The Evolution of Desus & Mero

From Twitter to cable TV, the duo is changing the culture of comedy.

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Seth Meyers: Chauvin Verdict Confirms ‘What We Saw With Our Own Eyes’

“As we’ve explained on this show many times before, the culture and system of policing in this country must be dismantled and reformed,” Meyers said on Wednesday.

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Earth Day 2021: TV Shows and Documentaries to Watch

This year’s specials include a Greta Thunberg documentary, a David Attenborough extravaganza, James Cameron on whales and Cher rescuing an elephant.

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Why Don’t Some TV Shows Sound the Way They Used To?

Licensing issues have gutted the soundtracks of many beloved series on streaming services, resulting in bewildering music cues and missing theme songs.

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True Love? On TV, There’s an App for That

Dystopian streaming shows like “Made for Love” and “The One” imagine what happens when Big Tech creeps into finding soul mates and fixing marriages.

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Late Night Addresses the Derek Chauvin Verdict

“It’s hard to celebrate, because a man is still dead, but there is a sense of relief that at least this one injustice was not compounded with indifference,” said a somber Stephen Colbert.

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How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life

To capture the tensions faced by a young ultra-Orthodox artist, the creative team behind the hit Israeli TV show hired two painters who understood the stakes.

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Bradley Whitford Finds Inspiration in the Theater (and Dog Park)

The star of “The Handmaid’s Tale” talks about the magic sauce of Yo-Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin, and is ready to do some Ken Burns voice-overs.

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Jimmy Kimmel to Mike Lindell: The Obsession Is Mutual

“Mike Lindell doesn’t seem to understand I’m his biggest fan,” Kimmel said of the MyPillow C.E.O. “I have no idea what he is doing, but I love it.”

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Brooklyn Man Finds New Life in Crime (Writing)

Jonathan Ames, known for his confessional essays and TV shows like “Bored to Death,” tries his hand at a detective novel with “A Man Named Doll.”

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What’s on TV This Week: The Oscars and a Greta Thunberg Documentary

This year’s Academy Awards ceremony airs on ABC. And PBS airs a three-part documentary pegged to Earth Day.

#movies, #television

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CBS News Will Try to Reinvent Itself, Again

In an interview as she prepares to step down as news division head, Susan Zirinsky said, “I feel I have given my entire soul into rebuilding this organization.”

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Feeling a Bit Cramped? ‘Couples Therapy’ May Look Familiar

The Showtime docu-series lets viewers eavesdrop on real-life counseling sessions. The new season looks at relationships struggling under quarantine.

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Helen McCrory, British Star of Stage, Film and TV, Dies at 52

She was acclaimed for her work on the TV series “Peaky Blinders” and in three Harry Potter movies, but she first gained notice in the London theater.

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Four Specials Take Outdoor Comedy in Unexpected Directions

Vir Das, Brian Regan, Erica Rhodes and Ester Steinberg each find new ways to make a virtue out of the necessity of performing al fresco in a pandemic.

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With ‘Earth Moods’ and Its Ilk, TV Goes From Meditative to Vegetative

“Earth Moods” may look like a screensaver, but you’ll have to pay Disney+ to enjoy its calming effects.

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Netflix to Debut Italy’s First TV Show With a Majority Black Cast

The creators of “Zero,” including the co-writer Antonio Dikele Distefano, say they hope viewers enjoy it so much that the characters’ racial identity becomes irrelevant.

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When the World Feels Like a Disaster, ‘9-1-1’ Is on Call

The outlandish emergencies of “9-1-1” and “9-1-1: Lone Star” are oddly comforting in a terrifying time.

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Comfort Viewing: 3 Reasons I Love ‘Billy on the Street’

Filmed almost entirely outdoors in Manhattan, the gonzo game show serves as a time capsule of the city before the pandemic.

#billy-on-the-street-tv-program, #television

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Jimmy Kimmel Heckles ‘Future Former Florida Congressman’ Matt Gaetz

Kimmel poked fun at Gaetz and his friend Joel Greenberg for making their Venmo transactions public: “One of those ‘salads’ cost more than $1,000 — I guess they added avocado.”

