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Kathy Bates gets 'Disjointed' on Netflix

Humans have been laughing at jokes about inebriation at least since Romans wrote comedy. Once it was drunks who were funny — Otis on "The Andy Griffith Show," Foster Brooks, Dean Martin — but drunks just seem like alcoholics now. Marijuana, meanwhile, has moved in — pot jokes long ago entered the...

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  • Norman Lear plans to boycott Kennedy Center Honors reception hosted by Trump

    Norman Lear plans to boycott Kennedy Center Honors reception hosted by Trump

    Legendary producer Norman Lear, one of the honorees of the upcoming Kennedy Center Honors, said he will not attend the pre-awards reception hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in protest of some of the president’s policies. Lear said he will attend the award ceremony at...

  • TV This Week, Aug. 6-12: 'Allied,' 'Fantastic Beasts' and more

    TV This Week, Aug. 6-12: 'Allied,' 'Fantastic Beasts' and more

    SUNDAY Siblings get stuck in a public swimming pool overnight — then things get weird — in the new thriller “Trapped Sisters.” With Alexandra Park (“The Royals”) and “Saw’s” Tobin Bell. 8 p.m. Lifetime The reboot of “Twin Peaks” moves to an earlier time slot to make way for the return of the...

  • 'Veep' goes to some pretty wild places, including making Tony Hale go the 'full Hall and Oates'

    'Veep' goes to some pretty wild places, including making Tony Hale go the 'full Hall and Oates'

    Tony Hale has won two Emmys and picked up five nominations for his turn as Selina Meyer’s beleaguered bagman, Gary, in the HBO comedy “Veep.” With the material “Veep’s” writers gave Hale this season, another nomination was in the … carryall. Whether it was taking the co-dependency of Gary and Selina’s...

  • Overrated/Underrated: Take Stephen Colbert's 'Exit 57,' and who wants their MTV?

    Overrated/Underrated: Take Stephen Colbert's 'Exit 57,' and who wants their MTV?

    UNDERRATED “Exit 57”: Though TV sketch comedy feels like an endangered species in 2017 once past the orbit of “Saturday Night Live,” the genre’s history is a goldmine, particularly once you look past standard-bearers such as “Kids in the Hall,” “SCTV,” “The State” and, of course, “Monty Python.”...

  • Friday's TV highlights: 'WE Day' on CBS

    Friday's TV highlights: 'WE Day' on CBS

    SERIES Masters of Illusion Barry and Stuart, Joshua Jay and Jonathan Pendragon, some of whom will be familiar to regular viewers of this series, are among the magicians introduced by host Dean Cain in this new episode. 8 p.m. KTLA Killjoys Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) is stuck in a space elevator...

  • NBC launches a program to expand the pool of female directors

    NBC launches a program to expand the pool of female directors

    NBC is launching a new, stepped-up program to get more female directors hired in television. The broadcast network unveiled its Female Forward initiative Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. Its goal is to take a meaningful step to tackle a problem that has been...

  • James Van Der Beek is a superstar DJ in the painfully funny 'What Would Diplo Do?'

    James Van Der Beek is a superstar DJ in the painfully funny 'What Would Diplo Do?'

    What’s more obnoxious than a superstar DJ with an outsized ego and a confetti cannon? A television series about a superstar DJ with an outsized ego and a confetti cannon. Viceland’s new scripted comedy, “What Would Diplo Do?,” is a treasure trove of electronic dance music clichés, right down to...

  • Thursday's TV highlights: 'I Love Kellie Pickler' on CMT and more

    Thursday's TV highlights: 'I Love Kellie Pickler' on CMT and more

    SERIES Boy Band The remaining hopefuls perform classic breakup songs on a new episode of the talent search. 8 p.m. ABC Married at First Sight Cast members from Season 5 reunite to reminisce in this new episode. 8 p.m. Lifetime Whose Line Is It Anyway? “The Karate Kid’s” Ralph Macchio joins in...

  • HBO chief says emails were not compromised in cyberattack

    HBO chief says emails were not compromised in cyberattack

    HBO is still trying to figure out the extent of the cyberattack on its computer systems — but so far there is no evidence that employees’ emails were stolen, the company’s top executive told staff. “At this time, we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the...

  • Wednesday's TV highlights: 'The Lowe Files' on A&E and more

    Wednesday's TV highlights: 'The Lowe Files' on A&E and more

    SERIES Nightcap Rachael Ray, filmmaker J.J. Abrams and “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill make cameos on the talk-show spoof’s season finale. 8 p.m. Pop Salvation Darius (Santiago Cabrera) must prove his loyalty to Grace and Harris (Jennifer Finnigan, Ian Anthony Dale) in the first of two new back-to-back...

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