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Larry David on Bringing Back Curb Your Enthusiasm: "What the Hell?"

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Curb Your Enthusiasm maestro Larry David -- along with castmates JB Smoove, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman -- took the stage at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Wednesday to kinda sorta explain the show's eight-year hiatus and what to expect. Executive producer Jeff Schaffer, who called David a "neurotic Superman," said the writing process is a lot of, "Larry comes in the office and says, 'This thing happened, and I should have said this,'" and well, there you go. To let David tell it -- which the reporters in the room gladly did on a variety of topics (including the fact that he's distantly related to Bernie Sanders, which will be revealed in an upcoming episode of PBS' Finding Your Roots) -- lines between his life and the show are really, really blurry. Reporters at the Beverly Hilton got treated to a montage of scenes, and apart from what seems like a bombast of high-profile guests -- among them Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Lauren Graham, Nick Offerman, Nasim Pedrad and more -- Larry has a fight with a plastic tub of liquid soap while in the shower; he argues with Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein over her not coming to work because she was constipated; Larry tells a woman at a funeral that her crying was too loud; Larry appears on Judge Judy, suing a Ms. Shapiro for stealing a ficus plant.



The Deuce Creator Says the Porn Drama Isn't Trafficking in Misogyny

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

[...] Simon says that despite the show's subject matter, it should not be lumped in with fellow HBO dramas Game of Thrones and Westworld, which have both come under fire for their depictions of sexual violence against women. For star Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays a self-employed prostitute named Candy who refuses to work with any number of the pimps who make their money on the streets of New York, the series is a filter through which to look at women and their relationship to sex, power, cash and art, especially in the current climate of the United States. [...] I think if you don't put that on a table and take a really good clear look at it, nothing will change, nothing will shift.



Shooter Will Be Cut Short Because of Ryan Phillippe's Injury

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

[...] the eighth episode apparently concludes in a way that could work as a season finale, so USA decided it would be wise to stop the season there. Shooter stars Phillippe as a former sniper -- named Bob Lee Swagger -- pulled back into action when he learns of a plot to assassinate the president of the United States. The series' Season 1 premiere was delayed after a mass shooting in July of 2016.



Mahershala Ali Will Star in True Detective Season 3

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

True Detective will look to shake off a disappointing second season in the upcoming third season, which is almost certainly, definitely happening. HBO president of programming Casey Bloys updated the situation on the HBO crime drama at the Television Critics Association summer press tour Wednesday, saying the network was "much closer" to officially announcing Season 3.



HBO Boss Defends Slavery Drama Confederate: "It's a Risk Worth Taking"

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

HBO's president of programming Casey Bloys addressed controversy over the show Confederate at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills Wednesday, standing by the in-development Civil War drama but acknowledging that the network made a mistake in announcing the show in the way it did. If I could do it over again, our mistake, HBO's mistake -- not the producers' -- was the idea that we'd be able to announce an idea that is so sensitive and requires such care and thought on the part of the producers in a press release was misguided on our part, he told reporters, acknowledging the furor over the yet-to-be-written series, which takes place in a world where the North lost a third Civil War and slavery is legal in the South. Game of Thrones Creators Respond to Negative Criticism of Their Civil War Drama Confederate [...] Twitter users started an intense conversation about how the show's writers, Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, could be in charge of a conversation about slavery when their own show has had an abysmal record of inclusion; even the (much too late) acknowledgment that Confederate will include black writer/producers -- Bloys made the series sound like a well-intentioned but misunderstood piece of work that aims to correlate the history of African-Americans with modern-day ills plaguing the community, including mass incarceration, police brutality, voter suppression, gaps in education, access to health care and more. People Are Already Upset Over the New Civil War Drama From Game of Thrones Creators



HBO's Room 104 Will Give You Anxiety, Scares and All the Feels

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

The new HBO series, from brothers and Togetherness creators Jay and Mark Duplass, sets 12 episodes inside a nondescript, fairly blasé hotel room (in the middle of nowhere, America at an indeterminate time period) and tells a number of stories from a multitude of characters. [...] while Room 104 isn't technically straight-ahead horror, a few of the stories' subject matter, pacing and suspenseful direction may have you getting up to turn on another light or ensure your door really is locked. Another, "The Knockadoo," has Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris playing a woman looking for some spiritual guidance from what appears to be a charismatic cult leader played by Orlando Jones -- that meeting once again carefully winding the viewer into a ball of nerves and anxiety as it unfolds. Toying with your emotions is one of Room 104's enchanting qualities: it's not just the pacing of the storytelling that's gripping, but the creative challenge of stuffing a complete story into a half-hour slot that's so impressive. Though Mark Duplass wrote seven of the episodes (and it has a handful of directors, including seven women), the series maintains its surreal tone throughout due in part to the blandness of the setting and dreamy filter applied over each episode that gives it consistency.



