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To call Anthony Anderson a foodie is a bit of an understatement. The 43-year-old actor has competed on Food Network's Chopped, judged episodes of Iron Chef America, and has vowed to go to culinary school. "Within the next couple of years," Anderson specifies. "The kids will be off at college, the bills will be paid, and I won't have to worry about anything except how I'm gonna make this Alfredo sauce from scratch." So when Food Network was pitched the idea to tour the U.S. in search of the nation's coolest food festivals, they had the perfect host in mind. "I said, 'That's right up my alley, let's make that happen,'" Anderson recalls. The result is Eating America With Anthony Anderson, which premieres Monday, July 28 at 9/8c.
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- Oriana Schwindt
Ahead of its Sept. 24 premiere, the cast of ABC’s black-ish is living — or at least photographing — by three simple rules: point, laugh and wear insanely bold colors.
Related Fall TV First Impression: black-ish
Stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne huddle up with the rest of the upcoming comedy’s cast in TVLine’s exclusive — not to mention colorful, like the family portrait version of an Easter egg hunt — first look at the series’ key art.
Black-ish premieres Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 9:30/8:30c.
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The guy who smacked a golf ball off the crotch of NHL star Tyler Seguin has a history of using celeb groins as tees ... in fact, he once took his driver to Anthony Anderson's man-zone ... and we've got the video. The guy wielding the club is Todd Keirstead -- a trick shot specialist who's been a professional golfer for 19 years. But before he whacked from Seguin's nether regions at a charity event in Dallas this week, »
- TMZ Staff
Hollywood and the sports world played together nicely for Espn’s 2014 Espys award ceremony. The mixture of stars, stand-up comedy and speeches at the annual telecast at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre created a light yet sometimes highly emotional atmosphere during Wednesday night festivities.
Rapper and one-time “Saturday Night Live” host Drake hosted the live broadcast and took jabs at several of the champions being honored in his opening monologue.
Before the night’s events, Drake warned that he would not hold back any punches with his jokes, but did not intend any of them to be mean-spirited.
“I definitely think that hip-hop is a little more malicious than what any host is going for,” Drake said of how his music career would influence him as a host. “I think we’re not trying to end people’s careers or make people feel bad in any way. So our night, »
- Jordyn Holman
ABC had their Television Critics Association presentation on Tuesday, and we were there to get the latest scoop on their new fall TV lineup. Panels for Shonda Rhimes's new Viola Davis show, "How to Get Away With Murder" and the Anthony Anderson comedy "Black-ish" were among the highlights. What were some key takeaways from the network's big day?
1. ABC is "bullish" about Wednesday
So says ABC president Paul Lee, who was particularly enthusiastic about its comedy block that day this fall. "I personally believe 'The Goldbergs' is going to be discovered by a lot more people this year," he noted. There was a lot of love for the '80s-set comedy, which will now air between successes "The Middle" and "Modern Family."
2. There's a push for diversity
Lee also talked about the network's diverse programming."It is a mission statement to reflect America," he explained. "In a way it's »
- Alana Altmann
How do you have a meaningful conversation about race and culture in a network television comedy? Calling your show "Black-ish" is one way to start. The ABC comedy starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Laurence Fishburne follows "Modern Family" this fall and provides a rare (for network TV) look at an affluent black family -- complete with four kids and a live-in grandpa played by Fishburne. And while race is right there in the title, both creator Kenya Barris ("The Game") and executive producer Larry Wilmore ("The Bernie Mac Show," "The Daily Show") promise the "family" element is even more important, as they explained during the show's presentation at the 2014 TCA summer press tour. "I know race is a big part of it and we're not running from it, but this is a show about culture," Barris said. "It's a show about what it's like to raise a family during a different time. »
- Geoff Berkshire
Since pilot season, people wondered how a show called “Black-ish” could make fun of race so overtly and still get a green light from ABC. The show's creator distanced the comedy's core subject matter from race. “This show has so much less to do with race than it does culture,” Kenya Barris said. “Race is talked about less than ever before. My kids know this. Miley Cyrus is urban. Justin Bieber is urban. And in some ways, we can call them ‘black-ish.'” Also read: ABC's Paul Lee Predicts Success for New Fox Chiefs Dana Walden and Gary Newman “Black-ish »
- Jethro Nededog
ABC has one of the most diverse fall programming slates in TV history, and critics want to know why.
