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'Mr. Robot' Star Christian Slater on Season 2 and Why He Can't Lie About The Show's Secrets

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[Warning: Spoilers through the end of "Mr. Robot" Season 1 below.] While there's no denying that the star of Sam Esmail's "Mr. Robot" is the captivating Rami Malek, there's also no denying that multiple scenes of USA's hit summer drama were owned by co-star Christian Slater, continuing a long tradition of playing roles seeped in anarchy. Read More: 6 TV Shows to Watch Before Summer Ends The season finale, which aired tonight, saw the show enter a brand new world brought about by the actions of hacker group fsociety. But the final episodes also packed a major twist, as Elliot (Malek) was forced to come to terms with the fact that the man known only as Mr. Robot (Slater) was actually a figment of his imagination -- specifically, a projection of Elliot's father, who died many years earlier. Speaking on the phone the day before the premiere, Slater told Indiewire when he guessed that twist, what role »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Simone Missick Will Play Misty Knight in Marvel's ‘Luke Cage’ Netflix Series

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Netflix's Luke Cage series continues to shore up its cast, with the addition of Simone Missick, who Deadline reports has landed the female lead opposite Mike Colter, playing a variation of Misty Knight. According to the Marvel wiki, Misty was seriously injured preventing a bomb attack back when she was a police officer with the NYPD. Her right arm was amputated and rather than take a desk job, she resigned from the police force. Tony Stark (Iron Man) provided her a bionic arm which endowed her superhuman strength. She's been affiliated with Iron Fist, and of course Luke Cage (and other Marvel superheroes). In the Netflix series, she launches a detective agency, helping Cage.  Misty Knight's skills include superhuman strength, to start. Missick (whose most recently co-starred with husband/actor Dorian Missick in Pete Chatmon's 'Black Card') joins Theo Rossi and Rosario Dawson, who were added to »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Up Next for the 'Home Again' Team? A Political Thriller Titled 'Shoot the Messenger'

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Elyse Levesque, Lucas Bryant, Lyriq Bent, and Alex Kingston have been cast in the new Hungry Eyes Film and Television hour-long drama "Shoot the Messenger," which is being produced in association with CBC Television (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and ITV. The eight-episode series, which hails from the multi-award winning creative team of Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland (whose past feature films, most recently "Home Again," have been covered on this blog), is described as a gritty political thriller that centers on the complex relationships between crime reporters and the police. The release adds: Levesque stars as Daisy Channing, a sharp and ambitious j-school grad trying to balance a messy personal life while working at a big city newspaper.  Things begin to go sideways for Daisy when she witnesses a murder she thinks is gang related, only to find herself slowly drawn into an interconnected web of criminal activity...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Check Out 7 New Photos From The Second Season of 'Empire'

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"Empire" is back in less than a month (September 23rd!), and Fox has released a bunch of photos in anticipation -- including a few of one of our favorite gay characters on TV right now, Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett).  Set guest stars Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz are nowhere to be found, however. Though this is still enough to hold us over for now:

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- Jamie Gates

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Watch Preview of 'Being Mary Jane' Season 3. Premiere Date Set + Loretta Devine and Jill Scott Join Cast

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Announced this week, the 3rd season of Bet's hit original drama series, "Being Mary Jane," will premiere on Tuesday, October 20 in a new time slot, at 9 pm Et (it previously aired at 10 pm). Also announced, Loretta Devine and Jill Scott have both joined the series as guest stars for the season.  Devine will play a character named Cecilia, a bookstore owner whose car was hit by Mary Jane’s vehicle in the final moments of the season 2 finale. And Scott will play Jackie, Niecy’s (Raven Goodwin's) mother. Season 3 of the series will pick up immediately after last season’s finale: a newly promoted Mary Jane learns the truth about the relationship between Lisa (Latarsha Rose) and her ex David (Stephen Bishop), just after she broke up with Sheldon (Gary Dourdan).  An injured Mary Jane will be “sidelined at work when a beautiful young Latina anchor, Marisol, shines as her replacement, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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A New Scripted Series Is Coming to Bet Starring Brandy Norwood and Executive Produced by Debra Martin Chase

