The A.V. Club 8 April 2018

It's the time of the villains as The Walking Dead explores Savior treachery

Everyone’s the hero of their own story. In Negan’s mind, he’s the strong personality needed to unite people in desperate times, regardless of his measures. Simon sees himself as the pragmatic tough guy willing to do the things others, including Negan, won’t. And Dwight—well, maybe he’s more the tragic martyr type. Read more...

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Bob's Burgers has its heart (really) close to home

“We’re helping you guys record yourselves sleeping just like every kid in every family does.”Read more...

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Homeland hits a note of hysteria as the Russian plot crumbles

Some hard-hearted viewers probably wished it was true—that Carrie really had run over Franny, putting an end to our long national nightmare. I won’t go that far, but I do hope this is the event that finally triggers the realization in Carrie that she is the most unfit parent on the planet. That would at least spare us…Read more...

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The Simpsons gets into books and forgets how to tell a story

“It takes a lot of work to take the spirit and character out of a book.”Read more...

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine tackles the future with anagrams and a harm wrest

When a series reaches a certain age, it gets a sense of narrative moving in both directions. There’s the history the show has made, and the pull of the future on the shape of the story. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is old enough to have built a world to draw on, but ambitious enough to recognize the need for change. In the…Read more...

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Killing Eve gets going with a bang, or rather, a meticulous hairpin murder

A pilot has to do an awful lot of work. By the end of 40-some minutes of television, a viewer needs to know some very basic facts about what and who they’re watching. Read more...

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Han's got a good feeling about this in the newest trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming out at the end of next month, with a Cannes premiere just before that, but so far we’ve only seen the one good trailer. That left us with a lot of mysteries about the project, like whether the behind-the-scenes issues will have a tangible impact, how much of the plot will…Read more...

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Sunday's Best Deals: Bissell Carpet Cleaner, MicroSD Card, Sonicare Toothbrush, and More

Vacuum up savings on a Bissell carpet shampooer, snag deals on a microSD card, save $50 on a Sonicare toothbrush, and find the rest of Sunday’s best deals.Read more...

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YouTube might be working on a new kids app that ditches the troublesome algorithm

Late last year, YouTube users began to expose a weird trend of unsettling videos that were being targeted to kids, often featuring kid-friendly characters like Spider-Man or Elsa from Frozen being impregnated by magic wands or opening their mounts to reveal rows of unnecessarily realistic rotting teeth. Stuff like…Read more...

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CBS decides to let Mom stick around for another season

Allison Janney is now an Oscar-winner, making her Hollywood stock rise considerably, so CBS has smartly decided to renew her Chuck Lorre sitcom Mom for a sixth season before she can get lured away by some better offer. Granted, CBS didn’t specifically say that it wanted to keep Janney from running off, but it’d…Read more...

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I Heard This Is a Great Westworld Deal, But It Doesn't Look Like Anything to Me

If you need to prepare for Westworld’s return in a couple of weeks by bingeing season 1, grab all the episodes in Blu-ray for just $25, about $15 less than usual.Read more...

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Jimmy Kimmel takes the high road in feud with Sean Hannity

Back on Friday, we lowered ourselves into a pit of annoyingness to break down the ongoing feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity, with the latter suddenly deciding that it’s not alright to criticize Melania Trump even though he spent years saying awful stuff about the entire Obama family with his other Fox News…Read more...

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Just in time for Rex Manning Day, an Empire Records musical is in the works

Today is Rex Manning Day, the day at the center of the 1995 record store-based comedy/drama Empire Records, so hopefully you didn’t forget to hang your Liv Tyler Wreath or leave a friendly Anthony LaPaglia-O’-Lantern on your porch. Broadway producer Bill Weiner is one person has never forgotten to decorate his Ethan…Read more...

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Actually, Amazon's Lord Of The Rings show might cost over $1 billion

Back in March, we reported that Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings show had already cost the online retailer $250 million just for the rights, with insiders expecting the number to jump up to “another quarter of a billion dollars” once production formally got under way, but now it looks like that already-huge estimation may…Read more...

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Science's dream of swapping people's heads may one day be a reality

With more than 5.6 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or researching whether your family name is really Fronkensteen. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,607,767-week series, Wiki Wormhole.Read more...

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T'Challa tries to conquer the cultural divide on SNL's Black Jeopardy

On last night’s Saturday Night Live, it was inevitable that host Chadwick Boseman would have a lot of Black Panther stuff thrown at him. His monologue even teased SNL’s, let’s call it inconsistent, history of host-centric hot-button sketch work. (Thankfully, morning show Wake Up, Wakanda remains unproduced.) As it…Read more...

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Chadwick Boseman rules over a solid Saturday Night Live

“Like a fine black wine with abs.”Read more...

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