At the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday, ABC chief Paul Lee fielded questions from reporters pushing for a more detailed explanation for why ABC greenlit three ethnic family comedies (Anthony Anderson’s Black-ish, Cristela Alonzo’s Cristela, and Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off the Boat, coming midseason), plus another drama series starring a black actress, Shonda Rhimes’ How to Get Away with Murder.
“We’re taking a very good step along that journey,” Lee told critics at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday. »
- Marc Snetiker
"If you look at shows now that seem to lack diversity, they actually feel dated. America doesn't look like that anymore, and people want to see an America that looks like where they live." This was ABC entertainment president Paul Lee at his press tour executive session, discussing by far the most notable aspect of the network's freshman lineup of shows for next season. Just among the newbies debuting in fall are "Black-ish," starring Anthony Anderson as an affluent African American executive who's worried his kids are losing touch with their culture; "How to Get Away with Murder," ABC's latest Shonda Rhimes-produced series, starring Viola Davis as a criminal law professor; "Cristela," starring Latina comedian Cristela Alonzo (who also created it); and "Selfie," a "Pygmalion" riff that casts John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Among the shows on the bench for mid-season: "Fresh Off the Boat," about an »
- Alan Sepinwall
Generally one of the most elusive of TV executives when it comes to TCA press tour candor -- The CW's Mark Pedowitz is a worthy challenger -- ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee may or may not have been saved by the success of "Resurrection," which somewhat salvaged a dismal spring of replacement failures. Now Lee and ABC are looking forward to a fall that lacks a clear presumptive hit, though presumptive hit status only did a little for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." last year. And probably "How To Get Away With Murder" has the pedigree to succeed, while "Black-ish" has the lead-in to succeed. Click through and follow along for Lee's full discussion of why the ABC Brand is still strong and why we're overstating the network's struggles last season. 10 a.m. We started today with ABC Family -- No, "Bunheads" isn't coming back »
- Daniel Fienberg
Tiger Woods still has another 20 years of golf left in him ... and Will Win Again ... so says golf junkie Anthony Anderson. The "Black-ish" star -- who also hosts "Golf in America" on the Golf Channel -- was leaving Lax yesterday when we asked if he thinks Tiger will ever regain his pre-divorce, skeezer-heavy, championship form. For the record, people have been Trashing Woods in the media -- his former swing coach says he simply doesn't care about the game anymore. »
- TMZ Staff
The captain of The Matrix’s Nebuchadnezzar hovercraft is great at fighting in slo-mo and giving exposition. But is he funny? The answer’s a definite “yes”—at least, according to Anthony Anderson, who stars with Laurence Fishburne (a.k.a. Morpheus) in the upcoming sitcom Blackish. “Laurence started out on Pee Wee’s Playhouse back in the day,” the actor told Essence magazine at this past weekend’s Essence Fest. “People forget about his sense of humor and his comedic timing and abilities.”
Click below for more on Anderson and Fishburne’s latest project, which premieres this fall on »
- Hillary Busis
The broadcast networks have more than two dozen shows debuting this fall, including a new Shondaland drama, Katherine Heigl‘s TV comeback, a third NCIS and a trip to Gotham. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
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Photos Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!
The Show | ABC’s black-ish (Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c; premiere date Tba)
The Competition | CBS’ Criminal Minds, NBC’s Law & Order: Svu, Fox’s Red Band Society (new) and The CW’s The 100
What can’t the great Melissa McCarthy do? The 43-year-old actress—whose style of go-for-broke physical comedy is at once wild and grounded, brash and vulnerable—opens movies. She gets awards love. She stars in her own material: the road-trip comedy Tammy (in theaters July 2), which she co-wrote with her husband, first-time director Ben Falcone. She can do everything…except escape stupid.
