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Handmaid's Tale trailer

Hulu released the final, full The Handmaid’s Tale trailer in advanced of its April 26 premiere. The highly anticipated drama stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred.

The Handmaid’s Tale trailer dropped today, revealing a final full look at the upcoming Hulu drama. You’ll find details on the project below, and this one looks like a potential spoiler in the 2017 Emmy race. More on that later, but for now, take a look at the trailer and let us know what you think. Three episode drop on April 26 with subsequent episodes following each week.

Cast

Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and O-T Fagbenle.

Crew

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson and Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. MGM will serve as the international distributor for the series.

Synopsis

The drama series, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, tells the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) serves as a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

THE LEFTOVERS Final Season

HBO released The Leftovers final season key art and trailer. Enjoy!

The Leftovers final season debuts Sunday, April 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) with its final eight episodes.

The Peabody Award-winning drama series is created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.  This season finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation.  The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey Down Under.

Season three cast includes Justin Theroux (as Kevin Garvey), Carrie Coon (as Nora Durst), Amy Brenneman (as Laurie Garvey), Christopher Eccleston (as Matt Jamison), Kevin Carroll (as John Murphy), Jovan Adepo (as Michael Murphy), Scott Glenn (as Kevin Garvey Senior), Lindsay Duncan (as Grace), Regina King (as Erika Murphy), Chris Zylka (as Tom Garvey), Margaret Qualley (as Jill Garvey), Janel Moloney (as Mary Jamison), Jasmin Savoy-Brown (as Evie Murphy) and Liv Tyler (as Meg).

Filmed on location in Texas and Australia; executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Eugene Kelly, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; Lindelof serves as showrunner. THE LEFTOVERS is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.

THE LEFTOVERS Final Season

television teasers

Take a look at the latest Emmy-worth television teasers and trailers highlighted by HBO’s hotly anticipated ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.’

No matter how the weather treats you, spring TV has sprung. As the 2017 Emmy window winds down to its May 31 conclusion, programmers unveil their highest quality television teasers and trailers. The goal? Simply to attract the attention of the Television Academy amidst the embarrassment of riches. With that, here are a few of the higher profile items we’ve see today.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. George C. Wolfe directs from his screenplay; Oprah Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher executive produce. A Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films and Cine Mosaic production.

 

Master of None Season 2
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Aziz Ansari’s Master of None returns Friday, May 12. The release date confirms what we’d long suspected – that Ansari’s series would indeed return to the Emmy game. Season 1 received an Emmy for writing, so Ansari and company will likely factor into the conversation again. Season 2 offers Dev Shah (Ansari) returning to New York after an extended trip abroad. Netflix describes his return as taking “challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity, and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him.”

American Gods

Hannibal‘s Bryan Fuller and Michael Green bring Neil Gaiman’s classic novel American Gods to the small screen. This one feels like a massive wild card. The trailer appears visually intriguing (and very gory), but it will be difficult to capture the expanse and depth of the original source material. Good thing it’s an extended series, something like Starz’s Game of Thrones. Starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Crispin Glover, the 8-episode Season 1 premieres April 30 on Starz.

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Veep Season 6

Making history whether you like it or not. VEEP Season 6 premieres April 16 at 10:30pm on HBO.

HBO unveiled a full trailer for Veep Season 6 today. The trailer gives a sneak peek at Veep with Selina Meyer adjusting to life as ex-president. It also gives a taste of what Veep Season 6 looks like under the Trump administration. Given the wild ride of current politics, what steps will scripted series take to remain competitive? Find out when Veep returns on April 16.

Veep stars Emmy® winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former vice president and president Selina Meyer. The cast also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson. Dave Mandel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Lew Morton and Morgan Sackett executive produce.

Veep Season 6
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Stranger Things 2

Stranger Things 2 isn’t the only heavily buzzed series coming in 2017. Here is the first full trailer, plus Feud and The Handmaid’s Tale.

First, a few teasers for new 2017 television dropped tonight on or around Super Bowl 51. And then there’s the seismic atomic bomb of the first official look at footage from Netflix’s Stranger Things 2. Everything looks bigger, more intense – exactly as sequels should. Plus, there’s an hilarious shout-out to Eggo. ‘Member “Leggo my Eggo?” Season 2 will premiere Halloween 2017 outside of Season 1’s Emmy window. So, if Season 2 sucks, then it won’t damage Season 1’s Emmy prospects. 

FX’s Feud offers only a single scene from the upcoming Susan Sarandon / Jessica Lange series from Ryan Murphy. The Handmaid’s Tale may be the one to rule them all. Look out for that one on Hulu.

