Mike Myers Hosting The Gong Show as Tommy Maitland - Austin Powers

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a remake of the classic 1970s amateur talent contest TV series The Gong Show coming to ABC in June. The show featured contestants displaying odd, questionable talents in front of a panel of celebrity judges who had the power to hit a gong that would end the performance before it was even over, indicating that they had seen enough.

Will Arnett and his Electric Avenue production banner are behind the show, but it’s the recently announced host that is turning some heads, because even though the name is not a recognizable one, the person who is actually doing the hosting is someone you’re definitely familiar with. It’s former Saturday Night Live star Mike Myers playing a fictional British comedian named Tommy Maitland, complete with prosthetic make-up enhancements, a fake background and everything.

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Twin Peaks promo

It’s happening again. For those who’ve seen David Lynch and Mark Frost’s influential television series Twin Peaks, the tagline for Showtime’s anticipated revival of the show carries with it an unnerving sense of dread about what’s going on in the seedy underbelly of the all-American town. But there’s also a sense of excitement at the prospect of seeing familiar characters again after more than 25 years. So many revivals are let-downs, but at least we know new content from David Lynch won’t be boring.

Showtime has been spooling out tiny bits of marketing at an excruciatingly slow pace, and today the network released a new teaser that shows what the town of Twin Peaks looks like in 2017. Are you ready to return to the Black Lodge?
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13 reasons why season 2

If the buzz around the hit Netflix show 13 Reasons Why — and the fact that Riverdale regular Ross Butler left the series due “other commitments” — wasn’t enough to confirm a second season, then this news is.

Reports say that a writer’s room for 13 Reasons Why has been working on a second season for several weeks now, despite the lack of confirmation on the second season from Netflix. So it looks like we’ll be seeing how the students at Liberty High School are faring after the events of that cliffhanger finale. Hit the jump to learn about the 13 Reasons Why Season 2 writers room.

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the handmaid's tale premiere

The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are harrowing to watch. Not because they contain the systematic rape of women, nor is it the violent realization of misogyny and the patriarchy that is the dystopic Republic of Gilead. It’s because the story by Margaret Atwood — originally written in 1985 — is so alarmingly prescient and timely in its reflection of today’s political climate.

That’s right, we’re going political with this article. But The Handmaid’s Tale — with its depiction of a totalitarian theocracy that actively represses women and minorities’ rights — demands a political reading, especially after that fateful November 8, 2016 Election Day that pushed America one step closer to the terrifying not-too-distant future of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Powerless Cancelled NBC

On this edition of TV Bits:

  • NBC has pulled the plug on its DC series Powerless
  • La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle moves to the small screen
  • Jesse Eisenberg teams with Bad Robot to write, direct, and star in a new series
  • and more!

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Fargo review 2

We all know by now Fargo is a show in which a lot of mistakes occur. Characters rarely take the higher path on Noah Hawley‘s FX series, which returned this week with some dramatic repercussions following the fantastic premiere. “The Principle of Restricted Choice” shows characters questioning the uneasy choices they’ve already made.

One character whose chi is rock solid in director Michael Uppendahl‘s episode? The enigma, V.M. Varga (David Thewlis). Good luck google searching him.

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10 Dystopian Fiction Stories That Should Come to TV

With The Handmaid’s Tale hitting Hulu today and an HBO adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 on the way, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of dystopian fiction. As we hurtle towards an uncertain future, it’s perhaps best to look at the authors among us who managed to predict things yet to come, and realize how easily we can tip over into a new world.

There are tons of great stories that have never been adapted, and in this golden age of TV we live in, it’s entirely possible to get some great shows or mini-series out of them. Sit…and let the events of the world happen as we gaze into our televisions. Sit. And consume.

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hbo shows leaving amazon

Update: Amazon has informed The Verge that the labels were added erroneously and the HBO shows will not be leaving the streaming service. HBO’s streaming deal with Amazon has not expired. Our original story follows.

 

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Michael Mann miniseries

Filmmaker Michael Mann is now working on an eight-to-10 hour long miniseries based on Mark Bowden‘s (Black Hawk Down) upcoming non-fiction novel, “Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam,” due out this June. Bowden, who spent five years writing his new book, recounts the Tet Offensive. Michael De Luca (The Social Network) is producing the miniseries, which will feature a few episodes directed by Mann.

Below, learn more about the Michael Mann miniseries.

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star wars rebels season 4

In today’s edition of Star Wars Rebels Bits, voice actor Ashley Eckstein teases Ahsoka Tano’s possible return to Star Wars Rebels and talks about her hopes for the future of the characters, Rosario Dawson continues to campaign to play Ahsoka in a live-action movie, the final season of the DisneyXD animated series will have a reduced episode count but a more serialized story, how the final season may tie into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, showrunner Dave Filoni talks about his aspirations to direct a live-action Star Wars standalone movie, and promises that the final season will have a more serialized continuous story arc than anything he’s done so far. Hit the jump to hyperspace.
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