Stranger Things creators finally swear off adding new characters to the cast

Stranger Things creators finally swear off adding new characters to the cast

Eduardo Franco and Charlie Heaton, briefly glimpsed in the most recent season of Stranger ThingsPhoto: Netflix Although it started out fairly focused—two grown-ups, three high schoolers, five tweens, a flesh monster, and Matthew Modine—the cast of Netflix’s hit sci-fi series Stranger Things has gotten a little expansive over the last few years. That’s not to … Read more

D’Arcy Carden didn’t want to get typecast after The Good Place

D’Arcy Carden didn’t want to get typecast after The Good Place

D’Arcy Carden in A League Of Their OwnGraphic: Anne Marie Fox/Prime Video Though Ted Danson and Kristen Bell were The Good Place’s top-billed stars, the rest of the NBC sitcom’s ensemble quickly found their stock rising thanks to the sharp, philosophical series. As the inhuman assistant Janet, D’Arcy Carden was a key part of establishing … Read more

Hulu’s ‘This Fool,’ a South Central L.A. comedy with a Coen Brothers spin

Hulu’s ‘This Fool,’ a South Central L.A. comedy with a Coen Brothers spin

ByPatrick Stinson via As star and co-creator, comedian Chris Estrada taps into his real life for Hulu’s “This Fool.” Estrada draws on elements of his stand-up comedy and his own life to play Julio Lopez, a 30-year-old who still lives at home with his mother in South Central Los Angeles and finds any excuse to … Read more

Netflix Has Some Great Games But Nobody’s Playing Them

Netflix Has Some Great Games But Nobody’s Playing Them

Photo: Mykolastock (Shutterstock) Since last year, Netflix has offered its subscribers access to free video games. Now, data shows that less than one percent of its users are actually playing any of these games. And while the streaming giant has announced more games coming to its service, very few of its over 200 million subscribers … Read more

Season 4, Episode 7, “Metanoia”

Season 4, Episode 7, “Metanoia”

Tessa Thompson in Westworld Photo: John Johnson/HBO As we near the conclusion of Westworld’s season four, it seems clear we’ve known the ending the entire time. We’ve known, for instance, that Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) was always going to die, that the city was going to burn, and that the likelihood that everyone would survive was…well, … Read more

The End of the Worlds Are Nigh

The End of the Worlds Are Nigh

Photo: John Johnson/HBO The penultimate episode of the fourth season of Westworld is titled “Metanoia,” a word I was surprised to learn means “change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. I had assumed it was a portmanteau combining the words “meta-narrative” and “paranoia,” because … Read more

“Do we need another sex scene?”

“Do we need another sex scene?”

Matt SmithPhoto: Manuel Velasquez (Getty Images) Matt Smith has taken time out of his busy schedule of not understanding your Morbin’ Time jokes in order to give some serious interviews of late, largely centered on his prominent role in HBO’s upcoming Game Of Thrones prequel, House Of The Dragon. Including the fact that Smith found … Read more

10 Reasons Hulu Needs to Renew The Orville: New Horizons

10 Reasons Hulu Needs to Renew The Orville: New Horizons

Cmdr. Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki) and Lt. Cmdr. Bortus (Peter Macon)Photo: Greg Gayne/Hulu With its (nearly) feature-length episodes, chemistry-laden cast, and high-quality production values—we didn’t even mention the show’s incredible use of music, from its orchestral score to its sly integration of show tunes (Annie on far-future Earth, anyone?)—The Orville: New Horizons felt like you … Read more

Westworld Fidelity Recap: Season 4 Episode 6

Westworld Fidelity Recap: Season 4 Episode 6

Screenshot: HBO “I only know what I tell me.” This short, stunning line of dialogue is spoken by Caleb (Aaron Paul) to Caleb (still Aaron Paul), both of whom—along with many other Calebs—are in a unique hell in “Fidelity.” He’s already faced the devastating news that he failed to stop Hale (Tessa Thompson) from taking … Read more