Tag: television

Review: ‘Veronica Mars’ and the One-Great-Season Debate

“Veronica Mars,” which ran for three seasons on UPN and CW from 2004 to 2007, has become the zombie of entertainment franchises: revived using Kickstarter for a 2014 feature film, and now revived again for an eight-episode fourth season on Hulu. Season 4 was shock-released on Friday, a week ahead of schedule, and like the […]

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Netflix Wants to Make Its Dubbed Foreign Shows Less Dubby

In June, the actress Ayelet Zurer stood at a microphone in a Los Angeles recording studio, reading English dialogue aloud as it scrolled, karaoke-like, under scenes of Netflix’s Spanish crime drama “La Casa de Papel,” or “Money Heist.” She voices Raquel, a tough police inspector played by Itziar Ituño, but her performance transcended words: She […]

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Fox News Host Tells Geraldo Rivera: ‘I Can Tell You to Go Back Where You Came From’

Screenshot: Fox News Conservative keister-kisser and cartoon villain mustache-wearer Geraldo Rivera appeared to be shocked by racist comments during an appearance on the official channel of racists as he was talking about racism to someone who was defending y’all’s racist president. For years, Geraldo Rivera’s role as Fox News’ resident brown pundit demanded that he […]

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‘Tired of Running’: A Sci-Fi Veteran Tells His Own (Earthling) Story

If anything sums up J. Michael Straczynski’s memoir, it is “Doesn’t matter, get up, keep fighting,” a mantra that appears seven times in the epilogue. The preceding pages of the book, “Becoming Superman: My Journey From Poverty to Hollywood,” out on Tuesday from Harper Voyager, make it clear why. Straczynski, a writer of screenplays and […]

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Just Before the Eagle Landed, an Alien Arrived in Our Living Room

No one who was alive then can forget the sights and sounds of that weekend in 1969. The drawling voices of “Houston” guiding the lunar module gingerly into its assigned parking place on the face of the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin floating with each step, like kids in one of those aptly named […]

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CBS Is Blacked Out for 6.5 Million AT&T Customers. Here’s Why.

CBS, the nation’s most-watched television network, went dark for more than 6.5 million AT&T customers early Saturday after the two companies couldn’t agree on a new contract. The network, with hits like “Big Brother,” was cut off from AT&T’s satellite service DirecTV as well as the landline-delivered U-verse and DirecTV Now, the live streaming product. […]

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Marc Maron on ‘GLOW,’ His Podcast and ‘Swords of Trust’

After four seasons of his namesake IFC comedy, and copious soul-searching, Marc Maron wasn’t clamoring for another series, let alone a character so neurotic, so angry and compulsive, so exactly like him. But when he first read the script for “GLOW,” and the role of Sam Sylvia — the dyspeptic B-movie director hired to create […]

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Hollywood and the Matter-of-Fact Abortion

At a recent conference outside Los Angeles, a national women’s rights lawyer stood before a select group of Hollywood heavyweights to issue a demand and a plea. With a woman’s right to choose in jeopardy, the lawyer, Fatima Goss Graves, said, more abortions should be portrayed in narratives onscreen. “The stories on abortion do not […]

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Watch: Dear White People Grows by Any Means Necessary in Season 3 Trailer

Dear White People mastermind Justin Simien lives to torment us all. As he admitted to Bustle, his mission in life is to “surprise the viewer.” “From the movie, the spirit of, ‘It’s not what you think it is,’ has always been pervasive in the world of Dear White People,” Simien said. When last he left […]

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Kennedy Center Honors Go to ‘Sesame Street’ and Earth, Wind & Fire

The R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire, the actress Sally Field, the singer Linda Ronstadt and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will receive Kennedy Center Honors in December for their lifetime achievements in the arts, the cultural center announced on Thursday. “Sesame Street,” which is celebrating 50 years on the air this year, will also […]

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The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] The television news director Joel Banow absorbed endless hours of “terrible old B movies” filled with extraterrestrials and rocket ships long before he oversaw the production of an authentic space opera. While […]

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‘Gossip Girl’ Is Getting a Reboot, So When’s ‘The OC’ Coming Back?

We are currently approaching some kind of pop culture critical mass between the glut of new streaming services and our weird obsession with reusing old IP; soon, literally every show ever will get a remake. And now, HBO Max announced that the television necromancer has come for Gossip Girl, too. Yes, it’s true—Warner Media’s streamer […]

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Natasha Lyonne Is Thrilled For ‘Russian Doll’ and the Emmys, We Think

If the premise of “Russian Doll” sounded familiar — a woman lives through the same night of her life, over and over and over again, to her frustration and eventual enlightenment — the actual show was anything but. This Netflix comedy series, which stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia, the protagonist caught in an inexplicable time […]

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Taught Us What Netflix Was For

“Orange Is the New Black,” finishing its seven-season run on July 26, was big. Big in its reach (presumably, though actual viewing figures for Netflix series are still an occult mystery). Big in its influence, as one of the first genuinely original programs in the new medium of streaming. Big in its ambitions to represent […]

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2019 Primetime Emmys: When They See Us and Pose Score Major Nominations

Jharrel Jerome, left, in When They See Us; Billy Porter in Pose Photo: Atsushi Nishijima (Courtesy of Netflix), JoJo Whilden (Courtesy of FX) It’s just about that time for the Television Academy to shine again! The nominations event for what is considered to be the biggest night in television took place on Tuesday morning, with […]

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2019 Primetime Emmys: When They See Us and Pose Score Major Nominations [Updated]

Jharrel Jerome, left, in When They See Us; Billy Porter in Pose Photo: Atsushi Nishijima (Courtesy of Netflix), JoJo Whilden (Courtesy of FX) It’s just about that time for the Television Academy to shine again! The nominations event for what is considered to be the biggest night in television took place on Tuesday morning, with […]

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Don’t Bother with Emmy Nominations, Just Give ‘Fleabag’ All the Awards Already

It’s a hard time to be an Emmy voter. There used to be, like, two good shows to choose from every year in between reruns of Spin City, and all you’d have to do is decide if the first season of The Sopranos was better than Oz or whatever (it was). These days, there’s such […]

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