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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time

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On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a »

- Michael Schneider and Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7 Finale Title and Run Time Revealed

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The “Game of Thrones” Season 7 finale is almost here, and HBO has released the very intriguing episode title, as well as the epic runtime.

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In a tweet on Tuesday, the official “Thrones” account revealed that the episode will be titled “The Dragon and the Wolf,” and will last for 79 minutes and 43 seconds. A majestic raven gif accompanied the news:

Ravens tell us that the #GoTS7 finale will be 79 minutes and 43 seconds.

Watch “The Dragon and the Wolf” Sunday at 9Pm on @HBO. pic.twitter.com/zcCutpjqtp

Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) August 22, 2017

The season finale’s title lays bare what has been hinted at for the majority of Season 7: Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow. The Dragon and the Wolf. Of course, Dany needs all the allies she can muster after last week’s devastating and shocking twist. »

- Jamie Righetti and William Earl

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‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Trailer: Trump’s Election Is Just the Beginning of the Clownish Nightmare – Watch

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For many Americans, their worst fears came true in November 2016 when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. “American Horror Story: Cult” will tap into the real-life nightmare in its own signature way.

In the trailer for the series’ seventh season, Ryan Murphy show regular Sarah Paulson looks to be a regular suburban housewife in Michigan who is horrified at the election results. In another household, Evan Peters’ character is rather energized and turned on by the news. And then things get really weird and frightening.

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That’s because this season is all about realizing one’s fears, whether it’s bees or clowns. So. Many. Clowns. And yes, that includes our old friend Twisty the Clown from “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” This looks like “It” on steroids. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Shows Critics Wrote Off but Then Grew to Love — IndieWire 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’s a show that you may have quit or written off, but were happy that you gave a second chance?

(This could mean a show that got better as it went along, a show that course-corrected, a show that you felt got lumped together with others and therefore didn’t get a fair shake at first, or one that you see differently because of some changed perspective in your own life.)

Pilot Viruet (@pilotbacon), Vice

This question is good timing because I just spent my weekend watching all of Halt and Catch Fire! I remember watching the first episode at a preview screening and struggling »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Norman Lear Has Been Pitching ‘Guess Who Died’ For Years, and the Comedy Finally Has a Network Home

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It took one day at a time, but Norman Lear’s long-gestating comedy project “Guess Who Died” finally has a home: NBC.

The Peacock network has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera comedy, which Lear recently re-developed with Peter Tolan.

Set in a retirement village, “Guess Who Died” has been in the works for at least seven years. Lear had pitched the show around town several times, and expressed dismay that the show wouldn’t get made because of its focus on older characters.

Read More:Norman Lear Teams Up With Peter Tolan to Revive His Senior Citizen Comedy ‘Guess Who Died’

But “Guess Who Died” gained momentum after Lear, at age 95, earned raves for the recent successful remake of his 1970s comedy “One Day at a Time,” executive produced by Gloria Calderon Kellett and and Mike Royce. That show comes from Sony Pictures TV, as does “Guess Who Died. »

- Michael Schneider

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Netflix Lost Its Chill: Viewership Went Down During the Solar Eclipse

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Never underestimate the power of the moon.

The solar eclipse on Monday that was visible across the United States stopped people from working enough to get outside, socialize with strangers, and stare at the sun using the appropriate retina-saving gear. By extension, this meant that a good chunk of people were looking at the sky when they normally would be watching their screens.

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That evening, long after the celestial event occurred, Netflix assessed its viewership and noticed something funny. Its numbers were down during a specific portion of the day. The percentage was so large that the streaming service shared its findings in a couple of tweets:

Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I Have Always Been There For You.

— Netflix Us (@netflix) August 22, 2017

but really, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’: Richard Dormer Explains How That Game-Changing Resurrection Was Allowed to Happen

21 August 2017 4:50 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

Game of Thrones” gave the White Walkers a weapon in this week’s episode that helped balance the scales between good and evil. The unfortunate part is that it could have been prevented.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) had swooped in on her dragon to save Jon Snow (Kit Harington), but just as it seemed like they would make their escape unscathed, the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) lobbed a magical ice spear at one of Dany’s other dragons, killing Viserion in midair and causing him to crash down into the freezing lake below. At the end of the episode, the Night King had the creature dragged out of the water and turned into one of his own followers, an undead dragon to do his bidding.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Is Testing Viewers’ Allegiances and Their Tolerance for Incest

By now, the concept of resurrection on “Game of Thrones” is nothing new, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’: 7 Powerful Moments When Kyle MacLachlan Barely Moves

21 August 2017 4:35 PM, PDT

Recently, Seth Meyers imagined what his NBC talk show might look like if it was set in The Red Room. Despite the opportunity for easy potshots at the preposterousness of “Twin Peaks,” the two-minute segment played it pretty straight.

