Hands Up. It’s Showtime. – The New York Times

Credit Daniel Zender I’ve been studying Americans’ accelerating penchant for blending the fantastical into the real world — from Disneyland to reality TV, from themed restaurants to war re-enactments to ubiquitous porn to Burning Man. So I started seeing evidence of the phenomenon in some very unlikely places — such as the excessive police response […]

I Love This Story About CBS Killing Kevin James’s TV Wife and Casting Leah Remini in Her Place

Image via CBS. Last year CBS debuted a new series starring Kevin James as a gentle—if a little dumb—schlub who’s just trying to relax on Long Island with his family. Though that sounds a lot like the long-running CBS series King of Queens, there were myriad differences between the two shows: 1) Kevin James was […]

The First Trailer for Star Trek: Discovery Is Here to Boldly Go to Beautiful New Worlds

After a brief tease this morning, CBS have just revealed our first full look at Star Trek: Discovery, giving us our best glimpse at what’s to come in the future of Star Trek’s past. Revealed at the network’s ongoing Upfronts presentation, the trailer marks the first footage from Discovery beyond the initial ship reveal back […]

Mathematician Boldly Claims That Redshirts Don’t Actually Die the Most on Star Trek

Image: “The Trouble With Tribbles,” Star Trek, CBS We all know in our souls that being a redshirt on Star Trek is basically like having a death wish. But our old enemy, math, has stepped in again to tell us that we’re wrong. At a presentation at the Museum of Math last week, James Grime […]

Isn’t It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid’s Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? 

Screenshot via Hulu/The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an ultra-conservative regime. The much-anticipated Hulu series based on the book doesn’t shy away from the original subject matter; it couldn’t, really, and remain the Handmaid’s Tale. Which […]

The New American Gods Trailer Is So Weird and So, So Good

GIF Every single bit of footage that Starz releases for American Gods makes us even more feverishly excited for the show. The latest trailer is jam-packed with gods who look deceptively normal but are, as the trailer notes, soon to entangle protagonist Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) in “some really weird shit.” That seems to be […]