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Watch Amy Sedaris Teach Jimmy Fallon How to Save Someone From Choking

Amy Sedaris recently took a CPR class, so she decided to go on Jimmy Fallon last night to share her new knowledge of how to save someone when they are having a heart attack or choking on something. The lessons involved Sedaris getting on the table, doing fervid compressions, and making out with her dummy. "I'm the best chance you've got to be alive right now!" she shouted. If you're ever choking on some chicken feathers and Amy Sedaris is around, rest assured, you are in capable, if frantic, hands.

"And then he comes alive!" »

The Knick Recap: My Eyes Can’t Bear It

It’s a general truism, if not a concrete fact, that a new television series will fully reveal itself by its third episode. (Throat-clearing’s done. This is what I am. You in or out?) So we get, most recently, The Leftovers’ Christopher Eccleston-centric soul-barer “Two Boats and a Helicopter.” Also Breaking Bad’s “…And the Bag’s in the River,” with its protracted, unbearably tense basement confrontation between Walter White and Krazy 8. And Homicide: Life on the Street’s “Night of the Dead Living” (aired ninth during first broadcast, but returned to the third slot for its home video release), a single-setting masterpiece in which the Baltimore cop squad works a sweltering summer night shift. Additionally, The X-Files’ “Squeeze,” the first “Monster of the Week” episode, which was indicative of the many imaginative tangents that great series would take from its primary conspiracy arc. And let’s not forget the third installment of David Simon’s The Wire, “The Buys,” which lays out the five-season series’ interconnected microcosmos via a superb chess game sequence, capped by drug dealer D’Angelo Barksdale’s resigned statement, “The king stay the king.” 

“It's where I live.” »

Hey, Watch the 2014 VMAs With Us

Surprise! It is already time for another MTV Video Music Awards. (Yes, it has been a year since the Great Miley Incident.) The 2014 festivities begin this Sunday — August 24 — at 9 p.m. ET, and MTV has promised us performances from Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj, Sam Smith, Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Beyoncé. Naturally, here at Vulture, we're gearing up to play along. Join us Sunday night for a red-carpet slideshow; live-tweeting from Vulture's Lindsey Weber and Jesse David Fox over @Vulture; a live-blog from Vulture music critic Lindsay Zoladz; and the most crucial GIFs, videos, and audience reaction shots as they happen. Afterwards, we'll be back with our postshow thoughts, the best frozen moments, and a slew of photos from the after-parties. We'll be busy. Join us!

How Well Do You Know These 50 True Blood Characters?

Has there been a denser soap-operatic universe in recent TV history than True Blood’s? Running through the many convoluted love stories, supernatural plotlines, and centuries-old beefs would surely take longer than an hour or two sipping whiskey at Merlotte’s Bellefleur’s. An easier, though still arduous, way to measure how ornately the series has been constructed is by flipping through the dizzying number of characters it has introduced (and in so many cases, killed off gruesomely) over the course of its seven seasons. But how much do you even remember about them? We thought we’d test your recall of 50 different True Blood characters — from main protagonist Sookie Stackhouse to bit players — with this superfan quiz. Select the correct description from the four choices next to each character’s image to see whether you can separate fact from Fangstasia.

What Do I Need to Know About Doctor Who If I’ve Never Watched Before and Want to Start?

You don’t know why you haven’t watched it. Your nerdier friends have loved it since it was on PBS back in the day, and you knew a girl in high school who knit her own giant scarf during homeroom because that actor who looked kind of like Harpo Marx wore one when he played “the Doctor.” Maybe you’re like me, and when Doctor Who fandom started pushing Star Wars and Star Trek out of your local comic convention, your adolescent heart turned cold and rejected the low-budget British sci-fi series out of hand.

But now you feel out of step. »

Quiz: How Well Are You Prepared for the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards?

This coming Sunday are the 2014 MTV VMAs, aka the only awards show dedicated fully to the marketing magic that is the music video. But how well do you know your 2014 videos? Could you identify them from a single screenshot? Take our music-videos quiz and find out if you're ready.

Broad City Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: Greetings From Brother Island

I feel like this show is an accidental advice series sometimes, and this chapter is called “Your 20s Are an Endless Series of Ball-Breakingly Terrible Jobs and How You Deal With Them Will Impact Your Outlook on Life.” 

