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Television News from the New York Times

Review: Amazon’s ‘Last Tycoon’ Is Slick but Short on Passion – This streaming series, inspired by the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, stars Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins.
Review: In the Binge-TV Age, ‘Room 104’ Offers a 30-Minute Escape – This new HBO anthology, like “Black Mirror” and other series, explores the appeal of a quick, weird tale in the era of long-form TV stories.
What Happens When Reality Enters the ‘Reality’ of ‘The Bachelorette’? – Peter struggles with the show’s timeline and tells Rachel he may not be ready to do what “The Bachelorette” demands of him: get engaged.
Rocky, Nell, Witch Hazel and More: A Sampling of June Foray – Ms. Foray’s voices could be heard over decades of animated films and television shows.
This Weekend: How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend? – “Rick and Morty” is back at last. Also this weekend: a sweet little baking show and a poignant, inspiring documentary series.
Review: In ‘Somewhere Between,’ It’s Groundhog Week – A remake on ABC of a complicated South Korean drama sends a mother back in time to try to prevent her daughter’s murder.
June Foray, Virtuoso of Cartoon Voices, Notably Rocky’s, Dies at 99 – Ms. Foray cackled, chirped, meowed and sometimes sang her way through nearly 300 productions. Rocky the flying squirrel was among her most popular characters.
Best of Late Night: Patti Harrison, Transgender Comedian, Speaks Out on Trump’s Military Ban – On “The Tonight Show,” Ms. Harrison said: “I don’t necessarily want to serve in the military, but I want the right to serve.”

Television News from the Seattle PI

Tracy Morgan Says He's a "Better Man" After His Near-Fatal Accident – Three years and a month after miraculously recovering from the horrific accident that changed -- and nearly ended -- his life, Tracy Morgan sits on stage at the Beverly Hilton during the Television Critics Association summer press tour, talking about his new series The Last O.G. While the premise -- Tracy is Tray, an ex-con who returns to Brooklyn after 15 years in the clink to find everything in his life has changed -- is intriguing, the first question on everyone's mind really is, How's Tracy doing? Morgan, whose recovery included learning how to walk and speak, said that the physical demands of the show -- the standing, walking and long stretches of sitting common on sets -- were mitigated by the great crew, who he said forces him to take breaks. Yes, the show's fish-out-of-water premise is inherently rife with comedy, particularly since the Brooklyn of 15 years ago looks so little like it does today, and Tray learns that his girlfriend Shay, played by comedy's new It Girl Tiffany Haddish, has married a white guy who's raising their twins. True to the outrageous and hilarious sense of humor that made her Jimmy Kimmel appearance go viral she added, My bank account don't say movie star yet. Haddish's birth as a new comedy star; Morgan's second chance at life and a revived career: both stars' personal trajectories are apt parallels to the story of growth, change and acceptance in The Last O.G. Having been locked up for 15 years, Tray missed a lot -- not least the Obama administration and the growth of the twin sons (Taylor Mosby & Dante Hoagland) he never knew existed. Since Tray lacks the skills to get by in the modern world (what's an app?) he ends up falling back on prison knowledge while treading unfamiliar territory. [...] Morgan was careful to point out that neither gentrification -- nor white people -- are any kind of enemy; Tray is happy Shay and his kids are flourishing. [...] hey, speaking of adjust
Chris Messina Is Returning for The Mindy Project's Final Season – Chris Messina is returning to the show's sixth and final season in multiple episodes. The exciting news was announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour along with the additional scoop that Ike Barinholtz will be directing one of the episodes Messina is returning for. Executive producers Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton are both aware that fans have been left with the sense that Danny and Mindy are "endgame" and that's where the show should reasonably head during its final season.
Don't Expect a Traditional Happy Ending From The Mindy Project's Final Season – There's no telling whether the marriage will stick (anything is game in a final season), but even if it doesn't withstand the trials of Season 6, that doesn't mean Mindy won't have her happy ending. Mindy Kaling told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Rather than ending the show with happiness and no loose romantic ends, Kaling and co-executive producer Matt Warburton say that they're more concerned with showing the journey Mindy has gone on and the growth she's achieved than picking a definitive ending for her.
Blindspot Mega Buzz: Are Jane and Weller Taking It to the Next Level? – Welcome to Mega Buzz, your go-to place for the latest and greatest spoilers on your favorite TV shows. After a flirtatious first season, the two ended a turbulent and occasionally antagonistic second season in Weller's bed for the first time, leaving Jeller fans ecstatic. [...] though the Season 2 finale flash-forwarded to a time two years in the future when Jane and Weller are far apart from each other, the couple will be getting closer together before splitting up. Or at least they look awfully comfortable together in Weller's apartment, with the big lug making his squeeze breakfast and the tattooed mystery lady lounging around in a robe.
Ryan Murphy, Please Cast Niecy Nash in American Horror Story – Nash told TV Guide that she'd be totally down to reunite with the Scream Queens creator for a stint on his hit FX anthology. "When it comes to Ryan Murphy, once you're in the family, you in the family, you know what I mean?" Nash told us at the Television Critics Association summer press tour while she was promoting her new series Claws. [...] again, as Claws has so deftly proven, Nash can play drama just as well as she can play camp, so maybe Murphy would give her a meatier part to dig into if she ever were to pop into Horror Story.
Marvel's Runaways Will Differ From the Comic in the Best Way – At first glance, Marvel's Runaways seems like a bizarre hybrid of Gossip Girland The Avengers, where rich teenagers use their superpowers to run away (get it?) from their parents after realizing they've all been raised by supervillains. At its heart though, the series has a deeper message about the current climate in the United States that its stars and creators hope reaches the show's audience. Human sacrifice sounds extreme, but while you probably won't like or root for the parents of this super-powered teen drama, don't expect to hate them either. The best part of having evil parents that aren't really evil is that it creates a new, more complex narrative for the show to dig into, and it sounds like telling the parents' side of the story is not the only change that the show will make.
8 Things We Learned About Seth Rogen's Sperm-Filled Comedy Future Man – "We enjoyed trying to make good dirty jokes," Rogen said. "We don't want to make something that's alienating. We want to be inclusive, not exclusive with our material. We like things that make you question why you like it, and be surprised at yourself that you're liking this thing. That's the challenge and the fun of it." Future Man premieres Nov. 14 on Hulu. Other Links From Future ManSeth RogenEliza CoupeDerek WilsonJosh HutchersonKyle Hunter
Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Will Co-Star in Your New Favorite TV Show – The untitled series is in early development from former HBO drama boss Michael Ellenberg and will be shopped to networks soon, who we presume will throw their money at it. Details on the plot are scarce, but one would assume that with that talent, Aniston and Witherspoon would play rival daytime talk show hosts or perhaps an exaggerated version of Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Following the end of the NBC hit, she moved to film, but did make a few TV appearances, most recently on 30 Rock in 2008 and Cougar Town -- with former Friend Courteney Cox -- in 2010.

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