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‘The Carmichael Show’: How A Live Audience Taught the NBC Comedy What It Couldn’t Say About Oprah

20 March 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The cast of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” learned an important lesson early in the show’s run: Be careful what you say about Oprah, or your live audience will turn against you.

“There are things that you learn from your audience about what upsets them,” star Loretta Devine said on Monday, during NBC’s annual summer press day. “We’ll find out something simple like you can’t talk about Oprah in certain situations. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was something like ‘if Oprah died…’ and they just weren’t having it. There are certain things you can’t say about Oprah. You can’t put ‘Oprah’ and ‘death’ in the same sentence.”

Read More: Jerrod Carmichael on His Ultimate Goal For ‘The Carmichael Show’ and Why Stand-Up is Acting (Consider This)

But that doesn’t mean the NBC sitcom shies away from controversy. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Carmichael Show’: How A Live Audience Taught the NBC Comedy What It Couldn’t Say About Oprah

20 March 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The cast of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show” learned an important lesson early in the show’s run: Be careful what you say about Oprah, or your live audience will turn against you.

“There are things that you learn from your audience about what upsets them,” star Loretta Devine said on Monday, during NBC’s annual summer press day. “We’ll find out something simple like you can’t talk about Oprah in certain situations. I can’t remember what the joke was, but it was something like ‘if Oprah died…’ and they just weren’t having it. There are certain things you can’t say about Oprah. You can’t put ‘Oprah’ and ‘death’ in the same sentence.”

Read More: Jerrod Carmichael on His Ultimate Goal For ‘The Carmichael Show’ and Why Stand-Up is Acting (Consider This)

But that doesn’t mean the NBC sitcom shies away from controversy. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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TV Gets Woke: How Scripted Series Are Confronting Social Issues Like Never Before

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

Reggie Bythewood’s grandfather was a police officer who taught him how to drive. He also gave him “the talk.”

“That’s what to do and what not to do when a racist police officer pulls you over,” explains Bythewood, a writer and producer whose films include “Notorious” and “Get on the Bus.” “Stay calm,” he recalls. “Repeat the officer’s name. No sudden moves.”

It’s a life lesson he passed on to his own son, Cassius, when they were driving together and a cop pulled him over for no apparent reason. “He asked if I was transporting something, and I said I was transporting my son,” recalls Bythewood. “And then he asked why I was nervous. I said I wasn’t. It was a crazy, awkward ordeal.”

Dan Doperalski for Variety

Recounting the incident months later in the writers’ room for the new Fox limited series “Shots Fired,” Bythewood »

- Daniel Holloway and Debra Birnbaum

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The Marisa Tomei Oscars Conspiracy That's Fascinated Hollywood For Decades

2 March 2017 2:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

For anyone who watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, the jaw-dropping best picture mix-up for La La Land and Moonlight might have brought to mind a long-circulated Oscars conspiracy regarding Marisa Tomei. Although the two events aren't exactly alike, it's no wonder connections between the 2017 ceremony and a moment at the awards all the way back in 1993 are being drawn. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards, Tomei took the stage to accept the Oscar for best supporting actress from presenter Jack Palance thanks to her work in My Cousin Vinny. Elated and giggly, she celebrated other Hollywood actresses in her speech, profusely thanked costar Joe Pesci, proceeded to the press room to take photos with best supporting actor winner Gene Hackman, and that was that. Except, it wasn't; what should have been a purely celebratory milestone in her career ended up turning into one of Hollywood's oldest and most interesting award season rumors. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Anthony Anderson Revels in Image Awards Hosting Gig

9 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Anthony Anderson can’t get enough of the NAACP or its Image Awards.

The “Black-ish” star, who competed in the organization’s Act-so event as a kid growing up in Los Angeles, is hosting the NAACP Image Awards for the fourth consecutive year on Feb. 11, and hopes to do so again for at least two more years.

“I want to take it to their 50th anniversary in two years and really do it big. It means a lot,” he says of hosting, “especially being a product of the NAACP youth movement and a product of their Act-so competition.