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Review: Kate Winslet Returns to HBO, Now as a Small-Town Cop

In “Mare of Easttown,” the “Mildred Pierce” star plays a damaged detective trying to stay afloat while investigating missing and murdered young women.

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Binge-Watching ‘Gilmore Girls’ Got My Family Through an Epically Bad Year

The perfect refuge from Covid and cancer is a fictional town where nothing really happens and the diner is always open.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #women-and-girls

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CNN Is in a Post-Trump Slump. What Does That Mean for Don Lemon?

The prime-time host on the future of cable news, the urgency of conversations about race and whether CNN is a boys’ club.

#cnn, #lemon-don, #news-and-news-media, #television

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Stephen Colbert Applauds Biden’s ‘Endgame’ for Afghanistan’s ‘Infinity War’

Colbert pointed out that the conflict “has been going on so long, the first ‘Iron Man’ movie opens with Tony Stark in Afghanistan.”

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The Strange, Lovely ‘Infinity Train’ Reaches the End of the Line

The fantastical animated series is part surreal adventure and part spiritual parable. Its fourth and final season arrives Thursday on HBO Max.

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Jimmy Fallon Pokes Fun at Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine Pause

“That’s right, they’re recommending a pause. Then anyone who’s ever been dumped was like: ‘Oh, boy. We know what “pause” means,’” Fallon said.

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Broadcast News in Flux as CBS News President Prepares Exit

Susan Zirinsky is departing, while ABC News is said to be close to hiring a new leader, at a time of reorganization in television news in the post-Trump era.

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‘Transformers’ and a Zombie Comedy: What ‘Invincible’ Is Made Of

The writer behind the Amazon Prime superhero show ‘Invincible’ shares the films, comic books and characters he drew on to create the new series.

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Late Night Gets Serious About Police Brutality

Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert criticized officers’ use of force against Black men, citing two cases in which traffic stops turned violent.

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Why Prince Philip Was Elusive Onscreen

Portrayals of Philip in “The Crown” and elsewhere missed the mark, according to his biographer. Here, she assesses the best-known attempts.

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What’s on TV This Week: ‘Our Towns’ and ‘Beethoven in Beijing’

A documentary on HBO looks at small towns across America. And PBS’s “Great Performances” revisits a pivotal 1973 classical music tour.

#movies, #television

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Last Call: ‘Shameless’ Showrunner Says Goodbye to the Gallaghers

John Wells discussed the impact of the pandemic and police protests on Sunday’s series finale.

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Review: Our fave gunslinger expels her inner demons in Wynonna Earp finale

Demons are defeated, a long-running feud finally comes to an end, personal rifts are healed, and a hotly anticipated wedding finally takes place in the decidedly upbeat series finale of Wynonna Earp, SyFy’s supernatural Western/horror series. SyFy canceled the series earlier this year, although showrunner Emily Andras has not ruled out the possibility of additional seasons, should the series find a new US distributor. But for now, we must bid a fond farewell to the boozily irreverent, tough-yet-vulnerable protector of the fictional town of Purgatory.

(Spoilers for prior seasons below. All major S4 spoilers are below the second gallery. We’ll give you a heads-up when we get there.)

As we’ve reported previously, the series is based on the comic book series created by Beau Smith in 1996. Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) takes on “revenants,” the repeatedly reincarnated outlaws that Wyatt Earp killed. They won’t stay dead until the Earp heir—Wynonna—offs them with Wyatt’s famous 16-inch-barrel revolver, dubbed Peacemaker. Over the course of four seasons, she has battled witches, vampires, vengeful spirits, nutty sister-wife cults, possessed neighbors, demonic nuns, and killer trees, among other threats. She is not without allies, however, including the immortal being, Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), with whom Wynonna becomes romantically entangled (and yes, it’s complicated). Then there is her baby sister, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), who falls for local deputy Nicole Haught (Katherine Barrell)—a popular pairing dubbed “Wayhaught” by shippers—and the local sheriff, Nedley (Greg Lawson), who becomes a father figure and demon-hunting ally.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Reacts to the Derek Chauvin Trial

In an episode hosted by Carey Mulligan, “S.N.L.” looked at the American justice system through the lens of a fictional midday news program.

