Royal Watchers Wonder: Do the Royals Watch ‘The Crown’?

A lack of hard facts has not prevented plenty of speculation as to whether Queen Elizabeth and the other members of the royal family ever watch their fictionalized selves.

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How ‘The Crown’ Embraced ’80s Pop

Season 4 of the Netflix show takes viewers into a new decade, with a musical soundtrack to match, including artists like Stevie Nicks, Elton John and David Bowie.

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Which Nxivm Show Is Better? An Expert Investigates

The reporter who broke the story of the cult for The New York Times thought he was done with Nxivm. But he couldn’t resist seeing how “The Vow” and “Seduced” compared with his own experiences.

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Geoffrey Palmer, Judi Dench’s Sitcom Co-Star, Is Dead at 93

Their show “As Time Goes By” was a hit in Britain and had a following in the U.S. “When you acted with him,” Ms. Dench said, “you’d just feel very safe.”

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We’re Still Smarter Than Computers

For now.

#artificial-intelligence, #television

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Catch Up on These 12 Great 2020 Series This Thanksgiving Weekend

The belts are loosened and the tryptophan is surging. These fantastic series are perfect for a four-day weekend dedicated to bingeing of all kinds.

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Netflix Pulls ‘Chappelle’s Show’ at Dave Chappelle’s Request

The comedian was unhappy that “Chappelle’s Show” was licensed to Netflix and HBO Max, saying that he should have been paid.

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‘Saved by the Bell’ Review: This Time, It’s Actually All Right

The revival improves on the beloved, goofy original with a self-aware spin and a modern sensibility.

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A Thanksgiving Parade, Unfazed by Snow or Wind, Takes on a Pandemic

Macy’s had to rip up its usual script and plan a new parade with the coronavirus in mind. There will be Rockettes, but don’t expect a kickline.

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Laura Benanti Says Goodbye to Melania and Watches ‘Ted Lasso’

The actress may be nearing the end as Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” but she has plenty of other projects and passions to keep her busy.

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Latinos, Long Dismissed in Hollywood, Push to Make Voices Heard

To many Latinos in Hollywood, every gain seems to be followed by a setback. The writer Tanya Saracho and others involved in the Untitled Latinx Project want to change that.

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How ‘Blue Bloods’ and Other Shows Resumed Filming in Pandemic N.Y.C.

With the city’s economy in a downturn, film production has been a bright spot, with crews again filling the city’s sound stages and, increasingly, the streets.

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This ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Will Temporarily Succeed Alex Trebek

The game show is holding off on naming a new long-term host, but the game show superstar Ken Jennings will be a short-term replacement.

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Why ‘Gilmore Girls’ Endures

This week brings the broadcast debut of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” on the CW. The creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and other “Gilmore” veterans look back on the show’s lasting appeal.

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A Muslim-Hindu Kiss Puts Netflix India in the Crosshairs

Nationalist leaders decry scenes in the show “A Suitable Boy” between a Hindu and a Muslim, at a time of rising interfaith conflict and government efforts to control online content.

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘Black Narcissus’ and ‘My Psychedelic Love Story’

Diana Rigg and Gemma Arterton star in a mini-series adaptation of a novel on FX. And a new documentary by Errol Morris debuts on Showtime.

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‘Black Narcissus’ Review: Nuns, Mountains, High Passion

An FX mini-series revisits a story of sexual repression in the Himalayas and includes a final TV performance by Diana Rigg.

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Newsmax, Once a Right-Wing Also-Ran, Is Rising, and Trump Approves

A once-niche conservative cable network, owned by a longtime friend of the president, lures audiences by refusing to declare an electoral winner.

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Even Harry Styles in Jorts Can’t Save Gucci’s Mini-Series

Neither could Billie Eilish. Or Gus Van Sant. “Ouverture” was a stab at an art house fashion film that doesn’t quite come off. But Guccifest was a different story.

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‘The Crown’ in the U.K.: Britain Reacts to Season 4

There has been praise for Emma Corrin and a cheeky mouse and complaints about the depiction of Margaret Thatcher and the queen’s salute as the series explores a divisive time in U.K. history.

#charles-prince-of-wales, #great-britain, #netflix-inc, #social-media, #television, #the-crown-tv-program

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‘Supernatural’ Ends Its 15-Season Run on Its Own, Oddball Terms

The CW’s shockingly long-lived horror series bids its fans goodbye after 15 seasons of slaying.

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With ‘Sylvie’s Love,’ Eugene Ashe Returns With a Big Hollywood Romance

For his second feature, Ashe, the writer and director of the Amazon film, was influenced by the photographer Gordon Parks and the singer Nancy Wilson.

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Letitia Wright Plays a Real-Life Black Panther

The actress takes on the role of the British activist Altheia Jones-LeCointe in Steve McQueen’s series for Amazon. The experience has proved to be an education.

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‘Belushi’ Finds the Sensitive Man Inside the Wild Persona

The new Showtime documentary aims to present a more complex view of John Belushi, the tragically fated star of “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers” and “S.N.L.,” beyond the stunts and hard partying.

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Ken Spears, Partner in an Animation Powerhouse, Dies at 82

Mr. Spears and Joe Ruby were best known for “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!,” perhaps the most spun-off series in the history of television.

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David Fincher’s Impossible Eye

With ‘Mank,’ America’s most famously exacting director tackles the movie he’s been waiting his entire career to make.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: Josh O’Connor Thrives as Prince Charles

As Prince Charles on “The Crown,” the self-described liberal left-winger has thrived in a role he never really sought.

