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The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’

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[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]

Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.

The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.

Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’: Season 5 Proves ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs Cats to Defeat Dragons — Watch

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Read below… if you dare! Everyone’s favorite feline is back just in time for summer with the Season 5 premiere of “The Adventures of Puss in Boots.” The new season is full of adventure, as well as some very interesting guest stars.

Read More: ‘The Adventures of Puss in Boots’ Season 4 Exclusive Clip: Puss Shows Off His Many Powers

Things ended pretty crazily last season, and Puss is back with an exclusive clip to give a sneak peek at what’s to come this season featuring Jane Lynch (“Wreck-It Ralph”) as “Sully,” a dragon squaring off against our hero in a high-flying action scene. Check out the video below.

The series follows the famous smooth-talking assassin-turned-sidekick Puss in Boots from the “Shrek” film series, who later went on to star in his own original film, “Puss in Boots.” The famous kitty Casanova now protects the city of San Lorenzo, a »


- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘The Mindy Project’ Final Season: Chris Messina Returning to Give Danny and Mindy ‘Clarity’

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Mindy Lahiri will get her happily ever after, and Danny Castellano will be part of it … somewhere.

At the Hulu TCA panel for “The Mindy Project,” Mindy Kaling, Ike Barinholtz and executive producer Matt Warburton revealed details about who will return for the rom-com’s final season. Among those names is Chris Messina, who played the father of Mindy’s child and her ex-fiancee.

Read More‘The Mindy Project’s’ Lang Fisher on Writing Mindy as a White Man in the Age of Trump

But when the sixth season begins on Sept. 12, both Danny and Mindy will have moved on. He will be married to Greta Gerwig’s character Sarah, while Mindy has tied the knot with Ben (Bryan Greenberg). Despite these attachments, Kaling acknowledged that the fans “still hope that Danny and Mindy are the end game, romantically.”

Warburton said the show will give “a little bit of clarity »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Sarah Silverman on Trying to Unite The Country With Hulu’s ‘I Love You, America’

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Sarah Silverman is on a mission.

“I want to get to the root of humanity in this country,” the comedian told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Silverman, showrunner Gavin Purcell and executive producers Adam McKay and Amy Zvi are still ironing out what her new Hulu talk show, “I Love You, America,” will look like.

But here’s what they do know: “I Love You, America” will be shot weekly in Hollywood and feature an opening monologue, in addition to taped pieces shot around the country. In one early remote, Silverman will sit down with a family in Georgia that has never met anyone Jewish.

“We’re not looking to make them look like assholes,” she said. “We’re exposing the fact that we’re actually the same. We may be listening to two different sets of lies right now.”

In the studio, “I Love You, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Game of Thrones’: Inside the Making of Cersei’s Westeros Conquest Map

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Game of Thrones” featured two maps in the season premiere beyond its iconic opening credits. Both Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) used the maps to study and plan for their eventual conquest of Westeros.

Read More ‘Game of Thrones’: 5 Crazy Reasons Why The Hound Is the Prince Who Was Promised, Not Daenerys

Although we’ve seen the 3-D map at Dragonstone before, the one at King’s Landing in the Red Keep was brand new to fans, and wasn’t even complete on the screen. Cersei needed a map to match her outsized ambitions and the one she commissioned covered the entire floor a large courtyard. At the beginning of the scene, a craftsman is seen working on the almost-finished map before the queen dismisses him.

“It’s what we’ve been waiting for our all lives,” Cersei tells her brother Jaime (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau). “It’s ours now. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon to Star in New TV Series About Morning Shows

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In what can only be interpreted as a delayed response to the phenomenal success of 2010’s “Morning Glory,” Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are attached to an untitled new TV series about the world of morning shows. The series is based on an original idea from Michael Ellenberg, who formerly served as head of drama for HBO, and Jay Carson (“House of Cards”) will write the script. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

Read More‘Big Little Lies’: Reese Witherspoon Teases Season 2, Fans Still Hate Alexander Skarsgård, and More from the Cast

Aniston is no stranger to the small screen, though she’s been a more frequent big-screen presence in recent years; she won an Emmy and received five more nominations for her starring role on “Friends.” Witherspoon just earned an Emmy nod of her own for “Big Little Lies,” the HBO limited series based on Liane Moriarty »


- Michael Nordine

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Why Chris Pine is Already the Best Chris for TV Right Now

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On Thursday, TNT announced their latest limited series: “One Day She’ll Darken,” a six-part series about the life of Fauna Hodel, the husband of infamous Black Dahlia murder suspect George Hodel.

