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‘The Sinner’ is the rare crime drama more interested in innocence than guilt

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“The Sinner” uncovers the innocence buried inside everyone who is deemed guilty

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“In a word rife with true and fictionalized crime thrillers, our culture seems almost exclusively interested in the guilty: Who did it? How do we prove it? And what kind of monsters hide among us?

But USA Network’s The Sinner is one of the few crime series more interested in innocence than in guilt. It’s exactly what makes it feel so compelling and fresh in an oversaturated genre.

The two seasons — the second of which premieres on Aug. 1, and the first of which is available now on Netflix – tell two completely different stories of atypical murderers. Both suspects confess to the crimes immediately. But that’s only the beginning, as we wade into the murky moral gray areas that the criminal justice system fails to account for.

The Sinner continues to highlight the flaws of our human need to catch the bad guy, cast blame beyond a reasonable doubt, then move on. Instead, it forces us to understand the human being behind a heinous crime and, in the process, foster empathy for the sinner in us all.

The first installment questioned the boundaries of culpability through the character of Cora Tannetti. In her Golden Globe-nominated performance, Jessica Biel played a demure young mother who inexplicably commits a violent murder in broad daylight during an otherwise normal beach day.

It was a transfixing disentanglement of motivation and repressed trauma propelled by Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman), who is the series’ connective tissue for this second installment.

After the detective’s success with the Tannetti case, he’s called back to his hometown in rural New York for Season 2, to solve yet another………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/31/the-sinner-season-2-review/

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Ariana Grande’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is 13 minutes of truly hair-raising harmonies

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Okay, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is Ariana Grande’s Carpool Karaoke never does answer the question of how exactly Grande managed to injure her hand during filming. (When the episode starts, she’s already bandaged up.)

The good news? The whole episode is awesome. Ariana Grande is a stunning singer, the harmonies her and Corden cook up are truly goosebump-raising, and there’s an entertaining segment where the two pop into a cafe for a snack.

Definitely an A+ episode all-round.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/16/ariana-grande-carpool-karaoke/

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‘The Romanoffs’ trailer stars so many familiar faces: Watch

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The Romanov royal family is probably best known at this point for being executed while imprisoned during the Russian revolution in 1918. But nowadays everyone likes to claim they’re a relative, according to this trailer for The Romanoffs.

The new show, spearheaded by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, features a really, really big cast of people including Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. The show will tell eight stories of potential Romanov relatives and the people around them, with characters spanning multiple continents. Undoubtedly there will be some crossover at some point, which sound a little Game of Thrones-y in setup.

The Romanoffs spins onto Amazon Prime Video Oct. 12.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/14/the-romanoffs-trailer/

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Chris Rock is set to star in ‘Fargo’ Season 4, premiering in 2019

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9702548b) Chris Rock Governors Ball, Day 3, New York, USA – 03 Jun 2018

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“Fargo has Chris Rock booked to star in its upcoming fourth season, but that’s not even the exciting part.

Season 4 of the time-hopping anthology series shifts the setting to the seedy underbelly of Kansas City, Missouri during the 1950s. Rock is set to play the head of an African-American crime family who takes on an unusual challenge.

In a bid to foster peace between Rock’s crew and a rival Italian syndicate, the leaders of the two factions hash out a deal: They’ll swap sons. To keep the peace, Rock and his Italian counterpart trade their eldest sons with each intending to raise the child as their own.

The unusual situation takes an unexpected turn when the Italian mob boss dies on the operating table during a routine surgery. What happens from there will remain a mystery for now, but unnamed FX execs described Season 4 as a story of “immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money” at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (h/t Variety).

Rock, a self-professed Fargo fan, said that he “can’t wait to work with [showrunner Noah Hawley].”

The fourth season of Fargo is set to start shooting sometime in 2019, with the Season 4 premiere expected to arrive at a later point in the same year……………”

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