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Bet and TV One Will Go Head-to-Head Tonight With Original Movies Airing at the Exact Same Time

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This is probably a very rare occurrence; maybe the first time it's actually ever happened. Both Bet and TV One (both black TV networks serving essentially the same audience) have original movies premiering tonight, August 29, at the exact same time, 8Pm. So, if you are planning on staying in tonight, and either broadcast was on your agenda, which movie will you watch live, and which will you DVR, or watch a rebroadcast of, later? This is one ratings event whose results I'm looking forward to seeing. First, TV One's 2014 comedy, "Girlfriends' Getaway," returns with a sequel, reuniting original cast members Garcelle BeauvaisMalinda WilliamsTerri J. Vaughn, and Essence Atkins, with an end-of-summer premiere.  Directed and produced by Roger M. Bobb, the sequel is about four girlfriends who travel to Puerto Rico for a destination wedding, only to face chaos when a simple affair turns into extravagant, expensive nuptials. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Trailer for Upcoming Vice Special on Broken Criminal Justice System, Featuring President Obama

28 August 2015 1:18 PM, PDT

Lame duck president? What lame duck president?  President Obama will make the first-ever Presidential visit to a federal prison for an upcoming "Vice" special that will tackle America's broken criminal justice system.  The Vice special will air this fall on HBO, offering an in-depth look into the dire impact the current criminal justice system is having on millions of Americans - especially black Americans. I'm sure we're all familiar with the term "prison industrial complex," which also happens to be the title of a recorded 1997 speech by Angela Davis, later released as an audio CD that served as the basis for her book of the same title. America is home to 5 percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of the world's prison population - a prison population that has risen 700 percent since 1970, according to the press release from HBO. President Obama visited the El Reno federal prison in Oklahoma and participated in the Vice special, »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Jonathan Ames on 'Blunt Talk,' Diva News Anchors and the Future of 'Bored To Death'

28 August 2015 1:04 PM, PDT

Jonathan Ames can only write one way, and that way is distinct unto himself. Both of his major television programs have featured a style that's hard to pin down, as well as a narrative pace that's as addictive as it is unique. "Bored to Death" featured such an easily identifiable premise — a struggling writer searches for success as a P.I. who accepts cases from Craigslist — it actually makes it harder to explain what makes it so special to anyone who hasn't seen it. The same can be said for Ames' latest. "Blunt Talk" is officially about a disgraced British anchorman who's still struggling to overcome his vices and deliver the nightly news with his respectability intact. Yet with a loyal manservant for a best friend, an eclectic cast of characters in his news room and that unidentifiable X-factor, the show feels like so much more than its logline when watching. »


- Ben Travers

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Finally, A Plum Role for Michelle Pfeiffer

28 August 2015 11:24 AM, PDT

Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast as Ruth Madoff in HBO Films' "Wizard of Lies," a look behind the scenes at Bernie Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme uncovered in 2008, how it was perpetrated on the public and the trail of destruction left in its wake, both for the victims and Madoff’s family. Pfeiffer joins Robert De Niro, previously cast as Bernie Madoff. The movie icons were last seen together in Luc Besson's 2013 "The Family." Alessandro Nivola will play Mark Madoff, the older of the two sons, who hanged himself in 2010 on the second anniversary of his father's arrest. Younger son Andrew Madoff (not yet cast) died in 2014 after battling cancer. The long-in-the-works project, based on Diana Henriques' same-titled book, could offer Pfeiffer a real platform — and on TV, natch, where the meaty roles live nowadays. The Oscar-nominated actress has been selective about projects in recent years, appearing in indies, »


- Ryan Lattanzio

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Watch 5 Clips from Regina King's Feature Directorial Debut 'Let The Church Say Amen' Starring Naturi Naughton

28 August 2015 10:12 AM, PDT

Your summer season TV watch list just got a little bit longer, as Bet Networks debuts Regina King's feature length film directorial debut, an adaptation of "Let the Church Say Amen," the best-selling novel by Reshonda Tate Billingsley, which stars Naturi Naughton as Rachel Jackson, a wayward preacher’s kid who is struggling to pull her life together. With a six-year-old son out of wedlock and a high school diploma, Rachel’s mission in life is to marry her son’s father in order to become a traditional and respectable family and regain her father’s respect. The two hour movie, which will be a "Bet Premiere Cinema" event, also stars Steve Harris, Lela Rochon, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Curtis Pennie. It's produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, Roger Bobb and Regina King, who is also executive producer.  It premieres on Bet tomorrow night, August 29, at 8P/7C. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Indiewire Emmy Ballot 2015: Our Endorsements (And a Plea For Sanity After Last Year's Debacle)