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Feud: Bette and Joan

The Handmaid’s Tale

Spring TV

Here is the latest info in Spring TV teasers, trailers and general juicy buzz

The Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour is in full swing, and we’re getting a good look at some upcoming hot Spring TV properties. Showtime released the most earth-shattering news today. The cable programmer’s upcoming Twin Peaks revival will drop with a 2-hour premiere on Sunday, May 21, at 9pm ET. Immediately following, episodes three and four will debut online for subscribers. The entire season will consist of 18 hours. Directed by David Lynch and co-written by Lynch and Mark Frost, the series will continue 25 years after the end of the original second season run. Kyle MacLachlan returns as Agent Dale Cooper in a massive 217 actor-led cast.

 

 

Girls

HBO dropped the first full-length trailer for the sixth and final season of Girls. The final season begins Sunday, February 12, at 10pm ET.

 

Bates Motel

A&E also dropped a trailer for the final season of its critically acclaimed drama Bates Motel, and it’s a doozy – probably my most anticipated returning Spring TV show. It opens with a tracking shot through the infamous Bates home with flies buzzing around a decaying birthday cake for two. Della Reese sings “Come On-a My House” while we track down into the basement where Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) puts the finishing touches on a pair of stuffed birds. What comes next is incredibly disturbing and fantastically, ghoulishly wonderful. See for yourself. Bates Motel returns February 20 at 10pm on A&E.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu enters the 2017 Emmy race in a major way with The Handmaid’s Tale, one of the most anticipated shows of Spring TV. Based on the dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, the 10-episode series stars Elisabeth Moss. The action takes place in Gilead, a world where women’s reproductive rights are controlled by the government. The production team calls this a very timely and urgent story to tell. Decide for yourself when The Handmaid’s Tale debuts on April 26 on Hulu.

Winter TV

Winter TV will explode on the scene in just a few weeks. Here are a few of the most recent trailers highlighting the hottest titles.

I’ve been stockpiling trailers for upcoming Winter TV for a few days now. There’s not any particular reason… Just been lazy I guess. Well, let’s call it “in the Holiday spirit,” shall we? At any rate, here they are for your viewing pleasure. It’s really amazing, though, to see how many properties are either going or continuing the 100 percent female-focused stories. Of course, plenty of male-centric stories exist out there, but it’s good to see the ladies continuing to get their due.

The Good Fight

Robert and Michelle King return to the world first created in CBS’s The Good Wife. With The Good Fight, Christine Baranski returns to the role of Diane Lockhart as she falls victim to a massive financial scam. Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones), Lucca Quinn, and Carrie Preston (both of The Good Wife) join Baranski for the ride. Delory Linda, Justin Bartha, and Bernadette Peters also boast roles in the series.

“The Good Fight” premieres Sunday, Feb. 19 on CBS All Access.

 

Girls

HBO’s Girls ends with its upcoming sixth season. Coming off of a critically acclaimed resurgent fifth season, the Lena Dunham-led comedy offers a teaser that focuses on an uncomfortable “come to Jesus” meeting for the unhappy foursome. In something of a companion piece to Season 3’s “Beach House” episode, the teaser illustrates the growing divide among the friends.

The sixth and final season of Girls debuts Sunday, February 12, on HBO.

 

Homeland

I failed to catch up on Homeland Season 5 thus far (I’ll get to it…), but people seemed to have continued to respect the series even if Emmy slightly cooled on it this year. Season 6, for a few specific reasons, looks far more interesting now that Carrie has returned to U.S. soil. The season focuses on the aftermath of a presidential election through the inauguration of winning candidate Elizabeth Marvel. The trailer points to the return of Rupert Friend’s Quinn, who was last seen in a coma at the end of Season 5.

Homeland returns Sunday, January 15, on Showtime.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Okay, so it’s not a trailer. And it doesn’t really belong as a Winter TV candidate, but Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26, 2017. Based on the Margaret Atwood novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the grandmother of modern dystopian fiction. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a woman living in a society where women and their reproductive systems are wards of the state. The series also features Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and O-T Fagbenle. This one feels primed for Emmy glory in what appears to be the already crowded Limited Series category.

The following images all hail from Hulu, and stay tuned for an official trailer early in 2017.

Big Little Lies trailer

The complexities of being a parent are front and center in the new trailer for the star-studded HBO limited series, Big Little Lies. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Adam Scott and Laura Dern, the 8-part series should be a big hit for the premium network. Based on the Liane Moriarty best seller, it focuses on three friends (Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley) whose perfect existence in their seaside hamlet is disrupted by parental politics and a sudsy murder plot.