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The original opening titles were reincorporated along with the 4:3 framing of the original seasons. There were stand-ins for Laura Palmer and The Man From Another Place, while Meyers took over the role of Agent Dale Cooper. For anyone familiar with the series, the video homage was quite fun. For anyone else, it would’ve been quite weird.

But one thing stood out above the rest: Seth Meyers was moving too much.

Now, that’s not a slight against Meyers. His take on Agent Cooper was about as physically restrained as possible, barring any lessons from »

- Ben Travers

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‘Room 104’: Why the Latest Jay Duplass-Led Episode Didn’t Need to be Weird to be Compelling

21 August 2017 2:27 PM, PDT

There’s an anthology series trap that some series fall into when they focus on their own mythology, at the expense of the rich characters right in view. But in its early going, “Room 104” has a strong grasp on its own ambitions. It’s not trying to set up a sequel or connect its episodes into an overarching master plan. Though they may pass through the same room, these individuals live in their own clearly defined, personal worlds that have a very distinct set of concerns and anxieties.

So even though previous episodes have occupied some of the weirder psychological corners of holing up in a chain motel, that mood was always going to be flexible. With its fourth episode, “I Knew You Weren’t Dead,” “Room 104” still flirts with the metaphysical, but to a decidedly different end. A sweet, simple tale of friendship, loss, guilt, and regret, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Behind The Scenes Photos: Rami Malek, Bobby Cannavale, and More Shoot in NYC

21 August 2017 1:59 PM, PDT

These shots shed new light on the secretive upcoming season.

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- William Earl

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Photos: Eleven, Hopper, and More Face Growing Evil

21 August 2017 1:45 PM, PDT

The next chapter, which premieres on October 27, looks to bring serious doom and gloom to Hawkins — but at least the gang has great Ghostbusters costumes!

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- William Earl

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Philip K. Dick’s ‘Electric Dreams’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston’s Sci-Fi Series Could Be the Next ‘Black Mirror’ — Watch

21 August 2017 10:21 AM, PDT

Philip K. Dick was one of the first science fiction authors to see beyond the genre’s pulp roots and weave philosophical, political, and social questions into his alternate realities. For that reason, Dick’s writing has remained highly influential, even as themes he discussed years ago seem to become increasingly more relevant today. As prolific as he was daring, Dick left behind a seemingly endless supply of stories for many more screen adaptations beyond “The Man in the High Castle,” such as “Electric Dreams,” which recently released a promising new trailer.

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Titled “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” the anthology series based on Dick’s work is executive produced by Bryan Cranston, with writers and producers Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Michael Dinner (“Justified”). It will first air on Australian streaming site »

- Jude Dry

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‘Strike — The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Trailer: J.K. Rowling’s Murder Mystery Comes to the Small Screen — Watch

21 August 2017 9:55 AM, PDT

When she isn’t ret-conning “Harry Potter” or owning Donald Trump on Twitter, J.K. Rowling keeps doing what she does best: writing books. One of those is “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which was published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to critical acclaim; once the detective novel’s true authorship was known, it became an instant best-seller. BBC One just released the trailer for “Strike,” a new series based on the “Cormoran Strike” series that “The Cuckoo’s Calling” began. Watch below.

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About a veteran-turned–private detective in London, the series centers around a murder mystery that, as fate would have it, only our intrepid hero can solve. Tom Burke plays Cormoran Strike, with Holliday Grainger as his assistant Robin; as time goes on, her role in cracking the case becomes ever more essential.


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Defenders’: You May Have Missed the Introduction of Marvel’s Next Armed-and-Dangerous Superhero

21 August 2017 9:40 AM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the final episode of “Marvel’s The Defenders” and various storylines from Marvel Comics.]

The Defenders” already has its fair share of superheroes, but apparently there’s always room for one more.

In the finale showdown between Colleen Wing (Jessica Henpeck) and her former sensei Bakuto (Ramon Rodriguez), one of the leaders of the ninja organization The Hand, Misty Knight (Simone Missick) tried to help and got her right arm sliced off for her efforts.

Fans had wondered if the Marvel Netflix series would go through with such a brutal amputation, but “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, who is a big fan of the comics, foreshadowed Misty’s loss when she got shot in the arm in Season 1.

Read More:‘The Defenders’: Why That Ending Represented the Worst Kind of Superhero Cliche

In the comic books, Misty had already lost her arm after tangling with a bomb. Naturally, this impacted her police work and her state of mind, but that depression didn’t last for long. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Leak: HBO Hackers Threaten to Release Episode 7

21 August 2017 8:47 AM, PDT

HBO has been plagued by leaks during this season of “Game of Thrones,” and things could get even worse if new allegations from hackers are true.

