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Jasika Nicole on ‘Underground,’ Representation and Rewriting History

28 March 2017 10:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A good character introduction is one of the greatest joys television can offer, and in the March 8 “Underground” season premiere, viewers were treated to two of them.

Harriet Tubman (Aisha Hinds) made her debut in a crackling action scene set to Beyonce’s “Freedom”: A confrontation with men hunting for fugitive slaves depicted a confident Tubman holding an ax in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Suffice to say that Tubman and her compatriot Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) came out ahead in that encounter on “Underground,” a saga that interweaves the stories of a number of slaves, all of whom are linked to each other through the common goal of freedom.

A few scenes later, the escaped-slave narrative introduced the fictional Georgia (Jasika Nicole), a quieter but no less driven woman who runs a boarding house. Georgia is a resourceful and welcoming woman who hosts a sewing circle at her home — but don’t expect »

- Maureen Ryan

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Remote Controlled: ‘Full Frontal’s’ Samantha Bee & Jo Miller Talk Trump; Plus John Legend & Jurnee Smollett on ‘Underground’ Season 2

17 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome to Remote Controlled, Variety’s podcast series featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

This week’s episode features TV critics Maureen Ryan and Sonia Saraiya in conversation with “Full Frontal’s” Samantha Bee and Jo Miller. Now in the show’s second season and with Donald Trump in the White House, Bee and Miller discussed how their show has — and hasn’t — changed, as their viewers are looking for answers.

“We don’t have answers for them. We don’t have answers for those people,” Bee jokes. “People need rational explanations so badly,” Miller observes.

Miller and Bee say that they get a lot of their inspiration from the missteps of cable news, although it also appears that the climate might be changing. “We watch people stand there and allow Jeffrey lord and Kayleigh McEnany to scream bullshit, and then cut to commercial break,” Miller »

- Sonia Saraiya

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Exclusive: How ‘Underground’ Is Making History by Telling Harriet Tubman’s Story on Screen

8 March 2017 12:05 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When Underground returns to Wgn America for season two on Wednesday, March 8, it’ll make history by presenting Harriet Tubman’s narrative onscreen for the first time since 1978, when Cicely Tyson played the abolitionist on the TV miniseries A Woman Called Moses. In the 39 years since, there’s been little of Tubman’s vast story -- from her escape from slavery to the Underground Railroad to her role as spy and military leader during the Civil War and, later, a suffragette -- presented, unless one counts her brief appearance on an episode of NBC's 1982 time-traveling series Voyagers! or in 2012’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which even the film’s screenwriter, Seth Grahame-Smith, admitted was “sad.”

In fact, several versions of Abraham Lincoln’s story have appeared on TV and in theaters since 1978, with Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earning Daniel Day-Lewis the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the president. Even [link=nm »

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‘Underground’ Season 2 Review: Slave-Era Drama Stronger With Harriet Tubman

7 March 2017 4:33 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Debuting on March 8, Season 2 of Underground has more action, more heart-pumping- and heart- stopping drama, and more moral muscle than its Wgn America ratings-record-breaking debut of last year. And, as I say in my video review above, the first season of the Misha Green- and Joe Pokaski-created series about the Underground Railroad and the race for freedom for slaves, wasn't exactly short on those admirable qualities to begin with. With the set-up of Season 1 behind the J… »

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John Legend Debuts New Song, Aldis Hodge Talks ‘Modern Enslavement’ at ‘Underground’ Premiere

1 March 2017 11:43 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tuesday night, the cast of Wgn America’s “Underground” debuted its second season at the Westwood Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

The hourlong series ushered in new cast members like Bokeem Woodbine and Aisha Hinds — who arrived in a custom gown to pay homage to her character, Harriet Tubman — and also introduced twists and turns for the more established characters like Noah, played by Aldis Hodge; Rosalee, who is brought to life by Jurnee Smollett-Bell; Elizabeth, portrayed by Jessica De GouwJohn Hawkes played by Marc Blucas; and Amirah Vann‘s Ernestine.

“I have so much respect for her,” Vann said of her character. “You can’t walk in her shoes for this many months and not feel a little taller, own your truth more, be courageous as a woman, as a black woman. I’m better for her.”

Smollett-Bell also recalled an acting growth spurt saying, “I think it’s the hardest work I’ve ever »

- Ericka Franklin

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Marvel fills out the cast of the Cloak & Dagger TV series

15 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Late last month, Marvel announced that Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of, Run All Night) and Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It, Didn’t Do It) have secured the roles of Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen in the Cloak & Dagger TV series, and now comes word that six more actors have joined the cast.

