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SundanceTV is making and celebrating television as distinctive as the best independent films. Working with today’s most remarkable talent, SundanceTV is attracting viewer and critical acclaim for its original scripted and unscripted series. Launched in 1996 and owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc., SundanceTV delivers on the spirit of founder Robert Redford’s mission to celebrate creativity.

Jared’s Blog: Cat Power Essay

Article: Jared’s Blog: Cat Power Essay

I think maybe the ghost of Eleanor Roosevelt is screwing with me, because there is just no way I can write an essay about this: “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” Nope. Not happening. Justice, injustice, all of it is just… Nuh-uh.

Double the Love: Game and Design Duo on “RECTIFY”

Article: Double the Love: Game and Design Duo on “RECTIFY”

John and Dan Bell (a.k.a. “The Bell Bros”) were already SundanceTV fans, but still RECTIFY newbies. After binging on the series, the Webby Award-winning game and design twins reflected on what made the series so addicting. Check out how they’ve doubled the love.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 4 Questions with “TV Guide” Critic Matt Roush

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 4 Questions with “TV Guide” Critic Matt Roush

THE APPROVAL MATRIX panelist, and TV Guide critic Matt Roush discusses over-sharing, Mad Men’s half-finale and his curiosity for Brad Pitt’s stories.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Golden Age of TV)

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Recapped and Revealed (Golden Age of TV)

As Neal Brennan and the crew made final preparations before the cameras started rolling for the first-ever episode of SundanceTV’s new series, THE APPROVAL MATRIX, “Big Jay” Oakerson, a comedian and friend of Neal’s, kept the crowd revved up by vamping with a slew of off-color jokes. Big Jay is typical low-brow brilliant. He skewered people in the audience for what they looked like, where they were from, what they do. Among his targets were a couple of college kids from Jersey, a middle-aged writer of erotic fiction, and an attractive blonde in the second row. No one was safe.

6 Questions With “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Executive Producer Michael Hirschorn

Article: 6 Questions With “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Executive Producer Michael Hirschorn

Executive producer of THE APPROVAL MATRIX, Michael Hirschorn, reveals the key ingredient to making a TV show, what it’s like to accept an award while wearing shorts, and who he thinks will surprise viewers the most on the show.

Q: How does The Approval Matrix TV show expand on the original New York magazine back-page grid? Any drastic changes to format?

A: I would say it’s quite different. The magazine’s back page is a quick, witty insider take on the week just past. The TV show uses the act of choosing where a pop culture person, place, or thing goes on the matrix to spark a smart and funny conversation about culture.

Q: What was the key to bringing the grid to life?

A: The key was giving everyone on the show the chance to say exactly where each item would go. We decided to turn each item into kind of a play block, like kids play with in kindergarten, so people could put them in nice stacks, place them where they wanted, or even have hissy fits and throw the blocks like 5 year-olds.

Q: What are you most excited about on the show?

How Criminal! Famous Guest Stars Who Went Bad on “Law & Order”

Article: How Criminal! Famous Guest Stars Who Went Bad on “Law & Order”

Guest stars in any TV series are important, but they’re even more so on Law & Order–without them there wouldn’t be anyone for the DAs and ADAs to grill! Below are some of the famous faces who have shown up specially to commit crimes. Who was the best at being bad?

Top Secrets from Our Nation’s Capital, According to Whisper

Article: Top Secrets from Our Nation’s Capital, According to Whisper

Go behind closed doors of Washington, D.C. as Whisper members share some more secrets.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 3 Questions with Comedian Whitney Cummings

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 3 Questions with Comedian Whitney Cummings

THE APPROVAL MATRIX premieres tonight, and featured panelist, comedian and actress Whitney Cummings gives us her short and sweet decisions on social media, re-framing Lowbrow, and uncensored celebrity.

10 Scandalous Secrets from L.A., According to Whisper

Article: 10 Scandalous Secrets from L.A., According to Whisper

Hollywood is just a part of this city, but Whisper member’s confessions here will definitely have you doing a double take.

Which “RECTIFY” Character Are You? The Results are In!

Article: Which “RECTIFY” Character Are You? The Results are In!

The “Which RECTIFY Character Are You” personality test has revealed that most SundanceTV viewers gravitate toward the odd ducks and passionate outsiders. 71% of you discovered an affinity with Amantha, Daniel and Bobby Dean, while just 29% found a little more in common with the straight arrows.

“THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Comedian Julie Klausner

Article: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”: 5 Questions with Comedian Julie Klausner

New York City-based author, podcaster, and comedy writer-performer Julie Klausner gives her advice to Millennials, admits her fear of James Franco’s genius, and knows exactly who she’d like to see uncensored.

Q: What social media platform encourages the most despicable lowbrow behavior and why?
 
A: Snapchat. Unless the kids have a new way of showing each other their private parts and I have yet to know about it. Put it away, Millennials!

Q: Which highbrow TV show had the most despicable jump-the-shark moment? What was it?
 
A: Oh, when Freddy, the “magical black man” character on House of Cards, got an offer for his rib shack to become a chain restaurant. That was the minute I gave up on House of Cards season two. Soon, they abandoned the Zoe death storyline, the deep web was forgotten except for that one guy’s guinea pig, and all that talk about a threeway was really just good old-fashioned gay sex that was commenced once Robin Wright gave her blessing. 
 
