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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers

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‘Better Things’ Review: Pamela Adlon’s Finale is an Endless Gift for Endlessly Giving Mothers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the “Better Things” Season 2 finale, Episode 10, “Graduation.”]

Even professional writers have their limit, and mine arrived the moment Max (Mikey Madison) lifted her blindfold and saw her mother, Sam (Pamela Adlon), sisters Frankie (Hannah Alligood) and Duke (Olivia Edward), and grandmother, Phil (Celia Imrie), dressed all in black, standing on a shiny black stage, about to recreate Christine and the Queens’ “Tilted” music video as a graduation present for the family’s eldest daughter.

How do you expand upon something so perfect?

Up until that point, plenty of beautiful moments had stacked up over the course of Adlon’s Season 2 finale, “Graduation.” There was the cohesion between the premiere and the finale. The first episode of Season 2, “September,” finds Sam dealing with Max’s very adult new boyfriend. She’s put in an impossible position: Flip out, demand they break up, and forbid Max from seeing him, or do what she chooses to do: privately fume, keep her daughter close,
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Inside the Unlikely Success of 'The Chris Gethard Show'

Inside the Unlikely Success of 'The Chris Gethard Show'
Could the next Johnny Carson be a comedian from West Orange, New Jersey with two Morrissey tattoos? "I know that's an unrealistic goal," Chris Gethard tells Rolling Stone with a bemused smile. "Is it gonna happen? Probably not. But why not try to take over, see what happens?"

Gethard, 37, is the creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show (Tcgs). "It's a show named after a guy and that guy's not in control," he says on the talkshow's zany, clubhouse-like set. Rolling Stone followed the comedian for a week leading
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Sarah Silverman Wrestles with Louis C.K.’s Harassment: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’

Sarah Silverman Wrestles with Louis C.K.’s Harassment: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’
Sarah Silverman opened Thursday’s new episode of “I Love You, America” with a heartfelt and emotional monologue about the current outpouring of sexual harassment and assault allegations dominating the news cycle. And she didn’t shy away from “the elephant masturbating in the room” — Louis C.K.

While Silverman described C.K. as “one of my best friends of over 25 years,” she also didn’t pull her punches in acknowledging that he “masturbated in front of women. He wielded his power with women in fucked-up ways, sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely.”

Silverman appeared in multiple episodes of “Louie” during its FX run and, as stated above, has a close friendship with him. But in the context of “I Love You, America,” her choice to address the issue was grounded in a statement she made previously in the show’s run: “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.
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Sarah Silverman Wrestles with Louis C.K.’s Harassment: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’

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Sarah Silverman Wrestles with Louis C.K.’s Harassment: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’
Sarah Silverman opened Thursday’s new episode of “I Love You, America” with a heartfelt and emotional monologue about the current outpouring of sexual harassment and assault allegations dominating the news cycle. And she didn’t shy away from “the elephant masturbating in the room” — Louis C.K.

While Silverman described C.K. as “one of my best friends of over 25 years,” she also didn’t pull her punches in acknowledging that he “masturbated in front of women. He wielded his power with women in fucked-up ways, sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely.”

Silverman appeared in multiple episodes of “Louie” during its FX run and, as stated above, has a close friendship with him. But in the context of “I Love You, America,” her choice to address the issue was grounded in a statement she made previously in the show’s run: “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.
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‘Search Party’ Review: Season 2 is a Taut, Brooding, Heart Attack-on-tv That’s Just as Funny as Before

‘Search Party’ Review: Season 2 is a Taut, Brooding, Heart Attack-on-tv That’s Just as Funny as Before
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Search Party” Season 1. There are no spoilers for Season 2, but fair warning for any reader who’s not fully up-to-date.]

Search Party” ended its first season in a completely unexpected spot. The group set up to be saviors — or at least the only people who cared about Chantal, a young New Yorker gone missing — turned out to be killers. No, they didn’t off the woman they spent the whole season looking for, but Dory (Alia Shawkat), Drew (John Reynolds), Elliott (John Early), and Portia (Meredith Hagner) nevertheless found themselves on the run after murdering someone else during the investigation.

