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Ted Danson is Sneakily Reinventing Himself on ‘The Good Place’

9 hours ago

At the start of Chapter 18 of “The Good Place,” Ted Danson’s Michael — the architect of a human torture chamber who’s recently switched sides in an attempt to help his former captives — laments how his new bosses are running The Bad Place.

“It really tucks my nuggets,” he says. “I worked so hard on my torture ideas, and theirs are so basic. These millennials, they have no work ethic.”

When Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto), who are both around the millennial age, give him a puzzled look, he continues. “Oh sorry, a millennial is someone who has only been torturing people for a thousand years.”

But the pun-like wordplay above sparked a troubling thought. Considering the middling “Good Place” ratings and the recent history of its star…

Do real millennials not get Ted Danson?

Now, to be fair, “The Good Place” ratings aren’t bad. In fact, »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Walking Dead’: AMC Launches Online Campaign to Make Season 8 Available on Hulu

10 hours ago

If AMC has your email address, you might have gotten a strange message on Thursday evening, warning you that if you want to watch “The Walking Dead” this Sunday night, you can watch it “everywhere” — except Hulu.

The message came with a link to the website wheretowatchtwd.com, but the site is not a viewing guide to your options for the upcoming Season 8 premiere (which also happens to be the 100th episode). Instead, it’s a form asking Hulu customers to enter their information: “To ensure you don’t miss the new season of the biggest show on TV, let Hulu know you want The Walking Dead!”

The campaign is most likely related to Hulu’s live TV streaming offering. That service includes major channels from almost every conglomerate, including Disney/ABC, NBCUniversal, CBS, 21st Century Fox, and Turner. But missing from that package: AMC Networks’ channels, which include AMC, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Mindhunter’: The Lack of On-Screen Violence Makes the Serial Killer Drama Even More Unsettling

17 hours ago

Season 1 of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” begins and ends with an confounding pair of bookends: The series’ opening sequence closes with a hostage-taker shooting himself in the head, while the ending view we get of Agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) shows him in a cold sweat on the floor of a prison hospital. Among the many questions of human behavior the show addresses in its opening batch of episodes, maybe the biggest is how one man can be so calm in the wake of watching a horrific suicide and be so affected by a single hug.

The answer might lie in the season-long effort to reframe the way audiences think about violence on a crime show. Apart from that grisly opening, we don’t actually see any on-screen killings, only descriptions filtered through a photograph or someone’s firsthand account. As Ford, Bill Tanch (Holt McCallany), and Wendy Carr (Anna Torv »

- Steve Greene

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David Fincher Reveals ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Storyline

18 hours ago

David Fincher’s new serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has only been available to stream for a couple days now, but it’s already turned into the latest must-binge Netflix offering. The series is based on John E. Douglas’ true-crime book

“Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit” and stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany as FBI criminal profilers who interview some of the most notorious serial killers in history to understand what it is that makes criminals commit violent acts.

Netflix has already renewed “Mindhunter” for Season 2, and Fincher knows exactly where the story will be heading in the next round of episodes. Speaking to Billboard about the use of music in the 10-episode first season, Fincher let it slip that Season 2 will be tackling the Atlanta child murders that rocked the nation between 1979 and 1981.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Bellevue’ Trailer: Anna Paquin Learns the Hard Way That Small-Town America Is Full of Murder and Mystery — Watch

19 hours ago

Bellevue” is set in small-town America, which is another way of saying it’s a gritty murder mystery. Anna Paquin stars in the upcoming series, which she executive produced alongside co-creators and showrunners Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell. Wgn America has just released the trailer, which you can watch below if you feel so inclined.

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Here’s the synopsis: “Twenty years ago, the murder of a young woman traumatized the community of “Bellevue.” Now, the killer is back. Or is he/she? When a high school hockey star, who is wrestling with his gender identity, goes missing and all signs point to foul play, Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin) must unravel all the pieces to this gripping mystery before her own life falls apart. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Stranger Things’: Gaten Matarazzo Prepares You for Season 2 by Breathlessly Recapping What’s Happened So Far — Watch

19 hours ago

Barb and Eleven may have inspired more widespread cults of personality, but the true emotional center of “Stranger Things” was always Dustin. Now the actor who portrays that kindhearted kiddo, one Gaten Matarazzo, has taken it upon himself to recap the hit Netflix drama’s first season for the increasingly essential Teen Vogue in order to further hype up fans for the imminent release of season two. Watch below.

