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‘The Sinner’: Why This Mystery Is Swapping Out Red Herrings for Something Much More Satisfying

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In the lead-up to “The Sinner,” the creators, actors, and loglines stressed the idea that this was a crime story that concerned itself more about the “why.” But Wednesday night’s episode, down to the horrific discovery that closed out the show’s fourth installment, proved that the show has still been concerned with plenty of those other “w” questions, particularly “what” it is that every character in this USA drama thinks they’re pursuing.

The murder that opened the series has been combed over by all the show’s major players: possibly unwitting perpetrator Cora (Jessica Biel), detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman), and Cora’s husband Mason (Christopher Abbott). Determined to stumble on some sort of meaning to a senseless act of violence, each of them have had to confront times when they were not who they purported to be. Harry is struggling through his infidelities and Mason even »

- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Photos Still Show No Signs of Daenerys, but Bran Appears Ready to Finally Speak Up

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In the final episode of “Game of Thrones” this season, history will be made one way or another.

For the first time during her reign, Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has deigned to hold court to meet with her biggest rivals: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), the leaders whose respective Houses are represented in the episode’s title, “The Dragon and the Wolf.”

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’: In Defense of Believable Timelines and Logic Even on a Fantasy Show With Dragons

While Jon and Dany have seen the White Walkers and their army of the dead up close and personal, they have yet to convince Cersei to put aside her power-hungry ways and call a detente in order to focus their combined forces up North to defeat their common enemy. Because most people in Westeros still believe the White Walkers, whom they’ve dubbed The Others, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Godless’ Photos: Netflix Brings Steven Soderbergh’s Epic Western With a Feminist Twist

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Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery star in the series about a town run by women who must defend against a murderous gang headed their way. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Season 2 Trailer and Photos Look More Bizarre Than Ever

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Everything is still connected when “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” returns, but there just happen to be more things to connect.

The Season 2 trailer, which BBC America released on Wednesday, reveals that Dirk (Samuel Barnett) and his pal Todd (Elijah Wood) will be reunited by the law. Meanwhile, Todd’s sister Amanda (Hannah Marks) appears to have figured out how things are connecting also. And it’s very quick, but we’re happy to see the corgi has returned as well as Bart (Fiona Dourif) looking a little bit sooty and the newly bearded Ken (Mpho Koaho). There’s also a prince with pink hair.

Read More:‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Season 2 Sneak Peek Is What Dreams Are Made Of

It’s all very confusing, so here’s the official BBC America description:

Every season is a dizzying, smart, dangerous, unexpected and (for us, not the people »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Season 2 Photos Reveal an ‘Acceleration of Strangeness’

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The BBC America series returns with new cast members Alan Tudyk, John Hannah, and more on Oct. 14. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Tig Notaro Says Louis C.K. Should ‘Handle’ the Sexual Misconduct Rumors Surrounding Him

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The once symbiotic relationship between comedians Tig Notaro and Louis C.K. has soured, as Notaro told The Daily Beast that C.K. has no creative role on her Amazon show, “One Mississippi.” Although C.K. is listed as an executive producer during the opening credits, Notaro said he has “nothing to do with the show… He’s never been involved.”

She repeated similar statements three times throughout the interview. “His name is on it. But we are writing the show, the writers’ room. We’re sitting in editing. We’re acting. We’re on set,” she said. Her insistence might have something to do with the fact that a major plot in season two of “One Mississippi” involves sexual assault in the work place.

Read More:‘One Mississippi’ Teaser: Tig Notaro Is No Longer Gay In Season Two of Amazon’s Dark Comedy

There have been rumors surrounding C.K. »

- Jude Dry

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‘Game of Thrones’: George R.R. Martin Says Some Characters Will Still Be Alive in Next Book

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It’s been six years since George R.R. Martin released “A Dance with Dragons,” the fifth book out of seven in his lauded “Game of Thrones” series. But while fans have anxiously awaited the release of “The Winds of Winter,” HBO wasted no time in moving ahead with their adaptation of Martin’s books.

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While Martin has always given the series his blessing, even writing past episodes, he’s quick to make the distinction between the show and the story being told in his own work. In an interview with Metro, he said that he no longer has time to watch the series because he is too busy writing and “touring.” Martin also explained how this will impact the upcoming novel, “The Winds of Winter.”

“The book series and TV adaptation go their separate ways,”  Martin told Metro. »

- Jamie Righetti

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‘Big Mouth’: Nick Kroll’s New Animated Netflix Comedy Gets Release Date, Poster, and First Look — Watch

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Growing up is hard. Nick Kroll might have found a way to make it funny.