“I did that representing Compton and Beverly Hills, and won the national competition when I was 17. So to have it come full circle now and host something that I grew up watching, and always wanted to be a part of, is just a beautiful thing.”

Besides playing Dre on “Black-ish,” Anderson serves as executive producer on the ABC hit »

- Mannie Holmes

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Anthony Anderson Revels in Image Awards Hosting Gig

9 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Anthony Anderson can’t get enough of the NAACP or its Image Awards.

The “Black-ish” star, who competed in the organization’s Act-so event as a kid growing up in Los Angeles, is hosting the NAACP Image Awards for the fourth consecutive year on Feb. 11, and hopes to do so again for at least two more years.

“I want to take it to their 50th anniversary in two years and really do it big. It means a lot,” he says of hosting, “especially being a product of the NAACP youth movement and a product of their Act-so competition.

“I did that representing Compton and Beverly Hills, and won the national competition when I was 17. So to have it come full circle now and host something that I grew up watching, and always wanted to be a part of, is just a beautiful thing.”

Besides playing Dre on “Black-ish,” Anderson serves »

- Mannie Holmes

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Netflix Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Girlboss,’ Others

8 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s TV adaptation of the “Dear White People” film will premiere on April 28, Variety has learned. Netflix has also released a teaser, which you can watch above or on YouTube.

Based on Justin Simien’s 2014 film, the series will star Logan Browning as Samantha White, the biracial student at Winchester whose “Dear White People” radio show and “Ebony and Ivy” book put her in high demand for a spokesperson position at a number of black student groups. The trouble is, Sam is still figuring out how to speak for herself. Brandon P. Bell will reprise his role as Troy Fairbanks, a political science student campaigning to become the first black student president of his mostly white school, Winchester University.

Lionsgate, the studio behind Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” is producing the series, which will debut on Netflix in 2017 with 10 half-hour episodes. Simien will write all 10 and direct the first episode (he also directed the »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Bones: 6 Things You Didn’t Know about Tamara Taylor

31 January 2017 5:43 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Tamara Taylor has been around television dating back to 1991 when she had an uncredited role in A Different World.  Currently she plays the role of Camille on Fox’s hit series Bones.  Her career took off when she landed a series regular role on Fox’s Party of Five. Since then she has appeared in Steven Bochco’s City of Angels, Hidden Hills, Lost, Numb3rs, CSI: Miami, NCIS,  as well as appearing in films.  She also had a role in Serenity, the movie spin-off of the cult hit Firefly. She made her film debut in the Wayans brothers’ romantic comedy Senseless. Within

Bones: 6 Things You Didn’t Know about Tamara Taylor »

- Nat Berman

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Marvel’s Cloak And Dagger Finds A Director

23 January 2017 9:15 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a bit hit and miss for Marvel when it comes to the small screen. For every knockout like Daredevil, there’s also a letdown like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Not that it’s necessarily a horrible television show, but it certainly hasn’t lived up to its potential and the ratings are proof of that. However, the studio keeps trucking on and in the near future, they’ll be bringing us two new series. One is The Runaways, which is set to debut on Hulu, while the other is Cloak And Dagger, which is coming to Freeform and heads into production next month.

It’s the latter which we have an update for today, as a director for the pilot has been found in the form of Gina Prince-Bythewood. Though we don’t know if she’ll remain on board after the first episode, she will helm the »

- Josh Wilding

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Black-ish: Spinoff in the Works at ABC

20 January 2017 4:47 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

File this under: It's a Different World. According to a Deadline exclusive, ABC is looking at developing a Black-ish TV show spinoff. It would be introduced as a backdoor pilot during a spring episode of the sitcom. Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, and Marsai Martin.The new series would feature Shahidi's  Zoey Johnson at college. The concept harkens back to A Different World, which followed Denise Huxtable, played by Cosby Show breakout Lisa Bonet. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris would create the new comedy with former Black-ish showrunner Larry Wilmore. Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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