. Welles’ abduction about »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Vietnam War’: How Vietnamese Women Saw Combat and Got Involved in Other Harrowing War Efforts

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Women have been involved with war efforts throughout history, but the more accepted duties have mainly been civilian — such as medical, supplies or domestic roles. The amount of combat seen by women depends on the country, and restrictions stemming from physical, social or cultural issues. The latest chapter of PBS’ “The Vietnam War” explored the role of Vietnamese women in that war.

In an interview with IndieWire, Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick elaborated on the story of the women seen in Episode 7, “The Veneer of Civilization,” as they risked their lives driving trucks while American pilots dropped bombs.

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“One of the revelations of the project was how much women were on the [North Vietnamese] front lines,” said Novick. “We met a unit of women who drove trucks down the Ho Chi Minh trail. And, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Ballers,’ and Why You Should Make Time for Guilty Pleasures in a Peak TV Era

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The term “guilty pleasure” has taken on a whole new meaning in the peak TV era. While some may still use it for “shameful” shows they avoid bringing up on a first date, it can also apply to just about anything not widely considered to be the best.

For instance, if you’re choosing to watch “Ballers” instead of “The Deuce,” you might feel guilty about that; or if you start the next “Lethal Weapon” season even though you still haven’t tried out “The Handmaid’s Tale”; or if you scroll through Netflix, mindlessly seeking out a new show, even though you know “Better Things” — a show promising better things right there in the title — is sitting, waiting, on your DVR.

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All of these professionally ill-advised choices can turn guilt-free TV into guilty pleasures. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Georgiou’s Company, a Sarek Showdown, and More Scoop Learned From ‘After Trek’

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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”]

“You guys don’t even know the journey that awaits you,” Sonequa Martin-Green teased on “After Trek,” the “Star Trek: Discovery” after-show that streamed on CBS All Access Sunday night. Several cast members were either beamed in (via satellite) or appeared in studio to discuss the series’ two-episode premiere that debuted half on broadcast television and half on CBS All Access.

Hosted by TV writer and podcaster Matt Mira, “After Trek” gave fans a place to interact online and through social media to discuss the night’s episodes. The show also provides a platform to debut exclusive never-before-seen content, including a featurette of Chris Obi explaining what it takes to play the Klingon T’Kuvma, one giving a behind-the-scenes look at shooting Burnham’s zero-gravity sequence, and a sneak peek of Episode 3.

Read More:‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What to Expect From Episode 3 and Why the Show Will Always Respect »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Megyn Kelly Draws Criticism for Awkward Gay Joke About ‘Will and Grace’ Fan on Talk Show Debut — Watch

25 September 2017 12:23 PM, PDT

Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is off to a rocky start of her new morning talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” after making an off color remark to a “Will & Grace” superfan. During a segment with the “Will & Grace” cast, Kelly surprised audience member Russel Turner by asking him up the stage to meet Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. Kelly asked him: “Is it true that you became a lawyer — and you became gay — because of Will?” Turner responded graciously with humor: “I look at Will Truman, I’m like, ‘He has it made’: lawyer, best apartment in New York City, and gay? Come on, trifecta.”

Before Turner left the stage, Kelly added: “I think the Will & Grace thing and the gay thing is going to work out great!”

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- Jude Dry

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Pilot Becomes One of the Most Pirated TV Episodes in Less Than 24 Hours

25 September 2017 10:43 AM, PDT

The list of the top 100 most pirated television episodes on The Pirate Bay is dominated by the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “Rick and Morty,” and “American Horror Story,” but a rookie title has already broken into the top 20 in under 24 hours, and it’s name is “Star Trek: Discovery.” The latest television entry in the long-running space franchise, “Discovery” debuted its pilot episode on CBS, while its second episode and all future episodes will debut on CBS All Access.

The pilot is already #15 on the most pirated episodes list, which makes sense given “Star Trek’s” enthusiastic fan base and the fact that viewers need to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch the series. Television viewers without cable and/or unwilling to pay for the streaming service to watch the new series are behind the high volume of illegal downloads. The second episode, which debuted on CBS All »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Opens Solid on CBS; Prompts Record Number of Trekkers to Sign Up for CBS All Access

25 September 2017 10:17 AM, PDT

Star Trek: Discovery” opened strong in its initial CBS airing, averaging 9.6 million viewers. CBS expects that number to grow to 15 million viewers once seven days of DVR and video on-demand usage is included.

That wide exposure was key for CBS in promoting the CBS All Access home for “Star Trek: Discovery.” From this point forward, new episodes will only be available on the digital platform.

Already on Sunday, CBS All Access broke a new record for subscriber sign-ups in a single day, surpassing the previous record held by this year’s Grammy Awards.

That means fans were apparently ready when CBS debuted its new series “Star Trek: Discovery” in two parts Sunday night. The first episode was available for everyone to watch on broadcast on CBS at 8:30 p.m. Et and ended on a cliffhanger that was concluded in the second episode, available only on CBS All Access.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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