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Watch: 'The Affair' Season 2 Teaser Asks If True Love Conquers All

17 hours ago

Read More: Who's Telling the Truth on 'The Affair'? Golden Globe Winner Sarah Treem Shares Secrets Showtime gives fans even more reason to eagerly anticipate Season 2 with the new teaser for "The Affair." Season 1 set the bar high with an abundance of critical praise and a Golden Globe for Best Television Series (Drama). Starring Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi's summer-set romance explores the psychological and emotional effects of an affair between Noah Solloway (West), a schoolteacher and novelist, and Alison Bailey (Wilson), a young waitress and former nurse.  If you missed out on Season 1, you can catch up via Showtime's new standalone platform or by subscribing through Hulu. What will become of the creative storytelling and the characters' battle between truth and desire in Season 2? We will have to wait and see. Check out the teaser above, which lays the. »


- Conor Soules

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Trailer: Lorraine Toussaint, Aisha Hinds & Thomas Q. Jones, Others in TV One Original Movie, 'Runaway Island'

17 hours ago

Another TV One original movie to add to your calendar - all part of the network's plans revealed earlier this year, for a fresh original programming lineup that includes 8 new series and specials, 16 original movies, as well as new production relationships with new partners. Lorraine ToussaintThomas Q. Jones and Aisha Hinds headline TV One’s original movie, "Runaway Island," written by Christopher Brandt - the 2014 American Black Film Festival screenplay competition winner. "Runaway Island" tells a story about a group of troubled strangers looking to escape their woes, who end up sharing a transformational experience on an island - Isle du Soleil, a secluded 1700s Gullah Sea Island resort - steeped in African American heritage and culture. The film, directed by Dianne Houston, is slated to premiere on Saturday, July 25 at 8 Pm. Aisha Hinds and Erick Nordholm play an interracial...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Comic-Con Preview: As TV and Hosts Take Over, 'Star Wars' and 'Hunger Games' Make Splash

18 hours ago

It's not news that over the past few years Comic-Con, July's gargantuan genre fan convention in San Diego, has moved from movies toward television. Clearly, it's a reflection of the entertainment industry, as HBO's "Game of Thrones" and AMC's "Walking Dead" needed the scale of Hall H to accommodate their fan hordes.  And for the first time this year, Amazon Instant Video will be introducing new series, Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" (from Frank Spotnitz and David Zucker) and "Hand of God" (from director Marc Forster) at Comic-Con (trailer below). PBS is promoting "Sherlock," the Brit series that made new Academy member Benedict Cumberbatch a star. Netflix is showcasing the Wachowskis' "Sense8." And Seth Macfarlane, Anne Druyan and Neil deGrasse Tyson are participating on a "Cosmos" panel.  But this year more than usual, the Con (July 8-11) is leaning away even from the comic book. »


- Anne Thompson

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Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director

18 hours ago

It was in August 2013 when it was first revealed that Issa Rae was developing a series for HBO, created by she and funnyman (and now late night host) Larry Wilmore, which was to focus on "the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman," as was officially described at the time. Skip ahead to earlier this year, when it was announced that HBO had given a pilot order for the project, which will be titled "Insecure," and which Issa Rae will star in, as well as write, along with Wilmore.To be produced by 3 Arts, the firm managing both Wilmore and Rae, the project has now attracted the talents of music video director, Melina Matsoukas, who will helm the pilot, making her TV directing debut. A fall shoot date for the pilot is eyed, meaning I wouldn't look for a finished product until some time in 2016 (I was actually hoping for sooner, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Lee Daniels Inks Extensive Multi-Year Deal with 20th Century Fox

19 hours ago

Lee Daniels has entered into a multiyear deal with Twentieth Century Fox Television, it was announced today by Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEO’s Gary Newman and Dana Walden.   Under the new and extensive pact, Daniels will develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner. He will remain as an executive producer of "Empire," which has done what no series has ever done before; grown its ratings in each of its telecasts to become the No. 1 show in all of broadcast television, and the highest-rated broadcast drama in seven years. “Lee Daniels has a gift for telling authentic, provocative stories that are both truthful and wildly entertaining,” commented Walden and Newman. “His casting instincts are incredible, whether he is discovering tomorrow’s stars or attracting the most accomplished performers to his projects. As a director, he elevates world class material to even greater heights, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Jessica Lucas Will Wreak Havoc on 'Gotham' + Tyra Ferrell Will Cross Paths w/ the Lyon Family on 'Empire'

