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Adult Swim has renewed its new Aaron McGruder series "Black Jesus" and "Mike Tyson Mysteries" for second seasons. McGruder's live-action "Jesus" finds the son of God living in present day Compton, CA, on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as "Black Jesus." Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia Algarin round out the starring cast. McGruder is executive producer through his 5 Mutts Productions, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
ABC will air “Star Wars Rebels” with a special visit from Darth Vader, as voiced by James Earl Jones ABC’s special airing Oct. 26 of Disney Xd's "Star Wars Rebels: Spark Of Rebellion” movie will contain a bonus scene featuring Darth Vader. “We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast,” says exec producer Dave Filoni. “We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader.” Amazon renews “Transparent” for Season 2 Amazon wouldn’t release viewing figures, but they were apparently enough to warrant renewal. “South Park” mocked Spin magazine this week for being outraged over last week’s episode After last week’s episode aired, Spin writer Brennan Carey expressed outrage that Stan’s dad dressed as Lorde (“Has Lorde ever really done anything all that worthy of drawing the cartoon creators' ire?,” he wrote). So in this week’s episode, »
- Norman Weiss
Bet's “The Game” is going Greek. “Black Jesus” star Kali Hawk will appear on the upcoming eighth season of the show as Sonia Allen, Chardonnay's (Brandy Norwood) sorority sister, TheWrap has learned. Also read: Bet's ‘The Game’ Will End After Nine Seasons This casting would be a homecoming for Hawk, who previously starred on Bet's short lived comedy “Let's Stay Together.” Adult Swim viewers will recognize Hawk as Maggie on “Black Jesus.” She has also appeared in a recurring role on Fox's “New Girl” as Winston's (Lamorne Morris) ex-girlfriend Shelby. Hawk's film credits include “Peeples,” “Bridesmaids” and “Couples Retreat.” Also »
- Jethro Nededog
Now a month after the premiere of Aaron McGruder's new Adult Swim series "Black Jesus," it seems that audiences have settled from the initial controversy surrounding the show. Despite initial outrage at Black Jesus' appearance, language and exploits - including threats to get the show cancelled – the series has blown away its competition in cable with over 2 million viewers. Cast member Kali Hawk who plays Maggie, the woman in the Black Jesus crew, recently spoke with Shadow And Act about the show and the conversations that it's inspired. Jai Tiggett: There's been controversy about the show since before it even aired. What kind of feedback have you gotten, »
- Jai Tiggett
Tonight's the night folks! Adult Swim will premiere the network's new half-hour live-action scripted comedy "Black Jesus," from writer/producer, Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks"), tonight, Thursday, August 7th at 11pm (Et/Pt). The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as "Black Jesus." Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia Algarin round out the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
And if it didn't, it certainly wouldn't be an Aaron McGruder series, would it? Adult Swim has announced their new half-hour live-action scripted comedy "Black Jesus" from writer/producer, Aaron McGruder ("The Boondocks"), will premiere on Thursday, August 7th at 11pm (Et/Pt). The series finds Jesus living in present day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series stars newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson as "Black Jesus." Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew »
- Tambay A. Obenson
“Couples Retreat” star Kali Hawk will join Taryn Manning (“Orange Is the New Black”) in the coming-of-age dramedy “A Light Beneath Their Feet,” TheWrap has learned. Valerie Weiss (“Losing Control”) is directing from a script by Moira McMahon Leeper, who previously wrote for “Private Practice” and MTV's “Teen Wolf.” The film co-stars Madison Davenport (“Noah”), Maddie Hasson (ABC Family's “Twisted”) and Kurt Fuller (“Midnight in Paris”). Also read: Fox's ‘New Girl’ Cast Shares TV Upfront Survival Tips: ‘Don't Sleep With Strange Women – or Strange Dudes’ “A Light Beneath Their Feet” is a character-driven story that follows a high school »
- Jeff Sneider
• Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx are in talks to star in Black Phantom, a Screen Gems hitman pic. Ride Along’s Tim Story is in talks to direct the film about a hitman reeling from a recent betrayal who hires the guy who was hired to kill him for help. Foxx can be seen next in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (out May 2). Hart’s Think Like a Man Too (also directed by Story) is out June 20. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Kali Hawk, Macy Gray, DJ Qualls, Tatyana Ali, La La Anthony and Mo McCrae are among the cast members of the Queen Latifah-executive produced feature film November Rule. Described as a romantic comedy, the film will tell the tale of a man who makes a "November rule" (hence the title) to stay away from women, even if he's in a relationship when each November comes around. So he routinely ends relationships in November (if he's involved), or keeps his distance from women (if he's not involved), until, as you can probably guess, meets the woman of his dreams, while still strictly adhering to his "November rule," loses her, and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Kali Hawk, whose recent roles include Peeples and Couples Retreat, has joined the cast of November Rule, the upcoming film executive produced by Queen Latifah. Starring Macy Gray, DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow), Tatyana Ali and Sons of Anarchy's Mo McRae, the romantic comedy follows a sports shoe entrepreneur (McRae) who has made a "November rule" in order to keep his distance from the women. Every November, he breaks up with the woman he's seeing using a whopping lie. But when he realizes he's let go the woman of his dreams, he tries everything to get her back. Photos: The
- Rebecca Ford
Created by Aaron McGruder (“The Boondocks,” “Red Tails”), the comedy stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson as the man on a mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small, but loyal group of downtrodden followers. The series also stars Charlie Murphy (“Are We There Yet?”), Corey Holcomb (“The Cleveland Show”), John Witherspoon (“The Boondocks”), Kali Hawk (“Couples Retreat”), and Andra Fuller (“L.A. Complex”).
The Turner-owned network will premiere the series later this year.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported this deal.
- Whitney Friedlander
If you hadn't heard, this is "Psych's" final season (we know, we're upset too), but it's going out with a bang. There is nary a misstep between now and the series finale on March 26. Wednesday's (Feb. 5) episode starts the countdown to the end off right, with Dulé Hill's magnum opus as Burton Guster.
When John Russell, a man living a carbon-copy of Gus' life, dies in an apparent suicide, Gus is bound and determined to prove that he (Gus Russ) didn't kill himself. It was a ton of fun watching Gus be the head detective for once, since nobody believes him that Russell was actually murdered.
There's also the introduction of Emanuelle (Kali Hawk), a private detective and love interest for Gus. Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of her. It was also awesome to see Gus throw off the shackles of Central Coast Pharmaceuticals after all these years. »
12 items from 2014
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