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Chernobyl Trailer: HBO’s Miniseries Relives A Terrifying Man-Made Disaster

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HBO takes a dramatic, in-depth look at disaster of Chernobyl in the first trailer for the upcoming miniseries event. The premium cabler is no stranger to dramatizing real-life events, but often times they come in smaller packages, like the one-two punch of Al Pacino-starring films with the creatively titled Paterno and Phil Spector, or, more recently, Brexit, which starred a bald cap-wearing Benedict Cumberbatch as the man who essentially sold voters on Britain leaving the European Union. There are many more, to be sure, but while those films may have had a ripped-from-the-headlines feel to them, they pale in comparison to the scope of what the network has planned for Chernobyl. A five-part event, Chernobyl boasts an impressive cast that includes Jared Harris (The Terror), Stellan Skarsgård (Dune), Emily Watson (King Lear), Paul Ritter (Inferno), Jessie Buckley (Taboo), Adrian Rawlins (Hard Sun), and Barry Keoghan (Y). Though the miniseries also serves as an unofficial reunion of three actors from Lars von Trier’s 1996 masterpiece Breaking the Waves, it’s a good bet most viewers will want to tune in for a fictionalized account of a harrowing real-life event that threatened millions of lives. More: Hanna Review: Not Enough New Ideas To Completely Warrant A Television SeriesThe trailer is effective in its attempts to scare the daylights out of those watching on two fronts, beginning with the Chernobyl disaster itself, the immense threat of radioactive fallout, and, of course, the bureaucratic red tape that was soon to follow. It’s a frightening glimpse into a equally terrifying disaster, one given the even more gravity by the performances of both Harris and Skarsgård. Check out the trailer for Chernobyl below, along with a brief synopsis:“On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster. Chernobyl premieres May 6 on HBO.”For anyone who is old enough to remember the event, or recalls the more recent disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the trailer promises to bring back some difficult emotions. But it also looks as though the miniseries will be right at home alongside the equally disturbing 1979 film The China Syndrome. If nothing else, Chernobyl will make for a sobering watch while waiting for new episodes of the final season of Game of Thrones to air. Next: Santa Clarita Diet Season 3 Review: Netflix’s Zombie Comedy Gets Even WeirderChernobyl premieres Monday, May 6 @9pm on HBO. 


Law & Order: SVU Renewed For Season 21 At NBC, Making TV History

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NBC renews Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for season 21, making TV history in the process. Created by Dick Wolf, the NBC crime drama stars Mariska Hargitay as Lieutenant Olivia Benson. To date, Hargitay has won both a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her lead performance. In 1990, Wolf debuted the NBC series Law & Order, which ultimately aired for 20 seasons through May 2010. Based on the series’ success, NBC ordered a spin-off, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which premiered in 1999. The series follows detectives from New York City’s 16th precinct who investigate sexually-based offenses. For the first 12 seasons, Christopher Meloni co-starred as Detective Elliot Stabler, but left the show in 2011. Since then, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has continued its “ripped from the headlines” approach, with Hargitay staying on board for the entire run. In September 2018, NBC premiered Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 20, and the latest 22-episode installment is scheduled to conclude in May. Related: Should Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Change Its Name?Per Deadline, NBC has renewed Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for season 21, marking a significant moment in television history. Not only has Law & Order: Special Victims Unit surpassed Gunsmoke and Law & Order as the longest-running live-action primetime series, but Hargitay’s Olivia Benson is now the longest-running character for the same category. Previously, Kelsey Grammer’s titular Frasier character survived 20 seasons, along with the characters portrayed by Gunsmoke’s Milburn Stone and James Arness. Currently, Hargitay has starred in 458 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Hargitay is the daughter of actress and model Jayne Mansfield. In 1967, the blossoming American icon was killed in a car accident at age 34. Hargitay’s father is actor Mickey Hargitay, who made four movies with his late wife and later made a cameo as “Grandfather” in a 2013 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entitled “Control.” Before landing her famous role, Mariska Hargitay starred on the CBS soap opera Falcon Crest in 1988, and also had a main role in the network’s short-lived series Tequila and Bonetti. Hargitay returned to CBS again for a lead role in the sitcom Can’t Hurry Love, and ultimately landed a career-changing role on NBC’s medical drama ER. In the series’ fourth season, she portrayed desk clerk Cynthia Cooper in 13 episodes. Given how much the world has changed since the original Law & Order premiered, the franchise has become especially relevant given its willingness to address current news stories. Furthermore, Hargitay’s Olivia Benson is one of primetime television’s most endearing yet tough characters, and fans can easily identify with her journey and conflict. Plus, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit isn’t merely a nostalgic show for NBC to keep around, as the series has reportedly won its new Thursday 10pm time slot among regular dramas in the key 18-49 demo.More: Ranked: Every Law & Order SeriesSource: Deadline