The official site reports that Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, Blue Bloods), Gloria Reuben (ER, Mr. Robot), Miles Mussenden (Bloodline, Queen Sugar), Carl Lundstedt (Grey’s Anatomy, Conviction), James Saito (Life of Pi, The Devil’s Advocate) and J.D. Evermore (True Detective, The Walking Dead) have all be cast in the Hulu series.

Reuben will play Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, “the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence. While complex and emotionally composed, her love for her daughter burns bright”, with Johnson as Tyrone’s mother Adina Johnson, who “invests every aspect of her being »

- Gary Collinson

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Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger TV Series Fills Out Cast With Six New Recruits

14 February 2017 3:06 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Marvel has wasted no time in filling out its cast for the upcoming Cloak and Dagger series. Barely two weeks have passed since we caught wind of Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph securing the coveted title roles, but today brings confirmation that the studio has now filled out the rest of the roster with six new series regulars.

Ordered straight to series last April, Marvel and Freeform’s live-action adaptation chronicles the interracial and suitably superheroic romance between Cloak and Dagger (Aka Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen), who will be played by Joseph and Holt, respectively.

In terms of those new recruits, Andrea Roth (Rescue Me) will play the part of Melissa Bowen. Mother to Tandy, Roth’s character is considered the eternal optimist, despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence. On the other side of the coin, Gloria Reuben (Mr. Robot) is Adina Johnson, Tyrone’s mom. »

- Michael Briers

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger finally finds its two leads

30 January 2017 6:53 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Josh Wilding

Marvel has yet another TV show in development, and they today announced who will be playing the titular characters! We are of course talking about Cloak & Dagger, a series which is described as a coming-of-age series revolving around Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson.

Despite coming from starkly different backgrounds, each of the heroes grew up with a secret they never dared share with another soul. Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.

Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever. »

- Josh Wilding

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Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger cast Elizabeth Holt and Aubrey Joseph

30 January 2017 6:38 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

About time we saw some traction on this. We got some new heroes on the block guys and now we know who will be playing the two lead roles.

I reported way back in April that Cloak and Dagger had been greenlit. Look its right here. Well finally we know who our two stars will be. Olivia Holt (Kickin It, The Standoff) will be Tandy Bowen a.k.a. Dagger and Aubrey Joseph (Run All Night, Death Pact) will play Tyrone Johnson a.k.a. Cloak. Executive Producer Joe Pokaski says, 

"The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I first met them in the pages of Marvel comics when I was a boy. When Olivia and Aubrey read for the roles, these characters leapt off the page.  We’re so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel Universe. »

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Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph Cast in Freeform’s ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’

30 January 2017 4:34 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freeform has found the two leads for its upcoming superhero series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.”

Former Disney Channel star Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph will play the title characters, Variety has confirmed.

Adapted from the early ’80s Marvel comic book series of the same name, “Cloak & Dagger” is a live-action drama akin to sister network ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” yet still staying true to Freeform’s traditional coming-of-age narratives.

Holt will play Dagger, aka Tandy Bowen, a privileged teen who’s life is changed after her family is destroyed by a disastrous storm. She has the power to emit beams of light (daggers).

Joseph portrays Cloak, aka Tyrone Johnson, who also suffers a personal loss. His ability is the opposite of Dagger’s; he can engulf others in (a cloak) of darkness.

“The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I first met them in the pages of »

- Lawrence Yee

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Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt cast as Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, new synopsis released

30 January 2017 4:18 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few days ago it was rumoured that Noah Gray-Cabey (Heroes) and Debby Ryan (Jessie) had been cast as the two leads in Cloak and Dagger TV series, but it seems that report was wide of the mark, as we now have official casting new direct from Marvel.

Securing the lead roles as Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen are Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of, Run All Night) and Disney channel star Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It, Didn’t Do It).

“The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I first met them in the pages of Marvel comics when I was a boy,” said showrunner and Executive Producer Joe Pokaski. “When Olivia and Aubrey read for the roles, these characters leapt off the page.  We’re so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel Universe.”

“Marvel is delighted to have found our Cloak and Dagger, »

- Gary Collinson

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Cloak & Dagger: Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph cast as leads

30 January 2017 2:17 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

David Crow Jan 31, 2017

Marvel and Freeform's Cloak & Dagger has cast Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in the superhero roles of Tandy and Tyrone...

As the onscreen Marvel Universe grows more diverse by the day, it looks as though a particular fan favourite is moving closer to the camera over at the teen-targeted Freeform network. Indeed, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger announced its lead actors via Deadline on Monday.

Performers Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph have been cast in the respective roles of Dagger/Tandy Bowen and Cloak/Tyrone Johnson. The news comes after five years of development for Cloak & Dagger as a television property at Freeform, dating back to when it the network was still called ABC Family.