While the casting of both Hodels is still unannounced, one key role has already been filled: Chris Pine will play Jay Singletary, a less-than-reputable reporter determined to find vindication in his stories on Hodel’s unclear past. It has all the makings of a juicy role, but Pine’s recent on-screen success in deferring to his counterparts proves he’s the ideal tool for this kind of story.

Read MoreFilmmakers: Here’s How to Get Chris Pine Interested Your Movie

Last year, in an interview with IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, Pine said, “I have a romantic vision of the beautiful delineation between TV and film that existed for so many years. I romanticize the studio system and movie stars as a whole, »


- Steve Greene

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Tracy Morgan on ‘The Last O.G.’ and How His Near-Fatal Accident Made Him A Better Man

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Tracy Morgan wants to be clear: “The Last O.G.” is not “a black show.”

“We don’t only explore the black community, but humanity,” he told critics at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday. “It’s not a black show. It’s about humanity — second chances, redemption.”

Read MoreAll of IndieWire’s TCA 2017 Coverage

Second chances, of course, are a deeply personal theme for Morgan, following a catastrophic car accident in 2014 he barely survived. In fact, when asked why he wanted to surround himself with a strong ensemble in “The Last O.G.”, he directly referenced that incident.

“Maybe I’m just a better man now since the accident,” he said. “It’s not about me — it’s bigger than me. I’m fortunate to have these folks around me.”

The Last O.G.” stars Morgan as Tray, a former convict who returns to the free world after 15 years in jail. »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Hulu Renews ’Harlots’ for a Second Season of Bawdy Prostitution

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Get ready for more betrayals and bawdy behavior. “Harlots” will be back for another season.

On Thursday, Hulu’s Svp of Content Craig Erwich announced at the Television Critics Association press tour that it had renewed the prostitution drama for a second season. Set in 1760s Georgian London, the series focuses on the how the city became a hub for lucrative prostitution.

Read More‘Harlots’: Hulu’s Whore Drama May Be One of the Most Feminist TV Shows

At the center of “Harlots” is Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), a brothel owner for the people who grew up in the business herself. Her chief rival is Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), a madam who tries to set her prostitutes apart by giving them education and then charging a pretty penny to her higher-ranking clientele.

When last we left them, Margaret was dealing with her two daughters, who also followed her into the family whoring business. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Hulu Resurrects Tgif By Securing Streaming Rights to ‘Full House,’ ‘Family Matters’ & More — As Millennials Win Again

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Netflix’s house may be fuller, but step by step, Hulu is building its own deep library of TV classics.

Next up: Hulu has sealed a deal to stream some of the most popular shows from ABC’s “Tgif” era of family sitcoms: “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

Warner Bros. TV was behind all of those iconic late 1980s and early 1990s family comedies, and Hulu’s new deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution secures the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to more than 800 episodes.

Read More‘The Golden Girls’ on Hulu: A Guide to 29 Wacky Moments to Watch Out For While You Binge

The five comedies will see their full library uploaded to Hulu starting Friday (naturally), September 29. Hulu noted that the deal is timely, as “Full House” marks its 30th anniversary and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” hits its 25th anniversary. »


- Michael Schneider

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Stephen Colbert-Produced Comedy Animates Donald Trump for Showtime

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Stephen Colbert’s been more political than ever lately, a choice that is extending beyond “The Late Show” and into a more two-dimensional realm.

Read MoreStephen Colbert Compares Donald Trump, Jr.’s Russia Meeting to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ — Watch

Showtime announced Thursday that the host will be executive producing a 10-episode animated series about Donald Trump and his family — the official description, per Showtime:

“The fresh, cutting-edge comedy will present the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. It’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew.”

