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‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)

‘hillbilly’ Trailer: Documentary Humanizes and Traces Appalachian Roots (Exclusive)
Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have been urged to reach “outside the bubble.” As Donald Trump’s presidential victory made the deep divisions in this country painfully clear, the following years have only solidified the belief on both sides that half the country is completely unreachable. In the new documentary “Hillbilly,” filmmakers Ashley York and Sally Rubin posit that no group is more misunderstood than Appalachian Americans, a group that has either been totally neglected by the media or unjustly maligned with caricatures and stereotypes.

The official synopsis reads: “‘hillbilly’ goes on a personal and political journey into the heart of the Appalachian coalfields, exploring the role of media representation in the creation of the iconic American ‘hillbilly,’ and examining the social, cultural, and political underpinnings of this infamous stereotype. Filmed in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, ‘hillbilly’ uncovers an unexpected set of artists, poets, activists, queer musicians,
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You Don’t Win Friends With Salad - You Win Them With One of These Simpsons Gifts

The Simpsons has been on air for nearly three decades now and still has one of the most loyal fan bases. As the the longest-running scripted show in television history, there have been countless episodes that made fans hysterically laugh, want to smash the patriarchy, and say, "Same." So this holiday season, give your Simpsons-loving friend the gift of a lifetime (since that's how long this show is going to air) with a present inspired by Springfield's funniest family.
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Superhero Crossover Gooses CW Ratings Sunday; Pigskin Overrun Pops Fox’s Fall Finales

Part 1 of a three-night superhero crossover-palooza boosted CW at 8 Pm on Sunday, but The Flash stopped short of goosing Charmed at 9. And, overrunning NFL play plus post-game chatter catapulted Fox’s fall finales that followed to season highs.

CW put The Flash in Sunday’s Supergirl time slot to launch this week’s three-part crossover event (yet to come: Arrow on Monday and Supergirl in Flash‘s Tuesday time slot). Flash matched that show’s series low in the demo, but that’s still a 33% pop versus prior week’s Supergirl in the Sunday slot. The beefed-up lead-in didn’t boost Charmed, which was flat week to week in its fall finale.

Fox finales included The Simpsons popping a full point compared to the previous season high; Bob’s Burgers jumping half a point; Family Guy clocking a season high; and Rel, which matched its season high.

ABC’s 8 Pm Dancing With the Stars Juniors season wrapper matched the show’s series low, airing after America’s Funniest Home Videos, which suffered its season low. Shark Tank stood steady at 9, followed by a repeat Shark Tank.

CBS’ 60 Minutes was the night’s top non-sports broadcast, followed by God Friended Me, NCIS: Los Angeles and Madam Secretary – all posting on-par performances when compared to most recent broadcasts without benefit of national NFL push as lead-in.

With a strong Rams-Bears Sunday Night Football game jumping 12% compared to same night last year, NBC led the pack, followed by Fox, CBS, ABC, and CW.
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Ratings: Arrowverse Crossover Kickoff Gives The CW Its Best Sunday Numbers

The Arrowverse “Elseworlds” crossover event launched on Sunday night with 1.8 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, giving The CW season highs for the time slot. Those numbers were on par with what The Flash, which hosted Part 1, has been doing as of late on Tuesday nights, though down sharply from the opening of last year’s “Crisis on Earth-x” crossover (which did 2.7 mil/0.9 on a Monday).

Leading out of that, Charmed (963K/0.3) was merely steady with its fall finale.

Elseworlds… er, I mean elsewhere….

ABC | The DWTS: Juniors finale (4.1 mil/0.6; read recap) and Shark Tank (3.4 mil/0.7) were both steady.
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Watch The Simpsons Online: Season 30 Episode 10

Did Marge manage to fix her Christmas?

That was the huge question on The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 10 when her attempt at a Black Friday shopping spree proved to be a big misfire, and she worried that Christmas was ruined. 

Watch The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 10 Online

While Marge set out to make arrangements to fix things, she found herself in an even deeper state of despair when the kids and Home surprised her with a gift to a Florida resort. 

Did she come clean about it?

