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David Lynch Explains David Bowie’s Return to ‘Twin Peaks,’ Wishes He Could Work With Him Again

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Twin Peaks: The Return” may be over, but David Lynch isn’t done talking to the press just yet. In a new interview with Pitchfork, the filmmaker gets more candid than usual while talking about his process, and he gets downright sentimental while remembering David Bowie and what it took to bring him back as Phillip Jeffries in the new batch of episodes. “Twin Peaks” executive producer Sabrina Sutherland revealed on Reddit earlier this month that Bowie gave Lynch his approval, but now the director is explaining Bowie’s appearance in his own words.

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“I never even talked to him, but I talked to his lawyer, and they weren’t telling me why he said he couldn’t do it. But then, of course, later on we knew,” Lynch said. “We got permission to use the old footage, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’: 10 Reasons Why ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ is a Great Place to Start for New Viewers

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First, a disclaimer: If you’re looking for a place to start with “Rick and Morty,” the greatest place will always be the pilot. From the jokes about Rick’s inherent distrust of bureaucracy to the immortal closing monologue, it’s the truest litmus test of whether even the most skeptical of first-time viewers are liable to get hooked.

With only a few episodes left in Season 3, however, people on the Internet who keep seeing these two interdimensional explorers pop up in memes (and an increasing number of think pieces) might now be curious about the show. And Sunday night’s episode “Morty’s Mind Blowers” isn’t a bad place to pick up either.

It’s certainly not the best episode of the season. (That honor goes to “The Ricklantis Mixup,” an episode most decidedly not best for beginners.) But as an encapsulation of the show’s episode-to-episode strengths, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Will Once Again Air Live This Year On The West Coast

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Live across the country, it’s “Saturday Night”! After NBC experimented last year with finally airing “Saturday Night Live” live across the country — meaning it aired in primetime in the Pacific time zone — the Peacock appears to be making the move permanent.

Like last spring’s final four episodes, “Saturday Night Live” will air at 8:30 p.m. Pt, live with its 11:30 p.m. Et telecast, and then be rebroadcast again later that night at 11:30 p.m. Pt. The news also allows the show to air at 9:30pm in the Mountain time zone. The 43rd season of “SNL” will premiere on September 30 with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-z.

The announcement comes after “Saturday Night Live’s” huge Emmy haul on Sunday night. Between the Primetime Emmys and the Creative Arts Emmys, “SNL” picked up eight wins this year, more than any other program.

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- Michael Schneider

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Jen Kirkman Defends Louis C.K. Against Sexual Assault Rumors: ‘Sometimes There’s Nothing There’

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In 2015, comedian Jen Kirkman told a story on her podcast about an unnamed successful comedian whom she called a “known perv,” widely assumed to be Louis C.K. “This guy didn’t rape me, but he made a certain difficult decision to go on tour with him really hard,” she said. “Because I knew if I did, I’d be getting more of the same weird treatment I’d been getting from him.” She has since deleted the podcast, but her quotes can be found here.

The rumors remained largely under the radar until recently, when comedian Tig Notaro called on C.K. to “handle” the allegations against him. Notaro addresses sexual assault on the second season of her show, “One Mississippi,” and insisted C.K. had “never been involved” with the show, despite being listed as an executive producer.

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- Jude Dry

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‘Gotham’ Season 4 Extended Trailer Goes Full ‘Dark Knight’ — Watch

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Get ready to catch the Bat-light this Thursday, as “Gotham” returns for its Season 4, subtitled “A Dark Knight.” Judging by the new extended trailer that Fox released on Monday, it looks like it is going to be a very wild ride.

The “dark band” trailer (approved for “Gotham citizens ready for a Dark Knight”) reminds us of last season’s craziness by featuring some of the most important moments, but it leads into even more craziness as more and more villains join the ranks to disturb the already-damaged stability of Gotham City.

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The most notable villain to be introduced this season is Scarecrow, whose interaction with Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is spotlighted more in this trailer than the one released during Comic-Con in July.

As more villains pop up in the streets of the fearsome metropolis, there »


- Alberto Achar

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Critics Pick the Best Documentary TV Series Ever, From ‘The Jinx’ to ’30 for 30’ – IndieWire 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: What’s the best documentary series you’ve seen on TV? Opening this up to past series, current ones, and those that you may have seen screeners for that are coming up soon.

Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet), IndieWire

While we debate whether or not it technically counts as a TV show (certainly that Oscar it won would suggest otherwise), “O.J.: Made in America” was without question a seminal work, and one which owed a lot to its episodic structure while proving to be an addictive binge. Documentaries aren’t exactly my favorite genre, but “Made in America” was as gripping as any scripted series — and we have definitive proof of this, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Transparent’ Review: Season 4 Tries to Do Too Much in the Series’ First Notable Misstep

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Much has been made about what category — and therefore what genre — “Transparent” fits into; a counterproductive twist, considering the series’ purpose is about being yourself and fighting to protect what makes you you, no matter what. To decry or detract from the series because it’s not funny enough to be a comedy or not long enough to be a drama seems especially silly after watching Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) and her striver family seek acceptance for being beautifully, wonderfully weird; for standing out; for not fitting into boxes.

And yet, Season 4 has a genre problem. It’s not that Jill Soloway’s new episodes dip too far into drama. Individually, a lot of the more emotionally intense stories carry great resonance. Many haven’t been told before — like the central engine of Season 4, a family trip to Israel — or they at least haven’t been depicted in such an »


- Ben Travers

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’30 Rock’: The 25 Episodes You Need to Watch Before Tina Fey’s Iconic Comedy Leaves Netflix

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Picking favorites when it comes to “30 Rock” is an awful proposition because the whole series, barring a handful of exceptions, remains an extremely watchable and fascinating comedic journey. But with the show leaving Netflix at the beginning of October (and thus becoming completely unstreamable), we find ourselves in the unfortunate position of having to choose favorites.

Twenty-five episodes equates to less than 10 hours, so you should be able to make the time before September 30. And the adventures of Liz Lemon, Tracy Jordan, Jenna Maroney, Jack Donaghy, and beyond are worth it.

“Tracy Does Conan

Season 1, Episode 7

The first season of “30 Rock” was a bit rocky, but “Tracy Does Conan” does a few important things: It introduces Dr. Leo Spaceman (Chris Parnell), casts Conan O’Brien as himself, and features Aubrey Plaza as an NBC page (a job she actually held in real life). More importantly, it features a breathless sense of anarchy, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Neo Yokio’ Review: This Futuristic Netflix Story is The Greatest Robot Butler Anime of 2017

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In the broad scope of anime history, it would be inaccurate (and maybe even a little unfair) to call “Neo Yokio” an unprecedented series. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a batch of six TV episodes with quite the same subject matter overlap as the latest Netflix animated effort. Starring the voice talents of Jaden Smith and executive produced by Ezra Koenig, “Neo Yokio” is a hyperspecific blend of neo-futurist metropolises, prep school drama, and high-society intrigue, all with a dash of field hockey and weekend jaunts to the Hamptons. The result is a bespoke anime that’s confounding at times, but always in search of new layers to its insulated universe.

Wisely, “Neo Yokio” doesn’t spend more than a narrated intro explaining the origins of its title city, an alternate futurist New York of sorts. Instead it revels in a slew of off-kilter details in the life »


- Steve Greene

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Let Nick Offerman Take You to Camelot in ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ — Exclusive

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You might remember that around this time last year, “Parks & Recreation” star Nick Offerman brought to life Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in a unique audiobook narration performance through Amazon’s Audible. Now, once more, you can listen to his lulling voice narrating another Twain classic in Audible’s new audiobook: “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”.

The 1889 novel follows Hank Morgan, a mechanic living in 19th-century New England, who (after hitting his head) travels back in time 1300 years to Camelot during the years of King Arthur. Being a mechanic living in a progress-driven atmosphere, Hank feels compelled to teach the citizens of Camelot the modern way of life. As he sets out on his endeavor, he encounters several obstacles like an arrogant, devious wizard. While time-travel narratives were not as usual as they are today, the novel says something crucial to readers about social »


- Alberto Achar

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‘Midnight Texas’ Finale: Boss Talks Switching Up That Sexy Ending and Cueing the Danger Up for Season 2

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Virgin Sacrifice,” the season finale of “Midnight, Texas.”]

