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'Search Party' Season 2: TV Review

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When TBS' Search Party premiered last fall, I went out on an intellectual limb and described the tone-hopping series as "Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Avventura as a Brooklyn-set single-camera comedy."

Season two is premiering on Sunday (November 19) night (with two episodes, rather than in its entirety) and, to go out on less of an intellectual limb, I'd say the first six episodes of the new arc are more like a hipster comic version of I Know What You Did Last Summer, a bit like HBO's Bored to Death if somebody had, literally, been bored to death and the other characters had »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Runaways': A Rundown of the New Marvel Heroes Hitting Hulu

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The tactician. The outsider. The golden child. The jock. The social justice warrior. The kid.

These are the simplest ways to describe the six young individuals at the heart of Marvel's Runaways, the brand new superhero drama hitting Hulu on November 21, from The O.C. and Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage — but simple doesn't cut it when it comes to defining these new teenage heroes.

Based on the comic books of the same name created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, Runaways tells the story of six kids forced to band together »

- Josh Wigler

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Leeann Tweeden Responds to Al Franken Apology, Political Backlash

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Leeann Tweeden has now received three apologies from Sen. Al Franken, two public and one private.

On Thursday, the morning news anchor went public about a 2006 incident with the Minnesota senator, who was then a Saturday Night Live star and comedian, where Franken allegedly sexually harassed her, kissing and groping her without her consent during a Uso tour. The anchor provided a now widely seen photo of Franken touching her inappropriately while she was sleeping as evidence.

Shortly after she posted a first-person account on her station Kabc's website, Franken released a short statement and apology through his »

- Jackie Strause

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'Orange Is the New Black' Showrunner Jenji Kohan Inks Overall Deal at Netflix (Exclusive)

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In its ongoing bid for Hollywood domination, Netflix has inked another gargantuan deal.

This time, the streaming giant is pacting with one of its most successful collaborators, Jenji Kohan. The deal will make Netflix the Orange Is the New Black and Glow producer’s exclusive creative home to produce new original series and other projects. The pact follows an even larger one inked in August with Shonda Rhimes, poaching her away from her home of more than a decade, ABC Studios, in a deal estimated to be worth $100 million.

The move comes as Netflix has made clear that ownership is a sizable part of its plan going forward. It’s »

- Lacey Rose

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Marti Noxon Backs Matthew Weiner Harassment Accuser, Calls Him "Emotional Terrorist"

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Marti Noxon is speaking up about Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and the sexual harassment allegation surrounding him.

In a series of tweets on Friday, the television writer-producer — who formerly worked on the AMC drama as a senior consultant — described Weiner as an "emotional terrorist, who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met." She added that "everyone at Mad Men, regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere."

Noxon's tweets come a week after former Mad Men assistant-turned-writer Kater Gordon came out and accused Weiner of sexual harassment. Gordon »

- Bryn Elise Sandberg

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Jon Stewart, Jordan Klepper Banter Over Height Differences on 'The Opposition'

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Jon Stewart dropped by The Opposition with Jordan Klepper Thursday night, engaging in comical banter with the host about their height differences and jokingly comparing Klepper to Hitler.

Klepper began the segment by explaining that he placed an ad in a mock-magazine aimed at the elderly titled, “Yelling at Cars That Go Too Fast,” and successfully found an elderly contest winner to take part in his segment, “Learn from someone near the grave before it’s too late.”

As he introduced the winner, “Jon S. from New Jersey,” Stewart appeared, surprising the audience. The former Daily Show host has been making the late-night »

- Lexy Perez

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Maz Jobrani Plans to Drop the Mic on Trump at the International Emmys

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On Nov. 20, Maz Jobrani will move from his Los Angeles comedy haunts like the Laugh Factory and Hollywood Improv to the Hilton Hotel in New York City as he takes center stage as host of the 45th International Emmys.

