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‘The Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Gets Grilled By Comedian Paul Scheer And Tells All — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

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Last Week’S Podcast: Comedy Central’s Moshe Kasher Managed to Piss Off The Alt-Right ‘In a Hilarious, Lovely Way’ — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Rachel Lindsay made headlines as the first African-American star of ABC’s long-running “The Bachelor”/”The Bachelorette” franchise. But there’s even bigger news afoot: Lindsay found love on the show, became engaged – and is sharing details with her new Bff Paul Scheer.

That’s right: Comedian Paul Scheer, best known for his roles on shows like “The League,” as well as “Veep,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Ntsf:sd:suv” and “Human Giant,” is also a huge “Bachelor” fan. The guy knows his stuff. That’s why IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast brought him in to convince Lindsay to tell all.

Listen below!

Scheer isn’t just curious about Lindsay’s love connection, he wants to know how the show works. What really goes on in the fantasy suite? »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Bachelorette’ Tells All, As Rachel Lindsay Meets Comedian Paul Scheer (Photos)

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Comedian Paul Scheer (“Veep”) is a die-hard “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” fan. So we asked him to sit down with new Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay to get the scoop – and ham it up in a few snapshots.

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- Michael Schneider

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer Analysis: 7 Things We Learned About Cersei, Arya and More

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The build-up to the return of “Game of Thrones” is always a really special time, especially now that the show has gone beyond the narrative created by George R.R. Martin’s novels and everyone is left in suspense over what the HBO drama might do next.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs: Of the Four Options, There’s Already an Obvious Winner

With the release of today’s Season 7 trailer, we’ve gotten a few hints as to what to expect from the new season — though of course, half of the show’s charm comes from the fact that whatever we might expect, we’ll never be able to guess exactly what’s in store.

The Lannisters Have Plenty of Enemies

While Cersei may now sit on the Iron Throne, that position is precarious. From the west, from the east, to the south, to the north — the war is on. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Strain’ Season 4 Trailer: Corey Stoll Has Lost the War Against the Strigoi in Guillermo del Toro’s Horror Series

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FX has released the trailer for the fourth and final season of its original horror series “The Strain.” The series is co-created by horror master Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”) and Chuck Hogan (“The Town,” “13 Hours”), based off of their best-selling “The Strain Trilogy.” Check out the trailer below (via Bloody Disgusting).

Read More: Cannes: Guillermo del Toro Talks Real-Life Monsters in Political-Leaning Speech

Set in New York City, the series follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Disease Control Canary Team, who are initially tasked with investigating a viral outbreak that contains ancient, evil strains of vampirism. In an attempt to save humanity, Dr. Goodweather and his team wage war against these vampires.

Season 4 picks up nine months after an explosion at the end of season 3, which caused a global nuclear apocalypse. Dr. Goodweather and his team have lost against the strigoi, who now have complete control, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Dirty Dancing’ Review: ABC Musical Event Is Decidedly Not Worth Your Time

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The musical special event craze that has led many broadcast networks to revisit beloved classics continues to push forward, undeterred by pretty disappointing efforts like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Hairspray.” Tonight, we have ABC’s first big attempt to get in the game with “Dirty Dancing,” an epic-length remake of the 1987 romantic dance drama. This time around, it’s a full-on musical about the magical summer that made Baby (Abigail Breslin) into a woman, after she fell in love with bad boy dance teacher Johnny (Colt Prattes).

Read More: ‘Dirty Dancing’: How the New TV Remake Compares to the 1987 Original Film

The cast includes Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Tony Roberts, Katey Sagal, and Billy Dee Williams, and the original film’s runtime of 100 minutes has been expanded to three hours (with commercials) by adding multiple storylines that seek to give the supporting characters »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: Where Food Is a Signifier of Virtue, and Only Heroes Deserve Pie

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first four episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks.”]

