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Ryan Murphy Says Don’t Take Him Literally; New ‘American Horror Story’ Won’t Feature Donald Trump

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The new season of “American Horror Story” won’t be as political as we thought.

Creator Ryan Murphy made headlines last week when he told Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen that Season 7 would be about the recent presidential election. He even teased that Donald Trump might be a character.

But that’s not quite true, Murphy said on Friday. He told the audience at the Publicists Guild Awards Luncheon in Beverly Hills that he didn’t mean it literally.

Read More: ‘American Horror Story’ Election? Ryan Murphy Reveals New Theme for Season 7

“The themes of ‘American Horror Story’ have always been allegories,” he said, while accepting his award for Television Showmanship of the Year. “You will not see [Donald] Trump and [Hillary] Clinton as characters on the show.”

“Watch What Happens Live” is known for serving its guests plenty of booze, which Murphy blames for the slight misdirect. »

- Michael Schneider

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CBS Cancels ‘Doubt,’ the First Primetime Network Drama with a Transgender Series Regular, After Just Two Weeks

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It took two years and two tries for “Doubt” to make the CBS lineup – but now the show has been canceled after just two weeks.

The Eye network has pulled the plug on the show effective immediately; next week, CBS will air a repeat of “Bull” in the show’s Wednesday 10 p.m. (Et) time slot. The second season of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” will then slide into the spot permanently on Wednesday, March 8, following a two-hour “Survivor” premiere.

Read More: ‘Doubt’ Producers on Their Show’s Transgender Breakthrough – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

Doubt” made headlines for its casting of Laverne Cox in a key role, making her the first transgender series regular on a primetime broadcast drama. Series creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are the parents of a transgender son, who inspired them to create the character.

The show starred Katherine Heigl as a successful defense »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Detroiters’ Exclusive: Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson Try to Stay Positive When a Pitch Goes Wrong — Watch

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Three episodes in and “Detroiters” is hitting its stride in the easy back-and-forth relationship of leads Tim and Sam. Played by Tim Robinson and Sam Richardson, the new Comedy Central series tracks a pair of friends who work together at a marketing company in Detroit.

While last week’s episode zeroed in on personal issues — with Sam and his struggle to find a significant other in the forefront — the upcoming episode “Deveroux Wigs” jumps back into the professional side of things. The episode centers on Tim and Sam trying to book an actor for a jingle, in which they’ll undoubtedly dig themselves deeper into whatever hole they find themselves in.

Read More: ‘Detroiters’ Review: Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson are Merry Mad Men in Sweet Ode to the Motor City

Tim and Sam will surely up the stakes in way that’ll keep us on our toes, much like »

- Maya Reddy

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Fred Armisen and Jenna Fischer Star in Old 97’s’ Satirical Video for “Good With God” — Watch

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Old 97’s has just released their latest album, “Graveyard Whistling.” And to celebrate it, the band has shared a satirical video for the song “Good With God,” which features two very special guests: comedian Fred Armisen and “The Office” actress Jenna Fischer.

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Fisher plays the very serious and impatient host of the fictional program “An Hour and 60 Minutes,” while Armisen comes in to substitute the band’s drummer, Philip Peeples, who could not make it to the taping. Armisen keeps interrupting the interview with his unwelcome comments and even takes a phone call in the middle of the interview, prompting Fisher to scold him. Afterwards, the alt-country band goes on to perform “Good With God” with Armisen playing the drums for real. The video was directed by Lee Kirk.

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- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Riviera’ First Trailer Brings Julia Stiles to TV in a Lavish Sexy New Thriller Series

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Sky Atlantic has released its first trailer for its upcoming show “Riviera,” which is set to premiere in the U.K. June 1, fittingly kicking off the summer season with a murder mystery set in a sun-drenched paradise south of France. The show is produced by Neil Jordan, the Oscar-winning director of “The Crying Game.”

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Emmy nominee Julia Stiles plays Georgia, a wealthy woman whose husband Constantine dies in a yacht explosion. The show revolves around her searching for answers regarding her husband’s life and suspicious business dealings, shedding light on the mystery surrounding his death.

The show also features Oscar-nominated actress Lena Olin, in the role of Constantine’s ex-wife. Also starring are Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones“) and Adrian Lester (“Hustle”).

