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In honor of the recently ended March Madness tournament, "The Daily Show" hosted its own tournament called Third Month Mania.
For Thrid Montha Mania, "The Daily Show" team went through all of President Donald Trump's tweets and created a bracket to determine the "greatest Donald Trump tweet of all time." Six million fans voted on Comedy Central's website to determine Trump's very best tweet.
On Wednesday night, "The Daily Show" announced the winning tweet. And this one from 2014 was the lucky winner:
Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2014
“This may not be the meanest or the most racist,” correspondent Hasan Minhaj said.
“But it will be the one tweet we will get the answer to in the next four years,” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. responded.
Before the big reveal, Minhaj and Wood mentioned the runners-up:
How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled "Blackish"? Can you imagine the furor of a show, "Whiteish"! Racism at highest level?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2014
"Highest level," Roy Wood Jr. joked of Trump's "Black-ish" tweet. "And we all know the racism scale, Hasan. It goes the N-word, slavery, 'Black-ish.'"
"And by the way, they don’t need to call shows 'Whiteish.' They have other names. Like 'Frasier,'" Minhaj said.
So, lets get this right. Steve Jobs dies and leaves his wife everything-billions of dollars. Now his wife has a boyfriend (lover). Oh Steve!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2013
Watch "The Daily Show" announce the "greatest Donald Trump tweet" below:
Nostalgia is as hot as ever in Hollywood right now. Which means reboots, remakes and spin-offs aren't just for movies anymore.
They've proven to be quite effective for televison, with a new reboot of a beloved series coming out nearly as often as a movie reboot or sequel. There are a lot coming in 2017. Most of them seem unecessary, but there are a few to look forward to as the year goes on.
Here are all the TV reboots, remakes, and spin-offs coming in 2017:
Note: A lot of these are slated to come out this year, but don't have exact premiere dates as of this writing.
"Emerald City"— Premiered Jan 6 on NBC
A dark, modern twsit on "The Wizard of Oz."
"One Day at a Time"— Premiered Jan 6 on Netflix
"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"— Premiered Jan 13 on Netflix
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In a new interview with Brooklyn magazine, actor and comedian Taran Killam opens up about President Donald Trump's turn as host of "Saturday Night Live" in November 2015.
Killam was a cast member on "SNL" from 2008 to 2016, and you can see him now on Broadway as King George III in "Hamilton." He doesn't have fond memories of Trump's appearance on the sketch show, which faced a lot of media backlash.
"It was not fun, and most of the cast and writers were not excited to have him there," Killam said. "I didn't get the feeling that he was excited to be there, and it felt like a move for ratings from both sides."
When asked whether Trump was "unpleasant," Killam said: "He was ... everything you see. What you see is what you get with him, really. I mean, there was no big reveal. He struggled to read at the table read, which did not give many of us great confidence. Didn't get the jokes, really. He's just a man who seems to be powered by bluster."
The 2015 episode that Trump hosted was critically panned. And while the ratings were above average, they weren't record-breaking.
Jimmy Kimmel couldn't mask his sadness after hearing about the death of comedian Don Rickles on Thursday.
"I'm going to tell you upfront, I'm going to cry, I'm already crying, which is embarrassing," Kimmel started Friday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!""I'm not good at this sort of thing."
And true to his word, Kimmel was tearing up.
"He was 90 years old," the host continued. "And I know it's crazy to say he was too young. But he was because he was youthful and funny and sharp and generous. And I was fortunate enough to not only have Don on this show as my guest, but also to become close to him and his wife, Barbara, which was a lot of fun for me."
After explaining how much he looked up to Rickles as a kid growing up in Las Vegas, the host shared several stories about the late comedian, including his being able to book Rickles for the first time on his birthday in 2006.
"It was exciting," Kimmel said. "It was like I was in some talk-show host fantasy camp, sitting behind a desk while Don Rickles made fun of me. It was like being a real talk-show host for a minute."
According to Kimmel, Rickles made a total of 18 appearances on the show. The show put together a video tribute of the famous insult comedian's guesting on it.
