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‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Episode 2 Offers a Fun but Forgettable Filler Mission

‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Episode 2 Offers a Fun but Forgettable Filler Mission
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “The Mandalorian” contains spoilers for the second episode, “Chapter 2: The Child.”]

The Mandalorian” covered plenty of ground and raised a handful of questions in its pilot episode. Also: Baby Yoda. Baby Yoda is good. Baby Yoda is the true star of this show.

The show’s second episode doesn’t lack for scenes focused on the Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) bonding with his new little green friend, but outside those moments, there’s worryingly little in the show’s latest 30-odd minutes to help it stand out from its sci-fi adventure contemporaries. References to older aspects of “Star Wars” abound, but throwbacks to Wookiees and Sandcrawlers aren’t enough to mask stilted dialogue and a plot that mostly just impedes the larger narrative “The Mandalorian” seems to be building toward.

After a brief, albeit satisfyingly intense, ambush by two rival bounty hunters, the Mandalorian treks back to his ship with Baby Yoda.
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‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Kathryn Hahn’s Brilliant Performance Stems From a Key Change to the Book

‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Kathryn Hahn’s Brilliant Performance Stems From a Key Change to the Book
When first reading Tom Perrotta’s 2017 novel, “Mrs. Fletcher,” Kathryn Hahn was struck by what proved to be a telling choice by the author.

“It was the dual stories that really intrigued me — and that fact that she was written in the third person and the son was written in the first,” Hahn said. “There was something very interesting in that to me, the fact that this was something [Perrotta], a man, would want to dig into: the interior life of this woman.”

The author’s book, which formed the template for HBO’s critically acclaimed limited series, switches perspective with each new chapter. The story starts in Eve Fletcher’s perspective, as the single mother packs up her only child, Brendan, for college, but it’s told through a disembodied narrator: “Eve cried most of the way home.” “All she’d wanted, from the moment she opened her eyes in the morning,
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Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020

Disney Plus Will Make ‘The Simpsons’ Available in Original Uncropped Format in Early 2020
Eep! After an outcry from “The Simpsons” aficionados, Disney has decided to offer classic episodes of the iconic animated sitcom on Disney Plus in their original 4-by-3 aspect ratio early next year.

The streaming service launched Nov. 12 in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands with the full batch of “Simpsons” episodes in 16-by-9 HD format, which cropped out key details from older episodes — and angered many fans.

In a statement, Disney said it launched “The Simpsons” in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch “in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons.”

“Over time, Disney+ will roll out
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Turns the Impeachment Hearings into a Soap Opera (Watch)

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Turns the Impeachment Hearings into a Soap Opera (Watch)
Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Nov. 16 episode with a take on the biggest news story of the previous week (and foreseeable future): the impeachment hearings.

But another big story of the week, especially in Hollywood, was how NBC’s last remaining daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” had let its actors out of their contract and would be going on an indefinite hiatus. “Saturday Night Live” managed to bring these two entertainment behemoths together in a cold open sketch entitled “Days of our Impeachment.”

In order to highlight how truly scandalous the testimony has been, the tagline for this sketch was “…where the only thing at stake is democracy.”

Drawing from the real-life political figures involved in the hearings and some quintessential daytime drama tropes, Alex Moffatt appeared as Adam Schiff, while Mikey Day was “cross-examiner with a mysterious brain injury” Jim Jordan. Beck Bennett popped up as
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Walking Dead Recap: Rude Awakening — Plus, [Spoiler] Claims a Victim

Walking Dead Recap: Rude Awakening — Plus, [Spoiler] Claims a Victim
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead. If you’d rather watch first, read later, make like a walker and lurch away.

Toward the end of Sunday’s The Walking Dead, we kinda saw it coming. But Siddiq? Not so much, even though the Michael Cudlitz-directed “Open Your Eyes” followed the show’s tried-and-true pattern of killing off characters: Suddenly play them more heavily than ever before, attempt at the last second to get us extra-invested in them, then… bam. How did the last friend Carl ever made go to his grave? Read on and find out.
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‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Open Your Eyes’ Serves Up Genuine Horror — Spoilers

‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Open Your Eyes’ Serves Up Genuine Horror — Spoilers
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead” Season 10, Episode 7, “Open Your Eyes.”]

Well, that was unexpected.

