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'Castle Rock's Wicked Woods & More Crazy Moments from 'Henry Deaver'

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 1:30pm

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for the Season 1 Episode of Castle Rock, "Henry Deaver."]

Instead of just raising questions the latest episode of Hulu's Castle Rock is finally providing answers... sort of.

The horror drama is flipping the script in "Henry Deaver," taking everything fans know so far and creating a whole new dimension to the story. Last week viewers were introduced to some interesting innkeepers as Henry (André Holland) narrowly escaped death, and this week it was The Kid's (Bill Skarsgård) turn to shine.

Those Cursed Paintings & More 'Castle Rock' Moments From 'Past Perfect' Those Cursed Paintings & More 'Castle Rock' Moments From 'Past Perfect'

Plus, theories, creepy inns, and more.

In this penultimate episode, confusion about space and time, The Kid's identity, and more are explored. Below we take a deep dive into some of the biggest moments from the latest installment, but beware of spoilers ahead.

Who Is Henry Deaver?

During the opening of the episode, viewers are given a glimpse of The Kid's life in present day Boston, and the first thought that comes to mind is how could this be possible? From experience, fans have come to expect the unexpected, but the origins of this mysterious character took a more solid shape in "Henry Deaver."

Traveling to Castle Rock after the death of his father Matthew Deaver (Adam Rothenberg), The Kid/Henry's conversations slowly reveal that Ruth (Sissy Spacek) is his mother and she's living with Alan (Scott Glenn) — in this time Ruth escaped Matthew Deaver with her son to Boston hence the new location.

A Major 'Castle Rock' Death & More Moments Explained From 'The Queen' Episode A Major 'Castle Rock' Death & More Moments Explained From 'The Queen' Episode

Plus, did you catch those Leonardo DiCaprio movie references?

But what timeline is this exactly? The further the episode progresses the more complex the narrative is. It's clear that there is some sort of time-travel involved as well as travel through dimensions, but more on that later.

Molly's Involvement

Similar to the Henry Deaver fans know, The Kid's version is also neighbors with Molly (Melanie Lynskey) who is a successful representative in Castle Rock — a far cry from her life as a drug using realtor. But it's clear from a conversation with The Kid that she's still connected to Henry in this reality, as he points out that she always knew when he was awake across the street even if the lights were out.

Ultimately, when The Kid discovers a young Henry confined to a cage in the basement of his father's house, Molly gets involved as a town figure and friend. But this doesn't bode well for her as the story leads to last week's head scratcher that she's dead. When young Henry describes a need to be in the woods she facilitates it by dodging police escort Officer Zalewski (Noel Fisher).

What Might Fans Expect From 'Castle Rock' Season 2? What Might Fans Expect From 'Castle Rock' Season 2?

The series is set in the same universe as Stephen King's works.

When the blurry reality that young Henry sees comes into focus for Molly, she pays the price with her life — but who's to blame? The knife wielding girl seen in this blurry reality or Officer Zalewski? If it is the girl who killed Molly, then it could explain the bad luck of Castle Rock transcends time.

The Woods

Finally, viewers are given a reason behind everyone's preoccupation with the woods of Castle Rock. When The Kid pulls out tapes from his father Matthew in this present timeline the story of how young Henry arrived there points out the alternating realities. From noting that Castle Rock looked different, was void of snow, and that he heard the voice of God. Henry — "changed but the same," Matthew says in the tape.

But when Matthew construed this "returned" son as the devil, it calls into question Henry's goodness — could he be the evil one? In the distorted reality of the woods, criminals, murder, suicide, and more abound all at once from different times. And earlier mentions about Molly's connetion to Henry in prior episodes could explain the reason she killed him. If Molly was always connected to Henry in both times, it would mean that her experiences can transcend not just time, but also realities.

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Neither adaptation nor remake, the Hulu series aims high in seeking new menace within Stephen King’s fabled town of terror.

The woods are a hotbed for these bizarre occurrences and dark energy, hopefully viewers will learn more about how it's all connected in the finale episode next week.

1991

By the episode's end we end up in 1991, the day Henry is discovered by Alan Pangborn after he had gone missing for days. But The Kid was there now too, transported from his life in 2018. That's where he claims to have been taken by Warden Lacy (Terry O'Quinn) days later only to be caged at Shawshank.

The innocence projected by this once menacing character is dissipated back in the current timeline fans were first introduced to in the premiere as he asks Molly if she believes him. Should she? Surely the answers will be given when the time comes, until then, let the theories run wild just like the woods of Castle Rock.

Castle Rock, Streaming Now, Hulu

Sneak Peek: 'The Young and the Restless' Gives Nick Newman a Sleek New Office! (PHOTOS)

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 12:00pm

Joshua Morrow, who plays Nick Newman on CBS' The Young and the Restless, has got not only a hot new storyline, but he’s getting to play it out in a brand-new set!

As regular viewers have witnessed, Nick, a former co-owner of Crimson Lights coffee shop, has founded a new company, Dark Horse, in response to his father, Victor (Eric Braeden), being a control freak one too many times!

Farewell Ashley Abbott! Eileen Davidson Is Leaving 'Young and the Restless' Farewell Ashley Abbott! Eileen Davidson Is Leaving 'Young and the Restless'

She's played Ashley Abbott on the soap on and off since 1982.

It was Victor trying to take Nick’s son Christian away from him that sent Morrow’s character to the dark side.

“My favorite part of this story is that Nick’s trying not to be like his father,” Morrow says. “Yet he doesn’t see that sometimes he’s behaving just like his dad.”

While new sets on soaps are rare in today’s budget-conscious times, Y&R charged the show’s production designer, David Hoffman, with the task of coming up with an office that shows Nick in his new element.

Like the company name, there is some darkness to Nick’s penthouse suite. “Even though there are dark accents, the ceiling in Nick’s office is a big light box,” Hoffman says. “It’s literally a contrast of dark and light.”

(Sonja Flemming/CBS)

You won’t see a portrait of Nick hanging in his office like the one Victor has of himself at Newman Enterprises because Nick doesn’t see himself in such a grandiose way. Instead a monitor with the Dark Horse logo hangs above Nick’s office sofa.

“I highly doubt the giant portrait [of Nick] will get in the picture rotation, but time will tell,” says Morrow.

What viewers do see behind Nick’s desk is his framed higher education degree from Genoa City University. His freshman year of college was interrupted after being charged with the attempted murder of his rival, but Nick must have squeezed in getting the necessary credits to graduate at some point.

(Sonja Flemming/CBS)

Before entering Nick’s office, visitors have to get past his reception area where the luckiest extra in soaps (if not all of Hollywood) sits. It’s also a place where other scenes can play out by characters who are there to visit Nick.

“There are four different zones,” shares Morrow, referring to the elevator banks, the reception area, Nick’s office, and the conference room that comprise Dark Horse. “[The set] is going to provide a different way of shooting scenes, the aesthetics alone. It’s a cool looking set.”

(Sonja Flemming/CBS)

“We want to get a sense of scale so [we] have Nick’s office off the reception area with a big glass wall dividing it,” Hoffman says. “At the same time, Nick has his privacy.”

Hoffman selected a few pieces of orange furniture for both the reception area and the conference room (not shown) to contrast the stark colors of the set.

“There are areas that are fairly monochromatic. We wanted some areas that were a relief from that. I really wanted to add some pops of color.”

Watch for the Dark Horse set to debut sometime next week. “We’re lucky in that we’ve been pursuing updating the look of the show over the last few years,” Hoffman adds.

Christel Khalil Downgrades to Recurring Status on 'Young and the Restless' Christel Khalil Downgrades to Recurring Status on 'Young and the Restless'

But what will happen to Lane (aka Lily and Cane)?

For Morrow, a five-time Daytime Emmy-nominee for his run as Nick, what’s even better than the new digs is the story in which Nick’s going to emerge a darker character.

“I have not been this excited in a long time,” he says. “I see such potential with Nick [this way]. I’ve been wanting this for 15 years. I’m looking forward to seeing how far the producers can take this. I’m excited about the future. [This set] isn’t just about Nick. It involves a lot of people.”

