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Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’

Critics Pick the Best Modern Shows Set in the ’80s, From ‘Stranger Things’ to ‘The Americans’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What’s the best modern show set in the ’80s? (To qualify, the show must have aired sometime 2000-present.)

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), Uproxx

Recency bias would suggest “Halt and Catch Fire,” even though its strongest season, this last one, took place in the 1990s, or “Stranger Things,” which is an extremely fun show but not an all-timer. That leaves two clear-cut favorites: “Freaks and Geeks,” Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s ode to high school outcasts; and FX’s Cold War spy thriller “The Americans.” The former is one of the great one-season wonders, one of the best shows ever made about teenagers, and — between Feig,
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Trailer Watch: “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” Celebrates Playwright & Activist Lorraine Hansberry

“Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”

“It really doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about the oppressed or the oppressor — an oppressive society will dehumanize and degenerate everyone involved,” says Lorraine Hansberry in a trailer for Tracy Heather Strain’s new documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.” Best known as the playwright behind “A Raisin in the Sun,” Hansberry was also a feminist, lesbian, and civil rights activist. As the spot emphasizes, she “wasn’t just a mainstream liberal — Lorraine was a left-wing radical.”

“I was introduced to Lorraine Hansberry when I was 17 because my grandmother took my sister and me to see a performance at the Harrisburg Community Theater of ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black,’ the play about Hansberry’s life,” Strain recalled in an interview with us. “It was quite a revelation to see and hear a young black woman who was really smart speaking about things that I had noticed, describing things that were similar to incidents that I’d experienced, and yearning to translate it all in a way that other people could understand. When and where does one hear and see stories that include the experiences of middle class black Americans?” she asked.

As one interviewee in the trailer puts it, Hansberry “was reaching into the essence of who we were, who we are, and where we came from.”

Strain’s previous directing credits include episodes of miniseries “Unnatural Causes” and “I’ll Make Me a World: A Century of African-American Arts,” and episodes of PBS’ “American Experience” and “Race: The Power of an Illusion.”

“Sighted Eyes/ Feeling Heart” is currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and will air on PBS’ “American Masters” in February. Latanya Richardson Jackson (“Show Me A Hero”) narrates the doc and Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls”) provides voiceover for Hansberry, who died in 1965. Both women earned Tony nods for their performances in the 2014 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun.”

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‘Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart’ Trailer: Lorraine Hansberry Docu Hits Toronto

Exclusive: The Toronto Film Festival is hosting the world premiere of the first feature-length documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who penned the iconic A Raisin In The Sun. The docu, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, is directed by Tracy Heather Strain, with Latanya Richardson Jackson narrating and Anika Noni Rose as the voice of Hansberry. Both Richardson Jackson and Rose performed and were Tony-nominated in the 2014 revival of the Tony-winning play alongside Denzel…
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‘Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart’ Trailer: Lorraine Hansberry Docu Hits Toronto

Exclusive: The Toronto Film Festival is hosting the world premiere of the first feature-length documentary on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who penned the iconic A Raisin In The Sun. The docu, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, is directed by Tracy Heather Strain, with Latanya Richardson Jackson narrating and Anika Noni Rose as the voice of Hansberry. Both Richardson Jackson and Rose performed and were Tony-nominated in the 2014 revival of the Tony-winning play alongside Denzel…
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Rebel: Is the Bet TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season Two?

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
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Netflix Picks Up Alfre Woodard-Starring Drama ‘Juanita’

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…
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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kelly McCreary Discusses Filming Maggie's Heartbreaking Scenes

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'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kelly McCreary Discusses Filming Maggie's Heartbreaking Scenes
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.
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Grey's Anatomy Season 13 Episode 18 Review: Be Still, My Soul

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.
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Exclusive: 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kelly McCreary Opens Up About Maggie's 'Devastating' Loss

Exclusive: 'Grey's Anatomy' Star Kelly McCreary Opens Up About Maggie's 'Devastating' Loss
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
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'Grey's Anatomy's' Kelly McCreary on Maggie's Devastating Loss

[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),...
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Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary Has a Really Troubling Warning About the Season 13 Finale

Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary Has a Really Troubling Warning About the Season 13 Finale
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...
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Rebel: Season One Ratings

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
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Exclusive: Maggie Fights With Meredith Over Her Dying Mother in Dramatic 'Grey's Anatomy' Sneak Peek

Exclusive: Maggie Fights With Meredith Over Her Dying Mother in Dramatic 'Grey's Anatomy' Sneak Peek
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
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Rebel

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
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New Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 Episode 18 Official Spoilers Revealed By ABC

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.
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Latanya Richardson: Who is star who plays Maggie’s mom in Grey’s Anatomy?

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
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Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary Teases Maggie's Double Dose of Drama Ahead

Grey's Anatomy's Kelly McCreary Teases Maggie's Double Dose of Drama Ahead
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...
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Rebel: John Singleton Scripted Drama Coming to Bet in March

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…
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Inside President Obama's Star-Studded White House Birthday Celebration

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Inside President Obama's Star-Studded White House Birthday Celebration
Happy Birthday, Mr. President! Barack Obama's 55th birthday was his last birthday celebration at the White House - and he sure went out with a bang! The 44th President of the United States partied on Friday night with a superstar (and private) event thrown by wife Michelle Obama. "The First Lady is hosting a 55th birthday celebration for the President at the White House," a rep for the White House told People in a statement on Friday. "The guest list includes a large number of family members and friends to mark the occasion." That it did! On Friday, The
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