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16 items from 2016


Stitchers: Season Three Ordered by Freeform

6 October 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Freeform is sticking with Stitchers. Today, the network announced they've ordered a third season of the sci-fi series.The drama stars Emma Ishta as a computer science grad student who is recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. The cast also includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Allison Scagliotti.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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‘Stitchers’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform

6 October 2016 11:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stitchers” has been renewed for a third season at Freeform.

The announcement of the pickup was made Thursday during a Facebook Live chat on the series’ official Facebook page.

Stitchers,” the young-skewing cabler’s first-ever procedural drama, follows a young woman (Emma Ishta) who is recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave.

“’Stitchers’ passionate fanbase has been vocal about wanting to see more of this show, and we listened,” said Freeform’s executive vice president of programming and development, Karey Burke. “’Stitchers’ has proven itself a consistently strong performer, and we’re proud of the fact that it celebrates #smartgirls everywhere.”

The series ranks as Freeforms top new series of the past two TV seasons, behind “Shadowhunters,” among adults 18-49. It’s also a strong digital performer, ranking »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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How Do You Create a TV Industry That Supports Women Directors? You Try

7 September 2016 7:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

For years, women fought to work behind the camera, especially in the television world, while the Hollywood system balked. But this fall, there’s real evidence that change is coming, thanks to the industry embracing a simple two-step process:

1) You acknowledge the problem.

2) You do something about it.

By “doing something about it,” that very specifically means giving women a real chance to prove themselves behind the camera. Because every time they get it, it leads to additional opportunities.

This year, FX dug into this issue unlike perhaps any other network on television, courtesy of what network president John Landgraf called “a good, swift, well-deserved kick in the butt” from Variety’s Maureen Ryan. The TV critic last year broke down the demographics for directors working in TV and found that 88 percent of FX Networks episodes last season were directed by white men.

Read More: Female Filmmakers Want to Direct »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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How Do You Create a TV Industry That Supports Women Directors? You Try

7 September 2016 7:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For years, women fought to work behind the camera, especially in the television world, while the Hollywood system balked. But this fall, there’s real evidence that change is coming, thanks to the industry embracing a simple two-step process:

1) You acknowledge the problem.

2) You do something about it.

By “doing something about it,” that very specifically means giving women a real chance to prove themselves behind the camera. Because every time they get it, it leads to additional opportunities.

This year, FX dug into this issue unlike perhaps any other network on television, courtesy of what network president John Landgraf called “a good, swift, well-deserved kick in the butt” from Variety’s Maureen Ryan. The TV critic last year broke down the demographics for directors working in TV and found that 88 percent of FX Networks episodes last season were directed by white men.

Read More: Female Filmmakers Want to Direct »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Queen of Katwe’ Leads the Slate at 2016 Urbanworld Film Festival

25 August 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Queen of Katwe,” the Disney film directed by Mira Nair and starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, is among the films lined up to screen at the 20th Urbanworld Film Festival, the annual New York showcase of films from diverse creators.

Oyelowo will serve as one of the festival’s ambassadors this year, as will Ava DuVernay, the “Selma” director whose documentary “The 13th” will open the concurrent New York Film Festival. “Katwe,” soon to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and centering on a young Ugandan woman’s quest to become a chess champion, is one of about 70 films that will screen during the festival, which runs Sept. 21-25.

The full 2016 Urbanworld film slate follows:

Spotlight Presentations

Queen of Katwe – Directed by Mira Nair, Presented by Disney

Class Divide – Directed by Marc Levin, Presented by HBO Documentary Films

Black – Directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah, Presented »

- Gordon Cox

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Eureka: The Syfy Series Premiered 10 years Ago Today