Netflix released the first look at “Big Mouth,” the newest animated comedy about the pitfalls of early teen life, set to be released next month. In addition to voicing the character of Nick on the show, Kroll serves as a co-creator, along with writers Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett.

Read More:The 20 Best Animated TV Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

It’s the second Netflix project of the year for Kroll, who co-starred with John Mulaney as their now-iconic sketch characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland in the special “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” Mulaney also features prominently in “Big Mouth” as Nick’s friend Andrew, also facing the literal and imagined dangers of the middle ground between childhood and adulthood.

Past Kroll collaborators Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny SlateMaya Rudolph, Jessi Klein, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’: In Defense of Believable Timelines and Logic Even on a Fantasy Show With Dragons

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[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

The penultimate episode of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 has been a divisive one for fans, and not because of the usual politics of who should win, who should lose, and who should possibly sleep with her long-lost nephew.

Instead, many viewers came away frustrated because even though “Beyond the Wall” was entertaining, so much of it was unbelievable. This, on a show with magic, dragons, zombies, and even a zombie-dragon. Although some detractors had pointed to plot holes and character inconsistencies, the biggest offender across the board was time.

In the episode, an emergency rescue mission had to go into effect when Jon Snow (Kit Harington) & Co. were surrounded by an army of the undead who were stopped by a moat of a partially frozen lake. Their only hope of surviving lay in a three-part plan: Gendry (Joe Dempsie) had to flee on foot back to Eastwatch, his message would »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Disjointed’ Review: You Need to Be Stoned to Enjoy Kathy Bates’ Netflix Comedy, and That’s Not High Praise

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Disjointed” is a title sporting so many puns that unpacking them proves irresistible. (Pun-haters to the back.) The core word “joint” refers to both a marijuana cigarette and the slang term for any ‘ol place at all; like, say, the dispensary where Kathy Bates’ long-term pot advocate, Ruth, legally sells medicinal and recreational weed in the new Netflix comedy.

“Head to Ruth’s joint and buy as many joints as you’d like!” is a slogan Ruth herself might share in the series: an easy, obvious joke for a show built (mostly) around simple pleasures.

Fans of equally elementary wordplay are probably sold, but not so fast — the new Netflix comedy unveils a harsh buzz upon further pun-vestigation. Optimists could argue “disjointed” refers to the the pieced together family of pot dealers, smokers, and breeders who all work out of Ruth’s shop. That’s a nice thought, but after binging four episodes, »

- Ben Travers

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked

22 August 2017 1:19 PM, PDT

On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a »

- Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7 Finale Title and Run Time Revealed

22 August 2017 1:14 PM, PDT

The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale is almost here, and HBO has released the very intriguing episode title, as well as the epic runtime.

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In a tweet on Tuesday, the official “Thrones” account revealed that the episode will be titled “The Dragon and the Wolf,” and will last for 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A majestic raven gif accompanied the news:

Ravens tell us that the #GoTS7 finale will be 79 minutes and 43 seconds.

Watch “The Dragon and the Wolf” Sunday at 9Pm on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/zcCutpjqtp

Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) August 22, 2017

The season finale’s title lays bare what has been hinted at for the majority of Season 7: Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. The Dragon and the Wolf. Of course, Dany needs all the allies she can muster after last week’s devastating and shocking twist. »

- Jamie Righetti and William Earl

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Trailer: Trump’s Election Is Just the Beginning of the Clownish Nightmare – Watch

22 August 2017 12:54 PM, PDT

For many Americans, their worst fears came true in November 2016 when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. “American Horror Story: Cult” will tap into the real-life nightmare in its own signature way.

In the trailer for the series’ seventh season, Ryan Murphy show regular Sarah Paulson looks to be a regular suburban housewife in Michigan who is horrified at the election results. In another household, Evan Peters’ character is rather energized and turned on by the news. And then things get really weird and frightening.

Read More:Ryan Murphy Says Don’t Take Him Literally; New ‘American Horror Story’ Won’t Feature Donald Trump

That’s because this season is all about realizing one’s fears, whether it’s bees or clowns. So. Many. Clowns. And yes, that includes our old friend Twisty the Clown from “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” This looks like “It” on steroids. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Shows Critics Wrote Off but Then Grew to Love — IndieWire Survey

22 August 2017 11:53 AM, PDT

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: What’s a show that you may have quit or written off, but were happy that you gave a second chance?

