TIME Television

Here’s What’s New on Netflix for September

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The streaming service is adding the latest seasons of popular TV shows like Scandal and The Walking Dead

Before TV’s fall season starts, you’ll be able to binge on the most recent seasons of some of your favorite shows on Netflix. Here are some highlights from Netflix’s new offerings this coming month:

Scandal Season 3

Available: Now

Upcoming: Season 4 premieres on ABC on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. EST

Sherlock Season 3

Available: Now

Upcoming: Season 4 premieres on PBS at a time still TBD

Parenthood Season 5

Available: Now

Upcoming: Season 6 premieres on NBC on Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. EST

Once Upon a Time Season 3

Available: Aug. 29

Upcoming: Season 4 premieres on ABC on Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. EST

Revenge Season 3

Available: Aug. 29

Upcoming: Season 4 premieres on ABC Sept. 28 and 10 p.m. EST

Bones Season 9

Available: Sept. 16

Upcoming: Season 10 premieres on CBS on Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. EST

New Girl Season 3

Available: Sept. 16

Upcoming: Season 4 premieres on Fox on Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. EST

Parks and Recreation Season 5

Available: Sept. 26

Upcoming: Season 6 premieres on NBC at a time still TBD

The Walking Dead Season 4

Available: Sept. 29

Upcoming: Season 5 premieres on AMC on Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. EST

Portlandia Season 4

Available: Nov. 1

Upcoming: Season 5 premiers on IFC at a time still TBD

TIME Food

Mozzarella Is the Best Pizza Cheese, According to Science

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Pizza Fabio Sabatini—Getty Images/Flickr Open

No word yet on the best topping

Mozzarella is the best pizza cheese because it melts, bubbles and browns better than any other cheese, according to a new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Food Science, titled “Qualification of Pizza Baking Properties of Difference Cheese and Their Correlation with Cheese Functionality.”

Researchers in New Zealand compared pizzas using mozzarella, cheddar, Edam and Gruyere cheese using software specifically designed to measure browning, blistering and oil. Mozzarella, they found, was stretchier than other cheese, which allowed bigger bubbles to form when water evaporated from the pizza. And since mozzarella isn’t as oily or as filled with moisture as, say, Gruyere, it browned more easily.

The scientists concluded that these factors make mozzarella the most appealing to both the eye and the taste buds.

 

TIME Soccer

Parents File Concussion Lawsuit Against FIFA, U.S. Soccer and Youth Soccer

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Argentina's midfielder Javier Mascherano (R) clashes heads with Netherlands' midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum resulting in Mascherano being taken off during the semi-final football match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Netherlands and Argentina at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014. Gabriel Bouys—AFP/Getty Images

The plaintiffs want to change soccer's rules to limit headers and increase substitutions

A group of American parents filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday against six national and international soccer organizations they claim have mishandled concussion treatment at all levels of play. The plaintiffs are not seeking financial damages, but rather they hope to change the rules of the sport to better protect both children and professional players from injury.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, levies negligence charges against U.S. Soccer, the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), U.S. Youth Soccer, U.S. Club Soccer, the California Youth Soccer Association and FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. The plaintiffs say the organizations have done little to detect and treat head injuries even though they have been aware of the medical community’s years-long calls for change.

The suit seeks an injunction that would fundamentally change the way soccer is played. Currently, professional soccer leagues only allow three substitutions per game. Under the proposed new rules, professional leagues would add temporary substitutions during which an injured player could be examined for concussion symptoms. Parents also believe the rules should be changed in youth leagues so that children under 17 would only be allowed to head the ball a certain number of times per week.

FIFA is far from the first professional sports league to be sued for mishandling concussions: The National Football League, the National Hockey League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are all currently involved in head injury litigation. Following football and hockey, the suit argues that soccer players are among the athletes most susceptible to concussions: nearly 50,000 high school soccer players suffered concussions in 2010 alone, more than in baseball, basketball, softball and wrestling combined. And two major head injuries at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil—one dealt to Argentina’s Javier Mascherano and the other to Germany’s Christoph Kramer—have helped propel the case forward.

“There is an epidemic of concussion injuries in soccer at all levels around the world, including in the United States, from youth to professionals, from elite players to children playing for the first time, women and men, girls and boys,” the suit says. “FIFA presides over this epidemic, and is one of its primary causes.”

TIME Television

Watch Homer Simpson Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

D'oh!

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Homer Simpson is jumping on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon.