Ahead of the fete, the headliner of Netflix's Immigrant got on the phone with THR to talk about his approach to being funny, (maybe musical) and sensitive all at once, as well as his plan for addressing the flood of sexual harassment stories that have recently hit Hollywood and have included actor Kevin Spacey, who was supposed to receive the 2017 International Emmy »

- Brian Porreca

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TV Ratings: 'Thursday Night Football' Holds

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Two weeks into its late-season run on NBC, Thursday Night Football held even last night.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' walloping of the Tennessee Titans led all telecasts for the evening, across broadcast and cable, scoring a combined 9.4 overnight rating among households for NBC and the NFL Network. That's the same score from the week prior, one that ultimately translated to 13.1 million viewers.

Thursday's game also kept pace with the comparable game from the 2016 season, steady (and very slightly improved) from the Saints-Panthers game last November.

CBS ranked No. 2 for the night, its entire block — Big Bang »

- Michael O'Connell

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'Marvel's The Punisher': How the First Episode Plays Out

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[Warning: this story contains spoilers for the first episode of Marvel's The Punisher.]

"Welcome back, Frank."

The final three words of the first episode of Marvel's The Punisher are more than appropriate, both as a nod to the name of one of the greatest Frank Castle stories ever told (courtesy of Preacher creators Garth Ennis and the late Steve Dillon), as well as in the context of the episode: Frank, played by The Walking Dead vet Jon Bernthal (reprising the role he first played in Marvel's Daredevil), is considered dead to the world — »

- Josh Wigler

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'Nashville' to End With Season 6 on Cmt

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Cmt's Nasvhille is coming out for one final curtain call.

The Viacom-owned cable network has announced that its country music scripted drama's upcoming sixth season will be its last. The Hayden Panettiere and Charles Esten starrer will return for its sixth season on Thursday, Jan. 4 on Cmt.

Created by Callie Khouri and produced by Lionsgate Television and ABC Studios, Nashville aired its first four seasons on ABC. The Disney-owned broadcaster canceled the Connie Britton starrer after season four. The decision was considered a shocker after Lionsgate hired thirtysomething producers Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick to serve as showrunners on »

- Lesley Goldberg

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Kumail Nanjiani on How 'The Big Sick' Strengthened His Marriage and Which Joke Made Him Nervous

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ilicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, set out to subvert romantic comedy tropes in penning The Big Sick, their semi-autobiographical account of the dramatic first year of their relationship.

Instead of the typical three-step plot, The Big Sick (released by Amazon and Lionsgate) goes more like this: Pakistani-born boy meets white American girl. Boy breaks up with girl over cultural differences. Girl falls into a medical coma.

Nanjiani, 39, who also plays himself in the film, explains how writing such a personal screenplay (now nominated for a Gotham Award) strengthened his and Gordon's marriage »

- Rebecca Sun

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Seth Meyers Releases Mock Ad for Fake Sleep Aid Aimed at Sexual Predators

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Seth Meyers is ready to offer a solution (of sorts) for sleepless sexual predators.  

During his Thursday show, the Late Night host presented a spoof commercial for a new fake medication designed to help men who've committed acts of sexual harassment and assault sleep at night.

“If you’re a man who’s afraid that his past episodes of sexual assault and/or harassment will come to light and, as a result, struggle with insomnia, then struggle no more,” a female voiceover is heard saying, before introducing “Pervatol,” recognized as “the first sleep aid specifically designed for sexual predators.” 

The female voiceover »

- Lexy Perez

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Russian Animation Franchise 'Snow Queen' to Be Adapted as TV Series

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The animation franchise The Snow Queen, one of the most internationally successful film projects coming from Russia, will be adapted as a television series, producer Yuri Moskvin announced at the St. Petersburg international cultural forum on Friday.

"We plan to launch the television series in collaboration with [Russia's cartoon studio] Soyuzmulfilm," he said. "This will be our first experience of co-production with such a large studio in Russia."

According to Moskvin, the first 26 episode of The Snow Queen television series, produced by Wizart Animation, just like all other parts of the franchise, will air in Russia in »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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DC TV Watch: All the New Comic Book Easter Eggs (and One Very Poorly Timed Arc)

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Welcome back to The Hollywood Reporter's weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Black Lightning, and Fox's Gotham.  