The Young and the Restless, weekdays, CBS

Roush Review: Creepy, Compelling 'You' Is an Addictive Thriller

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:15am

Going "ewwww" while watching You is understandable.

Stalkers are creepy, even ones as charming as Joe Goldberg (Gossip Girl's perfectly cast Penn Badgley), the smart, seductive and certifiable bookstore-manager nerd in whose head we lurk throughout most of this addictively grim thriller of dangerous romantic obsession, based on Caroline Kepnes's 2014 novel.

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Plus, Sera Gamble shares how the show differs from the book.

We don't really need Joe's incessant voice-overs to tell us he's gone instantly gaga over Beck (an ethereal Elizabeth Lail), a would-be writer whose real name is Guinevere and whose true gift is for self-exposure: on social media, a recurring target of the series' satirical barbs, and through the ground-floor window of her New York apartment. (Young lady, invest in blinds!)

"It's like you've never seen a horror movie — or the news," Joe sardonically muses while he peeps, making You something of a cautionary urban fable. We, of course, have seen too many examples of Lifetime's patented women-in-peril melodrama, though Joe's warped wit, honed by Badgley's sensitive-guy panache, sets the show apart and somehow above the fray. He's actually a bit of a mensch when he's not being menacing, mentoring a neighbor's neglected boy and feeding him heroic classics like The Count of Monte Cristo.

Joe's self-awareness can even be disarming, like when he's trapped hiding in Beck's shower and getting doused: "I've seen enough romantic comedies to know guys like me are always getting into jams like this." True, but it's no laughing matter when he goes full Norman Bates psycho on anyone he sees as a threat to his pursuit.

In You, love means never having to say you're stable.

You, Series Premiere, Sunday, Sept. 9, 10/9c, Lifetime

 

Michael Douglas Reveals Why He Loves 'The Kominsky Method's Dark Humor

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 10:00am

Despite creating such iconic sitcoms as Mom, The Big Bang Theory, and its spinoff, Young Sheldon, Chuck Lorre doesn’t want to consider himself TV’s king of comedy. As the veteran producer puts it, "Kings get their heads chopped off." Not that his latest show, The Kominsky Method, is a traditional primetime comedy anyway.

The tale of Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas), a Los Angeles–based thespian who works as an acting coach, definitely has witty rejoinders and farcical situations, but it’s also quite poignant, with some tissue-ready moments. "The show is about coming to grips with the reality of getting older," Lorre says. "It’s also about friendship. It’s about what happens if your dream doesn’t come true and another dream comes up. And it’s about the craft of acting, which I wanted to honor with the role of Sandy Kominsky."

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Chuck Lorre created the eight-episode half-hour dramedy slated for later this year.

The show’s protagonist is a man who’s made a mess of his family life. The thrice-divorced Lothario wasn’t the most devoted father to his only child, Mindy (Big Little Lies’ Sarah Baker), now the acting studio’s receptionist. And despite the efforts of his cranky best friend and agent, Norman (Alan Arkin), Sandy’s acting career wasn’t a huge success either.

But he’s done one thing well and that’s create great actors. (In one scene, Sandy name-drops Faye Dunaway and Diane Keaton as some of his past students.) "One of the things I really appreciate," says Douglas, "is that despite Sandy’s shortcomings, Chuck takes the character’s career seriously."

Not too seriously, thankfully. There’s plenty of humor explored in what Lorre calls "the enormous cultural gap" between Sandy and his wide-eyed, fresh-faced students, most of whom are five decades or so younger than him. "Those 50 years count for a great deal of cognitive dissonance," says the 65-year-old Lorre, who admits to mining his own life for inspiration. "This was a chance for me to write something that I’m living."

THE KOMINSKY METHOD

Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method.

There is one mature adult in the class, the newly divorced Lisa (Nancy Travis, Last Man Standing). Lorre describes her as "more than a match for Sandy. She’s sharper, smarter, faster and more grounded than he is." She also could tempt the teacher to break his no-dating-the-students policy.

Sandy’s classes aren’t the only moments that provide a perfect environment for Lorre’s amusing and compassionate look at what Douglas, 73, calls "the absurdities of aging." It’s all there, from the laugh-out-loud awkwardness of a prostate exam with a urologist played by Danny DeVito to the frustration with an adult child who has never really grown up (Lisa Edelstein recurs as Phoebe, Norman’s pill-popping daughter) to the inevitable deaths of loved ones.

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The projects hails from 'Revenge' creator Mike Kelley & Robert Zemeckis.

Through it all, Sandy and Norman bicker, banter and rib each other like a couple of long-married spouses. Those wonderful scenes are helped by the natural chemistry between Douglas and fellow Oscar winner Arkin. They had never worked together in their combined century of experience but seem like a seasoned comic duo. "It was great casting," Douglas says of Arkin, "and I think that’s what Chuck does so well if you look at all of his shows."

For Lorre, landing Douglas — who hasn’t done more than a guest spot on series TV since he patrolled The Streets of San Francisco on ABC 40 years ago — was quite the coup too. The Emmy winner (he snagged a trophy for playing Liberace in the 2013 HBO film Behind the Candelabra) wasn’t necessarily looking for a TV gig when he got the script, but he quickly fell in love with the creator’s sharp take on Sandy.

"For me, it’s not a question of feature film or television. It’s about really good writing. This is dark humor, the kind I love," Douglas sums up. "Like with my pictures Falling Down or The War of the Roses, in one moment we go from hilarity to tragedy. That’s what life is all about."

The Kominsky Method, Series Premiere, Friday, November 16, Netflix

'The Walking Dead' Season 9: AMC Unveils Promo Art & Gallery Pics (PHOTOS)

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 4:30pm

The Walking Dead's ninth season is around the right around corner, and in true AMC tradition the network has released gallery images and key art ahead of the premiere.

If Season 8 was "All Out War," Season 9 will be about rebuilding. Set one-and-a-half years after the events of last season, the new season will find Rick (Andrew Lincoln) maintaining his position as leader despite his unpopular decision to let the Saviors' leader Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) live.

'Walking Dead' Teases Carzekiel Romance in First Look at Season 9 Premiere (PHOTOS) 'Walking Dead' Teases Carzekiel Romance in First Look at Season 9 Premiere (PHOTOS)

Plus, see the characters travel to new locations and more.

Continuing the effort to create a better future that his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) envisioned, Rick helps facilitate peace between communities as they work together. As civilization continues to crumble though, the survivors will be faced with new challenges as they return to the ways of life prior to modern technology.

Of course, they will still deal with walkers and unexpected obstacles, but they'll be unprepared when a "formidable force" threatens the civilization they've begun to build.

Click through the gallery above for a look at the stars in character portraits — including Rick and his reclaimed Sheriff's hat — as well as the striking key art featuring the characters among a crumbling D.C. landscape.

'The Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan Says Maggie's Story Is 'Not Finished' 'The Walking Dead' Star Lauren Cohan Says Maggie's Story Is 'Not Finished'

Cohan also said her pay parity dispute with AMC was 'standard re-negotiation.'

The series returns to AMC this fall, and this will be Lincoln's final season.

The Walking Dead, Season 9 Premiere, Sunday, October 7, 9/8c, AMC

Natalie Paul Says Things Are 'Going to Get Faster' on Season 2 of 'The Sinner'

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 2:00pm

The second season of The Sinner continues to unravel the mysteries and secrets that lie beneath the surface of the deceptively quiet town of Keller. Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) got more than he bargained for returning to rural New York to investigate why an 11-year-old named Julian (Elisha Henig) would commit murder. Joined on the case is a local native and Detective Heather Novack, portrayed by Natalie Paul. The two are on their own journeys of discovery along the way as things are more than meets the eye within the world of Mosswood Grove.

Paul binged the last installment of the USA Network crime drama, engrossed in the premise and idea that we knew who had done it but not the why. During filming she felt like one of the family. Trying to figure out what was going to happen next brought the cast closer together.

 Nothing Is Quite as It Seems in 'The Sinner' Season 2 Roush Review: Nothing Is Quite as It Seems in 'The Sinner' Season 2

Bill Pullman reprises his role in this gripping series.

