bob投注体育网采用百度引擎3（Baidu 7）(Photo by HBO)Expectations for the final season of Game of Thrones were higher than the Red Keep’s tallest spire, and, unfortunately, fans and critics alike were not universally impressed with the way creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ended the story. Unlike the previous seven seasons — all of which are Certified Fresh with Tomatometer scores well into the 90s — season 8 is not only the lowest-scoring season on the Tomatometer, it is also the first-ever Rotten season of HBO’s fantasy series.How does that work? Let s do a bit of math: While the average score of each of season 8’s episodes is a Fresh 68%, a number of season-level reviews (those that consider the season in its entirety) published following the finale have brought the overall season score down into the Rotten range.“This final season was all about big-huge set pieces, and a lot of the complexity burned away,” wrote Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich of the season as a whole. And Slate’s Willa Paskin noted in her review of the series finale, “Benioff and Weiss organized their entire series around an ending that they didn’t write to.”But Thrones is not the only beloved series that critics felt whiffed its final at-bat. Series with high expectations for their final episodes include everything from HBO’s bro-tastic showbiz satire Entourage to PBS’ prestige TV detective drama Sherlock. And though those expectations might not have been quite as high as the dizzying, dragon-y heights that GoT needed to live up to, both of those series similarly seemed to let down longtime viewers.Below, Rotten Tomatoes has gathered a list of beloved series whose early seasons were high-scoring and usually Certified Fresh — meaning they all received a large number of reviews, with many from top critics, and a score of more than 75% on the Tomatometer — and whose last season or two descended into Rotten territory. Some shows, like The Office, The West Wing, or How I Met Your Mother, managed to turn Rotten penultimate seasons around into Fresh final ones (which is why those three are not included below). But others, including Game of Thrones, Dexter, and Arrested Development, take their place among history’s best-reviewed shows with poorly reviewed endings.A note: We’ve only included series with robust scores, and we would also like to reiterate that this is not an indictment of the included series, but rather a numbers-focused presentation of score drops.Game of Thrones 89% (Photo by Helen Sloan/HBO)Highest-rated season: Game of Thrones: Season 4 (2014) 97%Final season: Game of Thrones: Season 8 (2019) 55%Drop: 44%While showrunners Benioff and Weiss were never going to please everyone, critics pointed to the series penultimate episode, The Bells, as a prime example of how a transportive, well-acted, smartly written drama even non-genre fans can appreciate (per the RT Critics Consensus for season 1) could devolve into such a divisive experience for fans. The Critics Consensus for The Bells in particular echoes a common complaint from the show s closing moments: too much plot in too little time muddles the story and may leave some viewers feeling its conclusions are unearned. Dexter 71% (Photo by Showtime)Highest-rated season: Dexter: Season 2 (2007) 96%Final season: Dexter: Season 8 (2013) 33%Drop: 61%Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7 of Showtime’s serial killer drama are all Certified Fresh, but seasons 6 and 8 plunged into Rotten territory. The Critics Consensus for season 6 counts “heavy-handed symbolism, an unimpressive villain, and a redundant arc for America s favorite serial killer” among the reasons for its low score, while the season 8 summary calls it a “a bitterly disappointing final season that is so hesitant to punish its anti-hero for his misdeeds, it opts to punish its audience instead.”Weeds 70% (Photo by Showtime)Highest-rated season: Weeds: Season 2 (2006) 100%Final season: Weeds: Season 8 (2012) 40%Drop: 60%The dark comedy followed suburban widow Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) as she began to deal pot to make ends meet following the unexpected death of her husband — and eventually transformed into an international drug kingpin. But while the first season was Certified Fresh and the subsequent ones were generally well-liked, RT’s Critics Consensus for the eighth and final season notes that the “final installment burns the series remaining goodwill down to a sorry roach with perfunctory plotting and a sense