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Twin Peaks Said Goodbye to The Log Lady and We Cried

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Those of us who've stuck with this incredible (and incredibly difficult) season of television each have our own reasons for doing so. Some revel in David Lynch's darkest imagery, some want to laugh at his joyful absurdism. Maybe some simply just want to be contrarians toward the Game of Thrones hype. Personally I will forever love David Lynch's work for those first two reasons, sure, but also the tremendous sense of humanity and heart that he's always brought to his work without ever truly getting recognized for it. Lynch may seek to lay bare the darkest impulses of humanity, but he's no misanthrope.



The Solar Eclipse Drew Viewers Away From Netflix

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

As it turns out, there's a good number of people who found the moon blocking the sun's light more interesting than Netflix. The streaming service revealed that it saw a 10 percent dive in streaming during Monday's solar eclipse. "Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR YOU," the company tweeted. "But really, there was a 10% drop in plays during the eclipse today. Well played, Moon." The event marked the first time in 99 years that North America was able to see the eclipse in its entirety. The lucky individuals in the "path of totality" also experienced total darkness in the middle of the day.



Inside the Creation of the Arrow-Verse's Iconic Themes

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Over a decade and a half ago, a producer named Greg Berlanti was looking for someone to create the music for his first self-created TV show, The WB's Everwood. With only a few TV credits -- and no ongoing series credits -- to his name, composer Blake Neely submitted a demo, met with Berlanti and began a collaboration that has stretched over a dozen TV series. In 2012, after the duo had Jack & Bobby, Brothers & Sisters and Eli Stone under their belts, Berlanti approached Neely with the script for what would become The CW's hit show Arrow. "I had no idea this would lead to the huge DC universe that it is," Neely recalls to TV Guide. But of course, it did.



Real Housewives of New Jersey: Get a First Look at Danielle Staub's Return in This Dramatic Trailer!

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

When the Real Housewives of New Jersey returns this fall, there will be another familiar face among the crowd: Danielle Staub. Based on this first look at Season 8, the OG NJ Housewife has apparently not changed much in her five seasons away from the Bravo franchise, both in terms of her smug flexibility and her ability to cause irreparable drama. When Danielle reenters the life of Teresa, she threatens the ex-con's 20-year friendship with Dolores. And though there isn't another iconic table flip, the trailer does promise glass tosses and a chair throw as the war between the women escalates.



Bachelor in Paradise: Do You Still Want Dean to Be The Bachelor After Finding Out He's a Dog?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Dean Unglert became our beautiful boy on The Bachelorette. His above-average intelligence and Bieber-ish dreaminess made him such a fan favorite that he entered the conversation as a serious possibility for the next star of The Bachelor. TV Guide did a poll before the finale of who fans want to be the next Bachelor and Dean came in just one percentage point lower than Peter Kraus, the most obvious choice for the next Bachelor. If we had done a poll right after the finale, though, Dean probably would have come out on top, since Peter didn't come off super well in the season ender. It's funny, because when that first poll went up, Dean and Peter both seemed like good choices.



Somewhere Between: Laura Won't Let Fate Control Her

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

ABC's Somewhere Between is halfway through its time-traveling story about kidnapping, betrayal, and the fate of the universe, and TV Guide has an exclusive look at this week's episode. Laura (Paula Patton) and Nico (Devon Sawa) are continuing their efforts to prevent the death of Laura's daughter Serena (Aria Birch), this time ending up somewhere in the woods and apparently sleeping in some underground bunker. But that's a piece of cake compared to what's being asked of Laura next: a visit to her mother! "Fate can destroy my marriage, fate can make me sleep in a stinking hole in the ground, ruin my shoes and make me drag my daughter halfway across the state," Laura says.



Bachelor in Paradise: Dean Is Awful and Just What the Show Needs

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

"Sometimes there's too much thinking going on, instead of having fun," Kristina, "25, Nick's Season," said toward the end of this week's first episode of Bachelor in Paradise. "This is so f*cked up in every way!" Kristina said, one commercial break later. That about sums it up, don't it? The first entirely non-DeMario non-Corinne episode of the season brought back the endearing lunacy of Paradise, allowing the Bachelor and Bachelorette rejects to look for love once again in a game that's completely rigged by the house.



Why It's a Big Deal Game of Thrones Just Hinted Jon and Daenerys Will Have Children

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

When Dany's husband Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) was wounded and the vengeful witch Mirri Maz Duur offered to heal him, Daenerys' unborn son Rhaego became the blood price to save Drogo. He was stillborn, while Drogo was left in a vegetative state. When Daenerys asked when Drogo would be as he once was, the witch told her: "When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east. When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child. Then he will return, and not before.



It Sure Looks Like Rob Lowe Is Guest Starring in Fox's The Orville

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Rob Lowe may have given up on chasing real-life aliens and settled for the TV variety. The versatile actor who recently added to his resumé with A&E's excellent The Lowe Files, in which he tracks paranormal and unexplained phenomena with his sons, posted an Instagram picture of himself in full alien makeup, with the caption, "I believe it is important to have a few surprises coming in the pipeline. Here's one. #WTF ??" I believe it is important to have a few surprises coming in the pipeline. Here's one. #WTF ?? A post shared by Rob Lowe (@robloweofficial) on Aug 20, 2017 at 9:11pm PDT Now, as my colleague Kaitlin Thomas will say, that's probably just a normal Monday around the Lowe household.



