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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon, In Character As Cheesy Local TV Hosts, To Cover Rose Parade Live For Amazon

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Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon’s upcoming collaboration for Amazon and Funny or Die might be one of the holiday season’s funniest media experiments. The duo, in character as local Los Angeles broadcasters “Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan,” will host a live broadcast of the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day for the streaming platform.

As announced by Amazon in an impressively sneaky press release on Wednesday, “Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan are no strangers to the Rose Bowl, having covered the event for the past 25 years. However, their move this year to Amazon from a local station will allow their fans from around the world to stream the event live.”

No network has exclusive TV rights to the Rose Parade, which is why Amazon will be able to join the other broadcasters carrying it on New Year’s Day. The characters of Cord and Tish »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Rick and Morty’ Short Film Reveals the Very Emotional Life Story of Mr. Poopybutthole — Watch

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Adult Swim has released a new “Rick and Morty” short film just in time for Thanksgiving, and it might just be the most emotional thing the show has ever done. Entitled “The Poop In My Pants,” the short tells the emotional life story of the fan-favorite character Mr. Poopybutthole, who first made his “Rick and Morty” debut in the Season 2 episode “Total Rickall.”

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

The short finds Mr. Poopybutthole reading a photo album that takes the viewer through the ups and downs of his life. The clip is similar to the opening of “Up” and packs an unexpected emotional wallop.

Rick and Morty” recently wrapped up its third season as the most watched show in Adult Swim history. The video may run less than two minutes, but you might need a tissue. »


- Zack Sharf

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Charlie Rose Allegedly Made Intern Watch Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Secretary’ S&M Sex Scene

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Sarah Gordon, a former intern on PBS’ “The Charlie Rose Show,” has accused the program’s host of sexual harassment. In an interview with MSNBC, Gordon says Charlie Rose invited her to his apartment in 2002 and asked her to watch a scene from the movie “Secretary” in which the lead character, played by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, engages in S&M with her boss (James Spader).

Read More:Charlie Rose’s ‘CBS This Morning’ Co-Host Gayle King on Harassment Allegations: ‘You Still Have to Report the News’

“I proceeded to go into the living room and he said I want to show you this scene from this movie,” Gordon said. “He said, ‘Have a seat, relax’ and he proceeded to turn on the film ‘Secretary,’ which is a sexually involved film, involving S&M unfortunately. I guess some people are really into this. I’m not.”

Secretary,” directed by Steven Shainberg, »


- Zack Sharf

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Louis C.K.’s Apology Is Even More Ridiculous in Wacky Song Form — Watch

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When Louis C.K. admitted that the allegations reported by The New York Times about his sexual misconduct were true, a portion of his (let’s face it, mostly male) fans were initially persuaded. C.K.’s apology stood in contrast to the fervent denials spouted by other accused men, but many found his tone flippant and more concerned with his collaborators than his victims. Responding on Twitter, “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey called his words “a shitshow of narcissistic cock soup,” adding that “he didn’t apologize. Full Stop.”

Read More:Louis C.K. Didn’t Understand Consent on ‘Louie,’ and He Doesn’t Understand it Now

C.K.’s shifty statement inspired one enterprising young comedian to spring into action; filmmaker Lauren Maul set his “narcissistic cock soup” to music, and the result is not only hilarious, but undeniably catchy. Using colorful cutout animation, Maul brilliantly turns C.K. »


- Jude Dry

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TV Families To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

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In this digital age of infinite screens and streams is an opportunity for liberation: Specifically, liberation from the families that we did not have the luxury of choosing. In 2017, Netflix and other platforms have been kind when it comes to giving us a glimpse at perhaps preferable family lives. So this Thanksgiving, it’s time we give thanks to the TV families who’ve been there for us no matter what — because, you know, they’re fictional.

The Byers (“Stranger Things”)

Despite the bloodthirsty monsters and suffocating slime, “Stranger Things” is all about the power of family. The writers kept their focus on the relationships between friends and family, and the extent that people endure in order to protect the ones they love. The Byers may not have the best luck in the world, but through every strange twist and turn they never once turned their backs on each other. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Charlie Rose’s ‘CBS This Morning’ Co-Host Gayle King on Harassment Allegations: ‘You Still Have to Report the News’

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When Gayle King booked her Tuesday night appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” weeks ago, the “CBS This Morning” co-host and O Magazine editor-at-large was prepared to chat about “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” best friend Oprah Winfrey’s annual super-luxe wish list. But, as King sagely noted during the episode, things change…and fast. Initially imagined as a fluffy, fun, holiday-ready segment, King instead was tasked with talking about the very recent firing of her former co-host Charlie Rose, who had been ousted from CBS for allegations of sexual harassment mere hours before King took the “Late Show” stage.