Much is made of the joy that pie and donuts and coffee bring to the characters on “Twin Peaks.” In the original series, Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) went into raptures over the “damn fine coffee” at the Great Northern Hotel’s restaurant and declared the cherry pie at the Double R Diner was so good it could “kill ya.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’: A Guide to Returned Characters and How They’re Helping Cooper – Parts 1 & 2

Cooper’s obsession with the town’s cuisine could be interpreted as an appreciation of life’s simple pleasures or merely as an extension of series co-creator David Lynch’s love of food. After all, the director notoriously once used a cow as part of an Oscar campaign stunt because without milk, “Inland Empire” would never have been made, since Lynch had eaten a lot of cheese while making the film. And »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer: Daenerys Is Coming — Watch

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George R.R. Martin’s “Game of Thrones” books, on which HBO’s epic fantasy series is based, are collectively known as “A Song of Ice and Fire,” and in the first official trailer for Season 7, it looks like that song is about to begin in earnest.

Now that winter has finally arrived thanks to Westeros’ weird climate change issues and the creepy White Walkers, that accounts for the ice element. As far as fire goes, the followers of the Red God love to play with fire, but let’s not discount Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her dracarys-breathing dragons. Furthermore, she is known as The Unburnt and has been known for her pyromaniac theatrics as well.

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs: Of the Four Options, There’s Already an Obvious Winner

We see in the trailer below that the convergence of ice and fire we’ve been waiting for will finally happen. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’: Former Series Star Joan Chen Pitches Her Character’s Wild Return to David Lynch

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David Lynch’s wildly anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival is kitted out with plenty of talented faces — over 200, both old and new — but there’s still a handful of original stars who were not tapped to return for the Showtime series. One of them is Joan Chen, who played Josie Packard during the show’s original run (and, incidentally, was the very first face to appear in the series’ very first episode, way back in 1990).

Chen, however, is eager to change that, and The Hollywood Reporter shares a compelling — and kind of wild — letter from the actress that she sent to Lynch, asking for her role to be reprised. Given that Chen’s character ended her “Twin Peaks” run as a drawer knob, it’s obviously written from a unique perspective.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

“Dear David, »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Twin Peaks’ Guide to Returning Characters and How They’re Helping – or Hurting – Cooper: Parts 1 & 2 (An Ongoing List)

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks: The Return” episodes as they’re released weekly.]

Even if you recently re-watched the first two seasons of “Twin Peaks” through the magic of streaming, that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily recognize everyone who’s come back for the Showtime revival.

Part of the problem is that there are a lot of people to keep track of. Though it’s a small town, it’s still a freakin’ town with a heathy population that thrives on that sweet mountain air. Even considering that some people end up dead, like Laura Palmer, that doesn’t necessarily preclude their return.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Ratings: Showtime’s Revival Opens Low in Initial Linear Numbers

Twin Peaks” has also inflated its cast to a whopping 217 members – or, at least, that’s how many names were released officially. This includes returning cast members and new faces lumped together. That’s because “The Return” doesn’t just return to the town of Twin Peaks, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Archer’ Says Goodbye to ‘Dreamland’ and 4 More Things to Watch on Wednesday, May 24

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Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra. 

Wednesday, May 24 What Happened Last Night?!

Why is this box puzzling this man? (Check out last night’s TV picks to find out.)

“Archer: Dreamland”

“Auflösung,” Fxx – 10:00 p.m.

Synopsis: In the season finale, Archer visits Dreamland and receives a big break that leads him to Woodhouse’s killer.

Why You Should Watch: The season-long descent into film noir has worked wonders for one of cable’s longest-running animated series. If nothing else, it’s been interesting to see how this wacky assemblage of erstwhile agents have adjusted to their new ’40s environs. As with all good things, Archer probably isn’t long for this particular world, but it’ll be interesting to see if this »

- Steve Greene

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Jon Stewart and HBO Made The Right Call to Kill Their Animated Cable News Parody, and Here’s Why

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For Jon Stewart, the idea seemed like a natural fit: An animated daily show parodying cable news that could comment on current events in real time.

But after a lengthy development, Stewart and HBO officially pulled the plug this Tuesday. And it was probably for the best.

