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Mahershala Ali Will Play Cottonmouth in Marvel's 'Luke Cage' Netflix Series

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The casting for the series just keeps getting better!  Following yesterday's announcement that Netflix's Luke Cage series added Simone Missick as the female lead opposite Mike Colter, playing a variation of Misty Knight... today, Mahershala Ali (who co-stars on another Netflix series, "House of Cards") has booked a key role in "Luke Cage," playing Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, another adversary for the title character (to be played by Mike Colter) to battle against. According to the Marvel wiki, in the comics, not much is known about Cottonmouth's history except that he established himself as a drug lord in New York, and had several run-ins with Cage - his trademark being, what else, his employ of those deadly cottonmouth snakes. Cottonmouth is said to have actually tried to recruit Cage for his organization, but, of course, Cage wasn't interested. He eventually did, but obviously so that he could learn more about Cottonmouth's. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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"Your Prayers Have Been Answered" - 'Black Jesus' Has Been Resurrected ... Again

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The "Black Jesus" Facebook page published the above photo about half-an-hour ago, with the caption "Your prayers have been answered," suggesting the obvious. A year ago, Adult Swim did order a second season of its then new Aaron McGruder series, "Black Jesus," but given how long it's been since that announcement, many fans apparently wondered if it was indeed returning for a second season. And it looks like it will be, so you can rest easy now. In season 1 (and I assume also in the upcoming season 2) McGruder's live-action "Jesus" finds the son of God living in present day Compton, CA, on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood, with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers. Newcomer Gerald "Slink" Johnson stars as "Black Jesus."  Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb, John Witherspoon, Kali Hawk, Andra Fuller, Antwon Tanner, Andrew Bachelor, Angela Gibbs, and Valenzia. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Take a Trip Down Memory Lane in First Teaser for VH1’s Next Original Movie - 'The Breaks'

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I'm not in VH1's general target audience, and so there's really very little I've ever watched on the network over the years; but this is one that I'll definitely be checking out when the time comes, if only because of the man calling the shots on this one - Seith Mann (who you might recall was on my short list of directors that Marvel should talk to about its upcoming Black Panther movie). VH1’s next original movie “The Breaks” will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, 3 friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will take viewers back to the summer of 1990, in New York City (I was still in high school at the time and was a major hip-hop head then), where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Netflix Renews 'Narcos' For Season 2

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While critics have mostly been kind to Netflix's "Narcos," our own Erik McClanahan was far less enthused in the series. In particular, he had issues with the Pov of the narrative, which tells the story of Pablo Escobar through the eyes of a DEA agent, and it wasn't helped by the atrocious voiceover given to that character (in fact, it's so bad, I couldn't bring myself watch any more after the first episode). But Netflix has the faith, because they've ordered up more. THR reports that "Narcos" has been renewed for season two. The creative team will get a slight switcheroo with Adam Fierro ("The Shield") stepping in as showrunner for Chris Brancato ("Hannibal"), and the writers room is being put together for the next wave of episodes. Read More: Fall 2015 TV Preview: Our 25 Most Anticipated Shows We'll wait to see if they keep the formula or try and shake »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe in 'The Gamechangers' — The Movie 'Grand Theft Auto' Doesn't Want You to See

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"Grand Theft Auto" changed the gaming world forever. With its open world concept and overt violence, the historic franchise is more than deserving of a feature film, and BBC Two is ready to bring it to you. Well, to U.K. audiences, at least.  No U.S. release has been set for the above TV movie, in part because the biopic is completely unauthorized. Rockstar Games, the company responsible for "Grand Theft Auto," sued the BBC to try to stop production of "The Gamechangers" due to copyright infringement. Though unsuccessful, the film could face similar roadblocks if it tries to make its way across the pond, given the sensitive subject matter within. Read More: Daniel Radcliffe on Ebola, 'Horns' and Being Propositioned for Sex By a Fan "The Gamechangers" focuses on the three-year battle between Sam Houser (Daniel Radcliffe), the creator of "Grand Theft Auto," and Jack Thompson »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers

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Exclusive: Octavia Butler's 'Dawn' Being Developed for TV, Producer Talks Adaptation and Diversity Behind the Scenes

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In Octavia Butler's 1987 novel Dawn, a human race in danger of extinction is given a final chance to survive by mating with an alien species to create a new hybrid race. The first book in Butler's Lilith's Brood series (formerly Xenogenesis), adaptation rights were recently acquired by producer Allen Bain ("Revenge of the Green Dragons"). "Dawn" is the first television series to be developed under his new Bainframe sci-fi banner. Gary Pearl, Thomas Carter and Teddy Smith are set to executive produce along with Bain. As the project is in development and putting together its production team, Bain made time to talk with S&A about his plans for the series. Jai Tiggett: Can you talk about your background and what led you this project? Allen Bain: My career started with a very small movie called "Manito." It was a story about two Latino brothers in Washington »


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Who Might Producers Reggie Hudlin & David Hill Be Considering for Oscar Host Next Year?

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In my post on the announcement that Reginald Hudlin and David Hill had been tapped to produce the 88th Oscars telecast, earlier this week, I wondered whether the Academy's seemingly newfound *diversity interests* under current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs (the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) might also mean a non-white host for next year's celebration.  The news of Hudlin and Hill being hired to produce the 88th telecast came a few days after Boone Isaacs announced that Spike Lee will be a recipient of an Honorary Oscar at this year's Governors Awards ceremony.  "Our eyes are open," Boone Isaacs said. "This is where we get to recognize those who have contributed so much. It just happened this year to be two women and an African American male."  Boone Isaacs also said that Governors Award honorees were "part of the normalization" of the more than 7,000-member organization, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Binge or Bust? Why Streaming Networks Release Shows Like 'Difficult People' and 'Community' Weekly

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Awhile back, after a long day of writing about TV shows, I plopped down on my couch to watch a TV show. Not just any show, mind you, but "Difficult People," Hulu's new comedy from the brilliant minds of Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner and Amy Poehler. It had been a few weeks since the series debuted, and — despite an excellent review in the can from my editor Liz Shannon Miller — I had yet to get into one of my most anticipated summer shows.  Then it happened. After three delightful episodes about the never-ending, impenetrable love between best friends — via the deserved verbal abuse of others — suddenly I was watching a rerun of "The Mindy Project." Veteran Hulu viewers know what this means, yet I was reluctant to admit defeat: How could I be out of episodes already? It had only been 90 minutes. Surely there had been some mistake. Yet despite »


- Ben Travers

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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'

2 September 2015 4:29 PM, PDT

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'

2 September 2015 4:20 PM, PDT

"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

2 September 2015 3:24 PM, PDT

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

2 September 2015 2:42 PM, PDT

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

2 September 2015 1:20 PM, PDT

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

2 September 2015 12:38 PM, PDT

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'

2 September 2015 12:13 PM, PDT

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

2 September 2015 11:32 AM, PDT

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...

2 September 2015 10:44 AM, PDT

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

2 September 2015 9:18 AM, PDT

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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