For our September issue, photographer Emily Shur took some awesome shots of comedians Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani. Not all of them could fit into the magazine, but we want you to see them anyway because, well, they’re just that rad.

Click here to see more outtakes from this shoot.

And read the full piece: Two Comedians (And Totally Unqualified Critics) Preview the New TV Season

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Despite its 4×3, standard def, aughties feel, The Wire’s lo-fi grit continues to attract fans who rabidly proclaim its praises.

It’s hot out there in these streets. That’s why we’re hooking you up with a good excuse to lay low in your living room.

This is WIRED’s summer binge-watching guide to The Wire:

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of MST3K’s national debut, WIRED presents an oral history of the greatest talk-back show ever made. It all begins in the late ’60s in rural Wisconsin, where there was this guy named Joel, not too different from you or me …

MOREMystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

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Yelp: the “Game of Thrones” edition

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Two things that seem highly unbelievable yet are totally true: Somehow, Dancing with the Stars is about to begin its 17th season, and when it does, one of the dancing competitors will be Bill Nye. Yes, everyone’s favorite television “science guy” (all due respect to Neil deGrasse Tyson) will compete against 11 other celebrities in the popular dancing reality show, and hopefully, he’ll be wearing his trademark bow-ties. As Nye explained in a blog post today, it’s all in the name of science — and for the love of space:

In order for us to carry out our mission to get the world — our world — excited about and supportive of space exploration, we need to engage people everywhere. The show is watched by millions. I’ll be there as your CEO of The Planetary Society and a student of Carl Sagan. Buzz Aldrin appeared on this show three years ago.

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Space fans have been waiting a long time for a sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking documentary series Cosmos — 33 years, to be exact. Next year they’ll finally get that long-awaited follow-up, and it’ll be hosted by everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which will air on Fox in 2014, is meant to take the groundwork of Sagan’s brilliant 1980 series and expand it for modern audiences. It will also, according to Tyson, build on that show’s ability to be more than just a televised science book.

“[Cosmos] spent time learning—exploring—how to make science matter to you, as a human being, as a citizen, as a species with the capacity to reflect on its own existence. And those kind of messages are timeless,” Tyson told reporters following a screening of the documentary at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “They’re layered onto whatever is the science of the day, but it’s the science of the day that gives us knowledge about how to think about our place in the universe.”

[MORE: Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Long-Awaited Cosmos Sequel Tells ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’]

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Do women like Game of Thrones? Depends on whether you consult the articles people write on the subject, or the actual demographic data, since they often come to very different conclusions. Shortly after the the 2011 debut of HBO’s medieval drama, a scathing New York Times review dismissed the series as “boy fiction” and inexplicably suggested that the show was oversexualized (mostly using naked women) “out of a justifiable fear, perhaps, that no woman alive would watch otherwise.” More recently, Thrillist posted an insulting article called “Why Your Girl Hates Game of Thrones” whose reasons included ”[women] hate gross things,” “it’s hard to follow,” and “it reminds [women] of the kids that used to play magic [sic] cards in the cafeteria.” (As if that’s a bad thing to be reminded of?)

While this doesn’t track with our experiences — we know just as many women as men who love the show, including Wired’s knowledgeable Game of Thrones recapper, Senior Editor Laura Hudson — the myth persists that Thrones is just guy stuff. So, as fans of math, gender equality, and any show that heavily features Daenerys Targaryen (above), we decided to find out: Do women actually hate Game of Thrones?

Nope - and we can prove it.

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You’ve been reading or watching Game of Thrones. You’ve lovingly lingered over the descriptions of Gray Wind running into battle with Rob. You cried for Lady and cheered when Nymeria used Joffrey’s arm as a chew toy. Perhaps you’ve even caught yourself looking back over your lease agreement and wondering if “dire wolf” qualifies as an exotic pet.

Well, now your dreams of owning a dire wolf can finally come true!*

*sort of.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Each year, movie nerds flock to the South by Southwest Film Festival for the chance to see scads of movies at the cinephile-friendly, beer-serving Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Ritz Theater. This year, however, Alamo Drafthouse is offering something for TV fantasy nerds too — a gallery show of original Game of Thrones art.

That’s right. The brains behind Mondo – the Alamo collectible-art division responsible for all of those rad movie posters – have asked a talented crew of artists to make original pieces based on the HBO show. The result is a series of eight screen prints and nearly 30 pieces of original art – the latter of which, along with two of the screen prints, will be on display at a Mondo gallery event beginning Friday and running through March 14.

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Praised for over a decade as one of the smartest, most idiosyncratic webcomics to grace the digital space, Chris Onstad’s Achewood has operated on an intermittent schedule since the creator announced an indefinite hiatus in March of 2011. At the time, Onstad admitted that comics might not be the best medium for the characters anymore, and now the somewhat reclusive creator has announced the next step for the strip and its cast of eccentric anthropomorphic animals: It may soon become an animated television show.

SO. EXCITEDDDDDD.

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