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Bet Networks announced that production on its new scripted series "Zoe Ever After," starring Brandy Norwood, is underway in Atlanta, Ga.  The multi-camera romantic comedy centers on Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (to be played by Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex, and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line. Zoe is surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including her smart and precocious eight-year-old son Xavier (Jaylon Gordon), her fashion-forward and fun assistant Valenté (Tory Devon Smith), her publicist and best friend Pearl (Haneefah Wood) and sexy contractor Miguel (Ignacio Serricchio). The project hails from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Brandy Norwood and Elaine...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Starz Renews 'Survivor's Remorse' for 3rd Season

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Showing even more confidence in the series, Starz has announced that the cable TV network has renewed "Survivor’s Remorse,” from Executive Producer LeBron James, for a 3rd season. Currently on its second season, which premiered on August 22, the half-hour dramedy series follows Cam Calloway, played by Jessie T. Usher, a basketball phenom in his early 20’s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a multi-million dollar contract with a professional basketball team in Atlanta. Cam, along with his cousin and confidant Reggie Vaughn, played by RonReaco Lee, move to Georgia to start Cam’s journey to success. The two confront the challenges of carrying needy family members and their strong ties to the impoverished community that they come from. Cam, Reggie and an unforgettable group of characters wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love, and loyalty.  The cast includes Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Hand of God' Star Ron Perlman On Making More TV Before the Golden Age Ends

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He's been a beast, a biker and — always — a bad-ass, but when Ron Perlman went looking for his next project, post-"Sons of Anarchy," he ended up someplace unexpected: in judges's robes, on the Internet. Read More: Amazon Pilots Ranked Best to Worst (Season 3): Whit Stillman & Steven Soderbergh Compete for Your Votes The new Amazon series "Hand of God," created by Ben Watkins and directed by Marc Forster, stars Perlman as a rough-living judge who has a crisis of faith. It marks a new approach for the actor, who was drawn to the project because, as he says, it represents a "really special" moment in the current state of television. An edited transcript of our conversation is below. So how's the day treating you so far? Great, great. I'm talking about "Hand of God," which is a pleasure to talk about, so all good. Yeah, it's funny. I feel »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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Rosario Dawson and Theo Rossi Join Netflix/Marvel's 'Luke Cage'

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Theo Rossi ("Sons of Anarchy") and Rosario Dawson have both been added to the cast of Netflix/Marvel's Luke Cage series. Rossi will play series-regular Shades (aka Alvarez), who is described as a career criminal and a nemesis to star Mike Colter’s Luke Cage. And Rosario Dawson will reprise her "Daredevil" role - Claire Temple - in the forthcoming Netflix series, which will debut on Netflix next year. Both actors join the previously-cast Alfre Woodard, who will play another Luke Cage nemesis known as Black Mariah. Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer, showrunner and co-writer of the much-anticipated Netflix series. Before it premieres, Cage will make his debut on the "Jessica Jones" Netflix/Marvel series which will come later this year - all part of Netflix's announced strategy that will see the streaming platform release a new Marvel superhero series every six months, each focusing on members »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' Adds New Correspondents

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” announced today that Ronny Chieng, Desi Lydic and Roy Wood Jr. will be the newest correspondents to join the team under new host Trevor Noah. Said Noah: “I’m so excited to welcome these new members of the Daily Show Team. Now I get to share my stress with other new people.” Chieng, Lydic and Wood will be joining the team’s existing roster of talent, including Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj, Jessica Williams, Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Schaal. A native of Birmingham, Al, Roy Wood Jr. (www.roywoodjr.com) began his comedy career in 1998 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. He has been called “A Standout” by The Hollywood Reporter, as his thought-provoking comedy has reached millions via the stage, radio and television. He made his network television debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Walking Dead' Season 6 Preview: Possible Michonne/Rick Romance + Cast Additions, Key Storylines...