HBO Boss Offers Update on Deadwood Movie: "We're Inclined to Do It"

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Casey Bloys, HBO's president of programming, revealed Wednesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour that David Milch's script is "terrific" and HBO is very interested in moving forward -- if it can clear some hurdles. [...] Bloys says there are still a few roadblocks standing between in the way of a finished film.



Jon Stewart to Perform His First Stand-Up Special in 20 Years on HBO

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

HBO president Casey Bloys announced at the Summer TCA Press Tour Wednesday that Jon Stewart is set to headline two HBO comedy specials, one of which will be his first stand-up special since 1996's Jon Stewart: The second headliner event is HBO's Night of Too Many Stars, a benefit for NEXT For Autism in Madison Square Garden on November 18th. Jon Stewart also released a statement, saying, I'm really thrilled to be able to return to stand-up on HBO.



Teen Wolf Mega Buzz: Ethan's "Been in Contact" With Danny -- Will We Be?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Welcome to Mega Buzz, your go-to place for the latest and greatest spoilers on your favorite TV shows. If you're craving scoop on something in particular, e-mail us your question at mega_scoop@tvguide.com or drop us a line at Twitter.com/TVGuide. Trust and honesty are key. Can we please see his beautiful face again? "[...] they've been in touch," Carver said (thank God).



Charlie Puth Among Those Reportedly Eyed as Judges for American Idol Reboot

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

With at least two more judges' slots remaining, the reality competition series is reportedly looking at two pop singers and a country star to fill those roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Luke Bryan and Charlie Puth are in the mix to join the panel though no one in that trio of names has been locked in as of yet.



The Grey's Anatomy Firehouse Spin-off Gets Its Star

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Ortiz is believed to have been tapped as the female lead in the still-untitled firehouse spin-off, which is slated for a midseason premiere on ABC. The spin-off is likely to get a backdoor pilot on Grey's Anatomy this fall that will introduce the characters before it starts its 10-episode first season at midseason.



Girlboss' Britt Robertson Heads to the Shondaland Drama For the People

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

The actress, who also starred in The Secret Circle and Under the Dome, will headline Shondaland's hip new legal drama, According to Deadline, she'll play a public defender named Sandra who got into law because of an injustice her family experienced during her childhood.



New Game of Thrones Photos Preview Tense First Meet Between Jon and Daenerys

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

[...] we're not so lucky as to get an actual photo of the both of them in frame, but the photos do tease a pretty tense first meeting. [...] Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) is still whispering in Sansa's (Sophie Turner) ear back at Winterfell, and it doesn't take a political genius to know that will only lead to tragedy.



Usher Tried to Teach James Corden Swag on Carpool Karaoke and It Went As Well As You'd Expect

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Most musicians appear on Carpool Karaoke to sing their greatest hits and those of other artists, but James Corden had something else in mind for Usher. "First of all, you gotta turn to the side and then walk," Usher explained in the video. Corden tried to replicate the slick side step but it was less Cool Guy Entering a Club and more Awkward Dad Giving Off Secondhand Embarrassment.



Olivia de Havilland's Feud with Fox Intensifies

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Last month, 101-year-old screen icon Olivia de Havilland sued Ryan Murphy, FX and studio Fox 21 Television over her depiction in Murphy's limited series Feud: Yesterday, her lawyers asked to speed the trial date up to this fall, citing de Havilland's advanced age. By the logic of Ms. de Havilland's attorneys, no producer would be able to tell any stories about famous people, living or dead without their consent the studio added.



Arrow Cast Breaks Down What's Ahead for Season 6

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

[...] their relationship will look slightly different now that Diggle has some secrets of his own. [...] it looks like Oliver will have to be the one to bring the darkness out of his friend. Full disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS, one of The CW's parent companies



America's Got Talent: DJ Khaled Hits the Golden Buzzer for Ed Sheeran Sound-Alike

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Getting a shout out from DJ Khaled on social media sounds cool and everything, but a Golden Buzzer? While many impressed, only one performer received the ultimate props, that coveted Golden Buzzer, and that person was a singer-songwriter named Chase Goehring.



