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Playing House Returns For Season 2: New Laughs & A New Way To Watch

Playing House

The sun rose with an even sunnier glow this morning; because America’s most hilarious TV show is back tonight! I will say this with a complete lack of bias, but Playing House is the best comedy currently on TV … and possibly ever. Of course, I’ve written several times about my love for Playing House, including an impassioned plea for the show’s renewal, and thankfully, the Gods (and the decision-makers at USA Network) listened. Season 2 of the series — written by, produced by and starring real-life best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair — finds childhood besties Maggie and … Continue reading

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TCA: Amazon Studios presents new series and controversial new partnerships

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Amazon Studios presented their slate of new series and season-two returns — plus a pair of controversial new projects — today at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Studio head Roy Price began the session announcing that the streaming service was moving its Emmy-nominated drama Bosch to a new night before delivering the punchline: “You can see it anytime! It’s your schedule that matters, not ours!” Then drama chief Morgan Wandell launched panels for a pair of ambitious new dramas, Hand of God, which premieres Sept. 4, and the long-awaited The Man in the High Castle, which streams Nov. 4. Hand Of … Continue reading

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Composers Reinhold Heil and Charlie Clouser on scoring TV shows

Composers Reinhold Heil and Charlie Clouser on scoring TV shows

SundanceTV’s series Deutschland 83 ends its run Aug. 5 at 11pm ET, so this is a good time to get into the mind of the man who composed the musical score for the series, Reinhold Heil. In a twist, Heil and another composer, Charlie Clouser — who most recently scored Wayward Pines — both interviewed each other recently about their art and business, exclusively for Channel Guide. They chatted about everything from finding the right tone for a series to what happens when the series they have invested their creative energy in is canceled, and here are some of the highlights. Reinhold Heil: Nina Hagen, I … Continue reading

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Recap: Naked and Afraid XL Episode 4: 40 Days Jungle Rich

Naked and Afraid XL, Episode 4

17 days ago, 12 Naked and Afraid headed in to the unforgiving Colombian badlands. Now, 10 survivalists remain. In El Bosque, Shane has separated himself from his teammates Alana and Danielle. Danielle is rocking an awesome hat and the ladies are enjoying a successful fruit harvest. The women refer to Shane as “The weird neighbor,” and now that Shane (and their camp’s tension) is gone, they are trying their luck with fish baskets. Loner Shane seems to be enjoying his solitude too. He’s fashioned a spear and is on a walkabout in hint of the elusive capybara that has been … Continue reading

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#TCA15: IFC’s “Documentary Now!” is history as it never was

IFC Documentary Now!

As Comedy Central’s Drunk History revolutionized the way we look at the past, IFC’s Documentary Now! (Thursdays beginning Aug. 20) hopes to alter how we remember some of history’s most important documentary films. Former Saturday Night Live castmates Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers are the creators of this new six-part comedy series that spoofs famous documentaries like Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North and Reportero. Each installment has the appearance and tone of a serious documentary (they even got Helen Mirren to introduce each episode!). But the seriousness ends when Armisen and Hader appear onscreen as parodies of eccentric … Continue reading

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#TCA15: Meet Emily Beecham, The Widow of AMC’s “Into the Badlands”

The Widow - Into the Badlands

AMC’s upcoming drama series Into the Badlands (premiering Nov. 15) is a genre-bending martial arts, sci-fi action odyssey about a distant future in which the only inhabitable lands are in the former American Midwest, and they’re governed by seven feudal Barons who control vital resources. In the series, Emily Beecham plays The Widow (it’s not just a scary name!), one of the Barons of the Badlands. She controls the oil, and her ambitions disrupt the tenuous peace among the Barons. The Widow has the look of a Steampunk Southern belle with a twist of The Matrix warrior/dominatrix and two deadly daggers as her weapons of choice. “My character … Continue reading

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“Blunt Talk” releases the full comic force of Sir Patrick Stewart

Blunt Talk

Whether he’s on the bridge of the USS Enterprise as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, leading heroic mutants as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, or performing on the classical stage, Sir Patrick Stewart is an imposing presence, bringing gravitas and authority to his roles. Providing the voices of Stonecutter Number One on The Simpsons and CIA deputy director Avery Bullock on American Dad!, and guest-starring as a slightly off-kilter version of himself on Ricky Gervais’ Extras, Stewart proved he can take that gravitas and flip it on its head. Stewart makes his biggest flip … Continue reading

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What’s new on Amazon August 2015

What's new on Amazon August 2015

New on Amazon August 2015 will be all eight seasons of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Michael Bay’s  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Clint Eastwood classics Unforgiven and In the Line of Fire. There are also also acclaimed documentaries like Misery Loves Comedy featuring Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Mad Max: Fury Road (pictured) is a blockbuster available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video. PIV: New In August 2015 — Available for Streaming on Prime Instant Video Available August 1 Olympus Season 1 The Patriot (2000) Unforgiven Available August 4 Erased Available August 6 Curb Your Enthusiasm Seasons 1-8 (complete) In the Line of Fire … Continue reading

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What’s new on Hulu August 2015

What's new on Hulu August 2015

Here are the streaming movies and shows that are new on Hulu August 2015, including the new comedy series Difficult People (pictured). Available August 1 8 Heads in a Duffle Bag (1997) Another Woman (1988) A Bridge Too Far (1977) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972) Mr. Mom (1983)   Available August 2 Basketball Wives LA: Season 4 Premiere (VH1)   Available August 4 Bachelor in Paradise: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)   Available August 5 Difficult People: Series Premiere (Hulu Original) — Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner star as best friends living in New York City. Their typical, irreverent behavior … Continue reading

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The nasty and delicious of Craig Robinson’s “Mr. Robinson”

Mr. Robinson

It turns out that Craig Robinson’s (The Office) new NBC comedy has more in common with its star than just a name. In Mr. Robinson, Robinson plays a musician who substitute teaches a Chicago high-school music class to pay the bills. “I came up in Chicago, taught in Chicago, and I have a band named The Nasty Delicious,” Robinson says of the similarities between him and his character. “And of course I’ve got a crush on [costar] Meagan Good. That’s all real life.” The rest, Robinson says, is the imagination of writers and executive producers Mark and Robb Cullen. Mr. … Continue reading

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