Watch the tribute below:
Before “Mad Men” premiered in 2007 — an astonishing 10 whole years ago this summer — AMC was known as the channel that plays old movies. But the network really stepped up its game and left its own imprint on the so-called golden age of television.
While AMC hasn't had another Emmy-sweeping hit like "Mad Men" or "Breaking Bad" since those shows finished, it has continued to make innovative shows that focus on great writing and acting, like "Better Call Saul," which has its season-three premiere on Sunday. Some AMC shows are good, but some of them, as it goes with any network, are total duds.
We took to Metacritic, which aggregates reviews and assigns each season of a show a score based on them, to rank every AMC scripted series according to critics. We included every scripted show, but left out unscripted series like "Talking Dead,""Rdie with Norman Reedus," and "The Pitch."
Here's every AMC show ranked from worst to best, according to critics:
19. "The Prisoner" (2009), one-season miniseries
"This reimagined version, which feels a bit old hat in a post-Matrix fantasy landscape, is more leaden, pretentious, and solemn, a tone embodied by [Jim] Caviezel’s brooding Six, who’s more dour than dashing."—TV Guide
18. "Feed the Beast" (2016), one season
"Answers are sacrificed in 'Feed the Beast’s' quest to be 18 different things at once: a Bourdain-esque tale of bad-boy chefs made good, a gritty crime drama, a superhero show, a touching tale of familial reception."—The Atlantic
17. "Into the Badlands" (2015-), two seasons
Metacritic Score: 54 (rating for season two not available yet)
"Beneath the veneer is nothing but cliches loosely stitched together. Actor Daniel Wu, however, does what he can."—Entertainment Weekly
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Stephen Colbert has tackled the many twists surrounding White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon over the last few days.
This week, the White House announced that Bannon had been removed from the National Security Council by President Donald Trump. It said the former Breitbart News editor was there to suss out holdovers from President Barack Obama's administration and he had achieved his goal.
“I’m not sure if he accomplished his goal,” Colbert said on Thursday's "Late Show."“There are still some Muslims in America.”
Soon after the announcement, reports began to proliferate about a power struggle between Bannon and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who sources claimed was behind Bannon's removal from the National Security Council.
"How many jobs does that kid have?" Colbert asked about Kushner.
Colbert shared one report of the clash between the two men, which said that Bannon refers to Kushner as a "cuck" behind his back. The host then gave Bannon, who reportedly threatened to quit if he was removed from the council, a dose of his own medicine.
"Wait a second, Steve Bannon, you threatened to quit if you got kicked off the National Security Council, then you got kicked off and you didn’t quit? That’s a TCM bro,” Colbert said as the words "Total Cuck Move" appeared on the screen between two pictures of Bannon's head.
Watch Colbert slam Bannon in the video below:
AMC's "Into the Badlands" was snubbed by last year's Emmy awards – something its star has a hard time accepting.
"I question that. Especially for action choreography I was expecting a nomination," Daniel Wu, the star and executive producer on the AMC show (airing its second season on Sundays), told Business Insider recently.
"I'm still pretty sour about that, because there were shows that got nominated that definitely have lousy action," Wu continued. "I was very surprised that we didn't get nominated. I'm not sure what factors are involved in that. I know AMC definitely has the power to push something like that and I know they did, so I'm not sure why it didn't get there."
"Into the Badlands" takes place in a post-apocalyptic society where land has been divided among lords and everyone has to choose sides. Wu's Sunny is the deadliest assassin on his lord's army, but talented fighters of all ages, genders, and styles can be found among the many factions.
To bring the world's dangers to life, the show employs many fight choreography stars from the Hong Kong kung fu film industry. The actors all attend an intense five-week fighting camp between seasons in order to pull off the amazing battle moves they're asked to perform.
"We just built on what we built from last season," Wu said of the fight camp. "So we took them to the level we got them to and brought it up a notch... It's very difficult to make someone look like a martial arts expert in a short amount of time."
The results can be found in the show's eye-popping fight scenes, which really can't be found anywhere else on TV. That's another reason Wu is so perplexed by the show's lack of awards attention.