“I came this close to canceling,” King admitted when she first came out.

Read More:Charlie Rose Fired By CBS and PBS, As ‘This Morning’ Co-Anchors Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King Address Allegations On Air

Colbert, however, was quick to compliment the anchor for her and co-anchor Norah »


- Kate Erbland

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‘The Crown’ Season 2 Review: Despite Focusing on Relationships, Netflix’s Drama Turns Too Dreary and Cold

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There are far worse ways to study history than watching “The Crown” — high school history class comes to mind, especially at schools with misplaced teachers like Mr. Kraz. But there are better ways, as well, even in television’s incomplete, sensationalized fashion. Pertinent period details frame series like “The Americans” and “Mad Men,” or there are meaningful tales told of specific historical figures like “John Adams,” the “Band of Brothers,” and “The Young Pope.” (Hey, the future will one day be historical, too, and Lenny will be pope.)

What separates these programs from Netflix’s new crown jewel is an opinion; a stance, one way or another, on what all this means; a personality of its own making rather than a suffocating allegiance to facts. And in a darker second season about the most personal problems of Queen Elizabeth’s life, this voiceless neutrality breeds an even colder, more distant, »


- Ben Travers

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Critics Pick the Best Movies That Should Be Made Into TV Shows — IndieWire Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In light of recent “Galaxy Quest” and “Lord of the Rings” news, which movie/movie franchise should be rebooted as a TV series? (question courtesy of Allison Keene)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

I have so many ideas for this! During that season we got “Minority Report” and “Limitless,” I got angry about how many of these reboots/remakes/sequels are male-skewering and male-dominated and started making a list of all the movies I’d rather see instead – obviously ones that are more focused on telling stories about women and non-binary folks. “Whip It” could be a fantastic Freeform teen drama series (I’m still angry that »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Review: Hulu’s First Foray Into the World of Comics is Ambitious, Complex, and Fun

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The basic premise of the new Hulu series “Marvel’s Runaways” is a bit over-the-top (but easily sellable on posters): What if you found out that your parents were supervillains? However, the mysteries laid out in the first four episodes presented to critics indicate that the series aims to be far more complex than that basic synopsis might indicate, and that executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have a long game in mind for the show going forward.

The six teenagers at the heart of the series — brainy Alex (Rhenzy Feliz), good-hearted Karolina (Virginia Gardner), lacrosse star Chase (Gregg Sulkin), “social justice warrior” Gert (Ariela Barer), gothic Nico (Lyrica Okano), and soft-spoken Molly (Allegra Acosta) — aren’t exactly friends when we meet them, despite all attending the same upper-class high school in Los Angeles. But they’ve grown up together due to their parents’ membership in the Pride, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Godless’ Opening Credits Reveal A Dangerously Feminist Western — Watch

21 November 2017 12:00 PM, PST

Snakes, a bloody violin, and a whole lot of dust are just some of the telling images found in the “Godless” opening titles. The highly anticipated Netflix series, which stars an alarmingly rugged Jeff Daniels, is set to premiere on Wednesday, November 22, and the gorgeous title sequence forces its Western themes to shine, as “Godless” breaks down the deeply harmful consequences of war.

Composer Carlos Rafael Rivera layered a silky yet haunting string melody over the gritty images created by Method Studios, giving the Netflix drama a flair reminiscent of its premium channel competitors. An obscene amount of gun violence is expected and is called upon throughout the minute-long introduction, along with pictures of death, tough women, and political rivalry. The sequence was executive produced by Angela Lupo and produced by Emily Schaeberle, with Jonn Likens serving as creative director.

Read More:‘Godless’ Trailer: Netflix’s Steven Soderbergh-Produced Western »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘The Alienist’ New Trailer: Cary Fukunaga’s Serial Killer Show Looks Like a 19th Century ‘True Detective’

21 November 2017 10:00 AM, PST

Those missing their “Mindhunter” fix will be delighted to find another auteur filmmaker tackling the period serial killer genre as excitement builds for TNT’s “The Alienist,” a new series executive produced by Cary Fukunaga and Jakob Verbruggen. A gripping new trailer and poster promises a sensuously chilling drama worthy of the “True Detective” creator. Haunting fiddle music plays over young boys’ parlor games; a horse lays bleeding in the cobblestone streets; and the hunt is on for a nefarious “child killer.” As Fukunaga’s first foray into television after “True Detective,” “The Alienist” will surely pack a fine-tuned punch.

