Netflix Sets ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3 Premiere Date

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Netflix’s drama series Black Mirror will return for a third season on Friday, October 21, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association summer session in Beverly Hills, CA.

The anthology series which first premiered in the UK on Britain’s Channel 4 and was then later picked up by the streaming giant, will return with six 1-hour episodesIf you haven’t watched any of the series, I definitely recommend checking out the first two seasons before October rolls around. Black Mirror is about technology and how it interacts with us in our everyday lives and how it could change and grow and become more involved like smart homes, implants and basically turning our world into Minority Report. 

“Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm – a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones. Its third season, comprising six episodes:

  • San Junipero features Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis in an episode directed by Owen Harris
  • Shut Up and Dance features Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther in an episode directed by James Watkins
  • Nosedive features Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton in an episode directed by Joe Wright
  • Men Against Fire stars Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeline Brewer in an episode directed by Jakob Verbruggen
  • Hated in the Nation features Kelly MacDonald in an episode directed by James Hawes
  • Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen star in Playtest, an episode directed by Dan Trachtenberg.”

 

Check out the first two seasons of Black Mirror on Netflix.

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Netflix Sets ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Premiere Date, Releases First Trailer

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Amy Sherman-Palladino’s series about a fast-talking mother and daughter a.k.a Lorelai squared finally has a premiere date and trailer.

Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will premiere Thanksgiving weekend on November 25, 2016 at 12:01 a.m. PT. The series will consist of four 90-minute episodes, covering a different season of the year. The streaming giant teased the first two minutes of Winter for the critics in the room, but since you weren’t there, we’ll just have to show you the first official teaser trailer.

The series will be released all at one, per usual, even though Sherman-Palladino would prefer a week-by-week situation. And don’t worry, the last four words are just as important this time around, so don’t go spoiling it for everyone, ok?!

The cast was thrilled to return to step into the shoes of these now iconic characters. “I knew it would be special right from the get-go,” said Scott Patterson who plays Luke. “The more time goes by, the more satisfying it becomes and the show becomes iconic.” Patterson gave a nice shoutout to the ATX Television Festival for “driving it home to all parties involved.”

Lauren Graham added: “For me, it was an incredible experience. It was like going to college when you’re really ready. We were given the gift to go back knowing those things and it was a rare opportunity.”

Of course, someone brought up the Melissa McCarthy controversy which Sherman-Palladino quickly shot down, saying, “we all knew between us that we would make it work one way or another. It somehow took on a life of its own. She and Lauren [Graham] have a weird Lucy and Ethel thing and you kind of have to see it, to get it.” “Melissa came on one of our last days and it was so great,” added Graham. “Had it not happened it would have felt like a gap.”

Let’s not forget all of Rory’s boyfriends, all of whom  will “make an appearance in one way or another,” says Bledel.

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5 Things You Need to Know About ‘You’re the Worst’ Season 3

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FXX’s beloved series You’re the Worst creator Stephen Falk and cast members Chris Geere, Aya Cash and Desmin Borges were on hand at the Television Critics Association winter session to talk about all things season 3.

The series was a true fan favorite in the first season and built up to one of the best shows on television last season. The show dealt with serious issues like depression, something that’s not always talked about or even covered, and did it in a very smart and funny way.

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  1. When is the show coming back?
    CALLING ALL YOU SLEEPY BITCHES!! The network revealed that production on season 3 will begin in late spring and return in the summer or fall. It’s still unclear as to an official premiere date.
  2. Will the show pick up right where we left off? Or will there be a time jump?
    Creator and showrunner Stephen Falk, says that they will start season 3 “like literally right after the final ‘I love you” scene.'” Falk who dealt with a time jump back when he was on Weeds says the show “won’t miss a beat.”
  3. Are there plans to cover other serious issues besides depression?
    Falk says that “we’re trying hard not to top this season with an issue we’re dealing with like we did with depression. We’re just continuing with the fallout from last season and moving the characters forward, maybe some of them will fall.” He liked the fact that they could step away from the main storyline adding “the ability to do episodes that break form, to do something else in a different way was really fun.” Cash added that she had PTSD and “went into a dark depression after the show was airing.” As far as knowing anything about her character’s spiral, she said that “Stephen is on lockdown and doesn’t let us know anything. I didn’t know about the depression until I started reading.”sunday funday
  4. Sunday funday better than a Monday. Can only do it one way, & that is the drunk way!
    The fan-favorite episode spread like wildfire and became a thing, even with my own friends, of going out for our regular Sunday brunches and singing the song along with drinking our mimosas. “I think we have the right idea. A tentative yes,” says Falk regarding more Sunday Funday episodes.
  5. Character development
    Chris Geere chimed in by saying he’s “really enjoying all the characters evolving and us as actors evolving together.” Desmin Borges’s character had an uplifting storyline this season as he joined an improv class and fell for his teacher played by the talented Collette Wolfe. It was nice to see Edgar in a happy place and not dealing with his own issues and PTSD. Borges added: “I think Edgar is on an upward trajectory of where he could be. I think we’d all like to see him happy.”

