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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Spent Less Than One Minute Mourning Erinn Hayes’ Character in Season 2 Premiere

6 hours ago

Erinn Hayes’ last episode of “Kevin Can Wait” was not only shared with her Season 2 replacement, Leah Remini, but it was titled “Sting of Queens” — as if the creators’ long con to swap out Kevin James’ wives was already underway.

The series got such a bad rap after announcing it was letting Hayes go, viewers might have expected them to deal with her character’s departure with grace and respect. After all, even fans who weren’t overwhelmed by the news would need a good reason to forget about a woman they spent 24 episodes getting to know during Season 1.

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Instead, in the blunt tradition of CBS sitcoms — which tackle off-camera issues with the subtlety of a piano being dropped on Charlie Sheen — the “Kevin Can Wait” Season 2 premiere spent less than »

- Ben Travers

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‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Premiere: Unremarkable Start Leaves Viewers Wondering What’s The Point of All This

9 hours ago

Psst, Megyn Kelly: I know what you did last summer. And last year. And the year before that.

NBC’s attempt to give the former Fox News host an extreme non-partisan makeover got off to a bumpy start earlier this year, as Kelly’s primetime newsmagazine “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” drew fire for lackluster chats with Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones, both controversial figures intent on undermining American democracy.

It was a lose-lose situation for Kelly, who has alienated both sides of the political aisle: The left, by years of race baiting on Fox News; the right, by disavowing those Fox years (ironically, just before racism became a cornerstone of the new presidential administration).

Read More:How the Alex Jones Debacle Has Exposed NBC’s $18 Million Megyn Kelly Problem

Kelly had a lot of baggage to unpack in her move to 30 Rock, which made Monday’s premiere of “Megyn Kelly Today »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Brave’ Review: What if NBC’s Dull Military Drama Actually Follows Through on Its Big Twist? — Spoilers

9 hours ago

[Editor’s Note: The following review of “The Brave” Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot,” contains spoilers.]

The Brave” may chronicle the actions of courageous men and women, but, as a series, it’s anything but. The pilot is a paint-by-numbers kidnap-and-rescue story with an unrealistically happy ending, and the military drama only approaches any kind of haunting authenticity with an ending as dark and terrifying as it is likely not to come true.

Beginning in Syria, the first episode picks up Dr. Kimberly Welles (Alix Wilton Regan) as she’s getting a ride home from her posting with Doctors Without Borders. But when her driver takes an alternate route and then abandons the car, gunmen descend on the car and take Kimberly by force.

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Enter Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche), the Deputy Director of Intelligence at the D.I.A. who finds out about Dr. Welles’ abduction about »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Vietnam War’: How Vietnamese Women Saw Combat and Got Involved in Other Harrowing War Efforts

11 hours ago

Women have been involved with war efforts throughout history, but the more accepted duties have mainly been civilian — such as medical, supplies or domestic roles. The amount of combat seen by women depends on the country, and restrictions stemming from physical, social or cultural issues. The latest chapter of PBS’ “The Vietnam War” explored the role of Vietnamese women in that war.

In an interview with IndieWire, Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick elaborated on the story of the women seen in Episode 7, “The Veneer of Civilization,” as they risked their lives driving trucks while American pilots dropped bombs.

Read More:‘The Vietnam War’ Filmmaker on the Horrifying Execution Footage That’s ‘Unbearable to Look At’

“One of the revelations of the project was how much women were on the [North Vietnamese] front lines,” said Novick. “We met a unit of women who drove trucks down the Ho Chi Minh trail. And, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Lethal Weapon,’ ‘Ballers,’ and Why You Should Make Time for Guilty Pleasures in a Peak TV Era

14 hours ago

The term “guilty pleasure” has taken on a whole new meaning in the peak TV era. While some may still use it for “shameful” shows they avoid bringing up on a first date, it can also apply to just about anything not widely considered to be the best.