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It won't be the first time that a Rick/Michonne romance has been teased; 2 years ago, in fact, at the series' Comic-Con panel, audience members had romance on their minds - specifically, a Michonne/Rick pairing was proposed, to which "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman said, "Anything is possible." Co-star Norman Reedus piggybacked the idea, explaining that, because of the shared pain both Daryl and Michonne shared, a Michonne and Daryl pairing was also possible. "Everyone's losing people left and right, but both those characters are sort of loner characters who are learning to deal with a group and be part of a group, and I think it'll just bring us closer together," Reedus said. So, everybody wants to hook up with Michonne! But what does Michonne herself say about all of this?  In a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter just yesterday - with the title "'The Walking Dead »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Rejoice Binge-Watchers! Hulu Adds Commercial-Free Viewing Subscription Option

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So, finally! I've been vocal about this for some time, especially on social media, and even engaged Hulu on Twitter once, asking why there isn't an ad-free option for those of us who want to avoid ads entirely - especially if they're to compete with the likes of dominant players Netflix and Amazon streaming services, which are indeed entirely commercial-free. One response I received from Hulu was that they were considering all options.  I actually canceled my Hulu account months ago, because it just didn't make sense to me to be paying essentially the same amount of money I'm paying other services (that are commercial-free), and be forced to watch ads. Will today's news make me return to Hulu? I can't say just yet. They'll have to lure me back with content I can't get anywhere else. Announced this morning, Hulu is now offering a commercial-free option to subscribers. Per the press release, »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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PBS Newshour to Start Year Long “Conversation” on Race with Charlayne Hunter-Gault

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Let’s face it, most news programs only deal with race when it’s sensational - like when there's some violent crime, riots, or when a white cop kills a black teen, or a black criminal shoots a white cop. What usually follows are supposedly serious discussions on race which are, most of time, nothing but people screaming at each other on TV, which is good for ratings and getting viewers all riled up. Whether it’s MSNBC, CNN or Fox News, nothing is truly dealt with or discussed in any comprehensive way, and, ultimately, nothing is resolved. And soon enough, it's all forgotten... until the next racial incident, and it starts up all over again. However, PBS’ daily news show, "PBS Newshour," has decided that, “because of increasing tensions around the country to volatile levels and exposing a festering wound that has yet to heal,”  to take a more »


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7 Reasons 'Person of Interest' Should Be Your Next Binge Project

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"Person of Interest" is an unsung hero -- the CBS sci-fi drama reigns among shows like "Friday Night Lights" and "Deadwood" as critically acclaimed, but criminally underseen television treasures. Thankfully, this fall it's coming to Netflix and to Wgn America as part of the "Prime Crime" lineup at the end of the month, which means that you should all really do yourselves a favor and enter Jonathan Nolan's rich, comic book-like world of heroes, villains and a highly trained, highly adorable Belgian Malinois named Bear. Read More: Michael Emerson on 'Person of Interest' Season 5, Amy Acker and The Machine In the likely case that you're not familiar with the show, "Person of Interest" premiered in 2011, starring Michael Emerson as reclusive billionaire genius Harold Finch, Jim Caviezel as burned CIA operative John Reese and an ensemble cast of supporting characters who work together to try and prevent crimes before they. »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Hulu Releases Ad-Free Option for Subscribers, Edges Closer to Netflix

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Now you can watch many of your favorite shows as there were meant to be seen: ad-free. For $11.99 per month, subscribers will have access to (nearly) all Hulu content without the interruption of commercials. That's $4 more than the pre-existing cost of a Hulu subscription, (and also $4 more than Netflix charges for content that's already ad-free). Read More: Hulu to Offer Showtime Premium Package in Move to Compete with Netflix The battle for streaming supremacy has been getting heated this summer, with Hulu upping its game by nabbing exclusive streaming rights to many popular shows ("Seinfeld," "South Park," "Fargo," "Empire"), movies (the network recently swiped Netflix's streaming rights to Epix films like "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"), and releasing top-notch original series ("Difficult People"). Now, they're offering all of this without ads in an effort to gain on...

