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Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 3, 'Formalized, Complex, and Costly’: The Body Count Rises

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Previously: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 2, 'Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis': Things Get Personal Cloning Around If the first two episodes were about setting up things to come, this week the focus was on bringing a Leda and Castor representative together. As Sarah teamed with Art to try and find Mark (and, subsequently, Helena), the Castor clones worried that their entire project would be shut down before they were able to find the source of the genetic defects. It was a quicker pace and plot than the first two episodes, as there was less focus on the tricky camerawork and more movement in the actual story. Science Class With Seth down, Cosima wasted no time in rounding up the dead clone’s brains in order to extract and examine as much genetic information as possible. Naturally she was aided by a weary Scott and a thoroughly disgusted Felix, whose kitchen »


- Amber Dowling

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Summer TV Preview 2015: 15 New Shows You Need to Know About

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"Grace and Frankie" - Friday, May 8 Creator: Marta Kauffman, Howard J. Morris Stars: Jane Fonda, Lili Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston Network: Netflix It's an Aaron Sorkin dream team: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston form a complicated quartet of 70-somethings grappling with a sudden upheaval in their martial statuses. When your husband tells you that he's leaving you to marry his male business partner, what do you do? In Tomlin and Fonda's case, the answer is to reluctantly team together as a basic act of survival. There's been a huge level of anticipation for the show. ("9 to 5" enthusiasts, your prayers are two-thirds of the way answered. Dolly Parton's a no-show for Season 1, to the best of our knowledge.) But the thing to get excited about is a relatively serious take on a tough situation, that makes the most of its cast's skills with both comedy and drama. »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers

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NBC Orders 3 Pilots to Series w/ Yaya DaCosta, S. Epatha Merkerson, Marianne Jean-Baptiste & Others Starring

1 May 2015 2:51 PM, PDT

Pilot order season is now mostly behind us, as TV networks will now begin announcing which pilots will become series that you'll be watching next TV season.  NBC has stepped up with early series orders for 3 new series that feature black actors in either starring or supporting roles - all of which made my list of 70+ pilots commissioned this pilot season. Here are all 3, along with synopsis and cast: 1. "Chicago Med" - From executive producer Dick Wolf comes the newest installment of his “Chicago” drama franchise, which is described as "an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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John Singleton Sets Up 1980s Crack Cocaine Epidemic Origins Project at FX

1 May 2015 12:54 PM, PDT

A project that was previously set up at Showtime, John Singleton's 1980s-set crack cocaine era drama titled "Snowfall," described succinctly, if reductively, as "Boyz n the Hood meets The Wire," is now heading to FX, with a pilot order from the network. The drama will explore what has come to be known as the "American crack epidemic" - the surge of crack cocaine use across the USA (specifically Los Angeles, in this case) during the mid to late 1980s. An "origin" story, at the center of the drama will be 3 characters: a young black kid from Compton, CA who will grow to become the world's first "superstar" drug dealer; as well as a Mexican wrestler; and a CIA agent charged with laundering money for the Contras. Singleton will co-write with Eric Amadio, and exec produce the drama, as well as direct the pilot. This news comes after the director »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Scott Glenn On Acting Blind and Fighting Kids in 'Daredevil'

1 May 2015 12:42 PM, PDT

Scott Glenn has been an established force in film for decades now, but in the last year he's taken on two high-profile television roles. First, he appeared in several episodes of Indiewire favorite "The Leftovers" as Kevin Garvey Sr., and then Glenn guest-starred in the gritty new Netflix series "Daredevil." Read More: Review: 'Marvel's Daredevil' Season 1 Brings Us as Close to 'The Wire' as Marvel Can Get Glenn only appears in one episode of Marvel's critically well-received superhero drama, but he makes a striking impression (pun intended) as Stick, the blind man who unlocked young Matt Murdock's gifts but wants to enlist him for a bigger war. Below, Glenn tells Indiewire how choosing to play Stick was love at first read and if there's any distinction, for him, between playing a character from a comic book or the real world.  I wanted to start off by asking you how "Daredevil" came to you, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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The Trailer For Season 2 of 'Hunting Season' Promises a Whole Lot More Gay Sex

