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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Photos: Starfleet and Klingons Boldly Go on an All-New ‘Trek’ Adventure

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Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, James Frain, Anthony Rapp and more take to the stars in CBS All Access' new series. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Hillary Clinton’s Craziest Pop Culture References in ‘What Happened’: ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Veep,’ and More

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You can tell a lot about a person by the television they watch and the books they read — even while they reveal their theories as to why they lost a Presidential election.

Clinton’s new memoir, “What Happened,” chronicling her experiences surrounding the 2016 election, is surprisingly candid on a number of levels. For example, regarding her coping mechanisms following the loss of the election, “It wasn’t all yoga and breathing: I also drank my share of chardonnay.”

But even more fascinating are the ways in which she invokes current pop culture. Some of the references feel more forced than others. Some of them are truly bonkers.

This is not a complete list of every reference made, as we omitted some of the religious, spiritual, and historical texts upon which she drew to make her points. Instead, here is all the evidence you need that the Clintons know their way around a TV remote, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Exclusive Clips: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and Sam Esmail on the ‘Existential Questions’ That Await

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Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto, for these three exclusive videos from season three that IndieWire is happy to share with our dear readers. Rami Malek, Christian Slater, and series creator Sam Esmail discuss what’s in store in the next round of episodes, touching on everything from new additions to the cast to the hacker drama’s philosophical underpinnings. Avail yourself of all three clips below.

Read More:‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Trailer Promises ‘There Will Be No Coming Back From This’ — Watch

“I think what we can expect in season three is that loyalties will be tested,” says Malek in one of them. He also speaks about Bobby Canavale, who’s joining the cast this season, and the “very existential questions” that his own character must answer as the story progresses. Slater and series Esmail discuss the show in the other two videos.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘The Opposition’ Host Jordan Klepper on Creating His TV Persona and How He Copes With Watching Too Much Alex Jones

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A week before air, Jordan Klepper the comedian is fine-tuning his take on Jordan Klepper, the conspiracy-minded host of Comedy Central’s new nightly talk show “The Opposition.”

Klepper has already been playing a version of himself on “The Daily Show” for the past three years, as well as the Comedy Central special “Jordan Klepper Solves Guns.” But now, much like Stephen Colbert before him, he’s been given a much larger platform to expand who “TV Jordan Klepper” is.

“You are seeing a version of me that that is a little more unaware, who doesn’t have perspective in the way that Jordan Klepper the person might have that perspective,” he told IndieWire. “And then you sprinkle on the realities of this world, which is simply that you choose your own reality, which becomes the truth to you, and you can feed it out into your own echo chamber. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Queers’ Trailer: Alan Cumming Looks ‘Carol’ Great in Period Series From ‘Sherlock’ Creator Mark Gatiss — Watch

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There’s nothing more delightful than watching Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman revel in all of that cheeky queer subtext on “Sherlock.” We have the show’s out creator, Mark Gatiss, to thank for it. Gatiss is ditching the undertones for overtones in “Queers,” a new short series commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act (sic), which partially decriminalized sex between two men in the U.K. Featuring performances from Britain’s brightest out actors, such as Alan Cumming, Ben Whishaw, and Russell Tovey, each episode is written by a different prominent Lgbt writer. BBC America released a first trailer for the series today, and it’s flecked with all sorts of period costume magic.

According to the BBC, the show is a series of monologues from different figures throughout the fifty years, using inspiration from 1957’s Wolfenden Report, the HIV crisis and the 1967 Sexual Offence Act itself. »

- Jude Dry

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‘DuckTales’ Review: Fun and Feminist Premiere Gives Margo Martindale Another Chance to Shine

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After the delightful “DuckTales” movie pressed reset on the adventures of the familiar feathered characters from the ‘90s, the actual series debuts in earnest on Saturday morning with a pair of episodes that give a little more time to the supporting characters. Only the first was given to critics for review, and although “Daytrip of Doom!” is a little bit more domestic and mundane in scope — a trip to Atlantis every week would be a bit much — the spirit of adventure is still strongly present and intact.