If you didn’t have a shitty job in your 20s you might be a cyborg; the entire decade is designed for the maximum full-time struggle between your need to make money and your desire to figure out how to be a person, two parallel roads never destined to meet. Everything is a means to an end — you put up with the unhinged bakery owner throwing pots around the kitchen because you walk away with $200 in tips every day, or you wear the ill-fitting, sweat-inducing cheap suit to your office job because you’re guaranteed to have weekends and holidays off. The chief aim is survival, and sometimes that means calling in sick to protect your mental health at all costs.

“I’m not going to prescribe you dog Xanax.” 

Charlie Murphy on the Black Jesus Controversy and 10 Years of Hearing About Rick James

For any Chappelle’s Show fan, the name Charlie Murphy requires some kind of trigger warning, as it immediately calls up the “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” sketch that brought “I’m Rick James, bitch!” into the world. But there’s a lot more to the writer-actor-comedian than reminiscences of youthful debauchery as a member of younger brother Eddie’s entourage. In addition to his busy touring schedule, Murphy has made memorable voice-acting appearances on The Boondocks and Black Dynamite, and is now one of the stars of Black Jesus. The live-action Adult Swim series co-created by Aaron McGruder is unsurprisingly controversial, as it depicts what might happen were the Son of God to return to present-day Compton and build a community garden where he and his disciples can be comfortably “smokin’, drinkin’, and chillin’.” Murphy plays Vic, a local landlord whose difficulty in accepting that the weed-happy guy living in a van might actually be the messiah leads him to hire a ne’er-do-well homeless guy named Lloyd (Friday’s John Witherspoon) to help keep tabs on the implausible title character.

“Pol Pot killed millions of people and I’m going to be damned to Hell for watching a TV show?” »

The 7 True Blood-iest Sex Scenes in True Blood History

Jason Stackhouse and Sarah Newlin in the church. Lafayette and James in the parking lot. Jason and Jessica in the back of a pick-up truck. Eric and his fangbanger from Estonia going at it for six hours in the Fangtasia dungeon. Jason and a random hook-up outside Merlotte's by the dumpster. The whole town in front of Sookie Stackhouse's residence. In the oversexed world of True Blood, such moments are commonplace; everyone in Bon Temps is doing it everywhere. But of all the sex scenes that have taken place on the show over the course of its seven seasons, it’s not the many very sweet, touching, and romantic moments that will be True Blood’s legacy, but the crazy, bloody, head-turning ones. Here are seven of True Blood’s craziest and most memorable sex scenes.

From hate sex to grave sex, and everything in between. »

Rectify’s Aden Young on the Season-2 Finale and What’s Up With Daniel

Note: This interview with Aden Young about the season-two finale of Rectify (obviously) contains show spoilers up through the season-two finale, which aired last night.

“I think if anyone bought shares in Johnnie Walker that day [of filming], they were doing all right.” »

Jon Hamm, Julianna Margulies, and 17 Other Stars and Shows to Root for at Next Monday’s Emmy Awards

Here are the 19 people and programs I'll be rooting for when the Emmys are handed out on Monday night. Please know that I'll probably spend half the night (which I’ll be live-blogging) grumbling that a lot of my favorite shows and artists got snubbed — for my list of grievances, click here — but since the purpose of this piece is to celebrate the best of what did get nominated, I'll refrain from bringing them up here. Let’s proceed.

My heart belongs to The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies. »

The Best Shows and Stars That Won’t Even Be at the Emmys This Year

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmys are Monday, and plenty of wonderful — and some staggeringly wonderful — shows and performers will no doubt walk away with armloads of awards. But many will not. Many terrific, thrilling shows and performers were not even nominated, if you can believe it. Such is life. Let us now air those grievances.

Shows like the execrable Episodes rack up nominations, while Broad City gets nothing. »

Your First Girls Sneak Peek Comes via Lena Dunham’s Instagram

Lena Dunham just posted a quick look at Girls season four, or, at least, a peek behind the scenes at Girls season four, which has apparently "begun production." (But you already knew that, because we posted this spoiler-y look at Lena hanging out with ______.)

  • Posted 8/22/14 at 11:00 AM
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Which Celebrities Are at the Center of the Ice Bucket Challenge?