For instance, if you’re choosing to watch “Ballers” instead of “The Deuce,” you might feel guilty about that; or if you start the next “Lethal Weapon” season even though you still haven’t tried out “The Handmaid’s Tale”; or if you scroll through Netflix, mindlessly seeking out a new show, even though you know “Better Things” — a show promising better things right there in the title — is sitting, waiting, on your DVR.

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All of these professionally ill-advised choices can turn guilt-free TV into guilty pleasures. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Georgiou’s Company, a Sarek Showdown, and More Scoop Learned From ‘After Trek’

15 hours ago

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”]

“You guys don’t even know the journey that awaits you,” Sonequa Martin-Green teased on “After Trek,” the “Star Trek: Discovery” after-show that streamed on CBS All Access Sunday night. Several cast members were either beamed in (via satellite) or appeared in studio to discuss the series’ two-episode premiere that debuted half on broadcast television and half on CBS All Access.

Hosted by TV writer and podcaster Matt Mira, “After Trek” gave fans a place to interact online and through social media to discuss the night’s episodes. The show also provides a platform to debut exclusive never-before-seen content, including a featurette of Chris Obi explaining what it takes to play the Klingon T’Kuvma, one giving a behind-the-scenes look at shooting Burnham’s zero-gravity sequence, and a sneak peek of Episode 3.

Read More:‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What to Expect From Episode 3 and Why the Show Will Always Respect »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Megyn Kelly Draws Criticism for Awkward Gay Joke About ‘Will and Grace’ Fan on Talk Show Debut — Watch

17 hours ago

Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is off to a rocky start of her new morning talk show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” after making an off color remark to a “Will & Grace” superfan. During a segment with the “Will & Grace” cast, Kelly surprised audience member Russel Turner by asking him up the stage to meet Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. Kelly asked him: “Is it true that you became a lawyer — and you became gay — because of Will?” Turner responded graciously with humor: “I look at Will Truman, I’m like, ‘He has it made’: lawyer, best apartment in New York City, and gay? Come on, trifecta.”

Before Turner left the stage, Kelly added: “I think the Will & Grace thing and the gay thing is going to work out great!”

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- Jude Dry

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Pilot Becomes One of the Most Pirated TV Episodes in Less Than 24 Hours

18 hours ago

The list of the top 100 most pirated television episodes on The Pirate Bay is dominated by the likes of “Game of Thrones,” “Rick and Morty,” and “American Horror Story,” but a rookie title has already broken into the top 20 in under 24 hours, and it’s name is “Star Trek: Discovery.” The latest television entry in the long-running space franchise, “Discovery” debuted its pilot episode on CBS, while its second episode and all future episodes will debut on CBS All Access.

The pilot is already #15 on the most pirated episodes list, which makes sense given “Star Trek’s” enthusiastic fan base and the fact that viewers need to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch the series. Television viewers without cable and/or unwilling to pay for the streaming service to watch the new series are behind the high volume of illegal downloads. The second episode, which debuted on CBS All »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Opens Solid on CBS; Prompts Record Number of Trekkers to Sign Up for CBS All Access

19 hours ago

Star Trek: Discovery” opened strong in its initial CBS airing, averaging 9.6 million viewers. CBS expects that number to grow to 15 million viewers once seven days of DVR and video on-demand usage is included.

That wide exposure was key for CBS in promoting the CBS All Access home for “Star Trek: Discovery.” From this point forward, new episodes will only be available on the digital platform.

Already on Sunday, CBS All Access broke a new record for subscriber sign-ups in a single day, surpassing the previous record held by this year’s Grammy Awards.