“It was an incredible experience,” she said, not long after leaving set. “I didn’t know how the story would unfold…Every few weeks seemed like Christmas because you were in suspense the whole time. It definitely helped get into the moment with shooting. Of course, by the time you get on set you do know a little bit more. But it helps to reignite that feeling of awe and suspense for sure.”

The actress, who also appeared the first season of HBO’s The Deuce, shared much of her screen time with Pullman. Despite the unique premises from one season to the next, he is one constant in The Sinner.

“He is so wise. He had so much knowledge about not only acting but random things,” Paul said. “It was cool to be in his presence and absorb the things he learned. He was so welcoming and gracious. Most of the time as we were creating scenes he would often step back and say, ‘I think Heather should be in the foreground and take the lead. I’m just here to help.’ He is just so humble. It was really nice to see how he worked."

Another guiding light was Jessica Biel, who was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy last season. She serves as an executive producer.

“It was incredible to inhabit such a layered, complex role,” Paul said. “She was so encouraging and down to earth. One of the things she told me was to follow my instincts, to put it all out there and not hold back. It’s what she did in the first season. Just having her there to encourage and provide a warm energy to the set was invaluable.”

Paul was impressed by the work of Henig and the way he processed such heavy material. She watched amazed at his ability to take on such intense and dark scenes, truly inhabiting Julian. The unexpected nature sets the tone for the season.

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Also, a 'Bachelorette' alum will host the series, coming in November.

“The first time Heather meets Julian is one of my favorite moments because she is looking for this big bad wolf in the woods,” Paul said. “She has her gun out, and she is ready to take him down. Then it’s this little kid who is so fragile and innocent, but he does something very bad. It makes us investigate what innocence really is.

“You lose it the minute you make a mistake. You do something that everyone else is horrified by. How do we define innocence? I think the show complicates that. It complicates who is innocent and who is a victim and goes deeper than just condemning a child for the way he might have been raised.”

A similar theme can be seen within Heather’s missing friend Marin (Hannah Gross). The case opens up old emotional scars from the past and what happened to her. Perhaps, a big inspiration for her career choice.

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“Heather is dealing with a lot of guilt,” Paul said. “She feels guilty for not having saved Marin from her circumstances. Marin had in her head a very different upbringing. She feels as though Marin was her responsibility to save because she had such a bad life. The show looks at innocence and guilt a lot of different ways.”

Paul’s day job isn’t law enforcement, but she can relate to Heather. Specifically, the search for identity. It’s something she believes other people can draw empathize with as well.

“Even though she is doing well in her job, climbing the ranks in the department. Underneath, there is a kind of very innocent longing to belong and find her place in the world.,” she said.

More than halfway through the season, tensions are rising from all sides. Conflict builds between Heather and Harry with each inching closer to the truth. Not only about Julian, but for the people of Mosswood community including Vera Walker (Carrie Coon) and the hostility from outside of it. The involvement of Glenn Fisher, the hooded figure visiting Julian, the practices of “The Beacon,” Lionel Jeffries and the circumstances behind the disappearance of Marin. Needless to say, there is the feeling we are on the verge of getting many of the dots connected. That is if Heather and Harry can get on the same page.

“It’s really testing their team,” Paul said. “It’s going deeper and deep enough to create fractures between Heather and Ambrose and also Heather and her dad. Everyone is getting rattled by this case in a small town. It’s the type of town where people don’t like others poking into their business. They don’t like to be asked questions, and of course, that is what detectives do. I think we’re seeing that come to a head.”

(Peter Kramer/USA Network)

Paul is understandably tight-lipped about what’s to come for the back end of the season. However, you can read between the lines.

“It’s going to get faster,” she hints. “It’s sort of like the speed is going to take it up a notch. You will find a lot out very quickly. It’s all going to be very exciting. Very action-packed.”

Coming up for Paul along with more episodes of The Sinner is HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and You on Lifetime.

The Sinner,Wednesdays, 10/9c, USA Network

A Year in Review: The Biggest Moments in TV

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 1:00pm

The only calendar that matters to TV fans is the one that begins in September — the official kickoff of a new television season. As we set our DVRs for what’s to come, we also take a look back at all the big news, onscreen and off, from the last year.

Jan. 2, 2018: Hoda Kotb is officially named Savannah Guthrie’s cohost on Today, making them the first all-female anchor team on NBC’s morning show.

Feb. 7, 2018: NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics kicks off in PyeongChang, South Korea. Over 2,400 hours of programming air on more platforms than ever before.

Feb. 25, 2018: The midseason premiere of The Walking Dead ends with Carl Grimes shooting himself after being bitten by a walker.

April 29, 2018: With its 636th show, “Forgive and Regret,” The Simpsons bests Gunsmoke as America’s longest-running scripted series in episode count. Fittingly, the opening sequence features a gunfight between Maggie and Marshal Matt Dillon.

May 8, 2018: Pauley Perrette closes out 15 seasons as NCIS forensic specialist Abby Sciuto by coming out of a gunshot-induced coma, catching her attacker and then leaving town to start a charity in a fallen colleague’s honor.

Aug. 21, 2018: Still no return date for Game of Thrones. Dragons everywhere heave a huge, fiery sigh of frustration.

Sept. 24, 2017: Star Trek: Discovery boldly launches on CBS All Access as the first new Trek series in 12 years… but not the last: More spinoffs are in development. (And how ’bout the original U.S.S. Enterprise popping up in the finale?!)

Jan. 12, 2018: David Letterman returns to TV with his Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. His first guest: Barack Obama.

Sept. 25, 2017: CBS’s Young Sheldon premieres, and The Big Bang Theory spinoff becomes the highest-rated new comedy of the season. ABC’s The Good Doctor nabs the same honor among dramas.

Feb. 4, 2018: Super Bowl Sunday gives the Philadelphia Eagles a massive win over the New England Patriots and the postgame This Is Us episode finally reveals that Pearson patriarch Jack died of a heart attack caused by smoke inhalation.

March 27, 2018: She’s back! After a 21-year wait, more than 18 million people tune in for the return of Roseanne. Three days later, the show is renewed.

May 29, 2018: She’s gone! Just two months after her triumphant return, Roseanne Barr tweets herself out of a job. Three weeks later, a Barr-less retooling of the sitcom, retitled The Conners, is announced with the rest of the cast intact.

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The cast has reunited for the 'Roseanne' spinoff series without the lead character.

May 19, 2018: The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Suits alum Meghan Markle airs across most broadcast networks and cable news outlets, attracting an estimated 1.9 billion romantics worldwide.

July 12, 2018: Netflix is the most Emmy-nominated network of the season with 112 nods, besting perennial leader HBO.

Aug. 13, 2018: Maurice Benard celebrates 25 years as General Hospital’s tortured mob-throb Sonny Corinthos.

Norm MacDonald's 'Show', 'Atypical' & More Streaming on Netflix

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:30pm
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David Letterman, Drew Barrymore, Jane Fonda, and Chevy Chase are just some of the guests dropping by to chat about life and other big topics with the former SNL funnyman. Longtime pal and fellow comedian Adam Eget takes on the time-honored sidekick role.

Atypical Season 2 Premiere, Friday, September 7

The sweetly touching dramedy returns with 10 new episodes about teenager Sam (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum, and his quest for independence. Last year, that entailed navigating the tricky world of dating, and it continues now as he contemplates applying for college. At home, Sam has a supportive, albeit overprotective, family, including cool sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) and parents (Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport) who are dealing with a huge rift in their marriage.

Next Gen Movie Premiere, Friday, September 7

Better call tech support! In this colorful animated adventure, a young girl accidentally stumbles upon a top-secret, intelligent robot equipped with dangerous and futuristic weaponry. Lucky for her, it seems nice and just wants to be friends, which is exactly what the alienated and lonely kid needs. Next thing you know, they’re embarking on a crazy ride together, fighting off evil robots and thwarting the plans of a mad scientist. And, if they can manage it, possibly preventing a huge disaster from taking place. Charlyne Yi, John Krasinski, Jason Sudeikis, Constance Wu, Michael Peña, and David Cross supply their voices.