(This could mean a show that got better as it went along, a show that course-corrected, a show that you felt got lumped together with others and therefore didn’t get a fair shake at first, or one that you see differently because of some changed perspective in your own life.)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

This question is good timing because I just spent my weekend watching all of Halt and Catch Fire! I remember watching the first episode at a preview screening and struggling »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home

22 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

It took one day at a time, but Norman Lear’s long-gestating comedy project “Guess Who Died” finally has a home: NBC.

The Peacock network has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera comedy, which Lear recently re-developed with Peter Tolan.

Set in a retirement village, “Guess Who Died” has been in the works for at least seven years. Lear had pitched the show around town several times, and expressed dismay that the show wouldn’t get made because of its focus on older characters.

Read More:Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

But “Guess Who Died” gained momentum after Lear, at age 95, earned raves for the recent successful remake of his 1970s comedy “One Day at a Time,” executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett and and Mike Royce. That show comes from Sony Pictures TV, as does “Guess Who Died. »

- Michael Schneider

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Netflix Lost Its Chill: Viewership Went Down During the Solar Eclipse

21 August 2017 6:45 PM, PDT

Never underestimate the power of the moon.

The solar eclipse on Monday that was visible across the United States stopped people from working enough to get outside, socialize with strangers, and stare at the sun using the appropriate retina-saving gear. By extension, this meant that a good chunk of people were looking at the sky when they normally would be watching their screens.

Read More:Solar Eclipse on TV: Marge Simpson and Don Draper Show What Not To Do

That evening, long after the celestial event occurred, Netflix assessed its viewership and noticed something funny. Its numbers were down during a specific portion of the day. The percentage was so large that the streaming service shared its findings in a couple of tweets:

Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I Have Always Been There For You.

— Netflix Us (@netflix) August 22, 2017

but really, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’: Richard Dormer Explains How That Game-Changing Resurrection Was Allowed to Happen

21 August 2017 4:50 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

Game of Thrones” gave the White Walkers a weapon in this week’s episode that helped balance the scales between good and evil. The unfortunate part is that it could have been prevented.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) had swooped in on her dragon to save Jon Snow (Kit Harington), but just as it seemed like they would make their escape unscathed, the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) lobbed a magical ice spear at one of Dany’s other dragons, killing Viserion in midair and causing him to crash down into the freezing lake below. At the end of the episode, the Night King had the creature dragged out of the water and turned into one of his own followers, an undead dragon to do his bidding.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Is Testing Viewers’ Allegiances and Their Tolerance for Incest

By now, the concept of resurrection on “Game of Thrones” is nothing new, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’: 7 Powerful Moments When Kyle MacLachlan Barely Moves

21 August 2017 4:35 PM, PDT

Recently, Seth Meyers imagined what his NBC talk show might look like if it was set in The Red Room. Despite the opportunity for easy potshots at the preposterousness of “Twin Peaks,” the two-minute segment played it pretty straight.

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The original opening titles were reincorporated along with the 4:3 framing of the original seasons. There were stand-ins for Laura Palmer and The Man From Another Place, while Meyers took over the role of Agent Dale Cooper. For anyone familiar with the series, the video homage was quite fun. For anyone else, it would’ve been quite weird.

But one thing stood out above the rest: Seth Meyers was moving too much.

Now, that’s not a slight against Meyers. His take on Agent Cooper was about as physically restrained as possible, barring any lessons from »

- Ben Travers

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‘Room 104’: Why the Latest Jay Duplass-Led Episode Didn’t Need to be Weird to be Compelling

21 August 2017 2:27 PM, PDT

There’s an anthology series trap that some series fall into when they focus on their own mythology, at the expense of the rich characters right in view. But in its early going, “Room 104” has a strong grasp on its own ambitions. It’s not trying to set up a sequel or connect its episodes into an overarching master plan. Though they may pass through the same room, these individuals live in their own clearly defined, personal worlds that have a very distinct set of concerns and anxieties.

So even though previous episodes have occupied some of the weirder psychological corners of holing up in a chain motel, that mood was always going to be flexible. With its fourth episode, “I Knew You Weren’t Dead,” “Room 104” still flirts with the metaphysical, but to a decidedly different end. A sweet, simple tale of friendship, loss, guilt, and regret, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Behind The Scenes Photos: Rami Malek, Bobby Cannavale, and More Shoot in NYC

21 August 2017 1:59 PM, PDT

These shots shed new light on the secretive upcoming season.

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- William Earl

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