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Employing the use of several props/clues — a badge, Christmas lights, even an Eggo — to jog our memories, he free-associates his way through the events of the first season with a rapid-fire delivery that suggests Dustin’s diction isn’t entirely an act.

A representative example: “In a tree in the middle of the woods, there’s a small opening to the Upside Down, and Nancy, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Confirms Release Date With New Trailer That Promises to Reveal ‘The Truth’ — Watch

21 hours ago

Marvel’s sixth Netflix series, “The Punisher,” has been scheduled to premiere on November 17. The series is based on the Marvel Comics character, whose Mo for vigilante justice involves an intense amount of guns and plenty of vendettas.

A New York Comic-Con event featuring “The Punisher” was originally planned for earlier in the month before being canceled following the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1.

The Punisher,” a spin-off from Season 2 of “Daredevil,” “The Punisher” details the life of Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), a former U.S. Marine Captain who came out blazing after the murder of his wife and child. Then, Castle emblazoned the symbol of a death’s head on his body armor and waged a one-man war upon crime as the Punisher.

Read More:‘The Punisher’ Yanked from New York Comic-Con Following Las Vegas Attack

The action-packed series begins while his family is alive and well, »

- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Mr. Robot’ Star Carly Chaikin Reveals the Stress of Long Takes and Why Reacting to Rami Malek’s Voice-Over Is a Challenge

22 hours ago

[Editor’s note: Mild spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3 Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz,” follow.]

When IndieWire told Carly Chaikin that we wanted to talk about the scene in Episode 2 when she confronted Mr. Robot in Elliot’s apartment, she had no trouble remembering what scene that was.

“Oh yeah,” she said. “How could I forget that?”

Like many of “Mr. Robot’s” most powerful scenes, the climactic scene between Darlene (Chaikin), Elliot (Rami Malek) and Elliot’s alter ego (Christian Slater) was a “oner” — a single shot, something which has become an iconic part of creator Sam Esmail’s directing style.

A long take like that has its advantages, but it also takes time. Chaikin estimated that the apartment scene took about 16 takes, because “one thing goes wrong, you have to do it again.”

And while some of these scenes are dependent on special effects or fancy camera tricks, so much of making that confrontation work depended on one simple thing: Chaikin not revealing, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Channel Zero: No-End House’ Is a Bingeworthy Horror Mindtrip That’s Helping Shape TV’s Brand New Rules

18 October 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Wednesday night’s installment of “Channel Zero: No-End House” was an episode-length dose of that universal feeling that comes with watching a piece of finely tuned horror: the tiny voice inside (or outside) that screams, “No! Don’t do it!” As with all on-screen tales of terror, the Syfy anthology series has mined plenty of moments like this in its second season, themed around the all-encompassing psychological consequences of an insidious haunted house. But while “The Damage” was a relative breather in the scope of what’s come before it, “No-End House” as a whole remains an ambitious series that’s building on the innovations of TV’s latest narrative wave.

As two friends who get sucked into the horror of No-End House, a literal end-of-the-road attraction with escalating horrors in each of its six rooms, Margot (Amy Forsyth) and Jules (Aisha Dee) have been fighting memories of their »

- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Review: Who’s in Ctrl and Other Key Takeaways From ‘eps3.1_undo.gz’

18 October 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “Mr. Robot” Season 3, Episode 2, “eps3.1_undo.gz” follow.]

Booting Up

In an immediately classic opening montage, Elliot embraces his new job at Evil Corp, doing his best to blend into the corporate scene… while still using his hacker superpowers to try to prevent Stage 2 and along the way dish out his own brand of justice against the corruption within the company. But being normal isn’t easy for anyone, especially as he becomes aware that Mr. Robot isn’t gone — he’s just losing control of the moments when that aspect of himself arises.