1 May 2015 12:34 PM, PDT

Jon Marcus' series "Hunting Season" is set to debut its second season on Vimeo On Demand on May 5th, with a new episode every Tuesday for four weeks. The show chronicles modern gay life, satirizing dating in a world of constant connectedness and endless choice. It racked up an impressive two million views across multiple platforms in its first season, and the second was funded with a $150,000 Kickstarter campaign backed by its fan base. The second season has notably abandoned its short web series format for a longer, cable TV –like “half-hour” length, consists of four episodes, and will cost $4.99 each to purchase and $2.99 to rent.  Unlike Season 1, there will not be a “censored” version, and if the trailer below is any suggestion -- that should prove fairly substantial when it comes to the characters' bedrooms: “Hunting Season” tells the story of Alex (Ben Baur), who has been keeping »


- /bent

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Top 10 Stories of the Week: 'Goodfellas,' Del Toro, Tonys and More

1 May 2015 11:24 AM, PDT

8 Highlights from Tribeca's "Goodfellas" Reunion Guillermo Del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I Saw My First Corpse at Age 4" Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's "Don't Look Now" How They Did It: Bringing the Hardy Atmosphere to "Far From the Madding Crowd" Jk Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" on HBO Faces the End of Empathy Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences San Francisco Film Fest Highlights, From Alex Gibney's Selfie to Korean BBQ with Guy Maddin Tony Awards: Hollywood Falls for Broadway, But Some Get Tony Cold Shoulder Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: "Furious 7" Hits $320 Million Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up

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- TOH!

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Newcomer Kascion Franklin Lands Lead Role in BBC Drama Feature 'Danny and the Human Zoo' with Destiny Ekaragha Directing

1 May 2015 8:41 AM, PDT

The BBC has today announced the casting of newcomer Kascion Franklin, in the lead role for "Danny and the Human Zoo," written by Lenny Henry, which is a fictionalized account of the actor/comedian's his life as a talented teenager in the 1970s, in Dudley, England. Franklin will play the title character, Danny, with Lenny Henry playing his dad, Samson, and Cecilia Noble his mum, Myrtle.  Arthur Darvill, Richard Wilson, and Mark Benton round out the starring cast, with BAFTA Rising Star Destiny Ekaragha (whose feature debut, "Gone Too Far," was covered on this blog) is attached to direct. Good for her! I wondered what she would do next... Said Lenry Henry in a press statement, "I can't believe that we're finally shooting my screenplay 'Danny And The Human Zoo!' This is a fantasy memoir of the first two years of my career - my beginnings, working on the Zoo, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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HBO Orders Diallo Riddle/Bashir Salahuddin 'Brothers in Atlanta' to Series. Tim Story Directing. Maya Rudolph & Jaden Smith Recurring

30 April 2015 5:53 PM, PDT

It apparently passed HBO's test, and is now on its way from pilot to becoming a full series for the cable TV network. HBO has ordered the half-hour comedy from Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, based on a redeveloped/retooled script, executive produced by Lorne Michaels, along with Riddle and Salahuddin, who will both star as 2 young struggling entertainers, trying to make it big in Atlanta. Its title is "Brothers in Atlanta," although that could very well be a tentative title. Maya Rudolph and Jaden Smith have both joined the project's cast, in recurring roles, playing Moose’s boss, who happens to be a fading R&B diva, and a “New Atlanta” teenager, who is Langston’s rowdy neighbor with unpredictable interests and suspicious income, respectively.  Also Finesse Mitchell has been tapped for a recurring role, playing one of the backup singers to Rudolph's fading R&B diva, and a »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Taraji P Henson Thanks UK Fans for Illegally Streaming 'Empire' Which Led to Its Pickup + UK Reactions to the Show

30 April 2015 5:18 PM, PDT

Restating something I've said previously on this blog... I imagine a day will come when one will be able to watch any TV network, from anywhere in the world (even subtitled in your own language, if the original program is in a language you don't speak), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all at the click of a button... or two. We're moving in that direction (for example, my cable TV provider sells a package that includes a handful of non-American TV networks, though what's offered is very limited), but we're not quite there yet. The "Internet of things" is the anointed term used to describe what that world will be - essentially, a world in which everything is fully connected via the web, all the time, information/data flows uninterrupted, as every device of every kind communicates seamlessly, and there aren't any barriers preventing one kind of data (content, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Roland S. Martin Will Host 2-Hour 'News One Now' Special - 'State of Emergency: Baltimore and Beyond' Town Hall Meeting

