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Ryan Lochte, Nate Parker and When Apology Tours Come Up Short

variety.com — It's become an all-too-familiar phenomenon: A well-known person's name stays in the headlines day after day, as a controversy, usually of his or her own making, swirls through the news media. The past week or two, the sagas of "Birth of a Nation" director Nate Parker and Team USA swimmer Ryan Lochte have garnered a long string of headlines, and it's not difficult to see why.

‘Mr. Robot’ Recap, Season 2, Episode 8: fsociety feels the heat

variety.com — Do not read on unless you have seen "eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12," the eighth episode of the second season of "Mr. Robot." I wrote a piece earlier today on "Mr. Robot" (and "UnReal") and the bumpy second seasons both have had. But I also wanted to offer a few thoughts on tonight's episode, which, which, like last week's installment, was generally very strong.

‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘UnReal’ and the Perils of Big Swings in Second Seasons

variety.com — It may not be entirely fair that " UnReal" and " Mr. Robot " are yoked together, at least in the minds of some TV critics and drama aficionados, but more than the proximity of their mid-2015 debuts unites them. Both dramas engendered a lot of buzz by doing smart and provocative things with very tricky premises.

Challenges Ahead for New ‘Star Trek’ Series on CBS All Access

variety.com — It's fantastic that CBS is rebooting the " Star Trek " franchise. But it needs to boldly go toward a different business model, while still embracing what made the franchise special in the first place. This story first appeared in the August 23, 2016 issue of Variety.

TV Review: Italy’s ‘Gomorrah’ Evokes ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’

variety.com — It would be inaccurate to call " Gomorrah " the most recent of "The Wire's" overseas progeny, given that the former premiered in Italy two years ago. But "Gomorrah" is among the most admirable of the latter-day "Wire" homages, one that throws in hearty helpings of Golden Age classics like "The Sopranos" and "The Shield."

TV Review: ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Is a Futuristic Retro Gem

variety.com — " Halt and Catch Fire," which returns on AMC on Tuesday, is both a retro pleasure and a forward-looking gem. TV has always had an affinity for period dramas, but they have typically been set in eras that seem very safely rooted in the past.

‘Superstore’ Is a Smart, Pointed and Necessary Workplace Comedy

variety.com — The fall array of new shows arrives soon, but before that deluge hits, I highly recommend using a few hours of free time to catch up with the first season of " Superstore," which is on Hulu and .

What the Amy Schumer saga says about feminism and compromises

chicagotribune.com — Watching "Inside Amy Schumer" has often elicited a storm of different reactions: laughter, recognition, shock, occasionally frustration. So it's not surprising that this week has been a rollercoaster for those who've followed Schumer's meteoric rise.

What the Amy Schumer Saga Says About Feminism and Compromises

variety.com — Watching "Inside Amy Schumer " has often elicited a storm of different reactions: laughter, recognition, shock, occasionally frustration. So it's not surprising that this week has been a rollercoaster for those who've followed Schumer's meteoric rise.

‘Penny Dreadful’ Production Designer on His Emmy-Nominated Work

variety.com — In 2015, during " Penny Dreadful's" second season, production designer Jonathan McKinstry asked John Logan, its creator, to look at the natural history museum in Dublin, where the Showtime drama filmed all three of its seasons. Logan resisted, given that the season two story didn't require a set like that.
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Aug 29, 2016

RIP. What an amazing body of work. I watched Willie Wonka so many times. A truthful, smart, empathic performance.  https://twitter.com/Variety/status/770347667423584256 

Aug 29, 2016

@Josh_Friedman fantastic opportunity. But as you say, also a chance to defer/avoid choices, which leads to brain fatigue for me, too often.

Aug 29, 2016

RT @Variety: "You're The Worst" cast @YTWFXX teases Season 3 changes. Which character is on the upswing?  http://bit.ly/2byIe0R  https://t.co/Uq33cTCrwD

Aug 29, 2016

@Josh_Friedman PREACH. (and by cable I assume you also mean streaming, which is having some of the most notable problems with this)

Aug 29, 2016

@Josh_Friedman plot & character. I get that it's hard to find. But there's a lot of mood/tone/vibe sprawl, or trying to do too much at once


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