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'The Walking Dead' Gets Real In Season 7 Premiere

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:21:03 -0400

They finally did it: The producers of The Walking Dead kicked off season seven by ratcheting up the onscreen gore and brutality until it matches what appears in the original comic.

Remembering Steve Dillon, Co-Creator Of 'Preacher'

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400

Comic artist Steve Dillon died this weekend in New York City at the age of 54. He was responsible for some of the most iconic comics of the 1990s, including Hellblazer and Preacher.

Mark Twain Prize: Bill Murray Accepts Nation's Top Humor Award

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Bill Murray received the 2016 Mark Twain Prize Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was gently roasted by friends and fellow comics, and he was droll and deadpan and heartfelt.

From 'Unproud' To 'Hombre,' Election 2016 Is Testing Our Vocabulary

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

Merriam-Webster noticed the number of unique words coming out of this campaign, and has been using Twitter to report the most searchable words. Lexicographer Peter Sokolowski talks to Rachel Martin.

MetLife Splits With Snoopy And The Peanuts Gang To Adapt To Current Insurance Market

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Metlife is firing Snoopy. The insurance company is saying goodbye to Snoopy and the Peanuts characters as its mascots, ending a three decade relationship.

Ahead Of Revival, 'Gilmore Girls' Fans Descend On The 'Real' Stars Hollow

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:38:00 -0400

Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino hatched the idea for the show during a weekend visit to Washington, Conn. It's like "a step back in time," says one resident — and fans are making the pilgrimage.

'Black Mirror' Creator Dramatizes Our Worst Nightmares About Technology

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:55:45 -0400

The 3rd season of the dystopian series created by Charlie Brooker is soon available on Netflix. Inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, it's about the unintended consequences of the digital age.

Cult TV Fans Will Find 'Rocky Horror' And 'Black Mirror' Smart And Provocative

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:51:00 -0400

TV critic David Bianculli reviews Fox's remake of the classic '70s musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and season 3 of Black Mirror on Netflix. He says both shows leave viewers fully entertained.

Wanda Sykes' New Comedy Special: 'What Happened Ms. Sykes?'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

When Wanda Sykes appeared at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she poked fun at President Obama. She tells David Greene, that in her special, What Happened Ms. Sykes?, she takes aim at her wife.

High-Priced 'Pill Fashion' Causing Controversy

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 17:04:28 -0400

Italian fashion brand Moschino is causing controversy with its pill-themed 2017 collection. Randy Anderson of Eden House Recovery Services is pushing stores not to sell the clothing.

'Haters Back Off!': New TV Show Makes YouTube Star More Than Internet Famous

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

Miranda Sings is an awkward teenager who posts videos that she believes will make her a star. She's the creation of comic Colleen Ballinger, and now, thanks to Netflix, she has her own TV show.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Lupita Nyong'o, 'TV: The Book,' 'Take My Wife'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:20:00 -0400

This week in a special episode, we're featuring three conversations with interesting folks from movies, television, and books (about television).

'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:40:00 -0400

The actress became famous for her role in TV's Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.

Lucy Loves Lucy In 'Take My Wife'

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:34:00 -0400

When Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher went to pitch their new show they compared it to I Love Lucy. It's a goofy, sweet show — only this time, with lesbian comedians who are married to each other.

'I Never Set Out To Be An Actor,' Says 'Transparent' Star Gaby Hoffmann

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 13:27:00 -0400

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in Field of Dreams and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end."