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Emmys 2018: The Winners List

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 8:15pm

TV's biggest night is finally here: The 2018 Emmys are about to kick off!

On Monday, September 17, NBC is airing the 70th Annual Emmy Awards, and the best and brightest from the small screen — Game of ThronesThis Is Us, Handmaid's Tale, and more — are up for the big awards. Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che will be on-hand to emcee the night.

Follow along with us as we update the winners live. All of the nominees in the top categories are listed below, and as awards are given, we will note who won. Stay tuned!

How to Watch the 2018 Emmys Online How to Watch the 2018 Emmys Online

All the details you need to know.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Louie Anderson - Baskets
Brian Tyree Henry - Atlanta
Kenan Thompson - Saturday Night Live
Alec Baldwin - Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess - Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Shalhoub - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Henry Winkler - Barry — WINNER

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz - Atlanta
Alex Borstein - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — WINNER
Leslie Jones - Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon - Saturday Night Live
Aidy Bryant - Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin - GLOW
Laurie Metcalf - Roseanne
Megan Mullally - Will & Grace

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon - Better Things
Tracee Ellis Ross - black-ish
Issa Rae -Insecure
Allison Janney - Mom
Rachel Brosnahan - The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — WINNER
Lily Tomlin - Grace & Frankie

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Donald Glover - Atlanta
Bill Hader - Barry — WINNER
Anthony Anderson - black-ish
Ted Danson - The Good Place
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
William H. Macy - Shameless

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TV's biggest night is here.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Penelope Cruz - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Sara Bareilles - Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Merritt Wever - Godless — WINNER
Adina Porter - American Horror Story: Cult
Letitia Wright - Black Mirror: Black Museum

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Jeff Daniels - Godless — WINNER
Brandon Victor Dixon - Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Edgar Ramirez - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Finn Wittrock -The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ricky Martin - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
John Leguizamo - Waco
Michael Stuhlbarg - The Looming Tower

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie
Jessica Biel - The Sinner
Laura Dern - The Tale
Edie Falco - Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Michelle Dockery - Godless
Regina King - Seven Seconds — WINNER
Sarah Paulson - American Horror Story: Cult

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie
Darren Criss - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — WINNER
Antonio Banderas - Genius: Picasso
Jeff Daniels - The Looming Tower
John Legend - Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Benedict Cumberbatch - Patrick Melrose
Jesse Plemons - Black Mirror: USS Callister

 Behind the Scenes With the Stars of 'This Is Us,' 'The Crown' & More (PHOTOS) Emmys 2018 Pre-Parties: Behind the Scenes With the Stars of 'This Is Us,' 'The Crown' & More (PHOTOS)

See the casts of 'This Is Us,' 'American Crime Story: Versace,' 'The Crown,' and more.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Matt Smith - The Crown
Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones — WINNER
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau - Game of Thrones
David Harbour - Stranger Things
Joseph Fiennes - The Handmaid's Tale
Mandy Patinkin - Homeland

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Ann Dowd - The Handmaid's Tale
Lena Headey - Game of Thrones
Millie Bobby Brown - Stranger Things
Yvonne Strahovski -The Handmaid's Tale
Alexis Bledel - The Handmaid's Tale
Thandie Newton - Westworld — WINNER
Vanessa Kirby - The Crown

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Matthew Rhys - The Americans — WINNER
Ed Harris - Westworld
Milo Ventimiglia - This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown - This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright - Westworld
Jason Bateman - Ozark

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Henry Winkler from 'Barry' and 'The Handmaid's Tale's Yvonne Strahovski are just two stand-out actors.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series
Keri Russell - The Americans
Claire Foy - The Crown — WINNER
Elisabeth Moss - The Handmaid's Tale
Sandra Oh - Killing Eve
Tatiana Maslany - Orphan Black
Evan Rachel Wood - Westworld

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul's Drag Race — WINNER
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman
Saturday Night Live — WINNER
Tracey Ullman's Show

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Find out which actors and actresses and series are likely to get the statue on September 17.

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver — WINNER
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Limited Series
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — WINNER
The Alienist

Genius: Picasso
Patrick Melrose

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Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — WINNER
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones — WINNER
The Crown
The Handmaid's Tale
The Americans
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Why Is 'Game of Thrones' Ending? George R.R. Martin Weighs In at the Emmys

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 7:30pm

Red carpets are always a good place to catch some hot gossip and the 2018 Emmys were especially interesting for Game of Thrones fans!

On the gold runway, George R.R. Martin wasn't shy about spilling his take on the upcoming final season of the HBO series. The author of the book anthology on which the show was based was there to support the series, which is up for multiple awards. He was then asked about the show coming to an end and if he thinks the time is right. His answer may shock (and please) some dedicated fans.

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Despite the promise of Game of Thrones spinoff series, it appears as if Martin stands with the viewers who want more of the original. "I don't know, ask [showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] when they come through," the writer told Variety when asked about why the show's ending.

"We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons, but I guess they wanted a life," Martin continued. "There was enough material for more seasons."

But he did divulge that there are five more shows in the works, so that's enough for the creator.

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They also released sneak peeks at 'Veep,' 'Barry,' 'The Deuce,' and more.

The acclaimed series has been the talk of Emmy awards season as they missed out during last year's ceremony. Tune in to see if they earn gold at this year's event, and catch Martin's soundbite below.

George R. R. Martin doesn't know why #GameOfThrones is ending: "We could have gone to 11, 12, 13 seasons" #Emmys

— Variety (@Variety) September 17, 2018

The 70th Emmy Awards, Monday, September 17 , 8/7c, NBC

How to Watch the 2018 Emmys Online

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 5:00pm

The 2018 Emmy Awards are airing in just a few hours!

TV's best and brightest actors, directors, writers, and producers are competing September 17 for top accolades, including Outstanding Lead Actor/Actress in a Drama and Comedy Series, Outstanding Outstanding Variety/Talk Series, and Outstanding Television Movie.

Matt Roush on the 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Did & Didn't Surprise? Matt Roush on the 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Did & Didn't Surprise?

What did and didn't surprise this year?

The series walking into the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with the most nominations is Game of Thrones, which snagged a whopping 22 nods, HBO's other hit series Westworld has 21, as does NBC's Saturday Night Live and Hulu's The Handmaid’s Tale has 20.

Netflix is the most-nominated network with 112 total nominations. It's the first time HBO was beat for the most nominations in 18 years. The Crown (13), the Western miniseries Godless (12), and Stranger Things (12) lead in nominations for the streaming giant.

It's almost time!

Before you settle in for tonight's big show, take 2 minutes to find out how an Emmy is won!

See which of your favorites will take home #Emmys gold:
Monday, September 17 (TONIGHT!) at 8pm ET/5pm PT on @NBC.#Emmys70

— Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 17, 2018

Expect to see Alec Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Kit Harington, Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Kate McKinnon, Sandra Oh, and Constance Wu take the stage to present.

