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Watch New Denise Boutté, Loni Love Web Series, 'Loni Knows'

3 November 2012 11:00 AM, PDT

Check out this new series titled Loni Knows, starring actress Denise Boutté and comedienne Loni Love, who you'll find frequently dishing on Chelsea Handler's late night show. Here's how it's decribed: Whether it be how to dress, get/keep a man, relationships, eating habits, investing, fixing a car, raising a kid even though she has none... "Loni Knows"! Chelsea Handler roundtable favorite and Know it All, Loni Love is a successful comedian with a free-wheeling lifestyle that gets an abrupt makeover when her cousin, former child star and big dreamer who won't grow up, Denise Boutté moves in with her 6 month old baby... And rearranges Everything!!! This might be the first web series to actually have a laugh-track, and I'm not sure it works. Or maybe it's just not something I expect in web series and it'll take some getting used to. Take a look for yourselves: 

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- Courtney

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Watch First Promo For Meagan Good, Laz Alonso NBC Primetime Soap, 'Deception'

3 November 2012 8:27 AM, PDT

The marketing campaign has begun, on the heels of NBC unveiling the mid-season debut date (January 7, 2013) for Deception (initially titled Notorious, and then switched to Infamous, and now will be called Deception). It'll air on Monday nights, in the 10pm - 11pm hour, following The Biggest Loser at 9pm, until the return of The Voice. Deception stars Meagan Good as detective Joanna Locasto, a female detective who returns undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in - as the maid's daughter - to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend - celebutante Vivian Lawson. The NBC series co-stars Laz AlonsoVictor GarberTate Donovan, and Katherine Lanasa co-starring. Laz Alonso is slated to play NYPD detective Will Sacovitch, who recruits Good's character, his former flame, to team up...

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- Courtney

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USA Network Won't Be Bringing Back Sigourney Weaver Series 'Political Animals'

2 November 2012 2:01 PM, PDT

"Political Animals," USA Network's attempt at prestige television, won't be returning for a second round. The Greg Berlanti-created limited series, which was originally slated for a six-episode run with the possibility of more should ratings demand them, starred Sigourney Weaver as Elaine Barrish, the recently divorced Secretary of State and former First Lady. Read More: Just How Inspired By the Clintons is 'Political Animals'? Despite obvious ambitions, parallels to the Clintons and an impressive cast that also included Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, Ellen Burstyn and Adrian Pasdar, the soapier-than-expected show netted only lackluster ratings, averaging 3.2 million viewers over its run. Today, the network released the following statement to TVLine: We are proud of "Political Animals," our miniseries that attracted critical acclaim and impacted the cultural conversation this summer. It was a pleasure to work with...

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- Alison Willmore

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Alex Proyas & Martin Campbell Head To ABC For TV Projects

2 November 2012 1:57 PM, PDT

Two directors who have a lot brewing, but not much moving are heading to ABC for some television projects that will likely keep their chops honed as they wait for their various feature efforts to come together. First up, Alex Proyas ("Dark City," "I, Robot") will executive produce and direct "Evolve." The Jamie Paglia ("Eureka")-penned drama is based on the "Toxic City" trilogy of novels by Tim Lebbon, and follows a band of Los Angeles citizens who endeavor to discover the truth about what really happened when a biological agent was released in the air two years earlier, leaving much of the city of quarantined. It turns out those exposed have been given great powers, and the government is looking to destroy them. How very "X-Men." Next, Martin Campbell ("Casino Royale") will executive produce and direct "Coup." Penned by "Mad Men" co-executive producer Chris Black, the show centers on a. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Third 'How To Train Your Dragon' Movie Being Eyed, While DVD Short Gets Holiday Airing At Christmas

2 November 2012 12:31 PM, PDT

As Disney showed earlier this week with the purchase Lucasfilm, it's all about branding, merchandising and leveraging properties so they keep generating revenue as long as possible. And that's no less true at the other major studios that continue to pursue tentpoles that can be sequelized, spun off, packaged in Happy Meals and more. All of which brings us to "How To Train Your Dragon." DreamWorks Animation honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg recently told analysts that licensed merchandise will become “a bigger part of DreamWorks Animation going forward than it had been” so to that end, it's important to keep properties in front of audience. So, while the company's very successful 2010 hit "How To Train Your Dragon" has a sequel coming in 2014, they are already talking about getting a third movie going. Right now it's just at the "looking at" phase, but frankly, it seems like an inevitability. But four years between. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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This Week in Black Television: Whatever Happened to the Black Sitcom? pt. 1