The clip parodies the movement that’s dominated social media in recent weeks, in which people dump ice water on themselves to raise money and awareness for research into ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Homer dumps a tiny cup of water on himself and pretends to suffer: “But it was all worth it to raise awareness for ALS.” But then his kids raise the stakes, finding something a bit more frigid to dump on Homer.

TIME Culture

Is It Really a ‘Wonderful Time’ to Be a Woman on TV?

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Actress Julianna Margulies accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for 'The Good Wife' on stage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. Mark Davis/NBC—NBC via Getty Images

Julianna Margulies' Emmys acceptance speech reminds us that women still have a long way to go on TV

When The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama last night, she gushed, “What a wonderful time for women on television!” Yes and no, Julianna. Yes and no.

On the one hand, the competition in Margulies’ category was fierce — and it didn’t even include the many talented ladies on Orange Is the New Black. And yet, a number of incidents during the rest of the awards show indicate that the TV industry — though it may be kinder to women than the film industry — still has a long way to go.

There were two moments in particular that made me squirm during the broadcast: the first was when Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara was literally placed on a pedestal to distract from the obligatory boring speech by the chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Critics rightly reacted with outrage. To quote my colleague Sarah Begley: “Maybe it benefits women like Vergara to play along with jokes like this, but there’s no excuse for the Academy to engage in such a blatantly sexist trope. It does a disservice to Vergara’s skills as an actress and comedian to pretend — even in a self-conscious way — like she’s just a body. Sure, it was self-aware – but a self-aware wink doesn’t work like a get-out-of-jail-free card.”

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Sofia Vergara, left, and Television Academy CEO Bruce Rosenblum speak on stage at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Vince Bucci—Invision/AP

And then there was Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech. When he thanked his writers (who won last week for Writing in a Variety Series), he said, “I’m so proud of those guys — and one woman.” When the audience began to laugh, he shrugged and said, “Sorry for that, for some reason.” I want to give Colbert the benefit of the doubt: the network the Colbert Report is on, Comedy Central, has actually been working hard to promote funny women on its network as of late, including Amy Schumer and the ladies of Broad City. (Even Drunk History has been highlighting some little-known kick-ass women.) But his nonchalant joke does touch on the sad fact that the gender gap persists in the television industry: the Writers Guild of America published a report in June that showed women made up just 27% of all TV writers in 2012 and were paid 92 for every dollar earned by male writers.

And it’s not just writing where women are underrepresented: only 26% of the Emmy nominees this year were female. The problem was most acute among the prestige dramas, where the shows actually expected to have a chance at taking home the big prize this year — Breaking Bad and True Detective — didn’t have any women competing in the lead actress category. NPR writer Linda Holmes perhaps said it most succinctly when she tweeted last night:

The drama roles women are nominated for usually involve them being someone’s wife (Robin Wright in House of Cards, Julianna Margulies in The Good Wife, and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey) or mistress (Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex, Claire Danes in Homeland, Kerry Washington in Scandal). It may be a little unfair to boil down many of these empowered characters — lawyers, scientists and CIA operatives — to these categorizations: The Good Wife’s title is meant ironically after all. But “wife” or “girlfriend” continues to be an essential descriptor for these characters in a way that isn’t true of their male counterparts. As I wrote last year, all of TV’s strongest female characters seem to share one infuriating flaw: they excel at their jobs until they make some terrible decision because of a man. Their main struggle isn’t with duty or morality, as with the nuanced characters that earned Best Actor nominations: it’s about overcoming their hormones to make the right decision.

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Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Award for Veep (Episode: “Crate”), poses in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt—Getty Images

It’s not all doom and gloom for women. In comedy, women like Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling and even Lena Dunham (no matter what you think of Girls) are getting to play more interesting, complicated roles than were available for women just a few years ago. Those three shows don’t feel the need to shine the spotlight on the male characters, when it’s clear that the women are the true stars.

And older women are getting their moment on television, proving that turning 40 in Hollywood is no longer a death sentence. Actresses over 40 dominated the nominations, and that same age bracket won in all the major categories. (Julianna Margulies, Anna Gunn, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Allison Janney took home the women’s acting awards).

Things are even looking up behind the camera. Last night, Moira Walley-Beckett won an Emmy for her Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias,” which was arguably the best, most haunting hour of television in the last year. Walley-Beckett became the first solo woman to win the award in the Drama category since 1994 — all other women who have won since then co-wrote episodes with men. As I wrote earlier, the woman’s touch was just what the testosterone-fueled show needed to add a bit of heart at the end of the season: it raised the emotional stakes when Walter kidnapped his daughter from his wife, Skyler. Even as shows about anti-hero men like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Dexter come to a close, a new crop of similar shows seem to be emerging: The Knick, Ray Donovan and House of Cards, to name a few. If we have to live in a world where almost all of the prestige dramas are about “Difficult Men,” shows where women usually play second fiddle, then let it be a world where a woman has an Emmy on her shelf for penning the best episode in that genre.