Siddiq (Avi Nash), still suffering from ever-worsening panic attacks, is able to pull himself together enough to realize that Alexandria’s plague is being caused by tainted water — due to a switched handle in the purification system and not from Gamma’s (Thora Birch) zombie dam, as previously theorized — and since Siddiq’s in charge of the water systems with Eugene (Josh McDermitt) gone, he blames himself. Dante (Juan Javier Cardenas) comes by to give him a pep talk and clicks his tongue in a distinct manner, causing Siddiq to realize that Dante is a Whisperer. In fact, he’s the one who forced Siddiq to watch as Alpha (Samantha Morton) beheaded his friends. Dante figures out Siddiq is onto him, they have a brief scuffle, and Dante strangles Siddiq, presumably to death.

Whew!

As a story turn,
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Shameless Recap: Is Ian and Mickey's Relationship Doomed in Prison?

Shameless Recap: Is Ian and Mickey's Relationship Doomed in Prison?
This Sunday’s Shameless more than made up for the lack of “Gallavich” in last week’s season premiere — but that might not necessarily be a good thing, because Ian and Mickey spent most of the episode bickering like an old married couple.

The first scene finds Ian sweetly cozying up to his cellmate until Mickey shoves him away, annoyed that Ian is once again using mayonnaise as lube. Hey, prison options are limited, Ian argues. And that’s just the beginning of the fighting. Every one of their habits seems to get on the other’s nerves, from Ian
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Watchmen Recap: Squid Pro Quo

Watchmen Recap: Squid Pro Quo
Holy squid.

This week’s Watchmen nimbly accomplishes three feats. First, it educates the audience about a huge, traumatic event that happens at the end of the source material comic series and therefore greatly informs the world of the HBO drama. Second, it ever-so-slightly forwards the show’s A plot by letting us know exactly what was in Will Reeves’ pill bottle and revealing what the Seventh Kavalry is up to (and who’s helping them).

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And finally, it takes us inside the mind of Det.
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‘Watchmen’ Review: Episode 5 Goes Through the Looking Glass to Find Answers, Intrigue, and Despair

‘Watchmen’ Review: Episode 5 Goes Through the Looking Glass to Find Answers, Intrigue, and Despair
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Watchmen” Episode 5, “Little Fear of Lightning.”]

Remember what Agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart) said last week, about people who wear masks and how they’re driven by pain? Well, she may have been talking to Sister Night (Regina King) at the time, but I believe after sitting down with “Mirror Guy” aka Looking Glass aka Wade Tillman (played by the excellent Tim Blake Nelson), he’d be her first case study toward proving that theory true. In a dense hour devoted to the root of Wade’s pain, veteran “Leftovers” scribes Damon Lindelof and Carly Wray guide the audience through a troubling series of revelations, all centered around Wade, yet consequential for everyone in the “Watchmen” universe.

Given that’s the design behind every “Leftovers” episode — using individual trauma to reflect universal concerns — it should come as no surprise that Episode 5 is deeply sad, difficult, and exceptional. Even by “Watchmen’s” lofty standards,
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Did Ray Donovan Just Kill [Spoiler]?

Ray Donovan‘s Season 7 premiere on Sunday ended with a bang that possibly probably almost certainly resulted in the death of a pivotal character.

In the closing seconds of the David Hollander-penned episode, a prisoner transport vehicle carrying Donovan family patriarch Mickey (played by Jon Voight) collided with a tanker truck, setting off an explosion so massive that, by our estimation, no one within a mile of the blast perimeter could’ve survived.

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American Horror Story Season 10: Clues and Theories About the Mystery Theme

American Horror Story Season 10: Clues and Theories About the Mystery Theme
It’s been less than a week since American Horror Story wrapped its hellish trip back to 1984, which means it’s time to do what fans of this show do best: wildly theorize about what next season will be about!

The prevailing fan theory suggests that Season 10 will focus on America’s obsession with urban legends. Here’s the math on that one: Last month, executive producer Ryan Murphy told TV Guide to remain on the lookout for a clue about next season’s top-secret theme. Specifically, he said, “There will be probably a big one in Episode 8.”

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The Crown Season 3 Had Fans Googling Like Crazy to Check Its Historical Accuracy

The third season of Netflix's The Crown dropped this Sunday, and as with all "based on true story" tales, people were quick to pick it apart checking historical inaccuracies. This fictionalized version of the English monarchy has always taken some liberties to liven things up, but Season 3, in ...

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Mandalorian Recap: What Child Is This? — Episode 2 Is (Too) Short, But Sweet

The Mandalorian on Friday followed up its premiere with an episode that was even shorter — exactly 27 minutes of actual content — but also sweeter. How are this Disney+ series’ breezy running times working for you?

