18 items from 2017
As two-time winner Margo Martindale was promoted to the supporting actress race for her work on “The Americans,” the category is free to crown a new winner. But it’s still likely to be a previous Emmy winner or nominee. Laverne Cox and Cicely Tyson have all been nominated for their roles here before; look for repeats. Khandi Alexander in particular enjoyed a fantastic turn in the “Scandal” finale, complete with memorable Mama Pope monologues. Carrie Preston has actually won for playing quirky lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni on “The Good Wife,” but now she’s moved to its spinoff “The Good Fight.” If enough voters caught the show on CBS All Access, she should be a lock for a nom. Alison Wright and Kim Dickens could earn their first nominations for their work on “The Americans” and “House of Cards,” shows they’ve been a part of for some time now. New »
- Variety Staff
Vulture WatchCan Rebel Knight cleanse Oakland of corruption? Has the Rebel TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on Bet? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Rebel season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the Bet cable channel, Rebel stars Danielle Moné Truitt, Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Brandon Quinn, Angela Ko, Mikelen Walker, and Tamala Jones. Oakland P.D. Detective Rebecca “Rebel” Knight (Truitt) is wired to play by the rules. In a failed attempt to keep him from gunning down her little brother, Malik (Walker), Rebel ends up shooting her partner, Michael “Mack” McIntyre (Quinn). Following an intense Internal Affairs and criminal »
- Jazz Tangcay
Exclusive: Netflix has acquired global rights to the Clark Johnson-directed drama Juanita, in what is said to be a continuation of the streaming giant’s global film strategy of working directly with independent filmmakers. The pic, which is currently filming in Virginia, stars Alfre Woodard, Adam Beach, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson and Latanya Richardson. It centers on Juanita (Woodard), a woman who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence… »
Ellen Pompeo may have made her directorial debut on Grey's Anatomy last week but it was Kelly McCreary's Maggie who took center stage in "Be Still, My Soul." The emotional hour focused on a desperate Maggie putting her mother Diane (Latanya Richardson Jackson) on an aggressive experimental treatment in attempt to save her from inflammatory breast cancer and firing Meredith (Pompeo) as her mother's surgeon in the process. Unfortunately, Diane passed away after complications from the clinical trial.
Latanya Richardson Jackson’s career is about hard work and continuity. Last year, she appeared in “The Taming of the Shrew” at the Public Theatre, a relationship that began in the 1970s. And this month marks the 40th anniversary of her first mention in Variety, when she was cast in “Perdido (Lost),” a play by Soledad at the Henry Street Settlement. She has directed and acted in numerous productions at the Lower East Side site for social services and arts.
Richardson started acting as a teen in Atlanta, where she also met her future husband, Samuel L. Jackson. They’ve been together 47 years. Richardson was Tony-nominated for the 2014 revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Denzel Washington. This month, she concludes her guest arc on “Grey’s Anatomy,” as the mother of Maggie (Kelly McCreary).
Next up for Richardson Jackson: More work with the philanthropic Samuel L. & Latanya R. Jackson Foundation, more »
- Tim Gray
Admit it, you went through a handful of tissues, didn't you?
And by "handful," I mean potentially an entire box.
It has been a while since Grey's Anatomy has given us one of those episodes that leaves you curled up in the fetal position bawling your eyes out. There have been a few sniffles here and there, but not a sob-fest.
Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 18 was exactly that, a sob-fest. It also was one of the best installments of the season thus far.
Hats off to Ellen Pompeo for making her directorial debut. She did an incredible job, and one can only hope that she continues down this path and chooses to direct more down the road.
But I would be remiss to go on discussing this amazing hour without commenting on just how breathtaking Kelly McCreary's performance was throughout this hour.
Someone, anyone, submit this for an Emmy reel. »
- Jasmine Blu
Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
We’re not emotional, you’re emotional!
Grey’s Anatomy pulled out all the stops on Thursday’s heartbreaking episode, titled “Be Still, My Soul,” beautifully capturing the final days of a loved one’s life after being diagnosed with cancer. The latest installment, which marked Ellen Pompeo’s directorial debut, began with Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) desperately seeking any and all options or her dying mother, Diane (Latanya Richardson Jackson), who had received word months earlier that she had inflammatory breast cancer.
Related: Maggie Fights With Meredith Over Her Mom in 'Grey's Anatomy' Sneak Peek
After Maggie got the green light to enter her mom into an aggressive clinical trial -- what would be her last effort to save her -- Diane’s health began to deteriorate rapidly, to the point where she tells Maggie she’s ready »
[This story contains spoilers from Thursday's "Be Still, My Soul" episode of Grey's Anatomy.]
Meredith and Maggie's bond just got deeper on ABC's Grey's Anatomy.
During Thursday's Ellen Pompeo-directed episode, Maggie's (Kelly McCreary) mother Diane Pierce (Latanya Richardson Jackson) passed away after complications from a clinical trial to treat an aggressive cancer. Her passing came after Diane, pressured by her daughter to do the clinical trial, fired Meredith from the case as pretty much everyone at the hospital thought it was a bad idea.