Pennyworth Teaser Trailer: Batman’s Butler Gets An Origin Story

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Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth gets an origin story in the teaser trailer for Pennyworth. The Caped Crusader’s caretaker, housekeeper, guardian, and often disapproving father figure has been portrayed by numerous actors over the years, going back to Alan Napier’s run as Alfred on the 1960s Batman TV show. Michael Gough would later go on to play Alfred in four movies (and opposite three different Batman actors), followed by Michael Caine’s turn in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and, most recently, Jeremy Irons’ vest-loving Aflred in the DCEU films Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.Elsewhere, on the small screen, Mr. Pennyworth has recently been played by Sean Pertwee on the live-action FOX series Gotham. Pertwee’s Alfred is a relatively younger and more militaristic mentor than his predecessors, partly because Gotham takes place when Bruce Wayne is still a teenager learning the ropes of being a costumed vigilante. He’s also a man with a mysterious and dangerous past that’s been alluded on numerous occasions, but never fully explored. While Pennyworth isn’t necessarily an origin story for Pertwee’s Gotham character, the teaser trailer alone suggests it easily could be (with a few tweaks).Related: All 25 DC Movies & TV Shows Arriving in 2019The Pennyworth teaser trailer is now online, ahead of the show’s premiere on Epix sometime this summer. You can watch the (short) preview in the space below.While the preview runs a mere 17 seconds, it nevertheless offers a nice introduction to the show’s young Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) and his James Bond-esque lifestyle. Indeed, when Pennyworth picks up, the show’s namesake is an ex-British SAS soldier who starts up a security company in 1960s London, and goes to work for Bruce’s billionaire father Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) shortly after. The teaser suggests the series will strike the tone of a pulpy period espionage adventure, complete with all the cloak and dagger dealings, gun fights, knife fights, steamy encounters, and Alfred channeling his inner suave secret agent that one could ask for.The show’s tone comes as little surprise either, seeing as Pennyworth hales from producers Danny Cannon and Bruno Heller, aka. the minds behind the decidedly bonkers Gotham. For its fans, there’s something irresistible about Gotham’s brand of ridiculousness, and the latest Batman prequel series looks to offer something similar, for those interested. The first season will run for ten episodes and feature a cast that includes Polly Walker (Mr Selfridge), Dorothy Atkinson (Harlots), Jason Flemyng (Jamestown), Jessica Ellerby (Benidorm), and singer-songwriter Paloma Faith in recurring roles. Expect to see more of them when the full trailer drops.MORE: Batman’s Alfred Pennyworth Has An Awesome Origin StoryPennyworth premieres this summer on Epix.Source: Epix