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FX Sets ‘The Americans’ Season 4 Premiere Date, Reveals Poster

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FX’s spy drama series The Americans will return for a fourth season on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association winter session in Pasadena, CA.

The network has also released the key art for the upcoming season along with a description:

The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear. Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth must keep their daughter’s best interests at heart while ensuring that their cover identities, and thus their lives, remain protected. Their previous missions have already placed Philip and Elizabeth in great jeopardy. Martha (Alison Wright), a valued secretary at the FBI whom Philip married while undercover, has been an invaluable source of intel. However, when her cover is nearly blown, Philip must make increasingly difficult decisions to ensure her safety and allegiance. The Jennings’ neighbor, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat. His KGB lover/asset Nina (Annet Mahendru), having failed to turn him against the U.S., was sent back to Moscow to face an unsure fate. With Nina gone, Stan has made an effort to become closer with his family and has formed a bond with the Jennings’ 12-year-old son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati). He has also cultivated his relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov (Costa Gorn). Stan’s newfound dedication to wi[ong out Directorate S has also led him to become suspicious of Martha’s uncharacteristic behavior. As he begins to investigate what’s been in front of him all this time, he might finally get closer to uncovering the “Illegals” – Philip and Elizabeth – that have eluded him for so long. 

The premiere episode, “Glanders,” picks up on the heels of last season’s finale. Philip and Elizabeth are dealing with the fallout of all they’ve wrought. What will happen when the FBI finds out about Gene’s suicide? How will Pastor Tim deal with the revelation that they are Russian spies? And will they be able to handle a dangerous new bioweapons assignment? The episode was written by Joel Fields & Jon Weisberg, and directed by Thomas Schlamme. 

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The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg who, along with Joel Fields, series as an executive producer and writer. Graham Yost and Chris Long are also executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The Americans is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

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‘Colony’s’ Peter Jacobson Lays Down the Law as Proxy Snyder

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Peter Jacobson stars in USA’s newest dystopian drama series Colony as Proxy Alan Snyder, the leader of the Transitional Authority in Los Angeles, and talked about the show and his character during the Television Critics Association winter session.

Instead of the usual story that strings us along from the very beginning with the Aliens invading and what happens next, Colony starts us off after that’s already happened. Now we’re dealing with the aftermath of how people are surviving the invasion and what they have to do to stay alive and keep their families together.

After being separated from their son during the invasion, Will and Katie are willing to do whatever is necessary to be reunited with him. Proxy Snyder (Peter Jacobson, House) offers Will a chance to get his son back if he will collaborate with the occupational government, Will and Katie find themselves faced with the toughest decision of their lives.  They will have to go beyond whatever they thought possible, risking their lives and their relationship to protect their family.

When you sign on to a Carlton Cuse show, you just know there are going to be twists and turns at every corner and might not know much about your character or the story until he wants you to.

Jacobson says that “it’s always amazing with Carlton on who dies, who lives, who’s this new character. It’s like peeling an onion every week. It’s always new.”

Do you like that the show starts off after the invasion?

“If you’re going to have a show about relationships, character, and humanity it doesn’t need to be about the initial attack. And that’s the point. It’s there and we know it, but it’s really about what’s happening underneath and that’s what’s beautiful about it. So, I hope that vibe comes through and people lock onto that. There’s got to be a certain amount of bells and whistles to sell a pilot. It’s a tricky thing of any pilot and first season. You have to show something and sell it so people come back. At the same time, you want to stay true to the art of it which is to be as subtle as you can, and roll it out as slowly as you can. So there are two competing forces there.”

Collaborators are people that were chosen by the Hosts, like Proxy Snyder, or Will, doing what he has to do to survive and keep his family alive. But mostly as a way to get his son back.

Is he good? Is he bad? What do we really know about Proxy Alan Snyder?

“My character right away is obviously a collaborator extraordinaire,” says Jacobson. “And by episode four or five you get a much great sense of what’s going on with Snyder – where he’s been and why he is where he is. So I think it takes a little more time to see why people are doing what they’re doing as opposed to the resistance with so much violence and death it’s clear what people are fighting against. Will’s [Holloway] dilemma in the pilot is it’s very clear what the forces are that brings somebody like him to a collaborate. His family has been separated. it becomes clear that Katie [Callies] position within the resistance has a negative impact on the family and can be incredibly dangerous. Will’s collaboration becomes dangerous as well which builds tension between the two.”