"To me nowadays awards shows, there's so much politics and all kinds of other crap going on," he said. "I don't really care that much about it anymore. Especially when you get slighted in something like this. Of course, we have great costumes and great lighting, great camerawork, and all the kind of stuff that should get nominations too. But definitely the action is something different that you've never seen on TV before. To not get nominated for that was definitely a sour point in my mind. I'm speaking for myself."
Last year, the nominees for stunt coordination in a drama were "Game of Thrones,""Gotham,""Marvel's Daredevil,""Rush Hour," and "The Blacklist.""Thrones" ended up winning, a decision Wu understands. But like anyone with a fighting spirit, he would have loved to be in the ring.
"I think 'Game of Thrones' won for the 'Battle of the Bastards' and I totally think they deserved it – that was amazing fight sequences – so grand and epic," he told us. "They should've won, but I think we should've been in contention."
Alec Baldwin raised eyebrows in the middle of last night’s “Saturday Night Live” by doing an impression of embattled Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly hosting a virtually ad-free “O’Reilly Factor” – and then interviewing a supportive President Donald Trump, also played by the actor.
In doing so, Baldwin created the effect of being on screen twice, a feat accomplished by taping one of the performances ahead of time. The show has employed this technique in the past, when Dana Carvey would play both President George H.W. Bush and presidential candidate Ross Perot during debate sketches.
Baldwin scored laughs by telling “Factor” viewers the show still had a few reliable sponsors, like “Dog Cocaine.” Fox News Channel has seen dozens of advertisers seek to move their commercials out of O’Reilly’s program in the wake of a New York Times report detailing payments made to women who levied allegations of inappropriate behavior at O’Reilly, who has said in a recent statement that he had been a target, but had never been the subject of any complaints made to Fox News’ Human Resources department.
Baldwin also reprised his popular impression of the President in the show’s “cold open,” in which the fake Commander-in-Chief appeared at a meeting in a rural Kentucky town. At a town hall meeting, he tried to elicit support for the recent U.S. missile strike against Syria while telling attendees his administration would cut many government services and benefits upon which they rely.
Comedian Louis C.K. delivered an extended stand-up monologue that included a routine asking about animals’ inner thoughts.
Another standout sketch poked fun at the recent controversy surrounding Pepsi’s latest commercial, which was pulled within a day of going on the air. In a taped segment, Beck Bennett plays a writer who calls friends from the set of the commercial shoot to tell them about the concept – only to learn it’s offensive to people from many backgrounds.
Next week, the show will air live in primetime from coast to coast for the season’s last four episodes, starting with Jimmy Fallon’s hosting gig.
After a lot of success in translating its comic superheroes to the big screen, Marvel has made an unprecedented push to do the same thing in television.
While there are currently six Marvel TV series, there are at least 11 more shows based on Marvel comics that are in production or being developed right now.
The path to TV hasn't been a smooth one. Last year, ABC canceled the low-rated "Agent Carter" series. And "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is one of ABC's lowest-rated shows. Plus, after a string of critical successes for Marvel shows at Netflix, "Iron Fist" was hammered with negative reviews.
In light of the bruising critics gave "Iron Fist," we took a look at review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which assigns a fresh percentage score based on reviews, to see how it ranked against other Marvel shows.
Here's how the Marvel TV shows rank, according to critics:
6. "Iron Fist" (Netflix)
Finn Jones stars as the orphaned hero with the killer punch and multimillion-dollar fortune on "Iron Fist."
Rotten Tomatoes score: 17% fresh
5. "Daredevil" (Netflix)
Charlie Cox plays the blind superhero with a hankering for vigilante justice on "Daredevil."
Rotten Tomatoes score: 87% fresh
4. "Legion" (FX)
Dan Stevens plays the longtime psychiatric patient who finds out his visions and mental powers actually don't mean he's crazy, and he could be the most important player in an ongoing mutant war, on FX's "Legion."
Rotten Tomatoes score: 90% fresh
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After Sunday's delicious finale of "Big Little Lies," it's hard for many fans to cope with the idea that that could be it. Well, does it have to be the end? It depends on who you ask.
In an interview with Vulture posted on Monday, the show's director and one of the executive producers, Jean-Marc Vallée, talked about the potential for another season, and it wasn't promising.