The Land of Steady Habits Movie Premiere,Friday, September 14

After retiring from his finance gig, Anders Hill (Ben Mendelsohn) faces a late-in-life identity crisis. Sure, he’s had a lot of successes, but it’s all left him feeling unsatisfied and hollow. Is there more out there for a guy like him? That question will lead Hill down a rabbit hole that causes massive upheaval for his upscale Connecticut family. He leaves his wife (Edie Falco) and tries to find happiness through relationships with other women and an unlikely friendship with a teen drug addict (Charlie Tahan).

Not surprisingly, none of that sits too well with Hill’s adult son (Thomas Mann). As he continues on his shame spiral, suddenly his former life in Connecticut doesn’t look so bad. But is it too late for him to get it back? Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said) directs this adaptation of Ted Thompson’s highly praised 2014 novel.

Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 Premiere, Friday, September 7

With Season 1’s villainous organization the Hand now defeated, master martial artist Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is taking on new threats in New York’s Chinatown. But his biggest challenge will come from someone he considers family: Davos (Sacha Dhawan), the only other survivor of the now destroyed city of K’un-Lun, where Danny gained the mystical might of the Iron Fist.

"This season is about yin and yang," explains new showrunner M. Raven Metzner (Sleepy Hollow), adding that Davos feels the title should be his. "Danny and Davos have very different ideas about what the Iron Fist means." Their battle will be epic — which is what you might expect from two guys who have literally brawled with dragons. ("We really evolved our fight scenes," Metzner says of the action-packed new season.)

Meanwhile, Danny’s ninja girlfriend, Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), is trying to save wayward teens from a life of crime — if they don’t kill her first. Another menace will come from seemingly nice Mary (Alice Eve), who is hiding some nasty personalities in her conflicted brain. Comic readers will recognize her as telekinetic mutant Typhoid Mary, one of several fun surprises in store for Marvel enthusiasts. Metzner notes, "I hope comics fans watch this season and know how much I love the same stuff they do." — John Hogan

American Vandal Season 2 Premiere, Friday, September 14

The second season of the true-crime mockumentary series takes its investigative prowess to a private Catholic high school and a string of crimes perpetrated by someone called the "Turd Burglar." (Yep, expect gross-out humor.) Filmmaker Peter Maldonado (Tyler Alvarez) and his second-in-command, Sam (Griffin Gluck), have their cameras ready to roll yet again.

Henry Cavill Cast as Lead in Netflix Series 'The Witcher' Henry Cavill Cast as Lead in Netflix Series 'The Witcher'

It's the actor's first TV role since 2010.

More Marvel-ous Series Available now on Netflix The Punisher

The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal fights the worst criminals around — and he’s not against using deadly force.

Luke Cage

Harlem’s superstrong hometown hero (Mike Colter) brings justice to the streets he loves. A great cast, including Golden Globe winner Alfre Woodard, elevates the thought-provoking drama.

Jessica Jones

With a near 90 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes, Jessica Jones balances edgy noir and wit while the title hero (Krysten Ritter) faces foes like the mind controlling Kilgrave (David Tennant).

Daredevil

Daredevil — aka blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) — defends Hell’s Kitchen using heightened senses and superhuman sonar.

The Defenders

Some dangers are too great for one hero. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil unite to triumph over the evil Alexandra (an excellent Sigourney Weaver).

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser Movie Premiere, Friday, September 7

At last, justice for Barb! Shannon Purser, who played the doomed fan favorite on Stranger Things, has landed her first leading role in this high school—set adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, the 19th-century play about mistaken identity.

She stars as college-bound Sierra, who strikes a deal with mean cheerleader Veronica (Kristine Froseth) to help her win over cute football player Jamey (Noah Centineo). Having top billing on the movie spooked Purser, who admits, "I could have played a tree and still been nervous!"

First off, Sierra’s not a loser! She holds her own against bullies, and she’s nice!

Shannon Purser: I related. She could have been super self-conscious and insecure, but she’s just a teenager trying to find her place in the world, look beyond societal expectations and embrace herself.

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Is she anything like awkward teen Barb?

They’re both out of their depth. They want to stay true to themselves but get approval from others. Interacting today is so different than the '80s [when Stranger Things is set]. Social media plays a big part in this movie.

At first Jamey thinks he’s texting Veronica, not Sierra. But boy, do they have chemistry!

Right off the bat! They have similar senses of humor. Both try to play it cool, but they’re big nerds. They’re sensitive. He’s more complex than a lot of jocks seem.

Veronica’s frazzled mom is played by Chrissy Metz (This Is Us). Is she a role model?

Being a plus-size woman in the industry is difficult. There aren’t as many parts; we get typecast. To see somebody succeeding and self-confident was inspiring! —Kate Hahn

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes Season 2 Premiere, Friday, September 14

British architect Piers Taylor and actress Caroline Quentin once again offer a tour of seriously stunning houses that take the idea of rooms with a view to new heights. (Think: homes built on cliff tops, like Novia Scotia’s Two Hulls, right.) This season, they visit far-flung locations such as Portugal and Japan to check out architectural marvels that maximize the gorgeous local scenery.

EASY ACCESS!

In the market for a new television? Consider getting a smart TV, which has built-in internet capability. Many flatscreens have remote controls with a designated Netflix button. It takes you to the streaming service with one click!

Claire Reveals Frank Underwood's 'House of Cards' Fate in Season 6 Teaser (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:45am

Netflix is giving fans exactly what they've wanted since they heard Kevin Spacey won't return for the final season of House of Cards — an explanation.

In a newly released teaser, it takes mere seconds to confirm the fate many believed Francis Underwood would meet as Claire (Robin Wright) stands over his grave. The short teaser opens with Wright's character standing in a landscape setting with trees standing guard as she begins to address her dead husband.

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Netflix unveiled the first details on the Shepherds.

"I'll tell you this though, Francis. When they bury me, it won't be in my backyard, and when they pay their respects they'll have to wait in line."

As she utters the last part of the bold statement, Claire makes a classic House of Cards move by looking directly into the camera. The camera later pans out to offer viewers a glimpse of Frank's final resting place.

The former President is laid to rest next to his father Calvin Underwood with his tombstone reading, "Francis J. Underwood, 1959-2017, 46th President of the United States." Claire's remarks could be construed as cold, but as fans of the show know, the Underwoods are a ruthless bunch.

Wright and Spacey in Season 5 of House of Cards.

Viewers had anticipated Frank's end since the scandal surrounding Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct allegations resulted in his firing from the original Netflix series. While the cause behind Frank's death  has yet to be revealed the promise of his demise is sure to spawn some intrigue surrounding the upcoming season.

Check out the teaser below and don't miss the new season when House of Cards returns November 2.

House of Cards, Season 6 Premiere, Friday, November 2, Netflix

BBC America Reveals 'Doctor Who' Season 11 Premiere Date

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:30am

Doctor Who is introducing its first female Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, to the world when its new season returns in October.

BBC America announced on Wednesday that Season 11 will premiere Sunday, October 7, starting at the same time as its U.K. airing, according to a press release. A special primetime encore of the episode will follow in the show's new regular evening time slot, which has yet to be announced.

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Plus, the showrunner reveals how he knew they'd choose a female Doctor.

"With a new Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and new friends Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh), this eagerly-anticipated first season from new showrunner Chris Chibnall will welcome back fans and invite those who are new to Who," the network added.

"The next era is packed full of action, humor, emotion, and adventures through space and time, starting with the first episode, titled 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth.'"

Watch the trailer below:

Doctor Who, Season 11 Premiere, Sunday, October 7, Time TBA, BBC America

Final Season of 'The Last Ship' Finds the 'Nathan James' Fighting Like It's 1942 (VIDEO)

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:00am
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When TNT's drama The Last Ship returns for its fifth and final season, it’s been several years since the terroristic destruction of crops leading to worldwide famine was stopped. The U.S. is finally getting back on its feet and building a new navy, and the globe finally seems to be at peace.

Not for long, of course.  You didn’t think just because Admiral Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his intrepid shipmates from the Nathan James stopped the extinction of the human race several times over, all would be well on the planet, did ya?

Executive producer Steven Kane gives us a preview of how the waves break during the military adventure’s last 10 episodes.

But first, check out our exclusive video clip of the new Chandler at work in the final season premiere episode:

What has Tom Chandler been doing since last season’s crisis?