Whiterose continues to lurk in the shadows, planning for Stage 2 — which will now coincide with a United Nations vote on annexing the Congo, though Phillip Price has his own political conditions. Meanwhile, Joanna Wellick’s plan to clear Tyrell’s name seems to work. Too bad that immediately afterward, her now-former lover Derek confronts her and her driver on the street, and she dies »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson’: Morgan Spurlock Documents ‘The Simpsons’ Baseball Legacy — Watch

18 October 2017 4:27 PM, PDT

Twenty-five years ago, back in 1992, Homer Simpson did what was only possible for Homer Simpson, and that was singlehandedly win a big softball game for his power plant team. The Season 3 episode, “Homer at the Bat,” told the story of this tremendous athletic achievement, one which also involved Mlb players like Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, and Steve Sax in the city of Springfield.

Who doesn’t remember where they were on that fateful day? Now, Fox Sports is commemorating this historic anniversary with its own documentary, directed by Morgan Spurlock. “Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson” will feature highlights from the game and the events leading up to it, such as the moment Homer’s historic Wonder-Bat was first created.

“I love ‘The Simpsons’ so much and am proud to be reunited with them on this incredible special. A special so special that it not only celebrates Springfieldian Homer Simpson, »

- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘You’re the Worst’: Season 4 is Thriving After its Break-Up Because of Exceptional Standalone Episodes

18 October 2017 4:25 PM, PDT

“You’re the Worst” Season 4 began with a problem.

“There’s a sort of a writers room buzzword [called] ‘schmuck bait,'” series creator Stephen Falk told IndieWire. “It’s bait for schmucks. It’s like, ‘Oh, the hero’s son is in peril!’ But, well, they’re not actually in peril because, you know, they’re a major character. They’ll come back.”

The bait to start Season 4 — and thus the problem facing it — is that Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) are broken up. Most real-life couples couldn’t come back from such a tragic split, but given that “You’re the Worst” is a romantic-comedy focusing on Jimmy and Gretchen’s relationship, the expectation persists: They’ll get back together, right?

Read More:‘You’re the Worst’ Review: Season 4 Transcends Romantic-Comedies with an Invigorating New Beginning

“The fact that there are these normal expectations shouldn’t stop »

- Ben Travers

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Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ Was Most Popular Streaming Show This Summer, According to New Audience Metric

18 October 2017 2:15 PM, PDT

A few months ago, a Netflix exec mused to IndieWire that he was actually surprised that the streaming service’s viewership data hadn’t leaked out. Plenty of Netflix insiders know exactly who’s watching what, and when.

Yet, the streaming giant has managed to keep its ratings under lock and key. Accurate data remains a mystery to even top-level Hollywood execs outside of the Netflix bubble.

That’s starting to change, as more services chip away at the facade of Netflix ratings. Parrot Analytics has made headlines recently with its proprietary “Demand Expressions” metric, which looks at a variety of factors in determining a digital program’s popularity. And according to a new study revealed exclusively to IndieWire, the Jason Bateman drama “Ozark” led the pack among all streaming shows over the past 90 days.

“Demand Expressions” measures audience demand for a title — including streaming, social media, blogging, file sharing, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Stranger Things’: 19 Totally ‘80s Pop Culture References That Should Be in Season 2

18 October 2017 2:10 PM, PDT

Stranger Things 2” returns just in time for Halloween, both in the real world and in the eerie town of Hawkins, Indiana conceived in the nostalgic minds of The Duffer Brothers. The action picks up three days before Halloween 1984, which means that the year will soon be coming to a close. For those who may not have been alive or perhaps have a shaky memory of the time, 1984 was a big year for memorable events and in pop culture.

The first season reveled in bringing the time period alive in all of its totally ‘80s glory, from Dungeons & Dragons gaming sessions and Eggo waffles to homages to “E.T.,” “The Shining,” and “Rambo.” Hell, even star Winona Ryder’s presence is a timely tribute since she made her early career in such iconic ‘80s films as “Lucas,” “Beetlejuice,” and “Heathers.”

Read More:7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in October, and The Best »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck Coming to Television For Cult Horror Drama

18 October 2017 1:38 PM, PDT

Alfonso Cuarón and Casey Affleck are joining forces for what is bound to be one of the hottest new television series in development. Deadline reports the two Oscar winners are developing an untitled horror television series that will track the origins of a cult. The project is being developed under Anonymous Content, the production company behind “Mr. Robot,” and is being shipped around to pay cable and streaming outlets. Multiple networks are reportedly interested.

