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Dre Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is a successful guy. He has an intelligent wife, adorable twin kids, and two moody teenagers. They all live together in a big house, and they all seem to get along quite nicely, although they tend to get into tiffs and spats that can usually be resolved amicably after twenty minutes or so. Dre, it would seem, is your typical sitcom protagonist, but with one exception: he’s black. Now, a show with an all-black main cast should not feel so revolutionary; it should be something normal, and we should be able to discuss it as any other show. But given the current (though slowly changing) state of television, which is replete with white antiheroes, it is nothing short of monumental to get a show about a group of likable characters who happen to be black.
Of course, the protagonists’ blackness is not incidental to the show. »
- Antonio Guzman
Sometimes great TV comedy makes you laugh so hard you cry. And sometimes it just makes you cry.
If one thing became entirely clear in 2014, it’s that traditional descriptors like “sit-com” are so last century. Defining what makes a small screen laffer is no longer cut and dry. Digital platforms like Netflix and Amazon are following in the footsteps of industry innovators like HBO and Showtime and shattering the barrier between drama and comedy — and the obvious winner in this genre revolution is the viewing audience.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t great examples of the classic multi-camera comedy format still on the air (our list includes two of them), or that trendy single camera shows can’t be non-stop joke machines (we’d argue both “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” place laughs over pathos in every episode). But let’s also thank the shows pushing the envelope to make TV comedy a riskier, »
- Variety Staff
Nominations for the 46th NAACP Image Awards have been revealed and "Belle," "Beyond the Lights," "Dear White People," "Get On Up," and "Selma" are duking it out for the Outstanding Motion Picture Award.
Winners will be announced on Friday, February 6, 2015 in a two-hour televised event on TV One.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Here's the complete list of nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards:
Outstanding Comedy Series
. "black-ish" (ABC)
. "House of Lies" (Showtime)
. "Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
. "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (Bet)
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
. Anthony Anderson - "'black-ish" (ABC)
. Kevin Hart »
Nominations for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced today across categories in film, television, music and the literary world. In the film arena, top nominees were Amma Asante's "Belle," Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights," Justin Simien's "Dear White People," Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma." Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 6. And remember to keep track of the season via The Circuit! Film Outstanding Motion Picture "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) "Beyond The Lights" (Relativity Media) "Dear White People" (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) "Get On Up" (Universal Pictures) "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture Amma Asante, "Belle" (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) Antoine Fuqua, "The Equalizer" (Columbia Pictures) Ava DuVernay, "Selma" (Paramount Pictures) John Ridley, "Jimi: All Is By My Side" (XLrator Media) Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond The Lights »
- Kristopher Tapley
Paramount’s Selma, Universal’s Get On Up and Lionsgate’s Dear White People are among the Outstanding Motion Picture nominees for the NAACP’s Image Awards, which will be bestowed live on TVOne on February 6. On the TV side, Shonda Rhimes’ ABC trifecta of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder are all up for best drama. Here is the full list:
Outstanding Motion Picture
“Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions)
Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
- The Deadline Team
With a half-dozen nods apiece, ABC’s Scandal and black-ish, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and the Lifetime TV-movie The Trip to Bountiful lead the TV nominees for the 46th NAACP Image Awards, which will be held Feb. 6, 2015 and broadcast on TV One.
ABC meanwhile led all networks, with a total of 26 nominations.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film. Here are some of this year’s major TV categories; the complete list is here. (Coming later this week: SAG Award and Golden Globe nominations. »
The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” are among the actors who were cited.
Boseman, Oyelowo and Mbatha-Raw are all portraying real-life people.
In the TV heat, ABC freshman “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” Bet’s “The Game” and “Being Mary Jane” were among the top nominees. ABC did well, earning three of the five drama-series nominations. Also notable was Lifetime’s scoring seven of the 10 nominations in the two lead acting categories for telefilm/miniseries/dramatic special.
