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‘Midnight Texas’ Finale: Boss Talks Switching Up That Sexy Ending and Cueing the Danger Up for Season 2

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Virgin Sacrifice,” the season finale of “Midnight, Texas.”]

In a surprisingly romantic season finale, “Midnight, Texas” took a significant departure from the books it’s based on by moving one love scene back behind closed doors. On the show, a demon wants to mate with Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) because she’s a powerful virgin witch. Her plan is to go through with it but kill the demon in the act, since she’s accidentally killed someone once before when she was in the throes of passion. Her love interest Bobo (Dylan Bruce) has other ideas though, and realizes that if he sleeps with her, she will no longer be a virgin. Therefore, the budding couple move to the next level of intimacy while a war between good and evil is waged outside.

In the novels by Charlaine Harris that inspired the series, Fiji’s plan plays out more dramatically and in a far ickier way. She makes the »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The 10 Returning Shows Left in 2017 You Need to Know About

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TV seasons are a thing of the past, but the fall still sees a lot of new releases. Among the flurry of untested series — a.k.a. brand new shows — there are quite a few returning favorites ready to top their already stellar past seasons. They’re reliable picks for an audience already overwhelmed with options, but even these highly anticipated entries can still get lost in the shuffle.

So fear not, dear readers. The Very Good TV Podcast has got your back. On this week’s episode, IndieWire TV Editor Lisa Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers have collected the 10 most important, exciting, or intriguing returning series to make sure your favorites don’t go overlooked. Or, if you missed some of these the first time through, maybe there’s a new favorite to be had.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Rick and Morty’ Composer Ryan Elder on How to Write a David Bowie Song For a Fart

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If the infinite alien worlds and timelines in “Rick and Morty” weren’t wild enough, imagine writing music fit to accompany Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s bizarre-o universes. The Adult Swim show flew under the radar when it debuted in 2013, but it has finally been recognized as one of the smartest, weirdest animated comedies on television. Composer Ryan Elder has been involved with the series since before Harmon; he scored Roiland’s short, “The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti,” a loose “Back to the Future” parody that caught Harmon’s eye and would eventually become “Rick and Morty.”

“The idea of creating something that you’re supposed to have never heard before is very difficult,” Elder recently told Pitchfork. “That’s not something composers usually have to do. But it’s also very liberating.” Elder originally wrote the eerily catchy theme song for a different show of Roiland’s, »

- Jude Dry

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Laura Dern Won the Emmy, but Jackie Hoffman’s ‘Damn It’ Won the Internet — Watch

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Animated, eccentric, and immensely talented, they just don’t make many like Jackie Hoffman. The hilarious character actress received her first Emmy nomination this year, for playing Mamacita in “Feud: Bette and Joan,” but she lost the statue to Laura Dern, who won for HBO’s smash hit murder mystery, “Big Little Lies.” Hoffman’s honest response when Dern’s name was announced caught many viewers off guard. Rather than delivering the placid, emotionless facade most losers adopt, Hoffman can be seen yelling “Damn it!” in her reaction shot. The Twitter rant that followed is even more hilarious.

“Broadway is dimming the lights,” she wrote. Hoffman is beloved by Broadway fans, having starred in 2002’s “Hairspray,” “Xanadu,” and “The Addams Family.” She first made waves onscreen in “Kissing Jessica Stein,” as the brassy best friend to Jennifer Westfeldt’s Jessica. She plays Billy Eichner’s nagging sister-in-law on Hulu’s “Difficult People, »

- Jude Dry

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‘Netflix Is a Joke’: Those Mysterious Billboards Are Finally Revealed in Cheeky New Ad — Watch

20 hours ago

The mystery behind an ad campaign that gave many Angelenos pause on their daily commutes has been solved. Billboards bearing the slogan ‘Netflix Is a Joke’ in plain black and white  delighted some and confused others, it turns out it was all part of a PR stunt to promote the streaming sit’e new comedy specials. In a new trailer, which premiered at the Emmys last night, America’s favorite stand-ups popped up in iconic scenes from Netflix original dramas. Jerry Seinfeld sits down in the Oval Office for a chat with Frank Underwood, Ellen Degeneres has some harsh truths for John Lithgow’s Winston Churchill, and Chris Rock incites a walk out at Litchfield penitentiary by riling up the ladies of “Orange is the New Black.” There’s even a brief Dave Chappelle sighting, in case you haven’t had enough of him yet.

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- Jude Dry

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‘Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event’ Exclusive Clip: Genndy Tartakovsky on the Origin of His Classic Series — Watch

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Samurai Jack” came to a close earlier this year with a long-awaited fifth season that came about nearly 14 years after its inconclusive predecessor. The acclaimed series began in 2001 with “Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie,” which will screen for one night only courtesy of Fathom Events. Avail yourself of an exclusive clip below.