Steven Kane: He’s at the Naval War College teaching a new batch of cadets for the Navy. He’s taking all the experience he gained as a leader who saved the world several times and trying to give back as a teacher.

Where’s Chandler’s old team?

Meylan (Emerson Brooks) is running the fleet command out of the new headquarters in South Florida, the former site of NASA, and Admiral Slattery (Adam Baldwin) is in charge of the new fleet of ships. Foster (Marissa Neitling ) is the CO of the Nathan James, Burk (Jocko Sims) is the ship’s XO  and Miller (Kevin Michael Martin)  is still on the ship as well. Garnett (Fay Masterson) is captain of one of the new ships and Gator (Michael Curren-Dorsano)  has gone into civilian life. Meanwhile Danny (Travis Van Winkle), Sasha (Bridget Regan), Wolf (Bren Foster) and Azima (Jodie Turner-Smith), the Vulture team, are undercover in Central America to help court the Panama as it reopens the Canal to international trade.

The goal of the season is to get the world started again.  The plague is behind us as is the famine. Yet, there’s a lot of unrest, especially in South America, so the team wants to strengthen the Panamanian government.

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Plus, Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning are all reprising their roles.

How is everyone doing after all the trauma of the last season?

Chandler wants to stop being a warrior and put that behind him. He can’t, but he tries because it’s a heavy burden being the guy who has to save the world. Danny is so hardened by war that it’s tough for him to be a stay-at-home dad and husband.  This season is really a meditation on the cost of war and the warrior’s ethos.  There’s a lot of heroism inside, but the warrior pays a price—usually his or her humanity. It’s a meditation on war, and yet it’s still a fun and  exciting season.

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Who is the enemy this season?

Gustavo (Tavo) Barros (Maurice Compte, Mayans M.C., Narcos ) is a Colombian soldier who sees himself as the modern -day Simon Bolivar. His goal is to unite all of Central and South America. In his mind, as long as there’s been modern history, Central and South America have been also-rans with no seat at the UN Security Council, no power at the World Bank or with the IMF.

Barros’s attitude is the plague is a great reset and a chance for South America to rise and stake its claim and change the status quo.  He’s gotten a continent of people who have been suffering and given them a sense of hope and power and a sense of purpose.

The way to achieve his goal, as he sees it,  is to weaken the United States.  As you’ll see in the first episode they launch the equivalent of a Pearl Harbor-type attack. They cripple the Americans with a combination of cyber and physical attacks. They hope that will give them the confidence and power to take over the continent.

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 What kind of character is Tavo?

He’s a visionary and a megalomaniac. His noble intentions get out of control as he gets more and more power. He’s a very viable, powerful threat and enemy to Chandler and his people.

 How will Chandler react?

He becomes everything from FDR to Eisenhower, when he must broker alliances and treaties between countries that haven’t trusted each other since the plague. He’ll have to be a statesman as well as a planner of war.

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How does the cyber attack affect U.S. defenses and its new fleet? 

The attack knocks out all ability to use satellite and high-tech weaponry on ships. It’s like we’ve been dropped back into World War II with paper maps, push pins, toy ships, short wave radio and Morse code.

We’re doing almost like a Band of Brothers, telling a story of an old-fashioned war because technology has been taken out of the game. It makes the challenge of winning the war that much difficult because it levels the playing field. For instance, the Nathan James is in open water without the help of satellites or high-tech weaponry. The fun of it is that the ship has to fight as if it’s 1942.

So once again it’s up to the Nathan James to save the day?

It is, but in midseason, we bring in the U.S. Marine Corps, as well. They partnered with us and were very helpful and very cooperative. We'll also have the army; we have all our fighting forces. It’s the biggest season we’ve done; it is like a blockbuster movie every week.

The Last Ship, Season 5 (final season) premiere, Sunday, September 9, 9/8c, TNT

Relationship Lines are Blurred in 'The Little Drummer Girl' Says Alexander Skarsgard

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:00am

Does the spy really love me? Intrigue meets warped romance in AMC’s dark espionage thriller The Little Drummer Girl, a three-part series based on John le Carré’s bestselling novel. Set in the 1970s, Girl centers on idealistic English actress Charlie (Florence Pugh).

While vacationing in Greece, she’s recruited as an agent by veteran Israeli spy Becker (Alexander Skarsgård), who’s been sucked back into the game after a stint as an architect. (The pair’s amorous nighttime visit to Athens’ Acropolis is just one of the heady scenes shot at landmark Greek locations.) “Charlie is desperate for intrigue, for a life that is just a little more than what she has. She finds Becker both deeply annoying and deeply attractive,” Pugh says. “But nothing prepares her for what comes. She’s shocked and manipulated, over and over again.”

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“We blur the line [in the relationship] between what’s real and what’s not,” Skarsgård says. “Are they falling in love? How much is Becker manipulating her? Is he letting her believe that his real personality is coming through, or is he just pretending to open up so he can draw her even closer?”

Charlie's assignment shifts to a terrorist camp, where, undercover, she trains as a killing machine. “I shot a lot of guns,” recalls Pugh, who understood Charlie’s divided loyalties as the character grows more sympathetic to the cause. “Emotionally, I found it tough,” she adds. “I have no idea what it’s like to live in [that world] around guns, bombs or your village getting hurt. Until the very end, you don’t know what way Charlie’s going to go.” Let the games begin!

The Little Drummer Girl, Series Premieres, Monday, Nov. 19, 9/8c, AMC

12 of the Best Female Leads From Sci-Fi Shows (PHOTOS)

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 5:00pm

If you're into aliens, spaceships, post-apocalyptic wastelands or eerie alternate universes, you might have once been hard-pressed to find a woman in charge. Standing out in a genre once dominated by men, these women face the supernatural, creepy and unexplained with ease, and show the boys who's boss.

Click through the gallery above to see the top female leads from sci-fi shows!

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Plus, how did they feel about Melanie Scrofano directing an episode? Get all the highlights!

Brad Garrett on Why 'Single Parents' Is 'Realistic' About Raising Kids

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 4:00pm

It really does take a village, as the single moms and dads of Hilltop Elementary School are quick to point out (even though they hate the phrase).

The Single Parents cast includes Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) as a clique of parents who rely on one another to make it through the wild ride of raising children.

Garrett, who plays a wealthy widower with twins (Ella and Mia Allen), explains why it’s worth hiring a babysitter and tuning in.

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I have time to watch one more show. Why should it be yours?

Brad Garrett: Because I know where you live.

Who should be watching?

Folks who are looking for a humorous, realistic take on raising children in a complicated society.

Fill in the blank: If you like _____, you’ll like our show.

Funny people scrambling to be the best parents they can be while staying out of jail.

SINGLE PARENTS - ABC's "Single Parents" stars Ella Allan as Amy, Brad Garrett as Douglas, and Mia Allan as Emma. (ABC/F. Scott Schafer)

What’s a good alternate title for Single Parents?

What’s That Smell?, Where the F Are My Keys?, or Everybody Loves Dysfunction.

What does Single Parents have to offer nonparents?

Hope.

How do I get my kid to sleep so I can actually watch the show in peace?

Show them my Star Search appearance from 1984.



Why is your cast the best on TV?

Because we all share one trailer in order to limit our carbon footprint. Take note, Goldbergs.

Single Parents, Series Premiere, Wednesday, September 26, 9:30/8:30c, ABC

Russell Hornsby Talks 'The Affair,' His New Feature Film & Taking on Socially Relevant Roles

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 3:00pm

Russell Hornsby has been mighty busy as of late.

The ubiquitous actor is everywhere from Netflix’s acclaimed Seven Seconds, to this season of Showtime’s The Affair.

At this point in his career, Hornsby says he’s interested in taking on roles that mirror real life, which is reflective in much of his work, which tackles issues that trouble the nation, like police brutality, racism, and justice.

Russell Hornsby (right) with Christopher Meyer in Showtime's The Affair (Paul Sarkis/Showtime)

TV Insider spoke with Hornsby about taking his characters home with him, what he misses most about Grimm, and about his upcoming Fox legal drama, Proven Innocent.

What was your experience like working on The Affair this season?

