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Pretty Little Liars Boss Defends Killing [Spoiler], Answers All of Our Burning Questions From the Series Finale

22 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

How do you even begin to wrap up seven years of twists, secrets and mysteries? If you’re Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King, you give it your all and hope for the best — knowing full well that you can’t please everybody.

RelatedPretty Little Liars Series Finale Recap: Grade the Girls’ Big Goodbye!

“I had to stay off social media [after the finale], because people who don’t like things are always more vocal than people who do,” King tells TVLine. “We did our best, and you can see how much care, attention, love and hard work was put into that episode — not just from me, »


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You're the Worst Season 4, Better Things Season 2 Get Premiere Dates

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FXX has announced a Season 4 premiere date for You’re the Worst, while FX has set a Season 2 premiere for Pamela Adlon’s Better Things.

First up, You’re the Worst will return with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 10/9c. The critically acclaimed, anti-romcom tells the story of Gretchen and Jimmy, who we last saw get engaged in the Season 3 finale. »


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Melanie Lynskey Joins Hulu’s Stephen King Series ‘Castle Rock’

23 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Melanie Lynskey has been cast in the upcoming Hulu Stephen King series “Castle Rock.”

Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare.

Lynskey recently appeared in the Netflix series “Girlboss” and starred in HBO’s Duplass Brothers series “Togetherness.” She also had a recurring role on “Two and a Half Men” as the deranged neighbor Rose. She is repped by The Gersh Agency.

Lynskey is the latest casting addition to “Castle Rock,” which will also star André Holland, Sissy Spacek, and Jane Levy. The series is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse, centered around the inhabitants of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, which figured prominently in several of King’s works.

Castle Rock” has landed a 10-episode first season order, with »


- Joe Otterson

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Netflix Developing New Installment of ‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City’

22 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix is developing a new installment of “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” with Working Title Television U.S. Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis are on board to revive the characters they played in Showtime and PBS adaptations of the landmark Lgbt-themed novel series in the 1990s.

Michael Cunningham (“The Hours”) has penned the first script for what is envisioned as a 10-part installment, although the project does not yet have a series order from Netflix. Maupin would return as an executive producer, and Alan Poul is on board to direct. Netflix declined to comment.

Prolific novelist Maupin launched the series that follows a colorful, diverse group of characters living in San Francisco as a newspaper serial in 1976. He has published nine novels in the “Tales” series, with 2014’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal” said to be the final edition of the book series.

“Tales” focuses on the residents of a boarding house at 28 Barbary Lane »


- Cynthia Littleton

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TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Season 19 Premiere Is Series’ Lowest-Rated, Still Tops Wednesday

27 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Big Brother” Season 19 premiered on CBS on Wednesday night, returning down from the Season 18 premiere last summer for the show’s lowest-rated premiere to date, but still making it the highest-rated show of the night.

Airing from 8 p.m.-10 p.m., the season premiere averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers. The Season 18 opener, by comparison, drew a 1.9 rating and 6.2 million viewers last June, meaning this year opened down approximately 11% in the key demo and 5% in total viewers.

On NBC, “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” (0.9, 6.5 million) was down in both measures from last week’s premiere. A new episode of “The Carmichael Show” (0.7, 3.5 million) also dipped in both measures.

“MasterChef” (1.0, 3.5 million) held steady on Fox, while “The F Word” (0.6, 2.1 million) dipped in the demo.

ABC aired mostly repeats, with the exception of “To Tell the Truth” (0.6, 3.2 million) at 10.

The CW aired only repeats.

CBS won the night with a 1.4 rating and 5.1 million viewers. Fox »


- Joe Otterson

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Big Four Networks Set September Roadblock Special Focusing on Future of High School

30 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Entertainment Industry Foundation has partnered with the Big Four networks to present an hourlong live roadblock special examining the future of high school education.

Set for 8 p.m. Et on Sept. 8, “Eif Presents: Xq Super School Live” is billed as a look at “the past, present and future of the American high school system.”

The Eif said the special will present musical performances, comedy and documentary segments. “Xq” will be produced by Done + Dusted and directed by Hamish Hamilton. Charles King’s Macro, Anonymous Content and Wise Entertainment are also partners in the special.

The Eif announcement gave no details regarding talent for the special. The goal is to engage viewers in an effort to reform efforts pushed by the Xq Super School project educational reform effort.