The series premiere spotlights a trio of strong female characters: Webby Vanderquack (Kate Micucci), Mrs. Beakley (Toks Olagundoye), and Ma Beagle (guest star Margo Martindale). Even though the episode runs a mere 22 minutes, it manages to actually reveal surprising depths to each character.

Read More:‘DuckTales’ Review: Nostalgic, Adventure-Filled Reboot Is All It’s Quacked Up to Be

In particular, Webby in the original series was timid, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s ‘The President Is Missing’ To Be Developed As Showtime TV Series

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Showtime has won the latest hotly contentious presidential race. The pay cable network just landed the rights to adapt “The President is Missing,” the upcoming novel from President Bill Clinton and superstar author James Patterson, into a TV series.

The book, set to be published next June, tells the story of what happens when a sitting U.S. president suddenly disappears. Clinton, who’s long been a fan of Patterson and political thrillers, brought his insider knowledge of what it’s like to hold the most powerful office in the land.

“I’m really enjoying writing this book and working with Jim, and I can’t wait to see Showtime bring the characters to life,” Clinton said in a statement.

Read More:Jim Carrey To Play Tormented Children’s TV Star In New Showtime Comedy From Michel Gondry

Landing “The President is Missing” is a win for Showtime, as insiders »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever

15 hours ago

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains light spoilers for “Will & Grace” Season 9 (2017), regarding the characters’ current living arrangements and how the new season deals with the former series finale.]

The opening scene of “Will & Grace” Season 9 — or Season 1 of the revival, or whatever NBC is intent on calling it — should strike fear in the hearts of any TV fan. As the core four bluntly brings viewers up to date on who’s single (everyone but Karen), who’s living together (Will and Grace), and who’s nonexistent (those kids from the series Season 8 finale), there’s a moment where Jack turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience: “Got it?” he asks.

The triggered anxiety shouldn’t stem from the blunt exposition or an uncharacteristic fourth-wall break; it stems from how Jack’s rhetorical question to the audience at home is reminiscent of another ’90s sitcom revival which did the same thing: “Fuller House,” the worst of television’s zombie horde, featured a scene in Season 1 where the entire cast turned and stared blankly at the camera. »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Mayor’ Review: ‘Hamilton’ Alum’s Trump-Adjacent Political Sitcom Gets Off to an Inspiring Start

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Veep” is the best comedy on television, as attested by the 2017 Emmys and confirmed by IndieWire’s substantial critical authority, and its quickly approaching series finale will mark a great loss to television. The way in which David Mandel and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ sword-swinging satirical attack on our corrupt national leaders stabs and skewers every last power-hungry politician is a service of the utmost importance when anger is running high.

But in addition to a series that satisfies American bloodlust for the blowhards on Capital Hill, those same viewers need to believe in politicians. We need a show to encourage that belief, and the current climate — which can be described as tumultuous at best — only emphasizes said point.

Enter ABC’s “The Mayor,” a comedy built around inspiring characters who not only serve as the inverse to HBO’s emotionally deadened D.C. politicos, but who remind us there is still good in this world, »

- Ben Travers

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Samira Wiley Returns to Comedy in the Trailer for ‘Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television’ (Exclusive) — Watch

16 hours ago

It’s been a breakthrough year for Samira Wiley; the explosive talent who first made a splash on “Orange Is the New Black” picked up an Emmy nomination for her sharp performance as Moira in Reed Morano’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This fall, Wiley returns to her comedic roots with a Hollywood-set buddy comedy from the director of “Dodgeball,” “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.” The Hollywood satire makes fun of its semi-unknown titular star while boasting guest appearances from Kristen Bell, Joe McHale, and Jon Cryer. The eight-episode, half-hour comedy released its first official trailer today, and it’s full of snappy jabs and famous people making fun of themselves.

The series stars Hansen (“Veronica Mars”) as himself, a member of an Lapd task force which partners actors with homicide detectives so they can use their “actor skills” to help solve murders. Wiley plays as his no-nonsense partner, »

- Jude Dry

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‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ Predicted To Be TV’s Biggest New Hits, According To Fall Awareness Study

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Critics may grumble about too many reboots and brand extensions in TV, but the numbers don’t lie: It’s still the quickest way to grab the attention of fickle audiences. And the latest Fall TV tracking report from research firm Ipsos Connect bears that out.