The 100 Season 6 Extended Trailer: Clarke & Bellamy Enter A Wild New World

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There are few shows on television with the same knack for fiery reinvention as The 100, as the new extended trailer or season 6 demonstrates. The apocalyptic series has been flexing its nuclear muscles for the past few seasons, ostensibly hitting the reset and fast forward button at the same time. First, at the end of season 4, the series blew everything up in order to facilitate a five-year time jump, and then, not wanting to be stick around in a nuclear wasteland for too long, did much the same at the end of season 5. The result is a massive time jump and relocation to a wild new world that’s just as violent as the one Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy (Bob Morley), and the rest thought they’d left behind. It’s a fresh start of sorts for a series that’s based on the idea of near-constant conflict, all told through the eyes of a surprisingly large ensemble cast of characters. The series is confident enough in its plans for the future that it’s even referring to season 6 as the beginning of Book II, meaning the last five seasons have been part of a larger story that is, for the most part, closed out now. And given what transpired at the end of ‘Damocles: Part Two’ it’s no wonder. Now, it time to figure out were The 100 goes from here, and just how much of its characters’ propensity for violence and conflict has traveled with them on their long journey. More: Hanna Review: Not Enough New Ideas To Completely Warrant A Television SeriesAs evidenced by the extended trailer, this new world is, at first glance, a veritable utopia compared to the ravaged world the survivors left behind. Sure, things are a little off and a little cult-y, but it’s far sight better than mushroom clouds and radioactive fallout. Unfortunately for Clarke and the others, wherever they go trouble isn’t far behind. And this new trailer uses nearly all of its four minutes to explain just how bad things on this new world can get. Check out the trailer for The 100 season 6 below: Petty squabbles for control of livable space and resources are replaced by, well, more of the same, but with the added terror of something called “eclipse psychosis,” which isn’t exactly the best way for the survivors to ingratiate themselves with their new hosts, but, as the saying goes, “when in Rome…” Aside from murder-inducing celestial events, there are plenty more oddities on display in The 100’s new setting, and while that might take some getting used to by long-time viewers, it’s also nice to see the show given the chance to stretch its creative muscles and see what happens when the playing field is leveled, so to speak. If the show’s latest reset works, it will likely send a message to the show’s writers and The CW that The 100 can not only withstand all sorts of creative curveballs, but actually thrive when being pitched them. It’s something of a long shot, to be sure, but it’s a creative risk that could also have big rewards. Next: Santa Clarita Diet Season 3 Review: Netflix’s Zombie Comedy Gets Even WeirderThe 100 season 6 premieres Tuesday, April 30 @9pm on The CW. 


15 Animated Show Episodes Pulled From TV

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Animated TV shows can be made for people of all ages, but even the most comedic ones can cross the line sometimes. Over the last several decades, animated shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, and more have become as popular as they are by pushing the limits of what their viewers will laugh at. But, even the most innocent and child-friendly shows can accidentally become the source of controversy.No matter what the target audience is, there are several different jokes that will not fly with audiences, but plenty of controversies have been the result of unintentional references. Whenever one of these hotly debated moments or episodes arrive, the conversation around them quickly becomes what should be done about them. In some instances, the shows can be altered to still allow them to be seen in a new light – but that is not what always happens.Related: 25 Family Guy Deleted Scenes That Were Too Much For TVIn Screen Rant’s latest video (featured at the top of this post), we take a look at 15 episodes of animated TV shows that were pulled from circulation due to some form of controversy. The Simpsons and Family Guy both find a place on the list thanks to very different reasons, but not every one mentioned is the result of difficult subject matter. In the case of Peppa Pig, they removed an episode about spiders not being so bad after some parents didn’t want their children to learn to play with potentially deadly arachnids.The most recent controversy to make the list, though, is The Simpsons. Producers recently made the decision to pull the season 3 episode “Stark Raving Dad” from circulation and eventually phase it out of box sets and off of streaming. The episode features pop singer Michael Jackson voicing Homer’s cellmate, and the producers made this decision following the release of HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary that chronicles first hand accounts from two men accusing Jackson of taking advantage of them as children.Beyond pulling episodes featuring controversial guest stars, most of these examples come from a variety of different claims. Politics and religion are two extremely sensitive topics for many and were directly responsible for a few of the episodes mentioned before being taken down. But, not all of these instances are as serious as politics, racism, or drugs, and sometimes it can just be as simple as the episode of Pokemon that features flashing lights that made people sick. Of course, these are just a few controversies to arise for animated shows, and there are several that have yet to be resolved or were handled poorly (like The Simpsons’ ongoing Apu controversy), let alone seen the episodes pulled from the air.MORE: The Simpsons’ Apu Controversy Timeline