"No, no, this is the perfect ending. There is no way; there’s no reason to make a season two," he said. "That was meant to be a one-time deal, and it’s finishing in a way where it’s for the audience to imagine what can happen. If we do a season two, we’ll break that beautiful thing and spoil it."
The show wrapped its two big mysteries in the finale: who was violently bullying Renata's (Laura Dern) daughter and who was murdered during a fancy school fundraising event that involved all of the main characters. But the show left the door open for more developments by implying that the women were still being watched after the investigation was closed.
While it's clear where Vallée stands on a second season, the show's two biggest stars offered a different take that makes it seem like more episodes are possible and even likely.
Reese Witherspoon (who's also an executive producer) and Dern did a live talk on Facebook and Instagram on Sunday. During it, Witherspoon said there have been discussions about another installment of the show.
"One of the main questions everyone keeps asking us is is there going to be a season two," Witherspoon said. "We've been talking with the writer [of the novel the show is based on], and you guys should Facebook Liane Moriarty and tell her how much you want to see 'Big Little Lies 2.' That would be good. She's thinking about ideas, and so we would love to hear ideas."
And Nicole Kidman also registered her desire to continue delving into the characters' stories.
“The backstory of Bonnie is complicated, and not fully explored, which is probably why we need to do a season two,” she told Entertainment Weekly about Zoë Kravitz’s character. “It indicates that every woman is holding some sort of secret or damage or something and that’s not fully explored. We don’t have any plans for a season two, but the beauty of this is there are so many deep stories here that are ripe for mining. There are so many different ways to go with all of these women."
HBO hasn't publicly said whether a second season is under consideration. But if you've got big ratings, as "Big Little Lies" did, and the writer and A-list stars willing to return, then we have a hard time imagining HBO saying no.
It's about that time in the season when TV networks decide which shows have to go and which get another round. The pilot shows are being reviewed, and announcements will trickle in over the next few weeks.
The choices aren't always simple. With today's shrinking live viewership, more than just ratings factor into whether a TV show survives to see another season.
Among other things, networks are now looking at online, on-demand, and streaming viewership; awards appeal; social media audiences; and international sales.
Among the shows in danger of being canceled are last year's hits "Quantico" and "Blindspot," the long-running "New Girl," and a couple of spin-offs that didn't live up to the hype.
Here are Business Insider's predictions for the shows that will get the ax:
"The Odd Couple" (CBS)
In December, CBS decided for the third season in a row not to order more than 13 episodes of the comedy, starring Matthew Perry. The show is CBS's lowest-rated comedy, so it's looking like a breakup is ahead for "The Odd Couple."
And if all that wasn't enough of a message from CBS to the show, there's this tweet from Perry:
My face on the Odd Couple stage door has been painted over with green paint.I think it's safe to assume that we have been cancelled.#subtle
"The Blacklist" (NBC)
"The Blacklist" may finally get the boot from NBC. For years, it was highly acclaimed by critics and creatives in Hollywood. James Spader was a real awards draw as well. But NBC is back on top of the all-important ratings, and "The Blacklist" is its lowest-rated returning show.
What's strange is that NBC produced a spin-off, "The Blacklist: Redemption." As you'll see in a bit, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
"The Blacklist: Redemption" (NBC)
What's the sense in creating a spin-off of a show that has already overstayed its welcome? That's a question NBC executives should probably answer about "The Blacklist: Redemption.""The Blacklist" and its spin-off are both treading water. At the moment, "Redemption" is NBC's lowest-rated drama.
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Though John Oliver was bothered by it, he wasn't shocked by Donald Trump's defense of Bill O'Reilly amid ongoing allegations of sexual harassment.
“Nobody gets to be surprised by that, because it is entirely plausible that the hill our president is willing to die on is the one formed by Bill O'Reilly’s workplace erection poking up against his old-man slacks,” Oliver said on Sunday's episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight."
Last week, Trump made his comments about O'Reilly while there was an exodus of more than 20 advertisers from Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." That gave Oliver an idea.
"Bill O'Reilly needs advertisers and Donald Trump needs to understand sexual harassment," Oliver said. "And here is where we come in."