Mashable reports that the “Mr. Smith group” has approached the site with HBO’s social media passwords (which the news organization didn’t verify, but believe to be accurate), “access to many HBO Platforms,” and a threat that is sure to get HBO’s attention: “Be ready for Got S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible.”

Episode 6 was accidentally leaked early on August 16 after an in-house error from HBO’s European team.

Read More:‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Series Will Be ‘Recognizable as a Past Event’ to Readers, Says Screenwriter The hackers are asking for $6.5 million in bitcoin as ransom for the information and assets, and HBO reportedly hasn’t closed the door to their demands. When Mashable pressed HBO for comment on this new information, »

- William Earl

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‘The Punisher’ First Trailer: Marvel Hammers Out Another Epic ‘Daredevil’ Spinoff for Netflix — Watch

21 August 2017 8:44 AM, PDT

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) enjoyed a great victory over the weekend with the launch of “The Defenders,” another well-received series in a line of successful “Daredevil” spinoffs that includes “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage.” Looking for another win, Netflix and Marvel are teaming up again for “The Punisher,” a dark series about a brooding vigilante that released its first teaser this week.

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Netflix is being cryptically tight-lipped about the release date, and offered only this short synopsis: “After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll become known as The Punisher.” From the trailer, The Punisher appears to have adopted a sledgehammer as his signature weapon, and is dealing with some Ptsd after serving in the military. “All the things that I done, »

- Jude Dry

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Finale Trailer: Jon Snow Prepares for the Greatest War Yet

21 August 2017 5:49 AM, PDT

After last night’s epic dragon battle, “Game of Thrones” is saving its longest chapter for next week’s finale, and a new trailer reveals that fans are in for another epic battle.

“There’s only one war that matters. And it is here,” Jon Snow warns in the brief spot, which shows all sides bracing for combat.

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Our sister site Bgr reported that the Season 7 Finale will be 81 minutes long, which promises feature film-length battles. Jeremy Podeswa, who helmed the season premiere “Dragonstone,” will be directing, but further details are kept under wraps at this point. Hopefully HBO can avoid further hacking to keep secrets from spilling between now and then.

After the finale, the “Thrones” cast is scheduled to head back to film the final season in October, with a Season 8 premiere date still Tba. »

- William Earl

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How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Live Stream [Video]

21 August 2017 5:38 AM, PDT

Only a sliver of the United States will actually experience a total solar eclipse on Monday. For the rest of the country, it’s up to wall-to-wall coverage of the event to convey what’s going on.

Just about every major news operation will go live on Monday from across North America, as the strip of totality stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. ABC, NBC and CBS will air special reports between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Et, and cable news will be live throughout the day. Why the excitement? This is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse has spanned the continental United States.

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Here’s where you’ll be able to live stream coverage from a variety of sources on YouTube:

The Weather Channel PBS NewsHour ABC News »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Rick and Morty’ Review: ‘The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy’ is the First Great Episode of Season 3

20 August 2017 10:32 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Rick and Morty” Season 3, Episode 5, “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy.”]

It’s not as elaborate as the premiere, not as recognizable a template as the “Mad Max” or “Guardians of the Galaxy” diversions, nor is it iconic like “Pickle Rick.” But with “The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy,” “Rick and Morty” seems to have regained its guiding principles to deliver the best episode of Season 3 so far.

Cutting to the chase in a quick cold open (that finds Jerry doing even worse than we might have previously suspected), Rick drags Jerry from his dismal apartment and on a carefree trip to a planet where death is an impossibility. Protected by a shield of immortality, the two of them kick back with various colored beverages, assuming this consequence-free getaway is the recharge that Jerry needs.

Naturally, that plan is quickly torn asunder by the general manager of the restaurant where the two set up shop. Another collateral victim of Rick’s space misadventures, »

- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Series-Altering ‘Beyond the Wall’ Is One of the Year’s Most Intense Horror Stories

20 August 2017 8:50 PM, PDT

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

Consider the penultimate episodes of previous “Game of Thrones” seasons’ devastating displays of scale and loss: “Battle of the Bastards,” last year’s signature showdown of houses; Season 3’s fateful Red Wedding gutpunch in “The Rains of Castamere”; even the opening season’s “Baelor” saw Ned meeting a shocking end.

Add to the list “Beyond the Wall,” an episode that didn’t have quite the notable body count that some of those other installments did, but is every bit the paradigm shift that its predecessors were. Opening up this world to a new kind of monster, “Beyond the Wall” might not be the best episode of the season, but it’s more assuredly the most important. By bringing the season-long promise of terror and triumph in rapid succession, the series turned this vital episode into a horror story to remember.

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- Steve Greene

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