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High Maintenance and the Aspirational Kindness of The Guy

He’s a testament to thoughtful living through the sheer act of treating strangers with basic decency.
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Catherine O’Hara on Her Career, Sexism in Comedy, and Her Favorite Impressions

“I’ve been allowed to create my own characters and do my own writing and improvise and just create in such a free way,” says the Schitt’s Creek star.
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‘Imagine a Woman Like Barbara Walters … and I’m the New Bitch There’

Jenny McCarthy on her year from hell on The View.
  1. overnights
    The Good Fight Recap: Disorder in the CourtHow much you enjoy this episode rests almost entirely on how much you’re into whatever the hell Michael Sheen is doing as Roland Blum.
  2. overnights
    Schitt’s Creek Recap: There Will Be A Surprise and There Will Be TearsDavid’s plans for Patrick’s surprise birthday party lead to a different sort of surprise entirely, in what’s easily the best episode of the season.
  3. overnights
    The Real Housewives of New York City Recap: AnticlamacticThere are Housewives’ weddings that have been approached with less anticipation than Barbara K.’s yawn of a clambake.
  4. overnights
    Riverdale Recap: What Is Your Damage?In Riverdale’s second musical episode, big fun is had by all but Betty, who’s convinced that Heathers is a “recruitment drive” for the Farm.
  5. the industry
    Mindy Kaling’s ‘Complicated’ Childhood Has Inspired Her New Netflix ShowHer projects don’t stop.
  6. tv
    Ava DuVernay to Woo You With a New Romance Anthology Series on OWNComing in 2020.
  7. casting
    Lizzy Caplan Will Bring the Misery to Castle Rock Season Two As Annie WilkesWith a special bonus: Elsie Fisher will play her daughter.
  8. women in the writers room
    The True Story Behind Twisted Munchausen Drama The ActCreator Michelle Dean on turning her viral true-crime article into a TV show — and why she needed a female-heavy writers room to do it.
  9. roll clip!
    Enjoy a Cursed Video of Tavi Gevinson As Elizabeth HolmesThe eyes will haunt you.
  10. close reads
    High Maintenance and the Aspirational Kindness of The GuyHe’s a testament to thoughtful living through the sheer act of treating strangers with basic decency.
  11. overnights
    Roswell, New Mexico Recap: If Everything’s Made to Be BrokenThere’s nothing like a road trip to stoke a fragile spark into a full-fledged fire.
  12. in conversation
    Catherine O’Hara on Her Career, Sexism in Comedy, and Her Favorite Impressions“I’ve been allowed to create my own characters and do my own writing and improvise and just create in such a free way,” says the Schitt’s Creek star.
  13. book excerpt
    ‘Imagine a Woman Like Barbara Walters … and I’m the New Bitch There’Jenny McCarthy on her year from hell on The View.
  14. stranger things
    Stranger Things Season 3 Trailer Proves Nothing Is Scarier Than Being a TeenagerOh yeah and there’s a monster, too.
  15. overnights
    The Act Recap: You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a SmileA series of spectacular moments concerning the fate of Gypsy’s teeth communicate her plight more effectively than mere recounting ever could.
  16. overnights
    The Act Season Premiere Recap: Under the PinkThe chilling saga of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard begins at the end, with the promise of a brutal but riveting journey ahead.
  17. overnights
    This Is Us Recap: What’s a Happily-Ever-After?Back in 1992, at a school dance, Jack believes things “are going to be effortless” for his kids. Oh Jack, you have no idea.
  18. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Recap: Catty and DogsFor the first time ever, no one wants to be on Lisa’s side, and it seems like her entire legacy on the show is being called into question.
  19. overnights
    Good Trouble Recap: Get Up, Stand UpTonight, everyone is standing up for who and what they believe in, Stef and Lena (they’re back!) included.
  20. casting
    Anya Taylor-Joy Will Play a Chess Master in New Series The Queen’s GambitFrom the creator of Netflix’s Godless.
  21. theranos
    A Deeply Creepy GIF Guide to HBO’s Elizabeth Holmes DocumentaryNot for the faint of heart. Or anybody who’s afraid of needles.
  22. tv review
    Mental Samurai Is a Game Show With Rob Lowe and a Giant Robot ArmYet somehow it isn’t must-watch TV.
  23. renewals
    HBO Wants Another Hit of High MaintenanceThe Guy will return for a fourth season.
  24. tv review
