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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Sneak Peek Hints at Season 2 Case
In the clip, Barnett’s titular Dirk finds himself held captive in some sort of futuristic prison. Wood and Eshete then break into the building in an attempt to rescue their eccentric friend — complete with their same masks from Season 1. Unfortunately, it turns out just to be a bad dream with Dirk remaining in the clutches of his captors.
- JD Knapp
‘Doctor Who’: Pearl Mackie Confirms She’s Exiting Series After Christmas Episode
The Comic-Con panel for “Doctor Who” was always going to be a bit bittersweet since this was the last one for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Sadly, Pearl Mackie, who plays new companion Bill Potts, also confirmed that she will be leaving the series after the Christmas special.
Mackie has become an instant fan-favorite from her very first episode. Bill Potts had the honor of being the first openly gay companion in the series. While her sexuality wasn’t the main focus for her character, it wasn’t ignored either. In scenes throughout the season, various characters were seen accepting the fact that she is gay with no real issues. In the season finale, she was seen joining her love interest from the first episode to explore space aboard an alien ship.
Bill was also particularly »
- Hanh Nguyen
George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Could Hit Shelves in 2018
George R.R. Martin gave fans another update on his long-awaited next installment in the “Song of Ice and Fire” novel series.
“I’ve seen some truly weird reports about [‘Winds of Winter’] on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth,” Martin wrote on his Livejournal. “I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.”
Martin also said that he is working on a two-volume history of Westeros’ history under the Targaryen dynasty, which is currently titled “Fire and Blood,” with »
- Joe Otterson
The Latest Game of Thrones Reunion Was a Rollercoaster of Emotions
Game of Thrones is seriously spoiling us this season. Sunday's episode, "Stormborn," gave us two -- yes, two! -- reunions that both warmed and broke our hearts.
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- Sadie Gennis
Building Brands by Relating to Fans (Guest Column)
In an April 2, 2016 guest column, Susan Kresnicka described Troika’s plans to embark on a year-long, comprehensive study of fans and fandom. In this follow-up, Susan, President of Kresnicka Research & Insights, and Dan Pappalardo, President of Troika, share some key insights from this work.
From March 2016 through February 2017, the Research and Insights team at Los Angeles-based brand experience agency, Troika, devoted itself to figuring out the basics of fandom. With a set of six research methods, 50 weeks of continuous fieldwork, and over 12,000 research participants, our team of eight social scientists tackled core questions: Why do some people become fans, but not others? What role does fandom play in people’s lives? How does fandom start? How does it change over time? What is fandom? And, most importantly, how can the entertainment industry use the answers to these questions to build stronger businesses?
We knew from the outset that the entertainment industry was beginning to see the potential »
- Susan Kresnicka and Dan Pappalardo
Some Great Comedies Are Leaving Netflix in August
Some great stuff is leaving Netflix in August, so add these to your queue before they expire.
Notable exits include all seven seasons of FX's semi-improvised comedy The League (8/30); the first four seasons of American Dad! (8/15); and ABC's self-explanatorily-titled drama Revenge (8/28).
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- Liam Mathews
TV Ratings: ‘Candy Crush’ Sinks for Second Straight Week
CBS’ live game show version of “Candy Crush” suffered another large drop in the Sunday overnight ratings in its third week, according to Nielsen data.
Airing at 9 p.m., the show averaged a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.4 million viewers, down approximately 38% in the key demo and 17% in total viewers compared to last week (0.8, 2.9 million). It also shed the vast majority of its lead in from “Big Brother” (1.8, 6.1 million) at 8.
CBS aired only repeats for the rest of primetime.
Fox aired mostly repeats except for “American Grit” (0.4, 1.1 million), which was up in total viewers.
NBC’s overnight numbers are currently not totally accurate, given the extended overrun of the Nascar Brickyard 400. Due to the overrun of the race, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” did not air until 9, but is currently averaging a 0.5 and 2.7 million viewers. “Spartan: »
- Joe Otterson
Princess Diana TV Film Promises Never-Before-Seen Footage
“Diana: In Her Own Words” will go out on Channel 4 in the U.K. and PBS in the Us in August, ahead of the twentieth anniversary of her death. It will center on video tapes of the princess recorded at Kensington Palace by her speech coach Peter Settelen as he helped her prepare to publicly present her account of her life and marriage.
In the recordings, Diana reflects on her early life, relationship with the Prince Of Wales, and life in the public eye. The filmmakers claim the tapes are the only known unmediated video ever recorded with Diana.
There is also footage of Diana rehearsing as she sought to reinvent her public persona and prepared to make the recordings for Andrew Morton’s book about her, and »
- Stewart Clarke
Chelsea Handler to Host HFPA Grants Banquet
Presenters for the evening, which awards more than $2.6 million in funds to a range of non-profits, will include Ava DuVernay, Bob Odenkirk, Kumail Nanjiani, Mark Hamill, Patrick Stewart, Elizabeth Moss, Chrissy Metz, Robert Pattinson and Stan Lee.
Tony Award nominee Keala Settle will perform at the dinner.
For 25 years, the HFPA has been making charitable contributions to entertainment-related organizations with the proceeds from television rights to the Golden Globes. The organization has provided more than 1,500 scholarships and helped restore more than 90 historic films.
Grants have gone to universities including UCLA and Nyu, organizations such as AFI and Sundance, film preservationists such as the Film Foundation, and projects including the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles, the Echo Park Film Center and the Last Remaining Seats.
