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Emma Dibdin

Entertainment Editor at Hearst Digital Media

New York, NY

Emma Dibdin

London-born writer, author, and entertainment journalist specializing in television, film, podcasts and storytelling of all kinds.

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Krysten Ritter Is the Face of Female Vengeance

There has always been rage simmering at the heart of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, a superhero story that is also a nuanced exploration of trauma survival. But that anger feels magnified in the show’s newly-released second season, and Krysten Ritter is clear about why. “Jessica was always a handful, and pretty pissy,” Ritter acknowledges, “but her anger is resonating more now than it did in Season 1, because of what’s going on in the real world.
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The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.
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Don't Confuse Justin Hartley With the Actor He Plays on TV

Justin Hartley already knew his This Is Us character was polarizing, but a recent encounter really brought home how much audiences are split on Kevin Pearson. “Some guy walked up to me and goes, ‘Hey, my wife thinks you’re a good-looking guy. I think you’re an asshole,’” Hartley tells me. “I go ‘Oh.
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TV's Most Beloved Dead Man Walking

Milo Ventimiglia goes deep on Jack Pearson's death in This Is Us.
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Darren Criss Has Never Wanted To Be Ordinary

The star of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story explains how he found humanity in the sociopathic killer he plays on TV.
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The Attorney Who Wrote the "Inclusion Rider" Breaks It Down First Hand

“I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: Inclusion rider.”. That’s how Frances McDormand concluded her acceptance speech for the Best Actress Oscar last night, during which she asked every female nominee in the room to stand with her in solidarity. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she said.
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Toby Isn't Charming on This Is Us. He’s Annoying and Manipulative.

Like any self-respecting This Is Us fan, I’ve spent the last month or so re-watching the show’s first 18 episodes in anticipation of season two. And though he's improved over time, he's got a long way to go before he's as charming as he, or the show, thinks he is. Through the first half of season one, I’m legitimately amazed that we’re meant to be rooting for this guy as Kate’s love interest, because he's established as a selfish, emotionally manipulative boyfriend who love-bombs Kate into believing he’s everything she wants.
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Robin Wright Should Have Been the House of Cards Lead a Long Time Ago

When news first broke that production on the sixth season of House of Cards had been suspended, following an allegation of sexual misconduct against its star Kevin Spacey, the reaction on my Twitter feed was fairly unanimous. Though the breadth of Spacey’s predatory history had not yet been reported, many were already speculating about his future on the show, and making variations on the same request: Kill off Frank Underwood, and make Robin Wright’s Claire the new lead.
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Who Should Star in the Fire and Fury TV Series?

T he day has finally come. While the 2016 election is already made its way to the small screen via a couple of speedy adaptations—a miniseries from the Zero Dark Thirty team and the last season of American Horror Story—we’d all been waiting on tenterhooks for the inevitable Trump White House movie to be greenlit.
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The Golden Globes Has 1400 Guests. Here's How They Decide Where to Put Them.

Every year, the official start of awards season is heralded by the Golden Globes, one of the few award ceremonies that celebrates movies and television in the same room. That fact alone makes the Globes a uniquely challenging show to plan and execute—in the Peak TV era, there’s more competition than ever for recognition, and more A-list stars appearing on the small screen.
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The Punisher Is an Effective Horror Story About the American Military

“You have nothing but a war inside you,” Frank Castle is told midway through The Punisher. There’s a clumsy poetry to this line, delivered by a drunk and belligerent friend (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). It sums up precisely why Castle, played with soulful conviction by Jon Bernthal, is a tragic figure and not a vigilante badass to root for, a veteran who has simply traded one war for another.
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Rachel Brosnahan Consumes "Lots and Lots and Lots of Coffee" to Get Into Character for Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

On television, the phrase “1950s housewife” calls to mind multiple stereotypes: at best, a Stepford perfectionist; at worst, a depressive, neglected beauty in the Betty Draper mold. The title character of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the newest show from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is neither.
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About

Emma Dibdin

I'm a lifelong writer and pop culture nerd, and feel endlessly grateful to have a job that combines both. Since moving to New York from London two years ago, I've spent a lot of time brewing coffee, writing fiction, and covering the ever-broadening selection of Peak TV – all while fighting a one-woman war against the culinary tyranny of cilantro.

My first novel The Room By The Lake is out now in the UK.