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TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee Sterling K. Brown Reflects on This Is Us Phenomenon, Teases Funnier Season 2

18 June 2017 6:48 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

This Is Us Mvp Sterling K. Brown would be the first to tell you that the last thing he ever expected was to be famous — never mind so famous that he’d end up being interviewed for The TVLine Podcast as one of our Dream Emmy nominees. “I always thought that I would just be working in obscurity in perpetuity,” he admits to Executive Editor Kimberly Roots. Like, “‘You’re that guy from that guest spot!’… or ‘I loved you on Supernatural!'”

RelatedThis Is Us: This Is TVLine Deciding to Not Obsess About Jack’s Death

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LeVar Burton Is In 'No Mood' to Be Disrespected by American Airlines

12 June 2017 8:52 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

LeVar Burton can fly twice as high, but he may have to do it in business class.

The Reading Rainbow host and Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, 60, had a turbulent flight on American Airlines on Sunday and sounded off on Twitter about the “disrespect” he says he experienced.

Burton was bumped from first class to business on a recent flight from Chicago O’Hare to Los Angeles, despite having paid for two seats in the pricier section. On Sunday, he called out the airline on twitter, tagging American, he wrote “I’m in No Mood for disrespect.”

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- Mackenzie Schmidt

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Ian McShane Reflects on Long Days Filming ‘American Gods': ‘That’s What Makes It All the Sweeter’ (Video)

5 June 2017 6:19 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ian McShane’s career has spanned decades, with dozens of film and TV credits as diverse as “Lovejoy,” “Dallas,” “Deadwood,” “Roots” and “Babylon 5: The River of Souls,” and as high-profile as “Game of Thrones,” “The West Wing,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and the animated fare “Shrek the Third.” Now, McShane stars as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday in Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s Starz adaptation of the bestselling Neil Gaiman novel “American Gods.” And even with all those years of experience, McShane says it’s not always easy. Also Read: Every 'American Gods' Character, Ranked by How »

- Reid Nakamura

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Showing Roots starring Maggie Grace Arrives on DVD June 20th

3 June 2017 1:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Return to the 1970s when the inspirational drama Showing Roots, starring Maggie Grace and Uzo Aduba, arrives on DVD at Walmart on June 20 from Lionsgate.

Return to the 1970s when the inspirational drama Showing Roots arrives on DVD at Walmart on June 20 from Lionsgate. The film tells the story of two women who cross racial boundaries to form a friendship and fight against inequality in their small town. Maggie Grace and Uzo Aduba lead an all-star cast that includes Adam Brody, Elizabeth McGovern, and Cicely Tyson.From director Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful), the Showing Roots DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98.

In 1977, as the miniseries “Roots” hits the airwaves, two women are inspired to try and integrate their small Southern town. In a place where there are still “right” and “wrong” sides of the tracks, these two young women — one white, »

- Tom Stockman

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19 Things You Probably Don't Know About Hollywood's Coolest It Girl, Zoë Kravitz

18 May 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Dimitrios Kambouris Zoë Kravitz is practically synonymous with the word cool. But given her parents - rock star Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet - how could she not be? It might be easy to assume the 28-year-old Big Little Lies star has had it a little easier than most in Hollywood, but her path to becoming one of most sought-after actresses/singers/models out there has been incredibly interesting. Why not get to know her a little better? RelatedBig Little Lies: Time to Obsess Over Zoë Kravitz's Elvis Cover She's half Jewish. Her paternal grandfather, Sy Kravitz, and maternal grandmother, Arlene Litman, were both Jewish. She's proud of her mixed heritage. "I am mixed. My parents are mixed," she recently told Allure. "The more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black and what that means - being more proud of »

- Quinn Keaney

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NBC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Law & Order True Crime, Rise From Jason Katims and More New Shows

15 May 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC has unveiled its fall 2017 schedule, along with previews for its upcoming series, including the highly anticipated Will & Grace revival and the Edie Falco-fronted Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

RelatedNBC Fall Schedule: This Is Us Relocates to Will & Grace-Led Thursday, Blindspot and The Blacklist Also on the Move

Here at TVLine, we immediately jumped at the chance to screen each trailer — some of which are available here; others were only shown to members of the press at the NBC Upfront on Monday — and we’re ready to divulge our totally unfiltered, brutally honest snap judgments. (Fwiw: Trailers »

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Leslie Uggams, Blind Al, To Return In Deadpool 2

19 April 2017 10:30 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Blackfilm.com is reporting that Leslie Uggams is set to return as Blind Al in Deadpool 2. For an afterparty set for the film The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, she was asked whether fans could expect to see her return to the film which she confirmed. The Deadpool sequel is set to start filming later this spring with Josh Brolin joining the cast as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino.