As part of its 4-year deal with Stewart, HBO built him an animation studio in New Jersey. He started working with 3D graphics company Otoy on the creation of short-form video projects.

Read More: Jon Stewart’s HBO Animated News Project Has Been Dropped

The idea: Stewart would come up with a way to produce animated shorts online throughout the day that would post almost immediately after news arises. A web destination (think “The Onion”) would be created, and the shorts would be collected into a half-hour version that would also air on the linear HBO channel.

“It allows him to comment in »

- Michael Schneider

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Jon Stewart’s HBO Animated News Project Has Been Dropped

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Sadly, Jon Stewart’s long-gestating animation project with HBO will never see the light of day.

The network announced that it would not proceed with the short-form digital venture that was supposed to comment on topical events. The problem comes from the difficulty of marrying the longer production times of the medium to the quick turnaround needed to stay newsworthy.

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“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short form digital animated project. We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” HBO and Stewart said in a joint statement on Tuesday. “We’re excited to report that we have some future projects together which »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Your TV Budget: How Much Is Too Much To Spend on TV?

23 May 2017 2:22 PM, PDT

The concept of “too much TV” wasn’t a problem we were ready to complain about… but “Twin Peaks” broke us.

“The Return” didn’t just damage our brains — while trying to understand the uninterpretable mind of David Lynch — but the combination of Dale Cooper, David Duchovny in drag, and damn good coffee means we have to spend an extra $11 a month on streaming services now. And, like many new Showtime Anytime subscribers, that cost is on top of what we were already paying each month to watch the shows we want to watch.

Forget too much TV — how much is too much to spend on TV?

Showtime is now a subscription requirement for telephiles, at least for the next 16 weeks. That means you’ll be nearly spending an extra $50 on TV over four months. So with “Twin Peaks” in mind, we’ve tried to provide a few suggestions to »

- Ben Travers

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‘The President Show’ Has Been Renewed — Right After Its Best Episode Yet

23 May 2017 1:22 PM, PDT

Everyone knew “The President Show” was going to have to adapt to a rapidly evolving political landscape. For a show that, to some, seemed like a one-joke premise, each new week was going to bring with it a chance to cover yet another angle of the ongoing White House upheaval.

Four episodes in, Comedy Central has given the show a seven-episode renewal, taking the Anthony-Atamanuik-as-Donald-Trump-led talk show through to the end of the summer. And it couldn’t have come at a better time: “The President Show” just aired its best episode yet. (And, in regard to that “one-joke” argument, there are few other shows on TV right now that could get away with hiding a video of a decomposing fox in plain sight during its opening credits.)

Read More: TV’s Newest Late Night Hosts Need to Follow Trevor Noah’s Advice in Order to Survive

Last Thursday’s episode, »

- Steve Greene

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The Scariest Scenes in TV History — IndieWire Critics Survey

23 May 2017 10:36 AM, PDT

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the scariest moment or scene on TV?

Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire

Though there are moments within “Penny Dreadful” (the seance) and “The X-Files” (“Home”) that left me spooked, the title for scariest TV scene has to go to the only show to give me nightmares — actual, legitimate nightmares. After watching the first two episodes of “Hannibal,” I woke up in the middle of the night, drenched in sweat and haunted by a bright red room with blood running down the walls — twice! Two weeks in a row, “Hannibal” ruined my peaceful slumber, and I had to stop watching the show live (and during the night entirely). Each week, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Jon Benjamin Has a Van’: Remembering the News Parody Show That Helped Launch Some of Best Comedies on TV

23 May 2017 10:34 AM, PDT

H. Jon Benjamin is one of the most prolific voice actors working in TV today. As the central character on “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers,” his growly baritone is as recognizable as it is an instant shot of personality for any character he voices. (Plus, how many actors can claim that their involvement in two shows led to a crossover scene that also doubles as a tribute to David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence”?)