Fans of the show will remember that Oliver previously hatched a unique plan to "educate" Trump in February. He bought advertising time to run commercials on several cable-news channels. Noting POTUS' apparent addiction to watching and commenting on cable-news stories, Oliver was sure Trump would see them. Well, the host is doing it again.
"We have produced an ad to educate Donald Trump, to air during 'The O’Reilly Factor' in New York and D.C.," Oliver said. "We submitted it to stations on Friday. But weirdly, we haven't heard back from them since, which is a little surprising because we are one of the only advertisers willing to buy time on his show at the moment."
Fearing that the stations will reject the commercial, Oliver gave his viewers a sneak peek at the ad. Like before, it features the "Catheter Cowboy," who starts speaking about catheter tips before slipping in an educational message for the president.
This time, the cowboy tells the president he's doing damage to victims of sexual harassment when he defends someone who's being accused of offenses toward women, such as O'Reilly.
Watch the commercial below:
National Geographic Channel's first scripted series, "Genius," explores the larger-than-life Albert Einstein.
Premiering Tuesday, April 23, at 9 p.m.,"Genius" stars Geoffrey Rush ("The King's Speech,""Shine") as Einstein, arguably the greatest scientific mind in history.
Executive produced by Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind" producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard (who also directed the premiere episode), the 10-episode series charts the scientist from childhood and features his tumultuous romances, controversial politics, immigration to the US, and ongoing war with the first director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover.
An outspoken critic of Germany in the years leading up to World War II, Einstein found sanctuary from the country's growing anti-Semitism in the US. But he wasn't free and clear. Hoover was certain Einstein was a German spy and spent years surveilling him in order to prove it. And he made sure the famed scientist knew of his suspicions.
But how did it all start? In a preview from "Genius," Einstein and his wife, Elsa (Emily Watson), must get through a tense interview with consulate official Raymond Geist ("Mad Men's" Vincent Kartheiser). It's here that Einstein finds out that Hoover is watching.
Watch the preview below:
On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel had some fun at the expense of United Airlines over the viral video that has shocked many of a passenger being dragged off a United flight after it was overbooked.
The late-night host first broke down the incident, which occurred Sunday. United employees chose four passengers to remove from the flight because it was overbooked and United was giving seats to its employees. One man refused to leave, saying he was a doctor and needed to get back to his patients. He was then forcibly removed by the police. The entire incident, in which the man was dragged on the floor and bleeding, was captured on multiple cellphone videos by passengers on the plane.
Kimmel hit United hard for the basic move of throwing off paying customers. He likened it to being asked to leave an Applebee's before you meal arrives because other guests need your table.
And then he went off on the CEO of United, Oscar Munoz, for his response to the incident. Specifically the word "reaccommodate" when referring to the customers thrown off the flight.
United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0— United (@united) April 10, 2017
"It's like when we reaccommodated El Chapo out of Mexico," Kimmel joked.
"That is such sanitized, say-nothing, take-no-responsibility, corporate-B.S. speak," Kimmel added. "I don't know how the guy who sent that tweet didn't vomit when he typed it up."
To end his take on the incident, Kimmel presented a new safety video he suggested the airline should start using.
It features a flight attendant, speaking in a calming voice, explaining the best way to enjoy a flight:
"We're United Airlines. You do what we say, when we say, and there won't be a problem, capiche? If we say you fly, you fly. If not, tough s---. Give us a problem and we'll drag your a-- off the plane, and if you resist, we'll beat you so badly you'll be using your own face as a flotation device."
The flight attendant finishes her speech with her fists brandishing brass knuckles, and the fake ad comes with a new slogan: "United. F--- you."
Watch the entire video below:
April 15 marks the beginning of the end for Peter Capaldi on BBC America's "Doctor Who."
At the end of the upcoming 10th season, Capaldi will wrap up his three-season run as the time-traveling, human-loving protector of the universe, the 12th official regeneration of the Doctor.
Capaldi's still-unnamed replacement will take on a tradition that dates back to 1963 and includes 14 men who have played the role over nearly five decades.