But if you don't own a TV, how can you watch? Let's break it down all the details:

When to tune in

8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC (Channel 4 in NYC and the LA/Hollywood area)

Where it takes place

Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles

Who's hosting

SNL's "Weekend Update" team Michael Che and Colin Jost

How to stream

You can login and stream the show at or via the NBC app.

DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and Hulu's live TV service all offer NBC in some areas. Just make sure to check your local listings.

Snapchat will be live streaming the opening monologue at 8pm ET on its Discover page and Snapchat will also be producing Our Story coverage of the red carpet and awards.

Who's Hosting 'Saturday Night Live' in Season 44?

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 4:15pm

Another season of laughs and unforgettable skits is about to begin — Saturday Night Live returns on September 29 for Season 44.

And the first host taking center stage at Studio 8H for the Emmy-winning sketch series' new season is Star Wars star Adam Driver. This is Driver's second time emceeing — he first appeared in Season 41.

Kenan Thompson Talks His 'Saturday Night Live' Legacy and Hosting 'Studio C – Live from NYC' Kenan Thompson Talks His 'Saturday Night Live' Legacy and Hosting 'Studio C – Live from NYC'

The funnyman also reveals his all-time favorite sketches.

His musical guest will be equally as buzzworthy as Kanye West will perform at the late-night show for a sixth time.

SNL is coming into this unprecedented season with 15 Emmy nominations, including five nods for cast members Kenan Thompson, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and recurring star Alec Baldwin.

The show already won seven golden statues at the Creative Arts Emmys.

Big day, big news. #SNLPremiere

— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) September 17, 2018

One cast member not returning is Luke Null. He joined the show in its forty-third season.

Stay tuned as we update with more Season 44 hosts and musical guests as they're announced!

Saturday Night Live, Season 44 Premiere, Saturday, Sept. 29, 11:30/10:30c, NBC

'Last Man Standing': Tim Allen on How 'Both Left & Right' Will Be Laughing in Season 7

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:30pm

You can’t knock down conservative, cantankerous Mike Baxter (Tim Allen). The opinionated marketing director at Outdoor Man sporting goods stores returns in Last Man Standing after a year and a half off the air. (ABC canceled the show in 2017.)

The sitcom’s seventh season will now air on Fox, but the premise remains the same. Mike is still outnumbered by women — dynamic wife Vanessa (Nancy Travis) and their three spirited grown-up daughters, Kristin (Amanda Fuller), Mandy (Molly McCook), and Eve (Kaitlyn Dever).

Below, Allen gets real about the comeback.

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The Baxters are back!

How’s the vibe on set?

Tim Allen: Everybody’s grateful. We feel like we should be jumping up and down, popping sparkling grape juice bottles. We’re right back doing the work. And excited as heck.

What’s in store for the Baxters?

A year has gone by in their lives. Mike’s dad, Bud [Robert Forster], passes away. Mike and Vanessa deal with sadness and an empty nest. I was worried — I don’t want to get into marriage trouble! They rediscover each other. Their marriage evolves.

Allen with costar Nancy Travis.

But their offspring are still around and causing conflict, right?

We find ways! I have two girls of my own, so I love that [the comedy] is laid on top of a dad and his daughters. Eve, the youngest, is home on leave from the Air Force Academy. Middle Mandy’s husband, Ryan [Jordan Masterson], can’t stay off the 24-hour news cycle and it seeps into relationships. Oldest Kristin’s son, Boyd [Jet Jurgensmeyer], is not a little kid anymore.

Are Mike and his guy friends still politically incorrect?

Jon Adams [neighbor Chuck], Héctor Elizondo [business owner Ed], and myself were just crying laughing while shooting a scene. How men really talk is nonsensical. It’s how men bond. It’s not politically incorrect; it’s just who we are.

It's All About Fox in the New 'Last Man Standing' Teaser (VIDEO) It's All About Fox in the New 'Last Man Standing' Teaser (VIDEO)

The Baxters are heading to a new home.

Mike’s conservative opinions have always caused friction. Does this season tackle the division in our country?

We deal with how family can’t discuss anything political anymore if you’re on opposite sides. But both left and right should be laughing at our show — we point out the ironies of both. Mike makes fun of bleeding hearts but stands for connection between friends and family.

Last Man Standing, Season 7 Premiere, Friday, September 28, 8/7c, Fox

Meet the Cast of Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (PHOTOS)

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 1:00pm

Fall is upon us and so is the premiere of Netflix's upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The dark coming-of-age story reimagines the Sabrina the Teenage Witch story with tones from the horror genre. Set to premiere October 26 on the streaming service, the series will see Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) struggle with her identity has a half-witch, half-mortal teenager, all while standing against forces of evil.

See the First Images From Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (PHOTOS) See the First Images From Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (PHOTOS)

The Netflix series premieres this October.

Ahead of the premiere, Netflix has released new images of the cast, giving fans some insight into what they can expect when the show debuts. Click through the gallery above to meet the important players!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Series Premiere, Friday, October 26, Netflix

Michael Weatherly Previews 'Bull's New Cases in Season 3

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00pm
Bull - Michael Weatherly

Jail time. Romantic travails. A heart attack.

In just two seasons, trial consultant Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly) has dealt with more than his share of upheaval — and Bull's Season 3 doesn’t let up. Weatherly previews the docket for the prickly psychologist.

Where Do We Pick up in the 'Bull' Premiere After His Heart Attack? Where Do We Pick up in the 'Bull' Premiere After His Heart Attack?

The CBS legal drama returns in September.

The Case of the Health Nut

The workaholic hit a wall last season when he suffered a heart attack on the courthouse steps. The medical emergency was an eye-opener for Bull, who now works and works out — simultaneously. “He’s got a treadmill in his office, and he’s trying to get himself together,” explains Weatherly, who’s lost 25 pounds since filming the finale.

The Case of the Exiting Actress

One member of the Trial Analysis team isn’t returning: tech expert Cable McCrory (Annabelle Attanasio, who left to pursue a directing career). According to Weatherly, “It has a seismic effect on the whole team.”

The Case of the Lonely Bull

His heart may be healed physically, but Bull still isn’t sure how to share it with others. “He’s not great at loving people,” says Weatherly of his occasionally “super annoying” character. “He’s got to get himself sorted out before he can inflict himself on anyone else.”

Bull, Season 3 Premiere, Monday, Sept. 24, 10/9c, CBS

The New 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Series Is Changing Things Up

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 10:00am
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Those heroes in a half-shell are back in action with this energetic new cartoon — Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — perfect for anyone who grew up loving the original 1980s series as well as 2012’s CGI iteration.

“We wanted to have something strikingly different and unique,” executive producer Ant Ward says. “‘Fun’ was the marching order we gave ourselves.”

