Tag: television

Andrew Yang Knows You May Disagree With Him About Shane Gillis

Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian who was named last week to the “Saturday Night Live” cast, has mimicked caricatures of Chinese accents. He has called it a “hassle” to have to speak with a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. He has used a racial slur to refer to the entrepreneur Andrew Yang. And in […]

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Shane Gillis Dropped From ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Amid Criticism of Racist Slurs

Shane Gillis, a comedian named last week to the “Saturday Night Live” cast before videos surfaced in which he used slurs and offensive language, will not be joining the show, the program announced on Monday. “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘S.N.L.’” a spokesperson for the show […]

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Bingeworthy: Netflix Snaps Up Streaming Rights to ‘Seinfeld’

The battle for the streaming rights to 1990s sitcoms continued on Monday, when Netflix announced it had acquired the global rights to “Seinfeld.” The hit comedy will begin appearing on the streaming service in 2021. “Seinfeld” currently streams on Hulu in the United States and in many other countries on Amazon. Hulu has the rights […]

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The ‘Silicon Valley’ Creators Are Making a New Show About, Uh, Match.com

Way back in the mid-1990s, Gary Kremen started the world’s first dating site, Match.com, with the help of a $2,500 loan. Since the internet was still relatively new, URLs were still readily available, and Kremen decided to scoop up “Sex.com,” too, thinking it could help with his dating service but also presumably just knowing that […]

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The New ‘Watchmen’ Trailer Gives Us Our First Real Look at the Series

Damon Lindelof’s upcoming Watchmen series for HBO is one of the most anticipated new shows coming this fall, but the network has been pretty mysterious about the actual plot of the show—until now. On Friday, HBO released a brand-new Watchmen trailer, and this time, it’s more than just quick, tantalizing shots of DIY Rorschachs and […]

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Ken Burns’s ‘Country Music’ Traces the Genre’s Victories, and Reveals Its Blind Spots

Tell a lie long enough and it begins to smell like the truth. Tell it even longer and it becomes part of history. Throughout “Country Music,” the new omnibus genre documentary from Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, there are moments of tension between the stories Nashville likes to tell about itself — some true, some […]

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Margaret Atwood’s Dystopia, and Ours

After Donald Trump’s election, sales of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Margaret Atwood’s canonical 1985 novel of theocratic totalitarianism, spiked, along with other dystopian classics like George Orwell’s “1984.” Atwood’s book takes place in a world where a clique of Christian fundamentalists have overthrown the United States government and instituted the rigidly patriarchal Republic of Gilead. Environmental […]

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Shane Gillis’s Jokes Went Too Far. Should That End His ‘S.N.L.’ Career?

The new season of “Saturday Night Live” will not begin for two more weeks, but the long-running sketch comedy series is already drawing scrutiny for a new hire who has yet to appear on the show. On Thursday, “S.N.L.” said that it had hired Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian, to join the program as […]

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14 Million Watched Democrats Debate in Houston

More than 14 million people tuned in Thursday for the clash of 10 presidential candidates in Houston on ABC News and Univision, the second-largest audience to date for a Democratic primary debate. Only the NBC News debate in June, which drew 18.1 million viewers on its second night, outranked it. And total viewership on Thursday […]

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Review: In the Entrancing ‘Undone,’ Life Is But a Dream State

“Is this a dream?” Alma (Rosa Salazar) asks her father, Jacob (Bob Odenkirk), in the second episode of “Undone.” “No,” he says. “Well, partly.” It’s a reasonable question, and the answer makes more sense than you might assume. For starters, there is the little fact that Jacob is dead, killed one Halloween night years ago […]

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New ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Member Used Racial Slur in Podcast

A comedian named on Thursday as one of the newest “Saturday Night Live” cast members made racist remarks mocking Chinese people and used a racial slur in a podcast episode last year. The comments were uncovered by a comedy journalist several hours after NBC announced that the comedian, Shane Gillis, 31, would be joining the […]

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‘S.N.L.’ Has Long Lacked Asian Players. One Just Joined the Cast.

For all the comedians and actors who have come and gone from “Saturday Night Live” in its four decades, there has been a near-complete absence of Asian performers onscreen. The NBC show is taking a step toward rectifying that. Bowen Yang — the son of Chinese immigrants and an “S.N.L.” writer — will be one […]

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Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia Sues CBS for Defamation, Seeking $400 Million

In a rare legal broadside by a politician against a major news organization, Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia sued CBS on Thursday for defamation, saying the network’s news division smeared him by airing interviews with two women who accused the lawmaker of sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax, who remained in his job despite an […]

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ABC Tells Democrats to Keep Debate Clean. Looking at You, Beto.

There was a time in American history when candidates for president did not need to be reminded to avoid using obscene and inappropriate language in front of millions of people. That time is not now. Faced with profligate profanities on the campaign trail — and at least one candidate who publicly threatened to work blue […]

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The Obamas Want ‘Higher Ground.’ Someone Got There First.

Hanisya Massey, the owner of Higher Ground Enterprises in Covina, Calif., first heard from a lawyer for Higher Ground Productions early this summer. Barack and Michelle Obama wanted to trademark their company’s name, but the United States Patent and Trademark Office had deemed it too similar to the mark Ms. Massey registered in 2017 for […]

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Ruby Rose Is Ready to Fight Crime and Fan Scrutiny as Batwoman

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — DC Comics has been forging a successful relationship with CW since 2012, collaborating to bring the comic book adaptations “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and the CBS transfer “Supergirl” to the network’s prime time schedule. On Oct. 6, the latest addition to the Arrowverse will arrive: “Batwoman,” based on Batman’s […]

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The Twin Towers in Film and TV: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?

It can happen abruptly, while flipping through reruns of “Friends” or rewatching a movie like “Armageddon” or “Working Girl”: a sight of the twin towers, dominating the New York skyline like steel sentinels. “I used to get so startled when I first saw them in repeats and old shows,” said Sally Regenhard, a skyscraper-safety advocate […]

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It’s a New Morning for Jennifer Aniston

LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Aniston was trying to have a quiet weekend away. It was just after her 50th birthday, and she’d boarded a plane for Mexico with six of her best girlfriends — most of whom have known her since her early days in Los Angeles, before Brad, before Justin, before “Friends” and before […]

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