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‘SNL’: Leslie Jones Takes The Mic In ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Parody

On the same night that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was collecting the Producers Guild award for top comedy series, the show received a more elusive honor: a parody short on Saturday Night Live. Rachel Brosnahan hosted the show and appeared as her award-winning title character for the spoof, The Raunchiest Miss Rita, which is set at the smoke-filled Gaslight Cafe. (Watch the clip above or below.) After a custodian named Rita May Johnson congratulates her on her set, Maisel… Read

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‘Brexit’ Scribe & Director On UK Chaos, Benedict Cumberbatch & Donald Trump

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details of tonight’s HBO movie Brexit, which is based on the 2016 UK referendum (and you know how that’s turning out).  "We want to return to a time when we knew our place, when things made sense, fictional or not," Benedict Cumberbatch says provocatively in Brexit, capturing both the essence of the political turmoil the UK has been in since the referendum passed and the HBO Films offering about that vote which debuts tonight. The Emmy… Read

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Showtime’s ‘SMILF’ Facing Probe From MA Politicians Over Civil Rights Violations

A little over 48 hours before the second season of SMILF debuts, the Showtime series finds itself under siege from Massachusetts politicians seeking an "independent investigation" into allegations of "harassment, civil rights violations and unfair labor practices." Led by state Senator Nick Collins, about half a dozen representatives in the Codfish State signed a letter on January 16 to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development demanding that the acclaimed F… Read

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Mr. Spock Returns To TV After 27 Years

The CBS All-Access series Star Trek: Discovery returns to active duty tonight with Brother, the franchise’s high-intensity Season 2 premiere and its strongest showing to date after a bumpy inaugural season. The hour-long season opener marks the small-screen return of American television’s greatest alien, Mr. Spock, this time as portrayed by the young, bearded and soulful Ethan Peck, grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck. The last time Spock was featured in a new Trek… Read

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “We Compete So Broadly” That HBO, Disney Only Matter “On The Margin”

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos say original programming is starting to overtake acquired fare and its platform has scaled to the point that linear rivals like HBO and Disney are not principal’s main rivals. Those were two of the key takeaways from Netflix’s fourth-quarter earnings interview, the company’s answer to the traditional earnings call. This quarter’s edition was moderated by Eric Sheridan, an analyst with UBS. Sheridan asked… Read

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Netflix Breaks Out Viewership Numbers For ‘You’, ‘Sex Education’, ‘Elite’

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In reporting its fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, Netflix offered numbers that are far harder to come by: viewership stats for six of its newest series, including You, Sex Education and Elite. No third party measures streaming audiences globally as, say, Nielsen does in the U.S. Netflix zealously guards its data and has steadfastly refused to provide the kinds of ratings updates that its linear competitors do, even those not obligated to advertisers. Even so, the… Read

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Sundance 2019: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez In The House & ‘Boomerang’ Preview

EXCLUSIVE: The Lena Waithe and Halle Berry executive produced Boomerang recharge doesn't debut until February, but Sundance Film Festival attendees are going to get a world premiere preview of the BET series in just over a week. In addition, leaving the likely still ongoing government shutdown behind for the snow of Utah, new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be bringing some of her much-analyzed moves to the festival too. A SFF juror last year, Jada… Read

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The Show To Watch This Week: ‘The Punisher,’ ‘Brexit,’ ‘Black Monday’ & ‘Dynasties’ Reviews

As today's devastating Brexit defeat for Theresa May in the British Parliament proves, fact can be as much of a drama as fiction. In fact, it is reality of sorts that makes up most of the cream of the small screen crop for the latest the show to watch this week. For instance, there is the January 19 debuting Benedict Cumberbatch starring Brexit movie on HBO about the man behind the campaign that has brought political chaos to the UK. The same day, BBC America hosts the… Read

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‘The Twilight Zone’: DeWanda Wise, Jessica Williams Recruited For Jordan Peele Sci-Fi Show

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DeWanda Wise and Jessica Williams are adding a new dimension to their screen careers by joining the ensemble of an upcoming episode of The Twilight Zone, the Jordan Peele-led revival of the classic sci-fi and fantasy brand for CBS All-Access. The same episode will also feature Lucinda Dryzek, Jefferson White and Jonathan Whitesell. Previously announced cast includes John Cho, Greg Kinnear, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay and Steven… Read

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It’s Official! Michelle Yeoh ‘Star Trek’ Spinoff In Development At CBS All Access

Just hours after Crazy Rich Asians won the Best Comedy award at the Critics’ Choice Awards last night, Michelle Yeoh has scored another win with a Star Trek series of her own. As Deadline exclusively reported back in November, CBS All Access has put a Star Trek Discovery spinoff into development with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor. Set to return for the January 17-launching second season of the Sonequa Martin-Green led Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou… Read

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Final Season Debut Date Revealed By HBO With New Tease

The beginning of the end of Game of Thrones now has an official start date In an over one minute long chilly House of Stark centric tease (watch the David Nutter directed spot above) just before the debut of Season 3 of True Detective, HBO announced today that the eighth and final season of the blockbuster will premiere on April 14. While an April launch has long been hinted for the series and was confirmed by the premium cabler last fall, the dropping of the actual debut… Read

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‘Big Brother: Celebrity Edition’ Reveals Cast Members For 2nd Season: Anthony Scaramucci, Kato Kaelin Enter The Fray

A grab-bag of pop cultural names spanning the realms of politics, sports and the O.J. Simpson case make up the cast for the second season of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition on CBS. In alphabetical order, the cast includes: Jonathan Bennett, Tamar Braxton, Kandi Burruss, Tom Green, Lolo Jones, Kato KaelinJoey Lawrence, Ryan Lochte, Dina Lohan, Natalie Eva Marie, Anthony Scaramucci and Ricky Williams. Julie Chen will return as host of the show, she revealed last week… Read