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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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True crime podcast ‘Dirty John’ has been made into a TV series, and here’s the trailer

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“If you listened right up until the last disturbing seconds of true story podcast Dirty John, seeing it turned into a television series is a pretty harrowing experience.

The six-part podcast presented by Los Angeles Times journalist Christopher Goffard and produced by Wondery (who also produced Dr. Death), has been made into a Bravo series. And now, we have a trailer.

Based on a chilling true story of abuse, manipulation, deception, and violence, Dirty John sees Connie Britton takes on the central role of interior designer Debra Newell, while Eric Bana looks downright menacing playing her formidable partner John Meehan, a.k.a. Dirty John.

Dirty John premieres Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. on Bravo and will run for eight episodes.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/dirty-john-trailer/

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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……………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/doctor-who-woman-fell-earth-premiere-fans/

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Leslie Jones and Pete Davidson broke character and laughed openly on ‘SNL’

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Add Saturday Night Live‘s “So You’re Willing to Date a Magician?” to the Breaking Hall of Fame.

The dating show sketch, which featured Awkwafina as a bachelorette who’s “not feeling too picky right now,” was pretty funny on its own. But Leslie Jones laughing so hard she had to hide behind her question card puts it squarely into “delightful” territory.

Hey, you can’t tell us you wouldn’t crack up at Kenan Thompson and those nails.

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/saturday-night-live-leslie-jones-magicians/

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