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‘Doctor Who’ history is made: The Doctor is back, and America loves her.

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Jodie Whittaker, flanked by showrunner Chris Chibnall and producer Matt Strevens, basks in the glow of the crowd at Madison Square Garden.

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“Finally, a world of Doctor Who fans has seen the result of a very brave and controversial decision, unprecedented in the show’s 55-year history.

That’s right: in Sunday’s episode, for the first time ever, most characters on the show — including the lead — speak with broad Yorkshire accents.

Luckily, that trail was blazed by Game of Thrones, so hopefully most American audiences can understand what the hell this Sheffield crew is talking about.

Oh yes, and Jodie Whittaker just happens to be the first woman to play the Doctor. But judging by a packed house of fans at Madison Square Garden, where Whittaker and incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall watched and discussed her first episode live with New York Comic Con attendees, that part was not controversial in the slightest……………………..”

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Hulu’s ‘Ramy’ tackles identity and faith with humor and smarts

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“Hulu’s new original dramedy Ramy is the latest in a surge of television shows about millennials coming to terms with their identity. It’s difficult not to compare it with counterparts like  Insecure, Fleabag, Atlanta, Master of None, Dear White People, all of which are masterful in capturing the farrago of human emotions through nuanced humor and deep reflection.

But Ramy distinguishes itself through the revolutionary lens of its creator and star, Ramy Youssef. He brings his experiences growing up as an Egyptian-American Muslim in New Jersey to the show without holding anything back.

The first episode opens with Ramy getting lectured by his mother about finding a “high quality” woman at the mosque. This is followed by a scene involving him, an older traditional Muslim man, and the necessity of washing toes. No words can do justice to this scene’s absurd greatness.

It is quickly established that Ramy is religious but doesn’t fully know to what extent. He enjoys premarital sex but refrains from alcohol and drugs. He is familiar with verses of the Quran but when he tells a prospective match he reads them in English instead of Arabic, she shuts him down. Questions about commitment to his own faith linger throughout the season as he goes on a journey to figure out the answers…………………………………………………………..”

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A new ‘Walking Dead’ series debuting with 10 episodes in 2020

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Even more zombies.

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“A new spin-off series based in The Walking Dead universe is coming to AMC in 2020.

Hot on the trail of the ninth season of The Walking Dead, AMC announced that a second spin-off will start production this summer and premiere sometime in 2020, IGN reported Monday. The new zombie show got a 10-episode order for its first season with Walking Dead writer Matt Negrete heading it up as a co-creator.

We don’t know a whole lot about the new Walking Dead show, but AMC did provide a short description that gives us a hint of what it will look like, saying the series will “feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”

While The Walking Dead kicked off right at the beginning of the apocalypse, it looks like this spin-off will start down the line from when zombies first started eating people in the U.S., long enough for its protagonists to have been teens or younger when it began.

Right now, it’s not clear who the protagonists are or if they’ll be connected to anyone in the main series or the other spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. We do know that filming will be happening in Virginia, which is where the main series takes place now.

The Walking Dead has given us a glimpse at what youths in the zombie apocalypse look like throughout the series, although these kids and teens have never really been the focus.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/walking-dead-spin-off-2020/

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Kit Harington was ‘shocked’ by ‘Game of Thrones’ ending

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“HBO has confirmed Game of Thrones‘ final supersized episodes, including three that hit the 80-minute mark. While the first two episodes will be around the average Game of Thrones hour, the series’ final four episodes will be – as promised – roughly the same runtime as a short feature film.

The first two episode run times were already confirmed, but HBO released all six on Friday.

Episode 1: 54 minutes
Episode 2: 58 minutes
Episode 3: 1 hours, 22 minutes
Episode 4: 1 hour, 18 minutes
Episode 5: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Episode 6: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Resourceful fans have been sussing out the official episode lengths for months now. Winter is Coming approximated all of them as early as January, thanks to some French press for the show.

On Monday, an online commenter figured out that tinkering with some HBO URLs revealed the exact run times of all six episodes, which are almost exactly as HBO went on to confirm.

Game of Thrones returns April 14.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-s8-episode-run-time/

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