The series is inspired by the opening sequence »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Room 104′ Review: The Duplass Brothers’ Low-Budget HBO Experiment is a Grand Success

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When watching serialized TV, it’s one thing not to know what’s coming next; that’s exciting. So many mysteries chase that feeling, hoping to reward the audience as much as they shock them with a bevy of unexpected twists. But it’s a completely different proposition not to know what, who, or when, and “Room 104” invites these questions and more at the start of every episode.

Beyond the episodic anthology label assigned to it, the new HBO series from Mark and Jay Duplass changes everything but the room from episode-to-episode. In doing so, it creates a mystery box for viewers to unwrap every time they press play: What’s inside? You have to wait until the end to find out.

Read More‘Room 104’: Mark and Jay Duplass Miss ‘Togetherness’ and Made Their New HBO Show Very Differently

This curiosity alone is unique to television. Plenty »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Problem with Apu’ Trailer: New Documentary Looks at Negative Impact of Classic ‘Simpsons’ Character

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In the history of “The Simpsons,” few characters outside the title family have had as much cultural impact as Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Springfield convenience store owner. Comedian Hari Kondabolu is out to show why that might be a problem.

The trailer for the upcoming truTV documentary “The Problem with Apu” shows Kondabolu’s conversations with a number of South Asian actors and comedians, including Kal Penn, Hasan Minhaj, and Sakina Jaffrey, all talking about how the character has affected their personal and professional lives.

Read MoreHari Kondabolu and W. Kamau Bell Get Political In New Comedy Podcast

In addition to these actors, this first look also shows a bit of Kondabolu’s conversation with Dana Gould, former “Simpsons” writer and current “Stan Against Evil” showrunner.

Listeners of “Politically Re-Active,” the podcast that he hosts with W. Kamau Bell, know that Kondabolu has been working on this project for a while. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Get Shorty’: Why Chris O’Dowd Is Uncomfortable With Violence, But Fine With Mocking Hollywood

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Get Shorty” might be about Hollywood, but is it a satire? Star Chris O’Dowd thinks so.

“Poking fun at truth is satire,” he said. “Us trying to extricate those things that we find ridiculous about Hollywood and putting them on film satirizes it. But we don’t have to fake it.”

The Epix original drama, the first three episodes of which can be watched online now, is “inspired by” the Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent Barry Sonnenfeld film. But, a la “Fargo,” the show has put its own spin on the material, creating the character of Miles (O’Dowd), a gangster who decides to pursue a new path in life after getting a taste of the Hollywood scene.

Read More‘Get Shorty’ Trailer: Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano Star in New Epix Dark Comedy

It’s an area that O’Dowd thinks has a lot of potential. “There »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Amy Sedaris is a Singing Martha Stewart in First Look at ‘At Home with Amy Sedaris’

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If you ever thought that daytime lifestyle shows needed more of Jane Krakowski belting, then Amy Sedaris has some wonderful news for you.

truTV released the first look at Sedaris’ upcoming domestic design show satire “At Home with Amy Sedaris” on Thursday, and it’s the kind of surreal you’d expect from a show with her name on it.

At first, what seems like a simple Martha Stewart-esque dissection of crafts materials and interior sprucing becomes a full-fledged musical number with a handy mnemonic for using glue on different surfaces. Krakowski even gets to show off her Broadway chops in the process.

Read More‘I’m Sorry’ Review: A Sweet and Filthy Tribute to the Messiness of Being a Constant Comedian

It’s what audiences can expect from the rest of the ten-episode season, which the network explained “will revolve around a traditional theme, such as: entertaining the grieving, »


- Steve Greene

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Patty Jenkins Will Direct New TNT Drama ‘One Day She’ll Darken,’ Starring Chris Pine

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Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins is set to direct the new TNT drama “One Day She’ll Darken,” which reunites her with star Chris Pine.

TNT has given a straight-to-series order to the six-episode hour-long show, which comes from author Sam Sheridan (“A Fighter’s Heart”), who will write all of the installments. Jenkins will direct the pilot and “potentially additional episodes,” TNT said, and serve as an executive producer.