The first teaser was a bit mysterious (showing us idyllic waves and flashing police sirens), but this new Big Little Lies trailer indicates more of the tone of the adaptation. The book has a light, “beach book” vibe all the while interrupting the lives of the main characters with interviews with townspeople and law enforcement. It appears that the series will follow the structure of the novel.

We get a better look at the husbands, played by Alexander Skarsgaard and Adam Scott, and we can’t ignore Laura Dern in a big, floppy hat. Sure, she get sassy with Witherspoon, but that hat!

Jean-Marc Valleé (Dallas Buyers Club and Wild) directs the entire series.

Big Little Lies debuts on HBO on February 19, 2017.

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November Netflix

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life has a full trailer but will Emmy care?

Full confession: I have never seen more than a single clip from Gilmore Girls. You can thank Megan and Thanksgiving for that. Lorelai. Rory. Luke. Sookie. These names reverberated throughout pop culture and Entertainment Weekly, but they never resonated with me. So, my reaction to the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer isn’t quite as strong as many of yours may have been. And that’s totally fine. That’s the beauty of TV these days. There’s more than enough for everyone. Basically, if you can’t find something to watch, then you’re not trying very hard.

Anyway, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives Thanksgiving weekend on Netflix after departing The CW in May 2007. Most of the main cast returns including Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), and Melissa McCarthy (Sookie). Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) passed away on December 31, 2014. The new production chose not to recast his role, and his memory looms large (literally) in the trailer to some comic effect.

The new limited series reportedly gracefully continues from the Season 7 departure. It will consist of four, 90-minute episodes paired with seasons of the year – “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall.” Press notes call the return “a gift to the fans that have supported the series and made it clear they weren’t quite ready to say goodbye.” Just in time for the long Thanksgiving weekend, no doubt.

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Emmy Chances

The original Gilmore Girls run received a decent amount of awards attention from most major bodies – with one notable exception. Star Lauren Graham received nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Satellite, and Television Critics Association Awards. While Graham failed to win any of these awards, the series itself did win New Program of the Year from the TCAs. Emmy only recognized the critically acclaimed series once with a win in 2004 for Outstanding Makeup in a Series. That doesn’t bode well for A Year in the Life.

Category Placement

With the rebooted limited series, the first question is category placement. The X-Files, another sentimental cult favorite, recently rebooted itself with a series continuation earlier this year. Despite more favorable placement within the Limited Series categories, The X-Files 2017 run positioned itself as a 10th season, thereby meriting Emmy consideration for the overstuffed Drama categories. It received zero Emmy nominations.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life likely has an easier time with category placement. Nothing in press materials specifically calls this a “Limited Series” or “TV Movie.” In fact, they’re very cagey about how exactly they’re going to brand the series. Right now, they’re calling it an “event,” which doesn’t really clarify anything at all. Since it doesn’t unfold over the traditional hour-long format (as The X-Files did) and since it doesn’t offer a follow-up series (yet, as The X-Files eventually did), it’s likely that Gilmore Girls best fits in the Limited Series categories. That feels right honestly. Outside of that category, it would have to petition the Television Academy for placement in the Comedy Series category given the 90-minute running time of each episode. It wouldn’t stand a chance in Drama Series.

However, the Limited Series categories are incredibly stuffed already. Some early high quality entries include The Night Of, and upcoming presumably high quality entries boast HBO’s Big Little Lies, Ryan Murphy’s FeudFargo Season 3, and HBO’s The Young Pope. Will Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life stand with those high-powered entries? Will Lauren Graham break into the Lead Actress in a Limited Series category that potentially contains some of Hollywood’s most legendary modern actresses (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, or Michelle Pfeiffer)?

Final Verdict

Critics will have to come through for this one in a really big way. Presumably they will given the series’ history unless the production pulls an Arrested Development Season 4 and tries to shake up the formula. The trailer indicates none of this, though. Golden Globe nominations will help and are much more likely as the Hollywood Foreign Press once recognized Graham. That was only once out of seven seasons, though. SAG nominations feel more likely to recognize the return of Lauren Graham to the role.

Right now, I’d say this “event” is strictly one for the fans, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It will be a different game completely if critics and awards bodies come through for the show.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres November 25 on Netflix.

Black Mirror

Disturbing and dark, Black Mirror is back. Netflix has released the first trailer from the highly anticipated third season of the show that starts Friday, October 21. This British anthology series feels something like a modern day Twilight Zone if you’re unfamiliar with it. It comes highly recommended and often features major stars like Robert Downey, Jr, and most recently Bryce Dallas Howard.

Black Mirror Season 3 is comprised of six new stories: “Nosedive,” “Playtest,” “Shut up and Dance,” “San Junipero,” “Men Against Fire,” and “Hated in the Nation.”

Watch the trailer below.

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