that this story no longer resembles the one fans fell in love with.”The Killing 68% (Photo by AMC)Highest-rated season: The Killing: Season 1 (2011) 94%Final season: The Killing: Season 4 (2014) 47%Drop: 53%The Seattle-set slow-burn mystery pursued by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) started off with “thoughtful writing, believable characters, and realistic horror, even if its season finale was unsatisfying,” per the first season’s Critics Consensus. By the fourth season, resurrected by Netflix following AMC’s cancellation, it succumbed to “silliness” and strayed into “distractingly overwrought territory.”True Blood 70% (Photo by HBO)Highest-rated season: True Blood: Season 3 (2010) 91%Final season: True Blood: Season 7 (2014) 44%Drop: 51%HBO’s vampire drama, based on the Southern Gothic Sookie Stackhouse book series by bestselling author Charlaine Harris, took a few seasons for critics to warm up to it (it started at a barely Fresh 61% in season 1 and reached a series high of 95% in season 3). But the third season’s “graphic thrills, steamy romance, and biting satire for its fans” made way for a Rotten final two seasons, as the series ran out of steam and its seventh season was “content to limp along on familiar plot points.”Arrested Development 74% (Photo by Netflix)Highest-rated season: Arrested Development: Season 1 (2003) 100%Final season: Arrested Development: Season 5 (2018) 55%Drop: 45%, though the drop from season 1 to season 4 was even more drastic at 73%The first season of the formerly short-lived Fox gem is among the rare seasons Certified Fresh at 100%, and the subsequent two seasons that aired on the broadcast network are also strong with 94% and 100% Tomatometer scores, respectively. Netflix’s revival, on the other hand, can’t quite “live up to its own past.” At least the series’ fifth season (55%) was a bit of a second chance for the cast and creators, as season 4’s Critics Consensus put it simply: “They ve made a huge mistake.” (Though the series has not officially been canceled, there s no word on whether Netflix plans to make another season.)UnREAL 81% (Photo by Lifetime)Highest-rated season: UnREAL: Season 1 (2015) 98%Final season: UnREAL: Season 4 () 50%Drop: 43%All three seasons of the dark, Bachelor-skewering drama that aired on Lifetime were Certified Fresh and brought renewed respect to the female-focused network. The fourth season, however, “fizzled out” and went directly to Hulu (“but the clever antics, confidence, and high energy” remained intact, per the season 4 CC).Sherlock 78% (Photo by Laurence Cendrowicz/Hartswood Films & MASTERPIECE)Highest-rated season: Sherlock: Season 2 (2012) 94%Final season: Sherlock: Season 4 (2017) 54%Drop: 39%The first three full seasons of Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat’s modern Sherlock Holmes adaptations were all Certified Fresh with scores in the 90s. But the 2015 Christmas special wasn’t quite as well-received, and the fourth season, which came four years after season 3, was marred by “the lofty expectations created by the series lengthy hiatus.” Hm, sounds familiar…Entourage 66% (Photo by HBO)Highest-rated season: Entourage: Season 5 (2008) 76%Final season: Entourage: Season 8 (2011) 46%Drop: 30%While the Hollywood antics of heartthrob Vinny Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his hangers-on were mostly well-received — most seasons of the HBO comedy are sitting comfortably in the 70s — the seventh season saw a turn as poorly received as Chase’s fictional epic, Medellin. As season 8’s Critics Consensus put it, “With Entourage s best stories behind it, the series finale feels like a merciful end.”Prison Break 60% (Photo by Fox)Highest-rated season: Prison Break: Season 1 (2005) 77%Final season: Prison Break: Season 4 (2008) 50%Drop: 27%The Fox drama’s self-explanatory title meant that the series was always going to have to fight against its own premise — there are only so many prisons to break out of, after all — but after a Certified Fresh debut season and a second installment that maintained the series’ “propulsive momentum,” per season 2’s CC, things went downhill. The third and fourth seasons were both Rotten at 50% — and while the original series finale delivered closure for fans, “the season s ludicrous, plot-breaking twists betray the feeling that this saga should have ended a jailbreak or two before.” Fox’s 2017 revival nearly a decade after the series’ original end, didn’t fare much better: “familiar faces and frenetic action aren t enough to make up for a plot that manages to bore while beggaring belief,” per the Critics Consensus.