(Pictured: “Dear White People »
- Variety Staff
“Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman, “Selma’s” David Oyelowo, Nate Parker of “Beyond the Lights,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw of “Belle” and Tessa Thompson of “Dear White People” also earned top acting noms. The Image Awards will be handed out Feb. 6 in a ceremony telecast live by TV One.
(Pictured: “Dear White People”)
Here is a full list of Image Award nominees:
Outstanding Motion Picture “Belle” (Fox Searchlight Pictures/ DJ Films) “Beyond The Lights” (Relativity Media) “Dear White People” (Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions) “Get On Up” (Universal Pictures) “Selma” (Paramount Pictures »
- Variety Staff
Why is ABC's Black-ish the fall season's biggest sitcom success story? Credit a sharp point of view, finely honed jokes, Tracee Ellis Ross (and her glorious hair), a plum timeslot right behind Modern Family... and, perhaps most importantly, the four young actors who keep stealing scenes right out from underneath star Anthony Anderson. How did the show cast what might be the finest pint-sized ensemble on television? We chatted with series creator Kenya Barris—who says these characters are "loosely based" on his own brood—to find out, going kid by kid. Click here for more stories behind the year’s top TV moments. »
- Hillary Busis
The nominees for the 46th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Tuesday, lauding the year's best films and television shows -- among other artforms -- featuring people of color.
"Selma" led the pack with eight nominations, including nods for best picture, best actor (David Oyelowo), three supporting actor nods (André Holland, Common, and Wendell Pierce), and two supporting actress nods (Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey). Director Ava DuVernay was also nominated for her work behind the camera.
A partial list of nominees in television and movies is below. For the full list -- including nominees in the music and literature categories -- click here.
The NAACP Image Awards, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, »
- Katie Roberts
Fall TV is in full swing, and now that most of the new series have premiered, the pickup, renewal, and cancellation news has begun. There have been a few exciting pickups for freshman and veteran series, and so far, a few cancellations. See how your favorite shows have fared so far - and what's still up in the air - and keep checking back for more news as we update. What's Been Picked Up NBC The Mysteries of Laura: The Debra Messing-led series has gotten a full season. The CW The Flash: The superhero series is getting a full first season. Jane the Virgin: The freshman series is also getting a full season. Fox Gotham: The freshman series was picked up for a full season. ABC How to Get Away With Murder: The drama was picked up for a full first season. Black-ish: The Anthony Anderson »
Look, Peter Pan is not a great piece of musical theater. You know it. I know it. Vegetable Lasagna here knows it. It is a very light children's story which can pleasantly divert a family's attention for a couple of hours. It is a harmless piece of material. These are the types of musicals I, typically, do not respond to. So, I went into NBC's second venture into the live musical telecast, after the massive ratings success of "The Sound of Music Live!", wanting a good time and hoping they will have learned from some of their mistakes with last year's production. I mostly got what I expected. It was a decent production of a mediocre musical. However, there was one monkey wrench thrown in I really did not expect, but more on that later. The biggest problem with "The Sound of Music Live!" was, of course, Carrie Underwood in the lead role of Maria. »
- Mike Shutt
Exclusive: UK distributor picks up The Town That Dreaded Sundown, finalises slate.
UK distributor Metrodome has finalised its release slate for the first half of 2015 with the acquisition of Jason Blum (Sinister) and Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story)-produced horror The Town That Dreaded Sundown, which is set for release next April.
Alfonso Gomez Rejon (American Horror Story) directs the remake of the seventies horror about the unsolved Moonlight Murders of 1946 that took place in the American border town of Texarkana.
Metrodome’s Jezz Vernon said: “We were huge fans of the original film but the reboot is an altogether rarer beast – whip smart, terrifying and hugely cinematic. Jason and Ryan came together as huge fans of the original and have produced a truly inspired vision for a return to Texarkana”.
Metrodome has now finalised its theatrical »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.
Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.
So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.
Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »
- Bob Verini
What's a dad to do when he realizes his kids are spoiled rotten? Give 'em a major reality check!