“We are delighted to welcome Chelsea Handler as »
- Variety Staff
Ratings: Candy Crush Tumbles Farther
CBS’ Candy Crush soured some more this Sunday, drawing just 2.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating — down 17 and 37 percent from Week 2, and now off more than 50 percent from its premiere rating.
Opening the Eye’s night, Big Brother (6.1 mil/1.8) was steady week-to-week.
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Comic-Con's Outdoor TV Experiences, Ranked by How Hard They Tried to Kill Me
For some people, San Diego Comic-Con is all about the panels -- massive conflagrations of fans where you might get to watch an exclusive tease of an upcoming season. For others, it's the swag, whether that's free posters, or a signature and some face-to-face time with your favorite TV celeb.
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- Alexander Zalben
Sigourney Weaver Modeled Her Icy ‘Defenders’ Villain on Wealthy Trump Supporters
Outspoken activist and celebrated actress, Sigourney Weaver did not mince words when it comes to politics. Without naming names, she made it quite clear what she thinks of wealthy businessmen who pat themselves on the backs for supporting the arts while profiting off of the planet’s demise. Like all great actors, she channeled that anger into her her latest role as Alexandra in “Marvel’s The Defenders,” coming to Netflix in August.
Speaking to Inverse at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, Weaver said:
“My role models for this were all men in business, men I’ve met who are great patrons of the arts, but all their money comes from burning fossil fuels or some awful other thing. They think they’re terrific, they love what they’re doing, »
- Jude Dry
Marvel's The Defenders Leads the Charge onto Netflix in August
The dog days of summer are approaching, and Netflix has you covered on stuff to stream if you want to stay inside.
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- Liam Mathews
Stitchers Cast Teases 'Life-Changing Decisions' and (Fatal?) 'Camsten' Drama in Season 3's Final Episodes
If you’re not “very concerned” for Cameron’s future on Stitchers, you’re watching the show all wrong.
At least that’s the impression we got from the Freeform drama’s cast, who stopped by TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con suite to preview what’s still to come in the last four episodes of Season 3 (continuing tonight at 9/8c).
“I don’t know what I did to [series creator Jeffrey Alan Schechter],” Kyle Harris said, “but this season I get stabbed in the neck a couple of times, I get punched, »
Here's What Happened When Michael Phelps Raced a Great White Shark
The moment of glory for #TeamShark!!! #PhelpsVsShark #SharkWeek pic.twitter.com/NWYp1CwiRa
— Shark Week (@SharkWeek) July 24, 2017
The 23-time Olympic
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- Keisha Hatchett
Alias Grace: Anna Paquin and a Bunch of Bodies Fill Miniseries Teaser Trailer
There aren’t any vampires in Alias Grace, one of Anna Paquin’s first TV gigs since True Blood, but that doesn’t mean that the world of this Netflix miniseries isn’t a dangerous place to inhabit. Because, as the first teaser trailer for the Margaret Atwood novel’s adaptation shows us, corpses pop up at a rather alarming rate when Grace Marks (11.22.63‘s Sarah Gadon) is in the picture.
Game of Thrones: Has Daenerys Already Been Defeated?
What a difference a week makes.
In the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere, it was all fun and memes and ridiculing Euron Greyjoy's (Pilou Asbæk) eyeliner game and new Jack Sparrow-inspired makeover as he promised to bring Cersei (Lena Headey) a gift that could win her head if not her heart. This
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- Kaitlin Thomas
Twin Peaks Recap: Becky's Got a Gun
A bumpy Twin Peaks this week. Surprise horror, painfully drawn out moments, and at least one big revelation: Bobby Briggs seems to be Becky’s father. And at some point Shelly and Bobby were married, as we now know that Shelly’s last name is Briggs (more on the state of that marriage in a moment). So yes, it would seem that I was wrong last week about Leo being Becky’s father (and perhaps wrong about Becky killing Leo). But I would like to remind you that Shelly is still wearing that mysterious ring on a chain around her »
Chris Noth to Receive Inaugural Canopy Award at North Fork TV Festival
Chris Noth will be honored with the inaugural canopy award at this year’s North Fork TV Festival. The actor will accept the award on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Greenport Theatre in Greenport, NY.
The North Fork Canopy Award honors a member of the New York creative community whose work embodies the independent spirit of persistence, integrity and collaboration. The influence of this individual generates opportunities and inspires the ambitions of anyone with a story to tell and the diverse collection of people who help tell it.
“I’m so honored to be presented with the Canopy Award at this year’s North Fork TV Festival,” Noth commented. “I’ve lived and worked in New York for years, and I’ve shot all over New York State and Long Island, so being a part of this particular festival really means a lot to me. I can’t wait to see everyone out east this September.”
- Dixie Limbachia
Manhunt: Unabomber Review: Discovery's New Anthology Series Is Less Explosive Than Analytical
How much you enjoy Manhunt: Unabomber will depend almost entirely on one thing: how gripping you find watching someone else solve a puzzle.
In the first three hours of Discovery’s new anthology series (premiering Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 9/8c), there are some gruesome reenactments of Ted Kaczynski’s crimes, insurance that we never lose sight of what’s at stake. And the drama manages to wring suspense out of a bunch of G-men standing around a phone and listening, fearful of an explosion, as planes are cleared for takeoff. But mostly, it’s a whole lot of rookie profiler “Fitz »
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