In a surprisingly romantic season finale, “Midnight, Texas” took a significant departure from the books it’s based on by moving one love scene back behind closed doors. On the show, a demon wants to mate with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) because she’s a powerful virgin witch. Her plan is to go through with it but kill the demon in the act, since she’s accidentally killed someone once before when she was in the throes of passion. Her love interest Bobo (Dylan Bruce) has other ideas though, and realizes that if he sleeps with her, she will no longer be a virgin. Therefore, the budding couple move to the next level of intimacy while a war between good and evil is waged outside.

In the novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired the series, Fiji’s plan plays out more dramatically and in a far ickier way. She makes the »


- Hanh Nguyen

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The 10 Returning Shows Left in 2017 You Need to Know About

18 September 2017 2:06 PM, PDT

TV seasons are a thing of the past, but the fall still sees a lot of new releases. Among the flurry of untested series — a.k.a. brand new shows — there are quite a few returning favorites ready to top their already stellar past seasons. They’re reliable picks for an audience already overwhelmed with options, but even these highly anticipated entries can still get lost in the shuffle.

So fear not, dear readers. The Very Good TV Podcast has got your back. On this week’s episode, IndieWire TV Editor Lisa Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers have collected the 10 most important, exciting, or intriguing returning series to make sure your favorites don’t go overlooked. Or, if you missed some of these the first time through, maybe there’s a new favorite to be had.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Rick and Morty’ Composer Ryan Elder on How to Write a David Bowie Song For a Fart

18 September 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

If the infinite alien worlds and timelines in “Rick and Morty” weren’t wild enough, imagine writing music fit to accompany Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s bizarre-o universes. The Adult Swim show flew under the radar when it debuted in 2013, but it has finally been recognized as one of the smartest, weirdest animated comedies on television. Composer Ryan Elder has been involved with the series since before Harmon; he scored Roiland’s short, “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti,” a loose “Back to the Future” parody that caught Harmon’s eye and would eventually become “Rick and Morty.”

“The idea of creating something that you’re supposed to have never heard before is very difficult,” Elder recently told Pitchfork. “That’s not something composers usually have to do. But it’s also very liberating.” Elder originally wrote the eerily catchy theme song for a different show of Roiland’s, »


- Jude Dry

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Laura Dern Won the Emmy, but Jackie Hoffman’s ‘Damn It’ Won the Internet — Watch

18 September 2017 8:53 AM, PDT

Animated, eccentric, and immensely talented, they just don’t make many like Jackie Hoffman. The hilarious character actress received her first Emmy nomination this year, for playing Mamacita in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” but she lost the statue to Laura Dern, who won for HBO’s smash hit murder mystery, “Big Little Lies.” Hoffman’s honest response when Dern’s name was announced caught many viewers off guard. Rather than delivering the placid, emotionless facade most losers adopt, Hoffman can be seen yelling “Damn it!” in her reaction shot. The Twitter rant that followed is even more hilarious.

“Broadway is dimming the lights,” she wrote. Hoffman is beloved by Broadway fans, having starred in 2002’s “Hairspray,” “Xanadu,” and “The Addams Family.” She first made waves onscreen in “Kissing Jessica Stein,” as the brassy best friend to Jennifer Westfeldt’s Jessica. She plays Billy Eichner’s nagging sister-in-law on Hulu’s “Difficult People, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Netflix Is a Joke’: Those Mysterious Billboards Are Finally Revealed in Cheeky New Ad — Watch

18 September 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

The mystery behind an ad campaign that gave many Angelenos pause on their daily commutes has been solved. Billboards bearing the slogan ‘Netflix Is a Joke’ in plain black and white  delighted some and confused others, it turns out it was all part of a PR stunt to promote the streaming sit’e new comedy specials. In a new trailer, which premiered at the Emmys last night, America’s favorite stand-ups popped up in iconic scenes from Netflix original dramas. Jerry Seinfeld sits down in the Oval Office for a chat with Frank Underwood, Ellen Degeneres has some harsh truths for John Lithgow’s Winston Churchill, and Chris Rock incites a walk out at Litchfield penitentiary by riling up the ladies of “Orange is the New Black.” There’s even a brief Dave Chappelle sighting, in case you haven’t had enough of him yet.