Russell Hornsby: It was a great experience. The opportunity to be on a show of high art is a privilege. Often times you don’t get to work on shows with wonderful writing and great acting, just that perfect combination. I’m a big fan of Dominic West and Ruth Wilson. When I found out I was going to work with Sanaa, that was a joy. A bigger plus was getting the opportunity to work with the playwright, Lydia Diamond. I’m a big fan of her work. She wrote one of the last episodes I worked on. That was a nice, beautiful surprise. It’s a really lovely show. It’s one of the only shows that deals with real relationships. You think “Wow, this is honest!”

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The series is returning for a fifth and final season without her.

You play Carl, whose ex-wife, Janelle, (Sanaa Lathan) is dating Noah (Dominic West), and whose son is also hanging around Noah a lot. What appealed to you about playing this character?

Basically, the honesty with how he was written. The character dealing with his own internal issues, marital issues. He’s in a conflict of sorts. It really appealed to me. As I get older and more experienced, I really try to find material that’s reflecting life and society at large. And trying to get work that’s an honest portrayal of what’s really happening, so that you can actually bring your life experience to the role. It’s like art imitating life in a sense. It makes it more of an adventure and challenge to embody.

It was great see a black family on canvas this season, and I wish we got to see more. Will you be back for the fifth and last season?  

There has been talk with Sarah when we were on set. She wanted to see how things went and said she’s definitely willing to explore the characters and their relationships in the final season, which would be great.

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The season ended with a funeral and a pregnancy.

It would be great to see more of your character’s dynamic with Noah.

[Laughs] Yes, that was very interesting. There was so much more tension I felt watching it than shooting it. It came off as “Wow, this guy is being very intrusive.” [Carl’s] feelings were justified, I felt.

What did you think of the finale? Were you surprised by how Alison’s (Ruth Wilson) fate turned out?

I only heard about it, I haven’t seen it yet. I like when shows shift things up. I really respect and appreciate that. I think that speaks to the quality of the show. We also really have to commend Ruth.

You also starred in Netflix’s Seven Seconds. What was it like working with the remarkable Regina King in that project?

It was majestic. I think Regina King is acting royalty in my humble opinion. Being able to work with her was a joy and honor. I’ve been a fan of hers for years. This was a dream come true for me, we’ve been fans of each other from afar. And when this happened, we were so overjoyed, and it lend itself to how we approached the material. We trust each other so much that we were able to dive right in and give all that we had. With that kind of material, you have to work with somebody you believe in and trust as a person because we both had to be vulnerable. I hope we can do it again. She’s a beautiful spirit and just fantastic.

Hornsby with Clare-Hope Ashitey (left) and Regina King in Netflix's Seven Seconds (JoJo Whilden/Netflix)

In Seven Seconds you give a really sobering performance as Isaiah. What was your experience playing this role, and where did you draw inspiration from to prepare for it?

I love that question. That’s me choosing a role that embodies life, that embodies the world. Being a black man, now being a father, it was cathartic for me. It gave me an opportunity to weep for those that we’ve lost. I don’t mean that in a melodramatic way. When I had to look at the material and I was forced to take it on, it affected me. Being a parent, it gave me the opportunity to cry out of frustration of what lies ahead for me as a father to have to protect my two boys. It made my soul weep knowing there’s a chance this could happen to me. It was almost therapy for me. I lived that role as if it was my son.

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I felt as if I did well. I had people come up to me, looking me in the eyes, and just say “Thank you. You honor us.” This one time we’re in Chicago, my wife and I, and we’re walking, and a bus driver honked his horn and just gave me a fist pump of strength. I get more of that of late than anything else. I take it as recognition.

You also have a film coming out called The Hate U Give. Clearly. It’s about Black Lives Matter and police brutality and things resonant in today’s America. These are heavy subject matters. How do you detach after your day at work is over? Can you, or do you carry it with you at home?

Fortunately for both of those roles, I was on location. Seven Seconds was a lot more gut-wrenching as a whole than The Hate U Give. I was in darkness for five months. Fortunately, I was away from my wife and family because I came home carrying that every night. Sometimes, quite honestly, you can’t detach from it. It manifested in different ways. I might be short with my wife on the phone because I’m going through so much pain that I can’t articulate at that moment, or with friends and family, I was just a loner for those five months. But when I got home from New York to Los Angeles, that plane ride was a transformation moment. Sunny California is not winter, it’s not cold, and for that brief moment, that plane ride served as an attitude adjuster.

Tell me about the character you play in The Hate U Give.

I play a character named Big Mav. He’s a former gang member and ex-con who is raising three kids along with his wife. He’s trying to raise his children by empowering them with knowledge and wisdom. He wants to arm them with information needed to navigate through troubled waters of this society as black children, and eventually black adults, and all the trials that come with that. His daughter has to grow up a lot faster and that’s what we’re seeing in our society. A lot of young people, majority of them black, are having to grow up sooner than most.

You have a show on Fox called Proven Innocent airing next year. Can you tease a little about what we can expect from that show?

It’s a law show that deals with overturning the wrongly convicted. There’s a woman sent to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. And my character, Ezekiel Boudreau, has a campaign to free her, and over the course of two years, he gets her free. And then they start a law firm that overturns wrongful convictions. It’s a procedural case of the week, but a character driven one. I think it’s going to be interesting. We have fantastic actors and stories. The stories aren’t necessarily ripped from the headlines, but they’re inspired by true events.

Hornsby (right) with David Giuntoli in Grimm (Scott Green/NBC)

You also worked on Grimm for a number of years. What do you miss most about being on that show?

The cast and crew. It’s really the people you fall in love with most. Portland was such a beautiful city to work in. We were there at a time of Portland’s renaissance. We had a chance to explore the city as a group. We ate at wonderful restaurants, went skiing, and the waterfalls, and just all these beautiful things. And charities. That was something we did together, as a family. It really was a lot of fun. I had a great time in Portland.

Looking back on your career, what is an important lesson you learned about your craft that you carry with you today?

That you can’t shortchange the work. You have to put in the work. It takes as long as it takes. 10 years ago, I thought I was ready. I thought I should have a Seven Seconds, I should have a Hate U Give. I realize now that it’s not that I wasn’t ready talent wise, I just don’t think I was ready spiritually to take on the work. That’s part of the patience you get with age which allowed me as an actor to sit down and work. It only comes with time.

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The Affair, Season 5 (final season), TBA 2019, Showtime

Seven Seconds, streaming on Netflix

The Hate U Give, in theaters Oct. 19

'The Romanoffs' Cast is Stacked with TV Biggest Stars

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 2:00pm

That Coca-Cola jingle hadn’t even faded out in the 2015 Mad Men finale before viewers started wondering what creator Matthew Weiner’s next TV act would be.

After all, how do you follow a groundbreaking — and heartbreaking — creative triumph that won 16 Emmys and made household names of Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss? Look to Tsarist Russia, of course!

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The series comes from the producer behind 'Mad Men.'

Weiner’s big-budget The Romanoffs, a contemporary anthology shot on three continents with a different cast in each of its eight self-contained episodes, certainly sounds like a departure. But Amazon’s much lighter series does share Mad Men’s preoccupation with identity.

The through-line for these disparate stories: characters claiming to be descendants of the Russian royal dynasty. (Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed in 1918, although rumors persisted that one or more had managed to survive bullets, bayonets and knives.)

“We’re at a place in our history where people are looking for a close connection to their roots. There’s great debate about who is a Romanoff and what happened to the Romanoffs,” Weiner told Variety last year. “The story for me is that we’re all questioning who we are and who we say we are.”

The formidable cast includes Mad Men alums John Slattery, Christina Hendricks and Jay R. Ferguson, along with such names as Diane Lane, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Peet, Corey Stoll and Griffin Dunne.

Amazon is so jazzed, this will be its first series to stray from the binge-it-now release plan. After the first two episodes drop October 12, the rest will be released individually each Friday. That’s worth a Stoli shot!

The Romanoffs, Series Premiere, Friday, Oct. 12, Amazon Prime Video

'Alaskan Bush People': 'Head Above Water' (RECAP)

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 1:00pm

In the Alaskan Bush People episode "Head Above Water" (September 2), disaster strikes as floods plague the region, and the Browns must balance the fate of their new community with the success of their homestead.