That means fans were apparently ready when CBS debuted its new series “Star Trek: Discovery” in two parts Sunday night. The first episode was available for everyone to watch on broadcast on CBS at 8:30 p.m. Et and ended on a cliffhanger that was concluded in the second episode, available only on CBS All Access.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains ‘Game of Thrones’: All Your Burning Dragon Biology Questions Answered

20 hours ago

If us plebeians don’t always get the time to stay abreast of the latest TV, how do you think Neil deGrasse Tyson does it? The astrophysicist finally caught up with “Game of Thrones” over the weekend (or he was waiting for everyone else to do it), and the Lord of Light has blessed us with some fascinating observations about the show’s scientific accuracy. Tyson unleashed a string of tweets elucidating the show’s realism, including an assessment of dragon wingspans, the temperature of their fiery breath, and the best way to pull a zombie dragon out of a freezing lake.

“Everybody all caught up on ‘Game Of Thrones’? I have a comment or two, if anybody is interested,” Tyson began. One thing the show definitely gets right, which Tyson dubbed “good biology,” is the dragons’ wingspan: “The dragon wingspans are sensibly large, as their body weight would require for flight, »

- Jude Dry

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John Oliver Rips Into Donald Trump For Calling Colin Kaepernick a ‘Son of a B*tch’

21 hours ago

It seems every day President Trump offers another gift to the late night satirists, which would be funny if it weren’t so terrifying. As terrifying slowly becomes the new normal, the only solution is to laugh. John Oliver looked like he was having a rip-roaring good time Sunday on “Last Week Tonight” as he took Trump to task over his contentious comments calling on NFL owners to fire players for kneeling during the national anthem.

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At a rally in Alabama over the weekend, Trump told the cheering crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now’? Out. He’s fired!” Oliver pointed out that these comments came at a time »

- Jude Dry

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: What to Expect From Episode 3 and Why the Show Will Always Respect Canon

22 hours ago

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 1, Episode 2, “The Battle of the Binary Stars.”] 

When it comes to CBS All Access’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” the show’s ambitions cannot be defined as modest. “We want to create a world that feels real, and dimensional, and authentic, and not just that reflect, I think, the complicated moral quandaries that define ‘Star Trek,’ but also that bring the audience into a very visceral approach to the feel of the universe,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman told IndieWire.

Fans tuning into the first two episodes Sunday night were in for a wild ride, as the newest iteration of the “Trek” brand subverted all expectations, killing Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and sentencing Lt. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to life in prison as punishment for becoming Starfleet’s first-ever mutineer. Following these two episodes, the question becomes what’s in store for fans going forward — and while Kurtzman didn’t offer up any specific details, he was able »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Good Doctor’ Review: Freddie Highmore Can’t Save an Extreme ‘House’ Makeover Gone Wrong

23 hours ago

The Good Doctor” is as simple in spirit as its title implies and equally uninteresting. Freddie Highmore plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, an autistic surgeon looking for a new start at San Jose’s St. Bonaventure Hospital. Because of Shaun’s disorder, it’s hard for him to find a job worthy of his exceptional talents. Luckily, he’s got a higher-up in his corner: Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) has known Shaun for years and spends the pilot episode making a passionate case for hiring Shaun, as the skeptical hospital board members sit and wait to interview the titular good doctor themselves.

Bouncing between Shaun’s arduous journey to the interview, flashbacks to his childhood, and the vehement boardroom debate, the first hour isn’t short on drama, but it still lags. Shaun says he’s right, and other doctors tell him he’s wrong. They realize he’s smarter »

- Ben Travers

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘The ABCs of Beth’ Is a Touching Father-Daughter Adventure Drenched in Plenty of Alien Blood

24 September 2017 10:13 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 9, “The ABCs of Beth.”]

Season 3 of “Rick and Morty” has been a true family affair, giving every member of the Smith clan the chance to join in on (mis)adventures across dimensions. Summer and Jerry each had their time to shine in their respective stories, and with one episode to spare before the show heads back into the offseason, Beth got the chance to join in on the fun.