First Look at Nickelodeon's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Animated Reboot First Look at Nickelodeon's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Animated Reboot

WWE superstar John Cena is part of the exciting project.

And the team has clearly stepped up to the challenge. Full of color and cheeky comedy, the 2-D, hand-drawn animated series still centers on sewer-dwelling superheroes Mikey, Ralph, Donnie and Leo, but it isn’t simply retreading old waters. Among the biggest tweaks?

The main baddie isn’t Shredder, but Baron Draxum (John Cena), and for the first time, the Turtles’ human pal April O’Neill (The Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham) is African-American.

Nickelodeon Launching Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Series 'Meet the Voxels' Nickelodeon Launching Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Series 'Meet the Voxels'

The show is pushing the boundaries of what TV can do.

In addition, freshly created characters will be introduced (guest voices include Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey, rocker Johnny Rotten and Veep’s Timothy Simons), and the show will offer an updated origin story that paints the artistically named reptiles as comically slow to perfect their special powers.

“There is a lot of failing up for us to move forward to becoming the Turtles everybody knows,” says Omar Miller, who voices Raphael. Guess you could say they “cowa-bungle” a few missions!

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Series Premiere, Monday, Sept. 17, 6:30/5:30c, Nickelodeon

'Good Doctor' Star Freddie Highmore on Lisa Edelstein's Dr. Blaize, Lea's Return & What's Next for Shaun

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 9:00am

Like his brilliant character, Dr. Shaun Murphy, Freddie Highmore is something of a prodigy. The 26-year-old former child actor and Cambridge University grad has not only won praise for his portrayal of the autistic surgeon in The Good Doctor, he also wrote the Season 2 premiere and will direct an episode.

Below, Highmore shares his diagnosis for the "hopeful and optimistic" drama.

'The Good Doctor' Is Shaking Up Its Cast in Season 2 'The Good Doctor' Is Shaking Up Its Cast in Season 2

Four characters are becoming series regulars, and one is leaving.

Shaun is on thin ice after making a near-fatal error during an operation in the finale. How does that affect him?

Freddie Highmore: Shaun’s first assignment — going out with Dr. Jared Kalu [Chuku Modu] to run the local homeless clinic — doesn’t initially seem to be the most surgically interesting task. But with his personal experience of homelessness, he throws himself into it. And because of their newfound bond, Jared’s impending move to Denver will cast a lasting shadow.

Shaun’s mentor, Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), resigns as the hospital’s president, and Marcus Andrews (Hill Harper) takes over. Will they get along?

The hospital power structure’s rebalancing will have repercussions. Glassman was Shaun’s No. 1 advocate. Shaun will have to prove to Andrews that he’s worthy of a place at St. Bonaventure.

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Highmore in Season 2 of The Good Doctor.

Thanks to Shaun’s diagnosis, Glassman is being treated for brain cancer by noted oncologist Marina Blaize (Lisa Edelstein). Will Shaun and Blaize knock heads?

He’ll certainly want to stay intimately involved with Glassman’s condition. Lisa is a great addition to the cast, and it’s fun to watch Dr. Blaize tackle Glassman head on.

Shaun’s crush Lea (Paige Spara) is back! What can you tease about her return?

It might not be the happy reunion people are expecting. Lots happened during their time apart, and it will take Shaun a while to process that she seems to want to stick around.

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The EP weighs in on the fates of Dr. Glassman and Dr. Shaun Murphy in Season 2.

Will we see a more mature Dr. Murphy?

Yes, but this season is also an opportunity to explore the reality that Shaun can be very frustrating, especially when others express a differing opinion that he refuses to accept. He’ll have to learn the art of compromising!

The Good Doctor, Season 2 Premiere, Monday, September 24, 10/9c, ABC

'Fear The Walking Dead': 4B's Villain Gets a Name and a Backstory (RECAP)

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 10:04pm

This week's Fear The Walking Dead answered one of the season's biggest burning questions (or at least, one of mine): What's up with the Creepy Lady/Filthy Woman?

Devoting the first 10 minutes to her backstory and the rest of the episode to Morgan and his pals, "MM-53" trapped the protagonists inside a walker-filled hospital... and not everyone, it seems, will be surviving the ordeal. Meanwhile Alicia decides to help Charlie live her dream.

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Don't Say The H-Word

The Creepy Lady’s name is Martha, and it seems her view of the world has been shaped by her past: she and her husband were in a car accident. Throughout the ordeal, Martha tries to keep up hope that “someone will come,” but her faith was misplaced. Because no one would stop to help them, he died and turned inside the car.

Martha buries her husband, and seems to have a Morgan-esque psychological break as she questions why she survived. Some time passes, and Martha interrupts a woman in a truck who leaves one of the “take what you need” boxes at a mile marker. Things take a turn for the worse when the woman tells Martha she helped her: as we know, she’s vehemently and violently opposed to offering assistance.

She kills the woman…and a bunch of other people who left boxes. When she corners one of the men, she asks him who the man is who runs the operation. He refuses to tell her, so she lets her Sharpie’d walker have him. As the walker devours the man, she goes over to his radio. She tries to talk to “Polar Bear,” but instead she hears Morgan’s broadcast from Mississippi.

Bye-Bye, Boxes

None of Morgan’s group died in Martha’s open fire, though they’ve sustained minor injuries. That’s soon to be the least of their worries — Martha returns and Wendell opts to investigate, but stops when he finds his wheelchair has been demolished. Meanwhile, Morgan, Al, June and Luciana decide they can’t stay and open the back of the truck (not a good idea, Morgan). Al sprints toward her former ride and pulls open the back doors and — surprise! — a walker falls out, with Martha in tow.

Morgan’s gang grapples with her and her walkers until Wendell shoots Martha in the shoulder. Things seem to be going decently…and then the truck explodes. Jim and Sarah noticed the flames and got out, but their boxes and weapons weren’t so fortunate. In the melee, a horde of walkers approaches and Martha drives away.

Alicia and Charlie return! They’re too late to meet the group and arrive to find a burned truck. As Alicia investigates, Charlie questions why the woman on the radio would do this. (Sweet summer child, has she really never experienced how evil people can be in the zombie apocalypse?) Alicia takes a moment to compose herself, then decides they should head east.

"Bad S**t Happens When You Try to Help People."

Morgan’s gotten away, but he’s facing a new problem. A herd is building, and drawing more walkers as it moves. Team Mo-Mo isn’t exactly speeding along; they’re pulling Wendell, and Al’s having trouble with her hearing.

June wants to find a place to take a look at everyone, which proves to be a great time for Morgan to see a hospital sign. Jim protests the trip, but the group makes its decision, and, eventually, he follows them. For better or worse, they’re heading into the city.