    Amy Schumer Is Growing But Not Sure What It All MeansThe comedian’s new Netflix special tackles pregnancy and illness, but it mostly sticks to the superficial.
  25. back from the dead
    Kit Harington Says Jon Snow’s ‘F*cking Terrifying’ Death Drove Him to Therapy“I had felt very unsafe, and I wasn’t talking to anyone.”
  26. spring preview
    Spring TV Preview: Fosse/Verdon, GOT, Veep and More Shows We Can’t Wait to WatchFrom returning faves like Veep to newbies like The Twilight Zone, don’t miss these shows once spring has sprung.
  27. last night on late night
    Thank Jordan Peele’s 9th Grade Class for Making Him the Horror Guru He Is TodayIf you went to school with Jordan Peele, please let us know what the story was.
  28. last night on late night
    Stephen Colbert Cancels Late Show New Zealand Trip Following Mosque Shootings“I pray with all my heart that they take action down there and have the courage to take action that we seem to lack up here in the United States.”
  29. overnights
    Vanderpump Rules Recap: Dead Dad’s ClubLala is not the only one to experience tragedy, she just seems to be the only who can’t experience empathy.
  30. the industry
    Crazy Rich Asians’ Remy Hii Joins Jane the Novela’s Wine-Soaked Love TriangleImagine Jane the Virgin, set in a Napa Valley vineyard. So many beautiful ruined outfits.
  31. plagiarism
    SNL Accused of Plagiarizing Two Sketches From New York Comedy GroupThe Temple Horses have lawyered up.
  32. trailer mix
    You’ll Go on an Interactive Adventure With Bear Grylls in Netflix’s You vs. WildPremiering April 10.
  33. vulture lists
    Every High Maintenance Episode, RankedFrom the web series to the HBO show, High Maintenance has told a ton of worthwhile stories.
  34. what the tuck
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11, Episode 3: We Have ThoughtsOn this episode of What the Tuck, hosts Matt Rogers and Mano Agapion are joined by Bowen Yang to break down episode three of season 11.
  35. good one podcast
    What’s It Like Writing for The Good Place?On this week’s Good One podcast, we broadcast The Good Place writers panel from Vulture Festival L.A.
  36. vulture lists
    Every Episode of Arrested Development, RankedSeason 5 does not fare well.
  37. last night on late night
    John Oliver Explores the Dark Side of Public Shaming With Monica LewinskyOliver also called out Jay Leno for his years of Lewinsky roasting.
  38. scams
    Lori Loughlin’s Hallmark Show Goes on ‘Creative Hiatus’“That process has already begun.”
  39. overnights
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Wedding Bell BluesThe combination of Eva’s wedding and the aftermath from the Bye Wig party does little to alleviate NeNe’s troubles. But the gowns
  40. true crime
    The Title of Donnie Wahlberg’s New Show Is Simultaneously Dumb and Very GoodIt’s the “Wahlburgers” of murder programming.
  41. overnights
    The Walking Dead Recap: Suffer the ChildrenMichonne and Daryl remind us why they top the list of characters still worth rooting for, in an episode that sets up a sprint to the season finale.
  42. overnights
    Billions Recap: You Gotta Pick SidesFour seasons in, and the adrenaline rush of the game continues to fuel our main players’ existences — but at some seriously crippling costs.
  43. overnights
    American Gods Recap: A Curious SpiritAn uninspiring episode doesn’t allay fears about the direction this season is going, but at least it contains some great performances.
  44. comedy v politics
    Live From Twitter, It’s Donald Trump Threatening SNL With Federal InvestigationsThe reruns were triggering.
  45. on comedy
    Stephen Colbert Fondly Recalls His ‘Terrible’ Late Show Start“My biggest fear was that people wouldn’t come back.”
  46. breaking bad
    Aaron Paul Is Too Casual About Whether We’ll Get a Breaking Bad MovieHe can’t play with us like this, it’s cruel.
  47. bachelor nation
    The Bachelor Really Isn’t Sorry for All That Virginity Nonsense“Is The Bachelor the poster child for overkill? Absolutely,” admits an ABC executive.
  48. bachelor nation
    ABC Admits They Wanted Hannah Brown’s ‘Hot Mess’ Bachelorette, Y’all“She came in and had nothing to lose.”
  49. overnights
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Recap: EncoresThe series heads into its final stretch with an episode that takes the characters back to where they started, to see what’s changed and what hasn’t.
  50. season renewals
    Starz Orders a Third Season of American GodsThe series will get yet another new showrunner.
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