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Less than five minutes into “Star Trek: Discovery,” we’re pips-deep in technobabble, Klingon dialogue, and a callout to Kahless. This show isn’t afraid of going geeky and pleasing fans at the exclusion of outsiders, but it also looks as good as the big-screen blockbusters that draw opening weekend crowds in the millions. Most of those millions didn’t know Drax the Destroyer from Ronan the Accuser before flocking to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and they may give “Star Trek: Discovery” the same benefit of the doubt if their knowledge of Gene Roddenberry‘s universe doesn’t extend past J.J. Continue reading ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Is the Show Fans Have Been Waiting For [Review] at The Playlist.

While many thought the big wins by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” at the Emmy awards marked an victory for appointment viewing, don’t cry for Netflix or Amazon just yet. While some argued that having episodes drop week-by-week helped those award winning shows take home trophies, at the end of the day, when it comes what people are actually watching — or at least want to watch — Netflix remains king. Continue reading Study Confirms Everyone Wants Netflix Originals at The Playlist.

Redemption must’ve tasted pretty sweet for Damon Lindelof. After being kicked around for the diminishing returns of “Lost,” he hit a homerun with “The Leftovers,” not only delivering three excellent seasons, but helping to create a finale that will go down as one of the all-timers. That should hopefully ease the wariness some “Watchmen” fans have been feeling ever since it was announced that Lindelof would be adapting the iconic graphic novel for HBO. Continue reading HBO Orders Damon Lindelof’s ‘Watchmen’ at The Playlist.

If you’re losing track of how many “Game Of Thrones” spinoff/successor series are in the works, that’s okay, so are we. That said, it’s understandable that HBO is putting as many options on the table as possible when it comes to figuring out how they’re going to keep their most lucrative brand going. Now, they’ve got another spinning plate to consider. Way back in the spring, George R.R. Continue reading There Are So Many ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoffs In The Works We’re Losing Count at The Playlist.

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV. Continue reading Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV at The Playlist.

We haven’t seen much from Sean Penn lately. The actor’s last big screen role was in 2015’s “Taken“-esque “The Gunman,” and his last project, the directorial effort “The Last Face,” was a disastrous flop. Everyone’s gotta eat, and it’s been a while since Penn has been involved in something worth his talents, so he’s gonna kill two birds with one stone by following the growing herd to Peak TV. Continue reading Even Sean Penn Is Joining Peak TV at The Playlist.

Three things. 1) it’s interesting how Netflix plays by its own rules. If you look at any 2017 TV schedule, every network and cable channel have had their release dates listed for months, and often a trailer arrives several months in advance. Not Netflix. For example they just released the trailer for “Lady Dynamite” last week and it’s coming out in less than two months. The strategy is slightly different for Marvel’s “The Punisher,” but not by much. Continue reading ‘The Punisher’ Trailer: The Truth Must Be Taken at The Playlist.

There’s several ways you can look at “Jumanji,” a reboot of the franchise started in 1995 with Robin Williams, but quickly abandoned. One, the modern version features Dwayne Johnson, arguably the world’s biggest and bankable star, so it has that going for it. It also looks like a cross between “Kong: Skull Island” and “Land Of The Lost.” READ MORE: Dwayne Johnson’s 6 Best Movies, And Why He Is The Biggest Star In The World But what’s perhaps more interesting to us is the fact the film’s being directed by Jake Kasdan, the comedy filmmaker behind films like “Bad Teacher” “Sex Tape” and Judd Apatow’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.” And like many filmmakers around him, Kasdan is making the ambitious leap into big-budget filmmaking with “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. Continue reading ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’: The Rock Goes Exploring In 2 New Trailers at The Playlist.

After Martin Scorsese‘s very expensive “Vinyl” failed to connect with the critics and audiences, HBO swiftly — after flirting with a possibly retooled second season — canceled the series. Which made it all the more surprising when they went ahead an pursued “The Deuce,” another show set in the ’70s, but instead of tackling the music industry, the show takes on the seamy underbelly of the world of pornography. Continue reading HBO Renews ‘The Deuce’ For Season 2 at The Playlist.

The Ridley Scott-ing of James Cameron‘s careers continues to push forward, with no end in sight. With the filmmaker already working on his multiple sequels to “Avatar,” and getting ready to reboot the “Terminator” series, now he’s plucking another title from this catalog and bringing to TV. Guess you gotta pay for those pea protein factories somehow. The director’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV are teaming up to develop a TV series based on Cameron’s 1994 blockbuster “True Lies.” The film, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis and hasn’t aged well at all, tells the story of an ordinary married man, who’s actually a spy for  a secret government agency, with his wife all the while believing he’s just boring computer salesman. Continue reading James Cameron Bringing ‘True Lies’ To TV at The Playlist.