“Worse” seems most likely. The hospital isn’t stable — walkers snarl outside its weakening windows — but for the moment, they’re doing their job. So is June, who has managed to fix everyone up. Morgan tells her they won’t be able to stay at the hospital for long.

The rest of the group manages to find a radio, and against Al’s advice, Sarah switches it on. She doesn’t care that Martha might be listening, and neither does her brother. He says, surprisingly, that he “gets where [Martha’s] coming from,” and at Al’s prompting, explains his story: he ended up in a wheelchair because he helped a kid who ran into the path of an oncoming car, but changed his mind about helping people because the recruiting officer laughed at him when he tried to become a Marine. Suddenly, his belief that “bad shit happens when you try to help people” makes sense.

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Let's Go to the Beach

Alicia and Charlie’s car runs out of gas, so they start walking to find another one. They’ve made it to mile marker 103, and Charlie questions how the group would’ve made it that far. Surprising her, Alicia says she isn’t looking for the group. She’s decided to take Charlie to the beach in Galveston, like her parents were going to before the apocalypse started.

“You’ve never been to the beach, I’m gonna take you to the beach,” Alicia says. “That’s one thing I know I can do.”

Back at the hospital, things aren’t going well. Jim goes to Morgan to either thank him or apologize, but walkers crash through and begin flooding the room. Morgan and his companion make it back to the rest of the group and say they have to leave, but not before Jim does a complete 180 and berates Morgan — again.

Morgan suggests that they go up the stairs to a different floor in order to get out, which seems like a good plan, but the first few levels have walkers. They eventually find one that doesn’t, and barricade the door. It’s a temporary fix, and the group knows it. Though the stairwells are blocked, Morgan says they can take the elevator, and June remembers hospitals keep their generators up high.

The group works in teams to get everything going — Morgan and Jim are in charge of making sure everyone gets to the elevator, Sarah and Al go for the generator, and Luciana, Wendell and June hold the door. Morgan and Jim have a close call with some walkers, and Jim struggles, but seems fine afterward. Sarah and Al aren’t so fortunate. They get to the generators, but a mini-horde stops their progress. Al tells Sarah to go, and barricades herself in the room to get the power running.

Uh-Oh, Jimbo

The group meets back up by the elevators, with walkers slowly cornering them. They’re moments away from being devoured when a “ding!” sounds, and they pile into the open elevator, away from the undead.

The roof is clear, but there’s no way down. The fire escape is out, the street is filled with walkers, and Al’s stopped responding on the radio. Luciana reassures a concerned Sarah that she’ll be okay; Jim, not so much. After June notices a wound on his back, he explains that he fell through glass fighting a walker, and assumes the blood is from that scuffle. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Kim Dickens Takes on Her First TV Role Post-'Fear the Walking Dead' Kim Dickens Takes on Her First TV Role Post-'Fear the Walking Dead'

The actress was killed off 'FTWD' in the midseason finale.

Jim’s shocked and in denial about the bite he sustained while fighting, saying he has “beer to make.” He eventually accepts his fate and asks how long it’ll take for him to turn. June doesn’t know. He storms off, and June goes to talk to Morgan. Unsurprisingly, he’s blaming himself for Jim’s death, though June tells him he saved him for as long he could. She asks Morgan what they’re going to do next, and Morgan says he can’t get them out of there. “You will,” June says.

Something Good

Charlie and Alicia can’t seem to find a working car. They argue for a bit about whether or not going to find their people was the right thing to do, and Alicia maintains that she needs something good, and getting Charlie to the beach would be a good thing. She ends up getting that wish, but not in the way they were expecting — the pair follow the sound of running water, and appear to end up across from John and Strand. Both girls smile as the episode ends, seeming genuinely happy for the first time in a long time.

Other Observations
  • I'm so happy the Creepy Lady/Filthy Woman has a name. And a backstory. I thought her husband was going to tell her with his dying breaths not to be "weak," but I guess she arrived at that conclusion herself.
  • As much as I hate to say it... I expected Jim's bite. He struggled for a long time with that walker, and more importantly, he was being rude to Morgan. Much like being rude to Rick Grimes is a death sentence, being rude to Morgan is bad karma in the zombie apocalypse. It'll come back to bite you.
  • It was interesting to see Al and Sarah bond as they talked about the Marines. They have an interesting dynamic, and Al seemed pretty close to opening up to her about her past. Here's hoping she makes it out of the generator room!
  • Am I the only one who laughed when Morgan said, "Clear!" Whether or not it was an intentional main show callback, it definitely sounded like one.

See you next week for "I Lose People..." which promises reunions for Strand and Alicia and John and Charlie, and "the group" trying to get down from the hospital roof.

Fear the Walking Dead, Sundays, 9/8c, AMC

'DC's Legends of Tomorrow': All Your Burning Questions Answered

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 5:00pm

From breaking the rules of time travel to vanquishing a winged demon that had taken over the body of übervillain Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the Legends earned their name this season in DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Along the way, they mourned scientist Martin Stein (Victor Garber); bade farewell to the other half of Firestorm, Jax (Franz Drameh); briefly gained a speedster (Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West); and welcomed a demonologist (Matt Ryan’s John Constantine). Executive producer Phil Klemmer fills us in on what’s next. Hint: It sounds scary good!

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Plus, new series 'Charmed' and 'Legacies' get premiere dates.

Does Constantine joining the gang mean we’re in for more supernatural elements?

Hell, yeah! The team’s defeat of demon Mallus "left us hungry for more [horror]," says Klemmer. "Time travel and history are fun, but mashing them up with genres adds an extra layer." Don’t worry — not all of the creatures that escaped Mallus’s prison are evil.

What else was in that otherworldly lockup?

All types of "magical creatures, beasts and figures from fairy tales and fables," Klemmer previews, while warning of the looming schism between "hardliners and sympathizers" aboard the Waverider. "I do want to bring the Legends to a place where they’re turning against one another," he says. "I hope people can tolerate that."

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Plus, the cast takes part in a fun round of fishbowl questions.


The furry blue toy that became a Viking god thanks to a time anachronism met his demise after the Legends conjured him up to battle Mallus. "We weren’t expecting him to catch on in the way he did," confesses Klemmer, promising they will find a way to bring Beebo back for another round. "Seriously, people were like, ‘OK, whatever, you killed Victor Garber—but not the stuffed animal!’" the executive producer jokes.

Will we ever get Zari’s (Tala Ashe) backstory?

Little is still known about Ashe’s hacker, aside from the fact that she totally vibes with Wild West sheriff Jonah Hex (Johnathon Schaech). An episode coming up will explore her life, Klemmer says, in the "dystopian 2042, where metas were all rounded up by A.R.G.U.S." He adds: "I think people are really going to fall in love with her next season."

 Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, Tala Ashe as Zari, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary and Johnathon Schaech as Jonah Hex -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Speaking of love, what’s ahead for Legends leader Sara (Caity Lotz) and Time Bureau director Ava (Jes Macallan)?

