Television News from the New York TimesJulianna Margulies, in Closing Arguments for ‘The Good Wife’ – As the CBS drama ends after seven years, Julianna Margulies and the show’s creators discuss their journey, and the increasing scarcity of network serialized dramas.
Review: ‘Special Correspondents’ Stars a Fumbling Ricky Gervais – The movie, on Netflix, also stars Eric Bana and is an adaptation of a French comedy about a radio reporter and his sound engineer.
Review: ‘Huang’s World’ Mixes Food, Travel and Attitude – This new Viceland series features the “Fresh Off the Boat” author Eddie Huang globe-trotting as he pursues cultural and culinary delights.
What You Should Watch This Weekend: ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘UnReal’ and ‘Election’ – From the Watching team, expert TV and movie recommendations for the next few days.
What’s on TV Saturday – Tom Hiddleston has real estate woes in “High-Rise.” Check out “Bloodline” before Season 2 lands. And HBO offers the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
critic's notebook: Web-Only Series on Which the Viewer Wins With a Pair – “The Benefits of Gusbandry,” “Used People” and “Ask Mom Anything” are among shows with powerful stories built around two well-wrought main characters.
Up Next: A Pop Life After ‘The Walking Dead’ – Emily Kinney, an actress and singer, has an apartment filled with zombie paraphernalia sent by fans.
On comedy: Sick of Angry Comics? Try Some Sweet-Tempered Stand-Up – Josie Long and Josh Gondelman are part of a new breed of performers who deliver their monologues without a drop of bile.
Television News from the Seattle PIOutlander's Stanley Weber: Le Comte St. Germain Will "Make the Frasers Pay" – After surviving an attempted poisoning, Claire and Mary Hawkins (Rosie Day) are attacked on their way home to the Fraser dinner party and Le Comte is the lead suspect behind both terrible crimes. What exactly are the time travel rules on Outlander? What we do know is that Le Comte has increased his power as he left the Fraser residence after the party with Bonnie Prince Charlie (Andrew Gower) -- a man with increasing resources that Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire need to keep in their control. Le Comte inviting himself into Prince Charlie's orbit only makes the Frasers' plan of sabotaging the Scottish rebellion that much more difficult and dangerous.
John Krasinski Returns to TV as Action Hero For Amazon's Jack Ryan Show – Krasinski will star in the pilot of the new streaming show as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan character, a popular C.I.A. hero, Deadline reports. Like their films, the new show will not be a direct adaptation of any one Ryan novel, but rather a contemporary look at the characters using the entire canon as source material.
Gotham Exclusive: Hugo Strange Turns Galavan Into "Azrael" – The first villain to successfully get on board with the plan is Theo Galavan (James Frain), who is subdued from his murderous state of rage when Hugo Strange dubs him "Azrael." Members of the Sacred Order made their first appearance on Gotham earlier this season, when Galavan tried to resurrect the Order to help him take over the city. [...] instead of defending the honor of the Sacred Order of St. Dumas', Galavan's murderous rage is being bent to the will of the head of Arkham Asylum, and Jim Gordon is at the top of Hugo's hit list.
The Five Most Underrated Key & Peele Sketches – In this 2014 sketch, they play members of a gang who bring a new crazy member into the fold. Gangsters, by the way, are a continual theme they loved to explore throughout the series, and clearly inspired the movie too. In an example of their penchant for tackling topics of the day, they make good use of the debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. While few would say Key & Peele's valet characters went under the radar, Comedy Central quickly realized that like Luther, they could be used to keep the show's voice alive in between seasons.
Watch The West Wing's C.J. Cregg Make Her Triumphant Surprise Return to the White House – For seven seasons on the beloved political drama The West Wing,Allison Janney played White House Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, giving daily press briefings on behalf of President Bartlet (Martin Sheen). [...] on Friday, she reprised the role from the actual podium in the actual West Wing, as she briefly replaced President Obama's Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Janney-as-Cregg entered the room to murmurs of surprise and recognition from reporters, and began by saying that Earnest is out getting a root canal but, "let's be honest, I'm better than he is at this anyway."
Will Tennessee's Anti-LGBT Law Spell the End of Nashville? – House Bill 1840, which Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law this week, gives therapists and other mental health professionals the right to refuse to treat patients whose lifestyles go against the professional's "sincerely held principals." Perhaps rather than pulling production from the state, the cast and crew of Nashville can use their influence to raise awareness and money for LGBT rights issues, and fight the good fight from within. Earlier this year, a similar bill in Georgia drew a collective outcry from the stars and production companies of several TV shows and movies that are produced in the state, including The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and the Hunger Games franchise. ABC's parent company, Disney, joined a handful of entertainment companies, including Marvel, CBS and Lionsgate, to protest that legislation, saying, "We will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law."
How Game of Thrones Can Save Sansa's Storyline – [...] the way showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff slowly built Sansa (Sophie Turner) up into a mini Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) over the course of five seasons was a master class in character development. [...] Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" happened, where Sansa was sexually assaulted by Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) in one of television's most controversial sexual assault scenes. [...] with so many (male) Starks potentially coming back into play in the patriarchal world of Westerosi politics, there's the unfortunate chance Sansa's rise to leadership be cut short. [...] we've all seen how well Jon's leadership went before (spoiler alert: not great), so maybe it's time to let someone else lead; someone who actually understands how politics work, who has proven diplomatic skills and a killer poker face. [...] pretending Sansa's sexual assault never happened would be a disservice to rape survivors, as would allowing it to define her. There was never a chance that the showrunners would follow George R.R. Martin's original story arc, which followed up the Red Wedding with two incredibly ruminative novels on the consequences of war; but viewers -- such as myself -- also never expected the psychological scars to be sidelined completely. The show loves to remind us how dark and full of terrors this world is through a carousel of deaths and sexual assault, but now Game of Thrones has an opportunity to double-down on emotional darkness, with Sansa. According to Watchers on the Wall, Sansa will return to Winterfell this season accompanied by Jon and Littlefinger. Littlefinger. Because while it appears that Sansa is the only living person Littlefinger cares about other than himself, he still abandoned her to marry Ramsay, spilled everything to Cersei and got her father executed for treason.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: How Mike Carlsen Became Your Favorite TV Boyfriend – After Episode 4, their date, I think we started to understand how we work. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back -- but can Kimmy stay Kimmy? The finale leaves the couple at a bit of a crossroads, after Mikey encourages Titus to perform on Dionne Warwick's four-month cruise hours after they moved in together. Perhaps that would include Mikey singing a future hysterical Kimmy original song? I would love to have Mikey sing. Maybe we'll go to a Mets game and we'll sing during the seventh-inning stretch. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is now streaming on Netflix.
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