Read More:Cary Fukunaga’s New TNT Series ‘The Alienist’ Gets First Trailer Full of Mysterious Intrigue — Watch

Based on a series of novels written by Caleb Carr, the 1890s-set show explores the origins of criminal psychology and stars Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans. Brühl plays criminal psychologist named Laszlo Kreizler, »


- Jude Dry

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Emilia Clarke Defends ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex and Nudity: ‘People F*ck For Pleasure’

21 November 2017 7:35 AM, PST

Emilia Clarke got incredibly blunt when talking to Harpar’s Bazaar about the nudity and sex scenes on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Over the last seven seasons, the hit series has received its fair share of backlash over what some viewers and critics perceive as gratuitous nudity, but Daenerys Targaryen no longer wants to hear anybody’s complaints.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ is Filming Season 8 Until Summer 2018 (Which Means We Won’t See it For A While)

“I’m starting to get really annoyed about this stuff now because people say, ‘Oh, yeah, all the porn sites went down when ‘Game of Thrones’ came back on,'” Clarke says. “I’m like, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale?’ I fucking love that show, and I cried when it ended because I couldn’t handle not seeing it. That is all sex and nudity. There are so many shows centered around »


- Zack Sharf

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Female Staffers Release Letter of Support for Al Franken: ‘We Feel Compelled to Stand Up’

21 November 2017 7:17 AM, PST

Updated: In a newly-released letter, a variety of past and present female staffers of “Saturday Night Live” have offered their solidarity for former cast member and current U.S. senator Al Franken, recently accused of groping two women, once in 2010 and once in 2006. The letter is titled “SNL Women Offer Solidarity in Support of Al Franken” and, per the Boston Globe, offers a full list of signees, which include writers, performers, and producers, amongst others associated with the NBC sketch comedy series. Of those listed, only three are current crew members.

Read More:Senator Al Franken Accused of Groping News Anchor Leeann Tweeden in Her Sleep

The letter makes notes of just one allegation against Franken, and reads in part, “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms Tweeden, and to the public,” before adding, “We know Al as »


- Kate Erbland

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Charlie Rose Fired By CBS and PBS, As ‘This Morning’ Co-Anchors Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King Address Allegations On Air

21 November 2017 6:53 AM, PST

Updated: CBS News and PBS officially cut ties with Charlie Rose on Tuesday morning, in light of the sexual harassment allegations against the host. That means, effective immediately, Rose is off “CBS This Morning,” while PBS has ended distribution of his late night chat show “Charlie Rose.”

CBS News president David Rhodes sent this memo to staffers:

A short time ago we terminated Charlie Rose’s employment with CBS News, effective immediately. This followed the revelation yesterday of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to have revolved around his PBS program.

Despite Charlie’s important journalistic contribution to our news division, there is absolutely nothing more important, in this or any organization, than ensuring a safe, professional workplace—a supportive environment where people feel they can do their best work. We need to be such a place.

I’ve often heard that things used to be different. And no one »


- Kate Erbland

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The Best Movies and Marathons To Watch This Thanksgiving Weekend

20 November 2017 3:38 PM, PST

Television is arguably the saving grace for all successful Thanksgiving celebrations. After getting stuffed to the brim with cheese and feeling tipsy in the early evening, it’s natural to yearn for a nap, a television marathon, or both.

Gear up for the occasion by scouting out the best movies available during Thanksgiving day and all through the weekend. Whether it’s a favorite movie from childhood or a marathon of your favorite show, here’s the complete list of all the best Thanksgiving programming for 2017.

Throwback Thanksgiving Marathon, VH1

When: Thursday, Nov. 23 until Sunday, Nov. 26

What: Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, VH1 will be showing classic throwbacks like “Dazed and Confused” and “Coming to America,” and “Space Jam.” The network will be playing the nostalgia game hard, so you’re bound to catch one of your favorites. Save room in your schedule for “Grease,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Pretty Woman. »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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Charlie Rose Accused of Sexual Harassment By Eight Women, Apologizes for Acting ‘Insensitively’

20 November 2017 2:08 PM, PST

Update (November 20): CBS and PBS have suspended Charlie Rose following the multiple sexual harassment allegations. Rose hosts “Charlie Rose” on PBS and is a co-anchor on “CBS This Morning” and a contributing correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes.”