#netflix-inc, #oconnor-josh-actor, #television, #the-crown-tv-program

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‘Animaniacs’ Is Back, Still Zany and Totally Insane-y

The antic cartoon satire of the 1990s returns on Hulu with new episodes, original cast members and steep expectations to fulfill.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What to Watch and Read About Diana

If Season 4 has fueled your interest in one of royal history’s most glamorous women, you’re in luck. She has inspired many a book, documentary and article.

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Memoir Went From Page to Stage to HBO

An all-star cast came together, remotely and in socially distanced shoots, to turn Ta-Nehisi Coates’s memoir into a vivid amalgam of art, music and performance for HBO.

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Eleanor Schano, Trailblazing Journalist in Pittsburgh, Dies at 88

Ms. Schano rose from “weather girl” to reporter to anchor in firsts for the city, hiding three pregnancies along the way. She died of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #news-and-news-media, #pittsburgh-pa, #schano-eleanor-1932-2020, #television, #women-and-girls

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‘Fresh Prince’ Reunion, ‘Bel Air’ Reboot: How ’90s TV Handled Race

A generation ago, sitcoms with largely Black casts were must-see TV, balancing humor and drama. Will the “Bel-Air” reboot resonate in the era of Black Lives Matter?

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Diana’s Dresses on ‘The Crown,’ a Fashion Horror

“The Crown,” Season 4, has raised the question again. The answer may not be what you expect.

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Conan O’Brien to Leave Late Night for HBO Max show.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What Actually Happened and How It Was Covered

Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales, are among the iconic figures covered in the latest installment of Peter Morgan’s show. How much is fact and how much is fiction?

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The Stars of ‘Animaniacs’ Speak for Themselves

Meet the voice-over actors who have played Yakko, Wakko, Dot and Pinky and the Brain for nearly 30 years.

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How Accurate Was ‘The Good Lord Bird’?

Here’s everything you need to know about John Brown’s actual raid at Harpers Ferry, dramatized in Sunday’s series finale of the Showtime historical drama.

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Rachel Bloom’s Life Is an Open Book

The star and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” wryly explores adolescent angst, adult trauma and musical theater in a new memoir, “I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are.”

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Margaret Thatcher and Class Struggles in “The Crown” Season 4

In the new season, Diana Spencer’s aristocratic breeding triumphs and Margaret Thatcher’s middle-class tendencies horrify the royals. Here’s a guide to the rigid world of the British class system.

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Creeptastic Truth Seekers takes its horror seriously—but not too seriously

(l-r) Emma D'Arcy, Nick Frost, and Samson Kanyo star in <em>Truth Seekers</em>.

Enlarge / (l-r) Emma D’Arcy, Nick Frost, and Samson Kanyo star in Truth Seekers. (credit: Amazon Prime)

A lonely broadband installer with a side gig as a ghost hunter and his new partner encounter more supernatural intrigue than they bargained for in Truth Seekers, a new comedy series on Amazon Prime, created by Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, James Serafinowicz, and Nat Saunders. We’re fans of Paul, Shaun of the Dead, and the rest of the Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy, so it’s nice to see Frost and Pegg back together on-screen again. Truth Seekers brings their unique comic sensibility to the topic of paranormal investigation.

Per the official synopsis:

Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel for all to see. However, as they stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers and abandoned hospitals with their array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos, their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, more terrifying and even deadly, as they begin to uncover a conspiracy that could bring about Armageddon for the entire human race.

Frost plays Gus—a lonely widowed guy with a boring job installing broadband for a company called SMYLE—who moonlights as an amateur paranormal investigator. The titular Truth Seekers is the name of his YouTube channel. Pegg has a somewhat smaller role (in terms of screen time) as Gus’ cheerfully exuberant boss, Dave, who sports a positively disastrous wig and seems to be very keen on always maintaining “100 percent coverage.” Is he really that gung-ho about customer service, or is there some ulterior motive at SMYLE?

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Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘GLOW’

A longtime pro-wrestling fan mourns the early cancellation of a series that she argues was both a beautiful story about women and one of the few pop culture offerings ever to take the sport seriously.

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Steve McQueen Explores Britain’s Caribbean Heritage

The director’s ambitious anthology series for Amazon and the BBC is his first film work about Black life in Britain. “I needed to understand myself, where I came from,” he said.

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A Famous Santa and Rudolph Are Heading to Auction

If you can spare $250,000, two stars of the 56-year-old Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” could be yours.

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‘The Reagans’ Review: Making America Great Again, Round 1

A four-part Showtime documentary takes a hard look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency and sees a wrong turn.

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‘The Crown’ Has Had Its Scandals, but There’s Nothing Like Diana

The face that launched a thousand tabloid stories — and books and documentaries and Instagram feeds — is taking center stage in the newest season of the Netflix series.

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How Do You Play Margaret Thatcher? Like This

In the new season of “The Crown,” Gillian Anderson takes on the role of the “Iron Lady.” She’s just the latest in a long line of Thatcher impersonators.

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President Trump’s Show Has Been Canceled

For years, we’ve been living inside a story defined by Donald Trump’s reality-TV worldview. America finally changed the channel.

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‘Survivor’ and Other Reality Shows Will Feature More Diverse Casts, CBS Says

The network announced this week that its reality shows, including “Big Brother” and “Love Island,” would include more diverse casts starting next season.

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Was Reagan a Precursor to Trump? A New Documentary Says Yes

“The Reagans,” a new Showtime docu-series, presents Ronald Reagan as an early practitioner of dog-whistle politics. But some historians and journalists disagree with that position.

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The Masters Rules During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Explained

A lot. No sporting event does springtime iconography like the Masters. But many of its traditions have been altered as men’s golf’s first major moved to fall.

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