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Kevin James Justifies Erinn Hayes’ Character’s Death on ‘Kevin Can Wait’: ‘We Were Running Out of Ideas’

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Kevin James spoke earlier this week about the reasons why Erinn Hayes’ character on “Kevin Can Wait,” wife Donna Gable, was written out of the CBS sitcom at the beginning of this season. What happened to Donna in the actual story, however, will apparently remain a mystery indefinitely.

According to James, speaking to the New York Daily News, the thought process behind Donna’s departure was to bring a new direction to the show, one that would allow for it to run for more seasons and be “lengthier.”

“The plot of the show didn’t have enough drive. If we got through a second season, I wouldn’t see us getting through a third one,” James said before he admitted they “were literally running out of ideas.”

James revealed that the original idea for his character was to be portrayed as a single father, but the producers of the show »


- Alberto Achar

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‘The X-Files’: Why a Future Without Scully is Impossible to Imagine

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On October 8, when Gillian Anderson and other stars of “The X-Files” took part in interviews before the show’s New York Comic-Con panel, the actress told Screenrant she likely wouldn’t continue after Season 11.

“I think this will be it for me,” Anderson said.

If that’s true, then this should be it for “The X-Files,” too.

Read More:‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer: Our First Look at the Return of Mulder and Scully in 2018

There are many reasons that Scully is integral to the long-running “X-Files” franchise, ranging from narrative relevance to the thespian’s off-screen impact. Here are just a few of the most obvious factors:

The X-Files” thrives on the yin and yang relationship between Mulder and Scully. He’s a believer, and she’s a skeptic. He pushes her to new heights, and she keeps him from drifting into space. They balance each other out, and the show needs that balance. »


- Ben Travers

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‘Mindhunter’: The Cast of Killers Ranked by Their Serial-ously Creepy Performances

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One of the immediate takeaways from David Fincher’s new Netflix series, “Mindhunter,” is that there are a lot of creepy characters. Between the convicted criminals FBI Agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) visit in prison and the suspects they try to send there, the list of people who give us the heebie-jeebies grows faster than Holden’s ego.

Behind these fascinating minds are a formidable ensemble of actors evoking the worst within us. Some of their faces may be familiar, others may be brand new, but each and every one offers a particularly striking performance — and not just because they talk about having sex with decapitated heads.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’ Season 1 Review: This Fascinating Textbook of a TV Show Thrives on Hidden Monsters — Spoilers

Below, IndieWire has listed each and every killer studied in Season 1, noting who played them, what they’ve done, and how »


- Ben Travers

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‘Game of Thrones’ Guest Actor Roy Dotrice Dies at Age 94

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Roy Dotrice, a British actor well-known for his role in Milos Forman’s Best-Picture Oscar winner “Amadeus,” has died at the age of 94. According to a family statement, he “died peacefully on Monday, October 16 in his London home surrounded by family,” as reported by BBC News.

More recently, Dotrice was most known for voicing the audiobook version of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, the source for HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones.” For the first novel, “A Game of Thrones,” he voiced no less than 224 different characters. Thanks to this astonishing feat, Dotrice was awarded the Guinness World Record for most character voices in an audiobook back in 2004.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From

However, it was not just on paper and voice that Dotrice contributed to the high-fantasy world of Westeros. »


- Alberto Achar

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‘House of Cards’ Reportedly Helped Russian Hackers Influence the Election, Because Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction — Watch

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House of Cards” may have helped sway the election. Russian trolls paid to criticize Hillary Clinton online watched the Netflix drama in order to better understand American politics, according to a Yahoo report written by Michael Isikoff and discussed on CNN.

Read More:‘House of Cards’ Review: Season 5 Might Be TV’s Biggest Casualty of the 2016 Election (Spoiler-Free)

“It was necessary to know all the main problems of the United States of America,” said Isikoff. “Tax problems, the problem of gays, sexual minorities, weapons.” This happened largely in the comment sections of such newspapers’ websites as the New York Times and Washington Post.

