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Ben Travers

TV Critic

Ben Travers is the New York-based TV Critic and Deputy Editor at IndieWire, where he’s been writing reviews, analyzing industry trends, and interviewing key figures since 2014. He is the 2021 winner for Best Entertainment Commentary at the Southern California Journalism Awards, and a 2020 finalist for Best TV Critic at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Ben helped launch IndieWire’s Consider This series, which advocates for each year’s most deserving awards contenders, and he was on set for “Veep’s” final day of filming. (Seeing Julia Louis-Dreyfus eviscerate another human being live, in person, changed him forever.) A lifelong student of Sylvester Stallone and more-recent scholar of “The Leftovers,” “Better Things,” and “BoJack Horseman,” he is also an experienced moderator, having led conversations for the Television Academy, Screen Actors Guild, PaleyFest, SXSW, ATX TV Festival, and San Diego Comic-Con (at Hall H, in front of 6,000 screaming fans). Prior to joining IndieWire, Ben served as an editor and critic at PopMatters, as well as a production assistant on major motion pictures. He holds degrees in journalism and cinema from the University of Iowa. He loves puns, baseball, black coffee, and soft sweatshirts. Follow him on Twitter @BenTTravers and Instagram @BenTravers5

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Bill Camp and Elizabeth Marvel Innocent
The biggest red herring in David E. Kelley's monotonous mystery is casting Renate Reinsve in the original film's most thankless role, only to give her the same shallow treatment yet again.
'The Boys' Season 4 stars Anthony Starr as Homelander and Cameron Crovetti as Ryan, his son, shown here walking down the street
A World Full of Killing and Blood Spilling
Eric Kripke's action-satire returns as bloody and bold as ever, but the latest battle between average Americans and an encroaching fascism feels all the more dour in these trying times.
'House of the Dragon' Season 2 stars Matt Smith as Daemon, shown here sitting on a stump wearing a suit of armor
Dead Boy Objectives
Ryan Condal and George R.R. Martin's hit "Game of Thrones" prequel still feels like its merely biding time between battles in the first half of a fiendish, flickering second season.
Three people sit courtside at an LA Clippers game in a still from 'Clipped,' the FX series: Jacki Weaver as Shelley Sterling, Ed O’Neill as Donald Sterling, Cleopatra Coleman as V Stiviano
Go Celtics
In retelling recent history, creator and showrunner Gina Welch starts off by gleefully skewering Donald Sterling before closing with a savage slam on the broader system that supported him.
'Maude' stars Bea Arthur, shown here sitting at a kitchen table holding a cup of coffee
ATX TV Festival
In the heart of Texas, ATX TV Festival staged a live reading of "Maude's Dilemma" — wherein Bea Arthur's beloved character decides to get an abortion — as part of a closing night tribute to the late, legendary TV producer.
SUITS stars Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross, shown here standing side by side on a city street wearing coats
ATX TV Festival
Stars Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, and more gathered to celebrate their show's success — in the present and the past — in an extended discussion about what it takes to make TV that lasts.
IATSE, which represents projectionists, picketed the theater after accusing the club of bargaining in bad faith.
ATX TV Festival
Speaking at the ATX TV Festival, Dulé Hill, Greg Iwinski, and Beau Willimon discussed how the successful WGA and SAG strikes are helping members — and what's still left to be done.
Bridgerton. (L to R) Florence Hunt as Hyacinth Bridgerton, Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton in episode 301 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2024
"Bridgerton" returns to chase viewership immortality, while Netflix tempts you with questionable binges of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Dexter."
'For All Mankind' Season 4, shows a man in a blue spacesuit, smiling, on the surface of Mars
ATX Television Festival
Production designers, cinematographers, and more TV creators discussed the pros and cons of generative artificial intelligence at the ATX Television Festival on Saturday afternoon.
Industry Season 3 stars Myha'la as Harper, shown here standing on a bridge on the phone
ATX TV Festival
After the Season 3 premiere screened to gasps and applause at the ATX TV Festival, co-creators Konrad Kay and Mickey Down prepared audiences for what's next.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 06: Mike Flanagan attends Netflix's The Midnight Club at New York Comic Con on October 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images for Netflix)
ATX TV Festival
Speaking at the ATX TV Festival, the writer-director discussed a few studio notes on his just-announced "Exorcist" movie, as well as the indie Stephen King adaptation he's hoping to sell this fall.
Lulu Wang wearing a blazer and sunglasses, shown here in black-and-white with a bright pink backdrop and a yellow outline
IndieWire Honors
Wang, who will receive the Crossover Award for her entrance into the TV space at this year's IndieWire Honors, pairs complex explorations of character with a bold filmmaking vision: "In addition to challenging perspectives, we're challenging forms."
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