Earlier: Eight women have accused talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose of sexual harassment in a new report from The Washington Post. The accusations say Rose made unwanted sexual advances toward all eight women, which includes walking around naked in their presence, having lewd phone calls with them in which he shares sexual fantasies, and groping their breasts, buttocks or genital areas.

Read More:Natalie Portman Shares Her Own Experiences With Harassment and Sexism: ‘I Have 100 Stories’

According to The Post, the women ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the times of the alleged encounters. They were all employees or aspired to work on “Charlie Rose” from the late 1990s to 2011. Three »


- Zack Sharf

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Review: ‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator Turns an Amazon Period Piece into a Feminist Rallying Cry

20 November 2017 1:32 PM, PST

In addition to its admittedly impressive on-screen attributes, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” could pull off something even more marvelous: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new series is so charming, so smart, and so exuberantly feminine, it very well could unite fans who are still raging over Rory Gilmore’s final four words and those who insist she should never speak again. Maybe, just maybe, everyone who watches can agree to leave Sherman-Palladino in peace to make a few more seasons of “Mrs. Maisel” before bothering her about reviving “Gilmore Girls” yet again.

Ok, probably not. Though the world’s persistent demand for resurrecting nostalgia will keep revival chatter active for, well, forever, this new series is a worthy creative follow-up on its own accord. A period story looking at a generation of oft-ignored women, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” takes Lorelai and Rory’s comparatively subtle feminist message and amplifies it to a timely, »


- Ben Travers

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‘The Magicians’ Season 3 Trailer Shows an Imaginative and Dangerous Overseas Adventure

20 November 2017 1:26 PM, PST

Syfy’s “The Magicians” released its Season 3 trailer, and surprisingly enough there’s little to no magic involved. Instead, the quest to restore magic to the world is officially on after the new Kings and Queens of Fillory failed to protect the kingdom last season. Protagonists Quentin, Eliot, Alice, and Margo will fight to bring the magic back, and it looks like they’ll go to any length to do so.

The series is based on the trilogy of novels by Lev Grossman and stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Rick Worthy. For Season 3, the series has also added fan-favorite actress Felicia Day. The characters have to work together now more than ever before in order to find the seven keys to balance magic throughout the realm.

Read More:‘The Magicians’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last

Along with new recruit Felicia Day, »


- Raelyn Giansanti

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‘Baltimore Rising’ is a Vital Portrait of Activism, Anger, and a City’s Search for Justice and Healing

20 November 2017 12:51 PM, PST

The death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015, will likely be the subject of many future documentaries. When detailing Gray’s arrest at the hands of Baltimore police officers, and the spinal cord injuries that led to his passing a week later, many of these films will probably include the harrowing cell phone footage of Gray’s arrest that appears early on in “Baltimore Rising,” the new HBO documentary from actress Sonja Sohn.

For the rest of its 93-minute runtime, “Baltimore Rising” uses Gray’s treatment to examine the fabric of the city in the year that followed. Through highlighting activists young and old, as well as providing perspective from inside the law enforcement community, Sohn presents a view of Baltimore that has its share of division — but is made up of individuals trying to find healing in their own way.

Read More:‘Whose Streets?’ Review: Ferguson Doc Shows the Birth »


- Steve Greene

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The Future of ‘Transparent’ is Trans: Why Recasting Jeffrey Tambor’s Role with a Trans Actress is the Best Option

20 November 2017 11:55 AM, PST

Jeffrey Tambor has quit “Transparent” in advance of Season 5, and it’s unclear what the show — which was renewed for a fifth season in August, before the fourth season even aired — might look like without its trans parent.

Jill Soloway’s Emmy-winning Amazon series was inspired by her own parent’s transition and has been largely constructed around Tambor’s Pfefferman family matriarch, Maura. The show needs Maura, even if it does not need Tambor, so the most obvious solution might also be the best one: Recast the role. More specifically, recast the role with a trans actress.

Read More:Reconsidering ‘Arrested Development’: Why Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross Could Ruin the Show — Opinion

Though imagining a new figure stepping into the show’s close-knit family dynamic may sound jarring, there’s plenty of precedent: Just look to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Roseanne,” “That ’70s Show” or even “Pretty Little Liars. »


- Ben Travers

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