"I don’t see any reason to torture them," says Klemmer. They won’t be the only lovebirds on deck. Fans will get more of real-life married folks Brandon Routh (Ray) and Courtney Ford (Nora Darhk) as well. “We think the Ray and Nora thing is really intriguing," he admits.

Is Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) really gone?

Vixen has left the building, but Richardson-Sellers hasn’t! "There’s a big twist involved" is all Klemmer will say on the new role that "allows Maisie to play the polar opposite of Amaya from the ’40s." Sadly, he notes, the same isn’t true for Arthur Darvill’s Rip, who is indeed dead. RIP, Rip.

DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Season 4 Premiere, Monday, October 22, 9/8c, The  CW

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'Riverdale' Star Lochlyn Munro on the Future of Hal Cooper & the Black Hood

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 3:00pm

In a town full of people with daddy issues, Hal Cooper (Lochlyn Munro) beats all.

After months of targeting "sinners" in Riverdale — RIP Midge, Miss Grundy and The Sugar Man — Hal’s reign of terror as the Black Hood came to an end in Season 2’s penultimate episode, when he tried to kill daughter Betty (Lili Reinhart) and wife Alice (Mädchen Amick).

Now behind bars, Hal is sure to pay for his crimes, but according to Munro, the man under the hood may have a few more surprises up his sleeve.

How early did they tell you that Hal was the Black Hood?

Lochlyn Munro: Are you ready for this? After the episode where it was revealed. [Laughs]


We started Episode 19, and I was like, "Hold on. Betty thinks it’s her dad?" In [the episode when] I get taken out of the house in handcuffs, even then I was like, "OK, something’s gonna happen." And then I’m in prison. I was like, "What happened?" [Laughs]

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Were there on-set theories about who it was before this reveal?

I have a feeling most of us thought it was Kevin’s dad, Sheriff Keller [Martin Cummins].

And all that time, it was a stuntman dressed as the Black Hood?

Oh, yeah! That’s why I laughed at all the fans online who kept putting my face beside that guy and saying, "Hal’s clearly the Black Hood." That wasn’t even me.

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Plus, what does Archie's new ink mean?

Not even when he shot Fred (Luke Perry) or when Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) was chased around with the ax?

No. I’ve never worn that hood, ever.

The season finale did leave us thinking there could be two Black Hoods, and Hal didn’t exactly confess to anything during his confrontation with Betty and Alice.

That’s the thing, right? I never really said I did [anything]. I told Betty to tell me what I did. That’s my theory. [Executive producer] Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers, they keep us in the dark, which is very cool because it just makes it more exciting for all of us.

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Mädchen Amick as Alice, Lili Reinhart as Betty, and Lochlyn Munro as Hal. (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)

So this may not be the end of Hal Cooper?

We’ll see what happens. I love being on the show. I’m not too sure where they’re taking it, but Roberto said he had a lot of really good ideas on what to do with Hal, so I’m looking forward to it. I always wanted Hal to be a guy who was a little misunderstood, but now I’m this guy.

And let me tell you, at first I was pretty bummed because I figured for sure it meant my demise. I thought, "Oh, man, I guess I’m done on Riverdale." Roberto came up to me and said, "No, no, it’s not over. This is just a whole different arc now." I’m hoping that’s true… and if I’m going to be evil, man, I’m going to be the best evil character they have in Riverdale!

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The 9 Best Songs on the 'The 100' Soundtracks (VIDEO)

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 1:00pm

The music on The CW's The 100 is as stunning as the show's scenery, as compelling as its characters and as moving as its many emotional, heartbreaking storylines.

What would Season 3's Polis summit scene be like without the Grounder Anthem? Would Blodreina still be as terrifying without her musical theme? Would Jasper's death be as heartbreaking without the mournful strings in the background? The answer, of course, is no. And fans have composer Tree Adams to thank for completing their favorite moments and giving their favorite relationships elegant music.

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Rehearsals, stunt doubles, and more.

In honor of the recent release of the show's Season 5 soundtrack, here are our nine favorite songs from seasons past!


Featuring snippets of music from a variety of the younger Blake’s scenes, this sweeping track conveys Octavia’s downfall and rise to redemption with haunting melodies and pounding drums. You are Wonkru, or you are the enemy of Wonkru…

"I See You"

Remember when Clarke was happy? It only lasted a brief moment, but it was real… and this song perfectly conveys her hope and joy at the end of Season 4 with sweet, singing strings. When Eligius shows up at the end, the tone changes: a cliffhanger fans would need to wait nearly a year to see resolved.

"See You On The Other Side"

“For all its faults, Earth really is beautiful.” Though Jasper’s storyline was controversial for several reasons, there’s no denying the tragic beauty of the music that plays behind his final scene with his best friend, Monty. Complete with the sound of a heartbeat, piano and strings, this is the track to turn on if you need a good cry.

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"Clexa Theme"

No matter who you ship Clarke with, there’s no denying the gorgeousness of the musical theme attached to her relationship with the former Commander of the Thirteen Clans. The seven-minute song conveys both the brief happiness they found in each other and the tragedy of lost love, and though the show has kept the previous <i>Heda</i>’s memory alive, the music makes it even clearer: Lexa will always be with Clarke.

"Bellarke Theme"

There are three songs on these soundtracks specifically devoted to the dynamic duo of Bellamy and Clarke; Season 3’s “Bellarke Theme,” Season 4’s “Bellamy and Clarke” and Season 5’s “Bellamy and Clarke Suite.” The complexity of the music displays every shade of their relationship — the trust they have in each other, the pain they’ve felt at the other person’s betrayal, the comfort that comes with reconciliation. Romantic or not, Bellamy and Clarke care deeply for each other and each of these tracks show it.

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The pair have run the gamut from strangers, to enemies, to friends and back a multitude of times.

"Bellamy Poisons Octavia"

In one of the most emotional scenes from the show’s fifth season, Bellamy (non-fatally) poisons his little sister in order to prevent her from going to war. Not an easy choice for a devoted big brother to make, and this track shows it. Haunted and resolute in equal measure, it evokes and compliments those fateful words: “My sister, my responsibility.”

"Monty’s Found a New Planet"

Indeed, he did. An ethereal-sounding chorus and strings unveil the beauty of Monty’s stunning and mysterious new world; a planet he and Harper, unfortunately, never got to see. Without this track, the final moments of Season 5 would have felt hollow and tragic, albeit intriguing. With it, they’re hopeful and awe-inspiring, and promise an optimistic beginning to “Book Two.”

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"Kane and Abby"

Though Season 5’s “Kabby” theme is quite a bit sadder than in previous years, Kane and Abby have several tracks devoted to their relationship, spanning seasons. While Season 4’s theme emphasizes the hope they sought in each other during the final days before Priamfiya, Season 5’s three-minute track conveys the struggle Abby endured with her addiction and the ordeal they went through in the bunker. Let’s hope for a happy “Kabby” theme in Season 6!