2 November 2012 12:14 PM, PDT

It is quite obvious these days that there aren’t many good quality Black sitcoms on the air.  And there aren’t any, good or not-so-good ones, on primetime TV.  We do have The Game on Bet, which I cover regularly in this column, but shows with original concepts and stand-out Black talent have got us like a fat kid and cake: coveting it now.  It may not be fair to compare these shows to The Cosby Show, Roc, A Different World or even Living Single, but can they at least be good enough to compare them to The Jeffersons?  Heck, can we ask them to be good enough so we can compare them to Moesha (which started and ended badly but had many great moments in between)? So what Black sitcoms – and by that I simply mean shows starring and created by Black talent – are out there and which ones are worth watching? »


- Curtis Caesar John

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TV One Announces Guests, Panelists For 'One Vote Matters 2012 Presidential Election'

2 November 2012 11:44 AM, PDT

All the details via press release from TV One follow below... NBC News And TV One Confirm Guests And Panelists For 2012 Presidential Election Night Coverage Line-up Includes: Karen Finney, Joe Madison, Robert Traynham, Steve Gray, Mara Schiavocampo, Marc Morial, Benjamin Jealous, Patrick Gaspard, Tara Wall, Michael Hancock and Stacey Dash Silver Spring, MD, November 02, 2012 - NBC News, a leading source of global news and information, and TV One, which entertains, informs and inspires Black adult viewers, have confirmed the first round of guests for their TV One: One Vote Matters 2012 Presidential Election coverage. These contributors will join NBC News' Craig Melvin, who will anchor the presidential election night coverage from NBC's Washington, DC studios, and TV One's Washington Watch host Roland Martin, who will round out coverage with contributing segments and analysis. The full night of coverage will stream live on tvone.tv and theGrio.com. For...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Third Season Announcement Trailer For 'Luther'; 'Wilfred' Also Gets Renewed For Another Season

2 November 2012 11:38 AM, PDT

...and just like that, out of the dark, "Luther" fans have some very, very good news. Idris Elba and the show are back. As for Ruth Wilson and Alice? You'll just have to wait and see. Yesterday, a trailer dropped by surprise online announcing the third season of the acclaimed show, but details were cryptic. The filmmakers promised "four perfectly dark chillingly-formed chapters" with production beginning this month. Damn. As for Ruth Wilson? "Only Alice knows," they tease. As fans of the show know, the character eventually left London, with series creator Neil Cross saying over the summer that the BBC had been interesting in pursuing a spin-off series of Alice, one that would potentially be set in the United States. Could the third season of "Luther" help set that up? We'll find that out soon enough. In other TV news: Elijah Wood's quirky FX comedy "Wilfred" has been renewed for a thirteen-episode third. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Five Most Bittersweetly Funny Moments in the Animated Graham Chapman Film 'A Liar's Autobiography'

2 November 2012 10:22 AM, PDT

Premiering tonight, November 2nd at 10pm Et on Epix, "A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" is an animated version of the late Monty Python member Graham Chapman's semi-fictionalized memoirs. It's not a Monty Python film, though it was made with the participation of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with an audio recording Chapman made three years before his death at the age of 48 providing the main narration. Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson and Ben Timlett directed the feature, which mingles the stylistically varied work of over a dozen different animation studios. "A Liar's Autobiography" is strictly a Python B-side -- combining Chapman's deliberately fuzzy storytelling with an even looser structure, the film demands a pre-existing familiarity with the troupe's work and with Chapman's life, including his homosexuality and his alcoholism. The animation tends...

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- Alison Willmore

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Ted Danson Says Deal For 90-Minute 'Bored To Death' Movie Nearly Signed, Reveals Plot Details

2 November 2012 8:40 AM, PDT

As great as HBO generally is, even they are prone to boneheaded moves, and when they decided to cancel the wickedly funny and charming "Bored to Death" after its third season, we were heartbroken. A faint glimmer of hope appeared over the summer when Ted Danson revealed that there was movement brewing for a potential 90-minute movie. And now, according to the actor, things are definitely closer to coming together. “The deal is about to be signed. [Creator Jonathan Ames] is writing it as we speak. I’m very excited,” he said at 5th annual GQ Gentleman’s Ball (via Wall Street Journal). Right on. For those of you playing catch-up, "Bored to Death" aired for three seasons on HBO, and chronicled the adventures of Jonathan Ames (yes, the creator's namesake, played by Jason Schwartzman), a writer who moonlights as a private detective to get inspiration for his stories. Of course, this leads »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 'The Simpsons' Evil Billionaire Mr. Burns Endorses Mitt Romney (Video)

2 November 2012 6:36 AM, PDT

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have surprised people with his partisanship-be-damned praise of President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but there's nothing unexpected about the political choices of "The Simpsons" character Mr. Burns. In the video below, which purports to be a message from the Springfield Republican Party, Burns endorses Mitt Romney and tries to address the only issue he thinks might "deny us the presidency that is the God-given property of the Republican Party." That's the incident involving the Romney family dog Seamus being transported in a carrier strapped to the roof of the car on the way to a vacation. Mr. Burns' right-wing leanings are well-established on the show, but the Springfield Republican Party's other members have been revealed to include Rainier Wolfcastle, Krusty the Clown, Fat Tony and the Rich Texan. The new episode of the long-running animated series, which...