Read More:‘Mindhunter’: Why David Fincher’s Return to Netflix Could Be More Significant Than ‘House of Cards

“The ‘House of Cards’ element is new. We hadn’t heard that before,” Isikoff told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, adding that “we don’t have evidence of major »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Alienist’ Trailer: TNT’s 19th Century Serial Killer Show Looks Like a Gorgeous ‘CSI: Gilded Age’

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After a weekend when “Mindhunter” was the buzz of TV fandom, TNT is throwing its hat into the serial killer drama ring with “The Alienist.” The network has released their latest look at their newest series (well, as long as you’re not counting the promos during the weekend’s baseball playoff games) and it seems as sumptuous as it is unsettling.

Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans star in the 1890s-set New York story about the fledgling work of criminal psychology in the big city. Bruhl stars as Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, who teams with a local newspaper employee (Evans) and a police secretary (Fanning) who begin to conduct some covert operations to catch the perpetrator behind a series of grisly killings. (And remember, the important question isn’t “what” or “who,” but “Why.”)

Read More:Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: HBO Chief Says There’s an ‘Embarrassment of Riches’ to Choose From

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What is dead may never die, and so it is that “Game of Thrones” won’t really be over when it’s over. The show itself is concluding with the eighth and final season, which will air either next year or in 2019, but several different prequel series are in development. We aren’t likely to know which of them will actually make it to series for some time, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says there’s “an embarrassment of riches” to choose from.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Prequels: More Young Ned and 7 More Spin-Offs We’d Like to See

The people working on them represent a “fantastic group of writers and talent, most of whom have lived inside the ‘Thrones’ eco-system so are very, very familiar with its intricacies,” he said. “I think we will find with this embarrassment of [writing] riches an exciting property for us to moves forward with. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Godless’ Trailer: Netflix’s Steven Soderbergh-Produced Western Rides into No Man’s Land

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It didn’t take long, but just two years after the untimely demise of “The Knick,” Steven Soderbergh has partnered with director Scott Frank for “Godless,” a new Netflix limited series that’s set to take over your family’s Thanksgiving weekend.

Godless” stars Jeff Daniels as Frank Griffin, a criminal who’s seeking revenge on Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), a young ex-partner who deserted Griffin’s posse. Both of them converge on the women-run frontier town of La Belle, New Mexico, where Alice Fletcher (Michelle Dockery) gives Roy protection from Griffin’s approaching hoards. (Presumably, Griffin is an outlaw and if he tells you any different, you punch him in the face.)

Read More:‘Godless’ Photos: Netflix Brings Feminist Western Directed by Scott Frank, Steven Soderbergh

Frank is set to direct all seven episodes of the series with Soderbergh serving as executive producer. Aside from writing both “Logan” and “The Wolverine, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Anthony Rapp On Why It Was ‘A Blast’ To Drop ‘Trek’s’ First-Ever F-Bombs

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Star Trek: Discovery” broke a new barrier for the franchise in Episode 5, “Choose Your Pain.” While prior to now, both “Star Trek” shows and films have lived in a very PG-13 space, “Discovery” featured a scene where not just one, but two characters said the word “fuck.”

According to Anthony Rapp, who plays Lt. Paul Stamets, getting to echo the F-bomb initially dropped by Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) wasn’t just fun, but very much in the spirit of scientific breakthrough — Aka the spirit of “Star Trek.”

“We were aware of it, and we embraced it, and we had a blast with it,” he said. “These people just put their brains to work in a really tough way and they had a breakthrough. And I imagine there’s scientists in their labs who might do that any time. We didn’t drop the F-bomb in ‘Star Trek’ by telling something to go fuck themselves. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Will & Grace’: Jack Gets The Scare Of His Life in This Exclusive Clip — Watch

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This Thursday marks a new episode of “Will & Grace” on NBC, and even best friends Will and Jack know it’s too early for Halloween. Yet much to their surprise, a tiny, well-spoken child with flawlessly gelled hair knocks on their famous apartment door…and what comes out of his mouth is so shocking that it would scare anyone out of their anti-aging masks, not just Jack (Sean Hayes).

