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As ER Turns 25, a Look at How Its Visual Style Changed the TV Game

When ER debuted in 1994, its kinetic, Steadicam energy was like nothing else on TV.
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Our expert predictions.
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Late Night Celebrates Trailblazers Billy Porter, Lilly Singh, and Ash Ketchum

Rounding up our favorite late-night clips of the week.
  1. roll clip!
    Pity the Downton Abbey Staffer Who Maggie Smith Whacked With a CaneDon’t get in her personal space.
  2. sitcoms
    Seinfeld Reruns to Air on Viacom Networks in 2021Including Comedy Central, TV Land, and Paramount Network.
  3. bachelor nation
    Mike Johnson on Why He Didn’t Become the First Black Bachelor Lead“I’m a bit more outspoken than Peter. I’m a bit louder than Peter is. I have tattoos, and the obvious, I’m black.”
  4. looks sardonically to camera
    Netflix CEO Says Fleabag the One That Got Away After Losing Bid to AmazonSo, if you see a little fox chasing him around, that’s what it represents.
  5. close reads
    As ER Turns 25, a Look at How Its Visual Style Changed the TV GameWhen ER debuted in 1994, its kinetic, Steadicam energy was like nothing else on TV.
  6. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: Those BurdensOur perp goes from stalking and documenting the lives of the women he attacks to being documented and catalogued himself.
  7. predictions
    Who’s Gonna Win at the 2019 Emmys? And Who Should Really Win?Our expert predictions.
  8. renewals
    Netflix Renews GLOW for a Fourth and Final SeasonThe final countdown.
  9. this week in late night
    Late Night Celebrates Trailblazers Billy Porter, Lilly Singh, and Ash KetchumRounding up our favorite late-night clips of the week.
  10. overnights
    The Great British Baking Show Recap: Hit or MishtiTurns out a lot can go wrong with dairy, especially when you ask ten people to make an Indian milk sweet that eight of them are unfamiliar with.
  11. snl
    A Comedian Reflects on Their 2019 SNL Audition“Going into it I was very aware I didn’t have red-state appeal, which is something they’re always looking for.”
  12. trailer mix
    The Crown Season 3 Trailer: Olivia Colman Compares Herself to Claire Foy’s QueenPremiering on Netflix November 17.
  13. movie review
    It’s Between Two Ferns, for Crying Out LoudShoddiness is built into its philosophy, and things like production value, sharp scripting, and delicate acting would only degrade the project.
  14. downton abbey movie
    Every Awful Thing to Befall Downton’s Lady EdithPoor Edith.
  15. family trees
    Billie Lourd to Play Debbie Reynolds’s Granddaughter on Will & GraceShe’s playing Grace Adler’s niece!
  16. last night on late night
    Watch Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon Play a Deadly Game of One-UpmanshipA simple premise, elegantly heightened. You love to see it.
  17. lawsuits
    Judge Tentatively Sides with Jackson Estate in HBO LawsuitThe final ruling is expected by the end of the month.
  18. stand-up
    Dan Soder Lands His First HBO Stand-up SpecialBo Burnham and Jerrod Carmichael are executive producing.
  19. tv review
    Netflix’s Criminal Is More Thought Experiment Than Crime ProceduralSpread across interrogation rooms in four countries, the series presents the notion that police work is basically the same no matter where you are.
  20. vulture lists
    Every Between Two Ferns Episode, RankedSorting out the highs and lows of Zach Galifianakis’s absurd chat show.
  21. emmys 2019
    Stop Giving Game of Thrones Emmys AlreadyAt this point, giving the era-defining series an award feels more like a shrug than a cause for celebration.
  22. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: We’re Big Into VengeanceAs Marie quietly accepts the indignities heaped upon her, Lilly takes the opposite tack.
  23. emmy insider
    How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best MiniseriesA conversation about When They See Us, filmmaking, television, and American history.
  24. cher!
    Cher Sang ‘Waterloo’ on America’s Got Talent Because We Do Deserve Nice ThingsA three-minute justification for why Technicolor even exists.