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- Ben Travers

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Helena Bonham Carter to Play Literary Editor in 'Love, Nina' Miniseries for BBC

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Helena Bonham Carter and Faye Marsay will signed on to star in the BBC television adaptation of "Love Nina," about a young nanny who takes care of the children of the London Review of Books editor in the '80s.  The source material is a series of letters thatauthor  Nina Stibbe wrote to her sister about her job, the literary lights who visit her workplace and her boss, a mother of two who's a celebrity among the cognoscenti.    Carter will play the mother and Marsay the nanny in the limited series, which will have five half-hour episodes.  The BBC called the drama a “laugh-out-loud culture clash... that celebrates family and friendship in all its chaotic glory.” S. J. Clarkson will direct, and shooting will begin this September.  Here's the book synopsis:  In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. »


- Inkoo Kang

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The Repugnant Religion of Amazon's 'Hand of God'

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When Judge Pernell Harris (Ron Perlman) is born again, one of the first casualties is his standing appointment with sex worker Tessie Graham (Emayatzy Corinealdi). After revealing his newfound faith in the series premiere, His Honor maintains the relationship, but the $1500 he shells out for each rendezvous now pays for conversation, not coitus. "He's taking this Christian trip very seriously," Tessie later confides to a friend, though the same can't be said of Amazon's repugnant new series, "Hand of God." Rather, writer/creator Ben Watkins approaches his subject—desperate, possibly deranged faith—as little more than a mechanism for meting out trauma. For a series so enamored of its own solemnity, the "Hand of God" view of religion is laughably insubstantial, and it turns out the joke is on us. Read More: "The Radical Belief of Sundance Channel's Extraordinary 'Rectify'" We first see Harris stark naked, speaking in tongues, standing in the. »


- Matt Brennan

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Trailer: Bet Launches Original Series “The Bet Life Of…” Will Look at Musical Careers of Stars

1 September 2015 11:00 AM, PDT

Bet Networks has announced a new original, hour-long docu-series featuring the careers and evolution of Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz, titled “The Bet Life Of…” The series will include exclusive on-air interviews, some of the best televised performances and unforgettable moments only captured by Bet. Each episode will also feature commentary and one-on-one interviews with some of the industry’s most influential entertainers, television and movie stars, former Bet hosts, music executives and the people who worked behind the scenes to create the featured artists best and most memorable on-air moments.  Titled “The Bet Life Of…” premieres Tuesday, September 8th at 9 P.M. The premiere episode features Chris Brown and the evolution of the artist and performer as we've gotten to know him today - "From his humble beginnings as a young man from Virginia with hit song 'Run It' to an international superstar performing a. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Sneak Peek: Disney's "Pickle and Peanut"

1 September 2015 9:50 AM, PDT

"Pickle and Peanut" is an animated buddy-comedy series that follows the offbeat adventures of small-town teens "Pickle" and "Peanut" (who are literally a pickle and a peanut) as they embark upon their last year of high school. The series begins airing next Monday September 7th on Disney Xd. Employing an inventive mix of 2-D animation and live-action clips, the premiere episode is available to view today on Watch Disney Xd, Disney On Demand and Disney Xd.com.  The show stars Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as Pickle and Johnny Pemberton (22 Jump Street) as Peanut and it was created by Noah Z. Jones (Fish Hooks) and developed by Joel Trussell (Yo Gabba Gabba!). Both Jones and Trussell serve as executive producers, wrote and sing the series theme song, and provide voices for Champion Horse and Mr. Whispers, respectively.  I did a quick chat with the duo last week to find out more about their offbeat animated appetizer. »


- Jerry Beck

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How Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan Took Control Of Their Lives For A Show About Their Lives

1 September 2015 9:01 AM, PDT

Every step of a television show's life cycle is cause for celebration or commiseration. And "The Jim Gaffigan Show," an affable family sitcom starring (surprise!) comedian Jim Gaffigan, has had both in its history. After a long and complicated development run, the series finally found a home at TV Land, which was more than supportive of the show based on the lives of Gaffigan and his wife Jeannie, who are raising five kids in the heart of New York City. And yesterday, TV Land announced that the series would return for a second season, promising even more family-focused antics. Read More: Darren Star On How TV Has Changed From '90210' to 'Younger' Below, Indiewire was able to ask the real-life Gaffigans how the show came together, why Jeannie isn't playing herself and what goes into making a series that basically can be described as "artisanal comedy." So »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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