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Here’s the synopsis: “‘Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event’ follows a young Samurai after he is sent to the future by the evil wizard, Aku. Determined to undo his destruction, Jack sets off on a daring journey to return to the past and defeat Aku once and for all. Gathering allies and combatting other villains along the way, Jack battles to accomplish his mission and restore the peace of the past.”

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- Michael Nordine

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Benedict Cumberbatch Doesn’t Understand Why ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ Can’t Have a Female Hero

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Earlier this year, BBC made a groundbreaking announcement when it revealed “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whitaker would be the new lead on “Doctor Who,” making her the first female doctor since the series first began over 50 years ago. The news was a cause for celebration, but of course a certain section of the fandom was not too pleased the show was making a gender switch. Within hours of the announcement, the hashtags #NotMyDoctor and #NurseWho became the official slogans of the opposition. The months since have seen the BBC and previous Doctors defend Whitaker, and you can count fellow BBC favorite Benedict Cumberbatch among her most vocal supporters.

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“It’s an alien. Why can’t it be a woman? Why can’t it be any gender? It doesn’t matter to me,” Cumberbatch said to Variety. The actor »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ Clip Show Subterfuge is the Show at its Most Dependable

17 September 2017 10:01 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 8, “Morty’s Mind Blowers.”]

One of the joys of “Rick and Morty” is that there’s no standard Rick and Morty adventure. As last week proved, there’s no concrete shortcut to a classic episode, no formula to ensure success with this group of characters. So after the gut-wrenching, soul-crushing madness of last week’s “The Ricklantis Mixup,” it would be easy to write off a subsequent clip-show curveball as a necessary breather before heading back into a more serialized story. Instead, this week’s “Morty’s Mind Blowers” laid the the groundwork for a new kind of one-off. While not the Season 3 game-changer that recent weeks have ushered in, it took an established format and twisted it to the usual fiendish “Rick and Morty” ends.

For a series that delights in its visual inventiveness, it’s hard to believe that this was the first time “Rick and Morty” ventured into the M.C. Escher zone, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Outlander’ Review: A Hero Loses Himself In The Aftermath of War

17 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Outlander” Season 3 Episode 2, “Surrender.”]

Unrequited Love

Of the two lives lived by the infamous couple following their separation pre-Culloden, Jamie’s was a richer one story-wise, as it involved living though a time of Red Coats, jail and infinite adventure. Basically all of the things Claire escaped when she returned to the rocks and slipped back to the 1940s, where her relatively simple existence with Frank was much easier, if not just as hollow as Jamie’s. So it makes sense that the narrative focused the majority of the second episode on Jamie’s return to Lallybroch and what it meant for Jenny, Ian and the rest of the tenants as they struggled to hide the “Dunbonnet” from British officers.

The Dunbonnet

With the new captain intent on finding Red Jamie and bringing him to justice for his crimes, a very soiled and hairy Jamie haunted the grounds of Lallybroch while living in a »

- Amber Dowling

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‘The Vietnam War’ Review: Ken Burns’ Exhaustive Conflict Biography Shows How to Learn from History’s Errors

17 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT

While spending a career highlighting some of U.S. history’s most notable figures — Jackie Robinson, the Roosevelts, Jack JohnsonKen Burns has also undercut the idea of the “ordinary American.” Not only finding worthy stories in the lives of titanic men and women who still loom large over the public consciousness, he’s been able to elevate lesser-known individuals from the respective histories of baseball, the Civil War, jazz, and more, showing that those eras and institutions were also shaped by people less often regarded as heroes.

The great equalization of the past is on display once again in Burns’ and co-director Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” a mammoth, 18-hour history told through and by members from both sides of the ill-fated conflict. Journalists and soldiers, government officials and Gold Star families all add to an understanding of Vietnam, presented without varnish or favoritism. A tale for modern audiences, »

- Steve Greene

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Best Stephen Colbert Jokes From His 2017 Emmys Monologue: ‘Everyone Loves Streaming Video, Especially Ted Cruz’

17 September 2017 5:19 PM, PDT

Stephen Colbert is hosting the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (nice), and making people laugh in the process. After an opening skit that also featured Anthony Anderson of ABC’s “Black-ish” and Allison Janney of ABC’s “Black-ish” (don’t ask) and served as an important reminder that “everything is better on TV,” the “Late Show” host took the stage for his monologue.

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“This is TV’s highest honor,” he said. “Us celebrating us. Tonight we binge ourselves.” Colbert then reminded all of tonight’s winners to thank “Game of Thrones” for not being eligible this year, as the HBO drama won a great many awards last year, including Outstanding Drama Series. Not that all is well for either the show or the network — our fearless host joked that HBO will have to melt down all the trophies it takes home tonight in »

- Michael Nordine

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