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Photo by NBC)It s been 15 years since The Office first premiered on March 24, 2005. The notion of an American take on the Ricky Gervais–created UK series of the same name was a risk. But NBC was up for the challenge. Greg Daniels (creator of King of the Hill and former writer on The Simpsons) assembled a talented ensemble — Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kemper, and many more — to disrupt the world of TV sitcoms. The workplace comedy that put Scranton, Pennsylvania, on the map definitely endured a rocky start, along with the threat of cancellation, but it eventually found its footing and has since gone on to be considered a television great.After nine seasons, the program came to an end on May 16, 2013. And yet, all these years later, The Office continues to be in high demand. As social distancing becomes our new norm, more-and-more viewers are looking for some small-screen comfort food, and The Office just keeps ticking all the boxes — it is all sort of poetic when you think of it.With NBC s plan to exclusively house the series on its new platform Peacock by year s end, the game-changing sitcom continues to be one of Netflix s most popular shows.Recommended: The 200 Best Comedy Series of All TimeSure, the times and technology have definitely changed, but the program sidestepped addressing current events or politics, instead focusing on the cast of unique characters, a variety of oddball situations, and a surprisingly large amount of heartfelt drama. That winning combination has kept The Office relevant and relatable. Case in point: pop-music sensation Billie Eilish was just four-years-old when the series started airing on NBC, but she s such a die-hard fan of the program (in 2019, the Grammy-winning singer admitted to watching the series 12 times, in its entirety) that she once stunned Office star Wilson with her trivia knowledge about the series.In this cluttered television landscape, how has the show endured? Let s take a closer look at the many ways The Office changed TV forever.IT BROUGHT THE MOCKUMENTARY FORMAT FRONT-AND-CENTER(Photo by NBC)Up until fairly recently, the multi-camera format was the name of the game in the sitcom world. The Office changed all that. It wasn t the first comedy to strip away the studio audience and live theater aesthetic, mind you. Shows like Scrubs, Arrested Development, and Reno 911! had already charted that territory. But the stripped-down format of the NBC series, along with the mundane nature of the Dunder Mifflin set, shed the Hollywood-ness of the production and brought the audience into the relatable on-the-job story in a way that hadn t really happened in television since the early days of M*A*S*H.The Office was, in its own story world, the result of a hardly-seen crew that was filming a documentary titled The Office: An American Workplace. With that rule firmly in-place, each character in the series was given carte blanche to spread their wacky wings and break the fourth wall whenever it was justified — whether it was Jim Halpert (Krasinski) giving a knowing look to camera, Dwight Schrute (Wilson) flexing his intrinsic knowledge about Amish farm-life, or the many confessional interviews conducted with the paper company s quirky employees.IT SURVIVED THE PIVOT TO REALITY AND HELPED OTHERS DO SO TOO(Photo by NBC)When The Office started airing, there was a new genre of programming to contend with: reality TV. The barrage of easy-to-shoot, low-cost productions like American Idol, Survivor, and The Bachelor attracted a huge viewership and led to the worry that this type of programming would end up being the content king, kicking freshman comedies and dramas to the curb.Instead of trying to fight this trend, Greg Daniels leaned into the show s documentary style and gave audiences some familiar-feeling sequences, from the personal interviews we mentioned above to the guerrilla filmmaking aesthetic that found the camera crew often struggling to keep up with the action as it unfolded. In the process, a fresh crop of mockumentary-style programs (Modern Family and Parks and Recreation, to name a couple) began popping up, using these reality-style story mechanisms to tell their respective tales, creating a new narrative language, altogether.WITH SOME HEART, IT BROUGHT CRINGE COMEDY TO THE MAINSTREAM(Photo by NBC)NBC had placed a huge gamble on The Office, relying heavily