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The latest fright from Stephen King: 'Castle Rock'




Sissy Spacek and Andre Holland are in the cast of the Hulu series,
Sissy Spacek and Andre Holland are in the cast of the Hulu series, "Castle Rock," which is based on familiar Stephen King characters and locales.
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Here's today's lineup:

Making old Stephen King pieces into something new

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There have been countless adaptations of Stephen King's books and stories over the years, but the new Hulu series, "Castle Rock," is something different. Set in the fictional Maine town that plays an important role in many of King's works (including "The Dead Zone," "Cujo," and "Needful Things"), the series uses familiar King characters, locations and themes to create an original story. The 10-episode series focuses on Henry Deaver (André Holland), a Texas death row attorney and Castle Rock native who returns to town when a young man (Bill Skarsgard) is discovered in a cage in Shawshank Prison. The show's co-creators, Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, spoke with The Frame host John Horn about getting King's blessing for the series and how they kept both mega-fans and King neophytes in mind when creating "Castle Rock."

Song Exploder: Neko Case dissects 'Last Lion of Albion'

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On the Song Exploder podcast, Hrishikesh Hirway gets musical artists to break down a particular song of theirs. On today's episode, singer/songwriter Neko Case talks about a song from her latest album, "Hell-On." Albion is one of the oldest names for the island of Great Britain, and it was while she was in England that this song first began.

She isn't your granddad's Batwoman

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The announcement that Ruby Rose will portray Batwoman in the CW's Arrow-verse has many fans ecstatic to see an out lesbian actress play an out lesbian character. But there's also been some nasty backlash, even from within the LGBT — enough to force Rose off Twitter. LGBT characters are making more and more appearances in recent years, but for decades they were banned from comic books. For a look at the controversy of gay comic book characters throughout the years, John Horn talks with Ramzi Fawaz, assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of "The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics.”