Ultimately though, the episode drew parallels between Meredith and the death of her mother, Ellis (Kate Burton), »
- Lesley Goldberg
Have your tears dried yet, Grey's Anatomy fans? Because ours sure haven't. On tonight's Maggie-centric episode of the ABC drama, the young thoracic surgeon was faced with the grim realization that her mother Diane (Latanya Richardson Jackson) was sicker than anyone thought. And in the process, Kelly McCreary stepped into the spotlight in an episode helmed by none other than her co-star Ellen Pompeo, making her directorial debut. It was a beautiful hour of television that chronicled Diane's entire course of treatment right up until its tragic end. To break down what sort of effect the loss will have on Maggie moving forward, what it was like to say goodbye to the phenomenal Richardson Jackson »
Director John Singleton is primarily known for his work in feature films. Will he also find success on the small screen? Will his new Rebel TV show be cancelled or renewed for season two on Bet? Stay tuned.A scripted TV series drama airing on the Bet cable channel, Rebel stars Danielle Moné Truitt, Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Brandon Quinn, Angela Ko, Mikelen Walker, and Tamala Jones. Oakland P.D. Detective Rebecca “Rebel” Knight (Truitt) is wired to play by the rules. In a failed attempt to keep him from gunning down her little brother, Malik (Walker), Rebel ends up shooting her partner, Michael “Mack” McIntyre (Quinn). Following an intense Internal Affairs and criminal investigation, Knight ultimately leaves the force. As a newly-minted private investigator, she continues to wage war on crime and corruption.Read »
Is Maggie about to lose her mom?
On Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, titled “Be Still, My Soul,” the health of Maggie’s mom, Diane (Latanya Richardson), continues to deteriorate -- and the trusted doctors at Grey-Sloan Memorial Hospital are at odds over what to do.
In Et’s exclusive sneak peek from the episode, which marks Ellen Pompeo's directorial debut, Meredith (Pompeo) and Maggie (Kelly McCreary) butt heads over how to proceed with Diane’s breast cancer treatments, which aren’t producing the results they were hoping for. So dire is Diane’s outlook that it’s starting to affect other parts of her body.
Related: 'Grey's' Star Giacomo Gianniotti Reveals Why Cancer Episode Hits Home
“This protocol is making Diane so sick that her esophagus tore,” Meredith warns Maggie, who chided her half-sister for trying to change her mind about treatment options.
“That could just be from the cancer,” an anxious »
Network: BetEpisodes: Ongoing (hour)Seasons: OngoingTV show dates: March 28, 2017 — presentSeries status: Has not been cancelledPerformers include: Danielle Moné Truitt, Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Latanya Richardson Jackson, Brandon Quinn, Angela Ko, Mikelen Walker, Tamala Jones, Lauren London, Michael Masini, Jerry Kernion, Mandy Jane Turpin, Tom Ohmer, West Lian, and Tre Hall.TV show description:From creator and director John Singleton, Rebel is a gritty and morally ambiguous, "ripped from the headlines," scripted police drama. The TV series explores the complex, dynamic relationship between the African-American community and the police, from the perspective of officers of color.Oakland P.D. Detective Rebecca "Rebel" Knight (Truitt) is wired to play by the rules. Being both black and female, she has had to be better, smarter, and harder »
Recently, the folks over at ABC dropped the new official press release spoilers for their upcoming "Grey's Anatomy" episode 18 of season 13 and it sounds like we're going to see some very interesting and super dramatic scenes take place as the doctors run into a major dilemma in trying to figure out how to keep Maggie's very sick mother from biting the dust. We're also going to see Richard maybe finally accept and get past the crap the Bailey pulled on him. The episode is labeled: "Be Still, My Soul." In their official plot summary, they tell us that poor Maggie's mother, Diane, is just going to get worse as far as her health is concerned. Then, if that weren't enough, they let us know that the doctors are going to be bumping heads as to which direction they should take in an effort to treat her wasting even more valuable precious time. »
As the drama builds in season 13 of Grey’s Anatomy, we are being introduced to Maggie Pierce’s mom Diane, played by Latanya Richardson (also known as Latanya Richardson Jackson). But who is Latanya and where have we seen her before? Latanya was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1949. She attended Atlanta’s Spelman College and, in 1974, met a certain Samuel L. Jackson (who was then a student at the male-only Morehouse College). The two began dating and then married a few years later in 1980. Latanya became a mother in 1982, and their daughter Zoe is also in the film business (although Zoe works on the...read more »
- David Inglis
Poor Maggie Pierce has no idea what she's about to be hit with. With Grey's Anatomy returning to Grey Sloan Memorial after last week's sojourn to Montana for a little Japril action, the focus will turn to the young cardiothoracic doc thanks to a return visit from her mom Diane (Latanya Richardson Jackson), who's back to treat the breast cancer she's still hiding from her daughter. Oh, and there's the small matter of that growing attraction between Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and the object of Maggie's affection, Riggs (Martin Henderson), finally coming to the forefront. E! News caught up with Kelly McCreary on the red carpet at the long-running ABC series' PaleyFest event, where she »
The duo will appear in the episode on Mar. 23, playing Elsie Clatch and Lewis Clatch, a married couple who visit Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. No other details on their storyline have been revealed.
Holbrook, star of his iconic Tony-winning one-man show “Mark Twain Tonight,” has been keeping busy in recent years. The multiple-time Emmy-winner had a recurring role on “Sons of Anarchy” and guest starred in an episode of “Bones” this year. He is repped by Jr Talent Group.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
John Singleton is headed to Bet. Today, the network announced the filmmaker's new series Rebel will debut in March.The drama "follows Rebel (Danielle Moné Truitt), a police officer who leaves the force after being under an intense Internal Affairs/criminal investigation for shooting her partner in the hopes of stopping him from gunning down her little brother." The cast also includes Giancarlo Esposito, Mykelti Williamson, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Latanya Richardson, and Brandon Quinn.Read More… »
18 items from 2017
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