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- Alison Willmore

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Season 2 Debut Of Jaleel White's 'Total Blackout' On SyFy Shatters Records In Total Viewers

2 November 2012 6:36 AM, PDT

A show I didn't even know existed... and it's hosted by Jaleel White... The details via press release below from SyFy: Season 2 Premiere Of Syfy's "Total Blackout," Hosted By Jaleel White, Shatters Series Records In Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 And Total Viewers Penultimate Episode Of Hit Competition Series "Face Off" Delivers Season Highs In Total Viewers, Adults 18-49 And Adults 25-54 "Face Off" Season 3 Winner Revealed Tonight in Live Finale Event Airing at 10 p.m. Et New York - October 31, 2012 - Syfy's hit unscripted competition series Total Blackout, hosted by Jaleel White (Family Matters, Dancing with the Stars), established series records in Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and total viewers during its second season premiere on Tuesday, October 30 at 10Pm. From 9-10Pm, the penultimate episode of Syfy's hit series Face Off delivered season highs in total viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54. The live finale of...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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'The Crow' Director Alex Proyas Ventures Into TV With ABC Mutant Drama 'Evolve'

2 November 2012 6:25 AM, PDT

For his first venture into network TV, director Alex Proyas won't be straying far from the dark urban settings, sci-fi themes, post-apocalyptic shadings and overall gothiness he's explored in films such as "The Crow," "Dark City" and "I, Robot." As reported by Deadline, Proyas is attached to direct and exective produce a fantasy-tinged sci-fi drama entitled "Evolve" for ABC. Based on the "Toxic City" trilogy of novels by British author Tim Lebbon, "Evolve" is being written and executive produced by Jaime Paglia, co-creator of the Syfy series "Eureka." Lebbon's website describes his novels as "'The Hunger Games' meets 'The X-Men'" as a city (London in the books, Los Angeles in the TV show) is quarantined by the military after an attack with a mysterious biological agent. A group of people on the outside who don't believe the government is telling the truth about...

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- Alison Willmore

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'Six Little McGhees' Debuts Dec 15 On Own Immediately After 'Sweetie Pie's' Season Finale

2 November 2012 6:16 AM, PDT

From an Own press release; a sneak peek follows: "Six Little McGhees" Premieres Saturday, December 15 On Own: Oprah Winfrey Network New Docu-Series Follows the Busy, Love-Filled Lives of Parents Mia and Rozonno McGhee and their Sextuplet Toddlers Mia & Rozonno McGhee with the McGhee sextuplets from "Six Little McGhees" Los Angeles - The McGhee Sextuplets first captured the hearts of America after an online photo went viral and the entire family appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2011. Now for the first time in a new television docu-series, "Six Little McGhees" follows the often chaotic, always love-filled lives of the unforgettable brood, as their parents struggle to balance the challenges of raising six toddlers with the demands of running their own business. "Six Little McGhees" debuts Saturday, December 15, at 10:00 p.m. Et/Pt on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network, immediately following the finale of "Welcome...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Showtime Picks Up TV Rights to Marina Zenovich's 'Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out'

1 November 2012 2:39 PM, PDT

Marina Zenovich's follow-up to her acclaimed, Emmy-winning documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" will get its broadcast premiere on Showtime. The premium cable network has picked up "Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out," which recently made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, for a 2013 airing. The documentary, which is narrated by Zenovich, follows Roman Polanski's efforts to avoid extradition to the U.S. following his 2009 arrest at the Zurich Film Festival (which some say was sparked by "Wanted and Desired") and subsequent 10-month imprisonment. Read More: An Exclusive Clip From Upcoming Tiff Documentary 'Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out' (Video) The acquisition marks a switch of networks for Zenovich -- "Wanted and Desired" premiered on HBO, but Zenovich is currently directed an original doc for Showtime about comedian Richard Pryor called...

