Sleepy Hollow season 4

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Sleepy Hollow, Timeless, and Last Man Standing have been cancelled
  • Scandal is coming to an end after its seventh season
  • Amazon and Hulu make some fascinating additions to their rosters
  • The LEGO Movie’s Unikitty has officially received an animated spin-off show
  • And more!

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andre holland castle rock

2017 was already a big year for Stephen King adaptations before Hulu announced their new show Castle Rock, a series set within the popular author’s larger universe. While not based on any specific novel or story, it will actually acknowledge the myriad of connections throughout King’s work, making it catnip for fans. That it will also star Moonlight‘s André Holland is icing on an already intriguing cake.

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Top of the Lake season 2 trailer

In the Peak TV era, it would be completely understandable if Jane Campion’s New Zealand-set detective series Top of the Lake might have slipped through the cracks for some of you. But after hearing that the upcoming second season features returning star Elisabeth Moss and a new supporting cast that includes Game of ThronesGwendoline Christie and Big Little LiesNicole Kidman, I’m guessing you’ll want to catch up as soon as possible.

A trailer has just dropped – branded with a new name: Top of the Lake: China Girl – and this looks like fantastic television. Peak TV ain’t over yet. Watch the Top of the Lake season 2 trailer below.
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TV in Trump's America

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: the rise of political television in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.)

It started with Nazi symbols strewn across public transportation and billboards across D.C. and New York. No, it wasn’t the alarming rise of anti-Semitic vandalism that had skyrocketed in the first three months of the Trump administration. It was advertising The Man in the High Castle, the dystopian Amazon series based off the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel set in an alternate 1960s where the Axis powers won World War II.

And it was just the beginning in a recent surge in “newly relevant” and timely TV shows that took on new meaning after the election of Donald Trump to the White House. The Man in the High Castle kicked off a spate of fictional TV shows such as The Handmaid’s Tale and American Gods, whose stories were conceived long before the White House was even a glimmer in Trump’s eye. But these science-fiction and fantasy stories, at first cautionary or highly theoretical tales, now take on an eerie prescience as fiction and reality collide on the small screen.

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marvel's runaways cast photo

Hello world: they’re your wild heroes. Teen superhero series Marvel’s Runaways, based on the beloved comic book, was picked up by Hulu Wednesday, and while some attendees of Hulu’s Upfront Presentation in New York got a glimpse of some first footage, we plebeians had little idea of what the new Marvel series looks like. Until now.

The first official cast photo for Marvel’s Runaways was released Wednesday, showing the team of six misfit teenagers who must unite to fight their evil parents.

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Hulu Live TV

Last year, before Hulu had their upfront presentation, we learned that the subscription streaming service was planning to have a live streaming television subscription added to their services. Earlier this year we got some more details on what that service might entail and how it would work for current Hulu subscribers. Now, the Hulu live TV service is available in public beta for you to try and we have everything you need to know about the service beow. Read More »

the handmaid's tale season 2

Hulu will keep its original content flowing, with pick-ups announced for a second season of the harrowing dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale as well as new series orders for Marvel’s Runaways from the creators of the Gossip Girl, and Beau Willimon‘s show about the first human mission to Mars, tentatively titled The First.

Hulu announced these series pick-ups at its upfront session in New York, the television industry’s annual gathering in which networks pitch upcoming shows to advertisers and, by proxy, announce them to the rest of the world.

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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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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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Batman and Bill Trailer

Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not.

Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight? A new documentary explores why Finger was omitted from Batman’s history and only just recently started getting the credit that he’s due.

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