"Take A Life With Me (Grounder Anthem)"

Perhaps the most easily recognizable out of the classical compositions featured on The 100, this song is featured — and was performed — during the summit in which Lexa makes Skaikru part of the Twelve Clans. The track features lyrics in grounder Trigedasleng, and vocals by Julia Dominczak.

The 100, Season 6 Premiere, 2019, The CW

10 Best TV BFFs in Honor of National Women's Friendship Day (PHOTOS)

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 7:00am

National Women's Friendship Day, celebrated on September 16, is meant to be spent with your bestie — or besties. But why not invite some fictional friends along for the fun?

In honor of a day celebrating strong bonds between women, we're taking a look at some of TV's best female friendships in recent years. Click through the gallery above for all of our picks!

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What's Streaming on Netflix? 'Once Upon a Time,' 'AHS: Cult,' & More

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 3:00pm

Once Upon a Time, Season 7
Your wish has been granted: The entire fantasy series is available to binge now that Season 7 is streaming on Netflix. The final installment of the ABC fan favorite — which aired from 2011 to 2018 — moves the action to Seattle, where Henry (Andrew J. West), the grandson of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), faces a slew of new troubles, including a memory-wiping curse.

Meanwhile, a family feud rages among Cinderella (Dania Ramirez), Drizella (Adelaide Kane) and Lady Tremaine (Gabrielle Anwar). But the greatest threat may come from Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). And what role will Regina (Lana Parilla) play in all this? The last 22 episodes feature game-changing twists, including one involving Rapunzel (Meegan Warner, right). A happily ever after isn’t guaranteed for everyone!


American Horror Story: Cult, Season 7, Tuesday, Sept. 18
Stream this one with the lights on! Season 7 of the terrifying anthology series finds a troubled woman (Sarah Paulson) battling a crippling case of multiple phobias, which certainly won’t improve anytime soon now that she’s being haunted by a cult of creepy-looking clowns. Meanwhile, a string of murders plagues her small Michigan town, putting everyone on edge. Perhaps scariest of all: This season involves politics! Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Billy Eichner and Frances Conroy also star.

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Big Miracle, Sunday, Sept. 30
Whale hunters, a big-oil exec and a Greenpeace activist all working in unison sure sounds like a big miracle; it’s also one heckuva true story. Based on real events from the 1980s, the 2012 movie features Drew Barrymore (below) as environmentalist Rachel Kramer, whose ex-boyfriend (John Krasinski) asks her to help rescue whales trapped in ice in the Arctic Circle. Soon, an unlikely team of people who are normally at odds unite to save the struggling pod.

Big Miracle - Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore, Big Miracle - 2012

Black Panther, Available Now
Wakanda forever! Black Panther, the highest-grossing domestic film of 2018, has arrived on Netflix. Following the loss of his beloved father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) inherits the strength of the mythical Black Panther to become both the king and protector of his African homeland. He doesn’t do it alone, though: He gets technical support from super-smart sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) and backup from warriors Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o). The fun action flick has a 97 percent approval from Rotten Tomatoes.

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Dark, Season 1, Available Now
Craving something stranger than Stranger Things? Take a journey into the Dark. This German-language series, which flew under the radar when it premiered in 2017, has the spooky feel of the Winona Ryder Netflix hit and the tense pacing of serialized crime dramas.

In the village of Winden — a gloomy place with a dark forest and an ominous nuclear power plant that looms in the distance — two boys, Erik (Paul Radom) and Mikkel (Daan Lennard Liebrenz) disappear 13 days apart. Police, family and friends frantically hunt to find them, but for those investigating, it’s not as simple as tracking down some bad guys. Series writer Jantje Friese has said she and creative partner Baran bo Odar (the team behind the 2014 hit thriller Who Am I) used a time-travel twist to add “spice” to the traditional missing-persons story.



Even with that sci-fi element, Dark is, at its core, a drama about the affected families. “We really came from the characters first,” Friese told IndieWire. “Just having the floor plan we needed and knowing the connections: What are the relationships? Where is the trouble? Where is the drama?”

The short answer to that last question: everywhere. The decade-jumping series — it’s complicated, so pay close attention — features a shocking suicide that haunts loved ones left behind, a clandestine affair between two parents and a cliffhanger that sets up Season 2. Good news: Those next episodes are slated to premiere next year. —Eric Andersson

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The line between reality and fantasy is blurred in this new sci-fi drama.

The Walking Dead, Season 8
Sunday, Sept. 23 The war against the evil Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rages on. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of zombie apocalypse survivors — including awesomely badass Carol (Melissa McBride), katana-sporting Michonne (Danai Gurira), newly widowed Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and tough guy Daryl (Norman Reedus) — fight Negan’s marauding Saviors until the bitter end. And it’s definitely bitter: Expect some tearful goodbyes in a season that saw a tension-filled return to form for the long-running hit.

The Walking Dead - Melissa McBride, Norman Reedus

Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead

A Wrinkle In Time, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved young adult book comes to life in this 2018 film from Ava DuVernay. As teen Meg (Storm Reid) searches for her missing father (Chris Pine), she’ll need help from her brother Charles (Deric McCabe) and friend Calvin (Levi Miller) — not to mention the magic of Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). But they may not be enough to defeat the evil of The IT.

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Kiefer Sutherland's drama had been canceled at ABC earlier this year.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Tuesday, Sept. 25
Here’s where the seafaring adventure series began! The raucous blockbuster from 2003 stars Johnny Depp as scheming pirate Jack Sparrow and Orlando Bloom as innocent blacksmith Will Turner, desperate to save his kidnapped love, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). She’s been taken hostage aboard the haunted ship The Black Pearl, whose crew is a legion of the undead, so this rescue mission will take more than just the usual sword-fighting and swashbuckling to pull off.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean - Curse Of The Black Pearl

Johnny Depp, The Pirates Of The Caribbean - Curse Of The Black Pearl - 2003

The Magic of Michael Schur's Sitcoms: Why 'The Good Place,' 'Parks and Rec' & More Are So Rewatchable

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 1:30pm

If you’re a fan of network comedy, you know the name “Michael Schur.” Even if you think you don’t, you do. Schur has produced, created and written for some of television’s most beloved sitcoms: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place among them.

These shows are cherished by their devoted fanbases and the general public, often long after their final episodes have aired. Though their premises couldn’t be more different, there are several commonalties that appear among them and help explain why these characters are so beloved and episodes are so rewatchable.

Here’s why we think Schur’s sitcoms retain their magic.