Read More: Nice! Idris Elba and John Ridley Team Up »

- Michael Gonzalez

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‘Adventure Time’ Is Slowly Going Off the Air, And Everyone’s Moving On

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Adventure Time” has a long way to go, but in many ways, it already ended. In early February 2017, just a few months after Cartoon Network notified the team behind its most surprising breakout hit that the show was canceled, the cast finished their last round of voice work. The final episodes were written, and the saga of Finn and Jake in the magical, post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo came to a close as the cast and crew scattered to new projects. The fruits of their labor will gradually unfurl on Cartoon Network until 2018 — although the timing remains uncertain. Fans must wait for the slow march to the finale, but the creative team is moving on.

“It was bittersweet,” said head writer Kent Osborne, recalling the last day of recording. “A lot of shows don’t last this long, but this felt different because it was just so popular.”

Adventure Time” was »

- Eric Kohn

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‘The Secret Life of Muslims:’ Reza Aslan and Iqbal Theba Sound Off on Hollywood’s Portrayal of Muslims — Watch

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Vox has released the new episode of its nonfiction web series “The Secret Life of Muslims,” titled “Dear Hollywood: stop portraying Muslims as terrorists.” In the new installment, Iranian-American author and commentator Reza Aslan, “Glee” actor Iqbal Theba and other prominent Muslims sound off on the problems of Hollywood’s portrayal of the group.

Read More: Mike Ott & Nathan Silver Blur the Line Between Fiction and Reality in ‘Actor Martinez’ — Trailer

“I loved the 1980s, when Chuck Norris used to kill swaths of my people with a machine-gun in some brown bouillabaisse of a country. It was awesome to watch,” says reporter Wajahat Ali at the beginning of the clip. This new episode also features comedian Omar Regan, who claims that “Muslims are always terrorists!” on the big screen.

Comedian Maz Jobrani, author of “I’m Not a Terrorist, but I’ve Played One on TV,” says how much he »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘The Comeback’ Reunion and ‘This Is Us’ Panels Added to Atx Festival

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The sixth annual Atx Festival already has a slew of exciting reunions set for 2017: an “Alias” writers’ room reunion, a “Northern Exposure” reunion, and a “Designing Women” reunion are all already on the books. Now the stacked lineup is set to squeeze in two more: HBO’s “The Comeback” and the 30th anniversary of “thirtysomething.”

Lisa Kudrow, who co-created, executive produced and starred in “The Comeback,” will join fellow co-creator Michael Patrick King, cast member and producer Dan Bucatinsky, and cast member Laura Silverman for a reunion panel on the cult favorite. Additional cast will be announced at a later date, so here’s hoping Malin Akerman returns to discuss one of her best roles.

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The Comeback” debuted in 2005 with 13 episodes in its acclaimed first season. Poor ratings and a quick cancelation from »

- Ben Travers

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‘Girls’ Review: Lena Dunham and Matthew Rhys Battle Over Consent in ‘American Bitch’

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Last Week’S Review: ‘Hostage Situation’ Has A Horror Movie Premise

[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “Girls” Season 6, Episode 3, “American Bitch” follow. The episode airs Sunday, February 26 on HBO, but is now available to stream via HBO Now and HBO Go.]

Love Her or Hate Her

Love her. If there were ever an episode of “Girls” that Lena Dunham was meant to write, this is it. At first glance the bottle episode seems to be a throwback to the second season’s “One Man’s Trash,” thanks to the set-up, but it quickly veers into much different territory. Hannah visits famed author Chuck Palmer (Matthew Rhys) in his fancy New York apartment to discuss an article she wrote about him and the four women who accused him of sexual abuse.

“American Bitch” then delves into a considerate and in-depth conversation about consent, what it means, “grey areas” and a slew of other insightful thoughts surrounding the subject matter. It’s a timely offering featuring a more adult version of Hannah than we’ve ever seen before from “Girls.” Sure, »

- Amber Dowling

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‘Girls’ Director Richard Shepard on What the Final Shot of ‘American Bitch’ Means and Getting Matthew Rhys to Do… That

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[Editor’s note: Major spoilers for “Girls” Season 6, Episode 3, “American Bitch” follow. The episode airs Sunday, February 26 on HBO, but is now available to stream via HBO Now and HBO Go.]

When you ask Richard Shepard how he feels about directing episodes of “Girls” — specifically episodes like “American Bitch” — the word he uses is “lucky.” (More than once.) The Emmy-winning director has been a regular in the rotation of “Girls” directors, most notably being the helmer of choice for the show’s “bottle episodes” — relatively self-contained installments focusing on just one of the titular girls for an entire half-hour.

