first episode of outcast

There are two religious horror-tinged television shows based on comic book series premiering this summer, but AMC’s Preacher has been grabbing all of the headlines and walking away with all of the buzz. Meanwhile, internet has been awfully quiet about Cinemax’s upcoming adaptation of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s Outcast. In fact, the pilot episodes of both shows premiered at SXSW this year (opposite each other on the schedule, even) and everyone seemed to flock to the Preacher screening, leaving Cinemax’s demonic possession drama hanging.

And it seems like Cinemax knows that it is time to finally start trying to hook people on its new show because the premium cable network has put the entire first episode of Outcast on YouTube for free and you can watch it right now.

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preacher review

Preacher is a very different beast than the Vertigo comic book series it is based on and for many fans, this will be a difficult hurdle to leap. But everyone else can just jump right in and enjoy the blasphemy, irreverent comedy and the hilariously excessive violence, because the first chapter of AMC’s new series is a triumph. This is the kind of pilot episode that arrives feeling fully formed and confident. Preacher knows what it is, lays all of its cards on the table in the first five minutes, and asks you to come along for the ride with a wicked gleam in its eye. From the look of things, this will be a ride worth taking.

Read the full Preacher review after the jump.

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the door recap

We’ve reached the halfway point of Game of Thrones season six and the meticulously assembled dominos of the past five or so years have officially started tumbling down. “The Door” is an hour of major story progression, vital character development, and revelations that manage to redefine much of what we’ve seen before. If we didn’t already know that the show had an end in sight, episodes like this would clue us in to that fact. Game of Thrones is burning Westeros down this season and, as usual, no one is safe. Let’s run through the most important things that happened this week.

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Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live

Last night the 41st season of Saturday Night Live came to a close by bringing former cast member Fred Armisen back to host the show for the first time. Usually when you get an SNL veteran coming back to host, that means some kind of reunion is in order and plenty of returning characters are paraded around. However, even though Fred Armisen did reprise one of his characters from his days on the show, this was mostly a night of original sketches. The good news is cast members like Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg came back to get in on the fun.

Check out our rundown of the Fred Armisen Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.

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Saturday Night Live Dead Poets Society

O captain! My captain! Last night Saturday Night Live brought its 41st season to a close with a finale hosted by former cast member Fred Armisen. The episode ended the season on a high note, but we’ll get to our full review of that a little later today.

However, we couldn’t help but share what was undoubtedly the best sketch of the night. Normally the best sketch of the night doesn’t warrant a post by itself, but since this particular sketch is an amazing spoof of an iconic scene from the film Dead Poets Society starring the late Robin Williams, it demands to be highlighted on its own.

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game of thrones season 6 posters

It seems like everyone with an ounce of artistic talent and a finger on the pulse of popular culture has paid tribute to HBO’s Game of Thrones at this point. You can’t walk two steps on the internet without stumbling over a cool poster or a nifty sketch or a fun re-imagining of the show’s characters. So it takes something special (like the brilliant Beautiful Death series) to stand out.

And these new Game of Thrones season 6 posters from artist Fernando Reza do stand out, taking a single image or concept from each episode and putting it to paper. And yes, they are available to purchase right now. Each poster should be considered a spoiler, of course.

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Ewan McGregor Fargo

Game of Thrones whatever, Fargo is the best show on television. The FX limited series has completed two seasons now, each with fantastic casts. The 1970’s throwback that was the second season was great, elevating both the filmmaking and storytelling. But in my opinion nothing can beat that award-caliber cast of the first season, which included Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. Don’t get me wrong, Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart and Ted Danson did a fantastic job, but for me it didn’t quite top Thornton, Freeman and Tolman.

So the question is: how will Fargo season 3 attempt to one-up this great FX series? Well today they have announced that BAFTA-winning actor Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) will be joining the show for season three, and if that isn’t though, he will be playing the two characters at the center of this new story Find out more details about the Ewan McGregor Fargo casting, after the jump.

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arrested development season 5

Arrested Development season 4 arrived on Netflix nearly three years ago and the jury is still out on whether or not the return of the Bluth family was a triumph, a debacle, or something in-between. Fans remain divided and bringing up a potential fifth season of the beloved show is sure to inspire a lively debate in the right crowd.

One of the biggest cheerleaders in the pro-season five camp is, naturally, series creator Mitch Hurwitz, who started banging this particular drum shortly after the fourth season and never really wavered. Arrested Development season 5 would be a pain in the rear end to make, but he says he’s still working to make it a reality.

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Cary

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: The Hollywood Reporter confirms the rumors that filmmaker Cary Fukunaga is in talks to direct Stanley Kubrick’s abandoned passion project Napoleon, with David Leland writing the miniseries for HBO. Jack Giroux’s original story from May 18th 2016 follows.

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