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Kali Hawk, B.J. Britt, Valarie Pettiford and Telma Hopkins Star in TV One Original Movie 'Welcome to the Family'

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TV One's latest original movie (the network has been producing quite a few of them lately, in case you haven't noticed) "Welcome to the Family" explores what happens when tradition collides with modernity, centering on Stella, an internet producer (Kali Hawk), who has to learn how to balance her personal and professional lives. She utilizes her family reunion to not only reveal her engagement to fiancée Quinton (B.J. Britt), but also to prove she can host her own web series. Stella is blinded by her own ambition, as each family member's antics and escapades hit the World Wide Web. Caught up in the world of media mania and surrounded by a crazy cast of relatives, Stella learns that her fiancée is actually her cousin. Captured by cameras for the world to see, the couple's relationship is thrown into turmoil as Stella's web series turns into a social media hit. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Baratunde Thurston Joins 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' to Oversee Social and Digital Expansion

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"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" has announced a new social and multiplatform initiative and has hired multi-hyphenate Baratunde Thurston, as supervising producer to oversee the creation and production of original content for digital outlets. With this new initiative, fans of "The Daily Show" will have access to more original content presented across multiple platforms. In this evolution under new host Trevor Noah, the series will produce an ongoing flow of original content that will resonate with fans of "The Daily Show." The creation and production of platform-specific original content will be spearheaded by Thurston who will be working with Noah and the show's executive producers to execute the multiplatform strategy, keeping it organic to "The Daily Show" mission while expanding the series' footprint across all digital and social platforms. "Baratunde brings a very unique set of skills to 'The Daily Show.' We've been admirers of his...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Claire Danes Can't Run From The Past In New Trailer For 'Homeland' Season 5

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On the list of shows-i-haven't-watched-yet-because-life-is-busy is Showtime's "Homeland." Some people tell me season four dropped off in quality, while others say that it was just as solid as the others. At any rate, it seems everyone wants to know what happens next in season five, and a meaty new trailer for the next batch of episodes is here.  Read More: New Teaser For 'Homeland' Season 5 Shows Carrie Mathison Adrift Clearly, I don't watch the show, but here basically all you need to know is the classic line from "The Godfather Part III": "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Indeed, former CIA operative Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) attempt to live as a private citizen don't go so well as she's once again embroiled in a web of geo-politics, which involves hackers and getting tossed into a van among other things. But it looks pretty intense, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bounce TV's 'In The Cut' Premiere Sets Record for the Young Black Television Network - Watch It Now!

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The premiere of the new Bounce TV Original Series "In The Cut" has become the network's number one series premiere ever in the delivery of Adults 18-49, while also posting strong numbers and increases across the board. "In The Cut's" series premiere telecast on Tuesday, August 25 at 9pm (Et), drew 172,000 Adults 18-49, which more than doubled (+102%) the time period average, and edged out Bounce TV's premiere of "Off The Chain: Rodney Perry" as the network's previous number one premiere in the key demographic. "In The Cut" stars Dorien WilsonKen Lawson and also features Jackee Harry and John Marshall Jones. The show centers on Jay Weaver (Wilson) who owns several businesses in a strip mall in San Diego and spends most of his time working in his barbershop, Jay's Chop Shop. Jay also co-owns a beauty salon a few doors away - Nadine's Shop - named for his ex-wife (Harry) who still runs it. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 'Homeland' Season 5 Trailer Shows There's No Way Out for Carrie

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[Spoilers for Season 4] After spending most of Season 4 repeatedly pushing past her moral limits, Carrie finally snapped. No, she didn't go off her meds and sleep with a suspected terrorist. She dropped out of the CIA to take care of her baby (the product of sleeping with a suspected terrorist).  Read More: 'Homeland' Season 5 Lands Premiere Date with 'The Affair' Season 2, Plus Poster Two years later, and Carrie still can't escape the aftershocks of her old job. In the new trailer above, the bipolar ex-agent is shown trying to escort a billionaire through a dangerous Middle Eastern country, being kidnapped by God-knows-who and stopping short of pulling the trigger on her own bad luck. Oh, and Quinn is on a killing spree. If a bit messy in appearance, the upcoming season of Showtime's Emmy-winning drama series looks likely to at least hold our attention. Season 4 was an impressive return to form after a slight drop-off the year before, »


- Ben Travers

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Guest Post: From Day Job to Dream Job: How This Cupcake Girl Got a Feature Film in 6 Easy Steps