WWE Royal Rumble 2019: Here's All the Surprise Entrants

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WWE’s annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view is never complete without surprise entrants in the titular matches, and here’s who showed up in 2019. While it wasn’t the case in the early years, once it became entrenched as a WWE tradition, the Royal Rumble match became famous for its propensity to include participants fans wouldn’t expect. It’s almost a game for fans at this point, trying to guess what random retired legend, brand new signing, or NXT sensation will make an unadvertised appearance in the Rumble.With last year’s advent of the 30-woman Royal Rumble match, that’s become even more of a fun activity, as a combined 60 entrants leads to lots of opportunities for the unexpected. While the 2019 Royal Rumble matches weren’t quite as surprise-packed as some previous editions, there were still some inclusions sure to bring a smile to the face of wrestling fans. Before the list of proper surprise entrants begins, it’s also worth mentioning that Hornswoggle the leprechaun made a hilarious cameo in the women’s Rumble, chasing the cowardly Zelina Vega out from under the ring.Related: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch Win WWE Royal Rumble Matches, Head to WrestleManiaGoing into Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, WWE had officially announced 20 entrants for the men’s Rumble match, and 23 for the women’s. However, R-Truth didn’t end up competing in the men’s match, and Lana didn’t end up competing in the women’s. This left 11 possible surprise slots open for the men, and eight for the women. Surprise participants in the men’s Rumble included: Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Aleister Black, Dolph Ziggler, and Nia Jax. Surprise participants in the women’s Rumble included: Xia Li, Kairi Sane, Maria Kanellis, Candice LeRae, Kacy Catanzaro, Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley, and Becky Lynch.

For those wondering, the other four possible surprise slots for the men were filled by regular roster members Shinsuke Nakamura, No Way Jose, Curt Hawkins, and Shelton Benjamin, so you can’t really call them big shocks. His Rumble appearance represents recent Hall of Fame inductee Jarrett’s first match for WWE since 1999. Fellow Hall of Famer Angle’s entry marks his first appearance in the standard 30-man Rumble since 2005.Gargano just won the NXT North American championship at Takeover on Saturday, while Dunne is the current NXT U.K. champion. Black just battled Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT title at Takeover, while Ziggler was returning from about a month’s hiatus. Jax’s entry was the biggest news, becoming only the fourth woman to enter the men’s Rumble match after beating down R-Truth and taking his spot. It’s rare to see men fight women in today’s PG-rated WWE, so it was a bit surreal to see Jax get taken out by the likes of Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio.Li and Shirai are rising players in NXT, after having competed in the Mae Young Classic tournament. Sane won that tournament before, and is a former NXT women’s champion. She was also a surprise entrant in 2018. Catanzaro is a former American Ninja Warrior contestant, and is now part of NXT. Ripley was the first NXT U.K. women’s champion, while LeRae is another rising NXT talent, and also the wife of Gargano. Kanellis spends most of her time managing her husband Mike, and rarely competes for WWE. Lynch – the eventual winner – took the spot of an injured Lana, after losing to SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka in the opening match.More: John Cena Apologizes to The Rock for Criticizing His Jump to Hollywood


SNL: James McAvoy Hilariously Parodies The Bachelor

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Hosting last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, actor James McAvoy blithely parodied the current season of ABC’s The Bachelor with a skit called “Virgin Hunk.” While it was McAvoy’s first time hosting the sketch comedy show, many have already lauded his performance and ability to keep up with the rapid change of pace.McAvoy currently stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, which bookends the director’s superhero trilogy that follows the storyline of Unbreakable and Split. McAvoy’s character Kevin Wendell Crumb was the focal point of 2017’s surprise box office hit Split, wherein he plays a man with 23 distinct personalities until a 24th emerges, known as The Beast. Glass brings back Bruce Willis’ seemingly indestructible character David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson’s criminal mastermind Elijah Price from Unbreakable, adding McAvoy’s unpredictable Crumb into the mix to create the ultimate superpowered showdown.Related: Saturday Night Live Trolls Netflix Originals With Parody CommercialOne of last night’s SNL skits had McAvoy playing a bachelor named Dolton in a parody of the current lead of The Bachelor Colton Underwood. Starring on a mock reality show called “Virgin Hunk,” McAvoy’s character is described as a “26-year-old virgin whose job is ‘Exercises’ [and who] has to choose between 30 women who didn’t vote.” Dolton, who’s from “Turd River, Colorado,” is repeatedly approached by the female cast members who are taking turns wooing him. Cecily Strong’s contestant “Hennessy” is 31 so she’s considered “almost dead” and her ex-boyfriend Dirty John dumped her for being too clingy. Heidi Gardner’s contestant Jessica C. wears a sash titled “Miss Vagina” instead of “Miss Virginia”, mocking the fact that there are currently two pageant contestants on The Bachelor. Throughout the skit, the cast of contestants interject staple refrains like “I missed you” and “Can I steal him for a sec?” McAvoy’s Dolton, however, is “ready to find love with one of these randos” and is only waiting to have sex “until the producers say ‘go’.”The lack of reality on so-called reality shows is a running joke at this point. SNL for its part has been parodying the concept for years with other sketches like “Farm Hunk,” “Beard Hunk,” and even “Bland Man.” While shows like this are seemingly easy to lampoon, it’s interesting to note that there are crazy rules and mandatory psychological testing situations for the actual contestants of The Bachelor, which helps create the outlandish exhibition we see.McAvoy likely won’t be appearing on a reality show anytime soon, but he’s set to reprise his role as Professor Xavier in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, as well as star in the IT sequel IT: Chapter Two – assuming Bill Skarsgard dressed as Pennywise didn’t freak him out too much on set. One thing that does seem more likely than not for McAvoy is another chance to host SNL in the future.Next: James McAvoy Isn’t Sure The X-Men Could Fit Into The MCUSource: SNL


