mr. robot frederick and tanya review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of USA’s Mr. Robot season 3 by answering one simple question: who had the biggest mental breakdown in this week’s episode?)

Sobering reminders of reality go hand-in-hand with Mr. Robot, and “Frederick and Tanya” is no exception. The episode has the thankless job of dealing with the aftermath of the Dark Army’s shocking attack against 71 E Corp buildings, as well as tying up loose plot threads that have been forgotten since season 2. Plot has never been a strong suit of the USA Network show, so it’s reassuring that this week’s episode is as steeped in the disheartening mood that has become synonymous with Mr. Robot. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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Dark review

Kids on bikes. A small town with a dark secret. An underbelly of supernatural forces threatening the town at large. A government building conducting experiments that will lead to further problems. No, it’s not Stranger Things, it’s Netflix’s first German-language original series Dark.

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Gunpowder trailer

The story of Guy Fawkes is about to get the sexy melodrama treatment, folks. Kit Harington stars in Gunpowder, a gritty new drama based upon the famous Gunpowder plot of 1605, wherein Guy Fawkes and a group of English Catholics planned to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I. The Gunpowder trailer give us a look at this new, dirt-caked drama in all its Game of Thrones-ish glory.

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The Good Place renewed

Maybe this isn’t such a Bad Place after all. Because someone must be looking out for us for Mike Schur‘s high-concept comedy The Good Place to be renewed for season 3.

Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, the wacky half-hour series is easily one of the best comedy shows on TV right now, tackling existential angst with a screwball sensibility — and it’s only upped its game in season 2 after the first season presented an eleventh-hour game-changing twist. And while there’s no way to know what direction this show will go, at least there will be plenty of free shrimp cocktails along the way.

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Gareth Edwards TV Show

After making a splash with his relentless action films The Raid and The Raid 2 and preparing to jump to the blockbuster big leagues with the upcoming Deathstroke, director Gareth Evans is making his first foray into the small screen.

This time, Evans is tackling a gangland drama set in contemporary London for HBO’s Cinemax and Sky networks.

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night of too many stars

HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars, a live benefit that supports programs that aid people with autism, lived up to its name, using its star-studded line-up to tease spoilers for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The first came in the form of an auction, in which Episode IX director J.J. Abrams — returning to the franchise after reviving it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens — sold details of the plot to the highest bidder, only to be drowned out by spoilers for Hot Tub Time Machine 3 and Sharknado 5. The second is as spoiler-y as you can get on the set of a Marvel movie, with Ant-Man and the Wasp star Paul Rudd answering questions about I Love You, Man before slipping in some details on the Ant-Man sequel.

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jeffrey tambor leaves transparent

Three weeks after Amazon launched an investigation into two separate sexual harassment claims, star Jeffrey Tambor announced that he is leaving Transparent.

The Amazon comedy-drama series became the subject of scrutiny after Tambor’s former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes accused the actor of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate behavior towards her in early November. A week later, transgender actress and Transparent semi-regular Trace Lysette alleged that Tambor also sexually harassed her on set.

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Trust teaser

If you thought All The Money In the World was the only J. Paul Getty-related drama on the horizon, guess again: FX has an entire TV series about the Getty family coming up. The Danny Boyle-directed series, called Trust, features Donald Sutherland in the role of cold-hearted billionaire J. Paul Getty, and the first Trust teaser gives us a look at his sure-to-be-memorable performance.

Ridley Scott’s All The Money In the World made headlines recently when Scott decided to remove scenes involving actor Kevin Spacey and reshoot them with Christopher Plummer. Spacey, and now Plummer, plays J. Paul Getty, an oil tycoon who refused to pay the ransom when his grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped. We have yet to see what Plummer’s take on the performance may be, but he apparently has some competition from Donald Sutherland. Sutherland is playing the same role in the FX series Trust, and the first Trust teaser shows us Sutherland’s droll, darkly amusing take on the character. Watch it below. Read More »

X-Files season 11

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Divorce season 2 has a trailer.
  • Difficult People has been cancelled.
  • The X-Files season 11 has a premiere date, and so does 9-1-1.
  • Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman join Fear the Walking Dead.
  • You’re the Worst renewed for a final season.
  • StartUp renewed by Crackle.
  • Shoot the Messenger has a premiere date and trailer.
  • Say goodbye to Chiller Network.
  • An artist laid-of from Louis C.K.‘s animated series The Cops penned an open letter.

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Chance the Rapper Hosted Saturday Night Live

That’s right. Out of the six episodes of Saturday Night Live we’ve had so far, the best episode of the season wasn’t hosted by a huge movie star or a popular comedian. Instead it was hosted by chart-topping hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, who makes the case for his own career in comedy effortlessly.

Chance the Rapper has taken to the stage in Studio 8H before a a musical guest on SNL, but this was his first time hosting the show. While he seemed a little nervous at the top of the show, he gradually got more and more comfortable as the night went on and proved that he has some impressive comedy chops. So let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Chance the Rapper hosted Saturday Night Live below.

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