on the groundwork Gervais laid with the UK series. After its first season finished, it was clear that the network did not yet have a bona fide hit on its hands. One of the main reasons for this was Carell s performance as Michael Scott. Instead of making the character his own, the actor mirrored a lot of what Gervais had done as Office boss David Brent in the UK version. The character wasn t likable, the chemistry with the rest of the cast fell flat, and the comedic story struggled to connect with audiences.Luckily for everyone, NBC gave the show another chance. Thanks to the theatrical success of Judd Apatow s The 40 Year Old Virgin, Carell s celebrity status got a major boost. Suddenly, The Office had a name actor in the title role. And in season 2, Carell gave Michael Scott a welcome sense of empathy and heart, helping to off-set his awfully awkward, inappropriate personality.That story tweak led the charge. Soon, The Office became a wonderful balancing act with its slapstick pranks and cringe comedy on one side and some heartfelt, dramatic story elements on the other. It offered escapism that still hit close to home, as the series regularly explored office-style politics and the realistic worry of job stability, and gave us the blossoming love story of Jim and Pam (Fischer), which was a solid foundation for each and every episode.IT WAS AHEAD OF THE ONLINE-VIEWING CURVE(Photo by Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)When The Office hit, MySpace was the website of choice and Twitter was a year away from launching. That didn t stop the show from embracing the coming social media revolution. Recognizing the changing ways in which viewers were consuming content, NBC made The Office one of the first programs to be available to watch on the internet. Once Apple grew its iTunes Store lineup in 2005, audiences began purchasing individual episodes of the show which gave the sitcom a huge boost in numbers when it returned to the network for its second season.Additionally, starting in 2008, The Office began offering fans webisodes for online viewing in-between televised seasons. These short-form episodic stories dug deeper into the lives of different Dunder Mifflin employees, from Kevin s adventures in paying off his debt in Kevin s Bank Loan to Erin and Kelly s team-up as pop girl singing group Subtle Sexuality. IT WAS A COMEDY BOOTCAMP FOR SOME OF TODAY S FUNNIEST PERFORMERS AND CREATORS (Photo by NBC)It s probably safe to say that The Office wouldn t be the comedy classic it is today without the epic cast and crew that helped bring the series to life. Obviously, Carell s newfound celebrity status helped the program get a slew of eyes on it, but the show featured a whole cavalcade of now-marquee Hollywood talent who were fresh-faced newcomers when the workplace comedy first hit the small screen.Dabbling in an experimental, improv-infused work environment, the actors and writers on the show were able to play and find moments and scenes that surprised and delighted fans the world over. Take the kiss between Michael and Oscar in The Gay Witch Hunt, for instance. That bit wasn t scripted, but it was necessary to take things up-a-notch. And it s just one of many examples that make up this collective creative experience of putting The Office together. The program as an epic comedy boot camp for some of today s A-List talent.(Photo by NBC)Before The Office, Krasinski was an unknown actor. He made a name for himself as Jim Halpert on the NBC series and has since used his star power to pivot from the world of comedy to headline TV dramas like Amazon s Jack Ryan and direct movies like A Quiet Place. Kaling didn t just star in the series as Kelly Kapoor, she was also a writer on the series – along with her on-screen beau B.J. Novak, who played Ryan in the series. Her experience on The Office helped pave the way for her to create TV projects like The Mindy Project and Four Weddings and a Funeral.And, while there are many more names worth mentioning (the ongoing character acting work of Wilson and Craig Robinson and Kemper s hilarious stint as former cult member Kimmy Schmidt come to mind), we d be completely remiss if we left out Michael Schur. The former Office writer has prospered greatly in the land of television, creating comedy hits like Parks and Recreation, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.(Photo by NBC)The Office supplied some of the internet s most enduring memes and memorable quotes, and to this day, people still dress up as Dwight for Halloween. Rumors are floating around that an Office reboot may be in our future — don t tease us! And while the groundbreaking comedy went off-the-air seven years ago, The Office — much like Seinfeld and Friends, before it — is beloved by the masses, is still finding a new audience, and has cemented its status as a star in TV and pop-culture history. 无量神途传奇手游是一款战斗场面非常激情热血的神途三职业手游，无量神途有非常高清的画质，技能特效十分炫酷，游戏新增积分系统，玩家可以随意的选择自己喜欢的角色进行战斗，打击感十足。