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A lot of people in Hollywood have a day job and work as writers, actors, directors, etc., by night. Well, I was just the same, working at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, when it occurred to me that I might be able to turn this daytime paycheck into a life-long dream. The first video I created for Sprinkles was an internal documentary about the company. From there, I jumped to creating a short-film series for the La-based bakery. My first Sprinkles Short was "Strawberry" starring Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson!). Fast-forward to today, where my first feature film "Fatal Flip," is airing on Lifetime in two days. And it was all a direct result of those Sprinkles shorts! So, here are six easy steps to turning your day job into a dream job.  Step 1: Get passionate about your day job.  I know, I know, it's not what you want to do forever, »


- Maureen Bharoocha

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2015 Fall TV Preview: 21 New Shows You Need to Know

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"Hand of God" (Amazon) - Friday, September 4 What is it? Ron Perlman plays a corrupt judge who believes he can hear the voice of God after his son's suicide attempt. He starts a crusade to find the man who raped his son's wife, employing methods both lawful and otherwise, all in God's name. I'll like it if I like... dark TV shows with morally questionable leads; think "A Gifted Man" crossed with "The Leftovers." Why should I care? The latest Amazon series got off to a strong start in its premiere episode. We ranked it as the best of their third pilot season, ahead of "The Cosmopolitans" and "Red Oaks" (the later of which is also on this list), in part because of its phenomenal cast. Perlman is perfect in the lead role, and his supporting players — from Garrett Dillahunt to Dana Delany — add relevance to the show in a big way. »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers

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'The Carmichael Show' is Most-Watched Summer Comedy Debut in 8 Years. Watch Both Episodes Now!

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NBC's summer comedy series lineup continued last night (after "Mr. Robinson" ended its run last week) with "The Carmichael Show" which kicked off a 6-episode run at 9pm. "The Carmichael Show" is inspired by star Jerrod Carmichael's relationships with his say-anything contrarian father, therapist-in training girlfriend, ever-hustling brother and mother, who is always, always, always right with Jesus. Amber West, Lil Rel Howery, David Alan Grier, and Loretta Devine co-star. Did you tune in?  Apparently, many of you did, because, as NBC reports, “The Carmichael Show” drew 4.8 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. Et, making it the most-watched summer comedy series debut on any of the Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) since 2007, when “Creature Comforts” drew 6.1 million viewers for CBS - a span covering 12 summer-comedy launches. This follows the August 5th premiere of “Mr. Robinson” which was the #2 highest-rated...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Other Shoe Drops - MSNBC Moves Rev. Al to Sunday Mornings

23 hours ago

As I have reported here previously a few times, MSNBC is currently in the midst of revamping their daytime schedule because of poor ratings. They're getting clobbered by CNN and Fox News. As a result, they recently cancelled "Now with Alex Wagner," "The Cycle" and "The Ed Show," and replaced them with straight news programs anchored by a shifting lineup of different anchors. Meanwhile Michael Eric Dyson, who has taken over "The Ed Show's" afternoon slot, has, for the time being, been hosting a similar show not unlike "The Ed Show," but without a title. And there were rumors that the network was planning to eventually move the ratings-challenged show "PoliticsNation" hosted by the Rev Al Sharpton, to a weekend slot. Well, finally, yesterday, MSNBC president Phil Griffith announced that Rev Al's show would be moved to Sunday mornings in October, taking the 9Am slot (8Am Central) preceding Melissa Harris Perry's show. »


- Sergio

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Michael Emerson on 'Person of Interest' Season 5, Amy Acker and The Machine

23 hours ago

"Person of Interest" is a show that I've relentlessly tried to get other people to watch: Jonathan Nolan's sci-fi drama slipped quietly onto the CBS lineup in 2011, without much fanfare despite an excellent slate of executive producers and an all-star cast. For four seasons it's hailed consistent critical acclaim, but has been largely unavailable for streaming and thus, unfortunately inaccessible. Read More: 'Lost' 10th Anniversary: The 15 Best Episodes of 'Lost' This month, Wgn America will present viewers with a much-needed opportunity to catch up through their upcoming "Prime Crime" lineup, teaming "Person of Interest" with fellow CBS crime drama "Elementary" for a 100-episode event starting August 31. For the first two weeks of the program, a total of 100 installments of "Elementary" and "Person of Interest" will air, giving viewers the opportunity to start from the very beginning. Starting September...