What do we know about the Hosts? Will we find out more about them and who they are?

“That’s probably the slowest rollout of the whole season. Who are these things, these people, these whatever they are and why are they here and who’s in charge and how did the humans under them become in charge?”

Is your character the top guy? Who’s really in charge?

“There will be times in a scene where we [Baker] would get onto set together and we start asking, ‘Am I above you? Who’s in charge?’ That kind of ambiguity and uncertainty is what helps keep the show interesting.

When do we find out more about Snyder? What’s his story? How did he become a collaborator? 

“We do meet some of my family later on and you get that this person has a heart and he’s doing what he’s doing, with purpose. He’s been through some separation himself, but don’t trust everything Snyder says as even ‘I don’t know how much I’m lying.'”

Character Bio:

Proxy Snyder is the pragmatic and charismatic leader of the Transitional Authority in Los Angeles. After the Arrival, he proves that he is a true politician and leads all aspects of the Occupation. Armed with the Redhat army and ever-present drones, Proxy’s Transitional Authority is tasked with keeping order and stability in Los Angeles.

Proxy knows that his Occupation movement needs someone as strong and valuable as Will Bowman to fight alongside them in order to combat the growing threat from the Resistance. Ever the cunning politician, Proxy also knows exactly how to make people do what he wants.

Colony airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on USA.

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5 Things You Need to Know About ‘Outlander’ Season 2

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“This season changes everything for Claire and Jamie”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling empty inside without some Outlander in my life. I’VE BEEN IN DROUGHTLANDER!!!! Last we saw Jamie and Claire, they found out they were pregnant and about to board a ship to France to see about changing the future…well, Jamie’s future and Claire’s knowledge of the past.

At the Television Critics Association winter session, Starz gave the fans a bit of a teaser for what’s to come in season 2 of Outlander. 

1. Bienvenue en France
The teaser showed Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) in France because that’s where Prince Charles Stuart is along with the rest of the Jacobites. They attend galas and dinners at the King’s palace in order to infiltrate the Jacobite movement in hopes of stopping the battle of Culloden.

2.  New Characters
Caitriona and Sam are excited for us to see the new cast members that are joining their little show. “We hRichard Rankin_Roger Wakefieldave some fantastic new characters coming in. There are new enemies, new allies,” added Heughan. Scottish actor Richard Rankin has been cast to play the fan favorite role of Roger Wakefield in season two. Roger is described as “intelligent, kindhearted, and charming, Roger is the grown up version of Reverend Wakefield’s adorable adopted son we met in Season One.  After his parents died in World War II, Roger was raised by the Reverend (with help from his housekeeper, Mrs. Graham) and is a proud Scot through and through. Now a professor at Oxford, Roger has a keen interest in history, and all the secrets and insight it presents.”

3.  Diana Gabaldon on her writing
Dayum! A reporter tried to get Diana Gabaldon to throw some serious shade today, referencing George R.R. Martin’s inability to finish the book in time for Game of Thrones.“Unlike George, I write no matter where I am or whatever I’m doing.” Gabaldon added, “I don’t plan books out ahead of time or write in a straight line. I knew there was more to Outlander after the first book.” She says it’s been a very collaborative process and has even written one of the episodes in the upcoming season.

4.   Premiere Date
While we still don’t have an exact date, we do know that the second season of Outlander will premiere in April 2016 on Starz.

5.  The costumes 
Terry Dresbach did a phenomenal job on the upcoming season. Check out some of the gorgeous pieces Caitriona and Sam get to wear in season two.

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Jamie and Murtagh look rather distinguished among these French gentlemen. #OutlanderOfferings

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HBO Sets Return Dates for ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Veep,’ and ‘Silicon Valley’

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At the Television Critics Association winter session, HBO announced that Game of the Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep will premiere back-to-back on Sunday, April 24 starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fans are freaking out about the upcoming season as we don’t even know if Jon Snow is alive or dead or has he come back as something else? Plus, the trailer doesn’t help answer any of those questions! Also, George R.R. Martin hasn’t even FINISHED the sixth Game of Thrones book, “The Winds of Winter.”

Do you have any theories? If so, please share with the class!!

Game of Thrones’ ten-episode sixth season will premiere at 9/8c followed by Season 3 of Silicon Valley at 10 p.m. and Season 5 of Veep at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.