This is a tie with Homeland’s entire third season, with all the Brody torture and that time Carrie dipped out of a yoga class as a cover to act on behalf of Brody’s awful daughter. And then she gets caught at the end, and Javadi is like “You’re in good shape. Must be all that yoga.” MUST BE ALL THAT YOGA is not a thing a terrorist says!!!!! 
 
Q: Who is the most brilliant at reframing lowbrow behavior so it seems acceptable?

Double the Love: Twin Visual Artists on “RECTIFY”

Article: Double the Love: Twin Visual Artists on “RECTIFY”

RECTIFY’s often praised for how visually arresting it is so who better to reveal its appeals than Jennifer Smith Rogers and Shannon Smith Hughes, the talented painters, twins and co-owners of Anglin Smith Fine Art gallery?

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 208 (The Great Destroyer)

Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 208 (The Great Destroyer)

Daniel wakes up in George’s trailer and finds that Trey has left without him. He starts biking back to Georgia.

4 Ways to Get Ready for “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Premiere

Article: 4 Ways to Get Ready for “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Premiere

Here’s everything you need to get ready — get social, get inside, get visual, get ahead — before the premiere on Mon., Aug. 11 at 11/10c.

“THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Digital Extras Take You Deeper Into Story Every Week

Article: “THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Digital Extras Take You Deeper Into Story Every Week

Can't get enough of the mystery and intrigue that is THE HONORABLE WOMAN? Step right this way! We've got more interactive insider info plus just a few surprises for you.

Top 10 Chick Flicks About Food, Faith, Love And Travel

Article: Top 10 Chick Flicks About Food, Faith, Love And Travel

Want an excuse to laugh, cry, swoon and eat chocolate? Then go ahead and indulge with these guilty pleasure movies. The women on our list will make you feel things–all of them good.

6 Questions with “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Showrunner Rory Albanese

Article: 6 Questions with “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Showrunner Rory Albanese

SundanceTV’s new series, inspired by New York magazine’s pop culture roundup, is premiering Mon., Aug. 11 at 11/10c. To prep, we spoke to showrunner Rory Albanese (The Daily Show) about “showbiz,” working with host Neal Brennan and how it feels to win an Emmy.

Q: How does THE APPROVAL MATRIX show expand on the original New York magazine back-page grid?

A: Mainly because the original version is in a magazine and this one is on the TV. Also, this version is hosted by the hysterically funny and super duper brilliant Neal Brennan, and I don’t use the term “super duper” lightly.

Q: What are you most excited about on the show?

A: I’m most excited about the field pieces that I was a correspondent in. Because this will without a doubt be my one-way ticket to super duper fame and a lifestyle equivalent to that of Leonardo DiCaprio. In fact after these shows air, I’m guessing Leo and I will become best friends and spend all of our free time on yachts covered in models. Thank you, SundanceTV, for turning my life into one of riches and b*tches. (Apparently I use the term “super duper” more than I realized).

Q: How did you meet host Neal Brennan? What makes you a good team?

The Best Times to Lie, According to Whisper

Article: The Best Times to Lie, According to Whisper

Have you ever lied for a good reason? These Whisper members have. Read on for their best excuses, and then tune in to THE HONORABLE WOMAN on Thursdays 10/9c on SundanceTV for more tales of deception.

It’s Time for the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Article: It’s Time for the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” Sweeps

Are you a movie fanatic? Want the ultimate must-see checklist? SundanceTV is giving away five copies of "1001 Movies You Have to See Before You Die" to some lucky cinephiles. Find out how to enter.

Top 10 “Law & Order” Episodes Ripped From the Headlines

Article: Top 10 “Law & Order” Episodes Ripped From the Headlines

If you’ve ever been watching an episode of Law & Order and experiences a sense of deja vu, that’s probably because you already know the crime. While facts and outcomes might changed, Law & Order’s on-screen cases are sometimes ripped from the headlines about real-life crimes.

Jared’s Blog: “Real Relationship” Essay

Article: Jared’s Blog: “Real Relationship” Essay

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” is one of those things that’s been said so many times, by so many people, there’s pretty much no way to know who said it first–probably someone’s mom.

6 Questions with “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Host Neal Brennan

Article: 6 Questions with “THE APPROVAL MATRIX” Host Neal Brennan

The host of SundanceTV’s new series — inspired by New York magazine’s back page pop culture roundup — talks about some of the most surprising moments that happened during the shoot and his predilection for lowbrow brilliant news.

Q: What are you most excited about on the show?
A: I like all six episodes, but I’d say my little disagreement with Jon Stewart is interesting. Also, I told Willie Geist that he looks like a stock photo of a white person. So that was nice.

Q: How did you choose the topics that are featured on the episodes? Do you have a favorite?
A: Rory Albanese, Michael Hirschorn and I batted around a bunch. Ultimately, it’s what subjects could sustain a 45 minute discussion. My favorite [episode] is probably “America’s Hall Monitors” about the snitch culture pervading our glorious nation.

Q: How did you meet showrunner Rory Albanese? What makes you a good team?

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 207 (Weird As You)

Article: Songs from “Rectify” Episode 207 (Weird As You)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 207 (Weird As You)

Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 207 (Weird As You)

In a dream, Daniel stands in the forest and watches a scene unfold around a campfire. He’s joined by Trey and George.

Daniel borrows Jared’s bike from the garage and rides off.