#saturday-night-live-tv-program, #television

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Chloé Zhao Becomes Second Woman to Win Top Directors Guild Award

The “Nomadland” filmmaker is the first woman of color to take the feature-film directing prize. She’s now the prohibitive front-runner for the Oscar.

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A Soviet ‘Lord of the Rings’ Is Unearthed, Epic in Its Own Way

Tolkien fans received an unexpected gift with the rediscovery of an all-but-forgotten 1991 production. They were also left with questions, like “why is Gollum wearing a lettuce on his head?”

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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: Same as the Old Boss?

With this week’s episode, the TV version of Walker finally caught up with the one in the comics.

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Matt Gaetz Is ‘Almost Too Florida,’ Says Stephen Colbert

Allegations of “Bahamas sex trafficking with a weed-peddling hand surgeon” make the congressman a nearly too-perfect representative of his state, Colbert said.

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Anne Beatts, Original ‘S.N.L.’ Writer, Dies at 74

Often writing with Rosie Shuster, she created memorable sketches in the show’s early years, including ones involving those nerds Lisa and Todd.

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Review: ‘The Nevers,’ From HBO and (Formerly) Joss Whedon

An allegorical alt-superhero series about gifted women in Victorian London makes it to the screen, but without its currently embattled creator.

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In ‘Them,’ a Black Family Is Haunted by Real-Life Monsters

Created by Little Marvin and produced by Lena Waithe, the new series uses genre-style horror to unearth a racist and lasting relic from America’s past.

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‘Worn Stories’ Treats Clothing as the Fabric of Memory. I Can Relate.

Inspired by the new Netflix documentary series, a writer takes a journey through his own closet as a means of processing grief.

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Jack Hanna Has Dementia, His Family Says

The 74-year-old is believed to have developed Alzheimer’s disease and will retire from public life, his daughters said in a letter.

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Jimmy Kimmel Takes On Matt Gaetz Over His Bid for a Pre-emptive Pardon

Trump aides denied him a blanket pardon for fear it would set a bad precedent, Kimmel said: “At the time, they were only interested in setting terrible precedents.”

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Watch These 11 Titles Before They Leave Netflix in April

These movies and TV shows are leaving U.S. Netflix by the end of the month. Stream them while you can.

#movies, #netflix-inc, #television

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Jimmy Fallon Celebrates Joe Biden’s Early-Bird Special

Late-night hosts welcomed the news that vaccines would be available to all American adults two weeks ahead of schedule.

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Review: ‘Exterminate All the Brutes’ Rewrites a Brutal History

Raoul Peck’s four-hour documentary for HBO is a dizzying retelling of the course of colonialism, slavery and genocide.

#exterminate-all-the-brutes-tv-program, #home-box-office, #peck-raoul, #television

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‘Kung Fu’ Rights the Wrongs of Its Ancestor

This gender-flipped martial-arts reboot departs from its 1970s predecessor by having a predominantly Asian-American cast.

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‘A Sense of Belonging’ for Hispanic Children, With Puppets

“Club Mundo Kids,” a new TV series debuting on April 10, is the latest result of a push for programming that uses Spanish to reach Latino audiences.

#children-and-childhood, #club-mundo-kids-tv-program, #hispanic-americans, #language-and-languages, #lee-isaac-1971, #los-angeles-calif, #puppets, #romina-puga, #spanish-language, #telemundo-communications-group-inc, #television, #united-states

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Late Night Doesn’t Buy Republicans’ Corporate Boycotts

Stephen Colbert suggested Donald Trump’s followers get comfortable with going generic: “I hope you like Great Value Bat and Ball Product and Kirkland Signature Airlines.”

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