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The Ultimate Summer Binge Guide: Where to Stream The Best Summer TV, Ever — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the perfect summer show? Why? (Note: This doesn’t have to be a current show)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

When you’re picking the perfect summer show, you first have to define your terms. “The Oc” and “American Idol” debuted in the summer, but so did “The Wire” and “Mad Men.” So your definition can be wide and varied. And with most of TV history available to us with a few clicks, almost anything can become a summer binge on a boiling day when you really need to stay indoors. That said, while some of the greatest series ever aired at times while school was out, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney Have to Go On The Run In Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ — Watch

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Things get intense in the latest clip released by Netflix for their upcoming original series “Ozark.” The series follows the aftermath of financial advisor Marty Byrd’s fallout with a drug cartel that leaves him and his family in danger.

Read More: ‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Breaks Bad in Netflix’s Cartel Crime Drama, With Some Help From Kanye West

The dark drama stars Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses,” “Arrested Development,“The Gift”) and Laura Linney (“The Truman Show,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Primal Fear”) as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a couple who lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Their seemingly picturesque lives take a turn when Marty’s dealings with a drug cartel go awry and the family has to relocate  to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks.

Bateman takes a hands on approach with this new series as its star, as well as executive producing and »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow’: Wilmer Valderrama Uses Marionettes to Depict Real-Life Drama — Watch

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Fuse brings a new meaning to HollyWOOD in their new series “Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow,” an adult confessional puppet show. The network released its first look at the series recently, as well as an exclusive clip giving viewers an inside look into a day in the life of Wilmer Valderrama.

Read More: ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich:’ This ‘New Take’ on the Horror Series Will Star Thomas Lennon and Udo Kier

“Hollywood Puppet Sh!tshow” is an original six-episode series that is funny and edgy, “starring 3D-printed puppets and celebrities telling their untold wildest adventures, while the marionette puppets re-enact them,” according to Fuse’s official release. The series features the stories of celebrities including Joe Jonas, Lil Jon, Terry Crews, Amber Rose, and executive producer Wilmer Valderrama himself.

In addition to the series premiere, on Monday, July 11 Los Angeles residents will get a chance to interact with a »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘The Path’ Season 3: Freida Pinto Joins the Cast as Hulu Gears Up for a Big 2018

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The Meyerist movement just snagged a new recruit.

Freida Pinto has joined the cast of “The Path” for its upcoming third season. Production began Monday, June 26 in New York on 13 new episodes, and Hulu has slated an early 2018 release for Season 3.

Pinto signed on as a series regular, playing a mysterious new character named Vera. Hulu’s official statement described her character as such: “A sleek new publicist for the Meyerist movement, Vera forges a personal connection with Eddie (Aaron Paul), but may have her own secret agenda.”

Read More: ‘The Path’ Cast and Creator on the Season 2 Finale and Plans for Season 3 (Which is Officially Happening!)

The Path” examines a family at the center of a controversial movement struggling with relationships, marriage and power, with each episode taking an in-depth look at what it means to choose between the life we live and the life we want.

Season 2 ended »

- Ben Travers

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The Best TV Characters of the 2000s, Ranked

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Ah, the 2000s — an indefinable decade of war, social progression, and an explosion of prestige TV. With so much great television came many, many great television characters. The best shows were built on battles of quality characters: Is Don Draper better than Peggy Olson? Lorelai Gilmore or Rory? Walter White or Jesse Pinkman? Or is there a third, less-referenced character who’s the secret star?

These aren’t problems by any stretch of the imagination: Great characters lead to better episodes, seasons, and series, so having too many is hardly a handicap in a medium with so much time. But before standalone episodes started trending, these were the best characters during the onset of TV’s new golden age.

