Billions adds a new billionaire to the mix as the season's arcs emerge

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New characters are the lifeblood of a veteran series, so it’s no surprise that even with last year’s new adversaries Jock Jeffcoat and Grigor Andolov still in play, Billions has added another player as season four kicks into gear. And with Malin Akerman’s greatly reduced screen time (she has yet to appear, but will…

Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt makes even the viewer feel the need to shower afterward

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There’s a scene about 30 minutes into The Dirt, the biopic loosely adapted from the Mötley Crüe memoir of the same name, that proves unintentionally illuminating. After an A&R rep from Elektra Records meets the band at infamous L.A. hotspot the Rainbow Room (where he’s startled to discover there’s a woman under the…

The Grace And Frankie team hope the tide is turning for older women in Hollywood

Grace And Frankie is one of Netflix’s most popular, longest running shows, largely thanks to the chemistry between Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. At PaleyFest, we spoke with Tomlin, Fonda, and the rest of the Grace And Frankie team about why there aren’t more shows like it on TV, and why they think things are getting…

Brooklyn Nine-Nine finally analyzes Jake Peralta’s need for therapy

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Jake Peralta’s need for therapy is something Brooklyn Nine-Nine has acknowledged for years. The why’s have always been clear (especially regarding his parents, in addition to the traumas endured as part of the Nine-Nine), but it’s also always been a matter of when—if at all—Jake will get the help he needs. While Jake…

Broad City rolls down memory lane in its hilarious, poignant penultimate episode

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Broad City always brims with callbacks, a testament to its makers’ improvisation backgrounds, the specificity of its world, and the inside-jokey nature of its central friendship. But in this final season, those callbacks have an extra layer of nostalgia to them, each beat of this final chapter soaked in familiar,…

Michael risks it all with little reason on Star Trek: Discovery 

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Last week, I praised Star Trek: Discovery for how it handled a crew member’s death. While not making up for the show’s frustrating reluctance to develop its secondary characters, “If Memory Serves” at least offered us a chance to care about Airiam before shooting her out of an airlock. Not everyone agreed with me, and…

The Good Fight's new Michael Sheen character is a surprising misfire for the show

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Halfway through “The One Inspired by Roy Cohn,” Cush Jumbo as Luca Quinn delivers a lengthy, gripping, emotionally potent monologue to her small infant son, splayed next to her, unable of course to understand a word she’s saying. She talks through her options, through unnerved confusion about how drawn to motherhood…

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