Use the video above to watch The Simpsons online right here via TV Fanatic. 

View Slideshow: 15 Spinoffs That Outshined The Original Series

Catch up on all your favorite shows and reviews and join in the conversations with other fanatics who love TV as much as you.
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The Simpsons Season 30 Episode 10 Review: 'Tis the 30th Season

The Simpsons wish a Merry Christmas and a DC new year as they celebrate Black Friday in 'Tis the 30th Season.


This The Simpsons review contains spoilers.

The Simpsons: Season 30 Episode 10

In the spirit of the season, start shopping, Krusty the Clown entreated fifteen holiday season episodes ago, and as The Simpsons celebrates the holidays with "'Tis the 30th Season," the family is once again overwhelmed by the greed of giving. This time, little gangsters Bart and Lisa are asking for shakedown in the form of a GL50 9x Smart TV with sit-n-watch technology powered by a smart genius. It is ultimately attainable, through extortion and the promise of more extortion, but it is a hollow star on the tree at Evergreen Terrace. As far as Christmas miracles go, it is on par with turning wine into water.

"'Tis the 30th Season" has a better premise than an execution,
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Jocelyn Moorhouse on juggling motherhood, caring and a screen career

Jocelyn Moorhouse at the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum. (Photo credit: Rosie Keogh)

Writer and director Jocelyn Moorhouse was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum at Aftrs. The forum, held off the back of the organisation’s survey report, ‘Honey, I Hid the Kids!: Experiences of Parents and Carers in the Australian Screen Industry’, aimed to identify workable actions to address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the Australian screen sector. Moorhouse’s speech is republished here with permission.

Hello everyone. It is an honour to be invited to speak to you today. I am a writer and director of movies and television. Some of the films I have either written, produced or directed include Proof, Muriel’s Wedding, Unconditional Love, How to Make an American Quilt, Peter Pan, Mental and The Dressmaker. I wanted to
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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees: 'Days of our Lives,' 'General Hospital'

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. Today the nominees for the 2019 Writers Guild Awards were revealed. Check out the list below.

Television, New Media, And News Nominees

Daytime Drama

Days of Our Lives, Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits; NBC

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O'Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

Drama Series

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Hilary Bettis, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Sarah Nolen, Stephen Schiff, Justin Weinberger, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX Networks

Better Call Saul,
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Writers Guild Awards 2019: ‘Haunting of Hill House,’ ‘Glow’ Among TV Nominees

To round out a busy Thursday of new awards nominees, the Writers Guild of America and Writers Guild of America, East announced their lists of the best that the eligibility window had to offer.

Awards season heavyweights “Atlanta,” “Barry,” and “The Crown” all garnered series nominations in their respective genres, with plenty of other programs like “Nathan for You,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Narcos: Mexico” and “Maniac” picking up recognition after being passed over at this morning’s Golden Globes announcement.

The Writers Guild Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 with events in both New York City and Los Angeles.

A list of the notable nominees can be found below:

Drama Series

The Americans

Better Call Saul

The Crown

“The Handmaid’s Tale”


Comedy Series




The Good Place

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

New Series


The Haunting of Hill House



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The Simpsons’ Celebrates 30 Years With A Christmas Miracle

Tony Sokol Dec 6, 2018

The Simpsons regifts its first episode along with an all-day marathon to celebrate 30th anniversary.

This could be the miracle that saves The Simpsons' Christmas. If TV taught us anything, it's that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim. It happened to Charlie Brown. It happened to the Smurfs. To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of The Simpsons, Fox will air an encore of the first-ever full-length episode of the series according to Deadline. "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” originally aired on December 17, 1989. The encore will air on Sunday, December 23, at 8 p.m.

Further reading: The Simpsons Christmas Episodes Are Cost-Effective Chimneys of Horror

Before they spun off into their own series and went on to become the longest-running primetime scripted show in American television history, The Simpsons ran as a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show for
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Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees

  • Variety
Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees
Barry” and “Bob’s Burgers” led the way with three Writers Guild of America nominations each, followed by two each for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Succession” and “The Simpsons.”