IndieWire has obtained a copy of Ipsos’ latest TV Dailies report, organized by lead product manager Thomas Kelley, and the news is especially good for CBS and NBC. (The official start to the 2017-2018 TV season is this coming Monday, Sept. 25, per Nielsen.)

According to the study, which polled around 6,000 TV viewers age 18-49 over the past three weeks, NBC’s return of “Will & Grace” has the highest awareness of any new show premiering over the next few weeks: 66.5 percent of respondents knew the show would air on NBC this fall, nearly double the stat for any other show.

That’s a bit of a cheat, »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Orville’ Episode 3: Why Its Poor Understanding of Gender Makes ‘About a Girl’ The Worst Episode Yet

21 September 2017 8:28 PM, PDT

[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Orville” Season 1, Episode 3, “About a Girl,” below.]

The Orville,” now having been on the air for two weeks now, has become a ratings success for Fox, despite negative reviews. There are always a variety of explanations for that sort of discord between the viewing audience and professional critics, but in the case of Seth MacFarlane’s “homage” to the “Star Trek” franchise, the answer might be relatively simple: Critics were able to see three episodes, not just one.

And of the first three episodes, “About a Girl” was by far the most troubling screened by critics, because it exposed just how out of his depth MacFarlane was in trying to find his own take on “Star Trek.”

Theoretically, “The Orville” wouldn’t have been complete without the “Family Guy” creator following in Gene Roddenberry’s footsteps and attempting to tackle Important Issues of the Day in the context of science fiction. For decades, “Trek” has used allegory »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Watchmen’: Why The Length of the HBO Series Will Affect the Story

21 September 2017 4:12 PM, PDT

[Editor’s note: Mild spoilers for the graphic novel “Watchmen,” written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, below.]

It begins: The build-up to what could be HBO’s next landmark television event. In a photo posted to Instagram, “The Leftovers” showrunner Damon Lindelof announced that it was “Day One” — which HBO later confirmed meant that the writers’ room for his next project, an adaptation of the 1986 graphic novel “Watchmen,” was open:

According to an official statement from HBO, “HBO has committed to the pilot and back up scripts,” but details beyond that haven’t been made available.

However, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel, well known to comic book fans and connoisseurs of great storytelling alike, has enough of a legacy to inspire questions. The biggest question, of course: Will “Watchmen” be a limited series or an ongoing drama?

It’s become an increasingly complicated question of late, as it now seems possible that every TV show, no matter how theoretically close-ended, could potentially be rebooted or continued. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Vietnam War’: Ken Burns Reveals Why John McCain Wasn’t Interviewed for the Pow Section of the Documentary

21 September 2017 4:09 PM, PDT

As “The Vietnam War” reaches its halfway point Thursday night with Episode 5, “This Is What We Do,” viewers will recognize a familiar face: John McCain. The Arizona senator is one of the most high-profile POWs during the Vietnam War, and his ordeal was brought back into the spotlight during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump said, “He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

The PBS documentary will reveal just a fraction of the ordeal that McCain went through after he was shot down during a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967. As the son of Admiral McCain, John McCain was an important prisoner and therefore was also interviewed for television at that time. He underwent various beatings and tortures that have left him with lifelong health issues and disabilities.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Riverdale’ Star Kj Apa Involved in Car Crash; Show to Continue Production Uninterrupted

21 September 2017 3:37 PM, PDT

The show must go on. “Riverdale” will continue production following star Kj Apa’s early-morning car crash, reports Deadline, and Warner Bros. Television has released a statement expressing how “extremely grateful” the studio is that the 20-year-old actor was unhurt. Apa, who plays Archie Andrews on the show, crashed into a lamp post while driving home and was tended to be medical personnel.

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Here’s Wbtv’s full statement:

“First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that Kj Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set of ‘Riverdale’ are of concern. We have a large cast of series regulars, and our actors do not work every day. On the day of the accident, Kj worked 14.2 hours. The previous day he worked 2.5 hours, »

- Michael Nordine

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The 25 Sexiest TV Scenes on Premium Cable of the Last 25 Years

21 September 2017 12:45 PM, PDT

In the days before premium cable, television was a squeaky-clean place for the most part. The traditional networks rarely dared to push boundaries when it came to graphic sexual content for fear of pissing off advertisers. (And when they did, as with ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” affiliates and advertisers did indeed balk on cue.)