But as the search is on for Capaldi's successor, it's a great time to remind ourselves of the Doctors who won our appreciation and those who didn't.
Here is every Doctor Who ranked from the worst to the best:
14. Peter Cushing (1965-1966)
As a rule, we can't let someone who didn't play the Doctor for an actual TV season outrank those who did. That's the case for Peter Cushing, who played the doctor in two movies during the show's William Hartnell years: 1965's "Dr. Who and the Daleks" and 1966's "Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D." He had the misfortune of playing the doctor during the early years, which pulled heavily from the mad-scientist stock character and hadn't quite revealed his warmer side.
13. Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor, 1996)
Paul McGann was considered highly unremarkable in the 1996 TV movie "Doctor Who." That may explain why it took another nine years before BBC brought back the series. He was given a chance to prove himself in the role again in a 2013 mini-episode in which his decision to fight in the Time War gave us John Hurt's the War Doctor. For that, we owe him our thanks.
12. John Hurt (The War Doctor, 2013)
Yes, it's kind of confusing where the late John Hurt's incarnation of the doctor, the War Doctor, fits into the picture. Though he appears for the first time during 2013's 50th-anniversary special alongside Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor, the War Doctor actually lands after Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor.
Hurt won over fans with his portrayal of the doctor who chose to fight in the show's epic Time War.
Fun fact: At 74, Hurt was the oldest person to play the Doctor and appeared alongside Smith, who at 26 when signing on, was the youngest person to play the role.
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Damon Lindelof is the co-creator of suspenseful series like “Lost” and “The Leftovers,” which you might be tempted to watch at a dizzying pace. But Lindelof would much rather you didn’t.
In fact, Lindelof recently sent a letter to critics begging them not to binge-watch the episodes of "The Leftovers" he was sending, he recounted on the KCRW podcast, “The Business.”
“I am a complete and total hypocrite,” Lindelof admitted, saying he was prone to binge himself. But at the same time, Lindelof thinks we should try to exercise some degree of restraint in our watching habits. He said some shows were good to binge, particularly comedies, but that we lose something when we consume shows at such incredible velocity.
What exactly do we lose? “This idea of anticipation” of the next episode, according to Lindelof. “That Christmas morning feeling …. doesn’t exist in binge culture.”
Lindelof isn’t the only Hollywood superstar to caution against binge-watching recently.
Last month, “Buffy” and “Firefly” creator Joss Whedon said that if shows are made for binge-watching, there is a sense of narrative that is lost. He worries that people don't take time to really breathe and understand what happened in a given episode.
“It loses its power, and we lose something with it,” he said of binge-watching. "We lose our understanding of narrative. Which is what we come to television for."
Netflix just gave us a taste of what to expect on the upcoming season of "Orange Is the New Black," which premieres Friday, June 9.
The streaming company released the first minute of season five, which will take place in real-time over three days.
On the season-four finale, the inmates were enraged by Poussey's (Samira Wiley) untimely death and things quickly escalated into a full-blown riot. In the final moments, it all came to a head when Daya (Dascha Polanco) got hold of a gun.
Picking up right where we left off, the new clip centers on Daya, surrounded by screaming inmates and pointing the gun at a prison guard. Meanwhile, Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon) have resolved to stay out of trouble just as they arrive to see the riot, and their new resolution is instantly challenged.
At the end of the minute, the image cuts out, but we hear a gunshot. We'll have to wait to see where things go.
Watch the first minute of the next season of "Orange Is the New Black" below:
You may not have picked up on the connection between gangsta rap and tech-savvy comedy "Silicon Valley," but it's there.
Something "Silicon Valley" creator Mike Judge reportedly heard the rap pioneer and former NWA member Dr. Dre say became a running mantra on the HBO show.
"We really do pride ourselves on trying to get it right,""Silicon Valley" executive producer Clay Tarver told Business Insider while promoting the new release of season three on DVD and Blu-ray.
"We spend a lot of time on research," Tarver said. "Mike Judge always references this Dr. Dre quote: 'If it plays in the hood, it will play everywhere.' And that was sort of the idea. If we get it right for the people who know, I think everyone else — even if they don't get every reference or dog whistle — they'll sense some authenticity here."