Leslie Uggams has had a long career in film, television, and the theater. The role that led her to national prominence was Kizzy in Roots. She starred in a variety show on ABC called The Leslie Uggams Show in 1983 which nabbed her an Emmy. She's also starred in films like Sugar Hill starring Wesley Snipes.

While her role in Deadpool wasn't that big, she certainly made her presence felt. It's great when an actor of her caliber takes on »

- Tim Jousma

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Deadwood Revival Script 'Has Been Delivered to HBO,' Says Ian McShane

18 April 2017 2:14 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There’s been some movement on HBO’s long-gestating Deadwood revival, according to Al Swearengen himself.

Series creator David Milch’s “two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO,” Ian McShane reveals to TVLine exclusively, before adding with a laugh, “If they don’t deliver [a finished product], blame them.” 

McShane, who has a starring role in Starz’ American Gods (premiering April 30), says he’s spoken to Milch “about some of” the script. “I’ll be seeing him for lunch [soon],” he continues. “We’d all love to do it… It would be nice to see all of the old gang again.”

This marks »

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Emmys: ‘Gilmore Girls’ To Compete As Limited Series

18 April 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Television Academy said today that Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life will compete in the Primetime Emmy Awards as a limited series after a petition was submitted by show’s producers. The ruling puts the revival of the series in the same pool as the likes of Fargo, American Horror Story and American Crime. Last year, FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson won the Emmy in the category, which included AMC’s The Night Manager and History’s Roots revival. According to… »

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The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey

4 April 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV adaptation of a book/book series?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Ok, I listed like 50 answers for last week’s Guest Stars question and I’m determined not to cheat this week! Kinda. The answer is “Friday Night Lights,” but I acknowledge that there are caveats, because the NBC TV series was based on the feature film, which was based on Buzz Bissinger’s book, so is the show based on a book or based on a movie? Well, because Peter Berg adapted both, I’m gonna say they’re both based on the book, because really the only continuity »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Shows Adapted From Books — IndieWire Critics Survey

4 April 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV adaptation of a book/book series?

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

Ok, I listed like 50 answers for last week’s Guest Stars question and I’m determined not to cheat this week! Kinda. The answer is “Friday Night Lights,” but I acknowledge that there are caveats, because the NBC TV series was based on the feature film, which was based on Buzz Bissinger’s book, so is the show based on a book or based on a movie? Well, because Peter Berg adapted both, I’m gonna say they’re both based on the book, because really the only continuity »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Erica Tazel on Moving From ‘Justified’ to ‘The Good Fight’ and Her Love of Christine Baranski

23 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After earning her Mfa from New York University and playing at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Erica Tazel made a splash in TV in a number of roles before becoming a series regular on “Justified” in 2010. After that, she portrayed Matilda in the 2016 remake of the miniseries “Roots.” Now she plays the founder of a law firm, alongside Delroy Lindo, who hires down-on-her-luck Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) in the CBS All Access series “The Good Fight,” which picks up a year after the final episode of “The Good Wife.”

What was it like going from “Justified” to “The Good Fight”?

On “Justified,” Rachel was in a very male-dominated world, which meant she had to be very strong and outspoken. With “The Good Fight,” I’m now in a position of power.

Were you a fan of “The Good Wife”?

I was a huge fan, and I’m in the Christine Baranski fan club. I »

- Sarah Ahern

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Where is Britain’s version of Roots? | David Olusoga

2 March 2017 10:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too

For more than half a century television has played a surprisingly important role in race relations in the United States. Had I been writing this 18 months ago, I might have said “the advance of race relations in the United States”, but these days I’m not so sure of the direction of travel.

In the mid-1970s a handful of liberal TV creatives persuaded the infamously cautious and socially conservative American networks into commissioning a string of sitcoms that sympathetically depicted black family life. Both The Jeffersons (1975-85) and Good Times (1974-79) were ratings hits, as to a lesser extent was Sanford and Son (1972-77) – a remake of the BBC’s Steptoe and Son, with an all-black cast transposed on to Watts, the poor black neighbourhood of Los Angeles. »

- David Olusoga

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‘When We Rise’ Ep Dustin Lance Black: ‘This Is Going to Be More Timely Than I Thought’

24 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“From the beginning I said it should be ‘When We Rise,’ the we being the biggest part of it,” says writer/producer/director Dustin Lance Black, of naming the eight-hour, four-part miniseries that premieres on February 27 on ABC.

A few feet away, director Dee Rees (“Bessie”) sets up a scene outside the storefront that once housed activist Harvey Milk’s campaign office for City Supervisor (it’s now fittingly a space occupied by the Human Rights Campaign). In the scene, a young Cleve Jones (Austin P. McKenzie) runs out to Castro Street to talk with soon-to-be disco star Sylvester (Justin Sams), who he has become friends with. The real Cleve Jones, an activist still living in San Francisco and consultant on the project, stands off to the side and watches the moment from his own life as its recreated for the cameras.