High schools must be rethought and reshaped so every student can succeed in college, career and life,” the Eif announcement said. “Xq seeks to bring Americans together to create »


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Ratings: Big Brother Premiere Dips vs. Last Year, But Dominates Night

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CBS’ Big Brother opened its 19th edition on Wednesday with 5.9 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating, dipping 5 and 10 percent year over year yet still dominating the night in the demo.

RelatedBig Brother Season Premiere Recap: Which Vet Returned? Who Got Evicted?

NBC’s Little Big Shots: Forever Young (6.5 mil/0.9) slipped 12 and 10 percent, commanding Wednesday’s largest audience. The Carmichael Show (3.5 mil/0.7) dipped a tenth to match this season’s demo low.

RelatedNBC Premiere Dates: The Voice and This Is Us Kick Things Off, Taken Goes Missing

Over on Fox, MasterChef (3.5 mil/1.) was steady while The F Word (2.1 mil/0.6) hit a demo low. »


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With Manny Pacquiao, Espn Hopes to Take New Swipe at Boxing

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Fans who tune into Espn Friday evening will be greeted with a rare sight on the sports outlet: A ticking countdown clock.

The on-screen timer won’t tick down to the start of Scott Van Pelt’s late-night “SportsCenter” or the first pitch of an important baseball game. It will instead try to interest viewers in an event that has become as infrequent on Espn as the ersatz timepiece itself – a major boxing match.

On Saturday, July 1, at 10 p.m., Espn will televise a bout between World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated contender Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The fight will also be telecast on Espn Deportes. It is the first time since 2005 that the popular Pacquaio has taken part in a fight that was not limited to pay-per-view.

“We sort of came across this opportunity to really plant a flag back in the sport of boxing in a »


- Brian Steinberg

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Trump Targets Morning Joe Hosts on Twitter; MSNBC Calls the Attack 'Petty'

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Never one to lose sight of the important matters at hand, President Donald Trump on Thursday took aim at the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, dropping a dizzying amount of insults and insinuations along the way.

RelatedMSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren Tells President Trump to ‘Back Off’ Media

Upon hearing that the news team — real-life couple Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski — has been expressing anti-Trump sentiments on air, he launched a serious of outrageous personal attacks on “Psycho Joe” and “Crazy Mika” via Twitter:

I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I. »


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How Donald Trump and James Comey Destroyed the Way Film and TV Depict the FBI and CIA

1 hour ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Donald Trump’s battles with intelligence agencies and the many controversial moves by former FBI director James Comey may change the way Hollywood approaches stories from that world.

Stories of the FBI and CIA usually focus on a simple good guy/bad guy approach. The agencies, with the backing of the United States government, take on evildoers. On CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” that means chasing down brutal killers. On Fox’s “The X-Files,” that has meant exploring a shadowy conspiracy by a cabal far removed from the elected government.

But that’s all starting to change, and the battle between government officials and the intelligence community, which might have seemed an unnecessary plot a few years ago (“Wait? Who are audiences supposed to root for? Aren’t they on the same side?”) is now front and center.

Read More: FBI TV Album: From ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘The Americans,’ Here Are The »


- Michael Schneider

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Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ First Trailer Brings War to Earth’s Doorstep (Watch)

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Marvel and ABC released the first trailer for “The Inhumans” TV series on Thursday.

The show will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of the titular race from the Marvel comics, including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding king of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.

Anson Mount will play Black Bolt; Iwan Rheon will play Black Bolt’s younger brother, Maximus the Mad; Serinda Swan will play the queen, Medusa; and Ken Leung will play Karnak.

Executive producers on the series are Scott Buck–who previously worked on the Marvel series “Iron Fist”– and Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of television. Jim Chory–who has worked on “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and the upcoming “Defenders” series among several other Marvel shows–also executive produces. Roel Reine will direct the first two episodes. Marvel Television and ABC Studios are co-producing.

“The Inhumans” will premiere in IMAX theaters on Sept. 1 before »


- Joe Otterson

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Rob Lowe is Convinced He Met Bigfoot and Doesn’t Care If He Sounds Like A ‘Hollywood Kook’ — Watch

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Has Rob Lowe lost his marbles? You might think so after watching the first trailer for A&E’s upcoming docuseries “The Lowe Files,” which finds Lowe and his two sons, Matthew and John Owen, setting out to solve paranormal mysteries and legendary myths across the country. Let’s just say this is not what we expected Lowe to be doing after “The Grinder” was cancelled.

Read More: Rob Lowe on Grinding On After ‘The Grinder

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lowe teases the new series by spoiling what will surely be one of its most talked about episodes. The season finale finds the Lowe gentlemen searching for the one and only Bigfoot, and it turns out they actually saw him with their own eyes. Lowe tells the magazine he saw a creature known as the “wood ape,” which is the Ozark version of Bigfoot.

