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Top 15 Shows and Episodes of 2018

December 27, 2018 by  
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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a lot of TV. A lot. Close to 500 scripted shows, in fact. That’s made these “end of year” lists absolutely brutal.

So here are a few caveats:

1) This is a hybrid list of the best episodes and shows I watched this year. My rules were I could only have one overlap with show and episode (which also happens to be my personal pick for best show/episode of the year) and I couldn’t pick a show if I hadn’t finished every episode that aired in 2018. (That also means shows I really have been enjoying like KIDDING and ESCAPE FROM DANNEMORA aren’t on the list. There just are not enough hours in the day.)

2) Given the sheer amount of TV, it’s quite possible/probable your favorite isn’t represented here. I’m sorry! But feel free to let me know what particularly excited you this year in the comments.

That being said, here is the list (in alphabetical order)…

Top 15 Shows and Episodes of 2018

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CASTLE ROCK Season 1 Finale: Dustin Thomason on That Mysterious Smile, Timelines, and Season 2

September 14, 2018 by  
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CASTLE ROCK Season 1 Finale — “Romans” – Episode 110 – Some birds can be caged. Bill Skarsgard and Henry Deaver (Andre Holland), shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu)

[This post contains spoilers for the first season of CASTLE ROCK.]

CASTLE ROCK’s first season ended with a number of questions…and a whole lot of possibilities for where the series could go next.

Details of the already-ordered second season are being kept under lock and key, but a potential tease was dropped in a mid-credits sequence: Jackie Torrance (Jane Levy), niece of “The Shining’s” driven-mad Jack, mentioned she was westward bound to the Overlook Hotel, the location of  the 1977 novel.

But certainly if the writers don’t go down that road, there were enough lingering threads they could return to in the next installment of the anthology series. The penultimate episode of the season opened up the possibility of multiple universes (and timelines)…and the final shot of The Kid (Bill Skarsgård) smirking was just vague enough to go practically anywhere.

So how did the pieces of the puzzle fall into place? And what comes next? CASTLE ROCK co-showrunner Dustin Thomason shared a few teases about what went down and what’s to come…

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Did CASTLE ROCK’s Finale Tease the Season 2 Theme?

September 12, 2018 by  
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Castle Rock — “Severance” — Episode 102 — Henry gets a new client at Shawshank Prison. Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) and Jackie (Jane Levy), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the CASTLE ROCK finale and a well-known Stephen King book. The title of the King book itself is a spoiler, but is named in the post with an additional warning before the plot information starts. It may also contain spoilers for CASTLE ROCK season 2, but it’s speculation at this point.] Read more

CASTLE ROCK: Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason on Getting the Tone Right in a Stephen King Adaptation

August 29, 2018 by  
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Castle Rock — Episode 105 – A stranger comes to town; Castle Rock honors Sheriff Pangborn. Henry Deaver (Andre Holland), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

With more than four decades of material to play with, Stephen King’s various novels and stories are continuously being adapted. (Since 2017, the list includes films THE DARK TOWER, IT, GERALD’S GAME, and 1922, while MR. MERCEDES just started its second season on television.) Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK is a bit of an abnormality, because while the series shares a character directly from King’s world (and it’s set in one of his most famous fictional locations), the story is an original one.

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CASTLE ROCK: ‘Past Perfect’ Photos

August 28, 2018 by  
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After last week’s gut-wrenching episode, CASTLE ROCK is back this week…with more insanity.

In “Past Perfect,” a couple of newbies arrive in town. And, frankly, they are creepy, creepy, creepy.

Check out some photos from the hour…

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Castle Rock -- "Past Perfect" - Episode 108 - Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock, Henry follows a clue. Shown: Mark Harelick (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu)

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CASTLE ROCK: ‘The Queen’ is the Best Hour of the Series So Far

August 22, 2018 by  
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Castle Rock — “The Queen” – Episode 107 – Memories haunt Ruth Deaver. Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek) and Bill Skarsgard, shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu)

[This post contains light spoilers for the August 21 episode of CASTLE ROCK.]

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CASTLE ROCK: ‘The Queen’ Photos

August 20, 2018 by  
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What happened to Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek)?

In the last episode of the newly-renewed CASTLE ROCK, the mysteriously bloody The Kid (Bill Skarsgård) seemingly caused mayhem in the Deaver home…and Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn) couldn’t find his long-time love.

Of course, The Kid has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alan’s life: the former sheriff saw the young man in the trunk of Shawshank Prison boss Dale Lacy’s (Terry O’Quinn) car, and let Dale lock him away for years. (Still unexplained is how The Kid managed to not age over all of the years he was held captive.)

