Newswire: ABC is developing a comedy about a widow who runs a car dealership

Deadline reports that ABC is developing a new fish-out-of-water comedy set in rural West Texas—the network snapped up the pitch from Benched co-creator Damon Jones and Bridesmaids co-writer (and nervous flyer) Annie Mumolo. The comedy, called Wheeler Dealer, was inspired by Jones’ sister, a suburban housewife who inherited her husband’s car dealership after his death. The show will see the […]

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Great Job, Internet!: White dudes like Johnny Depp love to be sad and vape, apparently

“How did advertising for tobacco-related products become hip again?” This is the question that editor and filmmaker Dominick Nero wanted to address with his latest video montage. Against the odds and in blatant defiance of decades of sobering medical reports and death tolls, the foul weed tobacco has once again become socially acceptable, even hip, with the advent of vaping […]

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Newswire: That Playmobil movie is a go, to the mild interest of children everywhere

Remember that feeling of grim resignation when your mom would buy you ASICS sneakers instead of the Air Jordans every kid in school is wearing? Or when the waitress asks, “Is Pepsi OK?” According to a report in Variety, France’s ON Animation Studios and U.S. distributor Cross Creek are hoping to somehow make millions by engendering that feeling among fans […]

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Game Review: The Mad Max video game has a lot to say, but it’s best when silent

Mad Max begins and ends the exact same way: with the eponymous hero behind the wheel of a car, alone, speeding toward some elusive destination. It’s the essence of the character, a man who tells himself he neither needs nor wants the responsibility of looking after other souls. It’s jarring, then, when he spends the 40 hours between those two […]

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Newswire: Famously rabid music fans at the DNC to get first taste of Kanye West’s SWISH

Kanye West’s much-anticipated seventh solo album, modestly renamed SWISH after a brief stint with So Help Me God as its moniker, has been frustratingly close to release for quite some time now. Some fans have bathed in that frustration so completely that they’ve even resorted to petitioning the White House for its immediate release which, other than the obvious, was […]

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TV Club: Blindspot commits to its mysteries in an intriguing episode

Blindspot creator Martin Gero has been remarkably bullish about his show in interviews, first declaring there are enough tattoos on Jane Doe’s body to fuel 10 network-sized seasons of television, then claiming the larger significance behind the tattoos could theoretically be solved by anyone who paid close enough attention to the pilot episode. If Gero is to be taken at […]

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TV Club: Cautious Trevor Noah brings The Daily Show back with nary a scratch or dent

One of the first jokes of Trevor Noah’s Daily Show tenure was a holdover from the new host’s not-for-broadcast test shows. Describing his predecessor, Jon Stewart, as “our political dad,” Noah pointed out the obvious. “It’s weird because Dad has left. Now it feels like the family has a new stepdad. And he’s black.” Indicative though the joke may be […]

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TV Club: Wander Over Yonder: “The Loose Screw/The It”

“The Loose Screw” and “The It” are slightly stranger episodes of Wander Over Yonder. And that’s fine–Wander Over Yonder does this every once in a while (see “The Funk,” which ends with an insane, trippy, drugged-out montage). Personally, I’m not a huge fan of “strange for strange sake,” but it can be done well, if there’s an underlying layer of […]

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