A few rules, to keep things sane: Characters had to be created between 2000 and 2009. So even if the show was created before we knew Y2K wasn’t worth the worry, »

- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The 20 Best TV Characters of the 2000s

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- Hanh Nguyen and Ben Travers

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Netflix’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ Yanked From Streaming Site in China — Report

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BoJack Horseman” has been taken down from China’s streaming site iQiyi just two days after Netflix made its debut in the country, Bloomberg reports. Three episodes of the animated comedy series became available on the site on June 19, thanks to a recent licensing deal between Netflix and iQiyi, but now are no longer available.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 3 Argues Awards Are Meaningless — But Its Creator Still Wants an Emmy

In an email to Bloomberg, iQiyi said simply that “Adjustments need to be made to the content.” Netflix wasn’t immediately available for comment. “BoJack Horseman” follows a washed up actor, voiced by Will Arnett, who navigates the sleazy world of show business.

China has previously censored U.S. shows on streaming sites, taking down “The Big Bang Theory” in 2014. Last week, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication Radio, Film and Television reportedly forced multiple outlets to stop »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: Watch This Supercut of Every Trailer HBO Has Released So Far

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When it’s come to “Game of Thrones,” HBO loves to toy with our twisted hearts. They know fans are chomping at the bit for any scrap of information about the fantasy blockbuster, and they keep as tight a grip on new footage as Cersei Lannister does on the Iron Throne. Luckily, fans can now enjoy an uninterrupted look at season 7 in a thrilling new mash-up of every trailer HBO has released (so far).

Read More: ‘Game of Thrones’: 7 Things You May Have Missed From the New Season 7 Trailer

The highly-anticipated seventh season is the second one to forge ahead without George R. R. Martin’s books as a guide, and it’s especially exciting as storylines that have been builidng up over the last six seasons are finally starting to converge. Daenerys will cross into Westeros  with an army of Dothraki and dragons by her side, Jon Snow »

- Jude Dry

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Alec Baldwin Confirms Return To ‘Saturday Night Live’ As Donald Trump

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Political satire has had to do a lot of heavy lifting lately, but audiences can sleep a little easier knowing Alec Baldwin will return his Donald Trump impression to “Saturday Night Live” in the fall. “Yeah, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” Baldwin told CNN, adding that the number of Trump sketches will be fewer than audiences might expect. “There will be a couple celery sticks of that every now and then. But not a whole meal.”

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Melissa McCarthy Is The Only Living Boy In New York

The actor had previously been cagey about whether he could make an “SNL” appearance work with his busy fall schedule. In March, he thought fans might be tiring of the popular impression: “I don’t know how much more people can take it.”

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- Jude Dry

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David Tennant on Why ‘Broadchurch’ Is Like Nothing Else on TV, And Why He’s Glad It Has An Ending

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Of all the roles that David Tennant has played, Detective Inspector Alec Hardy in “Broadchurch” is perhaps the least likely to be associated with a catchphrase — and yet he has one. Or, at the very least, he acknowledges that when you think of Hardy, you think of him shouting “Millah!” in a strong Scottish accent.

It has significance to this reporter, given my byline, which was something I mentioned to Tennant when we spoke about the third and final season of the ultra-serious drama series. “I’m delighted,” he said when I told him how much I enjoyed the “Millah!” meme. “People shout it at me in the streets sometimes, actually,” Tennant said. “Which is a bit odd because it’s not actually my name. But it obviously pleases people for some reason.”

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ and Beyond: The Best Shows Inspired by David Lynch’s TV Phenomenon

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: Let’s Talk About the Birth of Bob, Laura Palmer, the Woodsmen and Whatever That Critter Is

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Twin Peaks” Episode 8 titled “Part 8 – Gotta Light?”]

What was only hinted at in the third episode of “Twin Peaks” became a full-blown surrealistic experience in Sunday’s avant-garde “Part 8.”

Despite the experimental filmmaking and very little dialogue, the 50-minute bombardment of sound and fury coalesced into an intriguing origin story that promised a lot more sense in the contemporary story to come. Giving historical context to some of the things we’ve seen so far anchors the story in a way that it hasn’t been before. But this wasn’t just the story of one birth, but of many. Let’s break those and a few other theories down:

Read More: ‘Twin PeaksReview: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

What About Bob?