HBO’s dark comedy “Barry,” starring Bill Hader as a troubled hitman, scored nominations for top comedy series, top new series and top comedy episode with the debut segment “Chapter One: Make Your Mark,” which Hader directed. Hader and Henry Winkler won Emmys in September for their roles in the series, which has been renewed for a second season.

Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” was nominated for three episodes in the animated category — “Boywatch,” “Just One of the Boyz 4 Now for Now” and “Mo Mommy Mo Problems.” The series is in its ninth season and a “Bob’s Burgers” movie is due out the summer of 2020.

Hulu’s dystopian “The Handmaid’s Tale” was nominated in the top drama series and
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‘The Simpsons’ Marks 30th Anniversary With First Episode On Fox & Fxx Marathon

‘The Simpsons’ Marks 30th Anniversary With First Episode On Fox & Fxx Marathon
“Simpsons, eh? Never heard of it.” Well, Mr. Burns might say that, but any comedy and/or animation fan who has owned a TV in the past three decades knows about The Simpsons, and Fox and Fxx are marking the toon’s 30th anniversary with a pair of special events this month.

The FX Networks cable net has scheduled a butt-numbing 15-hour Simpsons marathon on December 16, with 30 episodes handpicked by longtime exec producer Al Jean. Featuring one episode from each season, it kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs through midnight.

Over on the broadcast network, the Christmas-themed first full episode in the adventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and myriad Springfieldians will air at 8 p.m. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” features Homer (Dan Castellaneta) trying to earn extra money to buy Christmas presents for the family, but everything he does goes wrong. Fortunately, he is rescued by Santa’s Little Helper.
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‘The Wrong Mans’: Annie Chang Cast As Series Regular In Showtime Comedy

‘The Wrong Mans’: Annie Chang Cast As Series Regular In Showtime Comedy
Annie Chang (Shades of Blue) is set as a series regular opposite Ben Schwartz and Jillian Bell in The Wrong Mans, Showtime’s remake of the UK comedy that was created by and starred James Corden & Matthew Baynton. The U.S. version hails from The Late Late Show host Corden, Baynton, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Prods., Warner Bros. TV and BBC Studios.

Written by Corden, Baynton and U.S. TV writer Ian Maxtone-Graham (The Simpsons) and directed by the original series’ director Jim Field Smith, The Wrongs Mans is an action-comedy about two ordinary office workers (one played by Schwartz) who have their menial existence turned upside-down by a chance phone call and a case of mistaken identity: “If you are not here by 5 o’clock, we will kill your wife.” As the only people who can help, these two unlikely characters must find their inner hero in their quest to save not just themselves,
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TV News Roundup: ‘American Gods’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

  • Variety
In Today’s TV News Roundup, Starz released a new premiere date for the upcoming second season of “American Gods” and VH1 released an exclusive clip from Friday’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular.”


Season two of the Neil Gaiman-adapted series “American Gods” is set to premiere March 10 at 8 p.m. on Starz. This season, Ricky Whittle will reprise his role as the central character Shadow Moon alongside Ian McShane’s Norse god character Mr. Wednesday as the duo gets ready for full on war between the old gods and the new. Starz will also be hosting a season one marathon Dec. 29 at 12 p.m. Pt. See the season two key art below.

TBS’ upcoming comedy “Miracle Workers” is premiering Feb. 12 at 10:30 p.m on TBS. Starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe, the seven-episode limited series follows the work of Craig (Radcliffe), a low-level angel who
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Fox to celebrate the holidays by re-airing the very first Simpsons episode later this month

  • The AV Club
The Simpsons has been on for a long time. A long time. Some might even say too long. On Sunday, we’ll get a very clear indication of just how long its been when Fox re-airs the very first full-length Simpsons episode as part of a mini holiday celebration in the lead-up to Christmas. The episode in question is…
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South Park Season 22 Episode 9 Review: Unfulfilled

Jeff Bezos brings Amazon to South Park, but the town fights back against unjust labor standards.


This South Park review contains spoilers.