[Spoilers] Win WWE Royal Rumble Matches, Head to WrestleMania

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WWE just held its annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view, featuring 30 men and 30 women vying for a main event spot at WrestleMania, and here’s who won. Invented in 1988, the Royal Rumble match is an ingenious twist on the standard over-the-top-rope battle royal. 30 competitors – normally, although two matches have had 40 and 50 participants, respectively – take part, with two starting, then a new challenger entering after a predetermined time interval. The Royal Rumble is many wrestling fans’ favorite match of the year, and it’ll likely remain a tradition as long as WWE exists.Some of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time have won the Royal Rumble, with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin holding the record for most wins, winning in 1997, 1998, and 2001. Austin is one of only three men to win the Royal Rumble in consecutive years as well, along with Hulk Hogan (1990 and 1991) and Shawn Michaels (1995 and 1996). Some other distinguished winners include Ric Flair, Bret Hart, The Rock, John Cena, Edge, and Triple H. Last year, WWE upped the ante, introducing a 30-woman Royal Rumble match into the mix. 2018’s Royal Rumble winners were Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka.Related: NXT Takeover Phoenix: Championships Change Hands & [Spoiler] ReunitesWith the 2019 Royal Rumble now in the books, two fan-favorite superstars managed to add their names to the illustrious club of Royal Rumble match winners. On the women’s side, “The Man” Becky Lynch won her Rumble, last eliminating bitter rival Charlotte Flair. As for the men, decorated former Shield member Seth Rollins emerged victorious, last eliminating “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman.

Lynch’s journey to winning the women’s Royal Rumble was an odd one, as she opened the show by losing to SmackDown women’s champion Asuka, and was not scheduled to be an entrant in the 30-woman Rumble field. However, in a clever bit of writing, Lynch was allowed to sub in for Lana, who had been injured in Rusev’s match against Nakamura earlier in the show. This allowed Lynch to be a surprise late entrant, and excite the Phoenix, AZ crowd to no end. In addition to eliminating Charlotte, Lynch also got some revenge against Nia Jax, who memorably broke her face in November.Rollins was considered a favorite to win by many, but some fans also thought WWE wrestlers like Drew McIntyre and Strowman had a good shot at picking up the victory. Despite being put through a table by Bobby Lashley, Rollins wouldn’t be denied, surviving a final four that also included Dolph Ziggler and Andrade “Cien” Almas. Rollins joins his former Shield teammate Roman Reigns as a Royal Rumble winner. Interestingly, Rollins’ final victim, Strowman, won the aforementioned 50-man Rumble last April in Saudi Arabia.More: Ronda Rousey Possibly Leaving WWE After WrestleMania