Holt is best known to date for starring in Disney Xd’s Kickin’ It and the series I Didn’t Do It; Joseph, meanwhile, appeared in HBO’s The Night Of and the film Run All Night. »

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Cloak And Dagger TV Series Casts Titular Leads

30 January 2017 1:03 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Call off the search party, for Marvel and Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger TV series has found its two leading stars.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that while Noah Gray-Cabey and Debby Ryan were reportedly in the running early on, the superhero roles of Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson have fallen to Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph. Ordered straight to series back in 2016, Cloak and Dagger chronicles the coming-of-age romance between Tandy (Dagger) and Bowen (Cloak), who struggle to wrangle their superhuman abilities under control. Olivia Holt’s Tandy has the power to emit light daggers on a whim, while Tyrone is able to engulf others in darkness at a moment’s notice. Together, they’re able to keep a lid on their respective powers, but a superheroic romance threatens to complicate an already complicated situation.

It’ll skew toward a younger audience, given its teenage leads, and it’ll »

- Michael Briers

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Marvel's Cloak and Dagger: Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph Cast in Freeform Series

30 January 2017 12:48 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Disney Channel alum Olivia Holt and The Night Of‘s Aubrey Joseph have landed the leads in Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, an upcoming series at Freeform.

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An adaptation of the Marvel comics characters first introduced in a 1982 Spectacular Spider-Man series and then in success spun off into their own adventures, the live-action project follows Tyrone “Ty” Johnson and Tandy Bowen, a pair of powered young people who as Cloak and Dagger absorb baddies into “darkness” and shoot light daggers, respectively. Our sister site Deadline first reported the castings.

At Freeform’s May Upfront event, »

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Marvel And Freeform's Cloak And Dagger Casts Olivia Holt And Aubrey Joseph In The Title Roles

30 January 2017 11:36 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Last week we heard that Debby Ryan and Noah Gray-Cabey were in line to play the teenage heroes of Marvel and Freeform's Cloak and Dagger, but Deadline has just debunked that by revealing the names of the actors who will actually bring life to the young warriors of light and darkness. According to the trade, The Night of's Aubrey Joseph will be playing Tyrone Johnson/Cloak, while former Disney Channel star Olivia Holt will portray Tandy Bowen/Dagger. “The characters of Tandy and Tyrone have always stood out to me ever since I first met them in the pages of Marvel comics when I was a boy," said executive producer/showrunner Joe Pokaski. "When Olivia and Aubrey read for the roles, these characters leaped off the page. We’re so excited to see what these talented young actors bring to the Marvel Universe.” A new synopsis and updated character »

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Hot Rumor: Marvel Studios Has Found Its Cloak And Dagger!

25 January 2017 7:24 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Another day, another Marvel Studios project moves forward. 

It was announced some time ago that Marvel Studios was getting set to launch another project that's going to take place within its shared Marvel Cinematic Universe: Cloak and Dagger.

Since then, there hasn't been too much to report. Until the last 36 hours...

According to the McU Exchange, they've got it on good authority from a source of theirs that Marvel has found the two lead actors for the project. According to them, relative unknowns Noah Gray-Cabey and Debby Ryan have been tapped to play Tyrone "Ty" Johnson and Tandy Bowen in Cloak and Dagger, which is set to run on ABC's Freeform network. 

Sometimes we look to social media activity to see if there's anything that lends credibility to a rumor like this, and what's notable here is that Gray-Cabey did recently start getting followed on Twitter by Cloak and Dagger's showrunner, »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger TV Series May Have Cast Its Leads

24 January 2017 11:54 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last night we reported that Marvel’s upcoming Cloak and Dagger TV show, which will air on Freeform, had found a director for its pilot episode in the form of Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball, Beyond the Lights). Now, a new rumor suggests that the two leads have also been cast. According to the McU Exchange, Noah Gray-Cabey will play Tyrone Johnson (Cloak), while Debby Ryan has signed on to bring Tandy Bowen (Dagger) to life on the small screen.

While neither of these actors are what you’d call household names, they’ve both starred in some fairly popular TV shows in the past. Gray-Cabey is probably best know for playing Micah in the original Heroes when he was a kid (he also reprised the role for Heroes Reborn), but he’s since appeared in the likes of CSI and Code Black. Ryan, meanwhile, played Aubrey on Girl Meets World, »

- Mark Cassidy

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‘Underground’ Returns To Sundance With John Legend & Season 2 Sneak Peeks

6 January 2017 1:15 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Ahead of its Season 2 debut, Wgn America's Underground is heading back to the Sundance Film Festival for the second year in a row. I've learned that the pre-Civil War drama created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski will have a "clips and conversation" panel on at 6 Pm January 21. Set to be held at the Park City HQ of the Blackhouse Foundation, the two-hour get-together will feature Green and Pokaski as well as Underground leads Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge… »

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