Who Is America? could be funnier, but it's framing politics in ways no other comedy has

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Who Is America?, the new Sacha Baron Cohen series that Showtime’s touted as “the most dangerous TV show ever,” opens with video clips that portray a starry-eyed, sepia-toned vision of America before accelerating into a barrage of recent news footage: President Donald Trump mocking a disabled person; adult film…

Too many competing storylines make DuckTales as overwhelming as Gizmoduck's suit

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There is a lot of potential in “Who Is Gizmoduck?” There’s the story of a young intern who has access to power beyond his imagination (power, responsibility, etc.). There’s the story of an even younger duck who believes in the hero who saved him, only to be disappointed in what he sees, but to also inspire said hero…

It's high pie drama as The Great British Baking Show puts Ryan through his paces

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The Great British Baking Show doesn’t do drama. It’s not interested in last minute saves and surprise turnarounds, in emotional twists and turns and challenges that set the bakers up for failure. That’s one of the show’s chief pleasures, its low-stress, high-empathy emphasis on process, hard work, and the satisfaction…

Jim Gaffigan turns near-tragedy into reassuring comedy in Noble Ape

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Two minutes into Noble Ape, Jim Gaffigan’s sixth comedy special, the comic addresses the elephant in the room—and immediately makes it do a little dance. “In April, it was discovered that my wife had a brain tumor. I’m not even making this up,” Gaffigan begins. “It was removed, she’s great, everything’s good.” It’s a…

This is The Bad Place: Twin Peaks, Jodie Comer, and other Emmy snubs and surprises from 2018

It’s a watershed year for the Primetime Emmy Awards: For the first time since the early ’00s, HBO does not boast the lion’s share of nominations. Not that it went overlooked: Though the pay-cable channel’s 108 nominations fell short of Netflix’s 112, it still has the most-nominated program, with Game Of Thrones …

Castle Rock’s got plenty of Stephen King references, little of his storytelling chops

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It’s bizarre but totally appropriate in our postmodern, reference-happy age to see a phenomenon like Stranger Things echo its influences. The feedback loop began with the 2016 debut of the supernatural Netflix series, when much was made of the debts its free-roaming preteen outcasts and their telekinetic friend owed…

Here are the nominees for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences revealed its nominees for the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards this morning, carving some 9,100 submissions down to a varied field of competitors that reflects the continued rise of streaming platforms (well, at least one streaming platform) in a shifting TV landscape where…

The Handmaid's Tale ends a frustrating season on a frustrating note

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After two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, many hours of great acting and alternately frustrating and thrilling storytelling, some moments of horror so stark they seem to stop the heart and some so indulgent they seem like punishment for punishment’s sake, the occasional perfect needle-drop and far more imperfect ones,…

Conner O’Malley is here to explain why Minions are actually kind of funny

For most people born before the Obama presidency, Minions—the ones forced into relevancy by Universal and the Despicable Me franchise—have become a source of ire. Virtually impossible to avoid, the yellow, amorphous creatures have managed to upset parents, conspiracy theorists, and Miguel fans alike. But Joe Pera…

Reggie Watts on being a great talk show guest and why Helen Mirren is the queen of fake battle rap

Comedian, game show host, and improvisational musician Reggie Watts spends five nights a week as band leader for The Late Late Show With James Corden. In his time behind the mic, he’s seen hundreds of guests walk through The Late Late Show doors and chat it up with Corden to varying degrees of success. We talked to…