Of course, this being “Rick and Morty,” “fun” has the most elastic definition imaginable, especially considering this week’s episode, “The ABCs of Beth,” kicks off with a news bulletin about a death row sentence. Realizing that the key to sparing an impending execution is by finding her childhood friend Tommy inside the reaches of Froopyland — a Rick-created fantasy rainbowverse, naturally — Beth follows her dad’s lead on the search.

With plenty of neon colors and tiny in-world touches like rubber-bouncy ground and a breathable technicolor river, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Premiere Most Shocking Moments, From Georgiou’s Destiny to Burnham’s Bold Move

24 September 2017 7:30 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 1 and 2, “The Vulcan Hello” and “Battle at the Binary Stars.”]

Liz Shannon Miller, TV Editor: While anyone who knows a little bit about “Star Trek” comes to a new iteration of the franchise with certain expectations, there is the basic fact that the pilot of any TV show is, to borrow a term, undiscovered country. And the launch of “Star Trek: Discovery” has been accompanied by plenty of early press suggesting that we were in for a whole new take on boldly going where no one has gone before — a take that might prove darker than previous installments.

And, no lie, introducing a major character like Captain Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and then seeing her brutally murdered by a Klingon is a strong indication of that. How much did that shock you, Hanh?

Hanh Nguyen, Senior Editor: Honestly, it didn’t, which in itself surprised me since I haven’t been following the development of the show that closely. While I am a fan, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: CBS All Access Series Shines By Making Space Beautiful — But Also Scary

24 September 2017 6:30 PM, PDT

How you choose to budget your money for television viewing is an understandably personal choice. But listen up, “Star Trek” fans: sign up for your CBS All Access account now, because the most exciting and daring take on the franchise is happening there, and even if you don’t love it right out of the gate, it’s going to create conversations you won’t want to miss.

Star Trek: Discovery,” the first new “Trek” series in 16 years, feels welcomely familiar and also surprisingly fresh, bringing together established iconography and new ideas for a series that, based on the first three episodes screened for critics, exists in a space where nothing, including the status quo, is safe. This is a story about exploration and adventure, but also a story in dialogue with the core values of this franchise, and what those values require of these characters.

“Discovery” is set 10 years »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green on the ‘Funny’ Resurgence of ’80s Nostalgia and ‘Red Oaks’ Final Season

24 September 2017 6:09 PM, PDT

It all started on the set of a show set in 1901, and it’s all ending at a time when the 1980s have never been more popular.

“I recall us standing on the set early in Season 1 of ‘The Knick,’ and one of these stories somehow came up again,” Steven Soderbergh said, referencing how his first assistant director, Gregory Jacobs, would share memories about growing up as a tennis pro in New Jersey. “I said, ‘Dude, this is a series. You’ve got to memorialize these stories. This just sounds like a really interesting world to explore during the period you experienced it.'”

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And they were off. Jacobs talked to Joe Gangemi, and the two co-created “Red Oaks,” a show loosely based on their lives. Focusing on a tennis pro named David (played by Craig Roberts »

- Ben Travers

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‘Outlander’ Review: Love Endures a Decade as Jamie and Claire Fail to Move On

24 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

Last Week's Review:‘Outlander’ Review: A Hero Loses Himself In The Aftermath of War

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 3, “All Debts Paid.”]

Unrequited Love

With Jamie in prison it made sense for the storyline to focus more on Claire and Frank’s struggles in the 1950s this week, with an episode that ambitiously spanned a ten-year timeframe that did nothing to improve Claire and Frank’s situation. Sometimes marriages fall apart little by little (especially when no work goes into maintaining them), so in using time to their advantage, writers were able to showcase a drastic fallout more rife with history and emotions than if they were to break it down over a smaller increment of time. And since viewers know that Jamie and Claire are the real relationship worth rooting for here, the timeframe also scratches that itch as everyone waits for the Frasers to finally reunite already.

Let’s Be Frank

It’s hard not to feel for Frank. »

- Amber Dowling

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