  25. trailer mix
    Peaky Blinders Season 5 Trailer: Someone’s Coming for Tommy Shelby’s CrownPremiering on Netflix October 4.
  26. stand-up
    Some Bangin’ News: Nikki Glaser’s Netflix Special Premieres Next MonthWatch the first trailer right here.
  27. snl
    Will NBC Finally Do Justice to the SNL Library?There’s reason to be cautiously optimistic that it might.
  28. close reads
    The Paul Hollywood Handshake Is the Absolute WorstPaul’s signature move has gone from a cute gesture to a threat to The Great British Baking Show as we know it. It must end.
  29. and that's the tea
    Rachel Lindsay on the Newest Bachelor: ‘I’m Bored’“How many Peters have we seen before?”
  30. friends anniversary
    How Friends Decided to Pair Off Monica and ChandlerThe co-writer of the famous London hookup episode walks us through how the couple came to be. (And why they almost didn’t.)
  31. thugnificent
    Two New Seasons of The Boondocks Are Coming to HBO MaxPlus, a 50-minute special and all of the original episodes.
  32. tv history
    The Architects of NBC’s Must-See TV Lineup on How Friends and ER Became LegendsFormer NBC execs Warren Littlefield and Preston Beckman reveal how they built their ‘90s Thursday-night juggernaut.
  33. wednesday night wars
    What a Time to Watch WrestlingA long-lapsed fan’s guide to getting back into the greatest show on earth.
  34. rankings
    Every Member of the American Horror Story Ensemble, RankedWho’s the best actor in Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology?
  35. overnights
    Bachelor in Paradise Finale and Reunion Recap: Rule of EngagementHas Bachelor in Paradise gotten addicted to being that show that produces marriages and children?
  36. vulture lists
    The 12 Most Unforgettable Scenes in American Horror Story HistoryThis is not for the weak-stomached.
  37. not central perk
    The Trials and Tribulations of Owning the Restaurant Below the Friends Apartment“I’ve been yelled at a lot because it’s not Central Perk. I’ve been called stupid.”
  38. after the final rose
    Demi and Kristian, Bachelor Nation’s First Same-Sex Couple, Are EngagedBlonde power!
  39. bad ideas
    I Made Rachel’s English Trifle and Forced My Entire Family to Eat ItWhy, you ask? The better question: Why not?
  40. after the final rose
    So, Did All of Bachelor in Paradise’s Couples Get a Happy Ending?Kind of.
  41. theme songs
    Close Your Eyes and Let the Mariah Carey Mixed-ish Theme Song Wash Over YouThe elusive chanteuse strikes again.
  42. bachelor nation
    Peter the Pilot Is Your Next BachelorHe’s the windmill-sex guy.
  43. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Orange County Recap: Having a BowlNothing ruins Zen Time like a bonk on the head.
  44. overnights
    Unbelievable Recap: A Thousand CutsThe case is inching along, but Marie is years in the past, quite alone, and entirely unknown to the only women who care enough to do the legwork.
  45. the streaming wars
    Parks and Rec Is Leaving Every Other Platform for NBC’s Streaming ServiceNo more Hulu. No more Netflix.
  46. close reads
    Unbelievable Is the Most Feminist Crime Show I’ve Ever SeenThe quiet but sturdy feminism of Netflix’s remarkable true-crime drama.
  47. late night
    What It’s Like to Launch a Late-Night Show With Lilly SinghTalking A Little Late with head writer Sean O’Connor.
  48. from the archives
    Is Friends Still the Most Popular Show on TV?Why so many 20-somethings want to stream a 20-year-old sitcom about a bunch of 20-somethings sitting around in a coffee shop.
  49. vulture lists
    Every Conan Without Borders International Special, RankedThe late-night host is often at his best when he leaves the country.
  50. hopeless bleak despair
    Sean Spicer Takes the Spice Girls’ Name in Vain on Dancing With the StarsNo one’s forcing you to watch.
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