Bachelor in Paradise: Chris Harrison Plans to Interview Corinne and DeMario Together About What Happened

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Jackson and Olympios had a drunken sexual encounter on the first night of filming, and later a producer who did not witness the encounter filed a misconduct complaint with production company Warner Bros. alleging that Olympios was too intoxicated to consent. Production was shut down while Warner Bros. conducted an investigation and resumed a few weeks later without Jackson and Olympios after the company found no evidence of misconduct. During the initial investigation, Olympios said that she was "a victim" and after Warners Bros.' verdict, she revealed her legal team was moving forward with its own investigation, but that ended without charges and she said she accepted the outcome. "Honestly, after tonight I don't know how that dialogue's going to [go]," Harrison told ET, saying he was "surprised" by Jackson's "bad choices" during the Men Tell All taping Jackson reportedly said that producers set him up by blindsiding him with an appearance by an ex-girlfriend accusing him of cheating.



Game of Thrones: Hot Pie is Definitely, 100%, For Sure Azor Ahai

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

If you've been a fan of Game of Thrones for any length of time, you've probably heard and/or read about the prophecy of Azor Ahai, a legendary hero meant to return from death to save the fantasy land of Westeros from the monstrous White Walkers. You may have also heard the intertwined prophecy of The Prince That Was Promised, another (the same?) figure, who will also save the Seven Kingdoms. [...] if you watched the most recent episode of Thrones, after seven seasons it's finally clear who the prophecies are referring to: The portly baker played by Ben Hawkey made a surprise return to the show this past week after being absent since Season 4's "Mockingbird," the same week that Melisandre (Carice van Houten) returned to coincidentally recap the dual prophecies. [...] Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) dropped another surprising bit of info, that the word in the prophecy used for Prince actually has interchangeable genders, meaning it could indicate either prince, or princess. [...] he's a baker. Arya tells him how delicious his bread is, and he mentions that's because he browns his butter first -- adding that not many people take the time to do that. Not only that, but Hot Pie is giving us a real clue to his identity when he says that not too many people take the time to do this -- just like many people wouldn't take the time to write a nine hundred plus words about why a random minor character on Game of Thrones is going to save everyone. All the time and energy spent talking about Azor Ahai, and the Prince That Was Promised is a distraction, a misdirection to point you away from the real solution; one that, unlike the focus one hero, is more true to the characters and themes of the show.



What to Stream the Weekend of July 28

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

The Daily Show alum Jessica Williams stars as an aspiring playwright in New York City who is on the rebound. The film comes from writer director Jim Strouse and also stars Get Out's Lakeith Stanfield , Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished novel, the story centers on a Hollywood executive named Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer) and his power struggle with former mentor and current studio head Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer). Taking place in a single hotel room, each episode will center on a different guest passing through. In the first episode, a babysitter is charged with watching a peculiar boy and things go horribly wrong. The show about a sociopathic scientist named Rick and his crazy adventures with his grandson Morty is currently streaming its first two seasons on Hulu.



Game of Thrones: In Defense of Theon's "Cowardly" Decision

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Did you see him slice and dice on board Yara's ship and have fun doing it? Remember that time Theon tried to rally his troops back at Winterfell and then was knocked out with a simple blow? Ed Sheeran won't sing songs about Theon's act in Westeros, but it was the right thing to do given the circumstances. A scrap on a burning boat in the middle of the ocean happens to be right in Euron's wheelhouse.



Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat Say Goodbye to Twelve

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

The time has almost come to say goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), and while it's exciting to prepare for the arrival of the first female Doctor, it's still hard bidding adieu to a character as awesome as Twelve. If you weren't already emotional about it, Capaldi's answer about how hard it was to say goodbye to Doctor Who will probably finish you off for good. Doctor Who Reveals the First Footage From Peter Capaldi's Final Episode



Team Flash is Losing a Member When The Flash Returns for Season 4

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

Team Flash might be a tight-knit group, but there's no denying it has a rotating cast of team members every season. Entertainment Weekly reports that Felton will not be a series regular this year, which could mean many things but most likely means that Julian will be out of the picture when Season 4 picks up six months later.



Once Upon a Time: Everything We Know About Season 7 So Far

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

According to Instagram, Jennifer Morrison and Jared S. Gilmore are heading back for at least one more episode -- however we won't find out what happened between Emma and Hook (Colin O'Donoghue) until the second episode of the season. Grown up Henry (Andrew J. West) is kicking it in Hyperion Heights in the new season as his daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) tries to convince him to believe in magic.



Leonardo DiCaprio Is Rebooting The Right Stuff for TV

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 UT

An adaptation of The Right Stuff, the Tom Wolfe novel depicting the recruitment, training and glorification of America's first astronauts. National Geographic has found a new niche with scripted television, including the space-exploration drama Mars and the biography anthology Genius.