Dancing With the Stars Adds Property Brother and Total Diva to Season 25

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Dancing With the Stars has added two more pseudo-stars to the lineup. Nikki Bella of Total Divas and Drew Scott of Property Brotherswill compete in Season 25 -- though they'll each be without their twins. Drew Scott and his twin brother found their fame on HGTV with their house-hunting reality show Property Brothers. Drew acts as the realtor while his brother, Jonathan, acts as the contractor. Together they've managed to launch two spinoffs and turned quite a few dumps into dream houses. Sean Spicer Won't Tango for Dancing with the Stars Nikki Bella and her sister compete as a professional wrestlers on WWE's Total Divas.



The Fosters' Elliot Fletcher on Putting Sex Back on the Table for Callie and Aaron

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Things are heating up on The Fosters! Despite a few tense moments last week, Callie (Maia Mitchell) and Aaron (Elliot Fletcher) have gotten their relationship back on track and are willing to have "The Talk" again. Their last attempts to get on that intimate level led to a huge fight about boundaries and communication between the two love birds, and they decided neither of them were ready to go that far...yet. On Tuesday's episode, Callie and Aaron are taking a break from campus life to see some nature, jump in some waterfalls and get a bit closer -- both physically and emotionally.



Stranger Things Is Already Working on Season 3, May End After Season 4

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Stranger Things is one of those shows that you wish could go on forever, but reasonably know probably shouldn't. Thankfully, the Duffer brothers agree. "We're thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out," Ross Duffer told Vulture, after confirming a Season 3 is already in the works. While that might seem like a short run for a smash hit as popular as Stranger Things, it's probably the most grounded (and ultimately smartest) plan we could ever hope for. Fans need look no further than Game of Thrones or The Vampire Diaries or Grey's Anatomy for examples of what can happen to an epic series in its twilight years. You may love it while it's in its prime, but once it's aged and on its way out? Things tend to get ugly.



The Xena: Warrior Princess Reboot Dead at NBC

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

For over a year, NBC has been trying and failing to get a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot off the ground. Now, network president Jennifer Salke has confirmed that the project in its current form is dead in the water. "Nothing is happening on that right now. We looked at some material; we decided at that point that it didn't warrant the reboot," Salke told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'd never say never on that one because it's such a beloved title but the current incarnation of it is dead." For a while, it seemed like nothing could stop a Xena reboot from happening.



Scandal's Darby Stanchfield: Olivia Is "The Woman Behind the Woman"

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

The last time we saw Scandal's Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), she was sitting next to Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, declaring that it "feels right" to have the full force of the American government behind her. It makes sense, since she's now White House Chief of Staff as well as the taskmaster for the dreaded B613; it doesn't get much more powerful than that. "She's absolutely the woman behind the woman of The White House," Darby Stanchfield says of Olivia's new role in Season 7. "I think she's very comfortable being in charge. I think she's very satisfied with being the one who has the power, and I don't see her slowing down at all.



Everything We Know About The Big Bang Theory Season 11 So Far

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

The Big Bang Theory will return for its 11th season next month. The way Jim Parsons looks hasn't changed, but a lot else has. Sheldon (Parsons) proposed to Amy (Mayim Bialik) in the Season 10 finale, the most grown-up thing the overgrown boy has ever done. It was such a momentous occasion, in fact, that the cast cried tears of joy when it happened. Season 11 will pick up from there, with Amy giving her answer to Sheldon. Presumably she'll say yes, but we don't know for sure. There may be more tears on the way! Here's what else we know: There's a new showrunner. Longtime showrunner Steven Molaro has moved over to the spin-off Young Sheldon.



Ben Schwartz Will Tell Millennials How to Date in New CBS Comedy

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Parks and Recreation and House of Lies alum Ben Schwartz is returning to TV comedy, but this time behind the scene. CBS won a four-way bidding war for the rights to develop the book Schwartz wrote with Lauren Moses, Things You Should Know About Dating You F*ing Idiot into a single-camera comedy series. Schwartz and Moses will executive produce along with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay for their production company Gary Sanchez Productions. Things You Should Know is an illustrated guide to dating for millennials that is set to be released by Hatchette Boooks this fall.



Netflix Renews Friends from College for Season 2

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Friends from College, Netflix's comedy about a tight-knit group of Harvard alumni whose lives remain hopelessly entangled more than 15 years after they've graduated, has been renewed for a second season, the streaming service announced Monday. Like Season 1, Season 2 will consist of eight half-hour episodes. The series stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smolders, Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse and Jae Suh Park. Season 1 didn't receive positive reviews -- it has just a 44 rating on TV Guide's sister site Metacritic -- but featured memorable guest appearances by Kate McKinnon, Ike Barinholtz, Chris Elliott and Seth Rogen.