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Outlandish situations, relatable characters

Though the issues his characters find themselves facing might not be ones we face in everyday life — such as whether or not we belong in “The Good Place” — Schur’s characters are usually relatable regardless of whether or not the series’ premise is realistic. For example: though his viewers might not work in law enforcement or might not understand how a police precinct works, the characters are written in a way that endears them to a larger audience, and makes them relatable (or funny enough to be laughed at).

Stripping characters of the shows’ premises makes them pretty normal; Eleanor’s a self-professed “Arizona dirtbag” with a selfishness problem, Leslie’s a cheerful workaholic in a small town, Jake’s a detective in a big city and the entire cast of The Office… well, works in an office that, at its core, could represent any 9-to-5 cubicle-based business. That extraordinary normality makes it easy to step into their shoes and empathize with them — and to laugh at them when the time comes.

Genre subversion

Though his works are comedies through and through, Schur has done something unique with his more recent shows, especially The Good Place: he’s shifted and tested the tried-and-true comedy formula.

Using Eleanor’s antics as an example, Schur’s most recent program is different than the majority on layers of levels. The Good Place (and sometimes Brooklyn Nine-Nine) both utilize cliffhangers at the end of their episodes, a move typically employed by longer programs but not half-hour comedies (except in midseason or season finales). This makes them intensely binge-able. Who isn’t wondering why Jianyu sent Eleanor a note saying she didn’t belong in The Good Place?

Furthermore, The Good Place’s tight, complex storylines and tendency to overturn its premise several times per season share more similarities with longer programs than with a typical comedy show. In Season 2 alone, the show featured a variety of plot twists regarding characters, locations and situations that weren’t necessarily predictable from a mile away, or even at the beginning of the episode. Schur consulted with Damon Lindelof of Lost regarding the first season and its major twist, and has said the show was inspired by the ABC sci-fi hit...and that inspiration shows in all the best ways.

Making you laugh, never laughing at you

Though no comedy can maintain political correctness at every turn, Schur’s shows do a marvelous job of getting laughs without leaning on sexism, racism, homophobia or any kind of marginalization. Though The Office did employ this technique from time to time, the shows Schur was most heavily involved with maintain that when things are funny, they’re rarely funny at the expense of a minority. It’s a refreshing technique when compared to other network comedies, which often mine their laughs from stereotypes about differing races or genders.

Embracing diversity

Schur’s works often go even a step further. Not only do they feature minority characters for more than serving as the butt of a joke, but they feature minority characters in non-stereotypical positions, often those of power. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Captain Raymond Holt is a great example. Both black and a member of the LGBT community (he’s happily married to his husband, Kevin), the show places him on the highest level of the precinct rather than giving that role to a white, straight man.

Parks and Rec’s Tom is another example. While he doesn’t run things in the Parks department, he’s also not a fixture in the background or relegated to an I.T. support role, nor does he talk with an accent (he was born in South Carolina).

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Returning to Brooklyn, the show’s decision to cast multiple black and Latina characters marks it as a trailblazer for diversity in Hollywood comedy. Characters like Rosa, Amy, Holt and Terry often specifically oppose or subvert genre tropes, with Terry as a devoted family man and Rosa and Gina as brilliant detectives. These characters could be written as walking tropes, and in other writers’ rooms, they might be. But on Schur’s shows, humor typically doesn’t come from gender, skin color or sexual orientation, and it’s refreshing to watch.

Healthy relationships

One of the largest cornerstones of a Schur comedy is its central relationship between two major characters, like Leslie and Ben, Jim and Pam, Jake and Amy and Eleanor and Chidi. On the surface, these couples are quite a bit different — there aren’t many similarities in the way they met or in the characters in the relationship — but they have one thing in common: a lack of cheap relationship drama.

The internet has already noted a myriad of times that these shows defy traditional genre expectations with their major pairings. Not only do these couples traditionally marry and stay married through the end of their show’s run, and during both dating and marriage rarely succumb to pitfalls like cheating, constant bickering, tearing each other down or “taking a break.” When these characters have trouble in their relationship, they don’t instantly break up or ignore each other: they work on them, and stay together by communicating with each other openly and honestly.

These characters genuinely love and support each other and make each other better, and want the other person to succeed even if it means sacrificing some of their own goals. These wholesome ‘ships are a heartwarming cornerstone for their respective shows, and great representations of how healthy adult relationships should work.

Real-life problems

Though some of Schur’s episodes tackle situations that wouldn’t happen in the real world, others take an honest look at today’s relevant topics, often with tearjerker results that stick with viewers long after the credits have rolled. Nine-Nine does this with regularity, though Parks featured several installments that dealt with major headlines at the time, tackling sexism in politics and even a government shutdown.

Since Nine-Nine features a cast of police detectives, it might be best poised to take on these situations and topics and does so with regularity. Notable examples include Season 5’s “Show Me Going,” which placed Rosa in the middle of an active shooter situation and showed the effect her presence there had on the precinct; Season 4’s “Moo Moo,” which showed Terry grappling with being racially profiled by another officer in the NYPD; Season 5’s “Game Night,” which featured Rosa coming out as bisexual to less-than-accepting parents; and Season 1’s “Old School,” which discussed homophobia in the police force.

Strong Friendships

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Schur’s sitcoms are by no means the only shows to portray good friendships, but they're a common, heartwarming thread among them.These kinds of unique platonic relationships can be pretty rare on network TV. Stereotypically, women might be passive-aggressive toward each other instead of kind, men tend not to show any kind of emotion — friendly or otherwise — toward another man and it's difficult to find a friendship between a man and a woman not serving as a one-way street to romance. In every Schur sitcom, the key relationships driving plot are often those among friends; friendships between men and women, between women, and between men.

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Schur shows excel at all of the above. The friendship between Ann and Leslie was a cornerstone on which many episodes (and sweet, supportive quips) of Parks rested, as was the long-standing camaraderie between Leslie and Ron. Ben and Chris were great friends, as well as Ron and April, though Ron Swanson would never admit to having a friend. Pretty much everyone in the 99th precinct is friends with each other, but notable pals include Jake and Boyle, Jake and Holt, Rosa and Amy and Terry and Jake. Circumstance all but forced Team Cockroach to be friends with each other on The Good Place, but the standout relationships are Eleanor and Michael and Eleanor and Tahani (though Eleanor once said she might "legit be into her"). Even on The Office, where he served as co-executive producer, great friendships existed: perhaps most notably between Michael and Dwight.

Happy Batman Day! The Two Robins Meet Up on DC Universe's 'Titans' (VIDEO)

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 1:00pm

In addition to World Play-Doh Day, this weekend brings Batman Day and the official launch of the DC Universe digital platform, so what better way to celebrate all things Batty than with some Titans juiciness?

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A darker take on DC heroes, the first of the streamer's series stars Brenton Thwaites, Minka Kelly, and more.

The show itself won't bow until October, but DC Daily just dropped a first-look clip of the show's Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), Bruce Wayne's original Robin, getting into it with his successor, Jason Todd.