The evil spirit (Frank Silva) we first met in the original series has been riding along with Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in some sort of weird, mutual symbiosis. It seemed that »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’ Part 8 Was the Closest We’ll Come to Seeing David Lynch’s ‘Tree of Life’

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“Some people go nuts for ‘Tree of Life,’” David Lynch said during a Los Angeles Times interview five years ago. “I love Terry Malick. But ‘Tree of Life’ wasn’t my cup of tea.” After being asked a follow-up question about why he couldn’t get into the film, Lynch simply repeated himself: “It wasn’t my cup of tea.”

If you’ve ever wondered what the Lynchian equivalent of “The Tree of Life” would look like, last night’s entrancing episode of “Twin Peaks” offers a clue. It might have been the most visually stunning 60 minutes of television ever produced — and certainly the revival’s best episode since last month’s two-part premiere — and most who tuned in have no earthly idea what actually happened.

Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 8 Aims for Maximum Weirdness and Succeeds

As fate would have it, that interview was about the fact that »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Fills Its Writers’ Room With All-Male Staff

26 June 2017 1:32 PM, PDT

The X-Files” was always a show where the quality depended largely on the writing, so paying attention to who would sign up for the upcoming Season 11 has been a high priority for fans.

And now we know: TV Line is reporting that creator Chris Carter has re-enlisted writers Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, and James Wong (who all worked on Season 10) for the new season, which is shooting this summer for a early 2018 release.

Read More: ‘The X-Files’ Deal Finally Done; Revival Set to Return For Second 10-Episode Season

In addition, three new writers have been selected to help complete the 10 episodes ordered by Fox earlier this year. And the new kids in town are Gabe Rotter, Benjamin Van Allen, and Brad Follmer — the first two were writers’ assistants on Seasons 9 and 10, while Follmer was Carter’s personal assistant during the show’s original run.

That’s right: In the year »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Glow’ Breakout Betty Gilpin Still Doesn’t Feel Like She’s Made It, and That’s a Hollywood Problem

26 June 2017 12:09 PM, PDT

The term breakout is a tad misleading.

While implying that someone has broken free from the pack — a standout among standouts; that they’ve “made it” — there’s no guarantee of permanence. Many so-called breakouts have an expiration date on their spotlight, and plenty of these actors who’ve proven themselves in one way or another still fade away over time. Then they’re asked to do it all over again, sometimes for their entire career.

Read More: ‘Glow’ Producers Didn’t Want to Cast Alison Brie — Here’s How She Fought to Change Their Minds

Betty Gilpin, the electrifying spark of both “American Gods” and “Glow” in their debut seasons, is absolutely a summer breakout. She might even be a 2017 breakout, if buzz holds and fans continue to discover both shows (now available in full on Starz and Netflix, respectively). Her talent is undeniable and is being vouched for »

- Ben Travers

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‘Veep’: God Help Us All, Here’s Jonah Ryan’s Presidential Campaign Website

26 June 2017 11:20 AM, PDT

The last time “Veep” launched a Jonah Ryan campaign, the show gave us a thirty second outtake reel of the hapless, failing-upward Congressman fumbling with an axe in the middle of a forest.

Now, after a shocking Season 6 finale, the next “Veep” frontier appears to be a…[gulp]…Jonah Ryan presidential campaign. In the wake of Sunday night’s episode, the show launched Jonah’s official campaign website and it’s everything you’d expect it to be.

Read More: ‘Veep’: Timothy Simons is Giving the Most Politically Relevant Performance on TV, and He’s Impersonating a Toddler

Like the site that the show made for the Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy, AIDS, the Advancement of Global Democracy, Assistance to our Military Families, and Fighting Childhood Obesity after Selina’s disastrous memoir rollout, this is chock full of Jonah’s trademark accidental insults — only he would have a curated Twitter »

- Steve Greene

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John Oliver Calls Out Anti-Vaxxers On ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Including Rob Schneider And His Hat — Watch

26 June 2017 9:35 AM, PDT

The anti-vaccination movement has many celebrity advocates: From Jenna Elfman to Jenny McCarthy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Donald Trump. In an exhaustive “Last Week Tonight” segment debunking the so-called links between vaccinations and autism, John Oliver singled out one anti-vaxxer particularly ripe for parody: Rob Schneider.