Read More:‘Future Man’ Review: Seth Rogen’s Zealously Bawdy Hulu Series Riffs on Sci-Fi Classics for New-ish Adventures

Keith’s (Ron Livingston) death in the Season 1 finale threw a crazy twist at fans and sent their minds scurrying. With Chantal found and a man dead, what would Season 2 look like? What would be the TBS comedy’s new focus? Is there a fresh mystery to be solved, or will
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‘Search Party’ Review: Season 2 is a Taut, Brooding, Heart Attack-on-tv That’s Just as Funny as Before

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‘Search Party’ Review: Season 2 is a Taut, Brooding, Heart Attack-on-tv That’s Just as Funny as Before
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Search Party” Season 1. There are no spoilers for Season 2, but fair warning for any reader who’s not fully up-to-date.]

Search Party” ended its first season in a completely unexpected spot. The group set up to be saviors — or at least the only people who cared about Chantal, a young New Yorker gone missing — turned out to be killers. No, they didn’t off the woman they spent the whole season looking for, but Dory (Alia Shawkat), Drew (John Reynolds), Elliott (John Early), and Portia (Meredith Hagner) nevertheless found themselves on the run after murdering someone else during the investigation.

Read More:‘Future Man’ Review: Seth Rogen’s Zealously Bawdy Hulu Series Riffs on Sci-Fi Classics for New-ish Adventures

Keith’s (Ron Livingston) death in the Season 1 finale threw a crazy twist at fans and sent their minds scurrying. With Chantal found and a man dead, what would Season 2 look like? What would be the TBS comedy’s new focus? Is there a fresh mystery to be solved, or will
See full article at Indiewire »

‘There’s…Johnny!’ Review: Hulu’s Carson-Era ‘Tonight Show’ Dramedy Is a Sweet ’70s Fairy Tale

‘There’s…Johnny!’ Review: Hulu’s Carson-Era ‘Tonight Show’ Dramedy Is a Sweet ’70s Fairy Tale
As far as audience surrogates go, you can’t get any better or time-tested than a wide-eyed optimist thrust into the middle of a culture shock. “There’s…Johnny!” protagonist Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) ticks all those boxes, becoming a gateway to the backstage world at the Johnny Carson-hosted “Tonight Show” in Hulu’s new seven-part comedy series. But there’s a distinct style and approach to the show around Andy that elevates this from a comedy curiosity or a wistful passion project to something worth immersing in.

Rather than re-creating faint replications of antics from the time when Carson ruled late night, “There’s…Johnny!” (originally produced for Seeso, before that comedy service shut down) uses actual archival footage from the show, even incorporating memorable moments as significant plot points for the characters just off-camera. Johnny, Ed McMahon, and even a few notable guest stars pop up on
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‘There’s…Johnny!’ Review: Hulu’s Carson-Era ‘Tonight Show’ Dramedy Is a Sweet ’70s Fairy Tale

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‘There’s…Johnny!’ Review: Hulu’s Carson-Era ‘Tonight Show’ Dramedy Is a Sweet ’70s Fairy Tale
As far as audience surrogates go, you can’t get any better or time-tested than a wide-eyed optimist thrust into the middle of a culture shock. “There’s…Johnny!” protagonist Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) ticks all those boxes, becoming a gateway to the backstage world at the Johnny Carson-hosted “Tonight Show” in Hulu’s new seven-part comedy series. But there’s a distinct style and approach to the show around Andy that elevates this from a comedy curiosity or a wistful passion project to something worth immersing in.

Rather than re-creating faint replications of antics from the time when Carson ruled late night, “There’s…Johnny!” (originally produced for Seeso, before that comedy service shut down) uses actual archival footage from the show, even incorporating memorable moments as significant plot points for the characters just off-camera. Johnny, Ed McMahon, and even a few notable guest stars pop up on
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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
See full article at Indiewire Television »

‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig

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‘The Mindy Project’ Finale Proves Mindy Kaling Is Ready for Her ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ Gig
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Mindy Project” series finale, “It Had to Be You.”]

The Mindy Project” came to an end on Tuesday with its series finale, and every major character finds love or fulfillment in some form. Everything comes full circle with Dr. Mindy Lahiri (creator and star Mindy Kaling) fleeing from a wedding on a bicycle while wearing a sequined dress. But what a difference six seasons and countless boyfriends make. In the pilot, Mindy’s bike escape is sparked by going on a drunken rant at her ex’s wedding. In the finale, she’s peddling away from her good friend’s wedding into the arms of the man she loves.