21 hours ago

Jessica Lucas has booked a series regular role on the upcoming season of Fox's Batman prequel series, "Gotham," playing a character named Tabitha Galavan, Tigress, a.k.a, who is said to be the lead enforcer for her brother Theo, a billionaire industrialist hell-bent on taking over Gotham. She's further described as "sexy and violent," and carries a bullwhip, deriving pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making. Motivated by a vendetta, both Tabitha and her brother Theo Galavan (to be played by James Frain) plan to cause chaos in Gotham City, which will lead to the origins of the Batman villains their characters will eventually become. Jessica Lucas is a Canadian actress and singer. She is likely best known for her roles in television, on "Melrose Place," "Edgemont" and "Cult," and in the movies "She's the Man," "Cloverfield" and "Evil Dead."  And secondly, Tyra...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Directors Revealed

22 hours ago

We know very little about season six of "Game of Thrones." We know George R.R. Martin won't be writing an episode, meaning that fellow scriptwriters David Benioff, Db Weiss and Bryan Cogman will have to carry the torch without him. And now we know the five directors who will helm two episodes each in the next season. When veteran "Lost" director Jack Bender's name leaked last week, he told The Hollywood Reporter that the production is "complex and enormous," and the "calendar might as well be in Chinese." A handful of scripts, six or seven according to Bender, have been filed. Here's the full list of season six directors, who will likely be shooting all over the world, juggling multiple episodes in tandem per the demands of such a huge and sprawling cast. Read More: Why George R.R. Martin Bowed Out of "Game of Thrones" Season 6 Jeremy Podeswa (Episodes »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Happyish' Creator Shalom Auslander on the Season 1 Finale, Season 2 Plans and Being 'Shot in the Head by Critics'

22 hours ago

Before Shalom Auslander created the Showtime series "Happyish" — a "comedy" about a marketing executive struggling to overcome his moral qualms with the profession and find meaning in his day-to-day existence — he was a marketing executive dwelling on similar issues. This year, he's found a way to focus those thoughts into his first television series, an extension(-ish) of his past work as a writer of three novels, many articles and contributions to the popular NPR program "This American Life."  Now Auslander is waiting to hear if he'll get to continue his latest story. Showtime has yet to pick up a second season of "Happyish," which should come as no surprise to critics and fans alike. Season 1 was an ambitious, genre-defying effort meant to get its message across more than cater to the predefined whims of a pay cable audience. In a way, Thom Payne — the show's central figure and embracer »


- Ben Travers

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'True Detective' Podcast: Season 2, Episode 2 'Night Finds You'

29 June 2015 6:04 AM, PDT

Is he or isn't he? That's the question "True Detective" fans are debating this morning following last night's shocking conclusion of season two, episode two's "Night Finds You." Taking a page out of the "Game Of Thrones" playbook, the final moments of the episode find Colin Farrell's Ray Velcoro shot twice at close range by the most deranged Big Bird ever. But is he really dead? Read More: Review & Recap: 'True Detective' Season 2, Episode 2, 'Night Finds You' That's where Brad from Rope Of Silicon and I kick off this week's podcast. We dig into that pivotal sequence as well as the developments in the investigation, Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) wielding his influence on Ray for his own ends, and the other twists and turns in "Night Moves You." The episode definitely kickstarts the season, brining tighter focus to the story, and more layers to these damaged characters. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'True Detective' Season 2 Episode 2 'Night Finds You' Is For the Crows

28 June 2015 6:59 PM, PDT

Immediate ReactionHoly smokes! Did "True Detective" just pull a "Children of Men" and kill off one of its main stars before we even reached Act II? When Ray (Colin Farrell) caught a bullet from the mask-wearing mystery man last seen driving Ben Caspere's body around SoCal, it seemed like something any TV detective worth the weight of his bulletproof vest could survive. But then he was shot square in the chest from point blank range, his body lying flat against the floor, sickly jerking as the ammunition slammed into him. Is there any way out of this? Well, sure. There are a number of theories in which Ray survived the surprising assault by the same shotgun-wielding killer who shot Ben Caspere's balls off  — drunken dream, staged murder scene, rubber bullets — but the shock of it all still helped "Night Finds You" end with a bang despite a persistent whimper throughout »


- Ben Travers

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Review & Recap: ‘True Detective’ Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Night Finds You’

28 June 2015 6:03 PM, PDT

The world-weary Vinci detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell) is a piece of shit, but he may be just as disgusted with himself as everyone around him is. And this comes to a head in episode two. One second Velcoro is encouraging his son Chad’s self-esteem and then the next—after drinking himself silly from the self-loathing of intimidating a journalist and being the stooge for a crooked businessman—he is on the edge of humiliating his son in front of his entire school. Armed with good intentions and gifts, but inebriated, Velcoro quickly turns hostile when he discovers the sneakers he bought for his son were ruined by school bullies. Frightening his already anxious boy, sickening his ex-wife’s current boyfriend and new father figure, as we saw in episode one, “The Western Book Of The Dead,” Velcoro didn’t just stop there. Fueled by booze, self-hatred and a »


- Rodrigo Perez

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