Read More: John Oliver Fires Back at Donald Trump Over James Comey Firing: ‘It Is Inherently Suspicious’

Playing video of an interview Schneider gave about why the government can’t force parents to do anything, noting that it is “against the Nuremberg Laws,” Oliver gleefully explained why we shouldn’t be taking medical advice from Deuce Bigalow: “Yes, that is Rob Schneider performing an impromptu rendition of his famous character, The Annoying Guy Who Is Wrong,” Oliver said. He then added that we shouldn’t “sully the good name” of Deuce Bigalow just because of something Schneider said.

Read More: John Oliver Supports »

- Jude Dry

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The Best Summer Television Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

26 June 2017 8:54 AM, PDT

In the not-so-good old days, summer used to be a break for more than just students. It was time off from great TV, as broadcast networks aired reruns, sports, and reality competitions while they assumed people were outside having fun. But since the new golden age began, all these TV shows have had to fit in somewhere, and many networks chose to run them during the less competitive summer months.

That’s led to a boon of TV’s best shows popping up when no series dared debut before. So, to honor the latest summer sensation — Netflix’s “Glow” — we’ve gathered the elite qualifiers below and ranked the seasons by overall quality, summer spirit, and re-watchability. To be eligible, seasons needed to be released in the months between June 1 and August 31 during the 21st century. After all, there’s plenty of new options to consider, but sometimes you want »

- Ben Travers

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‘Veep’: Matt Walsh on the Proper Age to Introduce Your Kids to the Hysterically Inappropriate HBO Comedy

26 June 2017 8:41 AM, PDT

Matt Walsh’s three kids don’t know what he does or says on “Veep.” Yet.

But he doesn’t want to keep the joy of the comedy – and its inadvertently prescient take on modern Washington politics – away from them forever. That’s why he’s planning to screen the show for them when they turn 12 or 13.

“The language is horrendous, but it’s not as damaging as watching a terrible Disney show,” said Walsh, who has played press secretary Mike McLintock for six seasons. “Please don’t be like those snotty kids. Don’t idolize a smart-mouth 12-year-old because then I’m going to start having to deal with it at home!”

Walsh said his son Emmett saw “Veep” billboards around town this spring, and he was happy for his dad. “He’s like, ‘Dad, “Veep” is getting more popular,’ just by seeing more billboards,” he said.


- Michael Schneider

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‘Silicon Valley’: T.J. Miller Appears to Despise Producer Alec Berg and Will Never Return to the Show

26 June 2017 8:06 AM, PDT

Silicon Valley” Season 4 came to its conclusion last night on HBO, and with it came the end of an era for Erlich Bachman. The notorious investor played by T.J. Miller had been one of the most popular and quotable characters on the Mike Judge-created comedy series, and he said his final goodbye as the series left Bachman stoned out of his mind in an opium den in Tibet. Miller was an iconic presence on the series, and the announcement of his departure last month came as a huge surprise for fans. Many were left wondering what exactly caused Miller to leave the series, and he finally teased why in a wide-ranging exit interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Read More: How ‘Silicon Valley’ Swapped Its Hero and Its Villain And Saved the Show’s Future

One point Miller kept returning to throughout the interview was his complete dislike of executive producer Alec Berg. »

- Zack Sharf

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Gillian Anderson Ruled ‘American Gods’: How the Many Faces of Media Were Chosen

26 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

The first season of “American Gods” featured many highlights, including the captivating work of Ian McShane, some groundbreaking nudity and sexual content, and a fascinating breakout episode that brought unexpected depth to one of the show’s most complicated characters. But Gillian Anderson, with maybe 30 minutes of screen time total, may be the ultimate highlight.

Playing the “new god” Media, Anderson appears in several forms over the course of the season, all extremely recognizable to fans of pop culture. In depicting Lucy Ricardo, David BowieMarilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, the veteran TV star demonstrated a spectrum of ability which people only familiar with her more serious drama work might not have anticipated.

Read More: ‘American Gods’ Review: Season 1’s Finale Is a Beautiful Sensory Nightmare That Finally Answers the Show’s Biggest Question

“We forget how good she is because she plays characters who are a bit like her, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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