So yes, Julianna, there’s a lot to celebrate. But TV still has a long way to go: let’s not confuse “good” with “wonderful.”

TIME Culture

Sofia Vergara Blasts Critics Who Called Her Emmys Skit ‘Sexist’

She says they have "no sense of humor"

At the Emmys on Monday night, Sofia Vergara participated in what many critics called a sexist gag. The Modern Family actress posed on a slowly rotating pedestal — like the ones used to show off cars — that displayed her curves in full for the audience as president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum gave a dull speech. He ended the bit by saying, “What truly matters is that we never forget that our success is based on always giving the viewer something compelling to watch.”

Critics condemned the sketch as sexist. “It does a disservice to Vergara’s skills as an actress and comedian to pretend — even in a self-conscious way — like she’s just a body,” Sarah Begley wrote in TIME. “Sure, it was self-aware – but a self-aware wink doesn’t work like a get-out-of-jail-free card.”

But Vergara defended the skit to Entertainment Weekly after the show. “I think its absolutely the opposite [of demeaning]. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this—I know who she was—who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit.”

Vergara didn’t say who she thought “started” the criticism. But it seems like critiques from fans, celebrities and writers hit Twitter immediately as the skit began:

 

TIME Television

Watch Jimmy Kimmel Roast Matthew McConaughey at the Emmys

"I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed"

 

Jimmy Kimmel said what everyone was thinking during his Emmys monologue: we’re all sick of hearing Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech. “I mean alright, alright, alright already,” he said.

It’s true that it was strange to see McConaughey at the Emmys — what is he even doing on TV, anyway? He already won an Oscar this year. He doesn’t even own a television, as Kimmel pointed out: “I happen to know for a fact that he traded his television for a conch shell full of weed.”

Yes, McConaughey doesn’t look like he should be on TV; he has the face of a movie star. Kimmel asked the cameras to pan to a “television face” for comparison and picked out Ricky Gervais. “Not even really a television face — it’s a Netflix face.” Ouch.

Watch up top.

TIME Television

The Cast of Orange Is the New Black Took a Party Bus to the Emmys

Luckily, it looked a lot more fun than a prison shuttle

Some members of the cast of Orange Is the New Black headed to the Emmys in style — on a party bus! Let’s hope that they sang songs together, like they did in the episode when the prisoners were forced to have a sleepover in the same room.

The Netflix show Instagrammed the trip:

And Yeal Stone ceded her usual driving responsibilities to take selfies with and pictures of her fellow cast members:

Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black has 12 nominations tonight for its first season; the show already won three Creative Arts Emmys at an earlier ceremony.

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Sarah Silverman Brought Liquid THC to the Emmys

She put her clutch to good use

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Silverman says she doesn’t drink, but she’s managed to find other ways to keep herself entertained at tonight’s Emmy Awards. On the red carpet, Silverman retrieved what she said was liquid THC from her purse, showing it to an E! correspondent. When she was interviewed by NBC, she said that she had brought marijuana.

Silverman was nominated this year for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special for the HBO Comedy Special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles but lost to The Colbert Report.

TIME Culture

Lena Dunham’s New Book Takes You Inside Her Therapy Sessions

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Actress Lena Dunham arrives at Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on August 23, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) Jon Kopaloff—FilmMagic

The New Yorker excerpted Dunham's upcoming book

The New Yorker premiered the first excerpt from Lena Dunham’s upcoming memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, on Monday. Fans of the Girls creator and star knew before that she had struggled with mental health problems: her character’s O.C.D. on the show is based on her own personal experiences. But it looks like Dunham’s new book will give readers their first insight into the details of her therapy sessions.

“The germophobia morphs into hypochondria morphs into sexual anxiety morphs into the pain and angst that accompany entry into middle school,” Dunham writes. She unpacks her many problems in various therapist’ offices, at school, with her parents and even in hushed tones over the phone with a therapist when lying next to a boy in bed.

Dunham invites us, once again, to psychoanalyze her work. Whether it’s in print of on TV, she tempts audiences to judge her and moves defiantly forward when we do. I suppose she’s trying to teach us all a lesson.

[The New Yorker]

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