28 August 2015 10:11 AM, PDT

Heading into the 2014 Primetime Emmys, most prognosticators believed in a few predominant theories: "Modern Family's" four-year winning streak as Outstanding Comedy Series would be snapped, most likely by "Orange is the New Black," which would make it the first-ever winner in the category from a streaming network. Matthew McConaughey and Billy Bob Thornton would be rewarded for their work on "True Detective" and "Fargo," respectively, since one was nominated for Actor in a Drama Series and the other for Actor in a Miniseries or Movie. Louis C.K. or William H. Macy would take the stage as Outstanding Comedy Actor, and "The Normal Heart" would take home a bunch of trophies, including one for Matt Bomer.  But none of that happened. It's not that we here at Indiewire don't like upsets. Unpredictability is an exciting element of award shows (and one becoming more and more rare at the Oscars with all »


- Ben Travers

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Watch: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Aren't Making A Reality Show in Exclusive 'Project Greenlight' Trailer

28 August 2015 9:59 AM, PDT

When you hear that "Project Greenlight" is a reality competition show, you might expect a "Project Runway"-style showdown series, but here's the twist: The winner gets picked in the first episode. That's because the show's focus — as vaguely well-known men about town Matt Damon and Ben Affleck explain in the above trailer — is on the truth of what it's like to actually make a film.  The fourth season of "Project Greenlight" follows the production of a comedy produced by the Farrelly Brothers, with a promise to focus on the difficulties underlying the art of filmmaking. Because with no time and no money, the drama is very real.  "Project Greenlight" Season 4 premieres September 13 at 10pm on HBO.  Read More: 12 Scripted TV Episodes That Take Down the Myths of Reality TV

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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Watch: Andre Royo Is Robert 'Bobo' Boston in Amazon's Upcoming New Series, 'Hand of God'

28 August 2015 9:21 AM, PDT

Created by Ben Watkins, and marking the television debut of filmmaker Marc Forster, the highly-anticipated Amazon Studios original dramatic series "Hand of God" stars Ron Perlman as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The show centers on Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on "visions" and "messages" he believes are being sent by God through Pernell's ventilator-bound son.  "Hand of God" also stars Dana Delany as the Judge's protective wife Crystal HarrisGarret Dillahunt as Kd, the born-again sociopath whose violent tendencies are exploited by Pernell, Andre Royo as the slick, smart, gregarious, and greedy mayor Robert...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Review: 'Narcos' Season 1 Had Promise, But Netflix Could Have Learned From 'Entourage'

28 August 2015 8:16 AM, PDT

The new series "Narcos," created by Chris Brancato, Eric Newman and Carlo Bernard, represents a pretty ambitious step for Netflix. Set over several years in the 1970s and '80s, the crime drama pairs the story of Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), a tough and obsessive DEA agent, with that of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura), who played Robin Hood to the poor folk of Colombia while racking up billions of dollars in the cocaine business. Read More: 7 New Netflix Shows to Binge Watch in August 2015 (And the Best Episodes of Each) It's a pretty classic story of sex, drugs and violence, and one that's been popularized a hundred times over. In fact, in advertising copy, Netflix has been using the tagline "First they got the coke. Then they got the money. Now the Colombian cartels want the power" — a clear reference to one of the most classic gangster film lines ever uttered, »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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BBC Commissions Original Scripted Motown Musical Drama Series

28 August 2015 7:57 AM, PDT

BBC One has ordered a contemporary musical series titled "Stop! In the Name of Love," that will tell the interwoven stories of "six smart, thirty-something women" and will incorporate the iconic sounds of Motown. Specifically, songs from the record label will be woven into the plot, with characters singing at key moments within the spoken narrative. Executive producer Duncan Kenworthy said: “I’m hugely excited about this opportunity to integrate some of the coolest songs ever written into a big, bold, diverse drama about contemporary love lives, and delighted that the BBC has commissioned it. Some music is so famous that it’s already woven into our lives. 'Stop! In the Name of Love' will use Motown’s unforgettable tunes and powerful lyrics to help express the emotional complications—the heart and the heartbreak—of the new world we’re living in... The musical arrangements and cutting edge choreography »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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10 Highlights From the Indiewire TV Team's Reddit Ama, from 'The Leftovers' Season 2 to 'The X-Files'

