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Jeffrey Wright on Playing an “Usher” for Audiences in ‘Westworld,’ Bernard’s Plan and Why…

The actor on the HBO drama also discusses how his omniscient character and Evan Rachel Wood's Dolores are similar.

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Jeffrey Wright on Playing an “Usher” for Audiences in ‘Westworld,’ Bernard’s Plan and Why His Character Is a “Laurie Anderson Fan”

[This interview contains major spoilers for episode seven of Westworld season 4, “Metanoia.”] In the penultimate episode of Westworld season four, Charlotte Hale’s new world order is crushed by the hands of several hosts. That includes host William (Ed Harris), whose embracement of his human counterpart’s violent, nihilistic tendencies doesn’t just bring Hale’s tower crashing […]

John Oliver Chides His Parent Company For Canceling ‘Batgirl’: “Burning Down My Network”

John Oliver took aim at his network’s parent company’s decision to shelve Batgirl. The Last Week Tonight host chided Warner Bros. Discovery for its controversial decision last week to dump the $90 million dollar project as a tax write-off. During a segment on unused COVID-19 vaccines, Oliver said, “We let the vaccine sit unused on […]

‘Stranger Things’ Star Joe Keery Joins ‘Fargo’ Season 5

Joe Keery’s latest TV role will take him from Hawkins, Indiana, to Fargo. The Stranger Things regular is one of three actors to join the FX anthology’s fifth season. Lamorne Morris and Richa Moorjani have also been cast in the series, which is set to begin production in the fall. The three join Ted Lasso […]

‘Will Trent’ Drama Joins ABC’s Midseason Schedule

ABC is adding to its midseason roster. The Disney-backed broadcaster has handed out a series order to Will Trent, the Ramon Rodriguez-led drama based on Karin Slaughter’s book series. The series, which was originally ordered with a cast-contingent pickup, revolves around special agent Will Trent (Rodriguez) of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, who was abandoned […]

John Oliver Says Alex Jones Turned His Trial Into a “Circus”

Alex Jones turned his recent trial into a “circus,” John Oliver said on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, which he argued is pretty much on brand. Jones, a conspiracy theorist, had claimed that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax. After standing trial, he was ordered to pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed […]

‘Abbott Elementary’ Leads TV Critics Awards Winners

Quinta Brunson’s beloved ABC comedy Abbott Elementary led all the winners Saturday at the 38th annual Television Critics Association’s Awards, taking home four awards including the prestigious program of the year prize. The awards, announced virtually after the semi-annual press tour was shifted in response to rising COVID-19 cases in Southern California, were selected by […]

‘Surface’ Team on Twists and Turns in the Gugu Mbatha-Raw Thriller: “You Won’t Know What to Expect”

After just a few episodes of Apple TV+’s Surface, viewers have already experienced a number of twists and turns, as what characters believe happened may not have taken place as they thought and those same characters’ motivations appear to shift. But those who think they know what the Apple TV+ thriller, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw as […]

Deciphering Warner Bros. Discovery’s Recent Moves; Plus Peak TV Talk With FX’s John Landgraf

Welcome to the 180th episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

Yara Shahidi Extends Overall Deal With ABC, Onyx Collective

Yara Shahidi, arguably the face of Freeform, is extending her overall deal with the studio behind Grown-ish and adding Onyx Collective to the pact. “It is every creative’s dream to be seen and heard and to do so with colleagues who align with your vision and your soul. We are so grateful to have the […]

Hulu’s ‘Mike’ Team on Retelling Tyson Story: “Endlessly Fascinating”

There has been no shortage of TV programming featuring or about Mike Tyson since his reign as boxing’s heavyweight champion, from a document of his one-man show by Spike Lee to a show about his pastime of pigeon racing. Hulu’s limited series Mike adds to that canon, but the team behind the show hopes it […]

Jason Katims Reunites With ‘Friday Night Lights’ Producers Imagine TV

Jason Katims is on the move. The Parenthood and Friday Night Lights creator has reunited with the company behind both shows and has signed a multiple-project deal with Imagine Television. Under the pact, the showrunner is said to already be hard at work on three projects (details of which remain under wraps).  “Jason Katims is […]

‘The Other Black Girl’ Drama Nabs Hulu Series Pickup

Hulu and Onyx Collective are moving forward with their adaptation of Zakiya Dalila Harris’ novel The Other Black Girl. The Disney-backed streamer has handed out a series order for the drama from Onyx Collective and Freeform president Tara Duncan. The drama revolves around Nella, an editorial assistant, who is tired of being the only Black girl […]