Obviously, these two have a storied and prickly history and Todd's path in the DC Comics timeline takes some messed-up turns. But the fact that we're even seeing these two together hints at so many possibilities — not just for Grayson's evolution into Nightwing, but also the seeds of a future foil for the team in later seasons.

To sign up for DC Universe, click here and the cancel you plans because this thing is going to have you obsessed!

Titans, Series Premiere, Friday, October 12, DC Universe

'Shameless' EP Nancy Pimental Says Fiona Will Try to 'Step Outside of Her Status'

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:00am

Those Gallaghers are still as shady as ever.

On Season 9 of the dark comedy Shameless, criminal and single father of six Frank (William H. Macy) launches a new illegal scheme providing, uh, special services to the sex-starved PTA moms at his son Liam’s (Christian Isaiah) school.

William H. Macy Says Emmy Rossum's 'Shameless' Exit Is 'Right Choice' William H. Macy Says Emmy Rossum's 'Shameless' Exit Is 'Right Choice'

'She's made the right choice,' said the actor.

As for his kids, well, they’re not all right. Gay activist Ian (Cameron Monaghan), arrested in the Season 8 finale, remains in jail. Reformed delinquent Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) suffers at the hands of an unstable wife. And the eldest, ambitious new landlord Fiona (Emmy Rossum, who announced August 30 she’ll be leaving the show), takes a big risk to climb out of the gutter once and for all by borrowing money against her apartment building.

"Fiona’s trying to step outside of her status, invest in another property and play in the big leagues," executive producer Nancy Pimental explains.

If she can’t do it honestly, she can always cheat like a true Gallagher!

Shameless, Sundays, 9/8c, Showtime

4 Things We Want to See Happen in 'Riverdale' Season 3

Sat, 09/15/2018 - 9:00am

There is no doubting Riverdale’s popularity.  The CW series is buzzing with passionate fans who love the show for its romances, its storylines steeped in crime noir, and its sometimes infuriating yet entertaining characters.

And as the show enters its third season this fall, we have some ideas on how the teen drama could switch things up.

Falice Is Real & More Revealing Moments From the 'Riverdale' Season 3 Teaser (VIDEO) Falice Is Real & More Revealing Moments From the 'Riverdale' Season 3 Teaser (VIDEO)

Plus, what does Archie's new ink mean?

Teens doing regular teen stuff

Riverdale is aware of its own camp and leans into it — stories are exaggerated and the lives of these teens are so deeply heightened for a maximum dramatic effect that it's easy to forget that we're dealing with mere 16-year-olds. Gone are the days when a teen show depicted the seemingly insignificant but simultaneously earth-shattering events — like not having a date for a  school dance or failing a class because of troubles at home.

These young characters are dealing with life and death stakes, scheming parents, and small-town crime — all which have a place in a show built around mystery and know-it-all kids. But what if we saw them doing ol' teenage stuff, as well?

The show may benefit from slowing things down and allowing our characters to act their age and enjoy simple adolescent feelings and experiences. Can we see them having casual conversations in the lunch room? Or see them learn something in class? Let's see them have fun.

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Dean Buscher/The CW)

More Cheryl Blossom scenes with everyone

This glorious, fiery redhead emerged from the background last season when she was given a love interest and the titular role in the Carrie musical episode. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) is truly one of the brightest spots of the show. This season, we’d love to see her solidify a spot within the core group and have more interactions with Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Betty (Lili Reinhart).

And since Cheryl is officially a member of the Serpents, this gives us an opportunity to see her interact with cast members we haven’t seen before, like Jughead (Cole Sprouse). One can only imagine all the fraught drama that partnership could bring.

As for Choni, we'd love to see this relationship continue to deepen. In all, more Cheryl, please!

Mark Consuelos as Hiram and Marisol Nichols as Hermione (Katie Yu/The CW)

Humanizing moments with the parents

Remember when Hermione (Marisol Nichols) was a chill mom who Veronica actually got along with? It was a short-lived occurrence back in Season 1 before we learned that Hermione wasn't this down-to-earth person looking to pursue a more humble life. Instead, she's a crime boss and one of the shadiest parents around, and that's saying something in Riverdale!

But the true tragedy is the demise of the mother-daughter relationship, which appeared to be based on trust and support and quickly collapsed into something unhealthy. Occasionally, Fred (Luke Perry) will rise as the shining parent of Riverdale, but the rest leave something to be desired.

Behind the Scenes With the 'Riverdale' Cast on Set (PHOTOS) Behind the Scenes With the 'Riverdale' Cast on Set (PHOTOS)

Check out what Archie, Veronica, and Jughead are up to when the cameras aren't on.

If this season is going to bring as much airtime for the parents as the last, fingers crossed we won't end up with another heartless killer. Two murdering dads two seasons in a row is too much for us to handle!

KJ Apa as Archie and Camila Mendes as Veronica (Dean Buscher/The CW) 

A switch-up in the dating roster

At the risk of angering Bughead fans everywhere, we're going to go out on a limb and suggest the two break up. But maybe for just a season? If we're being honest, it's fun to see characters from a beloved couple go their separate ways for a short period and watch them date other people. Maybe this is the season we'll finally see Archie and Betty find their way to each other! It wouldn't hurt to give it a shot, given that this pairing was so significant in the comics from which this show derives.

There are also rumors that Veronica and Reggie (Charles Melton) will be getting close this season, which is something we would love to see. And how about a new love interest for Josie? Plus, on the adult front, maybe we can get Fred back in the dating game after being burned by Hermione?

Mixing up the dating roster would be fun, shift the friendships and dynamics on the show, and give us something new to latch on to.

Riverdale, Season 3 Premiere, Wednesday, October 10, 8/7c, The CW

2018 Emmy Predictions for Reality, Talk & Sketch: Matt Roush on Who Will & Should Win

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 6:00pm

Judging by the list of nominees for this year's 2018 Emmy Awards, we might be in for one of the most exciting nights in TV history!

The September 17 NBC awards show will be filled with tight races in all of the categories this year, including the Reality and Variety categories. That's why we've recruited our own Matt Roush to help predict this year's winners — and to break down those who should actually win. Plus, he shines a light on those series and stars that were snubbed from nomination.

 Matt Roush Gives His Series & Acting Picks 2018 Emmy Predictions for Limited Series: Matt Roush Gives His Series & Acting Picks

Find out which nominees may walk home with a statue on September 17.

So let's take a look at the Reality and Variety contenders: Outstanding Reality Competition, Outstanding Variety/Sketch Series, and Outstanding Variety/Talk Series. We're talking nominees like RuPaul’s Drag RaceSaturday Night LiveLast Week Tonight with John Oliver, and more.

Click through the gallery above for Matt's picks, and sound off with your own in the comments below!


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