But then came HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and a slew of other networks, which asked for a little extra subscriber cash, but offered in exchange unfiltered violence, language, and sex. Without that creative freedom, it’s doubtful that television as a storytelling art form would have evolved in the same way, especially when it comes to sex — one of the most primal aspects of humanity that the broadcast networks kept behind closed doors for far too long.

Because different things are sexy to different people, this list is unranked — streaming platforms and ad-supported cable networks will be saved for future lists. »

- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Steve Greene, Liz Shannon Miller and Michael Schneider

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‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon Denounces Fans Who Harassed Female Writers’: ‘I Loathe These People’

21 September 2017 11:48 AM, PDT

Rick and Morty” now has gender parity in its writing room, which has unsurprisingly come as unwelcome news to a certain segment of the animated comedy’s audience. Jane Becker and Jessica Gao were reminded of this the hard — and all-too-common — way when they found themselves not only harassed but the victims of doxxers who leaked the two writers’ personal information online.

Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the incident, calling it “disgusting” and thoroughly denouncing anyone and everyone involved: “It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”

Read More:‘Rick and Morty’: 10 Reasons Why ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ is a Great Place to Start for New Viewers

“I was familiar going into the third season, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘Twin Peaks’: 10 Behind-the-Scenes Photos to Help You Cope With the Series’ End

21 September 2017 11:30 AM, PDT

For anyone who has been having troubling processing the fact that “Twin Peaks: The Return” is over, which could very well mean the end of the franchise as we know it, let the cast’s wonderful behind-the-scenes photos shine a light upon you. Kyle McLachlan, Sabrina Sutherland, and more have taken to social media in the weeks after that mind-blowing finale to share never-before-seen looks at “The Return” set, and man does David Lynch seem to be having the time of his life.

Read More:David Lynch Finally Shares His Thoughts on the ‘Twin Peaks’ Finale, Confirms Season 4 is Possible

Lynch has teased the possibility of continuing the series with Season 4, though nothing is confirmed. He joked that time is the biggest factor standing in his way, given it took over four years to write, direct, and edit “The Return.” The filmmaker is remaining ambiguous about the finale, telling »

- Zack Sharf

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‘The Sinner’: The 13 Craziest and Depraved Differences Between the Book and USA’s Disturbing Series

21 September 2017 10:24 AM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the finale of USA Network’s “The Sinner” in addition to the book on which it was based.]

USA Network’s “The Sinner” became one of the surprise hits of the summer for its fascinating look at how hidden and unresolved traumas can manifest in disturbing or downright horrifying ways. The psychologically twisted story delved deeply into the past of a woman who seemed relatively normal and happy, but whose abuse at the hands of multiple people eventually led to her murdering a man without apparent provocation.

German crime author Petra Hammesfahr penned the 1999 novel on which “The Sinner” is based, and for the most part the central mysteries remained the same in both versions. The television adaptation naturally also had the expected number of cosmetic changes: Cora Bender is now Cora Tannetti, a song played on a cassette tape now plays on a phone, and the setting has moved from Germany to a small city in New York.

Read More:‘The Sinner’ Finale: Creator on What Season »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Is Happening, Confirms ‘Clingy Netflix Exec’ — Watch

21 September 2017 9:25 AM, PDT

Your favorite depressed talking horse is set to return. Netflix just announced that “BoJack Horseman” has been picked up for a fifth season, meaning we’ve yet to see the last of the ’90s sitcom star whose present day veers between the profound and the profane — often within the span of a single episode. The streaming service announced the news with a quick video, which you may avail yourself of below.

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Presented as a series of text messages from “clingy netflix exec,” it reads thusly: “Hey BoJack, it’s Netflix. We would have called but we remember how angry you got last time because we interrupted your nap…anyway, big news! You’re back for a Season 5! So keep up the good work and see you on set soon!”

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- Michael Nordine

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