[Editor's note: THR will continue to cover the onscreen events of the DC TV series as producers Warner Bros. Television investigate Arrow, Supergirl, Legends and The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who has been suspended following multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Here is how the stars responded to »

- Sydney Bucksbaum

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Ben Affleck Responds to Rose McGowan Harvey Weinstein Accusations

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In an interview on NBC's Today show, Ben Affleck spoke about the Harvey Weinstein claims, including what he knew about the disgraced movie mogul's alleged inappropriate behavior, and how the growing harassment and assault scandal in Hollywood has caused him to reexamine his own actions.

As for Weinstein, when co-host Savannah Guthrie asked if he knew the "side of him" that allegedly harassed and assaulted more than 70 women over decades, Affleck said, "I knew he was sleazy and a bully, but unfortunately that wasn't that uncommon. I was brand new to Hollywood; I was 24 years old; »

- Hilary Lewis

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"Mr. Plow" at 25: How the 'Simpsons' Classic Pushed New Boundaries and Helped Cement Show's Legacy

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You know the name. 

In November 1992, a Simpsons episode premiered that fans and critics would go on to call one of the best in the animated sitcom's running 28-year history: "Mr. Plow." The idea, that Homer buys a massive truck and pays for it by becoming Springfield's snow removal hero, was born out of a single desire: Writer Jon Vitti wanted to meet Adam West

Now, 25 years later, the crew and cast — including Dan Castellaneta, who grants few interviews — dish on the geniuses of the earworm Mr. Plow theme, classic jokes (the radio dial saving Homer's truck from »

- Ryan Parker

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Stephen Colbert Presses Ben Affleck on Hollywood Harassment, His Own Behavior

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Oscar winner Ben Affleck dropped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night to promote his new film, Justice League. During the interview — his first late-night visit with Colbert — the actor/director also addressed the sexual harassment scandals that have been rocking Hollywood for the last two months and how the climate has forced him to look inward. 

"I thought I had a sense of the scope of the problem and I thought I understood it and the truth is, I really didn't," Affleck said. "I didn't understand what it was like to be groped, to be »

- Jackie Strause,Patrick Shanley

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'How to Get Away With Murder' Creator on That Insane Ending and the Show's Future

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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the "Live. Live. Live." episode of ABC's How to Get Away With Murder.]

The midseason finale of ABC's How to Get Away With Murder historically builds to a tense climax, finally revealing what exactly happened in the moment each season flashes forward or back to. And in true Htgawm fashion, season four's big reveal Thursday was no less dramatic.

It turns out that the team's law school nemesis found out that they were up to no good, but accidentally shot himself in a scuffle at the firm where Michaela (Aja Naomi King) is interning. But »

- Jean Bentley

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Late-Night Hosts Tackle Sen. Al Franken Sexual Harassment Claims

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After Sen. Al Franken was accused of sexual harassment by TV host and sports broadcaster Leeann Tweeden on Thursday, late night hosts across the dial addressed the issue. 

Tweeden, an anchor on McIntyre in the Morning, wrote in a first-person essay on the website for Kabc talk radio that Franken kissed and groped her without her consent in 2006. Late night hosts criticized Franken for his lewd gestures in a picture Tweeden shared that shows the senator posing with his hands over her chest during a Uso tour to entertain troops in the Middle East. 

I’ve decided it’s time to tell »

- Arlene Washington

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'Transparent' Star Alleges Jeffrey Tambor Sexually Harassed Her, "Got Physical"

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In the second season of Transparent, the groundbreaking Amazon series that traces one father's journey to womanhood, Maura Pfefferman — played by Jeffrey Tambor, in a role that has won him two Emmys — struggles to find the right inflection for the popular queer catchphrase, "Yas queen."

Her teacher is Shea — played by Trace Lysette — a yoga teacher and sometimes stripper, who steps in to show her fellow transgender, a newbie, the ropes.

The moment, which went viral shortly after the season debuted in November 2015, plays out as sweet, hilarious and authentic. But Lysette now »

- Seth Abramovitch

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