18 July 2016 2:57 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Time flies through open wormholes. Syfy's quirky Eureka TV series premiered on July 18, 2006, when the NBC-Universal cable channel was still known as "Sci-Fi." Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia, the comedy-drama starring Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Joe Morton, and Chris Gauthier is set in the top secret Pacific Northwest town of Eureka.A company town, Eureka is dedicated to scientific achievement and plagued by experiments gone awry. The Eureka TV show was cancelled after five seasons. Its TV series finale episode 5.13, "Just Another Day," aired four years and two days ago, on July 16, 2012.The Eureka TV show cast also includes: Jordan Hinson, Niall Matter, Ed Quinn, Debrah Farentino, Tembi Locke, Christopher Jacot, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Matt Frewer, Trevor Jackson, Jaime Ray Newman, and Vanya Asher.Among Eureka's notable guest stars »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Hollywood Pioneer Lena Horne Talks Racial Inequality In Decades-Old Interview

9 July 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Episode two of PBS’ “American Masters Podcast” features American singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne as she discusses the difficulties of navigating the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood studio system and her involvement in the civil rights movement.

In the 30-minute podcast, Horne also recollects the times she spent with Count Basie, Medgar Evers, Billy Strayhorn and others.

Read More: Interview: Salli Richardson-Whitfield Talks Playing Lena Horne In ‘A Lady Must Live’ + Kickstarter Campaign To Finance

Then in a never-before-seen video from “In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive,” the legend shares her disappointment in the lack of progress made toward racial equality throughout her lifetime.

“Maybe it’s because I’m a black woman, but maybe because I’m a woman, I don’t see as much as I wanted,” Lena says in an interview released on August 29, 1996. “I don’t see it happening as »

- Liz Calvario

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How Diversity Initiatives Are Changing the Film Industry

7 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Diversity” may be a big buzzword for the film business these days, but for a lot of organizations, the challenges implied by the term are nothing new. While the Academy announced last week that it was inviting 683 new members—many from diverse backgrounds—to their vaunted club, the independent film side of the industry has long been fighting the good fight, with programs, grants and foundations focused on creating a more equitable entertainment ecosystem.

But how well are such initiatives working? “If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to realize there are a lot of well-meaning programs out there that are not having an impact,” said Film Independent’s Josh Welsh. “I’m at a point of great frustration. I am proud of what we’ve accomplished, but at the same time, these studies continue to come out every year that say the numbers in the industry are, as a whole, »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Will Debut With A Two-Night Premiere Event on The Oprah Winfrey Network

30 June 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Queen Sugar,” Ava DuVernay’s highly-anticipated one-hour drama finally has a premiere date. Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the series will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10Pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network. From there, the series will regularly air Wednesday nights.

The show will consist of a total of 13 episodes, with the “Selma” director helming the first two. The subsequent episodes are all directed by seasoned and emerging women which include Tina Mabry, Victoria Mahoney, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, Kat Candler, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Neema Barnette.

Read More: ‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer: A Funeral Brings Family Home in Ava DuVernay’s Oprah Winfrey Network Series

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two estranged sisters in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Nova (Wesley) is a world-wise journalist and activist and Charley (Gardner) is the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star. Kofi Siriboe »

- Liz Calvario

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Will Debut With A Two-Night Premiere Event on The Oprah Winfrey Network

30 June 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Queen Sugar,” Ava DuVernay’s highly-anticipated one-hour drama finally has a premiere date. Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the series will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10Pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network. From there, the series will regularly air Wednesday nights.

The show will consist of a total of 13 episodes, with the “Selma” director helming the first two. The subsequent episodes are all directed by seasoned and emerging women which include Tina Mabry, Victoria Mahoney, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, Kat Candler, Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Neema Barnette.

Read More: ‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer: A Funeral Brings Family Home in Ava DuVernay’s Oprah Winfrey Network Series

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two estranged sisters in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Nova (Wesley) is a world-wise journalist and activist and Charley (Gardner) is the savvy wife and manager of an NBA star. Kofi Siriboe »

- Liz Calvario

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Stitchers: Season Two Ratings

20 April 2016 6:44 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last year, Stitchers was a moderate success for ABC Family (now Freeform) in the ratings. Will the numbers improve in season two or, will they fall? Cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.

On Stitchers, a highly intelligent computer science grad student (Emma Ishta) is recruited into a covert government agency to be "stitched" into the minds of the recently deceased. Using their memories, she's able to help investigate murders and decipher mysteries that otherwise would have gone to the grave. The rest of the cast includes Kyle Harris, Ritesh Rajan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Allison Scagliotti.

Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress:Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Stitchers Season 2 Review

22 March 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

In a post-Hunger Games world, Stitchers, which returns to Freeform for its second season on March 22, should be hitting the jackpot. With a mythology that is part CSI and part Minority Report, as well as a heroine who is prickly, beautiful and destined to save the world, it seems as though the series is set to ride the wave that modern Ya fiction has created – right into the hearts of Freeform’s engaged teen viewers.

However, while the show might sound like a hit on paper, the result is a messy combination of ambiguous plot points and a tone that, unfortunately, talks down to its audience. There are plenty of examples of smart, mythology-heavy procedurals made for teens, but Stitchers just isn’t one of them.

For those of you new to the series, Stitchers centers on Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), a brilliant »

- Samantha White

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Social Media Star Logan Paul Joins Freeform’s ‘Stitchers’ (Exclusive)

17 March 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Logan Paul has been cast in the second season of Freeform’s procedural drama “Stitchers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The social-media star joins the sci-fi show in a recurring role. His episodes will air on April 5 and 12.

Stitchers” is about Kristen (Emma Ishta), a young woman recruited into a secret government agency to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased, using their memories to investigate murders and help solve mysteries before they go to the grave. Paul will play Theo, Camille’s (Allison Scagliotti) older brother, who arrives in Los Angeles with a whole lot of trouble right behind him. Theo’s unwelcome entrance back into Camille’s life complicates the world she’s built for herself and brings up memories of the past she tried to leave in Bakersfield.

With more than 9 million followers on Vine, Paul is one of the most popular social-media stars today. He »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Stitchers: Freeform Teases Season Two Series Premiere

18 February 2016 2:43 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_44469" align="aligncenter" width="590"] (ABC Family/Lou Rocco)Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub, Salli Richardson, Emma Ishta, Allison Scagliotti, Kyle Harris[/caption]

Freeform has released three new promos for the second season of the Stitchers TV series. Watch them, below. Season two of Stitchers premieres Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Stitchers features Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta) who has been recruited by the government to tap into the memories of dead people and solve crimes.

The cast of Stitchers also includes Kyle Harris as Cameron Goodkin. Ritesh Rajan is Linus Ahluwalia. Salli Richardson-Whitfield plays Maggie Baptiste. Allison Scagliotti is Camille Engelson. Jeffrey Alan Schechter, Jonathan Baruch, and Rob Wolken executive produce.

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‘Stitchers’ Season 2 Premiere Date Set by Freeform

29 January 2016 9:53 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Freeform has set the second season premiere date for the sci-fi series “Stitchers.” The show, which wrapped its 10-episode first season last August, will return on March 22 at 10/9c. “Stitchers” stars Emma Ishta as Kirsten Clark, a young woman recruited into a covert government agency to be “stitched,” allowing her to tap into the mind of the recently deceased. Working alongside Kirsten is Cameron, a brilliant neuroscientist, and Linus, an earnest engineer and communications technician. Also read: ABC Family's 'Stitchers' Renewed for Season 2 The cast also includes Kyle Harris as Cameron Goodkin, Ritesh Rajan as Linus Ahluwalia, »

- Reid Nakamura

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Exclusive Clip from Robert Townsend's Basketball-Themed Romcom, 'Playin' for Love'

26 January 2016 10:14 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Robert Townsend has gotten behind the camera again; this time directing (and starring in) a basketball-themed rom-com titled "Playin' For Love" which tells the story of Coach Banks (Townsend) who is used to calling all the shots for his championship high school basketball team and in his own love life. But that’s about to change when he meets, Talisa McCoy (played by Salli Richardson-Whitfield), the mother of a star player, new to Jackson High. She’s a beautiful, strong-willed single mom, with her own ideas on a winning team… and the perfect man. Now, this coach will have to learn a few new plays if he’s going to stay in the game. Esai Morales, Jenifer Lewis, Lawrence »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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