In Wednesday’s episode, “The Queen,” Ruth spends some quality time with The Kid. Check out some photos from the hour…

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Castle Rock -- "The Queen" - Episode 107 - Memories haunt Ruth Deaver. Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek), shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu)

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CASTLE ROCK Renewed by Hulu

August 14, 2018 by  
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Castle Rock –“Severance” – Episode 101 — Sissy Spacek and Andre Holland. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

CASTLE ROCK will return for a second season, Hulu announced. The sixth episode of the current cycle will debut on Wednesday, August 15.

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CASTLE ROCK: ‘Harvest’ Photos

August 7, 2018 by  
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In Wednesday’s new episode CASTLE ROCK, a mysterious stranger shows up. And, given it’s Castle Rock, that can only mean good things, right? (Spoiler alert: The odds of it going well are very, very slim.)

Check out some photos from “Harvest”…

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Castle Rock -- "Harvest" - Episode 105 - A stranger comes to town; Castle Rock honors Sheriff Pangborn. Alan Pangborn (Scott Glenn), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

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CASTLE ROCK: ‘The Box’ Photos

August 1, 2018 by  
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After releasing three episodes of CASTLE ROCK at once, Hulu is now pushing out the remaining hours weekly.

First up, “The Box.” In the episode, “Henry prepares for his day in court; a coffin arrives in Castle Rock. Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) shown.”

Check out some photos from the hour being released on August 1!

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CASTLE ROCK -- "The Box" - Episode 104 - Henry prepares for his day in court; a coffin arrives in Castle Rock. Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) shown. (Photo by: Claire Folger/Hulu)

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CASTLE ROCK: Melanie Lynskey on Molly’s Secrets

July 31, 2018 by  
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CASTLE ROCK — “Habeas Corpus” – Episode 102 – Henry gets a new client at Shawshank Prison. Molly Strand (Melanie Lynskey) shown. (Photo by: Seacia Pavao/Hulu)

[Warning: Light spoilers for the first three episodes of CASTLE ROCK.]

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CASTLE ROCK: Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason on the Draw of Small Town Stories, Stephen King’s Blessing

July 27, 2018 by  
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CASTLE — Andre Holland and Sissy Spacek. (Credit: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

Long before writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason co-created Hulu’s new drama CASTLE ROCK, they fell in love with Stephen King-like stories. (Their new series is set in the King multiverse, as they revisit what is going on now in the fictional town of Castle Rock.)

“I’ve always loved—I think we both have—stories of strange happenings in small towns,” Shaw shared with reporters in the video below. (Shaw is also a huge TWIN PEAKS fan who went viral after he wore a one-of-a-kind jacket to that show’s revival premiere.) “And just stories about secrets that lurk behind picket fences. In this case, the picket fence has been gone for a long time in Castle Rock…to a certain extent, I think we’ve always been obsessed with stories about the dysfunction of small towns.” Read more

CASTLE ROCK: Bill Skarsgård on Diving Back into the Stephen King Universe

July 24, 2018 by  
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Castle Rock — Bill Skarsgård, shown. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

Bill Skarsgård made a splash when he played Pennywise in 2017’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, and he didn’t stray far in the aftermath. Skarsgård plays a vital—and mysterious—role in Hulu’s CASTLE ROCK, an original drama based on the terrifying town that played a key role in many of King’s stories.

But understandably, Skarsgård was initially a bit hesitant about signing on to another King project so close to IT. “I was a little bit reluctant to [join the show]—everything was very secretive about this project,” Skarsgård told reporters before the show’s Comic-Con panel. “I was reluctant because I was like, I had just done something in that world, and I don’t know how that interferes with that IT narrative. But as soon as they allowed me to read the pilot, that all changed. I fell in love with the show; I thought it was an amazingly strong pilot. I met Sam [Shaw] and Dusty [Thomason], the writers, and just loved those guys, so at that point it was, ‘I’m in. I really want to do this.'”

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CASTLE ROCK at Comic-Con: Live-Blog

July 20, 2018 by  
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With CASTLE ROCK just one week away from debuting, the cast and creative team hit up Comic-Con to tease the new Hulu series. Follow along for our live-blog! Read more

Comic-Con 2018: Warner Bros. Reveals Bags and Pins for the ARROWVERSE Shows, SUPERNATURAL, CASTLE ROCK, and More

July 10, 2018 by  
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One of the best annual Comic-Con traditions is back: the Warner Bros.-branded convention bags!

This year, WB has 18 different bag options (ARROW, BLACK LIGHTNING, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, THE FLASH, KRYPTON, SUPERGIRL, SUPERNATURAL, CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, CASTLE ROCK, DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS, CONSTANTINE: CITY OF DEMONS, and films AQUAMAN, FANTASTIC BEATS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, THE MEG, and TEEN TITANS GO! TO THE MOVIES, plus two bags for DC Entertainment), with pins representing Arrow, Aquaman, Batman, Black Lightning, Catwoman, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Joker, Martian Manhunter, Nightwing, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

Check out many of the available bags and pins!

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