30 April 2015 2:20 PM, PDT

TV One’s morning news and analysis program, "News One Now," hosted by Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, has announced that it will broadcast its first-ever town hall meeting, a 2-hour event called "State of Emergency: Baltimore and Beyond A News One Now Town Hall Meeting." Scheduled to air on Tuesday, May 5, 9-11 p.m. Et, with an encore from 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Et., the event will be moderated by Martin, the special presentation will also include a panel of notable newsmakers, politicians, law enforcement officers and civil rights activists who will discuss the broader societal impact, in the wake of a string of police officer-involved deaths in Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, New York and South Carolina.   “'News One Now' has been a consistent platform for exploring issues important to African Americans, including the crises in Ferguson, New York, and most recently Baltimore,” said Martin. “With this primetime...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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The 15 Best Lgbt Characters On Television

30 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT

With the 2014-15 television season coming to a close, we here at /bent wanted to do something to commemorate what has genuinely been the most remarkable season for Lgbt representation ever to grace our various small screens. From "Transparent" to "Looking" to "Please Like Me" to "Orange is the New Black," it's not simply that the quantity of Lgbt characters on TV right now is so substantial (though it is), but more about how wonderfully realized so many of them are.   Incredible storytellers and the actors they write and direct are collaborating to bring us layered, flawed, beautiful, inspiring, hilarious fictional Lgbt characters on network, cable and streaming series all over the world. The fact that we had trouble narrowing this list down to 15 would seem entirely unheard of just a few years ago (if "Will & Grace" was still on television now, we can't imagine either Will or Jack even »


- /bent

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The 15 Best Lgbt Characters On Television: Maura Pfefferman on 'Transparent'

30 April 2015 11:59 AM, PDT

Let's just get this out of the way first: We realize that after a series of characters on this list where an out Lgbt actor plays them, this is not the case for our #1 pick: "Transparent"'s Maura Pfefferman, played by Jeffrey Tambor in a glorious, Golden Globe (and hopefully Emmy soon enough) winning role. But while we are absolute advocates of Lgbt actors playing Lgbt characters, the fact that the man behind Maura isn't shouldn't matter. What should matter is that "Transparent" is such a remarkable series that portrays Maura's story with writing, directing and acting that is basically unparalleled. Jeffrey Tambor is incredible. Series creator Jill Soloway is incredible. The rest of the cast (including another member of this list) is incredible. They have collectively offered us perhaps the most realized trans character we've ever seen on television (or the internet, technically, but what do we even say »


- Helen Lee

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History, A&E & Lifetime Greenlight 'Roots' Event Series - Production Team Includes Will Packer, Charles Murray, Alison McDonald

30 April 2015 11:10 AM, PDT

History, A&E and Lifetime have all teamed up for the scripted event series "Roots," for a new generation of viewers, to simulcast on all three flagship brands; it was announced today via press release, by Dirk Hoogstra, Evp and General Manager, at History.  Will Packer joins as executive producer, and original "Roots" cast member LeVar Burton boards as co-executive producer.  Mark Wolper also serves as executive producer.  Lawrence KonnerMark RosenthalAlison McDonald and Charles Murray are writing.  Vickie Thomas is casting director.  "Roots" will be an original, contemporary production, incorporating more material from Haley's novel, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," as well as researched new scholarship of the time. The networks also are already working closely with many prominent historians in the fields of African and African American history, as...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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"He’s Basically Marvel’s Batman": Joss Whedon Fought For A 'Daredevil' Movie Instead Of TV Series

30 April 2015 11:10 AM, PDT

It's one of the most watched shows on Netflix, it has been critically acclaimed, and there's no denying that "Daredevil" marks a helluva start for the relationship between Marvel and the streaming giant. Especially following the poorly received 2003 movie, it's great rebound for the character, who is now living up to the potential he had in the comics panels. But Joss Whedon had actually wanted to give Matt Murdock one more round on the big screen. “I fought for 'Daredevil' to be a film instead of a TV show. Then under the auspices of Drew Goddard and Steven DeKnight… I’m dying to see the show but they released it just as I started the press tour!" he told IGN. So what does he see in the character? Something that Marvel hasn't quite done yet, a hero that's more in line with DC Comics' Batman, another vigilante of the night, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Trailer Watch: Nina Simone is "as Fragile as She is Strong" in 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