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- Alison Willmore

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Chloë Sevigny Talks Sex Addiction and Getting Her 'Wings Clipped' on 'American Horror Story: Asylum'

1 November 2012 2:35 PM, PDT

The article below contains spoilers for "Nor'easter," the Oct. 31 episode of "American Horror Story: Asylum." Over the course of a daring career that's spanned film and television, Chloë Sevigny has played everything from a painfully young victim of HIV to a ghost in a notorious (unsimulated) sex scene, from a wife in a polygamous marriage to a transgender Irish hitwoman. Her latest turn as the nymphomaniac Shelley on FX's "American Horror Story: Asylum" is no less chance-taking, particularly after Wednesday's episode. A sexually aggressive and misunderstood character, Shelley is "insane" more because she is stuck in the mores of the show's 1964 setting than because she has any actual mental illness. The end of "Nor'easter" found the Briarcliff Manor patient in the clutches of James Cromwell's Dr. Arden, who decided to punish her for not being receptive to his advances....

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- Alison Willmore

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HBO Picks Up Stephen Merchant's Latest Embarrassment Comedy 'Hello Ladies' to Series

1 November 2012 11:46 AM, PDT

British comedian and "The Office" UK co-creator Stephen Merchant is HBO's newest star. According to Deadline, the premium cable network has given an eight-episode series order to "Hello Ladies," the comedy pilot he co-wrote, directed and stars in. Read More: 'Office' Co-Creator Stephen Merchant Heads to HBO With 'Hello Ladies' As in the recent HBO series "Life's Too Short," which Merchant co-created with his frequent collaborator Ricky Gervais, "Hello Ladies" finds the lanky funnyman playing a slightly more obnoxious and awkward fictionalized version of himself, searching for romance amonst the beautiful people of Los Angeles and usually just finding embarrassment -- cringe comedy being one of his specialities. The series, which Merchant wrote with former "Office" writer-producers Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, is based on themes Merchant explored in last year's stand-up show of the same...

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- Alison Willmore

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Women Created and Centric TV News Roundup - November 1

1 November 2012 10:20 AM, PDT

With every roundup we do, we get more excited and hopeful for the upcoming crop of future TV shows by and about women. With projects from Jennifer Garner, Shonda Rhimes and Oprah—there is bound to be some interesting and nuanced portrayals of women headed to your TV screen. (We hope) Jennifer Garner Inks Deal With Uni TV, Will Produce NBC Comedy With Television 360 (Deadline) Oprah Winfrey Developing Complex Family Drama Project at HBO (The Hollywood Reporter) The CW Developing Teenage Drama About Mary Queen Of Scots (Deadline) Shonda Rhimes to Produce Android Sci-Fi Thriller for ABC Written by Dave Digilio (Deadline) Rebecca Sinclair Sets Up CW Mystic Drama, Adaptation of Book ‘The Lost Girls’ (Deadline) Ben Stiller to Produce ABC Comedy Co-Created By And Starring Bonnie Hunt (Deadline) Chloe Sevigny to Solve Crimes in A&E Pilot ‘Those Who Kill’ (Indiewire)

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- Kerensa Cadenas

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First Look At Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe In Brit TV Miniseries 'A Young Doctor's Notebook'

1 November 2012 9:51 AM, PDT

Quickly announced earlier this year, we had pretty much entirely forgotten about the Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe team-up in the miniseries "A Young Doctor's Notebook." But not only has it already shot, it airs next month in the U.K. and fresh images have been unveiled for your eyeballs. Based on the short stories of Mikhail Bulgakov, the dark comedy will follow Hamm as a post-wwi doctor, narrating the story and interacting with his younger self, played by Radcliffe, as it chronicles his attempts to cover up his self doubt and lack of confidence. Not much else is known about the tone of the show yet, but we're likely to know more soon, and Hamm and Radcliffe do suggest a promising and lively pairing. And give Hamm a break if he doesn't get the accent just right. "I have been watching 'Bridget Jones's Diary' on infinite loop, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Jill Scott Lands Roles In Fox's 'Fringe' And Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

1 November 2012 8:39 AM, PDT

We're late on reporting this, but better late than never. Jill Scott will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Fringe, playing a character named Simone, who is described as "an incredibly intuitive woman, an oracle-like person," who will help Olivia (Anna Torv) in an early Season 5 episode. Ms Scott's on somewhat of a roll in terms of her acting career; in addition to co-starring in Lifetime’s recent hit remake of Steel Magnolias, she’s also currently shooting the Fox Searchlight's romcom Baggage Claim, with Paula Patton, and, both The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly say that she’s been cast in Woody Allen’s next film. Although neither specify what film that is, and what role she'll be playing in it. Research informed me that Fading Gigolo is Woody Allen's next film, which stars, Allen, John TurturroSofía Vergara and Sharon Stone, in a story about a man (played by Turturro) who. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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