Also, guest starring in this week’s episode are Broadway alums Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells, ironically flexing in t-shirts reading “Camp Straighten Arrow.” They’re the latest in a string of Broadway stars appearing in the acclaimed sitcom, following “Dear Evan Hanson” star Ben Platt’s cameo in episode 2 and Harry Connick Jr.’s in episode 3.

Everyone is profiting from the show’s stellar critical reception, considering everyone and their mother is loving the revival of “Will & Grace.” The clever writing has proven itself timeless, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Sarek in Trouble, the Tardigrade’s Untold Starfleet Membership, and More Scoop From ‘After Trek’

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 5, titled “Choose Your Pain.”]

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Sarek (James Frain) on “Star Trek: Discovery,” and a sneak peek that played during after show “After Trek” finally gave fans a glimpse of the Vulcan ambassador. Sadly, it was not a very encouraging vision.

In a clip for Episode 6, Burnham is in the mess hall when she starts to feel funny. Everything gets wavy, and then she clutches her side and collapses. At that moment we see that Sarek has also similarly collapsed, and it’s his link with Burnham that causes her mysterious reaction. As one viewer pointed out, this could be Sarek having a heart attack since Vulcans’ hearts are around where human livers are. What could have triggered this is unknown for now, but since most Vulcans are vegetarian, it’s doubtful cholesterol has anything to do with it. Perhaps another stressor is the culprit?

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- Hanh Nguyen

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John Oliver Calls the Academy Hypocrites for Expelling Harvey Weinstein But Giving Casey Affleck an Oscar

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John Oliver was the first late night host to attack Harvey Weinstein over his sexual harassment allegations during his October 8 broadcast, and one week later the late night host again took some time during his broadcast to comment on the escalating scandal. Oliver’s Sunday night episode aired just a day after The Academy made its decision to expel Weinstein as one of its members, but Oliver wasn’t too happy about The Academy’s reasoning for doing so.

Read More:The Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein, Breaking with Tradition

In an official statement, The Academy explained why it was removing Weinstein: “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”

While removing Weinstein was »


- Zack Sharf

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Canneseries TV Festival Details Competition Eligibility, and What’s In Store As It Launches Next April

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Canneseries, the new TV festival set to launch in April during the Mip TV market, will be open for submissions starting next month.

Organizers revealed plans and a timetable for the festival during a press conference Monday in Cannes. They also announced that Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”) would serve as patron for the inaugural Canneseries event.

“It’s an exciting moment for us,” said artistic director Albin Lewi, who unveiled the setup for Canneseries along side president Fleur Pellerin and managing director Benoît Louvet. ” It was just ideas six months ago. Now we are real and really ambitious.”

Canneseries will run from April 4 to 11 next year in the city of Cannes, with the official competition set to take place between April 7 and 11 at the Auditorium Lumiére in the Palais des Festivals.

Read More:Cannes Tackles Television: Why a Global TV Festival Could Be a Gamechanger

The competition will present 10 world premiere series, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Things Get Even Darker (But More Fascinating) in ‘Choose Your Pain’

15 October 2017 6:30 PM, PDT

It’s an intense time on the Discovery this week, as Captain Lorca gets kidnapped by Klingons, we meet the immediately infamous Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), and Lt. Stamets makes a bold but rash decision.

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for Season 1, Episode 5, “Choose Your Pain” follow.]

Not One Big Happy Family (Yet?)

When you compare “Discovery” to other “Trek” series, one aspect that stands out is the comparatively small size of the cast.

There’s a new addition this week, though, after Lorca brings on board Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), whose status as a former prisoner seems like it’s left him pretty messed up. The engineering team of Stamets, Tilly, and Burnham has coalesced into a fun trio, and all of Burnham’s interactions with Saru are interesting, given how those characters have a deep backstory.

However, the cast in general hasn’t really come together yet as a full ensemble, which speaks to the unconventional nature of the plotting here, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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