Disenchantment Reviews

After diving into suburban family life and the distant future with The Simpsons and Futurama, animation icon Matt Groening is bringing his trademark humor into the distant past with his fantasy comedy series Disenchantment on Netflix. But does Groening, whose shows have lost their bite in later seasons, even for longtime fans, have what it takes to head into new territory and create something refreshing? Or are we looking at a similar run of jokes in a premise that isn’t quite living up to its potential?

The first Disenchantment reviews are in, and while many of them see potential in the episodes sent out to critics ahead of the show’s premiere, more of them think the show lacks fresh comedy and appears to be missing something that made Matt Groeninig’s previous efforts so memorable and enjoyable. However, there are those who think the show eventually finds its footing and will come into its own, just as The Simpsons and Futurama did. Read More »

brooklyn nine-nine season 6

Brooklyn Nine-Nine may have gotten more press when it was cancelled than it had in five years of airing on the Fox network. When Fox pulled it from its Fall schedule, fans rallied to save the show. NBC stepped in. NBC Universal was already the producer of the show, so they gave it a midseason slot on their schedule. It was official: Brooklyn-Nine Nine would return for a sixth season.

NBC brought the cast and executive producer of Brooklyn Nine-Nine out for a Television Critics Association panel. Find out how the show will remain the same on a new network, what’s in store for Jake and the rest of the cew in the new season and how they plan to tackle more social issues.

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the goldbergs sixteen candles

The Goldbergs stars Sean Giambrone and Hayley Orrantia were at the ABC party for the Television Critics Association this week. The comedy, based on creator Adam F. Goldberg’s life, is entering its sixth season in September.

Season 5 ended with Erica (Orrantia) dropping out of college to pursue singing and Adam (Giambrone) helping Barry (Troy Gentile) get prom cancelled. And now, season 6 will pay tribute to an iconic John Hughes movie: Sixteen Candles.

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Picture, if you will, a middle-aged white man; broken, disheveled, perhaps even remorseful. A character who’s spent years pursuing a twisted ideal that now pushes back, struggling to accept this reality as he re-calibrates his place in the world.

It sounds like a “prestige” American cable drama, doesn’t it? In the case of character Paul Heyman however, a slimy lawyer played by producer and inadvertent actor Paul Heyman, it happens to be a fixture of American wrestling. No, not the Olympic sport. The trashy, “lowbrow” one. The one broadcast on Monday nights, where women in skimpy outfits would mud-fight for rowdy crowds while men bashed each other’s skulls in with folding chairs for our entertainment. At least, that’s how things used to be.

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The Player TV Show

Robert Altman’s 1992 film The Player skewered Hollywood. Based on Michael Tolkin’s book, the story followed Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), a producer who literally got away with murder. A-list stars lined up to play themselves in cameos.

/Film interviewed author (and writer of the screenplay adaptation) Tolkin for his new Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora. We’ll bring you the full interview when the show premieres in November, but Tolkin told us about a follow-up to The Player he’s developing.

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‘Castle Rock’ Reaps a ‘Harvest’ of Sorrow

Castle Rock Harvest Review

Welcome to our spoiler-filled Castle Rock reviews, in which we explore Hulu’s new Stephen King-inspired series. (If you’re looking for a spoiler-free review of the show, click here). This week we look at episode five, “Harvest.”

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American Gladiators Reboot

Longtime collaborators Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg have worn a lot of hats over the years. They’ve worked together as co-writers and co-produers on projects like Superbad, Pineapple Express, and Sausage Party, and they both wrote, produced and directed the stellar apocalyptic comedy This Is The End. Lately, the two have been dabbling on television with adaptations of Preacher and The Boys, but now they’re doing something much different on the small screen.

MGM is shopping around a reboot of the physical competition series American Gladiators, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are said to be on board as executive producers. Read More »

Escape at Dannemora trailer

In 2015, two men broke out of a prison in upstate New York. They were helped by an employee who was having affairs with both of them, and a 20-day manhunt captured the nation’s imagination. Now, the incredible true story is getting the limited series treatment at Showtime with some heavy hitters on board to star. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) plays the prison employee at the center of the controversy, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) plays one of the convicts, and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) plays the mastermind of the prison break. And Ben Stiller (yes, that Ben Stiller) is directing.

Check out the Escape at Dannemora trailer below.
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batwoman cw

Today, The CW cast Ruby Rose as their Batwoman for a crossover event between their Arrowverse shows – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow – this season. Yesterday, CW President Mark Pedowitz spoke to the Television Critics Association. While he didn’t share this news then, this announcement puts yesterday’s Batwoman talk in perspective.

Find out what the plans are for Batwoman to have her own series and how the crossover will introduce her below.

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(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.)

For this week’s column, I’m sticking to a theme once again. I plan to ditch the hyper-specific lists and get a little more random with my pickings going forward – so as not to limit my selections – but I couldn’t resist another one-genre list this time around. I blame it on Stephen King.

Something about the late summer – when the humidity levels reach a putrid density, when the days are long and the nights velvet-dark – puts me in the mood for good horror. Obviously, fall is what we most associate with spooks and scares, but summer has a far eerier quality, like there’s something off in the air. Hulu capitalized on that late-summer spookiness with their new Stephen King anthology series, Castle Rock, which – along with some news from TCAs about American Horror Story – influenced the theme of this weeks’ column.

Here is a compilation of some of the best horror series – old and new – currently available to stream.

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