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Why the Series Premiere of “The Punisher” Is a Standalone Episode (SPOILERS)

the punisher “I just wanted to spend the first episode just with Frank, getting under the skin of this guy,” Steve Lightfoot told Tracking Board.

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If You Want to Break Into Hollywood These Days, Start a Podcast

Neil Podcast Column“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.

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The Mark of the Whore: How HBO Needs to Reexamine the Female Characters in “Deadwood”

deadwood womenWith the exciting announcement of a Deadwood revival inching towards production, Sabrina Cognata highlights successes and failures of female characters in the original series.

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“The Punisher” Showrunner on Why He Doesn’t Want to Define Frank and Karen’s Relationship

the punisher kastle “In some ways I feel like the minute we put a label on a relationship, it loses some of its magic,” Steve Lightfoot tells Tracking Board.

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Showtime Needs a “Homeland”-Level Hit, and It Needs One Soon (Network Series)

Showtime LogoIt’s unclear how much money the network spent on its Twin Peaks sequel, but whatever the figure was, it doesn’t appear to have been a great investment. The 18-part series was hardly watched at all, averaging less than 300,000 viewers per episode.

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“Riverdale” Murder Mystery: A Few Theories on Who’s Under the Black Hood

riverdale black hood The Riverdale fandom is abuzz with speculation about who the new killer in town is, so we take a deep dive into some popular fan theories as well as offer up a few of our own.

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Diversity Among TV Directors Reaches Record Highs, But There Are Disparities Among Studios

The percentage of television episodes directed by women and minorities rose to record highs in the 2016-17 season, but certain studios still lag behind others, according to a new report released by the Directors Guild of America.

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“Lord of the Rings” TV Series: 17 Showrunners Who Could Lead the Journey Back to Middle Earth

lord of the rings Warner Bros. TV is most certainly searching for top-notch talent to run a brand new take on Lord of the Rings and we have a few suggestions.

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“Jane the Virgin” Reveals One of Its Characters Is Bisexual (SPOILERS)

jane the virgin Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched Friday’s episode of Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Sixty-Nine.”

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“Arrow” Reveals Identity of Masked Villain Vigilante (SPOILERS)

arrow vigilante The masked gunman has evaded Team Arrow since Season 5.

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As Competition Grows, HBO’s Throne Is Vulnerable, But It’s Still the Model for Success on the Small Screen (Network Series)

HBO logoWith both Veep and Game of Thrones, coming to a close, there are a few projects that could potentially fill the void — chief among them, the third season of True Detective starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.

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Hulu Is On Top Thanks to “Handmaid’s Tale,” But for How Long? (Network Series)

“What to say about Hulu? Seriously, I’m asking, because it’s not entirely clear that the streaming service itself knows what it wants to be,” writes Neil Turitz.

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“This Is Us” Introduces a Brand New Mystery: So Where’s [SPOILER]?

Showrunner Dan Fogelman promised more twists and turns and he’s already started delivering.

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“Legends of Tomorrow” EPs, Star Preview New Addition to the Waverider

Tala Ashe joins the CW superhero show as Muslim hacktivist Zari, bringing an extra dose of estrogen to the male-dominated drama.

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“Outlander” EP on Comparing Jamie and Claire’s Reunion to the Wedding Episode

outlander 306 small “It’s really a love letter to the fans and for ourselves, a kind of bubble episode where we get to revel in Jamie and Claire reuniting,” Maril Davis tells Tracking Board of the long-awaited Outlander episode.

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Amazon Television is Still Playing Catch Up (Network Series)

When it comes to Amazon Studios, it really is a tale of two cities. On the film side, things are pretty good, but with TV, Amazon has been trying like hell to establish itself and somehow seems to keep slipping.

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“Jane the Virgin” Showrunner Previews the Show’s Next Big Death (SPOILERS)

jane 401 post-mortem sm “By the end of the second episode, we show you six people and we tell you one of them will die,” Jennie Urman tells Tracking Board of what’s to come on Season 4 of Jane the Virgin.

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“Jane the Virgin” Showrunner Promises “A Lot of Romantic Twists and Turns” in Season 4

“She feels much older because of her responsibilites and the events in her life that have happened, but she’s only 28 years old and she still has a lot of time,” Jennie Urman tells Tracking Board of the titular character.

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“Riverdale” Season 2 Premiere Cliffhanger: Let’s Discuss the One Really Obvious Suspect (SPOILERS)

Spoilers abound for the big mystery just unfurled on The CW’s Archie comic book adaptation.

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“Riverdale” Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

Archie Andrews and friends face new mystery and new drama when The CW’s comic book adaptation returns.

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Netflix is Raising Prices, But Will It Cover the Cost of Business? (Network Series)

Netflix has over 100 million subscribers now and, in spite of the billions of dollars it brings in through subscriptions, it continues to borrow billions more to keep churning out that content. How long can the business model hold?

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“Valor” Showrunners on the Responsibility of Depicting Women in the Military

“It’s really not a story we see depicted a lot… but it’s an experience that I think is impotant for people to understand and talk about and showcase,” creator Kyle Jarrow tells Tracking Board of new CW drama.

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“Outlander” EP Breaks Down That Final Scene, Brianna’s Decision (SPOILERS)

outlander 305 small “It’s such an interesting episode for Claire and for Brianna, both their challenges and their emotional arcs,” executive producer Maril Davis tells Tracking Board.

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The CW Redefines What It Means to Be a Success (Network Series)

The CW has created a business model unlike any of the major networks with a combination of actioners from Greg Berlanti, genre YA series, and a few light-hearted dramas for its long-time viewers.

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9 Breakout Stars of the Fall 2017 Television Season

Superheroes, politicians, murderers and Starfleet commanders are coming to your TV screens this fall, and here’s nine who will be making a splash.

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Telethons Lose Their Identity as Celebrities Overshadow the Cause

Telethon“Crowdfunding has made a splash with apps like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, so now that anyone can run their own mini-telethon by sourcing funds from friends and family, what’s the point of even having a telethon,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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“Versailles” Infuses New Life into Season 2 with Help from Jessica Clark

palatine excerptThe Tracking Board sits down with producer Aude Albano and actor Jessica Clark to talk all things Versailles, which debuts its second season this weekend.

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Fox Appears to Have a Dark Year Ahead of Them (Network Series)

empire excerptFox may be drawing younger demographics but the network is still struggling to find a new hit.

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“This Is Us”: 5 Biggest Revelations From the Season 2 Premiere (SPOILERS)

Spoilers abound for the Tuesday night premiere of the NBC Mandy Moore-Milo Ventimiglia family drama

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5 Video Game Adaptations for Netflix to Consider

After the success of “Castlevania”, here is a good list to go off of for future adaptations.

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