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From Ava Duvernay, Rian Johnson, and Ryan Coogler to Nicole Holofcener, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez, dozens of filmmakers have burst out of the Sundance Film Festival and chased their Hollywood dreams. Some directors, like Cathy Yan, made the leap from small budget indies like Dead Pigs to big budget studio movies like her next project, Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Others, like Steven Soderbergh, have continued to blaze an unconventional path since his debut with Sex, Lies and Videotape over 30 years ago. This year’s group of first-time filmmakers are no less talented, many of them already earning praise from audiences and critics alike. There’s a good chance we may see many more movies from them in the years to come.I Carry You With Me (2020) 97%(Photo by Alejandro López courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Sony Pictures ClassicsTechnically speaking, I Carry You With Me isn t a true debut for Heidi Ewing, who has been crafting acclaimed feature documentaries for a decade and a half (2006 s Jesus Camp was even nominated for an Oscar). That said, Ewing makes her first foray into narrative filmmaking with this touching drama, which follows two men in Mexico, Iván and Gerardo, as they meet, fall in love and decide to try their luck in the United States. The film moves back and forth through the men’s lives, revisiting different moments from their childhood up to the present day, where they now live in New York and are unable to reunite with their families south of the border because they left without immigration papers. I Carry You with Me won Sundance’s NEXT Innovator Award and the audience award for its category. Carlos Aguilar wrote for Remezcla, “Ravishing and unshakable, Ewing s authentic film feels like the crossbreed between a painful memory and a hopeful dream about a place, a relationship and a fight for acceptance that s not political but entirely humanistic.”Crip Camp (2020) 100%(Photo by Steve Honigsbaum courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: NetflixNicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht teamed up to revisit a chapter of nearly forgotten history and trace its influence on attendees. In the early ‘70s, not far from Woodstock, an inclusive camp gave unprecedented training and opportunities to people with disabilities. Empowered by their experiences, LeBrecht and his fellow campers and counselors would go on to accomplish many things – including advocating for the Americans with Disabilities Act. Crip Camp won the audience award for its U.S. Documentary category. Esther Zuckerman wrote for Thrillist, “Through incredible archival footage, the documentary shows how campers at Jened were given the freedom they so often lacked in the outside world. There s smoking, sex, partying, and a sense of pure community.”The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) 98%(Photo by Jeong Park courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: NetflixWritten, directed by, and starring Radha Blank, this dramedy is a loosely autobiographical riff filtered through a classic-looking black-and-white lens. Blank plays a version of herself who’s nervous about approaching 40 as a single woman and struggling artist. Luckily, she rediscovers her love of hip-hop and finds a new source of inspiration for her material. Blank, a playwright and comedian off-screen, brings her sharp wit to the experience of a woman on the edge of a career breaking point, winning the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category at Sundance in the process. Aramide Tinubu wrote in Shadow and Act, “Vulnerable but vibrant in all of it s black, white and grey-hued glory, The 40-Year-Old Version is an ode to BLACK Harlem, fearlessness and the art of putting yourself on.”Some Kind of Heaven (2020) 93%(Photo by Becca Haydu courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/ALance Oppenheim’s quirky documentary takes audiences to a picture-perfect retirement community in Florida known as The