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"Head Above Water" is numbingly dull. The only thing worth watching:

That's it. That's all you really needed to see, and we already saw it two weeks ago. You can keep reading if you like, but don't expect anything better than that.

Birdy is busy pestering the wildlife again. She's catching frogs at the pond and kissing all of them (except the dead ones). She hopes one will turn into a prince. I hope the frogs tell Birdy to kiss their amphibian asses.

Brown Star Ranch is progressing. But water from the record snowfall melting in the mountains is causing flooding that could threaten to jeopardize Billy's dream of the family's future forever!

The area for Billy's Big Barn Build is almost cleared, but there's still plenty of bickering and screwing up left to do. Bam tries to start up the bulldozer, but she won't turn over. It seems someone (Bam!) left it on overnight and drained the battery, and now it won't start. Bulldozer Malfunctions are the Washington version of Boat Malfunctions and I'm already sick of them after two episodes.

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The Browns head to their new land in rural Washington.

Matt wants to take the car batteries from his Bush Welder and plug them into the bulldozer. Bam wants to remove the battery from the bulldozer and take it back somewhere to recharge it overnight. Matt wins this argument, because they claim they don't have the time for Bam's idea and this is the season in which Bam is made to look foolish. (This explains why Billy and Bam were butting heads over storylines all spring.)

Matt fetches his batteries and starts hooking them up, but the terminals don't quite fit the leads from the bulldozer. Bam says they shouldn't mutilate a bulldozer that Billy "bartered" to rent, but Matt is hellbent on making it happen his way. Let's take a view from the Alaskan Bush People Bulldozer Cam:

Funny that statement would come from a guy who is named after a cartoon character. Matt says it's all good because he's attached "metal to metal" and that's all it needs.

But Matt's plan works, because of course it does. The bulldozer fires up. Someone with much better knowledge of earth-moving machines than I observed that the bulldozer was in gear the whole time, and that's why it wouldn't start. I believe that the bulldozer is being operated with close supervision from someone who actually knows what the hell they're doing, and this entire Bulldozer Malfunction is a fake plot device. Like the case last week when avid motorcyclists noticed that Noah didn't know how to change gears on his bike, there's always someone out there with the expertise to call out this show's B.S.

Elsewhere, Birdy wants to go out on a solo exploratory turkey hunt, you know, to reconnect with her Bush self and get some food for the family in case the nearby town is shut down because of flooding. After some very colorful target practice blasting paint cans with her new shotgun, Birdy heads out for the hunt.

She slathers herself in mud to camouflage her scent. I bet now she smells terrific! Birdy goes around with this little wooden device that makes a turkey call sound. She hears a turkey reply, but also something else...

It's the ghost of Sabrina! Of course, if Birdy truly could communicate with animals, she would know what the cow is saying to her.

Birdy did not dress appropriately for the weather. She's overheating, and probably now smells like death itself. Maybe the wool socks and winter boots were a bad choice.

Birdy doesn't bag a turkey this time. Looks like it will be hot dogs, fire-roasted Spam on a stick and whatever Mother Ami's Magic Bowl produces for dinner at Brown Star Ranch tonight.

Noah continues his descent into madness by descending into Oroville's thriving thrift shop scene.

Noah sits down and tickles the ivories, producing something resembling music. At least he's not ripping off Air Supply tunes this time. Or is he? I can't tell.

His audience is appreciative.

But stirring the souls of second-hand store proprietors is not the purpose of Noah's visit to Oroville. He has come to collect materials for constructing his new laboratory.

While perusing the clothing racks, he comes across a vest that would make a nice addition to the 30 other vests in his wardrobe.

The shopkeeper likes the vest, but thinks it may be too hot outside to wear today.

We've already seen too much of Noah's bare torso this season, and I am relieved we don't have to see shirtless vested Noah. He's going to have a pretty big haul of merchandise to pack on the back of his motorcycle.

Let's stick with Noah, just to get him over with. Back at Brown Star Ranch, Noah is setting stuff up for a new laboratory in his tent. He's got all kinds of random Noah knickknacks, and lots of terrible ideas for projects. He is excited to once again have an outlet for his creative juices to flow. Gag.

One of Noah's ridiculous plans is attaching an office chair to this junked motorized wheelchair and slapping some ATV wheels on it for off-road capability. His goal is to get even less exercise by slowly cruising around Brown Star Ranch and the Omak Walmart in this thing.

Bear doesn't have a lot to do in this episode, thankfully, but he does appear in an obviously scripted scene that the producers added just as an excuse for Noah to show off his buff physique again. Noah had surgery to remove his gallbladder—the minimally invasive procedure is formally called laparoscopic cholecystectomy—but Noah says the doctors "cut everything."

Yeah, that was a real hatchet job there, Noah. I'm glad they stitched you up before all your creative juices spilled out. Those stretch marks must be from Noah carrying around all that extra ego weight. Enough of you, Noah.

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The whole Brown family of 'Alaskan Bush People' is pretty annoying, but which one is just The Worst?

Bam, Matt and Gabe drive into Loomis and discover the road is flooded out. They go wading into the rushing water—always a safe thing to do—where Gabe has his crotch-smashing moment of disrespecting the danger.

The boys return to Brown Star Ranch and inform Billy of the dire situation.

Billy's first reaction is to moan about how this flooding is going to delay his Big Dream.

Shut up, Billy. I'm pretty sure something like the destruction of homes and property in the neighboring community won't threaten to change the future of your family forever and derail your dream of reclaiming your life in the Bush.

Turn that frown upside down, Billy! Why not use someone else's plight to propagandize your self-proclaimed faith and generosity? Billy's willing to put his Grand Vision on hold for a few hours so Matt and Bam can go into town to get filmed filling and stacking sandbags for folks in Loomis.

I have written before of Billy's faith and how it is merely a set prop in his whole Alaskan Bush People charade. The more he self-righteously spouts off about the Good Lord and how he's guided by faith, the more his hypocrisy shines through. It's all part of his act. It's just so easy to con people when you appeal to their faith.

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Prepare for a whole new season with this list of memorable moments.

People want to believe. People want to believe that the Browns really live like they're portrayed on TV and that they're a good Christian family that sticks together through everything. People want to believe so badly that they completely ignore the facts that Billy served time for defrauding the state of Alaska, that the entire premise of his show is a sham, that his family is fractured and dysfunctional off-camera, and that his only motivation is strictly maintaining this facade of Bush idealism so he can keep his Discovery Channel gravy train on track.

Stop pushing your pretense on us, Billy. Your lies are insulting to people who have true faith.

Bam and Gabe get back to the business of bulldozing, and they're yanking tree stumps out of the ground with a chain like a dentist pulling out a bunch of Mother Ami's rotten molars. There's one stump that's being particularly pesky, and it will require all of the knowledge they've gained from 30 years of living in the Alaskan wilderness to remove it.

But first, what's that smell?

Gabe claims that a cat peed on his leg. And cat piss is important enough to delay progress on Billy's Grand Vision? Upon closer inspection, Gabe realizes that he accidentally got some of Noah's creative juices on his pants.

The stump is removed. But the horrors we have seen today will remain with us forever.

In the interstitial, we find Birdy and Rainy sitting in the dirt and sticking things in their mouths.

It's just a little plastic turkey diaphragm call device, but Birdy and Rainy put the whole thing in their mouths and pretend that it's an orthodontic retainer. This is about as close as Birdy will get to fixing her snaggletooth.

Alaskan Bush People, Sundays, 9/8c, Discovery Channel

Meet the Characters From Fox's New Comedy 'The Cool Kids'

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:30pm
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There’s a new (old) gang in town. The Cool Kids features a quartet of seasoned actors portraying feisty residents at senior living community Shady Meadows. "It’s retirement village shenanigans!" says Vicki Lawrence, who plays "sassy troublemaker" Margaret. Meet the foursome who make the twilight years truly sparkle.

Charlie (Martin Mull)

"At a point in your life, memory and imagination become interchangeable. For Charlie, that memory fuzz was chemically induced,” says Mull (Veep), who plays the former hippie with a penchant for telling long tales. "I’m probably more like Charlie than I’d care to admit. I went to art school in the ’60s. I’m fortunate to be alive and clean."

 Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier & Leslie Jordan in Fox's 'Cool Kids' (PHOTO) First Look: Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier & Leslie Jordan in Fox's 'Cool Kids' (PHOTO)

Plus get a look at Fox's other new show 'REL'.

Sid (Leslie Jordan)

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The only things in Sid’s closet are his loud, colorful clothes. "He’s a gay guy who’s comfortable in his own skin. With his straight friends, it’s not an issue," explains Jordan (Will & Grace). "The character was originally written as a 73-year-old straight Jewish guy from Brooklyn. But I said in the audition, 'I’m gonna put a different spin on this.'"

Margaret (Vicki Lawrence)

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In the premiere, Margaret makes waves when she busts up the boys’ club and sits with pals Charlie, Sid, and Hank. "I treat them to a day of fun and they realize their group needs new energy," says Lawrence (The Carol Burnett Show). Before long, they’re plotting to steal a TV from the rec room!



Hank (David Alan Grier)

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Cranky Hank doesn’t take kindly to Margaret pushing her way into the group. The resident alpha male thinks she is "destroying his kingdom," explains Grier (The Carmichael Show), the only cast member who wears old-age makeup. "But that’s his generation. I know guys like this. They’re set in their ways."

The Cool Kids, Series Premiere, Friday, September 28, 8:30/9:30c, Fox

NBC Reveals Breathtaking 'This Is Us' Season 3 Key Art (PHOTOS)

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:15pm

It's happening, This Is Us fans! NBC is giving viewers a look at Season 3 with some newly released key art.

The network hit returns later this month, and after various social media channels for the series teased an Annie Leibovitz shoot, we're finally seeing the beautiful results.  Susan Kelechi Watson, Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, and Chris Sullivan pose in the striking promotional image, joined by the show's title and an emotional tagline.

'This Is Us' Promotes Guest Star to Series Regular — What It Means for Season 3 'This Is Us' Promotes Guest Star to Series Regular — What It Means for Season 3

Actress Melanie Liburd was introduced as Zoe in the Season 2 finale.

"Family is forever," captures exactly what the drama is about, and it certainly is a family affair in the photo. Clearly the sentiment transcends time as Jack and Rebecca appear younger alongside their grown "Big 3" Randall, Kate, and Kevin with Beth and Toby.

Unfortunately, fans looking for answers to some of Season 2's biggest cliffhangers won't find them here, but we have a feeling they'll love the Pearson family photo nonetheless.

Check out the breathtaking key art above, and a full shot of the image below.

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As teased by the cast and creators while on hiatus, Season 3 will include Jack and Rebecca's early romance, Jack's time in Vietnam, and will catch up to those flash-forward sequences shared in the Season 2 finale. A trailer has yet to be released with new footage, but with little time left before the premiere, hopefully NBC will treat fans with something soon.

This Is Us, Season 3 Premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 9/8c, NBC

'Better Call Saul': A Trip Down Memory Lane & More Moments From 'Quite a Ride' (RECAP)

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 10:20pm
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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 4, Episode 5 of Better Call Saul, "Quite a Ride."]

Fans of Better Call Saul were in for plenty of special treats during this week’s episode, which was aptly titled "Quite a Ride."

Of course, we wouldn’t want to ruin the extended episode for those who haven’t tuned in yet, so beware of some potentially series altering spoilers. From a Breaking Bad era flashback to the continually building lies, there were plenty of moments that are sure to leave fans and viewers thinking.

Mike's Meeting Meltdown & 3 More Crucial Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Talk' Mike's Meeting Meltdown & 3 More Crucial Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Talk'

The pressure is building.

Marking the halfway point in Season 4, "Quite a Ride" has done something that no other Better Call Saul episodes have done before – give us an actual glimpse at the Saul fans were introduced to years ago. This crazy moment and more are making our episode roundup this week, so read on for all the need-to-know details, and make sure to check out AMC’s extended episode of Better Call Saul for every juicy tidbit.

Saul’s Escape

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Unlike past flash-forward sequences in the series, fans were treated to a visit in time where Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) isn’t in black and white, but rather in a brightly colored button-down. As he ransacks his office in an attempt to escape the law, the realization that this is the predicament Jimmy was dealing with just before arriving at the "Hoover repair shop" with Walter White (Bryan Cranston) suddenly becomes clear. Fans aren’t waiting to see Saul again, we are with Saul again, as he instructs Francesca (Tina Parker) to dispose of any evidence while shredding documents and contact info.

Timelines are beginning to blend, which means fans are that much closer to meeting Heisenberg once more — or at least that's what the showrunners have been teasing since the series' debut. After the reintroduction of Gale (David Costabile), Saul is beginning to mesh with more Bad characters as this season progresses, and we can't contain our excitement.

A 'Breaking Bad' Cameo & More Key Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Something Beautiful' A 'Breaking Bad' Cameo & More Key Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Something Beautiful'

This week's episode 'Something Beautiful' was full of surprises.

Mike & Gus's Teamwork

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Throughout the episode, as the rest of the characters' stories play out, Mike (Jonathan Banks) is on a mission Gus (Giancarlo Esposito) propositioned in the prior week. Picking up multiple individuals throughout, Mike meets prospective builders blocking their vision, loading them into vans for a long journey south from Colorado to New Mexico. As these fresh faces prod about, it suddenly dawns on the viewer that these are potential architects for the mega-lab Gus builds beneath the laundry facility.

In a plot that seems to be plucked from the fabric of Bad, viewers see how Gus and Mike's working relationship progresses. Eventually Gus chooses one individual for the task, so it will be interesting to see if the show will follow that process or not. Will Gale return to cook up some rocks in the lab? Well, we know Walter White wasn't the first one to use it...

4 Important Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Breathe' 4 Important Moments From the 'Better Call Saul' Episode 'Breathe'

From Jimmy's job interview to Kim's outburst, there's a lot to dissect.

Jimmy's Hustle

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In the prior week's episode, fans saw the innovative approach that Jimmy took to advertise cell phones at his new place of employment, and this week we saw it in action. When a single customer is duped into buying multiple phones, he decides to take his hustle to the streets. But Jimmy doesn't go to any old establishment, he ends up at The Dog House — a location prominent in Breaking Bad.

There he makes progress, earning a lot of cash throughout the night, but when a group of teens that called him a narc earlier in the evening end up beating him and taking his money. Ultimately it was a lesson for the future criminal lawyer — you can't get too cocky. Of course, this event also spawns more lies between him and Kim (Rhea Seehorn), and it's hard to imagine that things will go well if she's to find out.

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The 'Breaking Bad' spinoff gave fans some new insight last night.

Kim's Plight

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While Jimmy's lies build up, Kim's focus is where it shouldn't be as she takes time to be a public defender while Mesa Verde's case requires more attention. As she deals with her and Jimmy's silent but growing divide, she finds purpose in helping those less represented. But when Mesa Verde asks for her help only to be blown-off she lands in hot water. It seems that one wrong move could lose Kim the biggest case of her career.

Vince Gilligan & the 'Better Call Saul' Cast Preview Jimmy's Transformation Into Saul Vince Gilligan & the 'Better Call Saul' Cast Preview Jimmy's Transformation Into Saul

Vince Gilligan, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, and more give us the Season 4 scoop.

Jimmy's Encounter With Howard

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It's no secret that Jimmy was harsh to Howard (Patrick Fabian) in the Season 4 premiere in regards to Chuck, but a chance encounter in the court's bathroom shows the physical impact it's had on the lawyer. Howard reveals that he's suffering from insomnia, but when Jimmy suggests Howard go see someone — advice Kim's been offering to Jimmy — he reveals that he is getting help.

Clearly the guilt Howard feels is taking a toll, but moments later when Jimmy sits down to a PPD check-in, a short episode about his future plans implies that a break-down is bubbling under the surface. Could Jimmy end up like Howard? It's hard to tell right now, but we do know that with each passing episode, Jimmy is that much closer to becoming the Saul we knew during Breaking Bad.

Better Call Saul, Mondays, 9/8c, AMC 

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