Read More: ‘Girls’ Review: Lena Dunham and Matthew Rhys Battle Over Consent in ‘American Bitch’

“The bottle episodes are extremely challenging and also extremely fun because you get to spend all this direct time with the actors and the characters,” he told IndieWire via phone. “And you get to shift the cinematic style a little bit because of the nature of whatever it is. We do things that had not been done on the show before.”

As one example, Shepard mentioned “The Panic in Central Park, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Featurette: Elisabeth Moss Explains How There’s Still Hope in the Dystopian Drama

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a bleak look at our possible future, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks faith in the human spirit.

In Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, a plague of infertility has swept the world in the future. In the land of Gilead, roughly where New England is now, a totalitarian regime has overtaken the government and has enslaved the remaining fertile women to become breeders for high-ranking officials.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

“It is unquestionably a dark world, but it’s not a dark show,” executive producer Bruce Miller says in the featurette Hulu released on Thursday. “The show is about perspective and not losing the hope of getting your life back.”

Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman whose family and name have been stripped away. She »

- Hanh Nguyen

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TV Academy Adds Music Supervisor, Reality Casting Emmy Categories; Restructures Interactive Awards

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The Television Academy isn’t making any sweeping changes to its awards structure this year, instead making just a few tweaks and a handful of additions.

Among the changes: New categories have been added for Outstanding Music Supervision, honoring the people who oversee the song choices on TV series; and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series, recognizing the casting directors who identify the participants Who Are Here For The Right Reasons or who Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends. (That category will include eligibility structured, unstructured or competition reality programs – which means the people who cast the “Dancing with the Stars” contestants might face off with the people who manage to keep finding more “Real Housewives.”)

Read More: Stephen Colbert Named Host of the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards

Other changes include splitting the Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series into two: For hour series and half-hour series.

And the Academy »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Walking Dead’ Homage to ‘Moonlight’ Featuring Carl Is Blasted for Whitewashing

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The folks behind “The Walking Dead” should have known better.

In a misguided attempt to honor Oscar-nominated films leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Skybound Entertainment – one of the production companies behind “The Walking Dead” – tweeted out an image that parodied the iconic three-tinted “Moonlight” movie poster that shows the three stages in the life of one black man (played by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes) in one facial collage. The problem? The character Skybound chose to feature in its posters is young Carl Grimes, who is white.


Happy #Oscars week! Here’s our #WalkingDead-themed version of Moonlight. #OscarsTWD pic.twitter.com/5dOpEz17zg

The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) February 22, 2017

@TheWalkingDead pic.twitter.com/mSBlafY5kk

— hilbin (@steveinbucky) February 22, 2017

The response was immediate and overwhelmingly negative. Fans following the account expressed disbelief that the poster passed the brainstorming stage, while others called for the tweet to be deleted. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’ Day: Celebrate With This First Look at Eerie Posters From the Showtime Revival

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Pour some damn good coffee and listen to your log. It’s “Twin Peaks” Day!

For those unfamiliar with the unofficial holiday, “Twin Peaks” Day falls on Feb. 24, a day of remembrance for the day that the body of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) was found wrapped in plastic in Twin Peaks. That was also the day that Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) arrived in the quaint northwestern town. He even marked the time when it happened:

In honor of the most hallowed of Lynchian holidays, Showtime has released two posters to tease the release of the upcoming revival. Take a look at Laura Palmer and Dale Cooper:

The tagline “It Is Happening Again” is both a promise and a threat, no?

Twin Peaks” picks up 25 years after the events of the original series. Very little is known about the plot, but many of the cast members are returning, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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James Corden, Jordan Peele & Nick Kroll Spoof Boy Bands with Thr33way — Watch

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In his latest parody, James Corden spoofs the boy band phenomenon that was so overwhelmingly popular in the 90s and 2000s. A mockumentary, which aired on Thursday on “The Late Late Show,” follows the rise and fall of the (fake) band Thr33way. For this, Corden enlisted some help from comedians Jordan Peele and Nick Kroll. The result is simply hilarious.

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“In a time when *Nsync, Backstreet Boys and others dominated the boy band landscape, three mavericks came together to form Thr33way —a boy band that didn’t hide from its sexuality,” reads the description of the clip on the show’s official YouTube channel.

