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Matthew Weiner’s ‘Romanoffs’ Adds Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Paul Reiser

Matthew Weiner’s ‘Romanoffs’ Adds Corey Stoll, Andrew Rannells, Paul Reiser
Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner’s new Amazon series continues to expand the ranks of its cast.

Corey Stoll (“The Strain”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Mike Doyle (“Odd Mom Out”), Jj Feild (“Turn: Washington’s Spies”), Janet Montgomery (“Salem”), and Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”) have joined “The Romanoffs” as guest stars. They join previously announced cast members Isabelle Huppert, Marthe Keller, Aaron Eckhart, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jack Huston, and Amanda Peet.

The Romanoffs,” which Weiner is executive producing and writing with Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”), is the first TV project for the “Mad Men” creator since his Emmy-winning AMC series ended in 2015.

Set to premiere in 2018 and produced by The Weinstein Company, “The Romanoffs” will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family
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Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ Sets Creative Team

Matthew Weiner’s ‘The Romanoffs’ Sets Creative Team
Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has filled out the creative team for his return to series television, Amazon’s “The Romanoffs.”

Produced by The Wenstein Company, “The Romanoffs” has added executive producer and writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”); co-executive producers Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”), and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”); and consulting producers and writers Andre Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”) and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”).

In addition, the series has added director of photography Chris Manley (“Mad Men”); costume designers Janie Bryant (“Mad Men”) and Wendy Chuck (“Spotlight”); production designers Henry Dunn (“Mad Men”) and Christopher Brown (“Mad Men;); Hair and make-up heads Theraesa Rivers (“Mad Men”) and Lana Horochowski (“Mad Men”); and casting directors Carrie Audino (“Mad Men”), Laura Schiff (“Mad Men”), and Kendra Clark (“Mad Men”).

“It’s an honor to be working with these exceptional storytellers and collaborators–many of whom I know from Mad Men—and
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Matthew Weiner Sets 'Mad Men' Reunion for Amazon Anthology 'The Romanoffs'

Matthew Weiner is getting some of the Mad Men gang back together.

The Emmy winner is set to reunite with 13 producers, writers, casting directors and costume designers from the acclaimed AMC drama for his forthcoming Amazon anthology The Romanoffs.

Among them are executive producer and writer Semi Chellas, co-executive producer Blake McCormick and consulting producers and writers Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton. Kriss Turner Towner (The Bernie Mac Show) and Kathy Ciric (Z: The Beginning of Everything) have also come on board as co-exec producers.

Other Mad Men alums working on The Romanoffs include director of photography Chris Manley, production designers Henry Dunn and Christopher Brown,...
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Listen Now – Black Writers Rountable On The Shadow & Act Livecast

Back by popular demand… or maybe I should say black by popular demand… probably one of our most downloaded podcasts, and asked about. I’ll be reposting these older shows, because, quite frankly, they’re all still very relevant… so if you missed it the first time, here it is…

Click the player above to listen. Or download the recording via iTunes.

The one-hour discussion included the following guests:

Courtney Lilly. His resumé includes writing for Chris Rock’s Everybody Hates Chris, Arrested Development, and is currently working on the upcoming Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show. Kriss Turner. Kriss wrote the screenplay for Something New, a film which has been mentioned once or twice on this site, which starred Sanaa Lathan. She also previously wrote for The Bernie mac Show, Living Single, and is currently working on Sherri Shepherd’s new sitcom for Lifetime, aptly titled Sherri. Kenya Barris.
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Something New

Something New
In Something New, a keenly observed urban romantic comedy marking the feature debuts of music video director Sanaa Hamri and TV writer Kriss Turner, a black career woman looking for her IBM (as in Ideal Black Man) is thrown for a bit of a loop when her love match turns out to be decidedly Caucasian.

She's not the only one in for a surprise. Those overly acquainted with a genre that keeps on trotting out all the usual suspects and situations will be pleased to know that there's still a little life left in that tried and true person-meets-person/person-loses-person/person-gets-person format.

While it might share some thematic elements with last year's "Guess Who?" the Focus Features release generally steers away from broader comedy in favor of grounded characters and thoughtful performances.

The refreshing results should please its targeted female demo in the market for a heart-shaped February confection with something more substantial than a mushy center.

Sanaa Lathan capably anchors the picture as Kenya Denise McQueen, the attractive but uptight product of an academic family who's a senior manager at a high-profile accounting firm where she's on the verge of making partner.

Making partner in her personal life is another story. So far Kenya has been content to cocoon in the beige-on-beige living room in her newly purchased home, but at the urging of her girlfriends, she's agreed to meet a blind date at the Magic Johnson Starbucks.

As it turns out, Brian Simon Baker (late of The Guardian), is a spirited, nice guy, but the fact that he also happens to be white makes her uncomfortable. The date doesn't go well but Kenya, upon subsequently finding out that he's a landscape architect, hires him to do something with her sadly neglected backyard.

Suffice it to say, Brian ultimately succeeds in cultivating Kenya's garden.

Using a Detroit Free Press statistic that 42.4% of black women have never been married as a jump-off point, screenwriter Turner has come up with a scenario that's peppered with knowing details about everything from hair extensions to proper Cotillion etiquette.

Although the script could have gone somewhat easier on the speechifying and Baker's character seems a little too good to be true, it's still refreshing to see a female-oriented vehicle that has actually been written and directed by women, rather than by men who think they know what their audience wants to hear and see.

There's also a palpable chemistry between the likable leads (another rare thing in too many purported romantic comedies) while Moroccan-born Hamri's vibrant visuals are set against real-life Los Angeles locales -- from Baldwin Hills to Venice to downtown's Biltmore Hotel -- that have a lot more flavor than the usual tour stops.


Focus Features

Focus Features presents a Stephanie Allain production


Director: Sanaa Hamri

Screenwriter: Kriss Turner

Producer: Stephanie Allain

Executive producers: Preston Homes, Joe Pichirallo

Director of photography: Shane Hurlbut

Production designer: Mayne Berke

Editor: Melissa Kent

Costume designer: Hope Hanafin

Music: Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman


Kenya Denise McQueen: Sanaa Lathan

Bryan Kelly: Simon Baker

Walter: Michael Epps

Nelson McQueen: Donald Faison

Mark Harper: Blair Underwood

Joyce McQueen: Alfre Woodard

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 100 minutes

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