Read More:Emmys 2017 Winners and Losers: Donald Glover, »


- Jude Dry

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‘Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event’ Exclusive Clip: Genndy Tartakovsky on the Origin of His Classic Series — Watch

18 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Samurai Jack” came to a close earlier this year with a long-awaited fifth season that came about nearly 14 years after its inconclusive predecessor. The acclaimed series began in 2001 with “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie,” which will screen for one night only courtesy of Fathom Events. Avail yourself of an exclusive clip below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “‘Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event’ follows a young Samurai after he is sent to the future by the evil wizard, Aku. Determined to undo his destruction, Jack sets off on a daring journey to return to the past and defeat Aku once and for all. Gathering allies and combatting other villains along the way, Jack battles to accomplish his mission and restore the peace of the past.”

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- Michael Nordine

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Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn’t Understand Why ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ Can’t Have a Female Hero

18 September 2017 6:06 AM, PDT

Earlier this year, BBC made a groundbreaking announcement when it revealed “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whitaker would be the new lead on “Doctor Who,” making her the first female doctor since the series first began over 50 years ago. The news was a cause for celebration, but of course a certain section of the fandom was not too pleased the show was making a gender switch. Within hours of the announcement, the hashtags #NotMyDoctor and #NurseWho became the official slogans of the opposition. The months since have seen the BBC and previous Doctors defend Whitaker, and you can count fellow BBC favorite Benedict Cumberbatch among her most vocal supporters.

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“It’s an alien. Why can’t it be a woman? Why can’t it be any gender? It doesn’t matter to me,” Cumberbatch said to Variety. The actor »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ Clip Show Subterfuge is the Show at its Most Dependable

17 September 2017 10:01 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 8, “Morty’s Mind Blowers.”]

One of the joys of “Rick and Morty” is that there’s no standard Rick and Morty adventure. As last week proved, there’s no concrete shortcut to a classic episode, no formula to ensure success with this group of characters. So after the gut-wrenching, soul-crushing madness of last week’s “The Ricklantis Mixup,” it would be easy to write off a subsequent clip-show curveball as a necessary breather before heading back into a more serialized story. Instead, this week’s “Morty’s Mind Blowers” laid the the groundwork for a new kind of one-off. While not the Season 3 game-changer that recent weeks have ushered in, it took an established format and twisted it to the usual fiendish “Rick and Morty” ends.

For a series that delights in its visual inventiveness, it’s hard to believe that this was the first time “Rick and Morty” ventured into the M.C. Escher zone, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Outlander’ Review: A Hero Loses Himself In The Aftermath of War

17 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 2, “Surrender.”]

Unrequited Love

Of the two lives lived by the infamous couple following their separation pre-Culloden, Jamie’s was a richer one story-wise, as it involved living though a time of Red Coats, jail and infinite adventure. Basically all of the things Claire escaped when she returned to the rocks and slipped back to the 1940s, where her relatively simple existence with Frank was much easier, if not just as hollow as Jamie’s. So it makes sense that the narrative focused the majority of the second episode on Jamie’s return to Lallybroch and what it meant for Jenny, Ian and the rest of the tenants as they struggled to hide the “Dunbonnet” from British officers.

The Dunbonnet

With the new captain intent on finding Red Jamie and bringing him to justice for his crimes, a very soiled and hairy Jamie haunted the grounds of Lallybroch while living in a »


- Amber Dowling

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‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows How to Learn from History’s Errors

17 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

While spending a career highlighting some of U.S. history’s most notable figures — Jackie Robinson, the Roosevelts, Jack JohnsonKen Burns has also undercut the idea of the “ordinary American.” Not only finding worthy stories in the lives of titanic men and women who still loom large over the public consciousness, he’s been able to elevate lesser-known individuals from the respective histories of baseball, the Civil War, jazz, and more, showing that those eras and institutions were also shaped by people less often regarded as heroes.

The great equalization of the past is on display once again in Burns’ and co-director Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” a mammoth, 18-hour history told through and by members from both sides of the ill-fated conflict. Journalists and soldiers, government officials and Gold Star families all add to an understanding of Vietnam, presented without varnish or favoritism. A tale for modern audiences, »


- Steve Greene

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