Staying true to that philosophy has served the show well. "Silicon Valley" is often lauded by tech pros for getting the details of the industry right — from what people wear to the tricks of the trade and spoofing the valley's biggest players.
"The truth is almost any of the details that we have here in the show, the real ones are always more interesting than something we could make up," Tarver said.
The show, which returns for its fourth season on April 23, goes to great lengths to preserve its authenticity, including through its research team. In many cases, it's that team's job to temper the dreams of the writers and producers with actual examples in the real world.
"We have a really heavy research team that does a great job," Tarver said. "We'll have an idea of maybe what we're looking for. They'll go and research it and they come back with, 'How about this?' And it's a little different than what we were thinking, but almost always, as I said, the real thing is more interesting than something a bunch of writers can make up."
The show will also bring on consultants who are actually experiencing what's happening on the show. On the third season, for example, Pied Piper was finally ready to offer its data-compression system to the market. In order to make that launch as realistic as possible, the show brought on the creator of real-life startup Simplivity, which makes a very similar hardware box for businesses.
"We really wanted to know what it's like for a small company when it goes from being in a house into an office," Tarver said. "For example, we talked to a bunch of companies and they were like, 'Oh, well, the first thing is there would be a bunch of sales guys nobody knows.' And, of course, we put that in."
Yet despite all the planning and research, the tech industry moves at lightning speed. It can be tough for a show with a long production cycle to keep up. So, the show's authenticity has also benefited from a little luck.
"It's brutal," Tarver told us of the industry's breakneck pace. "Something will be in the news, and everyone will be like, 'That should be on your show!' But if you think about it, we start writing in June, start shooting in October, and the thing doesn't air until April. So it could be both your friend and your enemy. We've really been lucky, because a lot of things we've touched on we feel like they've unfolded in the real world in a nice way."
Love it or hate it, ABC’s Lost is one of the most compelling and infectious television properties to have existed in our time. Over six seasons, the series attempted to tell an ambitious and mysterious tale, often posing more questions than other shows would ever dare to do and stringing viewers along on a thrilling, and at times, frustrating ride.
One of the biggest causes of division when it comes to the show is whether or not the series finale was satisfactory enough for those who had remained loyal for almost seven years. Many still struggle when they try and explain exactly what happened to Jack (Matthew Fox) and company during their time on the island, with the overall consensus being that when all was said and done, our characters met up in a church representative of the gates of Heaven. Things weren’t always going to be that way, however.
Throughout Lost there were a series of red herrings, with one of those thought to be the drawing of a volcano on a blackboard in a Dharma Initiative school on the island. The chalk drawing however was actually put there for a reason. Long-time Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and co-creator Damon Lindelof explained to EW:
Cuse: “We were always looking to cannibalize anything on Hawaii to aid in the visual storytelling of the show. We also thought of the island as a character on the show, so we were always looking for things that would give it more personality.”
Lindelof: “The question was always, how do you basically visualize and dramatize the idea that the island itself is all that separates the world from hellfire and damnation? And the answer was the volcano.
“The volcano had been dormant for the duration of the series, but based on moving into this endgame, the island had become unstable and the volcano was going to erupt. We were going to have lots of seismic activity, and ultimately, there was going to be this big fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil, which ended up in the series manifesting as Jack and The Man in Black, in the midst of magma. Magma spewing everywhere!”
Unfortunately, the pair also explained that the people with the big bucks put an end to the volcano idea, with ABC bringing all discussions to a close when they revealed they were unwilling to shell out the cash for what would likely be some of the most expensive scenes on television at the time. Now, though, Cuse and Lindelof don’t look back on it as a missed opportunity, but something that happened for the better.
Still, there will surely be people out there who would have loved to have seen this type of ending take place. As mentioned, the Lost finale is one of the most divisive endings to a long-running television series in modern day history; just how differently would things have gone if this was the route eventually taken by the creators and network?
Looking back, perhaps the removal of the volcano ending was for the best. If we were to return to the series today perhaps through a reboot or through another story being told on the same island, something special could be done with the island volcano. For the original series’ time, however, the special effects would certainly have taken away from the overall finale experience and feel.