28 August 2015 7:35 AM, PDT

Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers, informally known as Team TV here at Indiewire, spent a couple hours on Reddit today to talk to fellow TV fans about, well, anything. Read More: 2015 Fall TV Preview: 21 New Shows You Need to Know Redditors posed questions ranging from TV viewing rituals, to the amount of time Liz and Ben spend watching television, to opinions of Season 2 of "The Leftovers. Here are some of the highlights. You can take a look at the entire thread here. Best show on TV, not on a major network? Ben: Though I'd be hard-pressed to define what qualifies as a "major network" these days, I'm a fan of "Catastrophe" on Amazon and "Kingdom" on DirecTV Audience Network. Liz: Yeah, the "major network" thing is a really hard one to define. But I'd say "BoJack Horseman" on Netflix also doesn't get a lot of attention. And if you enjoy period dramas, »


- Jessica Cariaga

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Kali Hawk, B.J. Britt, Valarie Pettiford and Telma Hopkins Star in TV One Original Movie 'Welcome to the Family'

27 August 2015 4:18 PM, PDT

TV One's latest original movie (the network has been producing quite a few of them lately, in case you haven't noticed) "Welcome to the Family" explores what happens when tradition collides with modernity, centering on Stella, an internet producer (Kali Hawk), who has to learn how to balance her personal and professional lives. She utilizes her family reunion to not only reveal her engagement to fiancée Quinton (B.J. Britt), but also to prove she can host her own web series. Stella is blinded by her own ambition, as each family member's antics and escapades hit the World Wide Web. Caught up in the world of media mania and surrounded by a crazy cast of relatives, Stella learns that her fiancée is actually her cousin. Captured by cameras for the world to see, the couple's relationship is thrown into turmoil as Stella's web series turns into a social media hit. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Baratunde Thurston Joins 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah' to Oversee Social and Digital Expansion

27 August 2015 3:55 PM, PDT

"The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" has announced a new social and multiplatform initiative and has hired multi-hyphenate Baratunde Thurston, as supervising producer to oversee the creation and production of original content for digital outlets. With this new initiative, fans of "The Daily Show" will have access to more original content presented across multiple platforms. In this evolution under new host Trevor Noah, the series will produce an ongoing flow of original content that will resonate with fans of "The Daily Show." The creation and production of platform-specific original content will be spearheaded by Thurston who will be working with Noah and the show's executive producers to execute the multiplatform strategy, keeping it organic to "The Daily Show" mission while expanding the series' footprint across all digital and social platforms. "Baratunde brings a very unique set of skills to 'The Daily Show.' We've been admirers of his...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: Claire Danes Can't Run From The Past In New Trailer For 'Homeland' Season 5

27 August 2015 1:32 PM, PDT

On the list of shows-i-haven't-watched-yet-because-life-is-busy is Showtime's "Homeland." Some people tell me season four dropped off in quality, while others say that it was just as solid as the others. At any rate, it seems everyone wants to know what happens next in season five, and a meaty new trailer for the next batch of episodes is here.  Read More: New Teaser For 'Homeland' Season 5 Shows Carrie Mathison Adrift Clearly, I don't watch the show, but here basically all you need to know is the classic line from "The Godfather Part III": "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Indeed, former CIA operative Carrie Mathison's (Claire Danes) attempt to live as a private citizen don't go so well as she's once again embroiled in a web of geo-politics, which involves hackers and getting tossed into a van among other things. But it looks pretty intense, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Bounce TV's 'In The Cut' Premiere Sets Record for the Young Black Television Network - Watch It Now!

27 August 2015 12:43 PM, PDT

The premiere of the new Bounce TV Original Series "In The Cut" has become the network's number one series premiere ever in the delivery of Adults 18-49, while also posting strong numbers and increases across the board. "In The Cut's" series premiere telecast on Tuesday, August 25 at 9pm (Et), drew 172,000 Adults 18-49, which more than doubled (+102%) the time period average, and edged out Bounce TV's premiere of "Off The Chain: Rodney Perry" as the network's previous number one premiere in the key demographic. "In The Cut" stars Dorien WilsonKen Lawson and also features Jackee Harry and John Marshall Jones. The show centers on Jay Weaver (Wilson) who owns several businesses in a strip mall in San Diego and spends most of his time working in his barbershop, Jay's Chop Shop. Jay also co-owns a beauty salon a few doors away - Nadine's Shop - named for his ex-wife (Harry) who still runs it. »


- Tambay A. Obenson

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Watch: 'Homeland' Season 5 Trailer Shows There's No Way Out for Carrie

