Television News from the New York TimesA Word With: Sarah Silverman on Bernie or Bust, and the Joke She Didn’t Tell – Ms. Silverman discusses her spontaneous appeal from the stage to the upset Bernie or Bust faction of Democrats at the party convention — and more.
Critic's Notebook: Boos, Cheers and Talk Therapy for the Democrats in Philadelphia – Wounds were ripped open, but a slate of speakers led by Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders steadied the first night of the Democratic National Convention.
Critic’s Notebook: Testing Comedy’s Role as a Beacon on Racial Issues – On CW, “MADtv” gets a revival, while A&E tackles race with “Black and White.”
Watching: What to Watch This Week: Smart, Non-Violent TV – From the Watching team, expert TV and movie recommendations for the next few days.
Beetles Do Beatles: Music Coup for an Animated Netflix Show – “Beat Bugs” a children’s show, is one of several shows whose creator uses licensing deals to feature iconic song collections in unusually extensive ways.
Modern Love: The Modern Love Podcast: Gaby Hoffmann Reads ‘Three Mothers, One Bond’ – Hear the “Transparent” actress read the story of two hopeful mothers trying to navigate the often strange matchmaking process of open adoption.
What’s on TV Wednesday – The Democratic Convention continues with President Obama and Senator Tim Kaine speaking. And Jerry Seinfeld puts a classic car on the auction block.
Youree Dell Harris, the TV Psychic Miss Cleo, Dies at 53 – Ms. Harris’s Jamaican-accented character entered America’s pop culture zeitgeist in the late ’90s with the catchphrase, “Call me now!”
Television News from the Seattle PIBaz Luhrmann Says The Get Down Is a Love Letter to Hip-Hop Culture – Yes, The Get Down --Netflix's upcoming series about young kids coming of age in The Bronx in the early days of hip-hop -- is full of drool-worthy eye and ear candy in the form of 1970s costumes, sets and music. The Get Down, which premieres on August 12, takes place largely in The Bronx in 1977 -- a time and place where crime, drugs, poverty and civic neglect created a dangerous, depressing atmosphere for the young people there. Amid the decay, burning tenements and gang violence, though, hopeful teenagers determined to make a better life for themselves turned to DJ'ing, rapping, breakdancing and graffiti-ing as an outlet of creative expression. The two are intertwined with characters including Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore) and Grandmaster Flash (Mamoudou Athie), who use their musical gifts to take part in this emerging new form not only as a way to be creative, but also to survive. The production - two years in the making and, according to a Variety account, drastically over budget - was a labor of love for Luhrmann, because he wanted to get it right and really do justice to the overlooked creatives whose culture has spread to the entire world.
Gilmore Girls: 7 Things We Learned About the Revival – Netflix graced everyone in the ballroom with the first two minutes of the revival series, which shows Lorelai and Rory reuniting for the "Winter" episode. Lauren Graham says that stepping back into Lorelai Gilmore's skin was one of the easiest things she's had to do, It was easy. There's no more high school drama in the Netflix revival, and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is maybe the most excited about that. Exploring Lorelai and Rory's relationship in a more adult atmosphere is one of the key differences between the revival and the original series. Sherman-Palladino originally wanted the episodes to be released with space between them, specifically so no one could skip to the last few minutes and reveal the mysterious "last four words." The good outweighs the bad in the sense that [Netflix] is a great place to create things in a different way. Ed Herrmann, the man who played the Gilmore family patriarch for seven seasons, passed away in 2014 before the revival could happen. The death of their friend and colleague greatly affected the cast, but the loss of Richard Gilmore will be reflected in the show and Lauren Graham says it deeply effects Lorelai in particular. "[His death] gave the show a depth and an emotional complexity that made it feel like, 'Here's the show grown up,' even more," Graham said. There was a lot of drama when the revival was first announced about whether Melissa McCarthy would be able to return to the show -- but it turns out it was all over blown.
Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Black Mirror Season 3 – Black Mirror's third season will premiere Friday, Oct. 21 on Netflix, the streaming service announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. The British anthology series explores our collective queasiness with the modern world, infusing questions of technoparanoia with dark humor.
Netflix Renews Chelsea, Lady Dynamite, Sets Premiere Date for One Day at a Time Revival – Netflix has given second seasons to Chelsea Handler's new talk show Chelsea, Maria Bamford's quirky comedy series Lady Dynamite, and the Rob Schneider comedy Real Rob. Captive, a new docuseries from executive producer Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) about high-profile cases, including many that have been kept out of the public eye, premieres Friday, Dec. 9. Netflix also announced that it has picked up an as-yet-untitled animated musical kids' show from Beat Bugs creator Josh Wakely.
Arrested Development Creator Says Season 5 Is Still Happening – The sitcom, which stars Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Portia de Rossi, Tony Hale and Jessica Walter as the dysfunctional Bluth family, ran on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006 before being revived on Netflix for a surprise fourth season in 2013. Promises that have so far gone unkept, likely due to the cast's busy schedules and the challenges of getting them all in the same room -- something that plagued Season 4 and left fans and critics unsatisfied. Arnett currently works on BoJack Horseman and his own series Flaked (both for Netflix), Hale is a regular on Veep and Tambor is starring in the award-winning Transparent, among others.
Here's When the Gilmore Girls Revival Premieres on Netflix – On Wednesday, during the Television Critics Association summer TV previews, Netflix finally announced a premiere date for the highly anticipated Gilmore Girls revival, appropriately titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Set in the quaint fictional town of Stars Hollow, Conn., the series starred Graham as a fast talking, pop culture-obsessed single mother and depicted her relationships with her teenage daughter, the studious Rory (Bledel), and her wealthy mother, Emily (Bishop).
Gilmore Girls: Watch the First Footage From the Revival – In the trailer, we get our first look at Stars Hollow since Gilmore Girls went off the air in 2007, and it appears as though nothing has changed in the charming town. Fans will be happy to know that the same can be said of Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel), who are seen eating Pop-Tarts, drinking coffee and sharing adorable banter about Amy Schumer, John Oliver and plants that smell like dead fish. Set in the quaint fictional town of Stars Hollow, Conn., the series starred Graham as a fast talking, pop culture-obsessed single mother and depicted her relationships with her studious teenage daughter, Rory, and her wealthy mother, Emily.
Homeland Adds House of Cards Alum as President-Elect – The House of Cards alum will play President-elect Elizabeth Keane on Season 6 of Showtime's drama, Deadline reports. The sixth season, which will premiere in January, will take place entirely between Election Day and Inauguration Day and will chronicle a tense transition of power.
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