“Boy band music shouldn’t be about kissing you on the cheek, it should be so much more than that,” says Corden on the doc. And Kroll adds, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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‘Patriot’ Review: Amazon Unveils an Enticingly Strange Anti-Spy Story, Unique Save For One Other Show

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If you were a fan of “Quarry,” then you’ve got a new show to watch. It may sound a bit odd — unhelpful, even — to recommend a new, under-hyped TV show by comparing it to an old, under-hyped TV show, but the Cinemax series still hoping to achieve cult status (and/or a second season) has quite a bit in common with “Patriot,” Amazon’s latest original drama. And both series deserve the attention of anyone prone to mysterious tales of undercover agents.

To wit: Both series track the lives of men who want to quit their government jobs. Both men are white, quiet types with facial hair who struggle to convey their emotions to friends and family. Both men are suffering from various forms of Ptsd. Both men are forced to keep their jobs (for varying reasons). Both series are set in the past. Both series are told from a unique, »

- Ben Travers

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‘Fargo’ Season 3 Teaser: Santa Got Run Over By A Murder Weapon — Watch

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Noah Hawley is currently basking in the acclaim of his superhero drama “Legion,” which airs Wednesday nights on FX, but he’ll soon be returning to the world of strange accents, dark coincidences and bumbling murderers when the anthology series “Fargo” returns for Season 3 in April. It’s been well over a year since the series aired its last installment, which starred Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons and earned a ton of Emmy nominations, so it’s clear fans are anxiously awaiting a third go around.

Read More: ‘Fargo’ Chapter 3: Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon on Dual Roles, the Accent and Those Character Names

FX has released a new teaser for the season that is devoid of any characters and plot but full of that trademark “Fargo” dark comedy. What we do know about Season 3 is that it stars Ewan McGregor in a dual role as twins, plus Carrie Coon »

- Zack Sharf

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TV Imports: The Best Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Acquired Series You’re Not Watching

24 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST

In this era of “Peak TV” there doesn’t seem to be enough time to bother with drama and comedy imports. But while there are more than enough American shows to binge, it would be a mistake to bypass great foreign TV. After all, that would mean missing out on fan favorites like “Doctor Who,” “Orphan Black,” “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock.”

Foreign TV has spawned hit U.S. adaptations like “Homeland” and “The Office,” as well as pale imitations of the original. Remember the failed American versions of “The It Crowd” and “Coupling”? Yeah, we’d like to forget ’em as well.

Read More: The TV Show You Need to Watch on Every Network, Right Now — A Running List

It’s a shame that the major streaming services rare;y showcase their foreign acquisitions as well as their homegrown originals. We get it; there is just too much damn TV »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Dan Harmon to Play Dan Harmon on Ken Jeong’s ‘Dr. Ken’

23 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST

Art continues to imitate life on “Dr. Ken.” The show, loosely based on Ken Jeong’s pre-fame life as a doctor, has booked “Community” creator Dan Harmon to play himself in an upcoming episode.

In the Season 2 finale of “Dr. Ken,” titled “Ken’s Big Audition,” Harmon will appear as the creator of a new TV comedy set at a community college. Harmon’s character sees Ken perform stand-up at an open mic and invites him to audition for a part on his show.

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It’s the continuation of a storyline that popped up at the end of Season 1, when Dr. Ken – much like the real Ken Jeong – performed stand-up at the Laugh Factory and attracted interest from a manager to represent him. On the show, Dr. Ken decided to stick with medicine; in real life, »

- Michael Schneider

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Zach Galifianakis Won’t Leave James Corden Alone in This ‘Late Late Show’ Sketch — Watch

23 February 2017 1:56 PM, PST

James Corden might want to rethink inviting Zach Galifianakis to come back to “The Late Late Show.” Galifianakis was a guest on the “Late Late Show” last week along with Laura Dern, where he was promoting the new season of “Baskets.” The interview, just as any typical late-night interview, ended with a polite invitation for Galifianakis to return anytime.  Normally, a guest would assume that Corden meant “come back as a guest.” But Zach Galifianakis takes these invitations very seriously, as demonstrated by the skit below.

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The video begins with Galifianakis entering Corden’s office with an overnight bag, much to Corden’s confusion. “He said to come back whenever I want,” Galifianakis says. “I meant come back as a guest, not come back literally,” says Corden.

Corden’s patience is constantly tested as Galifianakis continues »

- Juan Diaz

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