Read More‘Wonder Woman’ Is the Most Successful Live-Action Film Directed By a Woman — and 4 More Records It Will Break

“One Day She’ll Darken” is inspired by the autobiography of Fauna Hodel, a white woman who was given up by her teenage birth mother and ended up being raised in an African American family. She eventually discovers that she was actually the product of incest and that her real-life father was Dr. George Hodel, the man who is often »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Angie Tribeca’ Earns Fourth Season Renewal, While ‘Animal Kingdom’ Gets a Season 3 — Here’s When They’re Back

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TBS’ irreverent Rashida Jones comedy “Angie Tribeca” has been renewed for a fourth season, while TNT has given Season 3 greenlight to gritty drama “Animal Kingdom.”

The renewals were announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Angie Tribeca” will return with 10 episodes for Season 4 in 2018, while “Animal Kingdom’s” Season 3 will also premiere next year.

As part of the “Angie Tribeca” pickup, Bobby Cannavale (“Boardwalk Empire”) has joined the cast.

Read More‘Angie Tribeca’ Review: Season 3 Fully Harnesses the Power of A-List Guest Stars Chris Pine and Natalie Portman

TBS called the casting “a shameless attempt to grab some much-deserved awards attention,” given Cannavale’s past two Emmys. “He is irresistible to the academy,” the network quipped in its announcement. “Fingers crossed!”

Angie Tribeca,” from executive producers Nancy and Steve Carell, as well as showrunner Ira Ungerleider, ranks as one of cable’s Top 10 comedies for the quarter across all key demos, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Comrade Detective’ Trailer: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Unite For A 1983 Romanian TV Series

27 July 2017 7:43 AM, PDT

If you like your action-spy dramas like “The Americans” and “Homeland,” that is with serious political overtones and lots of high tension, then “Comrade Detective” probably isn’t for you. But if you love Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt at their goofiest and are a fan of “Kung Pow! Enter the Fist” then you won’t be able to resist bingeing this new Amazon series.

Read MoreChanning Tatum Gets The ‘ArcherTreatment in R-Rated Animated George Washington Flick

As the hilarious first trailer makes very clear, “Comrade Detective” is the story of a hit 1983 Romanian buddy cop TV series that finds its way into Tatum and Gordon-Levitt’s hands. The two actors decide to bring the series to America, but not by starring in an adaptation themselves. Instead, they assemble an all star voice cast to lip dub the Romanian series. “Comrade Detective” is the result of this endeavor.

Take a deep breath, »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Larry David Reveals Bernie Sanders Relation and The Secret Behind ‘TV Larry’

26 July 2017 6:57 PM, PDT

Larry David would like you to know that there is very little difference between “TV Larry” and “real Larry.”

“TV Larry is about a quarter of an inch away from Real Larry,” the creator and star of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Real Larry plays golf, so TV Larry plays golf.”

TV Larry and Real Larry both get into their fair share of rude spots, but neither version of Larry, David said, really compares to Donald Trump. “I don’t consider myself to be a prick!” he said.

Read More‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’: Jimmy Kimmel, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Offerman to Guest Star in Season 9

Addressing the long-awaited return of the Emmy-winning comedy, which has been off the air for several years, led to one of the liveliest panels of the day – and not just because David and »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Deuce’ Creator David Simon: Porn Drama Isn’t ’Trafficking in Misogynistic Imagery or Objectification’

26 July 2017 6:27 PM, PDT

The Deuce” producers and stars want to draw a line about the series: It’s about porn, but is not porn itself.

That means that all of the problems associated with porn — the misogyny, the abuse, the objectification – are featured on “The Deuce” as part of the exploration of the topic, not for gratuitous storytelling.

“You portray it by being direct,” co-creator David Simon told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It would be a mistake to look at this and think that we are in any way trafficking in misogynistic imagery or objectification as one of the currencies driving the show. That’s what the show is about. I’m not sure how you make the show and avert your eyes and clean it up.”

Read MoreThe Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before In David Simon’s Porn Drama — Watch

The Deuce, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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