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become the actual Song of Summer. Everyone's either doing it, complaining about doing it, studying why it's so effective, or denying its effectiveness. Bottom line: The craze has earned a total of $41 million, says the ALSA, and a lot of that has to do with its trendiness. Trendy not only for all of your high-school Facebook friends, but also among celebrities, who can show they care while also giving us a peek into their world of famous friends. After collecting all of the celebrity ice bucket challenges we could spot across Instagram, Twitter, Facebook. and YouTube (pity us, please!) and turning it into a giant web of Who's Who, we realized that a good chunk of these challenges begin or end with two major personalities: Taylor Swift (who has her cabal of young musicians and models) and Oprah (with her cabal of A-list directors and influencers). Curious who's connected to who? Here's what their webs look like.

A few notes on my process: »

Relive the Past Three Decades Through These MTV VMA Photos

The MTV Video Music Awards are back on the West Coast this Sunday following 2013's quick visit to Brooklyn. No matter: The lineup promises performances from Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Azalea. It's a 2013–14 time capsule, which is what the VMAs do best. Just look at past award shows: Each contained at least one moment that could serve as a microcosm for what was "cool” in that particular year. Don’t believe us? We'll prove it. Proceed.

We’re Going to Need More Li’l Sebastian in This Parks and Recreation Gag Reel, Please

Too bad the Parks and Recreation gag reel isn't all Lil' Sebastian. That tiny horse deserves all the gags! (And more screen work, to be honest.) Instead we've got lots of jokes from the rest of the cast, including the ghost of Chris Pratt's former non-super-buff self. Ah, those were the days.

  • Posted 8/21/14 at 3:30 PM
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Wait, Why Are the Emmys on a Monday This Year?

The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte isn’t the only thing arriving early this year: The Emmy Awards ceremony is taking place in the heat of the summer — and on a Monday to boot. If you’re thinking to yourself, That’s odd!, well, your puzzlement is not misplaced. August Emmys are exceedingly rare in the show’s history, and a non-Sunday telecast is even more uncommon. In fact, since the TV Academy made the show an autumn event back in 1977 — statuettes had previously been given out in the spring — the ceremony has always fallen on a Sunday. So what’s behind Emmys' kinda-sorta demotion this year to a seemingly random Monday in August? To paraphrase Emmy-winning TV legend Don Adams's alter ego, “Would you believe … football?”

A quirk in the calendar also played a role. »

Glen Morgan on Intruders, The X-Files, and Why the 22-Episode Season Needs to Die

When one character meets a conspiracy theorist in Intruders, a new series debuting August 23 on BBC America, he looks at the wall and expresses disappointment: “What? No ‘I Want to Believe’ poster?” This was a wink to the X-Files roots of showrunner Glen Morgan, who adapted the program from the 2007 novel Intruders by British writer Michael Marshall Smith. “Well, for all of us, it’s kind of the elephant in the room,” laughed Morgan, in a recent interview with Vulture. The series slowly unravels a mystery involving a crew of immortal body-snatchers who can hop into the bodies of mere mortals and make their “hosts” seem a little out of sorts to their friends and family members. It’s an intriguing premise, and takes more than a few episodes to make sense, but like any great installment of The X-Files, not knowing exactly what’s going on is half the fun. In this wide-ranging chat with Vulture, Morgan discussed his new show, creepy kids, the Final Destination movies, other X-Files writers, and his acting debut (and farewell) with the cheesy ’80s heavy-metal horror movie Trick or Treat.

“If someone’s going, ‘This show’s nuts, but I don’t care,’ then we blew it.” »

The 17 Most Disgusting Deaths on True Blood

A few things to remember about True Blood as we head into this Sunday’s season finale. First, the show was a foundational building block in the house of adult-oriented, trash-as-prestige drama that now includes far more respectable titles like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Fargo. Second, it boasted a unique blend of knowing camp and rule-breaking storytelling that bad-faith critics regularly mistook for incompetence. Third, it was dirty, escapist, sexually gratuitous, and most of all, disgusting. Seriously, this thing was basically a vampire-themed Itchy & Scratchy cartoon at times. With that in mind, let's take a look back at True Blood's most gnarly deaths.

Emmys: Who Should Win in Late-Night and Reality?

The 66th Emmy Awards are next Monday and all this week Vulture has been breaking down the major categories. Forget trying to predict who will win, and let’s focus on the question that matters: Who should to win? Here are our picks in the comedydrama, and miniseries/movie races. Last up: the variety and reality competition. Most of the interesting awards for these shows were already given out at the Creative Arts Emmys, but these two will be in Monday's prime-time ceremony.

Let's put aside that Key and Peele is our actual pick for outstanding variety series. »