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Cuarón is writing, directing and executive producing the project. He won the Best Director Oscar for “Gravity” and last came to television as the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived NBC drama series “Believe.” The director is currently in post-production on “Roma,” his first Mexican production since “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” which is set for a »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Mindhunter’: Watch Interviews With the Real Serial Killers and FBI Agents in David Fincher’s Series

18 October 2017 11:47 AM, PDT

Netflix’s serial killer drama “Mindhunter” has become the streaming giant’s new must-binge series. Executive produced and co-directed by David Fincher, the show is inspired by the stories of real criminal profilers John E. Douglas and Robert K. Ressler, who headed the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and interviewed dozens of America’s most infamous serial killers throughout their careers. While the characters played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany are only inspired by the real FBI agents, the serial killers featured in the 10-episode season are the real deal.

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Mindhunter” puts its characters face to face with real serial killers such as Edmund Kemper, the murderer and necrophiliac known as The Co-ed Killer, and Jerome Henry “Jerry” Brudos, who murdered four women in Oregon. The show’s casting directors Laray Mayfield and Julie Schubert »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’ Creators Are Giving One Fan the Chance to Record Season 3 DVD Commentary With Them

18 October 2017 11:33 AM, PDT

Attention, “Rick and Morty” fans: Series creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are giving one lucky person the chance to join them to record DVD commentary for season 3 and share a meal of McDonald’s chicken nuggets and Szechuan sauce. This is not a joke, and it’s surely the best gift any “Rick and Morty” fan could receive as they continue to cherish Season 3 and look forward to whenever Season 4 will drop.

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Roiland and Harmon launched an official Omaze crowdfunding campaign in which fans can enter to win the grand prize by making a donation to Planned Parenthood. Donation amounts start as little as $10 and donation prizes include an outgoing voicemail from Roiland and autographed “Rick and Morty” books and skateboards. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles and put up in a four-star hotel as they help the creators record Season 3 commentary. »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Lena Waithe Explores the South Side of Chicago With the Help of a ‘Moonlight’ Star — Watch

18 October 2017 11:00 AM, PDT

Showtime has released the teaser trailer for “The Chi,” a new drama series from recent Emmy winner Lena Waithe (“Master of None”) and Common. Waithe wrote, produced, and stars in the show, which takes place in (you guessed it) Chicago. Watch the trailer below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.”

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Waithe, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Jason Mitchell, Sonja Sohn, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘House of Cards’ Set on Lockdown Due to Active Maryland Shooter

18 October 2017 10:03 AM, PDT

The Maryland set of “House of Cards” has got into lockdown while police search for a suspect identified as Radee Prince, who is wanted for the shooting of five people in a business park close to the Netflix series’ set. Variety confirmed production has stopped on the series and that the set is in lockdown until the shooter is arrested.

Three of the five people shot have died, reports the Baltimore Sun. The shooter targeted a local business named Advanced Granite Solutions. The victims were all employees of the company and police are now investigating Prince’s connection to the business. Schools in the area are also on a “modified lockdown.”

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“There’s an individual out there on the loose who’s committed one of the most heinous acts in our county, »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Lady Dynamite’ Season 2 Trailer Aims to Tell Maria Bamford’s Life Story in ‘Binge-able F—ing Installments’

18 October 2017 9:39 AM, PDT

The official trailer for Season 2 of Netflix’s “Lady Dynamite” shows us that no matter how illusory Maria Bamford’s comedy appears, this series is also achingly real.

Following the release of her hour-long Netflix special, “Old Baby,” it’s clear that Bamford isn’t slowing down anytime soon as the star continues to tackle the stigma of mental illness — in an unconventional way, of course. Season 2 continues the story of how Maria (Bamford) struggled with mental illness while also struggling with the reality of being a working actor in Hollywood. Guest stars announced this morning include Andy Samberg, David Spade, Fred Armisen, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Judd Apatow, Judy Greer, and Weird Al Yankovic.

Like its first season, the show appears to continue its standard of blindingly bright, yet charming visuals to engage the audience in the story. However, we now know that the experiments are far from over, »

- Raelyn Giansanti

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