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- Jessica Cariaga

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Malachi Kirby Is Kunta Kinte in Upcoming 'Roots' Remake

26 August 2015 4:13 PM, PDT

British actor Malachi Kirby (he starred in fellow Brit Destiny Ekaragha's feature film debut, "Gone Too Far," and was a regular on the TV series "EastEnders") has signed up to play Kunta Kinte, joining the previously-cast Laurence Fishburne as the second actor to be book a role in the upcoming remake of "Roots," which History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for, calling it a scripted event series for a new generation of viewers, which will simulcast on all three flagship networks.  Fishburne will play Alex Haley (James Earl Jones played him in the original 1970s series). Will Packer is an executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton (who played Kunta Kinte in the original) is a co-executive producer, along with Mark WolperLawrence KonnerMark RosenthalAlison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing.  Vickie Thomas is...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Updates on Steve McQueen's "Epic" Series Centered on a Black Community in London, Over 3 Decades

26 August 2015 2:57 PM, PDT

Almost 2 years ago, in early 2014, Steve McQueen revealed that he was, at the time, working on a drama about the lives of black Britons for the BBC, sharing that the drama would be "epic in scope" and will follow the lives of a group of friends and their families from 1968 to 2014.  "I don't think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists," McQueen said, and he wants to do something about that. He added that the project would be developed over the following year with a writer and group of actors. He said it would be set in London, emphasizing: "This isn't a black 'Our Friends in the North'", referring to the 1996 BBC drama that followed four friends from Newcastle.  A year later, The BBC formally commissioned the “epic” Steve McQueen drama, which will be »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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What Were They Thinking? 9 Best & 8 Worst Episodes Submitted by Actors for the 2015 Emmys

26 August 2015 2:12 PM, PDT

While it's hard to tell exactly what wins or loses someone an Emmy, one crucial step is selecting which episode will be the official submission for each nominee. Unlike the series categories (Outstanding Drama and Comedy Series get five episodes per show), nominated actors can only submit one episode for voters to consider. Sure, voters can choose to watch more if they've got the time, but there are more nominees — and more to watch — than ever. That makes choosing Fyc episodes vital. Good calls can highlight the appealing aspects of a performer's efforts, elevating him or her to the top of the pack. Pick poorly and nominees may fall out of contention faster than you can say "oops." Based on this year's batch of episode selections, the below decisions represent difference makers in the 2015 race — for better and for worse. Read More: Is 'Grace and Frankie' the Exception »


- Ben Travers

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'Mr. Robot' Postpones Tonight's Season Finale Due to Virginia Shooting

26 August 2015 1:44 PM, PDT

This afternoon, USA Network released a statement announcing Episode 10 of its hit summer drama "Mr. Robot" has been postponed due to a scene that bears resemblance to this morning's fatal shootings of a reporter and cameraperson for CBS local station WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia. The statement reads: "The previously filmed season finale of 'Mr. Robot' contains a graphic scene similar in nature to today’s tragic events in Virginia. Out of respect to the victims, their families and colleagues, and our viewers, we are postponing tonight’s episode. Our thoughts go out to all those affected during this difficult time." Instead, USA will rerun last week's episode, "eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt." The season finale, "eps1.9_zer0-day.avi," will air Wednesday, September 2 at 10pm.  Earlier today, USA released a special web page counting down to 10pm Est tonight. It is now offline. 

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Troubled HBO Miniseries 'Lewis And Clark' With Casey Affleck & Matthias Schoenaerts Will Resume Shooting Next Spring

26 August 2015 1:26 PM, PDT

With production halted, and director John Curran ("The Painted Veil," "Stone," "Tracks") and Dp Rob Hardy ("Ex Machina," "Tracks," "Testament Of Youth") booted for "creative reasons," HBO probably had every reasonable right to look at "Lewis And Clark" and determine that maybe it's best just to shutter the whole thing. It wouldn't be the first time they've halted a show midstream (please see David Fincher's "Videosyncrazy") but it seems they've got faith the ship can be turned around. Deadline reports that production will resume on the show next spring in Calgary, when weather will be more hospitable to the show which had been going through a "rough shoot" this summer. Produced by Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks, the six-hour miniseries starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts is adapted from the book "Undaunted...