Six years ago, Benjamin added to his string of title characters, this time playing a fictional version of himself on the criminally short-lived Comedy Central show “Jon Benjamin Has a Van.” Part sketch show, part investigative news team parody, it helped give birth to a wave of comedian-led metashows that yielded some of the best comedies of the decade. It took the “Daily Show” correspondent model familiar to many of the network’s viewers and »

- Steve Greene

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‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere Ratings: Showtime’s Revival Opens Low In Initial Linear Numbers

23 May 2017 9:20 AM, PDT

The linear ratings for “Twin Peaks” are in, and at first glance it’s not the phenomenon that Showtime was bracing for.

The return of the David Lynch drama netted 506,000 viewers in its initial premiere on Showtime, as reported by Deadline. That number is expected to jump once streaming and time-shifted data is included.

Showtime insiders noted that traditionally “over 75%” of its audience watches on delay, and that the Twin Peaks two-part premiere has already averaged over 1.1 million viewers on Sunday – 626,000 viewers on-air Sunday and 450,000 from on-demand/streaming. (That doesn’t include viewership for parts three and four, online now.) Live + 3 time-shifted data will be available on Friday.

At this point, it’s not clear whether the two-hour “Twin Peaks” premiere  will beat “Billions” for the best debut ever for a Showtime original series. That show averaged nearly 3 million viewers across platforms (including 1.4 million viewers watching live on the network). Before “Billions, »

- Michael Schneider

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The 20 Best TV Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

23 May 2017 9:07 AM, PDT

A comedy on TV can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some see the genre in its basest form: a show that makes us laugh. Others have expanded the definition (along with the Emmy rules) to include the drama-comedy hybrids, as long as they clock in at around half-an-hour. Still others find comedy in black humor or extra campy nighttime soaps.

But over the last few decades, what makes for great TV comedy has changed just as much as the genre itself. We’ve seen it all, and yet, there’s always something new right around the corner. So before we get too far along, let’s remember the best of what we’ve see so far, across the ever-changing landscape of television.

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[Selection Criteria: We’ve stuck to shows that aired a majority of their episodes after the year 2000, and we’ve only included scripted programming. Also, in an effort to highlight more live-action series, we’ve eliminated animated comedies from contention. Finally, while definition of a “comedy” is somewhat elastic, if the show was predominantly funny or widely considered a comedy, we deemed it eligible for this list.]

20. “Extras



Everyone has »

- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bloodline’: It’s Kyle Chandler To the Rescue in an Exclusive First Look at the Season 3 Premiere — Watch

23 May 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

When we last saw John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler), he was driving out into the pitch black Florida night. Whether he was blowing off the considerable amount of steam he’d built up over the course of a tense Season 2, or aiming to leave the Rayburn family and all its complications behind for good, we didn’t know.

But it looks like he’s coming back.

In an exclusive clip from the Season 3 premiere, John gets a phone call from his panicked brother, Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz). And Kevin has good reason to panic, since the last thing he did in Season 2 was murder John’s partner, Marco (Enrique Murciano). But now Kevin’s talking about having some guy “fix it”; essentially trusting a stranger to take care of a family secret not even John is privy to just yet.

Read More: ‘Bloodline’ to End After Season 3, and That’s Great News »

- Ben Travers

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‘Veronica Mars’: 10 Episodes That Prove Why Kristen Bell and Season 1 Were Perfect

23 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

In 2004, Upn debuted “Veronica Mars” to what quickly became an adoring audience. Three years later, after a chaotic run that involved a network change, the constant threat of cancellation and a thwarted attempt at a Season 4 set at FBI headquarters, the series came to a close.

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

This week marks the 10 year anniversary of that last episode, and while it wasn’t the last we saw of Veronica (Kristen Bell) and her friends thanks to the 2014 feature film, the show’s cancellation stung. Fortunately, “Veronica Mars” now has a new, subscription-free streaming home at go90.com, making this the perfect time to revisit it.

For fans who might want to revisit the first season’s highs and lows, we’ve come up with a list of the ten best episodes that demonstrate why “Veronica Mars” remains gone but not forgotten. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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