If anyone were going to write “When We Rise,” it »

- Jim Halterman

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Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel is disappointed Deadpool wasn’t nominated for Best Picture

22 February 2017 4:04 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony is quickly approaching, and to promote the festivities Jimmy Kimmel took part in an interview with Variety. One of the topics touched upon was the Academy’s lack of nominating bigger budget films and under appreciation of the comedy genre, specifically Deadpool.

Kimmel stated: “I would have liked to have seen Deadpool get nominated. I do think there’s a certain type of movie that’s not considered for awards. It’s a shame, because there’s nothing serious about the movies; they’re an escape… I think comedies are also underappreciated. There’s maybe too much gravity applied to the nomination process.”

Did Deadpool deserve a Best Picture nomination? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

Deadpool sees Ryan Reynolds starring as the Merc with a Mouth alongside T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Weasel, Morena Baccarin (Gotham) as Copycat, »

- Robert Kojder

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Writers Guild Awards: FX Wins Big With Atlanta, O.J. and The Americans

19 February 2017 8:20 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The 69th Annual Writers Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles and New York City, and FX walked away with four of the most coveted trophies.

Donald Glover’s Atlanta was recognized as both TV’s Best Comedy and Best New Series, while The Americans took home the gold for Best Drama and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won for Best Long-Form Adapted Series.

RelatedNAACP Image Awards: This Is Us, black-ish, Queen Sugar Among Winners

NBC’s This Is Us and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt earned individual episode accolades. Fellow Netflix laugher »

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2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

19 February 2017 4:50 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Live from New York! And also Los Angeles! It’s the 2017 Writers Guild Awards, honoring the best in writing for television, film and new media. This year’s big winners included some of the season’s most lauded productions — including “Moonlight,” “Arrival,” “Atlanta” and “The Americans.”

While “Moonlight” and “Arrival” will compete against each other in the Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars, they were entered in the WGA Awards in different categories, allowing both to make off with an award. “The Americans” pulled out a win for Drama Series, while “Atlanta” snapped up both Comedy Series and New Series. Other winners included “Command and Control,” “Saturday Night Live,” “BoJack Horseman” and “This Is Us.”

Read More: The IndieWire 2016-17 Awards Season Winners Guide

Check out our full list of winners — noted in bold — all updated live as the awards were announced at concurrent ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles this evening. »

- Kate Erbland

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Ryan Reynolds shares Deadpool toilet paper to celebrate the film’s one-year anniversary

13 February 2017 1:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

There are thousands of ways to celebrate the one-year release of box office smash success and unlikely awards contender Deadpool. One of them is by having Ryan Reynolds share an image of Deadpool inspired toilet paper, plastered with the juvenile humor that is the trademark of the franchise. Check it out here…

Ryan Reynolds can next be seen in the science fiction astronaut thriller Life; watch the trailer here.

See Also: Rumour: Pierce Brosnan reportedly in talks for Cable in Deadpool 2

Deadpool sees Ryan Reynolds starring as the Merc with a Mouth alongside T.J. Miller (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Weasel, Morena Baccarin (Gotham) as Copycat, Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) as Angel Dust, Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) as Ajax, Stefan Kapicic (24) as Colossus, Leslie Uggams (Roots) as Blind Al and newcomer Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. »

- Robert Kojder

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Roots of the problem: the controversial history of Alex Haley's book

9 February 2017 9:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Haley’s influential family saga about 18th century slavery is back on TV, but its literary reputation is still tarnished by questions of authenticity

This week saw both the debut on BBC4 of a star-studded mini-series based on Alex Haley’s Roots, and the 25th anniversary of Haley’s death on 10 February 1992. That the latter was not accompanied by a clutch of major reassessments testifies to his fascinatingly ambiguous status: he is the most-read African American author ever – The Autobiography of Malcolm X (which he co-authored with the black nationalist leader) sold 6m copies in its first decade, Roots sold the same number in its first year alone – yet is forever tainted by controversy and kept out of the canon.

What’s strange about the sniffiness towards Haley is that his impact was felt in literary fiction, as well as by the 130 million Americans who viewed the (much less classy »

- John Dugdale

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Roots review: this remake is brutal and harrowing – but it needs to be

8 February 2017 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Unflinching in its portrayal of the horror of the slave trade and with a breakout performance from former EastEnder Malachi Kirby, the story of Kunta Kinte deserves a wider audience

Forty years after the original Us TV adaptation of Alex Haley’s book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, the History channel releases this new version, Roots (BBC4), first shown in the Us last year. I was two when the original became a runaway hit and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t sought out the DVD since. The original isn’t the kind of series broadcasters seem keen to repeat for some reason. But this harrowing tale of human subjugation and suffering has lost none of its power to shock. At a time when many are trying to focus on what unites rather than divides us (for obvious reasons), it’s a shame this remake is »

- Julia Raeside

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