Upon acquiring his valuable “target” — a 50-year old child of the same species as the venerable Yoda — at the close of the pilot, the Mandalorian aka Mando aka Dyn Jarren (per a recent Pedro Pascal interview) almost immediately ran into interference, in the form of a trio of Trandoshans. The Mandalorian makes pretty quick work of them using his multipurpose weapon, but he doesn’t come away unscathed.
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SNL Star Calls Out Sara Lee for Deleting Instagram Comments Born of a Sexually Charged Harry Styles Sketch

SNL Star Calls Out Sara Lee for Deleting Instagram Comments Born of a Sexually Charged Harry Styles Sketch
Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang is calling out the Sara Lee corporation for allegedly censoring Instagram comments spawned by a sketch that aired as part of the Nov. 16 episode.

The sexually charged sketch featured host Harry Styles as Dillan, a social media manager who was called into a meeting to discuss some some “off-brand activity” on the Sara Lee Instagram account. Those included suggestive comments on a Nick Jonas post, including “Wreck me daddy” and “Destroy me king.” There were also comments left by the @SaraLeeBread handle on a random Instagram user’s account, such as “,” a reference
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‘The Crown’: Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty on Charles and Anne ‘Breaking the Mold’

‘The Crown’: Josh O’Connor, Erin Doherty on Charles and Anne ‘Breaking the Mold’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Crown” Season 3 on Netflix.

The arrivals Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) midway through “The Crown’s” third season infuse the show with a youthful energy reminiscent of the first two years. But, they also offer a sense of rebelliousness, shaking up the royal family’s status quo.

Charles and Anne have both grown up within the suffocating confines of royal life, but Season 3 sees Anne refuse to put on a show for a documentary about the royal family, while Charles becomes much closer with
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SNL Turned the Impeachment Into a Soap Opera Starring Jon Hamm

While the rest of the world was watching the Impeachment hearings with bated breath this week, Saturday Night Live was hard at work turning them into comedic gold. In an effort to make the hearings into something that could rival The Masked Singer for entertainment value, SNL's cold open turned them

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Other Links From TVGuide.com Saturday Night LiveJon HammCecily StrongAlex MoffatKate McKinnon
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Harry Styles Premieres New Song, Plays Trash-Eating Dog on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Watch)

Harry Styles Premieres New Song, Plays Trash-Eating Dog on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (Watch)
The past couple of seasons of “Saturday Night Live” have seen some impressive hosting/musical performer double-duty stints, including Childish Gambino, Halsey and Chance the Rapper — and last night Harry Styles was more than up to the challenge. The singer appeared in nearly every skit — including turns as a naïve office intern, a gangster, an airline pilot, a sex-addled Icelandic father-to-be, the human embodiment of a trash-eating dog and more — as well as playing two songs from his forthcoming album, “Fine Line,” which is due on December 13.

Along with his recent single “Lights Up,” he also premiered a new song called “Watermelon Sugar.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Best and Worst of Harry Styles’ Hosting Debut

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: The Best and Worst of Harry Styles’ Hosting Debut
This week’s “Saturday Night Live” saw musician (and noted comedy nerd) Harry Styles return to Studio 8H in the coveted dual host-musical guest role. Naturally, comparisons can be made to Justin Timberlake and the recent host/musical guest Chance the Rapper, but much like in his career post-One Direction, Styles had to make his own way here.

Host: Harry Styles

The go-to “SNL” monologue for a musical artist is, of course, a musical monologue. Yet despite the eventual piano, that’s thankfully not what the episode provided. Instead, “SNL” showed off Styles’ dry yet somewhat absurd sense of humor early with the opening monologue. Taking a page out of Zach Galifianakis’ playbook* with the piano and teasing a reunion with his One Direction brethren (minus Zayn Malik but plus Ringo Starr), the typical first-time hosting jitters were nowhere to be found. Not even during the close-up shot of “his” hands.
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Quotes of the Week: Superstore, Evil, The Mandalorian, DWTS and More

Thanksgiving hasn’t arrived just yet, but we’re still feeling plenty grateful for another week of top-notch TV.

With another seven days of television in the books, we’re looking back on the week’s best dialogue via our latest Quotes of the Week gallery.

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This time around, we’ve got Superstore‘s shout-out to a fellow NBC series, The Mandalorian‘s no-nonsense introduction to Disney+ viewers,
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Why Mindy Kaling Turned to Social Media to Find the Lead of Her Netflix Series

Why Mindy Kaling Turned to Social Media to Find the Lead of Her Netflix Series
Constance Wu (“Hustlers”) and Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) explained how the internet helped expand the casting pool for their projects during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

Wu began the interview: “When I did ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and they were looking for actors, it was crazy how many people said, ‘Well, there are no Asian actors.’ What they really meant is like, ‘Oh, there aren’t a lot of Asian-American actors who are represented by the top three agencies and have a huge resume,'” Wu said. “What Jon Chu, our director, did was he opened it up.
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