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An interview with ‘2 Dope Queens’ Phoebe Robinson on #MeToo in comedy

Podcast-turned-phenomenon 2 Dope Queens wasn’t just prescient to the systemic issues facing comedy, the show was providing solutions years before The New York Times and the #MeToo movement would make the rest of us aware of them.

Beginning in 2015, the monthly live stand-up show introduced audiences to a kind of comedy they’d never really heard before. Headed by her majesties Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, it handed the mic over to talented women, LGBTQ people, and people of color who weren’t getting the mainstream attention they deserved.

2 Dope Queens skyrocketed to success almost instantly, selling out shows to adoring fans. Last week, the new monarchy of inclusive comedy reached another landmark milestone yet: They brought their court of dope, diverse comedic nobility to HBO with four hour-long weekly specials. Read more…

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HBO boss says ‘Game of Thrones’ had to push back to make the best show possible

The long winter is here, and by that we mean the agonizing wait between Seasons 7 and 8 of Game of Thrones. After HBO confirmed that Season 8 won’t premiere until 2019, network president Casey Bloys insists that this was a calculated decision – not just a way to draw out the pain of waiting for and losing this show.

SEE ALSO: It’s official: ‘Game of Thrones’ will wait until 2019 to kill all your favorite characters

“It wasn’t necessarily a delay,” Bloys told TVLine. “It was based on when they felt that they could deliver a show that they are most proud of.”

“They” of course means show runners David Beniof and D.B. Weiss, who must be eyeing an ambitious final season full of battling zombies, dragons, and more. Read more…

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Oh yus, ‘Flight of the Conchords’ is returning to TV

New Zealand’s best singing comedy duo is heading back to your screens.

HBO announced that Flight of the Conchords will make a return in the form of a one-hour special set to air in May.

SEE ALSO: 10 TV shows we can’t wait to see in 2018

The comedy special was taped in front of live sold-out audience during their UK visit, featuring classic songs and originals performed as part of the “Flight of the Conchords Sing Flight of the Conchords Tour.”

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie first debuted on HBO in 2005 in an episode of the stand-up series “One Night Stand,” then reappeared again 2007 for their self-titled hit series.  Read more…

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HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ will be your next dystopic distraction

HBO has released the first teaser for Fahrenheit 451, a film based off the Ray Bradbury novel and starring Michael B. Jordan as a rebel in a dystopia that burns books.

Like other dystopic narratives – did you not watch The Handmaid’s Tale? – Fahrenheit 451 feels uncomfortably close to reality in 2018 (see also: the Trump administration blustering about censorship and “fire and fury”).

SEE ALSO: Clever artist turns Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ into a hilarious pop-up book

HBO debuted the teaser Thursday for the Television Critics Association. It’s full of slow-motion takes and images of fire that make everything else seem much darker in contrast. Read more…

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Why surprise Golden Globe nominee ‘The Sinner’ is a must watch

Jessica Biel’s The Sinner garnered almost unanimous critical acclaim, surprisingly successful ratings, and two Golden Globes nominations in the star-studded categories of Best Miniseries and Best Actress in a Miniseries alongside heavy-hitters like Big Little Lies and FEUD.

But, somehow, many of us totally missed it when it aired back in August.

For all the positive buzz generated by reviewers, the show never got the mainstream attention that it deserved. It’s not hard to see why: As a USA Network limited series that with a similar subject matter and genre to Big Little Lies, the show had little chance of stealing that HBO thunder. Read more…

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It’s official: ‘Game of Thrones’ will wait until 2019 to kill all your favorite characters

Though we figured this was coming for quite a while, HBO has finally confirmed that there will be no new Game of Thrones in 2018 and, instead, we’ll have to wait until 2019 to see the final season.

SEE ALSO: ‘Game of Thrones’ comes to theaters to distract you from the long wait for Season 8

The announcement came via a tweet from HBO’s PR department and also confirmed that the final season will be made up of only six episodes. Though the official return date hasn’t been announced, we’re on the record as guessing March 2019 and we’re sticking to it.

It’s official: @GameOfThrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019.

— HBO PR (@HBOPR) January 4, 2018 Read more…

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‘The Last Jedi’ has a secret ‘Game of Thrones’ connection

Star Wars: The Last Jedi offers one of the best nerd crossovers of 2017. The movie’s newest location of Canto Bight happens to be the exact same city as Game of Thrones‘ Kings Landing: Dubrovnik, Croatia.

SEE ALSO: ‘The Last Jedi’ review: Laughing and crying, Star Wars reaches full throttle

In a video about the new worlds of The Last Jedi, director Rian Johnson casually mentions that Dubrovnik was the perfect place to shoot Canto Bight, as if the city’s name hasn’t become synonymous with Thrones in nerd culture. In unaltered footage, Dubrovnik looks exactly like the Westerosi capitol; with spaceships by nightfall, it becomes the effervescent casino of The Last Jedi.  Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ actor: Season 8 puts characters in ‘alien environment’

Game of Thrones went full throttle in Season 7, and it’s no surprise that the show won’t slow down now. 

Actor John Bradley, who plays Sam Tarly, told TV Guide that characters are going to keep being pushed by new elements and traveling the seven kingdoms deeper and faster than ever before. 

SEE ALSO: The ‘Game of Thrones’ pacing is completely messing with our heads

“Each of the characters this year is placed in a completely alien environment at some point in the season that they’ve never been placed in before,” Bradley said. “The thrill is seeing how they react to it and how they respond… This season, I think, more than any other is stretching these characters.” Read more…

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 is actually happening, for real this time

After months of breathless speculation, Mashable has confirmed that Big Little Lies Season 2 has officially been ordered by HBO, with executive producers and stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman once again on board.

Because the show was initially intended as a limited series based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, the actors weren’t optioned for additional seasons when they signed on for Season 1, but most of the cast is expected to return and negotiations are currently underway, per HBO.

HBO says the second season will “explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.  Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.” Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ comes to theaters to distract you from the long wait for Season 8

We still don’t know when the final season of Game of Thrones will air, which means we have plenty of time to revisit all the big twists of Season 7 while we wait.

HBO plans to distract us from our clock-watching with eight fan screenings taking place in three cities (New York, Chicago and Los Angeles) this winter, with the most action-packed episode of Season 7 getting the big screen treatment.

SEE ALSO: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 will be ‘the greatest thing that’s ever aired on TV’

In episode 4, “The Spoils of War,” Daenerys brings her dragons and Dothraki hordes to Westeros for the first time in a stunning attack against Jaime Lannister’s forces, and you know you want to see Drogon and Dany laying waste to the Lannister army on the biggest screen possible.  Read more…

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