30 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT

"Most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived," says Lisa Simone Kelly, daughter of jazz legend Nina Simone.  "People think that when she went out on stage, she became Nina Simone," Kelly recalls in the first trailer for Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus' "What Happened, Miss Simone?" "My mother was Nina Simone 24/7," Kelly clarifies. "And that's where it became a problem."  Simone's brilliance and self-destructive tendencies are on display in the spot, which showcases the singer's extraordinary stage presence and inimitable voice.  After a world premiere at Sundance and a screening at the Berlinale, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" will become available on Netflix on June 26. (The documentary is a completely different endeavor from "Nina," director Cynthia Mort's biopic starring Zoe Saldana.) In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Garbus said of her...

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- Inkoo Kang

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Nick Cannon's 'Wild 'N Out' Returns for 7th Season This Summer w/ Kevin Hart, Zendaya, Jordin Sparks and Many More

30 April 2015 10:04 AM, PDT

MTV2 today announced that its highest-rated series ever, "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," will return to the network for a seventh season this summer, with 12 all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, June 10 at 11 pm Et/Pt.  The season 7 premiere night will feature 2 all-new episodes, as a new slate of special guests and performers will take the stage for the series that mixes comedic improv, head-to head competition and other comedy entertainment. 4 additional episodes of the seventh season will air later in 2015. "Everybody needs to get ready for what is without a doubt the best, wildest, and funniest season in 'Wild 'N Out' history," said Nick Cannon. "When we taped the new season, the studio audience in New York went crazy and I know the fans at home watching will feel the same. As we celebrate 10 years of 'Wild 'N Out' this year, we'll continue to add to the show's immense legacy »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Guest Post: Why I Decided to Direct Lifetime’s Ariel Castro Movie 'Cleveland Abduction'

30 April 2015 9:30 AM, PDT

Like many people around the world, I was shocked and gripped by the story of the women who were abducted and kept for over a decade by Ariel Castro in a house in Cleveland, Ohio. When Sony first approached me to direct "Cleveland Abduction," my initial reaction was, “Why would anyone want to watch this film?”  But after reading Michelle Knight's book "Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings," my outlook towards the project was transformed. This is a story of a woman’s courage and strength in the face of the unimaginable. Michelle endured eleven years of sexual, physical and mental abuse at the hands of Castro. But her story is not simply one of abuse and torture; it is about how she survived. Reading her memoir, I felt passionately that this story needed to be shared to give hope and inspiration to others, »

- Alex Kalymnios

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Joss Whedon Talks "Complicated" Nature Of The Marvel Movie And TV Universe

30 April 2015 8:08 AM, PDT

Even in the well-oiled machine of the Marvel universe, it would seem that sometimes there are crossed signals. And so it was for the "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." which found the movie team and television team operating on different sides. “They had said early on, ‘Hey, we’re thinking about doing this show about the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’” Kevin Feige told Buzzfeed. “And Joss [Whedon] said, ‘I think I might do this.’ I said, ‘That’s cool. God bless you. But you should know that we’re destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. in 'Winter Soldier.' You guys do whatever you want. But know that that’s what we’re going to do.’” And of course, that wasn't the only complication — Agent Coulson had "died" in "The Avengers." So the solution? Sort of pretend it didn't happen. Whedon has already explained why Coulson can't return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Is There Room for Women of Color In TV Comedy?

30 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT

Last week, Amy Schumer made waves with the third season premiere of her sketch show, "Inside Amy Schumer." The episode mocked everything from ageism in Hollywood to the absurdity of rape culture in a "Friday Night Lights" parody that quickly went viral. The premiere was a big one, drawing in an impressive two million viewers in the 18-34 demo and cementing Schumer not only as a vital Comedy Central star but also the comedy “it girl” of the moment. Schumer also has her first feature, "Trainwreck," which she wrote and stars in, opening this summer on July 17. Her rising popularity could be described as the culmination of a distinctive new moment for women in comedy on TV, a moment where brash, unapologetic humor with a decidedly feminist slant is breaking its way into the mainstream. Schumer’s growing success makes sense. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s strong, neurotic and »


- Zeba Blay

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