Kevin Can F— Himself Comedy In The Works From Rashida Jones

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A new sitcom, tentatively titled Kevin Can F— Himself, is currently being developed for AMC. The series comes from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, who were, at one point, slated to co-write the forthcoming Pixar sequel Toy Story 4. They dropped out in November 2017, citing “creative and philosophical differences” as well as “a culture where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice.” This came in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations against former chief creative officer John Lasseter, who has announced he will be leaving Disney/Pixar officially at the end of this year.Jones and McCormack, who both began their careers as actors, have since branched out to behind-the-camera work. Jones, best known for her starring role on beloved NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, released her directorial debut Celeste and Jesse Forever in 2012. She also produced the Netflix documentary series Hot Girls Wanted. The pair teamed up to executive produce the short-lived NBC comedy A to Z, and, through their Le Train Train production company, are also behind the TNT drama Claws.Related: Rashida Jones to Direct Goldie Vance Comic Book AdaptationNow, they’re taking on a very different project. As reported by EW, Kevin Can F— Himself will show family life from the perspective of the wife. Created by Valerie Armstrong, a staff writer during the second season of the David Boreanaz war drama SEAL Team, the series aims to tackle the trope of the beautiful, nagging wife who is married to a “caveman-like” jerk of a husband by giving the audience her perspective. From the logline:”Kevin Can F*** Himself, (working title) from creator Valerie Armstrong (SEAL Team) and executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack through Le Train Train (Claws) explores the secret life of a woman we all grew up watching: the sitcom wife. A beauty paired with a less attractive, dismissive, caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because she’s a nag and he’s ‘funny.’ Our series looks to break television convention and ask what does the world look like through her eyes? Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera zaniness, the formats will be constantly informing one another as we ask what happens when this supporting character is presented as a real person? And what if that person is pissed?”AMC is flipping the script with the new comedy. The title is an obvious play on the now-canceled Kevin James sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which aired on ABC for two seasons. The series came under fire when the actor’s on-screen wife, played by Erinn Hayes, was unceremoniously killed off between the first and second season, and replaced by Leah Remini, who James starred with on The King of Queens a decade prior. The idea that any attractive woman can be substituted for another appears to be exactly in line with what this new series is aiming to address.In addition to Kevin Can F— Himself, another series is in development from Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, the creators of AMC’s four-season period drama Halt and Catch Fire, which ended its run last year. David Madden, the network’s president of programming, spoke about the unique process in which the shows are being developed: Writers’ rooms are put together in order to create multiple scripts and determine how things will play out, prior to being ordered to series.More: Little Drummer Girl Sneak Peek Offers A Closer Look At AMC’s Upcoming ThrillerSource: EW


True Detective Season 3 Full Trailer: Mahershala Ali Is A Haunted Investigator

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HBO’s very serious crime series True Detective is set to return for season 3 in 2019, and the network has dropped the equally serious official full trailer to whet viewers’ appetites. The series took something of a sabbatical after the star-studded second season was met with plenty of critical derision, leading to Michael Lombardi, then-president of the network, taking some of the blame for its perceived creative shortcomings. Although it’s been a minute since the series was a fixture on HBO’s schedule, it’s set to make its comeback next year, and as the new trailer makes clear, it’s doing so with the help of Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali. Details on the new season have been around for a while. The new mystery will unfold in the Ozarks, and take place over three separate timelines, with Ali’s Detective Wayne Hayes becoming increasingly haunted by one particularly gruesome crime. Joining Ali are Stephen Dorff as Hayes’ partner, Roland West, as well as an impressive lineup of supporting characters played by Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts), Sarah Gadon (Alias Grace), Scoot McNary (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and Mamie Gummer (Castle Rock). More: Guillermo del Toro, Rian Johnson & More React To FilmStruck’s ClosureFrom the look of things, True Detective season 3 will be something of a throwback for the series (an odd thing to say for a show with only two other seasons under its belt), wherein the multiple timelines will not only follow the investigation of the crime, but also the emotional and psychological price paid by those tasked with solving the offense. Take a look at the trailer below: That HBO and series creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto would want to return to a time when True Detective was a part of the weekly television conversation and a potential heir apparent to the premium cabler’s Game of Thrones franchise is no surprise. That may be a tall order, though, as with season 2 Pizzolatto will have to do without the creative influence of director Cary Fukunaga, who, it seems, had a lot to do with the show’s initial success. This time, Pizzolatto has the help of Deadwood creator David Milch (who is credited as a co-writer on an episode), and acclaimed filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room, Hold the Dark). Saulnier unfortunately left the project early for “scheduling conflicts,” though his refusal to speak on the record about the experience maybe says all that needs to be said about it. Picking up where Saulnier left off is television veteran Daniel Sackheim, who will share directorial duties on the new season with Pizzolatto himself. That combination will be something to keep an eye on as the season unfolds and Pizzolatto’s writing and directorial efforts are put on display. Next: Homecoming Review: Julia Roberts & Sam Esmail Team For A Smart Paranoid ThrillerTrue Detective season 3 premieres Sunday, January 13 @9pm on HBO.