27 August 2015 11:20 AM, PDT

[Spoilers for Season 4] After spending most of Season 4 repeatedly pushing past her moral limits, Carrie finally snapped. No, she didn't go off her meds and sleep with a suspected terrorist. She dropped out of the CIA to take care of her baby (the product of sleeping with a suspected terrorist).  Read More: 'Homeland' Season 5 Lands Premiere Date with 'The Affair' Season 2, Plus Poster Two years later, and Carrie still can't escape the aftershocks of her old job. In the new trailer above, the bipolar ex-agent is shown trying to escort a billionaire through a dangerous Middle Eastern country, being kidnapped by God-knows-who and stopping short of pulling the trigger on her own bad luck. Oh, and Quinn is on a killing spree. If a bit messy in appearance, the upcoming season of Showtime's Emmy-winning drama series looks likely to at least hold our attention. Season 4 was an impressive return to form after a slight drop-off the year before, »


- Ben Travers

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Guest Post: From Day Job to Dream Job: How This Cupcake Girl Got a Feature Film in 6 Easy Steps

27 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

A lot of people in Hollywood have a day job and work as writers, actors, directors, etc., by night. Well, I was just the same, working at Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills, when it occurred to me that I might be able to turn this daytime paycheck into a life-long dream. The first video I created for Sprinkles was an internal documentary about the company. From there, I jumped to creating a short-film series for the La-based bakery. My first Sprinkles Short was "Strawberry" starring Yeardley Smith (the voice of Lisa Simpson!). Fast-forward to today, where my first feature film "Fatal Flip," is airing on Lifetime in two days. And it was all a direct result of those Sprinkles shorts! So, here are six easy steps to turning your day job into a dream job.  Step 1: Get passionate about your day job.  I know, I know, it's not what you want to do forever, »


- Maureen Bharoocha

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2015 Fall TV Preview: 21 New Shows You Need to Know

27 August 2015 9:56 AM, PDT

"Hand of God" (Amazon) - Friday, September 4 What is it? Ron Perlman plays a corrupt judge who believes he can hear the voice of God after his son's suicide attempt. He starts a crusade to find the man who raped his son's wife, employing methods both lawful and otherwise, all in God's name. I'll like it if I like... dark TV shows with morally questionable leads; think "A Gifted Man" crossed with "The Leftovers." Why should I care? The latest Amazon series got off to a strong start in its premiere episode. We ranked it as the best of their third pilot season, ahead of "The Cosmopolitans" and "Red Oaks" (the later of which is also on this list), in part because of its phenomenal cast. Perlman is perfect in the lead role, and his supporting players — from Garrett Dillahunt to Dana Delany — add relevance to the show in a big way. »


- Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers

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'The Carmichael Show' is Most-Watched Summer Comedy Debut in 8 Years. Watch Both Episodes Now!

27 August 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

NBC's summer comedy series lineup continued last night (after "Mr. Robinson" ended its run last week) with "The Carmichael Show" which kicked off a 6-episode run at 9pm. "The Carmichael Show" is inspired by star Jerrod Carmichael's relationships with his say-anything contrarian father, therapist-in training girlfriend, ever-hustling brother and mother, who is always, always, always right with Jesus. Amber West, Lil Rel Howery, David Alan Grier, and Loretta Devine co-star. Did you tune in?  Apparently, many of you did, because, as NBC reports, “The Carmichael Show” drew 4.8 million viewers overall from 9-9:30 p.m. Et, making it the most-watched summer comedy series debut on any of the Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) since 2007, when “Creature Comforts” drew 6.1 million viewers for CBS - a span covering 12 summer-comedy launches. This follows the August 5th premiere of “Mr. Robinson” which was the #2 highest-rated...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Other Shoe Drops - MSNBC Moves Rev. Al to Sunday Mornings

27 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

As I have reported here previously a few times, MSNBC is currently in the midst of revamping their daytime schedule because of poor ratings. They're getting clobbered by CNN and Fox News. As a result, they recently cancelled "Now with Alex Wagner," "The Cycle" and "The Ed Show," and replaced them with straight news programs anchored by a shifting lineup of different anchors. Meanwhile Michael Eric Dyson, who has taken over "The Ed Show's" afternoon slot, has, for the time being, been hosting a similar show not unlike "The Ed Show," but without a title. And there were rumors that the network was planning to eventually move the ratings-challenged show "PoliticsNation" hosted by the Rev Al Sharpton, to a weekend slot. Well, finally, yesterday, MSNBC president Phil Griffith announced that Rev Al's show would be moved to Sunday mornings in October, taking the 9Am slot (8Am Central) preceding Melissa Harris Perry's show. »


- Sergio

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