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Rapid Insights: The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Embarks on a New Beginning

On September 10, AMC will premiere the much-anticipated sixth series in its expansive Walking Dead universe; it follows Daryl–a fan-favorite character from the mothership show–as he journeys across a turbulent, zombie-ravaged France. We took a look at the drivers behind the entire Walking Dead franchise with the release of The Walking Dead: Dead City back in June; […]

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Rapid Insights: The Equalizer 3 & Its TV Cousin Explore Different Takes on the IP

Star Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua are once again joining forces this September with the third and final chapter of Sony’s The Equalizer film franchise. When it releases, the Equalizer IP will become especially notable for having two different versions running at the same time: the theatrical film and the CBS TV series starring Queen Latifah. Here’s what […]

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Rapid Insights: Depp v. Heard Revisits the Drama of the Infamous Celebrity Trial

Tomorrow, Netflix will release a three-part documentary series on the notorious celebrity defamation case that gripped the world, spawned thousands of memes, and became the first “trial by TikTok.” The series will present litigants Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s jarring testimonies side-by-side while exploring the striking impact of social media on truth and justice in […]

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Rapid Insights Trend: Matlock and the Case of Oscar Winners on Network TV

While many big-name film stars have gotten their starts on broadcast TV, already-established movie actors–especially of Oscar caliber–taking a lead role on a Big 4 network series has historically been less common. But that seems to be changing. A number of Oscar winners have lately been taking their talents to the small screen. CBS’s Matlock, […]

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Rapid Insights: 2023 Emmy Nominations: Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

Earlier this month, the Television Academy announced its 2023 Emmy Awards nominees, so we wanted to take a closer look at the high-quality shows representing the best of this past year’s TV. First up: the category of Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series, filled with five compelling miniseries that really stood out on their respective streaming […]

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Rapid Insights: Special Ops: Lioness, a Female-Focused Spy Thriller That Expands the Sheridan Universe

Prolific writer/creator Taylor Sheridan’s relationship with Paramount+ will once again pay robust dividends with Sunday’s premiere of his newest streaming series. The show is an intense spy thriller featuring Zoe Saldaña, Nicole Kidman, and Morgan Freeman and will follow a newly recruited CIA agent as she goes undercover among Middle Eastern power brokers who sponsor […]

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Rapid Insights Trend: Justified: City Primeval and Other IP-revivals

2010’s Justified will become the latest series to receive a years-later revival with next week’s release of Justified: City Primeval on FX. Such revivals traffic in nostalgia, appealing to fans by continuing a beloved story rather than rebooting it, with original cast members playing their original characters a crucial part of the deal; shows as varied as Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, Dexter, and The […]

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Rapid Insights: Gran Turismo Brings a Popular Video Game to Life

This August, Sony’s mega-hit PlayStation video game series comes to the big screen as a biographical coming-of-age sports drama set in the franchise’s beloved high-octane racing world. The movie tells the true story of Jann Mardenborough, a top-notch teen gamer who turned his superior virtual skills into a clinch tournament win and, ultimately, a real-life […]

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Rapid Insights: Full Circle, a Steven Soderbergh Kidnapping Conspiracy Thriller

Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh returns once again to episodic TV with next week’s debut of his new limited series on Max. The mysterious crime thriller boasts a stacked ensemble cast led by Claire Danes along with Timothy Olyphant and Dennis Quaid, and tells the story of a botched kidnapping that unearths long-held secrets and connects […]

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Rapid Insights Trend: The Horror of Dolores Roach and Other Podcast-Inspired Shows

Amazon Prime Video’s newest original series, releasing next week, will be joining the swelling ranks of buzzy scripted shows developed from popular podcasts. This notable list includes the likes of Gaslit, The Dropout, Dirty John, and The Shrink Next Door from the based-on-a-true-story side, as well as Homecoming and Archive 81 from the purely fictional; Prime’s horror-dramedy will join the latter as the Sweeney Todd-inspired […]

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