Villages. Despite dozens of clubs, activities and smiling faces, his camera finds subjects who aren’t so pleased with paradise but are trying to make the best of their remaining years. Writing for Variety, Dennis Harvey said, “Those nostalgic for the fond portraits of eccentric Americana in Errol Morris early work and pretty much everyone else will be delighted by Some Kind of Heaven. This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019) 100%(Photo by Pierrede Villiers courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/ALemohang Jeremiah Mosese’s debut opens in the mountains of Lesotho, where an 80-year-old woman loses her son and takes up a new cause in life: to protect her village from bureaucratic plans that would wipe it off the face of the earth. The film won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking at Sundance. Allan Hunter of Screen International said, “This Is Not A Burial, It s A Resurrection offers a vivid, beautifully crafted reflection on identity, community and the tension between respecting age-old traditions and accepting the seemingly unstoppable march of progress.”Save Yourselves! (2020) 89%(Photo by Matt Clegg courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AIt’s the ultimate sci-fi nightmare: in an effort to disconnect from their addictions to smartphones, a Brooklyn couple, Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani), go off the grid for some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, they picked the wrong time to swear off the internet, as the planet falls under attack by aliens. Amy Nicholson of Variety wrote about Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson’s comedy, “There s only one joke in Save Yourselves! this hapless generation is doomed! but the survival comedy is delightful from start to apocalypse.”Palm Springs (2020) 95%(Photo by Chris Willard courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: Hulu, NeonMax Barbakow’s time-traveling romantic comedy follows Sarah (Cristin Milioti) and Nyles (Andy Samberg) on the day of Sarah’s little sister’s wedding. When Sarah looks reluctant to give a toast at the party, Nyles steps in to help, and the two strike up a rapport that eventually leads them both into a type of time warp that causes the hellish wedding day to start anew. Kevin Fallon of The Daily Beast said, “There s a massive, Groundhog Day-evoking twist that instantly transports this from cute rom-com to high-concept deconstruction of a rom-com that illuminates our need for connection of course, filtered through the wily charms of Lonely Island.”Promising Young Woman (2020) 90%(Photo by Focus Features)Distributor: Focus FeaturesTurning the revenge narrative upside down, Emerald Fennell’s clever Promising Young Woman follows Cassie (Carey Mulligan) as an old school friend Ryan (Bo Burnham) reenters her life and reminds her of the terrible incident that caused her to drop out of med school. Forever affected by this event, Cassie decides to turn her grief into a teaching moment for those who betrayed her years ago. Joi Childs wrote in Teen Vogue, “A stellar performance from Mulligan paired with an ambitious vision from Fennell comes together to create a story that s a bold takedown of rape culture and those that defend it.”Miss Juneteenth (2020) 99%(Photo by Rambo Elliott courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AChanning Godfrey Peoples’ debut feature follows a mother-daughter story deep in the heart of Texas. Turquoise (Nicole Beharie), the winner of her town’s beauty pageant title of Miss Juneteenth, lives a very different life than the one she once imagined as a reigning champion. She’s just scraping by as a single mom, trying her hardest to stay above the bills and convince her daughter Kai (Alexis Chikaeze) to go after the crown to finish what she started – even if Kai isn’t too keen on following through. Valerie Complex wrote in AwardsWatch, “Miss Juneteenth is written with hope in mind, and the audience will root for Turquoise. Not a tropey caricature that Hollywood likes to box Black actresses into.”Nine Days (2020) 88%(Photo by Wyatt Garfield courtesy of Sundance Institute)Distributor: N/AAlthough divisive among some critics, many supported Edson Oda’s vision for his feature debut, Nine Days. Starring Winston Duke, Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Bill Skarsgård, Tony Hale and David Rysdahl, Nine Days takes place outside the realm of this reality for a mind-bending look at birth, existence, and life. Nine Days also won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in the U.S. Dramatic category. Brian Tallerico wrote in RogerEbert.com that the film was “one of the most unexpected experiences I ve had in almost a decade of going to Sundance.”Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