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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How 'Mr. Robot' Hacks TV's Empathy Machine

26 August 2015 1:19 PM, PDT

This post contains spoilers for "Mr. Robot" Roger Ebert famously dubbed cinema "a machine that generates empathy," but that description might more securely fit the small screen than the big. While it's possible to keep our distance from an unlikeable protagonist over the course of a two-hour movie, the exponentially greater investment required by a TV series makes it virtually impossible for viewers to avoid siding with the show's central figure. At its extreme, this produces what the New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum dubbed "bad fans," who stay loyal to the likes of Walter White and Tony Soprano even as the series sends increasingly more emphatic signals that the time to empathize with their struggles has come to an end. But even more critical viewers enter into a kind of ongoing back-and-forth with the almost exclusively male antiheroes of TV's "Golden Age": We may recognize that Don Draper is a bad father, »


- Sam Adams

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Trailer: Australia’s First Indigenous Teen Drama, 'Ready for This' (Could Be Coming to Your Netflix Queue)

26 August 2015 12:49 PM, PDT

Produced under a new joint venture between Blackfella Films and Werner Film Productions, here's a look their very first collaboration - a teenage drama titled "Ready for This," with a cast that's made up of mostly Indigenous characters. Commissioned by Australian TV network, ABC3, the series was shot earlier this year in Sydney, and is set to make its debut on the channel on October 5th. Set in "inner city" Sydney, the plot follows five Indigenous kids who come to the city to pursue their dreams, all cohabiting in a boarding house. The ensemble cast includes two newcomers, rapper/singer Majeda Beatty who competed in "The X Factor," and Liam Talty, who studied at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane. They join Aaron McGrath, Leonie Whyman, Madeleine Madden, Christian Byers, Christine Anu and Lasarus Ratuere. Originally entitled "My Life in 50 Words or Less," the 13-part drama was funded by Screen Australia, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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16% is Not a Win: Parsing the DGA's Latest Stats on Women and Minority Directors in TV

26 August 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

"Female TV directors make gains," proclaimed mainstream headlines following the DGA's release yesterday of a report on female and minority directors in TV. If this is progress for women, color me unimpressed. Here's the big number: Female directors made a 2% gain from the previous year... all the way up to 16% of all episodes. 16%. That is an insultingly low number, and I'm fairly surprised at the way it's being touted as a laudable gain. First, the positive: I'd like to give a slow clap to Bet, which garnered the only 100% ratings for female and minority directors for "Being Mary Jane," "The Game" and "Single Ladies." (It's probably not a coincidence that all three of these shows are created and run by black women: Mara Brok Akil for "Mary Jane" and "The Game" and Stacy A. Littlejohn for "Single Ladies.") Meanwhile, let's single out some particularly disappointing names on the DGA's "Worst »


- Sara Stewart

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'Sons Of Anarchy' Spinoff In Development

26 August 2015 11:32 AM, PDT

Spinoffs and reboots aren't just relegated to the film world. Television executives have figured out that a way to keep popular, existing brands going is by continuing the stories in a sideways manner. Of course, AMC has achieved this with great success via "Breaking Bad" offshoot "Better Call Saul," and now FX is going to give it a try for one of their recently retired programs. Read More: Review: Antoine Fuqua Smith's 'Southpaw' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker & Rachel McAdams  EW reveals that Kurt Sutter is currently developing a "Sons Of Anarchy" spinoff. There aren't many details, but the twist is that this new show will focus on the Mayans, the Hispanic motorcycle gang featured in the original show. Right now, Sutter is generating the idea, with the plan to executive produce and hand off showrunning duties to someone else. Good idea? Bad idea? Or should Sutter move on? »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Magic, Music and Nick Offerman's Sex Advice: An Evening With 'Childrens Hospital'

26 August 2015 11:25 AM, PDT

"Childrens Hospital" will head into its seventh season with four Emmy nods and two wins under its belt, and spent an evening at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles -- maybe to campaign a little for another win, but mostly to celebrate another year of satire, sitcom and medically accurate advice. Read More: Review: 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' Starring Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Adam Scott and Clark Duke The Rob Corddry comedy was born out of the compulsory idleness of 2007's Writers Guild Strike, and found a niche to stream online with The WB before Adult Swim picked up the rights to air, where "Childrens Hospital" has remained since. It stars an ensemble cast portraying the staff of Childrens Hospital – named after Dr. Arthur Childrens – who also star in medical drama "Childrens Hospital," the show within the show.     After a screening of the show's Emmy nominated episode, »


- Jessica Cariaga

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