In this Wednesday's all-new episode of Black-ish (the comedy that you should definitely be watching!) Andre (Anthony Anderson) is excited to take his family to dinner in his favorite restaurant in his old 'hood. But when his well-off kids turn up their noses at the food, Andre decides it's time to teach his kids a lesson in hunger.
Watch: Why You'll Love ABC's Newest Comedy Blackish!
ETonline has your exclusive first look at what happens when Andre's young twins head to the kitchen for a snack, but discover a shocking surprise: Andre cleared out the fridge and only left the delicacies that he had as a kid: a bottle of ketchup, bologna, and a box of baking soda. Yummm!
Take a look at the video above to see the kids' hilarious reaction for yourself, but we've got »
Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare, Spencer Treat Clark, Wes Chatham, Morganna May, Jaren Mitchell | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
In 1946, the American town of Texarkana was rocked by a series of murders. Dubbed “The Moonlight Murders” by the press, these were real, tragic events that scarred the town. In 1976, Charles B. Pierce directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a film “based on true events” depicting the events of the killing spree thirty years earlier. There’s an ongoing tradition in Texarkana to show a drive-in screening of the film on Halloween every year.
And now in 2014, American Horror Story‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has created a new version of Town that finds itself with a unique premise. Acknowledging that both the 1946 murders took place, and that the 1976 film was released, »
- Dan Woolstencroft
The fall TV season is in full swing and now that we've got to sample all the new shows, it's time to finally narrow down our picks for the best of the best.
Which fresh programming is worth watching and how many episodes do you have to watch to catch up? Check out our handy guide to eight new shows you should definitely be tuning into.
Jill Solloway's moving story about a family coming to terms with their father as he transitions into living life as a woman is unlike anything on TV (ahem -- your computer) today. It's heartbreaking and funny and will have you hooked from the start. Amazon has totally won us over with this one.
When's it on?: Currently steaming on Amazon
Episodes to catch up: 10
A 23-year-old virgin suddenly finds herself pregnant after being inseminated accidentally by her gynecologist. »
- Alana Altmann
Anthony Anderson executive produces and stars in ABC's "Black-ish," and on Wednesday, the hilarious actor visited Access Hollywood Live to chat about the new show – as well as criticism the series has received for its name.
Most notably, Donald Trump took to Twitter to throw shade at "Black-ish," Tweeting, "How is ABC Television allowed to have a show called 'Blackish'? Can you imagine the furor of a show, 'Whiteish'! Racism at highest level?"
"We have those shows. They're called 'Modern Family.' They're called 'The Middle.' They're called everything that's on TV right now," Anthony told Billy Bush ...
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- email@example.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
It took longer than usual this fall, but someone finally pulled the trigger on a low-rated show. ABC was the first to bring the ax down by canceling Manhattan Love Story, a comedy that followed a new couple played by Analeigh Tipton (Crazy Stupid Love) and Jake McDorman (Aquamarine). Didn't catch it? You weren't alone - the comedy that featured the duo dating while engaging in kooky inner monologues with themselves only averaged 2.6 million viewers on Tuesday, which was its fourth and final episode. Moving forward, ABC will fill its Tuesday slot by running a second episode of Selfie. Still, »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
NBC’s “Bewitched” sequel will focus on Samantha’s granddaughter The new series will revolve around single 20-something Daphne, Tabitha’s daughter and Samantha’s granddaughter, who can conjure up everything except for real love. Christina Ricci to reprise her “Lizzie Borden” role for a 6-episode Lifetime series The "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” movie star will return with "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” which will also feature the return of Clea DuVall. “Supernatural” may try making another backdoor spinoff, but over multiple episodes Instead of using one hour to introduce the spinoff’s new characters, they may be introduced over the course of several episodes. Click Read Full Post For More “The Daily Show’s” Austin "Democalpyse 2014: South by South Mess” details revealed Next week, Jon Stewart’s guests will include Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Congressman Joaquin Castro and a performance by Spoon. “Mad Men »
- Norman Weiss
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