Tag: television

Disney Moves From Behemoth to Colossus With Closing of Fox Deal

LOS ANGELES — “Everything the light touches is our kingdom.” It’s a line from Disney’s “The Lion King,” spoken by Mufasa to young Simba as they sit atop Pride Rock. And on Wednesday morning, just after midnight on the East Coast, it seemed to describe the Walt Disney Company itself, as the conglomerate closed its […]

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Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes: What to Read, Watch and Listen To

The saga of the medical testing company Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, is a swirling one, packed with lies, greed, secret romance, literal blood, metaphorical blood, power, secrecy and money. And the Army. And science. And Walgreens. It’s a wild tale: Holmes was a 19-year-old Stanford student when she dropped out of school to […]

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Apple’s Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape

Apple is coming to Hollywood. Delete that. Hollywood is going to Apple. On March 25, a delegation of producers, studio executives and big-name actors will enter the subterranean 1,000-seat Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., for one of those Apple showcases, with the chief executive, Tim Cook, commanding the stage before a crowd of loyalists. […]

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Netflix Has Turned Its Back on Latinos

In Netflix’s Cuban-American family sitcom, “One Day at a Time,” Rita Moreno’s punchy one-liners are a complete delight. Justina Machado, who stars as single mom Penelope Alvarez, triggers a sobfest every time she delivers an utterly vulnerable monologue. The series tackles issues from homophobia to colorism with sensitivity and insight, and offers Latinos — members […]

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Fox News Bumps Jeanine Pirro’s Show After Anti-Muslim Remarks

Jeanine Pirro is off Fox News prime time — for one night, at least. Fox News removed Ms. Pirro’s program, “Justice With Judge Jeanine,” from its usual 9 p.m. time slot on Saturday, one week after the network took the rare step of publicly rebuking the host for an on-air monologue that questioned a Muslim […]

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Will Return to TV After Misconduct Investigation

The astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to television after the broadcasters of his shows announced Friday that they had completed their investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him. “The investigation is complete, and we are moving forward with both ‘StarTalk’ and ‘Cosmos,’” Fox Broadcasting and National Geographic said of his two shows. “‘StarTalk’ will […]

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Lilly Singh, a YouTube Star, Will Host a Late-Night Show on NBC

Lilly Singh, who built a career on YouTube as a comedian, is getting her own late-night show. Ms. Singh, 30, will host a half-hour show in the 1:35 a.m. slot on NBC beginning in September, according to a statement from NBC on Thursday. She will be an executive producer on the show and will be […]

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10 Recent Netflix Originals Worth Your Time

Netflix was already home to a dizzying amount of content before it committed to churning out 1,000 original series, films and specials in 2018. And there’s much more on the horizon: The streaming site has production deals with not only Barack and Michelle Obama, but also with some of TV’s most powerful creators, including Ryan […]

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Review: In ‘Turn Up Charlie,’ the Manny Isn’t Just a Man, He’s Idris Elba

The new Netflix series “Turn Up Charlie” gets to the heart of Idris Elba, sitting at the intersection of his two passions: deejaying and making heartwarming dramedies that reflect his working-class London origins. Wait, what? O.K., I don’t actually know what drives Elba, who created (with Gary Reich) and stars in “Turn Up Charlie.” But […]

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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Taunts Trump Over Senate’s Historic Rebuke

Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown of the previous night’s highlights that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. If you’re interested in hearing from The Times regularly about great TV, sign up for our Watching newsletter and get recommendations straight to your inbox. ‘Nuh Uh v. Yeah […]

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Critic’s Notebook: ‘One Day at a Time’ and Why Netflix Is Not Your Friend

On Thursday, Netflix canceled “One Day at a Time” after three seasons. This was a loss for fans and for TV. It was a sharp, funny sitcom, full of heart, that also represented groups of people who don’t get enough screen time: Latino, working-class, gay, nonbinary, military, recovering addicts, immigrants. It combined a classic TV […]

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Breaking the TV News Mold

One day in January, Sunny Hostin, an ABC News senior legal correspondent and a host of “The View,” was sitting behind a desk on the “Nightline” soundstage talking to the ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis about a Purdue University “rape by fraud” case. She was wearing a tropical print wrap dress with blouson sleeves, a […]

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Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Felony Charges in Chicago

CHICAGO — The “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty on Thursday morning to 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct stemming from his report of a hate-crime attack that the police say was staged. Smollet’s lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on Smollet’s behalf an hour after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned the high-profile case. […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: The Find-Yourself Beauty of ‘Shrill’

The most dangerous thing a woman can possess is self-worth. Liking her own body, trusting her own instincts, valuing her own time and company, thinking she’s interesting and special, entering business and personal relationships based only on mutual benefit and respect. Sometimes this leads to advertisers having no idea how to corner us. If we […]

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Screenland: A Dating Show Made for the Age of Apps

Watching the Netflix show “Dating Around” is like sitting next to a Tinder date at a bar: The possibility that something outrageous, sexy or at least interesting will happen holds your attention long after it has become clear that the people you’re spying on are just as boring as you are. The series is part […]

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‘Billions,’ ‘Succession’ and the Making of Wealth Porn

Two years ago, Aidan Sleeper needed to find an apartment. Sleeper, the locations manager for “Billions,” returning Sunday for its fourth season on Showtime, scouted more than 100 places that list for tens of millions of dollars, but he couldn’t find the right one. “It was impossible,” he said. The apartment wasn’t for his own […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Catastrophe,’ True Love Is Not Convenient

When “Catastrophe” began in 2015, its title seemed to refer to a discrete event. Rob (Rob Delaney), an American businessman visiting London, had a whirlwind fling of marathon sex with Sharon (Sharon Horgan), who got pregnant. He stayed, they married, they bumpily transitioned from unplanned pregnancy to an unplanned life. By the raunchy, glorious end […]

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