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Television News from the New York Times

Have You Heard the One About the Angsty Comic? Yes, Too Often – Despite the proliferation of shows about comedians, their inner torment may not be as fascinating as TV seems to think.
Alan Yang, a ‘Master of None’ Creator, on Season 2, Chef Jeff and That Final Shot – A spoiler-filled conversation with one of the creators of the smart Netflix series.
The Handmaid's Tale: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Episode 7: Crossing the Border – This episode feels like a rote collage of imagery culled from countless other depictions of dystopias.
Review: ABC’s Perspiration-Free ‘Dirty Dancing’ – Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes star in a television remake of “Dirty Dancing,” the unexpected hit from 1987.
In Jennifer Lopez’s ‘World of Dance,’ the Dancers Are the Stars – On the new TV dance competition, Ms. Lopez says she wants the dancers to shine — and have an opportunity to “really make some money.”
Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: ‘Terrace House’ – A reality show so punishingly mundane that it becomes beautiful.
Best of Late Night: Pope’s Stone-Faced Meeting With Trump Becomes Late-Night Fodder – Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel all quipped on Wednesday night about President Trump’s visit to the Vatican.
In Rare Move, Netflix Cancels ‘The Get Down,’ a Hip-Hop Series – The show, which was from the filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and ran one season, was set in the South Bronx in the late 1970s. It is unusual for Netflix to cancel an original series.

Television News from the Seattle PI

Empire Goes Out With an (Un)Forgettably Soapy Finale – Lather it up, because Fox's drama pulled out one of the oldest tricks from the soap opera books. Empire has been ridiculous for a few seasons now, but the Season 4 finale leaned into its soapy roots on its way to a badly needed reset. Andre (Trai Byers) finally decided that his plan to murder his father Lucious (Terrence Howard) maybe wasn't the best thing after Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious decided to give Andre control over Empire -- we were so close to a happy ending! -- so he tried to call off a side deal he had with Shine (Xzibit): an assassination-via-car-bomb attempt. Three months later, Lucious woke up from a coma surrounded by family members (and new guest-star doctor with questionable therapeutic methods Demi Moore -- seriously, why was he making Lucious pet her face?)... with no memory of anything.
Survivor's Next Season Pits Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers – Whether you're the type to rush into a burning building to save a puppy, a person who wants to cradle a baby bird, or a person who busts his/her tail to get by, Survivor's 35th season has a place for you. During the Game Changers Season 34 finale of the long-running CBS series, the theme for Season 35 was announced: A personal assistant? A hustler. Each group has a perceived trait that they're known for, and they'll have to work together to try to be the last person standing (until the inevitable twist, that is). From the healers, we briefly met surgeon Mike and physical therapist Desi. [...] the hustlers were personal assistant Ali and bellhop Ryan.
Who Won Survivor: Game Changers? – The jury went hard on Sarah at the final Tribal Council, accusing her of backstabbing basically everyone on her rise to the top, and literally laughing off Sarah (and Tai's) protests that all of her personal relationships were genuine. Cirie's torch was snuffed even though not a single vote was cast for her because she was the only person eligible to receive votes after Brad won the individual immunity challenge, Tai played his immunity idols for himself and Aubry, Troyzan played his immunity idol, and Sarah played the legacy advantage she inherited from Sierra. The format of the final Tribal Council was changed up as well, with the final three's arguments to the jury structured under the topics of Outwit (their social game), Outplay (performance in challenges and around camp) and Outlast (did they pick the right people to go to the final three with), rather than allowing each jury member to address the final three one by one.
The 100 Finale: All Those Major Twists, Explained – [...] the stuff that we're jumping, as we're in the room breaking Season 5, that time period is so filled with great story potential that it's safe to say that we'll see some of it. TVGuide.com is owned by CBS, one of the CW's parent companies.
Arrow's Season 5 Finale Ends With a Bang – Arrow would have us believe he sacrificed himself in the off-screen explosion to save his daughter, but Malcolm is like a cockroach -- he'll never die. Assuming he used one of his extra nine lives, it's possible that Malcolm was able to find the ARGUS ship floating off shore on the other side of the island and pulled it back around to pick up the rest of the bunch; maybe he even saved Black Siren, given that Katie Cassidy will return as a series regular in Season 6. On top of the many, many fight scenes and explosions that dominated the episode, Arrow managed to insert some seriously tearjerking moments into this finale as well.
Netflix Puts Down The Get Down – First the bad news: the streaming service canceled the much-hyped drama series The Get Down, Deadline reports. [...] The Get Down is the first Netflix drama to not make it to Season 2.
Game of Thrones: 5 Things You May Have Missed in the Season 7 Trailer – Last we saw of Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), he was leaving Dany's side to go search for a cure for his Greyscale. It looks like he hasn't had much luck with his deadly disease yet, if the Greyscale-covered arm reaching through a small door belongs to him. Game of Thrones premieres Sunday, July 16th at 9/8c on HBO. Other Links From TVGuide.com Game of Thrones
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette by the Numbers – [...] there's been Jason and Molly from The Bachelor, Holly and Blake from Bachelor Pad, Sean and Catherine from The Bachelor, Ashley and J.P. from The Bachelorette, Desiree and Chris from The Bachelorette and Jade and Tanner from Bachelor In Paradise, whose wedding we never want to hear about ever again after the scandalous role it played in Nick Viall's season of The Bachelorette. There was also the hilarious fake wedding of Marcus and Lacy on Bachelor In Paradise, which definitely doesn't count. There have also been seven babies born to Bachelor couples --Trista and Ryan and Ashley and J.P. each have two kids. The franchise has so far always led to lasting marriages, if they make it that far.

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