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- Zack Sharf

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Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi's 10 Best Episodes

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Let the record show: Peter Capaldi was a great Doctor. Don't let the fact the last few seasons of Doctor Who sometimes fell into underwhelming storytelling ruts fool you into thinking otherwise.

Older, crankier and infinitely more Scottish than those who came before him, Capaldi's Doctor was somewhat

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- Kaitlin Thomas

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The First Marvel's Inhumans Trailer Looks Like Game of Thrones with Superpowers

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We finally know what one of the fall season's most anticipated shows will look like. ABC today released the trailer for Marvel's Inhumans, one of the network's tentpole series of the 2017-2018 season.

The series is based on the superhuman race made famous in Marvel comics, and follows the Inhuman

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- Tim Surette

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Game of Thrones' Kit Harington Warns Winter Isn't Coming

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In an interview with with Time, Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones, discussed the ways the show does and doesn't reflect real life. There's the way that the show's power battles and constant instability seem more resonant than they did before, sure, but on the

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- Liam Mathews

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Elizabeth Warren's Persistent Love of Ballers Is an Inspiration to Us All

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The only thing Sen. Elizabeth Warren loves more pursuing truth and justice in a post-Trump America is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

During her sit-down with Samantha Bee, the Massachusetts politician explained why she turns to Johnson's HBO comedy Ballers to wind down after a long day on the Senate

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- Sadie Gennis

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AMC Pitches $5 Monthly Ad-Free Streaming Tier Through Comcast

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AMC Networks is effectively turning its flagship AMC channel into a premium network — and instead of going direct-to-consumer online, it wants to stay in pay-tv operators’ good graces by offering a $5-per-month zero-advertising streaming package to current cable customers.

The programmer has reached an initial “soft launch” deal for AMC Premiere with Comcast, which is selling the premium tier to Xfinity TV customers nationwide starting Thursday.

The service includes ad-free versions of AMC original shows like “The Walking Dead” and “Into the Badlands” — available at the same time the episodes are broadcast live. In addition, AMC Premiere will feature original exclusive content including a continually refreshed slate of movies chosen to complement current in-season programming; past seasons of original series; first-looks at series teasers and trailers; uncut and bonus scenes and episodes; and exclusive interviews with cast members and showrunners.

“With AMC’s engagement at an all-time high, developing more options for viewers to connect with our »


- Todd Spangler

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‘Inhumans’ Trailer: Marvel’s New Superheroes Get An IMAX-Sized Television Adventure

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Will the third time be the charm for Marvel and ABC? The broadcast network has had one mild success (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”) and one failure (“Agent Carter”) when it comes to bringing Marvel superheroes to the small screen, but that’s not stopping them from giving it another go with this fall’s “Inhumans.” The new series is going big, as it was shot using IMAX digital cameras and will premiere its first two episodes in select IMAX theaters on September 1.

Read More: ‘The Gifted’ Trailer: Bryan Singer’s Marvel Show Brings Mutants to Fox

The official ABC snyopsis reads: “The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. »


- Zack Sharf

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President Trump Attacks ‘Morning Joe’ Host: ‘She Was Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’

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President Donald Trump attacked the hosts of the talk show “Morning Joe” in a pair of early-morning tweets on Thursday. The president labeled Joe Scarborough “Psycho Joe,” and Mika Brzezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika.”

“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” he wrote. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

An MSNBC spokesperson issued the following statement in response to the tweets: “It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job.”

Shortly after Trump’s tweets were deployed, Brzezinski tweeted out a photo of the back of a box of Cheerios, which showed the phrase “made for little hands.”

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- Seth Kelley

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Marvel's Inhumans: Trailer Is Finally Released for Fall ABC Series

2 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Black Bolt is ready to strike your laptop screen. Finally.

Six weeks after premiering a sizzle reel for press and advertisers at ABC’s Upfronts, Marvel’s Inhumans has released a trailer for everyone else to size up.

RelatedABC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Marvel’s Inhumans, Shonda Rhimes’ For the People and More New Shows

Marvel’s Inhumans makes its ABC debut on Friday, Sept. 29, with a two-hour premiere starting at 8/7c. Those same two (of Season 1’s eight) episodes will be exclusively screened in IMAX theaters four weeks earlier, starting Friday, Sept. 1.

Marvel’s Inhumans centers on a royal family of superhumans, »


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