(Click to enlarge.)We are down to the Sweet 16 in the Ultimate Horror Movie Showdown, and we ve lost even more classics in the process. Scream, Frankenstein, The Fly, Nosferatu, and Poltergeist have all met their doom, with the latter only narrowly losing to Friday the 13th by a margin of 2% in the closest match-up of the round. On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Shining absolutely trounced The Birds, winning the fight 92% to 8%.Round 3 brings some interesting match-ups: John Carpenter s remake of The Thing faces Sam Raimi s Evil Dead 2 in a battle of the celebrated 1980s cult classics, while we get Freddy vs. Jason moment (kinda sorta) as A Nightmare on Elm Street goes up against Friday the 13th. Who will advance, and who will end up buried? Vote now in Round 3 of the Ultimate Horror Movie Showdown before polls close on Monday, October 18 at 10pm PT and then check back to see who made it out alive!Round 1 Results | Round 2 ResultsRound 3Round 1 Results | Round 2 ResultsOn an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
icki, an Army vet and former cop. (Variety)The Originals alum Charles Michael Davis will join the cast of NCIS: New Orleans, playing new agent Quentin Carter, who transfers to the Big Easy office at Special Agent in Charge Pride’s (Scott Bakula) request. Davis will debut in the March 8 episode. (TVLine)Sanaa Lathan and Lior Raz will star in the Netflix thriller Hit and Run, about an ex-special forces soldier who hunts down his wife’s killers. Raz is also a co-creator on the series. The cast also includes Gregg Henry, Kaelen Ohm, Moran Rosenblatt, and Gal Toren.Jennifer Esposito has signed on to play lifestyle brand mogul Talia Mallay in Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming Netflix series Inventing Anna. The 10-episode drama, based on a New York magazine article about Anna Delvey, a German heiress accused of being a con woman, also stars Julia Garner as the titular Anna, Laverne Cox, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, and Terry Kinney. (Dateline)(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)Jon Bernthal, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Richard Thomas are joining Viola Davis and Sandra Bullock in the untitled Netflix drama adapted by Christopher McQuarrie from the British miniseries Unforgiven. Bullock plays a woman who gets out of prison after serving a sentence for a violent crime, and tries to reunite with her younger sister.The twin sons of Superman and Lois Lane have been cast for The CW’s upcoming Superman Lois drama. Jordan Elsass (Tell Me Your Secrets) will play the kind-hearted Jonathan, while Alexander Garfin (The Peanuts Movie) will play the more temperamental Jordan. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will play the legendary parents. (Dateline)Jeanne Tripplehorn has joined the cast of The Gilded Age, Julian Fellowes’ upcoming HBO period drama. She’ll play an art expert who is snubbed by high society because of rumors about her past.West Duchovny, the daughter of Tea Leoni and David Duchovny, will co-star with Jordana Spiro and Josh Andres Rivera in HBO Max’s coming-of-age drama pilot Vegas High, about a woman caught between her Mormon faith and the flashy Vegas lifestyle. Duchovny plays Paige, a young woman who is the president of the Mormon Church’s youth group. (Deadline)O’Shea Jackson has replaced an injured Winston Duke in the Kevin Durant–produced Apple TV+ basketball drama Swagger. Jackson will play a former star player who’s now a youth coach. (Variety)Emmy-winner Billy Porter has taped a guest appearance on Sesame Street, wearing his instantly iconic tuxedo dress.Real-life couple Cobie Smulders (Stumptown, The Avengers) and Taran Killam (Single Parents) will play a pair of movie superheroes who hope Bart won’t spoil the plot of their new film on the March 1 episode of The Simpsons. (TVLine)DEVELOPMENT NEWS: IMDB WILL HOST FREE STREAMS OF CLASSIC TV SHOWS LIKE LOST, ST. ELSEWHERE, AND MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE(Photo by Reisig & Taylor/© ABC/Courtesy: Everett Collection)Good news: a slew of classic TV shows will stream for free on IMDB TV. Bad news: there will be ads. Still, it’s an interesting lineup for the Amazon-owned