Over the course of five years and two networks, Kaling refined her romantic comedy style, which ranged from irreverent and goofy to idealistic and contemplative. It hasn’t always been the most consistent, though, and season-to-season has ranged wildly in tone and execution. This was partially due to the network switch,
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‘Godless’ Review: Merritt Wever Gets a Gun in Netflix’s Grand Ol’ Feminist Western

Many who watch Merritt Wever impatiently pull a gun on an old man who yells at her nephew one too many times — meaning, he yells at the kid once — will wish the series around her had an equally expeditious attitude. Wever’s character, Mary Agnes, is done finding bliss in the “child bearing and caregiving” ways of her fellow women. She dresses as she pleases, seeing no practical purpose for a corset. She dates who she wants to date — a woman — and generally does what she wants to do; mainly, outsmarting, outdrawing, and out-performing most men who dare dismiss her because she’s not ladylike enough.

In short, she’s not one for delayed gratification, hiding behind custom, or wasting time in general, so when a loudmouthed man raises his voice to the wrong child at the wrong time, out comes her gun. And within seconds, Mary Agnes gets what she wants.
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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Review: Finale Pitches a Misandrist Takeover That Sounds Pretty Good Right Now

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Review: Finale Pitches a Misandrist Takeover That Sounds Pretty Good Right Now
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “American Horror Story: Cult,” Season 7, Episode 11, “Great Again” — the season finale.]

As one cult comes to an end, another begins.

So goes “American Horror Story: Cult,” the ambitious seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed horror franchise. After spending an entire season examining a Trump stand-in’s reign of terror, the ending ominously hinted at a new king — well, a new queen. Ally (Sarah Paulson) took down Kai (Evan Peters), stole his senate seat, and began her own quest for greater power — with the help of “some very special, very powerful friends who are going to bring about the better world we were talking about.”

Read More:‘American Horror Story: Cult’: Keeping the Controversial Mass Shooting Scene is as Essential as Re-Cutting It

Made clear when she dons her green hood, Ally is referring to the radical feminist cult inspired by Valerie Solanas’ (Lena Dunham) “Scum Manifesto.” It appears the newly elected senator is ready to unleash the female rage first cultivated by Solanas,
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'DWTS' Semifinals: Lindsay Arnold Overcomes Injury to Deliver Two Stunning Performances with Jordan Fisher

'DWTS' Semifinals: Lindsay Arnold Overcomes Injury to Deliver Two Stunning Performances with Jordan Fisher
Lindsay Arnold became the latest castmember on this season of Dancing With the Starsto suffer a painful injury that threatened to remove her from the competition -- but the pro managed to power through the pain!

On Monday's DWTS semifinals episode, Arnold and her celeb partner Jordan Fisher -- who are the odds-on favorites to take home the Mirrorball trophy this season -- performed a mature Argentine tango set to "Brother" by Needtobreathe.

In a pre-taped package, Arnold explained that the inspiration behind the dance was the close bond that they've formed throughout the season.

"He truly has become the older brother to me that I always wish I had," Arnold told the DWTS cameras, before she suffered a painful injury while rehearsing a number with her fellow pros the day before the live semifinals episode.

News: Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold Talk Landing Two Perfect Scores on ‘DWTS’ With Corbin Bleu (Exclusive)

"I was practicing the pro number
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Go behind-the-scenes of The Tonight Show with trailer for Hulu comedy series There’s… Johnny!

With less than a week to go until it arrives on Hulu, a trailer has arrived online for the upcoming 1970’s set comedy series There’s… Johnny!, a fictional behind-the-scenes take on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson , which stars stars Ian Nelson, Tony Danza, and Jane Levy; watch it below…

1972, Burbank, California. 19-year-old Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) is surprised to have stumbled his way into a job at “The Tonight Show” starring his hero, Johnny Carson. A coming-of-age story, we follow this kid who up till now has never left Nebraska, and is now caught up in the glamorous, fast lane of Hollywood. Sex, drugs, rock & roll – and show business; it’s a long, magical journey ahead.