South Park Season 22 Episode 9

The Simpsons, in its old age, seems to only get attention for accurately predicting the future. Less credit is due to the show’s psychic ability than its impressive longevity, which South Park famously snarked that if you name it, The Simpsons have likely done it already.

South Park hasn’t been quite as predictive during its 22-season run -- in recent weeks they’ve gone as far to apologize for getting that whole silly global warming thing wrong. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker finally beat The Simpsons this week by forecasting the future faster than its animation rivals ever have. In last night’s episode, “Unfulfilled,” an Amazon fulfillment center comes to South Park, and a workplace accident caused by an
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TVLine Items: Deathmatch Revival, First Simpsons to Re-Air and More

MTV Studios is getting back in the ring: A reimagining of the animated stop-motion series Celebrity Deathmatch is in development, with Ice Cube set to lend his voice and serve as an executive producer.

Original creator Eric Fogel will also serve an Ep on the updated program, which does not yet have a network attached.

The original Celebrity Deathmatch, which pitted pop culture figures against each other in fantasy wrestling matches that featured plenty of blood and gore, ran from 1998-2002 on MTV and was briefly revived from 2006-2007 on MTV2.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
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‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Reboot In Works At MTV Studios With Ice Cube Set To Star

  • Deadline
MTV Studios is reviving another classic MTV series, Celebrity Deathmatch. The recently launched studio is developing a reimagined version of the cult-favorite claymation stop-motion satire that skewered celebrities, politicians and everyone in between during its famed original 1998-2002 run. Ice Cube is attached to star and will executive produce alongside his partner Jeff Kwatinetz through his Cube Vision production company. Series creator Eric Fogel will return to executive produce as well, with additional showrunners and talent to be named shortly.

The all-new Celebrity Deathmatch will be shopped as a weekly series to premium and streaming networks in 2019. The show is the first step in a plan for reinventing the franchise across consumer products, gaming, theatrical and more.

MTV in June announced the creation of MTV Studios with exploiting library IP as a main goal and an initial slate that included a reimagining of MTV’s animated comedy Daria, an update
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‘The Simpsons’ to Re-air First Full-Length Episode, Sets New Christmas Special With Jane Lynch

‘The Simpsons’ to Re-air First Full-Length Episode, Sets New Christmas Special With Jane Lynch
The Simpsons” is about to make all your days merry and bright, with Fox’s 30th anniversary rebroadcast of the classic episode, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”

Yes, that’s the 1989 Christmas special featuring the introduction of Santa’s Little Helper. It also happens to be the Simpson family’s very first full-length episode.

The ’89 classic will re-air Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. on Fox. But if you want some more “The Simpsons” yuletide fun before then, you can tune in Dec. 9 to see the animated comedy’s 2018 holiday episode, “Tis the 30th Season.” That episode will feature a guest appearance by Jane Lynch, who previously lent her vocals to the Season 23 episode, “Replaceable You.”

Also Read: News Outlet Uses Image of Apu to Announce Indian Prime Minister's Arrival at G20 Summit

See below for official descriptions of the upcoming episode — and the classic special — below.

The Simpsons – “‘Tis the
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Elle Fanning: "Little Cats"

Sneak Peek new images of actress Elle Fanning ("The Neon Demon") in Miu Miu's "Little Cats", Shetland wool sweaters including 'Marie' from "The Aristocats", 'Dinah' from "Alice in Wonderland" and 'Snowball II' from "The Simpsons":

The younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning, Elle made her film debut as the younger version of her sister's character in the drama "I Am Sam" (2001). 

As a child actress, she appeared in a string of films including "Because of Winn-Dixie" (2005), "Babel" (2006), "Phoebe in Wonderland" (2008) and Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" (2010). In 2011, Fanning starred in her breakout role as 'Alice Dainard' in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama, "Super 8"...

...followed by leading roles in "We Bought a Zoo" (2011), "Ginger & Rosa" (2012) and "Maleficent" (2014).

She then made a transition into indie films including "3 Generations" (2015), "The Neon Demon" (2016), "The Beguiled" (2017), "Mary Shelley" (2018) and "Galveston".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Neon Demon"...
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