The message boards on McCarthy’s IMDb page are flooded with it. “How much does she weigh???” is the subject of one quality discussion, alongside such threads as “Token fat girl, just a Big part of the ‘It »
- Karen Valby
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Black-ish" (ABC) The Pitch: "What if it turns out that not all modern families are white?!?" Quick Response: I don't know if there was an official ABC comedy mandate this year that nobody should illustrate the premise of their shows through action and that everything should be larded up with over-explaining voiceover, but Kenya Barris' "Black-ish" script is at least 50 percent voiceover (so... less than "Manhattan Love Story") and the pilot sets in motion a premise -- Anthony Anderson's Andre worries that his family is no longer putting the "B" in "Buppie" and that they need to recover their racial identity -- that is basically abandoned by the end of the pilot. The frustrating thing is that "Black-ish" absolutely has some smart and somewhat funny things to say about race in 2014, but it chooses to, all too frequently, have Andre just say those things rather than showing »
- Daniel Fienberg
In this new cinematic age of movie team-ups and giant ensembles like Marvel's The Avengers and DC Comics' Justice League, it makes sense that Hasbro might bring together its two biggest properties for one giant movie experience. Well, don't hold your breath waiting for a Transformers/G.I. Joe movie crossover anytime soon. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura doesn't believe the stars will ever align in order to make this happen.
When asked by MTV about the prospects of Hasbro's toy giants coming together on the big screen, the producer had this to say:
"We haven't spent a moment on it. I know they did it in the comic books, but I think the reality that we're looking at is...It's hard enough to figure out how to do it alone and [then] trying to figure out how to do it together...I don't think that it's as organic as people think. »
Cartoon Network on Monday announced plans to bring back one of its most beloved series, proving that good things really do come in small packages – and in threes.
The Powerpuff Girls, which originally ran from 1998 to 2005, will return as a brand-new series slated to begin in 2016.
Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup were last seen fighting crime in a one-off special that aired in January.
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* Yanked from ABC’s midseason schedule in January after just two episodes, The Assets is returning with new installments beginning Saturday at 9/8c. This weekend’s episode will »
Once upon a time, most women on television all looked like Donna Reed. Today, it’s a great time to be a woman of color working in television.
Last season, three women of color — “Scandal’s” Kerry Washington, “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara and “Steel Magnolias’” Alfre Woodward — were nominated for Emmys — lead actress in a drama, supporting actress in a comedy and supporting actress in a movie or miniseries, respectively. And this season, the broadcast networks rolled out show after show featuring African- and Asian-Americans and Latinos in lead roles. Half of ABC’s 12 new shows star actors of color.
“Pilot season hasn’t been this diverse in a long time, specifically as we are talking about women,” says Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, CBS’ vice president of diversity and communications.
That said, there’s still plenty of work to be done.
In 2013, out of six categories featuring actresses — lead and supporting in drama, »
- Paige Albiniak
Curious to know what movies and TV shows are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Avail 6.1 Apocalypse Now Redux (2001) Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 masterpiece follows Capt. Willard as he journeys upriver during the Vietnam War in search of the mysterious, and totally insane, Col. Kurtz. This redux version has been reedited with new footage and a fade-to-black ending. Barbershop (2002) Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Troy Garity Director Tim Story's ensemble comedy depicts a day in the life...
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Almost SunriseTweetable Logline: Almost Sunrise tells the story of two friends, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who embark on an epic 2700 mile journey to heal from their time in combat. Elevator Pitch: An intimate story that explores the underreported epidemic of veteran suicides and the growing discussion around moral injury, Almost Sunrise follows Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson on a journey of hope and healing as they walk across America. Their passage is one of redemption, an outer transformation and inner awakening brought on by a rediscovery of the power of community, bringing these young men out of their battered psyches and into a renewed sense of relationship »
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