There’s…Johnny! arrives on Hulu on December 16th.
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‘There’s Johnny’ Trailer: Co-Creator Paul Reiser’s 1970s-Set Comedy Reveals Backstage Mayhem On ‘The Tonight Show’

"Did you know it takes over 100 talented people to put a show like this together? A show like this. Ours is put together by three winos." Beginning with those words from Johnny himself, we’re getting a look at the final trailer for There's … Johnny!, a seven-episode comedy series set behind the scenes at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The complete Season 1 launches November 16 on Hulu, after initially being slated for now-defunct Seeso. Co-created by Paul Reiser
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Cedric The Entertainer Hosts 18th Annual Emmys Golf Classic Benefiting Television Academy Foundation

The Television Academy Foundation raised a record breaking $330,000 at the star-studded 18th Annual Emmys Golf Classic on October 30.

Cedric the Entertainer hosts 18th Annual Emmys Golf Classic

Funds raised at the event, co-sponsored by Staples Center Premium Seating, will support the Foundation’s renowned educational programs.

Television stars, entertainment industry executives, Television Academy leadership and corporate partners competed in the day-long golf tournament at the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles.

Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer (The Comedy Get Down, The Last Og), the star-studded event included competitors from some of television’s top shows: Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Peter Mackenzie (black-ish), Benito Martinez (How to Get Away with Murder), Richard Kind (The Goldbergs), Bailey Chase (Twin Peaks), Robbie Amell (The X-Files), Adam Rodriguez (Criminal Minds), Carlos Bernard (24:Legacy), Joel Gretsch (Vampire Diaries), Jeff Nordling (Big Little Lies), Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds), Rocky Carroll (NCIS), C.S. Lee (Silicon Valley), Pat Finn
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Bid Farewell to the Steve Allen Theater + More L.A. Actor Events This Week

If you’re just crawling out of your candy coma, now’s a good time to get back in the swing of things with a few events that will inspire you. But nothing too strenuous, right? After the craziness of Halloween—not to mention your rigorous rehearsal, auditioning, and workshop schedule—you deserve to low-key hone your craft and relax. Bid farewell to a beloved performance space.Named for the late-night legend who was a predecessor and inspiration to everyone from Johnny Carson to Jimmy Fallon, the Steve Allen Theater made its own mark on Los Feliz, housing small productions and now-famous comedians like Louis C.K., Bob Odenkirk, and more. Earlier this year, it announced it was closing to make way for a new development. Join performers like Bruce McCulloch, Jerry Minor, and Kristian Hoffman for “The Last Night at the Steve Allen Theater” on Nov. 3 and say bon voyage
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The Today Show Hosts Dress Up as Some of the Biggest Names in Country For Halloween

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The Today Show Hosts Dress Up as Some of the Biggest Names in Country For Halloween
The Today show always knows how to throw together an epic group Halloween costume. After channeling '90s icons last year, the cast decided to bring a little bit of Nashville to NYC with their country costumes during Tuesday's episode. While Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer channeled music duo Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, some of the hosts decided to impersonate guests that were actually on the show. Hoda Kotb wore the exact same outfit (and facial hair) as Blake Shelton, Kathie Lee Gifford channeled Miley Cyrus, and Carson Daily paid homage to Billy Ray Cyrus circa "Achy Breaky Heart." See all of their amazing costumes ahead! RelatedThe Today Show's Most Over-the-Top Halloween Costumes Through the Years
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2017 Los Angeles Mission Gala To Honor Catherine Zeta-Jones

The Los Angeles Mission has announced that its 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala will honor multiple award-winning actress Catherine Zeta Jones.

Jones will be honored with Anne Douglas’s namesake Award at the November 9th gala.

Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio will receive the Legacy of Vision Award at the Mission’s gala. He is the owner of the popular new restaurant ink.well.

The gala event will be hosted by Michaela Pereira, Anchor and host of the daily program “Michaela” on Hln. Music will be provided by country music star Adam Craig.

The Anne Douglas Award is given each year to the person who has made significant contributions to the community. The award is named for Mrs. Douglas, the benefactor of the Los Angeles Mission’s Anne Douglas Center for Women and the wife of actor Kirk Douglas.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Four
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