service, whose new licensing deal with Disney means access to shows including Desperate Housewives, White Collar, The Glades, and My So-Called Life, which are available now, and, in the comings months, Lost (May 1), Malcolm in the Middle (June 1), Ally McBeal (April 1), Army Wives, Boston Legal, L.A. Law, St. Elsewhere, Roswell (the original series), Revenge, and Ugly Betty. (THR)Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max have formed a new film production company that will focus on creating eight to 10 movies per year, to stream on HBO Max. Most of the movies will be original, with a few acquisitions, and the first one is expected to premiere on HBO Max this year.After her Golden Globe- and SAG-nominated performance in the Netflix drama Unbelievable, Toni Collette will return to Netflix for Pieces of Her, an adaptation of a novel by Karin Slaughter. The eight-episode thriller revolves around Laura (Collette), whose past comes back to haunt her and her daughter when a trip to the mall results in a terrifying violent event that puts Laura’s freedom at risk.Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge is an executive producer and will guest star on Run, an HBO comedy series starring Merrit Wever. Wever’s Ruby sees her boring life upended when she receives a text from her college boyfriend (Domhnall Gleeson), who asks her to meet him in New York City and take off on a cross-country adventure. The series premieres April 12.Adam Sandler has signed a deal with Netflix to make four more movies for the streamer via his Happy Madison Productions, including an animated movie Sandler will star in, write, and produce.HBO Max has picked up the documentary On the Record, after executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Apple TV+ stepped away from the project, which features several women sharing their accusations of sexual harassment and assault by Def Jam music executive Russell Simmons. The Sundance doc, which was originally set to premiere on Apple TV+, is the first documentary acquisition by HBO Max.Among The CW’s pilots for next season: a TV version of Lost Boys, the 1987 Kiefer Sutherland–Jason Patric movie, created by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, and Maverick, a political drama from producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.). (THR)Disney+ announced season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series will revolve around the East High School drama students’ production of Beauty and the Beast. Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in the last quarter of 2020.Tyler Perry is rebooting his series House of Payne for BET, with original stars LaVan Davis, Cassi Davis Patton, Lance Gross, Demetria McKinney, China Anne McClain, Larramie “Doc” Shaw, Keshia Knight Pulliam, and Allen Payne all set to return. BET will also be the home of a new Perry comedy, Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living, about a man who moves his family to a small Georgia town to help his grandfather operate a run-down home for senior citizens. Both shows will debut this summer. (Deadline)(Photo by courtesy of HBO Max)Megan Thee Stallion and The Good Place star Jameela Jamil will be judges on HBO Max’s voguing reality series Legendary, in which teams (called “Houses”) will compete in fashion and dancing battles to win cash and trophies.Hulu has acquired the worldwide rights for the Sundance horror film Bad Hair, the second movie directed by Justin Simien (Dear White People), while Amazon Studios bought Sylvie’s Love, a Sundance love story film starring Tessa Thompson, Nnamdi Asomugha, Eva Longoria, Aja Naomi King, Wendi Mclendon-Covey and Jemima Kirke. (THR)The Lena Waithe–produced Sundance flick The 40-Year-Old Version has been picked up by Netflix. The comedy stars Radha Black (Empire) – who won the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award for the movie – as a 40-year-old struggling artist. Netflix will stream the movie later this year, after its theatrical release.The Bachelor’s hometown dates may be coming to your hometown. The Bachelor Live on Stage tour will launch on Feb. 13 in Mesa, Arizona and visit 65 cities with a two-and-a-half-hour show that will find 10 female contestants trying to impress a pre-selected local bachelor at each stop. Hosted by former TV contestants Ben Higgins and Becca Kufrin, the stage show will feature elements from the TV series, including group dates and, of course, rose ceremonies.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.