Here's How Trump's Speech Affects Monday's TV

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

The president of the United States of America Donald Trump is talking tonight, and that's going to barge into your TV-watching time. Trump will unveil his new strategy on Afghanistan in an address to the nation and ask citizens to trust him on whatever he has up his sleeve, and all the major networks will air it. With Trump's speech scheduled for 9 p.m. ET, it means ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will adjust their schedules to accommodate the talk. If only he had decided to talk on a day that Bachelor in Paradise wasn't airing! For the Eastern and Central time zones, CBS will air repeats of Kevin Can Wait and Superior Donuts in the 8/7c hour, with Trump's address airing at 9/8c.



Here's What's Coming to Amazon Prime in September

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Amazon announced what's heading to the streaming service in September and that list includes the next chapter in an award-winning progressive series, a new film starring a Twilight hunk, and the sophomore season of a comic's autobiographical look at her challenging life. The wait for new episodes of Transparent is almost over. Season 4 of the Amazon original will begin streaming on Sept. 22 and see the Pfeffermans set off on a spiritual and political journey while digging deep into their family's history. Season 2 of One Mississippi debuts on Sept. 8, continuing Tig Notaro's honest look at one of the most difficult years of her life.



Watch American Horror Story: Cult's Terrifying Title Sequence

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Watch it begin. Witness the opening credits for #AHSCult. pic.twitter.com/7X3Cy9W7DV - AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) August 21, 2017 We still don't really, truly know what American Horror Story: Cult is going to be about, but we're getting closer, especially now that the main title sequence has been released. Last year's season Roanoke didn't have a title sequence -- it was a victim of the season's unique experimentation -- but it's back this year, much to fans' delight. In the terrifying, minute-long opening credits, the iconic Horror Story theme song gets updated, with the recognizable tune being played by horns and snare drums to match the season's inspiration: the 2016 presidential election.



Watch the Violent Teaser for Marvel's The Punisher

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Always stick around until the credits are over when you're watching something from Marvel! Tacked on to the end of The Defenders' last episode was a teaser for the upcoming Daredevil spin-off The Punisher starring Jon Bernthal. Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, was introduced in Season 2 of Daredevil. He's a military veteran who turns to brutal, murderous vigilantism after his family is killed by the mob. He's on a mission to wipe crime off the face of the Earth. He's like Travis Bickle on steroids. The teaser sets a dark tone for the series. It features Castle pounding concrete with a sledgehammer and gutturally screaming.



Preacher Exclusive: Cassidy Celebrates a Friend's Birthday the Only Way He Knows How

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) may be a vampire but the somewhat reformed killer has spent much of Preacher's second season adjusting to a more domesticated life. He's made some major changes so far, like settling into a house with Tulip (Ruth Negga) and participating in regular activities such as... celebrating a friend's birthday with an orgy? In this exclusive clip from "Dirty Little Secret," Cassidy throws a special party for an old friend and it's proof that he'll never be truly normal. However, that doesn't mean he won't stop trying. "He's attempting being a normal person," Gilgun told TV Guide of his character this season. "To some degree, [Tulip and Jesse] keep him on the straight and narrow.



You're the Worst: Gretchen Will Get "Creative Revenge" on Jimmy After Devastating Breakup

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Jimmy Shive-Overly (Chris Geere) left Gretchen (Aya Cash) -- and fans -- heartbroken when he ran away immediately after proposing to her in the You're the Worst Season 3 finale. And after three months without contact from her ex-fiancé, Gretchen is (understandably) bearing serious resentment towards Jimmy when he resurfaces in her life this season. "I don't know if anyone has seen the movie The Grudge -- I have not -- but I feel like it might be a good reference point for Gretchen's revenge," Cash tells TV Guide. "Gretchen just gets weird. She does some weird stuff with Jimmy. I say it's creative revenge." Adds Geere: "The revenge is far worse than I think any of the audience could ever imagine. She goes bonkers.



Battlestar Galactica Icon Katee Sackhoff Joins The Flash

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

Katee Sackhoff, who's best known for her iconic role of Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, has joined the cast of The Flashin a recurring role for Season 4, Entertainment Weekly reports. Sackhoff will play Amunet Black, aka Blacksmith, a Rogue who runs an underground marketplace for supervillains. If you're a bad guy and you need to buy, sell or store contraband, she's your girl. She's well-connected and a natural leader who, like her name suggests, is fiery and strong. Meaning, she's going to cause a lot of trouble for Barry (Grant Gustin). Sackhoff will make her debut in the fifth episode of the season, which will also feature an appearance by Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards.



Game of Thrones Recap: Dragons and White Walkers Don't Mix

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 05:00:00 UT

People in Westeros have often remarked on how difficult travel is and how long it takes to get from one place to the next -- and yet somehow all of this managed to take place in the matter of a couple days? The accelerated timeline of Season 7 is beginning to feel less like rising action, and more like a race to the finish line. Dany did manage to save most of the remaining members of the group -- RIP Thoros -- with two huge exceptions. First, one of her babies met a tragic end in this snowy battle. Viserion was struck down mid-flight when the Night King launched a deadly ice spear into his heart. He fell hard and then crashed into the icy water, never to resurface.